20 Questions with The Trace Face Philes
Today’s blogger is Traci, from The Trace Face Philes. A relative newcomer to the blogging world, Traci is a blogger with a real passion for nail varnish. If you like your blogs with tons of photos and enthusiasm then Traci is definitely someone you should be following! I also love the fact that she describes herself as ”a 30-something dog mom who has diagnosed herself with PHD or Polish Hoarder Disorder” Check out her blog here
1) Why did you start your blog?
I started blogging to be a part of a community that shared my passion for nail polish.
2) How long have you been blogging for?
I started my blog late March of 2011.
3) What do you enjoy most about blogging?
The friends I have made and the awesome people I have “met”. I now have friends all over the world, and its great because they love the same things I do…nail polish and blogging! I have been doing swaps with many of them, and thanks to them I have some really awesome brands and colors that I probably would have never had a chance to get otherwise!
4) What frustrates you most about blogging?
DEFINITELY the competition, the cattyness, and the jealousy. Although I have met many wonderful, genuine women in this community, I have had my share of nasty, spiteful and mean women too. Its a real shame that women can get so crazy over nail polish. I feel like we should all support one another’s blogs and enjoy the variety of all the blogs. I never liked the “big blogger” mentality that gives them the attitude that they are somehow better than new bloggers. We all were new at one point, we should embrace new bloggers. What makes someone’s blog unique is what makes them great! I think these so called big blogger rules are silly, and people should just use common sense, kindness, respect, and courtesy instead.
5) How much time a week do you spend on your blog / reading other people’s blogs?
A few hours every day!
6) What advice do you have for aspiring beauty bloggers?
I say GO FOR IT! I welcome newbies, I enjoy helping them as well. I love to see people learn and grow and become successful. I also think that if you want to do something unique or different with your blog, do it! Don’t worry about what anyone else is going to think, be yourself and do what makes YOU happy!
7) What other hobbies/interests do you have?
I am a dog lover, I also love photography and traveling.
8 ) How many bottles of nail varnish do you own?
Approximately 1000, perhaps more depending on how much I have going on in swaps/sales/giveaways at the time! LOL
9) Do you set yourself a shopping budget, or do you purchase on an as-and-when basis?
Oh no, I saw many of my friends attempt a “No Buy July” and failed miserably! July was an awesome month for me, I found A TON of polishes that were on my wishlist for great prices. If I was on this restriction I would have really missed out!
10) What is your favourite make-up brand, and why?
Even though I am REALLY into nail polish, I am not into make-up. I use a variety of common drugstore brands like Cover Girl, Hard Candy, etc. I do favor Mary Kay powder though!
11) Do you ever leave the house without wearing make-up?
I work from home, so on the days I am not going anywhere I dont wear any. When I do leave the house, depending on where I am going/what I am doing will determine how much I wear. Most times I will at least put on some powder and eyeliner, but overall I am not one for a lot of make-up.
12) What is your favourite beauty product and why?
Is it terrible if I dont have one? LOL
13) What is your favourite nail varnish of all time? (yep, only one!)
OPI DS Original.
14) Tell us about the best holiday you’ve ever been on.
When I was a kid we used to go to Ocean City Maryland, its my favourite beach!
15) What would be your ideal day off?
Sleeping in, then enjoying some gorgeous weather, receiving lots of awesome nail mail, then relaxing with the BF and my dog by the fire with some pumpkin ale.
16) What is your favourite TV show?
I have a few, but one I really grew to like is Rescue Me with Denis Leary. I am not a fan of him in general, which made me skeptical of the show. But the more episodes I see, the more I am hooked!
17) What music do you enjoy listening to?
METAL and rock!
18) What is your favourite food?
Seafood! Clams, lobster and crab are my top choices!
19) Where would you most like to visit in the world? (money no object)
I would just travel to all of the countries that my new nail polish friends reside in! I would meet up with them and GO SHOPPING for nail polish of course!! LOL
20) Tell us a secret…
My nickname as a child was Trace Face. My family and many of my friends call me Trace for short now. But sometimes I still get called Face. Its not really a “secret” but its the meaning behind my blog name.
Thanks, Traci! If you have a blog, and would like to participate in 20 Questions, please drop us an emial ot the usual address.