7 Semi-Permanent Beauty Treatments Worth Paying For
Some semi-permanent treatments are so good they're recession-proof -- and others don't live up to the hype. Find out which ones can change your beauty routine for the better
Eyelash extensionsCost: $150 to $200, $50 for touchups
Lasts: 2 to 3 weeks
Who should do it: Someone with sparse, straight lashes, or anyone with a special event coming up, like a wedding.
Why you should get it: No matter how much mascara I wear or how many curling techniques I try, my stubborn Asian lashes remain puny and pathetic. When I have lash extensions, I wake up in the morning with curl, volume, and length -- and I can skip the curler and mascara for weeks. And because the lashes also define my lashline, I can often skip wearing eye makeup altogether -- a major time saver.
Big bonus: They look real. Since the extensions are applied to each individual lash, they look more natural than falsies, says Sabrina Sasson, owner of WinxBeautique, a lash spa in Los Angeles.
What you won't like: Since the extensions are glued onto your own lashes, when they fall out, your own lashes can fall out with them. Scary, I know. So when you stop getting extensions you might end up with stumpier lashes than when you started.
Also, if you tend to sleep on one side more than the other, the side that rubs against your pillow will lose lashes more quickly. And while no mascara can compare to eyelash extensions, the required touchups get pricey.
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