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Great Lashes from a Bottle (Just Not That Pink-and-Green One!)

By Olivia |

Ever since I developed an interest in makeup, which was forever ago, I’ve read that the best, the BEST, mascara, beloved my makeup artists the world over, is Great Lash by Maybelline.

So why, try as I might, did I think the little pink-and-green bottle was, um, crap?

Maybe because I’m not a model, not even close to model material. I’m just a girl with super-tangly, embarrassingly thin, curly hair, whose eyelashes are practically invisible. Great Lash did nothing for mine. I’d have to apply maybe 30, 40 coats (and in truth, it was probably a lot more than that) just to see a slight difference.

But surely makeup artists must know what they’re talking about, right?

I have a theory. Makeup artists mainly work on models, who have superior genes anyway, which probably means that to go along with their exquisite features, they probably have thick hair, which, by extrapolation, means they have thick eyelashes, too. Eyelashes that may sometimes be hard to see because they’re blond or light brown, but knock your socks off with a swipe of the “great” mascara.

I’ve tried other Maybelline mascaras and they’re not for me or women like me with sad, super-skinny lashes. I had to laugh after wasting my money on Lash Stiletto Voluptuous. Whoever named this product has a very different idea of what voluptuous means than I do — different from the dictionary, too, for that matter. It adds length, I’ll grant it that, but little else.

Of course, I’ve been tempted by Latisse. But the renowned eyebrow beauty Brooke Shields couldn’t persuade me to shell out all that money for it.

Then I heard of Careprost. If you haven’t, it is the generic equivalent of Latisse, which is itself a rebranded version of a glaucoma medication.

Careprost (left) is a fraction of the cost and careprost Latisseprovides the same results: longer, thicker eyelashes. What you don’t get are the applicators that come with Latisse, but with the savings you can well afford to get those yourself and pocket the considerable change.

Another option that can help give more fullness to your skimpy lashes if you don’t like the idea of using a prescription medication (you can get Careprost without a prescription at various online retailers) is — AminoGenesis Lash Genesis Eyelash Enhancement Formula (below).

Have you used Careprost or Latisse?

Tell us your experience with them — or recommend another great lash product — in the comments below.





AminoGenesis Lash Genesis Eyelash Enhancement Formula

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Permanent Hair Removal Products

By Olivia |

It is so often the case we don’t have enough hair where we really want it and too much hair where we definitely don’t want it. Women often suffer with excess hair on their upper lip and/ or chin and even forearms. Men’s problem hairy areas tend to be their backs and buttocks, nose and ears. The typical remedy is to wax the areas, which offers better results than shaving, but ouch! And a few weeks later you have to subject yourself to the pain all over again. Who wants that? Permanent hair removal products offer the best solution of all.

Permanent Hair Removal Products

For the most part, truly permanent hair removal products are available only to specialists. So this means you will have to go through the process of having your unwanted hair permanently removed over time, since none can achieve the smooth appearance you desire in just one go.

Electrolysis is the oldest of permanent hair removal products, having been invented in 1875, initially for the treatment of ingrown eyelashes. Electrolysis hair removal is the only technique the Food and Drug Administration has approved for the permanent removal of hair. This method requires many sessions and is best for smaller areas, such as the face, underarm, eyebrows, breasts, bikini area, fingers, toes, neck, shoulders, cheekbones, and so on, because the technique calls for an electrified needle being inserted into each offending hair follicle individually. Very labor intensive. And while there are now electrolysis kits that claim to offer permanent hair removal at home, the procedure is the same: a tiny metal probe inserted into each follicle. There is the possibility of scarring if you don’t do it right. So if you decide to buy a home electrolysis kit, follow the instructions to the letter, take extra care when using it and try it first on discreet areas before attempting to remove facial hair.

Lasers are a relatively recent introduction in the permanent hair removal products industry. The big benefit of lasers vs electrolysis is that it treats larger areas. Permanent is a bit misleading in the case of laser hair removal because the hair will grow back. It may return thinner and lighter, perhaps, but it will return eventually. Still, you can forget about frequent shaving and waxing for a while and for many people laser hair removal cost is well worth it.

Another weapon in the arsenal of permanent hair removal products is the topical cream Vaniqa. It is approved by the Food and Drug Administration to reduce and eliminate facial hair. It has not been found to be effective in other areas. And in order to maintain the results, you must continue to use the cream twice a day, otherwise hair growth will resume. Vaniqa is available by prescription only, so if this sounds like an option you want to try, you will need to see a dermatologist.

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Baking Soda Hair Loss Formula

By Olivia |

It’s the rare household that doesn’t have a box of baking soda, be it in the fridge, freezer, pantry or under the sink. Baking soda has hundreds of uses, if not more, but here’s one that may surprise you. The snowy white powder may help stave off hair loss.

Baking soda hair loss formula

1 tablespoon baking soda
2 ounces water

Whisk together the baking soda and water. Apply to the scalp and massage gently for two minutes or so. Rinse out thoroughly.

To detangle hair, reduce frizz or add shine, follow with a homemade apple cider vinegar “conditioner.”

Apple cider vinegar conditioner

1/4 cup of acv
1 cup of water

Mix together. Saturate hair and leave on for a minute. Additionally, you may also massage the apple cider vinegar rinse into your scalp, if desired, as acv has hair loss prevention benefits, too.

Baking soda effectively exfoliates your scalp, clearing it off dead skin cells and built-up chemicals from store-bought shampoos and styling products.

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* Depending on the length and thickness of your hair, you may have some leftover so an empty spray bottle or plastic squeeze-top bottle would be ideal to store the rinse.

* Rinse out the baking soda thoroughly before applying apple cider vinegar to avoid the bubbly reaction the combination produces. (Think science class volcanoes.)

* Limit use of the baking soda shampoo and acv rinse combo to three times a week maximum. Over time, daily use can lighten your hair color. Also, washing your hair every day, even with baking soda, can strip your scalp of its natural oils that help keep your hair healthy, just as traditional shampoos do.

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