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Thicker, darker, longer lashes BUT be careful to not use them to the eyelash line to avoid clogging ducts!
on January 25, 2013
IMPORTANT UPDATE: I had to stop using this product after 2-yrs, as I got a nasty case of blepharitis, basically clogged oil & tear ducts near the lash line, causing inflammation & slight infection in the eye. The extenders clogged my ducts.
It took an entire year to clear up, using $$$ eye cream a pharmacist had to mix up special order & painful twice/daily scrubbing of the eyelash area with baby shampoo & a QTip (all dr's instructions). My eyelids were red raw & my eyeballs burned for 1-yr. It also significantly affected my vision (the reason I initially saw the dr) & I couldn't walk down stairs without sitting down, because I simply couldn't see & I couldn't drive for 6-mos.
Additionally, I couldn't wear any eye makeup at all for 1-yr now (I'm just getting back to 1 slight coat of mascara on the lash tips only) & that still irritates my eyes a bit, so I've stopped 'til I work up the nerve to try it again. Ironic, as the reason I began using them was to have darker, longer lashes & I had to revert to naked eyes for 1-yr... I can't tell you how distressing this has been, because I work in the beauty field & have been simply bare faced all this time... partial makeup (like foundation & lipstick only) just looks silly.
So, if you do wear these extenders... ensure you don't coat your lashes all the way back to the eyelid... use them on the tips or from the middle out. My eye specialist is sure it's the extenders, which caused the clogging, but I did press the extenders all the way to my skin line... obviously not smart in hindsight. So, I still love them & may try them again, but please be careful during use!
*** Note: I left my initial review unedited below, because they surely do work. Just be careful. Because of my experience, I did downgrade my review from 5 to 2 stars... they should come with some sort of warning, because I've never had clogged pores with mascara coated all the way to my eyelid, so these small extenders do seem to have a problem clogging pores. ***
I found out about extenders on a beauty message board. After researching, I thought I'd give this product a try mainly as it's made from basil, Vitamin E & 4-5 ingredients I actually recognize... not a lot of chemicals it takes a pharmacology degree to decipher. I've used lash extending mascaras in the past with no success & tossed them after a few uses... they would crumble & flake getting into my eyes, seemed to straighten my lashes so they looked odd, are hard to remove with eye makeup remover & turned my eyes red & itchy after a few hrs... very unpleasant particularly when I wore contacts.
I love the look of modest false lashes (not the obvious, 60s, Twiggy-look for daily wear), but don't wish to learn how to apply them or take the time to do it for regular use. Naturally, my lashes are long & fairly thick, but blondish so don't stand out. What I love with these extenders is I look as if I'm wearing moderate false lashes, but without the bother of applying them! Additionally, they don't flake or crumble or irritate my eyes. I honestly have to say, my lashes look 3-4 times as long & thick! Really! To get that look in the past, I'd need to layer 4+ coats of multiple mascaras. It worked, but it was time consuming, expensive to buy multiple mascaras & great care was needed to avoid clumps. On mornings when I didn't have enough sleep, it took extra attention to avoid looking as if someone threw tarantulas on my eyes! Removal was a bear, too... imagine trying to take off 4-6 coats of thick mascara... I spent lots of $ on cotton balls & pricey removers & lots of time trying not to tug at sensitive under eye skin.
For usage, I apply a thick coat of mascara... Mac Haute & Naughty works best so far for me ($19) as it's wet & thick, causing the extenders to stick... then immediately ROLL ON the extenders, wait for lashes to dry, then roll on a top coat of mascara. Be careful not to scrape the extenders off, so vertical brushing or rolling the brush is necessary for the top coat... this seems to be the main issue others have in applying them. It's not hard, just hard to remember to roll the applicator & mascara, not stoke as we normally do.
The extenders look similar to vacuum cleaner dust. Some fragments may stray onto the cheek, but honestly, I'm only finding that as my 1st bottle is over 6-mos old & perhaps the air has changed the quality of the product so they've become more flaky. It did take 2-3 tries before I got the hang of applying them. Now, I NEVER go out without them & because my lashes are so nicely emphasized once the extenders are applied, I often then just apply lipstick & nothing else.
** Update after using for 1-yr **
I still ADORE this product?! I've just purchased a 4th bottle (although I've only used 2... they seem to last 6-mos for me) & will continue to use this product indefinitely. Lastly, for those of you with allergies, I'm allergic to so many products, it's easier for me to tell you what I can use than what I can't. I have had no issues whatsoever with DivaDerme in 1-yr's time.
Also, I did try their mascara for $8 (see my review) & didn't like it at all. I'm disappointed as I thought it would be thicker & wetter, allowing the extenders to stick. In my experience, not so.
Try the extenders if you haven't used them before. I think you'll love the results! The only 'problem' is I feel naked without them. I put on 2 coats of mascara last weekend to go shopping... didn't like the skimpy eyelash look, so I took an extra 30-seconds to use the extenders, then a top coat of mascara to get my usual full lash look. I love these extenders!