One magical day a makeup artist put individual false eyelashes on me, and I realized just how fantastic my eyes could look. Despite all my experiments with false lashes and with Latisse, I never was able to replicate that amazing look. So I jumped at the chance to get Novalash Eyelash Extensions from Savanna at Creations Salon in Rochester Hills, Michigan. I did worry that the procedure might hurt. I was also concerned that the look might be unnatural, or that the lashes would fall out unevenly and I would look silly. But in the name of research and the quest for perfect lashes, I bravely took the plunge!
Check out my YouTube video review here: Novalash Eyelash Extensions
Before I get into the details, here is a before and after:
Pictured above is right before the Novalash treatment. I am wearing absolutely no eye makeup. Below is my after picture, again with absolutely no eye makeup.
What a difference! Here is the scoop:
The initial session for Novalash Eyelash Extensions takes about two hours. I went in with no eye makeup on. Savanna, my stylist, taped my bottom lashes down so they wouldn’t get tangled with my upper lashes. It looked like this:
The taping wasn’t painful, but I wished I hadn’t worn my contacts because they really dried out by the end. I told Savanna I wanted very dramatic lashes – I figured if I was going to commit to extensions, I might as well go big!! It’s your choice, though, you decide just how much drama you want, plus there are different color options available. She used three different sized lashes on me, giving me a mix of long, medium, and short lashes for a dramatic but natural look. Here’s my after picture:
Savanna worked from one eye to the next, using surgical grade glue to attach the extensions to each individual eyelash. The glue doesn’t touch your eyelid, just the eyelash. After the glue dried a bit, she would go back and separate the lashes using tweezers. When all the extensions were attached, she had me hold a little fan up to my eyes to help dry the glue (you can just see the fan in the right corner of the above picture).
Did it hurt? Yes, it did. Was it bad? No, it wasn’t. I think that getting a bikini wax is far, far more painful. However, if you have super sensitive eyes this might not be a good option for you. What I found to the be the most painful was the first time I got my eyelashes wet. You have to wait 12 to 24 hours before getting them wet so the glue dries. When you do get them wet the first time, the residual glue comes off. That stung like crazy for about 60 seconds. This only happens to some people, for others it’s not an issue. I do have some sensitivity, I have to use contact solution for sensitive eyes. So your mileage may very in terms of sensitivity to the glue.
Here’s a before and after with my eyes open:
It makes such a difference I can’t believe it. The lashes shed like normal lashes, so your initial treatment lasts 3 to 4 weeks before you need a ‘fill’. Your monthly fill will run anywhere from $50 to $65.
One thing you definitely need is an eyelash spoolie. Every morning and every night you need to brush through your eyelashes with a spoolie, it keeps them in place and helps with the natural shedding. You can’t curl your eyelashes, and you don’t need to, because the extensions are already curled. You can use eye makeup if you want, except for waterproof mascara. I also wouldn’t use the type of mascara that ‘tubes’ your lashes. But honestly, you don’t need mascara!
I was totally impressed by how well the lashes held up on my vacation. We stayed right on the ocean, and I was outside in the sun, in the chlorinated pool, and in the ocean salt water.
It was fantastic to never have to worry about eye makeup. My eyes always looked great, and it makes such a difference. I found the extensions truly make you look younger and less tired.
Above is a picture before the hubby and I went out to the movies. I actually put on some eye makeup, but I still skipped mascara. I have to tell you, my husband LOVES my lashes. When I told him how much it would cost for upkeep, he insisted that I continue with it. He suggested that we skip going out to dinner twice a month so I can afford the fills, and instead we have our own ‘romantic interlude’ on those nights. He is such an opportunist.
After two weeks, my eyes looked like this:
They really only started to shed much in the third week. I have a separate post where I will tell you all about the ‘fill’ experience, which is much less intense than the first treatment.
My overall opinion is that the pros of the Novalash Eyelash Extensions far out way any cons. Eyelash extensions are an investment, but I found they make as much difference as getting my hair done once a month, or getting my nails done every two weeks. While the initial treatment is slightly painful, the lashes look dramatic yet real. No one has any idea they are extensions, although people are always asking what kind of mascara I use. The daily upkeep is minor, just brushing the lashes and cleaning them once a day with cleanser pads. I love the ones from Novalash called Clean Lash.
These cleanser pads are soaked in pomegranate seed extract which removes all eye makeup and conditions your eyelash extensions, extending their life.
I am addicted to my eyelash extensions. I can’t imagine life without them now, and I am so happy I took the plunge. If you want fantastic eyelashes, go for the immediate gratification of Novalash Eyelash Extensions. – Lisa
*initial treatment courtesy of Novalash and Savanna at Creations Salon