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Long Lashes and Bold Brows review with photos

08/08/2019

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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 Long Lashes and Bold Brows review - cruelty free and vegan eyelash and eyebrow growth serums - Love Alinta cruelty free beauty blog
Long Lashes and Bold Brows tubes

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 eyelash application with brush tip applicator - Love Alinta cruelty free beauty blog

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.

CanGro Long Lashes tube and applicator - Love Alinta cruelty free beauty blog
Long Lashes applicator

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. 

CanGro Bold Brows application - Love Alinta cruelty free beauty blog
Bold Brows application

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. 

Before use of CanGro serums - Love Alinta cruelty free beauty blog
Before
4 weeks in to using the products - Love Alinta cruelty free beauty blog
4 weeks
8 weeks in to using the products - Love Alinta cruelty free beauty blog
8 weeks
12 weeks in to using the products - Love Alinta cruelty free beauty blog
12 weeks

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. 

Before verse after the use of Long Lashes and Bold Brows by CanGro - cruelty free and vegan eyelash and eyebrow serums - Love Alinta cruelty free beauty blog
Before vs after open eyes
Before verse after the use of Long Lashes and Bold Brows by CanGro - cruelty free and vegan eyelash and eyebrow serums - Love Alinta cruelty free beauty blog
Before vs after closed eyes

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. 

After with a light layer of mascara - love Alinta cruelty free beauty blog
After with mascara
Before, after using Long Lashes and Bold Brows and after with mascara all with open eyes - Love Alinta cruelty free beauty blog
Before, after and after with mascara with open eyes
 Before, after and after with mascara with closed eyes - Love Alinta cruelty free beauty blog
Before, after and after with mascara with closed eyes

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?

Love, Alinta

1 Comment

  • Ann-Marie Hughes-Hawkey 09/03/2021 at 6:53 pm

    I have just bought both of these products and was really excited about it until I saw your before and after pictures because I really cannot see any difference

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#rescuedog #crutiate #crutiateligament #dogsofmelbourne #chihuahua
    Here’s a video of Bonsai’s recovery from cruciate ligament surgery this year. He ruptured his cruciate just before my wedding, and then had surgery shortly after. As well as repairing the ligament, the vet also created a deeper groove in his knee so to give his knee more stability. This is his second knee surgery as he had his other one done a year earlier. It’s very common for the second knee to be injured within a year of the first. His surgery and recovery were complicated by his IBD and heart failure, but as you can see his leg is doing really well now. I’ve been updating you in my stories about his heart failure. He doesn’t have much much time left with us, so I thought I would upload this so you can see that knee surgery is worth doing. I know lots of people are scared of the recovery period because crating can be demanding on your time and stressful for the dog, but giving them proper use of their leg back is worth it. I’ve seen dogs in rescue that are forced to go years without this surgery and the results are heartbreaking. The recovery can be hard, especially if there are other medical issues at play, like with Bonsai, but a good vet will try to make the dog as comfortable as possible for the recovery period. Humans get help when they rupture their ACL so please do the same for your dog. If you’re wondering how Bons is going today, he’s recovered from yesterdays sedation and is happily sitting on my shoulder - as per usual. There’s no way of knowing when his time will be up, so he’s being spoilt and loved until that day does come. He’s my little shadow who I love very much 🌒 #rescuedog #crutiate #crutiateligament #dogsofmelbourne #chihuahua
    3 months ago
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    With it being #pridemonth, we are going to talk about the A in LGBTQIA+ (while you look at some of my rainbow-ish nails from over the years). The A stands for Asexual, or Aromantic, or Agender,, but not Ally. Asexuals are people who don’t experience sexual attraction to others (or only do in certain circumstances, like those who are grey or demisexual). It’s a spectrum, we’re all different. Many aces still have relationships, whether romantic, sexual or queer-platonic. Asexuality is about attraction, not relationship status. Aces are frequently erased from the queer community. Last pride was particularly bad for ace erasure and hate. Aces belong in the queer community. Many aces have a hard time coming to terms with being ace in our hyper-sexualised society, and then they have to deal with erasure from their own community too. I personally would have been saved years of worrying that something was wrong with me if someone had just explained the difference between sexual and romantic attraction to me as a teen. There are so many amazing aces out there who deserve to be supported, especially by the queer community. So, don’t forget to include the A if you’re going to use the LGBTQIA+ acronym, and show for aces, whether you’re in the community or an ally. 
#pride #asexualpride #LGBTQIA #pridenails #rainbownails
    With it being #pridemonth, we are going to talk about the A in LGBTQIA+ (while you look at some of my rainbow-ish nails from over the years). The A stands for Asexual, or Aromantic, or Agender,, but not Ally. Asexuals are people who don’t experience sexual attraction to others (or only do in certain circumstances, like those who are grey or demisexual). It’s a spectrum, we’re all different. Many aces still have relationships, whether romantic, sexual or queer-platonic. Asexuality is about attraction, not relationship status. Aces are frequently erased from the queer community. Last pride was particularly bad for ace erasure and hate. Aces belong in the queer community. Many aces have a hard time coming to terms with being ace in our hyper-sexualised society, and then they have to deal with erasure from their own community too. I personally would have been saved years of worrying that something was wrong with me if someone had just explained the difference between sexual and romantic attraction to me as a teen. There are so many amazing aces out there who deserve to be supported, especially by the queer community. So, don’t forget to include the A if you’re going to use the LGBTQIA+ acronym, and show for aces, whether you’re in the community or an ally. 
#pride #asexualpride #LGBTQIA #pridenails #rainbownails
    With it being #pridemonth, we are going to talk about the A in LGBTQIA+ (while you look at some of my rainbow-ish nails from over the years). The A stands for Asexual, or Aromantic, or Agender,, but not Ally. Asexuals are people who don’t experience sexual attraction to others (or only do in certain circumstances, like those who are grey or demisexual). It’s a spectrum, we’re all different. Many aces still have relationships, whether romantic, sexual or queer-platonic. Asexuality is about attraction, not relationship status. Aces are frequently erased from the queer community. Last pride was particularly bad for ace erasure and hate. Aces belong in the queer community. Many aces have a hard time coming to terms with being ace in our hyper-sexualised society, and then they have to deal with erasure from their own community too. I personally would have been saved years of worrying that something was wrong with me if someone had just explained the difference between sexual and romantic attraction to me as a teen. There are so many amazing aces out there who deserve to be supported, especially by the queer community. So, don’t forget to include the A if you’re going to use the LGBTQIA+ acronym, and show for aces, whether you’re in the community or an ally. 
#pride #asexualpride #LGBTQIA #pridenails #rainbownails
    With it being #pridemonth, we are going to talk about the A in LGBTQIA+ (while you look at some of my rainbow-ish nails from over the years). The A stands for Asexual, or Aromantic, or Agender,, but not Ally. Asexuals are people who don’t experience sexual attraction to others (or only do in certain circumstances, like those who are grey or demisexual). It’s a spectrum, we’re all different. Many aces still have relationships, whether romantic, sexual or queer-platonic. Asexuality is about attraction, not relationship status. Aces are frequently erased from the queer community. Last pride was particularly bad for ace erasure and hate. Aces belong in the queer community. Many aces have a hard time coming to terms with being ace in our hyper-sexualised society, and then they have to deal with erasure from their own community too. I personally would have been saved years of worrying that something was wrong with me if someone had just explained the difference between sexual and romantic attraction to me as a teen. There are so many amazing aces out there who deserve to be supported, especially by the queer community. So, don’t forget to include the A if you’re going to use the LGBTQIA+ acronym, and show for aces, whether you’re in the community or an ally. #pride #asexualpride #LGBTQIA #pridenails #rainbownails
    3 months ago
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    Plastic packaging and beauty products. What can one change do? When @trilogyproducts changed from plastic spatulas to bamboo ones, they stopped producing 208,000 plastic spatulas a year. For me, that means I now won’t be adding to my very large pile of plastic spatulas that I have accumulated over the years by using the Trilogy Replenishing Night Cream every day. No other night cream compares for me, so I’m glad I won’t add to that pile. I kept them all hoping that I would find a use for them but that has yet to happen 🤷‍♀️ A lot of beauty brands market that their plastic can be recycled, but many of those products can’t be put in curbside recycling. When they can go into the recycling bin it doesn’t mean customers are actually doing that, and even when the plastic does make it into the recycling bin, it doesn’t mean it’s actually recycled. There’s a huge amount of plastic in recycling centers that never gets made into something new. So I appreciate it when brands do make changes like this because I can see the result as a consumer. That doesn’t always mean the change is automatically better for the environment, because there’s no way of knowing if the brand uses more materials or greenhouse gases to make the new version. Beauty brands can be very cagey about their greenhouse gas emissions, particularly their scope 3 emissions. Therefore as consumers we can often only make best guesses as to which brands and products are the most sustainable choice. Changing plastic packaging is however a very obvious difference for customers, because we see the difference in where our waste goes. So as a customer I do like seeing brands moving to products that aren’t plastic, or at the very least using plastic that is easily curbside recycled. Many beauty brands have a long way to go before their products are easily recycled, but Trilogy is one of the brands who have made an effort to change this. So long story, short, I love Trilogy skincare products and appreciate that they are trying to make the brand more eco-friendly. What’s your opinion on this? Do you have a weird plastic spatula pile, or is it just me? 
#trilogy #trilogyskincare #discovertrilogy #lovealinta
    Plastic packaging and beauty products. What can one change do? When @trilogyproducts changed from plastic spatulas to bamboo ones, they stopped producing 208,000 plastic spatulas a year. For me, that means I now won’t be adding to my very large pile of plastic spatulas that I have accumulated over the years by using the Trilogy Replenishing Night Cream every day. No other night cream compares for me, so I’m glad I won’t add to that pile. I kept them all hoping that I would find a use for them but that has yet to happen 🤷‍♀️ A lot of beauty brands market that their plastic can be recycled, but many of those products can’t be put in curbside recycling. When they can go into the recycling bin it doesn’t mean customers are actually doing that, and even when the plastic does make it into the recycling bin, it doesn’t mean it’s actually recycled. There’s a huge amount of plastic in recycling centers that never gets made into something new. So I appreciate it when brands do make changes like this because I can see the result as a consumer. That doesn’t always mean the change is automatically better for the environment, because there’s no way of knowing if the brand uses more materials or greenhouse gases to make the new version. Beauty brands can be very cagey about their greenhouse gas emissions, particularly their scope 3 emissions. Therefore as consumers we can often only make best guesses as to which brands and products are the most sustainable choice. Changing plastic packaging is however a very obvious difference for customers, because we see the difference in where our waste goes. So as a customer I do like seeing brands moving to products that aren’t plastic, or at the very least using plastic that is easily curbside recycled. Many beauty brands have a long way to go before their products are easily recycled, but Trilogy is one of the brands who have made an effort to change this. So long story, short, I love Trilogy skincare products and appreciate that they are trying to make the brand more eco-friendly. What’s your opinion on this? Do you have a weird plastic spatula pile, or is it just me? #trilogy #trilogyskincare #discovertrilogy #lovealinta
    4 months ago
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