Free Gift with Purchase: My Improbable Career in Magazines and Makeup

Free Gift with Purchase: My Improbable Career in Magazines and Makeup

by Jean Godfrey-June
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Free Gift with Purchase: My Improbable Career in Magazines and Makeup 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
GailCooke More than 1 year ago
Ever wonder what a beauty editor really, truly thinks of the products that fill her magazine's pages? Or, hypothesize about what happens to the between 50 and 200 free beauty items that come across her desk every day? If so, pick up a copy of 'Free Gift With Purchase' by the winning tell-it-like-it-is Beauty Editor of Lucky Magazine, Jean Godfrey-June. She has crafted a breezy, down to earth, funny peek behind the scenes look at what goes on in the glamorous world of makeup and skin care, which she allows is 'impossible to take seriously.' As she notes, she has a cousin who is immersed in research, helping to find a cure for pediatric cancer. 'Me,' she writes, 'I ponder lipstick.' Her memoir is aptly subtitled 'My Improbable Career in Magazines and Makeup.' Rightly so, because as she says she used to think she was ugly. In fact, while a youngster her one concern was that 'people would mistake me for a boy.' But life has a way of surprising us - she never dreamed she would some day do an interview on a hotel bed with Tom Ford. And, she found herself attracted to the mystique of those lotions, potions, and colors that held so much promise. As she writes, 'It's like candy, all those little boxes and bottles.' Her take on fellow workers at Elle magazine is hilarious - there was 'The Playboy' ('noted for the trail of broken hearted supermodels in his wake) 'The Fashionista' who ruled the fashion department and 'Eminence Grise' who evidently had money and gave input to the magazine re finances and personnel issues. Sound a bit like 'The Devil Wears Prada'? It's even funnier. Godfrey-June's tales of the parties, the trips to Paris, and the fashion show seatings are fodder for daydreams of life among the glamoratti. Sidebars filled with information dot the book, such as in one titled The Fungible Truth we learn that many eye pencils come from the same factory in Germany, and that nothing, zip, zero from the cosmetics counter will erase wrinkles. Each page bursts with chuckles, dishy tidbits, and solid advice - don't miss 'Free Gift With Purchase.' - Gail Cooke
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you're looking to break into the fashion magazine industry, this book will DEFINITLEY spark your interest! It is even written like a magazine, with little tidbits and stories scattered all over the place. The author talks about her time at ELLE and LUCKY, and she shares the secrets she has discovered over a lifetime of beauty editing. (For example: mixing two shades of lipstick together will ALWAYS be flattering.) My favorite part was when she talked about getting dressed for various events and parties and trials and tribulations she would have to go through in the fashion closet at her magazines. All in all, it was really good and, although I wound't say could serve as a guidem it really lets you know the ins and outs of making it in the magazine industry!
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