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Eyelash extensions at Up to My Eyes, Greystones

A couple of months ago – yes, months, which shames me – I popped out* to Up to My Eyes in Greystones to have individual lashes attached to my own lashes, in order to give me the appearance of a …

Thu, Apr 12, 2012, 13:30

   

A couple of months ago – yes, months, which shames me – I popped out* to Up to My Eyes in Greystones to have individual lashes attached to my own lashes, in order to give me the appearance of a woman who is blessed with naturally long, full lashes. (I know, the things we do for femininity.)

I’d had lash extensions before, so I knew the drill – individual lashes are glued to the base of your natural lashes (not your skin) – but at Up to My Eyes that’s pretty much all they do, so to say these ladies are experts is a bit of an understatement. I was brought upstairs to the lash treatment area, where I lay down on a memory foam mattress while my therapist painstakingly applied lashes to my closed eyes for approximately two hours. Yes, I fell asleep; and yes, I snored. Several times I woke myself up with little, throaty snorting sounds. So attractive.

And the result? My lashes looked amazing, and for the first time ever that I’ve had false lashes, no one knew instantly that they were fake – even close friends who I’ve known for years remarked upon how lovely my eyelashes were, before asking where they’d come from. (In the past I got the usual, “wow, your lashes look really real, how much were they?”)

And I’ll be honest – I love having fake lashes. My natural lashes are quite short and sparse, so having falsies really makes such a big difference, especially at really stupid, inane moments such as first thing in the morning, or at the gym when you’re not wearing a scrap of make-up! Mine lasted about four or five weeks, at which point they began to fall out naturally (and really I should have had them replaced but found myself too busy doing x or y). A full set of lashes at Up to My Eyes costs €99 and refills (every four to six weeks) cost €40 – so it’s an expensive habit, but a really big part of me (a part I’m currently fighting) thinks it’s worth it!

Have you tried lash extensions? Are you a fan? Can you justify the cost?

* When I say “popped out”, I really mean “made the trek” because, unless Greystones is near where you live, well, it really is not near where you live. But there’s plenty of on-street parking and, when I didn’t have change for the meter (woe!) the women in Up to My Eyes were all to happy to help me out with some change, which was much appreciated.