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Latisse - wonder drug?...and other alternatives.

Truth be told, I have the LAMMMEEESSSSTTTT Asian eyelashes. They are short, straight, and thin. My boyfriend is Indian and his are so long, he can't put on sunglasses without his lashes brushing up against the lenses...talk about unfair. I'm one of those people who just crave to have the longest and most luscious eyelashes ever. Now that's obviously a pretty unrealistic goal to have except that there are alternatives to getting your desired eyelashes. For example, if you have never heard of the product Latisse, it is worth checking out. Latisse utilizes the compound Bimatoprost. It was initially used to lower intraocular pressure in people with open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension. Patients treated with bimatoprost for this specific eye condition however experienced eyelash growth as a side effect. It is now the main ingredient in Latisse (composition 0.03%). Bimatoprost is a lipid compound derived from fatty acids designed to bind to prostaglandin (PG) receptors. PG receptors are present in hair, particularly in the dermal papilla and outer root sheath. Although the precise mechanism of action is unknown, PG receptors are thought to be involved in the development and regrowth of the hair follicle by increasing the percent of hairs in, and the duration of, the anagen or growth phase.


Latisse use may cause darkening of the eyelid skin which may be reversible. Additionally it may cause increased brown pigmentation of the colored part of the eye which is likely to be permanent. Moreover, it is possible for hair growth to occur in other areas of your skin that Latisse frequently touches. It is also possible to make a difference in eyelash length, thickness, fullness, pigmentation, number of eyelash hairs, and/or direction of eyelash growth to occur between eyes. These differences, should they occur, will usually go away if you stop using Latisse.

Latisse solution is packaged as a 3 mL bottle of solution with 60 accompanying sterile, disposable applicators. The recommended dosage is one application nightly to the skin of the upper eyelid margin at the base of the eyelashes only. Once nightly, start by ensuring your face is clean, makeup and contact lenses are removed. Remove an applicator from its tray. Then, holding the sterile applicator horizontally, place one drop of Latisse on the area of the applicator closest to the tip but not on the tip. Then immediately draw the applicator carefully across the skin of the upper eyelid margin at the base of the eyelashes (where the eyelashes meet the skin) going from the inner part of your lash line to the outer part. Blot any excess solution beyond the eyelid margin.

So, some (or most :P) of this blog was copy and pasted from drugs.com. What I want to add is that I believe that Latisse is worth trying because there is plenty of evidence (go ahead and google...) of increased volume and length of the upper lashes. It may not curl as much as you want but you kind of achieve these middle Eastern eyelashes that are so desirable. Mind you, Latisse is kind of pricey, but there are plenty of sales from physicians if you look hard enough. Also, there are coupons available online. Another noteworthy piece of information is that it must be used continuously or the effects will disappear. But if you want luscious lashes that OTHER PEOPLE are jealous of, than I think you should invest in a bottle of Latisse. But if you don't believe me, I'll let some before and after pictures do the talking.




Now if you want to use a product that is less "permanent," you can go ahead and purchase fake eyelashes. Personally, I would rather purchase Latisse because from personal experience, men tend to be grossed out by fake body parts (unless they are boobs of course, but that's a given :P)...my brother just shook his head of my opinion of the male condition. 

What you need to put on fake lashes are the appropriate glue (cosmetics glue and not the kind children eat for fun), fake lashes (duh!), and a steady hand. Fake lashes are available at most drugstores but if you are the kind of person who cares about branding than I suggest heading off to Inglot or M.A.C. as they have a great selection. 


Now, remember if you put on a full set of lashes, it will be very dramatic. To go for a more everyday look, then cut the lashes in half and just apply one half to the outer edge. You'll get a flirty effect with your new very desirable lashes and yet it will still be appropriate for everyday. Don't forget to coat it off with your favorite mascara so that the fake lashes will blend into you real ones.

But for me, I have this weird thing with getting sick of things easily so I tend to not use either of the aforementioned products and just change up my mascaras (which will be my next topic).

I hope this has been helpful for all of you and if you are interested in seeing more of my blog entries, visit janellelora.blogspot.com:)


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