Saturday, December 21, 2013

Pardon Our Dust

Greetings Beauties,

I've been super-busy (okay, maybe not that busy, but definitely working hard) redesigning the content of Strictly Bickley for the blog's 2014 relaunch. A dear old friend of mine, who surprisingly still views this blog despite my year-long absence (thanks Eli!), inquired the other day about my lack of update after last month's announcement about my relaunch.

So in the interest of keeping everyone in the loop, I'm officially announcing that Strictly Bickley is currently still under construction and will be fully relaunched, come winter 2014. I anticipate my 'grand reopening' happening in the month of January, so keep your [mascara-covered] eyes peeled!

Strictly Yours,
Bickley

Monday, October 21, 2013

The Return To The Grid

Beauties,

It has been almost a year that StrictlyBickley has been idle. I last posted in November of last year, and then never published another word until now. I realize I never officially announced my departure from being "on the grid" at the end of last year, when I decided to take a very necessary sabbatical-- from the blog, from facebook, from work, from life, really. Granted, I did still occasionally use Facebook & Instagram, read other people's blogs, and work part-time...but in order to deal with and recover from some critical health issues, I needed to eliminate all elements of my life which were potentially stressful.
It is my pleasure to announce that, after a 6-month course of treatment, I am finally in remission/recovery. For now, at least. My last treatment was this past Wednesday, and candidly, closing that chapter of my life was bittersweet. On one hand, I have never been as proud of my own tenacity as I have in the past year. At the beginning, I never predicted I'd be facing the things that I've overcome this year. Although I wanted to throw in the towel many times, I kept carrying on - doing whatever it took to persist, sometimes to the point where my only option was to white-knuckle it.
I have made tons of tangible progress in spite of my illnesses. Much of this progress, though, is undetectable to the naked eye; it instead underlies my life in general.
I may or may not speak out transparently about The Struggle; it's currently a dialectic I am actively considering. While the premise of this blog surrounds makeup & beauty and my inclination is to keep it light when it comes to the "personal stuff", I like the idea of having a public outlet where I can process things and be candid, vulnerable, and open about myself; no holds barred. To be clear, I don't expect/intend to gain a massive following by way of writing about my experience and triumphs, but I entertain the idea because although I risk overexposure by "going public" about my illness, I've always thrived in a domain of authenticity.

We'll just have to see.

This post is already 3x the length that I wanted it to be; the purpose of tonight's post is to announce that StrictlyBickley is officially relaunching! That's right, folks, you heard it here first!

I definitely needed this long sabbatical, and now it's time to assert my 'reinvented' self, my recovery-self. I've been anxious to recommit to this blog and I always really wanted to post about my absence, but I didn't feel ready to blog again until now. I'm confident and dedicated again. My reason for declaring myself back "on the grid" is because I work best when I'm held accountable, and putting the announcement of my return out into the universe will ensure that I'm true to my word.

All my love,
       Bickley

P.S. Check out a new favorite of mine, Benefit They're Real! mascara. My mom gave it to me last Christmas and I like layering it on top of my Lancome Hypnose, because it's got a great 'lifting' property that really make your eyes pop!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Beauty Must-Do: 'Tis the Season for Great Skin

Beauties,
It's that time of year again… Let me take the fuss out of your holiday shopping!!

Y'all, if you have no clue what to get that special someone in your life... I can help! Give the gift that keeps on giving: BEAUTIFUL SKIN! 

Call or message me to find out how to receive everything at 10%-25% off retail! 
(404) 295-5495              http://erinbickley.myrandf.com/


Begin to finally feel bold and beautiful, even when bare-faced,
  Bickley

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

[REBLOG]: from saks to salvation.: Rodan + Fields Have Got PerSKINality

from saks to salvation.: Rodan + Fields Have Got PerSKINality: "You know I am a stickler for exceptional shopping experiences and I think I've found another for you.  While pointing and clicking on Vogue…."  [click link above to continue reading…]


---> An important, StrictlyBickley afterword:

I LOVE the Rodan + Fields 'PerSKINality' tool that we've just recently launched! I ordered my personalized kit about a month ago; my skin falls under the "Too Hot to Handle" [see below for photo of my kit] persona (yes, they all have cute & catchy names; adorable!), due to my rosacea and sensitive skin that is prone to getting irritated/red under harsh conditions. Each creatively-packaged kit comes in a reusable makeup bag that conveniently and compactly stores all of the products your face will ever need, plus includes a customized mirror, tailored to every different PerSKINality. 


So when you go to take the PerSKINality Quiz, make sure you're visiting the one on my R+F Consultant website (I've linked to it above) so that I can personally help you, with the assistance of the personalized recommendations by the Doctors themselves, to "find out what story your skin is telling about your past habits and future appearance" using the interactive PerSKINality app.

The app's "propriety image analysis software...assesses skin and brings the expertise of two of the country's leading dermatologists -- Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields -- to you."

With this brand new tool, simply take a snapshot of your face, answer 5 basic lifestyle questions and -- voila! -- you will have discovered your PerSKINality.


To learn more about becoming a Rodan + Fields skincare consultant and have the opportunity to leverage the multi-billion-dollar brand success of the two most renowned dermatologists in the world as you build your own success as an independent business owner, creating long-term residual income for yourself as well as financial and time freedom, I invite you to take a look at our lucrative business opportunity, and/or please contact me, Bickley, directly at erinbickley@myrandf.com with any questions. 

I look forward to helping you reach your goals, and to supporting you in achieving the kind of financial freedom that you have only ever dreamed of…all while having the BEST SKIN OF YOUR LIFE! One of my favorite parts about my partnership with R+F is that my skin has never looked better than it does right now! 

Join our team -- and live your dreams!


So what are YOU, my Beauties? ...Are you Too Hot to Handle, like I am? Perhaps you're one of the few & proud who are Lucky and Lovely, only needing aging-preventative skincare? You could be one who wears your Heart on [Your] Sleeve when you don't mean to. And these days, more than ever, we come across those who Carpe Diem, but careful not to let your order of scrambled eggs come back as Sunny Side Up. Ultimately, we've all got an Expressionist within us who is just dying to emerge…although it's best to wait as long as you can before unleashing that part…
   `Bickley

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Off-topic: Autocorrect Woes

My iPhone's autocorrect, though I thought I'd "trained" it properly, has actually retrograded into being completely useless; I'll often be texting while driving (I know, I know…I set a HORRIBLE example!) but not really looking at the keyboard, just tapping my fingers where I think the letters I want are located, and the damn autocorrect won't even help me out a bit. But I'll press the space bar and the phone will think whatever I've just typed must have been legit…
…Because I'll be trying to type something actually legitimate and will have actually spelled it correctly, and my autocorrect will try to tempt me to accept some gibberish that I'd obviously previously mistyped and accepted. UGH.

My favorite times, though, are when I'm trying to type something out that may or may not be legit, but my autocorrect replaces it with a word that obviously was never in its original vocabulary, yet that I've used often enough that it's deemed 'plausible' with the autocorrect gods.

Case in point: I tried to type out "fuckup" to my old college roommate, and A.C. corrected it to "fuckity". Now I know I use "fuckity fuck fuck" every now and then, but I was majorly impressed with Sir Auto-Correct for pulling this one out of his magic tophat.

Autocorrect can really "fuckup" one's text mojo,
  Bickley

Friday, October 12, 2012

Beauty Must-Do: Eye makeup removal

A Bick-Quick Tip: the best way to remove eye makeup is with inexpensive (or free!) eye cream. You know those samples you get at Lancome whenever there's a GWP going on? Don't ditch your tried and true eye cream or get off of your regular skincare regimen just to try something new. Use your free samples to your advantage without wasting money on unnecessary, special "eye makeup remover" products!
After washing your face and removing as much eye makeup as possible with your face-wash alone (be gentle around your eyes, though, especially if you use an anti-acne or other harsh cleanser), close your eyes and smear a generous amount of eye cream over your lids, underneath them (where mascara residue tends to collect), and on the brow bone. Remove by gently wiping away the cream with a flat cotton pad (cotton balls don't absorb as well, and you have to use several just to get it all off, plus they leave behind the whatever they didn't catch on the first swipe). 
Didn't realize your facial cleanser had left behind that much eye makeup residue, did you? 

Still love my mascara but hate removing it,
  Bickley

If you look through my makeup drawers...







(I know, I know, I know…this is not a tumblr and this blog is NOT merely a .gif reposting site, I swear. It's just that a bunch of my close sorority sisters from undergrad and I started our own private tumblr where we have been making fun of experiences from undergrad, other people we all know/dislike/enjoy making fun of, and calling each other out. And I have come across just a few precious gemstones of .gifs that I thought fit quite accordingly here at StrictlyBickley. So, sue me for uploading. I won't do it again [too many times], I swear!)

giffing out,
  Bickley

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