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I have a confession to make. I’m not 100% organic. If I was a food type, I’d definitely be described as processed meat. You see, some might describe me as genetically modified.

In an age where anyone can do pretty much anything to enhance themselves, it’s only natural that you’d want to look your best. Of course there are those that sit well planted in the “grow old gracefully” camp and all credit to them, but I’m who heartedly glamping in the “I want as much help as I can get” camp.

I’m not talking surgery… for one it petrifies me and secondly I look awful in hospital gowns. There is evidence of this, trust me. However, when it comes to things like lash extensions – sign me up – especially when it gives me more time in bed each morning.

I’ve had compliments from lots of you on my lashes, you lovely people you… Whilst I could pretend that I’m the daughter of Bambi and they’re all natural, I think that girls should rally together to share their tips and tricks… so listen up girls, I’m going to spill all.

For about 5 years now, I’ve been having individual eyelash extensions. I originally got them so that I wouldn’t look like Miss Piggy on holiday with no mascara, but as soon as they were put on, I was obsessed. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had bad extensions along the way but for the past year I’ve been going to Hush Hush Beauty… and well, they’re honestly the best that I’ve ever had.


For those of you who haven’t had individual extensions before – let me explain how they work. The initial application takes about an hour and a half and is completely painless. They patiently apply extensions to each lash with fast drying adhesive and those lashes stay on until your natural lashes shed. Be warned, this can be relaxing, so if you’ve had a late night the night before, it’s not been unheard of to wake yourself up snoring… of course, I’d never dream of doing such a thing.


Once the lashes are on, you will need to keep them dry for at least 24 hours but after that, maintenance is quick. Just remove makeup as you would normally (although I tend to pat my eyes rather than rub them – I’m pretty sure that’s better for you anyway). You can apply eyeliner as usual.


It can be a little alarming when you first see the lashes shedding as you don’t normally notice it as much with your own as they’re finer and shorter. If you have a good technician, like mine, Natasha, they’ll be able to advise you of the length and thickness that your lash will be able to comfortably hold. The longer and thicker you go, the more often they’ll usually need topping up.

Typically the lashes will need topping up every two to three weeks and the top-up can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 60 minutes, depending on what you choose (and how thorough your therapist is). As I said, I love them thick, so I want as many on there as possible.


I swear by these lashes – they’re absolutely brilliant. They can allow you to wear little or no makeup and still feel like you’re looking your best and they give you the effect of full mascara (if not better) without the clumps or panda eyes that I so often suffered with in the past. First world problems, I know.

If you’re in or around the Berkshire area, I can’t recommend Hush Hush Beauty highly enough. They’re located in Old Windsor and the girls there are just lovely – can’t do enough for you.

A 90 minute application costs £60 and further hour top ups cost just £32. You can contact them on 01753 424922.

Hush Hush Beauty
34 St. Lukes Road
Old Windsor
SL4 2QQ.

I should add, I haven’t received anything to write this post… I just believe in sharing good secrets, and Hush Hush is definitely one of those.

I hope you had an awesome weekend.

M xox


Melanie Kentish

Hi! My name's Mel and I'm a 30 something blogger living in Windsor, UK with my two ginger cats and a rather handsome husband. White Cotton Peonies is the place where you'll find my ramblings on health, fashion, beauty, food and my random adventures as a soon-to-be mum. Enjoy.