Beauty, SF Bay Area, The Beauty DirectoryEyelash Extensions: Why I Converted by Alyson April 30, 2017 Eyelash extensions by Chanel Baring from SASS in San Francisco I thought I would never go back to eyelash extensions. Flashback to 2008 – I was in college and made the mistake of jumping on the bandwagon and ended up getting the cheapest deal (which to me was still expensive at the time!!) I could find on eyelash extensions. The result? Eyelash extensions that lasted less than a week. I literally saw my money wash away and I was so disappointed that my beautiful long lashes were short lived! I swore I would never spend that kind of money on eyelash extensions again. But…I was convinced again last year right before my trip to Europe and was surprisingly amazed at the results. My eyelashes lasted so long and looked so natural! I’m not going to pretend that this service is cheap or is necessary, so definitely think about if it’s a good fit for you, but if you’re interested in trying it out, here’s why I love them (and don’t plan on giving them up anytime soon): It saves me time. This one is a huge one for me. I have naturally short stubby Asian lashes and I spend time curling my lashes and applying two types of mascara everyday. When you have short lashes like mine, applying mascara is an art form and it takes technique! Plus, when it comes to special occasions, I apply falsies too. With eyelash extensions, I feel like I don’t have to apply as much makeup overall, which in the end, saves me time. I feel naturally pretty. I’ve always liked more attention on my eyes vs. my lips, so now that my lashes look longer, I feel more confident, even without any makeup on. Because I have hooded lids, lashes make a HUGE difference, which is why falsies are very popular in Asia. When I have longer lashes, my eyes look bigger and more awake. Plus, I don’t have to worry about raccoon eyes or my mascara smudging anymore. How it makes me feel makes the price worth it. It lasts a long time. With the proper care, I’ve had these lash extensions for almost 4 weeks already! I honestly think the technology improved since 2008 (ha!), but it also has to do with the technician you choose. Do your research – make sure you like her work, she has experience, and is qualified. The work above is by Chanel Baring from SASS in San Francisco and she’s AMAZING. I wanted a mix between length and light volume, so she did a mix of the Classic Full Set and the Russian Volume Full Set. She listened to what I wanted and applied the extensions in a certain way to enhance my eye shape (longer extensions in the middle of my eye). In addition to her work, she cared about the integrity of my natural lashes and only applied extensions where my lashes could handle it (my shorter lashes can’t handle super long extensions). She even gave me a little goodie bag with a serum, lash wash, and spoolies to keep my lashes in good condition. Basically, my tip here is to go to a professional who uses high-quality materials. You’ll see a big difference with the look of the lashes and how long the extensions last. Have you gotten eyelash extensions before? What was your experience like?