Good morning, everyone and welcome to the first 20 Questions segment of 2011! Kicking us off for the year is a blogger I have wanted to have in this feature for ages. Jerlene (who twitter fans will know as MusicalHouses) runs Of Faces and Fingers which is I think is one of the best researched and well presented blogs around. I love the fact that she combines both Western and Asian products and tips, and all her posts are well written, well photographed and in great detail. Check her out here!
1) Why did you start your blog?
I had just moved to the UK from the US when I started my blog, and some of my US friends who were into makeup (like me) wanted to see photos etc of UK makeup. So I started my blog doing swatches of UK makeup brands. So colour-accuracy is a BIG part of my blog for me. I’m positively anal-retentive over colour-accuracy on my blog. It’s may not be 100%, but as close as I can get!
2) How long have you been blogging for?
Over a year. I don’t consider myself a veteran by any means!
3) What do you enjoy most about blogging?
I like everything about it. I enjoy writing, taking photos, and I’m really into make-up and nail polish, so I really enjoy every aspect of it. It’s a perfect amalgamation of my various interests into one outlet. I’ve also really enjoyed interacting with people I wouldn’t otherwise have met through blogging.
4) What frustrates you most about blogging?
Too many ideas, not enough time. Between work, blogging, and family and friends, I’m stretched out very thin.
5) How much time a week do you spend on your blog / reading other people’s blogs?
I used to read a LOT more when I started, like almost everyday. But now I’ve been a lot busier, so I catch up on reading in the weekends.
6) What advice do you have for aspiring beauty bloggers?
Don’t do it for free stuff, money or for followers – if you do, I can tell you right now you’ll be sorely disappointed! I’m not making any money from my blog. At all. Also, try to improve your writing style, and the quality and colour-accurateness of your photos. If you blog well, the rest will follow.
7) What other hobbies/interests do you have?
I like reading, writing, and music.
8 ) How many bottles of nail varnish do you own?
About 100+ but less than 200. I haven’t counted in awhile though, so the figure could be a bit outdated!
9) Do you set yourself a shopping budget, or do you purchase on an as-and-when basis?
I used to do it on an as-and-when basis, but as with any obsession it’s easy to let it get out of control. Now I try not to buy too much, although I’ll readily admit that I still have enough makeup and nail polish to last me my lifetime, my kids’ lifetimes, and my grandkids’ lifetimes…What can I say, it’s an obsession!
10) What is your favourite make-up brand and why?
I don’t have one. Every brand has its hits and misses, so there isn’t one brand that I think is better than all the rest. I have favourite brands for specific makeup items (e.g. eyeshadows, eyeliners, lipsticks), but I don’t have a favourite brand overall.
11) Do you ever leave the house without wearing make-up?
Yes, of course! I’m a big believer in being comfortable in your own skin and being happy regardless of what you’re wearing. So if I’ve painted my entire face with blue pigment, I’m happy and if I step out wearing no make-up at all, I’m also happy.
12) What is your favourite beauty product and why?
Coming from a sleep-deprived standpoint, I’m going to say sleep…I REALLY feel the difference in my skin when I have enough sleep. 😛 That, and clean living (no copious amounts of alcohol, no excessive smoking, no drugs, blah blah blah), and sunscreen. I know they aren’t beauty products per se, but they’re very strong preventative measures, and I think as beauty bloggers we tend to get so caught up in the hype of beauty products we tend to forget our basics sometimes. But in terms of beauty products, I really love a kick-ass bright lip. The right shade really brightens up your face without looking overdone.
13) What is your favourite nail varnish of all time? (yep, only one!)
Oh man, can I say a magical polish that changes colour into whatever I want it to be at that moment? 😛 I don’t know. Maybe GOSH Holographic. I love how it looks on.
14) Tell us about the best holiday you’ve ever been on.
I can’t just name one, there are so many fantastic places out there. I think I’m going to go with Orlando, Florida because it has awesome shopping (two outlet malls), lots of theme parks(I LOVE rollercoasters), nice weather, and the restaurants are open late at night.
15) What would be your ideal day off?
I’d sleep in, curl up with a book, and order all my meals in. Yeah, I’m lazy like that.
16) What is your favourite TV show?
The Simpsons! I think I’ve watched every episode, if not almost every episode. I’m a Simpsons nerd! I also really like My Name Is Earl.
17) What music do you enjoy listening to?
I listen to almost anything, but I’ve been huge longtime fans of both Christina Aguilera and Vanessa Carlton. I also like Lady Gaga’s music.
18) What is your favourite food?
It depends if I’m in the mood for something sweet or something salty. If it’s sweet, chocolate. If it’s salty, potato chips/crisps are great.
19) Where would you most like to visit in the world? (money no object)
I don’t know. I’d probably visit all the theme parks in the world and ride all their rollercoasters!
20) Tell us a secret…
I’m too scared to wear blue eyeshadow. I’ve tried, but blue just looks awful on me 🙁
Thank you, Jerlene! Remember, if you have a blog and would like to participate in 20 Questions, please send us an email to the usual address.