Every so often as a blogger you get approached to try some really outlandish or gimmicky items. A lot of the time you ignore those emails; every so often you think ‘why not?’ and give it a go. Sometimes what you receive is a dud, like you expected – and sometimes, it freakin’ CHANGES YOUR WORLD. If you haven’t guessed yet, I have one of those products to show you today :) Hang on to your hats, guys; this one’s a DOOZY!
About two months ago I received a sample of Almea’s Xlash Eyelash Enhancer, an eyelash serum designed to give you longer, thicker, more beautiful lashes in 4-6 weeks. Developed in Sweden, it’s touted as a ‘natural treatment,’ with a formula that will grow your lashes up to 30-40%. Though my lashes are of reasonable thickness and length, I am always game to PUMP UP THE VOLUME, and as my lashes are so curly often times the look of length suffers. I was eager and excited to try this out and see how my lashes fared.
The method of treatment is really simple. Every night before bed, after cleansing my face and eyes thoroughly of any makeup etc., you just sweep it on the base of the top lashes with the skinny brush – quite similar to applying liquid eyeliner. I found it easy and quick to apply, and it became the last step in my nightly skincare routine. I was a bit nervous at first because in the past some eyelash enhancer have been found unsafe, but the only side effects noted are eye and eyelid redness, itching, irritation, eye dryness, or hyperpigmentation – none of these which I experienced, despite having somewhat sensitive eyes that tend to leak and react to certain mascaras. Not that the above side effects are nothing mind you, but it’s not gonna change your eye colour or anything drastic LOL.
Here’s the ingredient list so you can see just what you’d be putting on your lashes:
So here I am, faithfully applying the lash serum and waiting for results. After a month, I was disappointed – no change in the thickness nor the length of my lashes. However, after 6 weeks I started to notice that when I applied mascara, my lashes were noticeably longer – REALLY long, in fact. And now two months in, my lashes are so long that only a touch of mascara is all that’s needed to give them a boost. The thickness hasn’t changed as drastically, so I don’t have the eyelashes of my dreams or anything, but the difference between then and now is still remarkable.
Of course, I have photographic evidence :)
Significant difference, right!? No gimmicks here, folks! Just straight up AWESOME. And with mascara on, the effects are even more noticeable – I find the tips of my lashes are a bit fair so once you slap some of the good stuff on there, POW!! It’s really crazy – even my bf noticed my lashes were looking extra long and luscious lately. Oh, and also? My lashes seem super-healthy too, soft and with less shedding then I had before. I am just totally amazed at the effectiveness of this product!
Of course, anything this good comes with a downside, and here it is: this stupendous serum ain’t cheap. Ringing in at $59 online, it’s a serious investment, and the effects will likely wear off once you stop using it, so it’s not just a one shot deal. However, I’ve been using this product consistently every night since October 1st and I think there’s still enough left in the tube to last me till the end of the year. $236 a year ($59 x 4) isn’t exactly a drop in the bucket, but compared to eyelash extensions at a salon (upwards of $100 plus $50 a pop for upkeep) it’s not half bad. Undoubtedly, it’s a luxury item – but if you’re budget can afford it, I say GO TO TOWN. It’s frickin’ amazing and I just might buy myself another one (or two!) when I run out.
Oh, and just to entice you even more – right now online they have a $10 discount code until November 23rd with the code XLASH2013, so you could grab it for a cool $49! That’s only $15-20 more than some of your fave mascaras, right? ;)
What say you? Would you spend the big bucks to have big, buxom lashes? How do you feel about lash serums in general?
*Product was provided by the PR company/brand for my unbiased consideration.