Can you tell me a bit about yourself?
I grew up in Queens and Brooklyn and went to high school and college (F.I.T.) in Manhattan. Both of my parents grew up here also. I am such a New York City girl [that] when people ask me what my ethnic background is, I tell them I’m a Brooklynite.
How did you first become interested in beauty, and what led you to work in beauty PR -- and more specifically, for Mario Badescu?
I can barely remember a time in my life when I was not obsessed with beauty products. As a teenager I worked in a shop in Park Slope that carried natural lines like Burt’s Bees, Weleda and Carol’s Daughter. After that I worked at a number of spa and beauty retail jobs, graduated from F.I.T.’s Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing program, then was hired by Three Custom Color Specialists, where I had a very fun and multifaceted position that involved sales, education and color matching in their on-site lab. When I started at Mario Badescu I fell in love with the history of the brand and the salon’s practical, problem solving approach to skincare and aesthetics. I was with the brand for about a year when the PR position opened up, it was offered to me and the rest is history.
What is your favorite part about working for Mario Badescu (or about beauty PR in general)? Any highlights throughout your career?
The thing that I love about beauty PR (and representing Mario Badescu specifically) is that it isn’t aspirational. Beauty can be indulgent and glamorous but at the same time, most beauty products are attainable. I love that if you read in a magazine that celebrity X is using the Mario Badescu Calma Mask, you can use it too.
What are your favorite Mario Badescu products?
Are there any other beauty products or brands that you absolutely love? What makes those products stand out for you?
Lush. For bath products. Their Butterball bath bomb is a must for me.
Giorgio Armani. I feel like such a grownup lady when I use anything from the color line, it is just beautiful from top to bottom.
Working in PR must be fun, but what do you do in your spare time?
I love a good beach vacation. Spending time with friends is important to me. I’ve been slowly working on my apartment, for the first time ever I feel slightly domestic!