If you have hard-to-curl, stick straight lashes, you’ve come to the right place. For most of us Asian ladies whose lashes are naturally softer, shorter and grow towards the earth, naturally curly lashes are the ultimate dream. So to make up for it, we stick fake pieces of hair to our eyelids which is why falsies and lash extensions are so popular in Asia, if you’ve ever wondered.
Luckily, I’ve been blessed with long lashes but I don’t have much of them so using an eyelash curler is painful for me because once in a while, you’ll find a lash hanging onto the torture device for dear life. Perhaps it’s just me but I seem to lose lashes more often than not when I use a traditional eyelash curler so at one point, I decided that that was no longer an option.
In my quest for curly lashes, I discovered lash lifts. These look amazing for the first few weeks until the fourth or fifth. New lashes then grow out stick straight again so you have an array of curly/non-curly lashes. It just looks messy, even more so with mascara on. Another downside of the lash lift is that it costs NTD500 (approximately USD16) each time. Yes, it might be cheaper than what salons in other cities are asking for but it is still expensive when you add it up and it’s time consuming to visit your salon on a regular basis.
So I decided to DIY. My plan was to go and buy myself a lash lift set but Amazon didn’t ship that particular product to Taiwan. I then went out to Taipei Main Station where the back alleys are fringed with beauty shops. You can get EVERYTHING at these shops: gel nail polish, blackhead extractors, conditioners, makeup cases and whatnot. Everything except lash lift kits. I was later told that the Taiwanese government had banned the practice of lash lifts as the chemicals were proven to be cancerous. Many of these perming chemicals were made in China, so no surprise there.
“Maybe you could try using a heated eyelash curler?” the clerk said.
In my early modeling days, stylists would often carry one so I knew what she was talking about. After a bit of Googling and some very persuasive before and after pictures, I decided that it was worth a shot. So this is how I bought my very first heated eyelash curler!
The product was designed by a famous Taiwanese make up artist and is called Love Diamond. It had received so much praise online that I knew I couldn’t go wrong if I purchased this one. I ordered mine on Yahoo (at this link), which is a very popular platform for online shopping in Taiwan. It was NTD950 (USD31) plus an extra NTD60 (USD2) to get it shipped to the nearest 7-11 convenient store near me. Two days later, it arrived and voila!
PACKAGING: Girly metallic pink with a silver lid and comes with its own pouch. An instruction manual/guarantee booklet is provided in Japanese and Traditional Chinese.
- Heats up quickly
- Can be plugged in unlike other heated eyelash curlers that are battery fueled. However, it does come with a battery version cover.
- Does not burn the skin
CONS: None. Absolutely none that I can think of except the name perhaps…Love Diamond has nothing to do with what the product does but then again, not all Taiwanese are fluent English speakers and the name doesn’t affect the performance at all.
HOW TO USE:
- Plug in the device.
- Slide the silver button upwards.
- The reverse side of the curler is usually RED and will then turn YELLOW when it is heated and ready to use!
- Set curler against lashes for 10-15 seconds and move in a slow, upwards direction
- Apply mascara.
As you can see from this picture, there are NO apparent lashes. The only makeup I have is on my brows. My natural lashes are stick straight and point down at a 45 degree angle. You wouldn’t be able to see my lashes even if I had applied mascara.
No explanation needed. The photos speak for themselves! Of course, mascara was applied for the full effect.