In case y’all didn’t know, I’m a total scaredy cat and hate commitment without A LOT of preparation, which is why it’s amazing that I somehow ended up with three tattoos. Even though I haven’t ever gotten permanent or semi-permanent treatments, I’ve always wondered about lash extensions — I hate how clumpy my mascara gets. When Lash Spa Studio in South Tampa invited me in, my response was heck yes.
I had a ton of questions — I hate how tired my eyes feel when I wear false eyelashes, so I needed my lash extensions to be gorgeous without feeling uncomfortable or inconvenient. Tallia from Lash Spa Studio assured me that I’d be in good hands, so I went in with an open mind and was super excited with the outcome.
Disclaimer: I look much rougher in the “after” because I’d just woken up from a nap (seriously — it’s relaxing enough that I slept through it). Focus on those lashes, though! I was amazed at how natural they looked and felt. Now let’s chat about the process.
When I got to Lash Spa Studio, I was immediately offered donuts and La Croix, which is pretty much the way to my heart. The space itself is beautiful & reminded me of an upscale nail salon — instead of upright seats, there are fully-reclined chairs that allow you to lay down during the procedure. My esthetician Abbie was super helpful and answered all of my questions … and trust me, I had a million. We chatted about what look I was going for (natural but subtly glam) and she explained her thoughts on the perfect length and curl. Then I got comfortable and let her get to work!
Abbie told me that it’s totally normal to fall asleep during the service, but I was still surprised with how quickly I went out! The initial lash process takes 1.5-2 hours, so I got a nice nap while she worked her magic. You have to keep your eyes closed the entire time and you’re covered with a cozy blanket — it’s only natural that you’ll take a cat nap.
Y’all, I’m still SHOOK at how much I love my new lashes! Aftercare is so easy (you can’t get them wet for the first 24 hours, which means that I had to cancel our plans to see A Star Is Born because I was terrified I’d cry), you should brush and wash them every day, and you should avoid mascara. The spa also recommends going in every two weeks for a fill so they always look great.
This probably sounds ridiculous, but I’m shocked at how much more confident I feel with my new lashes. You can wear eyeshadow still, but I love the volume so much that I haven’t been wearing any other eye makeup! It’s a subtle boost to your daily look, but I’m obsessed and upset I didn’t try this sooner.
Thank you so much to Lash Spa Studio Tampa for gifting me an afternoon at the studio — I can’t wait to come back!