Beautyholics Anonymous is one of the first blogs I started reading and one that has always inspired me. So, I was thrilled when Tine, the lovely lady behind the blog, agreed to do this interview. A beautyholic, Tine loves shopping and trying new products all the time. She’s obsessed with blushes, and thinks sunscreen should be a religion (I agree!). Her blog is full of useful beauty tips, product recommendation and, on Wednesdays, valuable advice about blogging.
Curious to know more about Tine? Read on:
1. Can you tell me a bit about yourself?
Hello! I’m Tine and I blog at Beautyholics Anonymous. And I’m a beautyholic. I’m originally from Malaysia and moved to Australia in February 2008 after I got married. It was a new chapter in my life which I embraced with a bit of apprehension and lots of excitement. I now call Melbourne home and love it to bits. I’m also a full-time blogger and a freelance web designer.
2. Why did you decide to start your blog?
Try talking about skincare and makeup to a male-dominated workplace and you’ll know why I had to find a creative outlet to talk about beauty without annoying the hell out of the people around me :P. Growing up, I enjoy writing immensely and while I’m not very good at it, being able to put words to paper (and now to screen) has always been a hobby of mine. I started personal blogging a couple of years before I embarked on Beautyholics Anonymous.
3. What is the best thing that happened to you because of your blog?
Meeting new people is by far the best thing the blog has ever brought me. The opportunity to meet readers who have followed my blog all this while is just mind-blowing. I met my bestie through the blog (life would have been difficult when I first moved to Australia if not for meeting her through my blog). I learned to speak and network with people whom I’ve never met before thanks to the blog. When I was working as an engineer years ago, I didn’t get this opportunity and it was a skill I was only able to pick up towards my late 20s, all thanks to blogging. You can get all the amazing opportunities in the world but for me, being able to meet new people, that’s the best thing blogging has ever brought me.
4. What is your biggest challenge as a blogger?
There are many challenges e.g. there’s no proper down time from the blog (if you’re not on the blog, you’re on social media to promote your blog, etc), unsteady income stream (I blog full-time) and so on. I think the biggest challenge is being at the mercy of Google and Facebook. Google for changing their algorithms every now and then that slams my traffic down without warning and Facebook for not allowing me to reach all of my followers without having to pay. It’s very frustrating to see your traffic decreasing significantly when you haven’t done anything wrong. Last year, I lost a minimum of 10,000 unique visitors in just one month thanks to their Panda update (or was it Penguin? I can’t remember). I won’t deny that for a moment, it made me so frustrated that I wonder if I should even continue blogging. It wasn’t so much a slap on the wrist than it was a slap on the face when I had to slowly build my traffic up again. Thankfully today I have regained the lost number of unique visitors but it was a very, very slow climb. As for Facebook, well, who isn’t frustrated at Facebook for just about everything? 😛
5. What are your blogging must-have tools?
An editorial calendar is very, very important for me. I organise all of my content in one and have at least two months’ worth of topics roughly sorted out in the calendar. I use my Erin Condren Life Planner’s monthly view to plan content creation. Google Keep is useful for blogging checklists.
6. What are a few of the products that you’ve tried recently that have worked their way into your personal beauty routine?
I’m currently trying out a few serums and I’m liking them so far. La Roche-Posay’s Redermic R retinol treatment, Kate Sommerville’s DermalQuench Liquid Lift and Tom Ford’s Intensive Infusion Concentrate Extreme are currently part of my skincare routine and it looks like they may be here to stay. We’ll see soon enough. 🙂
7. What’s your daily skincare routine?
I’m assuming you’re asking me what I use and not exactly what I use? 😛 I do the usual; I remove my makeup, do a double cleanse, use a lotion or essence in lieu of a toner, serum, eye cream and moisturiser. During the day, I’ll pop a sunscreen on before I apply my makeup. It doesn’t matter if the foundation/BB cream has an SPF of 30. I’ll still use a separate sunscreen. As for exactly what I use, it’s going to be a long one so I’ll spare you the details. It’s a mixture of SKII, Estee Lauder, Kiehls, Biore and the new serums I mentioned above.
8. I know you’re obsessed with blushes. Which ones are your favourites, and why?
Aww man, this is such a tough question! I have so many favourites that it’s hard to choose just the top 3 or even 5. TheBalm blushes are always top in my list because they’re affordable and they have great quality (favourite: Down Boy). I love Revlon’s cream blushes as they’re more cream-to-powder finish which makes it very easy to blend (favourite: Coral Reef). Burberry and Tom Ford blushes are my go-tos for luxury rouge (favourites: Burberry Light Glow Rose Blush and Tom Ford Narcissist).
9. What are your tips for applying blush properly?
You know how people say “smile and then apply blush on the apples of your cheeks”? My tip is DON’T smile. The “smile and apply blush” technique is useful if you’re young and have prominent cheekbones. As we age, our skin starts to sag and said “apples” will go lower than your actual cheekbones. The blush will end up lower than the “apples” which will actually make you look older than you are. The best way to apply blush is to relax your face, look at the mirror and apply on your cheeks without smiling. This way, your blush won’t “move” downwards. This is the most valuable lesson about blush that I learned from the talented Rae Morris herself.
10. And finally, do you have any beauty secrets you can share?
Use a facial sheet mask every other day, especially in the colder months. I know that its usual recommended use is 1-2 times a week but when you use it every other day, you’ll notice a significant difference in your skin. Skin is a lot more hydrated, more supple and smooth. Say bye bye to dehydrated winter skin!
Thank you Tine!