I’m getting laser hair removal between my eyebrows and I’m buying lash serum to make my lashes grow.
Those two spaces on my face are, like, one inch apart. (Cue eye roll.) I’m paying money to remove hair from one place, and I paying money to have more hair in another place very near to it.
The funny thing is that I’m not your typical girly girl. As a kid, I did competitive swimming and horse show jumping six days out of seven. Neither of those sports are conducive to having fancy hair and clothes. I wasn’t a cheerleader or a dancer. I don’t wear a ton of makeup every day. I don’t dress up often—I’m a writer, and let’s face it, you all know I’m still in my pajamas and haven’t left the house yet today as I type this.
But I have to admit—I love lashes. If I were stuck on a deserted island, I’d bring tweezers, sunscreen and mascara.
I’ve used four different lash serums in the last few years. I have used some that work and some that don’t.
Let me start by saying that I don’t sell anything at all. I didn’t get anything for writing this. I spent god-awful amounts of money on my own experimentation. I don’t get a cut from my recommendations, nothings sponsored, blah blah blah. This is a pure, unadulterated results-driven post.
That said, unfortunately, because I take cell phone pictures, and have for years, I don’t have before and afters of the first three serums I will mention.
4. Castor Oil
This is a natural way to go. I saw some improvement, but I think it was a placebo effect. I was hard-core looking for length and strength in my lashes. I didn’t have super short lashes before, but this didn’t make them any longer from what I could tell.
I have friends who are super hippy dippy, and they use castor oil on their hair. They even used it as a base for their essential oils. And then they did lymphatic massage…on their boobs…and then they were horrified at the black nipple hairs that grew as a result. No thanks!!! But I guess that does show that castor oil makes some hair grow.
I didn’t try that, obviously, but it didn’t really work on my eyelashes.
Ok, this stuff actually kind of worked. I was slightly impressed. I noticed a difference. It wasn’t huge, but my lashes were definitely longer and fuller. It took about six weeks, which is normal because of lash growth cycles, to see the difference.
If your budget is small and you want a cheap thrill, go for it. It’s worth the little extra confidence boost.
This is the giant in the lash growth industry that’s been around for a long time. I got it from a dermatologist in 2008. I liked it. But it wasn’t an addiction for me. I didn’t experience any of the side effects like itchy eyes or my irises changing color, which I hear can happen. I am pretty attached to my green eyes, so that made me nervous.
It worked, but I wasn’t so wowed that I kept buying it. Visit the website to find a local prescriber.
1. Lash Boost
I run away from multilevel marketing stuff. It’s sold by Rodan & Fields, which is a multi-level marketing based company. But when I saw the results from this product on other people, I had to try it out. It was super-duper expensive. Like, I never spend this much on anything ever. So I waited for a sale and then bought it. Then I used it.
After a few weeks, I noticed that as I took off my mascara, my lashes felt like horse hair (and I would know). They were thick and wiry. Trust me, that’s a good thing. Then, they started to get comically long in a few spots. There were, like, ten super-long hairs. After another week, all of the hairs had grown to that ridiculous length.
I was blown away.
It took 6-8 weeks for them to reach full length. At week 10, I researched how to make the serum last longer because it’s so expensive. I slowed down and only used it every other day. I bought my tube in March, and now it’s mid-August, and I’m still not out of it. The website tells you to use it only for about three months, but with that price point, I’m sticking with it till it’s done. And my lashes are nearly as long as they were when I was using it every day, even with only every other day use.
It’s even growing my overly-tweezed brows back. (I’ve been putting a dab there in thin spots when I remember.)
Here’s the only kind-of before and kind-of after picture that I have. I didn’t take them as before and after pictures, but still, you’ll get the…picture…of how much they’ve grown.
Also, I look crazy in these pictures, but I’m still sharing them for the sake of helping someone else get the lashes they want!
Before. Tons of mascara.
After. Super light mascara.
I bought more tubes.
I can’t quit.
At least one person a day (when I leave my house) compliments my lashes. They look borderline fake. But in a city like Los Angeles, where some people spend alot of money every month for fake lash extensions, I’m kind of proud mine are natural.
I even have to use a hair dryer after I use mascara to make them dry faster. It also makes them stay up all day, rather than drooping under the weight of their super-luscious length.
Our eyes are the window to our soul (or whatever) so spending a little moolah on framing them better is never a bad idea.
Okay, now I’m getting poetic.
If you wanna order Lash Boost, this is where I got mine. Again, no, I don’t sell it.
Have you guys tried any lash serums you love?