How To Effectively Take Care Of Your Eyelash Extensions | Clozette


Eyelash extensions do a lot to brighten up your look. Not to mention, it has the complete convenience of not having to apply as much eye makeup and still end up looking bright-eyed and pretty. However, caring from them is quite a commitment. Nobody wants to walk around with an incomplete set of eyelash extensions, so the right type of care is a must. Here’s how you can prolong the life of your eyelash extensions, as shared by some members #TeamClozette


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(Photo from: lynxling)


Ask yourself, does it fit my lifestyle?


While getting eyelash extensions can be quite convenient for the girl who doesn’t want to wear a lot of eye makeup, this beauty service might not be for you if you have an active lifestyle and minimal time to allot to daily aftercare. As our co-founder and Business Director Cheryl shares, “I’ve had my eyelash extensions done once before and found them troublesome to maintain. They also only last three to four weeks.”

Cleanse your eyelashes




Now, if you don’t want to walk around with dirty-looking eyelashes, you need to cleanse them often. As Campaign Manager Stephanie shares, “I have this eyelash cleansing foam, which I get from the lash extension place, to wash my extensions. It thoroughly gets rid of the dirt the lashes accumulates.” If you don’t want to DIY at home, always make it a point to go to a lash specialist for a deep cleansing session. Cleansing your eyelashes is very important, as improper care can lead to eye irritation or even contracting lash mites. Eek!


Keep them dry


However, you should be very careful about getting your extensions wet when cleansing. Getting them wet can cause them to fall off easier, as the glue gets diluted when you do. For our Editor Becks, she prefers to use a mini cotton stick to clean her extensions. “I also don’t splash water into my face while cleansing,” she adds. Carefully cup some water in your hand and drizzle it onto your skin, wiping away the facial foam rather than letting the water run down your face.


Comb them out




You need to groom them to make them look as full and pretty as when they were first applied. “I have this fluffy brush to comb my lashes so they don’t stick together. I comb them regularly as part of their maintenance.” Our Features Writer Amanda also has this to say, “I make sure to brush them with a clean spoolie every night and every morning to keep the lashes in place.”


Hold off on the eye makeup


“I stopped using eye makeup of any kind so that any excess residue wouldn’t end up stuck on my lashes. I found that I didn’t need eyeshadow or eyeliner when I had eyelash extensions on,” Amanda adds. Meanwhile, Content Solutions Executive Aveneth shares: “Avoid using makeup powders because they stick to your extensions and create the illusion of dirty or messy eyelashes. Also, never wear mascara unless it’s made especially for eyelash extensions.”


Don’t rub your eyes


As someone who frequently gets eyelash extensions, Becks advises, “Don’t ever rub your eyes! The trick is to use a fingernail to gently poke at the itchy spot. Not rubbing your eyes also means you don’t subject yourself to premature lines.” You should also avoid tugging on the lashes as much as possible. Never try to remove them on your own because you might also remove your natural lashes in the process. If you want to have your lash extensions removed, go to a professional.


Use lash serum




“Even when my extensions were falling off, I still kept my natural lashes strong and healthy by applying some lash serum,” says Amanda. For Becks, lash serum is very important when getting lash extensions. “The most important thing is to care for your natural lashes so you have enough to support your eyelash extensions. Use an eyelash serum to promote their growth and health.”


(Cover photo from: @lynxling)



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We all know one person who absolutely loves the holidays. Whether that's you or someone in your gang, we're sure that this resurging hair trend will definitely pique your interest. We're talking about hair tinsels. You know this Christmas garland-like hair accessory as ever-present in music festivals in previous fashion scenes. But now, it has evolved into one of the year's hottest hairstyle trends. From celebrities to influencers to the fashionable people we personally know in our lives, it's becoming a subtle yet impactful style statement.


Girl with hair tinsels

(Photo from: SabrinaWong)


Got you convinced to get hair tinsels for a show of festive cheer? Or maybe you're considering to simply upgrade your personal style? We're dishing on this budding holiday style trend below. 


It's easy to DIY but it's better to get someone's help



Unlike hair extensions or other procedures in getting a reinvented 'do, hair tinsels are much easier to achieve. First, fold a tinsel strand in half, creating a loop on one end and a tail in the other, then create a loose slip knot. Once you have the loop ready, take two to three strands of your own hair, put it across the loop until at least half an inch from your scalp. Secure the slip knot in place but make sure it's tied perfectly to your hair strands. Just repeat the process until you're satisfied with the number of strands you have on. 



It's something that can definitely be achieved by yourself, but there's a reason why others opt having it done in salons. One, making sure that you can tie it securely is definitely challenging when you don't have a clear view of your own crown. Two, it's easier to get a nicer balance between each strand by going at it in layers. This can be pretty tough to achieve even if you have a big mirror in front of you. Plus, talk about straining your arms in doing so. 

It's not your ordinary holiday tinsel 



Despite its name, a hair tinsel's material is not at all similar to what we use on our Christmas trees. In most cases, they are either made with polyester or silk, making them able to stand an appropriate amount of heat when styled and also avoid the colour from bleeding when shampooed. This makes it easy to incorporate into your daily lifestyle without having to worry too much about changing your entire routine around it. 


It can last up to six months



In most cases, we all love a long-lasting beauty revamp. But the timeframe is something you have to consider when getting hair tinsels. Unless you're totally in it for a ride of up to six months, we suggest getting the temporary clip-on ones instead. This is because, despite the positive longevity, you might find yourself in events or situations where hair tinsels prove to be too flashy. Longevity also depends on the quality of hair tinsels used and how secured the strands are. So unless you don't mind flaunting sparkly hair for a long while, this is one thing to note when planning on getting this hairstyle done. 



You can remove it hassle-free


Hair tinsels eventually fall off on their own. But the longevity can depend on your hair's strength as well as how secure the initial knots are. The better they're tied, the longer they'll most likely stay on. Plus, usual activities, like combing your hair or styling it often, can also cause the tinsel strands to fall off naturally. You wouldn't feel a thing. 


On another note, you can actually remove the hair tinsels on your own should you not want them anymore. Simply find the base of the knot and start sliding it off the hair strands it's attached to. If they're still too tight, you may opt to yank them off ever so gently. Sounds painful? It might be. So make sure you're aware of the timeframe for this type of commitment and just enjoy them while you still have them on. 


(Cover photo from: @goddessglitterhair)


Looking for more hairstyle ideas to don during the holidays? How about adding ribbons to your style?

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Deodorant is one of those beauty slash grooming items that I — and I'm guessing most of us — skimp on. I would willingly splurge on serums, lip tints and sunblock. But spending big bucks on a deodorant? Seems a bit unnecessary. That said, I've always wondered how a high-end deodorant compares to a drugstore option. Is it really any better? I finally had the opportunity to test one out when I was asked to review the award-winning Kopari Coconut Deo



The main selling point of this popular natural deodorant is that it's aluminium-free and doesn't contain any controversial ingredients like paraben, silicone and phthalates. Why go aluminium-free? The jury is still out on this, but there have been discussions that aluminium, which is present in most antiperspirants to block sweat glands, are causing toxins to be built up in our lymph nodes. So, in theory, using an aluminium-free deodorant can keep your mind at peace and promote healthy pit sweating. 


Kopari Coconut Deo Review


If it doesn't use the traditional ingredients of keeping your pits odour-free, then what does Kopari Coconut Deo use? The answer is in the name: it's the antimicrobial, antibacterial natural coconut. As a bonus, coconut is also a good moisturiser so using Kopari Coconut Deo is like putting skincare on your underarms. Sounds like a sweet deal, right? Keep reading to know if it's worth swapping your current deo for.


Packaging and appearance


Kopari Coconut Deo Review


I love that Kopari is straight-forward when it comes to packaging — no unnecessary frills, rollers and the like, which are common in drugstore deodorants. It's very easy to use, just screw off the cap and glide the product on your underarms. Plus, the minimalist two-toned design is also super cute. No complaints here!


Texture and fragrance


You would think that putting an oil-based product on your armpits will be uncomfortable and greasy, but that's not the case with this one. Surprisingly, it just feels like a lightweight moisturiser. You don't have to worry about putting too much because the product is well-solidified (stored on my vanity table; no melting or spilling even in the afternoon) and just one or two swipes is enough to cover the underarm area. It also doesn't transfer or leave any stain marks on clothes, unlike some drugstore options. 


Kopari Coconut Deo Review

Kopari Coconut Deo is solid but melts into a lightweight creamy texture when applied on skin


As for the fragrance, I would say that it has a strong scent and people who don't like anything overly sweet-smelling will find it off-putting. But personally, I like this coconut scent with a hint of 'salty' whiff. It reminds me of carefree days lounging at the beach. Ahh!



Application and usage


Confession time: the reason why I don't splurge on deodorants is that I rarely use it. Yup, you read that right! I only use them whenever I go to an exercise class because things can get really funky and sweaty and for important events to make sure that I'm covered. On regular days, I just skip it because — not to brag — but I don't sweat a lot or have strong body odour. 


To effectively give this a test, I used this before going to my yoga and barre classes. In both times, I had no problem at all with its effectivity. I didn't experience body odour, but the sweating was really intense since it doesn't have the anti-perspiration feature a common drugstore deodorant has.



On their website, Kopari explains that there's a purging period when you first use this deodorant because you're "detoxing" all the aluminium residues on your armpits. They cautioned that for the first few days of using, you may still experience body odour but it will get better after you finish your detox. However, I didn't really experience this; it just straight-up worked in keeping the funk at bay. 


For me, the best feature of the Kopari Coconut Deo is its moisturising properties. It may have not whitened or made any visible impact on my underarm skin but it did make it smoother and plumper, which I never experienced in years of using a drugstore deodorant.


Overall thoughts


I'm all for plant-based natural alternatives that are vegan-friendly so I really like the concept of using coconut oil instead aluminium for managing body odour. However, the price (SGD25/USD14) is pretty steep if you compare it to its drugstore counterpart so it may be more of a once-in-a-while splurge for me. It does have many advantages: no non-sense packaging, unique beachy scent, clean ingredient list and super hydrating. So if you're someone who puts a premium on these factors then I'd say go for it. 


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