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Happy Monday beauties!

I am super excited to be sharing this post with you because I have finally taken the plunge and looked into Latisse. I heard of Latisse a few years ago, but I wasn’t sure if I honestly believed an eyelash serum could really make all that much of a difference with your natural lashes. However, after doing lots of research and seeing the amazing results Latisse can give, I decided to try it out myself.

I visited Dr. Caroline Tosoni here in Ottawa and I am thrilled to be working with her and testing this product out!

latisse 5ml bottle and brush

Her clinic is located right in the heart of the ByWard Market on Clarence. Dr. Tosoni is a medical physician and cosmetic medicine is the focus of her full-time practice. As I sat in the waiting room for my appointment I was really pleased to see how her staff got along so well and they were really welcoming. Other women I saw leaving the office after their treatments were leaving with smiles on their faces and booking their follow-up appointments. One girl who I think was around my age was leaving and thanked Dr. Tosoni and told her how happy she was and thanked her for being so helpful. So before even meeting her I could already see the positive energy coming off of her patients and her staff. Upon meeting her I was SO impressed with how professional she was. We had a nice chat about fillers, botox and of course- Latisse.

latisse 5ml bottle

She is extremely kind and soft spoken, and she gave me so much information regarding all of these topics. I asked her what she thought of filler for me in a certain area of my face, and she was 100% honest with me and told me that probably wasn’t the best idea for me, or that if she did put filler there it wouldn’t give me the results I was after. I cannot tell you enough how refreshing it was to speak to someone in the beauty industry who actually had my best interest at heart and was completely honest with me. She instead suggested an alternative that would be better suited to me and what she suggested was actually also lower in cost. So you know you can trust someone when they are recommending something to you that actually costs less than what you were originally inquiring about. I can tell that for Dr. Tosoni it’s not about making money off of her patients, it’s about working in her passion and helping her patients make informed decisions and providing suggestions for natural, refined beauty. I felt so extremely comfortable talking to her and I really feel like I am in good hands and can trust her. She answered ALL of my questions and she didn’t rush me at all and for me I think that says a lot about how much she truly cares about her patients. She really is a genuinely beautiful person.

Now let’s dive into Latisse!

Dr. Tosoni explained how Latisse works and that it actually nourishes your natural lashes to make them grow longer, thicker and stronger. Obviously results will vary from person to person, but if you look at some before and after photos I can’t believe the results some people get. She also told me in some cases certain people get lashes that grow so long they have to trim them.

latisse information pamphlet latisse box containing application brushes

The main reason I wanted to try Latisse was because I am tired of wearing falsies. Normal 9-5 day to day I just wear mascara, but I also like to wear falsies for some extra oomph sometimes. However, every time I wear a pair and take it off I end up pulling out a few eyelashes no matter how careful I am. It’s also expensive to wear falsies all of the time and it also adds extra time to my makeup routine to get them on. There is also the detectable factor as well, and by this I mean how depending on how it’s applied you can see the band or you can tell that you are wearing falsies. I am very much into natural makeup and minimal makeup, so knowing you can see I have a fake lash on just honestly annoys me.

Secondly, I really didn’t want to venture down the eyelash extension route. I have no problem with them and I think they are beautiful! But I know some girls who have told me they are a lot of work to maintain and that when a few fall out you end up with “holes” and need a fill. I think if you have the money to spend then lash extensions could be a great option because you can go every few weeks to get them filled. Or perhaps you just want them for a special occasion. However, for me I wasn’t ready to spend that much financially every month, and I also didn’t want to have to change my eye makeup routine to suit the lashes and the proper care regimen. I have hooded eyes so I like to tightline with eyeliner and it seems like that would be an issue when having lash extensions.

With all of that being said, I think the best option for me was to try out Latisse. This is something you apply to your natural lashes every night and after 8 weeks you start to see results. Results are best after 12 weeks and at their maximum at 16 weeks. I love the idea of having longer lashes and only needing to put on some mascara and I am good to go, no need to fuss and no need to spend extra time putting on falsies or taking care of lash extensions. Latisse is very simple to use. A “kit” comes with sterile applicator brushes and a bottle of drops:

latisse 5ml bottle with the cap off latisse application brushes in packages out of the box Chantal holding a latisse application brush

Basically you open the sterile applicators when you are ready to apply Latisse. You use one per eye and put one drop of Latisse per eye. You sweep the brush at the root of the lashes and try not to get a ton of the product on your eyelid skin. It’s so easy to use and literally takes me 30 seconds to do at night. So in the end if Latisse works for me I will only have added 30 seconds or so to my night time skincare routine, instead of way more time and money on falsies or extensions.

In case you are wondering the price range for Latisse at Dr. Tosoni’s office, I will write it out for you below:
  • 3ml Latisse bottle and applicators with tax $125
  • 5ml Latisse bottle and applicators with tax $215

I have the 5ml bottle and Dr. Tosoni said this should last me for my 16 weeks. Once you have finished with the 16 weeks you only have to apply Latisse about 2 times per week for “maintenance”. This means when you purchase your next bottle it will last you for 6+ months. When you look at the numbers it really becomes inexpensive once you are through the 16 weeks. Upfront you would pay $215 for your first 5ml bottle that works out to $53 per month for 4 months, then after your 16 weeks you purchase another for $215 that will last you 6 months lets say then that works out to $35 per month. Latisse is FDA approved and approved by Health Canada and if you’d like to read a bit more about it click here to see some information on Dr. Tosoni’s website. I just started using Latisse this week, so stay tuned on my blog for my updates! I will be posting one every week! I will also have some additional content coming between Dr. Tosoni and I 🙂

Dr. Tosoni offers a wide range of services at her clinic:
  • Injectables (Botox, dermal fillers, Belkyra)
  • Laser treatments
  • Microneedling
  • Coolsculpting
  • Peels
  • And more!

Make sure you’re following me on Instagram to keep-up-to-date on my lash progress, click here. Follow Dr. Tosoni as well as she has AWESOME content with before and after photos. If you are curious about procedures she also posts a lot of educational pieces and talks about different services she offers. Click here to learn more!

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*Article originally published on Opal Frame by Chantal Seguin on November 26, 2018.

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