Next week, we are teaming up with Nicole Pearl of "The Beauty Girl" for a Fashion & Beauty Summer Flash Sale. We want to give you the chance to get to know the National Beauty Editor, Blogger, and TV personality.
Have you seen The Devil Wears Prada? Replace Andy with Nicki and that’s how this Chicago native got her start in magazines. Canvassing Midtown in search of the perfectly gooey chocolate chip cookie for her boss’s Monday afternoon sugar craving—been there, done that.
Nicole graduated from the University of Michigan and earned a Master’s from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, and has made her mark as a beauty and fashion expert. You may have seen her as a beauty and style expert on TV or mentioned in The New York Times. She's been on national shows such as NBC's TODAY, Today with Kathie Lee & Hoda, and Access Hollywood Live; she's the resident beauty expert for Chicago's Windy City Live, and she appears on morning news programs throughout the U.S. She also played herself on an episode of The Style network's reality show, Chicagolicious.
Nicole started out working in New York as a staff beauty editor and freelance beauty writer for national magazines. She's covered backstage at New York and LA Fashion weeks and was featured in Bill Cunningham's iconic Street Style Sunday Styles section. She's written for magazines and websites including US Weekly, the beloved Shop Etc. (R.I.P.), Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Health, Self, Shape, In Style, Seventeen, Working Mother, Golf for Women, Star, Family Fun, Chicago Social, Michigan Avenue, Gotham, totalbeauty.com, prevention.com, makeup.com and more.
Nicole is also the founder of the popular beauty blog TheBeautyGirl.com, which was named one of the top 50 best beauty blogs by Beauty High. From products and tips to celebrity interviews, Nicole shares her insider access and tells it like it is because “Beauty Shouldn’t Be A Bitch.”
And lets not forget her most important roles -- wife and mom to two little ones, Jasper and Rex.
Check out some of her favorite products, trends, and Do's & Don'ts below, and come meet her at the event on Thursday July 28th.
1. What is your favorite Summer Beauty Trend?
I like experimenting with nail color and design. A summer trend I'm loving is negative space nails. This design is easy to recreate, low maintenance and chic.
2. Best drugstore brand?
Actually, I'd say shopping the drugstore is more about the product than the brand. the best product to buy from the drugstore is mascara. You are supposed to replace mascara every 3 months so better to load up at the drugstore. I like a big, fat brush like CoverGirl LashBlast because it does a great job thickening and lengthening lashes.
3. Best higher end makeup?
I recommend upgrading when it comes to skin perfecting products like foundation. Some of my faves are Make Up For Ever HD and Tom Ford.
4. Your top 3 favorite products you cannot live without.
Berry lipstick -- any brand but right now I'm loving Troy Surratt's matte lip crayon in Seductrice.
Glossier Boy Brow
Lorac Double Feature Under eye concealer and highlighter in one
5. What is the number one beauty FAIL that many of us are guilty of and what advice do you have to fix it?
Too much makeup. It ages you. Less is more. If possible,apply by a window so you see your face in natural light.