What is beauty? I asked some experts!
Check out my conversation with the lovely Melissa and Deynece of Deux Bella ❤️
Let’s start with a little background: I understand you ladies are now living miles apart, but stay in touch via your blog, Deux Bella. How did you meet? How long have you been friends?
We met when we were both managing for different cosmetic lines at Nordstroms. It was basically love at first sight! We have been friends for 10 years- the funnest, craziest 10 years of our 20’s (and late teens for Dey). We have had the best times and the hard times together. Weddings, babies, moves, careers advancements, illness, deaths, breakups. All of it.
What is the silliest thing you have done together?
Hmmm honestly there’s a lot to choose from- probably grocery cart races down the very steep hill from our state capital at ungodly hours. This wasn’t some random crazy night either, it happened pretty regularly and became kind of an epic event.
What are your “day jobs”?
Deynece is an education and artistry coordinator for Bobbi Brown cosmetics, and an A- Team national featured artist.
Melissa is a semi-retired makeup artist, esthetician and psychotherapist, but mostly a momma right now.
What is the biggest challenge you have experienced in your professional life?
Melissa: I broke my hand when I was in medical school and had to really re-evaluate what my priorities were and the path I was taking and why.
Deynece: Learning to manage +50 employees all of different ages when I was only 22.
What is the best song to sing to in the shower?
Melissa: Punching In A Dream by The Naked and Famous or anything Britney Spears or Taylor Swift 🙂
Deynece: Don’t Stop Believe’n by Journey
What is the best piece of advice you have heard? What was the worst?
Best: Never cook bacon naked. Ha But seriously, a bunch of old grandmas told me you can’t spoil a baby so I just snuggled and held my baby so much and I am so glad I did!
Worst: Don’t go to bed mad. This is the worst advice. People prolong fights and a lot of things could be avoided by stepping away and taking a break, eating and getting some sleep.
Best: Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.
Worst: When you’re not first you’re last.
How do you spend your down time? Favorite books, shows, movies?
Melissa: What down time? Ha jk. Binge watching Netflix late at night while I work. I love Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey, House of Cards, Law & Order SVU even though it’s not the same without Stabler.
Deynece: Netflix and chill- while working on a million other things for the blog.
If you could have coffee with any woman, past or present, who would it be?
Melissa: Queen Hatsheput of ancient Egypt or Queen Raina of Jordan (current) she is the epitome of class and beauty and strength. She has done so much for women and children not only in the Middle East but on a global level- and she’s stunningly beautiful and classy. I would ask her how she does it all.
Deynece: My grandma because I didn’t really get to say goodbye. She went in for a routine clogged artery and then had complications and passed away during the surgery.
Who is your favorite Disney Princess? Why?
Both of us said Belle! Because she is intelligent, strong, kind and beautiful!
You are experts on beauty– what is your definition of beauty?
Short answer- it comes from within. It shines through when you are truly happy with who you are, confident and feeling good in your skin. This also reflects on the way you treat others and the way you see the world around you. Long answer- we’ve been answering in our Exploring Beauty series!
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