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Eyelashes, The Cat Eyes Look

Eyelashes, The Cat Eyes Look for Five Minute Wow

Ever since I saw this article by Christine over at Temptailia I’ve loved this look, so when I saw this tip in Real Simple magazine I just had to pass it along. A hybrid of Audrey and Angelina, this buttoned-up seductive look is tamer than a liquid-liner swoop.

STEP 1: Using a fine-tipped powder or pencil black liner, sweep color along the base of your upper eyelash line. Extend it just past the outer corner of your eye and slightly upward.

STEP 2: Keep the rest of the look subtle: a dusting of the same pink blush on cheeks and eyes and a few coats of mascara. You don’t even need lip color—your favorite balm will do.

To buy: Jillian Dempsey for Avon Professional Eye Smokifier in Very Black, avon.com. Face Stockholm Blush-On in Sun Kissed, facestockholm.com. Cover-Girl NatureLuxe Mousse Mascara, covergirl.com.

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Eyelash Enhancer Carries Risk

Eyelash Enhancer

 

Seek consultation before using eyelash enhancer

About one year ago I wrote an article on eyelash enhancers. Eyelash enhancers had just started to look like the new ‘Botox’ in the beauty industry. One year after being approved by the FDA for distribution via prescription, complaints are cropping up of unwanted side effects from use of eyelash enhancers. Latisse, an eyelash enhancer as seen advertised on TV and in magazines featuring Brooke Shields, has been easily accessible without a doctor’s visit or a written prescription. You might think . . . no big whoop . . . but read on.
“eyelash enhancer gave O’Connor purplish eyelids”

The Latisse brand eyelash enhancer, as well as others, has been available at salons, spas and health clubs as well as online without a doctor’s evaluation and prescription. When the F.D.A. approved this product for marketing, they made a determination that the side effects or misuse or inappropriate use could cause harm, and that’s why they restricted it to a prescription drug, said Carmen A. Catizone, the executive director of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, which represents state agencies that regulate pharmacies and pharmacists. If it was completely safe to use without doctor supervision, they would have deemed it over-the-counter.

The Eyelash Enhancer Complaints Surfacing

  • Eye color change from blue or green to brown
  • Eyelid discoloration
  • Redness, itchiness and irritation
  • Unintended hair growth

The New York Times reported this week that most people using Latisse eyelash enhancer have few, if any, complaints. But, eye color change may be permanent and if used incorrectly you may enhance hair growth in places other than your eyelashes! The directions say to dab onto top lid along the lash line only, not the bottom lashes. It could apparently seep down the face and grow hair where you don’t want it!

Part of this NYT’s article showed up in my local paper as a local Minneapolis woman is featured as one who has had her problems with the eyelash enhancer. Cynthia O’Connor, an interior designer in Minneapolis purchased Latisse from the gal who does her facials in the office of a plastic surgeon. She was not asked her medical history, never met with the doctor and was not told any of the risks.

Using the eyelash enhancer gave O’Connor purplish eyelids and a purple hue under the eyes. She said, It looked like I hadn’t slept in a month. It was horrible. She stopped using Latisse five months ago but some discoloration is still noticeable.

Without a doctor’s guidance, it’s a cumulative risk, said Dr. Andrew G. Iwach, executive director of the Glaucoma Center of San Francisco. Let’s say you use the product once inappropriately, or outside the approved guidelines, you might get away with it, but this drug is being applied repeatedly over weeks, months and potentially years. The consequences, or risk of consequences, add up over time.

There is big room for profit in selling eyelash enhancers. They sell anywhere between $89.00 to $150.00 per tube and are only effective for as long as they are being used.
So buyer beware ladies!� It’s your one and only baby blues we’re talking about here!!

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Eyelash Conditioner?

Eyelash Conditioner

Will an Eyelash Conditioner Give Me Longer Fuller Eyelashes?

Eyelash conditioner, eyelash dying and eyelash extensions, are products with rapidly increasing popularity among consumers. Long full eyelashes brighten the face and make you look more alive . . . who doesn’t want that?

“Eyelash Conditioners Help for Tired Eyelashes”Recently, a reader asked: Can an eyelash conditioner, that sells for $150.00 really make my eyelashes grow fuller and longer?

Top sellers of the eyelash conditioner in more than 7000 salons and spas nationwide include, Marini Lash Eyelash Conditioner , and RevitaLash Eyelash Conditioner and Latisse which is a relatively new prescription to help eyelashes that are thin and weak to grow stronger and longer.

Jan Marini pioneered the eyelash conditioner and others have picked up her lead ever since. She has produce both Marini Eyelash Conditioner and the new Marini Mascara with Conditioners. RevitaLash was developed by an ophthalmologist who wanted a safe alternative for women who needed help with thinning eyelashes. The developer’s wife’s eyelashes were emaciated from chemotherapy treatments and he wanted to create something that would help her with her self-esteem. The Brooke Shields promoted Latisse is an FDA-approved prescription treatment and the only one classified as a drug. FDA’s position is if you make a claim regarding eyelash growth, you are making a drug claim.

The FDA requires that companies with cosmetic products can only advertise that the product can make eyelashes appear longer and fuller instead of guaranteeing results. So how does Marini Eyelash Conditioner weigh in on that? Here’s part of their product description;

Marini Eyelash Conditioner features a proprietary peptide blend which when combined with other essential factors produces extraordinary eyelash and brow enhancement.
Extraordinary eyelash & brow enhancement delivers gorgeous, dense & lush eyelashes
Next-generation non-prostaglandin technology dermatologist and opthamologist safety tested.

*Marini Lash Eyelash Conditioner is not intended to stop, prevent, cure, relieve, reverse or reduce eyelash or eyebrow loss or to promote the growth of eyelashes or eyebrows.

Like the hair on your head, eyelashes have a defined life cycle. Eyelashes fall out and replenish every 42 days or so in general, but as we age they don’t replenish as they once did. When used regularly an eyelash growth conditioner claims that it will fortify existing eyelashes so they don’t fall out as easily and grow back healthier. Although the results are substantial, they are not permanent. “No eyelash growth conditioner can change your genetics, so results will begin to diminish when the product is not used” Marini says.

Celebrities like Hayden Panettiere, Fergie ,Jessica Simpson and older celebrities like Helen Mirren and the cast of Desperate Housewives use an eyelash growth conditioner. “Makeup artists are continually stressing eyelashes with the use of glues and eyelash extensions,” Marini says. “This can lead to dry brittle and even sparse and missing eyelashes.” Marini said her eyelash conditioner gives the makeup artist a tool that overcomes these challenges. “Many of our celebrity makeup artists report they have to do little if anything to enhance the users’ eyelashes because they become so noticeably enhanced.”

I’ve tried glue on my eyelashes as a teen years ago and once was enough. But, I am at the age where I seem to have only a fraction of the eyelash growth I once sported. I am going to try Jan Marini’s Eyelash Conditioner and will report back what I’ve found to be true for me. A .23 oz. mascara-style tube with an eyeliner brush lasts about six months.

Check out Amazon for eyelash conditioner and read customer reviews. Eyelash conditioners run from $7 to $160

 

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