What if I told you there was a website where you could buy just about every variety of false lash in existence, and a whole heap of brow products besides?
Well, there is! It's called falseeyelashes.co.uk, and if you're into your lashes you'll be in heaven browsing through it. I almost never wear lashes myself, but when I was invited to choose a couple of styles from their site, I couldn't resist scrolling through to see if there was anything that caught my interest. Let me tell you, there was plenty! They stock all kinds of different brands including Ardell, Violet Voss, Red Cherry and Morphe, but I decided to go for two products from Eylure.
First up, I chose these Pre-Glued Texture Lashes in 117*. I was very much drawn to the concept of these. The band, as the name would suggest, is pre-glued, so you just stick and go - no fiddling around with lash glue. They come with an additional strip, so that you can get another use out of them, and I particularly like this style as they are so wispy and natural looking. In short, I really wanted to love these, but unfortunately they didn't work for me at all.
I have read several reviews of people who swear by them, so perhaps it's my lack of practice at applying false lashes, or perhaps I have particularly odd shaped eyes or oilier lids than I think I do! Whatever it is, I simply couldn't get these to stick at either the inner or outer corners of my eyes, no matter how much I tried or how hard I pressed them down. I wore out both sticky strips trying!
Not to be deterred, however, I moved onto my second choice, the Eylure Pro-Lash Individual Lashes*. My sister wore individual lashes for her wedding (nearly two years ago now - how time flies!) and I remember thinking then how effective and natural they looked. In the box, you get a selection of short, medium and long lashes, lash glue, and lash remover. To apply, you select the lashes you want and sculpt the look yourself, dipping the knot of each individual lash into the glue before sticking it to your own lashes in the position you require. Tweezers help a lot with this process, and it's not as tricky as it sounds. In fact, I actually find these easier to apply than strip lashes.
The other great thing about individual lashes is that you can add as many or as few as you want, depending on whether you're after a dramatic look for a night out or just a subtle enhancement of your natural assets. I have quite good natural lashes, but they don't fan out at the outer corners as much as I would like, and I've been able to change that here using just a couple of the medium length lashes from the pack. I absolutely love these, and will definitely be using them again in the future.
Are you a false lash fan? What's your preferred brand and style?
*Gifted items. All opinions, as always, are my own.