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Salon Virgin Diaries #1: Mink eyelash extensions at Up To My Eyes

By Joan | May 24 2012 | 19 Comments

It’s confession time: I am a stranger to the salon experience. I did attend a salon once before, it has to be said, but that was for a gentle massage, and I only went because I had a gift voucher.  Perhaps I should have taken account of my anxieties before saying “Yes!” to the Salon Virgin Diaries idea.   But I did agree and so it was with some trepidation that I embarked on the first of my adventures for

No actual minks involved
I found myself booked in for mink lash extensions. Frankly, I had no idea what that would actually entail so I researched on Google and You Tube.  Well I shouldn’t have: I frightened the life out of myself.   My “research” had revealed unconvincing stories of “cruelty free” real mink fur lashes being “harvested” from (critically endangered) minks.  Animals were “gently brushed”  to allow strands of hair to be gathered. From mink? Those vicious little feckers? This farmer’s neice knows better than that, my friends.

Well stop right there, Salon Virgin! The good news is that Up To My Eyes uses silk lashes rather than actual mink fur, thus avoiding any possible animal cruelty, while using lightweight lashes which maintain a natural look. Hurrah


Safe in that knowledge, I was shown to a high table which would be my home for the duration of my appointment. Lash extension treatments can last up to two hours, which explains the table’s super-soft surface and the oh-so-comfortable blanket which was draped over me. There I was, all tucked up, happy as Larry. My therapist, Jessica,  explained that although first-timers might be a little apprehensive, lash extension veterans are liable to drift off to the land of nod while lying there. I’d well believe it now, but that the time I thought, “Oh really, missey? And you about to poke around my eyeballs? Pah!”

There is no poking or prodding whatever though. To begin with, there is a brief moment that’s a little shuddery. This involves applying little collagen pads to cover and protect the lashes of the lower eyelids, but it’s not so bad and lasts only a couple of seconds. After that, just lie back and think of Ireland… Or have the chats with your specialist. Oh, the things we talked about. I’m sure all the world’s problems were solved: there was definitely some discussion about the Grove disco of yore in Clontarf.


Lashes (and blotchy skin) before

 Interestingly, although people may associate lash extensions with youth and a night on the tiles, a lot of the customers are a little older and get extensions to regain definition of the eyes. The emphasis in Up To My Eyes is on accentuating what’s there and staying true to the individual’s natural lashes. An important point to remember if you’re trying to get definition with lash extensions is that thickness of the lashes is key, rather than length. The rule of thumb is not to go beyond one-third longer than the person’s own lashes – this is primarily to do with the weight of the lash being applied to the natural lash. At the scale of lashes, a millimeter can make all the difference. If the weight is too much, it can cause damage to the natural lash. This is another reason why the mink/silk lashes are recommended, being lighter than, say, acrylic versions. Additionally, the mink/silk lashes have a more natural shine and shimmer.


Northbound, avec lash extensions (complete with no make-up and DART interior)

 The lash extensions are attached to the natural lashes using a glue. Your own natural lashes have a cycle of around 6-8 weeks, and up to 3-5 lashes can fall out per day. The glue attaching the lash extensions will last for as long as your natural lashes remain, which is why the treatment is described as semi-permanent rather than permanent. Around 3-4 weeks after your treatment, then, about half of the lashes will have naturally fallen out, so you can return for infills, or alternatively you can have your lash extensions removed for free.


And lashes with make-up!

 Speaking of which there was one wee blip during my visit, and no fault of the salon’s, which was that the smell of the glue caused my nose and eyes to run a bit. Seemingly, this can occasionally happen, or if the bottle is new the smell can be slightly stronger.  So, if you have any sensitivities, you can have a quick chat with your specialist in advance, and maybe bring a small bottle of water to sip.

I picked up lots of tips to maintain the lashes for as long as possible:  don’t get them wet for 24 hours after treatment (wear goggles in the shower – yes really!); don’t use oil based makeup remover and avoid rubbing your eyes.

The Verdict
Lash fabulous. Fellow virgins, be not afraid!

I had the full set of luxury mink, which will set you back €120. Up To My Eyes also do corner lashes (€25), rapid lashes (€50), flared lashes (€60), mascara look (€77), full set (€99), and refills (€40) or mink refills (€50). They’re on a mission to raise funds for the wonderful Sight Savers Ireland for the month of June, and will donate €10 from every full set of lashes to the charity – look good and do good.

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19 Replies to "Salon Virgin Diaries #1: Mink eyelash extensions at Up To My Eyes"

  • They look gorgeous on you Joan! Money is very tight at the moment but they do look worthy of every cent!

  • Oh these look absolutely gorgeous!

  • Up TO My Eyes are fantastic at what they do :)

  • I love extensions but they never last very long – possibly becasue of the steam in the shower. They also tend to take out half of my natural lashes too leaving me bald for a few weeks

  • Aisling

    Joan well done, the lashes look fab! We’ll have you going for wax adventures next… THINK I’M JOKING?!

  • Oh, they’re gorgeous! They look all shiny too.

  • I go to Up to my Eyes (Jessica is my favorite therapist!) regularly for the past year or more, I am utterly converted after spending years trying to find a good mascara! I run every day, ride etc and they are still perfect!

  • These are so addictive. I have been getting them continuously since January but am financially strangled so have left them fall out and now have only about 5 left, sob. I highly recommend.

  • Wow, these loook really beautiful. I’m not sure if I’d have them done though, I fear I would become addicted and spend all my cash on eyelashes!

  • Joan – they are fabulous. They make such an impact!
    I had them on for about 4 months and are seriously addictive, I used to love the compliments.
    My disposable income is all going towards my baby now, I have to make do with layers of mascara trying to give the same effect.

  • Excellent idea for a series – very much a salon virgin myself, great if someone else can do the experimenting for me :)

  • this is a great article your lashes look absolutely amazing that is why it is very important to let people know they’re not always done correctly so you can check with a toothpick comb through the lashes and make sure nothing gets stuck. jessica if u are ever in la look me up….

  • Fabulous!

    I too would have a fear that I’m become addicted.

    My only foray into false lashes was in Arnott’s last year, I left the shop looking like Daisy, the pantomime cow. You know those eyelashes you can buy for your car? That was me :(

  • There amazeballs

  • These look AMAZING! So much better than the synthetic, overly long lash extensions that seem to have caught on recently… *sigh*

    I really want to try but I know I’ll get addicted…

    Susannah xx

  • They look amazing! :)

  • Delighted you are happy with them Joan! We’ll have to get you back in for refills. We’ve get plenty more topics to cover during your hour treatment!!

  • Lynnie

    Gawjus, Joan! Extensions at Up To My Eyes are firmly on my wedding list.

  • Thanks a million, everyone, for the lurvely comments – and thanks Jessica!

    And re. the comments about becoming addicted: I can confirm the rumours are true!

    @ PinkPanther – Water/steam are okay apparently (after the first 24 hours, that is), but it seems the water pressure in some showers can be a problem, so that’s why wearing goggles is recommended.

    @ Aisling – Ah here. Waxing?! I don’t flippin’ well think so!

    @ CherrySue – Oh god, you poor thing, that sounds horrific!

    @ Rosamaria – I’m happy (well, nervous really) to be the resident guinea pig!


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