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The Amnesia Kit

The Amnesia Kit

So yesterday I told you the story about how a moment with my sister led me to have a change of heart about the cosmetics industry. In the years that followed, I really pared down on my stash of beauty products. I started questioning why I used certain things - did they make me feel good, or were they just a band-aid that I put on some insecurity that I had been sold on? As you can probably guess, lip balm totally made the cut! I don't know about you, but for me, the fact that this stuff moisturizes my...

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How Cellulite Cream Changed My Life

How Cellulite Cream Changed My Life

Today, I would like to introduce you to my sister. Her name is Renée, but we loved to call her "crotte de Renée" which sounds like booger in French. But she forgave me for all of this once I started working in the cosmetics industry and would bring home a crazy amount of samples for us to try together when I would come visit. We have an age difference of 7 years, and I love seeing her roll her eyes at people who ask us which is the oldest or if we're twins!   At this point, the little sister/big...

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First jobs foreshadowing the future

First jobs foreshadowing the future

Here she is! This is 21 year old Sylvie on her college graduation day! Although she was mortified to discover how the flash made her top to see-through when the photos were developped weeks later (funny how all the no-gown prints disappeared...) on this day, she's excited because she has graduated, (Yay!) won a couple of awards (one for Entrepreneurship, which I proudly pulled out when I applied for a business loan recently! lol!) and best of all: SHE HAD A JOB!!! Not just a job, but a COOL job. In her FIELD! Although she would have jumped at becoming...

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My Hot Shot Photography Moment

My Hot Shot Photography Moment

One of my very first college assignments resulted in this photo. I had a photo styling course as part of my curriculum, and just a few weeks into it, we were living the dream: we got to style a *real* photo shoot! With a *real* photographer! That we had to pay ourselves with our own *real* (or perhaps borrowed) money. The studio was also in a *real* sketchy neighborhood. But I only realized that a couple years later, so it was all good. Anyways, I immediately recognized this assignment for what it was: an excuse to buy more lip balm!...

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Can You Shop for a Living?

Can You Shop for a Living?

Are you ready for the next chapter in my story?!! Meet Grade 13 Sylvie (yes, I am old enough to have been in Grade 13). She has better hair than Grade 9 Sylvie (see, I told you) and she's also come out of her shell a little. It's almost the end of the school year and she's excited about prom and finally getting to wear that dress she obsessed about for months (I still think it's awesome, for the record) What she was not excited about was going to University. Because she's smart, Sylvie has been told she should do...

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