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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Lash Extenstions by Dr. Gerstman

In my freshman year of college, I began to develop a better appreciation for make up. With that, I began to wear false eye lashes for special occasions and more natural strips for everyday looks. To this day, I still love wearing them but on the days that I need to rush to school or work, I don't always have the time to do a full face of make-up. I had known about lash extensions but never wanted to try them until recently when Karolina from Dr. Gerstman's office in NYC reached out to me. 

In this post, I'll be sharing before/after photos, my experience with Karolina and the pros and cons of extensions after having them for about two weeks now. But first, a little background information on eyelash extensions in case you're not too familiar with them.

Most people don't have the patience to put on false eyelashes on a day to day basis, so eyelash extensions are fake eyelashes that can be made from synthetic, mink, or silk and are attached to your lash line with a semi-permanent glue. They're essentially falsies that you do not need to apply and remove every single day, they will stay even when you shower, wash your face, etc. Typically, they last from 4-6 weeks. Karolina sat down with me and asked me a series of questions so we could both properly decide on what would be the best set for me. In the end, we decided on these volume lashes.


I arrived at the doctor's office with no eye-makeup, just a quick fill of the eye brows and some foundation. As you can tell, my natural lashes are short, thin, and straight. Because of this, my everyday make up routine for the past few years included liquid eye-liner and some falsies to open up my eyes a bit more. The process took about two and a half hours, laying down, eyes closed. My suggestion, take a nap, it's a great chance to catch up on sleep. It was a very comfortable experience with Karolina, answering all my questions since I had never had extensions on before. It was definitely a great experience being a first timer and she informed me how to take care of them properly.

Since getting them on, I can definitely say I'm a lot more comfortable walking out of my house with barely any make-up. It's been so convenient not having to fuss over putting on my falsies and it has shortened the total amount of time that it takes for me to put on my make-up. With that being said, here's a summary of the pros and cons of lash extensions based on my personal experience, preference, and opinion.

THE PROS: With eyelash extensions, you save time on getting ready. No more daily falsies, reapplying your glue, curling, or mascara. I am more comfortable without any make-up. You can go swimming with them, perfect for going on vacation. All around very convenient in terms of make-up.

THE CONS: You have to keeping them clean to make sure you don't get an infection. You can't rub your eyes, this is something I can't wait to do when they're all off. It does get expensive, this particular set runs for $200 but some places charge $50-$60, and you will have to pay to do maintenance between full sets. Once they begin to fall out, you'll notice the gaps and will have to go back to where you got them in order to maintain them or deal with uneven lashes until they're all out. Sometimes my lash line gets itchy from the extensions and I've had to moisturize my eyelids better.

Overall, my current experience of having lash extensions is going very well. For most of the year, I will definitely be sticking to my falsies, but if I'm going on a trip, I think that splurging on extensions will be worth it. If you're interested in getting lash extensions, Karolina's information as well as the doctor's office is below. Let me know if you prefer falsies or extensions as well as any tips and tricks you'd like to share regarding maintenance! :)

Karolina's Instagram: @prettyfunoska
Doctor Gerstman's Office Instagram: @drgerstmannyc

Location: 24 East 64th st Fourth Floor NYC, NY 10065


  1. I have a similar experience to you. I've probably gotten them 3 times so far. And my natural lashes look like yours lmao. Mascara does nothing for them and I ain't about that false eyelashes everyday ish.

    For me, I don't know if my eyes are sensitive or what but my eyes can sting really badly when I'm getting them on. The 90 min one for $110 at Blinc Windsor is bearable and got quite enough volume for me. I did that twice. Then I wanted to see what even more voluminous looked like so I tried the 2h long one for $148. While I loved the results, I don't know if I can sit through 2 hours of that stinging again from the glue fumes. I was like legit tearing.

    I agree, not being able to rub your eyes as freely does bug me but after they're on that's the only con for me. I can deal with the uneven lashes and I don't have the same moisturizing issue that you have!

    PS: I had an eyelash extension review in the works for the future too! Great minds.

  2. I've been wanting to do lash extensions but I'm not sure if it's worth it...thanks for sharing!

  3. These look absolutely gorgeous! I feel pretty lucky to have long enough lashes but I absolutely love wearing falsies for that wow effect - but I've definitely been wooed by the idea of false lashes to avoid needing makeup in general. Hopefully they aren't too irritating and you're able to work out a way to better fit them in with your budget. Also I just came across your blog yesterday but I absolutely love it!

    Cindy |

  4. Thank you for posting this review! I have the same issue with stubborn, short, stubby Asian eyelashes, and it's just ridiculous! I used to never complete my makeup without curling and applying mascara to my lashes. For the past year now, I've had to stop curling them (which was one of the hardest things to do) because my eyelashes started falling out every time I'd curl them. I tried so many treatments to try to get them back, and I found that coconut oil was the only way to help nourish them. Now, I don't even curl my lashes or apply falsies unless it's for an occasion. My lashes tend to droop with only mascara on, but I've learned to deal with it. I've been debating on lash extensions due to seeing girls post them on the Internet, but I kept going back and forth due to the price and maintenance of them. I'm so glad you did a review because I do not think I'd have the money to maintain them every month, and I have extremely sensitive skin, and rubbing my eyes (with or without makeup on) is not something I could quit. Again, thank you so much for your post! They look AMAZING on your eyes, though. It makes a huge difference, and I wish I could be a good candidate for them.

    Teresa x :)


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