As posted on here the other day, I was wishing for some false eyelashes. I have the deepest envy for girls (or boys for that matter) who are blessed with long, thick eyelashes to frame their beautiful eyes. I find them mysterious and alluring, and I've wanted them all my life.
About a year ago I indulged my fantasies by having Erin at The Nail Den affix lash extensions onto my own lashes. I wish I'd taken a photo then, because it's not something I'd do again. It was probably my own fault that it wasn't the great experience I had wanted. When first discussing it with Erin when she was doing her training she'd said to me that some women like just a few to enhance their natural look, and I, in my enthusiasm, said "Well if I had them, I'd want them to stick out like dog's balls!!" Not my finest moment I know, but I thought it was funny at the time.
So the lashes I had semi-permanently affixed (little clusters of 3 hairs glued together onto individual eyelashs) were graduated from a modest length at the inner eye, growing and fanning out to canine protrubrences at the outer eye. I thought they were magnificent!
I went home and loving husband told me I looked like Endora, the OTT mother from the 1960's sitcom Bewitched. Not feeling so magnificent now!!
Then I found them annoying everytime I went to wash my face, which is at least twice a day. Also, I couldn't scrunch up in bed to sleep. I'd wake up in the morning and find a little cluster lying on the pillow, or I'd forget I had them and rub my eyes!!
So, one day after about 4 weeks, I got frustrated and tried to remove them with oil. Unsuccessfully. The more I tried the more I realised it wasn't working, and the more frustrated I became, and so I ended up pulling them all off, with most of my own eyelashes into the bargain. If I can ever give anyone advice on this subject – don't do it yourself, get a professional to remove them. I was naked for weeks!!
I noticed that Priceline were selling a veritable candy store of false eyelashes, and Erin advised that Ardell Lashes were the easiest to apply, as the glue is slippery until it sets, therefore you get a bit of wiggle room until you are a pro at application.
They were less than $20 and I am thrilled with the result. They come with their own glue, and an applicator, which is like a little pair of plastic tongs. I applied all of my make up first, including eyeliner (as I though that would help to hide any faults in application). I then held the eyelashes in the tongs, spread the glue, and popped into place. I used tweezers to wiggle them into a perfect (or as best as I could) place, and the glue dried invisibly.
Totally framed by my newly shaped eyebrows, which were done with the much more natural sugaring rather than waxing (also at The Nail Den), I was ready to glam up in an evening dress for a Black Tie party, feeling totally at home on the red carpet!!!