All I want for ChristmasAll I want for Christmas is my 2 eyebrows ….. I don’t ask for much! I realise I have used the other dreaded C word before the November watershed but I just can’t help it I’m too excited!!
For those of you who don’t know me, my eyebrows are the bane of my life. I had breast cancer in 2011 and was diagnosed with Leukemia in 2013 that after having intensive chemotherapy twice, one of the many side effects is that I am left with little or no eyebrows after it all (another side effects is that I glow in the dark!) Every gal knows that the brows frame the face, give structure and definition and I feel my face resembles a boiled egg until I have them drawn in! Exaggeration you think – no its not – my eyebrow pencil would need to be surgically removed from my hand if I ever did find myself in the desert-island-only-one-thing-senario.
What’s left of what’s missingI guess for me, it’s like the last reminder of the horrific few years of battling cancer twice. I’ve had the reconstruction so the boob shape is good, scars have healed as best they are ever going to (physical ones anyway!), hair on my head has grown back albeit a little curlier….so every morning when I look in the mirror and draw on my eyebrows I curse that sneaky disease for all it has taken from me.
I’m not the best girlie girl to be honest and sometimes that snooze button is too tempting so the eyebrow drawing does not get the time and care it deserves so there have been times where one eyebrow has ended up longer than the other, or a different shape to the other, or missing a bit by the time I get home again. Now, I must admit, I think I’m a low-maintenance-kinda-chick but this missing parts of eyebrows (different lengths etc) has been bugging me for a while. So I am going by my own motto – If you don’t like something, quit the whingeing and fix it!!
My Hero!!I came across my soon-to-be hero, Olive O’ Sullivan and Browtique, Cork. We chatted on the phone and she soon had me at ease and I am happy to say the only person in the world that I am ok with going near my face with a blade! (There’s not too many people you can say that about!) Olive is 29 years a registered nurse and there is nothing this lady doesn’t know about eyebrows. She has sent me all the details of Eyebrow Embroidery/Microblading treatments including photos, consent forms, step by step procedures so that I am fully informed and happy to proceed.
Be warned though, it ain’t cheap but I will gladly pay the extra few bob to be sure in the knowledge that Olive has had the training, put in the hours and practiced on hundreds of thousands of eyebrows before I offer up my brows to her expertise! This is a one time only event as far as I am concerned, ok they will need to be topped up once a year, but I do not intend in having to get them patched up, redone, lasered off… I want to be 100% happy with my 2 new eyebrows that I get for Christmas – so no pressure Olive!!
Here’s a pic of my lack of eyebrows and then my handiwork penciling them in.
I just can’t wait to have them done (19th Nov 1st appointment, 21st December 2nd so watch this space). It will mean finally putting myself back to ‘normal’ and not having to think about cancer every morning before I head out the door and let’s be honest it will give me another 5 mins in bed!!
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Bye for now,
A few days later we got cracking on Caroline's brows.
Carolibe will blog on her experience and I will add it as we go along .
Here is is the work we did on the day .
Post Chemo brows restored .
A beautiful woman with a huge heart .
Middle photos are of how this lady likes to draw on her brows.
It made her kind of sad looking .
A wee lift of the arch and tail reflects the happy personality of this fabby lady who LOVES life.
The Update .
MY BRAND NEW BROWS – PART 2
My Brand New BrowsI did it! Well round 1 anyway….and do you know what – it was fine – no pain, no bleeding, no weirdo shaped eyebrows…. I had myself all worked up and for what I ask myself!
Being the ever-eager chick that I am I sat outside Olive’s Clinic, 10mins too early, working myself into a knot, doing a little self talk (‘Come on Caroline, no need to be scared of needles, you’ve been through a lot worse than this. If it’s really sore I’ll just let her do one brow and I’ll just draw in the other one nobody needs to know…’)
But I guess ye do – as I’ve had so many texts and calls wondering if I have gone into hibernation because of a botch eyebrow job?
Did it hurt? Was there blood? Is one higher than the other?
Well I’m so glad to say it all went very smoothly.
Meeting OliveOnce I met Olive I felt so much better. She is the type of person you feel that you’ve already known forever, if you know what I mean. She would completely put you at ease, which is a skill in itself seeing as I had spent 10mins in the car getting myself worked up, and the fact that you are not allowed coffee (or alcohol – 10am appointment a bit too early to crack open a nice bottle of red!) cos it’s a vaso…. Come on chemo brain….nope, aint going to come to me…basically coffee can cause you to bleed more as it effects your veins and for some people coffee makes them extra jittery. To be honest I’m not too pretty myself without my cup of joe.
Did it hurt?Anyhow, it was straight down to business, consent forms at the ready and eyebrows numbed up with Olive working her magic. I thought I was ready for the pain seeing as Olive explained it was not a blade but 14 tiny needles that would be scoring my brow. Out of 10 I’d have given it a max 3 on the pain scale if 1 is a OW you just poked me and 10 is you have just poked my eye out with a blunt blade and it is hanging out of its socket kinda scale. Once the anaesthetic kicked in it wasn’t sore, but the noise of the needles scratching was a little disconcerting. But nothing upsetting and there wasn’t any blood – imagine that – NONE!! Supposedly if your eyebrow tattoo lady is doing her job right she would be working between the dermis layers of the skin, ‘the sweet spot’ and there should be minimal bleeding.
Olive being 29 years a nurse certainly knows her stuff.
Time for the eyebrow chat before she goes near you there is a lot of discussions about the colour of the brows, your hair, your eyes, the shape of your face, rounded brows, square brows, brow tails, brow height….I didn’t realise there would be some much to chat about eyebrows.
Some befores and afters