CanGro, previously known as Long Lashes is a cruelty free, Australian brand, that specialises in hair growth products. They kindly sent me their two best selling products to review, Long Lashes and Bold Brows. I used both products consistently for 12 weeks, and took lots of progress photos so you can see how they actually performed.
CanGro have three Australian made products that are each dedicated to growing a certain sort of hair. There is Long Lashes, an eyelash enhancing serum, Bold Brows, an eyebrow growth serum and Hero Hair, a leave in hair serum that targets scalp and hair health. All three products are cruelty free, vegan, hormone free, gluten free, paraben free, palm oil free, sulphate free, phthalates free and petrochemical free. I am reviewing Long Lashes and Bold Brows today, but I do have Hero Hair, so let me know if you want a review on that. I do want to just note that their most recent launch, the Beauty Bod Beauty Collagen and Beauty Bod Marine Collagen supplements, are not vegan as they contain collagen from either bovine or fish scales.
Long Lashes and Bold Brows, by CanGro, are designed to be used once a day, everyday, and need to be used consistently for 12 weeks to see the results. I used them every night before bed and found it easy to remember to do so by including them in my skincare routine. They both come in a similar looking mascara tube, with the only difference on the outside being the product name, and that bold brows has a black rim at the seal. Long Lashes has a brush applicator, whereas Bold Brows has a doe-foot applicator. Both products have a clear liquid, Long Lashes seems to have a runnier formula on application, but that is just the difference in applicator, as they have the same ingredients. . It is really easy to apply both products, you just use the doe-foot applicator to swipe across the eyebrows, and the brush applicator to paint a line across the base of the upper eyelashes. I applied the serum to my lower lashes for this review, but going forward I won’t do that as some of the serum transfers to the bottom lashes from the top anyway. One thing I learnt to do while using Long Lashes was to wipe off the brush tip before applying to make sure it didn’t have too much product on it. If I applied too much at one time, then the liquid could flood into my eyeball, which created temporary sensitivity, but nothing I was worried about. My eyes are very prone to irritation due to being so dry from an autoimmune condition, but I had no problem with that when using these products.
I have previously tried to use two different lash and brow growth serums but neither of them worked out for me. One was an oil based formula, with three basic oils that you could buy yourself to use, but I’ve tried the castor oil trick previously, and it just doesn’t work for me, so neither did that product. The other product was one that had a slight tint to it, and can be used as an eyebrow setting gel, but it didn’t have enough hold for me to use it daily, and I didn’t want to use it at night as the colour would run off onto my pillows. That’s when I went searching for another formula that I could use at night and wasn’t just a simple oil mix, and that’s how I came across CanGro (Long Lashes at the time). I have had problems with my eyelashes as I have eye eczema and milia, which both impede lash growth. My eczema is the worst along my lash line and in my eye crease, and that is exactly where the milia are too. I get my milia removed every 6 months – check out my blog post on how I do that – but they come back due to the thickened skin from my eczema, so they are always there. Unfortunately the keratin milium ball seems to put pressure on the base of my eyelashes and makes them fall out prematurely. Before I had eyelid eczema and milia, I had really long natural lashes, so I know they can grow long, they just need some extra help to do so right now.
To show you how the products really worked, I took photos before starting them, at 4 weeks, 8 weeks and 12 weeks of use. I don’t have any makeup on in these photos and they aren’t edited, so you can see every detail. It makes me a bit self-conscious to post these photos, but I would prefer to do it this way than give you a false idea of the products by applying layers of mascara etc. In saying that, my eyelashes are blonde, and almost transparent at the tips, so you don’t actually see how long my lashes are because of that.
I’m not sure how well the photos show the growth, but I was so pleased with how these products worked. So much so, that I already bought a back up of each of them so that I can continue using them when these tubes run out. In person, I can clearly see the new eyebrow and eyelash hairs that have grown through. Even my eyebrow threading artist noted how many baby eyebrow hairs I had when I went to get my brows done after this. See my blog post about eyebrow threading if you want to know more about that. There is a gap in the middle of my right eyebrow that I thought would always be there, but after 12 weeks of using Bold Brows, I could see some tiny hairs starting to grow through the there. My eyelashes are definitely longer and there are more of them, but it is hard to see in the photos are they are so blonde.
Update: I was asked to take after photos with mascara on so that you could see how long my actual eyelashes are, as they are very blonde and invisible at the tips. So here they are. Note, these are taken after having my eyebrows threaded just a little too thin for my liking, but I know they will grow back fine with the Bold Brows serum. I only used a very light layer of mascara and then combed it through so that there was no excess on the lashes to make them look longer than they really are.
I’ve been looking for an eyelash and eyebrow growth serum that actually works for a long time now, and I’m so glad that I finally found them. I really like that they are hormone free, cruelty free and vegan. I personally wouldn’t use a product with hormones, as I’m not willing to deal with the side effects that come with that. They are suitable for contact lens wearers and those with sensitive eyes, which is exactly what I need. You could use one of the products on both brows and lashes, but the area specific applicators make them much easier to apply, and they are products that you need to continually use, so you will use all the product in both tubes anyway. You can get Long Lashes and Bold Brows from the CanGro website for A$89 each, but there are bundle deals and sales that can decrease that price. Each tube should last you 4 months, if used daily as directed. I like Long Lashes and Bold Brows so much that I already bought backups, so I think that shows just how much I like these products. Let me know in the comments if you want a full review on Hero Hair too. I’ve got lots of cruelty free product reviews in the works. If you want to get my blog posts sent to your inbox, then sign up to email updates. You can also find me on social media – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
Do you like the sound of Long Lashes and Bold Brows? Are they the sort of product that interests you?