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

Pump Up The Volume

A beauty trend that never gets old: big voluminous hair. I’ve never met a gal–with short or long locks–who wasn’t looking for bigger, better hair. Since Alterna launched their Bamboo Volume product line this summer, I sat down with Michael Shaun Corby, their Global Creative Director, to get the best volumizing hair tips. Three Volumizing Hair Tips (and 1 must-have […]

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5 Best Summer Beauty Products

When I think of my favorite summer beauty products, my first thoughts go to what I wouldn’t be able to live without. Here are the five products I’ve recently discovered, which I can’t bear to part with during these humid months. 1. Macadamia Natural Oil Healing Spray, $28, This spicy scented oil will tame frizz all day and mend […]

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A Spa Just For Men–Would Your Man Indulge?

Even though Father’s Day has come and gone, I’ve been thinking about men and their grooming habits. Women are known to pamper themselves. Whether it’s with a night cream, a manicure, or a spa appointment, these are rituals we indulge in. I’ve also been meeting with many new brands that have launched product lines specifically for men, with a full […]

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What Beauty Essentials Do You Keep in Your Gym Bag?

With bikini season in full throttle, the gym has become one of my favorite places. Even if it’s more for mental clarity, than actually shedding pounds. There isn’t always time to go home, shower and regroup for the rest of the day. So recently I put together a little bag with my beauty gym essentials.  I leave it right next to my front door, so it’s always ready when I’m running out the door. Here’s what’s in it:

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Road Test: What Do You Want To Read About?

Every month Real Simple features a beauty road test story. In the last couple months we’ve covered a variety of products from eye shadows to primers. But when planning for some future issues, I thought to myself, what ado online readers want to see in this column. So I’m asking for you some help…

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Smoky Eyes Made Easy

Sometimes classics are the how-to’s that stump me the most. Red lips, simple cat eyes, and smoky eyes are some of the tried and true beauty looks that have stuck around as trends, like a little black dress. Recently, I found the best compact that not only has every color you’ll need to create a range of smoky eyes–from a dramatic glam to a more natural subtle style–but a little surprise inside that makes achieving it foolproof.

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Summer Protection: For Your Locks

People always talk about SPF when you’re out in the sun, but I’m always worried about my hair. How about you? The frizz and the dryness are not so cute. Not too long ago, I spoke with stylist Marcos Diaz at ION Studio NYC and asked him to share some summer tips on how-to keep your mane looking shiny and smooth during this humid season.




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What If You Could Create Your Own Candle?

Much like choosing a perfume, picking a scented candle can be a pretty personal decision. So what if you could make your own candle? Bath and Body Works teamed up one my favorite candle makers, Slatkin & Co., to help you do, just that.


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Bronzer Tips From a Celebrity Makeup Artist

The minute summer is here, all I wish for is glowing bronzed skin. Of course, I’m not about to lay out because I still want healthy skin. My weapon of choice: bronzer. My only issue is how to apply it so it looks natural. Do you have that same problem?  Well last week I met Celebrity Makeup Artist Brett Freedman at an Elizabeth Arden press event, where he shared his insider tips on how to apply bronzer and what you should look for when shopping. Here’s what he had to say…




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Do or Don’t: Hair Extensions

Up until a few months ago, my hair was almost to my waist and I loved the long wavy locks. Then I got a new job and decided to chop it (more than 7 inches) for a chicer look. Since then I’ve been battling my now shoulder length hair. I was hoping all of you would give me your thoughts on a possible solution to my blasé attitude towards my hair.

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