Lash Adhesive: The Beautiful & The Bad…

Hello, Beauties!

Today I want to talk about lash adhesive…. and the dangers of lash adhesive. The reason I am bringing this up is because lashes are at their peak of popularity. Everyone whose anyone is wearing lashes or getting lash extensions. And for the past 10 years, I’ve been wearing lashes…. and using lash adhesive. Scary. You might be thinking, “What’s scary about it?” Well, my darlings, I’m here to fill you in on the dangers of lash adhesive. And I’m also here to tell you that there is HOPE!

First of all, why is lash glue dangerous? Well, frankly, it has a human carcinogen called, FORMALDEHYDE. Why is Formaldehyde dangerous? It can cause LEUKEMIA. How did I find this out? I started getting HEADACHES (which Formaldehyde can cause). Serious, nauseating, crippling migraines, that seemed to happen on a daily basis (or whenever I would put lashes on). I didn’t put two and two together until one night when I was dealing with a migraine. I pulled my fake lashes off, and the migraine seemed to ease up a little. I started to wonder… What if my migraines are somehow linked to my false lashes? I didn’t think synthetic, human, or faux mink lashes could cause migraines, so it HAD to be the adhesive (lash glue). I googled, “The dangers of lash glue”. All of these horror stories and warnings started to come up.

“ Lash adhesive causes Cancer.”

“Lash adhesive has Formaldehyde which causes Leukemia.”

“Lash adhesive has harmful preservatives linked to Cancer.”

If lash adhesive contains this common, Cancer causing preservative, THEN WHY THE HELL ISN’T THERE A WARNING ON THE ACTUAL LASH ADHESIVE BOX??

My question exactly. And if there is a warning label, I never even looked close enough to actually read it. My point is, lash adhesive that’s found at any common drugstore has these common preservatives in it. And I’ve been using them for over 10 years. Almost daily. My stomach dropped. What if I have Leukemia? What if my migraines are linked to some kind of cancer I have developed? And the scary thing is, your eyes are extremely sensitive. And I KNOW FOR A FACT that I’ve gotten lash adhesive in my eye(s) several times (accidentally of course) over the past 10 years. IT HURTS. And now that I know there is Formaldehyde in the adhesive, (and a ton of other chemicals) I know why it hurts so bad. I’ve also had problems with my eyes. Dry eye, allergies, and constant running of my eyes (especially my right eye). I could never figure out what it was. I’ve tried hypoallergenic makeup. I’ve tried paraben-free makeup. Non-comodegenic makeup. Fragrance free makeup. I’ve gone to the doctor SEVERAL times to try and figure out what’s going on with my eye, and he always gives me antibiotic drops. But once again my eye(s) continue to water, and nothing changes. He says it’s an allergy of some kind. But I’ve tried EVERYTHING!!  BUT it NEVER occurred to me that my lash adhesive was the thing that was causing it. I mean, lash adhesive has to dry for 60 seconds before you even put it close to your lash line, so I always thought it was “dry” or “drying” and it wouldn’t cause irritation. Well…. I was wrong.

Now that I’ve spilled the bad news, I’m sure you are kind of freaking out. I was. I totally was. But there is good news. After researching “oncologist approved” lash adhesive, I found, “Thrive Causemetics”. I found out that, “Thrive Causemetics Infinity Waterproof Lash Adhesive” is not only cruelty free and vegan, but it’s paraben free, and oncologist approved. There isn’t any Formaldehyde in it. It’s also ophthalmologist, oncologist, and dermatologist tested. There isn’t irritating chemicals in it either. So I decided to buy two tubes of it. They are $16 per tube, or two for $30, (or 5 for $72) which is pricey for eyelash glue. But seriously…. I’d rather pay $16 per tube, than hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills for Leukemia or Cancer caused by common drug store eyelash adhesive brands. I had my order rush delivered, because I wasn’t going to use my cancer-linked eyelash adhesive ever again. Especially using for over 8 years (10 if you count the few times I’d used fake lashes before I started regularly using them). “Thrive Infinity Waterproof Lash Adhesive”, also is waterproof and last for up to 24 hours, (which is WAY better than what I can say about common drugstore lash adhesives). I read through the reviews before I purchased it, of course, and all I read were positive things. And one of the best things about Thrive Causemetics, (aside from NOT causing Cancer or Leukemia) is that they have a program called, “Beauty with a Purpose.”

“Beauty with a Purpose™: For every product you purchase, we donate one to empower a woman thriving through cancer or domestic violence.”




So not only are you saving yourself from harmful Formaldehyde, but you are also helping women in need, who struggle with Cancer or Domestic Violence. So you can actually feel good about your purchase.


Review of “Thrive Causemetics Infinity Waterproof Lash Adhesive”:


After buying my two tubes of the “Infinity Waterproof Lash Adhesive”, I couldn’t wait to try it out. The only color they offer is white, which dries clear. Normally I buy drugstore lash adhesive in, “Dark”, to match my lashes and camoflauge the white glue, but Thrive Eyelash Adhesive, dries quick and the white color dries to a clear finish, so no worries about the white being noticeable. It’s a “brush on” formula, which I really like, because it seems like every time I buy a bottle of lash adhesive from the drugstore, that is in a squeeze tube, at some point I’ll end up losing the cap, and then I have to deal with the removing the dried glue, and pushing out WAY too much glue, and it ends up getting ALL OVER my vanity OR my lashes, which is such a bummer. So I really love that it’s brush on, and that you have total control of the placement and amount of adhesive you use. All you do is brush on a fair amount of the adhesive to your lashes, then you wait 45 to 60 (I always recommend 60) seconds and wait for the glue to get “tacky”, just like regular adhesive. Then you line up your false lashes to your lash line, and then press the lashes against your lash line. It take about 2 to 5 minutes to dry completely, and then I blend the false lashes into my real lashes with mascara (I’m using Tarte Maneater Mascara right now, but I love Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, and Dior Show Original Mascara). The lash adhesive stays all day, and I’ve even slept in it (though I don’t recommend that). It does stay for up to 24 hours, and it’s definitely just as good, if not better than regular drugstore lash adhesive. Since there are no preservatives, I’ve noticed that the glue can sometimes come out a bit “chunky” but you can thin it out and spread it over your lash strips. I’m only on my first tube, as well, and I received my shipment over a month and a half ago, so it definitely lasts a long time (especially since I’m a daily lash user).

All in all, I give this product 4.5/5 stars, deducting half a point for not having a dark adhesive, but I GUARANTEE it’s probably because the “dark” color that drugstore lash adhesives have, is because of some damaging chemical (don’t quote me on that).  (link to purchase “Infinity Waterproof Lash Adhesive”).

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I hope that all of my Beauties decide to switch lash adhesives ASAP. I would hate to see anyone get any eye infections, Cancer, or Leukemia. I really am hoping that you will go and share this information with your friends and family, as well. I seriously wish I would have found this information out YEARS ago. I also wish that drugstore lash adhesive’s would carry some kind of warning label. Hopefully by spreading awareness, we can accomplish that, and I truly hope that all of you take this seriously.

I love and appreciate all of you!


Have a Fab & Fresh Day, Beauties!


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