My name is Holly and I am a lash addict. Since 2001, when drug manufacturer, Allergan, began putting a patented bimatoprost in its prescription glaucoma medicine, Lumigan, the world of lash enhancement exploded. Its unintended side effect, dramatic lash growth, led to the 2008 FDA approval of Latisse. I have been applying Lumigan (off label) to my lashes since 2004. However, when the trend for larger-than-life lashes in everyday living emerged last year, I headed to a celebrity-anointed lash extension bar in West Hollywood. I loved my new look and reveled in my newfound freedom from mascara! Every two weeks, I diligently returned for a 45-minute “fill” appointment, investing a substantial amount of time and money in the process. That is until last month, when a major exodus of employees occurred — including my beloved “lash guru.” I had tried other technicians, but my lashes never endured as long as they did with my girl, so I waited, as nearly all of my beautiful synthetic mink lashes began to fall out, for her to find a new home.
I’m sorry to say, but mascara just cannot compare to a full set of lash extensions. No way, no how. So when I lost all of my falsies last night and my guru was still without a home, I panicked. Fortunately, I remembered the two sets of magnetic lashes I ordered at the end of the year from One Two Lash
, after spotting from Allure’s Best Of Beauty Breakthroughs
. They were still unused, because the first pair I had ordered (Bold Lashes
) was simply too dramatic; it reminded me of a burlesque dancer from the 1980’s. But the second pair, Original Lashes
, was absolutely perfect. I just needed to watch the “how to” video several times to emulate the more-than-competent spokespeople, and give myself a good twenty minutes to get them properly aligned. Once affixed, they lasted for the entire evening!
This morning, I returned to two coats of mascara (after all, its a lazy Sunday). I will say that the tube of Shu Uemura
I picked up in Japan made a big difference. But, clearly not enough for a lash addict like me … on Wednesday I have an appointment with a new lash guru. I really need a fix!