Why Eyelash Extensions Might Be Dangerous For You

Why Eyelash Extensions Might Be Dangerous For You

Getting my eyelash extensions for the first time was like a trip to India’s holy Ganges River – it sounds dirty and disgusting. Even the eyelash extensions cost wasn’t worth it.

I spent hours searching for salons that offer eyelash extensions near me. You can’t blame me, it’s an orgasmic idea to have long and thick black lashes for 24 hours.  I felt the same way when I had my eyelash extensions for the first time. I was in love with my fake lashes, oh well only during our first few days together. After those first few days, the nightmare started.

Eyelash extensions at home

Me, feeling divine hours after getting my lash extensions (before the dirt and bacteria)

Of course, no beauty salon would tell you about the dangers of getting eyelash extensions or even share some eyelash extensions horror stories. The beauty industry is sometimes creepy. It tends to glorify suffering for you to be beautiful. It’s not as different as foot binding except that it might sound more glamorous than having bound feet.

Eyelashes extensions of Betty Boop

Here’s why eyelash extensions are not safe for you: 

You might permanently end up having bald eyes

The staff at the beauty salon might tell you it’s normal to lose your original lashes after getting eyelash extensions. I was told the same. I thought it was okay. But the idea of permanently losing my lashes is too dreadful to be normal.

Remember that your eyelash technician is using adhesive designed to keep the lash extensions attached together for a longer time. The glue pulls out your lashes and because you might end up rubbing your eyes while asleep, you might pull them out yourself. There is a certain condition called eyelashes traction alopecia. It occurs when there’s too much tension on the natural lashes. In short, if your lashes are overweighted, your hair follicle is at risk of being damaged which can stop the production of hair.   

Funny eyelash extensions Gif

You might have an allergic reaction to lash adhesives

The idea of using a strong adhesive for the eyelash extensions to stay in one place for weeks is somewhat terrifying. I’ve tried other lash glues for my false lashes and they’re alright. Maybe it’s the quality of the glue you are using. Or maybe it’s the fact that they don’t have to keep them together for weeks or so. The semi-permanent glues eyelash technicians use depend on the client’s sensitivity. Some lash adhesives can trigger a severe allergic reaction. Some of them contain formaldehyde that can cause a burning sensation in the eyes. 

When I had my lash extensions, my eyes were always burning. My eyes water whenever I yawn so each time my eyes tear up, my eyes hurt so bad. It felt like an insect was trapped inside, causing my eyes to burn. I suspected the irritation was caused by the glue that was used during the whole process. In fact, I did my research and found out that one should avoid moisture while on lash extensions. So if you tend to have watery eyes when you yawn, eyelash extensions are not for you.

Tip For Allergic Eye Lashes:

Look for a reputable beauty salon or a licensed aesthetician who uses only formaldehyde free lash adhesives.  If you have your own eyelash extensions kit and you choose to do eyelash extensions at home, check some beauty blogs to look for the safest lash glue for your lashes. 

The Dangers of Eyelash Extensions

You might suffer from a serious eye infection

How long does your eyelash extensions last? It will last for a month or a year with regular touch-ups. During such times, it’s recommended not to rub your eyes too often or you might damage your expensive extensions. It’s even a struggle to wash your face. You have to be careful not to wet your eyes with water so yes, just ignore the dirt. And because you don’t want to lose your extensions, you won’t dare scrub your eyelids or lashes. You’re even hesitant to use a makeup remover to wipe away the makeup residue at the base of your lashes. 

Thus, for weeks or months, your extensions will accumulate dirt and bacteria which will lead to eye infections such as bacterial conjunctivitis or pink eye. 

Tip if you have an allergic eyelid

Take time to clean your eyelids and lashes. There are safe lash solutions that you can use to clear up bacteria trapped in your lashes. 

pink eye giphy

You might go blind

There was a story about a woman who temporarily lost her vision because a local salon used nail glue instead of lash glue. Studies say that when you’re constantly in contact with the chemical, you are at risk of being blind. The fibers from lash extensions can also cause corneal scarring when they unintentionally scratch the corneal surface. As a result, you might experience blurry vision, eye redness, irritation and worst, blindness. 

Why Eyelash Extensions Might Be Dangerous For You

A higher eyelash extensions cost doesn’t totally guarantee your safety. No eyelash extensions care can give you 100% safety, there will always be risks. You can  If you are really determined to have naturally thick lashes, then you might want to research about grapeseed oil for lashes and sunflower oil benefits. Sunflower is healthy not only for the skin but for the lashes, too!

While most optometrists suggest not risking your eye health in exchange for temporary beauty, here are some helpful tips to make sure your eyes are protected while on lash extensions:


  1. Be sure to go to a reputable salon and your aesthetician is licensed and certified. You can check your aesthetician’s certification documents that can be verified by beauty schools that offer eyelash extensions classes 
  2. Ask the brand of the lash glue and check the ingredient list. You can also make an allergy test to be sure you won’t have any allergic reaction
  3. Before the procedure, check your aesthetician if he or she has clean hands and is wearing gloves 
  4. Use a safe antibacterial solution for your eyelids and lashes when removing your makeup. Regularly clean them and remove any dirt or residue to avoid any bacterial growth
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Beauty Review: The Truth About Esqido Mink False Eyelashes

Beauty Review: The Truth About Esqido Mink False Eyelashes

Esqido Mink Eyelashes

Let’s talk about lashes.

The history of fake eyelashes can be quite creepy. Did you know that in the 1890s some women had to use needles to put their lashes in place? So yes, if you’re into mink false eyelashes and you don’t completely agree that beauty is pain, you’re quite lucky you weren’t born in those times. It’s ironic how women had to deal with such kind of torture in the past while in today’s generation, it’s one of the biggest trends in the beauty community. 

Being physically beautiful is a process. Having your hair bleached could mean completely damaging it or putting on cosmetic products might cause skin irritation or allergies. Going to your eyelash salon and getting an eyelash perm regularly could be mean being happy with your lashes or losing them completely. As for me, I’m still having doubts about eyelash perming and eyelash extensions so I’ll choose false lashes for now.  

Here’s my review of Esqido Mink False Eyelashes, my before and after photo and the truth about beauty lashes:


They’re Real Fluffy


Esqido makes mink lashes so it’s not surprising that they’re extremely soft and fluffy. I chose Esqido Nimbus falsies, they’re almost full volume yet they don’t feel too heavy. Normally, I would choose the normal and natural looking lashes because I’ve tried some lashes in the past and I wasn’t really happy using them. They were too heavy and would constantly strip off. When I saw the Nimbus lashes, among other different options, I decided I should give it a go. I’ve been wearing them ever since. 

  Mink Lashes   Esqido Lashes

My Nimbus lashes are great to wear for special events. As you can see, even from afar they’re really noticeable and beautifully dramatic, completing my whole look. 


They’re Easy To Wear (Good for Beginners Too)


When I learned how to do makeup, I was discouraged to use falsies. Perhaps putting lashes on was the biggest challenge for me, next to having perfectly identical winged eyeliner. I learned through practice. My Esqido Nimbus lashes are easy to wear since they’re soft and flexible. With my lashes and a nude liquid lipstick or even just a little bit of Korean lip tint, I’m good to go.  

It’s also easy to remove them so your natural lashes are safe. They’re not too sticky at all.  


They Are Paired With Brush-On Lash Glue


A brush-on glue is what every girl needs. I’ve tried glue in tubes and using them was such a pain in the neck. It became troublesome when I already used half of the tube. I’m finally saying goodbye to glue spills. Thanks to the smart people who thought of brush-on applicators for making our lives easier.

I don’t know with other girls but I always run out of lash glue. It’s partly not my fault because most false lashes I bought before had small glue tubes. It’s actually one of my frustrations. It can be frustrating especially when you’re ready to put on your lashes and you suddenly realized that you run out of lash glue. 

FYI: The lash adhesive is sold separately.

They Come in Different Styles


I chose a pair of Nimbus lashes and I got the exact style that I really wanted. Thanks to Esqido’s lash guide, it’s easy to choose your style based on your eye shape and lifestyle. The lash guide is helpful for first-time false eyelashes users. When I tried the lash guide and was asked about my lifestyle, I also made a quick evaluation of my fashion style and the events I attend to in order to help me choose a pair. I was honestly overwhelmed by different lash styles and would love to get more pairs. 

  Esqido Mink Lashes

They’re Truly Reusable


Of course, most falsies can be reused but sometimes you just don’t feel like reusing them for hygienic purposes. I used my Esqido Nimbus lashes a couple of times and they still look alright. If you’re scared that you might find mites living in your lash extensions (a woman found mites in lash extensions), maybe a good pair of falsies that you can easily remove and sanitize is what you need, unless if you know basic eyelash extension care.


The Packaging Will Blow Your Mind


I appreciate good packaging. The whole packaging is an important factor to make me buy a certain product. Esqido’s packaging will truly blow your mind. It looks simple yet classic, something that you can put inside your makeup bag and you know it doesn’t mess up. 

  Esqido Eyelashes

They Ship Fast

I’m living in the Philippines and usually, when you order products from foreign countries, you have to wait for months to get your package. Luckily, I only waited for ten days I guess, not that bad. Also, the shipping fee is free for orders over $75. 

Esqido Lash Glue


The lash glue packaging is quite sophisticated. It’s also easy to use and remove. The fact that it’s a brush-on glue is good news because it means faster and easier application. Also, no spills. It’s easy to remove and dries fast. From my experience, I put on my Esqido Nimbus lashes for almost 12 hours and they were still in place so yes, the lash adhesive is a good one. 


Esqido Nimbus Lashes


Esqido Lashes Photos

What I Don’t Like About Esqido Lashes

They’re not playing when it’s mentioned on the description box that some lashes are medium to full volume. They can be heavy, but no too much. Like I said, I’ve tried other lashes that are too heavy you would feel really uncomfortable. Esqido lashes are tolerable. 



Months before I got my package, I’ve checked some studio lashes near me thinking it would save time putting on lashes when needed, but somehow I managed to get through the day with my falsies, giving me more options and styles to choose from. Maybe there are other good false eyelashes brands out there, but for now, I’ll stick to Esqido lashes.

So yes, women, also men, do some weird and painful things for beauty and it’s perfectly fine. 

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