I’m very excited to bring you this interview with the lovely Toma from Makeup Masala. Her site is one of my daily reads. She always brings readers the best drugstore finds, so if you like a good bargain (who doesn’t?), make sure to check her site out.
Toma has just launched her own online shop, The Makeup Mix shop, offering her own mineral makeup line as well as products from NYX, Jesse’s Girl, Avon and more.
She was also so nice to extend an offer to all my readers: by using the code GIO, you’ll receive a full-sized Makeup Masala Mineral Eyeshadow free with any $15 order! Simple put the code and eyeshadow shade name in the comment section of your order.
And now, read on to find more about Toma:
1. When and why did you start your blog?
I started my blog April of 2007. I love talking makeup and bargains, so instead of yapping my friends and family to death I decided to let it all out on the web.
2. You’ve recently launched your own mineral makeup line, called Makeup Masala Minerals. What inspired you to create it?
If you saw the stockpile of minerals at my house you would see that I have a sad, sad addiction. So, since I’ve tried so many brands, I’ve been able to compare formulas and chose one that I am proud to put my name on!
3. You’ve also opened your own online store, The Makeup Mix Shop. How did it grow from an idea to reality?
My goal lately has been to work from home, so I thought I would choose a field that I love. I started the store off with just a few products and reached out to customers for ideas on product lines. Within a few weeks, the line expanded from 3 lines to over 7 by the end of February!
4. When did you first realize that you were beauty obsessed?
Probably around 9 years old when I was sneaking to buy Teen and Seventeen magazines.
5. How did you learn how to apply makeup?
I learned by reading every beauty magazine I could get my hands on when I was younger. I also went to school for esthetics and learned a lot about makeup application while there.
6. What is your daily skincare routine?
I wash my face only at night. I’m currently using Yves Rocher’s Inositol Végétal 2-n1 Cleanser + Toner. Then I alternate between my current acne med and Clinque’s Moisture Surge. In the morning I wipe my face with Olay’s Daily Facials Express Wet Cleansing Cloths.
7. Have you found your HG products yet? If so, what are they?
That’s a hard question for a product junkie! I will say that I am now addicted to Urban Decay’s Primer Potion. I couldn’t understand what the hype was about, but now I refuse to apply my eyeshadows without it.
8. What are your favourite beauty brands?
Urban Decay, E.L.F., NYX, L.A. Colors, Yves Rocher…I really could keep going here!
9. What’s in your makeup bag right now?
I have about 6 NYX lipglosses/lipsticks, Avon Glazewear in Teddy Bear, a cuticle clipper, Rosebud Salve in Strawberry (smells like a milkshake!). I think I’m also addicted to lip products!
10. And finally, do you have any beauty secrets you can share?
Don’t shun an eyeshadow because you think the color won’t look good on you. I’ve found that I can wear any eyeshadow shade by pairing it with a shade that compliments my skin. Or, layer the color over a black or white eyeshadow base. This will give a new hue to the shade you thought you couldn’t wear.