BYRDIE BEAUTY'S EMILY ALGAR
Don't get too jealous of Emily Algar whilst reading this article because this lady is one of the Journalists behind Byrdie Beauty Australia. Emily proves that hard work really does pay off and oh it will get you a dream worthy beauty cabinet. And if like myself you have always been considering Rationale then let Emilys glowing skin convince you even more that you need to get involved...
TSB: WHAT DID YOU STUDY AT UNIVERSITY AND WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST ROLE STRAIGHT OUT OF UNI?
EMILY: I grew up in Nelson Bay, and went to the University of Newcastle where I studied a Bachelor of Communication, majoring in Journalism and Public Relations. I interned A LOT through Uni at various magazines and PR agencies, often travelling six hours to and from Sydney on the train in a single day—it was rough. Towards the end of my degree, I started interning with Sigourney Cantelo at her website Beauticate. When my degree wrapped up, she offered me the role of beauty writer and editorial coordinator, and that was how I got my start (which I am eternally grateful for)! I was there for two years before I started at my current role, writer and producer at Byrdie. I’ve now been here for a little over a year.
TSB: DID YOU ALWAYS WANT TO WRITE ABOUT BEAUTY?
EMILY: Yes! I always wanted to be a writer (how cliché), and beauty felt like the perfect fit. Ever since I started working at 14 years old, I’ve never had a job not in the beauty industry. That being said, I love producing content around health, wellness, lifestyle, and travel too.
TSB: WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT WORKING FOR BYRDIE BEAUTY?
EMILY: There’s so many things to love! Its such an incredible brand, and I’m so proud of all the content we produce. I also work with an amazing network of smart women, both at Byrdie, and across our wider business and publisher, Allure Media. Also, I’m surrounded by beauty products all day, every day—it’s a dream.
TSB: WHAT DOES AN AVERAGE DAY INVOLVE?
EMILY: In all honesty, every working day is different. For example, today I had six meetings and only an hour of desk time! Other days, I’ll be at my desk all day, which is glorious because I’m able to write stories, plan content, clear my inbox, and sort through the piles of beauty products that amass around my desk. Other days, I’m attending product launches (fun), or interviewing experts and celebrities (even more fun). I guess an average day is a combination of all the above. Outside of work, I try and squeeze in some exercise, either yoga or barre before I head to the office, or an F45 class after. I’m usually in bed by 10 p.m. too—I need eight hours of sleep or I’m a rubbish human the next day (also, I don’t drink really coffee, so sleep is important).
TSB: WHATS YOUR MORNING ROUTINE?
EMILY: I wake up early, and the first thing I do is drink my potions, lol. It’s one big glass of water with liquid chlorophyll and apple cider vinegar, and another with The Beauty Chef Glow Powder, and Vida Glow Greens Powder. Sometimes I take a probiotic as well. I wake up craving it—I have a low-key supplement obsession. As far as skin, I rise my face with warm water (no cleanser), and pat on the Rationale Immunologist Serum, the Super Antioxidant Serum, the Immunologist Day Cream, and the Superfluid B3-T Sunscreen. If I’m puffy, I’ll use my Venustus Rose Quartz Roller under my eyes. Makeup is usually basic, seeing as I’m always flying out the door: It Cosmetics CC Cream in Medium, Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, Benefit Precisely My Brow, either Nars, Chantecaille, By Rosie Jane, or Milk Makeup blush, RMS Living Luminizer, and mascara (Benefit They’re Real, Too Faced Better Than Sex, L’Oreal Paradise, and Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir are my favourites). I also always set my makeup with the MAC Fix + Spray, That stuff is magic. I usually just use Lanolips 101 Ointment on my lips, but keep Chanel, Dior, and Kosas nude lippies in my bag. My hair is Oribe Texturising Spray, and David Mallet Australian Salt Spray—that’s it!
TSB: WHAT DOES YOUR NIGHT TIME REGIME LOOK LIKE?
EMILY: It’s quite simple! I cleanse with my Rationale Ceramide Cleanser, and will use a little Bioderma Sensibio Micellar Water if I have extra makeup on. Then, I press in Rationale Catalyst Serum, Vitner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum (about four nights a week), and the Rationale DNA Cream. I’ll sometimes use Dr. Barbara Sturm’s exfoliant or hyaluronic serum if my skin needs a little TLC, too. I use Lano 101 Ointment before bed on my lips, and hand cream if I’m dry (I like Rodin and L’Occitane). Oh, I use Lush Sleepy Body Lotion every night as well. It’s magic and the smell is heaven. It really winds me down.
TSB: WHAT ARE SOME PRODUCTS YOU BUY OVER AND OVER AGAIN?
EMILY: I mean, I should probably take out shares in It Cosmetics, I go through that much of their CC Cream. I was recently in New York, and bought three tubes because my shade is notoriously hard to get here in Australia (it’s that popular).
# Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer is another. It really lives up to the hype. I buy it all the time from Mecca in various shades (Custard and Ginger are my go-to’s).
# My Rationale Skincare! It changed my skin, and I can’t live without it now!
# RMS Living Luminzer is another, although it takes a really long time to finish it, so I actually haven’t had to repurchase yet.
# I’ve gone through four tubes of Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara in my lifetime, too.
# Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray is the only hair product that actually completely works and does wonderful things. It’s expensive but worth it.
# Lanolips 101 Ointment because my lips would suffer miserably without it.
Also, The Beauty Chef Glow Powder. I just love it.
TSB: WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR BIGGEST PINCH ME MOMENT SO FAR?
EMILY: I’ve definitely had a few, and I’m sure there’s more to come! But I’ve met and worked with some really incredible people, like Jen Atkin, Dr. Barbara Sturm, Zoe Foster Blake, and Miranda Kerr. I also get a huge rush when I get a DM on IG from someone telling me they bought a product based upon my recommendation and loved it—it’s a really nice feeling. I’m also in the middle of our annual Byrdie Beauty Awards. It’s a mammoth task, and when that goes live in the coming months, it will be an especially proud moment!
TSB: WHAT THE BEST CAREER ADVICE YOU'VE BEEN GIVEN?
EMILY: A previous editor told me to trust my intuition more. It’s hard when starting out. I really doubted myself and my ability to make decisions. Once I let that sink in, I gained a lot more confidence in myself as a journalist.
TSB: WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE FOR ANYONE LOOKING TO GET INTO JOURNALISM?
Hmm, be prepared and persistent! Prepared to upskill, and take on tasks that are outside of what one might conceive as traditional journalism. I talk to so many students and interns who just want to write all day long. Of course, there’s a lot of writing involved, but there’s also elements of graphic design, networking, shooting, liaising, social media, admin, and planning. Also, be persistent with applying for jobs, beauty especially! Positions are few and far between. Interning and networking will be your biggest allies. It really is hugely determined by who you know when it comes to journalism and publishing. Once you have a foot in the door, it becomes so much easier to move laterally within the industry. Also, never burn a bridge or badmouth. Everyone knows everyone!
Interview by Stevie Ford & Images via. Emily Algar Instagram