I have unexceptional eyelashes and eyebrows – certainly not long luscious lashes. Actually, my hubby has better eyelashes and eyebrows than me!! Nor do I have thick Cara Delevingne eyebrows – which look amazing. In my teens, I once made the mistake of over-plucking my eyebrows – skinny brows being the look back then. “Never to do it again”, all the character left my face. Thankfully, my eyebrows did grow back, again. They certainly wouldn’t now – to be “lost, forever”. Since then, I’ve only ever plucked a few stragglers from underneath.
In midlife, hormonal reasons, along with lots of other factors (see, below), can cause our hair to thin – especially our eyebrows and eyelashes. Oh, the joys! Thinning eyebrows happened gradually for me. It started around the fifty-year-old mark. This was the time I was hitting menopause. I was also told around that time that I had an underactive thyroid – which is another reason for thinning hair and other things, of course. Once I started to take levothyroxine as well as having regular blood tests and regulating the dosage to balance my thyroid, things seemed to settle down. And, thankfully, I started to feel like my old self again. But my hair loss is still more than when I turned fifty.
This hair loss sparked a research mission for me. Surely, there was something on the market to help me. Something both effective and safe which I could try, in order to improve my eyebrows and lashes. I read lots of beauty articles and watched many YouTube videos, resulting in me trying a few eyelash/eyebrow growth serums. Back then, I also tried eyelash extensions which took an eternity to apply. They did look amazing, however. And, I remember receiving a lot of remarks.
Not a lot of people were having this procedure done, at that time, and I kept them for around a year. Unfortunately, they started to drop out two weeks after application. So, every four to six weeks, I was back at the beauty salon having infills applied which I found tedious and expensive. Furthermore, my own eyelashes took a real battering and they did take a while to recover once I stopped having eyelash extensions done.
“Long4Lashes” This was my first serum. I bought it on Amazon way back in 2016. I admit to being a bit of a “sad act” when it comes to keeping online receipts. I keep all of them so I can refer to dates and products.
This serum was very inexpensive and easy to apply. I would apply it every evening. After a few weeks, I remember getting sore eyes, so I had to stop using it. It was the outer rim of my eyes that was sore. This wasn’t a good look. I appeared tired, all of the time. The ingredients didn’t agree with me at all. This has great reviews on Amazon so works very well for some, just not for me. I’ve since learnt that the ingredients in some serums don’t agree with everyone. So, it’s best to do your homework – though usually, you don’t really know if it’s effective unless you try it. I didn’t give it long enough to see any worthwhile results, because of the soreness.
The second eyelash serum I tried was Latisse. We were on holiday in Mexico and I was able to buy some in the resort’s pharmacy (2017). I had read and heard so many glowing tales about this serum so was quite interested in trying it. It is unavailable to buy in the UK.
When doing my research, I stumbled upon some information detailing scary side effects which said it darkened the eyelids and changed eye colour. The Food & Drug Administration agency (FDA) say Latisse is safe and effective, so I decided to go ahead and give it a go.
The product contained 3 ml of solution, along with 70 disposable applicator brushes. To begin with, I found the solution fiddly to apply as it came in a small bottle. So, the best way to use it was to add a few drops to the lid and dip the brush in. There was always a little wastage which wasn’t great as this is a pricey product. Again, after using the serum for several weeks, it didn’t agree with me. I developed sore eyes, again. I persevered, hoping the soreness would go. But, by this time, I had been using the solution for around two months – it was then I really saw a difference – my eyelashes really took off!
Unfortunately, I had to stop using it as the soreness was still there. My eyelashes looked longer than they ever had, so it did work. But, I wasn’t prepared to live with the red-eyed look. Plus, around this time, there were new products coming onto the market and I hoped they would be easier for me to get used to and less expensive than Latisse.