December 20, 2016

My First Lash Extensions and the Best Place for Lashes in Essex


As most beauty addicts are, I've always been a bit obsessed with false lashes. I've tried loads of brands over the years, but the ones I've worn most often have been unbranded ones from eBay, which cost £2.70 for a pack of ten! I've always found them to be great value for money, and look great paired with the clear lash glue I buy from Savers, which costs £1 for a pack of three small tubes. Sometimes though, strip lashes just don't fit the bill, as was pointed out to me by my friend Zonnia recently. Our graduation was on Saturday, 19th November 2016 (post to come!), and in the build-up to it, Zonnia pointed out that any little mistake with strip lashes would show up on camera, since the graduation head shots are professionally taken close-ups. I decided to book in for an appointment at the new salon in Rayleigh, Essex: Fairytale Lashes and Beauty.
 

I opted to hand the reigns over to Christina when it came to my lashes, since she has an unrivaled reputation in South East Essex for lash extensions. Anyone who's anyone in the Southend-on-Sea/Leigh-on-Sea area goes to Christina for all their lash treatments, so she was the obvious choice for me.

Having previously been based at Precision Salon in Eastwood, Leigh-on-Sea, Christina has recently opened up her own salon 'Fairytale Lashes and Beauty' at the bottom of Crown Hill, next to Rayleigh railway station. The salon serves the wider area of Southend and Leigh-on-Sea, but is easy enough to get to from London Liverpool Street, Stratford and Shenfield, which all call at Rayleigh station. 

The salon itself is absolutely beautiful. It's very modern and fitted out with beautiful wall art and furniture. You can view Christina's Facebook page here and Instagram account here which will give you an idea of the salon and her work (both of which are incredible!).

Christina offers 'classic' lashes for £45 or 'Russian volume' lashes for £60. I opted for the Russian volume lashes, as I wanted my lashes to be a bit thicker and fluffier, so they really stood out in my graduation pics. The treatment lasted two hours, which I found to be a little uncomfortable, as laying down for that long gave me backache. The treatment itself wasn't uncomfortable in any way, though! I was half expecting it to be, as having someone touch your eye area can be a bit daunting. Christina was very gentle and reassuring.
 
I've heard that Russian volume lashes can last up to eight weeks, but this is dependant on a number of factors. Christina advised me not to get them wet in the first 24 hours after the treatment and not to use oil based products on/near them (as this can break down the adhesive). I did use my oil based foundations in quite close proximity and noticed the effects.
 
My lashes lasted just over a fortnight in the end. They could have lasted a lot longer if I had cared for them better. I started to find them a little irritating in the corners of my eyes and started to pick at them. With the right care and patience, I'd say that these could last for four weeks, but it also depends on the rate your own eyelashes grow at. Obviously, as your natural lashes fall out, so do the fans.
 
Overall, I was really happy with the service that Christina provided. I would definitely consider getting Russian volume lashes again in future, but only for the most special of occasions. For now, I think I'm going to opt for lash lifts and tints to make the most of my own, natural eyelashes! I'll definitely be heading back to Christina for this service, as I cannot recommend her enough!
 
Have you had lash extensions before? What did you think?


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  1. Thank you for sharing your experience, I have considered getting lash extensions for holidays that I go on but I hear such horror stories about them breaking your natural lashes etc that I have always chickened out. I might give it a go! Great post x

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

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    1. Glad you found the post useful :) I won't lie, this treatment did damage my own natural lashes somewhat, but not enough to put me off having it done again in the future for special occasions. My natural lashes recovered fairly quickly, I just avoided mascara and strip lashes while they were in recovery!xx

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  2. I'd love to get lash extensions at some point to save me hassle of fake lashes and the ones yo got look lovely, thanks for sharing your experience! x

    Kate// itskaterose.blogspot.com

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the post! I'd definitely recommend for special occasions x

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  3. Sounds like a lovely little salon! Your eyelashes look amazing. A 2 hour process does seem a little daunting but you can see that it's worth it! :) I've only ever had strip lashes before, but I'd definitely consider something a little thicker like these!

    Hannatalks

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    1. It is so so lovely! The length of the treatment has put me off having it done more often, but I loved the results! Christina recommended I try a tint and lift next time, so I might go for that :)

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  4. Ah they look amazing! I think I'd be the same as you though and get irritated by them...and it's an expensive hobby to keep up!

    katie xx lacoconoire.com

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    1. Thank you! Yes, I definitely agree, but I will be back again for another set for my birthday and holidays etc. :)

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  5. Che bello questo effetto!!
    Lalu

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