Sunday, April 5, 2015

New In: GoPro Hero 4 Silver

Hi everyone!

I thought I would share some images of my new GoPro, as well as the first video I have filmed on it. I have wanted a GoPro for years, and I am so excited to finally be able to capture all of my travels.  I decided to start out with just two accessories: the chest harness (which seemed the most versatile) and a short, floating pole (which just makes holding the camera easier and will float if dropped in water). 

On all of my NYU videos on YouTube, the most requested video I have been asked to film is a 'day in the life of an NYU student' video. I personally find it quite boring, but people apparently wanted to know all about my homework. It was a great opportunity to test out the new camera in a situation where there was no risk of me losing it, dropping it, missing something, etc. (as I could have on an adventurous vacation). The camera has a slight learning curve when using it with the app, but other than that I found it so easy and fun to play with. I can't wait to take my new camera on adventures! Shout out to my parents for this awesome birthday gift. :D

xo, Sophie 

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Teen Vogue Fashion University 2015

{Teen Vogue Editor in Chief Amy Astley introducing Michelle Phan}

{Amy Astley with Dean Speaker Michelle Phan}

{Fashion Lean @ Instagram, Kristen Joy Watts}

{Writer Mickey Rapkin with Entertainment Editor Dana Mathews}

{@dkny Aliza Licht, SVP of Global Communications @ Donna Karen Internationl}

{@oscarprgirl Erika Bearman, SVP of Global Communications @ Oscar de la Renta}

Hi everyone!

I wanted to do a quick post of my experience at Teen Vogue Fashion University.  I attended the event last year as well, although it was completely different this year since the Conde Nast headquarters moved to One World Trade Center.  I was in the Editorial/Social/PR major (the other majors were design/styling and business) and the speakers I saw were Michelle Phan (YouTuber), Black Frame PR, Kristen Joy Watts (fashion lead at Instagram), a panel of Teen Vogue Editors, Aliza Licht (@dkny), Mickey Rapkin (Writer of Pitch Perfect), and Erika Bearman (@oscarprgirl).  

The lectures (seminars? classes? what do I call these?) involved learning about the experiences of the speaker, and then an open q & a to get advice about the industry.  I really enjoyed the speakers I saw, although I wish the questions were a bit more curated, as some were quite specific and therefore not beneficial for everyone. It was also a race to get the best seat possible, but other than that I had a great experience.  

I think four of my speakers were from Long Island as well, so I definitely related to their stories.  Erika Bearman actually went to the same high school as my boyfriend, so that was a little bonding moment.  Michelle Phan was definitely another highlight, as she was super inspirational.  I have featured a video so you can see some of the advice that all of the speakers gave, so hopefully that provides some insight into the event. 

The offices were beautiful, and I think the speakers highlighted an incredible range of jobs for the editorial/social/PR aspect of the industry.  Let me know in the comments if you have any questions about the experience! 


Sunday, March 8, 2015

Beauty Review: NYX Ultra Pearl Mania

NYX Cosmetics Ultra Pearl Mania in Pearl, Lilac, and Very Pink, $2.99 each from Ulta

Hi everyone!

I have another beauty review for you today.  I mentioned this product on my YouTube channel last month, and a lot of people wanted to know more about it. I personally haven't seen many pigments on the market other than those by Mac, which are quite pricey for a product that isn't really used on a daily basis.  

This NYX pigment is the only one I have seen in the drugstore (I got mine from Ulta).  They are only $2.99, and when I picked mine up Ulta was having a buy one, get one 50% off all NYX products promotion, so they were super cheap.  

For being so inexpensive, I think these are really high quality.  The color is very true to the bottle, and the formula is fine and shimmery.  The colors are highly pigmented, but only when mixed with a bit of water.  I have found adding water makes them last a bit longer without creasing, but they do eventually begin to crease after a long day (expected from a drugstore product). One other drawback is the size of the bottle; they are VERY small.  

I would highly recommend this product to anyone wanting to play around with fun colors with little price commitment.  All of the colors (20 total) are beautiful and I am dying to get more of them and experiment with some fun makeup looks. 

What do you guys think of pigments?  Do you have any recommendations?

xo, Sophie