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I’ve developed an obsession with eyelashes. You know – like the kind of obsession you had in high school with Sun In. That obsessed.

It started a few years ago when I was at one of those baby play classes with my youngest son. I would have been 100% focused on interacting with him so he could glean every ounce of enrichment from the class – but you can’t overestimate the importance of independent play. So that freed up my time to notice this girl who had awesome eyelashes.

I wanted her eyelashes.

Of course, I immediately befriended/interrogated her.  Turns out, the lashes were fake and fabulous.



I immediately committed myself to focusing more on my eyelashes. I mean, my family too. But also my eyelashes.

I first tried the Younique transplanting gel and natural fibers. Because suddenly everyone was selling this product. It was the Stella & Dot of the makeup world.

And Younique really does add major volume. You just put on the gel as if it’s mascara. Then apply the natural fibers with a different wand and then use the gel one more time.

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But this (like mascara) is temporary.  So next, I decided to first try one of those eyelash conditioners like Revitalash that make your eyelashes grow.

My sister-in-law was suddenly sporting amazing eyelashes and she said she was using one of these eyelash conditioners. And you know what? It worked. So if my sister-in-law ever tells you to buy something (eyelash conditioner, stocks, subprime mortgages, whatever), buy it.

But then I ran out of the eye conditioner.  And I forgot to buy more. And well, pretty quickly I had the same lame eyelashes as before.

Finally, I decided to really give this fake eyelashes thing a go. I booked an appointment at a salon and learned that it would take two hours to apply the eyelashes. Okay, that seemed lengthy but YOLO baby, YOLO. (I’ll wait while my mom googles YOLO.)

I showed up for my appointment and half way through the first eye, I asked the woman, “How long have you been doing this?”

And she said, “Two weeks.”

“Two weeks at THIS salon?” I said, hopefully.

“Nope! I just got trained. This is my second week applying eyelashes.”

If there was ever a time to use, OMG, this was it. So OMG.

After the first eye was completed, I took a look.


Hmm…. I don’t think so. I immediately brought up a friend’s Facebook page. This! This is what I’m looking for…


Super glam, right?

I very very very nicely told the eyelash woman that my look wasn’t quite what I was going for, had her remove the eyelashes, tipped her and left.

I’m not giving up.

I may try fake eyelashes again. Can you train children to put these on? I’m looking into it.

13 Responses to how to have fabulous eyelashes

  • Jordana says:

    I truly see no difference between the photo of your eyelashes and your friends. I don’t know if that’s going to make you feel better or worse but I just have to speak my truth.

  • Honestmum says:

    I like your lashes in the picture. Don’t give up. I have to say I tried this, ripped them out (I’m an idiot) as they felt too heavy and the glue was all hard and uncomfortable-and I ended up looking like a 12 year old boy. Nice.

  • Paul says:

    I can’t add to your exhaustive research Kelcey, however I can give you a target to shoot for – how having the most voluminous, perfect eyelashes can change your life. I was channel flipping the other day and happened upon the wedding preparations of a beautiful young rich woman. The extravagances were mind boggling – including a trip to Italy to pick out the glassware from Venetian glass blowers on an 2,000 year old island of just glass blowing experts.

    The young bride had the most beautiful thick lashes that money could buy (they didn’t elaborate how she got them). In fact they were so thick and strong, that she had a jeweler fashion a tiny curved platinum bar with multiple inset diamonds to clip onto each eyelash that she wore at the wedding.

    Just think of how jealous your friends would be of your lashes Kelcey when you appeared at a play date with eyelash jewelry.

  • Jeneen says:

    Whatever you do, please do not get makeup tattoos, my mother did this after moving to Fl, well, I don’t think it would get you the results you are looking for. She has eyeliner and brows done.

  • Whenever I read about fake eyelashes, I think of that scene in the original “Yours, Mine, and Ours” where Lucille Ball is at some sort of cocktail party and is desperately trying to fish her lashes out of her drink.

  • Lanie says:

    I am with Jordana – I don’t see the difference (no offense to Rachel’s eyelashes) – both of you seem to have glam non spider like eyelashes.

    I have noticed that there are a lot of lash stores that have recently opened every where around Atlanta. Perhaps you started a trend. I have never thought about my eyelashes – I think I am going to go check them out in the mirror now. xo

  • Cookie says:

    I think they looked great on you. But I’m guessing they woudn’t last too long… Which eyelash conditioner did your sister in law used?

  • Suzanne says:

    I thought your lashes looked amazing in the picture! I am also in the hunt for good lashes. So many people say to try Lattisse (sp??), but it can turn your eyes brown. I have blue eyes and I don’t want to mess with them! I want lashes put on, but I’m also just a wee bit scared. But to have beautiful, fake lashes and (maybe) not have to wear mascara (the part of my makeup applying and removing routine I hate most) would be ahhhhhhh-mazing.

  • Becky says:

    BEWARE of eyelash extensions!! I am too very obsessed with eye lashes and had extensions put on last year and had a HORRIBLE allergic reaction that spread all over my face.
    Now I just use mascara and a ton of it. I’m a fan of Mary Kay honestly.

  • Joanne says:

    I have become obsessed myself and have started using this product


    Love it and when I told them how much I loved it – they actually emailed me back to say thanks (small family business). Anyway, give them a try, lovely company, lovely people and the product is great. The permanent options are also a good option – but you really need to know who you are dealing with. The ladies I know that do permanent have been going to the same person for YEARS. I wish I could help in your area but you would have to head up to GA, lol.

  • Leigh Ann says:

    Maybe it’s like that thing where you have your makeup done and you feel like a clown, but everyone says you look amazing. You just don’t feel like yourself, even though it’s not nearly as drastic to everyone else.

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