Recently I was informed that I'd been selected to be a Beauty Tester for Parents magazine. How did that happen, you might ask? It must have been that they took one look at my picture and knew they had to use me somehow in their Beauty department. Ha! What really happened was that I saw a request for beauty testers in their magazine, so I went to their website, answered a few questions, forgot about it, and a few months later heard back from them that they were going to use me. Yay!
Not only do I get a bunch of free beauty products, many of which haven't been released to the public yet, but I also get to give them my opinions on them after trying them out. Add to that the fact that I love the New York City publishing scene for both books and magazines (I almost worked in this industry when we lived in New Jersey after we were first married, and I took publishing courses at New York University where some of my instructors were big-time editors at these places). So this is my connection to that scene, even if it's not on an editorial level, and that makes me happy!
Last Saturday I received my first package of beauty products in the mail. They sent me fourteen different lipsticks to try out. Fourteen! And some of them are from higher-end brands like Clinique. I may never have to buy lipstick again! I've tried about half of the lipsticks so far, and I'm happy to report that I've found a new favorite lipstick in a beautiful shade, and a couple of other good ones too. On the other hand, some of the colors are too dark for my fair skin and in one notable case I looked like I had applied neon pink chalk to my lips. For those of you who know me from everyday life, if you see my lips looking particularly funky, bright, dark, or pretty one day, now you'll know why.
This is going to be fun!