The Beauty Spotlight Team questions Christine from 15 Minute Beauty

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It’s 15 Minute Beauty turn to answer some questions, so of course she’s answering 15 of them!  Head over to see why she still can’t really smell chocolate (really) and if she’s a gloss or lipstick girl!

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The Beauty Spotlight team shares not quite 20 questions from Lisa at Beauty Info Zone

mont bleu biz card holder open with cards1.  What is your greatest joy about blogging?

I love the writing part. Wait, no, I love testing the products. I guess it’s a tie!

2.   How much time do you spend blogging per week?

I probably spend about 20 hours a week either writing, doing emails, or else taking pictures. That doesn’t even begin to count the time spent testing products.

3.  What is the best piece of advice that you would give an aspiring beauty blogger?

Do it with a partner!! Seriously, I don’t know how you solo bloggers do it. And working with my partner is a huge part of the fun.

4.  Do you consider your blog a hobby, or is it part of a larger career objective?

Um….both? I think people really define themselves by their careers. I think of myself as a guidance counselor…and as a beauty blogger. And I give both equal weight.

5.  Is there a category of products you like (or dislike) blogging about in particular?

I consider myself to be a real product whore. I love all the categories, love testing all types of things. If I had to pick one favorite category it would be subscription boxes – the kind with all sorts of products, not just makeup. My least favorite – although I still love it – is probably foundation, because I have very particular likes and dislikes so it’s difficult to transcend my biases.

true love!!

true love!!

6.  What made you start blogging?

I have always loved makeup. I remember going to the drugstore when I was young, drooling over the shimmery eyeshadows and blushes. I always bought the frostiest pink lipsticks I could find. And an impromptu makeover at Hudson’s Department Store (now Macy’s) was like dying and going to heaven. But I really didn’t have anyone to talk to about it…everyone I knew thought I was a little nuts. Thank goodness the Internet came along so I could meet up with other makeup obsessed people! I just knew I wasn’t the only crazy one. Marcia and I actually did reviews for a website for years and when that shut down we decided to start a blog so we could keep writing and reviewing. I can’t believe it’s been four years now!

I could never have too much pink or too much frost

I could never have too much pink or too much frost

7.  What’s the most difficult part of blogging for you?

I am kind of a girl who can’t say no, so I am usually far too over-committed. The most difficult part of blogging is finding the time to do everything.

8.  Last book you read?

Brokeback Horses and the Glass Castle. The Glass Castle about killed me…so much abuse it was extremely difficult for me to read it.

9.  Last concert you went to?

LMFAO, Ludacris, and Black Eyed Peas. We had fantastic seats, but I never sat down the whole time!

The Black Eyed Peas

The Black Eyed Peas

10. What time do you wake up in the morning?

Depends. During the week, I wake up at 4:45 a.m. On Saturdays, I sleep in as late as possible – usually until about 9 a.m. Sundays I am up by 8 a.m.

11. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be three things: 1.  an actress; 2.  a teacher; 3. a guidance counselor.  And guess what?  I did all three!

12. Are you a cat person or a dog person?

Both. We had a dog, a boxer named Rocky, for 12 years. When he died it was like losing a child, so I haven’t been able to have another dog since. I have four cats…my family calls me the crazy cat lady. I see a stray and my mommy instincts kick in. But man, cleaning the cat boxes really, really sucks.

One of my kitties...this one is named Lucky.

One of my kitties posing for his close up…this one is named Lucky.

13. What was your first real job?

Waitressing. I was the world’s WORST waitress. I only got tips from people because they felt sorry for me. Prior to getting my ‘career’ job as a teacher, I had all kinds of jobs. I worked as a ticket taker at Cedar Point Amusement Park, I sold cemetery plots over the phone, I did telephone market research, I made doughnuts at a gas station. I sold perfume door to door. I sold aluminum siding. I worked as a model and actress, mostly in the Detroit area although I did do a Saturn commercial and lots of voiceovers for radio spots that played in Chicago.

14. What is your most favorite discontinued item?

My answer is bit of a cheat – everything from the Stephan Marais line. Anyone else remember this one? Oh my gosh I loved this line. The cream eyeliners, the amazing cream foundation, the gorgeous blushes and eyeshadows…I still have tons of things and I use them all sparingly because I don’t want any of them to ever run out.

15. What type of product is the most fun for you to test and review?

I have a love/hate relationship with color items. I am such a perfectionist I will take about 20 pictures of just one swatch shade. So those reviews are the most time-consuming for me, but they are also the most fun. Overall, though, I really enjoy writing reviews of things that I end up really, really loving, because really makes me happy to share an awesome find.

If I told you how many photos I took to come up with this one, you would think I was insane.

If I told you how many photos I took to come up with this one, you would think I was insane.

Ok, so it wasn’t 20 questions, but I hope you learned a little more about me. Thanks for reading! I am off to do the 20 things I am behind on…and they won’t all get done, so tomorrow I should have about 25 things that I need to take care of. Have a wonderful weekend everyone!  - Lisa

Let’s end March with some winning posts from the Beauty Spotlight Team

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