When you first look at someone’s face, what’s the first thing you notice? Some people say smile or maybe even nose; but for me, I say eyes. Whether your eyes are blue, brown, purple, almond shaped, circle shaped, whatever they may be; your eyes have one beautiful built-in accessory: lashes.
I absolutely love to play up my eyes with my lashes. I feel like when my lashes are curled and mascara is on, I can take on the world. Facilitate a meeting? Done. Actually work out at the gym? Done. Finish that In-N-Out burger and still make room for those animal style fries without spilling on my shirt? DONE. In my head, people split like the Red Sea when I walk down the street cause when they see me they’re like, “watch out for Melissa, she’s got her power lashes on!”
Painful. That’s the word I would use when I think about my first experience with my lash curler. I remember I pinched too tight and accidentally grabbed some eyelid skin, and boy, did that hurt like a mother. But results-wise, I was impressed. My eyes looked larger, I looked more awake, my lashes were long, and all-in-all my eyes were “flirty”. I was hooked and I wasn’t planning on stopping the eyelash curler ride anytime soon.
Since I’ve been in the lash-curling game for awhile, I’ve experimented with my fair share of curlers. Ranging from e.l.f. brand all the way to Shue Uemura, I spared no expense on trying to find my perfect curler. Obviously, the whole reason to get an eyelash curler is to help open up your eyes and make your lashes longer, and I noticed that some curlers just fell short of that. I like my lashes to point straight up towards my eyebrows, not straight out. Now I know that might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but for me that’s what I find visually appealing. I found that traditional eyelash curlers (the ones that look like scissors) did not do my lashes justice. I would clamp the curler down on my lashes and it was like nothing happened. If anything, it made my lashes look straighter or gave them like, a weird bend. I would squeeze and clamp down on my eyes to get some kind of result and would just end up with tears in my eyes from trying to curl so much. It took me until two years ago to find The One and I haven’t looked back.
Enter in: Tarte’s Picture Perfect Eyelash Curler. O-M-G. If the relationship between me and this eyelash curler isn’t love, then I don’t know what is. I love this curler so much I own a backup of it just in case of emergency. The shape of this curler is wide so it can fit most eye shapes; and the band on it is smooth, thick, and comfortable so you can squeeze and hold the curl down without crimping your skin. The handle is what I really like about it, it’s extremely stable and you can control how much pressure you want to put on your eyelashes. It even comes with a replacement band for sanitation and so you can extend the life of your curler, and the best part is that it actually holds your curl! Bonus: it comes in gold! Ooooh, fancy!
Now, this curler is a little more on the pricey side. It is $18.00 and it also comes with a sample of Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara (which is pretty good I might add). If you’re hesitant on the price, just think of it this way: this curler is an investment in your beauty! I did my math and I came to find that if I didn’t make my nightly Del Taco runs for three nights out of the week, then I could get this curler. Who doesn’t want to have long, gorgeous “are those your real lashes” lashes and bonus unclogged arteries? Just avoid that drive-thru, walk into your local Sephora/Ulta, walk up to that Tarte display, grab the curler and mascara duo and just say, “gurl, treat yo self.”
I decided to take some before and after pictures this morning to show you how much difference an eyelash curler can make. Now if these pictures make you feel uncomfortable looking at them, don’t worry cause I feel the same way too. It felt super awkward taking these pictures but #doitfortheblog.