on duty beauty: dorothy

January 24, 2014
on duty beauty, dorothy
What do you love about your job/internship?
My internship introduced me to a network of intelligent, hardworking and inspiring people, all of whom taught me a vast deal about the publishing industry as a whole.  In addition, this experience expanded my reading tastes, exposing me to genres that I wouldn’t have gravitated towards naturally. 

Who are your professional inspirations?
As an aspiring comedic writer, I look up to a lot of female writers, including Tina Fey, Mindy Kaling and Liz Meriwether. However, the most inspirational person to me is my very own thesis professor at NYU.
As a former writer for Seinfeld and the owner of his very own Wikipedia page(!), Charlie is the coolest guy I know. He is constantly pushing me to be better, and he is the world’s best cheerleader.

Describe your on-duty beauty look:
Given my job consists of mostly human-to-computer to interactions, I generally prefer a simpler makeup routine. My skin tone is just shy of Wite-Out, so finding a foundation that looks natural is nearly impossible. I adore NARS 'Pure Radiant' Tinted Moisturizer, which gives me coverage without the Oompa Loompa chic look, paired with Revlon Nearly Naked pressed powder to eliminate shine. For blush, I use Maybelline’s Fit Me in “Medium Pink,” which is an excellent buy given the price. Finally, I use Covergirl LashBlast Volume Mascara in “Very Black” and my Urban Decay Naked Basics palette to highlight my eyes.  

What is your one on-duty beauty essential?
True Life: I’m Addicted to Lip Balm. I hate the feeling of having bare lips, but fear the commitment of lipstick, so I bring my Smith's Minted Rose Balm with me everywhere. I’m not going to say that I like it because of the smell, but…maybe.

Who are your beauty inspiration(s)?
From one pale girl to another, I adore Michelle Dockery. It might just be because I want to be Lady Mary Crawley, but I think she manages to look striking without ever looking overdone.

Enjoy It

January 8, 2014

Did anyone else experience Resolution Fatigue on the internets last week? Yes, last Wednesday marked the beginning of a brand new year and "another chance for us to get it right," but it seemed like I couldn't browse any social media platform without being bombarded with declarations that were meant to be inspiring and empowering. Instead of feeling energized, I felt exhausted from simply scrolling my screen. Which led me to solidify my own resolution for 2014.

Last year, I set forth making things happen. And make things happen, I DID. I accomplished so many goals, met so many people, and really tried to push myself out of my comfort zone. And it landed me where I am at the beginning of 2014, which is a pretty sweet place to be. I've found a great place for myself in the world as a result of last year's resolution, so this year I want to enjoy it.

I want to savor the relationships I've made, get the most out of all the clubs/organizations I belong to, appreciate my comfortable yet exciting surroundings, and give myself credit for being a college senior with a lot to look back on and smile about. This is not to say that I don't need to make things happen anymore. No, no. I will still need a job after graduation (so if you know of anything...), I will still have many more things to learn, and I will still have many more memories to make and goals to reach. But I want to resolve to remember that I am young and to enjoy the result of my hustlin'!

misadventures in foundation land

September 28, 2013

Foundation sucks. There, I said it. I really hate everything about foundation, especially the fact that I need it. I've been plagued with acne since middle school, and I didn't know how to take care of my skin back then- so lots of horrible squeezing and scarring ensued, leaving me with permanent red blotches. I really can't go out without covering up my red scars, and concealer on the trouble areas never blends well, so an all-over coverage has seemed like the only option. Usually, my tinted moisturizer is enough, but I always felt like there could be something better out there for me.

This predicament wouldn't be so bad if I had found a foundation that works on my skin. Often, formulas are too matte for my dry complexion or are too yellow for my skin tone. I've been hearing about Sephora's Color IQ program, and finally decided to give it a try this week. The results were... ugh.

The Color IQ technology essentially promises to find your exact shade and then match that with the shades offered by all of the foundation products Sephora carries. "Grool! Finally an end to this struggle bus ride," I thought. To find my shade, the makeup artist at Sephora scanned my skin with some digital instrument at my neck, cheek, and forehead, and then a magical code of letters and numbers came up to reveal my color. You're looking at 4Y07 (Y for yellow-based).

The make up artist told me that the scan usually matches users with between 30-40 products in their shade. I got so excited to see what I'd been missing in the world of foundation, only to be presented with... eight. Eight matches. So I tried them ALL. Each was slightly off, always little TOO yellow or TOO matte. One product, however, did work pretty well- Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation in Bamboo Beige. The kicker? That's the foundation I already use!

Frustrated and bare-faced (yes, because I took off each foundation to be left with nothing on my face, my red blotches for all of the East Village to see), I walked home and quickly put on some coverage for a meeting later that night. I was recounting the tale to my roommate as I applied my stand-by tinted moisturizer, Elizabeth Arden Pure Finish Tinted Moisturizer, when she said, "But wait, that product is perfect for you- it's more 'cover-up-y' than I expected it to be. That's what you've always been wearing?" Huzzah!! Vindication that my trusty tinted moisturizer was really what I needed on a daily basis. EA isn't sold at Sephora, which is why I wasn't matched with it.

Underwhelming experience, to say the least, but I have a new-found appreciation for my TM... and will be using my Sephora VIB points on things like blush instead.

doing the DC thing

September 26, 2013

When I got home from Israel, I had one weekend to: unpack, get back on U.S. time, do approx. 5 loads of laundry, buy/sand/paint new furniture for my apartment, pack for my apartment, MOVE IN to my apartment, reconnect with my friends, and get ready for the school year. After accomplishing all of that, I thought, "Okay, I need another break," and drove off to Washington D.C. for three days with my best friend and our moms. 

It was the perfect way get back into the American way of things and say goodbye to an amazing summer. We stayed in the heart of Georgetown at the same hotel as when I visited D.C. schools my senior year of high school. It was strange being back 4 years later, now setting out for my senior year in college, and reflecting on the choices I've made in the time since.

Highlights of trip include a visit to the National Zoo, the National Archives, a healthy dose of cupcakes,  my first legal happy hours stateside, a trip to Sweetgreen (my friend and I had attended the Sweetlife music festival earlier this year), and of course, the Newseum. I was editor of my high school paper and have wanted to visit the Newseum ever since- I seriously geeked out over the interactive News Room, where made my debut as weather girl! It was a fantastic trip- at once relaxing and exciting- and I think I can see myself living in D.C. after graduation...

around town: san ganerro festival

September 25, 2013

Cannoli's, pizza, fried Oreos- oh my! Yes, the time of year has come for the San Ganerro Festival in Little Italy. I stopped by the feast this past weekend and was delightfully overwhelmed by the smells, sights, and sounds. First I got a Pina Colada in a coconut- I was little disappointed by the taste, but the novelty of drinking out of a coconut was enough. After walking around, we built up an appetite and sat down for some grilled chicken parm and penne vodka- AMAZING. We had such a difficult time deciding where to sit since every restaurant had amazing-looking specials! I knew I couldn't leave the festival without having a mini cannoli, so I was sure to save room for the treat, which I had on the way home. NYC fall festival at it's finest! 


September 16, 2013

That's right: Tory. Burch. Beauty
After my initial excitement about the prospect of a beauty line created by Tory- a stunning, smart, successful female whose business and blog serve as constant inspiration- I took a second to wonder why this venture hadn't happened sooner! It seems like a no-brainer that the TB Empire should include beauty and fragrance. Whatever the reason, I'm glad it's happening now.
My fragrance prediction: clean, crisp, and floral. I'm particularly excited about the pendant and candle.

images via ToryBurch.com

A Beautiful Mess

August 28, 2013

During my senior year of high school, I had to craft an essay in which I defined "beauty." I came up with something unquestionably cliche at the time, but I've recently been reflecting on what I find beautiful and why. For example, I love LOVE love looking at displays of beauty products. Not the displays on the department store counter, but how real women set up their stashes. The photos above are my favorite Pinterest finds (the majority of which are from Into the Gloss- natch), because the displays incorporate unexpected elements to compliment the product packaging. Lucite cubes, mirrored trays, glass perfume bottles, a smokey candle jar- they all lend a beauty to the mess of products they compliment or corral. To me, the display is just as beautiful as what the products are meant to achieve.