Pretty in Mink: First Time Lash Extension Experience

I've been debating getting lash extensions for a while now. My first experience wasn't the best but it was totally my fault. Note to self (and others): Don't use OIL BASED mascara on them!!

Buytopia and Charming Media gave me the opportunity to get a full set of lashes to review my experience with you all. I totally did not know what to expect. All I know is that I didn't want to look like a drag queen!

No offense but overly dramatic lashes are not for me at all. I was so nervous at first! 
Would I like them? Would my lids get glued shut? Will they be office friendly?

My overall experience was great! Deborah, the owner of Pretty in Mink was very helpful with all of my questions. Trust me I had a lot! I love how she allowed me to tell her what look I was going for. I wanted a naturally full look which was office friendly.

Even though this wasn't my first time getting last extensions, I was at ease when showed me pictures of her clients to give me an idea of the work she does. Everyone looked gorgeous and I knew I was in good hands.

Since I knew the process would be 1 to 1.5 hours, I brought my headphones because I thought that she may be boring. We talked the whole time! 1.5 hours went by and we didn't even realize. Throughout the process I had no pain or discomfort as the lashes were being applied.

Final look:
They're gorgeous!!!

Day 1 to 3 (notables):
I lost a few lashes nothing to be concerned about.
I have sensitive eyes so it took my left eye some time to adjust.

Day 4 and BEYOND:
This is when you really have fun. My make up time has cut down significantly! On top of having amazing skin at the moment (I'll leave that for another post) my only issue is finding a great lip product for the day!

I want to share these tips with you all who are getting them for the first time.
  • Know that some lashes will fall out. It's normal.
  • Your lashes will grow out and some lashes may lift with them as time goes on. This is also normal. That's why you go for refills every 3 to 4 weeks. If your lashes grow extremely quick like mine refill every 2 weeks.
  • Be gentle with them. It sounds obvious but pulling them would hurt and damage them! Only use water-based makeup remover on your lashes. Oil-based remover will break down the glue and they will fall off.
  • Get acquainted with your lash technician because you will have questions.
    Especially if it's your first time!
Deborah was amazing! If I had an issue, I let her know. Even after she my lashes, I still stayed in contact if I needed some assistance. She always responded with the right answer (thankfully). I'd definitely would recommend Pretty in Mink to anyone in Toronto/ GTA surrounding area. 

I hope my post helps anyone getting them for the first time!
Let me know if you have any questions below.


  1. Love my lash extensions. Yours look great Jenn :)

  2. I have been debating whether or not to get lash extensions. Like you I want them to be office friendly. But at the same time I want them to be slightly glamorous for when I go out. I can't put false lashes on for anything so I have to put so much mascara on which is time consuming. The only thing with lash extensions is the maintenance and cost, that's why I hesitate on getting them. How do you wash your eyes or remove makeup with lash extensions?

  3. This is something I want to try, after reading your review I really want to try this :)

  4. Those are really pretty. I'm not a fan of lashes because they often have an over the top look. Those look amazingly natural and pretty. I'd never guess that you had lash extensions.

  5. With my weird glue allergy, though I want to get it done, I'm afraid ill have adverse affects. But my cousins love getting them, and has made the process part of her beauty ritual for a few years now. She tried to get me to get it down when I was in Korea, I chickened out lol
    Anyway your set looks gorgeous! I agree with Amija, I wouldn't have known if you hadn't mentioned it~

  6. Deborah sounds lovely and oh my goodness your lashes look amazing!! :)

    xx Veronica

  7. I love these on you! I'm getting trained on how to do them next month; I'm so excited. :D

  8. This is very nice Jenn, I didn't know it took that long for lash extension... I really like the outcome but knowing how I rub my eyes a lot, I sure would lose some lashes the next day.

  9. If you are looking for a mascara to use you can use the mascara from Blinc its made for use with lash extensions too

  10. Hi hun :) If you mean my transitioning its going fine, I don't write too much about it because I feel like only a small part of my readers can relate to afro hair care :) Im planning on a small update soon though.. Thanks for asking <3 xx

  11. They look so fluttery! I'm a lash extension virgin too but your post gave me courage. Not drag queen at all, but sometimes the queen's lashes evoke envy!

  12. your blog structure is so fressh ! FOLLOWED :)

  13. I've been wanting to get lash extensions. Such a fabulous post, due to my small town, I'm a little scared to go to some salons for it to be honest. Your lashes look fantastic :)

  14. I got my lashes done recently at Danity Lash in Calgary. The service and professionalism was great and my lashes look awesome and more importantly to me, natural looking. Love Love Love them.
    Yours look really nice and full, Love Love Love them too :)

  15. GUYS!!! Pretty in Mink is terrible. Debora is highly unprofessional. She told me 10 minutes before my appointment that she would be AN HOUR late. I was already on the bus. She proceeded to make me wait AN HOUR and still did not show up!! instead she texted me that she is sick ONCE IVE WAITED AN HOUR ALREADY.


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