What are some things that one must have on their skin to survive a wicked winter weather?
my skin tends to spazz out twice a year: the first oppressively hot humid summer day (my pores shriek ‘nooooo!’ and basically shut themselves down for the season) and, well, right about now during that first snap of cold weather. the best tactic for me is as follows: *use a humidifier every night. yes, it’s a pain to fill it and lug it to your bedroom (extra points if you have one in your living room too!) but it’s worth the annoyance. *add or use a richer serum to lock in moisture. I’m partial to oils, but if you have very, very acne-prone skin, consider a gel-serum *hydrate like crazy. water, not soda—it should be your best friend
Hi Eva! As a beauty expert that has used countless cosmetic products what do you think of MAC cosmetics? I've never actually used their products but it seems that it may be best suited for photoshoots, or runway shows rather than your average girl. What do you think?
most beauty editors rabidly love MAC—every time we get a delivery from them, we froth at the mouth! we go crazy! okay, perhaps I’m being a bit hyperbolic but, yes, we love MAC and a large part of why is what you pointed out: they have great pigments that are rich and delicious and look great on photo shoots. but MAC also has perfect sheer colors for every day as well. the key is to not be scared when you go to the counter and tell them exactly what you want, whether it’s a shimmery sheer gold eyeshadow to wear to work or school, or a purple lipstick for Halloween. have an artist apply it on you and take a walk around the store and a quick pop out in natural light to see how it looks. finally, do not let a salesperson peer pressure you into buying something you don’t want!
Hi Eva, I am so obsessed with the lovely moulding on the mirror where you take your outfit pics! Where did you get it and when can we get a picture tour of your NYC pad? I'm curious about your decorating aesthetic. Yours in style, Carolynn, @carolynnlacasse
the mirror is from Brocade, which has a store in NYC’s Soho, and an e-commerce site. it was a bit of a splurge but honestly, I gaze adoringly at myself every day for at least a few hours so it’s worth it (just kidding, obviously). as for my decorating aesthetic, it’s a work in progress! in 2012, I just might start doing mini-extremely-low-budget-and-short videos, so you’ll get a sense then… hopefully you’ll tune in and see! ^.^
Hi, I REALLY like your posts, job and style! and thanks for sharing a sneak peek of what goes on in the backstage with us followers. I was wondering if you could tell me what your favorite online shopping destinations are? Thanks
you’re asking the right person! I am completely, totally, and utterly obsessed with online shopping. it’s my favorite thing in the world, up there on the list next to macarons, peonies, glitter nailpolish, and my Chanel snowglobe. for luxury and ewindowshopping: I love Net-A-Porter, Shopbop.com, La Garconne, and Forward Forward. for real-life shopping (aka more affordable), I love Asos, Topshop, and—woohoo!—Zara. I also heard that COS is available online now, which is exciting for me because I’m loving their sweaters right now! and one mustn’t forget Ebay, where I always always look for bargains on new and vintage and expensive (basically everything). happy shopping—and you got me itching to shop now too, argh.
whats your general rule about buying clothes? do you buy things that you know you will use over and over again? or do you invest in pieces that are unique and stand out?
well, I wish I didn’t have to have rules for buying clothes—as in, I wish I could buy whatever I wanted! but, alas, I’m not Bill Gates (maybe that’s a good thing) or Kim Kardashian (again, maybe that’s a good thing) so I do have some strict-ish spending rules. I tend to invest the most heavily in shoes, bags, and clothing that I think I will withstand the test of time. anything that screams “fall winter 2011! so in right now!” will probably be dated by next winter and hard to wear again—for those trend pieces, I’ll shop at Zara, Topshop, J.Crew, or Asos.
Hi Eva! I love the look of matte lipstick, especially in bright colours, but I always feel as if it's too "dressed up" for an everyday look. Any tips on matte lipstick during the day? Thanks!
au contraire, mon ami! a bright matte lip is a great daytime look, as long as you pair it with clean eyes (no shadow, just a hint of defining mascara). if you want to sport bright matte lips, may I highly highly suggest you exfoliate them first? Fresh makes a beautiful lip scrub, as does Sara Happ. or you can just do what I do: slather lips with an over-abundance—at least pea-sized—of Aquaphor. leave on for 30 minutes (I suggest doing this at night, not at work or school). then use a washcloth to buff off the dead skin. voila—perfectly smooth lips!
Heya, Im not really a makeup person, but love moisturisers and creams, I was wondering what are the most cult products used in the fashion industry other than Embryolisse and bioderma, that are not well known to the public, and what are your tips for having amazing skin? thankyou so much
well, you named two right there: Embryolisse and Bioderma. a few others: Klorane dry shampoo, Elnett (the european formula), La Roche Posay Fluid SPF (the euro formula, again, as it’s less matte), Cle de Peau or Chanel cotton pads (amazingly soft, it’s like removing makeup with cashmere). my top tips for great skin are a) establish a routine and stick to it like glue! don’t ever skip washing your face (do you want to sleep with a faceful of germs? ugh, no) b) eat healthily. what you put in your mouth turns into skin cells—kind of, you know what I mean—so lots of veggies and fruits! c) never ever smoke d) wear SPF. even when it’s cloudy. or raining. or both! hope this helps
Hi Eva, I have been wondering this for a while, and although it may seem slightly silly, do you have to be 'skinny' to survive in the fashion industry? Not as model, but as part of the journalistic/magazine field. I have always pondered as to whether working as a journalist in the field if you would be under scrutiny if you were 'plus size' or something... I just thought I'd ask you considering you're so much part of the industry :) Thank You
in my opinion, clothing size is less important than style, intellect, curiosity, and a (hopefully sparkling and witty and smart) way with words. however, not everyone feels this way— whether they feel pressured to be a certain size because of themselves or their work environment, the sad reality is that there are people (not just in fashion, obviously) who spend an outsize amount worrying about their bodies or weight when they should be focused on health (and career). it’s a shame (I know I can’t think when I’m hungry). anyway, my personal stance is that people should be the change they want to see. so if you want to be a plus size fashion writer—do it with confidence!