Monday, July 18, 2005

Sephora, Mon Amour

Sephora has opened their new Union Square location, finally wising up to the fact that lazy 14th street shoppers like myself don't want to walk all the way over to Fifth Avenue just to touch up their eyeliner before a big date. (Those avenue blocks—they're killers.) I spent half an hour browsing the new store today, playing with the makeup, spritzing on the perfume (my new must-haves: Hermes Un Jardin Sur Le Nil and Lanvin Eclat d'Arpege) and sizing up the skincare lines (currently reinfatuated with Lancome. And what has become of Darphin, an old favorite?). The wonderful thing about Sephora for somebody like me is the rare opportunity to see an entire line laid out—no press releases, no selective mailings from PR people, but simply row after row of blushes and gloss, moisturizers and cleansers. It also makes me realize that, no matter how much time I devote to it, I will never be able to try all of the beauty products in the world. I find this exciting: there will always be new products and new innovations. And, alas, my bathroom cabinets will never be tidy.


Blogger Charlotte said...

oh no, where's your blog gone??

7/22/2005 2:22 AM  
Blogger Mia said...

Bad news everyone: According to the NY Post, "Jolie" has been outed & lost her job in the process!!!!

7/22/2005 9:57 AM  
Blogger Mia said...

Here's the article:
July 22, 2005 -- Nadine Haobsh became the poster girl for the blogger generation yesterday.
The formerly anonymous wit behind the beauty blog "Jolie in NYC" lost not one, but two enviable publishing jobs — all because of her online journal.

And now the industry is cracking down on staffers' Internet activities in the hope that no more loose, impeccably glossed lips will sink the illusion of perfection on their ships.

As The Post reported yesterday, the popular "Jolie" site featured Haobsh gossiping about her job as associate beauty editor at Ladies' Home Journal.

"My boss regularly gets Marc Jacobs wallets and coats, plane-ticket vouchers, iPods, overnight stays at the Mandarin Oriental, yearlong gym memberships, and, of course, all the free highlights and haircuts your poor dyed, straightened and styled hair can stand," she once wrote.

The 24-year-old Barnard grad's online journal was a must-read with Vogue and Glamour peons and higher-ups. Other media-centric blogs like Gawker and Media Bistro pondered her identity.

But when news of her true self was unmasked in a mass e-mail this week — and spread faster than an Estée Lauder goody bag around a Condé Nast office — Haobsh saw the downside of fame.

Her bosses at Ladies' Home Journal "thought it displayed a lack of respect for the industry and a lack of professionalism," a contrite Haobsh said yesterday.

"I understand that," she said.
But all seemed OK for the rapier-keyboarded scribe since she was leaving to work for the bible of teen beauty — Seventeen magazine.

Or maybe not.
"They took back the offer yesterday. They were very apologetic," she said. "They just simply said in light of the events they felt it was unprofessional."

A spokeswoman for Seventeen said, "Based on new information that was learned today, we have rescinded the offer."
It all began for Haobsh in an attempt to humor her friends who thought she had the coolest job, she explained.
"I should have thought more about it, but unfortunately the past is past," she said.
Haobsh, who was contacted by several book agents yesterday, said she has always wanted to write a book.
"Nothing nasty, just something funny that people will like reading — the book equivalent of a Kate Hudson movie," she said.

She admits, "I would rather have a job. My ultimate goal was to be beauty director one day. I hope doors will open again in the future so I can continue to work in beauty."

Meredith Publishing, publisher of Ladies' Home Journal and More, e-mailed employees to remind them that blogging was not encouraged, and employees keeping or commenting on blogs were required to tell their bosses.

Haobsh joins the growing ranks of employees who have been fired because of their blogs. Workers at Microsoft, Starbucks and Delta Air Lines all have been fired for posting commentary on their companies.

7/22/2005 9:58 AM  
Blogger kris said...

That sucks! :(

I really enjoyed your writing, it's a totally fabulous blog.

I hope great things come your way soon.

7/22/2005 10:20 AM  
Blogger TOTE said...

I will miss your Blog..even though I have just began reading it the past few days.. Shame on you industry..anyway Jolie doesn`t need you anyway...

7/22/2005 10:36 AM  
Blogger christine said...

i didnt even know about your blog until i saw that you had been canned on out of curiosity, i decided to look you up, and i think your blog is really cool. i'm not even into makeup, but i love glamorous gossip. i'm also a writer, so i appreciate your wit. and i think i'm going to try that coco mademoiselle scent! good luck with everything.

7/22/2005 2:39 PM  
Blogger Anna said...

(Or had the damage already been done, by the "mass email" which was sent out before the first Post article was published?)

7/22/2005 6:44 PM  
Blogger Anna said...

(oops, that was meant as a followup to my comment on your "Jolie Unmasked" post.)

7/22/2005 6:47 PM  

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