Hi eva! I really don't know what to do anymore. I have normally oily skin and some acne.. Now it is summer at the moment where i live and it is really humid and my skin is just super oily. I wash my face in the morning and before i go to bed. Do you have any reccommendations how I can reduce the oilymess? (Oh that was supposed to be oilyness, but oilymess is way better) Thanks a lot!
my dear, I think most of the galaxy qualifies as having “oilymess” skin in the summer—myself included! it’s very hard to not have oilymess skin when Mother Nature—the crafty vixen that she is—created the swampy mix of heat and humidity that is summer. it’s unrealistic (and not great for skin) to totally eliminate shine (not all oil is bad, after all). but here are some of the tactics I personally employ: *I use a Clarisonic pretty much every night. it helps me prevent spots/whiteheads and makes me feel like I am actually cleansing away all the city smog sitting on my skin at the end of the day *in the morning, I use a mattifying primer from Dr Murad under my makeup *SPF (obviously. because while shine is not so desirable, wrinkles are even less so!) *I use a teeny amount of Peter Thomas Roth Mattifying Gel on the bridge of my nose (where I tend to get shiny). it’s ultra-potent and really works!
hi eva! i'm not if this will fall into the list of categories you're an expert on, but here goes nothing: i've been trying to grow my hair out for the past few years with no luck. obviously it has grown, but not as much as i'd like or expect. i want my hair to be close to my waist in length, and right now it's about 6 inches past shoulder length. i feel like it's been this length for a very long time, and this is the longest it's ever been. how can i help my hair along? or does hair just stop...
there is nothing—nothing—more painful than growing out your hair. trust me, I know first-hand because I’m currently in the process of it too. and I’m in double agony because I’m growing out bangs (awkward!) as well as the general length of my hair (which is at a weird meh length now). so I’ll start with the bad news: the length of your hair, just like your height, is sort of mandated by genes. so hair will start slowing down at a certain point, depending on your own growth pattern. the length of your hair is also dictated by your general hair health, though. so hair that’s healthy (ie: not overly colored/tortured by heat-styling) will be happier and less likely to break. so take care of your hair! and I do take vitamins for hair growth… obviously you should talk to your doctor or healthcare professional (and that does not mean the dude at Vitamin Shoppe) first to make sure you don’t have any contraindications but I take biotin, fish oil, and something called JarroSil. good luck!
Hello! Let me say, firstly, that I love this blog. It's inspiring :) That aside, one question that I haven't seen asked is: what kind of music are you currently in love with? Above anything and everything MUSIC is my life-- it inspires my clothes, my writing, my life-- so it's always fun to broaden my iTunes library.
so I will be the first to admit that I have terrible, terrible, terrible taste in music. well, maybe let’s call it “eclectic”. I basically listen to whatever’s on: whether that’s Top 40 like Call Me Maybe or Mozart’s Requiem (I do usually listen to classical music when I’m working on this blog, my favorite is Symphony 25 in G Minor). what I don’t listen to is more specific: death metal/crazy rock that makes my head ache, country music (too twangy for this Northeasterner). sorry I couldn’t broaden your iTunes library—but I’m inspired by your passion for music! you should make it into a career!
You say if we want to have your career that the best thing to do in high school is to do your research. What stuff should we research and have extensive knowledge on specifically? Thank you so much! ♥
oui! I firmly believe that high school students needn’t intern (I can just hear some of you guys howling with anger/frustration over that). why? because you have four years in college to intern—that amounts to three to five internships if you play your cards right—and enough. also, most companies don’t accept high school students as interns. sorry! anyway, you should definitely check out the Teen Vogue Handbook if you haven’t already. read biographies by your favorite designers. read the New York Times Styles section and WWD.com as often as possible. and in this day and age most editors like myself have a blog/twitter/instagram/etc… while most of the content on those platforms will be zany daily-life/photographs, you’ll still be able to get a sense of our day to day life. and not being afraid to ask questions—like you just did—is a great step
“everybody is a genius. but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid”—Albert Einstein, everyone has a skill, something that they’re just meant to do. it’s just a matter of finding it
Hello Eva! I love you blog and quirky taste. I just wanted to know who and or what inspires you?
I get asked that question a lot and I’m always slightly at a loss for an answer. obviously, I’m lucky enough to attend some runway shows so that certainly plays a big part of what I’m craving fashion-wise and the general silhouettes of what I wear. living in New York City and frequently traveling to Paris/London/everywhere is a source of inspiration as well—I love seeing how stylish ladies around the world dress (especially in Paris, good grief French women know how to dress). but, mostly, I’d just say “people”. not specific people or fashion types, but people in general—young, old, cool, everyday. I am an unabashed starer-at of people and I love looking to see what people are wearing, how, and why. their energy inspires me and informs me about myself and what I like. and that’s the key to style, I think: learning what you like and what makes you tick. it doesn’t have to be what’s “in fashion”. as long as you like it, it’s always in fashion
Hi Eva! What at home peels would you recommend? Or should I leave it to the hands of a facialist? Thanks! - J
for the last, like, eight years I’ve recommended Dr. Dennis Gross’ Alpha-Beta Peel Pads. they are my absolute favorite, safe to use (you won’t end up looking like Samantha Jones in that one SATC episode), and more or less fool-proof. a few caveats though: a) I only use them twice a week (although people with hardier skin can use them every day) and b) if you have open blemishes or spots, you might want to wait. they’re great for refining skin texture (especially large pores and acne scars). and, if you are a self-tanning fan, they make them with self-tanner in the Glow formula.
Good Morning Eva! I would love to know your top FIVE beauty must haves - products you simply cannot live without!
asking a beauty editor for her top five favorite beauty must-haves is an impossible challenge! on a slow week (like this one), I get one hundred new products to test. which means that my life is a beauty feast and I am always always gorging on new things—and falling in love with them. but if I must answer, here are some of the products I always go back to: *my Chanel lash curler (never thought I’d find one I like as much as the Shu Uemura!) *SK-II face masks (my skin just loves this mask) *Zoya polish in Paz (the perfect neon orange… and their 3-in-1 remover) *Burt’s Bees Pomegranate Scrub (smells like fizzy strawberries) *Clarisonic (a must for surviving NYC summers)
Hey Eva, I am so so so jealous of your job, I would love one similar, and I was wondering if you could give me a few pointers on how to get there! Much appreciated. xx
first of all, don’t be jealous! in my opinion, jealousy is the least productive emotion out there. it’s better to channel that energy into doing/learning/being/creating. so, a few pointers: a) if you’re in college, intern. I know, I give that advice every six minutes but it’s the best first step towards a career in fashion (or anything). it’s a way to test the waters. if you’re not in college (or even if you are), you should b) do your research. read/follow/know everything there is to know about the field. ask questions. be inquisitive. and c) be patient. I’ve been working in magazines for many, many years—it didn’t happen overnight!