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To Latisse or not to Latisse?

I’ve always thought it was so not fair that my husband should have longer eyelashes than I do. He’s very blonde, but when you get up close–his lashes are long enough to get tangled up.

But lately it seems that everyone’s lashes are long and lush. When I ran into my best friend from high school the other day–she was in the long lush club too. How could this be?

“I want them,” I told her.

“Want what?”

“Your lashes.”

“It’s Latisse,” she whispered in that same voice she used to confide important info to me in high school. “I rub it on my eyelids once a day and . . .” she blinked to emphasize the magic.

It really did look like magic. But this conversation was a couple of months ago and I still haven’t dared to try it. It might sound silly, but I keep going back and forth.

First of all, Latisse is a perscription–meaning you need a doctor to say okay. I’ve been going to the same eye doctor since I was in third grade and he’s a little bit grumpy. I just can’t picture asking his permission for long eyelashes. Research I’ve done today, however, says just a “doctor’s permission.” So, maybe even a dermatologist? My chiropractor? I don’t think it has to be my grumpy eye doctor.

Next, it’s a little pricey–about $90 a bottle. And a bottle is supposed to last about a month. However, my hair stylist says it is much less expensive than extensions. Eyelash extensions, she says, are great for special occasions like a wedding or a trip. But for the long term, Latisse it much more economical.

Probably my biggest worry is my daughters. I have four of them. And–so so not fair–none of them seem to have my husband’s lashes. Is it really fair for me to grow mine out and not theirs? Could I really put Latisse on a 13 year old anyway?

Plus,  I tend to see myself as a walking billboard that, like it or not, my girls are looking at everyday. I workout, highlight my hair, and look cute to drive their carpools, but I am also always telling them how important their core inside of them is. If I start growing out my eyelashes, will this lead to botoxing (is that a word?) the wrinkles on my forehead? Lasering veins in my legs? Will it give a different message to my girls?

On the other hand, what is wrong with that message? If I really believed artificial enhancements weren’t good, would I wear makeup or spend hundreds of dollars to hide the gray?

I’m turning 40 in a few months. 40. It’s not over the hill, but it’s higher up than I’ve ever been. And frankly, the view up here is a little bit scary. There are still no wrinkles (well not many) on my face, but they’re coming. Is this why I’m suddenly so obsessed with my lashes? Is it a mid life crisis thing to want long lashes while I can still wear them realitvely wrinkle free?

Vain or not, pricey or not, bad example or not, I still want them.

I think.

In case you’re thinking the same thing, here’s a link to a very cool coupon my high school friend sent me. Latisse two for one–but only until February 28th. If we’re going to do it, we better hurry.

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  1. Jen 02/24/2011 at 10:22 am

    It’s a hard place to be when you want what’s best for you and for those peering at you over their chicken nuggets. I say if you’re confident in who you are then your girls will see that regardless of the length of your lashes…

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