By Sonia Bavistock @soniastyling


All about eyelash extensions

They say there’s a first time for everything and I experienced this for myself recently.

With eyelash extensions.

Why now? Well, I’d always wanted to try them, but I’d never discovered anyone who did beautiful, natural looking lashes. And I just didn’t want to look like an off duty drag queen!

Then I connected with Emma from Miss Eyelash.

We were introduced by a mutual friend after Emma relocated from her hometown of Melbourne to my hometown of Adelaide. We immediately hit it off over coffee (I loved her no-BS attitude to beauty) and I was finally convinced.

I booked in for my very first appointment to have a Premium Classic Full Set applied (at Emma’s recommendation) and I’ve since had a refill appointment, so I thought it was timely to report back and to answer all of the questions you had for me.

Because I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I don’t test on animals, I test on myself.

Ready? Set. Flutter!

Before eyelash extensions:

Who is Miss Eyelash?

Miss Eyelash is Emma Vosti – the brains behind this beauty brand.

Emma’s story spans the past decade in the eyelash industry in Melbourne and has always been a standout of excellence to her craft.

Her unique attention to detail makes Miss Eyelash the destination for women to enjoy a guaranteed style of quality eyelash extensions.

What did I have done?

I had the Premium Classic Full Set applied (80 lash extensions per eye) and as you can see from the results, they look just like my lashes just a little fuller and more fabulous.

How do you prepare for your first appointment?

Make sure that you aren’t wearing any eye makeup – including mascara. ESPECIALLY mascara. I made this mistake. I was in a hurry and didn’t remove all of my mascara properly.

Emma cleanses the eyelid and lashes with a saline solution at the start of the appointment, but to really maximise your results and minimize your time at your appointment, you should make sure that your eyes are completely clean of any makeup.

How long does the first appointment take?

About 1-1.5 hours, depending on how many lash extensions you have applied.

Emma has this down to a fine art and understands we’re all busy women who have so much to do and can’t afford to lose too much of our day.

Having said this, apparently, 4 out of 5 women fall asleep during their appointment, so it goes to show – we appreciate the break!

(I didn’t fall asleep. I’m too much of a chatterbox!)

How do you take care of them?

There are 3 golden rules:

  1. Do not wet your extensions for the first 24 hours.
  2. Do not use any oil based products on your lashes.
  3. Avoid rubbing and touching your lashes at all times.

Rule number 3? Yeah, I kinda accidentally broke that after my first appointment.

I had a bad dream and in my half-asleep-haze, furiously rubbed my right eye. Safe to say, when I got up in the morning and looked in the mirror, I’d managed to lose a few extensions.

It didn’t look terrible, but I could see a few gaps, which is why I booked in for my refill appointment 3.5 weeks after my first. I could have gone longer than that had I not had my unfortunate little mishap.

Do you wear mascara afterward?

No! And there’s really no need to – that’s the whole point of having eyelash extensions.

I just put a little bit of mascara on my bottom lashes as they always need a bit of oomph.

How often do you have to have refills?

It depends on the set that you have applied, your personal preference, lifestyle and budget… but! … with the Premium Classic Full Set, based on a general pattern of loss, Emma recommends a 45-minute appointment about every 3 weeks.

How long do refills take?

Refills start from 30 minutes, depending again, on how many extensions you want applied.

How much does it cost?

Emma is kindly offering all Sonia Styling gals a Premium Classic Full Set – the same set I have – at a special price of $99 (normally $195) until 30 September 2018.

This must be booked online (look for ‘Premium Sonia Styling’ when booking).

Do I have to have them done all the time?

No way, lady!

You might like to just have them done for a one-off special occasion such as a birthday or a holiday. Or, you might have them for a season (spring or summer). Or, you might have them done for a while and then stop for any reason.

Emma is a big believer in only doing what suits your lifestyle and budget. Wise advice. Though be warned – they’re addictive!

Do they make your natural lashes fall out?

Nope! Your lashes will still continue to do their normal thing (which is: grow and fall out), regardless of whether they have an extension applied.

Emma confirms as a fact, that when clients are seen at a refill appointment, they present with random natural lashes that have a regrowth anywhere between 2-4mm! No different to your hair and nails.

Can you have extensions while pregnant?

Absolutely! It’s definitely possible and safe to do so.

Although you have to ideally lie on your back during the process, so long as your head is positioned flat, you can manoeuvre the rest of your body and bump in whatever position is most comfortable for you (and bub).

What happens if I have a reaction?

A reaction – otherwise known as a heightened immune response – will be alleviated by the immediate removal of the extensions.

So the first step is to have the extensions professionally removed. The second is to see your doctor for any necessary treatment required.

Where can I book in with Miss Eyelash?

Adelaide – The Marina at Glenelg, and MediPedi Nail Spa at Norwood

Melbourne – AB Hair & Makeup in Albert Park, and Wilo Beauty in Mt Eliza

Book online here.

Now, what was that Sonia Styling special you mentioned?

Oh yes!

Book in for a Premium Classic Full Set – the same set I have – at a special price of $99 (normally $195) until 30 September 2018.

This must be booked online (look for ‘Premium Sonia Styling’ when booking).

After eyelash extensions:

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