Hello lovelies! I have a fabulous introduction for you today, and I’m happy to say that it is the gorgeous ladies behind the lovely blog Deux Bella-Melissa and Deynece! These two fabulous girls are giving one lucky winner a big beauty prize pack (you want it, I promise)but first, I want to take a moment to let you get to know them better. I asked them a few questions, their answers are following.
Meet Melissa and Deynece
How did you two meet each other and become friends?
We met about 10 years ago when we were both managing cosmetics counters at Nordstrom. It was basically love at first sight! 🙂
What made you decide to start Deux Bella together?
We have both always thought about blogging/vlogging and with both our combined experience and knowledge in the beauty industry we felt like it would make a stronger blog with us both. Plus what better way to stay connected to your best friend that lives across the country then to have to connect multiple times a day about something we both have a passion for.
What started your Exploring Beauty Series? Tell us about it too!
We have always loved makeup but we both really believe in beauty coming from what is on the inside- not just outer appearance. We really wanted our blog to be able to dive deeper into inner beauty, mental and spiritual beauty as well so we felt like starting this Exploring Beauty Series was the perfect way to express that. We are blessed with some amazing women in our lives and wanted to be able to get the perspectives of those who we admire. We plan to continue with the perspectives from men as well! We want our kids (my someday and Melissa’s 2 daughters) to realize the important balance of being someone who loves to express themselves aesthetically, the importance of self care and respect and also finding their own path and embracing the many different aspects that can contribute to “beauty”. There is not a one-size-fits-all beauty standard and that is empowering. We want to spread that concept!
What’s in your every day makeup bag?
Deynece: Bobbi Brown: Skin foundation stick, Peach Bisque Color Corrector, Intensive Skin Serum Concealer Beige, Natural Bronzer, Pink Glow Highlight Powder, Nectar Blush, countless lip glosses and pop color lipsticks, EYE OPENING mascara, gel liner, BBUniversity Eye Palette to say the least. Haha
Melissa: Bobbi Brown: Skin foundation stick, Lancome Tient Idole foundation, Jane Iredale mineral foundation (depending on the season and my skin needs I rotate these out) Intensive Skin Serum Concealer, Jane Iredale blush in rose, Nars multiple in Orgasm, Bobbi Brown lasting brow pencil, Bobbi Brown shadow sticks, Bare Minerals ready bronzer duo, black and brown eye liner pencils with smudger and mascara. I’m also thinking of adding an eyeliner stamp so I can pull off cat eye makeup.
What is your absolute favorite outfit?
Deynece: Ahhhh this is hard!!!! It depends on the occasion for the outfit! If I am working I LOVE an All Black Outfit, Black Leather Jacket and pumps! If I am out and about on a day off I love my Lulu Lemon pants, Cents of Style Sweatshirt with my Nikes!
Melissa: Oh man! I am a sucker for a skirt and heels and all black everything as well! But these days I am in joggers and a tunic A LOT!
What is your go-to fashion accessory?
Deynece: I always wear a watch, I feel naked without it but I also always have some sort of simple gold necklace on.
Melissa: Before kids I ALWAYS had on earrings. Now, I’ve been loving this kimono I recently got that can also be worn as a beach cover up or an infinity scarf- anything that is soft, pretty and can be multi-functional is a win in my book!
If you could only use three beauty products for the rest of your life, what would they be and why?
Deynece: Bobbi Brown Hydrating Face Cream because it is literally a drink of water for your skin and having good skin is the starting point to everything else. Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick, my favorite foundation of ALL time and can be used under the eyes and the face. It’s amazing! This last one is hard because I am ride or die for my brow pencil but mascara is also a huge one……..I would have to say Mascara, the Bobbi Brown Eye Opening or Smokey Eye Mascara are my favorites!
Melissa: I am going to pretend skincare is in another category 😉 I would say the BB skin Foundation stick as well, the Nars multiple in Na Pali coast and mascara! Diorshow if I could only have one forever. But I haven’t used the Eye Opening and Deynece says it’s better so I will probably convert…we’ll see. 🙂
Who inspires you and why?
Deynece: I am inspired by many women and men in my life for different reasons but most recently the person who Inspires me is my beautiful best Melissa, she is such an amazing wife, mother, daughter, sister and for me best friend. She multitasks like a #girlboss everyday and manages being a wife and mother of three and also finds time to be there for me and an amazing blogger. She teaches me something new everyday and I am inspired by her determination and strength. She is just the best!
Melissa: Awwwww I just saw that and teared up. Seriously I think all of those things about Deynece. If you want someone who is driven, responsible, FUN, uber positive with NO DRAMA ever, then she is your girl. She is seriously a rockstar at everything in life. She is the epitome of positive thinking and hard work- and beauty! I mean- her skin? Have you seen it? I die. It’s flawless.
I would have to include Queen Rania of Jordan. Another example of true beauty. She is a knockout and she is also an outspoken, yet gracious advocate for public health, education and women’s rights in the predominately male run Arab world.
Where do you see yourselves and your blogs in 5 years?
Deynece: I see myself as a homeowner, mother to one or two children and believing that Blogging/Vlogging will be our full time income and taking us to awesome and amazing new places.
Melissa: Mmmmm maybe one more child and DEFINITELY being a foster parent again. I would like to pick back up with my humanitarian work- next stop rebuilding an orphanage in Uganda this summer! Our bog is so much more than makeup, I see it as a place we can share these experiences, goals and dreams. I would like to see our blog helping to make all of that a possibility, part of that is making an income to support these goals, but especially providing a space where women can learn all the beauty hacks, find awesome real life fashion, ask any questions they have and be supported in all aspects of life- beauty and far beyond!
If you could have lunch with any person, living or dead, who would it be and why?
Deynece: I am incredibly intrigued by all things Leonardo DaVinci. I would love to be able to sit and ask him all the questions I have and learn from all of this amazing knowledge about life, religion and history.
Melissa: Ooooh I love Deynece’s pick! That would be amazing! I would have to pick Queen Rania that I mentioned earlier. She is incredible. Her story is also fascinating- she is an unexpected queen, marrying her husband when there was “no chance” he would be king. The way she has handle this accidental role in a tumultuous region is inspiring. How does one so graciously and beautifully stand up for change, challenging the old ways, all while respecting the traditions? Plus more importantly, what kind of shampoo do you use because your hair is GORGEOUS. Haha (joking)
If you could give all the people reading this your best beauty tip, what would it be?
Beauty starts with confidence, if you feel best in a bold lip WEAR IT, if you feel prettiest with winged liner ROCK IT, if you feel prettiest with a Smokey Eye DO IT, just be who you are and do what makes you happy.
Enter the Giveaway
As I said earlier, Melissa and Deynece are giving one lucky winner a beauty prize pack valued at around $83 including the following fabulous goodies:
- Hazel & Ruby Crocheted Bracelet
- Cents of Style White Lace Boot Cuff
- Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss
- Dermalogica Starter Kit
- Zoya Nail Polish
Giveaway is open worldwide, and ends at 12AM MST on 4/18/16. Entries will be verified. Entering below agrees to all Terms and Conditions within the Rafflecopter Widget.