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.
“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.
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.