Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Teen Vogue Handbook.

I got the book, Teen Vogue Handbook: An Insider's Guide to Careers in Fashion, back at Christmastime because i thought it would be really interesting and helpful, since i have such a passion for the fashion industry and hope to be apart of it someday.

I turns out it was really helpful and really revealed what the industry was really like, which despite common belief, is intense, productive, and influential.
In this post i'll provide snapshots to give you all a little taste of the handbook :)

The book is packed with photos (which is definately a plus :), but it's also filled with information, tips, and advice about many aspects of the fashion industry.

The book is stuffed with interviews and articles on some powerful names as well as upcoming stars of the industry.  There is a section of the book for each general part of the fashion industry - Designers, Editors, Stylists, Models, Beauty, Photos (photographers & photography), and in the back there is a glossary of words that industry insiders use as well as list of colleges and schools that are really great for an education in fashion.

Each section of the book starts with a question & answer bit and as you read, it goes into further detail.

Going through a typical day of the people working in the fashion closet of a magazine.

This is one of my favorite pages, a tool kit - it has pictures & a brief explanation of useful things one should have on the job.  This one for instance is for an editor.

Another one of my favorite pages!  I've always wanted to go inside a fashion closet :)

Just had to show a bit of this for all you die-hard Chanel fans...an interview with the man Karl Lagerfeld himself :D

Another cool bit of the Handbook are the Teen Vogue Tips; quotations and advice straight from industry leaders.

The articles and interviews give examples of how people got their foot in the door to this industry and how they came to be where they are today.

A few more bits & pieces:

I couldn't recommend this enough for anyone who is interested in having a career in the fashion industry.  Like i keep saying, it's soo helpful - it doesn't set up any false hopes, but gives you the reality of the industry, which i believe is crucial for anyone interested in work in it.
Even if you feel you don't really want to work in fashion, but it's a hobby or love of yours, i think it would be an interesting read to see all the work that goes on behind the scenes.

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Saturday, March 6, 2010

My Dry & Chapped Lip Musts!

I got a question about what i use to heal dry & chapped lips on one of my previous posts and i thought it was a fantastic idea for a post!

I would say i'm lucky to not have extremely dry & flaky lips, but Winter weather and cosmetic products on them can really do some damage.  When i was little i used to have extremely chapped lips but now that i take care of them more, i don't have so much of a problem *knock on wood* :)

One of the most essential things of course is a lip balm or chapstick:
Carmex is a pretty popular brand here in the US (i'm not sure about other countries.  I use this product at night after i'm done with my routine - washing my face, brushing & flossing my teeth, and putting my retainer in & such (haha..retainer :).  It's really thick & goes on very smoothly, but i find that it takes a looong time to sink in - which is why i only use it at night.  Sometimes i'll even wake with it still on the surface of my lips, which kinda grosses me out a bit..not sure why!
I would also say it's not amazingly moisturizing, but it does a adequate job :)

Burt's Bees
Burt's Bees is another really common brand in the US, with good reason!  Burt's Bees chapstick is really moisturizing, goes on smoothly, absorbs fairly quickly, & if you get the original flavor, it makes your lips feel really refreshed (it contains menthol).  The flavor i have contains pomegranate oil & has a bit of a tint to it (which is pretty sheer), hence different color cap.  I have to say i prefer the original kind to the one pictured just because of the scent/flavor, i don't like the scent of the pomegranate one at all & it's not as refreshing.
I carry my Burt's Bees in my bag (note the beat-up label :) and apply it before i apply lipstick in the morning & throughout the day as i feel necessary.

Along with moisturizing lip balms & chapsticks, an lip exfoliator is an essential.  Just like you exfoliate the skin on your face or body, it's important exfoliate your lips.  I saw that Lush came out with lip scrubs, but i'm really disappointed that they aren't sold in the US :/
I didn't want to spend money on an exfoliator, so i do as anyone would do..i Googled it!  I ended up finding an amazing DIY recipe for a sugar lip scrub by Elle, Allthatglitters on YouTube, (link to that video HERE).  The only two ingredients are olive oil & sugar, which everyone has in their kitchen!  It really works, it's inexpensive, & i love it :)
I do this once or twice a week.  It's especially great if you wear lipstick because exfoliating will get rid of all the flaky skin, letting the product apply smoothly & look better.

Extra tips
♥ drink plenty of water - you've most likely heard 100s of times how important to drink water & stay hydrated it is, but it truly is & water really does wonders for the skin
♥ keep a chapstick or lip balm handy!  i feel completely lost without one in my bag :)
♥ during the Summer, find a lip balm with an SPF in it, the sun can burn lips too!
♥ don't lick your lips!  it may feel moisturizing, but it actually drys them!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Review: MAC Lipstick in "Snob"

A couple weeks ago i went into MAC & purchased the lipstick in "Snob".
It's this gorgeous cool, light pink with blue undertones.  I had heard many good things about this, & i heard it look great on girls that had lighter skintones with cool undertones, like me!
This lipstick is really popular, i just thought i would put in my two pennies worth :)

Texture: The texture is really nice, it's really creamy-feeling & goes on super smooth
Taste/Scent: It really doesn't taste like anything, but the scent is that classic lipstick smell.  It reminds me of when i was little & took my mom's lipsticks :) (i hope you all know what i'm talking about!) - though when it's on your lips, you don't smell it at all
Drying: I haven't had any problems with this drying out my lips, but i put on chapstick right before i apply it
Durability: For such a pretty color, it's kind of a letdown that it doesn't stay on your lips for very long :/.  I usually have to reapply about once or twice throughout the day
 Pigmentation: Snob has a satin finish & like all satin formulas from MAC, this lipstick is super pigmented, it looks a little dark in the tube, but what you see in the swatch is really what you get!  Oh & another thing, if you're using a camera with flash while wearing this, it will turn out to look like a very bright & light pink!
Packaging: I really like MAC packaging.  It's really sleek & simple, which i really like :)  The cap also stays on really well, so you don't need to worry about it coming off in your bag
Price: MAC lipsticks are $14 or £12.50, which i think is a great value for the quality of the product you're getting :)

Overall thoughts
I like everything about this lipstick, except for the longevity of it.  Snob looks amazing with a neutral eye, a toned down face with a bit of blush - you'll look like a doll!  (In a good way :)  This is a great item to have if you love pink lipsticks (or just pink in general ;), if you want to try something a tad different, and/or if you don't mind standing out a bit!  I would definately go into MAC & swatch it before purchasing it, especially if you're thinking of buying online.  I'm thinking i would like to try out other MAC lipsticks first before repurchasing Snob though.  $14 seems like a lot for a lipstick, because it kind of is, but i don't really see many colors like this out there.