Meet Beauty Blogger of the Week, Michaela from Lather Rinse Repeat! I discovered her quite by accident only weeks ago as I trolled beauty blogrolls. Immediately I was hooked by her ability to make me snort with laughter while discussing beauty related items like chalking or American beauty hauls. Her blog has become a fun little addiction for me and one that goes beyond nail art. Isn’t that a relief?! I was overjoyed when she said yes to this little interview and then talked to me on Twitter. I’m going back to my corner now.
1. Tell us a bit about Lather, Rinse, Repeat. What is the story behind it and what keeps you doing it?
I started blogging because my boyfriend was bored off his tits by me trying to explain just why one lip balm was better than the other or why he had to try this serum, just a little bit, and while you’re here, babe, could you sniff my wrist and tell me what you think. I’ve always enjoyed writing and decided then to inflict my views onto the unsuspecting good citizens of the Interwebs on my own beauty blog. What keeps me blogging is the lovely feedback I get from readers and the equally intelligent and attractive friends I’ve made (awwww). And also so I can keep using the excuse “It’s for the blog” whenever I have a late-night online shopping binge.
2. You are based outside the US so what is your favorite US beauty find?
I was recently in Hawaii and stocked up on tons of stuff not yet available/crazily overpriced in Australia, including Revlon’s Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains which are like more pigmented, long lasting versions of Clinique’s Chubbies, and some MAC lippy stalwarts (Morange, Lady Danger). I also fancy the pants off the Demeter fragrance line, with my favourites Condensed Milk, Basil, Mushroom and Rubber being great for layering over mainstream scents to weird them up a bit. Sadly you can’t get Demeter in Australia anymore (although I did see some of the teeny bottles in a boutique marked up to $50 a pop!).
3. Who are your must reads in the beauty blog arena and why?
I have so many must-reads! Australia has some really talented bloggers, some who I’m lucky to call my friends. I like The Plastic Diaries for a comprehensive market rundown, Add To Cart for cruelty free finds and Don’t They Know Who I Am! and Eat Paint, Sniff Glue for the lols. And Lab Muffin for more sciencey stuff and decent nail swatches. There’s too many excellent choices though to list them all here! Internationally speaking, I dig Into The Gloss, Pink Sith, Now Smell This, Perfume Shrine and Perilously Pale. Plus tons more. I spend too much time flicking through beauty blogs.
4. What product can you not live without?
Mascara! My lashes are tragically fine and very blonde so it’s a necessity. I may need it even more than I need my life-sized Paul Rudd body pillow. At the moment I’m using Australis Lash TLC for day looks, Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill for the nights out I want to literally kill people with my sexy sexiness and a purple Lancome one on the days I’m having a fat face day (purple is very slimming).
5. Who inspires you when it comes to blogging and writing?
Not really a ‘who’, but I take inspiration from pop culture, especially terrible, awful, can’t-believe-I’m-watching-this type television. Beauty product reviews can be kind of formulaic to write, so I like to slip silly references and jokes in there to entertain myself. I suspect that one day Lather Rinse Repeat will be made up entirely of Paul Rudd photos and Toddlers & Tiaras gifs, with a one sentence blurb about a lipstick.
Oh, and cheesecake. Cheesecake has a very inspirational presence in my life. Mostly in my mouth.
6. Is there an odd tip or trick that you have about learned about a product that might not be its original use?
I’m constantly using lipstick as a blush, especially after work when I have an event, but am silly enough to have no blush on hand but a thousands lipsticks lurking around.Sheer, moisturising formulas like Revlon Lip Butters work a treat, just blend gently outwards and layer on a little at a time to avoid clown cheeks. I also always carry face wipes in case of a cleansing emergency. You will never regret this choice when you discover the toilet you’re in has no loo paper.