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

A Dermatologist Answers Your Questions (Part 1)

A few weeks ago I asked all of you to write in and share your most pressing questions for a dermatologist. Your comments were great! Since I want to get as many answers as possible, the responses have been split up into two parts. This first section focuses on sunscreens and moisturizers. Enjoy!





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Our Latest Beauty Obsession

Here in the office, we are like little girls in a candy shop when great new products come in.  Last year Tarte’s LipSurgance natural’s came out and we went wild trying all the different shades. The following fall we fell head over heels with their matte version (shown below). This month Tarte launched another update; making us swoon all over again.

LipSurgence MATTE

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Get Thicker, Longer, Fuller Eyelashes–Stat.

Over time, I’ve noticed how many women have a particular feature they like to enhance when they get all dolled up. Whether it’s lips, eyes or cheeks; it seems like everyone has their thing.  What’s mine? My lashes. Even if I walk out with no make up, I will swipe that magic wand to open up my eyes and make them standout. Most recently, I tried something that (as our beauty director describe in our March issue) has saved me time, money and sanity!




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3 Ways To Pamper Yourself This Valentine’s Day

Whether you’re going out or staying in, there is no reason not to treat yourself with love. Even if it’s just for 5 minutes, I’ve picked out three little things you can do to indulge this Valentine’s Day.



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How to Get the Perfect Bun

A simple chic bun is one of my favorite quick hair styles. Whether you have straight, thick, curly, or fine hair this is a great way to switch up your look. My only issue is getting it to stay all day! I recently found a solution, that I couldn’t keep a secret. 


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What’s Your Most Pressing Question for a Dermatologist?

If you had five minutes with a dermatolgist, what would be your first question?


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Creating Your Own Signature Scent

Have you ever made your own scent or combined different brands to create a customized scent? I was chatting with a friend who recently shared with me her latest beauty secret.




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A Quick (Beauty) Recipe

We all can agree that there isn’t always 30 minutes or an hour to take out of your day to go to a spa and get a relaxing facial. Sometimes making the time is more stressful, than not going. Yet, don’t you still want to treat yourself for even just a few relaxing minutes?



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Need Inspiration to Make That Final Chop?

From Twiggy to Emma Watson (the Harry Potter starlet with an infamous curly mane), the pixie cut came, went, and made its way back. It’s quite the style statement, but from what I’ve seen it seems to look great on every woman who has tried it—Hollywood or not.


I sat down with the man behind Emma Watson’s cut to find out why this look works, who it’s good for, and how to keep it looking great.




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Pretty and Useful Makeup Bags, Help Me Choose One


My make up area usually looks like a hurricane went through it (see example below). So I’ve finally decided I need to invest in a beautiful bag to put all the products that make me look put together on a daily basis. I need to take better care of those magic wands!





I’ve scoured the web for a make up bag that would be perfect for my (little) shelf and will help me not only fit my cosmetics, but organize them. Help me choose from my top choices!


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