I mentioned it before, but within 24 hours of arriving home from the hospital, all my eyelashes and eyebrows had fallen out. Seriously? Somehow it never bothered me to go in public without a wig or even a hat, but it killed me to even go around my house sans lashes and brows. Thankfully, I already had a set of false lashes I’d bought in the fall (pre-cancer) to play with. They’re not easy to put on, but I got quicker with practice. Eyeliner became super important—lining first with a good dark liner (I used a liquid water proof liner by L’Oreal that I found at Target. Like this but waterproof) gave me a little room for error so that I didn’t have to be quite so perfect in my application. And that same eyeliner did a good job defining my eyes so that I could skip lashes on days when I just didn’t care enough to put in the time. The Anastasia brow gel that I loved to darken my super blonde brows didn’t quite do the trick once the blonde hairs were gone. So I headed back to Nordstrom and asked for their help. They pointed me to a different Anastasia product (brow express) that does a fabulous job of faking brows. It takes a while to do my brows since they don’t exist—using a stencil and several other products. But to me, it’s so worth it. And I can already see some little lashes and brows starting to grow back in, so hopefully the long process won’t be necessary soon.
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A breast cancer researcher turned stay at home mom turned breast cancer patient, I'm navigating my way through cancer treatments and my quest for normalcy in its aftermath. Sometimes normal is hard, and sometimes it's as simple as going for a run, throwing on some lipstick, and heading out to chemo. Follow along at runlipstickchemo.com View all posts by Jamie