Can you tell me a bit about yourself?
I am a born and raised Oklahoman. The only time I have ever lived anywhere else was when I went for my US Air Force training in Texas and Colorado for 6 months. I have a pretty amazing 16-year-old kiddo that may be taller than me, but he'll never be top big to not give his mama a kiss. (House rule!) I work at a real job that is about as opposite from beauty as you can get -- in the oil and gas industry -- and have had many random jobs that have ranged from working on F-16 fighter jets to running my own business to even working at a bail bonding company!
How did you first become interested in beauty, and what led you to create your own blog?
I was never a girly girl. I left that to my high school BFF, who even matched her contact lenses to her eyeliner (teal!). And I come from the land where "the higher the hair, the closer to God" was a way of life, so mall bangs were a daily staple. But, running my own business from my home and having a kiddo let me get uber-lazy about taking care of myself. So I decided that I needed to start taking care of myself again. I started reading beauty blogs to find out what was out there, which led me to get on Twitter, where I was encouraged to share my voice online with my own site.
I love that you have such a dedicated point of view with your blog -- and I love the name! How did you come up with it, and what made you want to write about beauty from this point of view?
When I started reading all of the beauty blogs, I realized that they were mostly written by 20-somethings and that there wasn't much out there for more *ahem* "mature" lovelies like myself. While we can all wear so many of the same color cosmetics, older gals tend to have different concerns and needs. I figured if I couldn't find much out there, then others couldn't either, so I decided to start my own site. At first, it was about taking some money out of each check and then discussing what I got and how it worked for me and has just grown from there. As for the name, well, I decided that I may be "older" but I am definitely still a girl and not "old" -- so Older Girl Beauty was born!
What are your favorite beauty products?
Okay, this is hard to narrow down, because I have so many things I like -- from color to haircare to skincare! So, I'll just tell you about things that I continue to go back to regularly and not list the things that I hoard and can't bear to use up! (I may or may not have many things that have a teensy bit still in the bottle/jar so that I can't say I've run out of it yet.)
Being a blogger must be fun, but what do you do in your spare time?
Blogging is definitely fun, but since I work a more than full-time job and have a kiddo that has a very active social and extracurricular (marching/concert band/orchestra and debate) life, who doesn't have a driver's license yet, it is what I do in my spare time. Thankfully, I can multitask and can watch lots of crap TV while I am blogging. And when I do shut the laptop down, I love to read -- right now I am working my way through several YA dystopian society series and a Jackie Collins novel. Very highbrow stuff, right?