Two things I never imagined would go well together: makeup and medical marijuana.
I am fortunate enough to have been born with quite decent eyelashes. It's fair game to say that, but on the other hand I am cursed with an eyesight of -5. Thus my eyelashes spent many, many years shielded behind Deirdre Barlow-strength spectacles. [Did somebody say jam jars?]
Despite having perfectly fine eyelashes to begin with, I decided to put myself through the time-consuming, expensive process of having mink extensions diligently suctioned to my lids.
I'm not saying I didn't enjoy the doe-eyed effect, but having extensions for a mere two months virtually destroyed the natural follicles of my own lashes. Once I said goodbye to my last stint of semi-permanent falsies, I felt like a Baby Born doll. Eyes almost completely devoid of my former lashes, my lids were almost as naked as the day I was born.
I did what anyone would do in my condition: I went to Google for answers. I read traumatising accounts of women who had accidentally plucked their whole lash lines out while using curlers in the back seats of speeding taxis, followed by stories of women with trichotillomania desperate for re-growth.
The most conclusive answer seemed to be using a disposable spoolie brush soaked in castor or coconut oil to comb through existing lashes in a bid to stimulate the hairs once again. It was cheaper than the questionable serums promising the earth, moon, and stars, so I diligently gave it a go!
It may have been a placebo effect because your eyelashes will naturally grow back anyway, but it worked. But the true magic of this story, the prince that rode in on horseback to save my lashes, is this mascara from Milk Makeup.
CBD oil has undoubtedly been the most buzzed-about phenomenon of the year in both the beauty and wellness industries. I'll admit, I was sceptical of putting something I associate with smoking joints right near my EYE, but Milk Makeup is a brand I know and trust (I sometimes write freelance pieces for them!) and after all, what beauty writer doesn't like to experiment with the latest innovative ingredients. (FYI, this is not sponsored content. I bought the mascara myself!)
Purporting to nourish the lashes, deliver thickness without fallout, and come off without irritation, Kush Mascara had all the makings of my dream product.
A few weeks in, it's become the most-trusted confidante of my makeup bag. To be honest, the way it restored my abused eyelashes makes me more relaxed than anything from a local legal weed dispensary ever would.