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Beauty Question: How long will my eyelash curler last?

Posted Aug 12 2009 10:06pm



M. writes:

I really love your blog, and it is one of the few that I make time to read on a regular basis! I have a question about eyelash curlers and I thought you might be the right person to ask!

Do you have to replace your eyelash curler? How long should I expect it to last? It may sound like an odd question, but I bought a Shu Uemura curler a while ago and I’m not sure if I’ve just gotten used to its effects or it really isn’t as effective as it used to be….they are a kind of an investment as far as eyelash curlers go, so I am wondering if other people have also found this to be true.

I am not one to comment much on blogs but since I am writing, I wanted to let you know how moving and insightful I found your posts surrounding your mother’s battle with lymphoma. I am a medical resident who is currently completing my fellowship in palliative oncology and I know that many people would have been able to relate to your feelings and appreciated how well you articulated them. I also thought it was really impressive that you organized a fundraiser for the Leukemia/Lymphoma foundation later in the year. Although I am sure you have gotten many such comments from your other readers, I thought I would add my voice to the chorus - your blog is really lovely, more for your strength of character than any of the (admittedly awesome!) product reviews :)

I am still getting used to twitter, but I will try to add your account to my feed.
Thanks for your help!

Hi M!
Great question! It’s not your imagination: eyelash curler pads need to be replaced after about 3 months of use. The Shu Uemura comes with replacement pads, but after you use them, you unfortunately can’t buy new ones. (A tricky way to get you to buy an entirely new curler!) I’m a bit lazy with the replacement, myself, and have stretched my curler (a Shiseido, which I love even more than the fabled Shu Uemura as it’s great for more Asian-looking eyes, like mine; plus, they do sell replacement pads!) to as long as 2 years. You won’t get a superior curl once the pad wears down, so amp up its effectiveness by holding the curler under a hairdryer for 2 – 3 seconds to warm it. And, of course, the curler is only half the battle; a great mascara is also key!

Thank you so very much for your kind words about my mother. I really appreciate it.

Love, Nadine


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