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melilaName: Melissa

Age: 25

Vocation: writer

What is in your purse?
Neutrogena MoistureShine in “Honey”, Caudalie Hand and Nail Cream, Caudalie Lip Conditioner, Sonia Kashuk Lip Palette in “Berries”, test spritzer of Bvlgari Omnia Amethyste, travel toothbrush/paste/floss, Viactiv calcium chews, a ridiculously sharp, indestructible nail file I got as a promo item from a Building Inspection Agency (better than the most expensive nail file), clear polish (great for runs in tights – plus I put a coat over my manicure every day) and MORNING DEW Frankincense Wild refreshing face mist ($3?!)

Guilty Pleasure: chocolate – earl grey chocolate, mint chocolate, ginger chocolate, Toblerone.  Doesn’t matter, I love it.  Nail polish, too!

Skin color, type and any special skin concerns: Warm / light olive-ish.  I’m Sicilian so I’ve never had a sunburn and I tan well, but I’ve had Keratosis Pilaris Rubra faceii on my cheeks and chin since I was two, and plain old Keratosis Pilaris on my hips/thighs and the backs of my arms.  Unfortunately the cosmetic industry focuses on acne, while KP is just as common, so I’ve had to do a lot of my own experimenting and reading on skincare message boards to see what works – my own dermatologist misdiagnosed me as having rosacea. Loser. I’ve got the treatment down to a science but it flares up if I skip more than a day or two. Oh, I’m also a little dry and sensitive.

Beauty inspiration:
My momma! One of my earliest memories is watching her apply her makeup at the breakfast table every morning – she still wears L‘Oreal Colour Riche Vagabond Mauve and uses the original Oil of Olay – and it works for her! She also had a full beautified face (never over done) and styled hair when she gave birth to both her children. 

Top 3 skincare products:
LUSH King of Skin
REN Guerande Salt Exfoliating Body Balm
– Coconut oil

Top 3 tools of the trade: 
– a wide tooth comb
Sonia Kashuk eyebrow brush
Japonesque professional eyelash curler

Best beauty secret / tip:
  Don’t slouch!

Three current beauty products you’d like to buy:
Jonathan Product Beauty Water Shower Purification System
Tarte Lights Camera Lashes
– the entire Jessicurl product line

Favorite Drugstore product and why:  Maybelline Full ‘n Soft because people actually think I’m gifted in the eyelash dept. when I wear this.

Favorite Splurge item and why: Oh dear god, I have to pick?  I have expensive taste by default… even if I didn’t know the price I’d pick the more expensive of the two without fail.  Fine. Chanel lipsticks and polishes because they’re quality and you can tell!  Also REN Omega 3 Overnight Lipid Renewal Serum because it makes me GLOW.

If I was on a limited beauty budget I would: Sell my eggs for $$.. JOKING!

It’s great to get to know you Melissa!
You said you got a ridiculously sharp, indestructible nail file as a promo item from a Building Inspection Agency?! How did you manage to do that?
And we loved your pick from Ibrodar’s store on Etsy – we love discovering new cosmetic lines from creative people!

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