My eyelash extensions obsesh rages, friends. It seems I waited until I owned every mascara under the sun before eschewing them all for the delight of waking up looking done and glamorous, thanks to the permanence of the dramatic delights that have established residency on my lids since last December.
This time, I headed to the sparkly pink salon of the fabulous Courtney Akai. If Cher Horowitz and Elle Woods were to become partners of their own law firm (don’t you see Cher following in the litigation laced steps of her father?), their offices would surely resemble Courtney’s. Her boutique is located at 501 5th Avenue, Suite 1211.
Check out my lashes (left, apologies for the admittedly amateur pic. This is with no makeup right before I was about to go to bed). Courtney’s process is lengthy–about two hours–but her precision is worth it. And because Courtney is such a fun conversationalist, two hours flew by in the blink of an eye (HA!). We discussed everything from our favorite beauty products to the perils of dating in Manhattan. I left with a fan of thick, black lashes with a subtle curl at the ends. I’ve received countless compliments on them from perfect strangers.
The glue she uses is serious. It did sting a twinge, but I’ve seen a difference already in that I have yet to lose a single lash (quite normal with eyelash extensions. I typically shed a couple a day changing clothes, washing my face, sleeping) and it’s been six days. They feel a bit stiffer, as well. Courtney even assures me I can go swimming with them, an activity I’ve missed in my post-eyelash extension lifestyle. She also uses a closer, tighter technique applying the extensions to nearly every lash.
Courtney should be your go-to gal for any and all special occasions. Eyelash extensions with Courtney will cost you:
- Full Set of lashes $400
- Half Set $200 (half the amount for a very natural look, or they can just be applied to the outer half of the eye for a flirty look)
- Touch-ups are $120/hour or $60/half hour
Call 212.867.8469 to make an appointment.
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