Wednesday, 12 March 2014

False Lashes - Gracie from The Vintage Cosmetic Company


Isn't it funny how we are all to some extent set in our ways? Despite having experimented with beauty products for years and reading everything I can get my hands on when it comes to beauty, there are still products which I haven't tried for whatever reason. A few weeks ago I shared with you my first experience with using a brow mascara, and today I'm taking another plunge into the unknown with my first ever go at false eyelashes. The past few years there's been a complete boom when it comes to eyelashes - everyone seems to want to have long, beautiful, flirty and fluttering lashes and most salons offer eye lash tinting or semi-permanent lash extensions that can last for quite a few weeks before you need to fill them in again. If you're looking for a more affordable quick fix you can go into most stores on the high street and get a full set of eyelashes in all kinds of looks, lengths and effects, or you might opt for some individual lashes instead. You know the saying, in for a penny in for a pound, so I went all out and tried a full set of  Vintage Cosmetic Company False Eyelashes* (£4.99). The Vintage Cosmetic Company has a lovely range of beauty accessories like makeup bags, brush rolls, tweezers, eyelash curlers and brushes with a lovely cute, dainty vintage floral pattern and the items have such a charming 1950s' boudoir feel about them. The false lash range is made from human hair and out of the five different styles, I tried Gracie for a touch of glamour with "light, girly lashes".
To apply the lashes I equipped myself with slanted tweezers, a cup of coffee and lots of patience. Since I'd never tried any form of false lashes I was fully prepared that I would make a complete mess of the application, but there was absolutely no reason to worry and there are some very straight forward and helpful instructions included too. First of all I measured the lash strip against my eyes and found that it was just a tiny bit too long, so I gently snipped of a tiny bit of the end from each strip and then it was time to add the adhesive. The "glue" comes in a tiny tube with a handy and sturdy plastic applicator, and when you apply it from the tube it looks quite white but it dries without any color. Holding the lash strip with the tweezers I lined the edge with the adhesive, and as per the instructions I let it dry for 30 sec before applying the lashes starting from the middle of the eyelid and then doing the corners last. I found that the easiest way to attach the lash strip was to put it on at a slight angle from above, so basically lowering the strip onto my own lashes, as close as possible to the root and pressing and blending them with my own, using the tweezers.

I was absolutely amazed at how easy it was to apply the lashes - it did take some tiny adjustments, especially in the inner and outer corners to make sure the strip was firmly pressed down into the roots of my own, but the lash strip was very flexible and bendy so shaping it along the eyelid was the simplest thing. The lash strip blended very well with my own lashes effect and I didn't actually think that I needed any additional mascara, although you could add that as well if you prefer. For me as a complete novice, it took perhaps two mins on each eye all in all, and with a little bit of practice I bet I could do it really quickly.
The lashes are soft, lovely and wispy with incredible length and I was very happy with the final look, especially since this was my first attempt ever at applying false lashes. It's an extravagant and eye catching look, perfect either for a special occasion or even with next to no makeup for a wide-eyed youthful look. Removing the lashes was as easy as applying them, you might feel a very very slight pinch just as you loosen one end of the strip, but then it comes off at the gentlest tug and a great thing about these falsies is that you can re-use them again. The main reason I'd never tried false eyelashes before was that I thought that it would be complicated and fussy with the adhesive, but these were so incredibly easy to work with and even though I may not use a full set every day I will definitely try some other styles and I'll also invest in some good individual lashes. You can get Gracie or one of the other lash sets from Vintage Cosmetic Company in Boots or at Feelunique.com, where they come at a slightly lower price, so why not get yourself two sets while you're at it?

30 comments:

  1. I have only had lashes fitted in a shop but the above sounds easier than I thought they would be to do yourself. I need to give it a try. I haven't however found an easy way of taking them off. This is generally like torture painful. Lucy x

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    1. Since this was my false lash first I don't have anything to compare with, but I was completely surprised at how easy it was even for me to apply them quickly and also that they came off so easily, so I would highly recommend these :o). Xx

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  2. They look so cute on you! I just ordered my first LoveMeBeauty box which includes some of these and I'm really excited to try them now! xxx

    Hellbent for Lipstick

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    1. They are so easy to use, I don't think you'll be disappointed :o). Xx

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  3. I can't believe how lovely these are without being too overpowering! I am definitely going to get on the LoveMeBeauty box like Gem too so I'm looking forward to trying them out.

    Hellbent for Lipstick

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    1. Sounds great, let me know what you think of them :o). Xx

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  4. Love the lashes! They look really nice and they don't have that fake look to them like other false lashes do. You look great in them. Keep rocking them girl!

    May from La Vie En May

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  5. These lashes look lovely and really like the packaging!

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    1. They are so easy to apply, they could even be part of an every day look :o). Xx

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  7. These look beautiful on you!

    katespitz.blogspot.com

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  8. I've just recently, too, jumped on the false eyelashes bandwagon. They're quite intimidating and so I had put off buying some for ages. But now I love them! These look great and so pretty!

    thegirlsnextdooruk.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. They're so lovely and soft to wear as well and I will definitely try some more styles :o). Xx

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  9. Those lashes look beautiful! I have never bought false lashes in life, mainly because I do not know how to apply them and I'm afraid I'm gonna damage my own, but these ones look so nice that it makes me want to give them a try :)

    www.weshareinterest.net

    Pam xx

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    1. They are so easy to apply and take off as well, and they look lovely on - couldn't ask for anything more really :o). Xx

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  10. I want to try!!

    http://thefashionprincessblog.blogspot.it/

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    1. I hope you like them as much as I do :o). Xx

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  11. Wow, they look amazing on you! That packaging is just darling, too. Whenever I attempt to put on false lashes, I'd *literally* start breaking out in cold sweat. Seriously. Lol.

    Chic and Alluring Blog

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  12. The packaging is so pretty and girly. I love false eyelashes, although I can't wear them for long as my eyes are so sensitive. These look fab on you.

    Keisha xo
    www.chrysalisgals.blogspot.com

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  13. I've got the Betty ones they're such a wicked brand of lashes!!! :-) lovely post babe x

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    1. Thank you so much, I'll check those out as well :o). Xx

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  14. These lashes are just so lovely. Look so natural but with such a lift on your eyes!

    Rachael x
    All The Little Things x | Rachael McClenaghan

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    1. Hey Rachael, I agree - I might not wear them everyday, but it's definitely opened my mind to using false lashes more often :o). Xx

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