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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Mythbuster Beauty says:
November 7, 2008, 12:40 pm
Fabulous post! I am going to have to try the Global Goddess lash conditioner, it sounds wonderful. This year I became a fan of Marini Lash, it really works wonders for my thin, sparse lashes, and like Revitalash it comes with a ridiculous price tag! :(
T.T. says:
November 7, 2008, 1:12 pm
Sephora Atomic Volume mascara. I LOVE that stuff. I have short and stubby eyelashes, but the atomic volume does just what the name says. It's a mere $16.00!
brightstarr says:
November 7, 2008, 3:09 pm
I'm so sorry, this is completely OFF topic, but have you found any bronzers that you like? I've been looking everywhere for one that looks great on my skin. Thanks Bella!
TJ says:
November 7, 2008, 5:10 pm
I like the atomic volume mascara, too, but I just use gentle cleansers and avoid stressing my lashes as much as possible.
SoFrolushes says:
November 7, 2008, 5:10 pm
my lashes could do with some growth and volume and thickness. i might have to check out some of those. one of my friends convinced me to buy Lancome mascara that had a built in treatment for lashes. nt sure if it did anything and that was £18. yeah but would love lush lashes
mellowyel says:
November 7, 2008, 8:39 pm
wow... you know, i have a serious issue with eyelash loss (i get an eyelash stuck under my eyelid at least once a week) but i never imagined there were products to prevent it! $90 is much though. is there a cheaper option for broke college students like myself? like a vitamin supplement or something?
LBellatrix says:
November 8, 2008, 9:51 am
I learned something new today. I thought ALL mascaras were tube mascaras, lol. Sadly, all of these are way out of my price range. I recently discovered Maybelline's 5XL mascara on Nappturality and for the first time in my life I'm wearing mascara just about every day.
GloLady says:
November 8, 2008, 1:09 pm
Great info, Bella. I find the post about Global Goddess true value because I have been eye'n that at her site for some time. I almost ordered but thought I'd to make my own mix for a fraction of the cost. I think I will go ahead and make the splurge. Currently, I am finishing up the tube of mascara that I won from the Diane DaCosta American Beauty contest,it's from the beccacosmetics.com line, it's creamy and makes my lashes look healthy and natural. For my lash pop and eye opening results, I tried a tube of Rimmel Magnifier(black and red tube)by suggestion of my friend. She knows I have these unbelievably small almond eyes.(lol) Bright Starr may I suggest Becca's Shimmering Skin Protector. It gives just the right glow.I use it on my cheeks. Also for cheeks I found American Beauty brand at Kohl's(AmericanBeautyCosmetics.com), Blush Perfect Cheek Color NO 17 High Summer. It's like both blush and bronzer. Bella has also reviewed Valana Minerals, worth a click.
Vanessa Trujillo says:
November 8, 2008, 1:21 pm
Guess what I just found out about Revitalash? They donate money to breast cancer research every month! So not only am I buying a product that I love and I know WORKS, but I am supporting a company that is giving back! That is important to me as a consumer, not just that one product is cheaper. You get what you pay for.
The Frugalista Files says:
November 8, 2008, 1:51 pm
I learned a lot today. I'm not ready for the $150 lash conditioner, but I will keep this in mind.
Maria says:
November 8, 2008, 11:33 pm
I'm so in need of a good conditioner. You're so right I barely wear makeup but I do like mascara.
MissB says:
November 9, 2008, 10:58 am
Thank you for the great reviews! Has anyone noticed their eyelashes getting thinner over a long period of time when you use mascara? From the time that I started using mascara until now, my eye lashes are thinner and don't grow like they used too. I don't use mascara anymore but I still look out for great mascara in hopes that I will be able to find something without the negative effects.
GloLady says:
November 9, 2008, 2:42 pm
Miss B, I too have noticed that. I thought it was just happening to me. Therefore, I've been looking for a supplemental treatment to get them looking fuller,longer and healthy again. Maybe there is something to wearing mascara alot. I can't wait to try the Global Goddess treatment.
GloLady says:
November 9, 2008, 2:44 pm
lol I always joke with my kids(especially my son) and say, "Give me those eyelashes." His are extremely long !!lol
Tereneh says:
November 9, 2008, 8:29 pm
All I have to say is bless you sista! I do not wear make-up but my brows and lashes are always done. I have been searching for (and given up finding) a lash conditioner which is all I really need on a daily basis. I love Clinque's Naturally Glossy Mascara, it is light and just enough to shape my lashes a bit of pop. So thanks for this information.
swirlz says:
November 9, 2008, 10:17 pm
I recieved a free sample of DermaLash about a year ago, and I must say, it works very well! But I would try out cheaper knockoffs before purchasing this, because $90 in the middle of a recession is no joke...
Kwana says:
November 12, 2008, 12:39 pm
I normally use some Lancome mascaras like Defincils etc and lOVE them, just recently tried Colossal Volume Express but Mabelline and it does ALOT for lashes in just one coat LOL as promised... I likes it but still am a big fan of Lancomes mascaras = more luxurious and silkier etc......
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