Truth be told I’m a massive beauty nerd. A total makeup junkie. I have draws full of cosmetics and skincare, all meticulously organized into categories and brands due to the sheer size of it. I have always enjoyed trying out different looks with varying levels of success and am a devotee of beauty editorials and Instagram for constant inspo. Certain things I know have shaped my love of cosmetics, from watching my Mum put on her daily face when I was little, to teenage experiments (which never went well) at makeup counters with friends.
Many years ago in the search for career inspiration, I studied beauty and body therapy in a Mallory Towers meets St Trinian’s style boarding school in England. It involved a lot of practical, hands-on treatments on paying clients and a lot of playing in the endlessly stocked makeup room. We were trained by a fabulously eccentric tutor, who (she told us frequently) was personally mentored by Helena Rubenstein (way back when). This ensured that our own cosmetic training was applied with a colourful palette, lots of drama and a theatrically heavy hand. This particular teacher was a legend in her own right and we loved her. By our reckoning she had been at the school for at least 100 years and was glamorous and windswept in a faded, 70s kind of way. Her hair was always just about held in a giant bun on the top of her head and she wafted about our lessons in a heady mix of perfume and gin. Her massage treatments were a thing to behold. She would practically take a run up to the prostrate client, utilizing the energy and vigour of an 80s aerobic class instructor for 60 minutes straight. If you ever need a full body massage from me with my training, prepare for a pummeling. It was all a bit like a Sofia Coppola movie. A big group of girls who hung around inside and outside of college in a giant group. We would spend our days giving each other beauty treatments using every product available, doing late night assignments in each other’s rooms whilst hanging out of the window smoking and cat calling any boys brave enough to enter the school gardens at night. Suffice to say that my long history with cosmetics has forever been an enjoyable association.
If you like me are a bit of a beauty obsessive, you will love this award-winning podcast I found recently called Fat Mascara. I was frankly giddy to come across it on iTunes. After doing some digging and listening to a few episodes, it is easy to see why it is constantly ranked as the #1 beauty and fashion podcast on iTunes, a place where beauty beliebers can get their fix. I have since subscribed to their shows and can spend a good half hour in beauty heaven whenever I want.
The hosts Jessica Matlin and Jennifer Goldstein are two good friends who happen to also be beauty editors by day. As such with their fabulous careers, they are perfectly positioned to receive the industry’s latest news and share their insider access along with candid stories of their beauty adventures.
These girls don’t just focus on the latest trends and products, miracle products and epic beauty fails. Each week they also get an insider’s scoop on a new interviewee from their favourite people in the beauty business, including influencers (Kat Von D, Christian Louboutin, Bianca Del Rio, Patrick Starrr & MannyMUA), makeup artists (Charlotte Tilbury, Bobbi Brown, Sir John), hair stylists (Orlando Pita, Ursula Stephen), and other industry experts like dermatologists, manicurists, perfumers, and more.
It’s like a good long chat with your girlfriends, if they are also beauty nerds.. x
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