We fell hard for Natalie Alcala last fall, when the LA-based writer and blogger spent a week guest blogging for us. In fact, we loved her posts so much that we asked her to be a contributing editor. In addition to blogging for us once a week, she’ll also be writing for the Birchbox Magazine and keeping us up to speed on all things fashion, beauty, and fun.
As another awesome year in beauty comes to a close, it’s time to reflect on all the inspiring and, at times, interesting trends that hit the scene. Since I’m having a difficult time narrowing down my favorites and least favorites, I’ve called on a few of my mega stylish, wildly talented friends to do the choosing for me. (Keep in mind that not all “Nays” are created equal and one girl’s beauty blunder can certainly be another girl’s beauty brilliance, so please take this list with a grain of salt.) Cheers!
1. Louise Roe, Fashion Star host and Glamour’s fashion editor-at-large
Yay: “Oxblood-hued lips. So hot!”
Nay: “I didn’t care for red or pink eyeshadow. It looks like you’ve got an eye infection.”
This week’s guest blogger is Natalie Alcala, a Cali girl with a penchant for all things style and fashion. When she’s not soaking up the sun or rocking dangerously high heels, you can catch her feeding her insatiable sartorial appetite on her blog, Natalie’s Menagerie. She also pens a daily fashion column for BlackBook Magazine and is an assistant editor at FashionStake.
Left: Stylist and Tales of Endearment founder Natalie Joos. Right: Clinique products
Jewelry designer Pamela Love
My late grandmother had a wealth of knowledge and as a little girl, my ears always perked up when she would reveal her clever beauty secrets. From moisturizing hands with Vaseline at night to adding a touch of lipstick to cheeks for a dewy finish, some of her tricks are forever engrained in my own routine. Whenever I’m at a shoot or fashion event, I love asking insiders what their own makeup or skincare pointers are—either passed on to them or self-discovered—and I’m always amazed at the variety of answers. Exclusively for Birchbox, I’ve checked in with some stellar tastemakers to share their trusty beauty advice. Enjoy!
Natalie Joos, Stylist and Founder of Tales of Endearment: “I learned from my mom to wash my face every night before going to bed and not to wear too much makeup. I never wear foundation—it dries my skin. I spend a lot of time in the sun, so I wear SPF 15 or 30 on my face every day. I live for the sun—it makes me happy and I think I look better with a tan anyway! And I love wearing a red lip to really make my blue eyes stand out. I also learned a few tricks from my girls in Belgium, which is where I was born and raised. They not only taught me how to shave, but they also introduced me to Clinique’s 3-Step Skincare Routine. Oh, and this is no secret, but I try to drink as much water as possible.”
Pamela Love, Jewelry Designer: “The only real beauty tip my mother ever gave me was to stay out of the sun, pile on the sunscreen, and wear hats. I didn’t really listen—I love going in the sun and getting a tan! I do try to wear sunscreen, though.”
Check back tomorrow as Natalie reveals the best beauty secrets from Danielle and Jodie Snyder of Dannijo and Jessica Moss and Lisa Guajardo of Leyendecker.