Do you often wish you had longer, fuller, thicker eye lashes?
Well, if so Careprost (Generic name – brand name is Latisse) may be just what you need!!? Recently many beauty manufacturers have started to make products that claim to enhance eye lashes and make them either longer or thicker or both of these. Brands like L’Oreal and Revlon, and more recently MAC have produced lash enhancing serums and mascaras and there are much more expensive eye lash treatments made by Latisse, Lilash and Rapidlash, which can have great results but are really expensive. I have used the products available by L’Oreal and Revlon and I saw little to no results in the months that I used them. I have had real, noticeable results with Careprost.
Before using Careprost I had what I would call regular length and width lashes. From my experience with Careprost I would say that my lashes are now at least 40% longer and around 40-50% thicker. Individuals will always experience different results but I am very happy with the results I have gotten and I didn’t expect to achieve such good results in all honesty. Due to the fact I was not expecting to see great results I didn’t take any before and after photos of my lashes, which I really regret now, but I have included some pictures of others before and after pictures so that you can get an idea of the results.
What is Careprost and what does it do?
Careprost is the generic non branded version of the drug called Latisse. The main active ingredient is a prostaglandin derivative that was first used to help decrease intraocular pressure. This is usually used to help people who have glaucoma and other eye issues such as ocular hypertension. Studies have shown that when you use this product on your upper lash line that you can actually create longer and fuller lashes in about 6 to 8 weeks. The reason that it works is because it activates the growth phase of the lashes, however some people have noticed some bad side effects with this product and others that are formulated like it, I will go through the possible side effects below. If you are considering using Careprost please take the time to research the possible dangers and side effects so that you know what the risks are. This isn’t just a beauty product. This is a drug, and should be treated with the respect it deserves.
My method of use: The way I use it is simple- just once a day, in the evening, once I have removed all of my eye make-up. I place ONE of drop Careprost into a contact lens holder (so that I can to keep it sterile). I take a clean eyeliner brush, dip it in the Careprost and then apply to the upper lash line as if I was applying eyeliner. Keep your eye shut for a little while (less than 30 seconds or so) so avoid getting it into your eye. I then repeat for the other eye and put the remaining product on my lower lashes. One drop is enough for both eyes – anyone who thinks using more will get them quicker/better results is not going to see this (During my research before using Careprost I read many reviews and time and time again its been reported that using more doesnt mean you get quick results). I then wash out the eye liner brush and contact lenses case, ready to use the next day.
Some people have reported that this works on their brows too. I tried this, using the exact same method but applied to my brows instead and I noticed no results from months of use. Try it on your brows if you have sparse brows, it may work, but for me this didn’t unfortunately, im still on the hunt for something for my brows!
The Results: Firstly dont expect instant results, it takes time to notice results but I think its worth it – I started to see my first results at around the 4 weeks stage, but nothing drastic – just a bit longer. At 6 weeks I thought ‘nice!’ but at 8 weeks I was thinking ‘wow!’, and at 10 or so weeks I had my first ‘Oh my God I can’t believe how long they are’ moment! At 8 weeks or so they were very long and that’s when I started to get compliments! They continued to get longer and a little thicker up until around 16-18 weeks of use. I didn’t notice them getting any longer or thicker after this stage. I actually stopped using it on my lower lashes about 10 weeks in as they were getting too long….yes that’s right – they were too long!
From then on, and still now, I only apply the Careprost once every 2-3 nights to maintain the length of my lashes, but I know they will not grow any longer now. One down side of this is that yo have to keep using Careprost in order to maintain the results you see, otherwise in about 4 months from the last time you use it, your lashes will revert back to how they looked before.
I haven’t personally used Lattise but from my research on the internet I have concluded that many people who have used both Latisse and Careprost have had the same if not, highly comparable results. Lets not forget they are the same drug, the only difference is the price and the name. For this reason I have not used Latisse and I have no intention of using it (for as long as Careprost is available!).
Where to buy: You can buy Careprost online from an overseas pharmacist; they have good customer service and ship quite quickly. I got my package within about 10 days of ordering. The bottle is 3ml and it lasted for about 3 months when I was using it daily. The cost is $11, so the cost is really low. Now that I only use it for maintenance each bottle lasts longer and is more cost effective.
Overall, I love Careprost and I have had no problems with it. People ask me if I am wearing fake eye lashes or they ask me what “wonder” mascara I am using all the time. I have actually completely stopped wearing false lashes as a result of using Careprost, and I can use just about any drug store mascara and get good results from it. Sometimes when I am not wearing mascara I am asked if I am! This has never ever been the case before I used Careprost. Its incredible. Its one of the best beauty products I have ever used! I have 4 friends using Careprost now, and besides some initial irritation and dryness, none of them have experienced any really bad or lasting side effects and all of them are loving the results they are getting!
Precautions: Please see below at some of the possible side effects:
- Avoid contact with your eyes at all cost, the product will sting if it gets into your eyes.
- Even when you avoid getting into your eyes some users experience dry, irritated eyes, sometimes this will dissipate with repeated use, sometimes this doesn’t happen. I experienced NO irritation and only a tiny bit of dryness, which went within the first week of use.
- Some people experience pigmentation of the eye lid, the shade of your eye lid can darken a little. I didn’t experience this problem at all however.
- Some people also experience a darkening of the iris. If you have light coloured eyes, this may be of a serious concern but, if like me you have brown eyes, you may not be concerned about this. I have some friends who use Careprost (through my recommendations!) and they have green and blue eyes and they noticed NO darkening of the iris at all.
*Disclaimer: Please note I am not a medical professional, if you decide to use Careprost please do as much research as possible and perhaps even visit your doctor or optician and discuss the possible risks and side effects in detail. The examples listed above are only illustrative of some and not all go the possible side effects.
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