If there’s anyone who knows a thing or two about the saying “When one door closes, another one opens,” it’s beauty blogger Nadine Jolie. After working at magazines like Lucky and Ladies’ Home Journal, Nadine decided to take the plunge in 2005 and start a blog. “At the time, there weren’t any beauty blogs—I was looking for a creative writing outlet that also touched upon the wild and wacky world of being a beauty editor,” Nadine recalls.
She began blogging under the pseudonym “Jolie in NYC,” but it wasn’t long before her identity was revealed, and a job offer at another magazine was pulled. “I was told I’d never work in magazines again,” she says. Since then, Nadine has contributed to the Vanity Fair beauty blog, appeared on Anderson Cooper, CNN and MSNBC, and been profiled by People Magazine, Time, Women’s Wear Daily and Cosmopolitan. Not to mention the two books she’s published. “I never dreamt that beauty blogging would become the machine it is today,” she says.
Below, we caught up with Nadine, and we suggest you take a peek at what she had to say, too. After all, it’s not every day that you get beauty advice from someone the New York Post has dubbed “the poster girl for the blogger generation.”
What is the biggest beauty sin someone can commit?
Not washing your face in the evening and not getting enough sleep. Both will wreck your skin and make your complexion look dull.
What is your secret to healthy skin during the cold winter months coming up?
Most people don’t realize that their skin isn’t getting enough moisture, especially those people with oily, acne-prone skin (like me!). It’s important to hydrate year round, but especially so during the winter months. The trick is finding a moisturizer that works with your complexion. Super dry skin obviously loves thick, intensive hydrators, but your oily skin might really benefit from a light, easily absorbed oil, balm or serum.
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How often should a woman get a mani/pedi?
We live in 2012 and everybody’s busy. It’s difficult to command from high, “Thou shalt mani/pedi once weekly!” However, well-groomed nails make a huge difference, so if you can squeeze in an appointment once a week, every two weeks or even once a month, you’ll feel dramatically more polished.
Who are your beauty and style icons?
Icy blondes like Grace Kelly, Carolyn Bessette Kennedy and Gwyneth Paltrow, but for the past couple of years I’ve been loving Kate Middleton. I think she’s the bee’s knees.
What is the best bit of beauty advice you’ve ever received?
It came from my hysterical mother when I was 12 years old. She discovered some fresh, minuscule wrinkles on her neck and frantically bemoaned that she hadn’t been more diligent with sunscreen when she was younger. It stuck in my head and I’ve slathered on the broad-spectrum SPF (with excellent results!) ever since.
What is your biggest guilty pleasure?
My biggest guilty pleasure is single-malt scotch. I discovered it this past year and have quickly gone from casual hobbyist to devoted aficionado. One look at my browser history and you’d think I was a 75-year-old Scottish man. It’s a slippery slope!
What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?
Most people don’t know that my father’s family is from the Middle East. I grew up hearing Arabic spoken on a daily basis. I feel very grateful for being exposed to such a beautiful, complex and misunderstood culture. It influences my writing because I’ve always felt like an outsider looking in, so I think I bring that sensibility and curiosity to my blog.
If you were accidentally locked in Barneys New York overnight, what would we find you with the next morning?
You’d find a lot of pieces missing from the Lanvin racks!