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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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Cinnamon and Honey

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Fully addicted to Pinterest I came across a pin for drinking cinnamon and honey for weight loss, and seeing as it was New Year at the time I thought I’d give it a go. Still drinking it now, I haven’t seen any weight loss and I never really expected to. This is most likely because I fractured my leg just before New Year’s Eve (walked, I’m mean hobbled, around on it for pretty much three weeks before anyone but me believed it was broken – got to love the NHS) so it’s not like I’ve been able to get down the gym to work off excess lard anyway. Therefore it could work for that, who knows.

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Jem and the Holograms

 

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Kids TV really isn’t what it used to be! 80s and 90s children’s television programmes were immense. Dungeons and Dragons, Heman, Thunder Cats, Transformers, Brave Star ... I could go on for hours. However, news that Jem and the Holograms is going to be made into a film made my inner child very happy. It’ll be awful of course, but I’ll go watch it regardless.

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Hairspray, my mama told me not to use it!

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As a woman I feel I’ve been blessed with many, many things. These things involve fine, lifeless grease ball hair that looks crap at the best of times, as well as over-styled, over-processed with dry ends the rest. Add adult acne, the beginnings of crows-feet, dark circles and pigmentation into the fold, and you can see why I have a queue round the block of eligible bachelors clamouring to get to my front door. Full blown knock-out ladies! I’m a total beaut. 

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