The past few years have triggered a lash craze. Just walk down the street and you will see all kinds of women—from teens to seniors—with long, dark, fluttery lashes.
Lush lashes give a youthful appearance and enhance our eyes. “However, as we age, aging hair follicles slow down the production of new lashes, causing them to thin out,” says Chicago-based board-certified plastic surgeon and creator of JF Aesthetic MD Formula skincare Dr. Julius Few.
Available by prescription only, Latisse is one of the most effective products on the market to grow lashes. The FDA-approved eyelash lengthener contains bimatoprost, a drug used to treat glaucoma, and clinical results show that y
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PRODUCT: Maybelline® New York Lash Stiletto™ Ultimate Length Mascara
I consider myself to be a woman of reasonable expectations and modest tastes. However, my usual preferences fly out the window when it comes to eyelashes. I want them long, thick, dark and glossy. In an ideal world, my lash look would lie somewhere on the line between naturally beautiful and outrageously audacious.
After seeing dozens of print ads featuring models with fabulous lashes, I fell victim to the siren call of Maybelline® New York Lash Stiletto™ Ultimate Length Mascara ($8). Even the product packaging, shiny black and metallic red in a geometric tube, is consistent with the look I was hoping for. Promising to do “for lashes what stilettos do for legs,” I believed, and I purchased.
From the first application, I was disappointed. I thought I’d like the “Grip & Extend” brush but it didn’t do much for my lashes. (To be fair to the brush, that could have been the formula.) After applying about nine (seriously) coats, I looked in the mirror and thought, “Meh.” My only consolation was that I could keep the product and use it as an everyday mascara.
How wrong I was. Just two hours later, a brief glance in the mirror caused me to do a double take when I noticed black mascara flakes around my eyes. As the day went on, the flaking continued and worsened, so that I was excusing myself every few hours to go to the restroom to clean up the area between my lower lids and the apples of my cheeks. When I got home that night, I threw out the tube.
Maybelline’s overall stellar line of mascaras is marred by Lash Stiletto. This product is not worth buying, even considering the modest price. The only similarity this mascara shares with stilettos is that wearers will find themselves dying to take it off at the end of the day.
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OK, I’m Hooked!
If you have already red my earlier features on BITB, LATISSE DIARY PART ONE and LATISSE DIARY PART TWO, you will note that I was a skeptic at first. I am now totally into the Latisse thing and loving my long, lush lashes.
I have picked up a few tricks along the way that I want to share:
Get your own brush – I found a skinny eyeliner brush that limits waste and gets the drug exactly at the lash line where you want it. This cuts down on irritation and the chance of hyperpigmentation
Use your cap – Unscrew the cap, hold it pointy side down, and squeeze the few drops you need for each application into the cap. D
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