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Beauty: Up To My Eyes Eyelash Extensions Review

Posted October 16, 2012 by Tara Power in Ramp Specials

That’s right, eyelash extensions. If you wear hair extensions, you may be well used to the ‘now I’ve seen everything’ comments, but now there is a new treatment that tops the list of seemingly unnecessary luxuries. Unnecessary it is, until you see the results.

As one of those people who never wins anything, I was delighted to find that I had won Up To My Eyes salon’s Facebook photo sharing competition which meant I would be getting a full set of luxury mink eyelashes applied free of charge at the Greystones salon (normally €120).

As an animal lover, I’m ashamed to admit that I didn’t even think about these lashes coming from an actual mink until I was lying on the table, halfway through the application process. If this is a deal breaker for you, as it would normally be for me (without the drunken excitement of winning a competition), Up To My Eyes offer an acrylic substitute at a lower price. Although minks aren’t killed for this, (their fur is brushed and the collected hair is used as eyelash extensions) it’s not easy to determine whether they’re well treated or not so given the choice, I would recommend opting for the acrylic eyelashes so as to not support mink fur farms. [Ed Note: Up To My Eyes have confirmed that though real mink fur eyelashes are offered in other salons, their 'mink' lashes are made from premium silk.]

On the day of the appointment, I arrived at the salon and was greeted by the friendly girl at reception who sat me down on the plush leather sofa in the waiting area. Jessica, with whom I had the appointment, then talked me through what kind of look I was aiming for and we settled on a full but natural look. It was reassuring to see that the lash extensions are tailored to every individual’s needs, as opposed to a one-size-fits-all approach. I was then led upstairs to the relaxing and pretty treatment area where I would be lying for the next hour and a half.

After having a soft sticky pad placed over my bottom lashes to avoid gluing my eyelids closed, I was then able to relax and dabble in occasional chit chat with Jessica and her colleagues. The application itself is very comfortable; all I had to do was lie down with my eyes closed and it was quite relaxing being able to switch between a bit of girly gossiping and drifting off into a light sleep.

As a person with quite hooded eyelids, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the extensions helped open up my eyes and make me look less… stoned.



For a full set of eyelash extensions, each one of your natural lashes has an extension applied to it, which essentially doubles your natural lash volume. This is a godsend to people who like to look made-up every day (particularly for work) but don’t have much time in the morning to apply make up. These extensions mean that you can skip the eyeliner as well as the mascara, since the bushy black eyelashes create the full black line along the eyelid that you aim to achieve with eyeliner. This is a great time-saving trick in the morning and also means you look ready to go before you’ve even put on any eyeshadow.

My only negative point to make about these extensions is that removing make up isn’t very comfortable. When removing eye make up with a make up remover wipe, it feels like the wipe is snagging at some of the extensions which isn’t the nicest sensation, but this is a small price to pay for the benefits of the extensions.

Overall, I highly recommend these extensions to anyone who’s looking for a way to look their best with minimal make up. It’s amazing what defined brows and full eyelashes can do for a woman’s face, plus there’s the added bonus of getting those extra 10 minutes in bed every morning.

Up To My Eyes are located at 6 Theatre Lane, Greystones, County Wicklow. Website

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Tara Power

  • http://www.lisamcinerney.com Lisa McInerney

    Good point on sourcing the mink hair, Tara. Let’s face it, even though the mink isn’t killed, one would probably be a bit naive to think the donating animal was living in the lap of luxury somewhere.

    I have to say the idea of eyelash extensions makes me feel a bit squeamish – are there any risks to the procedure?

    • http://twitter.com/powertara Tara Power

      Considering how many salons offer the service without being properly qualified, I would say it can be risky if you get it done by a Mickey Mouse trainee. I did some research on these and provided they’re applied properly and well taken care of, they just grow out with your natural lash and you shouldn’t have any damage at all. And as far as I could tell, this salon are the best you can find.
      As much as I love how these look, I find that they restrict what kind of make up I can wear and that makes it awkward for my tutorials. So to my shame I admit that I have been using oily products on my eyes (which you’re supposed to avoid like the plague) so that the glue will weaken and they’ll fall out more easily.
      BUT if you’re not doing regular crazy make up I highly recommend them! If it weren’t for my tutorials I would absolutely be getting them done regularly.

      • http://www.lisamcinerney.com Lisa McInerney

        Heh. That’s kind of funny, really. I would imagine you’d have to be pretty dedicated to grooming to consider spending hard-earned cash on eyelash extensions, and yet they’re actually ideal for the low-maintenance look.

  • Sinéad

    Get you, stunner!

    How long do they last?

    • http://twitter.com/powertara Tara Power

      These ones last 4-6 weeks (provided you take care of them) but you can get refills after about 3 weeks if you want to keep the really full look. But it does depend what kind of lashes you go for, some of them don’t last as long. I really do love them so it is unfortunate that I’m practically willing them off my eyes for the sake of my make up videos. But as I said, they’re ideal for anyone who doesn’t wear much make up. Also, they’re extremely comfortable and you forget they’re even there!

      • Sinéad

        Seems like they’re worth a try.

        I lived about 20 steps from that salon for 18 months and never once went in. For shame.

  • Fashion Stylistka

    Great review, I tried them before but was so worried about overdoing them that I ended up with a hardly visible result. Yours look amazing, I must try it again sometime

    • http://twitter.com/powertara Tara Power

      If you’re going to try them out again I really recommend this salon!

  • Jessica

    Hi Tara,

    Thanks so much for the fab review! Just to rectify – the full set of “mink” eyelash extensions is in fact a premium quality of silk! It’s called “mink” as it has all the same attributes of real fur: lightweight, glossy and soft. :)

    Hope this puts a few animal-right conscious minds – like us – at ease!

    Hope to see you soon!

    Jess – Up To My Eyes

    • http://www.lisamcinerney.com Lisa McInerney

      Good to know that the Hollywood trend for using real mink fur isn’t something you guys practice, Jess; thanks for letting us know! I’ll amend the piece to reflect this.

  • Olivia

    Which type of curl did you get? I know there is J curl, B curl, and C curl. I also have hooded eyes, so I’m wondering which type works best with our eyes.

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