Meet Our Team
Dear shoppers and readers,
Thanks for taking the time to know about the Lady and Beard Team.
We are a team of seasoned and talented makeup & beauty professionals. Every member is carefully selected to ensure that they improve the overall experience of our valued clients with us.
The Lady and Beard team is committed to offering the best and honest reviews on the beauty and makeup products available on the market.
Hope you enjoy reading our advice and product reviews on different skincare, haircare, and makeup products.
We’d love to show you who works at Lady and Beard.
John Ward (Editor)
John Ward is the editorial director of Lady and Beard. Before joining Lady and Beard, Elinor spent time traveling the world due to his jobs with many renowned fashion and beauty magazines.
He graduated in Beauty and Cosmetic from MAKE UP FOR EVER Academy NYC. After college, Ward landed in the beauty closet at his first job, where he spent three years learning the editorial things.
Elinor Ward has worked in the makeup and beauty industry for six years. He has worked as an editor for many prestigious fashion magazines in the USA and UK.
He has worked with many prestigious salons, including MM Salon and Paul Brown Salon, where he earned a lot of experience and expertise. Having accomplished a wealth of experience and knowledge, he eventually decided to become self-employed.
He started his own salon – Lady and Beard – where he developed an excellent reputation with an ever-growing client base.
Over time, Ward decided to turn his dream and passion into reality. Together with his team, Ward started this blog about 6 years ago. He is passionate about testing products and writing detailed reviews, thus helping shoppers make the right purchase decision.
The resounding success of the blog has surpassed the expectations and imagination of Ward, with a growing number of people visiting his blog every day.
Originally from Manhattan, Ward is all familiar with scraping the barrel at month ends. When he is not editing, you can find Ward doing yoga, doing salsa, or traveling.
Abbey Smith (Product Reviewer)
As a product review assistant at Lady and Beard, Abbey Smith covers the best products and deals on skincare, haircare, beauty, and makeup. She is a longtime product reviewer, tester, and writer for beauty and lifestyle.
Abbey’s eye for detail, expertise and knowledge helps her come with perfect and honest reviews, helping shoppers buy the right products for them.
She’s a graduate of Syracuse University’s school of journalism. Following her graduation, derived by her passion for the beauty industry, she pursued Diploma in Comprehensive Facial & Makeup and course in Comprehensive Facial & Makeup from the Beauty Schools Of America.
Prior to starting at Lady and Beard, Hughes worked in product development and customer experience for many fashion start-ups. Previously, she worked as Beauty Editor at USA TODAY’s Reviewed and has covered lifestyle and travel trends for publications like The Boston Globe and The New York Times.
She has also worked with Vanity Fair Magazine Editorial Intern. In the organization, she gained experience transcribing interviews with many renowned makeup artists and beauty other bloggers. She assisted editors in coming up with unique and fresh ideas for the blog.
Hughes is one of the friendliest product reviewers you will mee. She is committed to providing all blog visitors with outstanding product reviews and helps make everyone look beautiful every day.
Hughes always goes out of the way to come up with excellent product reviews to ensure real and genuine information on the blog. Hard-working, well-organized and focused, Hughes is a real asset to our team.
On the weekends, she is usually found window shipping, easting pasta, cozying up with her furry friend PUPU, and tasting wines.
Claire Lalonde (Product Reviewer)
Born and raised in Boston, Claire Lalonde developed her passion for the world of makeup and beauty creating an unmatched ability for skincare and hair care. She is a superb stylist and specializes in many advanced hair and skincare techniques.
With a noble aim to help people differentiate good quality products from inferior ones, Lalonde decided to join Lady and Beard as a product tester and reviewer. Her biggest satisfaction comes in every happy customer who buys a product recommended by Lady and Beard.
Lalonde’s passion and love for the makeup industry led her to complete her internships at Luxe Beauty Pros.
Her experience and knowledge fuelled her interest in pursuing Certificate in Cosmetology and Certificate in Spa Therapy from Beauty Schools of America in USA.
Lalonde has always worked alongside her education to gain hands-on experience with everything she learned. That’s how she has become an expert at product testing and reviews. Her reviews cover a wide range of makeup, skincare, and hair care products.
After making a move to New York, Lalonde started building her awesome portfolio. She eventually signed with a startup make-up agency. She had her first big break when Elle magazine booked her to work with top models.
Lalonde worked together with many top models on several more shoots. Impressed by her work, many notable personalities hired her as a personal beauty and makeup assistant.
Her impeccable work has appeared on the pages of top British, American and French magazines. Lalonde has also worked with many popular photographers on their shoots. Finally, she joined Lady and Beard with a purpose to utilize her knowledge to help people buy the best products according to their unique needs.
At Lady and Beard, she worked in coordination with other team members to come with reviews tested personally.
When not reviewing products, you can find Claire lounging with her lovely family, cooking and traveling. She is a huge fan of Netflix and pizzas!
We love our work!
Lady and Beard is extremely fortunate to have our hardworking and talented members to assist, support and welcome our audience.
We constantly strive to improve our customers’ experience salon for all our clients.