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Where’d You Get Those Georgeous Lashes?

By now, most everyone has heard of the new eyelash growth treatment available only through a prescription. Allergan claims that their product, Latisse, will grow lashes 25 percent longer, 106 percent thicker and 18 percent darker after 16 weeks of use.

Oh and by the way, there is a name for the condition as they are requiring prescriptions. It’s called hypotrichosis and obviously we all have it. Remember when we all found out we had restless leg syndrome?

Does it really encourage eyelash growth? Does it turn your eyes a different color? Does it darken your eyelids? And are the results permanent? Yes, no, maybe, and no based on what I have read on the website. According to one user, after about 8 weeks, you will notice that your longest lashes will begin the shedding process and new lashes have begun growing underneath. Ok, makes sense. There must be a cut off point for how many lashes can grow on your eyelid!

And according to the Latisse website, eyelashes are expected to return to their previous appearance over several weeks to months after discontinued use. So, to keep these luscious eyelashes, you must continue using the product and at a $130 average price point along with the prescription this seems to be an expensive proposition. Consumer Reports has a great video Longer Lashes but At Real Risk about Latisse side effects and costs.

Latisse is not the only eyelash growth product on the market however; eyelash enhancements are popping up all over the place, and many more have been around for quite some time.There is Revitalash Eyelash Conditioner, $150 for a 6 month supply, which has been around for some time. It was created by ophthalmologist, Michael Brinkenhoff, MD, for his wife who was recovering from breast cancer in order to give her eyelashes renewed vitality and beauty. It can be found in more than 5,000 premium spas, salons, and physician’s offices across the country and around the world and can now be ordered on line.

Not advertised as an eyelash growth product but a conditioner that revitalizes dry, brittle, sparse eyelashes. This product was on the market long before Latisse came into the picture and I have to wonder if it basically does the same thing only now the big pharma have their hands on it.

RapidLashOn to Rapid Lash Eye Renewal System. For $33, a lash product that helps thicken eyelashes and brows.  Said to thicken the appearance of and improve the condition of your lashes and brows. This was the first eyelash growth product I tried and I was extremely pleased with the results. Will you have results like users of Latisse claiming that their eyelashes now touch their eyebrows? I doubt it and I have to say that must certainly look ridiculous?

This being a natural skin care blog, I must mention the following natural alternatives for long, thick, dark gorgeous lashes.

Lipocils Expert, $55, is a lash stimulator by Talika, maker of the first eyelash growth product, that gives yours lashes more curl, thickens and darkens, and is packed with plant extracts that moisturize the lash and encourage eyelash growth. Available for purchase at Sephora.

And for thickening…..

MiEssence organic mascara. Combining the nourishing properties of jojoba oil and shea butter (wow), the thickening and strengthening properties of beeswax, and the intensity of colour of long lasting natural mineral pigments, Miessence organic mascara builds thick, supple healthy lashes.

Lavera Volume Mascara nourishes lashes with extracts of Organic Jojoba & Wild Rose Oils. This pure, paraben-free and heavy-metal-free formula rinses off with a mild cleanser and is ideal even for very sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers.