Well, I for one, am not going down without a fight.
I thought you would be interested in going along on my journey - the journey to lush lashes.
I was not happy with my missing eyelashes.
So I went to work.
2016 On the Brooklyn Bridge with virtually NO lashes to show.
I Began Using Latisse
You've heard of it.
It really, truly does work.
Your lashes will grow. So will your nose hairs. (Ya. No one tells you that, right?)
But. It is not the best fit for everyone.
The lure of lush lashes is so strong, that even when I was told by my optometrist that my light hazel eyes had the chance, very small, but still a chance, of turning brown with the use of Latisse, I took the risk.
But it did scare me.
Brown eyes are beautiful.
But mine are light and hazel and I wanted to keep them that way.
So, I kept a close eye, on my eyes.
Each night I applied the product.
By day 2, I was not only concerned for my eye color, I began to get red and itchy.
But still, I continued.
Because. Lure of lush lashes.
By the end of one week, I had had enough.
My eyes itched.
My eyes were red.
My eyes were scaly.
But, they were still hazel! Phew!
I gave the rest of the my product to my friend who uses and loves it.
I was done.
Now what to do?
I Began Wearing Lash Extensions
2017 My new eyes. Cue the batting.
OK, so that worked.
Maybe a bit too much.
But oh, was it fun having lashes again!
I loved waking up to lush lashes.
I loved going to bed with lush lashes.
I loved not having to apply mascara.
What I Didn't Love
I didn't love that I had to be ultra careful when waking up and rubbing the sleep out of my eyes.
No. Rubbing. Of. Eyes.
I didn't love that I had to be very careful and couldn't apply any type of oil on my eyes. A non-oily eye makeup remover was required.
Lucky for me...
3 in One Wash Away is the perfect eye makeup remover for lash extensions.
I found the perfect combination: A safe lash serum (The Ordinary, occasional false lashes (to be continued), and a clean, lush mascara.
It has been over a year now, and I have had great success.
And I feel pretty with my very own long lashes.
Cue the eye-batting.
Can you relate to my search for lush lashes?
2019 - Finally, lush lashes I can live with.
I stopped using R & F Lash Boost, as little known fact, it can actually create dark circles under your eyes. Which it did. In a big way.
New Concerns for Prostaglandin Use
I had to choose - lashes & dark circles? Or no lashes and no dark circles.
I choose no lashes. Sigh.
Back to the drawing board.
*Back to my concern for hormone lash serums...
After some months, though my lashes were gloriously long and lush, I began to notice dark hollows under my eyes.
Now, I had a new issue. And with some serious digging, I actually found that this is a thing.
And it's correlated to the use of hormone lash serums.
It's called PAP.
"Prostaglandin Associated Periorbitopathy (PAP) is the general term given to describe the constellation of eyelid and orbital changes that accompany the administration of topical prostaglandin analogue eye drops."
Not just eye drops for glaucoma. Also lash serums for long lashes.
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