Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Confessions

Some things are best left unsaid, and definitely left without photographs as proof.  Other things are best shared so lessons can be learned.

Confession number one:  I've been using Latisse, the eye lash enhancing prescription since June.  I had used this before and had some pretty nice results so I was pretty disappointed this time around.  I've been having weird scraggly looking longer lashes and some sparseness in spots.

Confession number two:  Sometimes my lazy ways are beyond stupid.
I curl my eye lashes with the Suqqu eye lash curler.  It fits the curve of my eyes and gives a very dramatic lift and curl without pinching.

I noticed a funny thing today as I was curling my lashes.  When I clamped down the curler, I noticed a very dull tugging and noticed a few lashes falling down on my cheeks.  Slightly alarmed, I took a closer look at the curler and saw some loose eye lashes clinging to the black silicone pad.  My pad was so over used that the top metal piece cut a sharp groove in to the center of the pad.  That groove had turned into a little eye lash guillotine and basically chopped a part of my eye lashes off!

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What's worse, when I pulled the pad out to replace it with a new one, I examined that groove and pulled this out:

What, you're not going to pin it on Pinterest?
This is many months' worth of hairs clamped and cut off.  Here, I've saved a vomit pail for you.

I'm not exactly sure how long the life of an average eye lash curler pad is.  This one is well over a year old.

My lashes are pretty short and skimpy on the right side, but I'm looking forward to growing them back.

Oh by the way, I hope I didn't scare you with the Suqqu curler.  For my eye shape, I am a big fan of this curler and with the new pad in it, it's been working like a dream.  I've learned a very important lesson though.  Change, CHANGE that replaceable eye lash curler pad!

So...confess!  Anything weighing heavily on your makeup mind?

32 comments :

  1. And now I'm going to replace my eyelash curler pad as soon as I get home today. Sorry you had to learn the hard way! I rarely change the pad on mine, but you've inspired me to be more vigilant.

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    1. :) Happy to share my lesson with you, Laura.
      Now I must turn all my energies into growing some eye lashes.
      Onetwothree...GROW!

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  2. That's unbelievable! And so... sad :( Poor Belly :( Now I'm actually glad I've stopped using my eyelash curlers a while back, although they've never turned into a guillotine!

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    1. Sad and kind of funny! I never knew my eye curling routine coupled with my laziness was doing this! :(

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  3. Hahaha, I dare you to pin that photo >:)

    How often do you curl your lashes? I recommend that you wipe the curler with some form of anti-bacterial something to prevent any build up that may warp the rubber pad.

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    1. Heh heh. Will you re-pin it? >:)
      I rub it down with Bioderma after each use because it seems to pick up a lot of product gunk, but maybe some rubbing alcohol is a better idea!

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  4. ok..confession time ;)
    i have a vintage dior quint that is at least 14 years old and i'm not willing to let it go. i even use it sometimes. haven't gone blind, yet. (knock on wood)
    there i said it..

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    1. That's a good one. Theoretically, powdered products don't really go bad. :DD
      I recently threw away a 5 year old Lancome lipstick that started out mauve and ended up blue. Eeeeeeeeh!

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  5. Hahaha...just a week or two ago, I was wondering why the heck one needs to change these rubber pads. Now I know :)
    Learn something new every day! Sorry that it's at the expense of your lashes :(

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    1. :) The more you know! Good thing hair keeps on growing (usually). Go change that pad!

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  6. That is a lesson learned the really, really hard way. You get after-school special points for this post.

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  7. Godspeed on the growing your lashes back.
    I have that suqqu curler too. I have 2 backups of this curler and I'm using my second one.
    This curler doesn't need much pressure if I heat it up with a hair drier first.
    The shisedio one was my first curler and it's so easy to pinch, miss the corners and over curl :( Their pads are nice, just too short for the curler :(

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    1. Thanks Linda! Both the Shiseido and the Shu Uemura pinched me. I really like this Suqqu one, too. I have one more replacement pad for this one. I also have the 10th anniversary one in my drawer with a Swarovski crystal on it. So blingtastic! I love it!

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    2. I have that limited edition one too :) It's sexy black haha
      I rotated the pad on mine, it's good on all 4 sides before it needs to go in the bin.

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  8. OMG. Now I'm REALLY paranoid!! *aims glue gun at base of lashes*

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    1. Don't let bad things happen to good eye lashes. :(

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  9. omg!!!! at least you figured it out! and at least you know latisse works actually. it is a lot of lashes if you think about it lol

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    1. Latisse is totally working! Look how long (and oddly crinkly) some of the lashes are! Just I wish there was a way to glue them back on my face!

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  10. i could not stop laughing at this....SORRY :(
    a few years back ,a friend of mine actually burned her eyelashes off on one eye with the heated eyelash curler :)

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    1. It's ok to laugh! I had to laugh at my own stupidity. :DDD
      Hey at least it wasn't a burn! I had no idea you can get a burn from one of those heated gizmos. I kept on breaking mine so I stopped using the heated ones, and they never got that hot for me.

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  11. Last time I really cleaned the crevice of my eyelash curler pad, I was horrified to see so many fallen lashes (could have created a little caterpillar - gross). At first I didn't even recognize what they were. Gives you an idea of how often I thoroughly clean my eyelash curler. By the way, just found your blog a few weeks ago and am enjoying all your posts!

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    1. Hi Jane! *waves waves waves* Thank you for taking time to comment and I'm so glad you've found and are enjoying the blog!
      I've learned my lesson with the stupid curlers! Clean clean and replace the pads!

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  12. Oy!!! I feel bad for you, but fortunately hair grows back!!!! That must have been painful. ;-(( Be well....

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    1. What's a little eye ball baldness? Eh? ;)

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  13. "Do Not Continue if easily grossed out" what kind of a warning is that? OF COURSE I'll click!! LOL O.k. now a moment of silence for those lashes :-\ I hope you'll grow them back soon. Meanwhile, I'll thoroughly clean my Shu curler inside out (and possibly change the pad because I know it has made a pemanent groove. Wait, Shu does not make replacement pads. GAH!)

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    1. LOL! Claire, now I know you're as seriously gross and disturbing as I am! :) Is it having kids and seeing all sorts of icky things on a regular basis?

      Shu used to make replacement pads though, right? I gave a barely used one to my sister in law along with a few replacement pads. I guess they've been making alllll sorts of unhappy changes to that line. >:(

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    2. Ooo yea, there ain't nothin' this mama hasn't seen ;-)

      Yep, Shu better get their act together. I don't think they sell replacement pads anymore, I checked. Somebody at MUA told me that you can use Japonesque replacement pads on Shu's, I'll have to go do that :-|

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  14. OMGeeeee!!! If that's not a beauty lesson to be learned, I don't know what is!! I don't think I've ever owned and used a lash curler long enough to even think about changing the pad - I usually end up returning because they don't seem to work on me very well. But I will keep this tucked away for future reference :-( I hope your lashes grow back thick and luscious and all fluttery beautiful!!

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    1. :( I just want a few more lashes to grow back! I'm not asking for much! I took one for the team!

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  15. I love how you can laugh at unfortunate incidents. Makes me feel not so bad about cracking up. D: Sorry about your lashes, they WILL grow back!!

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    1. Well, I did laugh... a moment after being completely horrified! :D Don't feel bad.

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