Q&A w/the Queen of Beauty: Jean Godfrey-June of Lucky Magazine

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Jean Godfrey-June has come a long way since her days at Elle Magazine – the Queen of Beauty carved out a successful, improbable career in the world of glamour as the world-famous beauty editor of Lucky Magazine.  I recently read her acclaimed novel: Free Gift with Purchase and loved it!  I’ve been a beauty junkie and a fan of Godfrey-June since I can remember.  My sister Wendy and I spent our adolescence pouring over her beauty reviews and articles at Elle and are avid readers of Lucky, with the Beauty Closet being our favorite part of the magazine.  I was thrilled when Jean agreed to an interview, she graciously made time to answer a few beauty questions, I couldn’t help get a little personal and as usual I was taking notes.

Anita: I am so thrilled to have this opportunity, Thank you!

Jean: You are very welcome, it’s my pleasure!

Anita: I know you’re very busy, I’m going to try to move these questions right along.  I know you have various beauty products, but which beauty products did you use this morning?

Jean: Let’s see…(1) Laura Mercier Concealer(2) Bobbi Brown Extra SPF Tinted Moisturizing Balm(3)Kiehl’s Mascara– its paraben Free(4)Lancome Flash Bronzer, tinted self-tanner leg gel, I know it’s for your legs but I use it on my face, I love that stuff!

Anita: What’s the hardest part about being a beauty editor?

Jean: I attend so many events but afterwards I still have to go back and finish my work.  I also hear the same information over and over, the epidermis is the first layer of skin etc….

Anita: What piece of beauty product would you most love to receive?

Jean: If I had a 100 of them I would want 101 – Brown Sugar Body Polish by Fresh. I love it! I don’t know of anyone who wouldn’t, it’s a gift anyone would love!

Anita: What is your signature look/style?

Jean: The No Makeup – Makeup Look.  People always ask me why I’m not wearing makeup, (Laughs) you can look polished without wearing a lot of makeup.  I spend  a lot of time to look the way I do.  Would you rather have people tell you – Your makeup looks pretty or you look pretty? I also like Bed-head; I didn’t comb my hair today!

Anita: (Laughing) Still?

Jean: (Laughs) Ok, well I comb it once after the shower.

Anita: How do you decide which beauty products make it into Lucky?

Jean: It’s very much like shopping.  I choose products that are really new, different, creative, and innovative.  The packaging and presentation are important.  I also love it if the promise of the product is intriguing.  We also interview a lot of people; we want a lot of feedback – tried&true.  Also if the smell is amazing or if the color is really pretty.

Anita: What is your favorite resturant in New York?

Jean: It’s a new and glamorous restaurant, which happens to be downstairs next to the office.  The Lambs Club – I love their iced tea! The ice cubes are made out of ice tea, the restaurant is glamorous and very New York.

Anita: What three words best describe you?

Jean: 1) Happy – I’m always content 2) Enthusiastic – I’m just generally..Pro 3) Silly –  I think that you have to go through life with a sense of humor; it makes life bearable and interesting.

Anita: Guilty Pleasures?

Jean: I love True Blood! I love Food – I’m a big eater!

Anita: Favorite shade of Red Lipstick? Or are you still searching for one?

Jean: YSL’s Gloss Volupte in Frozen Cherry – the color is so sheer and pretty it’s practically invisible.

Anita: What’s something most people don’t know about you?

Jean: I love the Howard Stern show!

Anita: I do too! Howard Stern is a big fan of the Vampire Diaries! ( I love the Vampire Diaries)

Jean: Yes, he is ( Laughing)

Anita: Which three lip balms would we find at the bottom of your handbag today?

Jean: I have 4 – 1) Quince lip butter glaze by Korres I love the new collection, it’s very colorful and pretty. 2) The New Coco Chanel Shine (It’s not out yet) 3) Perfek’s Organic Vanilla 4) YSL’s Gloss Volupte in Frozen Cherry

Anita: What are your favorite fashion magazines?

Jean: I am a fiend for magazines.  I love them! I read all of them.  Especially World of Interiors, I also love Vogue.

Anita: What is the last book you’ve read?

Jean: Two of them are autobiographies of Russell Brand.  He’s very funny and a good writer.

Anita: Last minute pearls of wisdom?

Jean: Pat your concealer, don’t rub! When you rub you move the concealer to a different part of your face.  Apply the concealer to the part that needs it and pat lightly – it will blend and conceal I promise!

Anita: I’ve enjoyed our conversation so much, thank you! I’m looking forward to all future issues of Lucky Magazine!

Jean: You’re welcome, it was my pleasure!

After the interview I went home and tested several of Lucky’s 10th anniversary special: Essential Beauty Tips.  I made sure my hair was soaking wet before the shampoo and I did get an amazing lather!  I also patted my concealer and it worked! My new blemish was concealed! I’m going to pour over the current issue of Lucky and make sure I don’t miss any of Jean Godfrey-June’s beauty tips!
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Beauty Profile w/ Laura Carson Miller – Beauty Expert

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Laura’s been in the Salon/Spa business for years before becoming a full-time freelance lifestyle writer and beauty expert.  She covers all aspects of living a glamorous lifestyle of good taste and beauty. She has graciously agreed to share with us a few of her beauty tips and secrets.  And as usual I’ll be taking notes.
Anita: What are your top 5 favorite beauty products and why?
Laura: 1) Lip Gloss – it gives me a little boost without looking totally ‘Made Up’.  I’m not a big lipstick person.  I like very few lipsticks.  My favorites are CoverGirl LipSlicks in Princess and Chanel Glossomer in Blizzard.  2) Cuticle Care – You can have a beautiful polish job and if you have ragged, dry or cracked cuticles, it totally detracts from your hands.  Moisturize your cuticles daily!  I love Duri Herbatherpy or Elizabeth Arden’s 8 Hour Cream.  3)  Sunscreen with an SPF or higher – this is the most important beauty product – bar none.  I am a fan of Aveeno positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer SPF 30. 4) Foot File – Using a foot file on dry or wet feet is the best way to prevent callouses.  I like the Flowery Swedish Clover foot file. 5) Mascara – You can go over the top with 3 coats of black or much more subtle with one coat of brown mascara on top lashes only.  My current favorites are Revlon Grow Luscious and Maybelline Falsies
Anita: Favorite Non-Brand beauty products and why?
Laura: 1) I love Olive Oil – it can be used to moisturize dry elbows, knees, cuticles, hands and hair etc. 2) I have dark brown hair and do a coffee rinse, then condition.  This gives my hair loads of shine! 3) Avocado makes a wonderful mask for face or hair – check the internet for recipes.
Anita: My favorite question, what’s your favorite shade of Red Lipstick?
Laura: I’m not a big fan of Red Lipstick on myself – I love Juice Beauty SPF 8 Lip Moisturizer in Playful, a strawberry shade.  Personally I think Red Lipstick is often a beauty blunder!  You must have just the right of shade of red for your skin tone and you must know how to apply it and most important you need the right attitude to pull it off. 
Anita: If you only had 5 minutes in the morning to get ready, which beauty products would you use?
Laura: I never spend more than 5 minutes anyway! I curl my lashes and apply mascara, maybe a little mineral powder, and a bit of eye pencil with lip gloss and I’m out the door!
Anita: Last minute pearls of wisdom?
Laura: I think the downfall of makeup is that women can use too much, subtle makeup is alluring and shows off your features, not the makeup itself.  Tread lightly in the makeup department.  A very important aspect of makeup is that it can make you look older.  Frosty or sparkly makeup can easily settle into fine lines and the worst culprit for aging is dark lipstick.  A dark shade of plum or brown can add 20 years!