Today’s blogger is Julie from Musings of a Make-up Maniac. I like Julie’s blog as not only does she have great product reviews (and frequent Sephora packages from her sister in Canada), there are also some nice lifestyle articles and general thoughts and articles. Lovely. Check her out here!
1) Why did you start your blog?
I started my blog because I was really bored during the summer when my friends were away. I had been following a few blogs and watching loads of tutorials and videos on Youtube and its something that really interest me. One day I just decided to write a blogpost and see how it went from there!
2) How long have you been blogging for?
I’ve been blogging since the end of July 2010. I would really miss it if I stopped doing it for some reason.
3) What do you enjoy most about blogging?
I love the community feel about it, but everyone’s really supportive and kind; and comments and feedback really encourage me to continue and keep my passion for it alive! And I love the fact that blogging links with other things, like Youtube and Twitter. It means that you can talk to more people, get different ideas and enjoy it more!
4) What frustrates you most about blogging?
Sometimes people can be a bit bitchy or give backhanded compliments. And it can be annoying when you know people are only commenting on your blog so you will look at theirs or follow it! Other than those small things I think its a really positive place, and everyones so encouraging!
5) How much time a week do you spend on your blog / reading other people’s blogs?
I spend ages looking at blogs and updating mine. I usually update my blog every second day but I would go onto blogger everyday to read others and see what everyone else is up to! If I go away for a while I always miss reading everything and have to have a marathon blog reading session when I get back!
6) What advice do you have for aspiring beauty bloggers?
I would say more than anything be yourself, there’s nothing worse than seeing a blog that’s an exact copy of another! If you comment on other peoples blog, showing a genuine interest; they should do the same for you! It’s really important that you don’t fake an interest in someone’s blog and then leave your blog link, its completely see through and can really annoy people. I think we all go through a phase of doing it, but after people stop they get a lot more followers, cause it’s just annoying, especially if the person isn’t even following you!
7) What other hobbies/interests do you have?
I love listening to music, drawing, writing and going out with my friends. I love being on my own too!
8 ) How many bottles of nail varnish do you own?
Oooh not that many actually, maybe 20-25?!
9) Do you set yourself a shopping budget, or do you purchase on an as-and-when basis?
Ha, this is a really bad question for me. I get paid every week and the day I get paid I usually spend at least half of it. I’m not much of a shopper in shops, I hate the manic feeling there so I usually buy most of the stuff I want on the internet. I try to set myself a budget, but it never seems to work!
10) What is your favourite make-up brand, and why?
I really love Laura Mercier. While MAC has such gorgeous coloured lipsticks and eyeshadows, LM’s skincare and face products are beautiful. Their products are such great quality and their lipsticks are lovely too! I love it!
11) Do you ever leave the house without wearing make-up?
No! Very rarely, my cheeks are quite red and I’d be self-conscious of it, especially if its too hot or cold. If I left the house without make up, I would feel really bad about myself!
12) What is your favourite beauty product and why?
That’s a tough one, I love foundation as it helps give you flawless looking skin and I love lipstick too!
13) What is your favourite nail varnish of all time? (yep, only one!)
Oh wow..That’s so unfair..If I really had to choose it would probably be Eyeko’s Posh Polish..I love it!
14) Tell us about the best holiday you’ve ever been on
I went to New York a few years ago with my mum and sister which was amazing and I went to Dubai over the summer last year, which was unbelievable..It’s such a stunning place and the shopping is unreal..The extravagance and beauty of the malls and public places is gorgeous too!
15) What would be your ideal day off?
Not doing much, I love having a bath, reading a book, having a really nice lunch or dinner and catching up on blogs!
16) What is your favourite TV show?
I don’t watch a lot of tv! But I like One Tree Hill and 24, even though its over..
17) What music do you enjoy listening to?
I have a really varied taste in music, I love anything from Michael Buble, to Gin Wigmore to Billy Joel. I don’t really like “popular” or current music or rap or dance..
18) What is your favourite food?
I love pastas and shepherds pies…I like most foods really..!
19) Where would you most like to visit in the world? (money no object)
I would love to go back to Dubai again..I’d also love to see India cause I love the idea of the culture there and the beauty of it!
20) Tell us a secret…
I have a fear of noses..They really really freak me out. Everyone slags me about it all the time, but they just scare me! And no one apart from my best friend knows about this blog!
Thanks Julie! Remember, if you have a blog and would like to participate in 20 Questions then just send us an email to the usual address!