Can you tell me a bit about yourself?
I live in Hawaii with my husband (who understands my lipstick obsession) and English cocker spaniel who stays by my side every morning when I apply makeup. Before becoming a Registered Nurse, I used to work for different pharmaceutical companies as Product/Marketing Manager. I got exhausted with all the frequent traveling and almost nil work-life-balance so I revisited my BSN degree and pursued my inner calling.
How did you first become interested in beauty, and what led you to create your own blog?
I grew up with my grandma who loved red lipstick and perfectly coiffed hair! She was my very first influence to say the least. With that said, my fascination with all things beauty started way back in grade school, I think I was 10 when I had my first perm, ugh! My first beauty purchase was a M.A.C lipstick and we are talking mid 90s!
I started my blog (under a different name) in late 2010 because I needed to have an outlet while job hunting. That time, I was exposed to several blogs and Youtube, so I thought of starting my own beauty blog. After all I have friends who always ask me about makeups and whatnot.
I love the name of your blog! How did you come up with it?
That's a great question. Let's just say that being fabulous is a state of mind. You become what you perceive. Want to look fabulous? Believe it. Want to feel fabulous? Live it. Zilla is the mind (or alter ego) whose aim is to unleash the beauty or fab in you!
What are your top 5 favorite beauty products?
I go thru phases because I am constantly exposed to new products. However, these are beauty products I can't live without.
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light. It's finely milled and doesn't settle into my pores.
Clarisonic Mia 2 Sonic Cleansing System. It gets rid of all makeup and preps my skin for my nighttime regimen.
What are your top 3 beauty tips?
1) Never leave home sans sunscreen, your skin will thank you later.
2) The easiest way to update your look is to try a new lip color. Go out of your comfort zone.
3) Take good care of your neck, it reveals your true age. Moisturize daily and apply sunscreen if need be.
Being a blogger must be fun, but what do you do in your spare time?
In my free time, I enjoy watching movies (foreign even if I need to read subtitles, horror -- especially zombies, thriller because I like unexpected twists), go to the beach, make accessories and shop!
In addition to your blog, how can The Beauty of Life readers find you on social media?
You can find me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, Google+ and Bloglovin.