(1) I’m completely uncoordinated when it comes to applying nail polish. Could you give me some tips?
Buffing your nails gently first will even out the surface and make them less prone to chipping. Make sure that your nails are clean and free of any oil and grease. Use a decent base coat (I favour Orly Bonder) and wait for it to dry fully before applying your colour. Use thin, thin coats and layer it up. Thick coats are likely to smear, run into you cuticles or go all over your fingers, and will take longer to dry as well, therefore being more prone to smudging and marking. Always paint around the free edge of your nail and lock this in with a topcoat as this will prevent chipping.
(2) What is the trend for nail polishes this summer?
Much like the rest of the world, crackle/shatter polish is everywhere. I’m not a fan of this particular trend, I have to say – it makes me think of skin complaints. I’m also seeing a lot of orange toenails which is a look that is growing on me.
(3) What are your favorite UK beauty brands and why?
Easily Illamasqua. I’m really proud of what they have achieved and have been “following” the brand since their launch in 2009. I’m lucky enough to know quite a few people who work for the company and their enthusiasm and drive is totally infectious. I love their products, their marketing and their whole ethos and am so happy to see them going from strength to strength.
(4) Tell us something about the Royal Wedding that non-Brits may not know about
I am stumped by this question. I cannot think of a single thing that hasn’t been out under the microscope of the world’s media already!
(5) Have you had any unusual experiences in beauty blogging?
A few. Once, I blogged about a spa that I went to where I found the water to be beneficial to my skin. The next minute, I receive an email from a TV production company asking me if I wanted to participate in a BBC show where a disgraced politician was travelling around the UK and visiting people and interviewing them about this and that. So there I was, freezing to death in an open top pool for the best part of three hours, waiting to be interviewed by this chap about why I liked the spa. Definitely one of my stranger moments, and the one and certainly only time I will ever appear on national television in a swimsuit.
(6) Any summer vacation plans? If not, what is your ideal summer vacation?
None! We are in the throes of buying a new house so all non-essential spends are on hold (possibly for the rest of our life). My ideal summer holiday would be the one I had last year which was my honeymoon in Disneyworld. Two weeks of hot sunshine, entertainment, great food, drink and fun.
(7) Last question: What are your favorite beauty blogs or youtube channels?
I don’t really watch YouTube (there are only so many hours in the day) but if I do, it has to be the fantastic Pixiwoo sisters. My favourite blogs (and it is hard to only name a few) have to be:
www.vampyvarnish.com as Kelly is without a doubt of the best bloggers out there
www.getlippie.blogspot.com for UK products, great reviews, and not taking itself too seriously
www.londonmakeupgirl.com for niche brands and a very English sense of humour
I had a fantastic time interviewing Helen. You can find her interview of me here.