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Exclusively featuring lines I genuinely admire, I view myself as a storyteller working on a brand’s behalf.
I champion lines that delight and inspire.
An award-winning creative writer with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, I am a natural when it comes to writing from a shrewd marketing perspective.
My own diagnosis of lupus & related skin challenges inspired me to start a skincare & wellness blog featuring the very best of nourishing, anti-inflammatory, and rejuvenating skin care with a focus on those of us with chronic inflammatory disorders, chronic illness, and otherwise compromised skin. This blog is powered by a love of well-formulated skincare combined with my desire to provide a beacon for a chronically-ill community that faces unique dermatological challenges yet remains underserved by the beauty industry at large.
I actively promote incredible lines that deliver exceptional results. When I find excellence, I do not keep it to myself, I celebrate it. A gifted brand storyteller with a deep understanding of human nature, I am a natural marketer. I am also a loyal champion of incredible individuals I meet who put their hearts and souls into fantastic products. Given the chance, I will bring your line & products to life on the page.
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Lupus, Stress, & Rapid Skin Aging
“Melissa writes well and is scientifically correct. Her blog has been a big hit!” ~Dr. William Purcell, Founder & CEO, Molecular Design International, Distinguished Professor, U. of Tennessee
“I like what she’s doing and think it’s important. I like how she writes. Melissa certainly does have a way with words. Truly a remarkable woman!” ~Nanci Callahan Nivolo, CEO, NCN Professional SkinCare
“Melissa does wonderful work, interviews, and research for her Lovely with Lupus site! Bravo, Melissa!” ~Kathy Heshelow, Founder & CEO, Sublime Beauty
“I am so excited about the recent review that you did on my product line, Hale & Hush. I will be sharing your information with others with Lupus and sensitive skin.” ~Kris Campbell, CEO, Hale & Hush
“Melissa is a gifted writer who devotes the requisite time and resources to analyze complex technology and present it to the consumer in a concise and easy to understand format.” ~Dan Zwiren, CEO & President, Optigenex, AC-11®
“We appreciate Melissa’s help with the amazing review.” ~Paul E. Wahlgren, Managing Director, Erasa Skincare
“We were thrilled with the thoughtful review of our BeBella products on Lovely with Lupus.” ~Linda Krebs, COO, BeBe & Bella
“Melissa, your article was excellent! Thank you for the review and kind words. We think the article was very accurate.” ~Dirk Henson, CBO, BioEsse
“Melissa’s review is one of the most comprehensive and well-written pieces that I’ve encountered – not just in terms of Synergie products, but any! She clearly spent time researching the ingredients, and ‘translated’ complicated science into more understandable terms. In addition, her actual writing skills are very evident (something many bloggers do not share!); as a physician and an ex-medical writer/editor, it was a pleasure to read her review – even without any bias I may have towards her findings for our products! ~Dr. Tracey Lambert, Founder & CEO, Skin Elegance, Synergie Skin
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