Can you tell me a bit about yourself?
I’m from a small town in Ontario (Canada, not California) where I live with my dilute calico Igby. I went to school in Toronto and am educated in Library and Information Technology. I’m also a certified adult educator and adult literacy instructor. I currently don’t work in either field, but do work as a freelance audio transcriptionist.
How did you first become interested in beauty, and what led you to create your own blog?
If you ask my mom, she’ll say my beauty love affair started when my nan (aka grandma) taught me how to apply lipstick when I was three. She’d give me her castoffs and I’d practice my application skills. Apparently, I was pretty good! I didn’t have a purpose in mind when I created my blog (it was almost a music blog) but my love of all things beauty took over when I posted my first review. I was new to the blog world, and didn’t even know beauty blogs were a real thing. As I began to grow my readership, I discovered the vast community of bloggers/blogs and was hooked.
I love the name of your blog! How did you come up with it?
As mentioned, I never intended to be a beauty blogger, and was thinking of starting a music blog. My blog name is borrowed from a line in the Tegan and Sara song "You Wouldn't Like Me" that I was loving at the time: "Sunshine is days away / I won’t be saved / I know all the words..." I guess I owe them a thank you as it’s worked pretty well for me.
What are your top 5 favorite beauty products?
Blistex Lip Medex Lip Moisturizer (in the pot, ONLY the pot). I’m not very brand loyal with my products, but Blistex Lip Medex has been one of my beauty staples since the seventh grade. It’s one of the best balms if you get really dry, sore, damaged lips. It’s an essential item if you plan on surviving a Canadian winter. It does come in a tube, which is tempting since you have to dip your fingers in the pot, but the formula just isn’t the same in the tube.
Lancome ARTLINER. A classic black cat eye is an essential for me, so finding a great liquid liner is always on my to-do list (you can never have too many options!). One that I keep going back to is the Lancome Artliner. The sponge-like applicator makes clean lines incredibly simple to create and the formula is an opaque black that wears really well without smudging or flaking.
Vichy Laboratoires Aqualia Thermal Dynamic Hydration Serum. Who isn’t obsessed with serums? They’re amazing! One of my all-time favorites, Vichy Aqualia Thermale, is formulated for dry, dehydrated and sensitive skin. It’s a very wet, watery serum, with a light texture that instantly soothes and hydrates. Plus, the formula contains hyaluronic acid, which boots the efficacy of whatever moisturizer you apply over it. Win-win!
Avon Ultra Color Lipstick in Toasted Rose. Pinky-neutral lip shades are always on my radar, and Toasted Rose is a perfect one for everyday wear. It’s a blush pink meets medium depth nude with a creamy, semi-matte finish. It’s easy to swipe on and goes with pretty much everything. Pure lipstick love.
What are your top 3 beauty tips?
1) Moisturize. It’s such an old (nay, classic) tip, but such an important one. Be good to your skin now and it will be good to you in years to come. Plus, the really fun stuff (AKA makeup) looks/applies better on a well-cared for canvas (AKA your skin).
2) Powder up! For years, I hunted for the perfect under eye concealer. Something with good coverage, wasn’t drying and didn’t crease. Nobody likes under eye creasing. I’ve found it’s not the concealer formula that matters so much, it’s what you set it with. The wrong powder can emphasize fine lines and look cakey, but a smooth, light powder (I like translucent powders) will lock concealer in place all day. My favorite powders for the job include It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores and Make Up For Ever HD Micro Finish Powder.
3) Break the rules. Learn the techniques, read up on all the tips and tricks and what not, but in the end, do you. Makeup is all about creativity and expressing whatever and whoever you want to be on any given day. Be adventurous (or don’t) but be yourself and enjoy the process while figuring out who that might be.
Being a blogger must be fun, but what do you do in your spare time?
Blogging has become a major part of my days, but I’m a pretty avid reader, and am on a mission to read everything Margaret Atwood has ever written (I’m currently reading Lady Oracle). I am beyond excited that her Maddaddam trilogy is being made into a series on HBO. I collect vinyl records and am always on the hunt for another gem to add to my library. My rusty high-school French lost me what could have been a dream job, so Rosetta Stone French lessons take up a few hours on weekends. And, after years away, I’ve recently started sketching and drawing again and hope to get back into watercolors soon.
In addition to your blog, how can The Beauty of Life readers find you on social media?
You can find me on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Google+.