maybe she’s born with it

…maybe they’re glued to her face.

lets talk eyelashes because guys, im 100% OBSESSED with my eyelash extensions.  i legit get compliments 3+ times a week- the checkout girl at the grocery store, my dental hygienist, a random person on the spin bike next to me… talk about an ego boost.  i get a lot of questions about them too, so figured id write up a little post with some of the FAQ.

shout out to cori for transforming my eyeballs and also listening to me ramble about my dating disaster stories for (literally) hours on end over the last year. love ya girl!

(apologies in advance for some very close up pictures of my makeup free face.)

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before my appointment today
just shy of three weeks since my last appointment

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how long does it take?
each session takes about an hour, although the first appointment takes about an hour and a half.

how often do you go?
typically every 2-3 weeks.  when i first started, i went every 3-4, but i love how full they look right after i get a fill, so i go more often now.

does it hurt?
nope!  it definitely was weird having my eyes taped the first session, but you get used to that pretty quickly.  sometimes it stings a little at the end when you first open your eyes, but overall i find it pretty relaxing (and have fallen asleep towards the end of some sessions!)

again, apologies for the closeup…my eyebrows need some tlc- eek.
props to cori for being able to glue tiny things to my twitchy eyes.
also, thanks cori for suggesting we take a video rather than a pic- so cool to see!

those are really long, can i get shorter ones?
you bet!  when i first started going, i opted for shorter lashes and more of a cat-eye look (longer ones towards the outside.) over time i went for a more natural look (mostly all the same length) but with the longest lash extensions cori has! (i secretly wish they were longer… actually not so secretly… ive asked cori and she laughs. yeah, i guess that might be a bad idea.)  def do some google searches before you go and see what styles/length you like!

can you get them wet?
yes! well, not for the first 24 hours, but after that you can shower, workout, wash your face, etc.  without worrying.  if i can, i will try and shower/wash my hair before my appointment so im good to go for the next day, otherwise i will wear goggles in the shower the next morning to make sure they don’t get wet (yes, you read that right.  and yes, i look like a freak.)  one other important thing to note is that you cannot use oil based products on your lashes.  the good thing is there are tons of oil-free face washes and makeup removers out there, so not a big deal!

speaking of makeup, can  you still wear eye-makeup?
yup!  i still wear eyeliner- although its a little difficult to take off.  common sense here, but rubbing your eyes makes them fall out faster.  since i cant scrub my eyes when im washing my face, i have to use a q-tip soaked in makeup remover to get it off after washing. as for mascara, you dont really need it and its not recommended. you definitely can put some on, but the lashes will likely fall out faster.  not worth it in my opinion!

have you had to make any other changes?
sure have.  i used to sleep on my stomach a lot, but id wake up and find a pillow case full of lashes and the ones still attached would be a bit wonky.  now im a side sleeper/back sleeper only.  another thing, a spoolie brush will be your new best friend.  you have to brush these babies out.  i do it usually three times a day (after i wash my face in the morning, after i put on my makeup, and after i wash my face before bed.)  sometimes ill have to touch up some out of place ones during the day, so i keep one in my purse too.

how much does it cost?
it aint cheap folks.  but it also depends on where you go and how often!  the first application with cori cost me $180 and if i go in for a fill every two weeks its $65, three weeks is $85 and four weeks is $95.  despite being a math major, im not good at mental math and therefore i thankfully cant figure out what that averages out to a year… but its alot.  i love them so much though so for me its a splurge im willing to make.

is there anything you dont love about them?
nope!  i will say that when i first got them i wasnt completely over the moon with them.  dont get me wrong, i still liked them a lot, but i was used to wearing strip lashes that were SUPER full/voluminous and these just seemed to have a little less pop.  also, it was hard adjusting to not touching my eyes. you dont realize how much you touch your eyes a day until you cant.  but as i got used to having them on and adjusted my eye-makeup routine, i fell more and more in love with them.  not having to glue those strips on (which was anxiety inducing) or worrying if they were going to fall off in the middle of a night out is awesome.  also, you can actually say “i woke up like this” cause ya did and your eyes look bomb.

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after my appointment today.
so fresh! so full! yaaaaas queen (cori.)

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i think that covers most of the questions i get asked frequently, but if theres anything else you are curious about, feel free to leave them in the comments and i will answer for you!

xo.

coming soon:  my thoughts on my cleanse (aka that time i didnt eat solid food for five days and shockingly wasnt in a constant state of hanger) and the start of my half marathon training (spoiler: ive got a lot of work to do…)

gym ‘n juice.

(blogged while watching last nights Big Little Lies and Billions.  obsessed.)

test 1, 2, 3… yup, this thing still works!  im finally getting around to those new years resolutions of mine justtt a few months late and figured why not add “try blogging again” to the list.  so here we go!

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what are my resolutions? i thought you might ask!

  1. try blogging again (duh)
  2. get healthier
  3. learn a new language
  4. focus on my faith
  5. volunteer more
  6. be better with my money

all of these are off to a good start this january 1st march 20th, with the exception of “be better with my money”… BUT in my defense, i decided to make a few itty bitty purchases to help with said goals.

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first i got myself a shiny new gold ipad mini 4 and then promptly loaded it up with some resolution friendly apps.  my fav?  the rosetta stone app!  at first i really wanted to learn greek, but then i decided french might be more practical.  oui? oui.

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plus, i took six years of spanish, so hoping i can leverage some of that… HA! who am i kidding. the only things i remember how to say are margarita and quesadilla…

…which is why i also decided to splurge on a juice cleanse to kick off some healthier eating habits.  despite having only done a one day blueprint cleanse back in the day, i opted for the five day reroot cleanse from cocobeet, which is conveniently located in government center (aka on my walk to work!)  for those not familiar with cocobeet, they serve organic juice cleanses, cold-pressed juices, superfood smoothies, and vegan meals using ingredients from small batch producers and local farms whenever possible.

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according to their website “the reroot is an all-liquid juice cleanse, but includes two power smoothies for extra fuel and a sense of fullness during the day.  [they] recommend this cleanse to those new to all-liquid cleansing, or for juice cleansers who require more energy throughout the day.”  the fact that this cleanse included power smoothies (aka not all green juice) really appealed to me! [note: i got three power smoothies, not two.  not sure if that was a mistake, but im not complaining.]

pick up was super easy.  i opted for daily pickups each morning so the juices would be fresh (and i wouldnt be lugging around dozens of bottles.)  a super friendly man greeted me, asked for my name, and then sent me on my way with 3 juices, 3 smoothies and a power booster.

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Upon Waking: Power Booster (i ended up drinking this later in the day though since I didn’t pick up my juices until 8:15am)

Heartbeet: Beet, Coconut H20, Lime, Spirulina

Health Nuts Likely Ranking: 9 out of 10- it tastes like the earth!

Couch Potatoes Likely Ranking: 4 out of 10- it tastes. like. the earth.

My Ranking:  I love beets, so I enjoyed this.  I’m gonna go with an 8 out of 10.

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8-9am: Cold-Pressed Juice

Watermelon Quench: Watermelon, Pineapple, Lemon

Health Nuts Likely Ranking: 10 out of 10- so refreshing!

Couch Potatoes Likely Ranking: 9 out of 10- all thats missing is vodka!

My Ranking: 9.5 out of 10.  it was sweeter than i expected and missing vodka but overall i loved this one! a nice start to the day.

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10:30-11:30am: Cold-Pressed Juice

Green Genes: Kale, Spinach, Cucumber, Celery, Apple, Parsley, Lemon, Ginger

Health Nuts Likely Ranking: 9 out of 10- kale! did you know its a superfood?

Couch Potatoes Likely Ranking: 1 out of 10.  kale should only be used as a garnish.

My Ranking: 6.5 out of 10.  i am not a fan of green juice at all, so the fact this got above a 3 says a lot.  it had a funny after taste to me (the parsley maybe?) but i definitely liked it more than the blueprint green juice that i literally had to plug my nose to swallow.

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1-2pm: Power Smoothie

Banana Chia: Banana, Homemade Almond Mylk, Dates, Chia Seeds, Flaxseeds, Cinnamon

Health Nuts Likely Ranking: 10 out of 10- i’m bananas for this power smoothie!

Couch Potatoes Likely Ranking: 9 out of 10- i cant believe i just ate a chia pet… and it tasted good.

My Ranking: 9.5 out of 10.  this was so filling and so delicious.  it was a tad heavy on the cinnamon for me, but after a few sips i didn’t notice it as much.  i tried to sip slow, but this was gone. fast.

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3-4pm: Cold-Pressed Juice

Kickstart: Beet, Carrot, Apple, Ginger, Lemon

Health Nuts Likely Ranking: 10 out of 10- i feel rejuvenated!

Couch Potatoes Likely Ranking: 6 out of 10- i feel like i just drank a beet!

My Ranking: 9 out of 10- again, i love beets so this was up my alley.  definitely less earthy tasting than the power booster (think v-8 splash vs. og v-8)

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i loved that the bottles were labeled with the times!

5-6pm: Power Smoothie

Green Monkey: Kale, Kiwi, Apple, Banana, Orange Juice, Lemon

Health Nuts Likely Ranking: 10 out of 10- YAAAS MORE KALE!

Couch Potatoes Likely Ranking: 8 out of 10- wait, there’s kale in this?

My Ranking: 9.5 out of 10- this was goooood. i despise kale but the banana really covered it up and made it thick.  sweet, but not too sweet.  nom.

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7-8pm: Power Smoothie

Chocolate Power Mylk: Homemade Cashew Mylk, Dates, Cacao, Lucuma Powder, Sea Salt

Health Nuts Likely Ranking:  10 out of 10- i love that this is sweetened with lucuma powder!

Couch Potatoes Likely Ranking: 8.5 out of 10- tastes like a chocolate milkshake… what the @#&$ is lucuma powder? 

My Ranking: 10 out of 10.  I love cashew mylk. alot.  if you haven’t had it, i think it’s a lot creamier (and closer to the real stuff) than almond milk. plus i love chocolate.  this was a great way to end the day.  sweet (but not too sweet.)  im sad i opted for vanilla tomorrow, but maybe it will be just as good…

DAY ONE OVERALL:  I’m writing this at 9:30 pm and am full/not hating my life.  Gotta say- the power smoothies are actually really satisfying!  I was really tempted to eat solid foods when I saw a blueberry mascarpone cake in the cafeteria today so decided I should not walk through there the rest of the week.  it was pretty cold today, so i drank a lot of hot water with lemon in between the smoothies which hit the spot (lies: a cup of lobster bisque would have hit the spot- it got the job done.)  i definitely had a headache all day, but i couldn’t tell if that was from caffeine withdrawal or the cold im trying to kick.

DAY TWO PREDICTION: I think after having a great day today, I will be ok hanger wise tomorrow.  I signed up for spin in the morning which might have been a bad idea, but figured I’d take it easy on the ol’ red knob turning if I feel like I’m running on empty.  (there’s about 15lbs of reserves in the tank, so I think i’ll be ok…)

DAY THREE-FIVE PREDICTION: Avoid me.

Coming Soon to a Blog near you:  Yup, I signed up for another Half Marathon.  (Alternate Title: I haven’t run more than 4 miles in the past 7 months. This should be fun.)