Before You Get Eyelash Extensions, You Must Read This

 

For years I watched so many friends, family and pretty girls on social media get eyelash extensions done and for years I considered it but it wasn’t until about a month and a half ago that I finally decided to get my own done. I was hesitant for a lot of reasons which I’ll be naming below. But let’s get into the details, and pros and cons about eyelash extensions.

There are different styles of lashes. Classic, volume and a mix are what most choose to have done.

  • Volume is multiple lashes glues to one lash and gives a fuller lash look.
  • Classic is one single lash glued to each individual lash. And sometimes girls will choose a mixture of both.
  • Volume lashes are heavier and have a potential to cause your natural lashes to fall out if your natural lashes aren’t strong enough to hold the weight.
  • Its recommended that a person starts with Classic and adds volume at a later appointment if desired.

Volume, left. Classic, right.

There are also different styles of application as well. I personally like the cat eye where the lashes gradually get longer toward the outer corner of the eye.

You want to make sure you’re getting your lashes done by someone who is licensed to do so. This is your eyes we’re talking about and you don’t want damage done. It’s also good to see pictures of the work the lash technician has done or ask girls who’ve had theirs done by this person and how they like them.

Cost

A good set of first lashes is going to run you anywhere from $80-150 maybe more depending where you live. And half that for a fill. Mine cost $80 for classic and $40 a fill plus a tip.  If it’s less than this BEWARE. The person may not know what they are doing! I’m not saying it’s a total NO, I’m just saying to be cautious. You usually get what you pay for!

Maintenance

You’ll need to get a fill usually between 2-4 weeks depending on who does them and how you take care of them. My lashes last me 4 weeks and still look good. They’re obviously just not as full by week 4.

It takes about 2 1/2 hours for the first appointment and 1 hour for a fill.

You’ll need to wash your extensions but keep oils away from your eyes. I usually just run water through my eyelashes in the shower at least every few days more if you wear eye makeup, but some people actually wash their lashes with a cleaning solution.

Risks

You run the risk of having an allergic reaction to the glue with extensions. GET A PATCH TEST DONE! if the eyelash technician doesn’t offer one, ask for it! No one wants red, swollen puffy eyes.

You also risk a BAAAAAD lash job, which is why I tell you to ask around or see the work.

The final look

Here are my lashes a week after a fill. Yes, i know one side looks longer but it’s just my eyes. She uses the same lashes for each side. Since i got lashes done I’ve noticed i have a bit of a lazy eye.

A few days after my first appointment and in better lighting than the above picture 🙂

Here is a before and after of a random girl

PRO’s

  • They make your eyes POP
  • You don’t have to worry about mascara
  • They’re longer and fuller than your natural lashes will ever be
  • You wake up looking fabulous!
  • You don’t have to deal with strip, glue on lashes to complete your look

CON’s

  • The initial and monthly cost
  • Eyelashes can turn so they need to be combed
  • The time it takes each month
  • Natural eyelashes can be damaged
  • Can have a allergic reaction
  • Can have a bad lash job from an inexperienced/bad technician.

I recommend lashes for anyone who wants to spend less time getting ready and wake up looking good! and if you want them for LONG term.

I DON’T recommend lashes if you only want them for a single event like a wedding. Strip lashes look amazing and you can get a makeup artist to do that for you. They’re way cheaper and can be removed the same day easily.

and if you’re allergic to the glue, obviously don’t get eyelash extensions.

Here’s a few final care tips recommended by an eyelash technician.

If you have any questions, please leave a comment. And in case you’re wondering, I am not licensed to do eyelash extensions.

>>>>>What has been your experience with lash extensions? let me know

 

 

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My Rainbow Baby Had Four Legs and a Black Fluffy Tail

 

July 2nd 2017 after having a fun dinner at my dad’s house, Travis and I drove home around 9:30pm and when Leo, my black Pomeranian didn’t come running to the fence to greet us, I immediately felt slight panic. I got out of the car and called his name. Usually he would run full speed to the gate, and jump up and down beyond excited that were home. It didn’t matter if we’d been gone five minutes or hours.

We started searching our fully fenced yard, calling for him but he never came, and that’s when I realized he was gone. What I didn’t know at the time was that when we found him it would completely break my heart.

2 years ago in March of 2015 I had a miscarriage. Travis and I were so excited to be expecting a baby. The thoughts of names, if he or she would look more like me or him. Buying clothes, baby stuff having a little person that was half of me was thrilling and scary. Then at 10 weeks I started spotting. My heart dropped. I called the doctor, went in for an ultrasound and watched the screen for a sign of a baby and listened for a heartbeat but only heard there dreaded words, “I’m so sorry but there is no baby.”

We’d gotten a heartbeat and an ultra sound picture of what looked more like a squiggly line than a gummy bear because we went in at six weeks for the first appointment when usually doctors have expecting mothers wait for the 8 week mark. But since I had irregular periods I had no idea how far along I was.

The whole experience was miserable, it hurt like a son of a gun which I had not expected and then the emptiness of no more baby filled my soul. I cried in bed for days, asking God why. But why does anything like this happen to any of us? We’ll never really know.

After a couple weeks of moping around I decided I wanted a puppy. If I couldn’t have a baby, I’d have a puppy. I searched for about a week, I knew I wanted a Pomeranian because I’d always wanted one my whole life. I LOVE, fluff and I love, little.

Then I saw a sweet little black face with a white patch of fur on his chest. He was a few hours away but I talked my husband into driving to get him. The second we saw him I loved him. He was just so dang cute. A tiny little fluff ball.

(He even has his own instagram! lol)

We took him home and slowly but surely I started to feel better. He mended my broken heart and became my baby Leo. We took him to the vet for vaccines and checkups just like we do now with my 9 month old baby girl, Jaylee. And We took him everywhere, i even used to take him to the grocery stores and set him in the child seat, until i was politely asked not to bring him anymore 🙂

A trip to Sedona hiking in the hills, where everyone had to compliment his cuteness. And where we carried him most of the way because it was too hot for a little fluff ball with black fur.

I took him for a walk every morning in Arizona around our apartment complex before it got too hot. Even though he had a lot of “accidents” we never made him go outside alone.  We took him to the park where he chased Travis around for hours, loving life.

Then we moved to Utah where we hiked to a waterfall, and I posted on Facebook holding him up sand said. “Look I found a baby bear” that’s what he looked like in my arms. He had so much fun and so did we. Splashing in the water and running with Travis on the trail.

 

Where he also got his first taste of snow!

 

Then another move to Idaho where we wanted to buy a house. I told the realtor that it had to be a house with a fenced yard for Leo. We basically bought a house around the needs of our dog lol. That’s how much he meant to us. We found the house fully fenced, big yard and he loved it.

He was there for me when I had a terribly hard pregnancy with Jaylee. The last half of my pregnancy I had to lay in bed most of the time and he was always there to take away my loneliness while my husband worked.

 

But all the trips, and hikes aren’t why I’ll miss my Leo the most. Its the everyday things.  It’s looking out the window and watching him race cars, motorcycles, and trucks along the fence. My neighbors always commented that they couldn’t believe how much energy he had.

It’s not seeing his cute face in the window as we’d left the house. He’d jump on the couch and look at the window and watch us leave. If he was out in the yard he’d followed me to the gate and bark as I pulled out because he wanted to go.

Its sad waking up and not seeing him laying on the bed at my feet, usually on his back sprawled out. When I drop some food I have the urge to call his name. When I walk into the house I miss him jumping up and down excited to see me. When he’d followed me into the bathroom for any reason. If I laid down on my bed, I’d heard his toenails tap along the kitchen floor and second later he’d be jumping up to lay beside me.

It’s sitting here writing this, tears pour down my cheeks and looking over at the other couch where he usually was and not seeing him there. Or he’d been on my lap. He loved to be on my lap whenever I was trying to do something productive.

It’s seeing his little black hairballs on the carpet and knowing they’ll never be there again.

My rainbow fur baby is gone. Ran over by someone who didn’t care to stop. My heart broke after two days of searching and we get word he might have been seen on the highway. We drove to where he was last seen and I screamed out “NO!” when I saw his little body lying in the center of the highway on a patch of grass.

I hadn’t been there to comfort him when he died. His body was left there to rot for two days. I asked God again “WHY!” why did you take my first baby and now my Leo? I’m still asking this. He was more than a dog to me and my husband, he was like my kid. And most people will never understand the bond we had. People say it’s just a dog. Or it’s hard to lose a pet… But for some of us it’s like losing family.

There are so many things I wish we would have done different that would have saved him, so we wouldn’t have this emptiness of him being gone from out lives but I can’t think about that. I’m grateful we were able to find him and bring him home and get closure so we didn’t always wonder what happened to him. I hope soon that I won’t cry because it’s over but smile because we had him.

He was one of my favorite hello’s and my hardest goodbye.

I love you, Leo.

 

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Curls and Braids and 4th of July Dress

I’m actually not that great at hair styles but I love how simple this is! Here’s a few pictures  of the little photoshoot we did. And wouldn’t this dress be perfect for the 4th of July? Thrown on some red lipstick and boom!

 

Okay isn’t my baby Jaylee the cutest! Seriously, I can’t get over it lol  9 months old already.

Basically for this hair I just curled the whole thing with a 1 inch curling iron and away from my face. Then I did a half… well more like quarter of a braid then tied it off and left the ends loose and curly.

As far as the dress goes I tried to find something similar because I’ve had this dress a long time and I’m sure they don’t make it anymore and I could NOT find anything even close. I love the one shoulder and the length and the little hearts but seriously nothing like it in my browsing the internet for an hour.

 

So I found this cutie that you might like and that I totally need. And its blue! Click the picture for where to get it. or click here

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Summer of the Romper

 

 

I’ve totally been into Rompers this summer for myself and Jaylee. It’s like a dress but you don’t have to worry about it blowing up in a random breeze and people seeing your underwear lol. This one is from Target, one of my favorite places to shop, like isn’t it everyone’s? I miss the Super Target we had in Layton, Utah. Idaho Falls is just the reg. And COOL story is we got featured on Target’s website! I was surprised and excited when they reached out to me! You can check that out here https://awesomeshop.target.com/featured/instagram/BVBWWkjn3i-?utm_campaign=featured_post&utm_source=instagram&utm_medium=social_media_comment

And if you aren’t following me on Instagram please do! I’m @thebombshellinitiative and for all things makeup @thebombshellinitiative.makeup

Have you got a cute romper this year? Let me know in the comments or tag me in your pic on social.

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