When I used to have my hair curled permanently, I really enjoyed waking up and being ready to go out without having to do anything to my hair! These days, I have SO many things to do before leaving to go to work or go out on the weekend.
I learnt very quickly that eyelash extensions will become yet another ‘beauty wish’ just like my beautiful curly hair! Oh, if only we lived in a world that we could wake up beautiful ;)
I always complain to Blake that when it’s bed time, he jumps straight into the bed after brushing & flossing his teeth. Here I am, removing makeup, washing my face, moisturising, getting a glass of water, taking my medication, THEN I can get into bed.
When he wakes up, he brushes, combs his hair and pops on clothes to head to work.
I have to wash face again, moisturise, wet and comb my hair into something decent, sometimes blow & style it, apply sunscreen, BB cream, blush, shade in eyebrows, draw eyeliner carefully, powder my face, mascara and then perfume and go!
It is sometimes a pain in the ass to be a girl – but you know what – I love it. I love being a girl! I love doing my makeup and my hair and even though shaving can get really frustrating, it’s nice to have smooth legs and underarms!
I was so happy to finally (and I mean really finally!) try my first Japanese eyelash extensions!
Warning: There are a serious amount of stupid selfie pics in this post – more than I usually would have for a blog post haha. You have been warned :) All pictures were taken with iPhone 6 front and back camera.
I say finally because I have always wanted to try them back when I was a lot younger, and I never trusted the dodgy looking stores in Far East Plaza in Singapore. I was looking for a brand that I could trust, a beautician that I could communicate with comfortably and a store that was clean, neat and beautiful. Maybe all the FEP stores were just too horribly bright pink and messy that turned me off.
But at Poteau Select, I was blown away by Aki’s (the founder/owner) style, her grace and her talented skills!
1/98 Stirling Highway, North Fremantle
0410 567 210
The reason why I wanted Japanese eyelash extensions is that I did so much research on normal eyelash extensions offered by your neighbourhood beauty franchise, boutiques, and even home studios. I was not satisfied with what I found simply because it was either way too expensive (AUD$150+) or sometmies too cheap (<AUD$50). I also wanted examples of natural work that have been done – which is actually quite hard to find! A lot of these franchises & boutiques advertise their ‘Dolly’ or ‘Glamourous’ lashes that just look too much for my Asian eyes.
Most Asian girls have lashes that are straight and angled downwards to the floor – some Caucasian girls have thicker, more luscious lashes that curl upwards naturally, and to be honest – that’s the kind of look I want. Natural, slightly thicker, curled-upwards lashes. Existing franchises/boutiques are targeting those girls which would explain why they advertise dolly/glam lashes as they already have the natural look.
I was looking for something natural and not heavy at all. I wanted the kind of look and feel as if they were my own. How come no one has targeted their advertising to me yet? I feel like many Asian girls might not want the dolly/glam look either when it comes to eyelash extensions – I mean that looks great for a night out, but for everyday work and leisure, I would much prefer a natural style.
You know how sometimes Asian girls prefer to use Asian shampoo/mascara/face products etc because these are better tailored to our hair/eyes/skin type? I am pretty biased towards ‘Japanese Eyelash Extensions’ from the beginning too. I did know that the Japanese technique is different to your ‘normal’ technique, but I did not know what the difference was. I was really chasing for something that looked natural but opens up my eyes – something that I felt existing franchises/boutiques couldn’t offer because they targeted a different group of girls.
So I arrived at Poteau Select one Friday after work and Aki was so lovely – she showed me around her little shop which I would describe as a rustic-modern with many hints of Japanese culture. She runs her own nail and eyelash studio with woodwork, pottery & silver products made in Japan! So you can do a little shopping before you get pampered :)
I was given some information about the eyelash extension process, how to take care of your lashes and I signed a document to agree that I understand the process. Aki lead me to a small room where a very comfortable seat and blanket was waiting for me – a menu of eyelashes and prices were available for me to read.
Poteau Select offers 3 types of Japanese Eyelash Extensions.
Silky AUD$55 – The original, most hardest and most dramatic. There is absolutely no need for mascara as the toughness of the acrylic really extenuates the black pigment.
Sable AUD$70 – The one that introduced softness. These lashes are synthetic sable – soft to touch and by far the most popular.
Mink AUD$80 – Most natural looking lash you can get – lasts longer than others as they stick to your own lashes better.
Aki was incredibly patient with me – I asked her almost 20 questions before we even started haha! Earlier that day I had checked out the hashtag #eyelashextensions on Instagram and found some I liked so I show her a picture of what I liked and what I didn’t like. I mentioned that I wanted something ‘fluttery’ and opens up my eyes but looked completely natural. I wanted longer lashes on the ends to accentuate the eyes.
There were different types of curls – J curl, C curl & JC curl. They also come in different lengths ranging from 8mm-14mm.
Mine were J curls from 9-12mm. A bit longer on the ends and very fluttery – perfect natural look that I wanted and Aki captured perfectly!
The process took over an hour, I fell asleep actually as it was so gentle and non intrusive at all. My eyes were not irritated nor were they red when the process was complete. I’ve seen some before & after shots, and the after shots are with red, strained eyes. I’m glad that it was very smooth and pain free!
My lashes are pretty long already I would say.. :)
Face makeup, contact lenses are OK, but mascara is a big no-no.
Side view of my natural lashes.
Top view with eyes shut. It is terrifying that the iPhone 6 camera can capture all my blemishes and pores so sharply… Boooo.
Looks strange, but felt pretty cool actually.
YAY! Look how much longer and thicker they look from the top! You can see the different curls and lengths here too.
Why must my cheeks be so damn fat lol.
I am so hairy, but at least with the extensions I have hair in the right place haha!
Before VS After Shot
Selfie in Aki’s shop haha. What a wonderful way to wake up – beautiful, long and curled lashes!
Selfie when I got home hehe.
1 week after:
They are just so fluttery and pretttty!
Even when you shut your eyes they still look good!
Sometimes the lashes ‘cross over’ so I like to brush them evenly.
Wearing glasses was no problemo! I thought they would touch my glasses and be a nuisance but it was perfect.
By the way – no eyeliner used and still look decent in glasses.
Doing water sports! We went paddle boarding in South Perth :)
Me annoying Blake – but look at my lashes!! They still look awesome and full!
Still long and luscious.
When I got bird pooped on and didn’t realise until Sandra pointed it out at work hahah. Lashes are starting to be less full.
A few long strands can be seen from far.
My extensions lasted quite well and long actually! They usually last about 3 weeks with proper care, but mine seemed to have lasted about 4-5 weeks. It got pretty sparse when it hit week 5 I reckon, but at least the sparsity spread evenly :)
Removing Makeup: I wanted to test and see how long I could keep the lashes on so I was very careful in how I looked after them. I was using Biore Facial Makeup Oil remover, which I’ve heard that we shouldn’t use oil based removers on the eyelash extensions. It wasn’t too bad since I didn’t even have to use eyeliner at all with my lashes on. They looked great by themselves. So I carefully removed my face makeup with the oil based remover that didn’t affect my lashes at all :)
However, during week 3 I ran out of the oil remover, so I tried a new product called Micellar cleansing water by Garnier. It’s a water based remover so it’s recommended by eyelash extensions. But this requires cotton pads to rub against skin to remove, and I found that using cotton pads to remove any eye makeup allows your lashes to catch onto the cotton pads and subsequently get ‘rubbed’ off.
So I actually prefer my oil based remover in the end. I would not recommend using cotton pads to remove eye makeup for eyelash extensions because your heart will ache when you see them strands sprinkled on your cotton pad.
Sleeping: For the first few days I thought that when I wake up my eyelashes will be ‘pressed’ into my face, out of shape in a way. Thankfully this never happened! They were perfectly curved like the first day, and never lost their shape at all.
Rubbing my eyes: This is something that I was very conscious of and made sure I didn’t rub them at all. First few days definitely rubbed off a few strands haha, but by then I was much more aware of these luscious lashes so I would rub gently on the eyelid itself or around the eyelashes. I realised that I am a very clumsy girl and having to be very aware of myself was new to me haha.
Natural lashes: There’s a lot of stories around that getting eyelash extensions will reduce your very own natural lashes because they will fall out. This is true to an extent – as your natural lashes fall out by themselves anyway. If you rub your eyes, tug your eyes with cotton pads, then they’ll definitely fall out along with the extension. However I found that even after almost all of the lashes fell off, my natural lashes were still healthy, strong and plenty of them! I never picked at the extension, but I think if you did, you would definitely rip out your natural lash too. So if you start picking off your lashes.. Well it’s no brainer that you are reducing your own natural lashes!
Applying makeup: No issues here at all! Same makeup routine, even with eyeliner you just gotta manoeuvre around the lashes but nothing too difficult. I found that I would ‘comb’ my lashes so they will sit perky and in the right spot, as sometimes they might overlap and ‘cross over’ each other. I really liked combing my lashes with a eyebrow brush, it felt really nice haha. Try not to comb straight from the bottom, because the bristles may get caught in the tiny section where the lash is glued stuck to the natural lash. Kind of like swiping mascara on your eyelashes, but from mid way to the tip, instead of from the base of the lash to the tip.
Refill & Remove: I didn’t get a chance to refill them, and my lashes fell off so naturally that I didn’t have to go get them removed either. It was almost 6 weeks by the time all of them were gone, and I didn’t notice much of the ‘gaps’ from where eyelashes may have fallen off as they were quite even all the way through. The last lash that stayed on was the end lashes, which I thought was pretty funny coz it made me look like only my end lashes are long :) Having said that – I definitely do think it’s important to get them removed or refilled by a professional so you will reduce your chance of trying to pick them off yourself.
Verdict: Yes I am in love with eyelash extensions! They were easy to care for, reduced my time in the mornings to get ready and made me look so much better as compared to normal lashes. It is definitely a luxury, and something I cannot afford to keep doing monthly, so it is more of a treat yourself kind of thing :) I like them WAYYY better than falsies, because those never stay on my eyes the way I want it to due to my eyelid crease. #asianeyes
A big thank you to Aki for her patience and skill in giving me the prettiest eyelashes a girl could ever dream of :) Please know that this is not an advertisement, rather, I am just sharing an experience that I thoroughly enjoyed!
Any questions – please shoot them in the comment section below or you can contact Aki at Poteau Select directly!
1/98 Stirling Highway, North Fremantle
0410 567 210