Since Rihanna is the queen of everything, I often find myself spending way too much time pondering her Snapchats, wondering why her stories are always so entertaining to watch. There was the time she was dancing in a nondescript kitchen while cooking dinner in a strappy velvet gown. Or the time she handed out Chanel, Fendi, and other high-designer items to her family and friends as gifts. Those moments alone made me pull out the popcorn.
Then, it hit me: Rihanna doesn't run her own account, her best friends do! And it's actually the best move for anyone on Snapchat. Who knows you better than the friends who have seen you at your best, your worst, and your most vulnerable? They know what lighting makes you look great, what will prompt a good reaction from you, and although they don't make it known, they know all of your funny quirks that followers are dying to see (OK, dying might be an extreme term, but you know what I mean).
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That's when I realized that I needed to get someone to capture me on Snapchat from a perspective other than my own. Since I sit next to fellow Sweet editor, Chantal Strasburger (@chantagold), for at least 9 hours a day, she's pretty much my work BFF, so she agreed to take on the task of Snapping on my behalf.
Want to know what it's like to have your best friend run your Snapchat account? Keep reading! (Then try it yourself, maybe?)
Truth No. 1: You Get All of the Compliments
I see the effects of Chantal's takeover immediately after she posts the first round of snaps. One friend tells me how funny I'm being that day, while another just simply responds to every single snap with one phrase: LOL.
Not only am I racking up direct messages, I'm also experiencing the rare joy of having people text me their praise of my—I mean Chantal's—snaps.
So, if you find yourself in need of a little ego boost, hand your phone to the nearest willing participant, and see what happens.
Truth No. 2: You Need to Express Yourself
Welcome to my daily life. Looks glam, doesn't it?
I like to capture the different things in my life that are important—like my job, for one—but I still get questions from strangers and friends saying, "So what is it that you actually do?" Well, Chantal helps me tell that story! (BTW, I write stories, like the one you're reading right now and I learn about products, skin-care, and makeup tricks so you don't have to do the research yourself!)
Swatching is a lifestyle.
I swatch and test items on a daily basis, but since I don't have four hands, it can be hard to show one of the most exciting things I get to do. Personally, I love seeing people engage with the things they're most passionate about, and it's nice to see myself immersed in my work. Either I need to grow two more hands or I need to come up with clever ways to show off my hard work. Maybe this is something Chantal can help with, too…
Truth No. 3: You Notice Your Habits
It takes seeing my Diet Coke addiction in action to finally quit cold turkey.
This might shine a harsh light on some things you don't want to know about yourself, but I like getting the chance to see myself from another perspective. Usually, I snap self-deprecating things about my everlasting love for Diet Coke, but seeing myself at the cafeteria soda machine is funny and eye-opening. Even my mom notices, because of course she does.
I know I said I might quit this bubbly kick, but, you know, it's hard to let go of the ones you love. But at least I'm aware of it, right?
Truth No. 4: You Need to Be Creative
Chantal transforms my typical "I'm going to lunch" snap into an artistic masterpiece that is definitely going on my wall. One friend says she wants this as her lockscreen and I realize that I should make more use of the cool effects Snapchat has to offer—especially if it can help to brighten someone's day and provide a solid 10 seconds of escapism.
She even makes the terrible mess of beauty products on my desk (aka my hoard pile) look wonderful. It's a reminder to see the, dare I say it, beauty in my surroundings, which is a lovely way to look at the world.