Beauty: Up To My Eyes Eyelash Extensions Review
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