THE LASH SECRETS: MY EXPERIENCE WITH LASH EXTENSIONS & NEULASH

There’s one question I get asked in real life almost every single day.  Believe it or not, the question isn’t, “Where is that sweater from?  Where are those shoes from?”.  It’s actually, “Are your lashes real?” and with an astonished glance from the questioner, I reply, “Yes.”

Lashes are without doubt my favorite part of my makeup routine.  Honestly, if I could only choose one facet of makeup and forgo makeup on the rest of my face, I would hands down choose to do my lashes.  There’s something that applying makeup to them does to my mindset.  I instantly feel more feminine.

That being said, my lashes have had a journey from being average sized to being exaggerated by lash extensions, to being stubby when the said extensions fell out, to now being long due to my secret weapon.  This is their journey.

These are my lashes today using my secret weapon and two great mascaras (which I will mention at the end of the post).

Natural Lashes:

Let’s take a stroll back in time to about a year ago when I had natural lashes.  This is what my normal lashes (without help) look like with 2 coats of volumizing mascara on.  Naturally, my lashes are blond and aren’t really visible without mascara.  As you can see they are much shorter than they are today.  They are stick straight and do not hold curl.

Lash Extensions:

Last January, in the quest for longer lashes, I choose to get lash extensions.  I adored them and spent every Saturday morning every two to three weeks getting them filled for six months.  While the initial appointment was more expensive, each fill for my lash extensions was around $100 after I had tipped by artist.

My lash artist always did an amazing job.  I babied my lashes by not using any oil based products on them, slept on my back to preserve them, and refrained from touching them in order to keep them as fresh as possible for as long as possible.  Even with being extra protective of my lashes, by the end of a week, I would have the urge to get them filled as they would be starting to disappear.  While my lash artist always noted that I had a lot of natural lashes so she was able to add a lot of extensions to them, I always felt at the beginning of week two (the 7th day) that I was beginning to feel naked.  I didn’t have the time or desire to spend $100 a week on my lashes so I got them filled every 2-3 weeks on average.  It was during this one to two week span that I really began to miss mascara.  Because lash extensions are only applied to your top lashes, I always felt on days 7 and beyond that my eyes started looking very tired and I didn’t have that bright eyed glow mascara or new extensions give you.  I always really missed that during this timeframe.

I ultimately heard about Neulash and began wondering what all the hype was about and decided to give it a try as I was beginning to get frustrated with how my lashes looked in between fills.

Pros of Lash Extensions:  Lashes look full and amazing for about a week, length/curl is determined by you and your lash artist, ability to speed through your makeup routine as there is no need for mascara

Cons of Lash Extensions:  Expensive, time consuming, has the ability to harm natural lashes, in between fills your lashes might not be as full as you would like

(with lash extensions right after a fill)

Lash Extensions Falling Out:

I had heard so many good things about Neulash that I got to the point where I had to try it.  I got one final fill and purchased Neulash that same day.  I had heard that when your extensions fall out over the course of a few weeks, your lashes may be slightly shorter than you remember (perhaps because they were damaged in the process OR just because you are so used to the extensions that your natural lashes feel short).  I began applying Neulash the day I got the fill in order to get a head start on the growth cycle that Neulash needs to show results (6 plus weeks before you notice anything).  As my extensions began falling out, my lashes were incredibly short.  I was so tempted to put extensions back on as I absolutely hated how they looked.  There was no mascara that could fix their state.  They were incredibly choppy and spiky looking.  Thankfully, I waited it out through this “ugly duckling” phase that lasted a month or two.

(Four weeks after a lash extension fill with mascara)

After About 12 weeks of Using Neulash:

After all of the extensions fell out and I was left with my natural lashes, I continued to apply Neulash before bed every single night.  I went through the entire first tube and noticed some growth.  While the website claims to start seeing results in 6 weeks, I didn’t see anything more than what my lashes were prior to extensions (which was an improvement at that point because my lashes were very short after the extensions).  However, I keep applying it nightly…at around 12 weeks I really starting seeing longer, thicker lashes.

(After using Neulash for about 12-16 weeks)

Results During the Second Tube of Neulash:

I purchased a second tube of Neulash and continued to use it.  It was with this second tube that I really started seeing results.  My lashes now touch my eyebrows.  They are long and thick in comparison to before.  I no longer feel the need to get extensions because of the results that I have achieved through using it.  I will continue to apply it nightly and it is a holy grail item in my arsenal that I will purchase for years to come.

(Neulash)

My Lash Routine:

(Neulash  |  Benefit They’re Real Tinted Lash Primer |  It Cosmetics Superhero )

These are my top three lash products:

  •  Every night, after washing my face, I apply Neulash to my lash line like I would a liquid eyeliner.  I am consistent and use it every single night.  Skipping nights will deter your results.  Have patience as it takes a few months to see results.
  • In the morning, my mascara routine is comprised of two parts.  I adore both of these products.
    • First, I apply two coats of Benefit They’re Real Tinted Lash Primer to both top and bottom lashes.  I love this primer because it really helps to define each lash and is a brown color.  I’ve always found white primers incredibly difficult to fully cover.  This one eliminates that problem and is also great for days where you want an incredibly natural makeup look when used on its own.
    • Next, I apply two coats of It Cosmetics Superhero atop of the primer.  This mascara adds a lot of volume to your lashes.  I’ve tried a lot of mascaras and it’s definitely one of my all time faves and is in my current rotation.
  • Smile and prepare yourself for lash compliments!

(Lashes when using Neulash)

Thanks for reading!  What are some of your favorite mascaras?

If you have any additional questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

xoxo,

Abbie

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2 Comments

  1. Yasmin
    January 10, 2017 / 8:06 pm

    I purchased neulash on the nsale over the summer but definitely have not been consistent : /. After reading your post I will definitely try to be consistent and buy those two other mascaras! Love everything about your style! I try to buy everything you post but it’s definitely making me go broke! Lol!!! Anyways thank you!

    • aarbrun@gmail.com
      January 11, 2017 / 12:03 am

      You are too sweet! Thank you!

      Purchasing Neulash during the NSale is the best time to grab it! That’s when I try to grab mine as well. Consistency is key when using it. I didn’t really see results until tube number two. You’ll wake up one morning and realize they’ve grown so much!
      With this no shopping challenge I’ll be re wearing so many of my pieces so hopefully it will be easier. Haha! 🙂 I so appreciate the sweet words and am so humbled that you are loving my little slice of Internet. Thanks so much for following along. Xxxxx💗💗💗

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