Fashion Tips - False lashes are an easy way to add a little extra va-va-voom. There’s no shortage of lash options, either; choose from plastic strip lashes, individuals, or the latest craze, mink lashes.

Yes, you heard that right: mink lashes. Celebs like J.Lo, Beyonce, and Heidi Klum have been spotted wearing these beauties that make your lashes looks naturally long and luscious. Since they are made of real fur, lashes appear more feathery and uplifting. Busy, working women also love the lashes because it makes them look great without spending a lot of time on makeup. Salons offer mink lash extensions, but here’s one catch: it can cost you hundreds of dollars a month to maintain.

My pocketbook says ouch to that high price tag, and I’m always one to splurge on beauty products and treatments. So I was glad to try on some 100 percent handmade, real Siberian mink fur lashes in strip form at Lashfully in Walnut Creek. At $25 a pair, I had to try these babies on for size.

The first pair I applied (pictured above): The Vivien Leigh mink, Lashfully’s most natural looking strips. They feel über lightweight on, almost like I wasn’t even wearing mascara, and the amount of length they added was perfect. These are pretty versatile; subtle enough to wear for everyday, yet long enough to dress up an evening look. My friends wanted to know two things: “Are those your real lashes?” (I wish), followed by “Where did you get them?”

The second pair, called the Gretta Garbo lashes, gave me a look that’s best suited for evening. They were not quite as long, but much fuller. That being said, the lashes still felt noticeably better than a regular strip lash. Try these for a fun night out in Vegas or at your next cocktail party.

If you are willing to pay for lash extensions ($150 for traditional lash extensions), Lashfully offers that service, as well as at-home extension kits. But if you haven’t tried false lashes before, I recommend giving $25 these Mink strips a try, then see if you are ready to commit. The effect I got was quite similar. Plus, strips are easier than extensions if you’d like to instantly switch up a look for more or less drama. Mink strip lashes also last longer than traditional fake lashes do, so really, it’s the best of both worlds.

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