Ask Heidi: Are Lash Extensions Worth It?

Q: Hi Heidi - I was wondering if you can help me out. I have really fine eyelashes and I'm wondering if there is an alternative to putting on globs of mascara every morning? - Lash Challenged.

A: One of the best things about living in 2015, besides having an app for everything are the many options available to us that are lash-challenged. I have had them done a few times previously, but felt brave enough to try them again a few weeks back mostly because a lash extension service GoBlushYourself (GBY) decided to set up shop in my favorite beauty salon in Santa Monica. It helped quite a bit that they had such a cute name for their lash extension service - The Moscow Meow. Yes I'm a cat person.

So my natural lashes usually look like this on most days :

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But this is what they look like with lash extensions:

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According to Courtney Casgraux, GBY's founder and all-around lash expert, how thick and long your end result is depends on the condition of your natural set of lashes. Because I had really fine lashes to begin with, she could not put on a whole lot more more as the extensions would weight my own lashes down. Here are a few things to know about lashes before getting them done:

1. Not all lashes are created equal. Lash extensions are usually either synthetic, silk or mink.  100% mink lashes are more expensive/superior because they look and feel more real. You can also curl them at home. The Moscow Meow consists of both silk and mink lashes, so they look great and aren't as costly, and are $250 for a full set.

2. Lash extensions can last between 2 to 6 weeks. If you are the kind to rub your eyes frequently, or your own eyelashes shed more, you'll need a refill faster. A Moscow Meow (I will never get tired of saying that) refill costs $150, but normal refill can start from as low as $75.

3. Consider your lifestyle. If you sweat a lot, the sweat and oil from your eyes can make your extensions fall out faster. GBY has an 'Active Lash' service where they use a special adhesive that is virtually sweat proof.

4. Determine what kind of look you are going for. How dramatic the end result is depends on your natural set of eyelashes. Lash extensions won't give me peepers like Kim Kardashian because I don't have 1/4 the volume of eyelashes she has. If you're really not sure, go for a half set first and see what that looks like. I also find opting for more volume but sticking to around your natural lash length is optimal for a subtle yet very sexy effect.

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Service takes about an hour plus, and for about 3 weeks, I was the owner of a pair of fluttery lashes that were sexy and smudge proof. Meow indeed.


PS: If you want to know more about lash extensions as well as GBY's other services , do check them out on Yelp. 



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  • Nikki says:

    I always thought you had naturally long eyelashes. I really like your eyes, they speak volumes in just one stare.

  • Helga says:

    Moscow Meow.. wow, I like the sound of that 🙂 Thanks for sharing this info on lash extensions. I got mine a few months back, but they ain’t long-lasting like yours. Mine decreases strength and can only 10 days max.

  • Camille says:

    Oh Heidi, you look great in everything! I love the extended eye lashes, it brings out more color in your eyes.

  • Andie Jackson says:

    I would trade my full lips to have naturally long eye lashes. I love doing makeup on my face, and my favorite part is my eyes. I want mine to look full and sophisticated so I usually wear lash extensions. It’s worth it!

  • Valerie says:

    You look awesome! I love your eyes!

  • Shauna says:

    I also put globs and globs of mascara and can’t seem to get that perfectly long eyelashes. Never thought of having lash extensions before, although my friends have tried it. Their only concern is it’s a little bit pricey, but I think, if it can be worn for more than a month, then it’s worth it.

  • Clarize says:

    If there are indeed lash extensions that can last up to 6 weeks or even more, then i say, it’s worth having it. I wouldn’t mind having extended lashes, it would be great having long ones!

  • Lorelei says:

    With eyes like yours, I wouldn’t have to wear extended lashes anymore, I think you look perfect!

  • Marielle says:

    With gorgeous lashes just like yours, I’m sure lash extensions are worth it!

  • Ashley F. says:

    With piercing gray eyes like yours and long lashes to boot, I think having lash extensions are great, coz they add volume to your peepers 🙂

  • I think that if these lash extensions give you that sophisticated look and tantalizing beauty all throughout the day, then I say, it’s definitely worth it!

  • Serena says:

    Lash extensions are my new bestfriend. These curly long lashes accentuate my eyes and I love every moment wearing it!

  • Amanda says:

    Thanks for the link to GBY.. I definitely need their expertise with this matter, I don’t know how to properly do it with my short lashes

  • Aaliyah Jane says:

    Never thought of wearing lash extensions before. But I saw my sister using it once and she glowed. I mean, she looks better with those long lashes, I almost got jealous. May I’d try it myself 🙂

  • Leigh Curtis says:

    I think you got naturally long and beautiful lashes, Heidi, I never thought you were wearing extensions. You got lovely eyes and serene face 🙂

  • Carmencita says:

    My Spanish mom have this big doe eyes with natural long lashes. I’m fortunate because I got her eyes. I don’t have to wear lash extensions. Having long lashes sure draw a lot of compliments, from men and women alike.

  • CoffeeBookMom says:

    Long lashes are definitely “in” not just these days, but has been for years now. I myself would want to get lash extensions to enhance my eyes. Thanks for the tips!

  • Taylor says:

    Basing the effect on your eyelashes, I say, lash extensions are really worth it. Gotta have mine lashed out later 🙂

  • Jessica says:

    Oh look at those gorgeous eyes! Long lashes definitely spice up your beauty. Meow indeed!

  • Michaela says:

    Thanks for the tips and things we need to know first about lashes before having them or getting them done. Lash extensions aren’t really for everyone especially for those who already have fine long ones, but it’s always great to know something like this.

  • Arianne says:

    There goes the answer to our question, then. If I were to ask about lash extensions, I agree with everyone, it is really worth it because it helps bring out the beauty in you.

  • Angelique says:

    From what I see, having long and curly lashes is worth every cent you’re spending. I like it when my eyes talk 🙂

  • Delaney says:

    I have always wanted long eyelashes. Thanks for suggesting Moscow Meow and these exciting info about lash extensions!

  • Darla says:

    I use lash extensions too and I love it. I don’t have to replace it in a month or two because its quality and longevity lasts for about 4 months!

  • Fritzie Doyle says:

    You have beautiful naturally long lashes, I am certain of that 🙂

  • Margaret says:

    Lashes are my thing, I love long ones. I’ll take your advice about Moscow Meow, sounds beautiful, so I bet it looks beautiful, too!

  • Naomi says:

    I love lash extensions, it’s like extends the beauty of my eyes. I won’t be having second thoughts with lash extensions 🙂

  • Divine L. says:

    Great eye lash tips, thanks! I’ve always wanted to have longer lashes, I just haven’t found the one that really lasts longer than I expected. Moscow Meow sounds exciting!

  • Demi says:

    Not all lashes are created equal, that much is true. I used lash extensions about a year ago, quite long lashes actually, but didn’t last that long. Then I got another pair sometime early this year and was disappointed that it lasted only 1 week! So I should make sure I find the quality and superior one that is worth my money.

  • Belinda says:

    What long lashes you have! Truth is, I have always been fascinated by eyelash extensions, and I think I’ve tried out every beauty product I know to get this long lashes. You’re a beauty, Heidi, so lucky to have fine long lashed to begin with 🙂

  • I can’t help but feel jealous of those who have longer lashes; sometimes I thought they were really blessed and gifted. But now that I think about it, maybe they’d been using lash extensions all along, too. Thanks for this info, Heidi!

  • Gee Wilkins says:

    Oh, I’m all for longer eye lashes! I love ’em!

  • Isabelle says:

    What gorgeous eye lashes you have! I think Meow Moscow sounds cute and it definitely looks cute and beautiful on you.

  • Wena says:

    I’m jealous of your naturally long lashes! 🙂 Will certainly check out GoBlushYourself the next time I visit Santa Monica.

  • Viveca Rylle says:

    A sweat-proof eye lash this summer is definitely a must!

  • Mischa says:

    I love long lashes, I wear extended ones too, so far, so good!

  • Clarisse says:

    Can I just say that I really like your eyes? Of course, the longer lashes make it all the more beautiful, I am sooo jealous 🙂

  • Marielle says:

    I am going for this. I mean, I have always wanted longer eyelashes for the longest time.. maybe I just needed prodding. But now seeing what it does toy our beautiful face, I would not restrain anymore. Longer lashes, here I come!

  • Courtney says:

    I’m all for long lashes, definitely! I’ve been wearing mine for a couple of weeks now. It feels great 🙂

  • Drea says:

    My beauty-stylist friend once told me, the longer the lashes, the better. So I got mine too and been loving longer lashes ever since.

  • Yna says:

    Thanks Heidi for sharing your experience with Moscow Meow eye lashes, it certainly looks great on you 🙂

  • Kianna says:

    Oh, the last eyelash extension I used only lasted a week. What a bummer! Thanks for suggesting GBY!

  • Erin says:

    I think if I already have those gorgeous long lashes of yours, I wouldn’t have to get lash extensions, would I? You look great with long ones Heidi 🙂

  • MJ Walters says:

    I followed your suggestion, I went to GBY and got myself a nice long eyelash, perfect for this summer season. My eyes glow and flutters, according to my friends 🙂

  • Sofia says:

    Oh, I love your lashes, short or long, I think you look pretty with those eye lashes of yours.

  • Helen says:

    Oh, you look so pretty with those lashes on, Heidi, and also if you don’t have any lash extension! you’re exquisite 🙂

  • Charlotte Webster says:

    If my eyes would look as gorgeous as that, well, having lash extensions is definitely worth it!

  • Jillian says:

    My main concern also lies on those lash extensions that don’t fall off easily when I have to sweat profusely under the scorching son. I’ve had a bad experience with an “epic fail” lashes, only one eye retained my beautiful lashes because the other one got wet. Thanks for your advice, Heidi

  • Gabrielle Swift says:

    Those are really gorgeous lashes, Heidi. Meow indeed! Thanks for the helpful tips 🙂

  • Sherryl Lou says:

    I haven’t actually tried using/wearing fake eye lashes or lash extensions as they call it these days. But I sure would love to one day. Will keep in mind these tips you shared 🙂

  • Kitty says:

    I used GBY Beauty services too and I got Active Lash with one of their staffs. All their eyelashes look really great!

  • Francesca says:

    I put globs of mascara every other day, too, and it’s a struggle, really, to do that. Most of the time, I get teary eyed especially when I fail to get the right amount of mascara to beautify my eyes. I’m thinking of getting eyelash extensions, too. Thanks for the tips you shared here.

  • Amelia says:

    I’m suggesting lash extensions too, if you really want to look good. I use them too and have always felt confidence whenever I wear them. Many would point out how good it looks on my face.

  • Sicily says:

    In my opinion, as long as you feel good and your yes don’t get irritated wearing longer eye lashes, then it’s worth it to have it extended.

  • Aria says:

    If I’d be ask with this question, my answer is a resounding yes! Especially when those lash extensions would bring out the beauty in you. So go girl, just do it 🙂

  • Gretchen says:

    I’m not great with fashion tips but I’m willing to learn, especially from experts like you. Thank you for this!

  • Lydia says:

    I agree with everyone else here, lash extensions are definitely worth it!

  • Colleen says:

    If lash extensions make your eyes look more prominent and dashing, I think they’re worthy.

  • Paris Girl says:

    Oh trust me, Lash Challenged… Lash extensions are all so worth it. It did wonders on mine 🙂

  • Jessa M. says:

    I would love to have long lashes too… maybe like the ones Katy Perry or Kim Kardashian use.. Man, their lashes are awesome!

  • Delilah says:

    Judging from other people’s comment and looking at your beautiful eyes, I say, yes, Lash extensions are really worth it!

  • Rebecca Atwater says:

    Haven’t used any lash extensions, but after reading these comments, I think I’m gonna give it a try, too. thanks sweeties!

  • Bianca L. says:

    I haven’t tried using eyelash extension. I hope to try it real soon.

  • Korrinne says:

    Oh lucky you, you already have stunning eyes to begin with 🙂 Having longer lashes is definitely a plus!

  • Cassandra says:

    Lash extensions are in these days and I do use them too. Looks perfect on you Heidi!

  • Tisha says:

    I use fake lashes too.. Nothing wrong with that, I actually thought it’s my newest best friend.

  • Helena Stavros says:

    I’ve been using lash extensions for years and I never regret it. Has helped me a lot with my confidence, seeing that people like what they see. Lash extensions are now my best friend.