Eyelash extensions by Lash Lab

They say eyes are the window to your soul. No matter what the beauty trends say, I always pay more attention to my eyes than any other feature. My signature look is a slick of eyeliner and if I’ve got time, a few coats of lengthening mascara. It’s effective but oh so time consuming, especially in the morning before work…let’s face it I’d rather have an extra 5-10 minutes in bed! I’ve been umming and ahhing over eyelash extensions for a while, I’ve heard such good things but also know people who have had bad experiences too. When the lovely Kym from Lash Lab contacted me about getting extensions, it seemed like fate. 

Based in the heart of Shoreditch at 216 Brick Lane (above Winkworth estate agents and across the road from the infamous bagel shop), Lash Lab is a little oasis of calm and Kym is an absolute angel. She explained the process first of all and had a look at my lashes to check out the length and density. She provided a completely bespoke service and ended up using 6 different lash lengths to build up a more natural look which fans out and gets more dramatic at the outer corner. Most lash extension places just use a couple of different lengths which can look quite fake. 

The whole process should take about an hour but it took Kym about two hours to do mine. I’ve got twice as many lashes as most clients, which means twice the work. She’s an absolute perfectionist and attaches an extension to every viable lash so you get a fuller look. It’s not painful at all, not even slightly uncomfortable. I had my eyes closed and was surprised when Kym told me she had done the first one. The next couple of hours flew by as we chatted about everything from where to shop on Brick Lane to Lady Gaga – I told you she was lovely! I couldn’t believe my eyes when I checked out the lashes, they were gorgeous, long and lush without the need for mascara. 

Check out my post next week to see how I got on after a month of lash extensions – this post is a wee bit late and I actually got the lashes done 3 weeks ago. If you have any questions about the process just leave a comment and I’ll be happy to help. 

Edit – They normally last between 4-6 weeks, longer with infills. I have absolutely no need for mascara and it’s been so liberating! Prices vary but they’re £85 at Lash Lab. 

Left – natural, right – extensions
Reena Rai

Reena Rai is a 30-something London-based fashion, travel and lifestyle blogger. She has been blogging for 10 years (!), previously at fashiondaydreams.com before launching her self-titled blog.



  1. The doll on fashion
    February 15, 2011 / 7:47 am

    Wow they look so stunning yet natural at the same time! I'll be really interested to hear how they have lasted after a month!The doll on fashion

  2. Christina Sanders
    February 15, 2011 / 8:24 pm

    They look fantastic.How long are they meant to last?And do you still wear mascara on top of them? Also – do you know how much it normally costs?C xx

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