Center City Style Examiner

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

L'Extreme Lashes

As a mascara addict I have tried almost every brand under the sun. In my experience it is the shape of the brush that matters more than the formula...but that talk's for another day. I recently went to Salon Thalia in Philadelphia's gorgeous Washington Square and got eyelash extensions applied by their aesthetician Memories. The lashes came in two varieties; natural and extreme, and where said to last 4-6 weeks depending on how gentle you are with them.

I opted for the extreme look, which was really not extreme at all (thank god, I did not want to look like some sort of showgirl 24/7). It took about an hour and a half, and my lashes stayed on about 4 weeks before I started to pull them off (my lashes grow quick). They looked very natural, and Memories was super helpful, along with the rest of the Salon Thalia team. You have to go for an initial consultation which takes about ten minutes so she can assess your lashes and make sure that you are a good candidate for the extensions. The price tag on these babies is a little much at around $300+ depending on if you get natural or extreme, but I have to say I was pleased with my experience and would do it again. They gave me the lash conditioner treatment as well as special mascara and a lash comb. I found myself leaving the house forgetting mascara most days (gasp) and barely noticing a difference. I got the lashes done because I was going to be in a wedding, and they really helped bring my eyes out in photos.

Quick Tips:
-You cannot wet your lashes for 24 hours after application
-No oil based make-up removers EVER
-Use the conditioner daily, it helps reinforce the glue bonds
-Use the mascara they give you, and only put it on the tips
-Do not curl your will crack the glue

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