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She's a Sabbatical Beauty: Lily Torrence

Today we're featuring one of favorite, fiery kick-ass people: Lily Torrence!
Lily Torrence
Tell us about you!
I’m the mother of a wonderful 6-year-old boy, a newlywed, a professional poker player and the editor-in-chief of a poker magazine that launched this summer. My son, Ace, was born 10 weeks early, while I was on vacation. I was visiting Las Vegas for the World Series of Poker and my water broke at the poker table. Since Ace was so premature, it was nearly impossible to travel back home with him. At the time, I had been living in Florida and had had a very rough pregnancy. Ace’s father left when I was 3 months pregnant. Shortly thereafter, I found out that my best friend and roommate was forging checks under my name, to the tune of $20,000. Needless to say, I really had nothing to go back to. So, Ace and I stayed in Vegas. I had been studying poker as a hobby and passion for a long time and decided to give it a try full-time. I’ve been playing for a living ever since. I met my husband three years ago at work – he also plays professionally. We fell in love, and so did he and Ace. I am beyond grateful that we have found the father that Ace deserves. We just got married in July!
What makes you angry?
People who refuse to acknowledge their privilege and think that those who are at a disadvantage could just “work harder.” People who try to impose their beliefs on the lifestyles and choices of others. People who support Donald Trump. (I’m sorry if that offends anyone. But, actually, honestly, not sorry). Bad parents; I’m not talking about parents whose views differ from mine, or parents who are really trying but have their struggles, I’m talking negligent, cruel or abusive parents. Children are helpless victims and it really makes me angry when they suffer.
What makes you happy?
My hubby. My son. Children in general make me happy. I think it would be pretty great if we all could be a little bit more like children. They’re honest, present in the moment, curious, awed by the world around them, and laugh so easily. It’s nearly impossible to stay in a bad mood when you’re with a happy child. They’re contagious!
How did you learn about SB?
I learned about SB from my best friend, Julie Strickland! She’s always been my beauty and makeup guru. We’ve been friends since college and have seen each other through incredible highs and the lowest of lows. I’m so grateful to have her, and now to have the SB community!
What’s your desert island SB product, and why?
This is impossible, really. The product I use the most is Tea Tree and Volcanic Ash Serum. But, I think if I could only have one product on a desert, it would be Camel Milk Cream. It makes my skin so soft, hydrated and plump. I love how it’s luxuriously thick but not sticky or heavy. And the smell soothes me.
If you were an SB product, which product would you be, and why?
I think I’m Pumpkin Spice Latte Serum, which is pretty hilarious, since I didn’t even think I liked pumpkin and almost didn’t order it! This serum definitely snuck up on me, and what a pleasant surprise. Like this serum I definitely have some spice and spunk. This seemingly almost frivolous and just-for-fun serum actually packs a huge punch with four different pumpkin extracts. I’m pretty silly and fun too. And at 4’11”, I don’t think people expect the power that I can have when I’m passionate and committed to something. A famous poker player once said to me, “What you lack in stature, you make up for in courage.”
What is your favorite thing about your skin?

My favorite thing about my skin is probably my freckles. They’re very subtle, and I always used to cover them up with makeup. I wasn’t trying to hide them, but between breakouts and uneven skin tone, my makeup routine hid everything natural about my skin. Now that I love my face, I love to wear less makeup and see the little freckles. It makes me happy that I actually WANT people to see my skin now!