The Mink Effect

It’s been a few years since I began to wear strip lashes on an everyday basis, and in that time I’ve experienced how critical a role lash quality plays with overall appearance.  The line between ‘polished’ and ‘overdone’ is one that we all tip-toe, and all it takes is a bad synthetic lash to push us over.  To keep my look clean, no matter how dramatic or heavy my makeup might be, I always try to use top-quality lashes.  I find cruelty-free mink eyelashes to be far superior to human hair and synthetic eyelashes alike in the sense that they are the most comfortable and naturally fluffy.

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When shopping for strip eyelashes I look for pairs that are soft, lightweight, and natural looking while still being high-volume and dramatic.  Lesser quality lashes, synthetic in particular, tend to look and feel very stiff and give off a plastic sheen.  Synthetic eyelashes usually cost around $1-$10 a pair, around the same as human hair eyelashes.  I’ve used human hair eyelashes in a few posts before, and if you can find a quality pair they are much more comfortable and natural looking than their synthetic counterparts.  That being said, I often have to double stack my human hair lashes to achieve my desired drama at which point I sacrifice comfort and a clean look.  I’ve even tried semi-permanent eyelash extensions, and although I loved the look with my bare face I found the overall appearance to be underwhelming while the maintenance was overwhelming.

Luxury, cruelty-free mink eyelashes are the most expensive at $15-$200 a pair but are by far my favorites to wear.  Although that price range may be daunting, mink lashes can last up to 25 wears and are a value compared to synthetic which last up to 5, or human hair that last up to 10.  From the shorter, low volume pairs to the long, stacked volume pairs mink lashes are always perfectly fluffy and lightweight.


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Eyelashi cruelty-free mink eyelashes have been my go-to’s lately.  At $29 a pair, they are both relatively inexpensive and professional grade.  Pictured above I am wearing my all time favorite for both day and night, the ‘Believer’ lash.  During the day I keep it light with tinted moisturizer and clean eye makeup, and at night I dress it up with some smudged eyeliner.  ‘Charmer,’ shown as ‘D’ above, is a great wispy lash for day wear or anyone just looking for a little boost in length.  ‘Dreamer’ is another favorite of mine and features double stacked outer corners, creating a glamorous look perfect for date night.  View more of the Eyelashi collection at

Mink Lash Pack

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Mink Lash Pack cruelty-free mink eyelashes are new on the market but are ideal for traveling or gift-giving.  They come in identical sets of 3 so you need to be sure of your style before ordering, but I can promise that you won’t be disappointed.  The pairs above I always wear with a thick cat-eye for a dressy night out.  The stacked volume and exaggerated corners creates an almost come-hither, seductive look while maintaining the lightweight comfort I love about mink.  View Mink Lash Pack ordering information at

What are your favorite false eyelashes to feel confident in?

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(Some of these items have been sent to me for review, however, all opinions and words are my own)

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