“ Brand: Virgin Vie / Suitable for: Eye / Type: Eyelash Curler „
A while ago I went to a friends Virgin Vie party, I'm not usually bothered whether I go to those sorts of things or not as I feel pressured into buying something even when I don't really need anything. However this time I was on the look out for something, a new pair of eyelash curlers, I had been planning on going to somewhere like Superdrug or Boots for them as I usually would however whilst at the party I noticed that Virgin Vie did their own version, reasonably priced as well so I decided to buy them.
The Virgin Vie Eyelash Curlers looked just like any other eyelash curlers, the bottom half reminded me of scissor handles, these were covered with a black coating possibly to give you more grip, they have 2 holes for your fingers both of the same size, the finger holes are quite large, plenty big enough to accommodate any size fingers. Coming from the finger holes is a small stem which then turns into the actual eyelash curlers, which looks like some sort of clamp. The whole of the top half is made from silver coloured metal, the curler section is made up of two parts, there is a thin piece of metal which sits just under your top lashes, this has a spongy rubbery bit on it, again for better grip or comfort, and then there is the second metal strip which sits on top of your lashes pushing down on them. There is a small hinge in the middle of the curlers which allows you to open them up quite wide to easily put your lashes in the middle of the 2 sections.
I have been using eyelash curlers for quite some time now and have found the method that works best for me. I have been told several ways of using the curlers over time, some people warm their curlers up before using them, some use the curlers once they have applied their mascara or some use them before they even do anything to their eyelashes like me., in fact these particular eyelash curlers are designed to be used before applying mascara, but I suppose how you use them is up to you really. Before applying my make up in the morning the first thing I do is use my eyelash curlers, I simply open the clamp part as wide as it will go, slide my lashes between the 2 sections as far in as I can get them and close the clamp together just as if you were closing the blades on a pair of scissors, I usually press down quite hard to ensure that the lashes do curl enough, once I have done this with both eyes I then apply my mascara. Personally I find that if I use the curlers after I have applied my mascara it just clumps my lashes together no matter how long I leave them to dry.
When using the eyelash curlers, or any eyelash curlers in fact you do need to be careful, its ok to push as much of your eyelashes into to the clamp part but you do need to be careful that you do not get your eyelid skin between the clamps, I have done this on occasion without realising and pressed down on the clamps resulting in a lot of pain and watering eyes, doing this is very painful and not something I recommend.
As I have mentioned I purchased my eyelash curlers from a Virgin Vie party one of my friends was having, although they are available on the Virgin Vie website or in the catalogue. The eyelash curler cost me £4.50, personally I felt that this was a reasonable price, they are usually sold for about the same amount in various high street shops, so whilst I wasn't actually getting a bargain by buying them through Virgin Vie I did not feel I was being charged too much for them, the price was in keeping with other shops I have purchased similar products from.
As I ordered they eyelash curlers through the Virgin Vie rep I had to wait for them to be delivered, when they arrived I was keen to see if they were any better than my old ones, I used them in the same way, which was recommended by this particular pair, however I found that I had to press down quite hard in order to notice any difference. The curlers actually feel quite light considering they were made from metal again as were my original ones. When I pressed the two parts of the handles together to increase the pressure on my eyelashes I noticed that they handles actually felt quite flimsy, as though too much pressure and they would break. Once I had finished I inspected they effect they had had on my lashes , whilst I was pleased and they looked just as good as when I used my original ones I was not overly impressed with the way I had to press down so hard to get a good enough grip on my lashes to make them curl, nor was I impressed with how flimsy they felt. The appearance of the eyelash curlers was good but my overall opinion was that they did feel quite cheap for the money I paid for them, to be honest I wish I had purchased them from Superdrug or Boots as I have done in the past. Had I have paid much less money for the curlers I wouldn't have expected too much from them, but they were no cheaper than the ones I had previously brought but were not of such a good quality, this is not really a product I would recommend.
I bought these eyelash curlers when I went to a Virgin Vie at Home party and felt compelled to buy something. I was on a bit of an economy drive, trying to use up the make up and toiletries I had before buying any more so I bought these because, technically, it's not cheating on my personal challenge!
They cost me about £6 and they came like anything you order at this sort of party but you can also buy them online and they have a few Vie retail outfits where I imagine you can also buy these from if you feel so inclined.
They are pretty standard cheap looking and feeling curlers. They are metal (but painted) and they came with 2 spare rubber bits. They really are a standard product and while they haven't fallen apart, and they do do the job,work I don't think that they are anything special.
If you're going to curl, you should do it before putting mascara on so that your lashes aren't too brittle or hard These curlers do the job of curling but then I think I weigh them back down with mascara which kind of defeats the point.
Eyelash curlers have never been, and never will be, an integral part of my beauty routine but I do use them when I feel like it. While these won't break the bank, if you fancy some new ones or giving the concept a try, I recommend a cheaper, budget offering as a first go.