Last week, I decided to have my first ever eyelash extensions at Xtensions – Hair, Nails, and Eyebrow Extensions Specialists. I availed an Ensogo deal for a Glamorous Upper Eyelash Extensions a month ago, which only cost me Php269 instead of the the regular price Php 1400. It was easy booking an appointment with them, even though I decided to book one day before my preferred date. The slot I booked, which was at one in the afternoon, was the only slot left for that day.
The interiors lured me in with its mix of pink, black, and white. It looked very posh and for those who have not done their research, it might intimidate them into thinking that the services would cost an arm and a leg.
I stretched out on the comfortable gray cushion, with my head supported by the extra fluffy fur pillow. The attendant also pulled over a matching gray flanel blanket on top of me. An overhead lamp was in place to help the eyelash specialist see better during the whole process. For the duration of the eyelash extension, I had my eyes closed, and I was forbidden to open them unless I want my eyes to sting from the eyelash glue. I did not open my eyes, but from time to time, I would feel the sting, which would last for thirty seconds to a minute.
The eyelash extensions were made of mink, and was the thinnest variation of all the ones they had. It provided volume to my eyelashes because the attendant glued 100 eyelashes per eye. It also defined my eyes by making me look like I always have eyeliner on my upper lashline. I love the dramatic effect. The lashes are naturally curled and looked very natural. They didn’t look like those false eyelashes sold at department stores which are made of plastic.
But it was quite difficult having and maintaining eyelash extensions, too. I was told that I am not to get the extensions wet. I can’t touch them or rub my eyes without ruining them. That means I can’t cover my eyes when I sleep, a habit I’m still trying to break. It’s also a real challenge to wash my face without getting them wet. The worst part is not being able to cover my eyes while watching horror movies and the latest episodes of The Walking Dead. And knowing that they will fall off one by one and only last for a good three weeks. Bye bye, one thousand pesos.
While the Xtensions’ website says that the extensions are “safe in the shower, while swimming, sleeping, or exercising,” the attendant tells me not to get it wet. *confused* I think that I’d like to try my best and maintain my eyelash extensions, so I would have to go with what the Xtensions’ attendant is saying.
My Xtensions’ specialist was really skillful in gluing the extensions to my lash line. She was also very helpful by assisting me at the public toilet, since I needed to have my romper unzipped from the back. However, I noted that there were moment she’d stop attending to my lashes and texted away. While drying my eyelashes with a manual blower, I noted that her efforts would stray from the area that needed drying simply because she was not paying attention to what she needed to do. Hope that even though there are not a lot of customers, they’d forbid texting or using cellphones when their specialist is attending to a client.
Will I repurchase or come back for another session? Honestly, I think eyelash extensions are quite challenging to maintain. I might rest my peepers after this and go back to my first love, mascara. While I won’t get to wake up with the most glamorous and eye-opening lashes, at least I get to sleep comfortably without having to worry about how my lashes will be the next day.-HANA