September 1 2020
How to Decide Between Falsies and Extensions
TO those who were blessed with long, full, curly eyelashes:
I’m crazy jealous of you.
I mean I’ve tried everything.
Lash curlers, heated devices, serums, DIY concoctions, expensive curling mascara…
And I still can’t reach the lash level you’re on.
So I finally decided to look into fake eyelashes.
Listen. We’re gonna have to wear these masks for a while. And if my eyes are the only part of my face people can see, I gotta find the best way to make them really pop, right?
The real question is, which is better?
Eyelash extensions or falsies?
At first glance, strip lashes are the more convenient choice. But I like to keep my routine short and sweet, and these can be a pain to put on if you’re a beginner — like me.
I’ve considered extensions in the past but never had the courage (or money) to take that leap.
So I researched both options to try and choose between the two.
And you’ll be super surprised at what I found out.
Let’s Talk about False Eyelashes
AKA “strip lashes” or “falsies.”
These are the more popular choice for enhancing your eyelashes.
● They’re inexpensive — generally around $10.
● Most of the time they’re reusable (as long as you take care of them).
● Other than cleaning and storing them well, they’re pretty low maintenance.
● You can choose from tons of different styles, materials, lengths, and volumes. And you can opt for either strips or clusters.
● They’re non-permanent (so you can get back to your natural look in seconds).
Falsies don’t negatively impact your natural lashes either. You’re applying the strip to the skin above your lash line, which doesn’t harm your hair follicles.
But, they can be annoying AF.
Let’s go over the not-so-great things about strip lashes:
● They can be hard to put on — especially for newbies (hack: use a mirror and look down to apply them).
● They tend to look less natural (hack: cut them into 2 or 3 sections for a more natural-looking lash).
● Sometimes the corners come up if the glue doesn’t hold well (hack: wait till the glue is almost dry before applying).
● If not used/applied properly, they may cause damage to your natural lashes.
Depending on your eye shape, it can be kinda hard to get lashes that fit you perfectly. It may take a little research to find out which style best suits your eyes.
Wearing falsies is all about the application — once you get that down, you’re golden.
But eyelash extensions sound like a quick and easy way to look like a million bucks.
Eyelash Extensions — Are They Worth It?
I’m talking the salon type; where they glue an extension to all of your lashes.
Like every single one.
Here are some awesome things about extensions:
● You don’t have to wear mascara.
● You’ll have a quicker makeup routine.
● They last up to 6 weeks.
● Depending on the type you get, they can look really natural.
● You can get a set that perfectly complements your personal eye shape and lifestyle.
Sounds pretty good so far, right?
You don’t have to spend hours in front of the mirror getting a perfect curl that’ll just flatten out by the end of the night.
And you’ll finally understand what Beyonce meant by “I woke up like this.” All you have to do is wake up and you’re ready to go.
What more could you ask for?
But, as always, there’s a flip side.
Let’s look at some of the cons…
● You have to be very careful when choosing a salon (improper application can lead to short and long term damage to your eyes and natural lashes).
● The actual application takes forever. You’ll be sitting in that chair for up to 2 hours.
● They’re pretty expensive — the first set is usually around $120-$300, and then it’s $55-$90 for refills.
● They look patchy when they’re falling out.
● You’re not supposed to wear any mascara. So you can’t even try to cover up the patchiness I just mentioned.
The extension glue is a whole other story. It’s semi-permanent, which means a super strong chemical is binding them to your natural lash.
And a lot of times, the glue contains formaldehyde — a scary toxin that can cause itchiness, redness, swelling, irritation, and watery eyes.
Not to mention they’re so high maintenance.
You’ll have to:
● learn to sleep on your back
● completely avoid touching them when washing your face
● cut out any facial oils from your skincare routine
● go back regularly for refills and touch-ups
Sure, they’re said to save time and hassle.
But it sounds like they do just the opposite.
The Verdict: Falsies vs. Extensions
For me, false eyelashes are the way to go.
Plenty of people love extensions, but I’m gonna have to pass. I mean the prices and risks are just too high.
Imagine pouring hundreds of dollars into extensions that end up ruining your natural lashes. And when you want — or have — to get them removed, you’re left with less volume, length, and curl than when you started.
It just doesn’t seem worth it to me.
When it comes to fake eyelashes, I want to be able to take them off and go back to my no-makeup look.
Not to mention I love the dewy glow my facial oils give me — I just don’t think I can give those up for good.
And when it comes down to it, I can’t choose just one style. I’ve gotta have options for both my chill and spunky days.
Whether you want to go glamorous or natural, falsies have a huge range of styles. That’s what makes them so fun and versatile.
Our False Eyelashes ($6) are the best ones around — and they come at the best price.
With our lash collection, you can choose from six different styles — inspired by everyday New York City girls — to match your every mood.
Bold, natural, short, long… we’ve got it all.
And get this: your mask can’t mess them up.
So choose your favorite style and get the long, voluminous lashes of your dreams.