Can you tell me a bit about yourself?
I’m from Massachusetts but I went to college and graduate school in New York City where I studied psychology and art history. After working in a lab studying eating behavior and weight control, I went into advertising as a market researcher and worked for 3 well-known international and New York ad agencies. When the last agency I worked for closed, I became a market research consultant working primarily as a focus group moderator -- the person who leads a group of consumers in a discussion held behind a one-way mirror. I primarily worked with Blue Chip clients to help them develop and fine-tune their advertising and their products and services.
How did you first become interested in beauty, and what led you to create your own blog?
As a focus group moderator, I often worked for beauty brands such as Revlon, Almay, Dove, Q-tips, Ponds, Caress, Milani and Essence. So I got to hear a lot about what women were looking for in skincare and makeup products and advertising. I decided to use that knowledge to start my blog.
I love the name of your blog! How did you come up with it?
Several people gave me a hard time about the name because it has the word “die” in it. But because I’m an older beauty blogger, I wanted a name that stood for not giving up, but continuing to be the best you can be at any age.
What are your top 5 favorite beauty products?
Ooooh, that’s a tough one because my favorites change all the time! Hmmmm. I’ll tell you my top 5 favorites now!
butter LONDON Wink Eye Pencil in Union Jack Black. I tight line my eyes all the time, and the butter LONDON pencil is so buttery that it’s so easy to apply without tugging on my eyelids.
CoverGirl The Super Sizer by LashBlast Mascara. This is a controversial pick. Some women love it, and others don’t like it at all. I adore it. It has a skinny wand with plastic teeth and a plastic bulb with teeth at the tip. I apply this mascara like any other mascara, and it makes my lashes super long with plenty of volume. Not everyone gets this result, but I get it every time. Also, I love to use the wand tip to lengthen my lashes individually, if they need it, so they’re very long and fanned out. Love, love, love this mascara!
LORAC Unzipped Gold Palette. I’m usually a matte shadow wearer, but this palette has a gorgeous collection of metallic shimmer shadows with a few mattes tucked in for good measure. Buttery, long-lasting. My go-to going out palette!
What are your top 3 beauty tips?
1) Take care of your skin and wear sunscreen. Your skin is your most important asset.
2) As you get older, if your lips get thinner, become close friends with your lip liner. And try a lip plumper with collagen and hyaluronic acid to increase the volume.
3) Ignore the rules. Do what suits you. What works or doesn’t work for you may be totally different for someone else.
Being a blogger must be fun, but what do you do in your spare time?
I’ve been a runner/jogger for ages. In fact, my dissertation was on exercise addiction. Although I can’t run the mileage I used to, I keep at it. My goal is to run tomorrow. I also love to cook, and I make my own bread, jam, marshmallows, et cetera. Reading and gardening are also my passions.
In addition to your blog, how can The Beauty of Life readers find you on social media?
I can be found on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest.