BeautyView: Kate Duff, Co-Founder,

The concept behind has always fascinated me. As a frequent traveler, what better resource is there than this website that focuses on the beauty needs of those who have to abide by TSA rules more than a couple of times per week? Last week, over tea in a new West Village spot, I had the pleasure of getting to know Kate Duff, the website’s co-founder, a little better.

AP: What city were you born in? KD: Windsor, Ontario in Canada.

AP: What city to do you live in? KD: New York City.

AP: What is your middle name? KD: Elizabeth Claxton (Claxton being my grandmother’s middle name).

AP: What is your astrological sign? KD: Virgo.

AP: What is your favorite thing about the beauty industry? KD: That one product can change someone’s life! I also love the opportunity to help people look and feel their best. I’m also a sucker for the newest and greatest, and working in this industry gives me access to it!

AP: Least favorite thing. KD: Too much noise. A big part of is cutting out that noise.

AP: What is your most prized possession? KD: My photo albums. Everything else is replaceable.

AP: What is something about you most people don’t know? KD: Most people don’t know that I am bi-lingual. I went to a French immersion elementary school all the way through 8th grade. I had no English in school until high school!

AP: Do you wear a watch? If yes, what model? KD: Yes, usually, although not today. I have five Michael Kors watches.

AP: Diamonds or pearls? KD: Diamonds.

AP: If you could have dinner with the person of your choice, who would it be? KD: Hilary Clinton. I find her to be one of the most interesting and polarizing figures of our era.

AP: What is your secret to work/life balance? KD: I haven’t found it yet… Loving what I do helps, as I never feel like I am working.

AP: What are your three top tips for travel? KD: 1. Stay super moisturized on the plane. 2. Always pack socks when traveling (to go through security and to keep your feet warm in flight). 3. Always pack your shoes on the bottom of your suitcase.

AP: What is your favorite book? KD: I have so many… the one I have read the most is Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

AP: What is your cocktail of choice? KD: Red wine.

AP: What is your #1 beauty secret? KD: Drink as much water as possible.

AP: What fragrance do you wear? KD: Burberry Brit. I have worn it since I was 14!

AP: Botox or not? KD: Absolutely! But not too much!

AP: Hair color: natural or not? KD: Not. My hair color is the hair color I should have been born with.

AP: 3 songs on your ipod right now. KD: “Wild World” by Cat Stevens. “Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow” by Fleetwood Mac. “Beautiful” by One Direction. I also love books on tape.

AP: Quote to live by. KD: Perception is reality. And everything happens for a reason.

AP: Who is your mentor? KD: We are blessed with a group of mentors from Liberty Media WeCN Group.

AP: Words of advice for young women starting their careers today. KD: Take your natural talents and what you love to do and find a career path that blends the two. If you love what you do you will never work another day in your life. Going with the things you are naturally good at gives you the confidence to get out of your comfort zone.

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