Latisse update – I’ve been lining my upper and lower lash line with Latisse for two months now; maximum results expected at 16 weeks. A week ago, even, I’d have said “not worth it” but my opinion’s changed. I think people with a lot of short, stubby lashes would get the best result, because it clearly lengthens the growth cycle of the lashes. For folks like me with longer, sparse lashes, results are less clear. My lashes are longer, but I want more of them, and I want them to be thicker. Having said that, my lower lash line is definitely less bald-ish, I could have counted my lower lashes easily and quickly at the start of this – I had literally six lashes on the outer half of my lower right eye. There are more lashlets there now, and I’m hoping they get thicker, but they’re starting to at least resemble normal. BTW they’re charging $140 for Latisse at the dermatologist office, but if you can scam a prescription for Lumigan from your friendly GP it’s the same stuff from Allergan in the same bottle for 1/3 the price. I use my own lash brush, and I’m doing my lower lash line against their instructions. What else would you expect from someone who wears room spray on her skin?
Face/mineral powder foundation. Louise and I both ponied up for the Lancome mineral foundation powders – I got the starter kit with the brush, and Louise got just the powder. I think she hooked Melissa up with some too. The finish is amazing. It does get a little shiny on me, so after some experimentation with various setting powders I went with the Laura Mercier Translucent ($34 from Sephora) simply because I put it on and had one of those oh my god moments – I have pore-magnification issues if foundations/powders sit wrong, and the Mercier is flawless. It’s super fine milled. It does lighten the color of my face a little, which for me was a good thing, as my face is slightly darker than my neck and that can look weird. I also got the Mercier velour puff and am experimenting with her recommended press-and-roll application, which looks great on my cheeks and forehead but is hard to do around my nose.
While I was at Sephora I tried the new Sephora/OPI Mermaid in the Shade nail polish collection. I’ve included two pics so you can see the colors. Three of them (the two silvers and the very light blue) are similar on the nail – sheer micro-shimmers, if I’ve got my terminology right. A fun, fresh look but you only need one, if you don’t have something like it already; I’d pick Just a Fairy-Tail, an iridescent shimmer that simply isn’t done justice by these photos. The cornflower-blue is sheer and kind of meh IMO, I’m not putting on enough coats (four?) to make it interesting. The alleged star of the show – that dense, gorgeous metallic green – I was underwhelmed by, to be honest; I can’t escape the hunch that we all owned something like this from Milani or Wet n’ Wild in our past. It looks prettier in the bottle than on my hand, but maybe I’d like it better on my toes. For me the winner was Blue Grotto — the only matte color, an opaque mid-darkish-blue that doesn’t go vampy, and in my world you can’t have too many matte opaque blues. I know some of you feel the same way.