One of our favorite bloggers, Jamie of Your Beauty Junkie, always brings us a dose of pretty positivity, and we could not be more excited about her upcoming wedding (mostly for the hair & makeup, thought we’re happy for her and her fiance as well!) In this interview she shares a little bit about how she got started blogging and some of her wedding beauty plans!
Hey Jamie. We’re a big fan of your blog and have loved watching you grow and expand your site. What’s different now versus when you first started blogging? Any tips to those just starting out?
The difference between my blog now versus a year ago when I started is probably quality over quantity. When I first started YBJ I was over excited about my newfound hobby and would post every little thing I could think of that I loved that was beauty related, whereas now I pick and choose and literally only post about the best of the best. Whether it’s product reviews, giveaways, makeup tutorials, whathaveyou, I refuse to post about mediocre products just to get something out there. It’s hard because when I first started out I felt obligated to review everything the beauty company reps would send me, but now if I don’t love something, I simply email them and let them know I won’t be posting about their products because they didn’t work out for me and I always offer to pay for the products and their troubles when that happens. I want YBJ to be where ladies come to find true treasures in beauty. There tons of beauty blogs out there that post negative reviews, “ok” products and every little thing that comes to mind. YBJ is meant to be a beauty lovers goldmine!
My tips for those just starting out would be not to start a beauty blog unless BOTH beauty AND writing are true, deep, passions of yours. Mainly because after the newness fades and you start to grow it becomes an actual job. You gain fans that look up to you and your advice that you can’t let down. You really have to love it in order to keep up with it all and keep everyone happy. I’ve heard of some girls starting beauty blogs just to get free products and those are the girls who will never see success. Never start a beauty blog to get free stuff! It’s tacky and beauty companies will see through you…particularly if you aren’t a good writer. When you start out (and if you are good) they will come to you. When I first started I blogged about items I bought or tried out and was crazy about never thinking I was going to get anything out of it. So imagine my surprise when only a week in I had multiple companies reaching out to me to try their products in exchange for review. I had no idea how they found me but I must say I was pretty honored because it meant that they liked my writing. You really have to love writing to run a successful blog of any type.
We know you’re getting married (very) soon! Are there any famous brides you’re basing your beauty look on?
To be honest, yes, but not because I’m a huge fan of the person. Being that I’m half Middle Eastern I am a big fan of Kim Kardashian’s makeup and being that I have similar features I’m basing my makeup look off of the way her makeup was done at her last wedding. I’m not a big fan of natural looking makeup at all so I’m going for a dramatic, smokey eye, a contoured and highlighted face and a nice subtle pink light lip. I want my makeup to scream GLAMOUR! ;)
What about pre-pampering? What beauty prep are you doing for the big day?
Oh multiple things! I’ll be getting my hair cut and colored the week before, of course a mani/pedi, facial, and a massage…the works! My Maid of Honor is also treating me to eyelash extensions before the big day. I’ve had them before and love them for events (not a big fan of them for everyday though) and especially love stacking false lashes over the lash extensions for extra drama.
Any “something blue” planned for your makeup?
Nothing blue for makeup sadly, no. Blue just looks terrible on my skin tone! LOL.
Finally—the honeymoon! What will you be packing in your getaway bag and what will stay at home? Any beauty must-haves that you always travel with?
We’ll probably wait to go on our honeymoon until early next year as I’ve just started a new job and am already taking a week and a half off for the wedding and don’t have any time leftover. Regardless, beauty must-haves for travel for me are as follows: Keranique hair products, Miracle Skin Transformer Body, Bio Gorgeous Peel, Oscar Blandi’s Texture and Volume Spray, and of course all of my cosmetics (too many to list).