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Well – I have to admit it has been a long time since I’ve “guinea pigged” anything. One of my clients recently said she had tried the “It Works!” body wrap. She said “It works!” so…here I go embarrassing myself for the good (or maybe not so good) of potential “wrappers” everywhere.

For those of you who don’t know, I had thyroid cancer in 2009 during which my entire thyroid was removed. It’s amazing how much you learn about what your thyroid does once it’s gone! The thyroid gland is an endocrine gland located in the front of our necks. It stores and produces hormones that affect the function of virtually every organ in our bodies. Thyroid hormone (Triiodothyronine or T3) regulates our metabolic rate and is associated with modest changes in body weight and energy levels. Major targets of thyroid hormone are the skeleton, the heart and the metabolic machinery of every cell.

The first three years I was on phentermine (prescription grade speed) to fake my body into thinking I actually had a metabolism because without it I can easily gain and sometimes lose 5-7 pounds in one day! Every 6 to 9 months I would take myself off the phentermine for about 45 days which means going through withdrawals for the first 15 days. Eventually I would start taking it again because the weight would creep back on.

In the winter of 2012 I decided enough was enough and took myself off phentermine for the last time but prior to doing so removed a bunch of really good, carb ridden, comfort foods in order to keep my weight gain and belly fat to a minimum – which worked for about 5 months. Needless to say (since the pics follow this post), the belly fat has ungraciously found it’s way back! Lord knows even if I had a man in my life he would not be too thrilled to look at what I have to look at every day now!

Soooooo…I am back to taking all the fun foods out AGAIN but thought I would also try this here body wrap to see if it really works. OMG! This is so embarrassing but I’m trying to be honest – my waist measurement is 34.5″ and my hip area is about 41.5″ and weight is – give me strength…GULP…177.5. Please keep in mind – my optimum weight is actually 160 so 177.5 isn’t too bad but it sounds so flipping fat – Just sayin’!!

The wrap was placed then plastic wrapped over the top at 12:30 am 7/16/13. Two 16.9 oz bottles of water have been downed. I intend to sleep (and probably pee) for about 3 hours then take the wrap off. I can taste kind of a menthol-ish (not toothpaste) and the lotion on the wrap is very cooling – not unpleasant.

I will check in with ya’ll tomorrow. Tuesday is going to be interesting! Holy crap my arms need work and please ignore the stupid bathing suit halter – it was all I could find that would completely bring embarrassment to a new level!

A few of my clients had read about LashDip in a magazine and seen it demonstrated on The Today show. It is advertised as a “mascara replacement” which is supposed to last up to 6 weeks – in actuality it is 2 weeks at most and then return for a “lash refresh” in order for it to last another 2 weeks.

The LashDip website was misleading; definitely too good to be true but why would all these top beauty magazines have positive reviews? At the time, there was nothing negative found to discourage seeking certification to provide this service.

My biggest mistake was not getting it applied to myself first because it would have saved a lot of money, wasted time, and knowledge that this is a treatment I would NEVER provide to my worst enemy let alone treasured clients!

The LashDip certification class cost slightly less than $1500 – inclusive within the class was the LashDip kit. Far more expensive than any other training certification I have ever seen or participated in and undoubtedly not worth the cost. A total of 19 ladies attended the certification class. Do the math and you will find LashDip makes quite a hefty profit from their 2 day classes.

Two things were not disclosed to the attendees prior to plopping down their hard earned money (in actuality was not told to attendees until the 2nd day of class):

  • Before the certificate is given to the practitioner, they must apply LashDip to 10 models and provide pictures of each. These pics are critiqued and if the LashDip people don’t like what they see you will be sent an email requesting another 5 or more models. Class attendees were told they were not allowed to charge for the models and have 30 days from the last day of class to get pics in unless they get approval from LashDip to extend.

I spoke with 3 other attendees from the class – all of us were sent emails requesting we submit 5 additional models and w/photos with no guarantee of receiving the certification! Keep in mind – service time for each model can be anywhere from 1 hour but in most cases much longer as this stuff is not easy to work with.

  • Certified technicians are not allowed to set their own price. LashDip sets down the law and monitors what their certified techs are charging. I believe the lowest at the moment is $150 upwards to $300.

If other certified LashDip techs see lower prices offered they are encouraged to advise LashDip and then the certificate can be taken away from the “offending” tech.

That said – let’s move on to my experience with surviving LashDip treatment. The first few days were good. I could appreciate a few extra minutes of not having to apply mascara. Worth $150 or more? No way!!

There is also no way this stuff is “carefree”! You are told oil-based products and oil in general breaks the LashDip seal. Great – uh…so let me see, oil on fingers so no touching eyes; not sure I know anyone who doesn’t do that at some point let’s say during REM cycle??

Most moisturizers, sunscreens and makeups have oil in them so now a different method for daily skin care has be modified – and that’s not all!  The special lash cleaner and oil-free eye make-up remover. The list continues for this “carefree” treatment!

After 3 days, lashes looked ok. Using the special cleaner morning and night and I had plenty of “does feet” (basically a disposable lip gloss wand) but that would probably be a problem for most as I know very few ladies who keep these on hand. The lashes don’t look so good and they keep sticking together which is really annoying when you can’t use your “oily” fingers to detach them!

After the first 7 days I wanted the stuff off! There was no way I was going to make it to the 2nd or 3rd week for lash refreshing. Quite a few of my lashes broke off and even now, a full year later there are still a few bald spots in my lash line from this horrid product! The worst part is knowing the models that participated experienced the same!

Get it yet? I have nothing positive to say about this product nor the company that manufactures it.

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