At lash! Cebu’s Best (and Worst) Eyelash Extensions

Except for my body, most parts of me are thin or sparse — my hair, my brows, my patience, and my lash­es. I’m not a big fan of make-up, it’s too time con­sum­ing for me. My make up arse­nal looks lone­ly, my mas­cara and my curlash gath­er dust, and I hate falsies. I like to look pol­ished, that sub­tle but classy I-woke-up-like-this-but-bet­ter look.

I start­ed get­ting eye­lash exten­sions almost two years ago. I want­ed to up my lash game, plus it makes me look less malev­o­lent. It was a tri­al and error to look for the best place that offers the ser­vice. I usu­al­ly go for fine, medi­um (11 mm) lash­es that don’t look too Kim Kar­dashi­an-esque.

I don’t do beau­ty reviews, unless some­thing is real­ly rave wor­thy. This is my hon­est and unpaid (I so wish it was haha!) review. I have no affil­i­a­tions with these estab­lish­ments.

iLash Sm City Cebu

Pros:

  • It is locat­ed inside a mall, very con­ve­nient.
  • Lots of lash styles to choose from — even col­ored lash­es if you are feel­ing bold!
  • They can accom­mo­date many cus­tomers.

Cons:

  • Depend­ing on what kind of lash­es, it can be a lit­tle pricey.
  • The staff weren’t too friend­ly, like they were bored or can’t be both­ered.

Appli­ca­tion time: 45 min­utes to an hour

Review: I think they are the pio­neer in eye­lash exten­sion ser­vices in Cebu. Some­one rec­om­mend­ed them to me. This was my first eye­lash exten­sion, so nat­u­ral­ly, I took pre­cau­tions and fol­lowed instruc­tions. My lash­es were mod­est — I opt­ed for fine, nat­ur­al look­ing ones. I was qui­et sur­prised they weren’t heavy as I imag­ined them to be. They weren’t stiff, looked great, I was hap­py. But my hap­pi­ness was short-lived. Not even a week old and my lash­es start­ed falling off. I went back, it was deter­mined to be a back job so it was retouched for free. It could be the glue, or slop­py hand­i­work. The lash­es last­ed for almost 2 weeks. I don’t rec­om­mend them. I nev­er went back.

 

Stylash Sm City Cebu

Pros:

  • Nice inte­ri­ors!
  • The staff was friend­ly and accom­mo­dat­ing, even if I asked a lot of ques­tions.
  • They also offer lash removal ser­vices, even if the client had her lash­es made some­where else. Some estab­lish­ments don’t do this.
  • They are also locat­ed inside a mall.

Cons:

  • They are way expen­sive than most eye­lash salons.

Appli­ca­tion time: an hour

Review: My lash­es were stiff! I had them removed after a week. It was uncom­fort­able when I wear my glass­es. I didn’t even get the long lash­es. Could it be the kind I chose were too stiff? I’m not sure if I want to try them again.

 

Oh My Lash — Mandaue Branch

Pros:

  • Though not locat­ed in a mall, it is near my place.
  • They are inex­pen­sive. They offer dis­counts from time to time.
  • Quaint place, so call ahead for appoint­ments.

Cons:

  • Even with the sign Silence, cus­tomers were noisy. I wish the staff did some­thing about it.
  • The staff seemed unfriend­ly. Per­haps I caught them on a bad day?

Appli­ca­tion time: 1.5 hours

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Twin­kling Antibac­te­r­i­al Medi­um lash­es by Oh My Lash

 

Review: This was my most recent eye­lash exten­sion. I had the antibac­te­r­i­al vari­ety but my eyes were red and itchy after­wards. They did apply eye­drops, which alle­vi­at­ed the red­ness for awhile but it came back when I got home. I didn’t like the glue they used—it seemed too harsh, the smell was strong. The lash­es look real­ly nice but they were the most rigid lash­es ever. Even when I was wash­ing my face, I could tell the glue used was harsh because my eyes stung. My eyes start­ed to itch again, so I had them removed. I’m sad about this expe­ri­ence. It’s a pity because I loved the way they looked — exquis­ite, not fag­goty scream­ing for atten­tion. I can’t rec­om­mend them, and I’m nev­er going back.

 

Beauty and Beyond — Streetscape & City Times Square

Pros:

  • They have a myr­i­ad of oth­er beau­ty ser­vices too. It’s like a one-stop beau­ty hub.
  • Their beau­ty pack­ages are rea­son­ably priced. I’m a big fan of their facials with dia­mond peel.
  • They have month­ly pro­mo­tions.
  • The own­er is very hands-on and takes com­plaints seri­ous­ly.

Cons:

  • When­ev­er I text them or call for an appoint­ment, I some­times don’t get a response.
  • Please get those small mini fans for your eye­lash exten­sion ses­sions.

Appli­ca­tion time: almost 2 hours

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Russ­ian mink lash­es from Beau­ty & Beyond

Review: I availed of their nat­ur­al eye­lash exten­sions pro­mo. It was dirt cheap at 399. How­ev­er, my first expe­ri­ence with them was unsat­is­fac­to­ry. At first, my lash­es looked great! They weren’t stiff, felt light. Then they start­ed falling off in the suc­ceed­ing days. “Do I have cursed lash­es or what,”  I start­ed think­ing. I hon­est­ly didn’t know why it hap­pened. I fol­lowed all the after care instruc­tions, and this wasn’t my first time. I left a review, and the own­er reached out to me. She rec­ti­fied that inci­dent with a free Russ­ian mink eye­lash exten­sions at the Streetscape branch. After a month, I took her offer, and mannn, I was blown away! Hon­est­ly, I thought they were too much at first, but to the one wear­ing them, per­cep­tions tend to be skewed. I real­ized this when I took a pic­ture of it, and got com­pli­ments. I even thought they would feel heavy but they didn’t. They felt like the real thing, very light, and just gor­geous! When I post­ed this on my my Face­book, many asked where I had it done. I was booked at their Streetscape branch. It isn’t cheap (1,500) but total­ly worth it. Hands down the best eye­lash exten­sions for me. I’m def­i­nite­ly going back!

When getting eyelash extensions…

  • Don’t rub your eyes.
  • Don’t wash them for 24 hours. Some would rec­om­mend 12–14 hours.
  • Sleep on your side.
  • When you are allowed to wash your eye area, be gen­tle when wip­ing. Just tap excess water.
  • If you want them to last longer (up to 4 weeks), avoid sauna, the pool, and the beach.
  • If you like wear­ing make up, use a gen­tle make up remover.
  • You can comb your lash­es by using a clean mas­cara appli­ca­tor (sans the mas­cara, of course!).
  • Rest your lash­es too. Skip the exten­sions from time to time.

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