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Hi! I’m Paige Hill (@paigephill). I live in Nashville, Tennessee and I’m the Surrogate Communications Director at Biden for President. A replacement is someone who stands up for a candidate – President Obama, celebrities like John Legend, Kerry Washington and Lizzo, as well as the lead Democratic nominees behind our campaign, are all working to get the word out about Team Biden, and our substitutes are doing everything in their power to ensure that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris and my job is to make sure they have everything they need to amplify our message, convince voters, and get them to vote! It’s definitely the best part of my job seeing so many people around willing to give us so much time, it’s great that they are resonating with the positive and consistent message of our campaign and that the unde rsupport feels amazing.
Our campaign has been largely virtual since the pandemic began, but I try to keep my normal routine up when working from home. I learned early on that instead of hanging around in pajamas all day, I work better when I get up and sit down for a bit. (Though I definitely did … a lot.) It used to be my motivation to walk out the door as soon as possible, but now it’s all about taking care of myself. My beauty routine is for myself, not others, and is designed to make sure I feel good. I am always inspired by my friends who are mothers and juggle so much but still find ways to take care of themselves. If they find time to do a quick charcoal mask, so can I.
The biggest not-so-secret secret I share with everyone is to visit a dermatologist. I played the guessing game for a long time and it worked until it stopped working! It is very helpful to go to a derm, have a conversation about what your problems are and what you are looking for, and have them put a routine together just for you. I’m very loyal to my local cosmetic dermatologist at SkinPharm here in Nashville, and now most of my skin care routine involves their products. In the morning I usually use their gentle soothing cleanser followed by a dab of toner. The clarifying pads are amazing – I sell all of them on them. Next, I use Neocutis eye cream, some serums (vitamin C and hyaluronic acid), and a lightening lotion to even out old acne scars. But the most important step is sun protection! SkinPharms Sheer Defense ends my routine and makes my skin look like I used a BB cream.
Some cobwebs are growing in my makeup bag right now, but I grew up doing competitive dancing which involves a lot of stage makeup! Of course, I still wasn’t allowed to wear anything other than a few lip smackers and maybe a bit of body glitter to school – our competitions always took place over the weekend, and I remember trying so hard to extend the life of my makeup -Looks to lengthen so I could show up on Monday with a little leftover mascara. I’m sure I didn’t look as good as I thought I did with days of eye makeup. When I feel like it, I use a little Jane Iredale’s mineral foundation and some Kevyn Aucoin concealer. Glossier’s liquid eyeliner is the best I’ve ever used to get the perfect wing, and Boy Brow is the only gel that controls my wild, curly brows. I finish with some balm dotcom in cherry or mint.
I have the natural characteristics of a black woman – fuller lips, kinky natural hair, and thick eyebrows. I was ridiculed for these things in elementary school and spent much of my life minimizing them. The best thing I have learned is to love her and I would tell any beautiful little black girl I see to do the same. When I work from home my hair is usually in a protective style like knotless braids or tucked away in a very curly bun. But I don’t go a day without an application. It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Conditioner and Kérastase Oléo Relax Oil to moisturize my natural hair. And I’ll add a little reverie from Garrett Markenson Milk to smooth things over when I need to turn my camera on.
At night I use the gentle cleanser and Neocutis eye cream again. A few times a week I work in a retinol serum and combine it with a good thick moisturizer like SkinPharm’s face whip. When the campaign got stressful and the inevitable blemishes and dark circles showed up, I treated them with a charcoal mask and put on some KNC Beauty retinol eye masks. Always fun to scare my friend with a picture of my mask face!
I like to paint my own nails as a stress reliever because there’s not much I can do while they dry. It forces me to sit still for a minute and relax. I don’t stray too far from black, dark gray and red, even in summer – the quality and color range of Smith & Cult polishes is the best, but using them alongside Essie’s Gel Setter is key! When I can, I like to take a nice, warm bath with Dr. Teal’s lavender bubble bath and an Equilibria CBD bath bomb – that solves it all. But on busy days, a good angry walk always helps me calm down. Of course, it will be easier to relax when our country has the leadership we need to face the crises. Make sure you have a voting schedule and visit the website I will be voting on to find your vote dropping point. “
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