40 lashes…or more!

If you’ve ever looked in the mirror and wondered where your long, lush lashes went, there’s hope!

Several BoomerBabes had told me that they were horrified about the mysterious disappearance of their lashes and asked me about a prescription lash growth product, Latisse. So, I did my research, inquired of various experts and discovered some very interesting facts.  Latisse, endorsed by two female celebrities, seemed to be a possible answer…until I found out about the side effects that some women had experienced.

The main ingredient in Latisse, Bimatoprost, is for treating glaucoma, but it was discovered that in some women it also grew lashes, so it is now marketed as a very expensive, prescription only, lash growth product. However, even on its own website, it warns of bad side effects.  One of these side effects is ” increased brown pigmentation of the colored part of the eye likely to be permanent. ” Not very desirable if you have anything other than very dark brown eyes! Other side effects include eyelid darkening, itching, swelling, lash fallout and additional hair growth where Latisse accidentally touches the facial skin ( beards, anyone?). I also found reports of increased eye pressure in certain individuals, rare, but the worst side effect of all. 

Also, since this product has not been around for that long, who knows the long-term effects? So, I do not recommend this chemical to be used on your lashes or anywhere near your precious eyes. 

So, that’s the bad news. However, I have good news. After researching Latisse and several other lash growth products, I came across a little known Swiss product distributed by Mavala, called   Eye-Lite Double Lash. I couldn’t find any bad reports about it, it was inexpensive ( around $16.00 a bottle), and does not need a prescription. It’s a little, humble bottle with a simple mascara wand-like applicator. So, I tried it, fully expecting it not to work. I used it every night on my upper and lower lashes after I removed my makeup, and before putting on eye creme. About a month later, as I was putting on mascara, I was quite startled to that see my eyelashes had grown longer and thicker, by a lot!

Later, some friends thought I was wearing false eyelashes, and when I explained what I’d done, they rushed out to buy Mavala. It’s hard to find, so here it is for you to order here:

I would love to hear how it works for you!

23 Responses to 40 lashes…or more!

  • Vicki says:

    Hey, Babes! My lashes were always so long and full; I can’t believe I’m buying Mavala again, but it’s a great product, IMHO. For us it’s like a whole new body gestates, sans “mom,” when we boomers hit the “pause” ( not a pause, at all).

    Oh well, as a pack, cougars or not, we will emerge triumphant. Thanks to our head lioness, Lee for this forum.

    • Lee says:

      Thanks for the shoutout, Vicki! Mavala is a great product. Some BoomerBabes have inquired as to where to purchase it, and I realized that it I need to clarify that.
      Just click on the image of the Mavala bottle in the article and it takes you directly to the seller! That’s also true for almost all the images in all the articles. I think I should maybe put a caption under each image that is linked to a seller. Each purchase gives the website a small percentage of the purchase price, which helps to support a little bit of the expense to run the site.

  • Alicia says:

    Hi Lee,

    Love your fun data and can’t wait for my luscious new eyelashes. Will let you know how pretty I get! Alicia

  • Ann says:

    Great article, Lee!

    Would love to see a blog post with your thoughts on microdermabrasion. And also on getting over the fear of using color in your wardrobe. :-)


    • lee says:

      Thanks, Ann! I would be happy to do articles on microdermabrasion and using color in your wardrobe, both excellent topics! Watch for them in the future!

  • Dolley says:

    Omygoodness Lee,

    You,”so get it!” Boomer Babes has been a long time coming for us. :)…Your classy, energetic, informative, innovative, can-do, how-to, optomistic website is fabulous! And I’m “so” in!

    More, more!

    PS Love the fashions! Considering, Paris Tunic :)

    PPS You’re such a lovely lady, radiantly joyous, and a perfect model for Boomer Babe beauty, inside and out.

    Dolley Carlson

  • Vicki Siedow says:

    Thanks for reminding me! I used the Mavala product years ago, and it worked well, with no side effects. I had trouble finding it when I wanted more, and then just forgot about it. Good stuff! Thanks for the link!

  • Becky L. says:

    I don’t remember alot of breast cancer back in the day and many girls and women used powder instead of deoderant. There also were not many brands of deoderant on the market. A very old deoderant idea is what I now use. Inexpensive, easy, does not get on clothes, does not sting after shaving, has no unknown additives or metals, does not clog sweat glands – I use a nice amount of hydrogen peroxide under arms 2x per day.

    • lee says:


      Good TIP, Becky! And thank you for expanding upon the theme of taking a more natural approach to what we put on our bodies. I, too, have been leery of using deoderants containing aluminum, but have not yet tried the hydrogen peroxide method. There are also several good aluminum-free, chemical-free deodorants on the market, such as Tom’s of Maine, Crystal Body Deodorant and more. I love getting TIPS and comments from my fellow BoomerBabes!

  • Glenda S. says:

    The possible side effects far outweigh the benefits of the product Latisse and I thank you for your research and comments. Keep up the good work for the benefit of all of the Boomer Babes! Glenda S.

  • Erin Gray says:

    Wow! Love that you did all this reseach. Always wondered about those lash enhancers. It angers me that there are products out there that can be so harmful and damaging. Thanks for doing the work, and finding the safe product we can trust. Now tell me about Laser peels.

  • Beth says:

    I’ve tried various brands of lash-growers, and have yet to come across one that works, or one without harmful chemicals. Thanks for letting us know about this product. Of course, I’m going to try it! Hope it does for me what it did for you!

  • Judy Code says:

    Hi Lee,

    Thanks for doing the research. I ordered some and I’ll let you know how it works out for me.



  • Katy Newell says:

    This is really brilliant info. Really helpful. Using chemicals in most cases is the worst idea when there is a natural or proven non-harmful solution. ‘Proven’ here being in the eye of the beholder – pun completely intended! I hope that all those that go for it themselves enjoy their lushious new lashes. X X

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