The month of August is going to be dedicated to getting to know other beauty bloggers here on my blog. I have to give credit to Jay for inspiring me with his Odd Socks series. I had the honour of being one of his interviewees a few weeks ago. Make sure you go check out his blog!
So, each week I’ll be interviewing one of my fellow beauty bloggers. They will be choosing from a list of questions that I’ve emailed them.
Our first guest is Zara from ZaralouU. She’s a busy mother of two from Birmingham and has been blogging for almost three years. She loves cats and autumnal weather (and I would add the use of GIFs). She hates close-mindedness and online bullies.
What’s your definition of beauty?
This one depends on where we’re coming from. To me does make-up mean beauty? No, beauty is much, much more than just products. It comes from within and radiates outwards, beauty is your soul and fibre, being and mind. However, I digress, if we’re talking products (because I think we are) beauty is something that should be a something of an add-on experience to what we already own. That extra embellishment on our favourite features should we want to showcase them, and of course giving our skin the nourishment, lovin’ and pampering it needs… I mean it’s the biggest organ sooooooo love it!
Why did you start a beauty blog?
I didn’t initially begin as beauty specifically. When it came to starting my blog, I actually don’t entirely know what made me have that whole brain zap ‘Blogging EUREKA!’ however, the thought came at a very good time in my life. I’d left a job that had given me a lot of responsibility for over a decade and upon the birth of my second child, as a family the cost of childcare just wasn’t affordable in the slightest. We took the drastic decision to have me come out of work to be with baby and toddler and in all honesty, not having that independent income of my own, the security of knowing we as a team fed our babies daily really got me in a bad spot. Whilst we haven’t ‘struggled’ it hasn’t been the smoothest of rides at times, but the memories we’ve made from taking this direction have been priceless. And of course! I then began ‘ZaraLouU’ a place where I could be ‘me’ – this gave me an added purpose and a responsibility I needed then and it helped me through so, so much. I owe a lot to that website, I really do and it’s a true credit to me, and the team that also contribute towards it.
Who taught you how to apply makeup?
It may come as a surprise to many, but it was in fact my dad who taught me how to ‘make-up’. My mother definitely dabbled in some fantastic 80’s new romantic looks, but they never went further than that era. Originally she was a punk who barely touched warpaint prior to her somewhat new romantic phase, so my dad took it upon himself to show me. I still remember his words, opening my ‘complete face box set’ I’d been given that Christmas and seeing the mixture of brown and blue quads (because make-up seemed so dull and muted to me then) laid within, he chimed “Look Zar, I grew up with 3 sisters watching them all get ready, so I know a thing or two” – and credit where it’s due, he did! He even taught me style and fashion sense too. Savvy guy isn’t he?
If you could only wear one makeup item for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
Mascara. Literally, mascara. If I’m not wearing it, I look like a Child of the corn cast member so lashes are the one thing that seem to make me look more alert and pretty my eyes up – to an extent!
Is there a brand you’ve always wanted to try but haven’t yet?
Yes! The B. range from Superdrug – I’m currently waiting on an order from them actually, so I won’t have to wait too long, but I have heard a lot of good things about this brand launch, and they’re super affordable too, it all makes Zara one very happy girl!
Do you have a favourite place to shop for makeup?
SUPERDRUG! Oh gosh how I live for superdrug! They stock many of my favourite brands (makeup revolution, I heart makeup, MUA (make up academy), GOSH, FREEDOM makeup) which I think are all under TAM beauty? Anyway, they always have amazing deals, they’re super affordable with pricing and cruelty free! So when the shop is stocked out I can be in there for some time!
Do you have a “beauty budget” or do you spend freely?
Totally a budget. My income is reaaaaaaally tight! I manage it well with lists (upon lists, upon lists) so any free money is always questioned if it’s needed elsewhere first. If not? Then I can treat myself to something pretty, however it’s usually not enough for anything luxe – I am a real lover of budget buy make-up for this reason. It suits me and my purse perfectly!
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