Photo: Courtesy of Xtreme Lashes by Jo Mousselli
Yes, this is one of those blog posts where I suggest you spend $400 on fake eyelashes, but before you start rolling your eyes, hear me out. I was equally as skeptical of drastic-sounding semipermanent eyelash extensions when I first started researching them, but—since I love playing beauty guinea pig—I decided to give them a whirl when the Gita Gabriel Salon & Spa invited me to test out a set of Xtreme Lashes.
The process involves having a certified "lash stylist" glue individual synthetic eyelashes (available in various lengths, thicknesses, curvatures, and colors) directly to your natural lashes one at a time. It takes about two and a half hours in total, which sounds brutal, but the time flew by. Plus, the gluing process was so gentle and featherlight, I could have taken a nap if I wanted to (your eyes have to remain closed the whole time). What I was most shocked by was how natural the end results were—unlike glue-on strip lashes, it was virtually impossible to tell the Xtreme Lashes were fakes, and they felt completely weightless. Apart from avoiding water and steam for the first 48 hours, I was able to swim, shower, exercise, and sleep normally (and skip mascara) for the entire six weeks they lasted.
Even though I miss my lush lashes now that they're gone, at $400 (with refills costing around $125), I can't afford to make Xtreme Lashes a regular part of my routine. But I totally think they fall into the "Worth It for a Special Occasion" category. What do you think—am I nuts, or would you consider getting Xtreme Lashes for your wedding day? —Lauren Matthews