I'm kind of torn between whether or not I should get my hair cut into a short bob or keep it long. It took me a while to grow it out, and there's so many things I'd be able to do with it, but I have this impulsive feeling in me to just have it all cut off. A lot of people are saying I'd regret it, but I really want to try out short hair again. What made you decide to say goodbye to your long hair? Did you ever regret it?
despite being super grouchy about my hair right now since it’s in the worst grow-out-phase ever (hello, bangs!), my point of view on hair is pro-cut: it’s hair. it grows. why not have some fun with it! I had super, super long hair (down to my chest) a few years back, then I cut it super short (almost boy short), grew it to a bob, then grew out the bangs and permed it (a la Alexa Chung’s amazing waves), then went for a bowl cut, then… well, I’ve lost track of all the other cuts. but I do know that my next phase of hair play will involve swingy ponytails, sleek ballet buns, Lana del Rey waves… the list goes on! and then… when I get sick of it… chop-chop :) good luck and keep me posted on what you do!
Hi Eva! I'm a HUGE fan of the Boscia BB Cream (thank you, Birchbox!) but I'm confused about how BB Cream works, what it replaces and which order to use my face care products. Does it replace my moisturizer? Do I put my eye cream on before or after I put on the BB Cream? What about primer? Or does BB Cream act as a primer? Help!
your question was so full of beauty angst. fear not! I’m here to help you clarify ^_^ okay, technically BB cream replaces the need for a few of those steps since it’s a primer-moisturizer-and-SPF in one. now, note that I said technically. many folks (myself included) use it as part of a regimen. this is how I personally use it (and here’s my AM routine): cleanse, serum (a very sheer one, like Shiseido’s White Lucent), Olay SPF 50, Murad Acne and Shine Control Primer (just on t-zone), then Boscia’s BB. I know. it’s a lot. you can probably cut out many of the steps—it’s all about trial and error to see what works for you and looks good on you. for me, this routine works… and I love the ritual of skincare—it’s super relaxing! (this is why I’m a beauty editor!)
Hi Eva! I'm starting my own beauty blog and was wondering if you could provide me with any tips to get started. What have you found most helpful in running a successful blog that get a ton of traffic? Thank you!
I get asked that question a lot and each time, I think of the movie Field of Dreams: if you build it, they will come. honestly, the best thing to do when you start your own blog is to just keep producing content, posts that you yourself would want to read and points of view on beauty/fashion/whatever that are unique from everything else out there. there’s no magic formula besides originality. and you have to build your site without traffic in mind. doing something just for traffic and followers is the wrong motivation—you should want to do it to get your opinion out there and you can’t not do it or share your opinion. good luck!
Hi Eva! I was wondering how you take care of your skin on the rest of your body? As in, not your face? I've searched the internet high and low, and I can't seem to find any specific regimens or product suggestions!
oh, excellent question… I’m so glad you asked because one of the things that creeps me out the most is seeing people with super youthful (in an artificial way) faces but then crepey/saggy/liver-spotted skin. this, friends, is a common occurrence in certain parts of California and Florida and always gives me the heebie-jeebies. anyway! here’s my body routine: scrub two to three times a week. my favorites are Burt’s Bees and Dennis Gross. every night, I slather myself with body lotion. I’ve been using Weleda’s Wild Rose but, really, anything will do (I tend to use natural products since strangely the skin on my body is more sensitive than my face!). I use a foot cream before I go to bed as well. and in the day-time, I’ll use Eucerin’s Everyday Protection SPF on days I’m out and about a lot. and—note—I always use SPF on the backs of my hands and neck (the same one I put on my face). to prevent heebie-jeebie’ing myself out when I’m older :(
a. You've got the best blog! I don't even know how you do it! :D b. I'm fifteen and know that I definitely want to go into fashion. I design and wear my own clothes, write a (different) blog, and love doing it all with a passion, but I have strict parents that want me to follow in my levelheaded genius sister's footsteps. I don't even know how to tell them that I don't want to sit behind a desk all day and crunch numbers! Do you have any advice on what I should do without having much support?
oh, parents. picture me saying that with an endearing smile that might be reserved for your local octogenarian or two puppies frolicking in a field. parents mean well, they really do. but their priority—that you are stable, secure, safe, and generally not starving on the streets or floundering in life—doesn’t always dovetail with the reality of finding your passion in life/career. my advice: do some serious research and show them you know the career arc and path of people you admire, and how long it takes for you to get to that “dream” position, etc. fear often comes from lack of understanding. if you help them understand each step of the career process, they might feel a little reassured. I know that worked with my parents who were completely mystified by the magazine industry—still are a little, to be honest—but the more I talk them through it, the more accepting they are
Hi Eva, so my problem is I bite my nails and I hate it sooooo much, I've tried really hard concentrating to not bite them but whenever I get nervous I do it. The worst part is when I apply a nail polish it looks so ugly due to the fact my nails are really small. So I was wondering if you had any advice or something I could do to solve my problem? thank you soooo much and this is going to be weird but I really love your hair and sorry if I ask too many questions :) xx
first of all, don’t apologize for asking questions! that’s one of the worst habits girls have, in my opinion. curiosity is a good thing, okay? (although, if any of you guys need a zippy response or a response, period—I get hundreds of questions a week on Tumblr, sigh—always tweet at me. I respond within 24 hours typically on that platforms). anyway! to address your nail biting problem: *use Orly No Bite, a really gross-tasting nail polish that hopefully will stop your problem *transfer your anxiety into another habit. maybe buy a bright hairband, keep it on your wrist, and snap it every time you’re stressed (or bite your nails!) instead *picture all the bacteria you’re consuming by biting your nails. every time you touch a doorknob, use a communal pen, touch a subway pole, you are voluntarily putting that in your mouth if you bite your nails. how’s that for a gross—and hopefully motivating?—reality check!
First of all, your shoe collection kills me. It's a beautiful thing:). Okay, I'm a college senior and I am determined to do something fashion related (ideally in media). However, my bachelor's degrees will be in econ and history with related minors, and I haven't been able to work or intern because of tough family commitments. What's your advice for getting started so late? Thanks :)
to be totally honest, it will be harder for you. I’d be doing you a disservice if I was like “tra-la-la, things will be fine.” you’re going to be competing against people who’ve had internships, people who have networked extensively, and people whose dad’s sister may be the cousin of the fashion editor’s dog walker’s hairstylist (aka they have an “in” somehow). so my advice to you would be: *start networking now. contact your college/sorority house/anything’s alumni office and see who works in fashion. it doesn’t have to be at a super high fashion designer. even locally! do informational interviews and try to secure an internship *work for the school paper and start a blog. demonstrate your writing ability, especially in the fashion realms *don’t despair. it’s definitely doable, you will just have to hustle a bit harder and play catch up!
Hey Eva, How are you? I love your blog and am on it daily! I was wondering what your favorite/ most effective face cleanser or cleansing regimen products are? You have beautiful skin! Thanks in advance and take care! -Megan
there are few things in life that I’m maniacal about—recycling, bubble tea, sending thank you notes—and cleansing happens to be one of them. living in NYC (especially during the summer), skin just gets grimy. my routine is more involved than most people’s so take from it what you will: *morning—I use a gentle cleanser, non-foaming, something like a Cetaphil, Dior Cleansing Milk, or Ren Calming Facewash. nothing too intense or stripping. *evening—first, I use a cleansing water like Klorane or Lancome’s as a “pre-cleanser”. then, I use a foaming—but gentle—face wash like Jurlique’s Brightening Wash. twice a week (or almost every night in the summer), I use my Clarisonic Mia with a basic foaming face wash (Neutrogena Naturals) *special occasions—if I’m flying, I pack makeup remover wipes (Aveeno, Yes to Carrots, or Almay) and remove makeup before we take off, then I put on a hydrating serum (like Dermalogica’s Overnight Repair). I recleanse and moisturize (with SPF if landing in the daytime) upon landing. I always take off makeup before working out and then use another face wipe after! is your mind swimming from all this information? ^.^ I will say this—I would spend the least on cleansers (I use fancy ones because I often get them gratis. save your money for an amazing serum or concealer). it’s less important how much they are and more important how regularly and diligently you do it!