Tell us about yourself and how/why you started Belles Boutique?

 

I’m Laura and I’m a 25 year old beauty enthusiast currently working full time as an air stewardess. I have a huge passion for all things beauty and have been writing my beauty blog for fours years.

 

For as long as I can remember I’ve been pretty obsessed with the beauty industry, but after studying beauty therapy at college, I decided that I wanted to do something slightly less hands on and more behind the scenes. At the time, I was reading quite a few beauty blogs; my favourite being Milly from Pearls and Poodles and decided that I would start my own as a new years resolution, which having never kept to one before has turned out to be something quite fantastic for me.

 

What areas of beauty have your readers come to know you for?

 

I think the area of beauty that my readers have come to know me for is definitely make-up, with a huge focus on lipstick. I’ve built up quite the collection and my lipstick posts always seem to go down pretty well with my readers.

 

What are your favourite things to write about and why?

 

Lipstick reviews are probably my ultimate favourite and I love putting together swatch posts of new collections. It’s always exciting to write about new beauty launches, especially if there’s a buzz surrounding them, but when it’s a product or collection that I’m genuinely really excited about, it’s so much more fun to share.

 

Can you share some of your go to brands across nails, skin, hair and make-up?

 

My go to brands vary so much but at the moment for nails I’m absolutely loving Mavala polishes. You get just the right amount of product per bottle and their price point is great for switching it up through different trends. In terms of skincare, at the moment my regime mostly consists of REN, Origins and Clarins. Having the opportunity to try so many new products, I never really find myself sticking to one skincare brand. For hair, I really love Bumble and Bumble as an overall brand, they have so many different ranges to suit everyone, although the Surf range is probably my favourite. Asking a beauty blogger what their favourite make up brand isn’t fair, I can’t choose! Okay, I’m really enjoying Bobbi Brown and Laura Mercier at the moment, although MAC always get it right for me. In terms of a drug store brand, I can’t get enough of Bourjois.

 

What would you say you invest more time on in terms of your overall look?

 

I definitely think that I invest more time in my make up over anything else, although I’m desperately trying to spend more time on my skincare regime as once that’s perfect, I hopefully won’t need to spend so much time on my base.

 

What are the most important things you’ve learnt has a beauty writer?

 

As a beauty writer, I’ve definitely learnt that what works for me, might not work for you. As far as reviews go, you should buy something because you genuinely want to try it and think it will work for you, not just because it’s massively raved about. I try my very best not to fall for “hyped” products because I’ve been left disappointed so many times and with that in mind, I’m always honest with my readers as so many products, particularly skincare are subjective to different ages/skin types etc.

 

 Care to share your biggest beauty no-no?

 

My biggest no-no’s have got to be foundation lines and harsh, unblended areas- blending is key! Oh and I have a bit of a thing about bad cuticles which stems back to my beauty therapy days!

 

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Tell me a bit about yourself?

My names Hayley from Beauty Rambles, I’m 22 and a beauty addict who has a penchant for a new nail colour and a pink lip. I love finding new products and brands whilst losing afternoons tapping away new content for my blog.

Why did you start Beauty Rambles and what inspired the name?

I started my blog simply because I had a-lot of time on my hands. At the beginning of last year I took really ill, and was practically housebound so decided to be positive and constructive and hey ho presto- BeautyRambles was born. The name was pretty much based on my nature: I love all aspects of beauty and can chat away for hours; so that’s where the rambles part comes in.

What are your go-to beauty products and brands?

I think the basis of all beauty is skincare. I think if you get that right then everything else will fit into place. So, good skincare: then a good base and you’ll be away. Mavala for nails; I love that the 5ml pots are just enough to update your nail wardrobe without making a dent in your bank balance. Although I always pick up more than I should, I can’t walk away with just one bottle of colour goodness!

What would you say you invest more time on skincare, haircare or make-up and why?

Definitely my skincare regime. Partly because that’s my problem area; like I said earlier- if you get your skincare right, I think the rest will follow. My hair is pretty neglected unfortunately: I love a topknot far too much!

Beauty wise how would you describe your default day to day look?

Definitely nude make up. So a clear complexion, a pop of pink on the cheeks- a taupe based eye and a pink lip – a blush shade for day and fuchsia for evening! Topped with lashings of mascara.

What’s your biggest beauty no-no?

A foundation tide line. I can’t think of anything worse- either get a proper foundation match or blend like hell.. I’d rather be bare faced that have that dreaded line.

What has been the best piece of advice you’ve been given in terms of style and beauty?

This is a tough one. Although my granddad always says: ‘A little bit of powder a little bit of paint cannot make a lady something that she ain’t.’ So that’s a pretty good line- be true to yourself, and let your natural beauty shine through. Not bad coming from an 88 year old I guess.

Who are your style icons and why?

I love Emma Watson- her style and her make-up is always flawless. I think she is really on trend but classic at the same time- definitely my kind of girl!

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 Tell us about yourself and how/why you started Beauty Junkie London?

I’m Jen, I’m twenty-something and live in London. By day I work in social media and the rest of the time I’m a blogger!

I came up with the idea of starting A Beauty Junkie in London during a bit of a bored moment at work in my previous job. I wanted to do something that would give me more of a creative outlet that I was missing at the time and decided beauty would be ideal as it had always been something I’d been obsessed with.

You’ve amassed quite a following since you started. What do you think it is that has readers coming back?

Blogging has changed so much over the years but the one thing that’s always been a constant on my blog is my opinion. I’ll always be totally honest about something when writing about it – so I think this makes people want to come back and read more! That and that I try not to take it too seriously!

What are your favourite things to write about and why?

Ooh, that’s a tough one – my favourite thing to write about is whatever item or trend has been getting me really excited recently. I love a good palette, a gorgeous blusher or a pretty nail colour. So overall I do love to write about make-up as a thing that comes across best on the blog – but my other passion is skincare, which I love to cover but this does tend to be more subjective than some other beauty items. Basically anything that has caught my attention and made me excited to blog about!

What are your go-to brands?

I have different go-to brands for different things, but generally – Bobbi Brown for complexion (foundation/concealers), MAC for lipsticks, Skin – has to be Origins without a doubt. Hair – Bumble and Bumble and Phyto are my current go-to brands. For nails, I adore the Mavala base coat!

What would you say you invest more time in in terms of your overall look?

I’m a bit of an all-rounder I think, try and spend at least a bit of time on everything (nails, hair, face) but probably my make-up is the area I spend the most time and am most consistent at making an effort. Although I’m still partial to make-up free days!

What are the most important things you’ve learnt as a beauty writer?

Not to be sucked into the hype – although I am guilty of this sometimes! I like to take the time to form my own opinion of something before I rave about it. It’s easy to be swayed when you see lots of people writing about and loving the same thing, but I want to try and write about things in my own time, taking a decent amount of time to test before I decide what I think. It means I may not always be first with posting about something, but I’m fine with that!

Care to share your biggest beauty no-no?

Probably chipped nail varnish – I’d sooner see no nail varnish than chipped (so I always keep a little pot of remover at work in case it noticeably chips)! Either that or badly matched foundation with the dreaded tidemark around the jawline…!

If you could’ve invented one beauty product/item what would it have been and why?

It would have to be NARS Orgasm blusher, I don’t think there’s a more famous and universally flattering product out there so I would have loved to have been behind that! Either that or the Urban Decay Naked Palette because I haven’t seen any other product that’s essentially quite a simple idea create such hype/hysteria!

It would have to be NARS Orgasm blusher, I don’t think there’s a more famous and universally flattering product out there so I would have loved to have been behind that! Either that or the Urban Decay Naked Palette because I haven’t seen any other product that’s essentially quite a simple idea create such hype/hysteria!

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