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Bobbie ThomasBobbie Thomas is the Today Show’s style editor and a spokeswoman for Latisse.

Viewers tune into Today for Bobbie’s unique take on fashion and beauty as well as her weekly “Minute-Buzz” each Friday. She is also on the “lead team” supporting the Latisse Wishes Challenge. It raises funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions.
In this exclusive DolceDolce interviewBobbie shares her tips,just in time for the holidays.
DD:  Is style important for self-esteem?
BT: Absolutely. Style offers you the opportunity to match the outside with the inside, what makes you uniquely you. Express yourself.
DD: What are your favorite tips for looking great in hurry?
BT: A stylish head band or ponytail can instantly add polish to your look and will tame your tresses in no time at all. And while a statement necklace can ‘dress you up’, statement earrings or even simple studs — paired with a fresh, clean face– are a subtle way to help you look put together. You can also add a little color to your look — without makeup — by wearing a bright, bold scarf for instant pop! Last but not least, little touches matter; open up your eyes with an eyelash curler and dab on some lip balm before you dash out the door!
DD:  What beauty products are always in your handbag?
BT: Sarah Horowitz Parfums’ Perfect Veil Perfume Oil in the roll-on purse size. A combo of lip glosses — I’m always alternating — such as Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in ShineCity and Bonne Bell Lip Burst Lip Gloss, Chanel, etc.
DD:  What are your five fashion essentials this fall?
BT: A cozy cardi wrap or statement sweater. Classic riding boots. A great pair of gray jeans. Try Levi’s Curve ID Jeans. An assortment of hosiery: textured, patterned, etc. And a smart satchel. I am currently obsessed with my new Loewe Amazona bag — a birthday gift.
DD: What are your three biggest beauty indulgences?
BT: A massage, sleep, and Saturdays with Rita Hazan – my couldn’t-live-without hair guru!
DD: What are your best beauty-budget buys?
BT:  Jergens Natural Glow Express. Milani Nail Polish Lacquer for fun, bright nail polish colors. And Clairol Root Touch-Up. I use it between visits to Rita and while I’m traveling.
DD: If you splurge this fall what are you blowing the budget on?
BT: A vacation or the fail-safe… shoes: YSL, Fendi, Casadei.
DD: What is the most important item in working women’s closets?
BT: I would say foundation essentials such as a supportive bra, seamless underwear, black or nude basic camisoles, cleavage covers, and slips. I also think it’s better to invest in a few great go-to pairs of shoes, and keep them in good condition.
DD: What’s the best fashion item you ever bought?
BT: I love collecting scarves; they are like my blankets. Also, I love snakeskin-looking items including bags and clutches, because they go with so many things!
DD: What was your worst fashion or beauty disaster?
BT: My eyelashes were thin and falling out from years of using false eyelash strips. Every time I pulled off a strip, my own lashes would go with it. I had heard about Latisse. I talked to my doctor. He determined Latisse was right for me, and I was so excited to try it because Latisse is the first and only FDA-approved treatment to grow lashes longer, fuller, and darker for those with inadequate or not enough lashes.

The lowdown on Latisse

Dr. Deb Sherman and all about LatisseFew things make a women feel more beautiful than long, full, sexy lashes. Did you know that most off us bat them reflexively when we flirt? For years I have tried every trick in the book to enhance my own skimpy fringe. Then I found Latisse! Finally, the long, dark full lashes I had always longed for. It took about four weeks to work and then, voila – I had lashes to bat!

If, like me, you have been lash-challenged and have wondered about Latisse, Dr. Deb Sherman, an oculoplastic surgeon and board-certified ophthalmologist, will answer all your questions in our exclusive Q&A.
DD: How does Latisse work?
DS: We don’t know exactly how Latisse works, however, we believe it does so by increasing the growth cycle (anagen phase) of your eyelash hair cycle. Anagen is the growth phase of all hair. We believe that it increases the length of the anagen or growth phase and the number of hairs in this growth phase.
DD: Why do you need a prescription and where can I get one?
DS: Latisse is a prescription medication to grow eyelashes longer, fuller, and darker. Latisse needs to be prescribed by a doctor to assure the proper treatment and use. The active pharmaceutical ingredient in Latisse has been studied in clinical trials for its safety profile and effectiveness, and Latisse has been evaluated and approved by the FDA to grow lashes for those with inadequate or not enough lashes.
Any licensed doctor can prescribe Latisse. However, not all doctors may be familiar with it. To find one who is, use the “Find-A-Doctor” tool on
DD: Is it very expensive?
DS: While the prices do vary slightly across the country, one Latisse kit costs on average about $120. It includes one bottle and 30 pairs of applicators.
Here are some cost saving pearls:
Visit to get updates on special discounts and promotions. Your readers should also note that Latisse has launched a philanthropic campaign visit — — which benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation. With a minimum $20 donation, women can receive a free trial certificate for Latisse, which they can also take to their doctor to see if Latisse is right for them.  My patients feel good about giving to a great cause while getting a $120 lash growth product for a $20 donation. It’s a win-win! Also, ask your doctor whether he or she offers any additional discounts or knows of any local events that may offer discounts!
DD: How long does it take to work?
DS: Remember that your own hair and eyelashes grow at a relatively slow rate. I tell my patients that they need to be patient when using Latisse, as the growth is gradual over time. Patients may start to notice longer lashes after about a month, and experience full results in approximately four months. This is similar to the clinical trial results. But individual results may vary. But after four months of use, my patients really like the fact that their new longer, thicker, darker lashes are their own lashes. To maintain the longer, fuller and darker lashes, continued treatment with Latisse solution is required. Just like it takes some time to work, if use of Latisse is discontinued, the eyelashes will return to their previous appearance over the course of several weeks to months.
DD: Are there bad side effects from Latisse? If so, what are they?
DS: In my practice, most of my patients tolerate Latisse well. The adverse events I have seen in some of my patients, such as itchy eyes and eye redness, are consistent with those most commonly reported in the Latisse clinical trial. In fact, in the clinical trial, approximately four percent of patients experienced these common side effects.
Anyone considering using Latisse should also be aware that it may cause other, less-common side effects, which typically occur on the skin close to where Latisse is applied, or in the eyes. These include eye irritation, dryness of the eyes, redness of the eyelids, and skin darkening. Skin darkening (or hyperpigmentation) causes areas of skin to become darker than the surrounding skin color, but has been reported to be reversible after discontinuation of the product.
One of the most common questions I get asked about Latisse is whether or not it will turn eyes brown. Increased brown iris pigmentation, which is the medical term for darkening of the colored part of the eye, has occurred in patients when the same formulation of the active drug ingredient in Latisse, bimatoprost, was instilled directly into the eye as a treatment to lower elevated intraocular pressure (IOP). Iris pigmentation was not seen in Latisse clinical studies, but Latisse patients should be advised about the potential for increased brown iris pigmentation, which is likely permanent.
When I reviewed the data where this risk came from, and understood that it occurred in the clinical trials when it was used as a glaucoma medication instilled directly inside the eyes, I felt comfortable recommending it to my patients to use it topically on their upper eyelids to grow their own lashes.
Full safety information is available at and you should also talk with your doctor.
DD: Will Latisse grow hair on my face if it drips on my cheeks?
DS: It’s not likely to happen if you apply it properly, taking care to blot excess Latisse when it touches any area outside the upper eyelid treatment area. It’s important to apply the treatment as per the packaging instructions, taking care to blot excess Latisse when it touches any area outside the upper eyelid treatment area.
DD: Can I use Latisse to grow my brows?
DS: Latisse has not been studied or approved for use on the eyebrows. Latisse is only approved to grow lashes longer, fuller, and darker for those with inadequate or not enough lashes, also referred to as eyelash hypotrichosis.
Check important safety information and prescription information about Latisse at and

Summer-proof your lashes

www.latisselonger lashes.comDo you want long lashes, but hate to wear mascara on hot, humid summer days? Then perhaps you have been tempted by some of the new lash growers.

There is very little most women won’t do for long, lush lashes. Our own Anne Gravel loves her lashes. She is our resident lash expert.

The FDA has finally approved Allergan’s Latisse, a drug to grow eye lashes. It was developed from another Allergan drug, Lumigan, used to treat glaucoma. According to Allergan and the FDA, Latisse grows long, dark lashes. It can cause some side effects, mostly itchy eyes, redness, and sensitivity. It may also cause the pigment of the eye to darken permanently. Doctors have approved the treatment as safe. The results: long dark lashes that are impressively flirty-looking. You need a prescription and the price is about $120.  There are reports that prices have gone down a bit. So if it interests you, shop around. It can take several months for the full effect, and the results are not permanent. And even in this economy women, flock to buy it.
For those who prefer a more natural approach, there are several new botanical-based lash growers on the market. Do they work? Will they work as well as Latisse? That’s a good question, and since we first brought you this story in January our editors and contributors have been testing them.
Our results are mixed. Our testers reported that they saw some improvement in their lashes. Their lashes appeared to different degrees, to become fuller and glossier after a few weeks. I tried two of them and found them itchy. But I am a dedicated mascara wearer, in any weather, so I was not very persistent. The bottom line seems to be that results vary from woman to woman. The only way to know if you will love a particular lash grower — even Latisse — is to try it.
neuLash Active Eyelash Technology contains bioengineered peptides, hyaluronic acid, biotin, panthenol, licorice extract and other ingredients to promote lash growth. neuLash says it will show results in 30 days by promoting moisture and elasticity in the lashes. It can also be used on the brows.
The formula, according to the manufacturer, has passed safety testing in the U.S. and the European Union. (The EU has stricter standards for cosmetics than the U.S.) A three-month supply costs about $150. It’s available at Saks Fifth Avenue or online.
LiLash is a lash stimulator. LiLash uses a glycol-peptide from the sweet almond as a super conditioner. White lupine seed extract, a botanical, is used to stimulate hair regrowth.
The manufacture says you should see some results after two weeks; it takes six weeks for full results. A tube costs $139 and should last five to six months. LiLash offers a 90-day, full money-back guarantee.
Lash Food is a natural eyelash conditioner that says it will grow longer, darker, fuller lashes. It contains biotin and arginine (a complex of natural amino acids), iris extract, and many other botanicals popular in oriental medicine and homeopathy.
The maker of LashFood suggests there will be results after two weeks for most people, and full results after two or three months. LashFood is not recommended for pregnant women. It offers a 60-day money-back guarantee. A tube costs $129 and lasts for five months.

All of these products are applied nightly to clean eye lids, just as you would apply eye liner. They can also be used on sparse brows. They are all recommended for use with eye lash extensions. They won’t loosen the extensions, but claim to minimize the breakage and dryness that extensions can sometimes cause.
So whatever you choose, lash grower, mascara, or au naturel, bat your lashes. The world loves a flirt.