The Good Old Days
There was a time in my life when I had these long, voluminous lashes. I remember vividly, how my hubby used to say “Your eyes are the mirror to your soul, Karen, and your lashes make them pop wonderfully!”
He was right back then, but now things have changed.
I have never really given up on wearing mascara. I'm 62 years old and I still have 3 or 4 bottles opened in my drawer.
It used to be my thing before work every morning. Cappuccino on the bathroom sink countertop and my simple yet effective make-up routine finished with a few gentle coats of mascara. It always felt so nice and got me ready to go.
My favs used to be Marc Jacobs and Estee Lauder. A bit pricier than the regular drugstore mascaras, but they got the job done perfectly.
Now it's a completely different story and there are two aspects that change the game for me. My lashes have gotten sparse and very thin. Nothing compared to what they were 20 years ago. Or even 5 years ago. After menopause, my estrogen levels dropped and my hair started growing much slower than before.
The other thing is eye sensitivity. Very rarely did I use mascara because it causes irritation to my eyes. Even the very expensive ones...
Over the last few years, I have spent significant sums of money in my quest to find the right mascara and have always been somewhat disappointed.
Most of the formulations just slip off my lashes producing the awful panda look. In other cases, my eyelashes look all squished together and unnatural. At my age, I'm not looking for volume or thickness. I just want to have natural-looking lashes again.
I'm not sure why I kept on searching for the right one. Maybe it was because I loved my make-up ritual so much and did not want to let it go. Maybe I was too ashamed of my pitiful, almost non-existent lashes that I had to find a fix.
I even tried eyelash extensions, but honestly, they did more damage than good. Due to thinning eyelashes, I had basically stopped using mascara as it was getting too difficult to apply and I had not found a mascara for years that would do anything for my bottom lashes.
Ask and It Is Given
A couple of months ago I was scrolling through Facebook and saw an advert that seemed to be targeted specifically to me. A solution for mature, thinning eyelashes from Rumi Cosmetiques called VolumeCare+ Mascara. A brand that claimed to design their products for women my age.
I was skeptical in the beginning, of course. So many of these Facebook ads promise you the world and deliver absolute dog sh*t (pardon my language). I have had several orders that go from the mailbox straight to my bin.