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red velvetName: Rachel S. Gutierrez
Age: 42
Jacqueline of All Trades – Master of Some  
I loved working for “Leisure Lady” (family owned by Southern Baptists, no less!). We sold bras and boobs, butt pads, edible panties, sex toys, hooker looking dresses, thongs that glow-in-the-dark, play music, have dangling rhinestones, feathers, marabou & leather, plus a whole lot more.  I knew every stripper & drag queen in town. This was back in 1992, long before thongs were popular. I did my persuasive speech in college about why YOU should switch from granny panties to thongs and made an “A”. Also, voted “Best Public Speaker”, which was really exciting for me, because I’m normally VERY shy. Once I feel comfortable, you will wonder where the remote control is.                 
What is in your purse?
Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula with Vitamin E, Swivel Stick Revlon Lipstick – Cherries in the Snow #440 (Been wearing color since late 80’s), Revlon Lipstick – Raspberry Bite #745, Revlon Lipstick – Wild Berries #36, Maybelline Wet Shine Diamonds Liquid – Berrie #50, Aveda Lipstick – Scarlet Sage #731 (same tube since 1988), it’s a gorgeous blue red, Leopard Faux Fur Lipstick Case, prescription bottle of Ativan – I use this when I visit my mother and if my 16 & 13 year old nieces are having an attitude.  I don’t visit often, so the Ativan last a long time!
Guilty Pleasure: 
I guess getting a neck and shoulder massage by a professional, pedicures and I love, love, love, long scalp massages while being shampooed. It just might be better than sex! Seriously, it can be that good if you have someone well trained.
Skin color, type and any special skin concerns: I have dry, ivory skin with Rosacea.
Beauty inspiration: I think my beauty inspiration is my sister Roxann. She’s nine years older than me and I remember being very young watching her do her makeup. I couldn’t wait to get older so I could wear makeup just like her. She always looked so beautiful when she was done and she still looks beautiful at age 51. Roxann is a member here, but never has time to do anything. She’s the one with two teenage daughters who think they know everything (Ativan please!).
Top 3 skincare products: This is a hard one, because I’ve been switching around a lot since my rosacea has changed from a red blush to red dots. The dots would be fine if my face was an itsy bitsy teenie weenie red polka dot bikini that I wore for the first time today. Unfortunately it’s not, so…
– I’m using prescription Metrocream and my face does feel smoother, but I still have polka dots.
– The moisturizer I’ve been using lately is called Infinite Aloe Skin Care. The jar states, it’s the ultimate of aloe skincare cream. I bought it at a “Home Show” of all places. These giant jars were selling like hotcakes (what is a hotcake?) I think we should say “selling like chocolate cakes”. Yeah that sounds much better. Yummy!!! I do truely love this product.  I just wish it had SPF.  The cream is not too heavy and not too light, it’s just right, like baby bears.
– My 3rd skincare product is Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula with Vitamin E. I use it on my lips day & night, around my eyes & chicken pox furrow at bedtime. You know when your mother always told you if you frown your face is gonna stay that way, she wasn’t lying! I have a chicken pox scar that’s perfectly oval between my eyebrows. I now have a lovely line down the middle from not turning my frown upside down. A psychic told me it’s not a chicken pox scar.  Instead she said, I was from India Royalty in my past life and that is where I wore my gemstone. I was like okie dokie. (Ativan Please!)     
Top 3 tools of the trade:
– Eyelash Curler is a must
– Lighted Makeup Mirror from the 70’s or 80’s
– Eyebrow Brush

Best beauty secret / tip:

Even if you’re not in a happy mood, try to smile at strangers and throughout your day. There’s a lot of lonely people in the world. So just giving a simple smile can brighten someones day. It’s free to give and you usually get one back. Smiling releases good endorphins and before long you will feel much brighter too. We all look better when we’re smiling.

Three current beauty products you’d like to buy: 
TRIA Laser Hair Removal System
MAC Prep & Prime Eye
MAC Lipstick in Russian Red

Thank you Rachel for sharing all this fun information with us! What a blast it must have been working for “Leisure Lady”! And keeping the same lipstick tube since the 80s?! Wow.
Ladies, what is the makeup item that has lasted the longest in your purse?

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