Happy Friday everyone! I hope you’ve had an awesome week and even better weekend. Thank you so much for all the love received from yesterday’s mascara post. I can’t tell you how excited I was to write the second part of the Love My Lashes Event.
Lash growth serums, what can I say. They are mystical, magical and a little scary. Over several years, I’ve tried RapidLash®, Latisse®, GrandeLASH™ – MD Lash Enhancing Serum, and am currently testing Rodan and Field’s Enhancements Lash Boost. And when I say testing, I should clarify that these companies have not offered products to test. All of these serums have been purchased with my hard-earned dollars. And with each transaction, I hoped for the best results imaginable (without having horrible side effects).
Enough chitter chatter, let’s get down to the details.
RAPIDLASH®: I purchased this product back in 2012. Cutting to the chase, after using RapidLash® for 3 months, I wasn’t impressed. I experienced slight tingling and barely noticed any growth. I paid around $30-$40, disappointing but the price was right.
I rate RAPIDLASH® 2 thumbs up out of 5.
– Ophthalmologist and Dermatologist tested
– Safe for Contact Lens wearers
– Fragrance Free
– Paraben Free
– Product Not Tested on Animals
Apply RapidLash® to the base of the upper eyelashes using the applicator brush. The eye should be completely clean of any make-up or eye creams. Start from the inner corner of the eye outwards, directly on the base of your eyelashes. RapidLash® is to be used once daily in the evening before bedtime.
I took a hiatus from lash serums for a couple years after RapidLash®. The tingling scared me a bit and decided growth serums just aren’t for me. With my luck, I’ll probably go blind or mess up my hazel eyes. But then in 2015 I talked to a few friends who were huge fans of LATISSE® and decided to give it a go.
LATISSE®: Oh Latisse®! How I wanted to love you. With a price tag $120 a pack (each purchase you’ll receive the bottle of Latisse® and brush applicators) I REALLY wanted to see magic happen. Sadly, I didn’t. To be completely honest, I didn’t follow the instructions to a T. I’m pretty savvy and frugal when it comes to beauty products. Before purchasing I did a little research and most reviewers recommended using one dose on both lash-line and brows, allowing me to extend the use of my bottle from 1 month to 2-3 months. I also did not use the brushes. I used a tiny eye liner brush for a more precise application.
Did I see results? I actually did, especially on my upper lashes and brows! But didn’t see any growth on my lower lash line. After purchasing 3 kits (about 9 months of trying the product), I lost interest and wanted to try a more cost-effective product.
All in all, I give LATISSE® 3 thumbs up out of 5.
LATISSE® is an FDA-approved treatment.
Thinking about purchasing? Some important do’s and don’ts.
– Do not apply to the lower lid or in the eye and blot excess solution with a tissue.
– Only use the sterile applicators supplied with LATISSE® to apply the product.
– Don’t allow the tip of the bottle or applicator to touch fingers or any other unintended surface, as contamination by common bacteria is known to cause infections.
– Remove contact lenses prior to applying LATISSE®. Contact lenses may be reinserted 15 minutes afterwards.
– Remember, if you stop using LATISSE®, lashes will gradually return to their previous appearance.
GRANDELASH™: After I moved on from LATISSE® I quickly picked up GrandeLASH™. I was visiting a local day spa with one of my best friends and she reminded me the spa carried this serum. She was pretty excited about her fast results so I had to give it a go. Price point: $65.
What It Does
– Created with a proprietary blend of vitamins, peptides, and amino acids plus conditioning ingredients
– Promotes the appearance of healthier, more youthful lashes
– Safe and effective; dermatologist-tested
– Easy to use
– Paraben- and gluten-free
After only three weeks I saw a difference, now maybe that’s because I was still seeing results from LATISSE®. The length of my upper lashes were pleasantly longer. My friend also recommended trying the serum on my brows and lower lash line, so I did. After a few more weeks I noticed a slight difference.
One tube lasted me 4 months, $16.25 a month. Super affordable! I decided to purchase another tube. This is a serum I would definitely pick up again.
GRANDELASH™ receives 4 thumbs up out of 5.
So, why didn’t I stick with a tried and true product? I’ll be honest. Greed and curiosity.
LASH BOOST: For the past year, I’ve been bombarded with Rodan and Fields’ Enhancements Lash Boost before and after photos on my Facebook and Insta feeds. I have to admit, I was annoyed every time I saw a post, but then one of my closest friends became a Rodan and Fields consultant. I trusted and still trust her opinion. She also didn’t approach me. I reached out to her to inquire about her experience with Lash Boost. So far, she was happy with her results and shared her before and after photos. After seeing her results, I was interested.
Price point: $135 – Preferred Customer Cost
I purchased Lash Boost late October 2017 and I feel like I still have plenty of product to use. So far, that brings me to $45 a month. Compared to lash extensions, this is a much more affordable route to take.
The pros: My lashes (uppers and lowers) are much longer than I expected them to be. I’ve never had noticeable lower lashes. But now I DO! Is this a big deal in the big scheme of life, no. It’s not. But does it make me feel prettier and a little more confident? YES. Do I think it makes my eyes stand out more with little effort, FOR SURE!
The cons: Directions say to only apply at night which to me is annoying. I wish I could apply it before makeup in the morning. This would assure I don’t miss days of application.
Will I repurchase? Yes.
Lash Boost receives 4.5 thumbs up out of 5.
I hope the Love My Last Event helped narrow down a selection of mascaras and lash serums to try. The beauty industry has an unlimited amount of options which is amazing but can also make it difficult to decide where to begin. Please let me know if you have any questions. I’d be happy to help!