How Does Alex Holiday?

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This holiday season, ELOQUII has invited some of our fave friends to share how they holiday, from festive traditions to getting ready tips. For some inspiration for your holiday #XOQ, check out an exclusive ELQ&A with Alex, also know as the Beautilitarian Name: Alex Michael May

Location: Sunny Los Angeles

Job: Creative Director

Describe yourself in 5 words: Outgoing, creative, positive, encouraging, silly.

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Where's the place that you call home? Both Los Angeles and my hometown of Omaha, Nebraska (which I affectionately call Homaha!)

Happiest holiday tradition: Fir scented candles since I rarely get around to putting up that tree...

Sparkles or velvet? Why not both? DON'T YOU DARE MAKE ME CHOOSE!

Instant outfit update: necklace or earring? Apparently I'm highly indecisive- depends!! Ugh, necklace is more versatile.

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Stilettos or flats? Flats- I'm 5'10!

5 things on your wish list? I'm a beauty addict, so anything from Sephora! Really into cool masks and K-Beauty treatments right now, like the magnetic mask from Dr. Brandt and Fresh Brown Sugar Scrub. I love everything from ban.do.com and I am a sucker for beautiful scented candles (like Voluspa!). I also LOVE perfume, like Le Labo Santal 33 and Commodity Book, This year I want to try Elizabeth & James!

The best gift to give this year? I love gifts that do good, so supporting brands with giveback components and anything encouraging. Some favorites: The Giving Keys, Krotchet Kids, The Bloomerie, So Worth Loving, Saje (amazing oil diffusers and essential oils that I can't sleep without!) and so many more! I try to buy give back whenever possible!

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Smokey eye or bold lip? Both, but one at a time. I learned this the hard way. I love a smokey eye with a nude lip, and this was my go-to for yearssss but recently I'm SO into the bold lip trend! Literally can't get enough.

Best lipstick on the planet? I LOVE all the long wear matte lipsticks, and my favorite brand currently is Dose of Colors! They have the best colors and last forever without being overly drying. I want them all! Current favorites include Truffle and the new Black Rose.

What are your secrets to creating a good #XOQ? I think movement and caption real, unposed moments are the key to getting your personality through in a photo!

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The beauty trick that keeps you beautiful? Taking care of my skin! I went years without washing my face properly at night, and would even (gasp!) sleep with my makeup on (don't judge me, I've changed my ways!). Now, I am diligent about my routine, and I wash, tone, Serum, and moisturize always. Exfoliating regularly has changed my life. I also find that the Hourglass Ambient Lighting in Dim Light Powder acts as an IRL filter when you dust it all over your face and decolletage before you go out. I warned you that I would talk beauty all day! Last one: Ouai Texturizing Spray...It's like a hybrid between dry shampoo and hair spray and pumps up the volume for a day-to-night refresh. I love to spray, tousle, and create effortless waves with a straightener before I zip out the door! 

Most delicious holiday recipe? Gingerbread bars. You have to try them, they're INSANE.

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Best stocking stuffer? Travel-sized beauty items!

This year, I'll be spending the holidays with...My family and fiance in Mexico before Christmas and then back in (hopefully snowy white Christmas) Omaha!