Life after Eyelash Extensions 

I want to be honest with my readers and so you can be aware of what may happen after your next lash extensions.I wish I had known this truth before.

Eyelash Extensions

What they don’t tell you.Read on.

Ahh, eyelash extensions life’s fluttery beauties.Those cute creatures that frame your face. Instantly transforming you from ham to glam whether you just woke up or you’re in the midst of a workout.If you’ve had them before you’ll most likely have loved them.Unless you had the misfortune of booking an unskilled budget technician but that’s a story for another time.

What happens when you decide it’s time to reclaim your natural lashes?

Starting with that cliche answer lash technicians almost always give when we ask…  Will it ruin my own lashes?No not at all it might actually be better for your lashes as you will look after them more”.It now makes me laugh for when that fateful day arrived and my last set of lashes came off the HORROR ohhh the H..HHORROR!! yes, it was real my dear readers.Short stumpy and barely visible lashes were all that remained.It was naive of me to expect anything less.Having had hair extensions and knowing all too well the possible risks for damage.

Eyelash Extensions

Now first off let me get this out there I did visit one of “The Good & Highly Recommend Salons” and I wouldn’t say they did a bad job, in fact, I loved my lash extensions they were amazing, and I was soon a devout disciple. I was addicted to their beauty. But like Ikarus flew too close to the sun, I too got a bit cocky and also came undone, now I’m left worse off than when I started.

Eyelash ExtensionsAs I stared at the eyelash genocide occupying my face the words escaped through pursed lips -“Omg! what has happened to me !I have such short lashes they are ruined”.So I did what any self-respecting beauty gal in 2017 would do and googled it.

Eyelash ExtensionsAnd low and behold tons of horror stories flew into my visual sector! Not only was I not the only one but apparently this is common situation.I wish that I knew of this before I had them installed.I’m not saying I wouldn’t have done it but I would have liked to have known what I was getting myself into and not just the monthly cost.

Im Rich Giphy I now feel like some preternatural creature wandering the countryside with balding lashes what to do….Get another set on very short lashes?I decided against the latter as they were already too short I don’t think they would support the weight of the lashes even if I wanted to .And I wasnt willing to damage them any further.

So I’ve decided to grow them back to there former glory giving them a much needed break ,yes R&R while I pray to the gods “why have thou forsaken me”.In the meantime, for photo shoots, I can glue on my favorite falsies Ardells.And to assist in there recovery I’ll use a lash enhancing serum.


disaster plan

Lash Enhancing Serum 101

Eye Lash booster Serum

I was not sponsored by any brands I mentioned in this article Genie lash building Duo was gifted to me without any conditions of me doing anything in return, and until this beauty mishap, it was relegated to back of my beauty cupboard until I made the metamorphosis into Peter Garette eyes bald as a badger.I reached out with joy to give this product a shot in the hope it would work.And share my honest experience with you.I don’t mind being the proverbial guinea pig for the better good of the beauty community.“Logic clearly dictates that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.”Starship log, stardate 8130.4.

Lash Extensions
Volume lashes

Hmmm, let’s try the MILLION DOLLAR LASH KIT Genie lash building Duo which combines a Lash Booster and Mascara.Just comb on the white lash booster then you comb the black mascara over the top.Sounds simple

This is what they state on their website –

Infused with ultra-hydrating beeswax and soft, velvety Silica fibers, GENIE’s Million Dollar Lashes Mascara visually adds volume, length, and thickness to dramatically transform sparse and thin lashes into lush lashes that look like a million bucks!

Sounds great right?!

So far I’d say maybe it helped them look a bit healthier and when I put on both the serum and mascara as directed they did indeed look better but I wasn’t seeing much of a justifiable difference.

Yves Saint Laurent

Maybe if I started off with regular lashes and not damaged it could of helped them look better. But in all honesty when it comes to Mascara my no.1 of all time will always be YVES SAINT LAURENT Mascara Volume Effect Faux Cils. I’ve been using this on and off since high school from the very first time my mum and I swung by DJ’s and asked the lady behind the YSL counter what she used since hers looked too good to be Au-naturel. This was “The” product, but sadly the formula was changed several years ago, it’s still good not as amazing as before but a damn good mascara .Did I tell you I love the scent of Ysl beauty products but I digress?

Celebrities must be right… right?

As I was doing my research and reading other blogs on this exact situation the brand and product that came up time and time again were FDA-approved eyelash growth serum, Latisse a popular product amongst celebrities.The studies that were carried out on healthy individuals, found that after 16 weeks the average study participants lashes were 25% longer, 106% thicker and 18% darker.

But with a $525 price tag (3-4 month supply when used every day) coupled with such side effects as permanently changing your eye color, irreversible pigmentation, and unwanted hair growth!I’m not sure I’m game enough to risk being bearded women with glow in the dark eyes.Although being a risky product it appears to still have a strong cult following.

Available>>> here <

To Be or Not to Be

False lashes or nort

 Pros Tick

  • The convenience of putting on barely any makeup and looking great 
  • not having to stick on falsies
  • Opens up your face 
  • Instant glamour 
  • Takes less time to do a full makeup look.
  • Looking good with no makeup on 


  • Application takes a long time
  • Cannot use any oil-based makeup/skincare products on eyes.
  • Can’t rub your eyes 
  • Can’t get them wet for 24 hrs after you have had them done.
  • Constant maintenance
  • Price 
  • They do not all come off at once so you’re left with ugly looking stray ones or pay removal costs.
  • Most likely you will lose some of your own lashes.

Lash extensions for the future?

I’d like to think I would but only a month at a time with a break in between.

I wont be shocked this time. Because now I have a good lash booster on hand. Like any good beauty junkie, some things are hard to give up. Thick full lashes happen to be one of them.

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Classic Set Eyelash Extensions

Don’t get me wrong I’m not bagging Lash technicians. I love what they do and there is definitely Salons that do an amazing job.

But after doing the research for myself (this includes visits to both the best Lash Tec’s and the lesser). I’ve since returned to natural lashes there was still the telltale signs of weak short damaged hair.

lash extensions

Dear reader now that your informed you can choose to lash or not to lash.Have you experienced this with eyelash extensions? Have you used Latisse? Are you addicted to eyelash extensions? Still keen to try them?

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3 month update 

My lashes have grown a little longer but are still not what what they were before hand .

Im seriously considering getting eyelash extensions soon to coverup how short they are. Which is a catch 22 if I never started then I wouldn’t need them now.

 A good technician can reduce further future damage.

If you have any personal experience with this situation or can tell me how to grow them back quicker. Please leave a comment below.

Natalia K XXXX c/o




  1. I had such a horrible experience the first time I tried the extensions that I’m still not sure if I’d do it again. Although, it was a long time ago and I’m sure the technique and materials have probably improved, so who knows. But I have to say they look great on you and very natural!

    • melbourneyum Reply

      Yes a bad experience is horrible!
      I definitely agree that you need to find a good technician and even then there is no guarantees that your lashes won’t be damaged ,so it’s about deciding on the pros and cons.
      I do love them but they definitely did damage my lashes so I try and have big breaks between them.
      Thanks for reading!

  2. Hi Natalia,

    I had a really bad experience with lash extensions. My natural lashes became 2 times shorter.
    Now I always check the studio and a type of lashes before I go to apply eye lash extensions.

    By the way, your lashes look absolutely perfect, I wish my thin lashes looked like yours.
    I agree with all advantages and disadvantages you mentioned. Anyways, I find eye lash extensions beautiful and even essential for all of us.


  3. I wish I could read this before I did my 4 years eyelash extension!!! Literally after I quit I the extension I had no eyelashes and even the glue they used was so bad for my eyes since my sight is not as good as before lol. I also spent to much money on them. I decided to quit because even that they look so beautiful its also not so good for your own natural eyelashes!
    I still use them for a one event or something like that and immediately take them out. I agree that taking breaks in between is the best way to do it and using vitamins to help them growth.


  4. I’ve been wanting to try lash extensions, but I think you have scarred me into not wanting to try them haha. I always thought that the type of glue made a difference in application and removal. In talking to some of my makeup clients, the ones who lost their lashes, it was because they went to someone who used a tight bonding hair glue instead of eyelash glue on their eyes, which is a huge no-no. I am curious…did your lash tech use a hair glue or lash glue? That may have made the difference in your results. However, if a lash glue was used to apply your extensions, I don’t want any parts of getting these done anymore! I am glad you are on the road to recovery for your beautiful lashes 🙂

    • melbourneyum Reply

      Hey love
      They definitely used eyelash glue these were very expensive lash extensions not a cheap job.

  5. Before I read your post I really wanted to try extensions. And now I’m afraid. Mine are almost invisible without mascara (super blonde) and my eyes get so irritated from eye makeup that I thought extensions would be just what I need. I’ll have to try the serums and see if they work for me. For now I’ll stick with my Korres mascara (gives me long spidery non clumpy lashes without irritation).

    • melbourneyum Reply

      I’m not saying you shouldn’t do it ,it’s all about weighing up the pros and cons ,but it’s good to know what could happen as I wished I had known before hand.

  6. I’m really glad I read this but I’m still not situated on if I’m going to get them or not. Maybe I missed this somewhere in the post but how long did you have them on in between getting them off? From what I gather, they are great for short sprints but not the long haul? Theres got to be an option that allows for healthy lashes and long wear time as well? You would think in 2017 that would for sure be a thing. I’m glad you were honest about the gifted product. I’ve heard about Latisse but I didn’t realize it was that expensive. I came across one blogger that used it and they were a bit out of control and spider like but I’m not sure if that was just the mascara she was using in addition to using Latisse. As you’ve probably guessed by now I dont have luscious lashes. They are decent but I always feel like I look so much more natural (surprisingly) and I tend to not wear as much makeup when I have on lashes and I like that so I’ve really gone back and forth with the extension thing. Is the upkeep really intense?

    Manda |

    • melbourneyum Reply

      After a 3 month break from them I now have eyelash extensions again because my eyelashes were still a bit short after being damaged and I wanted to cover that up plus I really do love the way they look.I wear barely any makeup most days which is why I love them as you look instantly fresh and pretty without any makeup so I totally agree with what you are saying.I had them on for about 4 months previously and when I decided to give them a break I discovered how damaged they were.Id say shorter periods would be less stress for your eyelashes.I agree they shouldn’t damage your lashes but they do I think it’s a combo of the weight of the lashes on your own and the chemicals in the glue.I will continue doing them as I love the look and in between I’ll try to find a serum that helps I’m still to scared to try latisse.The upkeep is rather pricey and time consuming you need to go in for refills every 2-3 weeks,other wise you will have sparse areas where they have shredded,as they don’t all fall out in one area if you just let them grow out it looks rather awful.I think it’s all about weighing out the pros and cons and seeing what works for you.Have a lovely week beautiful x

  7. I’m so sorry to hear that you’ve had such an experience. I did my eyelash extensions only once and luckily had them done properly, so all I can say I was very happy with that experience. However, since that time I thought that it would be better to buy false lashes and use them when I really need it.

    However, I’m so happy that I found this post because you’ve mentioned some really useful things everyone, who consider doing it, should know!

    Cheers, Eliza |

  8. Ok, so the same thing happened to me a few years ago! And I was the same – freaking out. I went and bought all the lash serums and growth producing concoctions I could find – but they just irritated my eyes. Funnily enough, one of my mums friends told me to rub my face oil into them at night…. And it works!!! Long, think lashes just with a natural oil.

    J. x

    • melbourneyum Reply

      What is the face oil you used?
      How long till you saw results?

  9. OMG!! I was in that same boat! My eyelashes are naturally short and curly, so when I first got my eyelash extensions 5 years ago, I never went back. Eyelashes are a beautiful thing and I wasn’t blessed with long ones. I used to get my eyelashes done professionally twice a month and this stripped away all of my lashes! It’s probably been a year now since I have stopped going to an eyelash bar, and started doing them by myself. The glue that I use isn’t as permanent and doesn’t pull my lashes when I take them off. It is a hassle reapplying them every week though! I’ll have to try using a serum on my natural lashes.

    Best of luck!


    • melbourneyum Reply

      Are you applying falsies or actual extensions your self? During my 3 month break I used falsies for photo shoots but I would love to know how to apply extensions myself but I’m not sure if I would have the skill to do so.

  10. I completely agree with you!! I too have been doing eyelash extensions, and having a great technician is so important!! The bad ones do a terrible job and the glue irritates my eyes. I hate how my lash looks in between in the down time when it is short and sparse. I tried Latisse too and it made my eyes darken and itchy so I stopped using them. I really want to try the lash booster you have mentioned. I think I will let my real lashes rest during winter because I can always wear sunglasses for photoshoots 🙂

    xo Sheree

  11. I tried eyelash extensions earlier this year and I just loved how they made me look awake and alive everyday without having to wear a tonne of make up. But it was such an adjustment when I had to be conscious of not rubbing my eyes or burying my face into my pillow. I definitely have no real lashes to speak of and if there’s anything that will help them grow then I’m willing to try because I don’t think I have much to lose haha!

    Helen xx

  12. What a wonderful read filled with a whole lotta information. I’ve heard good and bad about eyelashes. I feel that it would be fun to live it a try but then again I feel it would get super expensive and make me feel high-maintenance. I know that the technicians will usually tell you that it won’t damage your real lashes, but I’ve heard that it does actually ruin your lashes. I’m happy you have shared the truth on this matter because most girls won’t give there true opinion on it. I think your lashes look wonderful now though. So very fabulous.

  13. Oh my gosh! I had no idea that was a side affect! THE HORRER. I have yet to get some but I actually have been wanting to perm them. I guess that’s a thing? Do you know anything about that? I’ve heard bad things about Latisse so I don’t think I’d ever want to try something like that. I do actually need a good mascara. I feel like whatever I’ve been using isn’t working out for me so I may try this YSL one cause your eyelashes look AMAZING.

    • melbourneyum Reply

      Thanks lovely I’m wearing lash extensions in all these pictures but That Ysl mascara is the best I’ve found so far.Do you mean a lash lift? I haven’t heard of a lash perm.

  14. Wow, such an amazing post. I couldn’t be happier to find a post like this. I have seen other posts like this were they never tend to say the truth. Instead, they focus on the good things without mentioning anything bad. I love how you listed the pros and cons because it makes it super helpful. I tend to find myself wearing fake eyelashes a lot so I had thought that maybe I should try eyelash extensions. However, I was scared of what could happen to my actual eyelashes after some of my friends told me what could occur. But I also never got around to it because the price is too much. After reading this I for sure know I won’t get extensions. However, I will continue my search for a great pair of fake eyelashes and a strong mascara. Thank you so much for sharing. I loved reading it!

    • melbourneyum Reply

      I totally agree with you ,I wish I had known because once you start not only do you get addicted to the way they look but if they do get damaged then you actually need the lashes to look half decent.I gave myself a 3 month break and now have a new set of extensions as I wasn’t happy with my short lashes.A good pair of stick on lashes look just as good but take time to put on so I think it’s all about weighing out the pros and cons on this one.

  15. I have been using lash extensions for over 6 months, till recently my lash expert did a pretty bad job (because I went to different expert), I decided to take them off. It is very important to find a good expert that they don’t destroy your real lashes. But it definitely made my life easy and I always looked great.

    • melbourneyum Reply

      The thing is I went to apparently the best people and a different expert each time and I think the weight of the lashes on my own lashes plus the chemicals in the glue is why this happened. And I’ve read many blog posts with this same situation.Im not sure if you can get eyelash extensions without any damage at all.

  16. Hey Sweetie,
    Hows you?
    Wow, I learned so much about Eye Lash Extensions… I had only one time but it was sooo long time ago…. You made amazing and very detailed post, really loved your honest opinion and everything:)
    Mascara is nice and Love to use, I really wish if we could have The same look with Extensions and Mascara:)
    Love Kisses
    Happy Sunday
    Open Kloset By Karina

  17. I am so happy you decided to write this post!
    I have been debating to get eyelash extensions for sooo long now, but haven’t because of the price!
    I wish I could look like a million bucks when I wake up every morning which the lashes might help with, but I soooo scared to ruin my own lashes.
    Now after reading your post I will not get the lashes but instead try to find a better mascara.
    Thank you for the tips!

  18. I totally know what you mean! I have a love/hate relationship with eyelash extensions. I’ve gotten them on and off for several years and love them when I have them and hate them when they break and leave my real lashes so stubbly and barely visible. When I take breaks in between I use Latisse but they have darken my lids a little. I’ve heard great things about the R&F lash serum but haven’t tried it yet. I’m actually at the point where I need to decide to do another extension set or just leave my real lashes to grow and I am torn. Sigh…the cost of looking our best while also trying to look natural! Xoxo, Christine

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