Everyone wants to know beauty secrets of the Fabulous so we’ve decided to interview a Beauty Diva each week to get all of their beauty tips! Our first profile, Makeup Bag’s Erika, shares her secrets:
When did you start the beauty blog and why? Makeup Bag is not quite six months old. I started it last August after nearly two years of wanting to do it, but just not making the time. It’s a lot of work to research and test beauty products, but I’m loving it.
Beauty fixation (what are you obsessed with and why?) I am forever on the hunt for flawless skin. Even without makeup, women with beautiful skin seem to glow from within. I have drawers full of exfoliators, cleansers, toners, creams, gels, serums and every other skin care item you can think of. In addition, I try to exercise and drink lots of water to make my skin happy from the inside out, but honestly, I still break out from stress and hormones.
Edible Addiction that doesn’t make you fat! Edamame soybeans are so yummy and I could eat them for every meal!
Beauty Secrets (tell us something that no one knows and that you have not disclosed on your site) Every two weeks I wax the tiny hairs on my lip. When we were in high school, my girlfriend brought me to a salon for my first lip wax and the attendant literally ripped my skin off with the wax strip! I had a scab on my face for a week. To save myself the pain (and $15) I now do it myself.
Childhood Beauty ambitions (did you dream of dying your hair pink or blond like barbie?) Being part asian, I definitely wanted to know what it felt like to be flaxen haired, as many of my little friends were blue-eyed blondies. But I don’t remember doing anything drastic (other than ripping out all of my eyelashes with my mom’s eyelash curler.)
Morning Beauty routine : I’m up early every morning working on my website and doing quiet things around the house, but by 6 a.m. I’m in the shower getting ready for my day. My husband brings me a tall soy latte almost every morning from the Starbuck’s down the street and we’ll talk and drink coffee while I get ready for work. I start with moisturizer and eye cream and follow with concealer and a light foundation. Lately I’ve been using Du Wop tinted moisturizer or Bare Minerals foundation, depending on my mood. I always always always fill in my brows with Benefit Brow Zing, and use either a cream or powder blush for a little color on my pale skin. Add a little lipstick or gloss and I’m fine to walk out the door like this if I’m crunched for time, but normally I’ll spend a few more minutes and apply eye shadow, gel eyeliner and mascara. This whole process takes 10-15 minutes. My hair is super long right now and is a beast to blow-dry, but it looks hideous if it air-dries, so I need an additional 15 minutes to tackle the hair. Making a hair appointment to chop it all off is on my ‘to do’ list!