Lashes, Long & Lush

I am calling it, 2019 seemed to be the year of the eyelash! Glitter lashes, Feather Lashes, Magnetic, or Colored, we women are going to great lengths to make sure they are noticed. Many seemed more suited for the runway, or Halloween, but some new products and procedures provide beautiful, lasting results. My Posh Seven colleague Kat Hoke and I both share our thoughts and experiences on the popular beauty trend.

I admit, until I had my lashes lifted and tinted by the amazing esthetician, Tessie Keim of Samira Brow Couture in Sterling, I didn’t understand what the fuss was all about. I would apply a few quick coats of mascara and call it a day. That was until I started noticing everyone’s dramatic eyelashes and I began to feel inadequate. I decided to give the lash lift and tint a try. Tessie assured me the lift and tint process requires less maintenance and is more naturallooking than lash extensions.

The process was painless and takes approximately one hour from start to finish. It costs $120 and lasts around 6 to 8 weeks. A lifting glue is applied to a silicone pad and applied to the eyelid. She then used a lift tool and attached the lashes to a pad to separate them. It was important to get a beautiful, separated look, she informed me. A lifting and setting lotion is applied, and I waited with my eyes closed. Since my lashes were stripped of nutrients during the process, a nourishing oil was then used. The lash tint was added and allowed to set. Once it was set, it was removed along with the pad, and my eye area was carefully cleansed. Tessie brushed my lashes with a lash wand and handed me a mirror. Wow! I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was amazed. I had no eye make-up on, but my lashes were dark, curled and full, as though I had applied several coats of mascara! We talked about aftercare and how it was important not to rub my eyes or get my lashes wet for 48 hours. It seemed like a bit of a challenge, but I promised I would. I was one satisfied customer, and now I get what all the fuss was about. Now here’s Kat experience with lash extensions.

I went to Leesburg to try out lash extensions for the first time. For $130 I selected the mid-range extensions ( silk would’ve cost around $200), and the process took about an hour. I laid with my eyes closed while the esthetician affixed the lashes to my already existing ones. The procedure was painless and pleasant, and when I finally saw the final results, I was impressed. My lashes were incredibly thick and long but still very natural looking. I was told the lashes would last about 4 weeks, which seemed disappointing for the cost and time I spent there, but I was informed I could return each month to have them filled for $75; otherwise they would simply fall out on their own. Wanting them to last as long as possible, I had to be very careful not to rub them or use a lot of eye make up with them, although I found that eyeliner wasn’t really necessary as they were very impactful on their own. The lashes made washing my face a little tricky, but I was provided with make-up remover which I used with cotton balls. If you have the time and money to keep up with eyelash extensions I highly recommend them. They paid for themselves with compliments. I felt pretty and confident all month long.

If you want to lengthen and improve the look and health of your eyelashes without any professional processes, there are several good serums on the market to try. My favorite is Plume Lash & Brow Enhancing Serum, which is available for $95.00 at Flow Beauty Bar in Ashburn. The serum is safe for your eyes and was formulated by a master cosmetic chemist and clinically tested to promote the longevity and fullness of brows and lashes. It is applied daily to the upper and lower lashes, like eyeliner. If you’re applying to your brows, simply brush some through, touching the skin. The website also stated that 95% of users reported an increased length and/ or density. The formula has a three-part-effect on the appearance of brows and lashes. I started using Plume only about two weeks before my lift and tint, but I could already notice an improvement. For maximum results, you should use Plume about 60-90 days. The creators of Plume claim it is like a green juice for your eyes, I will let you know about that, but for the short time I have been using it, Plume works!

Rodan and Fields Serum – I had been using Rodan and Fields Lash Boost Serum for about 2 weeks before I had gotten my lash extensions put on so I simply continued to use the serum every night at the advice of my Rodan & Fields consultant who assured me the serum would continue to make my “real lashes” grow and thicken underneath. She promised once all the falsies fell off, beautiful long lashes would emerge, and my eyes would POP. I faithfully followed her advice and about 8 weeks later she was right! After my fake lashes fell off ( and fall off they did – everywhere!), I was happy to see that what remained were longer lashes than I had started out with. There were some side effects; my eyelids were very itchy when I first started using the serum, and for a while, I cut down to every other night for this reason. I’ve heard Rodan and Fields have faced lawsuits from people who claim the adverse reactions affected their eyesight, but the company states Lash Boost is ophthalmologist tested and safe to use. I’m pleased with the results, and at $129 per tube, which lasts 3-4 months ( and there are frequent specials and sales) this is a pretty cost-effective way to keep up your lashes with minimal time and effort.

Well, there you have it! Lifts or extensions, serums, or simple mascara everyone can have the beautiful lashes they long for!


By Colleen McHale and Kat Hoke