MUSE MALEA

MUSE MALEA 
Meet the lovely Malea, time with her is refreshing. We miss her when she is away from the city for too long. Catch up with Elle + Malea as they talk fashion, self-care and of course skin essentials.
Q. WHAT DO PEOPLE CALL YOU?
A. Honestly, people just call me my name - Malea. My name is pretty short so I never really had a nickname or anything.     
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Q. WHAT CITY DO YOU LIVE IN?
A. Currently reside in Portland, Oregon with my boyfriend and our plants.
 
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Q. WHAT'S YOUR IG? 
A. My IG is @mal_eat
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Q. FAVOURITE TYPE OF MILKSHAKE?
A. I'm insanely lactose so I never really developed a love for milkshakes growing up. Lol But I love vanilla almond milk so I'm sure any plant-based, dairy free milkshake would fix a sweet craving for me these days.
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Q. WHAT'S YOUR PERFECT MORNING?
A. My perfect morning would be waking up around 8:30 AM. Not touching any electronics for at least an hour or so. Doing my skincare routine before eating fruits for breakfast and making myself some tea. And writing down in my day planner everything I want to accomplish that day. 
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Q. WHEN DO YOU FEEL YOUR BEST?
A. When I'm on vacation or traveling is when I feel my best. I'm nomadic by nature so I get anxious staying in the same place for too long. Traveling to new places, whether solo, with my boyfriend, or with a group, allows me that reset I need. 
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Q. WHAT IS ALWAYS IN YOUR COSMETIC BAG?
A. Anastasia Brow Dip, Fenty Pro Filt'r Concealer in 420, and Gloss. Those are the only products I use daily. 
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Q. WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON?
A. Currently working on a few design projects - one of which being my own home. I am a freelance interior decorator. That's what I'm passionate about and I'm working towards making that my main source of income.
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Q. WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE DESTINATION, AND WHAT'S ON YOUR LIST?
A. I will always have an immense love for France. I lived there briefly in 2014 while studying and I always say I left a piece of my heart there. On our list is definitely Greece. Also Morocco, Costa Rica, Dubai, and Bora Bora just to name a few. 
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Q. WHO ARE YOUR STYLE ICONS?
A. I am actually the most non-stylish person I know. Lol I have zero fashion sense, but I love Rihanna, of course. Draya Michele also looks good in everything she wears.
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Q. WHAT DO YOU FANCY ABOUT YOURSELF?
A. Honestly, everything. I spent so much of my youth not believing I was worthy or beautiful because colorism was so incredibly prevalent during that time, especially being from a small suburban community. It took me all of high school and college to actually believe I was beautiful. So now, I have the most confidence I have ever had and I love it. I also love how strong-willed I am. 
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Q. WHO'S YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGNER OF ALL TIME OR CURRENTLY?
A. Fashion sense on zero LOL but I'm going to have to go with Ms. Robyn Fenty. She's absolutely killing it. 
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Q. WHAT'S MOST IMPORTANT TO YOU WHEN IT COMES TO SKINCARE?
A. HYDRATION. hydration is MOST important to me because that's what's going to keep me looking young and lively. And my skin immediately reacts the moment I am dehydrated.  
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Q. WHAT DOES SELF-CARE MEAN TO YOU?
A. Self-care to me means doing what your body needs most in that moment. I am really strict on myself with making sure I take time out of my day to do at least one act of self-care a day, whether that be a face mask, a body scrub, yoni steaming, nail care, nurturing my hair, eating a wholly nutritional meal, or exercising. All of which boost my mood and make me feel best. 
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Q. WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE PRODUCT FROM THE NEWT BY ELLE COLLECTION?
A. I absolutely LOVE the Marula, Rosehip and Gold Facial oil. It is seriously the best facial oil I have EVER used. And when I run out, my skin hates me. 
 

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