I was lucky enough to be a lash model for the company Xtreme Lashes during The Makeup Show Orlando 2013 in Orlando Florida so this review is about about both about the actual procedure and the lashes. Xtreme Lashes is company co-founded by Jo Mousselli and is the global leader in eyelash extensions known as Xtreme Lashes eyelash extensions. For those of you that aren’t familiar with what lash extensions are, they aren’t your traditional strip false lash (or single lash “cluster”) products that you may be accustomed to. You can’t pick these up in your local drug store or at a dept store and apply them on your own with just a little lash glue. Lash extensions, particularly Xtreme Lashes, are applied one lash at a time to each individual lash natural lash by a trained stylist to give your lashes a natural fullness and length that is semi-permanent. The results can last indefinitely if maintained, but in general lasts about 4 to 6 weeks.
My application took a little over 2 hours for a full set. I opted to go for a little more volume versus length since I am generally happy with my length, but in the future I think I would opt for a more dramatic application. My application gave my eyes more of a “I don’t need mascara” look which made makeup applications a step easier, but a lot of people weren’t aware that I even had extensions done. This is a great thing if you’re going for a completely natural look of course. The process was completely painless and very comfortable – with exception of being on display for everyone to see on the TMS floor lol. Me getting my Xtreme Lashes applied. Photo credited belongs to my lash stylist @debbiejean2008
As a contact lens wearer I was required to arrive for application without my contacts in and couldn’t wear them at all the entire day (this meant dragging out the dreaded glasses I hate to wear in public lol) but luckily I was able to wear them the next day to drive back home to Georgia after TMS wrapped up. Other requirements were to arrive with no makeup and to avoid using any heavy creams or moisturizers or drinking any caffeine. After care was fairly simple. Avoid getting the lash area wet for 48 hrs so that the adhesive could fully cure and avoid extreme heat. It is also recommended that you use their aftercare products for makeup removal and cleaning the eye area to help maintain the life of the lashes. This included a 4.0 oz bottle of Eye Makeup Remover & Facial Cleanser and a container of 100 Lint-Free Applicators that look similar to q-tips which help you gently remove all traces of makeup and debris from the eye area without tugging or causing harm to the lashes.
Some of my initial “after” pics of my lashes did not come out very clear so I don’t think they showed how great they looked. They were taken in very poor hotel bathroom lighting on my phone and rushed so forgive the quality!
A little minor side note to those that are curious about what it looks like when an extension grows out. It doesn’t come out until your natural lash does so no fears. Here is what it will look like:
For more detailed info about Xtreme Lashes, the procedure, other products they offer, or to find a stylist in your area please visit http://www.xtremelashes.com
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