What Not to Buy: Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Nylon Lash Extension System

Although you probably wouldn’t guess it, I keep my get-ready routine pretty streamlined. Makeup that’s too fussy or hard to apply is needless especially when the trend is going toward BB Creams and other all-in-one type products that save time and money. Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Nylon Lash Extension System $35 is one of those annoying products that shouldn’t exist. My sister bought the system a few months back and wasn’t impressed so she gave it to me to try. They call it a 3-step system (using only 2 products?) where you first base coat using the mascara, then add nylon fibers which are one of the worst ideas ever to be produced in the world of cosmetics if you ask me. They fly off, get in your eyes, and add nothing but clumps to lashes which is exactly what you’re trying to avoid. The third step is more mascara over top which then displaces the fibers and moves them into your mascara tube. It’s just a big mess.

The mascara itself is fine- I like the formula and the brush, but the fiber stuff is just bad. If you’re looking for fuller lashes, skip the gimmics and go get Latisse. It’s FDA approved to be in your eyes and works like magic.

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Ardell: The Best False Lashes

Have I mentioned before that every client I see gets a false lash? A full strip usually, and it’s always Ardell. Over the years I’ve tried a bunch of different brands, and even had a few years where ModLash 53′s were my go-to but that’s only because I hadn’t discovered how well Ardell’s stay on and how perfect they look. What really sold me was when I was working in in Mexico and used them on a bride for her rehearsal dinner/ pool party who swam wearing Ardell lashes for hours. When she finally jumped out she ran over to show me how the lashes were still on and in perfect condition. I was even impressed.

I think it’s the combination of their adhesive, thin and flexible band, and overall snug fit to the lash line that keep them in place and comfortable (which is key) for as long as you’d like them on. I’ve had several brides tell me that they wore them past the wedding and into the first few days of their honeymoon!

Here are the three I use most:

Ardell 110 are the ones I use 90% of the time. They look the most natural especially when you give them a curl and a coat of mascara after the glue dries – an important step for blending them into your own lashes.


Ardell 110

Their 120 lash gives the same natural look but with a little more drama, like a sexy amped up version of the 110. For a wedding, I save these for the bride.


Ardell 120

For some moms, grandmothers, and those whose lashes don’t have the length to support a longer lash, I use the shorter Demure lash which gives a natural look to those without a lot of natural fullness.


Ardell Demure

If you’re doing your own lashes for a special occasion and can’t commit to applying a full strip, check out their flairs, a good compromise that offers the fullness of a strip with the application ease of the individuals.

Does Latisse Really Work?

It’s been over 2 years since I wrote this first post on Latisse and the miracle it worked on my lashes in just a week. 4 bottles later, I’m still being asked regularly if I’m wearing false lashes.

I’m using Latisse about 3 times a week now since lashes (like the hair on your head) have a genetic marker for the length they can grow and mine are tapped out. It’s just for maintenance so they don’t retract back to their former length (what happens when you cease use) and I’m pretty happy with how they damn near touch my brows. The itching I would sometimes experience on my lids after use doesn’t happen anymore and my blue eyes are unchanged.


A look at my lashes in a recent photo with my adorable grandma on her 98th birthday. Can you tell how long they are?

It’s still the only FDA approved lash growth serum out there that’s safe to use around (and in) the eyes. That means a lot to me, especially when I’m using it for years to come as I imagine I will. If you haven’t already, check out Latisse. It really works!

Dear Carissa- What Do You Use Everyday?

I would love to peek into your cabinets and see what you use every single day!

Meghan
Salt Springs, FL

Well Meghan, here you go. A complete snapshot of what’s in my cabinets this very second. Maybe next time we’ll do makeup, today I only had the strength for skin care.
And although it might change 10 more times by the end of this year, this is my current daily (and nightly) skincare routine.

From left to right: Olive Oil, Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser, Liz Earle Gentle Face Exfoliator, Liz Earle Skin Repair Light Moisturiser, Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, Weleda Refining Toner, Obagi Elastiderm Eye Treatment, Obagi Exfoderm Forte, Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Firming Eye Repair, SkinCeuticals Serum 15, Obagi Healthy Skin SPF 35 Moisturizer, Latisse.

What I do-

Day:

Cleanse:        Weleda
Toner:             Weleda Toner
Treatment:    SkinCeuticals Serum 15
Moisturizer:    Obagi Healthy Skin SPF 35
Eye Cream:   Blue Copper

Night:

Pre Cleanse:  Olive Oil
Cleanse:         Liz Earle Hot Cloth
Exfoliate:         Either Suki or Liz Earle
Toner:              Weleda
Treatment:     Obagi Exfoderm Forte
Moisturizer:     Liz Earle Light Moisturiser

Sidebar; I do this every single night. Doesn’t matter if I get home at 4am, I always take time to wash my face.

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Break it down-

Liz Earle:

I know I’m not supposed to be super partial to any one line, but I have to get something off my chest: Liz Earle is one of the greatest lines on the planet. There I said it. Her Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser is one of the best cleansers around (so popular it comes in a 3 pack and a year-long subscription).

I’m also quite sure that the Skin Repair Light Moisturiser would turn any moisture-phobic into a devout super fan. Its pump dispenses a tiny amount that disappears right into the skin without a hint of after-feel.

I’m big on exfoliating, so I have two that I rotate out. Earle’s Gentle Face Exfoliator is the one I use when my skin is acting up because its soothing jojoba beads inside a creamy base sweep away dead skin without any harsh scrubbing.

Suki:

I kept reading review after review from people raving about Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser so I decided to pick it up at Whole Foods. It’s a sweet smelling sugar-based exfoliant I use when I mean business. It foams up and buffs away every last impurity imaginable leaving behind totally soft skin.

Weleda:

I didn’t get a shot of it because it’s in my shower, but Weleda’s silky new Gentle Cleansing Milk is what I use every morning always following it with thier Refining Toner. I’ve always preferred a post-cleansing toner for an extra clean feel and this one is a simple base of Witch Hazel with Lemon Juice and botanicals that cleans up what you didn’t cleanse away without stripping or drying out the skin.

Obagi:

My skin really turned a corner a few months back when I started using Exfoderm Forte every night. It felt smoother, looked clearer, and my breakouts were much less frequent. It’s a glycolic-based exfoliant that chases dull surface skin away. I’ve been recommending it to just about anyone who is looking for an overall skin improvement that doesn’t leave the skin dry and flakey.

I could also see a difference around my eyes when I started using Elastiderm Eye Treatment , their much raved about eye cream. It’s what I slather on at night so I wake up with fresh looking eyes that aren’t crepey.

Healthy Skin Protection SPF 35 is my favorite physical SPF I’ve tried yet. It’s totally non-greasy and doesn’t leave a hint of white behind. It’s also a big tube for the price, mine will last about a year.

Osmotics:

Under makeup during the day, I use Blue Copper 5 Firming Eye Repair so I can get some added firming benefits around my eyes. My makeup goes on smoothly over top because the formula is a perfectly weighted gel that soothes sleepy eyes into looking more awake.

SkinCeuticals:

I’m a big believer in using Vitamin C serums in the day to protect the skin from environmental damage and Serum 15 is the perfect kind to use. It’s L-Ascorbic, the best absorbed Vitamin C with a fantastic delivery system to ensure maximum penetration. Even if I’m heading to yoga knowing I’ll wash my face again later I apply it in the morning, the formula can’t be wiped or washed off for 72 hours once it’s in the skin.

Latisse:

No, I’m not wearing false lashes so please stop asking. And to answer the questions I always hear; yes, it itches a little sometimes when I apply it and yes, the skin along my lash line is slightly darker now but I don’t care. The benefits far outweigh the slight disadvantages.

Okay, I promise next time we’ll go over makeup.

Latisse; Is it safe? What does continued use look like? How long does a bottle last?

Of all the questions I’m asked, the most common one is about Latisse- well, maybe not directly, it’s usually more like, “Are you wearing false lashes,” or “What mascara do you use?” Of course I’m not wearing false lashes, and the mascara has little to do with the overall appearance of my lashes, it’s simply the growth from Latisse that they’re (always) noticing.

Questions that follow the revelation that I’m using Latisse are usually based on concerns surrounding the  FDA’s stern warnings to Latisse the quit misleading consumers on its safety. I’ve read the warnings as well as the marketing, and I have to say that Latisse isn’t misleading consumers on its safety claims.

So is it safe?

We know that its main ingredient was first used to treat glaucoma, and the side effects of that treatment were lash darkening and growth. During the course of that treatment, patients irises would sometimes darken from a light color to brown which is permanent and irreversible- but the treatment solution for glaucoma was put directly into the eyes versus very sparingly along the lash line like directed for Latisse users.

Could it happen? Yes. Is it likely? No.

Anything is possible, but from my understanding you’d have to get quite a lot of the solution into your eyes repeatedly in larger quantities for this to take place.

I use it, I trust it, I like it. I do have some minor itching from time to time after I apply it, but it’s so minor that I didn’t even take note of it until I read that it was a possible side effect.

What does continued use look like?

Like they say with the hair on your head, hair length could be largely predetermined by genetics. Some people just can’t get their hair to grow no mater what they try. My lashes grew to a certain point, then plateaued- same with thickness, so don’t worry about growing lashes so out of control they reach circus proportions. I saw a big improvement really quickly, and now I’m at a maintenance phase to keep what was created.

How long does a bottle last?

The bottle I bought in March just offered its final drop last night, so about 8-9 months. Although they’re specific about its application, I’ve found that just 1 drop into the bottle’s cap makes a little pool of liquid easily absorbed by the brush which is enough for both eyes, so I use about half of what’s suggested with the same great result.

Bottom line:

It works. It’s worked for me and countless other women, but talk to your doctor to see get their take on it and see if it’s right for you.

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Latisse Week 2

Here are my week 2 results for Latisse.

The first photo is a baseline photo, which wasn’t very clear (sorry), followed by 2 photos after using it for a week, and 2 photos from 2 weeks of use.

I can see a big difference this week in length and thickness, but not as much in darkness. My lashes are getting so long, I might just use it twice a week to maintain since they’re hitting my sunglasses now! I’ll use it for another straight week to see what happens though. I didn’t think it would work so well so quickly.

Starting point

Both photos from week 1. Same session, just one photo using a flash.

Week 2, the most recent photos.

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