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I Tried It: Latisse

Eyelashes are one of my favorite things to flaunt. I’d sell my voice to Ursula or eat a poisoned apple to have the eyes of a Disney Princess. I was super pumped when I heard Latisse hit the market and went directly to my nearest “medical spa” (Is it a spa? A doctor’s office? As far as I can tell, they just do a lot of Botox and make women feel bad about themselves) so I could try it for myself.

We had a quick chat at the medical spa about how to use it and all the potential risks. Then they ordered my kit, and a week or so later, I was in possession of a teeny-tiny bottle of magic.*

The kit comes with the bottle of Latisse and a 60-day supply of brushes. The brushes are individually packaged so they remain sterile, and you are instructed to use a new brush for each eye, each night. To use, you simply apply before bed by brushing a drop onto the base of your eyelashes, right where you’d apply eyeliner. It’s tempting to put on a few drops, but I quickly learned you really only need one. The first week I started using Latisse, my heavy hand left me with very itchy eyes each morning. Once I started using the bare minimum, the irritation went away.

I was told results would start to show in about four weeks and that I’d achieve full lashtasticness around week twelve. Around week four, I started to notice a difference, but I didn’t want to get carried away and see something there that wasn’t. Maybe it was just my imagination? But come week six, I couldn’t deny it anymore.

Suddenly, my eyelashes were just so lush! Long, dark, thick…with each passing day, I was getting closer to my goal of looking like Bambi. I added some good mascara to the mix and I was in business. By week ten, they looked as good as they did when I had lash extensions, but I could actually wear mascara and didn’t have to worry about them falling out. I went on a vacation to New York and got compliments from everyone from the flight attendants to the friends I hadn’t seen in a while. People couldn’t always put their finger on what about me was so becoming, but I knew it was the fact that I had movie star eyes. I felt glamorous and gorgeous and it put more than a little spring in my step.

The only side effect of Latisse that I experienced was a lightening of my wallet. It costs $120 for the tiny bottle. I will say, though, that every bottle I’ve purchased has lasted me 10-12 weeks, which is a lot longer than the four they promise.

If you have a big event coming up (especially a vacation, wedding, or honeymoon), Latisse is the way to go. Fake eyelashes often ook a little fake, and you usually only wear them for the event. But with Latisse, you get several weeks of fabulous lashes, from the second you wake up until you go to bed at night.

So I tried it and I’m here to tell you that it really does work. I’ve tried the over-the-counter products that cost about the same and they just don’t work. If you’re lash obsessed, you will love Latisse.

*How this all goes down differs from state to state. In Michigan, I was able to get the Latisse directly from the medical spa. In Texas, I had to pay the medical spa for the prescription — most charge about $50 just for the slip of paper — and then I had to take the prescription to a drugstore to have it filled. I’m still bitter about the extra expense.

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing lrstewar@gmail.com.