My Lash Extension Experience with Ardell DuraLash Naturals

I have always been dying to try lash extension and thanks to Michelle, I finally got my hands on Ardell DuraLash Naturals Extension Kit. This was my first time doing lash extension and all I can say is boy does it take practice and lots and lots of patience!

Since I have Asian lashes, I chose the Short Lash in Black. The pack comes with 56 knotted individual lashes that are slightly longer than my natural lashes. Following the instructions on the pack, I picked up a cluster of hair with my favorite Tweezerman tweezers, dipped it in the Ardell LashTite Individual Lash Adhesive and randomly placed it on top of my natural lashes and near the roots. I started from the middle of my eye and worked my way outwards. After fiddling around for almost 15 minutes, I finally got 5 clusters on each eye. When I was done, I was pretty happy with the result – it was natural yet you could definitely tell my lashes got thicker and longer.

When I woke up the next morning, all the lashes remained intact (yay!) I did my usual MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack on top and lower lash line, curled my lashes with my favorite Shiseido eyelash curler and Bourjois Yes To Volume mascara on top and bottom thinking that the mascara would help blend the lashes with my natural lashes. Bad bad idea! Not only was it hard to apply the mascara without creating clumps but it was even harder to remove them without tugging my lashes. And to top it off, you are not supposed to use an eye makeup remover with oil so I ended up using Nivea’s Visage Eye Makeup Remover and it took me twice as long to get rid of all the mascara and eyeliner.

The next day, I skipped the mascara and removing my eye makeup was a lot easier. I continued doing this for the next couple of days but finally decided to get rid of the lashes after a week. I simply could not deal with the fact that I could not wear more eye makeup (not wearing eyeshadow was such a pain!) or spending at least 10 minutes trying to get my eye makeup off.

The verdict? Totally loved the results and I might do it again but if you are an eyeshadow whores like me or cannot get your hands off your eyes, you are better off with mascara or strip false lashes.

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Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE, Glamour.com, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is the beauty editor for Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.

21 COMMENTS

  1. MY friend used that her natural lashes fall out along with the fake ones and it took a while for it to grow bk. Thats why im too scared to get mine done.

  2. Hi there! I love your blog. esp the barbie pic. saw you on specktra. you are soo hot! hehe take care. keep up the good makeup.

  3. “Shellie, gold eyeshadow is so hot this season! You can try pairing it with purple (my all time favorite combo) or silver as seen in Chanel.”

    Can I request both of these looks please? :) Can you actually try them out? Thank you so much!

  4. hiya!
    i recently came across your blog @soompi, and i gotta to say this first, its really great! =)
    hehe but yeah i noticed now that you live in London now?

    so i was just wondering what you think about Rimmel?
    Because all my Caucasian friends really like the mascaras from that brand, (the newest one out, not sure what the name but it is in red and black cover) but im still abit skeptical about it..
    also was wondering about the overall review of rimmel?
    thank you in advance! x

  5. nope mineral makeup is not that big here in Europe. Plus I’m not really a fan of it. I’ve tried Bare Escentuals and Everyday Minerals and I didn’t like either of them.

  6. Hello,

    I have oily skin, even my lids are oily :( what primer do you recommend for the eye area someone suggested the mac paint tube thing, and i saw on ur blog the mixing medium from mac is also very good which one is better for oily skin

  7. MAC Paints and the mixing medium are two really different products. Basically, MAC Paints are like cream eyeshadows that dry to a very matte finish hence they are great as bases. The mixing medium, on the other hand, is simply a liquid that can be used with lots and lots of different products to create texture and of course, staying power.

  8. hey phyllis, i’m new and am so in love with your blog. I just need to ask b/c I’m a little confused… what’s the difference b/t this and regular false lashes? Usually, you don’t keep the latter on for more than one day, are these lash extensions that are permanent (the ones you get done professionally)? I’m confused b/c they look like regular temporary extensions, maybe it’s a different type of glue?

  9. Basically, you should remove your strip lashes every night while individual lashes can be worn up to 3 to 4 weeks. The glue you use is also different – the ones made for individual lashes are stronger to help them last longer.

  10. I also bought fake lashes to try them out. I bought the ones you have and the ones from ELF. The ones from ELF weren’t individual ones. I think I liked that better because I didn’t like working with small individual ones. I had to trim the ones I got from ELF though because my eyes aren’t as large. I was still able to use liner and eyeshadow though. The only bad thing is the glue that comes with it. It’s kinda weak so I had to put a little extra on to make the lashes stay. Maybe you could give them a try.

  11. hi, not sure id you’ll get this message or not, but did the adhesive came with the kit or did you have to buy it separately?

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