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Real Eyelashes that look Fake! Two products that help me ‘fake’ false eyelashes.


Today, I’m doing something a little out of the ordinary, based on the crazy number of comments I’ve gotten in the past 24 hours on instagram stories all revolving around my eyelashes! Totally random, but so many of you want to know about whether my eyelashes are real, fake or a combination of the two. Well, folks, I’m here to tell you that my eyelashes are 100% REAL!

About 18 months ago, I used to get false eyelashes and they were great, but I never had the time to have them filled (laying still for about 2 hours each time), plus blowing $50-$75 ever two weeks was more than I wanted to spend. But above all of that, I HATED what they were doing to my natural lashes. They kept getting shorter, weaker and barely there. It’s the nature of the beast if you’ve had them for a few months. It’s always a shock to look at yourself in the mirror after you’ve removed your eyelash extensions! 

It was around this time that I got them removed that I got a comment from a sweet reader saying something along the lines of “I think you are much more beautiful without false eyelashes. Natural beauty is the best kind of beauty.” I had no idea who this person was and have forgotten their name too, but the sentiment really stuck with me. Natural beauty really is the best kind, so that’s what I’ve been trying to accentuate.

Lauren\'s eye
Before mascara

About three months ago, my friend Tia sent me some Rodan & Fields products to try, including Lash Boost. I’ve heard mixed reviews of this product but was willing to give it a try because my eyelashes were still on the shorter side, though longer than what they were last year. Lash Boost is the reason my eyelashes are currently this long. I’ve tried a variety of mascaras, trying to find the best ones to make my eyelashes really pop, and the best one I’ve found is by Tarte called Lights, Camera, Lashes.

Beyond those two products, the best thing I use to comb through my lashes before and after I use mascara are these disposable spoolie brushes.

So my routine goes like this:

Every evening, after I wash all my makeup off, I apply Lash Boost to the base of my lash line and under my eyebrows (in hopes they’ll grow too!) and then go to sleep.

In the morning, I wash my face, apply makeup as usual and then comb through my lashes with a spoolie.

Then I apply Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara, using a zig zag pattern to help comb through my lashes. After it has been applied and dried, I use the spoolie again to comb through and separate my lashes. Sometimes you will get tiny little black speckles on your face after combing. I just wipe these away easily with a tissue. I use a wet Q-tip to wipe away any excess mascara from my eye lid area. Then I will add a second coat just to my eyelash ends.

After that, I am ready to go!

On days I don’t want a full face of makeup, I will only use this under eye concealer and the mascara.

And, that’s it!

Two different mascaras

Hopefully you’ve found this helpful in all your eyelash needs. I’m so so happy with my lashes and that they are real and all mine! And, as food for thought, here are what my lashes looked like right after I had my false eyelashes removed and this was about four months ago, right before I started using Lash Boost.


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17 Responses
  1. Terri Gilbert

    This post convinced me to try new mascara. I am so glad that I did! Love it! You are truly and
    inspiration and it gives me great pleasure to read your blog. Thank you for all you do!

  2. Blissie

    Ulta has the Tarte mascara on sale today so I picked it up to give it a try! I use Lash Boost and think it is great! Totally helped my sad little lashes grow.

  3. Lisa L Winchester

    Lauren if u know a licensed cosmetologist that ur friends with they can go to ur local Sales hair supplies and get the same thing called Lash MD. It’s around 28.00 plus tax Does the same thing as lash boost . Actually that came out b4 lash boost and Rodan and Fields copied it. Hope this helps

  4. Michelle

    If anyone is interested, I have had great success with Rapid Lash – about 1/3 the price of the Lash Boost. I’ve used it for the past several years – giving myself a break now and then or just using it every few nights. I have had no reactions to it, and you can get it on costco.com. Just a thought!

  5. Christina Feliton

    I used lash boost for about 6 months and my lashes were amazing! I got comments all the time! They did feel dry and irritated but I didn’t care because my lashes were so long. About 6 months into it, I noticed my lashes started to fall out and my vision was getting worse. I would have blurry spells that lasted 10 minutes sometimes…slowly my lashes have grown back and my vision no longer blurs at random times. Be careful! The stuff inside lash boost is what glaucoma patients use… good luck!

  6. JK Lash Boost Lover

    They look incredible!!! You should try the Mineral Peptide powder if you don’t want a concealer. I love my Lash Boost. Always fun to see it work different for people in different time spans, but 8 weeks and I LOVED it!! It lasts FOREVER TOO! Wow! My fave mascara is “Better Than Sex” which is Amazon available so happy mom – try it next 😉 !! I heard about that lawsuit and the products reactions for some folks. Lawsuit had illegitimate claims, claims by people who never tried the product! Rodan&Fields has done well in the industry, of course their is publicity! I’ve watched YouTube for redness and irritation. Completely normal for the first week, many times it’s being applied wrong. Be sure to check it out before assuming it’s not working. I had slight irritation, too, but after a week and I went asking about it, I was applying it wrong. That stuff works!!!!

  7. Wendy Jacobs

    Your lashes are beautiful! Thanks for sharing your tips. I’m always on the hunt for a better mascara, I’m never satisfied with anything I try. Maybe I’ll give that kind a try.

    1. Lauren

      About three months. I’ve heard that some people respond and some people do not. It worked really well for me 🙂

  8. Amanda Supak

    Oh no please be careful! There have been so many reports of people using lash boost and experiencing irritating, burning, inflammation, eyelid discoloration, and even (as crazy as it sounds) iris color change. Just google “lash boost eye irritation” and you can see all the stories. R+F is dealing with a class action lawsuit for using the controversial ingredient isopropyl cloprostenate.

  9. ND Nichols

    Yikes! Seeing in your bio that you are on a budget I figured that the products you recommend would also be for those of us on a budget. There is NO WAY i could afford $24 for mascara much less $150 for the Lash Boost. I too am on a budget and both of those products ae a definite NO NO.

    1. Lauren

      Growing my own eyelashes with a $150 product is cheaper than getting false eyelashes every two weeks. Also, which bio are you reading? I haven’t had that posted online for years!! (OR so I thought…)