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Long Lashes.  Most every woman wants them.  There’s mascara to enhance what we have.  There’s extensions to “add” to what we have.  Then there’s Latisse.  Have you heard of it?

 

Latisse is a brand name for Bimatoprost (marketed in the US, Canada and Europe by Allergan, under the trade name Lumigan).  Bimatoprost is an eye drop to control the progression of glaucoma and manages ocular hypertension. Latisse was something that was discovered as a happy accident in 2008 when scientists were testing  Bimatropost on patients with glaucoma.  Scientists discovered that when they were treating their patients with Bimatoprost-the patients were growing lush, long lashes!

Allergen now markets Bimatopost under the trademark name Latisse.  I asked my dermatologist if (in theory) you could just buy Bimatoprost off label and use it as you would use Latisse.  He told me I could, but that Latisse is concentrated more and that you recieve way better results using Latisse than Bimatoprost.  Latisse is just for the growing of long beautiful lashes!  Yay!

Speaking of my dermatologist-about 7 months ago I was at a dermatology appointment and my he suggested I try Latisse.  At this point I had heard of Latisse before but I was a little hesitant to try it because of I had heard rumours that Latisse could possibly cause dark pigmentation within the coloured part of your eye -or blindness!  I voiced my concerns to my Dermatologist and he quickly dismissed these fears.  He told me that Latisse is completely safe and that I should try it.  I went home with a box of Latisse that day and never looked back!

I have documented my journey with Latisse by taking random pictures to gauge the growth of my lashes.

Here is a picture before I started using Latisse…

 

Here is a picture after using Latisse for 7 months…

Of course, you can see a real difference in length and thickness.

The application of Latisse is very easy. Using the the provided disposable applicator -(it looks like a nail polish brush)-you carefully squeeze one drop of the Latisse solution (as you would eye drops into your eyes) onto the brush of the applicator and gently swipe the solution across the upper lash line (where your eyelid and lashes meet).   One application per day per eye is all you need. I started to see noticeable results within 3 weeks of daily application.

I’ve incorporated Latisse application into my night time routine.  After I’ve washed my face I apply Latisse. It is very important to apply to a freshly washed face especially around the eye area.  Make sure you are not applying over old make up.  Eyes are a gateway to introducing all kinds of bacteria so make sure you use the provided disposable applicators only once.

Latisse comes in 2 different sizes.  There is the 5 ml bottle with 140 disposable applicators, and there is a 3ml bottle with 60 disposable applicators.  The price point varies.  I purchased the 3 ml box for around $110.00 Canadian.  The 5ml box was around $200.00 Canadian.  You can usually purchase Latisse from most Dermatologists, Plastic Surgeons and higher end Spas.

It’s important to note that once you stop using Latisse your lashes will return to their normal length.

Try Latisse for yourself and let me know what you think!

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Now that I’m “middle aged”-(I hate that term)- I find that I have grown used to a certain hairstyle-a certain “look”.  I’ve rocked the same long hair look for the past 4 years and I’m starting to feel like a change is needed.  Long hair is easy.  If you don’t feel like “doing” it-throw it up in a messy bun!  If you do feel like “doing” it, there are many looks you can achieve with long hair.

I’ve been restless.  I’ve been pinning pictures of short bobs for about 5 months now and I’ve thought about calling my hairstyle girl Nicole-(shout out to Hedkandi Hotel Arts location in Calgary).  I look in the mirror and pull my hair back in a way that would simulate the look of a “bob”.  I’ve had a bob once or twice or three times before and I know I could do it, but still I hesitate.  You see bobs everywhere right now.  It’s the new “in” hairstyle.  I question my thoughts-“yeah, but I’m 47-do I follow the trends or do what I’m comfortable with?”…Will I have haircut regret??  I actually have a pang of panic.  Really?-it’s just hair!  But…I wear it everyday and I don’t want to wear a  hairstyle I hate every day and crave the day when I can grow it out and end up with what I have right now-long hair.  Why even start?  Why even go there.  Be happy with what you have.  Stop these “bob” thoughts!…but yet…

So-here I am now-“bob” cut hair!  I did it!

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Above-(me at Hedkandi in the bathroom-post hair cut)-(me at home-I’m still working on the art of how to do a “selfie”!)

It’s been 3 weeks now and I still love it.  You can flat iron a bob, curl a bob, put a bend or slight wave into a bob-and I can even manage a short little pony when I go to yoga!

There’s been a couple of days when I’m rushing to go to work at our new dental clinic when I think-“gee it would be nice to have my long hair so I could throw it up and go”… but all in all, I’m glad I took the leap and did something new.

Changing your hair will not make you happier or better looking but it can give you that little boost you need to kick start other “things” that may be tugging at you to change or to start something new.

Don’t change your hair if you don’t want to!-There is that saying-“don’t fix it if it ain’t broke”-but-if you’ve had an itching like I have-I suggest to book that hair appointment and get it done!

Here are some pictures below of what I pinned pre-haircut.  Hint*-the “bob” is the new “it” hairstyle right now!

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Hair restlessness!-Be gone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Let me introduce you to my oldest, dearest and bestest friend-Seema.  We have been best friends since we were 12 years old!  -(that’s 35 years)!  We live a 3 1/2 hour drive from each other now-so we don’t get together as often as we’d like to-but when we do, we just pick up right where we left off!  Seema is one of the most beautiful people that I know.  Not only is she a beauty to look at, but her heart is as big as a house.  Put her with a group of kids or even one child and she’s right where she should be.  Seema has been a huge example to me of hard work-(she works full time as an elementary teacher for at risk children in an inner-city).  She is an example of unconditional love and loyalty to her family-(she has taken care of her mother since her dad passed away when she was only 17 years old).  She listens without judgement, and has a kind word for everyone.

Enjoy in Seema’s own words what she feels makes her beautiful…

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CLOTHES, SHOES, BAGS!!

Mark your calendars!  Maidendish is having an event on Thursday evening, June 25, at 6:30 pm.  Come enjoy an evening of shopping Shannon’s closet!  There will be gently used and almost new SHOES (mostly in sz. 8 or 8.5), CLOTHES (sizes 6 and 8 (small and medium), and a few beautiful BAGS!  Shannon is purging her closet and whatever she doesn’t sell will be donated to the local Diabetes bin.  Join us for great prices!

RSVP to Maidendish Facebook page by listing your name under the comments in the “Shop Shannon’s Closet” event.

Once you have RSVP’d I will pm the address of our shopping event!

We hope to see you there!145512-364x275-woman-looking-through-closet

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This is Gale.  I’ve known Gale since we were about 12 years old.  Gale used to come visit her sister for the summer break in the City where I grew up- and we became fast friends!  I have always looked up to Gale as a very positive person.  She can always be found with a smile on her face and a kind word.  Her laugh is contagious and she’s not bad to look at too!-In fact, my husband grew up with her in the town where both Justin and Gale lived and Justin (my husband) once told me-“Gale was my dream girl growing up…all the guys loved her!”  I can’t blame him-she is hard NOT to love.  Read below in Gale’s own words what she feels “real beauty” is.

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This is Sandra.  Sandra has been my neighbour for the past 6 years-and yet I’ve really just become to know her this past year. It really is a small world after all because we just recently found out that we attended the same high school together back in the 80’s, and Sandra had the yearbook to prove it!  We perused the Harry Ainlay Composite High School yearbook and found both our pictures in it!  What a coincidence…or not?-(I actually borrowed the yearbook for a week or so and browsed all the pages walking down memory lane…but that’s another story…)  In any case, I am so grateful I’ve been lucky enough to get to know Sandra better.  Please enjoy her words below and read what she feels makes her beautiful.

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“When Shannon first asked me to write a post about beauty I was apprehensive because I’m not a glam person. It made me reflect on myself and it took me out of my comfort zone. Of course when you say the word beauty things that immediately come to my mind are skinny, perfect hair, well dressed. None of these things you would say I embody. Hence, it has made me think beyond this and realize beauty is not about ones outward appearance as we are so often to believe through social media. Beauty comes from the inside.
One thing I have learned while I’ve aged is to accept yourself for the person you are, for both your strengths and weaknesses. As I’ve aged I have done more personal reflection than I have ever done before. I have realized that when I feel the best about myself (feeling beautiful) is when I am helping someone. I love the feeling of organizing something in which brings happiness to others. Whether it’s a family get together, party for friends, volunteer work, or simply cooking a meal for anyone that walks through our front door. This is when I feel beautiful. I have also come to the conclusion that my friends and family don’t judge my beauty by what I look like but by who I am.
I often feel we are too hard on ourselves to be perfect. As I look forward I hope to continue to challenge myself to love me as my family and friends see me. I thank Shannon for asking me to do this post as it made me look at myself in a different light and appreciate that I am a beautiful person.”

…thank YOU, Sandra.

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This is Karen. She is a forty something married mother of 3 incredible children. She also happens to be one of my younger sisters and an amazing woman. Read what she says in her own words and what she feels makes her beautiful.

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“I’m not going to lie. I do love make up, lotions, potions and smelly stuff. I could spend hours in Sephora and I’m always trying the newest thing out there. As I get older, I’m really drawn to anything that might help make those fine lines and wrinkles disappear. Of course I know that that is not possible, but I’ll keep trying…..it’s fun. But fun is all it is. I do love to get dressed up for my hubby on date night. Or for lunch with my beautiful sister Shannon….cause let’s face it, it’s just as fun to get dressed up with your girlfriends as it is to get dressed up for your man. But we all know that as great as it feels to have your hair turn out just right, be wearing the coolest OOTD, and have your make up be on point, these things are not what make us feel beautiful. At least not for me. These things fade. Our hair will get windblown and messy, our make up will smudge and our clothes will get wrinkled. What really makes us beautiful is who we are, who we love and the happiness that surrounds us. Let me explain.

When I’m in the kitchen making dinner, feeling completely worn out, with my hair in a top knot (or as my husband refers to it–the aztec princess). I’m wearing lulu leggings and a baggy top and maybe I have managed to put mascara on. Then, one of my kids out of the blue will come and wrap their arms around me and say, “Mom, I love you so much. You are the best mom ever.” And even though I know I’m not the best mom ever, I am for them–in their eyes. That’s all that matters to me. This moment makes me feel beautiful. When I’m playing hide and seek and we are all giggling as we try to squish into the most obscure places that we are sure no one will look. When I’ve just hopped out of the shower, or just woken up, or better yet….let my hair air dry and slapped on a coat of mascara, and my husband tells me how beautiful I am. These things make me feel beautiful. Outer beauty fades and I think that happiness, being loved and loving others makes us beautiful, on the inside and that shines through on the outside.”

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