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Longer Lashes with Latisse
Eyelashes are more important than makeup
When I’m on TV, I’m always wearing huge, fake, glue-on lashes. So is everybody else you see on TV. I rip them off as soon as I’m off air because they are heavy and look like a drag queen in real life.
Look at how long these lashes are from my eyes:
Long eyelashes are a requirement on TV because they bring focus to the eyes and also create a lifted appearance.
While TV makeup is heavy and the lashes have to be dramatic to counter the bright lights of the studio, longer lashes in real life should be more natural. But long lashes are just as important for the same reason - focus on your eyes and lift up your face.
Look at these results — which is just Latisse growth and mascara (specific brands in upcoming posts.)
I would never wear glue on lashes in my real life and desperately wanted long lashes, so I went through every recommendation out there. I wasted too much money on eyelash serums that either didn’t work, or worked but had side effects. I wasted too much time on eyelash extensions, which looked fantastic but fell out every night in bed.
Finally, I went old school and got a prescription for Latisse, and my lashes are the longest they have ever been and have stayed that way for a year — with no side effects. This is my current bottle:
Latisse was the first lash growth product and is approved by the FDA, so there’s no mystery to it. Pros of Latisse:
You won’t have to wonder if that tube you bought on Amazon that you are swiping thisclose to your eyeball is safe.
You won’t waste three months waiting for the growth and find none.
No more driving to a lash extension salon and bearing an hour of lying still while fake lashes are glued to your short ones while not being able to check your phone.
You can wash your face and sleep on your stomach.
So stop reading all those Instagram influencers’ posts selling serums that do nothing. Stop googling “longer lashes” to read another claim that castor oil actually works.
Here’s the cheapest way to get a prescription for Latisse:
Call your dermatologist and ask for a prescription for the generic version of Latisse (bimatoprost). The standard prescription is a 5ml bottle of .03% bimatoprost.
Some doctors make you come in for an appointment (they want to get paid so make sure it’s coded so your health insurance covers the visit.
If you don’t want to go to the doctor or don’t have health insurance, there are places on line now where you can can get a doctor’s prescription virtually. Look at Rory if you want to try this route.
The downside is you have to buy the prescription through them, and they charge more. Ask for as many refills as you can get so you don’t have to keep going back. I got six refills from the nurse at my dermatologist’s office last time.
This is what comes in the box - one bottle and the applicators. (I found better applicators which I’ll explain in an upcoming post.)
Go to Good RX and plug in the dose (.03%), and your zip code. The website (or its app) will show you the costs at the pharmacies near you with its unique coupon.It will look like this:
I’ve found Walgreens and Walmart are generally the lowest cost with the GoodRx coupon. I’ve paid between $58 and $72 per bottle, but the average is $66 per bottle.
One bottle will last at least two months (follow-up post on how to maximize it to last longer is coming!)
When you drop off or pick up the prescription, show the code for the Good RX coupon to the pharmacy staff to get the lower price. It looks like this:
You’ll see results in about six weeks, and you’ll get the full length in 3 months. I know that seems like a long time, but once your lashes are full length, you just have to maintain them.
Tip: You can pick up all the refills at one time if you don’t mind spending the money.
Pro Tip: You can pay for Latisse with a Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flexible Savings Account (FSA) because it’s a prescription.
Up next: How to apply Latisse to be the most effective and fastest growth.