I have to admit, Shahs of Sunset has become one of my latest "guilty pleasure" shows, along with a lot of other Bravo TV shows like Real Housewives of Atlanta (RHOA) and Millionaire Matchmaker. I even got Ruben watching some of these shows with me--it still makes me giggle how perhaps the manliest, most macho man I know actually understands and willingly participates in conversations that involve Phaedra and Kenya from RHOA and Lilly and GG from Shahs. And that's why I love him.
But I digress.
I was immediately intrigued by Lilly's false eyelash line, for one main reason: all of her lashes are made out of human hair. I'm not a very big fan of synthetic eyelashes, whether they are used as eyelash extensions or eyelash strips--they're thicker, stiffer, heavier, and not very natural looking. I'm also against putting any kind of animal fur eyelashes (i.e. mink eyelash extensions) anywhere near my eyes--I'm already allergic to so many things, and I'm afraid of getting a severe allergic reaction that will swell my eyes shut! Human hair eyelashes, on the other hand, look a lot more natural and isn't as heavy. They are however, a lot more delicate.
I was one of many who pre-ordered Lilly Lashes this past February. Although they came in the mail a little later than expected, it wasn't a big deal--that just gave me a little extra time to let the last few strands of my eyelash extensions fall out. (Which by the way, I did not love. As beautiful as they looked, I found it to be very high maintenance and very limiting with the kind of eye makeup you can wear. Nothing waterproof!)
I ordered three different pairs:
Because the pre-orders shipped out late, Lilly autographed one box for everyone who pre-ordered, which I thought was a nice touch.
Lilly recommends stacking the lashes for an "ultra glam" look. While the stacked lashes look gorgeous on her without a doubt, I think I prefer a more "natural glam" kind of look for myself. Maybe I'll save the ultra glam look for a really big event, like a black tie gala or maybe even my wedding (one day). But since that hardly ever happens, I'll stick to natural glam for now. I decided to use them individually so that I could show you what they look like "unstacked". All false eyelashes were applied with
Here are what the LA lashes look like:
And the London lashes:
And the Barcelona lashes:
While they looked a little intimidating in their boxes, I was surprised at how natural they looked once I applied them. I should also mention that they are a lot more delicate than synthetic eyelash strips, so take extra care when handling them. Out of the three pairs that I ordered, my favorite would have to be the London lashes. They looked very similar to my eyelash extensions when I had them, and I thought they were the most natural looking out of the three. That's not to say that I didn't love the other two pairs, I loved them all! Even Ruben noticed and said that my eyes looked "really pretty"!
I'm glad to say that I haven't run into any problems since receiving my Lilly Lashes. I love how natural (yet still glamorous) they look by wearing just one pair, yet you still have the option of looking ultra glamorous by stacking them. They're super comfortable and affordable too, so I may just have to pick up a few more pairs when I get the chance!