Instant lash gratification with Novalash Eyelash Extensions

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:

Before Novalash

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:

After – lots of drama!!

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).

after, lots of length!

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:

before, nothing special…

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.

An absolute necessity – an eyelash spoolie

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.

at the pool

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.

Before a date with my husband – no mascara!!

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.

swimming

After two weeks, my eyes looked like this:

sunning at the ocean

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.

Novalash Clean Lash

These cleanser pads are soaked in pomegranate seed extract which removes all eye makeup and conditions your eyelash extensions, extending their life.

Another necessity – Clean Lash remover pads

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

Comments

  1. Wow, that’s amazing. It’s too bad it’s so costly because it’s gorgeous.

  2. Wow– that is seriously amazing!

  3. I can’t believe those lashes. I had no idea extensions looked that awesome and so natural! I am seriously considering this now.

  4. Your eyelashes look nothing short of bombshell-gorgeous! I think I fall in the category of sensitive eyes so I’m not sure if I’d be able to do these. You and your husband look so cute, loved his suggestion on keeping up your fills!

  5. They look great!

  6. I had extensions for several months and they looked fabulous. I took great care of them until one day, I noticed how sparse my lashes appeared to be. As it turned out, although the lashes were of fine quality, they did cause my lashes to start falling out. I immediately had the lashes removed, started using revitalash and luckily, my lashes grew in beautifully. So although extensions look great, I don’t think I would personally risk getting them again. But that’s just me. They look fabulous on you.

    Dlori
    kleimanlaw at aol dot com

  7. wow! Your lashes look amazing! I have never tried eyelash extensions, because I am bit scared that they might damage my own lashes.

  8. Everything I have read says that extensions don’t damage your lashes, but we will see. There are always risks in any sort of ‘enhancement’. I plan to keep them for a while and I will let you know how my normal lashes keep up!

  9. I love this article I have been doing eyelash extensions for 8 years and am definitely going to share this article with my new clients. One thing you can do the next time is use the Novalash Sensitive eyes glue so it doesn’t burn the following day.

  10. Love this post very much! Great to share this with us. Thanks!

  11. Thank you Aliya!

  12. Please please let us know how you like your lashes now and at some point in the future. Thanks!

  13. Hi Liz, I have a review coming up in about a week about how I am liking the extensions, plus what a ‘fill’ is like. So stay tuned!!

  14. You looks good on that lashes.

  15. I love the lashes! Longer lashes really draws out the femininity :)

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