My Eyelash Journey
I had never had my lashes done before but I was headed off on a few beach vacations last winter, my girlfriends and I decided to get lash extensions so we could have effortless lashes on our trip. I was only planning to have them while I was on vacation but I became obsessed. I hate doing my makeup, so waking up and having my lashes looking flawless was such a treat.
It is definitely a tradeoff, you know the old adage, pain is beauty, this definitely applies to eyelash extensions. They were so irritating to my eyes, I had trouble sleeping with them on and I would find eyelashes all over my pillow and in my bed. They would get tangled and fall into my eyes and sometimes impair my vision. When I finally broke up with eyelash extensions, I felt so naked, my eyes didn’t look as dramatic as they did with eyelash extensions and I had a few bald spots.
The road to recovery was not an easy one, especially after I was used to having such full thick lashes. I trialled a few different eyelash growth products, but none of them delivered the results I was hoping for. I finally found a routine and a few key products that work for me. They are a bit pricey but it still works out to be quite a bit cheaper than maintaining eyelash extensions. It is also an added bonus that I am improving my natural lashes without damaging them.
The first product I used is GrandeLASH-MD Lash Enhancing Serum. It works wonders! The serum contains vitamins, amino acids (L-Proline), Hyaluronic Acid ( for hydrating skin), and glycosaminoglycans (complex proteins for restoration). Within the first month of using it, my lashes started to fill back in and people were continuously asking me if my eyelashes were fake. It is super easy to use, I just apply it to my lash line every night before bed and watch my lashese grow. Not only are they longer but they are also thicker.
Finding the right mascara was also a struggle for me. After having lash extensions, I was underwhelmed with the results of most mascaras. I tried a few “lash growth” mascaras and didn’t notice a difference at all. I was sent Milk Kush Mascara through an Influencer program and I was hooked! It is definitely the most effective one I used. It contains cannabis oil, which made a huge difference in my lashes grow and it is super moisturizing. Some of the other formulas I tried were very drying, and it still delivered the lush look I was missing after not having eyelash extensions.
Before and After
To be completely honest, I still prefer the look of eyelash extensions because I hate the look of mascara especially when it is clumpy. Thick “natural” looking lashes definitely trump bold mascara-coated lashes. However, I didn’t like that I was putting so much stress on my natural lashes and it is quite time consuming to maintain them.
The top image is my natural lashes without mascara on before I got eyelash extensions. The bottom image is my lashes with extensions on them.
If I could only use one product a day, it would be mascara so figuring out how to get the look I want without damaging my lashes was really important to me.