Alexandra Gonzalez
As the beauty assistant at Real Simple, Alexandra has the opportunity to fully embrace her love for all beauty products. After discovering her mom’s red lipsticks in a vanity drawer, she knew she would one day incorporate this into her job. From foot scrubs to hair products, she will try anything. (So be vocal if you want a tester for something specific!)

Previously, Alexandra freelanced at MORE Magazine and interned at Harper’s Bazaar, Women’s Wear Daily, Domino (may it rest in peace) and Sportswear International. As a graduate from the Fashion Institute of Technology, she’s been living in New York City for 5 years.

After living in 5 apartments in less than 4 years, she has finally nestled herself in a studio apartment in Murray Hill. Her favorite features are her four closets, with one dedicated solely to beauty products—of course.

Recent Posts By Alexandra Gonzalez

How To Make Your Blush Last Longer

Even if I don’t have time to put on entire make up routine, I always make time to quickly swipe on some blush. I have multiple that I love–Benefit Cosmetics, Smashbox, and Stila Cosmetics. The list is practically endless and tend to choose different shades or brands depending on the day. My only problem is that I usually need to […]

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A Pro Trick for Concealing Dark Circles

I know I’ve shared with all of you my personal battle with dark circles. The truth is that sometimes a good night’s sleep just isn’t enough. So in times of need, I turn to my makeup bag for revival: concealer. The other day, I sat down with makeup artist Kimara Ahnert, and I picked her brain for the best way to […]

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So Many Dry Shampoos, Which Do You Choose?

At some point, dry shampoos started as a trend. My first experience with this magically cleansing formula was at Boots (a British drugstore with a beauty line). Since then, a wide variety of brands, forms and colors have saturated the beauty aisles. Without having to try every single one, how do you choose which one will work for you? Here […]

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Day 18: Glazed Chicken and Red Cabbage

Today’s recipe, Lime and Soy-Glazed Chicken with Cabbage Slaw, was prepared by Alexandra Gonzalez, Real Simple’s beauty assistant and blogger. I love cooking chicken, but I get bored with my same old recipe. So I was very excited to try the Lime and Soy-Glazed Chicken with Cabbage Slaw. Since I was visiting family this past weekend I cooked my Month […]

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Ask a Hairstylist Anything

A couple of months ago I asked you to tell me your most pressing questions for a dermatologist. This time I want to go into a different world: hair. If you could ask a hairstylist anything, what would you ask? From cuts to color to how to talk to your stylist, send your questions my way and I’ll get them answered […]

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Insider Tip: How To Apply Liquid Eyeliner

I’m always looking for tips on how to make applying make up easier. From eyeliner to red lips, make up artists always have little tricks that help daily. Last week I met with Rosie Johnston, a celebrity make up artist, to chat about her new products for her fragrance line, but she gave me a helpful tip about applying liquid […]

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Matched Up: Lipstick and Nails

It is worth acknowledging that not all trends are created equal. Everything that struts down the runways–beauty or fashion, for that matter–is not fit for everyone. But, the latest new makeup idea I have been trying is: matching lipstick and nails. It’s easily customizable, so it can work for almost anyone. (image: blog.kuteclothes.com) From brights to neutrals, this new makeup […]

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The Best Tired Eye Remedy

I always look tired. I am convinced that my dark circles get darker every morning. This is why I am constantly looking for eye treatments that will give a quick pick-me-up. I recently discover the greatest little invention, yet. Skyn Iceland is a skincare brand that focuses on de-stressing the skin. Most of us can probably attest to getting a […]

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Illustrated How-Tos for an Easy, Elegant Hairstyle

I recently discovered this easy-to-follow hairstyle how-to on one of my favorite hair accessories designers’ home pages. How often does an expert explain something, and then you go home to re-create it but find you’ve forgotten the steps? This always happens to me. Colette Malouf used her talents and website to solve this problem for all of us. Malouf has […]

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Five-Minute Wow: Fishtail Braid

In this month’s issue, we featured an even simpler braid than the often showcased three-piece one. I decided to camp out on the photo shoot to get you tips on how to create this look at home. David Cruz, the hairstylist on the photo shoot, suggested to “treat your hair as if you were looping shoelaces.”  Step 1 is to […]

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