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Is It Possible To Grow Longer Lashes?

August 22, 2009

Eyelashes are BIG business, we want them longer, stronger, neatly curled and beautifully coloured.  If the old cliche of the eyes being the windows to the soul is still valid we want our souls guarded by a generous display of neatly presented lashes, the bigger, the better!

The recent beauty expo in Sydney showcased a number of different methods for achieving “the look”. We spoke to companies who could aid you in faking it through their glue on individual lashes and  companies who could enhance what nature gave you through lash thickening mascara’s. Then there were the companies supplying eyelash dyes,  ridding  you of the need for mascara – at least for a few weeks  BUT the most exciting find of the expo was the company promising to grow you longer lashes!  We spoke to them to find out a bit more…..

Bamboo Lashes caught my attention even before we entered the expo. I had been reading about eyelash growing products for a while and had been following the discussions coming out of the US surrounding Lilash and its rival  RevitaLash which was sued by Allergen for patent infringement along with MD Lash Factor and Age Intervention Eyelash.   None of these  are readily available in Australia due to issues with their ingredients (Aussies have been trying it though if the Vogue and Adore Beauty forums are anything to go by).   These products seem quite expensive at around $175  for a pack lasting around 8 week however when compared to the cost of keeping up fake lashes the price becomes quite reasonable. The added bonus with these products is the benefit of being able to “do it yourself” in the comfort of you own bathroom!

Bamboo lashes comes in a mascara like pack and is applied via a brush to the eye lashes once or twice a day. The eyelashes should start to grow immediately, with a good result visible within 4-6 weeks. One pack contains enough for up to 8 weeks of applications, depending on how often and how much you apply.  Shall we take a look at the ingredients?

Amanda and the Lilash Team at the Beauty Expo

Amanda and the Bamboo Lash Team at the Beauty Expo

The formulation is huge,  contains lots of tongue twisting ingredients and  is marketed as being natural without using the term  chemical free (which is good as nothing is chemical free).  Although the product does contain some natural ingredients,it is worth noting that this product took a bit more putting together than just picking bamboo off a tree – no big drama!

Without going into masses of details the product contains a few conditioning agents and additives that work to add volume to hair – rather like the ingredients found in volumising hair conditioners or styling products (polyquaternium 67, Hydroxyethyl Behenamidopropyl Dimonium Chloride and more).  These will give the instant gratification of making your lashes look fuller and thicker!

Secondly there are the true actives – the things that have been proved to positively affect hair growth. Things like Apigenin (a plant flavinoid), Oleanoic Acid (also plant based), Biotinoyl Tripeptide-1 (also plant based) . The latter extract is also found in hair growth products such as minoxyil and has been proven to stimulate the hair follicles. There is also a little Keratin growth factor but I imagine that it is present in such small volume that it doesn’t do an awful lot.

Thirdly there are the botanical extracts that offer some conditioning / nutritive properties but are mainly there as the little bit of magic. These are the Bamboo extract, Apple Extract,  English Ash tree etc.

Lastly are the bits and pieces that hold it all together such as the shea butter, the emulsifiers, the preservatives and humectants (water binders) and a few other bits and pieces making it quite a complicated formulation!

As to the question of whether this product works, the proof should be in the pudding. We have set Sharon off on a 6 week trial run to put the product through its paces. Based on the products chemistry, the patent data and the feedback from other users around the world there is no reason why this product shouldn’t work so I look forward to seeing the pictures. As with all products that are applied to the eye area, take care and if your skin or eye becomes irritated stop using the product immediately!

We would love to hear from any of you who have tried Bamboo lashes or any other lash grow treatment. Would you use it again? Did you get good results? How convenient was it?  Our trial results will be posted weekly starting with the “before” shots below.

Take care and enjoy watching the hair grow! For more information on Bamboo lashes or to find a distributor go to their website or talk to their lovely team.

Before Shot of Sharon’s eye. 17th August 2009.Sharons eye before

RESULTS FROM WEEK 2 ARE AVAILABLE BY CLICKING HERE.

UPDATE:  Well, there are lots of comments below about Revitalash and most of them are coming from spammers. I have no reason to think that Revitalash is any better or worse than the product we tested so I would encourage you to make you own mind up and take no notice of the poorly disgised endorsements below – I only let it run to see what would happen but now I’m bored!

50 Comments leave one →
  1. Lexie permalink
    August 25, 2009 10:46 am

    I have found a product that’s safe and works—Revitalash, which is mentioned in your blog posting. It was one of the first eyelash growth products to hit the market and I’m a big fan. I never realized what a difference long lashes made to the face, but I get comments all the time. Try their mascara, too!!

    • RealizeBeautyEd permalink
      August 25, 2009 2:00 pm

      Thanks for the feedback. It is amazing how eyelashes affect the appearance and is great to hear of your experiences. Have fun!

  2. Heidi permalink
    September 18, 2009 10:37 am

    It is amazing what a difference lashes make to your face… I started using Revitalash in April and I get comments all the time now. People say my eyes look more beautiful and I look more awake or they aren’t sure what is different but they know I look good!!I also really like how the company started… The eye doctor that created Revitalash has a wife that had undergone chemo and she had zero lashes and thanks to him she does now. It’s so sweet!!

  3. Megan permalink
    September 24, 2009 10:48 am

    i use Revitalash too! and i love it.. been using it for almost 6 months now. i can attest to this! long curly lashes really makes the eyes pop and eye expressions are emphasized.

  4. Suez permalink
    October 26, 2009 12:59 pm

    I tried Revitalash before and although I my lashes were growing, I had no idea that just like Latisse, Revitalash has a prostaglandin. Prostaglandins (just like all the disclosures in Latisse) have SERIOUS side effects. Do you really want to use a product where there are no long term studies and where there are known published and definite side effects? I have heard that the prostaglandin they use is now an FDA drug. Its like that other product I have heard of – Rapid Lash- that uses another prostaglandin that is used by vetrinarians and administered to farm animals to induce abortions. Who lets these people put us at risk? My doctor was adamant, DO NOT USE ANY PRODUCT NEAR YOUR EYES THAT HAVE PROSTAGLANDINS unless you are being seen regularly by an OPTHAMOLOGIST– not a plastic surgeon, not a cosmetic surgeon and not a general practicioner.

    You can say what you will about these lash products with Prostaglandins but ask your own doctor and read the disclaimers and then decide if its really worth it to take the risk when you can use natural products.

    • RealizeBeautyEd permalink
      October 27, 2009 1:00 pm

      You are right to be concerned as prostaglandins can cause many side effects. However, Bamboo lash is one brand that doesn’t contain this type of hair growth promoter. If in doubt please see your opthamologist as every eye and eyelash is different!

  5. May 21, 2010 5:39 am

    I’ve been using the eyelash conditioner by Revitalash for about a year now. Ever since I used it from the very first time I never felt any irritations and discomforts. Instead, I noticed how my eyelashes enhanced naturally. Looking fuller and darker. I’ve read it also from some reviews that revitalash was created by a doctor. I’m loving revitalash and i’m sticking with it.

  6. rienelle permalink
    June 27, 2010 3:30 am

    Revitalash was one of the first eye lash growth products on the market so it’s truly one of the best and trusted brands. Its safe and very affordable so everybody could have it and experience the beauty that you long for your lashes.

  7. Cindy permalink
    June 29, 2010 9:25 pm

    That is why I am using Revitalash now because it fits my budget and I never expected how it naturally enhanced my lashes. Looking fuller and darker now which makes a big difference to my face. Latisse is way beyond my price range, too expensive.

  8. ZILLAH permalink
    July 2, 2010 4:28 pm

    for a beautiful thick lashes you should try Revitalash for just a month you already achieve the lashes you want it to be its worth the patient you waited.

  9. Gina permalink
    July 4, 2010 1:04 pm

    To have longer lashes is no longer impossible these days. There are products that can enhance your lashes to fuller and longer. I tried it myself and was amazed. I used Revitalash for my lashes and it did great. I got the results that I ever wanted for so long. I’m glad that I tried Revitalash first, it’s like I hit the jackpot.

  10. Nadia permalink
    July 6, 2010 10:25 pm

    Now I know, I’ve done my research on my brittle lashes and it I’m gonna be going for revitalash eyelash conditioner. Almost all testimonials are in favor with revitalash as I was doing my research. I’ll be getting my firsttube this weekend. Any tips for those who have tried it already?

    • chonaline permalink
      July 27, 2010 3:35 am

      I have the same problem. I’m also using Revitalash now. Really good product range. So happy with my eyelashes now 🙂

  11. Nadinehot permalink
    July 9, 2010 4:34 am

    Woow!! I was surprised, I’m using revitalash for my lashes as well and just like Nadia, it really changed my lashes gorgeously. My sisters kept asking me what I applied to my lashes and told them it’s revitalash.

  12. Linda permalink
    July 9, 2010 4:48 am

    Hi Gina and Nadia! You are absolutely correct. Revitalash is the only reason why my brittle and dull lashes, are now looking fuller, darker and healthier. I’ve been using it for a year and a half for now and noticed the changes after 5-6 weeks of using it. You’ll just have to be patient and that’s all it takes.

  13. Lori permalink
    July 11, 2010 12:00 pm

    I agree, with Revitalash you can have stunning lashes that you ever wanted. It may take some time but its really worth the wait!!!

  14. audrey permalink
    July 17, 2010 12:52 am

    I have used many brands of eyelashes products, MLM, OTC, prescribe and etc. Since i started Revitalash 3 months ago, I don’t think I will or need to look for other products for my eyelashes anymore. Revitalash gives me exactly what I always wanted; long, dark and thick eyelashes.

  15. diana permalink
    July 19, 2010 8:00 pm

    Heard so much about Revitalash and decided to get one for myself 3 weeks back from a local mall. The result is just fantastic. Never thought a not so expensive product can actually change the look on eyelashes and Revitalash surely makes mine look so good.

  16. Vera permalink
    July 23, 2010 1:25 am

    I really want to have longer and fuller lashes. I’ve heard about the product Maximumlash and read promising reviews. I tried it and I’m om my 3rd week right now but I didn’t see any results yet. I can’t wait to see the difference.

  17. Julie permalink
    July 25, 2010 4:34 pm

    Great choice Vera. You might not see a difference in 3 weeks but definitely you will see them next couple of weeks. I’ve proaved it myself. It worked for me in 4-6 weeks. Just a week more!!!

  18. Angie permalink
    July 26, 2010 12:13 am

    yeah that right julie. I saw difference in my lashes on the 6th week already and its not that long if you imagine. To wait for that to have luscious lashes is never a regret, its an accomplishment.

  19. monik permalink
    July 27, 2010 12:08 pm

    I as well is using revitalash eyelash conditioner for my eyelashes. My sister recommended it to me before for my short, brittle and fragile lashes and because of revitalash it’s now naturally enhanced looking healthier and fuller. Great product. I extremely recommend it to you girls.

  20. sue47 permalink
    July 30, 2010 10:23 pm

    Like Diana, For me, RevitaLashEyelash Conditioner is best and I’m very much happy for my fantastic lashes now. I tried a number of eyelash conditioners some are good but we can’t say which is best for us until we try them. So now I am using RevitaLash and so far I love it. No irritations or rashes. How about you ladies, are you satisfied of what you are using now?

  21. nikky permalink
    July 31, 2010 3:32 am

    im happy that I have good results on revitalashthan other brand. Only this brand made my lashes long and thick without any irritation or itchiness. I believe this product will last and become more successful.

  22. Isabel permalink
    July 31, 2010 3:19 pm

    I was a sore loser when I was a kid. But now I think I hit the jackpot! Maximumlash made my face look gorgeous. With my stunning lashes, I felt I won the biggest reality show ever.

    • dayne permalink
      August 2, 2010 5:52 pm

      Isabel, I think you should also try Revitalash and compare. I have tried both and back to Revitalash now because to me it’s simply a better product.

  23. charity permalink
    August 3, 2010 10:35 pm

    – I had thin and short lashes before but after using revitalash for 9 weeks it was totally change because I now have thicker, longer and darker lashes. Plus its very affordable!

  24. margot permalink
    August 6, 2010 12:59 am

    Always envy those with long thick eyelashes so decided to look for enhancer. My saloon recommended Revitalash 6 months ago and My eyelashes has grown so much since.

  25. Angelou permalink
    August 10, 2010 7:40 pm

    My lashes went fuller and longer that I did not expect. I tried a lot of home remedies to enhance my lashes and was a waste of time. I was amazed when I tried Maximumlash.. I still cant believe it.

  26. yara permalink
    August 11, 2010 10:24 pm

    I am using revitalash for 6 weeks now, I just apply it once daily and I notice, I have fuller, thicker and healthier looking lashes.

  27. rayan permalink
    August 12, 2010 1:24 am

    I can’t believe it! Just 3 months of Revitalash and my eyelashes are visibly longer and thicker. I know because whenever I apply mascara on it, it is so clearly.

  28. Jelli permalink
    August 14, 2010 9:00 pm

    I agree Angelou, MaximumLash really amazes me. My lashes were once short and thin, now it is longer and thicker. I don’t need mascara when I go out. It is really amazing!

  29. choline permalink
    August 17, 2010 12:50 am

    it looks like that is a lively debate on Revitalash and maximumlash users on this blog. From my experience and feedback from friendsa nd family, Revitalash seems to be doing a better work. Well, ladies, it is a better product.

    • felisha permalink
      August 20, 2010 1:01 am

      All the comments are all good. Like you, I have also gathered some feedback and all about the great results with Revitalash. Awesome.

  30. Darlyn permalink
    August 20, 2010 2:53 pm

    You’ve got the point Choline!! I just can’t completey express how much Revitalash bestowed satisfaction to me. I really noticed the gorgeous changes on my lashes. Such an amazing product and the price is so possible to buy.

  31. fionna permalink
    August 24, 2010 5:34 pm

    I didn’t believe that eyelashes can be grown until I tried out Revitalash. I’m so amaze by the result. It is such a wonderful product that I would recommend it to all

  32. meliora permalink
    August 25, 2010 1:08 am

    I never felt any itchiness and irritations when I used Revitalash unlike other brands that’s way I wont switch for anything my loyalty is only for Revitalash!!

  33. kimmy permalink
    August 27, 2010 3:54 pm

    I’m using Revitalash and I think Revitalash is the most complete eyelashes conditioner because it is very effective, affordable, easy to get, practically no side effect and it is established.

  34. shayne permalink
    September 3, 2010 6:52 pm

    I have never been satisfied with a product before only now with Revitalash that gives me the satisfaction to have a Longer, fuller and darker lashes in just 5 weeks

  35. kimberly permalink
    September 3, 2010 7:58 pm

    I never thought I could have long and thick eyelashes like some of my friends’, not until about 6 months ago when I started to notice my eyelashes actually grow! with Revitalash of course. I’m so happy with the result and I have also recommended to all my friends and relatives.

  36. salina permalink
    September 5, 2010 3:06 pm

    Heard so much about Revitalash and decided to get one for myself 6 weeks back from a local mall. The result is just fantastic. Never thought a not so expensive product can actually change the look on eyelashes and Revitalash surely makes mine look so good.

  37. cindy permalink
    September 10, 2010 9:11 pm

    when i search about eyelashes conditioner i was so impressed with the good review for Revitalash and decdced to get one for myself . after few weeks i noticed my lashes grew longer and thicker. its really great to see the effect in just few weeks. i also purchased the mascara and its very nice to use on my lashes

  38. meiling permalink
    September 12, 2010 12:17 am

    I think I’m lucky because I started off with revitalash right from the beginning when I was looking for a eyelashes conditioner. Now, my eyelashes are simply stunning.

  39. September 12, 2010 2:02 am

    I was curious how my friend’s eyelashes always look so thick and dark, so one day I asked her and she told me about Revitalash and best thing is I can get it OTC. Into my 4th month on Revitalash and my eyelashes are just awesome!

  40. sandra permalink
    October 13, 2010 11:13 pm

    No more need for false eyelashes, extensions or irritating fibers.You can get similar looking results for your own natural lashes. Just one application daily and within four to six weeks you will have fuller, thicker and healthier looking lashes. Really very true I can prove it to you……and its only from MaximumLash!

  41. amor permalink
    November 24, 2010 3:41 pm

    Long and thick eyelashes is very good to look at, I like to have that kind of lashes. So I research on eyelash enhancer on the net and found many products..I chose maximumlash because they have a promo at walgreens.com. Buy at walgreens.com and fax in your receipt thru fax number: 866-466-7909 and your entitled to get a $10 rebate check.

  42. April 24, 2012 4:32 pm

    Thankfully, with eyelash growth products, it is now possible to grow them back. More than simply growing them, these topical solutions also thicken and lengthen lashes that help enhance looks and give women that added boost of confidence as she goes about her daily tasks.

  43. March 18, 2013 7:10 pm

    Appreciate the eyelash enhancer that will give best result.

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