My Brand New Brows!

My Brand New Brows!

All I want for Christmas

All 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 missing

I 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!!

Thanks for reading.

Bye for now,


Caroline Warren
Therapeutic and Oncology Massage Therapist at |

Caroline is a therapeutic and oncology massage therapist, and founder of the Touch Therapy Centre in Cork. The Touch Therapy Centre offers a range of specialised therapeutic and oncology massage treatments in a safe and comforting environment for those going through a serious illness or for those who simply want to relax, recharge and unwind.

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