Beautiful Voices is our ongoing blog series that highlights inspiring, empowering women. Our most recent Beautiful Voice is Cindy Bokma. See what she says when Annmarie asks her some questions about her own personal beauty…
Cindy grew up in New Jersey and currently lives in Southern California
with her family. She runs the beauty site HelloDollface.com.
Her novel, Here If You Need Me, is available on Nook and Kindle.
If money was no object what would you be doing (or, would it be exactly what you are already doing?)
If money were no object, I'd still be writing. I love sitting at my desk and cobbling together a story, letting my mind wander. I’d also travel as much as I could, I’d treat my friends and family to amazing meals and trips. At the end of the day, I’d curl up with a good book and my dogs with my kids tucked in bed and count my blessings as I do every night right now!
What's the best piece of advice you've ever received?
Not to give up! Many people have told me not to give up on my dream of being a successful author. It’s a tough road, full of rejection but I keep on persevering. I believe that if you really want something badly and are willing to work hard for it, then never give up on your dream!
Where and when do you feel most at peace?
Most at peace when my family is home, safe and sound. It’s my happiest time when I know my kids are here and the dogs and my husband and we are all together. When one of them isn’t around, I feel like something is missing!
What does beauty mean to you?
If you asked me that ten years ago I would have probably said something about being slender and pretty but now I believe beauty comes with age and it comes from within. Beauty is confidence and wisdom and kindness.
What’s your favorite beauty secret or tip?
Oil! Although I have oily skin, I have discovered that oils like the ones Annmarie makes are so great for my skin. I love a good cleansing oil, a good oil for the hair and oil to keep my face hydrated.
What do you do when you want to pamper yourself?
My biggest indulgence is probably sitting outside with a book in the middle of the day and just relaxing and reading. It’s nothing fancy or glamorous but to take the time when I’m usually answering emails or writing or cleaning the house is definitely a treat!
How does Annmarie's mission fit into your lifestyle?
I really love the idea of only putting pure, organic products on my skin. This year, I hope to be healthier than last year and Annmarie’s products fit into what I want for myself which is less toxics, using products that are naturally harvested. I love discovering products that are soothing, gentle and most importantly, natural!
Isn't she beautiful? If you want to keep up with Cindy's amazing life, follow her blog at hellodollface.com!
“Teaching People About Beauty From the Inside Out”
(If you’re interested in being featured as one of our Beautiful Voices, please email us at info [at] annmariegianni.com)