What's not to love about thick, black, long, luscious eyelashes???
Absolutely nothing! Beautiful eyelashes add mega sex appeal and youth! The billion dollar industry has capitalized on our desire for beautiful, lush lashes and offered us everything from lash extensions to fake eyelashes, to a dizzying array of mascara formulations! As an avid lover-of-lash-enhancers, and one whose tried them all, I can tell you without a doubt, there's one product that stands head and shoulders above the rest. What is it you ask? Why, LATISSE, of course! LATISSE, made by Allergan, actually helps your own body grow thicker, fuller, longer lashes. No glues. No fake eyelashes to worry about blinking off at the most inopportune moment (if you've ever worn them, you've been there). It's just you, only, better!
BUT, there is a downside to LATISSE. First, is the price. It's not cheap! LATISSE comes in two sizes, 3 mL, and 5 mL. with prices ranging anywhere from $120-$200 depending on where you buy it. Secondly, and my biggest complaint, is the packaging. You'd think a product that costs so much, and is made by the genius's who created the miracles of BOTOX and JUVEDERM, could engineer more user-friendly packaging! I mean there are hundreds of imitators out there whose products cost a fraction of what LATISSE costs,and yet their's comes in easy user-friendly packaging! Talk about being outdone by the underdogs! SMH! Currently, LATISSE comes in a small squeeze bottle, similar to an eye dropper- which isn't surprising since it's lash building brilliance was discovered by doctors of Lumigan patients. (Lumigan is a drug which is prescribed to ophthalmic patients who suffer from conditions that cause pressure issues in the eye, like glaucoma and macular degeneration.) In addition to the dropper bottle, they include a giant wad of pre-packaged "one use" brushes that are made from the lowest quality plastic possibly known to man! I personally don't know a soul who uses them! Like, come on already, Allergan! You are BETTER than this!
I speak from personal experience when I tell you how the improper use of LATISSE, such as ditching the brush step and opting for the faster, easier method of dripping it straight onto your eyelashes, can cause SEVERE ITCHING and redness! I LOATHE everything about those horrible little brushes! I hate fumbling to get them open! I hate how scratchy they are, not to mention how they seem to all but swallow the LATISSE! So, I chunked mine in the trash and went straight for the "drip" method! Not surprisingly, soon after came the inevitable itching and redness... ahhh! FRUSTRATION!!! I slogged through that nightly routine for a while... WASTING my LATISSE as it dripped everywhere except where I wanted it, watching good money go down the drain, and suffering with the red itchy eyes, not to mention the raccoon effect from smearing my mascara and eyeliner all day long from the rubbing and scratching! I wanted thick beautiful lashes, but, I didn't want to go through the nightly hassle of that horrible routine and the daily hassle of the rubbing and itching. For me, it was a deal breaker! Great product + horrible packaging = BAD PRODUCT! (Did you hear that, ALLERGAN???)
My solution: Drip, Dip, Sweep!
How To Get The Most From Your LATISSE!
Before you get started, pic up a cheap contact lens case from your local drug store, and grab an eyeliner brush from your makeup bag- the kind with actual brush fibers -not the felt tipped "pen" kind. (see pic above)
1. Drip a drop or two of LATISSE into the lens holder
2. Dip the eyeliner brush into the solution, tap off the excess
3. Sweep along lash lines of upper eyelashes
4. Seal the left over solution in the lens case and save for next application!
VOILA! Problem SOLVED!
These easy steps make applying LATISSE, quick, easy, hassle free and best of all it saves you money because the lens case preserves the left over solution, saving it for the next application! **NOTE: DO NOT STORE CONTACTS IN SAME CASE you use to store your LATISSE! LATISSE is to be applied to LASH LINES ONLY! Contact wearers should wait 15 minutes after applying LATISSE before inserting contacts lenses.
How Often Should I Use LATISSE?
Clients ask me this all the time! Here's what I tell them. When you first start using LATISSE use it every night until you achieve the length and fullness you desire. The amount of time it will take to achieve the growth you want will vary from person to person. It generally takes people with thinner hair such as blondes, less time than it will take someone with naturally thick hair such as brunettes. I personally have very thick hair, so, I start to see results within about 2 weeks. But, for many it takes up to 2 or three months of continued use to reach to that point. Commitment it key!
My Eyes Still Get Red and Itchy - Is LATISSE Not For Me?
Not all all! Don't worry, mine did too until I learned this awesome little trick: ANTiHISTIMINE DROPS! Pick up a bottle of allergy eye drops from your local drug store and use as needed.. I like to use mine immediately after applying LATISSE. No more forsaking INCREDIBLE lashes due to red itchy eyes!
How can I Maintain My Results For LESS MONEY!?
Once you have achieved the results you desire, you can back off usage to two or three nights per week. This will keep your lashes thick, full, long and SEXY!
Lash It Up!
I still think it's an absolute TRAGEDY that Allergan refuses to upgrade to a more user friendly packaging, but, until then, these tips should help you put an end to all that frustration! So, go on! LASH IT UP! It's time to BRING SEXY BACK!
(note: LATISSE is a drug and therefore must be prescribed to you by a medical practitioner. )
-Jana McDaniel, CME
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