Can you tell me a bit about yourself?
I am a 30-something from Roanoke, VA. I went to Virginia Tech and am one of those super-stay-busy types. I work as a full-time marketing manager and have spent more than 10 years in the writing, design and media industry since graduating from Virginia Tech. (Go Hokies!)
How did you first become interested in beauty, and what led you to create your own blog?
There's just something about knowing that you look good that helps you feel good. That's where my interest in beauty started, I guess, although I can't really pinpoint it. The real drive behind the blog was just sharing. Think of how much money (and time) we all pour into beauty products ... what if someone real could help you decide if something was worth the price tag before buying? That's where Beauty Test Dummies started. Shay -- the other half of the Beauty Test Dummies team -- and I are real people with real makeup loves, hates and even disasters. It's fun to share that.
I love the name of your blog! How did you come up with it?
The name Beauty Test Dummies tells you a lot about who we are. We love beauty products and makeup ... but when it comes to using some of it, we really are just test dummies. We wanted the name to be fun and emphasize that not everything we do will be by the instructions. We are using products and tools like real women ... not supermodels or makeup artists.
What are your top 5 favorite beauty products?
That's a tough one. My faves change so often, partially because of all the new great products popping up everyday and sometimes due to the changes in product cycles. (It seems like companies are releasing new products and discontinuing others all the time.) Here are my top 5 right now in no particular order.
Being a blogger must be fun, but what do you do in your spare time?
Blogging is one of the many things I do in my spare time. I am training for a half-marathon in the spring -- my first -- so I have been spending a lot of time running these days. I also love to spend time with my friends and with my two fur-babies, a 2-year-old Bernese Mountain Dog and an Australian Shepherd puppy. We're always on the go!