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

Week 2

I can’t BELIEVE how quickly time flies! I’m already halfway through my experience at FIT, and each day proves to be more exciting than the previous. As I mentioned in my last post, I take the Magazine Design class. Last week, we worked on perfecting our covers. When I say perfecting, I mean perfecting; I can’t count how many times my hand cramped from placing the text and images in the exact location I envisioned. The name of my magazine is STREET, and it is entirely fashion-focused. I’m including outfit ideas for every occasion, and I even incorporated a page dedicated to shoes (I’m a firm believer that they can make or break your outfit). I decided to name it STREET because that is where we express who we are. The street is essentially everybody’s runway, so it’s important that we look our best when we’re walking on it. In class this week, we are moving on to the inside of the magazine; designing the cover was easy compared to this! I have so much appreciation for what goes into creating a magazine now that I am in the process of making my own, but I definitely love the challenge.

– Marisa

Options for my magazine cover

Options for my magazine cover

Pages dedicated to shoes

Pages dedicated to shoes

Introducing Precollege Blogger: Marisa

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Hi guys! It’s crazy how one day I’m dedicating hours to Netflix (I’m sure most of you know the feeling) and the next I’m blogging for FIT! I’m really looking forward to sharing all the things I get to do in my Magazine Design course. Sure, waking up at 5:30 to catch a train from New Jersey to the city isn’t my cup of tea, but stepping onto the concrete in front of Penn Station is electric (although I still need to stop for coffee at Starbucks before class). My Magazine Design course is so unique. We all read magazines, but how often do we get to create our own, from the ground up? From choosing a model for the cover and coming up with a title to deciding which outfit should be on what page, this class has me hooked. Not to mention, the classroom setup encourages focus, while allowing me to gain suggestions from the twenty stylish girls I see four days a week. I love that we all get to work together and help each other create the best magazine possible; seeing other girls’ ideas is such a prominent part of the class. Living so close to New York has so many perks, I can almost say the city is my second home. Getting to be so independent is such a privilege, and I’m looking forward to spending the next two weeks at FIT. I’ll be sure to keep you updated on everything I get to experience each day, whether it’s inspiration from the streets of New York or some of my work from my class!

Until next time,

Marisa

Introducing Precollege Blogger: Rachel

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As July 6th was approaching I started to think I made a terrible mistake. It’s Summer and I want to sleep late, lay on the Jersey beaches and scope out the local music scene at night. Instead I signed up for a 9:30 a.m. Summer class at FIT in NYC. What have I done? What was I thinking? I’m going to be waking up at 6:00 a.m., traveling 3 hours a day on a crowded train and sitting in a boring classroom with the possibility of time consuming homework. Am I crazy? Well, it’s two days into the program and I realize I made the best decision ever ( or as New Yorkers say…eva)! My name is Rachel K. You may see me around campus and recognize me as the girl whose makeup is always “on fleek “. I love to experiment with different colors and looks. I’m commuting from Central New Jersey and taking my first class, The Beauty Business-Art and Science of Cosmetics and Fragrances. I selected this class because I plan (hope) to attend FIT in the Fall of 2016 and eventually earn a BS in Cosmetic and Fragrance Marketing. My class is fabulously fast paced and fun. In the first two days we got a brief overview of the history of Cosmetics and Fragrances and discussed current job opportunities in this exciting industry. In addition, lab work included making body oil and henna. I even started my first project….A poster board depicting six decades of the evolution of eye shadow. The last thing I would call this class is boring! I’m looking forward to learning all I can about the Beauty Industry, making fragrances in the lab and going on “shopping” field trips. Most of all, I’m excited to blog and share my Summer FIT experience with you!

– Rachel