The Day in the Life of a Beauty Editor.

Being a beauty editor is hard work.

If you did not know, India-Jewel Jackson is the very talented, glamorous, and generous beauty editor for, also writing their official beauty blog, GlamBlush.  India spends most days waking up early in her hometown of New York City, having breakfast appointments and private store tours, spa treatments, salon visits, press lunches, roundtable discussions, writing her articles, and then is off to trendy New York hot spots for dinner with fantastic beauty industry experts and publicists. India is a true pro and takes her lifestyle all in stride. And she does it with such style and grace. I am in awe.

Most of the time I am lucky enough to do my beauty writing and editing from my beauty product haven in my home office. This week, though, I spent the most outrageous 36 hours living a true New York beauty editors life.  Let's just say that my feet are sore with my mind and body exhausted. When making the rounds with India and Susan, the Fashion Editor and blogger for GlamChic over the last day and a half, though, I have come to respect and admire not only both India and Susan, I have a new found respect for the industry as a whole.

Stay tuned for all of the juicy details on where I went, who I got to meet, what I saw and more. What a great and fun time it was. I have so much to tell you about this wonderful 36 hours that I got to share with some other beauty blogging greats. And be sure to be check out their accounts of our whirlwind days in New York:
Patrice from Afrobella, Alison from Beauty Snob, Christina from eBeautyDaily, Erin from Make Her Up, Tia from Shake Your Beauty, and Lianne from The Makeup Girl.

photo from the beautiful Afrobella

I need to regroup and get all the photos together and will spill all about the fun with some posts tomorrow and many more days to come. Most of all right now, I need to thank India, Susan and all the great people from Glam that made this possible! *Muah*

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Makeup Searcher Asks... What is the one product you reach for more than any other?

graphic_makeup_searcher_ask.jpgI am always fielding questions from family and friends about what a must-have or favorite product is. Really, it can change on a regular basis, don't you think?

I have started to take notice of a few products that I am constantly reaching for over and over again. Sometimes it is my favorite mascara or lipgloss of the week, or my MAC Studio Fix Powder that makes it's way onto my face in one way, shape or form. Other times it may be a highlighter such my favorite Smashbox Photo Op. Or my concealer palette from 3 Custom Color Specialists. Maybe I have too many to choose from because this is really my field.

This left me wondering, what is the one product you reach for more than any other. Maybe it is seasonal, or a mascara you cannot live without. My readers and myself really want to know. Please leave an answer in the comments. It will be fun to see if we all have a similar item we reach for over and over. 

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Mascara Perfection Projection, with Estee Lauder Projectionist.

lauder_projectionist_mascara.jpgA high definition volume mascara describes Perfectionist Mascara from Estee Lauder the best. This must-try mascara was hidden deep in my bag I got from the CEW Beauty Awards that I attended with Total Beauty, in what seems like ages ago.

It is no wonder that Projectionist is a finalist out of the 600 some products entered. This is a mascara that gives me volume while separating my lashes and keeping them long, all at the same time. I love the bigger spooly brush and how it is tapered at the tip, making application on my lower lashes a cinch. I have found that slowly working the wand up and through my lashes works best, and usually only this one coat is needed. A night time or for extra drama might have may applying another coat or two, depending on how much I want to play up the lashes.

From Estee Lauder: 

VolumAire™ formula creates weightless volume and sharp definition that resists clumping. Hollow spherical polymers act like inflated balloons that volumize and lift.

ProDefinition Brush™ draws out even tiny lashes with infinite precision and separation control. Lets you lavish attention on every single lash, every single day. Blends two kinds of fibers: hollow fibers to hold formula, plus solid rigid fibers to comb it through and separate.

Pearl pigments mimic the luster and color of natural hair for a lustrous, healthy look. " Choose from Brown or Black.

If you are in the market for a new mascara, you really need to try Projectionist. It retails for $19.50 at your favorite Estee Lauder counter, or online at

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