getting lashed

Of course every girl dreams of long, fluttery, gorgeous lashes. Of course not every girl can achieve this through mascara alone and sometimes a little intervention is needed. I had always shied away from the idea of eyelash extensions. With a plethora of fake lashes on the market for quick and easy, stick ’em on, whip ’em off application, I never felt the attraction of having individual lashes painstakingly applied for long full lashes, day and night, for up to two weeks or more.

As part of my freelance writing work for Carmine, I was sent to the Benito Brow Bar on Oxford Street, London to have a set of dramatic semi-permanent eyelash extensions applied in order to report back on my experience. The brow bar was in the main Debenhams on Oxford Street and was quite a mission to find as I weaved between the beauty counters in a haze of hairspray and perfume. Once I arrived it was like a haven of tranquility as I was shown to a sumptuous reclining chair and calmly told how the procedure would unveil. The whole process took about 50 minutes, 25 minutes per eye and simply involved me lying there with my eyes closed the whole time. Sounds easy enough…but I actually found it quite hard, forcing my eyes closed for a long length of time under the harsh glare of the store’s lights. So much so that a mortifying eye twitch ensued for about 3 minutes where I, and my lash technician, could do nothing but pray for the spasms to cease. Thankfully they did!

So here are the results…

lash extensions
lash extensions

My first impression was wow. Wow at how natural they looked and the way they blended beautifully into my own lashes. They seemed to perfectly flaunt that fine line between “you have amazing natural eyelashes” and “you have had eyelash extensions” and most definitely steered clear of any spider legs connotations. They felt so light and completely normal on my eyelashes, not alien or intrusive at all, and I very quickly forgot I had them on. The extensions are meant to last up to two weeks providing you take care of them, avoiding oil-based makeup remover and staying clear of steam and hot water for the first 24 hours.

lash extensions
lash extensions

I definitely under-estimated how robust the eyelashes were and I was extremely delicate when removing my makeup for the first couple of days. I needn’t have been so careful. These eyelash extensions were solid and weren’t going anywhere. As I became more use to them, I was able to judge how much they could take and I even wore mascara on them a few times, which gave a really dramatic look, and was easy enough to remove with an oil-free cleanser. My lashes lasted a good week before I noticed any falling out.

I think after a week of having my lashes, I ready to get rid of them. They weren’t at all irritating or annoying, but I kind of missed my oil based products and really being able to scrub my face and rub my eyes without fear of losing a handful of eyelashes. And once a few started falling out, I felt the need to apply mascara every day to fill in any (very unnoticeable) gaps. Benito Brow Bar suggest that you should return to them after the two weeks to have the extensions professionally removed, which I foolishly did not do! It was over Christmas and I felt that with a bottle of bio oil, a tube of vaseline and some patience, I could do a little bit of home removal. Two hours later, I was de-lashed. I would definitely not recommend taking this course of action and next time, I would just go back and have them removed by the experts, especially considering it is all included in the initial price.

Benito Brow Bar offer two types of eyelash extensions, natural and dramatic. The ones that I had done were the dramatic set and would cost £45, however mine were gifted for review purposes.

What are your thoughts?
Are you eager for some extensions or more than fulfilled with your falsies?

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80 Comments

  1. 16th January 2012 / 9:40 pm

    Wow, these look incredible. So natural and really well applied. Look fab on you xx

  2. 16th January 2012 / 9:42 pm

    These look AMAZING and i was really surpised when you said they were only £45! A brilliant idea for a weekend away, event or something!

    You look lovely!

  3. 16th January 2012 / 9:44 pm

    They look so natural! Absolutely gorgeous 🙂

    ug-lily.blogspot.com

  4. 16th January 2012 / 9:45 pm

    these look beautiful! ive always wanted lash extensions xx

  5. 16th January 2012 / 9:47 pm

    That is actually a bargain! Where I live they are double the cost. I am so tempted to get these, being the lash junkie I am, but I'm so fickle!

    xoxo

  6. 16th January 2012 / 9:49 pm

    They look fab! x

  7. 16th January 2012 / 9:51 pm

    They look amazing. I tried lash extensions once and loved the look but like you, was a bit nervous about aftercare and found I was stressing too much about it to really enjoy the lashes! Hope you're settling in to your new home okay!!

  8. 16th January 2012 / 9:52 pm

    i love your lashes, theyre so gorgeous!x

  9. 16th January 2012 / 9:53 pm

    wow! I thought they'd be a good £100 more than they were. I'm not a fan of falsies they always look really fake on me but these look gorgeous, Id definitely contemplate them for a holiday xo

  10. 16th January 2012 / 9:56 pm

    Really surprised at how natural these look! They make you look so finished, if that makes sense. Would really love to try these out

  11. 16th January 2012 / 9:58 pm

    Wow! They look amazing!! You are so pretty!
    If I lived nearby then I might consider this if I was going on holiday or something – can't believe the price of removal is included! Wish nails were like that!
    x

  12. 16th January 2012 / 10:05 pm

    They look sooo great! I think I may have to get myself some too :p

  13. 16th January 2012 / 10:09 pm

    They're gorgeous! I had them done for my wedding, and was pleased, but these are the nicest I've seen.

  14. 16th January 2012 / 10:09 pm

    These look incredible, the perfect length!
    Natalie x

    tryingtomakefetchhappen.blogspot.com

  15. 16th January 2012 / 10:10 pm

    They look so real! They are perfectly applied.
    It´s a pitty that they last for only two weeks 🙁
    I would love to have natural thick, long and curled eyelashes 😛
    kisses

  16. 16th January 2012 / 10:10 pm

    They look really good, so jealous of your lashes 🙂 xx

  17. 16th January 2012 / 10:12 pm

    These look so pretty and natural – they look great on you! x

  18. 16th January 2012 / 10:19 pm

    wow, these look amazing!
    when i had mine done in Selfridges by 'get lashed'. they were awful, all uneven and fell out after literally a day.

    wish mine looked as good as yours 😮 your lucky!
    http://justapeaceofclothing.blogspot.com <3

  19. 16th January 2012 / 10:25 pm

    Wow! These are some of the best extensions I've seen. Not sure if I'd pay £45 for them, but I guess that's how much I'd spend on a nice dress so if I were going to a few special events in one week I'd be tempted. Until then I'll probably stick with my eylure flared ones.

    They look soo natural though, much better than others I've seen!

  20. 16th January 2012 / 10:33 pm

    These look amazing, so beautiful and natural! xx

  21. 16th January 2012 / 10:43 pm

    Wow, they look wonderful on you Milly! 😀

    Love Aysh xoxo

  22. 16th January 2012 / 10:53 pm

    they look really amazing on you! god, i want some…my lashes leave a LOT to be desired lol. these are so natural and perfect

  23. 16th January 2012 / 10:54 pm

    my auntie does these and they're so good. yours look amazing I just couldn't afford to keep it up! x

  24. 16th January 2012 / 10:56 pm

    I loved my eyelash extensions however I missed rubbing my eyes and scrubbing my face too!

    xxx

  25. 16th January 2012 / 10:58 pm

    These look amazing, I never ever thought they'd be so natural! xxx

  26. 16th January 2012 / 11:06 pm

    Wow your lashes look amazing! Look so natural!. I have small lashes but I'm to chicken to try the extensions but I love the look! Xo

  27. 16th January 2012 / 11:20 pm

    Wow Milly these look amazing! I had lash extensions last summer and they lasted a whopping six weeks! Had to admit I missed having a good scrub too! x

  28. 16th January 2012 / 11:37 pm

    Wow!!! I felt the same as you about eyelash extensions, but I'd never actually seen any on a person until now. Yours look amazing, I might consider getting this done someday, thanks!

    Mabel
    Mabel Time

  29. 16th January 2012 / 11:50 pm

    they look gorgeous! I really want some done myself, just heard some bad storys about them! Glad I read this positive review though 🙂 xx

  30. 17th January 2012 / 12:24 am

    Wow, it looks great! It's so full and long. My friend actually got hers done too. But it started falling off after a day. So she just went back and had it taken off. Which kinda sucks because it looked really pretty. I would love to get these but I highly doubt I'd be able to take care of them. Haha. I'd probably be rubbing my eyes nonstop the first few hours.

    🙂
    Carrie
    http://readmylifeascarrie.blogspot.com/

  31. 17th January 2012 / 12:25 am

    I love them but I could see how you might get tired of them after awhile. It would be great for a big night out so you wouldn't worry about your false lashes falling off. It's never happened to me but I still worry about it!
    ~Lesley

  32. 17th January 2012 / 1:01 am

    a friend that i worked with used to have these and they always looked amazing! she said the upkeep was quite intense, though! her sister was trained to do them so she could get them done for free, which i'm quite jealous of! they look amazing on you though! xx

  33. 17th January 2012 / 1:28 am

    Wow your Lashes are so beautiful, so natural looking.

  34. 17th January 2012 / 1:35 am

    Wow, they do look very natural! Amazing!

  35. 17th January 2012 / 4:24 am

    This looks so beautiful! And so fresh! Love it 🙂

    xoxo,

    colormenana.blogspot.com

  36. 17th January 2012 / 7:28 am

    they look amazing! ive had the Hollywood lashes and wasnt impressed.. but im not sure if it was the in experienced technician..
    i just want the thickness. i have length naturally.
    may have to do some new research. 🙂
    Caroline.x

    http://www.starsandthebutterflies.blogspot.com

  37. 17th January 2012 / 9:08 am

    They look amazing! I'd really like to get some done.

  38. 17th January 2012 / 9:13 am

    Wow they look amazing! I really want to try lash extensions but like you think that I would miss my oil based products too much. xx

  39. 17th January 2012 / 9:47 am

    I'm getting some eyelash extensions today! 🙂
    Excited! 🙂

    egtx3.blogspot.com
    xx

  40. 17th January 2012 / 11:03 am

    They are the best eyelash extensions I have seen. They look so bootiful!!!

    Emma x.x.x

    emmadazzle.com

  41. 17th January 2012 / 11:58 am

    they look really good, I had no idea they were that cheap to get! I think doing something like this would be great for going on holiday so you don't have to wear eye make up every day.

  42. 17th January 2012 / 12:05 pm

    Wow they look incredibly natural and you look stunning! I had my lashes done last christmas and I had a horrible experience. I went to a place my mum recommended and after about 2 weeks my natural eyelashes started falling out. I'd love to do it again though they looked so good. (not the my lashes falling out part though!)

  43. 17th January 2012 / 12:17 pm

    Wow they look amazing and so natural. I can't believe that is all they cost! x

  44. 17th January 2012 / 7:11 pm

    OMG, these are the most natural lashes I have ever seen! These would be perfect for a weekend away or something, or a holiday!

    The Deer Head

    x

  45. 17th January 2012 / 9:27 pm

    These are some of the best applied I have seen. I would definitely consider them for a special event xx

  46. 17th January 2012 / 9:27 pm

    they look amazing! so natural, i'm looking to get some for my holiday xx

  47. 17th January 2012 / 9:29 pm

    Wow they are ah-mazing! I thought they were your naturals when I saw the first picture. So jealous of your eyes anyway though! Haha xx

  48. 17th January 2012 / 9:35 pm

    wow your lashes look beautiful! natural yet striking at the same time. i thought they would be more than £45 because they look that good. i really want to try eyelash extensions but have heard so many horror stories about them making your real lashes fall out, eek xx

  49. 18th January 2012 / 1:14 pm

    Wow, these look amazing! I'm tempted to get some of these for when I go away for a week.
    x

  50. 19th January 2012 / 8:49 pm

    These look amazing! I am so tempted to try some myself! They would be perfect for if your were going on holiday for a week or something. Gorgeous! Love your blog xxxx

  51. 20th January 2012 / 11:41 pm

    The eye twitching is usually caffeine related so I try and get my girlies to lay off the teas/coffees and redbull if they can as it makes you all twitchy x

  52. 21st January 2012 / 8:40 pm

    these look beautiful and look really well applied and natural!

  53. 25th January 2012 / 10:01 pm

    I do lashes myself and I must say these look amazing xxx absolutely gorgeous xx

  54. 25th January 2012 / 11:20 pm

    They look gorgeous and SO natural! Very tempted to get these done. Might have to treat myself!

  55. 25th January 2012 / 11:20 pm

    They look gorgeous and SO natural! Very tempted to get these done. Might have to treat myself!

  56. 7th February 2012 / 2:25 pm

    I am so tempted OMG…..
    I am about to taxi there to have one!!! Why are you so gorgeous!!?! x

  57. 12th January 2015 / 10:43 am

    These are actually wonderful some ideas in the blog. You have touched good quality points here. In whatever way continue writing.Lashes by Lisa

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