DIY Eyelash Growth Serum

I loveee lashes! Which would probably explain why my mascara routine is so detailed and lengthy. I’ve tried many different methods of growing my lashes to keep them in the best condition possible. Some methods did an okay job and some didn’t work at all. I was up for trying almost anything unless it required harsh chemicals. I’m not very good at applying fake lashes and I just really don’t like them for about a million other reasons, so I needed a serum with natural ingredients that I could put on at night and would make a noticeable difference!
Natural routes in beauty don’t always provide the most immediate results, which is why so many companies have created products with other chemicals. In this world, things are demanded to be done fast! Well, I was perfectly fine with waiting for results. I’ve tried petroleum jelly, coconut oil, olive oil, and other DIY oil blends. Petroleum jelly did almost nothing besides coat my lashes. Olive oil worked, but it really burned when it got in my eyes. Coconut oil didn’t burn, but produced no results. I didn’t want to accept the fact that I felt like I was at a dead end trying to figure this out, so I kept going until I found a mixture that actually made a difference.

The first thing you’ll need is an empty mascara tube. You can repurpose an old one that you may have by cleaning it out with coconut oil to remove dried mascara. I just ordered a pack of empty tubes on Amazon for around $8. It came with five empty tubes and something you want to make sure of if you decide to order a pack online is that it comes with rubber inserts to remove the excess oil as you pull the wand out of the tube. I was just using my fingers or a q-tip to apply oils previously, but using a mascara wand makes things so much easier.
Before putting the plastic insert on the tube, I fill it up a little less than halfway with vitamin E oil. I fill the rest of the space with half castor oil and half aloe vera. It’s not crucial that the measurements are exact, as long as the ingredients are correct. I’ve also used a mixture of only castor oil and aloe vera together, which did produce nice results as well. I would recommend to make sure you have enough aloe vera to bind everything together, otherwise it tends to separate and you’ll only be getting oils on the wand during application. Also, keep in mind when you’re filling it up to leave a bit of room so that it doesn’t overflow when you insert the wand.  
I apply this serum on my lashes (and eyebrows) every single night before I go to bed. I haven’t had any issues with oils dripping into my eyes when I apply it with the mascara wand, as I did when using a q-tip. It took about a week for me to notice any results and it just kept getting better after that. However, it’s not something you can do every now and then whenever you feel like it and expect to see a difference. This has to be used consistently or it won’t work.

Along with growing your eyelashes faster, this serum will condition the lashes you already have and help new lashes to grow thicker and longer. If you’re looking for a gentle way to nourish and improve your natural eyelashes then I would definitely recommend trying this out for yourself. The ingredients can all be found at Walmart, Target, and most other grocery stores. Of course, if you would like something a little stronger there are products such as Latisse that may provide a bigger effect. If you have any questions about this serum or other beauty regimen secrets, please leave them for me in the comments section below. Also, I’d love to hear what your favorite DIY skincare secret is!

~Mani Monday~
This week is going to be a little experiment. I’ve finally decided to make the purchase and try Essie’s new gel couture polish. We all know how I love my $2 Sinful Colors polish, so spending close to $12 for a bottle was a big difference. I’ve never really been a fan of Essie’s formula in the past, but I’ve heard quite a few good things about this new line. It has claims that most other company’s do in that it will stay on the nails for 14 days. I chose a light shade that matches everything and is one of my favorite to wear. This particular one is called Fairy Tailor. I did pair it with the Essie Gel Couture top coat and will be trying my hardest to leave it on as long as possible to see how it really wears. Updates will be in next week’s Mani Monday ;)
What’s on your nails this week?


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