Saturday, January 25, 2014

The Beauty Spotlight - The Pink Sith Answers 20 Questions

The Beauty Spotlight Group has decided to ask each of its members to reveal a little something about themselves through a series of 20 questions. It's my turn, and while I'm not a fan of assignments or required writing, I am a fan of talking about myself!! I figured the ego boost outweighed the drudgery of HAVING TO do actual work. So here I am in all my glory. Naked pictures of me will be at the end of this post in the TRUE spirit of REVEALING ALL!!

1. Last book you read?
I hardly have time to read anymore but the last book I read was Ready Player One by Ernst Cline. It's set in the year 2044, and the world is an awful place, famine, war, etc. The books told through the eyes of a teenager called Wade Watts is what it's like to be poor and living in the virtual reality utopia known as the OASIS. Wade's devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world's digital confines—puzzles that are based on their creator's obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade's going to survive, he'll have to win—and confront the real world he's always been so desperate to escape. It's an awesome book, and it's being made into a movie, so I'm excited to see it on the big screen.

2) Last concert you went to?
So sad that the last concert I went to was BEFORE my son was born. I went to see A Perfect Circle, and it was a great show...or would have been a great show if I had not been crushed by the mob of people surging toward the stage. I was lifted off of my feet and unable to move. The only thing that saved me was my husband pushing people out of the way to get me out of the crowd. Since then I still love APC, but I don't like crowds at all.

3) Do you have a special talent?
I have MANY special talents. Some are stupid, some are cool. I can play the flute, I have an almost photographic memory of where crap is on my desk. I can recite movie lines from almost any movie I have seen. I am a dead shot with a 22 caliber rifle, I can flip my thumbs behind my hands, and I can sing The Flintstone cartoon theme song in German.

4) What makes you feel beautiful?
Red lipstick, pretty hair, and my son and husband.

5) Do you have a guilty pleasure?
Too Many! I used to love reality TV, but now it just pisses me off. My guilty pleasure is watching Cartoons with my son, especially Phinneas and Ferb. I could watch that show without him there!

6) What time do you wake up in the morning?
On work days, I wake up at 5:15 AM. On the weekends I wake up at 6:45-7:15 AM whenever Darthypie wakes me up.

7) When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a surgeon until I went to a hospital and realized sick people creep me out.

8) Are you a cat person or a dog person?
I am both. I only have cats right now, however.

9) What was your first real job?
Real Job? Like one where I had to get it on my own and made a living wage? Oh that hasn't happened yet. Sure I have a job, and I got it on my own, but a living wage? Nope. Not for MY lifestyle. OK. My first job was working at a costume jewelry store called Carimar. It sold all sorts of crappy jewelry. It sucked, and I realized then that retail was a thankless job.

10) If you were given a shopping spree at one store, what store would you like it to be?
I guess I'll make this makeup related. But honestly I would love a shopping spree at Home Depot or Lowes. I have so many home improvement projects on my list and no money in which to complete them. But as far as beauty related shopping spree, I would love a spree at Neiman Marcus. Then I could buy that $550 bottle of CREED perfume, all the Guerlain, Dior, Armani and Le Metier de Beaute I could handle and all the Natura Bisse, Kiehl's and La Prairie Skin care in the world!

11) What is your most favorite discontinued item?
It will always be my Shu Uemura ME Silver 945 eyeshadow. THE PERFECT TAUPE!

12) Finish this sentence: Don't start a beauty blog if….
You don't have time. Blogging take up most of my free time and some of my not free time. It takes hours to photograph, edit, research, write and network. If I didn't blog I would have time to solve the Riemann Hypothesis, or world peace, or somethin'.

13) What type of product is the most fun for you to test and review?
Lipstick! I love lipstick, and as much as I love taupe eyeshadow, but lipstick is easier to test and swatch and photograph.

14) How has your relationship to beauty products changed since you began blogging?
I now tend to be more critical of the beauty products I purchase and use. I look at it from as "is this worth the money" point of view. I try to be objective as possible, but sometimes that's not easy when it's a pretty blush or lip gloss!

15) What is your greatest joy about blogging?
All the awesome people I have virtually met from it. I have formed some great friendships through blogging that I don't think I ever could have without it. It also is a great joy to give someone advice on a beauty issue/product and have it make them very happy. I like to make people happy.

16) How much time do you spend blogging per week?
TOO MUCH! at least 2-3 hours a day.

17) If you could start your blog all over again, what would you differently?
I would have created my blog in Wordpress which is a much more dynamic blogging platform, I would have started blogging earlier, I would have picked a name that I didn't have to explain to anyone that has never seen the Star Wars movies.

18) Is there a category of products you like (or dislike) blogging about in particular?
I dislike blogging about vitamins or supplements. I'm not a nutritionist nor a scientist, and while I have blogged about a hair supplement in the past, I didn't feel like I was as informed as I could have been about how and why the product worked. Plus I don't feel all that comfortable recommending a product that you ingest. What if you have a bad reaction that I didn't have? I would feel really bad about that.

19) Do you consider your blog a hobby, or is it part of a larger career objective?
My blog is a hobby. I already have a career, and I have little interest in making this my full time job. The style in which I write can be very draining , and I just don't see how I could maintain that standard for more than 4 or 5 posts a week. It's nice that I have a hobby that is so rewarding and that I can share with so many people

20) What is the best piece of advice that you would give an aspiring beauty blogger?
Have your own voice. Don't be boring. Quality over quantity. I read too many blogs that read like instruction manuals. Sooooo dull and it all sounds the same. I also see blogs that publish a review 3 or more times a day, and while it might be nice to push out a lot of content, it's not that interesting if you never really say anything helpful or definitive or worthy. Beauty blogging is for the passionate about beauty. It is not a money maker and does not get you "free stuff" all that easily. If you want to make a ton-o-money blogging, start a mommy blog or food blog. Trust me. Beauty blogging is at the bottom of the money making opportunities. I also URGE people that blog about skin care to actually TEST the skin care for several weeks before writing about it. I have seen too many bloggers receive a product and review it within one to two weeks of receiving it. You really cannot trust reviews like that. You just don't have the time to see how your skin would really react. Last but not least, be honest. If a product really sucks because it doesn't live up to the marketing claims, then say so. Don't worry about "pissing off the brand" and not being able to work with them again. If your review is fair and accurate, a good brand will appreciate the feedback and won't blackball you. If they do, (which has happened to me) then you didn't need them anyway. Also, reading a blog where every review is sunshine and rainbows turns me off. I start to think that maybe they aren't 100% honest. Same thing goes for blogs that are always negative. Oh and the minute you stop having fun, stop blogging. Life is too short to pour so much energy into an activity that doesn't give you joy!

And now as promised my naked pictures!

I can't believe you scrolled down to the bottom of this post thinking you would actually see naked pictures of me!  The Beluga Whales in the photos above are a pretty close representation of me naked, just add red hair and taupe eyeshadow.


  1. I love your nudies.


    Loved the interview, Elvira! I like your special little talents, hee hee. I love random facts like that. I also agree that working in retail is a thankless job. I work in retail right now but I am thinking about just going back to an office job, which is something I once swore I'd never do again. And yes, blogging is time-consuming eh! But if you genuinely love it it's the best hobby there is I think :-)

  2. You are hilarious! I loved reading your answers. Those are some really awesome special talents!

  3. i love that you picked the whitest whale possible

  4. This!!!! That's why you're one of my fave bloggers! I love your who-the-hell-cares attitude. I resent reading blogs that have nothing but praises for free products. And you're right about beauty blogging, the moolah isn't there! It takes commitment and true passion to make it through! Hugs!!!

  5. Aside from our mutual love of lipsticks (red) and shadow (taupe) , we share the same love of words and the creative combinations of them that you always impress me with. You write and I'll follow. XO Linda

  6. after clicking through other blogs I ended up here but I'm so glad I did. Love the interview!

  7. I loved Ready Player One, but I am skeptical that hollywood will do it justice. I'm sure it'll turn into an action movie, lots of pretty effects and no substance.

  8. LOL naked pictures :p YOU ARE HILARIOUS!

  9. Great read, I love watching Phinneas & Ferb with my little boy too :)

  10. Great read! You can't really sing the Flinstone's theme in German can you?!


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