Farewell FIT

No exaggeration, my heart hurts knowing that my summer classes at FIT are over. These were easily the most interesting and independent 3 weeks I’ve ever experienced. In class today, we finished up our magazines and presented our final work to each other. I’m so proud of my magazine, but so many of my classmates did an amazing job too! This class definitely opened my eyes to how unique everybody’s ideas are.

The cherry on top of this experience was getting picked to blog about my class. I love reading blogs, but I never thought I’d actually get to write one! I hope you guys enjoyed reading about my experiences as much as I loved talking about them! I truly encourage you to take a class (or two) at FIT; spending time in New York City will change your perspective for the better, and you’ll learn so much about what you’re capable of.

Enjoy your summer, and thanks for sharing these past 3 weeks with me!

Xo, Marisa

P.S.  I attached a bunch of pictures of my final magazine :)

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Farewell Post by Rachel K.

FIT’s Summer of 2015 Pre-College Cosmetics and Fragrance Lab was “da balm!” From going on an amazing Sephora field trip to making cosmetics such as lip balm, perfume, body oil, bar soap and moisturizer- everyday was full of excitement and fun! Not to mention, the numerous great friends I made in the short 3 weeks I was there. Each one of my fabulous FIT classmates were unique and talented in their own way and were a key addition to making my FIT Precollege experience amazing. On top of that, I learned so much important information on the beauty business. Growing up I had always aspired to just be a make-up artist but I knew there had to be something more than that. By taking this class I learned the incredible business opportunities within cosmetics and fragrance field and broadened my knowledge to figure out exactly what I want to do in the future. To any girl or guy looking to learn more about the beauty “biz” while making a ton of friends and studying in one of the greatest fashion cities in the world- you can’t go wrong by taking this summer class! I’m sure glad I did!!

My fierce and fabulous classmates having fun!

My fierce and fabulous classmates and I having fun!

My classmates and I with our professor, Mrs. B!

My classmates and I with our professor, Mrs. B!

Graduated!!

Graduated!!

My final project- perfume inspiration board!

My final project- perfume inspiration board!

Until next year, FIT…

– Rachel

Putting It All Together…One Page at a Time

The excitement to complete my magazine is definitely starting to kick in! As much as I’m dreading the last day of class, I can’t believe how far along my magazine has come. I never knew I’d be able to make something that looks so professional. Today in class we had a “critique,” which is when we all gather around a table and present what we’ve done so far, and our classmates give us constructive criticism to help improve the magazine. This is such an important part to the class because it helps me improve what I’ve done, and I also love seeing what everyone else has been creating!

One of my favorite pages of my magazine is the Table of Contents. It tells so much about what’s about to be revealed in just one page. Mine still needs a few more adjustments, but here it is so far!

My magazine's table of contents

My magazine’s table of contents

I wanted my magazine to be simple with a lot of white space so that it makes the images the main focus. I can’t wait to show you guys the finished project!

-Marisa

At FIT We Always Kiss and Tell!

About to apply my new favorite delicious plum lipstick!

About to apply my new favorite delicious plum lipstick!

Do you love experimenting with lipstick colors? I do! One day I’m wearing “Gwen Stefani red” and the next I’m applying “Kim Kardashian nude”. Usually I buy a new lip color weekly but not anymore because… now I can make my very own!

This week in the Cosmetics and Fragrance lab we created our own lipstick by melting 28 ml of wax on a hot plate and mixed in 0.1 ml of our favorite dye color as well as 0.1 ml of our favorite flavoring. My partner and I decided to do a chocolate-cherry plum lipstick using purple dye and cherry and chocolate chip flavoring. When finished and mixed to a nice, smooth substance; we poured our mixes into actual lipstick tubes. It came out absolutely AMAZING! It has a beautiful sheer color that matches any look.

What cool things have you created in your precollege class this summer that you’re proud to show off? Share below!

– Sealed with a kiss, Rachel

FIT: Give me “some mor’a” of that Sephora!

Do you think all Sephora stores are the same? I can answer that in a New York minute…NO! On Monday, I had my first FIT class trip to the ultimate modern NYC Sephora store located in the Meatpacking District. This Sephora screamed “urban cool”. The interior design was so unique: black and white tiled walls, a chandelier made of antique perfume bottles, and a wall of fixtures dedicated just to brushes. This location also carries exclusive international cosmetic brands, products and services. After 2 hours of cosmetic bliss, I picked out exactly what I wanted to purchase and paid using the fast mobile checkout system. Lucky for me and my fashion forward classmates,

My classmates outside the Meatpacking District's Sephora location.

My classmates outside the Meatpacking District’s Sephora location.

the day ended with a beauty advisor giving each of us a “goody” bag of fragrances and cosmetics. Now let’s “face” the facts; not every FIT class trip will be to a fabulous Sephora store but for my first trip it was spectacular. Has anyone else experienced a great first pre-college summer field trip?

– Rachel