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DIY Lashes That Look Like Professional Extensions? Yep

DIY Lashes That Look Like Professional Extensions? Yep

If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you know I’ve been a Lash Boost user for nearly two years. And while I’m pleased with the lash length I’ve achieved, my eye fringe has never gotten super full. Extensions would probably help with thickness, but I’m averse to the maintenance…not to mention the damage to my natural lashes. False lashes would also help fatten things up but, unless a pro applies them, I think they look faux, they itch…and, TBH, they're a pain in the ass to put on.

   The Lashify Starter Kit  includes two sets of lashes, an applicator tool, an adhesive and a sealant.

The Lashify Starter Kit includes two sets of lashes, an applicator tool, an adhesive and a sealant.

Lashify, in my opinion, is a game changer. These temporary, do-it-yourself fringe enhancers offer a natural, extension-like result sans the frustration of at-home false-lash application. They are also significantly less expensive than professional extensions ($125 for the starter kit, $20 for replacement lashes—or $10 if you buy a $40 membership). It should be noted, however, that they don’t offer the longevity of pro extensions. Lashify claims their lashes can stay put for five to seven days, but I’d say it's more like two to three. And personally, I remove the lashes after every wear and place them back in the kit. As long as you handle them with care and keep them in pristine condition, the lashes are reusable (I'd say for up to five wears).

   Replacement gossamers  may be purchased separately.

Replacement gossamers may be purchased separately.

So, how does Lashify work? The lashes (or, as the company calls them, gossamers) are lighter than traditional falsies and applied under your lashes, next to the waterline, as opposed to along the eyelid. The result: seamless, undetectable thickening, darkening and elongating—without the damage that heavy professional extensions can inflict (or the obvious fakeness of traditional falsies). In the aforementioned Lashify Starter Kit, you receive two sets of lashes, a gentle adhesive, a sealant (the lash version of nail polish top coat) and an applicator tool which is akin to an eyelash curler crossed with a tweezer (see photo above). This latter tool is really the key to easy (I swear, easy) application, even for those of us in reading glasses.

  I'm wearing  Gossamers in C10 —three tufts on each eyelid. I find they thicken and darken so much, I can skip mascara.

I'm wearing Gossamers in C10—three tufts on each eyelid. I find they thicken and darken so much, I can skip mascara.

The gossamers come in a wide variety of lengths and thicknesses, designed to fit the length of your upper lid, inner to outer corner. Rather than one long strip, the gossamers are parceled in small tufts of approximately 20 to 30 lashes attached to a common root (there's an individual tuft in the jaws of the applicator tool in the photo at the top of this post). And while each set contains six tufts per eyelid, I typically only apply two to three tufts, clustered at the outer corners of my eyes for a doe-like effect. I also opt for the brand’s most understated gossamer styles: A10 (A is for Amplify, which means length) and C10 (C is for Curled—so they flip up more than A or B gossamers). B, which I don’t use, is for Bold, which I guess means darker and thicker...but on me just looks too-too. 

So, are Lashify gossamers an everyday —or special-occasion—option? That’s entirely up to you. In my current life, where most of my day is spent in a home office writing at a computer, I save my gossamers for evenings out. But I don’t see any harm in using them more often. You’ll just, of course, have to also replace them more often.

And if you do try Lashify, I’d recommend watching the video review from Elle magazine that appears on Lashify’s home page. Although the tester is half my age (and presumably yours too) and she likes a bolder lash look than I do, her explanation of how to use the kit is very clear. (The video is at the bottom of the home page so be sure to scroll all the way down.) I've also posted a quick teaser of my own application on Instagram here.

Have you tried Lashify? Tell us all about in the Comments section, below. Or email me at mediumblondeblog@gmail.com

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