You already know that I’ve been longing for big beautiful eyelashes. It’s been two weeks since I started The Great Eyelash Experiment and I haven’t missed a day. I also haven’t noticed any changes thus far, but it’s probably too soon to tell. So on an impulse, I went to the store and purchased two different mascaras. They both promised me longer, thicker, fuller lashes and lucky for me, it was buy one get one half off. I couldn’t resist…$18 dollars later I came home with TWO mascaras. I immediately opened the more expensive mascara that came with the Lash Boosting serum, I knew it had to be the better of the two. Well…well…well…to my surprise, both mascara serums have the exact same ingredients. What? I paid more for the Lash Boosting Serum. Have I been duped?
Thanks for listening. More updates later on my quest for lush lashes.
PS – It really bugs me when big companies do things like that. I mean, what’s up with the same ingredients and one item cost me $3-4 more? I guess I should have read the back of the packaging in the store …
You just have to be happy with what you were born with. I don't think the Latisse thing is worth it. What if it comes back 10 years from now that it causes blindness?
I would write a letter to the company and ask what the deal is with the difference prices, and same ingredients.
Thanks for the rec. I agree – Lancome is a bit pricey but I am a sucker for gift with purchase so maybe next time that comes up =)
Cathy, Great to know it's your website. That makes more sense. When it's released, I'd love to learn more. Since I haven't seen the ingredients list or tried it, it's difficult to say what might be making a difference (or suggest that anyone else try it without first trying it myself) but it sounds interesting. Let me know when more info is available =)
My favorite mascaras are from Lancome, but since I can't afford them these days I have great luck with L'Oreal. I am super picky about my mascara as it is sometimes the only makeup I wear. I have nice lashes, but they are so blonde you can hardly see them without mascara. That's too bad about the packaging, I hate it when companies try to take advantage.
I understand your concern, Anne-Marie, but no worries here! This is my eye cream (I make it). Sorry – I thought that I'd made that clear in my earlier post. I just didn't know if I was allowed to list my company name, so I checked with dM. (I guess I should have said MY website, but it sounds so pushy.) All of my products are 100% safe. No synthetic drugs. I do not sell this eye cream advertising eyelash growth. It's just a safe and natural side effect. The ingredients that are causing the growth are natural proteins, growth factors, and especially, the botanical active that combats dark circles. Also, the growth didn't happen overnight. It took about 6 weeks. Again, I don't claim or sell this product to specifically grow eyelashes – but it is definitely a side effect that I (and my customers) have noticed. AND – it will absolutely improve the look and health of the eye area.
Thanks for popping in everyone! I'd be awfully leery of any cream that made my eyelashes and eyebrows grow that much and wonder if the ingredients are listing any of the ingredients in Latisse or the glaucoma medication?
I remember Paula from Don't Go To The Cosmetics Counter Without Me was mentioning that some companies were circumventing the patent on that ingredient and including it in OTC products and that the FDA was cracking down on them.
That would be my only concern…?
The eye cream is by Apothecary 695 and it's called Awaken Intensive Eye Treatment. The purpose of the eye cream is to reduce puffiness, dark circles, smooth wrinkles, eliminate fine lines and to generally improve the overall health and look of the skin. A side effect of the product is eyelash and eye brow growth due to the heavy-hitting anti-aging ingredients. This is the best eye cream on the market. My eyelashes have grown significantly (and I wasn't expecting them to!). The website is 'under construction', but it lists a toll free number (or email) to order products.
Is Cathy allowed to say which eye cream she is using??? I'm getting ready to dye my eyelashes, but I have so little to work with that I am not very optimistic…
My anti-aging eye cream makes your eyelashes and eyebrows grow! After about 6 weeks of use, I noticed that my eyelashes were considerably longer and fuller – and my eyebrows were filled in. This growth is a natural side effect of the anti-aging ingredients in the eye cream. I knew this when I made the cream, but I really wasn't expecting to see much in regard to longer lashes. I was very pleasantly surprised – and so is everyone who uses this eye cream.
Carrie, That's the one I paid $4 more for. The white base coat/serum is the same ingredient list as the base coat in the 'red' one (which is the one I'm using today) and I agree with you on the power of the base coat. It's pretty nifty stuff.
I was given a tube of the blue one to review for Bzz Agent and I REALLY LOVE IT….the one I have came in a two pack…a gel based serum to put at lash line and on lashes- that made my eyes itch and I had to stop using it. And then the double sides mascara…the white side I think is what really makes the lashes look thicker and longer…I read somewhere that there was wax in it…unless I find out that is bad for you, I don't care…I really LOVE THIS MSACARA…my lashes looked longer, thicker, fuller…like I had some false eyelash help or something…I LOVE IT…
I will be interested in seeing what you think about these.
I love that you all have such great suggestions and I want to try them all!
I tried the 'Double Extend Lash Tubes' this morning (since I didn't really believe that the Lash Boosting Serum was 'all that' after reading the ingredient list) and I am pretty happy with how my eye lashes look.
Brigette, I have a friend that has the eye lash extensions. She gets them done every …. 3-4 weeks I think? It seems a little high maintenance for my current schedule but never say never.
MadPiano, I will totally check out your fave mascara. Thanks for the rec!
i've been searching for "the mascara" that completely changes everything for me- can't wait to hear if these are it for you!
That is interesting. At least I now know to check the ingredients and I can potentially get the same product for a little less. I too have wanted longer eyelashes and have yet to find a mascara that truly delivers.
My sister opted to get eyelash extensions. They look great and she goes every two weeks for a fill. The downfall is the cost and the time to go in every 2 weeks or so to get them filled in. However, it is another option to getting those lovely lashes.
oh no, looks like they are suping their customers. If the ingredients are listed correctly, then they should be in order of precentage in the product and even if they are slightly different, does that warrant a $3 difference ?
My favourite is Bourjois Coup d'Theatre Mascara – the old one with the white and the black section. It makes my lashes ultra long and it washes off just fine. I am blonde like you, so I look like I have no lashes, unless I wear Mascara.
This is the UK shop where I buy the Mascara, not sure where you would get it in the US. (and no, I don't get anything for posting this link, it's just a drugstore..)
Vicki Weir says
The Lash Tubes are different! I promise. I LOVE this mascara, and you'll notice the difference. It washes off the cleanest of any mascara I've ever used, and I'm 52. My lashes look much longer and fuller. I'm a huge fan of this mascara!
I'll mention my two favourites: Max Factor 2000 Calorie and L'Oreal Voluminous. I tried others but keep going back to these two.
Hah! I've spent a fortune this last year trying to find the "best" mascara – no clumping, stays on the lashes and off my checks, and washes off easily. Still looking. Let us know if you find one you like. I'm going to try the new ball applicator next.
RoseValley, I have not tried that system and probably won't because of the possible side effects. But, I have heard from others that it does work really well.
I am bummed but I don't know that it's not my fault. I should have probably read the ingredients in the store; then again, what non-beauty-industry-person really reads those ingredients?
Wink, Good point! =)
Oh my goodness! That is not fair, I think a strongly worded e-mail may be in order. Also, have you tried the Latisse system? My mom uses it, to no avail after 3 months, but I am concerned about it's side effects given that it can change your eye color. Just wondering if you tried it/ had any side effects.
Wink Soap says
They might have differing amounts of the same ingredients, keep that in mind too, since the packaging does not specify how much of each ingredient the product contains. But yeah, I hate it when manufactureres do that!