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I first got a full set of eyelash extensions a couple of months before my wedding. Once they were on, I instantly fell in love.
They were so full, dark and perfectly curled ALL the time. I didn’t have to do a thing except go back for a 1.5 hour fill every 2 weeks.
I woke up with perfect lashes. I got out of the shower with perfect lashes. I could sit in the hot tub and not have to worry about running mascara.
I could wake up late and quickly run out of the house and still feel pretty and feminine because my eyelashes were still perfect.
However, I did worry about the long-term health of my eyelashes. I always wondered how much damage I was causing, even though I was reassured that it was fine since I was having them applied properly.
They were also pretty darn expensive.
I was paying $140 each month for my fills (and that was actually pretty cheap for my area)
And the worst part was I was starting to have reactions to the glue after fills. Occasionally, not all the time, one of my eyes would end up wicked red, itchy and very painful for about 4 days.
Eventually, after investing in my eyelashes for a year and a half, I decided to cut that expense from our budget.
Life after eyelash extensions
When I finally made the decision to have my eyelash extensions removed, I cried.
I was so scared that I was going to feel ugly without them.
I already had an eyelash serum ready to use. I had seen how big my friend Suzie’s lashes had gotten from using the serum, so I had a lot of confidence that it would work well and help me be more satisfied with my natural lashes.
The only problem was…it was going to take 2-3 months to see really noticeable results. And I really wasn’t looking forward to waiting that long, especially coming from the luscious extensions.
But I had already made up my mind.
So I removed what was left of my lash extensions 3 weeks after my last fill by loosening them up with coconut oil. And I cried.
I looked in the mirror and my face felt so bare. My real lashes were shorter than I remembered (they must have been falling out much faster with the extensions on).
I put on some mascara (Buxom lash) and was horrified at how little it did to improve what I was staring at.
I felt like I had made a horrible, terrible mistake and was wondering if I should book a $300 full-set application ASAP.
And that’s when I remembered that I had ordered a totally confidence-saving product in preparation for this exact moment.
Magnetic lashes to the rescue
Shortly after I had my very last lash fill, I stumbled upon a company called One Two Cosmetics.
They offer reusable false lashes that stay on with magnets. No glue. Nothing permanent. You can use them when and how you want.
It’s actually a pretty brilliant product.
So back to standing in front of the mirror with my naked lashes…
I put on my magnetic lashes and instantly felt so much relief.
My lashes were NOT up to par after taking the extensions out, but I could pop these lash strips on in an instant and have fuller, longer lashes
How they work
One Two lashes are little falsie strips with a tiny magnet at the base.
You apply mascara to your own lashes first, then put one strip on top of your lashes and a second strip underneath your lashes. The magnets snap together and hold the strips firmly together, hugging your natural lashes.
There are a few different options:
- Original for daily wear
- Bold for an even longer and fuller dramatic look
- Accent to lift the very outer corners of your lash line
- Filler to fill in any gaps
A box from One Two lash actually comes with 8 strips, so you have backups if you lose some. They also might wear out over time and eventually need to be replaced. But still, compared to the cost of extensions, they are very affordable.
To remove the lash strips, you just slide the magnets apart. Super easy!
My take on them
The magnets are stronger than I expected, so they take a couple of tries to get the hang of putting them on, but they are easy to get used to.
After a few minutes, I can’t even tell that I have them on.
I used the Original lashes and they are light and fluttery, but still make my eyes pop a lot more than they would by themselves.
The strips aren’t super long – they only cover the outer half of my lash line on each side. It’s enough to provide extra volume and length while still looking very natural. But coming from the extensions, I do wish they provided volume over more of my eye.
So far, I haven’t had any fall out while wearing them because they stay put really well and don’t budge. But I did almost lose one the first time I tried to apply them because I dropped a strip and had the hardest time finding where it fell.
As quickly as I fell in love with my extensions once upon a time, I fell in love with my magnetic lashes. And I am, for real, super grateful that they were invented.
They are my ultimate secret tool for transitioning off the eyelash extensions without losing my mind.
Where to get your own magnetic lashes
Order them straight from One Two Cosmetics since they provide a 60-day warranty. You can try them out and, if you hate them, send them right back and get a full refund. And shipping is free!
Have you ever had your eyelash extensions removed? Or do you still have extensions in? Feel free to share your own experience in the comments!