I was at a CEW mentoring event the other morning with one of Hearst Magazines’ top publishers, Meribeth Parker. She ran through her career trajectory from a childhood spent in a small town in Ontario state, Canada, to running the business of publishing both Elle and Elle Deco in London. Of her many pearls of wisdom here are a few home truths for the work place that it was good to be reminded of:
. “Be positive.” An oldie but a goodie because it works – things come to those with a positive outlook.
. “Every challenge has a solution: make lemonade” (it’s an old Canadian saying says Parker – if you have a glut of lemons, heck, go make pop with it). Meaning? Try not to be foxed, see the positive – there we go, back to first point.
. “Invest in how you look, it matters. It makes a difference to how people see you.”
And that’s why the 8am salon blow dry before a very important meeting is a good idea (failing that, a good drier and round brush). That’s why a good hairdresser and colourist is a good idea. Why a make-up lesson with a pro (if you’re unsure of how to do a good job) is a good idea. And why tidy fingernails with clear gloss or a neutral, or if you’re in the creative business, the colour of the moment (emerald or orange) are a good idea. And why a quick dry nail polish – not to mention an effective polish remover – is A COMPLETE LIFESAVER.
That’s why I asked the nice people at Bourjois if they’d team up with me to offer 10 sets of fast working nail treats for 10 lucky readers. 5 of their brilliant, new, quick-dry 1 Seconde Gel nail polishes (when it’s cold outside they really do, when it’s warm they take a few seconds longer). Plus: Magic Nail Polish Remover. Stick a nail into the remover-steeped foam inside, twirl around for a second or two and remove: nail clean. Since it launched a few weeks ago, one bottle has sold in the UK every 10 seconds.
It takes 2 simple steps to apply for this my first giveaway. 1) Post a comment on this blog (you only need to say ‘hello’ a test this isn’t). 2) Subscribe to this blog by email (so we can contact you by email to let you know you’re a lucky winner. There will be no sending of your details to a third party). The first 10 comments or hellos (spam and repeats will be politely ignored) will receive their Bourjois nail polishes and remover by post.
[Offer ends 11 July 2012 or when the first 10 eligible comments are chosen. Offer is open to those with a UK address.]
UPDATE – Thank you to all of you who entered. The first 10 eligible comments have been chosen and the lucky winners will have received their polishes. Sorry to those who didn’t win this time – keep your eye out for the occasional give-away I’ll be doing in the future. Thanks again to all my dear readers x