THE BEST OF HOLIDAY BEAUTY
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Modern Muse: The Evolution Of Style
The Transformation Issue
EDITOR IN CHIEF Victoria Vollo Creative Director Art Director: Bea Bueno Fashion & Style Director: Aaron Alonso Beauty Director: Alexandria Cott Marketing Director: Joseph Oâ€™Brien Senior Photo Editor: Ashley Naftaly Senior Fashion Editor: Aaron Valentic Senior Style Editor: Amanda Brohman Fashion Editor: Ashley Laderer Health Editor: Nicole Armeno Managing Editor: Julia Shoop Contributing Menâ€™s Editor: Steven Rodriguez Social Media Editor: Emily Scott Associate Social Media Editor: Kimberly Cardenas
Contributors: Samantha Ayala, Bonnie Azoulay, Briana Badome, Kristen Bousquet, Monica Boylan, Lizzy Brownell, Micaela Burke, Lucia Credle, Avanti Dalal, Jordyn Ferriss, Gemma Gibb, Meghan Imiola, Sarah Langenbach, Sarah Larson, Bari Machado, Mikayla Madigan, Nora McCarten, Rolaika McFarlane, Nyasia Miranda, Olivia Morris, Collins Nai, Shelsea Patton, Ravin Riley, Monica Shelley, Sydonie Tapper, Joyce Xu
Winter 2013 Sweater Weather The number one holiday fashion faux pas? You guessed it: The Ugly Sweater. We show you how to get it right.
ModernMuse Beauty Makeunder W H AT B E T T E R TIME THAN THE NEW Y E A R TO R E VA M P YO U R BE AU T Y REGIME WITH N AT U R A L PRODUCTS FRO M TO P TO BOT TO M?
WE PUT A MODERN T WIST ON ICONIC LOOKS F R O M PA S T DECADES — AND THE R E S U LT S A R E N OTHIN G S H O R T O F 2 1S T CENTURY GL AM.
The Art of Makeup: Andrew Sotomayor The high-profile makeup artist takes us back to his early days—and lets us in to his glamorous world.
Contributors By Bonnie Azoulay
“I love beauty images that are powerful and tell a story. The best make the viewer feel something,” says Ashley Naftaly, a freshman studying photography with countless shoots already under her belt.
A SHLE Y NAF TALY
Dream Job Shoot ad campaigns for Guess & Sephora. Inspiration Ellen von Unwerth Dream Travel Destination Uganda, to give back and volunteer her time to others.
BE A BUENO
Bea Bueno, an Advertising Design major, derives inspiration from the Bauhaus movement. “Bauhus was the first school to have executed the idea that there is simplicity within complexity, and vice versa,” says the Saudi Arabian-raised InDesign whiz. Must-Have Beauty Product MAC Studio Fix in NC40 Signature Aesthetic Minimalism Secret Talent “I’m a rock-climbing instructor.”
“I think the most important thing I’ve learned at FIT is to step out of your comfort zone and try new things,” says Meghan Imiola. In fact, the Fashion Merchandising Management major is so motivated, she says she’d “be the janitor at NYLON if that’s what it takes” to get her dream job at the publication. Reading Now Tell The Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt Surprising Secret “I was convinced George Clooney was my dad as a little kid.”
MEGHAN IMIOL A
Letter from the Editor
s I write this, I can’t help but look back at my calendar and take it all in: On October 15, I’d penciled in “f i r s t m a g a z i n e m e e t i n g” and circled it in red. Less than eight weeks later, Blush has become a
whole lot more than just a hastily scribbled note in my planner. In half a semester, we’ve grown from a seed of an idea to the glossy paged magazine that’s now in your hands.
That being said, we’d like to consider ourselves newly minted experts when it comes to starting fresh. And now, we’re dishing out tips so you can reinvent yourself, too. From ten-minute makeovers to tensecond confident boosters (a quick spritz of perfume can change your whole day, we promise), winter break is the perfect time to commit to shaking things up for the better.
Considering how far we’ve come from just mere weeks ago, we think it’s pretty safe to say this season’s theme has transcended the physical pages of our premiere edition: Welcome to the Transformation Issue—in every sense of the word.
Dianna Mazzone Editor in Chief
NEWS BEAUTY By Shelsea Patton
GOING FOR GOLD Jay-Z has launched a cologne, Gold Jay Z, at Barney’s New York as part of his fashion collaboration with the company. Created by perfumer Ilias Ermenedis, the fragrance is a white fougère available at price points ranging from $39 to $70. An aftershave pour, a deodorant, and a shower gel will also accompany the luxurious cologne. “In developing Gold Jay Z, I wanted to capture both the vibrant part of Jay Z’s charismatic persona and his effortless style that he naturally embodies through a fusion of notes chosen by [him],” Ermenedis said in a statement. Jay Z himself has made it clear he will not profit from the scent. Instead, proceeds will go to The Shawn Carter Foundation, which provides college scholarships to students with financial needs.
RIHANNA GOES GLAM FOR MAC In a creative partnership with MAC Cosmetics, Rihanna will serve as the spokesperson for the 2014 Viva Glam collection. As in the past, 100% of sales will benefit AIDS research. It’s a fitting collaboration: As a worldwide influencer, the pop star fits the mold for the brand’s ideal Viva Glam spokesperson. And, it doesn’t hurt that the celebrated beauty and fashion icon has already proven a hit with MAC fans: We can’t wait to pick up every last piece of her final and highly anticipated RiRi Hearts collection.
ALL EYES ON ALEXA CHUNG In her new role as creative consultant at British brand Eyeko, Alexa Chung has created a kit with the components to re-create her signature cat eye. The tools? A thick nib eyeliner and water-resistant mascara. “Creating a water resistant mascara was important for me because it’s almost always raining wherever I am! Also I apply make-up in the morning and hope it lasts all day and all night. I’m fairly lazy when it comes to reapplying, so a lasting mascara that was cry and sweat-proof was a must for me,” Chung explained to Vogue. The it-girl was able to work closely with the brand, even adorning both the packaging and the products with her own handwriting and drawings. Consumers will have a chance to try their hand at Chung’s look by purchasing the kit online at eyeko.com—the set will hit Sephora in January.
NARS Cinematic Lipstick in Short Circuit, $26, available at NARS. NARS’ lipstick in Shor t Circuit is a vibrant coral that’ll totally brighten those dark winter days. The shade is par t of the limited edition Guy Bourdin Holiday Collec tion, so grab it while you can! L’Occitane Shea Butter Rose Tenderness Hand Cream, $12, available at L’Occitane. With cold weather comes the inevitable: Dr y, cracked skin. This hand cream from L’Occitane is infused with shea butter—it’s got the moisture we need to soothe our sensitive skin.
Formula X For Sephora in Superwatts, $12.50, available at Sephora. At $12.50 each, we can’t resist the new Formula X for Sephora nail polishes. The sparkly effec t of Super watts is our pick for holiday glitz and glam.
Platypus SoftBottle Water Bottle, $8.95, available at REI. Drinking water regularly may be the key to beautiful, healthy skin. We’re loving this easy, onthe-go version from Platypus: It’s 80% lighter than traditional bottles and once emptied, can be rolled up and tucked away for simple storage. The Body Shop Ginger Sparkle Heart Soap, $8.95, available at The Body Shop. How cute is this hear t shaped soap from The Body Shop? It’s got a spicy, seasonal ginger scent, and at only $4, might just be the perfec t stocking stuffer for ever yone on your list.
Under $15 Stocking Stuffers By Ravin Riley
It may be the season of giving, but it’s okay to treat yourself, too! We rounded up our under $15 favorites for holiday—we’d like to see our stockings filled with these pretty picks (hint, hint).
I N S TA G R A M W E E K I N B E A U T Y
10 Minute Transformations By Allix Cott
DAY ONE BERRY CHIC LIPS
START by prepping your lips with your favorite chapstick to both seal in moisture and create a subtle, and supple, shine. OUTLINE your lips with a lip liner one shade lighter than your lipstick to make lips look fuller. TRACE your berr y lipstick (we love NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Damned), along the outside of your lips and then fill them in completely. TAP a translucent powder on the top of your lips to seal in the first layer of color. APPLY a second coat of your berr y lipstick to create a rich, vibrant fall color that’ll last from the first bite of your pumpkin muffin to the last bight of pecan pie.
DAY TWO THE CAT’S MEOW
START by applying a white, matte eye shadow as a base to your eyelid, similar to a clean, blank canvas. CHOOSE your favorite liquid eyeliner, (Adele is repor tedly a fan of Eyeko, so we are, too!) and draw a line from the corner of your eye outwards following the invisible route from the corner of your lid to the end of your eyebrow. USE your steadiest hand to draw a triangle shape at the corner of your lid. FILL in the triangle, and create a slightly thicker line that evenly rests along the top of your eyelashes. FINISH with a few coats of jet-black mascara and you’ve officially put the “wow” in “meow.”
DAY THREE BIRTHDAY SUIT
With the newly launched Naked 3 palette already sold out, it’s time to fully embrace the infinite variety of looks the original Naked palette offers. START with a light base color to ensure a layered look that won’t smudge throughout the day. With a small shadow brush, apply shade Naked to the highest par t of your brow bone. BLEND Buck into your crease with a small blending brush. SWEEP Sidecar over the entirety of your lid, then brush Smog into the corner of your eye. ON the outermost corner of your lid, use your shadow brush to apply Darkhorse. The application of these similar shades will create a deep shadow y effec t.
DAY FOUR SUMMER LOVIN’
Along with SPF and Mister Sof tee, tinted moisturizer is a girl’s best summer time friend. Laura Mercier makes a flawless tinted moisturizer that is as light on the skin as it is protec tive, INFUSED with SPF 20. Cream blush is another per fec t staple for this look as it blends into skin impeccably while making cheeks look fresh and supple. White eye shadow on the inside corners of your eyes EMPHASIZES your natural eye color and shape while leaving the focus to your sun-kissed skin. A bright orange lip and a SWEEP of jet-black waterproof mascara are the finishing touches to balance out this refreshing summer look.
DAY SIX MADE TO BE MOD
For the eyes, star t with a light base color and blend it all the way into the arch of your brow. L AYER a small eye brush with a sof t gray shadow. APPLY the shadow to your crease, making sure not to blend it completely. USE the same brush and shadow to enhance your top and bottom lids. FINISH with a double dose of mascara and powder your cheeks with a pale pink shadow—we love Pink Passion from ELF. GLOSS your lips with a pale pink lip gloss (if you want a super light effec t, dust your face powder over the tops of your lips before applying your gloss). You’ve got a quick mod makeup look that’s any thing but outdated.
DAY FIVE THE EYES HAVE IT
COMPLEMENT radiant skin with pops of eye-catching color—bright eyes have never been more on trend. START by applying your favorite base as well as your favorite rosy blush. For blue eyes, metallic coppers, shimmer y golds, and pretty peaches work best. If you have green eyes, OPT for bright pink, deep plum, and deep red. Brown and hazel eyes have the widest variety of complementar y options, from forest greens and rich purples to dusty grays.
DAY SEVEN SMOKE AND MIRRORS
Less is more when it comes to transitioning nighttime makeup favorites into day time regulars. We made it work with a MAC eye shadow quad in Rainy Season. TAKE the lightest color from your palette and sweep it over your entire lid. BLEND the second to lightest color, preferably a feather y gray, sof tly into your crease. PRESS a medium gray shadow into the corner of your lids and along your bottom lashes. Then SWEEP the darkest color of your palette along the outermost corner of your lid. To easily make this a look suitable for night, SMUDGE black eye shadow, along the top of your lash line. Get ready to spark conversation (and maybe ignite some flames) with this smoky eye favorite.
Coloring Outside The Lines MAKEUP ARTIST A N D R E W S OTO M AYO R By Dianna Mazzone
You know that game where someone asks you to craf t a guest list of anyone, living or dead, you’d like to invite to a dinner par ty? Well, if we could have our way, we’d host Jennifer Lawrence, Anne Hathaway, Rose Byrne, and Kerr y Washington at our dining room table. And, of course, the man who connec ts the dots between them: Makeup Ar tist Andrew Sotomayor. But our favorite leading ladies represent only a frac tion of Sotomayor’s clientele: He’s also worked with big name beauty brands the likes of Maybelline, Lancôme, and Chanel. Needless to say, we relished in the oppor tunity to learn more about Sotomayor’s path to success—straight from the multi-talented man himself. How did you get in your start in the beauty industry in terms of schooling and experience? The first time I played with makeup was in high school theater. I had a beard for Fiddler on the Roof, and in Oliver I would star t in a ghostly, gaunt look, then change my face completely to become a tanned fisherman with five o’clock shadow. My career star ted when I got a job at Chanel selling fragrance. I loved the heritage of the brand and the chance to help women find something elegant and personal. I knew I loved the beauty industr y right away and soon moved to another line to sell makeup. Was there ever at point at which you realized you’d “made” it? When I was a teenager, I was dead set on being an ac tor. All I wanted was to be in a Broadway show. I studied musical theater in college, and Shakespeare in London, but as soon as I moved back to New York, I was working as a makeup ar tist. To be clear, you never “make it.” If you think you’ve made it, then you’ve got nowhere else to go and it’s time to tr y something else. However, when I read my bio in Playbill as the makeup designer for Julie Taymor’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, it kind of took my breath away. Things of ten work out a little differently than you originally planned, but ever y thing you do and ever y thing you learn is leading you somewhere. When I was a little kid, I would have my hands covered in Crayola marker. Now my hands get swipes of lipstick and cream blush. In so many ways, it’s come full circle. Could you describe a typical day in the life? Luggage. Lots of luggage. Ac tually, that’s not
true. I usually have a lot to carr y, but I was awesome at puzzles as a kid, and I’m a master at packing a resourceful and organized kit. Most makeup ar tist colleagues of mine carr y huge Bur ton snowboarding bags full of produc t. Being prepared for any thing can make or break you, but dragging a heav y suitcase star ted messing up my alignment and causing severe hip pain. I now carr y a backpack from Muji, and I’ve made the effor t to find out what produc ts I really need, and how to pack the extra stuff only when they’re useful. You’ve done it all— celebrity, TV, runway, theater. Do you wish you could concentrate more in one area than the others? I can’t. Maybe one day I’ll have more focus, but at the moment, I’m doing a little bit of ever y thing. I’ve been really lucky to have the chance to work in so many areas of makeup. Even though most makeup ar tists prefer to be more specialized, you ac tually learn a lot by working in different fields. A booker at one of the most prestigious fashion magazines once told me that my por tfolio showed I could do beautiful clean beauty and fashion makeup, but there wasn’t enough avantgarde work to show that I could be truly creative. It’s equally impor tant to learn about old Holly wood glamour, Parisian fashion, skincare, HD television, the Italian masters, drag queens, African body painting, influential photographers of yesterday and today, legendar y fashion editors like Diana Vreeland—not to mention the makeup ar tists who came before us. If you don’t know who Max Fac tor, Stan Winston, Way Bandy, and Kevyn Aucoin were, and who Sandy Linter, Pat McGrath, and Val Garland are, you aren’t ready to be a makeup ar tist. What makeup trend do you wish would
disappear forever? “No makeup.” How was that a trend? I think it came as a response to the 80s when ever y thing was over the top. Suddenly going super natural was popular. However, all of a sudden, it was decided that wearing color was a faux pas, red lipstick was trashy. Women couldn’t express themselves, beautiful makeup was only for celebrities on the red carpet, and ever yone was convinced that wearing a tinted moisturizer all by itself
was plenty, and if you still looked tired, then you must not be pretty. Ever y thing was smoky eye black liner and a pale lip gloss. Women shouldn’t be obligated to par ticipate in trends, but they also shouldn’t have to avoid them completely. One of the best things about beauty is it’s accessible to ever yone. Whatever your budget, whatever you look like, you deser ve to feel great about the way you look. And if some false lashes are gonna help make you a glamour
girl, go for it. You only live once. What’s the one product you or your clients can’t be without this winter? I’m a huge fan of the Anti-Oxidant Hydramist from Dermalogica, moisturizers from L’Occitane, Chanel mascara, and Maybelline gel eyeliner. Also, for women of color, Covergirl Queen Natural Hue Bronzers are a must-have! I first learned about them from makeup ar tist Sam Fine. If you don’t have his DVD, you need to order it! If you could turn back time, what advice would you give to yourself five years ago? Ten years ago? Some things you just have to learn by ac tually experiencing them. There are things I do differently now, but I only figured them out because I worked hard, tried to be friendly to ever yone, and was for tunate
enough to be given great oppor tunities. However, there’s a line from the Shirley MacLaine and Anne Bancrof t film, The Turning Point. The two play retired ballet dancers, and looking at MacLaine’s rising star prima ballerina, they wonder, “If only she knew the things we know now.” And
the other replies, “It wouldn’t matter a damn.” That said, just work hard, work smar t, and learn ever y thing you can about whatever you’re passionate about. Be nice to ever yone. Michelle Obama said, “when you’ve worked hard, and done well, and walked through that door way of oppor tunity...you do not slam it shut behind you...you reach back, and you give other folks the same chances that helped you succeed.”
To learn more about Andrew Sotomayor, follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSotomayor
New Year, New You:
Transform Your Body With These Simple Tips By Sydonie Topper
Winter brings celebratory food, sweet smelling lattes and lots of thick layers of sweaters—plenty of reasons to justify over indulgence and in turn, fall off track when it comes to taking care of your body. But there are simple changes we can make in our daily routines that can benefit us dramatically. Here, four easy ways to shake off the winter fitness blahs—without having to turn your January break into a never-ending training sesh.
CO N S I D ER B ECO M I N G A W EEK DAY V EG E TA R I A N We don’t have to tell you there are countless documented health benefits to being a vegetarian. But for many of us who love meat, it’s a hard sell. There’s no way we could swear off burgers or bacon for good. The key is to find balance between your cravings and eating healthy. As the title suggests, a weekday vegetarian eats a plant-based diet Monday to Friday. But when the weekend rolls around, if you’re craving a bite from [brgr], go right ahead! In following this strategy, you’ll cut your meat consumption by more than 70%—without saying goodbye to steak forever.
M A K E S L EEP A TO P PR I O R I T Y Take a wild guess at who might be one of the most sleep deprived populations worldwide: That’s right,
college students. Research done at Brown University has found that approximately 11% of students reported “good” sleep, while 73% report sleep problems. Additionally, 18% of college men and 30% of college women reported having suffered from insomnia in the past three months. Sleep deprivation in students has been linked to lower GPAs because sleep affects
concentration, memory and the ability to learn. So is it possible to make up all these lost hours spent cramming for exams or finishing course projects? Dr. Raghu Reddy, a pulmonologist and sleep medicine specialist said if you lose only five hours of sleep throughout the week, you can probably recover most of the five hours over the weekend. However, you may not recover all of the lost sleep if you lose over 20 hours. So the simple answer is yes! People can make up for lost sleep on another day, but don’t abuse this privilege. Getting more or less than seven or eight hours a night can actually affect lifespan.
MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR DOWN TIME
Let’s face it: Not only is the temperature falling but so is your enthusiasm to take that morning run. Luckily, not all workouts require venturing out into the cold. Do you watch TV? Of course you do! Here’s a workout you can do while catching up on the latest episode of your favorite show: •For every car commercial jog in place for 30 seconds •For every fashion commercial 30 crunches •For every food commercial 30 jumping Jacks •For every movie trailer 30 Russian twists
PERFECT YOUR POSTURE We know winter break is prime time for lounging around, but being mindful of the way you’re sitting and standing can make a serious difference in your appearance—so much so that you can add or subtract up to five visual pounds from for your frame depending on your posture. Our suggestions? Try positioning your ears over your shoulders, lifting your breastbone, and leveling your pelvis so as to appear a straighter, narrower version of yourself. By the time spring semester rolls around, you’ll be an old pro—don’t be surprised if your classmates ask if you dropped a few pounds over winter break.
TURN UP THE VOLUME Scientists conducting a study at Sussex University found that after listening to just 50 minutes of uplifting dance music, the levels of antibodies in volunteers’ bodies increased, the stress hormone levels which can weaken the immune system decreased, and levels of cortisol declined as well. Cortisol is a stress hormone that has many physiological effects, one of which has been linked to obesity. Further, more recent research at McGill University found that music is more effective at reducing stress before surgery than prescription drugs and also found that people who listen to music produce more Immunoglobulin A, an antibody that helps prevent infections. So go ahead and blast your favorite song—burn some extra calories by dancing along with it, too.
Try This Now:
Gymnastics at Chelsea Piers By Nicole Armeno
During Fashion Week, there’s almost always an odd mention about a show at “The Piers.” On the contrary, you have the fitness addicts who can somehow pry themselves out of a glorious warmly bed in order to jog “The Piers.” There are also those who have disembarked out of “The Piers” on some sort of fancy cruise. Sounds to us like “The Piers” is worth investigating: On Pier 61 of Chelsea Piers, at the west end of 23rd street, is The Field House. This massive sports complex has large windows looking out on an amazing view of the Hudson River and offers many different classes catering to every age and skill level. Half of the complex is taken up by a gymnastics space. Though you probably won’t be signing up for the next Olympics anytime soon, you shouldn’t let that stop you. Gymnastics has so many benefits to a healthy life—and besides, who wants to be under all that pressure at the Olympics, anyway? The first 15 minutes of gymnastics class at Chelsea Piers is spent stretching and warming up the muscles. Flexibility is very important in gymnastics. After the stretch, the class moves into rotations focusing on one set of equipment at a time. Each event offers different benefits to the athlete. Bars build arm and core
strength. The beam teaches balance and awareness of the body. The vault promotes coordination while working the leg and core muscles. Floor puts everything together in a combination of flexibility and strength. Gymnastics is one hard workout on the body, and over time, it can sculpt and tone muscle while benefitting the athlete in terms of skill and body awareness—plus, let’s admit it: It’s also pretty cool to be able to show your friends all your new tricks. For more information and to sign up for a beginner, intermediate, or advanced gymnastics class visit ChelseaPiers.com.
Eat This, Not That: Holiday Edition By Nyasia Miranda
Tis’ the season for the three F’s! Friends, family, and food. But before you grab that plate and fill it with all those mouth-watering dishes we all tend to over-indulge in during the holidays, pause for a moment: Could you be making a healthier (and equally delicious) choice? We break it down for you, below.
PECAN PIE Don’t let those pecans fool you. Alone pecans are a healthy snack, but pecan pie is notorious for being loaded with sugar.
PUMPKIN PIE Not only is pumpkin pie delicious, it’s also full of beta-carotene—a natural pigment in pumpkin that our body converts to vitamin A, which has been known to improve eye health and boost the immune system.
PEPPERMINT WHITE CHOCOLATE MOCHA We’re the first to say this drink is downright yummy— but it has enough calories to equal that of a full meal.
PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE Still not the very best choice on the Starbucks menu, the PSL has half the calories of the peppermint white chocolate mocha and all the same holiday spirit. Order it with skim milk and light whip cream to cut calories even further.
STUFFED BAKED POTATOES While baked potatoes alone are full of health benefits, when you add the cheese, bacon, sour cream, and butter (we know, all the good stuff) all those health benefits go out the window!
BAKED SWEET POTATOES When paired with veggies, these bad boys have less than half of the calories of stuffed baked potatoes. Opt for a butter substitute spread if you need to enhance the flavor—though sweet potatoes have a natural taste that’s totally delicious.
DARK MEAT TURKEY WITH SKIN We’ll be honest, this is probably one of the worst things you can put on your plate. The skin alone can have about 44 grams of fat and the dark meat is far higher in calories than its counterparts.
WHITE MEAT This meat has three times less fat than dark meat. Since you opted for the healthier meat choice, you can definitely justify a little gravy to top it off—don’t worry, we won’t tell!
Addicted To Addiction: Is It Too Late For Our Generation To Be Happy? By Gemma Gibb | Photography by Ashley Naftaly Sometimes we feel lost with no ground to stand on, unsure of what to do with our lives or how to escape it. We fill our time daydreaming and trying to inspire ourselves, afraid that at any moment we will be undermined by the success of someone else, convinced that their happiness is more worthy than our own. We’re told that it’s not okay to be alone otherwise we are lonely. That we have to be successful in a recognized way otherwise we are failures. That we have to fit in and conform with society or we will be rejected.
consume. We have become accustomed to the benefits while very skillfully ignoring the detriments. The idea of yoga and meditation is not as accessible an idea as smoking or shopping. Addiction is a habit built over time and therefore it will take time to change. In this way, people are either discouraged by their inability to stop immediately or fearful of the lengths they might have to go to and strength they might have to muster in order to overcome it. They approach their own addictions in an addictive way.
Society is giving away messages through the media, advertising, and through the culture within which we live that are inaccurate. Consumerism is the death of us, yet we continue to
Russell Brand, a comedian and former drug addict, explains his own addiction as a relief from reality, and as space from feeling. He sees addiction as a spiritual problem, as looking for something to fill. From a
young age, he was able to anesthetize the things he was experiencing through drugs. Brand said in a recent interview, “If the answer [to happiness] was McDonalds, Starbucks, and blow jobs then we’d all be alright, they’re on every street corner.” Everyone wants happiness but seems to be running in the opposite direction. This perverse idea is translated falsely to us on a daily basis. We all wake up everyday feeling a little inspired and a little afraid. Inspired by the things around us and afraid of how it will overwhelm and intimidate us. Our generation is having to find another definition of happiness: their own. What we’re told by the media, by everything around us and within our culture isn’t
making us happy, and if it is, it doesn’t last for long. Buddhist Monk Matthieu Richard believes that “a deep state of serenity and wellbeing underlies all emotional states.” Yet we are completely consumed by these emotional states. Most of us have no knowledge of how to deal with these feelings that arise, so we deal with them in the way society has told us to, quickly and painlessly. We are addicted to drugs because they cure our headaches. We are addicted to shopping because it gives a momentary relief to our limitless material dissatisfaction. We are addicted to food because we have unmet emotional needs, and we are addicted to the media because it distracts us, if only for a moment, from our own overwhelming lives. We are addicted because we all have our own ways of coping with the things that are thrown at us, and it’s the only way we know how.
Addiction is the craving for something other than self. It is an obsessive desire. It is an unhealthy response to a negative feeling or emotion that has arisen from a negative experience. From our addictive behaviors we get a temporary happy high that distracts us from the reality of our internal experiences that make us unhappy. We have no control over the outside world, our minds predict how we interpret it, and we can be in an environment where we should be happy, but we are not. Our minds are stronger than the external world yet we continue
look for the strength in everything outside of ourselves. We underestimate the power of the mind. We grasp onto negative thoughts that appear, and we associate with them, creating a fixed and limited identity. What we don’t realize is that if we acknowledge our habitual responses to things and our addictive natures, then we can be aware of ourselves and our cravings. So stop buying, start saving. Stop pretending and start embracing. Stop avoiding and start living. You can make a change in your own life because you want it. We all want to be happy.
Are You Scents-itive? By Avanti Dalal | Photography by Ashley Naftaly
HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED WHY YOU’RE DRAWN TO CERTAIN FRAGRANCES AND WHY YOU LONG FOR THINGS THAT SMELL LIKE YOUR FAVORITE MEMORIES? AVANTI DALAL EXPLORES THE RESPONSE MECHANISM TO SCENTS. I’ve always been enamored with scents. As a child, I’d dream up my own elixirs, I’d imagine how hyacinths and lavender would smell if they were blended together and I would obsessively hoard scented incense candles. I collected every last scented magazine insert strip and discreetly crushed leaves in my hands to get a whiff of something sweet. My drawers were chock full of perfume bottles and my room always smelled like an orchard or field. Now, I realize there was a reason behind
said obsession—my mind was simply responding to positivity. The sense of smell is considered the most efficacious in terms of relation to memory processing. Why is it that the redolence of pumpkin spice immediately reminds one of fall, and the smell of the ocean brings forth a pang of nostalgia for the sunny days of summer? It’s because fragrances have been proven to leave memory traces—they function as triggers. The simple physiological explanation for this is that the olfactory nerve is located in proximity to the amygdala and hippocampus, which are responsible for emotional memory and memory processing respectively. This displays associative learning, which determines why scents are so intertwined with emotional memories. Reminiscence never smelled so sweet, right?
So, does our choice of scent define us? Do we choose based on our state of mind, or conversely, do fragrances cause said state of mind in the first place? Being that the sense of smell is so directly ‘plugged in’ to the limbic system of the brain, it has been seen that fragrances can affect mood. Studies have shown that positive fragrances can make an individual feel immediately relaxed or energized or confident. This too, is based on associative learning. Certain smells have positive connotations, and therefore incite positive emotions in response. So, if fragrances were a personality archetype, who would you be? Do we choose fragrances based on who we are, or who we want to be? With these thoughts on your mind, douse yourself with your favorite perfume or dab something new on your wrist— it can take you places.
Modern Muse IN AN ERA WHERE IT’S ALL BEEN DONE, THE BEST WAY TO BE MODERN MIGHT JUST BE TO REINVENT THE PAST Photography by Collins Nai
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NEWS HEALTH By Julia Shoop
SNEAKY FATS Recently, the Food and Drug Administration has declared war on trans fats. Seeing as trans fats are one of the leading causes of heart disease, eliminating such ingredients in common foods would rid an assumed 20,000 heart attacks each year. Trans fats are created by bubbling hydrogen through hot vegetable oil producing a fat that remains solid at room temperature. If the FDA is successful in their plan, these
fats would no longer be listed among the administrations “regarded as safe” list. Due to lack of proof that trans fats provide any nutritional value, it would be challenging for large food companies to argue with the FDA. As of 2006, companies are required to include trans fats on labeling and in 2007, New York City officially took a stand against restaurants cooking with the fats. Until official action can be taken, beware of these pesky fats, which can sneak into some of our favorite snacks— even coffee!
WALK THE WALK Good news for we New Yorkers! New research out of Spain has shown that women walking for at least three hours a week are less likely to suffer a stroke than those women who don’t. Though there are no definite answers in the results when it comes to the health of men, getting in a little extra movement will never hurt. It’s never too early to take care of your body, but it can be definitely can be too late. So take advantage of the concrete jungle and explore a new borough—by foot of course!
KNOWLEDGE IS POWER Do you consider the calorie count listed on fastfood menus like those of Panera and Starbucks? A recent study out of NYU has proved that this calorieconscious initiative has hardly increased consumer awareness or action. Brian Elbel, an assistant professor of population health and health policy at the NYU School of Medicine, found that in a study of 2,000 Philadelphia fast-food customers, only about 10% chose smaller calorie options while just 40% took note of the fact that calories were posted. For the three years since its inception, the Affordable Care Act has required that any restaurant chain with 20 or more locations nationally must include the calorie count on their menus: Might it be an ineffective effort?
MEET THE LBB By Ashley Laderer | Photography By Mikayla Madigan
I’d like to introduce you to your new BFF, the LBB (Little Black Boot). These bad boys from Steve Madden are equal parts cute and comfortable, perfect for long days navigating the city with our busy schedules of interning, going to class, and late night partying. Plus, let’s be honest: On a student/unpaid intern budget, who has the money to buy a different pair of shoes for each of these occasions? Here’s how to make this one pair of boots work three different ways. (P.S. No judgment you if you wear big fluffy socks inside these boots. No one will know, and a girl’s gotta stay warm!)
t2. CLASS Wear these boots with jeans for an edgy-casual look for class. The thick heel won’t get stuck in the ridges of the school’s escalators, and you’ll be able to get from the A building to the D building in no time! Layer a flannel and a sweater to stay cozy throughout that three hour long lecture, and top it all off with a beanie for added warmth.
s1. INTERNING While in a professional environment, it’s important to have shoes like these that make you feel confident. You’ve got enough on your plate, so you don’t want to have to worry about stumbling around in unstable heels! Pair the boots with a unique buttondown shirt and traditional circle skirt, and you’ll be ready to work!
s3. PARTY Now’s the time for your LBB to meet your LBD. These boots look perfect with an all black ensemble made up of your favorite black dress and thigh high stockings. A statement bracelet will take your look over the edge. So go ahead and dance the night away. Your feet won’t hurt and you’ll look fabulous!
NEWS FASHION By Meghan Imiola
SUCCEEDING A LEGEND Fashion giant Louis Vuitton has announced that Nicolas Ghesquière will succeed Marc Jacobs as its new creative director of womenswear. Ghesquière is best known as the creative director at Balenciaga, a post he left last November after fifteen years. Since his departure from the brand that made him a household name, there had been much speculation as to what his next move would be. Rumors of his potential position at the Louis Vuitton began as early as March, when Jacobs was still at the helm— the brand originally denied these allegations. Now that the news has officially broken, Ghesquière told Women’s Wear Daily: “Louis Vuitton has always incarnated for me the symbol of ultimate luxury, innovation and exploration… I am very honored of the mission that I am entrusted with, and proud to join the history of this great maison. We share common values and a vision.”
MADE IN THE USA Ralph Lauren recently debuted the official 2014 Winter Olympics Team USA uniforms to be worn at the Sochi, Russia games this year. On the heels of controversy over previous year’s uniforms being manufactured in China, this year the garments will bear the promise: “Made in the USA.” Though 97% of apparel sold in the United States is manufactured overseas, Ralph Lauren sought out fortyplus manufacturers for the uniforms this year, including North Face, who will outfit the freestyle ski team. Along with the uniforms, a collection of village wear and accessories has been created for the teams. The key pieces are Ralph Lauren signature staples and include wool turtlenecks, navy wool pea coats with patriotic adornments, and black leather boots with vibrant red laces. NEXT BIG THING Designer Azede Jean-Pierre is certainly on our radar. Her newly launched label has gained quite a buzz after trendsetter Solange Knowles was spotted in one of her white, boldly cut designs. It’s no wonder her brand is resonating with fashion’s finest—before debuting womenswear under her own name, she studied at the Savannah College of Art and Design and honed her skills at Ralph Rucci and Ohne Titel. More than just a one hit wonder, the SS14 collection from Azede Jean-Pierre was visually stunning, taking notes from nature with rounded edges on garments, insect prints, and silky tops with winged sleeves. With only one all-black look, her collection came as a breath of fresh air for SS14. We can’t wait to see what’s next for this budding designer.
STREET BEAUTY By Monica Boylan | Photography by Mikayla Madigan We took a walk down 27th Street and stopped to snap our favorite beauty looks. And, in honor of our Transformation Issue, we asked each of these beauties the same question: How has FIT transformed you?
NAME Touba Alipour HOMETOWN Iran MAJOR Exhibition Design “I feel free to express myself.”
NAME Bhuohg Vo HOMETOWN Vietnam MAJOR Fashion Design “Actually, I feel I stayed true to myself.”
NAME Laurel Prechutti HOMETOWN Santa Cruz, CA MAJOR Fashion Design “I dress very casually at home. I find myself dressing up more since I came to FIT.”
NAME Adriana Insua HOMETOWN Miami, FL MAJOR FMM “It has matured me a lot and opened so many doors.”
NAME Hannah Gerety HOMETOWN Westchester, NY MAJOR AMC “You don’t realize your look updates yearly. My style is different now, as a junior, than it was as a freshman.”
NAME Lauryn Duncan HOMETOWN Trenton, NC MAJOR Fashion Design “I work at J. Crew now so I layer a lot. I like to show my socks, too!”
NAME Tiffany Lantigua HOMETOWN Fair Lawn, NJ MAJOR FMM “It’s made me grow up a lot and get on top of my work more.”
Transform Your Hair— Without A Single Snip! By Samantha Ayala Photography by Ashley Naftaly I f y o u ’v e e v e r t h o u g h t a b o u t impulsively making a drastic change t o y o u r h a i r s t y l e , y o u ’r e n o t a l o n e . B u t spontaneous thoughts of ten give way t o m o r e s e r i o u s c o n s i d e r a t i o n . Yo u ’r e r e a d y t o c o m m i t , b u t t h e n s u d d e n l y, y o u h i t a w a l l . Wo u l d a n e w c u t s u i t y o u r f a c e s h a p e? C a n y o u r e a l l y p u l l o f f b a n g s? We g e t i t : C o m m i t m e n t , e v e n t o h a i r, c a n b e s c a r y. We l l n o t t o w o r r y, b e c a u s e w e ’v e g o t t h e s c o o p o n s e c r e t techniques to your seriously alter the appearance of your hair— without the permanent result. FAU X B O B Step 1- Part hair as normal and brush into a low ponytail. Step 2- Pull the elastic you used to tie the ponytail down the hair until about ¼ of the hair is still secured. Step 3- Grab the elastic and fold inward under the rest of your hair so that the ends are no longer visible. Pin the ends of the hair and elastic securely in place. FA K E B A N G S Step 1- Brush hair into a high ponytail. Step 2- Grab ponytail (leaving just a little bit of hair behind) and fold it towards your forehead, leaving the ends of your hair now in front of your forehead. Securely pin in place—it should look similar to a bun. Step 3- Take the rest of the ponytail piece left behind and wrap it loosely around the “bun” you made in Step 2. The key is to hide pins holding the “bun” in place. After, securely pin. Step 4- With the ends of your hair still in front of your forehead, position them as side or front bangs, as desired. Tip: Curl your new “bangs” to add volume and bounce.
Tip: Add a small bow or decorative clip to accessorize your new ‘do!
L O N G E R A N D F U L L E R P O N Y TA I L S t e p 1- B r u s h h a l f o f y o u r h a i r u p a n d c l i p i t o u t o f y o u r w a y, l e a v i n g t h e b o t t o m h a l f o f t h e hair s till loose. S t e p 2- B r u s h t h e b o t t o m h a l f o f t h e hair into a regular low pony tail. Step 3 - Release the top half of the hair from the clip and brush that top half into a regular pony tail. Step 4 - Adjus t the top pony tail to make sure that the bot tom pony tail isnâ€™t visible a n d y o u â€™ l l b e r e a d y t o g o! T i p: Yo u m a y w i s h t o u s e v o l u m e s p r a y b e f o r e a n d /o r a f t e r t h e s t y l i n g to add more fullness to your pony tail and top of head.
1 Lipstick, 5 Skin Tones By Meghan Imiola | Photography by Ashley Naftaly Searching for the perfect winter lipstick? Well look no further, ladies! Bite Beauty’s Luminous Crème Lipstick in Mulberry is the perfect shade for the season. A long-lasting and moisture-rich lipstick, this color works for everybody—and we’ve got proof.
B I T E B E AU T Y L U M I N O U S CRÈME LIPSTICK I N M U L B E R R Y, $ 24 , AVA I L A B L E AT S E P H O R A .
W I T H FA I R S K I N , M A N Y M I G H T S H Y AWAY F R O M A C O LO R T H I S B O L D. But Bari’s light skin actually makes the lipstick pop beautifully! Paired with her loose waves, the lipstick is glammed up without trying too hard. It’s a perfect look for a night out in the city!
Y E S , YO U C A N D O A FUN LIP AND EYE S I M U LTA N E O U S LY. Here, we used the lip color as a stain so Bing’s two looks aren’t fighting one another. With her golden skin tone, the lip color becomes light and fun, which makes it perfect for an everyday look.
A D E N S E R L I P C O LO R LO O K I S P E R F E C T F O R AVA N T I ’ S TA N S K I N TO N E A N D DA R K H A I R . Paired with a subtle gold shimmer on her eyes, the lipstick doesn’t end up looking harsh and instead complements her features and warm undertones.
S H E L S E A H A S G R E AT S T Y L E — A N D YO U C A N T E L L J U S T BY H E R M A K E U P! Here, the lipstick works as an accessory to the rest of her look. Her rich, deep skin tone is the perfect canvas for shades of berry.
TO C O M P L E M E N T E M I LY ’ S S T R I K I N G E Y E S , W E N OT O N LY A P P L I E D T H I S L I P S T I C K TO H E R L I P S , B U T DA B B E D I T O N H E R C H E E K S TO AC T A S A CRE AM BLUSH, AS WELL. It brings the focus up to the rest of her face—and works well with the pink undertones of her skin.
E M B R AC E C O L O R T h i s c o l o r- b l o c k e d s e q u i n sweater from Joe Fresh of fers the cool winter t o n e s o f c r e a m a n d h e a t h e r g r e y, w h i l e t h e modern t wis t of black sparkles will make you s t a n d o u t f r o m t h e c r o w d a t a n y h o l i d a y g e tt o g e t h e r. J O E F R E S H , $ 3 9 KEEP IT CL ASSIC Thanks t o Ta y l o r S w i f t f o r making this st yle a trend again —the basic black tur tleneck is a go-to for this holiday season. Pair it with cropped trousers and menswear st yle loafers and you’ll have the per fec t mod-inspired look. U N I Q LO, $19.9 0
The Ugly Holiday Sweater MEE TS ITS M ATCH By Aaron Valentic Finally, after months and months of waiting, it’s finally arrived—the holiday season! We’re betting more than a few people will be celebrating while sporting the iconic Christmas sweater, filled from sleeve to sleeve with tinsel, garland, and even the occasional ornament. But, instead of “donning our gay apparel,” it’s time to bring back the classic sweater look this holiday. With updated designs and embellishments, they’ll transition easily into other seasons—plus, you still can rest easy in the comfort of a cozy sweater.
P L AY W I T H PAT T E R N We wouldn’t leave you without a truly Christmas-inspired sweater— what bet ter way to give a nod to the holidays t h a n w i t h f a i r- i s l e p r i n t! H&M has given it a modern t wist with an open shawl cardigan that can easily be worn as both inner and o u t e r w e a r. H & M , $ 4 9.9 5
EXPERIMENT WITH SHAPE Camel is the new black, or it has been for multiple seasons. Easily throw on this classic neutral-toned Mossimo for Ta r g e t o p e n s w e a t e r o v e r t o p of any ensemble — pair it with pants or the per fec t l i t t l e b l a c k d r e s s . O r, w e a r i t out as a coat, but be sure to g r a b a b e l t t o c i n c h y o u r w a i s t! TA R G E T, $ 3 4 .9 9
Men’s Spotlight: Cold-Weather Skincare By Joey O’Brien AS WINTER APPROACHES, IT’S IMPORTANT THAN EVER TO KEEP YOUR SKIN HYDRATED AND MOISTURIZED. HERE, WE’VE GATHERED PRODUCTS FROM OUR THREE OF OUR FAVORITE (GUY-FRIENDLY) BRANDS, GUARANTEED TO HYDRATE AND PROTECT YOUR SKIN WITHOUT THE FUSS—NO FLORAL SCENTS HERE, WE PROMISE!
CLINIQUE Clinique M Protect is a great daytime moisturizer. Allergy and fragrance free, the dermatologist-tested moisturizer is combined with SPF 21. At night, Clinique Maximum Hydrator moisturizes the skin to make sure you’ll wake up with a face free of redness and dryness.
Malin + Goetz Vitamin E Moisturizer, $45, available at Malin + Goetz. Ren Ultra Moisture Day Cream, $55, available at Sephora.
REN Ren Ultra Moisture Day Cream is a onestep wonder. Created by a dermatologist who suffered from dry and sensitive skin himself, this cream has it all: It’s light, fragrance-free, and reenergizes skin with only a pea-sized amount. Clinique M Protect Broad Spectrum SPF 21 Daily Hydration + Protection, $25, available at Sephora. Clinique Maximum Hydrator, $32, available at Sephora. ATTENTION, FELLOW MALES OF FIT: WINTER IS HERE, SO IT’S TIME TO GEAR UP. NO MATTER YOUR BUDGET, THESE COLD-WEATHER APPROVED PIECES ARE SURE TO WARM UP THAT FROZEN WARDROBE. Wear this cozy sweater with a pair of jeans in any wash or even a neutral trouser. The best part? It’s a cotton blend, which means one thing: Warmth!
MALIN + GOETZ Malin + Goetz’ Vitamin E Moisturizer not only treats dry skin, but sensitive skin as well. Fragrance and oil free, it’s the perfect cream for day and night. With feel-good ingredients like vitamin E and chamomile extracts, you can’t go wrong with this lightweight cream.
Boy’s Club: Winter Warriors By Steven Rodriguez Trust us: Compared to any other shoe in your closet, this classic oxford boot will be the most versatile you own. From everyday to a night out, the possibilities are endless.
This fun but functional tribal printed backpack will take you around the world from the moment you put it on. With a blend of tough fibers like cotton, it’s definitely made to last.
With simple lines and clean construction, this coat will guide you to a new level of style and dare we say it—sophisticated swag. Plus, the v-neck design will still showcase McQ Floral Print Sweatshirt, $380, available at Shopbop. Forever 21 Men’s your favorite sweater. Distressed Oxford Boots, $42.80, available at Forever 21. Forever 21 Desert Days Backpack, $29.80, available at Forever 21. Shades Of Grey By Micah Cohen Overcoat, $230, available at Urban Outfitters.
We Tr ied It: Ever wanted to switch up your look, without committing to a major change? If so, I recommend in trying hair chalk— it’s fun color without the (permanent) consequences in terms of color commitment and damage to the hair. As soon as you wash your hair, it washes right down the drain with your shampoo. Of course, like dye, certain colors work best with certain shades or hair. As a dark brunette, I didn’t think the chalk would work for me at all. Turns out I was totally wrong: The bright colors work well and definitely stand out on my hair. As for the dark colors of the chalk, it can be a little challenging, but not impossible. Blondes would benefit from this the most. However, wetting the chalk can help enhance the color, especially with the brights. Whether I applied wet or dry, I found it very simple to apply. I grabbed a piece of colored chalk and rubbed it onto the parts of my hair where I wanted to see color. One warning, however: This part can get a little messy, but it’s all in the fun of it! Who said chalk was only meant for hop scotch? —Samantha Ayala UO Hair Chalk Rainbow Set, $14, available at Urban Outfitters.
It’s not much to look at on the outside, but The Sacred Truth by LUSH face mask promises to “keep the skin in beautiful condition” and hydrate during the winter. Opening the container, the product really bursts to life, containing an olive green color paste and smelling deliciously refreshing. It could be the honey or even fresh papaya in the mix, but whatever it is, I can’t wait to get it on my face. The mask spreads on, hardening on my face for about 15 minutes. After taking off the mask, my face feels soft and smooth. After incorporating the mask a few different ways into my skincare routine, I found it was best to apply postextraction or post facial scrub. The product is really great for calming and tightening the skin and I recommend it as a great way to end your skin care routine before bed. Though hydration wasn’t the most noticeable, there were other visible benefits from using the mask: I’ve gotten good use out of it for almost a week, and at just $6.95, would highly recommend it. —Nicole Armeno LUSH The Sacred Truth Fresh Face Mask, $6.95, available at LUSH.
When I hear the brand name Sigma, great brushes come to mind—though somehow I’d never before explored their makeup. But, if the products were as high quality and effective as their brushes, I knew I was in for a treat. I decided to try Sigma’s Extended Wear Eyeliner Kit in Warm. The kit includes three shades of liners and a shading brush. The Warm Collection liners come in a beautiful bronze called “Downplay,” a bright gold called “Drift,” and a deep eggplant called “Declare.” The liners are creamy and glide on with ease. I opted to use Declare to line my top lid and Downplay to line my bottom lid. I also used the included brush to smooth out my top lid and create more of a smoky eye look. I love that the colors are bold on their own and also blend incredibly well, complementing each other perfectly. The deep eggplant liner in particular really made my blue eyes pop. The verdict after a long day? My liner was totally in tact—super satisfying after a long search for liner that doesn’t smear or run. —Monica Boylan Sigma Extended Wear Eyeliner Kit in Warm, $33, available at Sigma.
Revlon recently released a new line of scented nail polish called Parfumerie and, as a selfconfessed nail polish addict, I couldn’t wait to try it. It took some effort to track it down: I had to go to a couple of drugstores before I found it at a Rite Aid. But, it was definitely worth the hunt: There are 16 shades, each with their own unique scent, ranging from fresh fruits and florals to sweets and spices. My favorite part? Each polish is cleverly packaged to look like a small perfume bottle. Although you’re supposed to wait for the polish to dry to get the full effect of the scent, I took the liberty of smelling some of the polishes before I made my purchase—I fell in love with the Pink Pineapple and Bordeaux. Upon application, I was worried that the nail polish would take a long time to dry, but it certainly didn’t! I was able to finish my nails in the same amount of time as I normally would—and the scent was definitely evident! But, unfortunately just as perfume slowly looses it’s potency, so too does the nail polish. Around three to four hours later, the scent was noticeably diminished. However, I’d re-purchase for the colors alone! The pretty reds in particular are a must-have for the holiday season. —Nyasia Miranda Revlon Parfumerie Nail Enamel, $6, available at drugstores.
Industry Corner: Arlette Palo, VP of Corporate Innovation at Estée Lauder By Nora McCarten
Talk about a unique job—Arlette Palo is the Vice President of Corporate Innovation at Estée Lauder. Her goal? To develop new product ideas for the beauty mega-brand and assist in their creation and implementation. She’s constantly searching for ways to improve the beauty industry and give consumers what they really need—sometimes even before they know they need it. She has a range of duties that include working in the labs, creating trend boards, and going out into the world to find inspiration for new products. We caught Palo in between research trips overseas to talk all things beauty. NM: How did you get your start in the beauty industry? AP: I was originally at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine studying infectious diseases, but when my professors ran out of grant money, I knew I had to find something else. My mother cut out an article about cosmetic chemists and it just took off from there. NM: So was your mother the one who influenced your interest in makeup? AP: Definitely. I remember in middle school I was having a really hard day and she took me to the Lancôme counter and just got me a little mascara and lip gloss, but it was a defining moment for me. It changed my life. NM: If you could give your teenage self any advice, what would it be? AP: Beauty is a powerful healing process. You don’t need a therapist...all you need to
change your self-esteem is a little lip gloss. NM: What has been the best moment in your career thus far? AP: Seeing Osiao created was a really proud moment for me. It’s a line based on Chinese medicine that we launched last September; six years went into it. NM: What is the most challenging part of your job? AP: Making sure ideas get to market before competition. There’s nothing worse than working on something for so long and seeing another company launch it before us. NM: What is a typical week like for you? AP: There is no typical week, especially in my business. When you have to innovate, very little innovation happens in an office. Sometimes I’ll be at the lab working with chemists to make the product concepts, other days there are meetings, presentations...not one single day is the same. NM: What’s one beauty product you can’t live without? AP: Advanced Night Repair from Estée. I notice problems with my skin when I don’t use it. I’ve been most compliant with that for twenty years. NM: What is your numberone holiday beauty pick? AP: For me, personally, it’s probably the only time of the year I pick red lips and red nails. It’s such a festive time of the year so it seems appropriate.
NM: Why do you think Estée Lauder has remained successful for so long? AP: I believe that it’s product quality. Nothing is ever good enough until it’s good enough. We put a lot into research and development and we have very high standards. We’ve built up a trust and a heritage.
From Second Hand To First Class: Buffalo Exchange Is Doing It Right By Steven Rodriguez It’s sometimes the assumption that style comes from brand new clothes, the latest fashions by the top designers. It’s also assumed that a style eventually goes out of style, but really, that depends on you. How to make it work? Two words: Buffalo Exchange. The secondhand retail giant has over fifteen stores in seventeen states and has effectively transformed the thrifting game nationwide.
New York City is home to five of Buffalo Exchange’s most fast-paced and diverse stores—but with so many locations in NYC alone, how does Buffalo Exchange manage to acquire so many styles (from incredible brands, no less) for each of them? We suspect it’s the people: A passionate sales force delivers a one of a kind experience to both buyers and sellers alike. We sat down with one of the best: Justin Goellner, store manager at Buffalo Exchange in Chelsea. Steven Rodriguez: Could you tell me a little bit about what you do at Buffalo Exchange?
Justin Goellner: I manage the store and I oversee all employees, inventory, daily operations, and all other aspects of the store. I also make sure my employees are providing the best experience to our customers. I have a team of five assistant managers and a staff of about 32 buyers, cashiers, and floor assistants. SR: How would you describe the Buffalo Exchange customer? JG: Really, really diverse. My favorite example is from when I ran the East Village store. There was a regular customer who would come in who was about 90 years old who lived around the corner. So you’d see this 90-yearold women shopping right next some teenage girl with pink hair and piercings. I mean, you can literally see the diversity when you look at other shoppers in the store. Basically, it runs the spectrum from fashion obsessed, young and trendy, through fashionable business/ office type folks, funky or vintage style folks… any person excited about clothing and looking for a deal.
SR: You have in-store buyers who more or less decide what merchandise comes into the store—how do you train them to know what to look for and ultimately buy for the season? JG: We take a couple of approaches—we look to hire people that are kind of shopaholics, who are into fashion and go around to regular stores to see what they’ve got every season. Once we hire them in as buyers, we do a lot of training. We pay attention to retail stores and what they are marking down, to what’s selling in OUR store and what things WE are marking down. Buyers also work in the fitting room to see what customers are trying and have a chance to work at the register to see what customers are buying, all to enhance their knowledge of the store and our customer. All of the training is hands on and so for a couple of months, you work closely with a more experienced buyer or a manager who knows what works in the store the best. SR: What are some of the clothing brands that a you see most often in the store? Are there any brands that you try not to buy? JG: There is no brand specifically we will or will not buy. The most common items folks bring us are the fast fashions like H&M, Forever 21, Zara, J. Crew, Ann Taylor Loft, and Gap. We see a lot of mid-range and designer pieces, too: Marc by Marc, Michael Kors, J Brand, Rag & Bone. Customers will wear the items a few times and then sell it to us. Being close to FIT, we also see students who create things and they end up selling to us. If something is really cool, we’ll take it even without a tag or name brand. SR: I remember shopping at this store back in 2011 when it was half this space. What brought on the major expansion of the Chelsea store? JG: It was couple different things. Honestly, as we got more popular we had a hard time accommodating the customers and the inventory. We opened in 2010, but by about a year later we were bursting at the seams. We realized that we needed to expand. When a space opened up right next store, we knocked down the wall and doubled! Taking it over in order to expand was the best thing for the store. SR: What would you say to an FIT student who wants to enter the retail industry or more specifically, the re-sell sector? JG: Honestly I wouldn’t tell a student anything different than anyone else who wants to enter this industry. You really need to like people and clothing, and if you’re really into fashion, too, then you’ll be even more successful. In a store like ours, we buy our inventory from our customer, so our relationship with them is so important and we work hard to maintain close bonds with them.
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Transform Your Beauty Routine, Naturally By Briana Badome
Here’s hoping January break leaves you with a little extra time on your hands—why not use it to better your beauty routine with our all-natural guide to re-vamping your regime? Don’t believe us? Replace just one of your regular products with a natural option and prepare to marvel at the results.
STEP 1 If nothing else, start off with this cleanser from Juicy Beauty: Made with organic grape seed and sunflower oils, it can be used for morning or night. It’s great for deeply cleansing the skin as well as removing make up. And with organic chamomile and calendula, it’s perfect for soothing skin types that are normal, aging or sensitive. Juice Beauty Cleansing Milk, $22, available at Ulta.
STEP 6 To finish off your beauty routine naturally, apply bareMineral’s Natural Lip Gloss. Its all-natural, preservative-free formula leaves the lips with a gorgeous sparkling shine. bareMinerals promises it’s good enough to eat! BareMinerals Natural Lip Gloss in Cassis, $15, available at Beauty.com. STEP 5 This mascara from Mineral Fusion is made up of minerals that lengthen and beautify the lashes while darkening, defining, and conditioning them. Best of all, it’s hypoallergenic and gluten free. It’s easy on the eyes— literally! Mineral Fusion Lengthening Mascara, $14.99, available at DermStore.com.
STEP 4 Now it’s time to explore natural options for your makeup. Juice Beauty eye shadow is a natural but effective combination of aloe, fruit extracts and pigmented minerals. Keep it natural with earth toned browns and champagnes. Juice Beauty Illuminating Eye Color in Champagne, $12, available at Ulta.
STEP 2 The best way to follow up after cleansing? Purely Bright Mist by Jurlique, a totally natural product that restores and refreshes the skin with just a light but effective spray. Suitable for all skin types, its specially formulated for achieving evenness of skin tone.Jurlique Purely Bright Mist, $34, available at Jurlique.
STEP 3 Tarte Brazilliance not only moisturizes, but leaves your skin with a healthy glow. Talk about a multi-tasker! This natural product’s main ingredient is maracuja oil, which helps replenish fatty acids and flushes skin with Vitamin C. Tarte Brazilliance Skin Rejuvenating Maracuja Face And Body Self-Tanner, $37, available at Ulta.
School Space: Zoe Whalen By Kristen Bousquet | Photography by Mikayla
City maps, vintage portraits and unique drawings from home fill the walls of Zoe Whalen’s comfy Nagler Hall dorm room. Brightcolored throw pillows top her handmade quilt adding a touch of home to this dorm smack in the middle of New York City. Straight from the streets of Newton, Massachusetts, Whalen majors in fashion design. After making the move to college in the city, she toned down the pink in her room and forced her space to “grow up a little.” She exchanged
old, girly things in her room at home for a more comfortable, bohemian feel. Her spotted black and white lamp adds a delightful dose of pattern. We love that Zoe displays her jewelry out in the open as an art piece. As for the rest of her artwork? Inspired by the decor at stores like Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie, Zoe covers her walls in photographs that she finds inspiration in for her own garments
Zoe also keeps picture frames that she purchased secondhand on her windowsill— they’re filled with photos of her family
and friends back home in Newton. But even though she shops vintage, Zoe is also willing to splurge: “The things that are important to me to spend money on are area rugs and blankets, both of which I got from Pottery Barn,” she says. “I also treated myself to some cute throw pillows from Urban Outfitters.” But when it comes down to it, for Whalen, it’s less about the things and more about the meaning behind them. “I think the key to making your space feel like
home is to put care and love into finding or creating the perfect decor, so that every aspect represents who you are,” she says.
What’s in Her Makeup Bag By Bari Machado | Photography by Ashley Naftaly W E C AU G H T U P W I T H A M C M A J O R C A R O L I N A J I M E N E Z TO TA L K C O M M U T E R - A P P R O V E D B E AU T Y. T H E S TAT E N I S L A N D N AT I V E S TAY S P R E T T Y F R O M M O R N I N G ‘ T I L N I G H T, A L L T H A N K S TO H E R T R U S T Y M A K E U P B AG — A N D L U C K Y F O R YO U, S H E’ S L E T U S E X P LO R E I T F I R S T H A N D! What’s the one beauty item you wouldn’t want to live without? I couldn’t live without my Givenchy Noir Couture 4 in 1 Mascara because it’s travelfriendly and I love the wand. It definitely creates intense volume, strong curl, and the
formula doesn’t bother my eyes—I tend to have sensitive eyes especially when it comes to mascara. What’s your must-have product for a busy school day? Caudalíe Beauty Elixir is definitely a must-have. The scent is very refreshing and it leaves my skin refreshed and
illuminated. I apply it throughout my day when necessary. How do you style your everyday look compared to your evening look? My everyday style depends on my mood but I tend to keep things classic and simple with neutral shapes and colors. As for the evening, I tend to experiment more and have fun with my style. I’ll incorporate strong bold prints
and colors and balance it out with simple or minimal accessories and makeup or reverse it with a simple silhouette and add bold accessories and makeup like a colorful stiletto or a smoky eye look. Where do you find inspiration for your makeup looks? I find inspiration everywhere from magazine editorials to YouTube tutorials—or simply playing around with my makeup collection. Suppose you have to use one beauty brand for the rest of your life: What is it? NARS! NARS! NARS! I love their products, from their blush to nail polish. I love the quality of the products. NARS was one of the first brands I started to use when I started wearing makeup as a young teen. My favorites are their blush and nail polish in Orgasm, Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl, lipstick in Scarlett Empress, and blush in Satellite of Love. What’s your favorite feature to accentuate? Nothing beats accentuating the eyes. You can do so much or so little with the eyes with just a few shadows, eyeliner, mascara, and a great eyelash curler. My current favorite is by Kevyn Aucoin. You can turn looks from day to night with just the eyes and keep everything else simple with cheeks and lips.
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