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Thursday, March 25, 2010

As much as I'd like to think otherwise, I am not a woman of elegance. Oh, yes, I've spent my time imagining I have a long elegant neck without thick ruts. I imagine my slender self (yeah, right) practically waltzing across the floor with ease and grace.

But then I do write fiction.

Here's the thing. I'm losing my eyebrows and eyelashes. Please don't feel sorry for me. I'm okay with that. It's just another of life's challenges. But I am determined not to look "sick." I want to wear wigs and makeup, jewelry, sparkles, all that. But for the life of me, I'm terrified to put on fake eyelashes and eyebrows. And do you know why? Because I'm NOT a woman of elegance. I'm of the I Love Lucy variety.

I can see it now. I'm out to lunch, laughing and having a wonderful time when my eye starts twitching. I'm trying to ignore it, but my friend is noticing. Something blurs my vision and I realize a hair too late (pardon the pun) that it's my eyelashes, which by now have fallen into my water glass. See what I mean?

Then there are the fake eyebrows. I've looked at those online. All I can think of is Tim Allen in "Christmas With the Cranks". Remember his eyebrows after the plastic surgery?

Maybe I'd be better off going all natural--unless, of course, you can come up with a better solution for me??????

Diann Hunt  
posted at 7:20 AM  
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At 9:32 AM, Blogger Valerie said...

Bless your heart, Diann. Your positive outlook is such an inspiration!

This may or may not be helpful to you, but have you tried searching a site for people with Alopecia? They live with no eyelashes/brows/hair for most of their lives. My best friend in college had this condition. Her wig was amazing and she was so adept with her eyebrow pencils, you never knew she had no hair!

I'm sure you have had lots of support and suggestions from others. I just thought another resource might be useful...

At 9:57 AM, Blogger Beverly said...


At least you are aware of the status of your eyelashes and eyebrows. I was the last to notice it! How pathetic is that?? :-)

My one attempt at elegance was choosing a new pair of earrings every time I went for a treatment or check-up. In fact, I still give myself permission, although it is more rationalized than justified these days! help from me on this one. But, oh, how I LOVE to hear your voice here!!

Good luck on your quest! Love you!

At 9:57 AM, Blogger Beverly said...

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At 10:10 AM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Can you go to a Sephora (sp?) or some other makeup place and have fun trying different makeups? The girls there will show you all kinds of things. I love the powder titanium oxide shadows that work as well for eyebrows, just get something a little lighter than your hair or wig color so it looks more natural.

Oh, and remember that glasses cover up a whole lot. That's why I started wearing glasses again after so many years with contacts. They hide the wrinkles and circles around my eyes. If you got some with a deeper color around the upper frame that will cover your eyebrows that helps. I used to love those glasses that had shading in the top half, but I guess that's out of style these days. I always thought those looked so great, and no need to even wear eye makeup at all.

At 10:31 AM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

I'm with you, Di. I even told Amber not to try for any glamour shots. I mean, really. Me? GLamour? No way. I end up looking like Goofy.

And then we have the farsightedness. I need super power magnification to put the makeup on. Try lugging that on an airplane. You end up having lunch with security. A long lunch.

Forget the eyebrows. A little pencil or powder will give the effect. And eyelashes? I remember wearing them when I was a teenager. They were all the rage. But now, I just look sleepy if I try them on.

Go for the naked look and wear a sign "I need chocolate."

At 11:14 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Thanks for the site, Valerie. I'll check it out!

I like the earrings reward, Beverly!

Oooo, rhinestone glasses, that's a thought! Good idea, Cheryl!

The "I need chocolate" sign is a perfect idea, Ane! LOL

Keep the ideas coming, girls!

At 12:08 PM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

This is your opportunity to have the long, lush lashes you always wanted. And, okay, the chance to laugh at yourself when they drop into your soup. But, hey, laughter is the best medicine, right?

At 12:13 PM, Blogger Beverly said...

BTW, those eyelashes in the picture you posted: for my Kindergartner's Halloween party, my co-room mom SUPER GLUED a pair of those on. She said the stuff that came with them didn't work and she wanted to be festive, after all!

She looked fine the next time I saw her, eye lashes intact, but I can't suggest going that route (have you read the warnings on super-glue products lately?) The ideas here are much better!

At 12:24 PM, Blogger Sabrina L. Fox said...

My girlfriend just started getting fake lashes applied at a spa place here in town. It's not that expensive (under $30)and lasts about a month I think. The neat thing about these is that they apply them individually so you lose them naturally. A lash at a time I guess.

Also, that medicine, Latisse, actually works. We prescribe it at my work. It is pricey. Costs about $100 a month but the results have been positive.

I'm with it. Splurge and if you find yourself in a Lucy moment, all the more reason to laugh and enjoy yourself! Love ya, Diann! :)

At 6:08 PM, Blogger jel said...

there was a lady that worked at the same place i did, and she drawed her eyebrows on, you wouldn't have to worry about them falling off.

that reminds me of that part of a movie , "Yours, Mine,Ours" with Lucelle Ball, where her kid made her up to go on her date with Henry Fonda, they were that the bar, and her eyelashes got stuck and she try get them apart and this other man thought she was winking at him! it was funny!

your inner beauty makes your outer bauty even more!

At 6:29 PM, Blogger Suzanne said...

I've been dying for the past week to write about a cashier in a local grocery store who wears false eyelashes. Thanks for the opportunity, Di!

Long. Very long. Much too long to be punching in prices of celery and toilet paper. She looked so out of place that all I could do was stare.

Keep this in mind when you go in search of eyelashes. LOL.

Oooh and eyebrows, I have a friend who got some tatoo-ed on. They turned a greenish color. They look awful.

Hang in there, they'll grow back soon enough. Just keep enjoying life!

At 6:53 PM, Blogger Katy McKenna said...

I know an old lady who evidently thought she'd give herself a cheap facelift. Her natural eyebrows (and the facial bone on which they sit) had kind of....sunk, making her natural eyebrows kind of in the sockets where her eyeballs should be, if you can picture it! :) Anyway, she keeps her natural eyebrows completely plucked away, except you can see a tiny shadow where they try to come back in. Then she draws on her pencilled ones, where she wants them to be on her face, where her original brows USED to be. About TWO INCHES higher than where the originals now rest in peace, ha! She looks very perky and surprised, but not unhappy or unpleasant! Other than that, I'm clueless, Di. Without chemo, both my lashes and eyebrows are thinning terribly.

At 8:39 PM, Blogger Beverly said...


Surely you are now possessor of some material for your next book! :=)

At 6:27 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Great comments, everyone! Thank you so much for your input! I had such fun reading them! LOL!

At 9:55 AM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

I forgot about the "permanent eyeliner." You can get that done and no one will notice you don't have lashes. Of course, it hurts a bit. LOL I had it done years ago when I worked for an Ophthalmologist. Only problem is that it isn't really permanent. They basically tattoo the eyeliner on, but as your skin sloughs off, it wears away. But it lasted about a year or more.

At 6:19 PM, Blogger Leticia said...

I agree with valerie on the eyebrow liner. I am not sure about the eye lashes because, like you, I am afraid to try them. I quit using mascara altogether because I got tired of it scratching my eyes!

I think with a great eye liner and shadow you won't need the lashes.

Btw, you are beautiful just the way you are.


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