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Lucy Pretty

Lucy Pretty

Loving everything about beauty for as long as I can remember, being a make-up artist was all I wanted to do growing up. The Mary Quant Classic Make-Up & Beauty Book was my bible as a 13 year old, and for as long as I can remember I have loved everything Kevyn Aucoin ever did!

So instead of doing what all my friends were doing, I geared GCSEs/A-Levels etc towards it. However, after a stint working at an American summer camp teaching photography at 19 (looking after eleven ten year olds at a sleep away camp, well and truly put me off teaching children for a really long time!!), when I finally decided to come home I went to a local college to hone my self-taught “skill.” Various beauty courses, theatre, panto, weddings and prom make-up jobs, and a fashion journalism degree later; I ended up in the world of marketing for an online beauty retailer. Not quite the realms of make-up artistry, or even journalism (waaay to live ‘the dream’), I was still able to put my knowledge and experience to good use.

After four years I went on to become the Digital Content Editor at Jemma Kidd Make Up School. Meeting the comic genius that is Kirsty Lemare North, and having her as the easiest going boss in the land, we shared an office in Soho and spent far too much time laughing (and drooling over products)! ... Oh and making coffee.

A fellow make-up maven, product junkie and lover of words, we always talked about doing something together. So where Jemma Kidd ended, new projects began!

With the same dry, sarcastic and downright dark sense of humour, compulsive addiction to cosmetics we really cannot afford and love of all things digital, Two Pretties is a pair of thirty something women with plenty to say. That being said don’t expect a lot of mush about how much we love everything.

With a cumulative thirty years experience in different areas of the beauty industry, we can spot marketing guff at a hundred paces (quite often that we ourselves have written) and are not fooled by ‘clever’ phrases. The time for mass accumulation has passed for us and we expect our products to not just look beautiful, but genuinely deliver on their promises.

With two very different lifestyles and expectations from our beauty products and routines, our aim is to really put beauty tutorials, products and launches through their paces, in the hope that what works for us will also benefit you! Loving to get on our soap box, you can expect to hear about the products we enjoy, alternative ways to wear the latest beauty trends, pet peeves and much, much more.

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Ello, Vera!

Up until last week I’d never heard of Forever Living the Aloe Vera Company. Invited to the launch of a good friend of mine’s new business with the brand, I was intrigued to say the least. Rocking up at her house on a Thursday evening, I’d done a bit of research but wasn’t too sure what to expect. I love organic and natural products, but I also love full scale high-tech scientific ones too with their super-glossy packaging and million pound budget marketing campaigns.

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Chop or not to chop, that is the question?

Hair Cuts

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So I’ve been growing my hair FOREVER. Or at least that’s what I always say I’m doing. Gets a bit long, chop it off, grows and gets a bit long, chop it off. Round and round it goes and I’m never satisfied with whatever cut I have. I’ve had a crop (mistake), multiple bobs (all a mistake. Including a blonde one – this was the biggest mistake of them all.) Three fringes (mistake), what my sister likes to call a mullet (mistake) and how it is now i.e. boring and long (not a mistake, just shit!) Dying it shades of brown (mega adventurous), and kind of ombre but not (have highlights underneath instead of on top), the combination of this and heat styling has left me with split-ends from hell.

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Big Bottomed Girls

Increasingly I’m becoming more and more annoyed with boys and their metabolisms! Yes men suffer with their weight too, no doubt about it. However, what bugs me is their ability to lose it quickly by cutting out beer for example, or retain reasonable bodies with zero effort. A woman would need to cut bread (in fact ALL wheat and chuck in gluten too), chocolate (scrap that ALL sugar), and dairy out of her diet to achieve the same result. (Am aware this isn’t strictly true hard-core fitness peeps, but stick with me.)

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I hate first dates, fact. They're pit of the stomach nauseating in the build-up and sometimes just plain awkward! However, it doesn't help that I have a pretty male sense of humour at times. (Does not go down well, believe me. Wish I was sweet and charming!) Looking all pretty then exclaiming, "waaaay, that's what she said!" generally keeps me staring down from that dusty shelf. Hey, I make myself laugh, and that's all that matters(should really start a cat breeding program though. I think it's time!).

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