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I Peer Into: Molly, Writer

Molly is a bright, lively, idiosyncratic character whose creativity and uniqueness perpetually amazes me. She's one of those humans that makes you wish you could capture their souls into a tiny locket and keep it tight to you forever. 

Molly holds an MFA in Creative Writing, and her work has appeared at BustleMcSweeny's, and most recently Dilettante Army (amongst many other places). She has an often humorous, but touching and moving quality in her writing, and her unique, fresh view of the world provides one with a much needed respite from the mundane. Never afraid to lend her voice on women's issues, and vocal about her past struggles dealing with ideals of beauty, I was therefore eager to interview Molly for this third installment of the I Peer Into series. 

I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I did. 

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I Peer Into: Eva, Bartender

Eva and I met when I was 9, and she 10, when our parents started dating. Since then she's become not only my sister, but also my best friend. I really wanted to showcase her here because her approach to beauty is very laissez-faire, a quality I've always admired in Eva. She's a no bullshit kinda gal, and this much is true for her relationship to beauty as well. Eva doesn't care about the riff-raff, she cares about what you have to offer. She's also very pragmatic in her approach to things, and so I was curious to hear her views on makeup, how she views beauty, and how she defines it, all the while browsing through the makeup items she claims her own. 

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I Peer Into: Maureen

Welcome to a new segment on Conflicted Beauty, I Peer Into, in which I open up women's makeup bags or beauty cupboards and discuss what these items mean to them: why they like them, what their routine looks like, how makeup makes them feel... Seeing what the "every day" woman uses always fascinates me, and these sort of posts are always some of my favorite to read. On a deeper level, I also want to explore other women's relationship to makeup: How it quite literally makes-up their lives, how comfortable they are, or not, with or without makeup, and how it shapes their everyday routine. With so many of us owning bags full of ink, powders, and colored creams that will dress our face, how do we come to choose a specific beauty arsenal? What do the contents reveal, and can they?

It felt right, then, to start with Maureen: she exudes grace and elegance, and always looks so effortlessly put-together (though she'd be quick to disagree). She also has the insight of an old soul, and her advice and outlook on the world is always perfectly polished. Maureen and I met our freshman year of college (we were roommates) and she's now become one of my closest friends. By some beautiful serendipity, she also happens to live one block away from where I live in Brooklyn, so it was no surprise that I came knocking at her door with my camera and a few questions ready. As she served me tea, I nosily emptied the contents of her makeup bag, sifted through each items, and swatched various products on the back of my hand. Observing from her balcony, smoking her cigarette, Maureen answered my questions.

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