After graduating last May from the University of Texas, I moved to New York with hopes of starting a career in fashion. As a 22-year-old artist with a savings account that consists of a few paychecks from working at a summer camp and parents who are very willing to help in my first year out of school, but forbade me to shop with the money given to me, purchasing new beauty products is hardly on my to-do list. So being asked to visit the E.l.f. Studio in Greenwich Village and check out the inexpensive makeup line was an assignment perfectly suited for my current lifestyle.
Before I dive into my experience, I should say beauty has always been a big part of my life, which consequently has made me a very picky shopper. You could also say beauty runs in my family. When I was six, my mother worked for Donna Karan fragrances. True story: My brown-bagged lunches tasted like Donna Karan Chaos Eau de Parfum (remember that one?) and the smell lingered just about everywhere I went.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"