I love lashes and I love to wear lashes and I love nothing more than trying out new lashes. Can you see just how happy lashes make me? Way back when, I used to wear lashes every single day, but then I didn’t need to be so done up for work, and I have kind of fallen into a ‘lets wear my glasses and minimal makeup’ slump. To be honest, it’s not me, and I have become really lazy in terms of being ‘done up’ and will be changing in the New Year. I miss being glam all of the time, and I miss my Ardell Wispies and Nouveau Volume 2 lashes which I wore every day. Thankfully, I am a social butterfly and the amount of events that I have mean that I need to keep myself looking good, and the lashes are firmly in place. The trend of the moment is mink, so I have put together the lashes that you need for the party season, and the best lash adhesives to help keep your lashes secure from dusk until dawn.
First of all, I want to address the controversy with mink lashes. Now, unbeknownst to myself, I wasn’t aware of the procedure in place to collect the hairs to make genuine mink lashes. That being said, I have two pairs of lashes for this post that are genuine mink. These came into my possession before I understood how the hairs were collected, and I know that some people will not care for the back story or how the hair is gathered for the lashes. It’s an interesting debate, however this post is not the one for it but I did want to be totally transparent about it to all my readers, so therefore I have selected a few pairs of faux mink lashes as an alternative.
The lashes in question are from Esqido, and I have had lashes from this brand before. I have found them to be some of the most amazing lashes that I have tried; long lasting, natural, soft and fluttery. I was informed that they were cruelty free, and their website states that the professional grade hair is collected naturally however this can be disputed and argued against. First of all, the Esqido Companion Lash Glue is my utmost favourite glue. I use it on all of my lashes, and it’s the only glue that doesn’t feel like it’s melting when I have been wearing lashes for hours on end. I has a slight bounce to the glue when it dries, so I can manoeuvre the lashes into place and wiggle them around should I need to.
The Esqido lashes that I have are the Gina; a collaboration with Gina Shkeda – International Makeup Artist, and Celestial, a voluminous curled lash. I really do wish they were faux mink, as everything about this brand is exquisite. The packaging, the lashes, the workmanship and the vast range of styles available. Full, fluttery lashes with a great curl are seated on a natural cotton band making them super comfortable to wear for several hours. They’re so comfortable that you do not feel like you’re wearing lashes and overall effect of them on the eyes is just stunning. You can see my predicament can’t you. The last pair that I had, I averaged around 30 wears so for the price, they have exceptional longevity. I always peel the excess glue off the band to allow for even longer wear.
For a more budget friendly lash, I would totally recommend the Kiss Lashes Lash Couture Faux Mink lashes. They cost around £8 per pair and they are absolutely beautiful. I am obsessed with Little Black Dress lashes and you can often find me wearing these as a daytime friendly lash as they are so fluttery and full without being too over the top. For night time, Gala and Midnight certainly pack a punch. What I do love about the Kiss Lashes is the packet that they come in. As the box does take up a lot of space, the lashes are packaged in a plastic box that can be secured for safe keeping. Gone are the days where I am finding lashes stuck to the side of my dresser now I can have a home for them. Even though I love a big lash, I have to be mentally prepared for the volume and intensity of Gala, however Midnight are the ones that I am more comfortable in for evening wear. The Kiss Lash Couture Strip Lash Adhesive is a great adhesive and handy for those who are allergic to latex, as its latex free. It’s also a black glue so if you feel that you are a bit messy when applying the glue, this makes things a lot easier.
I had the pleasure of meeting the darling Sirine, the owner of Battington Lashes at an event with Space NK. She introduced me to her brand and the gorgeous lashes that she has created. After looking at my eyes, she decided that I was definitely a Monroe and that they were the best lashes for my eye shape and personal style. Made from silk they have ultimate durability, are lightweight and hold the curl whilst lasting for around 25 wears. Can you believe that I have been wearing these lashes for the last few months and they still look like new. They look really natural on and I love the fact that I cannot feel them when I wear them. I have had these trimmed to size which I will always recommend with any pair of lashes. Some people take the extra length from the outer, but I will always trim from the inner to keep the thickness and fullness on the outer lashes. With the Battington Lashes, I have been using my old faithful glue from Duo. I go through phases with Duo as I find it makes my eyes quite sticky but I think we have turned a corner with the stickiness.
I can’t believe I’ve written over 1000 words on lashes. It must be love.
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