Earlier this month I had lash extensions done following years of being met with, "Lash extensions, you've got to try em'," and after complimenting a friend's fluttery lashes. If there's one thing I've picked up from the experience, it's that no one can ever prepare you for the heart-wrenching pain which ensues when your lash extensions fall out - one-by-one. It's also somewhat difficult to maintain them. As a lazy girl myself, I like to scrub at my entire face to get a good cleanse at the end of the day - but these lashes require meticulous care. Instead of serving its purpose to make my life easier (plus side: I didn't have to apply heaps to makeup to look made up), it mainly added to my inconvenience.

And so, I decided to search for ways to achieve envy-inducing, luscious-looking lashes without having falsies or extensions come into the picture — for the sake of longstanding convenience. After researching long and hard (by watching beauty videos on Youtube, of course), I’ve come to discover 5 little known steps to add to my daily mascara routine. These fuss-free hacks make a world of difference when it comes to elongating your lashes and adding some drama to your peepers. Most importantly, they’re perfect for the wash-and-go kind of girl and they’re mostly cost-free. Long, wispy and voluminous lashes achieved in mere minutes; now that’s the dream.

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