Posts Tagged 'beauty writing'

Interview with GYX Search

‘Oh, so you’re back…’ she says. ‘Only with a bigger head it seems – how crass to have a week off and then open back up with a post about YOU. Ha! Why I never…’

It seems that Am I There Yet? has taken a little too well to scotch (straight up) to cope with my short absence, so let’s just ignore her…

I am indeed posting an interview that GYX Search published on their blog. Yep, an interview with moi! So very exciting I know, mostly that people in the ‘real world’ have actually seen or heard of this little ‘online world’ blog!

So who are GYX Search? Well, you know when you meet that person, male or female, and they tell you about their seemingly awesome lives and their uber cool job? And you stand there nodding and smiling, a mixture of awe and jealousy jostling for top position in your brain? ‘How did they get that job and where do I sign up?!’ you think. Well, are you with GYX Search?

As the name suggests, GYX Search are focused on the younger generations; the ‘tribal talent’ of us youngin’s – with their main categories of career being Fashion & Beauty, PR & Marketing, Retail, Media and Sport & Entertainment. And with their funky office, cute puppy dogs roaming around, and every day ‘Casual Friday’ dress code (how does an entire office manage to be so fashionable?) and a boss that climbs Mt. Everest, I wouldn’t mind working for them myself!

So here it is, their interview with Holly Curtis. Oh hey, that’s me!

PS. Don’t get too excited, that sultry minx at the top isn’t me – scroll down.


Interview With A Beauty Ed: Eleanor Pendleton

You’ve seen her beauty pages in FAMOUS Magazine, and loved the raw freshness of her achingly-cool beauty blog, Gritty Pretty and you’re soon to read her work in the beauty pages of InStyle Magazine; the latest notch in Eleanor Pendleton’s beauty writing belt.

Eleanor; a girl whose amazing career trajectory (and style, check this out) at a young age is so inspiring I just had to corner her in the hallway and pester her with questions. Ha, I used email, but hopefully by following her advice I will be walking those corridors one day!

Wisdom and killer beauty tips? What a Friday!



Congratulations on your new position at InStyle! What are you most excited
 about for the next chapter of your career?

Why, thank you so much! I am exceptionally excited about working on an international title that is published in 17 other countries. Although, I have worked on Cosmopolitan Bride, Cosmopolitan Hair & Beauty and Cosmopolitan Pregnancy magazines – this will be my first experience working on a women’s lifestyle monthly title so I am busting with excitement. Working with InStyle’s Beauty Director, Victoria Meppem, is going to be a life-changing experience and it’s truly going to allow me to grow into an even better editor.

You have an amazing job. If you can *possibly* narrow it down, what’s the best thing about it? And if any, the worst?

The best thing about being a Beauty Editor is trying beauty products months before they have even hit the stores. Painting my nails in front of my computer is a regular occurrence – all in the name of product research! The most rewarding thing about my role is putting my heart and soul into perfecting an article, interviewing subjects, sourcing products and bringing the best information to the reader – then seeing it printed on the news stands. I still pinch myself whenever I see someone reading my beauty pages standing in the grocery line at Coles. I don’t think I’ll ever get used to that feeling.

Who did you look up to when you were trying to break into the industry?
Zoë Foster. Whilst studying journalism, Zoë was the Beauty Director at Cosmopolitan magazine. I was lucky enough to score an internship with her for six months and it’s to Zoë that I owe a lot of credit to. If she hadn’t taken me under her wing and showed me the endless creative possibilities of beauty writing, then I more than likely would have ended up in features writing.

What has been the biggest challenge in your career so far?

There are many challenges when it comes to publishing. More recently, I was required to compile a 16-page beauty booklet in less than one week complete with product stills, copy and interviews. Oh, and that’s on top of my regular 8 beauty pages at FAMOUS. Yes, you could say it was one hell of a stressful week followed by one hell of a glass of wine.

Any advice for conquering the drama that can sometimes appear in a highly competitive industry such as yours?

Be conscious of how you approach media. First impressions are everything – and you need to be aware of how you approach the media, how you present yourself, grammatically proofing your emails to editors and generally being enthusiastic. If it’s magazines you want to work in, then make your dream a reality. Just remember there are a thousand girls behind you wanting the same thing, so it’s important to make yourself stand out in a positive light and be prepared to complete menial admin tasks wearing a smile to start off with.

You had huge success with your online beauty blog Gritty Pretty, how did you like the difference between online and print?

Thank you! I still can’t believe how quickly people took to Gritty Pretty – it just blows my mind that it’s read right across the world! The biggest difference I found between my beauty blog and my beauty pages is the freedom. With my blog, the possibilities are endless. I could discuss anything with anyone in the house style I wanted. I saw a real gap in the online market for an edgy beauty blog. I dislike glossy pink, bubblegum shades and cartoon character headers so for me, Gritty Pretty was basically designing a blog that I wanted to read.

Any lessons learned you would like to share with other bloggers?

As a professional, blog or not, it’s important for me to bring honest and authentic information to my readers. My biggest piece of advice to fellow beauty bloggers is to proof read, proof read and just when you think you’ve done enough, proof read again. Being a writer, nothing makes my skin crawl more than a blog ridden with typing errors. *Shudders.*

In your opinion, what’s more important for ‘making it’ in the magazine industry; experience or qualifications?

Definitely experience. After finishing high school, I was accepted into two universities. Instead, I deferred both and opted to enrol at Sydney’s Macleay College to study a Diploma in Journalism and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in media in just two years. The course was accelerated and I wanted to choose the fast-tracked option so I could get straight into the work force. Consequently, after one year of beauty interning at Cosmopolitan, I graduated with my Diploma in Journalism. I had enrolled in my final year and was taken by surprise when I was offered the role as Beauty Writer at Cosmopolitan Brand Extension magazines. Almost four years later, and I’m literally about to start my first day at InStyle magazine as Beauty Editor.

What advice can you give for for girls who live outside of mag-central Sydney (such as myself!) who can’t intern on a regular basis?
I didn’t live in Sydney when I started out. I lived an hour and a half away but didn’t let distance stop me from getting one step closer to my dream. I had no contacts in the industry. I knew no one. But that didn’t stop me. I harassed every single Editorial Coordinator at my favourite magazine and begged for work experience. When I was 18, I was fortunate enough to receive one week of work experience at Cosmopolitan, I commuted every day and well, the rest is history. If you’re serious about a career in magazines and you’re persistent, distance and where you live should not prevent you from getting your foot in the door.

I once ran a competition with the question “What was your first beauty memory?” What would your entry have said?

I would’ve said ‘Damn. It wasn’t pretty – put it that way.’ My first beauty memory was rifling through my mother’s make-up door at about 6-years-old and sampling just about every Elizabeth Arden, Estee lauder and Avon product she owned on my face and arms. I looked like a clown but that moment sparked a life-long obsession that’s now become my career.

After a few years behind the Beauty Ed desk, you must be bursting withbeauty tips. What are a few that have stuck with you?

1. Primer, primer, primer. The rules of priming don’t just apply to your foundation base – it applies to your nails, hair and skin. By priming, you ensure your make-up, polish and hair products last all day long.
2. Use sticky tape when applying liquid liner. It sounds crazy but by applying a small piece of sticky tape to the outer corner of your eyes in line with the edge of your eye and your eye brow, you can create the perfect cat eye flicks without the mess. Simply peel off and you’ll have minxy eyes in seconds!

What’s your best beauty skill?

Even as a Beauty Editor, I make mistakes but I’d have to say my best beauty skills are creating ghd curls and applying liquid liner. Both require years of practise and I can proudly say I’ve nailed them.


One hell of a woman, right? So inspiring!

Congratulations Eleanor, I and I’m sure many other fans can’t wait to flick straight to the beauty section of InStyle in the coming months!

Are you the new Beauty Intern for Onya Magazine?

As I announced in my last post, I have been promoted from Beauty Intern to Beauty Editor at Onya Magazine. The previous and fabulous BE, Gaynor Alder has moved across to jet-set around Australia in style for the position of Travel Editor and I will be replacing her.

So, if you do the math that leaves a big gaping hole in the Beauty Department. Myself and Beauty Writer Beth Keamy are on the hunt for an amazing new intern to fill my shoes. Louboutins, mind you. Ha! I wish.

In a nutshell, we will require someone to:

– Be extremely organised and efficient.

– Have a passion for beauty products (which shouldn’t be too difficult…) especially those that are 100% Aussie owned and made, as that is what we will be working with.

– Liaise with PR and beauty brands on behalf of the team.

– Be well presented, with excellent written and spoken communication skills.

– Be a team player, Onya is one big happy family.

– Computer skills a definite plus.

– Creative. We need to keep these ideas coming!

– Be able to contribute articles to Onya Magazine. Wonderful for your portfolio!

To read the job description in full –  MELBOURNE BEAUTY INTERN JOB DESCRIPTION.

To apply: please email with your resume, and a few recent samples of your best writing.

Applications close on: Monday 6th December (2 weeks from today) and successful applicants will be interviewed at my discretion.

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