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Beauty Tips My Daddy Taught Me

My dad and me 12 years ago

It's a short list peeps as my dad did not have a wealth of knowledge to share on the whole beauty front, as is to be expected.  But I did pick up a few tips which I am happy to share:

Chlorine is very drying!  My dad, brother Jonathan and myself.
Always use cream after you get out of the shower (it was always "cream" to my dad, not lotion).  My dad was oddly good at this - he should have purchased stock in Vaseline Intensive Care - the yellow 16 oz. bottle with a pump.  To this day that smell reminds me of him.  He has, since having a daughter who got quite educated on ingredients, flipped to other body lotions/creams that are not petroleum and mineral oil based, but that was the original.

If you're worried about getting sweaty, throw some powder on.  This is going to get me into trouble but I have this image of my dad taking Johnson & Johnson's Baby Talcum Powder and puffing it onto himself after said shower, once he was in his skivvies, and snapping the waistband of said skivvies and a puff of powder would appear from where he had dispensed it.  I have utilized this technique in the summer when it is hotter than Hades and my thighs are rubbing together (yes, I have to give equally embarrassing information about myself).  Powder helps ya'll (though of course I now use a talc-free version).

My brother and I after putting charcoal all over our faces and holding a sign saying we were "Nancy Williams' children" as she was not impressed with our decision to sully ourselves and disowned us for about 15 minutes and we were smart-alecks. 

My dad was also really big on his children having a clean face - he would take out his handkerchief at any moment, spit on it and wipe our faces (which seriously grossed me out).  I'm currently a fan of cleansers instead of spit, but whatever works.

He also always had a tube of the Original Chapstick, or Mint, in his pocket at all times and possibly one to spare because lip hydration was key to him.  He has since flipped over to Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm (yay!) and I totally inherited the lip balm gene. 

He also was my first masseuse!  I had HORRIBLE growing pains as a kid and would go into my mom and dad's room at night nearly in tears and every time my dad would rub my calves for me til they stopped hurting. 

Happy Father's Day Daddy!  I love you lots - here are some of my favorite pictures :) - xxoo Erin

I think we're in San Antonio here
Christmas circa 1984 - I'm sure that I had something to do with his lei and Care Bear but I take no responsibility for that hat 
This is what we do in Texas - bake cakes in the shape of our state.  It happens a lot.

My dad is always good for a dance

Quite possibly my favorite photo of my Texas Executive-level-business-man dad - doing the hula for me wrapped up in a blanket on my birthday when I was in high school