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Phyrra Answers Questions for the Beauty Spotlight Team

Phyrra Interview

The Beauty Spotlight Team wanted to do a little Q&A with its newest member, me! So here are the questions that they asked.

1. When you shop for makeup, skincare and perfume, do you do it with the blog in mind first and foremost– or with your own use in mind?
I shop with my blog in mind, for the most part. Sometimes if I know I’m in need of a specific type of product, I’ll shop with me in mind.

2. How has your relationship to beauty products changed since you began blogging?
I’m more educated about ingredients and animal testing. I’m also more aware of what I like and what I’m likely to dislike. I try to stick to products that I think I will like. I don’t want to waste my time on products I know I won’t like.

3. What is your greatest joy about blogging?
I love all the friends that I’ve made. It’s great to be able to connect with people who share my passions.

4. What is the best piece of advice that you would give an aspiring beauty blogger?
There is no one ‘right way’ to be a beauty blogger. Find your voice and follow it. Definitely take constructive feedback and constantly try to improve yourself and your skills. Try new things and if you don’t like them, try other techniques.

5. How do you find the motivation to keep making the effort to keep the blog going?
There are always new products to try, which makes me excited!

6. Is there a category of products you dislike blogging about?
I find skincare to be a pain for several reasons. While I love skincare products, because the skin is so individual what works for me may not work for you. So I may rave about how awesome a product is and how it works for me and it may do nothing for you. Also, spending 2 to 4 weeks testing skincare is really tedious, so I feel like it takes a lot of time and commitment for a single product.

7. What type of product is the most fun for you to test and review?
I really love to blog about eyeshadows. I love seeing all the brights, figuring out how to work with neutrals and coming up with new looks and tutorials. Eyeshadows make it all worthwhile.

8. How do you feel about foundations?
I wore the wrong foundation shade (too dark) for years because MAC matched me to the wrong shade (NW15 or NC15, depending on the MUA). There wasn’t actually a shade pale enough for me at MAC but they wouldn’t tell me that. So once I found that out, I started hunting for the perfect foundation shade, which led me to indie makeup and ultimately to starting my blog.

It used to be VERY hard to find the right pale foundation shade but since more brands have realized that paler people do exist, I’ve had better luck at finding shade matches. See some of  my favorite pale shades here.

9. What’s the last book you read?
The Undead Pool by Kim Harrison. I love to read, so my kindle fire is filled with books. Before that I re-read Bitten and Stolen by Kelley Armstrong. And before that, The Crimson Veil by Yasmine Galenorn. Right now I’m currently reading Half-Off Ragnarok by Seanan McGuire.

10. What was your first real job?
My first real job after college was working at a video game development studio. I worked there for 7 years. I was the right hand to the CEO and head of the customer service department for 5 years before moving in to project management.

11. Are you a cat person or a dog person?
I always thought I was a cat person until I got Phaedra. Then I realized I am very much a dog person. Specifically I’m a standard poodle person, as Phaedra matches my personality perfectly.

12. What are you watching on tv?
Currently I’m watching Bitten, Being Human, The Vampire Diaries, Teen Wolf, Lost Girl, House of Lies, Supernatural and the Originals. I make use of Netflix to put things on at night when I’m writing. Basically if it’s got fangs, fae or fur, I’m probably interested in reading about it or watching it on tv.

13. Music?
I’ve got fairly eclectic taste in music. Most of the time I listen to one of two SiriusXM stations – Electric Area or BPM. However, the most recent cd I purchased (pre-order) was Raised by Bats by Voltaire, my favorite musician of all time.

  • From our partners
    • lola

      Awesome answers, Phyrra! We definitely have very similar taste in our TV watching– I love both versions of Being Human, and was so sad when the UK version ended! So glad that you joined BST!

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        Thank you! I’ve seen some of the UK Being Human and liked it :)

        • lola

          Oops my computer ate my reply! I am very sad that Syfy canceled the series- I read that the series finale will be April 7. Such a shame– I think we definitely needed a longer story arc! :-(

    • Cosmetic Sanctuary

      Love this! We pretty much watch the same TV shows too. I like reading Q&A’s like this to find out more about bloggers :)

    • http://www.geniabeme.com Eugenia

      I love this!! I love learning new things about bloggers! Lets do dim sum with Tampa peeps next weekend!

    • http://www.clevergirlreviews.com/ Clever Girl Reviews

      We should start a fang and fur club :)

    • Natalie Carlson Brown

      So happy to see my favorite blogger/vlogger has joined this group!! She’s the best & I always look forward to her posts. :)

    • Deanna

      Awesome post! It’s always interesting learning more about the bloggers that I follow. Also, we watch some of the same shows! I am obsessed with The Vampire Diaries and The Originals right now. :)

    • Hippie Pie

      I’ve recently added you to my bloglovin list because I love your bright eyeshadow looks. Anyway, just wanted to comment that we definately have the same taste in books. I’ve just finished The Undead Pool and waiting for the latest Patricia Briggs to come out next week. I have not ordered Half -Off Ragnarok, will do when I go to the bookstore, since I have the other two earlier books.

    • Nidia Doherty

      I’m with you on being a dog person! Hope to meet Phaedra one day!

    • http://www.blushingnoir.com/ Brooke @ Blushing Noir

      I love getting to know bloggers better! I’m all about dogs too… mostly because I’m allergic to cats… but I don’t think cats would cuddle enough for me lol

    • http://www.hairromance.com Christina @ Hair Romance

      Loved reading your answers! I agree that reviewing skincare is so time-consuming and it’s difficult to say what will and won’t work for others.

    • Betzy Carmona

      I also shop thinking of my blog !

    • Anastasia

      Great post! It’s always nice ti find out more about bloggers you like :)

    • http://loveforlacquer.com/ loveforlacquer

      Loved all your answers! This was a great post!