Angela’s Whittik’s struggle with post-chemo lash loss. And how she grew them back with an unexpected product.
Maybe it is hard to believe. But losing my lashes to chemotherapy was more painful and disappointing than losing my breasts to cancer.
My breasts never got me compliments. They were pretty much like elbows. Tools to feed my babies with.
But my lashes… ever since I was 16, they were the best thing about me.
I can re-capture the confidence that would shoot through me as soon as I put on two coats of my favorite mascara.
The beauteous lashes would elongate and pop, making me look and feel like a million bucks.
All my partners, including my husband, always complimented my seductive cat eyes.
I know this was down to my dark and heavily fringed lashes.
Because one morning after a couple of weeks into chemotherapy, I woke up to see them scattered all over my pillow. I thought I was stuck in a nightmare. For a second my mind went blank.
And then I remembered the disease I was fighting off! The side effects of the medicine.
One glance in the mirror left me devastated.
What cat eyes?
With my lashes no longer defining and adorning them, a pair of too large, slightly goggling eyes stared back at me. Bare. Naked. Accentuated by dark circles. I was finally looking as sick as I had been feeling.
Being Reduced to My Diagnosis.
Cancer does not ravage you like chemo does.
Chemo supposedly saves lives.. But at the same time, with the hair and lash loss, it leaves you reduced to your diagnosis.
People look at your bare eyes and your covered head with nothing but pity.
Chemo is so present that you gradually disappear.
No one asks you about your life. The only thing they can focus on is your disease.
And then come the series of minor shocks.
Someone clicks your photograph and you realize how pale and ghastly, how lashless and naked you are!
You start recovering just a bit and you try on your favorite mascara. The next day the lashes that had grown post chemo drop off. Literally. They fall off… leaving you horrified and helpless again.
Chemical free make-up is so hard to find. True natural cosmetics are hidden away in overlooked corners of the internet.
And if by chance some mascara does not give you pink-eye, or kill your lashes, the poor quality pigment is so dark and over the top against your pale face that you look like a circus clown trying to mimic having healthy lashes.
I went through it all.
But I never gave up searching for a product that would make my recovery easier by giving me the confidence to look better.
I found it.. And it wasn’t an expensive medication. Or a procedure.
It Was a Mascara - One Made for Women Over 50.
I was part of multiple post-chemo Facebook groups.
And some kind soul posted the promotion for a new product. The buzz said it was the world’s first healing, pro-age mascara.
I am 55.
Even before being diagnosed with cancer and undergoing chemotherapy, my old favorites were starting to look wrong on me. So you can imagine exactly how sceptical I was.
A woman post menopause, post chemo … expecting a mascara to grow back her lashes.
However, I was desperate and I placed the order. And then I panicked.
But the Prime Causemetics support agent was extremely patient and helpful.
She explained that the founder came from a family of oncologists. He wanted women over 50 who had undergone chemo to use Prime products for real results, without the side-effects.
My PrimeLash Mascara came in a beautiful and sleek silver-blue package.
I loved the wand. It was neither too big, nor too small.
It was curved the right way.
Chemo had left me with a slight tremor in my hands. And the few times I had attempted putting on other mascaras, the pigment was stamped everywhere.
Not with PrimeLash. The wand seemed to grab on to my tiny, sparse lashes. As I wiggled it up and down… I could feel it combing and separating them.
I wish I had captured the moment on camera, but when my lashes re-appeared like magic… I cried. There I was, putting on mascara and crying like a baby.
Two coats and I could see my lashes again. They weren’t sticking together. They were proud and popping. There was zero mascara gunk on their tips. And absolutely no fallout from the pigment.
I was stunned.
I started wearing it every day, even if I had nowhere to go. PrimeLash Mascara made me feel like myself.
This is what I noticed:
- My eyes did not itch or redden after application.
- The take-off was easy. Warm water and wipe. I am yet to see broken lashes and believe me, I look for them.
- With regular use, the growth of my natural lashes has visibly improved.
I am a proud Prime Ambassador now.
Without being dramatic, I know this mascara can change lives. As a part of the program I came in contact with Susan, Jeeyah & Lola - all above 50, all cancer survivors. Here are their stories:
“Queen of mascaras for old people and people who have had chemo. So - here is what happened. Very sceptical but ready to help poor old face and body. Went out for probably only a few months. Put the usual makeup on for going out. Someone took a photo. Ugh. Hit the internet. Got the Primelash. First up - could not wait - on with the Primelash. Waiting for the hit/sting. Nup. Ok = they say put another coat on = I did = still no sting. Feeling liberated now so kept on slapping on Primelash. I am 77 = I had 2 years of daily by mouth chemo for rare immune system disease back when and then age took over and lashes just did not come back as they were. Incidentally - I look terrific today”- Susan Deane Blue Mountains NSW
“Amazing. I received this within a week of ordering always had small eyelashes but after chemotherapy last year they are worse than ever and I am 62.Considered extensions until I saw the advert for this product.Sent a message to see if it would be suitable for me.Responded in 24hours and it is brilliant.I will certainly order again and it has given me that little bit more confidence.”- Jeeyah K.
“So happy with PrimeLash Mascara. I am so pleased with my PrimeLash mascara. I am 76 years old and have worn mascara since I was 16. I lost my eyelashes due to chemotherapy. When my lashes grew back, I applied some mascara of another brand from a tube that had been around for quite awhile. I never dreamed that it would cause my eyelashes to break off but that’s what happened. They have grown back now and I have used my PrimeLash mascara twice. I love the slim brush opposed to the brushes that are big at one end and small at the other. I’ve always had trouble applying mascara without getting it on one side of my eye lid or the other. This mascara is so easy to apply and I am careful to wash it off at night with a warm washcloth.”- Lola C.
“If you’re desperate to have longer, thicker lashes post chemo, but are afraid to try random, chemical laden products, I can assure you - PrimeLash Mascara will work. ”- Angela W.