Friday, March 4, 2011

My New Obsession. . .XTreme Lash Extensions

My natural lashes; no makeup.
Me after my first lash extension application; no makeup.

I. Love. Lashes.  Whether mascara'd, false, uber-fake feathery, or this:  XTreme Lashes!  

Ask any of my previous or current clients: I'm a Lash Gurl.  Lashes are the difference-maker, whether in photographs or just running out of the house for errands.  If you were to ask me what's the one makeup product I can't live without, in a heartbeat, I'd tell you, "Mascara."  As long as I have my XTreme Lashes, I have no need for mascara.  I'm here to tell you that I haven't worn mascara in 4 weeks!  That hasn't happened since I was 14 years old.  

The backstory:  I met Bonnie Mitchum of Aesthetispa a few years back when she was the go-to expert on airbrush tanning here in Charleston.  Bonnie had expanded her tanning, massage therapy, and permanent makeup business to include eyelash extensions.  Fast forward to this past January, when we reconnected at a sweet soiree hosted by our friends at Belle Couture Bridal.  I was asked to do makeup demos, and Bonnie was there to demonstrate an eyelash extension application.  That was it for me: heavenly clouds parted, and a chorus of Lash Angels sang.  I knew this was my lash-destiny.

You can see from the pictures above, how short my natural lashes are.  Then, pow!  You can see the difference the Xtreme lashes make.  There's no need for mascara.  I'm a real softie when it comes to the care of these.  And I knew I'd be a good candidate for extension-longevity: I'm not an eye-rubber, and I'm very careful when I remove any makeup from my eyelids.  I'm gentle with these, and they've lasted quite a while.  I've had one fill-in and I'm going back today for my next one.  

What to expect: for the first application, allow yourself around 90 minutes.  This is a detailed project.  Each lash is applied individually to one of your lashes.  The glue is mighty: it bonds the Xtreme lash to your individual lash.  During my initial application, I had 62 lashes applied to each eye.  My favorite thing about this is the slight flair-out at the edges of my eyes.  It really gives that doe-eyed effect that's very soft, and quite natural.  Bonnie (and her team of Xtreme-trained lash technicians) spend time figuring out what length and volume will look best on you.  Lots of things are taken into consideration such as how much space there is between your lash-line and your eye brow.  I have plenty of room between mine, and when I open my eyes, the lashes still don't touch my brows.  I was most surprised by how weightless these felt.  I literally could not feel any heaviness or any difference between the extensions and my normal lashes.  There are several products that this line makes to help ensure a long life. . . my favorite is the brush-on liquid, applied daily, that helps strengthen the glue's bond.

I tried doing my lash application along the same timeline as a bride.  I had them applied, wore them for a couple of weeks, had a touch-up or fill-in (I retained most of my lashes, so I didn't need that many) to get them back to the full-status as above.  THEN, I went on vacation. . . and I put these to the test with swimming and snorkeling.  I'm proud to say they are still here, minus the few that are shed according to my own natural lash cycle.  They are quite natural looking, and sooo beautiful!  For me, these lashes make it easy to have a pulled-together look in no time: dab on a little concealer, blush, and lip gloss on and I'm out the door!

Not only will I recommend them for my bridal clients, but for any girl-on-the-go who wants to bump it up a bit.  I love my Xtreme Lashes!!!  Bonnie and her team of lash specialists can be reached at 843.478.8586.

Thanks to Jeni Rone at Sea Star Arts Photography for capturing Bonnie at work!

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