Late last year I decided to get semi-permanent lashes for going on holiday. I didn't feel like blogging about this straight away as I didn't have a great experience :( But, I knew it was something I wanted to write about eventually as for me these were a total waste of time, money and tears!
First of all, here are my before and after results. This is what the lashes looked like the day after they were applied. Pretty amazing I thought, and I was really happy with them. In the 'before' shot I was wearing mascara and in the 'after' I'm just wearing the lashes.
The brand of lashes I had applied was Nouveau Lashes and I had them done by an independent beautician who was trained in those specific lashes and also in HD Brows - I found her through the official HD Brows website. The lashes cost £60 and HD brows was £25 but as I had them both done at the same time I got a special offer and paid £70 for both treatments. This review is just going to be about the lashes - I don't have tonnes to say about the HD brows treatment and these photos aren't really close up enough on the brows for you to see much difference. My brows were waxed, plucked, threaded and tinted - I liked the effect and would probably have them done again, although the real difference in the look is when they fill the brows in with powder, which of course only lasts until you wash!
So back to the lashes. I had them applied on a Thursday evening and went on holiday on Sunday morning. I'd been given instructions to follow about how to care for the lashes, such as not using oil based makeup removers and not rubbing the eyes etc. As I didn't need to wear mascara with these lovely long dark lashes, none of that was an issue.
When I was on the plane on Sunday my eyes started to feel irritated. The lashes nearest the corners of my eyes felt a little like they were poking my lid and my first lash fell out. I hoped for the best and thought I just needed to get used to the lashes and also that it was normal for a lash to fall out as we naturally lose lashes all the time. Sadly I was being too optimistic.
Once on holiday lashes were falling out all the time and within a couple of days they started to look a bit sparse and rubbish and I had some gaps. I was pretty gutted - I hadn't even taken any mascara away with me! Luckily I wasn't on holiday someone remote where this couldn't be fixed - I was in Las Vegas so I went out and bought some mascara and some Ardell individual false lash clusters - these. I filled in the gaps with the Ardell lashes and soldiered on.
As more of the Nouveau lashes fell out I realised they were either taking my own lashes with them completely or causing breakage. Without my emergency Ardell diy job I had a mixture of bald patches and little stumpy lashes. This is when the tears came, which really didn't help the situation!
Once I got over it and told myself the lashes would grow back I just kept using the Ardell lashes for the rest of the holiday. They didn't look as good as the Nouveau lashes had when they were first applied, but they did a good job and I was quite impressed that I was able to do a fair job of getting them on straight as individual lashes are pretty fiddly.
As you can imagine I was totally gutted and annoyed that I had wasted my money on semi-permanent lashes which really only lasted me a few days before they started to fall out and to ruin my own lashes. Before I had the treatment I chatted through with my therapist about how long they would last, how to care for them, how likely it would be I'd have a problem etc - she said all the right things and reassured me so I went ahead. I'd read some poor reviews online so I went in with a lot of questions for her, but she seemed like she knew what she was doing and said that people who have trouble with the lashes usually have not had them applied professionally / correctly. Hmmm. She did glue a bit of my top lid to my bottom lid at one point during the treatment, which was a slightly scary experience - I had to pull them apart for her - but other than that it did all seem perfect until day 3 / 4 when lashes started to come out.
I emailed my beauty therapist while I was away to tell her what was happening - she was apologetic and offered for me to go back in and to have the missing lashes reapplied, but of course I was away on holiday by this time. She couldn't work out why I was having such a bad experience with the lashes, so I'll never know really.
I'm not sure if I'll ever try semi-permanent lashes again. Possibly I will if it's for an immediate event, as I know the lashes stay perfect for at least a couple of days, and if I was staying close by so I could go back for touch ups and advice if there was a problem. My own lashes have now gone back to normal, but it took a good few months.
Have you had an experience with semi-permanent lashes?
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