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March 05, 2012

Haul: NEW DollyWink False Lashes

Hi hi!

I was a little impulsive, and purchased the new released DollyWink false lashes yesterday (at Watsons where they had some 7% off storewide).  They aren't the cheapest lashes around, but they aren't my most expensive either.  I like that each box contains 2 pairs, and depending on how many uses you get out of each pair ----obviously the more uses you get, the more economical each pair becomes.  The little tube of glue that comes with each box is actually pretty darn good.

I decided to take the plunge with these lashes, because I have always admired them on the shelves, but couldn't bear to shell out over $20 for falsies (and don't ask me why I have paid way more for my Shu Uemura ones).  But I think the lashes are really one of the better ones out there, and if you look closely at these two sets of lashes (taken with my iphone camera, mind you) you can see just how soft and fluttery they look.

I like that #9 Natural Dolly has an invisible band, and it looks like little clusters of lash hairs, so if you are wearing light makeup, you wear these lashes, they add some volume and length to your eyelashes, and very very natural.

My only qualm is that the lashes are really quite wide, and most people would need to trim quite a substantial bits from the ends in order to fit their eyes.  I didn't trim them, and I try to place them more towards the outer corner of my eyes to extend and give the illusion of me having longer and bigger eyes.

#10 Sweet Cat has a denser outer coner, it is very wispy, and also on the natural side.  I like lashes like this, they also have the effect of elongating your eyeshape.  I like how the hair lengths taper nicely towards the corners.

Here I am wearing #9 Natural Dolly.  You see how the hairs really does look like my own lashes or something.

Pretty amazing.



Have you tried Dollywink false lashes?


That's all, and thanks for looking!



May 14, 2011

BASICS: Quick Tips & Tricks for Wearing False Lashes

Just to share some tips and tricks on wearing falsies... I have done a more detailed lash tutorial type entry in the past, so I shan't go into the technical bits.  Recently, I have been trying out half / outer corner lashes, and I am really liking the effect, very natural, super quick and easy to put on the lashes.

I am also featuring these new lashes which Jerlaine helped me purchase during her recent Taiwan trip, and these lashes come in a box of ten pairs, for about SG$10 each.  If you go to those beauty supply stores here and get the, they are usually about SG$15 and above, and sometimes the quality isn't that fantastic [think wonky lash 'bases' and uneven hairs etc etc].  The design of these lashes are called "#7 cross black" which gives some volume at the base of the lashes, and a little wipsy effect at the tips.

If you are starting out with wearing false lashes, it's good to start with the cheaper lashes.

The criss cross at the base gives the volume and illusion of thicker lashes without being too dramatic.  Also the lashes aren't that long and curled, so they are very natural.

When you take out the lash from the box, it look like this - and you want to trim from the tips on either side of the lash.  If the lash is too wide for your eyes, you might also want to trim them to fit your eyes, and I usually trim the inner corners away, as I want the longer length of the outer corners.  And I usually wear my lashes on the third quater of my eyes [you will see what I mean later in pictures].

Trim away unwanted bits of the lashes.

Put on the lash glue - and you must wait for about 30 seconds for the glue to become tacky.  I don't normally use a tweezer to hold the lash, I just use my fingers... but this is just for photo-taking purposes.

The glue will dry clear, and you can see, I pasted the lashes on the most outer corner of my eyes.  This has the effect of lengthening and enlarging the appearance of the eyes.  Also it is not comfortable to put the lashes all the way into the inner corner, you will feel the base of the lashes 'poking' your lids causing your eyes to tear, and then the lash wil fall off easily due to the tears.

This is a very natural everyday false lash look.  As I didn't have much of my own lashes to speak of, I didn't bother with putting mascara on upper lashes.  This also means my false lashes are relatively clean, and can be used many times [you will know when to throw them out -- the base becomes all wonky and they don't fit well on your lids].

Next, I am showing how you can create your own half/ outer corner lashes.  There are ready made mini ones, and they usually cost the same as full sized lashes.  But if you have a pair of full lashes, you can cut them in half [you can only do this for lashes that are shorter on BOTH the outer and inner corners, the tapered ones with longer corners can't be cut in half for this purpose].

As shown in this example here:  so both halves are symmetrical.   Half lashes are very easy to apply, and again you want to place them as near to the outer corner of the eyes as possible.

And I usually store my lashes which I am currently using in a old lash case, so they don't get all mashed up.   I never wash them under running water, I just gently peel off the old glue, and then they are all good to go again.

And last night, Amy bought each of us a box to keep our new stash of falsies!  They are like giant pill-boxes, with adjustable compartments, space to keep your lash glue as well.

That's all, I hope this entry has been useful, and if you have any questions, leave them in the comments below.



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My name is Sophia, and I am in my early 30s. I am from Singapore and I am the sole writer of this blog.

About this Blog

I started this blog in 2006, I like to use a wide range of brands though I seem to have a growing preference for higher-end brands in recent years. I also like to share interesting things I have come across about makeup and beauty.

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My Makeup Style

I like classic looks (neutral tones on eyes, anything goes for lips & cheeks), though occasionally I try out dramatic/ statement looks.  I believe that a flawless base is the key to achieving great makeup looks.  I also believe that if you don't have great skin to start with, fake it with a good foundation routine, and even greater skincare.  I am currently loving Clarins & Lancome skincare products, and Vichy NormaDerm for tackling with breakouts.

What Cameras do I use?

Most of the pictures you see in post 2010 entries are taken with my Canon G-11.  Previously I was using Canon Ixus 80.  I do post some pictures which are taken with my iphone4 which I will state in that particular entry.  I have stopped watermarking my pictures as of 2011, because I think watermarks are ugly in general, and does not prevent people from stealing my pictures if they wish to.  I just take it as a compliment that my pictures are even worth stealing in the first place. I might look into getting a Canon EOS next year, not just for blogging purposes, but I also like photography in general.

My Favourite Makeup Brand(s)

It is hard to name just one, but I like NARS, Chanel, Illamasqua and the ocasional Guerlain, Dior & Urban Decay item.  I own quite a stash of MAC items, but recently I have stopped catching up with their collections, and I much prefer to splurge on a few really outstanding items.

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