Beauty Blogs Backstage, featuring LiAnn of SparkleCrack Central
Good morning everyone! Further to our standard weekly 20 Questions feature, we have recently joined Beauty Blogs Backstage, which is a group organized by LiAnn of Sparklecrack Central. Each month, one member of the group will interview another member. And funnily enough, the first partner I was drawn with was none other than LiAnn herself. Check out the questions I posed to her below, and head on over here to see what she wanted to ask me (and see a picture of me in a funny hat)
1) You’re famed for your love of mineral make-up. What is it you find so appealing about these products?
I finally decided to try mineral makeup because it contained no preservatives, and thus would not ever go bad (unless I somehow mucked it up and introduced bacteria and moisture into a pot.) For someone who spent the bulk of her adult life buying various products only to use them twice or thrice, then have to pitch them years later because they smelled off or had separated…that was a -=big=- selling point. The bulk of my makeup is now a long-term investment rather than something that I have to pitch every six months to two years. I kept using MMU, and added to the collection (perhaps too much ), because the loose-powder format was just easier for me to use (application, blending, storage). It takes a bit of practice, but once I learned that I was very happy with loose powder mineral makeup.
2) Tell us about your one-year eye colour challenge, and how that’s working out for you.
So far, so good. My biggest problem is that I keep buying more colors, and throwing off my count! I started out the year with just under 900 pots. Now I’ve got 1350. (Part of that’s due to two of my favorite companies closing this same year, and my stocking up like crazy…but it really threw my count off.) I’m now almost at the point where, for the next three-and-a-half months, I’ll have to wear 4 or 5 colors every single day to make my deadline. I have enjoyed getting to know all the colors I have, challenging myself to use everything, finding new ways to blend and apply and combine colors. That’s why I started this, and I’ve succeeded.
3) What is your top make-up tip that you can share with our readers?
Don’t be afraid to change and experiment. If someone says that blue eyeshadow is tacky, tacky, tacky but you’ve got a real yen to wear it because you love the color – try it! If someone says that a certain blush will look great on you but you don’t think so…try it, and if it doesn’t look great, don’t wear it again. If you’re “a woman of a certain age” and think that you can’t wear anything that sparkles or shimmers because of your age…bah. Wear it if you want! When you want to stop wearing it because you don’t like the way it makes you look, stop. But it’s your face, it’s your decision. Don’t be afraid to change and experiment. Make your decisions for your reasons, not someone else’s.
4) What would a blog need to have or do in order to entice you to follow it?
I like blogs that entertain, teach, sound like a person rather than a PR rep, and don’t have soundtracks that autoplay. (I listen to my own music on my computer – and surf with multiple tabs – so it’s jarring to suddenly hear other music start up and then have to search to find which blog it’s coming from.)
5) What do you enjoy most about blogging?
I like doing research and sharing information with people, because 1) I learn things myself, that way; and 2) there are a lot of sources of partial or inaccurate information out there.
6) Would you rather be drunk amongst a crowd of sober people, or sober amongst of a group of drunk people?
Definitely the latter. A capful of wine cooler will flatten me – partially because I’ve never developed a tolerance for alcohol, partially because I’m epileptic and alcohol doesn’t play particularly well with my anticonvulsant meds. It does mean that a non-alcoholic beer (which isn’t, really) will give me a hellacious hangover and a week of seizures. Besides – if you’re the sober one, you’re able to act silly if you want, then take blackmail photos. No loss of mental control or fine motor coordination. It’s all about control and power.
7) Ninjas or pirates?
Dragons. (Archetypal embodiments of power and wisdom trump mortals of any stripe.)