When I first started this blog, I noticed SO many people in the beauty world wear false eyelashes. Being Aleut (Eskimo), I’ve always had pretty thick lashes, but have used fake ones occasionally with Halloween costumes, etc. I’ve always thought they were a pain in the a$$!
When I got the chance to try out Latisse, and then used a really good mascara, I could duplicate the look of some of the more natural looking false lashes out there. I even got asked quite frequently what kind of lashes I was wearing!
As I became more comfortable with various makeup styles, Jerry started talking me into doing more dramatic looks. The problem is that when I would do a bold eye look, even the best mascara or fibers (which were really messy, even worse than false lashes) wouldn’t make my lashes stand out enough. So, Jerry kept remarking I should try fake lashes. Uggghhhh…
Nevertheless, he was right, a decent set of falsies would stand out better. I kept seeing certain brands of mink and faux mink lashes all over social media, but since I thought applying lashes was such a chore (and they often got destroyed in the process), I opted for some respectable looking half lashes from Sephora, and a few sets by Eylure.
OMG, this did NOT go well. I followed the instructions on the adhesive (I tried several brands, including Duo), waited for it to get tacky, but I just couldn’t apply those suckers! The Eylure lashes were a complete disaster. I finally got one on right, and it actually looked really good, but I couldn’t for the life of me get the second one to match! They ended up all twisted and bent.
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I had a bit easier time with the half lashes from Sephora, but it was still pretty much a pain. Then I read the reviews on Huda lashes, and they were mixed. Some people felt the bands were too thick, while others thought they were amazing. Hmmmm… a light bulb went off in my head (like a cartoon).
My biggest problem was the “floppiness” of the lashes, and the difficulties with getting them into place. Maybe there was something to the band? Maybe this was why Jeffree Star, the Pink Goddess himself, could pop those things on so easily…
I still didn’t want to spend the money, so I did some research and ordered a set of mink lashes from China off of eBay. (Animal rights activists need not get pi$$ed off, just keep reading…) Now, I did make sure to order a set that would be shipped from a US location so if there was a problem, it would be more easy to use eBay’s buyer protection guarantee. I think I spent about $8.00, including shipping.
I’ll tell you what- these Chinese mink lashes applied SO easily! They looked very feathery, and I didn’t have any problems. Yes, the band was a bit thicker, but the strip of lashes didn’t flop around during application, I just popped it into place with a set of tweezers. And OMG, I got so many compliments!
After seeing how beautiful these mink lashes were, I didn’t think there was any need to spend more money for the Huda lashes. But, it occurred to me that since these lashes are from China, I had no earthly idea if they were cruelty-free. I know there are some reputable brands out there that are cruelty-free, and they harvest mink hair during the natural shedding process, but they can be expensive ($50!!), and the ones I got did not specify that they were cruelty-free. I would feel TERRIBLE if some poor animal got harmed just to satisfy my vanity or to provide content for this blog!
Soooo… I took advantage of Sephora due to their return policy, and ordered a set of the Huda Beauty Faux Mink lashes in Jade #13. Holy crap, you guys- BIG difference. BIG. You get what you pay for! The individual hairs made from mellow fibers were every bit as beautiful as mink, and they were just as wispy. BUT, the Huda lashes had a true 3D effect, just stunning!
Not only were the Huda Beauty lashes gorgeous, but they were also easy to apply. Now I know how Jeffree Star makes it look so easy! I may at some point try more real mink lashes, as long as I can be assured the source is reputable. But, for now, I’m enjoying the Huda Beauty faux mink, and will probably order another pair very soon!
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