4 Reasons Why I Get Eyelash Extensions

The first time I heard about eyelash extensions I was in my junior year of high school and we had a foreign exchange student from Norway in my class. Another girl had told her that her lashes were so long and that’s when she told us that she had eyelash extensions. Now, keep in my mind, I lived in a very small town in Minnesota. The way of life out there is extremely different. I had no idea that eyelash extensions were even a thing and I thought that it was a crazy thing to do! Fast forward to April 2018 when I decided to finally give them a try and fell in love! In this post I’ll explain why I decided to try them and why I continue to pay for them.

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Let’s start with a quick background about my eyelashes. I was blessed with very long eyelashes. What I wasn’t blessed with? Curl. They are stick straight and a mile long. When I first started wearing makeup at 13 years old, I had just the basics. After wearing mascara for awhile, I was still frustrated that my eyelashes weren’t curling. I brought it up to my mom and she let me know that we could get an eyelash curler for me. Let me tell you I tried every trick in the book for the eyelash curler. Curling my lashes first, putting mascara on and then curling, repeating that same process twice, heating the curler before curling…..I googled until there was nothing left. Eventually I just accepted that my lashes were doomed and stubborn.

-> 2017. My first experience with false eyelashes was when I did a photo shoot. A friend of mine did my makeup for the shoot and I decided to buy some(yolo right?). She put them on me and I felt like one bad-ass woman. I was unstoppable! Fierce! Needless to say, I got hooked and bought myself more lashes.

-> April 2018. I was talking to one of my friends about eyelash extensions. We both were saying that it seemed really cool but we were too scared to try it. We made a pact that I would try them first and if they looked good then she would get extensions too.

The first appointment was amazing. It was so relaxing and the results after were so worth it! I decided to go with a medium length natural style. They looked so beautiful and I felt much more confident! For once in my life it actually looked like I had eyelashes! Since then I haven’t had them taken off. I go every 3 weeks to get them filled and love them every time.

But what about the pricing!? Here’s what I think is super funny about people’s responses when I tell them how much my lashes are: they literally pay the same amount to have their nails or hair done. Quality acrylic nails can be anywhere from $40-$80 depending on where you go and your design – and those get filled every 2 weeks! Women’s hair stylists have always been expensive. My last stylist increased her price to $90 for a haircut. When you first get the extensions it will be in the $110+ range. Fills vary on the style you’re wanting. Note: Pricing also varies on where you go. These prices are for my lashes. I pay anywhere between $60-$80 for my lash fills depending on which style I go with. Generally I stick with the Volume style which is $70. Why do I pay this much every 3 weeks?

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  1. It looks BOMB. I don’t think I need to elaborate.
  2. It’s convenient. Waking up every day and not having to worry about makeup is amazing. It saves me so much time getting ready in the morning(or if I’m running late!)
  3. It saves me money. Yes, you read that correctly! Since getting lash extensions, I have greatly decreased my trips to makeup stores. I feel confident leaving my house with zero makeup on so I’m not wearing makeup every day. This also means I’m not having to spend money on makeup remover wipes either!
  4. “Treat yo self!” I don’t spend a lot of money on myself, especially since I’ve become a minimalist. My haircut is around $45 and I go whenever I feel like I need a touch up. I don’t get my nails done anymore because of how damaged they were from gel and acrylics. I very rarely buy any new clothes anymore. The only reason I’ve bought clothes recently is because I lost some weight. Having my lashes done brings me so much joy and confidence! 

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I’ve been really happy in my decision to continue getting eyelash extensions. It’s an expense I don’t mind and budget for every month. I love the convenience of them so much! If you’re interested in getting them, make sure to do your research! You’re dealing with your eyes and want to make sure you’re staying safe and healthy. Word of mouth and Yelp are really great options in deciding where to go.

HELPFUL TIP: When you go for your first set, start with the natural since it’s the cheapest option. When you go for fills you can choose other styles and pay the fill price instead of a new set! 😉

Homemade Face Mask for Chin Acne

In my previous post I mentioned that I am unable to be on hormonal birth control. If you haven’t, you can read it here as I make a few references! Because of this, I now experience hormonal acne – awesome! The areas I get it are on my forehead and my chin. Since switching to the Aveeno face wash, the acne on my forehead has calmed down quite a bit! It’s still there and obviously starts to get worse when my menstrual cycle starts but it’s manageable. The real tricky one is my chin. When I do get my cycle, my chin breaks out like crazy. I don’t like wearing face makeup but I hate how noticeable all the pimples are! I needed to fix this and fast.

My research began with why I was getting the acne primarily on my chin. All sites pointed to hormones and stress – double awesome. With no hormonal birth control and having a high-stress job, it’s the perfect combination for my chin acne. Now that I knew what the problem was, I needed to find out how to fix it.

I already do as much as I can to keep bacteria away from my face. I use a separate towel to dry my face and wash it weekly, clorox phones I use at work, and tie my hair up when I sleep. What else could I do? I searched online for some treatments. I stumbled upon https://www.facingacne.com/chin-acne/  that was actually very helpful! It explained chin acne, the causes, and also gave great at-home remedies. One of the remedies they included was with tea tree oil. It explained why it’s so good and how it helps with the bacteria near your chin. They did give the warning that it will dry out your skin so if you have dry skin, use caution. I was so happy they included that because I have dry skin and their next remedy was made just for me! The answer was honey. Honey is all around great for your skin and for your chin acne it’s even better. I’ve included the recipe and my experiences below – enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon pure honey
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon

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Day One: Face mask

My first try I decided to do a face mask so I could see how I liked it and how it affected my skin. Let me start by telling you that this will be messy so make sure to either wear a tank top or shirt you don’t mind honey and cinnamon getting on.

I mixed the two together and it went on surprisingly very easy and smooth. After applying I relaxed for 15 minutes. About 10 minutes in my face was melting. Little bits started to drip down onto my chest and my face felt super itchy because of it! It was very hard to sit still for another couple minutes. Once my 15 minutes were up I went to wash off. Using lukewarm water, you want to gently “splash” away the mask. It actually comes off pretty well. I thought it would be really sticky because of the honey but it isn’t. What you need to be careful of is the cinnamon. The key is to not scrub and I’ll tell you that you really don’t want to. It could be just me because I have really sensitive skin but my face started to burn as I started washing it away. I patted my face dry afterwards as to not irritate my skin anymore. My face was pretty red after but the results were great! It was very smooth and my pores weren’t so big either. I continued my nighttime skincare routine as normal.

I woke up the next morning and was extremely impressed with the results! My face felt fresher and the acne was not as noticeable as before!

Day Two: Spot Treatment

I waited a few days after doing the mask to try it as a spot treatment. To use as a spot treatment, you’ll cut the recipe in half. Right away I liked this a lot better. I left it on for 15 minutes and it barely started to drip off my face and removing was a lot easier as well. With less cinnamon being used it wasn’t as harsh and my face also didn’t get red afterwards.

The next morning I could once again tell a difference. The acne was not as profound as before and some spots were even starting to clear up!

Final Verdict. I am obsessed! Doing this simple and homemade treatment for skin worked so well! I enjoyed it as a mask but think I would use less cinnamon than recommended since my skin is so sensitive. As a spot treatment it worked very well for my chin acne and I achieved the results I was looking for.

Nighttime Skincare Routine

Let’s get skin-ky!

Ah, yes. A horrible pun. If we’re gonna become friends then I’ll let you know right now that puns are my favorite thing in the world. But we’ll save that for another time – onto skincare!

Quick backstory ~

For medical reasons I needed to stop taking hormonal birth control. This turned out to be great for me because without the birth control, my cycle became normal again and I wasn’t getting frequent migraines. However, with positives come negatives. One of those negatives was hormonal acne; something I never had to deal with before. Through many articles, reviews, and my doctor, here is what I found helps keep my face feeling fresh and kept under control.

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  1. Remove any makeup. If I happen to be wearing any makeup then obviously I gotta take it off. I first start with Neutrogena Make-Up Wipes. After that I use Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water to remove any remaining makeup and refresh my face after a long day.
  2. Wash my face. Now that makeup is out of the way we can get to cleaning! I use Aveeno Clear Complexion Foaming Cleanser. Before I was using Clean & Clear but once I started getting acne I needed to find something that was really going to help calm it down. A lot of reviews and articles said any kind of Aveeno product is really good for your skin but this one was especially recommended for hormonal acne and sensitive skin.
  3. Witch Hazel. A friend of mine uses witch hazel and recommended it. And now I recommend it to you! The kind I use is Thayer’s Rose Petal Witch Hazel. The smell is amazing and it’s alcohol free which is even better for your skin. Using the witch hazel I’ve noticed that my skin doesn’t get as red as it normally would and my pores aren’t as noticeable. It leaves my skin feeling soft, refreshed, and smelling amazing!
  4. Clindamycin Wipes. After talking to my doctor she prescribed me two medications to use for my acne. I do have to note that I’ve used them about a week now and was advised that it can take 2-3 months before I start noticing any effects -so to be continued!
  5. Adapalene 0.1% Cream. This one I use only at night and put it on the areas that I have the most acne.
  6. Eye Cream. The skin around your eyes is the most sensitive on your face so make sure to show some love! I use LUSH Enchanted Eye Cream.
  7. Moisturize! The final and most important part is to moisturize! I keep my skin hydrated with the Aveeno Clear Complexion Moisturizer. Moisturizing also helps keep your skin young and help prevent wrinkles so make sure you do it twice a day!

 

There you have it! My nighttime skincare routine. I’ve provided links so y’all can check these items out for yourself!