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Our ever-so-pleasant, fab and trendy Glamourbox Contributor and former Editor-in-Chief of Chalk Magazine, Nana Caragay, gushes about her beauty and fashion tips and influences in Real People.

1. When did you start with publishing and what did you enjoy the most when you were EIC of Chalk?

My first job fresh out of college was as the editorial assistant of Chalk Magazine – I’d grown up reading magazines and always knew I wanted to work for one. That was back in ‘04, and in ’08, I became Chalk’s editor. Best part of the job was getting feedback from readers and students who would tell us that an article helped them or thank us for putting their crush on the cover. Feeling like you were genuinely able to touch people’s lives was a different high. 

2. Apart from being a writer, you are also a voice talent. How did you get into that?

In college, people at UP Mass Comm would tell me that I had a nice speaking voice and that I should consider trying radio after graduating. In the middle of working at Chalk, I thought, why not go for it? I sent out a CD of myself reading the newspaper out loud to a few stations, and months later, 99.5 HIT FM gave me a call saying they were looking for a newscaster. I decided I could juggle it with magazine work, which I did, and I loved it! But I had to give up the daily gig when I became Chalk’s editor in chief. Luckily, a friend I met in radio thought of me when he needed a female voice talent for a commercial. From there, I’ve gotten referrals for other gigs, like AVPs and live shows. I don’t think I could ever gather the guts to be a host, but getting to be the voice who introduces the host before coming on stage – that’s fun!   

3. What does your daily beauty regimen look like?

Thanks to working for a magazine, I have many, many beauty products for needs I never even knew existed. So my beauty regimen is… lengthy. In the morning, I skip washing my face but scrub it with a sponge. Then I put serum and eye cream, and if I’m going out, I’ll apply sunscreen, pore minimizer, and BB cream before doing makeup. At night, it’s even longer – I’ll wash my face, scrub it with a sponge, apply toner, exfoliate my lips with a lip scrub, put on lip balm, then I’ll do eye cream, moisturizer, and spot treat zits. And I put lotion on my hands and feet before sleeping. Told you it was long! Hahahaha =) 

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Getting interviewed by Chalk cover girl Megan Young at our Anniversary party

4. What’s your one beauty indulgence?

Manicures and pedicures! I can skip massages and body scrubs and spa treatments, but I don’t feel well-groomed unless I have perfectly painted fingers and toes.

5. Any beauty secret that you learned from your mom?

My mom, sister, and I used to go to the sauna together, spread hot oil throughout our hair, and apply baby oil on our bodies. After you’ve showered, you feel soft and moisturized all over!

6. What is/are your must-have beauty product(s)?

I can’t leave the house without lipstick, alcogel, perfume, and blotting paper.

7. Best beauty discovery from abroad?

I stock up on Neutrogena makeup whenever I’m in the States. Since the skincare line is already available here, I’m hoping they’ll bring in their makeup products soon!

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Great Wall of China Selfie!

8. What useful makeup trick(s) did you learn when you were working as EIC?

Another editor once advised me to use flesh-toned – not white! – eyeliner on the inner corners of your eyes and on your lower lids to open them up. It works! (Editor’s Note: Watch out for Pixi’s Eye Bright Liner in Nude in our online boutique!)

9. You love fashion and you are always attuned with the latest trends. If you were to raid someone’s closet, whose closet would it be and why?

I love the street style of Diane Kruger, Michelle Williams, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Rihanna. These women don’t dress at all alike, but they pull off whatever they’re wearing with confidence and ease. It would be nice to see what’s in their wardrobes!  

10. One word that best describes you?

Optimistic! =)