Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Still Here, Still Eyelining!

Hello everybody!

Just wanted to let you know that even though I haven't updated this blog in a while, I have not abandoned it - in fact, I am checking it regularly and see every one of the the lovely comments and questions you guys post. The reason I don't update it frequently is because I wanted this blog to be a helpful resource of photos, videos and tutorials, rather than one of those 'day-to-day thoughts' kind of blogs (goodness knows there's enough of them out there...), and I feel like this site and my YouTube channel now have most of your bases covered.

If you have any questions about the tutorials or specific products, or even have an idea for a new tutorial that you'd like to see, as always please feel free to leave a comment or message me a bit more privately via my YouTube channel. I love to hear from you all!

Keep on lining, lashing and scarf-tying, everybody :)


42 comments:

  1. Thank you for posting these tips! I am losing my hair due to Hodgkin's Lymphom and have been a little surprised at how much it's bothering me. :-) Your tips are so helpful. :-)

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  2. I also am thrilled to find your blog and to watch your videos. I am 34 and was just diagnosed with breast cancer and have started chemo. Today, on day 10, my hair is starting to fall out. I don't know why, but that seems to be a really hard part of this whole process. I have a question, what is your black cap made of that you wear under all of your scarves, buffs, etc. Where can I get one?
    Thank you again. By the way, you are BEAUTIFUL! A true inspiration. You don't need hair to be beautiful!
    Kristen
    marioandretti@hotmail.com

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  3. Hi Kristen - lovely to hear from you, and really pleased you've found this blog helpful. The black cap I wear in the videos is from an online company called Suburban Turban, and the style is called 'Kimmy'. I know that they deliver to many countries outside the UK!

    Carly xo

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  4. I found your blog today. I wanted to first say you are a beautiful woman and the tutorials you have posted are fantastic! I happened upon your youtube channel and blog while looking for new techniques. I have had trichotillomania for over 30 years and can no longer grow a full set of eyelashes or eyebrows. I am going to try some of your suggestions. I had never heard of the sealer before! That is what I am looking forward to most as my makeup rubs/wipes/sweats off so easily and it creates a huge amount of anxiety! So thank you!

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  5. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment, Bonita! I really hope you have luck with the products and tips I've recommended. A good product can be life-changing!

    Carly xo

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  6. Your tips are amazing and I am very grateful that I found your blog. I am 31years old and have alopecia universilas for the first time in my life. It's been a difficult acceptance period to say the least, but I did my brows up this weekend for the first time and every body thought they grew back! THANK YOU!

    -Lori (2.precious.lab@gmail.com)

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  7. Hi Lori, fantastic news about your brows! Really happy these tips are working well for you. AU is a big thing to cope with at any age, but there's so much you can do with scarves and makeup to make sure you still feel like 'you'. Let me know if there are any particular topics/tutorials you want me to cover, or any specific questions you have :)

    Carly xo

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  8. I will be starting chemo soon and I am so happy that I found your you tube channel. I have never seen a more natural eyebrow than the one you demonstrated! The ruffled head scarf that you are wearing in the eyebrow video is adorable, where did you buy it? Thank you again!

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  9. Sorry never mind saw that you answered the question in a previous post! On your buff video however, what is the name of the purplish stripe buff that you are wearing? There are so many to choose from!

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  10. Hey there Michelle, really happy you've found these tutorials helpful! As for that Buff, I've scoured the US and UK Buff site and I'm afraid I just can't find that colour Buff anymore, which leads me to think they've discontinued that particular style... But the good news is that I saw many beautiful new colours on those sites, many of them in purple - so I hope you still find something you like on there! Please don't hesitate to let me know if you have any specific questions or topics you'd like me to cover as you start your chemo. xoxo

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  11. Hi Carly! I am so glad I found this blog... I am starting chemo in a few weeks, and this blog is so positive and inspiring and is really making me so much more relaxed! I love how you tie the scarf with an elastic, and I also love the buff idea! Super easy, and super cute. I'm also getting married soon, so learning how to apply eyebrows and eyelashes is very important to me, and yours look amazing! Thank you for doing what you're doing :)

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  12. Hi Carly, you have no idea how helpful this blog and your youtube site has been! Being a teenager make-up obviously plays a huge role in my life and its great to have videos which I can watch over and over again until I'm able to get the knack of it! So I really just wanted to say thank-you, loosing my eyelashes knocked my confidence but you've helped me to build it slowly back up again! Cheers! x

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  13. Hi Nicole - thank you so much for taking the time to post this, it's fantastic to know that the blog has been a help to you! Please don't hesitate to let me know if you have any specific questions or topics you'd like me to cover. xoxo

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  14. Hi Carly. I am just on day 10 after chemo and so far no hair loss but expecting it any day!!. As a 47 year old Mum I haven't had to think too hard about eyebrow makeup for ages, but thought I had better get myself prepared!. I came across your You Tube tutorial on how to apply eyebrows. It was fantastic!!. I don't feel quite so daunted on what I will need to do so a huge thankyou!

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  15. Hi Carly.
    I was curious what brand of eyelashes you buy? I bought a cheap pair from the store yesterday and tried them on for the first time this morning to wear to work. I lost the nerve not knowing if they truly looked ok or if they would fall off during the day so I wore a hat for more comfort :) Anyway yours seemed more shaped for your eye than the ones I have seen at the stores.
    Thank you for your videos. I have alopecia and now starting to lose my eyebrows and eyelashes. I have never been in to make up that much so really struggle with proper ways to put it on ....but being 36 and losing my "beauty hair?" just makes it so much more important for me to wear make up and feel pretty again....and find my inner confident self.
    I don't know what your story is but you have been an inspiration to me and my daughters who watch me struggle with this.
    Thank you from another Carly :)

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  16. Hello to another Carly!!! I've actually got a whole eyelashes section on the site, at http://eyelineher.blogspot.com/search/label/eyelashes - there, you'll find all my tutorials and details about the products I wear. For eyelashes, I prefer the Ardell brand that you can buy at Boots (if you're in the UK) or Walgreens (US). My tutorials will also give you an idea of how to shape them so they actually stay on your eye!

    Good luck, and I hope all goes well. Feel free to get back in touch with any questions at all! Carly xo

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  17. Hi Carly...me again :)
    I was just curious how long you have alopecia? I too have it and now have lost almost all eyelashes and eyebrows...taking one day at a time :) I do realize that everyone's experience is different. No one I know has experienced this before so at times can be a bit overwhelming and hard for people to relate. Anyway just curious how many years you have had it and if you have had any growth? I have growth on my head but its kind of funny as it of course is little patches here and there. I have purchased a buff and just ordered 3 hats from Surbanturban. The buff came today and the hats should arrive very soon. So excited to get them!
    Alopecia can be a very scary and hard time....I really find your info extremely helpful so thank you.
    take care,

    Carly F

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  18. Hey again Carly! I've had alopecia since I was 18, which started off small and got more 'total' over a year - I've had it for 8 years now. For the past couple of years I've been experiencing tiny bits of growth but really nothing to write home about ;) As you quite rightly say, everyone's experience is different so it's tricky to compare - however the one piece of advice I'd give (not that you have to take it!) is to get to a place where you are happy where you are, as you are. What I'm trying to say is: it really helps when you're not making your happiness dependent on your situation changing - at least, that's what's made me happy :)

    Great to hear you've ordered some SubTub hats and buffs - I've found some awesome new ways to tie scarves which I'm hoping to do a video on asap! Since you've lost your brows I REALLY recommend you check out this brow sealer from Bald Girls Do Lunch - it's a total lifesaver and I can't praise it enough.

    Take care, and don't hesitate to get back in touch! Carly xo

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  19. Thanks Carly. I got my 3 hats from Urban Turban and love them!!! I am off today with my mom and daughters to the mall to check out makeup ha ha....shall be interesting ;)...horrible right now on the brows...eyelashes getting much better.

    I find there is not much awareness with alopecia and so wish and determind to find a way to make it more known....and excepted. Got to find some inner power with this card that I have been dealt with in life :) If I had the money I would love to have a advertisment prommoting awareness on alopecia and aceptance...maybe on TV? ha ha just dreaming :)

    Thank you for the advice... my husband says we should have that plastered on our wall as a reminder when I have a bad day. Maybe make a graffiti wall in our house of inspirtation!

    One more thing...where do you purchase your great scarfs? I am sure you have repeated yourself in these posts but easier to just ask lol. I only have one and would love to find some more. I like how it feels like I have long hair again ;) I had long hair and always had it pulled back in a bun or ponytail.

    Can't wait to see your new head wrap video. Keep them coming!

    Have a wonderful weekend.

    Carly F

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  20. Hey Carly,

    I *love* your idea of using your situation to 'spread the word'--that's what I did! I really wanted to find a way to make the best of my circumstances, especially as I was pretty pleased with all the makeup tricks I'd thought of and just couldn't see anywhere else out there that offered the same kind of hard, practical advice. I also got quite frustrated with many of the existing support blogs and sites out there, which (in my humble opinion) were just SO negative. It really didn't put my head in a a 'good place' to read other people pouring out their anger and sadness... I needed some positivity! I hope that's what you'll find here :) It sounds like you have a wonderful family who loves you for being YOU, hair or no hair.

    Re: scarves, I used to get my big silk scarves from a UK store called Accessorize--but now I've moved over to the US I haven't actually bought any. What I DO like to do is to put on a small cap (like the Kimmy cap from Suburban Turban) and then tie a long, thin scarf around it like you would a headband, knotting it at the side of my head and leaving the long bits to fall over my shoulder. It's a nice feminine look, and you can find long thin scarves (silk or cotton) in pretty much any department store. Give it a try!

    Carly xo

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  21. hi, Carly. Everyone must say this, but your knot-free scarf-tying method is ACE. I made a band out of elastic straight away, and am wearing a lovely blue bun as I type. Just one question: would you be willing to tell me where you got your little underneath cap, please? I've had similar things in the last, but not smooth, as yours appeared.

    Thanks again for your lovely video. I felt as if I had met you!

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  22. Hi Ruth, thanks so much -- glad to be of help! The cap I wear is called Kimmy from Suburban Turban, and I believe they deliver to a wide variety of countries!

    Carly xo

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  23. Hi Carly,
    I'm just wondering if you've tried the Milani brow tint pen? I just bought one today (my left eyebrow came up missing the other day - oh the joys of alopecia!) and haven't tried it yet but it looks like a very fine felt-tip pen. Might be worth a review?

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  24. Hi Carly
    Hope all is well with you :)
    question for you to one Carly with Alopecia from head to toe from another Carly the same ;P
    Did you ever experience any of your skin sensation being different? Very hard to explain but sometimes when I happen to rub my scarf on my checks or face (I guess just a habit) and it kind of feel numb or tingly? Again ....very hard to explain. I am just wondering that with the loss of the little hairs on our face being gone that maybe that is why my skin sensation can feel different?
    I know autoamuine conditions can be linked so searching the internet can sometimes be scary .....so thought I would ask you :)
    Take care!
    Carly F

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    1. Hi! I have AU too and I have the same thing. It kind of feels like your face is numb sometimes. It has to do with the tiny hairs on your face being gone and therefore you're not as sensitive. Don't worry about it, I don't. :) There's so much else to worry about.
      // Johanna

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    2. Thanks Johanna :)
      Usually still lovin life with AU but having a downer day for some silly reason so your response was perfect timing :)

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    3. Hi guys -- thanks Johanna for weighing in on this one! Carly: I can't say I've experienced the numbness you refer to, but this explanation makes a lot of sense. And yes, I'd definitely caution against going down the Google rabbit-hole on auto-immune conditions -- you'll come away two hours later convinced that you have about forty competing conditions, all of which are terminal. Just say no! xo

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  25. Hi Carly,

    I just want to tell you that I'm so glad I stumbled across your videos. My mother just found out she had breast cancer and is due to start chemo in a couple of weeks. I have always been her hair and makeup guru but really had no idea how to help her style her new and changing self. I'm so glad that I will have your tips in my arsenal. It will help me help her feel beautiful.
    And you obviously get this a lot, but you are gorgeous and so personable that I felt like you were in my living room.
    Thanks all the way from Ohio!

    Stephanie

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    1. Hi Stephanie, I'm so glad that these tips are helpful for your mum! Please feel free to get back in touch with any specific questions you or she have :) xo

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  26. I've watched your video about recreating eyebrows with makeup several times. It is the best technique I've seen yet for creating realistic looking eyebrows.
    My problem is I cannot find an eyebrow pencil that works for me. All the eyebrow pencils (all drugstore brands because that's all I can afford) are too soft. I always get a smudgy look rather than hairstrokes.
    I would love to know which eyebrow pencil you use or could suggest for me. I need brown color eyebrow pencil.

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    1. Hi there -- as I explain in my tutorial, the best pencil for this is made by Rimmel! I've found it in a few Targets and RiteAids, but your best bet is actually ordering them online from Drugstore.com: http://www.drugstore.com/products/prod.asp?pid=345372&aid=338755 xo

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  27. I just watched your scarf how to, thank you I struggle with tying properly and that just made it so easy!

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  28. Okay I need help! How do you remove the glue from your eyelashes without destroying them?! I am so not good at this!!! I can barely get them to last a week! I buy the Ardell # 108. Any tips on glue removal???

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  29. Hey Carly -- sorry for the delay! There's actually a small section elsewhere on this site about this, and you can see it here (scroll down the page to 'Reusing Your Lashes'.) Essentially, you use a (sharp) thumbnail to carefully peel away the dried glue from the false lash base -- it should come away like a thin string. Click here for a close-up pic! :) xo

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  30. I bought the Bald Girls Do Lunch brow sealer and it worked okay, but did rub off when I slept (I guess I'm a restless sleeper). Then I left it in a hotel room so I've been looking for something new. Someone on YouTube suggested La Femme sealer, which is only $6. I've ordered a bottle but if anyone else here has been using any sealers that you think are amazing, I'd love to hear about them!

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  31. What is the little cap thingy that you wear under your scarves and buffs called? I have trawled the internet to buy one but just can't find them. I'm not looking for a hijab tube cap, I wanted a cap that covers fully, like yours does.

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  32. Thank you so much for your helpful tips. I feel confident my lashes and eyebrows are going to stay on. I feel pretty again because I found your site. Love also the buff and infinity scarf ideas. It's so simple and much more comfortable than a wig. You have a great gift for teaching.

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  33. Hey Georgia, the little cap I wear is a Kimmy cap from Suburban Turban!

    Mary: thanks for your kind words! I love doing this, and I'm glad you've found it helpful :)



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  34. Hi Carly, I stumbled on your blog through youtube and I am so grateful for all the time you put into the tutorials. Thank you so much!! I love your happy demeanor and amazing tips - you are a fabulous teacher and I'm excited to try your advice out! Thank you!!!

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    1. I'm so glad you're finding the site helpful Heidi! Thank you for your kind words, and good luck putting the tips into action! xo

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