Hi Eva! I was just wondering. When you give yourself facials what do to you / what products do you use? Thank you!
I’ll start by saying that a once-in-a-blue-moon facial—DIY or otherwise—is not a substitute for neglecting your skin on a regular basis. which, if my Tumblr inbox of 400+ skincare related questions is any indication, most of you do, ahem. okay, okay, I’ll stop lecturing and get down to the facts. when I give myself a facial, here’s my general routine: pre-cleanse with a cleansing water like Lancome’s or Klorane’s to remove makeup. then, Clarisonic with a basic foaming cleanser (Neutrogena Naturals). then, apply a mask (my current favorites include Jurlique’s Herbal Gel Antioxidant, Ren Glycolactic Peel, SK-II, Juara Tumeric, Clark’s Botanicals Intensive Radiance… and more! I love masks, obviously). after the mask, I apply the usual—serum, eye cream, and moisturizer. and there you have it—I do this routine twice a week… you should too!
Hey Eva! First off, you rule. Now... I've been finished with college for almost a year now and have been applying to jobs like crazy. CRAZY. I know the job market is tough, but I feel like I have plenty of experience and a lot to offer, especially for someone my age, but absolutely nothing is coming through. I'm on LinkedIn, Monster, I've applied directly through company sites and even follow up. Am I doing something wrong? Is there some magical secret to job hunting that nobody has told me?
so without knowing what you want to do, where you went to school, or basically, um, any pertinent details, here’s my advice (so take it with a shaker full of salt): yes. you are doing something wrong. okay, perhaps that was a bit harsh. you’re skipping the single most important thing in the job hunt—human-to-human contact. LinkedIn, company sites, and Monster are impersonal, a mass means of application, like folding your resume into a paper airplane and tossing it at a door. now, talking to a college alumni/sorority sister/family connection/friend’s sister’s dogwalker’s cousin’s neighbor who works in the industry you’re interested in? that’s like someone pulling the door open for you a bit (so you can put your foot in the door). work every connection you have (and I don’t want to hear you say you don’t have any, because you do!), including previous employers. most importantly—don’t get discouraged. it will happen!
Hi Eva! I have brown curly hair that EVERYONE knows me for at my school. My hair is my signature- but I want it to look auburn and wavy. I dont know what to do! Please help!
lucky you to have such lush and lovely locks—your hair sounds beautiful. here’s the thing about hair: it grows back. so why not take a risk? to be honest, your change sound different but not drastic. imagine, for instance, cutting your hair into a bob. and going blonde! or getting a pixie cut! and going raven-black! or trying the dip-dyed trend. with an undercut (when part of your head is shaved). see what I mean? ^_^ a little perspective. but I know, I know, your hair is your signature. why not take baby steps—first, try transitioning your hair from curly to wavy. if that goes well, then possibly try the haircolor! and you know what? if you hate it, dye it back! life is too short not to have a little beauty fun
Hi Eva, I don't know if my question got through so I'm sending you another one. I have two questions: 1. I have really fine and thin hair so it gets oily really quickly. Do you have any suggestions on shampoo and conditioners for hair types like mine? Or any advice? 2. How often do you recommend facial masks to be used? Thank you!
eek, sorry for the delay! just know that I get about 100 questions a week and if you ask me a question, I will get to it… just maybe after a few days (or weeks. sorry). if your question is ever urgent, as via twitter @evachen212. I’m really zippy—within 24 hours!—there. so to answer your questions: 1) dry shampoo in between shampoos. if you can afford it, Serge Normant. if you’re more of a drugstore level (and why not), try TRESemme. I swear by Living Proof shampoo and conditioner but Garnier’s volumizing collection works for me as well. and take biotin supplements. I use Jarrow, I feel like they really work! 2. I typically mask twice a week. I use detoxifying ones on my T-Zone (which tends to be, um, more dewy) and hydrating ones on my cheeks. I don’t see it as pampering my skin—I see it as feeding it!
Hello. I was wondering, what is your stance on extractions?
eek, that’s a loaded question. as a beauty editor, I should say “oh, dear me, never! never, I tell you, never!” but I understand the reality of spots and the irresistible urge to pick that they present. so, here’s my POV: 10% of the time extractions work beautifully and—whoosh—your pimple is gone the next day, 90% of the time they do not and you’re left with a scar. the fact is that most people don’t really know how to extract properly and just cause more trouble (by pushing bacteria in, prodding at it before it’s “ready” to be extracted). so is it worth the risk? meh, your call—it depends on how patient of a person you are (left alone, spots tend to resolve themselves within 72 hours). I personally try to keep my mitts off my spots unless I REALLY trust the person doing the extraction. and, let’s be honest, I have beauty trust issues (which is why you so rarely hear about me getting facials! I like doing them myself).
Hi EVA!!!! I'm a fashion design student @Parsons and love your blog. I wanted to know if you have any good recommendations for fragrances. I love viktor&rolf flowerbomb and diptyque eau rose, but am getting kind of sick of the same two scents. Are there any fragrances that you recommend? And I'm willing to splurge. :) Thanksss!
oh, the pressure! asking me to recommend a fragrance is like asking me to recommend a mascara or a pair of jeans (or anything uber-personal, really). fragrance is so much dictated by your own taste, memories, associations, and preferences and what I love might be wildly repellant to you. all that said, the scents that I’ve been wearing are: Hermes Hermessence Rose Ikebana (a super light and delicate rose, not at all cloying); Prada Infusion de Tubereuse (a green floral scent, quite fresh but also femme); Tom Ford Neroli Portofino (probably the most “hey! you’re wearing fragrance!” scent I own) and Kai Perfume Oil—there’s nothing I love more than the scent of jasmine and this one makes me so happy. my top tip? go to Sephora and test two scents at a time (this might require multiple trips, poor you)—one on each wrist. smell it once you spray it, then walk around the mall and smell it again after 30 minutes/1 hour (known as the “dry-down”). see what you love at both points and go forth and splurge!
hi eva, i hav two questions for you: 1. based on what you've said before, it's not really which school in new york you go to that matters, it's the work/interning you and the connections you make, right? 2. should i try to keep bad language off of my social network pages (e.g. my blog), does that matter to potential employers who somehow find my pages?
1. yes, correct! 2. yes, correct to the 100000th degree! I cannot stress enough how important it is to be professional online. like Hansel and Gretel, with every cussword/crazy-party-times pic/rant you post, you are leaving a little digital breadcrumb, something that can be traced and linked back to you. I’ve had people tweet at me or message me about getting an internship and then I click to see their avatar and it’s something rather rude or I read their twitter stream and my mouth drops open from the shocking obscenities issuing from their stream. my rule of thumb is this: think before you post. if you’re posting something that you wouldn’t want your mom or professor to see, chances are you won’t want your future employer to see it either. I’m not saying “be boring”—I’m saying be smart and mindful of how you present yourself
Hi there Eva, Do you have to be skinny in order to become accepted as an intern/editor or something prominent within the fashion industry? I know it seems like its a bit of a fashion industry stereotype, but I thought it'd be best to ask this question from someone in the industry as I'd get the most honest answer. I really would love to work in the fashion industry but I because i'm not 'sample size' I'm worried this will hold me back. Thanks :)
if you’re a model, for the most part you have to be sample size (0, 2, 4). of course, there are exceptions to that rule—and whether that’s unfair is a whole separate debate (that rages on and on). but my personal opinion is that being an editor is not the same thing as being a model and that distinction is sometimes clouded in people’s minds. we’re in a moment in time when editors are being celebrated as fashion figures—I’m definitely not complaining about that… but to be an editor, you need an incisive eye, a strong point of view, ace communication skills, and an ability to, you know, edit. nowhere in the job description should there be a size clause