OMIGOD. Lisa Allen. Where do I begin?
I mean, you probably already know her. Like who doesn’t? You’ve probably seen her with FOUR, yes FOUR, daughters & her cute husband- she’s very influential & a real deal influencer AKA the boss behind the blog & brand: SALTY LASHES. I can also say Lisa is one of the kindest, coolest influencers I have ever met. I’m telling you she’s major on Instagram. Especially if you’re a mom, like a cool mom- you have to follow her. Her style is chic & she makes motherhood FUN. We all want to have fun, you know.
You may remember her from The Skinny Confidential HIM & HER Podcast– she came on & talked about motherhood, social media, building a business, overcoming adversity, & what it’s like to put yourself out there on a day-to-day basis. ( BE SURE TO READ MY INTERVIEW ON HER SITE, SALTY LASHES ).
Anyway. Lisa is a fucking badass- she is a star, you know? I adore her & I just know you will to. Oh & do yourself a favor & follow her daughter, @thegoldiegrams. K- let’s do this:
Hey hey! It’s Lisa Allen of Salty Lashes. I’m super excited to do this Q&A swap with my girl Lauryn! I originate from Arizona and have lived in California the past 7 years. I’ve been a licensed esthetician for 19 years as well as a personal trainer. I am a mom to FOUR daughters ranging from 2-15: Ozzy 2, Goldie 9, Poppy 14, Avery 15. Between changing diapers, being a therapist to my daughters through teenage drama and carpooling my girls to/from sports I manage to run a full family lifestyle site, Salty Lashes. Gah, when I write it out I understand where my dark circles and newly gray hairs come from…
HOW DID YOU MAKE YOUR FIRST DOLLAR?:
My first ever? I would type (like typewriter type) my dads patient reports for his Dermatology practice. I was 12, this was before HIPPA. My dad would come home with his voice recorder and I would dictate the charts. Whatever the diagnosis, location, and treatment was, I would type it out. This is where I learned what a scrotum was. 12 year innocent Lisa yelling to my dad “hey what’s a scrotum?” His reply “just keep typing”. Obviously that sparked my curiosity even more so I grabbed a dictionary to find out for myself. I made $1 per chart, haha!
The good first: it’s SPRING! Cool nights and warmer days, I live for my windows open with a coconut candle burning. How can anyone be in a bad mood when the weather is just so good?! The bad: our backyard is one giant unusable hill. We decided to remove 500 yards of dirt to level it out and add a skate ramp, tree house and play area for the kids. Everything was moving along fast, 300 yards of that dirt had been removed when a knock on the door from the city. Our 70yo original owner neighbors called the city complaining and shut us down until we get a dirt removal permit…ugh!
FAVORITE LIFE HACK? GET SPECIFIC!
Many people keep first aid kits in their car, right? I keep a life kit in mine. Once I am out and about I hate to run home when the kids or I forget something. I keep cash, hair ties, sunscreen, a swimsuit for everyone, beach towels, mouth guards, snacks and diapers. Basically anything we often forget to grab, I buy multiples of and keep in a bag in the trunk. It has saved me SO much time over the years!
HOW THE HELL DO BALANCE EVERYTHING SO SEAMLESSLY? YOU’RE A KILLER.
I was a single mom for 6 years so I learned very quickly how to multi-task and take on more than most can handle. Most days I feel like I’m treading water. Balancing a full time career and 4 children is very overwhelming. I think having a baby around the house again puts life into perspective. So much innocence, love and need from a little human allows me to remember what’s most important and that’s my family. I mean it’s 4 colleges and 4 weddings to pay for, it keeps me very motivated!
Up at 6am to take my 15 year old Avery to an early morning church class. Once I get home I sit in my car for about 15 minutes and organize my day and say a quick gratitude prayer. After I get Poppy and Goldie off to school, I make Ozzy breakfast ( usually eggs and berries) and start answering emails while she eats. I always start my day with a clean house. I cannot fall asleep at night until my home is clean. Once everyone is off to school and breakfast is made I do a quick clean up of the kitchen. I am a better mom and entrepreneur when I’m in a clean space. Are you wondering if I am OCD? Yes, yes I am.
FAVORITE HEALTHY SNACK?
Low-fat cottage cheese with TJ’s Everything But The Bagel seasoning. For added protein I use Quest Sour Cream & Onion protein chips to dip. Try it! Also jicama sticks dipped in guacamole. Lots of lime juice and garlic salt added!
WHAT’S YOUR TOP 3 BEAUTY ITEMS AND WHY?
I have dark circles and this UNDER EYE BRIGHTENER from Becca is the best I’ve found! You can wear it under your favorite concealer or on it’s own.
The ultimate in anti aging moisturizers: SkinCeuticals TRIPLE LIPID RESTORE
BEST PIECE OF ADVICE & WHY?
My mom always taught us to kill them with kindness. Regardless what someone says about or to you, be kind in return. It will usually shut them down and you will never look like the idiot, they will.
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU LOVE THAT’S SO ON THE PULSE? SOMETHING YOU THINK EVERYONE NEEDS?
I talked about this HAND HELD MICRO CURRENT/HIGH FREQUENCY MACHINE in my WHAT I BOUGHT IN 2018 on AMAZON post. I had a medical grade version of this machine in my first skincare salon 15 years ago. It’s the best for acne prone skin and comes with multiple attachments to increase collagen and stimulate hair growth. You guys, it’s only $39 and it works!!!
FAVORITE PODCAST, BOOK, & IG STORY ACCOUNT.
Truthfully, YOURS. The TSC podcast is the best mix of humor, health & wellness! I skip so many Instagram stories. I need to laugh to stay interested. I love @averagefashionblogger & @justinanderson (thanks to TSC podcast)