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Lydia Hawken



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About me

Freelance Beauty & Lifestyle Journalist

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  • Writing
  • Creative Writing
  • Blogger
  • Beauty Writing
  • Fashion Writing
  • CMS (wordpress
  • Editing
  • Time Management
  • Social Media
  • Sales

Work history


Contributing Beauty Writer


Aug 2017
  • Freelance
  • I am currently a Beauty Writer for Refinery29 UK, working on a freelance basis. My article, 'How Make-up Helps Me Deal with My Endometriosis', helped to raise awareness for a condition that is largely overlooked as well as tackling the stigma often attached to the beauty industry. My research involved speaking to other sufferers about their experiences and their consequent changing relationship with beauty. I became really interested in the notion of beauty as a means of ‘self-care’ in times of ill health and thereby approached two medical professionals for their insight into the psychology of this. As a result, the article was incredibly well received within the endometriosis community and beauty fans alike.


Beauty Intern

Shortlist Media

Mar 2017
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Internship
  • A fantastic experience which provided me with invaluable insight into the day-to-day running of my favourite weekly magazine. Stylist is created for the everyday, twenty-first century working woman and grapples with everything from beauty to fashion to feminism. My daily responsibilities as their Beauty Intern included: - filing press releases - keeping on top of the latest beauty launches as they arrive at the office - organising the magazine's beauty cupboard - contacting PR companies for samples for beauty features (specifically Stylist's famous 'Trends on Trial' page) - requesting high-resolution images to be included in the magazine (either catwalk beauty looks or stock images of products) - transcribing interviews to be used in features - my internship was when the annual Beauty Issue was being put together so there was the extra time restraint to transcribe quickly and accurately - keeping up to date with the Stylist beauty email - sorting through the Beauty Editorial team calendar, forwarding invitation requests, and updating the Beauty calendar - helping choose appropriate beauty products to be included in magazine shoots


Promotions Intern

Shortlist Media

Jun 2017 - Jun 2017
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Internship
  • Following my internship at Stylist magazine's beauty desk, I was asked to help out with their Best Beauty awards. I was allocated the task of uploading all the information regarding each product that had been nominated and transferring it onto their website. Moreover, my knowledge of the beauty brands and products nominated made the task much easier as I was able to quickly identify brands from descriptions and imagery. My role involved: - sorting through 950 products worth of information - using Wordpress to log all the products - choosing the best imagery to accompany the nominations -working quickly and efficiently to deadline - gaining knowledge of CMS in a short time frame


Lifestyle Editor

The Wessex Scene

Sep 2016 - Jun 2017
  • Southampton, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • Writing and editing weekly lifestyle content for the University of Southampton's student newspaper, Wessex Scene. My work for the Wessex Scene allows me to pursue my interest in Fashion, Beauty, Lifestyle, and, at times, Political Journalism. As the Deputy Lifestyle Editor of the University of Southampton’s student newspaper, my role involves recruiting new student writers, holding writer’s meetings, and editing their work. Thus far, the 'Long Distance Love' series has been my greatest success as I have recruited new student journalists to write about their experience in Long Distance Relationships and Friendships in the millennial age.



BA English Literature

University of Southampton

Sep 2015
  • Southampton, United Kingdom
  • Studying English Literature at the University of Southampton has allowed a lot of freedom in choosing particular areas of literature that interest me as well as experimenting with other modules in other faculties. For instance, in my three years, I have taken a Feminist Film module, a Humanities Non-Fiction Writing option for students with an interest in journalism, as well as a teaching placement where I worked as a teaching assistant in a local school, working with Year Four children and running a book club based on Roald Dahl's 'Matilda'. However, the University also catered for my interests in both the works of Jane Austen and creative writing which I combined in my dissertation. 'An Austen Life' is based on one character's response to 'Pride & Prejudice' throughout her life which I reflected in three short stories, each based within fifteen years of each other, and shows my protagonist engaging with the text in different ways as she ages.