If your eyes are the windows to the soul, then your lashes are the drapes. And you want to have gorgeous, knock-em-dead drapes, right?

I’ve noticed that even bellas who go on the record as “not wearing makeup” pay special attention to their lashes. I know quite a few women who would rather leave the house in curlers than they would without mascara on.

This post is for bellas like you, who want to have long, lush, beautiful and most importantly – healthy and protected eyelashes.

At night I wash my face clean and slather on a good night cream. (note to self – do a post about nighttime beauty regimens soon). After I put on an emollient and beautifying product for my skin, I like to lavish my lashes with something equally nurturing. I’ve swabbed Vitamin E and castor oil on my lashes before bed, and as this website warns — that’s a combination often cited in eyelash growth, but it can result in eye irritation. I was on a hunt for the perfect eyelash conditioner, and I think I found it.

Global Goddess Coconut Amla Lash and Brow conditioner is the business!

Global Goddess is am anazing makeup line by celebrity makeup artist Shalini Vadhera. I plan on reviewing more of their products soon, but let me first rave about the lash conditioner. $28 for a little tube of eye magic. I’ve been using this stuff at night before bed, and in the daytime under some of my harsher, crunchier mascaras to protect my tender little lashes from the daily onslaught of thick black makeup.

Coconut and amla oils are known and loved in Indian culture (as well as in the natural hair community) for hair nourishment, and this formular is fortified with nettle, horse chestnut, lecithin, and “patented bio-energizer.”
I have really sensitive eyes, and this hasn’t even so much as stung when I’ve worn it. Fragrance free, and gentle enough for my contact-wearing bellas. Love it!

Maybe you’re looking for a product that won’t just condition your lashes, but will medically help them grow longer and thicker. Oprah and friends love Revitalash. But I haven’t tried it yet, and it costs $150! (It BETTER work at that price!)

I’d say try Dermalash, a relative steal at $90. I’ve tried this stuff out for a few months now — not even as religiously as I ought to — and I think my lashes are longer and thicker. They’re definitely stronger — I have this one wonky lash and it’s become really difficult to pluck as I’ve continued using Dermalash. I seem to lose less lashes than I used to.

My homegirl India at GlamBlush also reviewed Dermalash. If you’ve got chronic eyelash loss, this could help you. But bear in mind — it has taken me a while to view results although I am admittedly not religious in my usage. And again, it costs $90. It’s available at SkinCare RX.

I had long been fascinated by tube mascaras — Blinc’s Kiss Me Mascara has been the gold standard in this department for a while now, but at $25 a pop, I’ve so far managed to resist the craze. Now here comes L’Oreal Double Extend, bringing tube technology to the drugstores for an affordable price. I tried it and like it, but I always steer away from a two-part mascara.

Bellasugar gives a demo. First you brush on the “nourishing base coat,” then the “ultra-lengthening tube top coat.” I’d give this three and a half stars out of five (were I to rate mascaras in a 5 star rating) — it did make my makeup last all day (and night! I slept in this mascara once and woke up the next morning with perfect little lash tubes). I liked the volume this mascara gave me, but because it’s a two-step beauty product, I might not recommend it for daily use. I am always in a hurry, so during the week I need a quick mascara to get me up and running. This is a fun I have time to play with makeup on the weekend product for me.

What about brows, bellas? The grooming of mine has been well-documented enough, but what about brow maintainence?

To tame my unruly brows these days I’ve been using Sumita pencils by Ziba Beauty. Ziba is a California based chain that specializes in eyebrow threading, and they also do amazing henna mehndi tattoos. At their stores they sell amazing brow pencils, and they sent me some to review. I like them! They’re not too ashy, very blendable, and most importantly subtle.

I can’t stand when my brows look drawn on, and these let me fill in the spaces without looking like Bert. They’re not yet available online, so if you live in Cali, you should check them out. ** edited at 7:30 p,m. – They ARE available online! Click here to get yourself Sumita brow pencils.

Via Twitter, I found that quite a few bellas swear by Brow Zings by Benefit, and I’m gonna have to try those — I’ve heard nothing but glowing reviews.

What are your lash and brow secrets, bellas?

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