Lash 411: Latisse vs Lash Extensions

Everyone woman wants long, luxurious eyelashes- that’s why we buy so many different kinds of mascara and wear false eyelashes.  Until recently those were our only choices, but now we have more options to getting those amazing lashes. Since I’ve had so many of you asking about my lashes, I wanted to do a 411 video explaining two methods I’ve experimented with:  latisse and lash extensions.  I’ll review both, so you can decide if you want to try either of these out :)


I used Latisse a while back and finally stopped because I didn’t see a dramatic difference in my lashes. I normally have long lashes and was hoping this would make them thicker and fuller. On their website Latisse claims “More than doubles lash fullness in 16 weeks”. The product comes in 3ml, which is a very small bottle, especially for the price. This will run you $120.00 USD which is outrageous! It does work, but for the price I don’t think it works well enough to justify paying the extreme price. The directions on this are that you use it every day for 1 month. I used it every other day to make it last longer which made this $60.00 USD a month. My overall experience was that it did make my lashes longer but it did not make them appear any thicker or fuller.


  • Made my lashes slightly longer after 2 months of use
  • Does not “ruin” your natural lashes


  • Very expensive
  • You get very little for the amount you pay
  • Did not add volume or fullness to my lashes
  • Is annoying having to apply every single night

Lash Extensions

Lash extensions is a great option if you want something low maintenance and easy to upkeep. The key to great lash extensions is finding someone that does them well!  I repeat:  DO NOT GO TO JUST ANYONE.  I stress this as I’ve had some really bad extensions before that I had to have removed (in the process, I lost quite a few of my natural lashes.  They grew back, but it took a month) Do your research and look for recommendations. Ask your friends and see if they know of anyone they could recommend.

The price of lash extensions will vary by where you live and where you go to get them done. For me, the initial cost is approximately $100.00 – $150.00 USD. These last 3 – 4 weeks at that time you will get the fillers done which cost around $50.00. The way these work is they attach the lash extension to your natural eyelashes with glue. Then, as you shed your eyelashes the extension that is glued on to it will also fall out.


  • More cost friendly
  • Adds volume, length, and darkness
  • Last 3 – 4 weeks and are easy to maintain
  • I don’t need to wear mascara all the time to have great looking lashes


  • You really need to find someone who is good at applying these, or it will be a nightmare
  • The initial cost is expensive
  • You cannot use makeup remover with oil in it, or it will remove the lash extensions

If I had to choose between these two methods, I would choose the lash extensions as long as you find someone who is really good at applying them. I love not having to wear mascara all the time, and it’s nice to be able to wake up to long, full lashes. The upkeep isn’t that expensive either.

I hope this review was helpful for all of you!  Post questions below, and I’ll do what I can to answer them :)

Have a great week, makeup geeks!!


In the picture below, you can see I have extensions on the outer half of my eye.  They are just slightly longer than my natural ones, so it doesn’t look obvious that I have extensions.  When they fall out, it looks much more “real” as well :)

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