Before my wedding two years ago, I was dying for eyelash extensions. Unfortunately, living in New York City, the costs of extensions ranged around $500, with refills being a couple hundred dollars. I have always admired the eyelashes of the Kardashians as well as Jennifer Lopez; I just love the look of dramatic eyelashes and now living in Chicago I went on the search of great quality extensions at a more affordable price. About a month ago I found Chicago Lashes and my lash queen Kristin King! I so wish I had taken a before photo, but I went in this week to get a refill, so I do have a before refill shot.
You can see on the right side I only have 10 or so eyelash extensions left after 5 weeks. Kristin delicately puts each individual eyelash extension on and the process takes around 2 hours the first time and about 1 hour for a refill. Although tedious, it’s actually quite relaxing, you lie on a table and their is no pain, just someone glueing each lash on your own lash.
I chose Chicago Lashes for their reviews (which is very important to look at), their price for $135 for a full set, and the fact that they used quality mink lashes. What brought me back? My love of the final look and Kristin King! In addition, I had previously heard that extensions can pull out your own eyelashes and I didn’t experience that. If you look at the pic, you can see my own eyelashes within the extensions.
After a 1 hour refill, the total look is amazing!
I love the fact that I don’t have to wear mascara anymore! I can wake up and go pretty quickly. When I went into Kristin, she asked what look I wanted. They have photos, which help you decide how dramatic you would like your lashes. They have a range of lengths, silk or mink eyelashes, and even colored lashes if you want to go crazy. I went for glamorous but not over the top and told her I didn’t want to look like I was doing a “show” but wearable everyday. She added between 70-80 lashes on each eye and voila! A good eyelash artist decides how many lashes look good on your eye, so don’t worry if you get more or less, it’s the overall look that matters.
Things to be aware of though, rubbing your eye excessively or roughly will make your extensions come out. They recommend being careful when washing your face at night and not using oil based eye makeup remover. I didn’t have problems and overall found the extensions easy to take care of. I elected not to use mascara, which honestly you don’t need, to prevent rubbing and using makeup remover. Natural shedding of lashes is normal, which is why you go in for refills, and the glue they used was not rough on my real eyelashes. The amount of time between filling your lashes depends on the individual. I waited a bit long at 5 weeks, but it all depends on how quickly your extensions fall out and your budget.
My sister, who got eyelash extensions earlier last year, did her own review on her blog I am Style-ish and she has a great girl near Seattle.
Loving my eyelashes and Chicago Lashes! I’ll definitely be back in another month.
What do you think about them? Feel free to ask me any questions!