Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Bangs and lashes

Vest: JCrew Factory | Necklace: CS Gems (c/o) | Top: Express | Bottoms: American Eagle | Booties: Vince Camuto

If you follow me on Instagram, then you already know that I got bangs over the weekend. It wasn't even pre-meditated! I don't know what came over me! I had a hair appointment on Saturday, and she asked me if we were just doing our normal trim. Out of nowhere I said, "I think I want to bring back the long, sideswept bangs!" 

Now, I know I used the word "bangs," but in my head I was picturing them being cut right about lip level, so they're more like nose length when dry. However, they ended up being cut nose level when wet. I thought it looked great in the chair, but as soon as I got in my car, I started to get anxiety remembering how fussy and high maintenance bangs were.

But, once I got home, I played around with them a little bit more, and I've started to embrace them. I used to have them years ago, but it was always an uphill battle with them. They were cute for one week, but the rest of the 3 years or so that I had them was spent trying to get them to look as cute as they did that one week. That was before I used dry shampoo though - one of the reasons I hated bangs before was because they got so greasy from my naturally oily forehead. I felt like they were flat and lifeless when I had them before, but that was also before I owned the best teasing brush ever to fluff them at the roots. So, in short, I'm hoping that I am better equipped nowadays that I will love them consistently this time around!

And, now that you know I have bangs, it will be obvious that the outfit photos you see the rest of the week were taken pre-haircut. ;)

Left: Before 3rd fill | Right: After 3rd fill

Since we are talking about salon stuff, I figured I would go ahead and give you one last update on how my lash extensions are doing. You can read through my previous posts here and here. Just to give you a quick recap on the timeframe:

Original (full) set: December 23rd
1st fill: 4 weeks later
2nd fill: 2 weeks later (to remove remainder of original set and apply all uniform lashes)
3rd fill: 3 weeks later

My 4th fill will end up being 2 weeks later, only because I will be out of town over the 3rd week, and I would rather have 1 week old lashes at my brother's wedding vs. 3+ weeks old lashes. My guess is that I will end up sticking with a 3 week cycle for fills. I could probably push it to 3.5 or 4 weeks, but the longer I go means the longer my fill appointment takes and the more expensive the fill is. Six of one, half a dozen of the other.

I found out that she is using .07 lashes on me - they're synthetic silk. She called them minkies. My original set was .15 (so double the thickness!). I've been asked if I see these as they fall out, and the answer is yes! And it breaks my heart a little every time I see one fall out. I had no idea lashes had such a quick lifecycle! But they simply fall out as your natural lashes fall out. I managed to take a photo of my original lash extension in comparison with the current lash extensions. If you look really, really close, you can see my natural lash still attached at the base of the extensions.

Left: Lash extension from original set
Right: Current lash extensions (2 thinner lashes applied to 1 of my natural lashes)

I asked if extensions damage your real lashes. I was told that it really depends on the size of the lashes. She picked .07 for me based on the thickness of my real lashes. Anything thicker than that, she thought would be too heavy for my real lashes to support, and then yes, they would damage my lashes. She said if I would have continued with the .15 lashes, I may have seen damage.

Lashes have a pretty short lifecycle - about 4-6 weeks. So, the good news is, in the event of a bad lash job, your real lashes would grow back within this time if you were to simply leave them alone. I trust that my esthetician would tell me if she could not lash me due to damaged lashes and allow my lashes time to grow back in if needed. It's obviously important that you find someone you trust.

One last tip - she said to make sure you don't use your eyelash curler while you wear extensions. This could damage your real lashes for sure.

I could see how they could start to look straggly closer to fill time, and it's especially annoying that my eyes are on different growth cycles so I feel like one lash always looks fuller than the other. They do take some maintenance - I'm incredibly careful about touching them or even laying on them, and I brush them right out of the shower, and maybe once again throughout the day if needed. But overall, I'm still pretty obsessed with them and have no deal-breaker complaints!


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  1. You bangs look gorgeous! I think it was a good risk to take. Hopefully the anxiety has settle because you look fabulous! I've always wanted to try lash extensions, too but talk myself out of them. Maybe I should finally give them a try! xx

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  2. I love your bangs so perfect for the change of season.


  3. I am absolutely loving the hair Miss Thing. I didn't even recognize you at first. =)

  4. Yes, bangs are a love/hate for me too, but pretty much a necessity for my face. But also because I can't deal with the growing out process! Yours look great and hopefully they will be easy for you to master this time around!
    Gina - On the Daily Express

  5. I think the bangs look great - how has it been styling them thus far? Hopefully you'll continue to enjoy them. Great update on the lashes - I was curious how long you were going in between fills. They looks fab when you were here in Denver!!
    Kellie @ www.ie-style.com

  6. Your bangs look simply adorable! Hope they are easier to style this time around for you.

  7. You bangs look amazing! They are cut perfectly! Thanks for the update on the lashes. I am thinking of getting them myself right before my due date so I don't look like night of the living dead in the hopsital when everyone comes to see the baby (and will probably not even notice me lol). I was debating on how far ahead I should get them, so this was very helpful! Thanks girl! Looking great! xo

  8. The bangs look good! I go through phases of wanting them and then 2 weeks later regretting it.

  9. Your bangs look fabulous!! I think the lashes are so fun and a great way to skip on your makeup routine haha!

  10. I LOVE the bangs on you!! It frames your face so very beautifully!!

  11. Your bangs look great girl!!! I got lashes done for my wedding and I've been missing them ever since! Thanks for keeping us posted on how often you need a fill - I'm trying to justify getting them done for a couple weddings I have this summer :)
    xoxo Danielle
    For the Love of Leopard

  12. Your bangs look great!! So cute!! Thanks for linking with Tues Talk!

  13. You look so cute with bangs! I tried them for a while a couple years ago and they drove me crazy. They were a little too high maintenance for me and I could never get them to stay to the side. I think they looked cute but I never made time to make them look nice. lol

  14. Beautiful outfit! Love the plaid shirt with the olive green vest. You totally rock bangs too, they really suit you!

    Bree xx

  15. Love, love, love the sideswept bangs! They frame your face beautifully! And I think you should parlay into beauty blogging because your eyelash review was great! I really want to try it.

  16. I have never done fake lashes but admire people who can pull it off... I love olive green and navy plaid together! You look wonderful

    All About You Co-Host (ANNA)
    Happy Medley Blog

  17. You look so pretty with bangs! Thanks for the lashes review too, I've been thinking of trying them.

  18. Nice look :)


  19. Thanks for giving me the down low on lashes. I think they look good on you, but it sounds like it would be way too much work for me. I just need to learn how to apply falsies better, lol.

    P.s. -- love the bangs!


  20. Your bangs look SO gorgeous - I've been admiring them in your recent insta-outfit pics! And yes - thank goodness for good dry shampoo and teasing brushes - you'll have to share details on your teasing brush :-)

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