ABOUT BEAUTYGEEKS + CONTRIBUTORS
My name is Janine Falcon, and I’m a beauty geek.
A beauty geek is anyone who loves how feeling good about yourself can make a whole day seem shiny. (Whether or not you accept it, how you think you look is big part of how you feel). I’m a geek about beauty learning — ingredients, how they work, who they work for, how to use them — details. And I’m a geek about bursting into beauty-song with just about anyone, anywhere, anytime. *grin*
I’m the first former magazine beauty editor in Canada to have established a beauty blog (award-winning thanks to a P&G Beauty Award for Best Beauty or Fashion Blog, 2009, and a Best Health Blog Award/Look Great, 2011). My more than 13 years on the beauty beat includes seven years as a style editor at Canadian Living and Homemakers magazines, a stint as a plus model, and a longtime, successful side gig as a freelance makeup artist with a freshest-looking-you lifestyle approach.
Other fun stuff:
- designation as a Cision Canada Top 10 Style Influencer, a Huffington Post Canada Top Canadian Beauty Insider, and an Elle Canada Top Beauty Blog in 2010 and 2013
- a spot on the short list for a P&G Beauty Award for Best Beauty or Fashion Blog in 2013 and 2010
- hitting the TIFF 2011 red carpet as the Official L’Oréal Paris Beauty Correspondant to chat with Jon Hamm, Brian Austin Green and Megan Fox, Freida Pinto, Rachel Weisz, Madonna, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Hugh Dancy, Oliver Platt, Allison Janney and more
- bylines as Contributing Editor in Canada’s digital and weekly print beauty and fashion magazine The Kit (thekit.ca)
- appearances on “Canadian Idol” (here, peek at Part One — sorry, sound’s wonked — and Part Two); “Canada AM;” “The Marilyn Denis Show;” “Steven and Chris;” “ET Canada;” “BT Toronto;” and “E! Weekend” — plus a hit on Fox News in Alabama (!)
- feature and story bylines in FASHION magazine, Elle Canada, Canadian Living, Homemakers, Chatelaine magazine, Metro News, CanadianLiving.com, Homemakers.com, Best Health Magazine, BestHealthMag.ca, Reader’s Digest, Sharp Magazine and glow magazine
- mentions in Best Health Magazine, Canadian Living Magazine, CanadianLiving.com, Chatelaine Magazine, Chatelaine.com, Hello, Canada!, The Toronto Star, National Post, The Globe and Mail, Maclean’s (here and here), The Vancouver Sun, The Edmonton Journal, The Calgary Herald, The Ottawa Citizen, The Montreal Gazette, 24 Hours and The Sun
- special projects with Procter & Gamble, L’Oreal Paris, Maybelline New York, Quadrant, Coty, Schick Quattro for Women, Mark’s, Shoppers Drug Mart, and The Shopping Channel
While I love a new lipgloss as much as the next girl, really I’m all about solution-oriented beauty for all ages, stuff that delivers glowing skin, glossy hair, foolproof fresh-faced beauty, and compliment-attracting style whether you’re a teen, in your 20s or swingin’ 60.
Karen Falcon (KLFalcon@gmail.com) is a beauty geek with a laser focus on nail polish and perfectly precise nail painting. Through years of experience, Karen knows things such as nail polish consistency, ease of application, brush size and bristles, and so on. She’s into soak-off-gel manicures at home, polishes she can designate as One-Coat Wonders (OCW!!!), and takes great swatch photos, too. “Nail colour should be seen and also heard,” she says. For us she’s the last word on nail polish. And yes, she’s sister to Janine.
Liza Herz is a fellow beauty geek whose wealth of knowledge and incredible context makes me bow down in reverence. A former magazine beauty editor and long-time freelance writer, she contributes to many top Canadian publications including FASHION magazine, Elle Canada, Zoomer, and Best Health. She’s also a P&G Beauty Awards nominee and Fragrance Awards nominee for her clever writing. Her first name is pronounced LEEZA.
Cranky Beauty Pants is the nom de plume of neither Liza, nor Karen, nor me. She’s a real other person who prefers to remain anonymous. She has cranky things to say about celebrity beauty blunders and other beauty stuff, and insists she has no feelings.
this is a site about receiving compliments
“Omigod, you have the most gorgeous skin,” or “I love your bag,” or “awesome shoes” — who doesn’t love hearing stuff like that? It makes you smile, even makes your day, doesn’t it? In fact, just having an opportunity to compliment someone else is a mood lift.
Superficial? Sure. But the first part of “superficial” is SUPER!, and damn if “super” isn’t just a great, feel-good word.
So this blog is going to help you get compliments. Lots and lots of great compliments, on your skin, your complexion, your hair, your makeup, your style, your clothes and your accessories.
Practice saying “thank you” gracefully. It’ll look good on you.
You can reach us at j9falcon (at) gmail (dot) com, by the way. We’d love to hear from you.
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P.S. Yes, just as I did as a magazine beauty editor, I receive samples and services from companies who would like me to evaluate their product and perhaps include mention of them here and in the freelance features I write. I’d not have the breadth of product knowledge and experience for my job without them. But I do not mention items because they are sent or offered to me without charge. I write about and recommend only the items or services I think deliver good results and best suit the audience I’m addressing. Same goes for contributors Liza Herz, Karen Falcon and Cranky Beauty Pants.
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