In the past couple of weeks, I’ve been in touch with Abigail, one of the minds behind Taleoftwobloggers.
Abigail and her best friend Sarah first started blogging about beauty products, but, over the months, have expanded to write about more than just make-up. They write about anything, from well-being topics, mental health, to humorous posts such as “Things Single People Hate Hearing on Valentine’s Day”.
So, being a fan of their writing style, I wanted to do a blog-interview collaboration with them, to which they both kindly agreed.
Here are the first set of questions, and their individual replies for each one.
Note: (S) – Sarah , (A) – Abigail
1. What made you want to start your blog?
Sarah originally came up with the idea of starting a beauty blog, and asked me if I would like to be her partner in crime, so of course, I said YES! We’re very big makeup lovers so it only made sense to actually start posting impressions and reviews of the products we came across. (A)
After falling in love with the beauty community on YouTube, I wanted to become part of it. Knowing that I would never have the balls to actually post videos of myself on the internet, and being quite a keen writer I thought that a blog would be a good place to start. Since Abigail had introduced me to the wonders of makeup (I thank her, my bank balance does not), and way back I knew she had a mini blog herself, I thought she would be the perfect person to do this with. Also, her being my best friend helped! (S)
2. How long have you known Sarah?
We had been in the same school in both primary and secondary however, we became close back in Form 5 (so about 7 years ago), then were separated when I chose Higher and she went off to Junior College, but our friendship did not stop there. We’ve been best friends ever since and it’s safe to say that she has had my back in many things and has looked out for me whenever I least expected it. This blog is something that we decided to share to represent our love for makeup. (A)
I’ve known of Abigail since I was about 4/5 since we both attended the same school. However, whilst we both knew each other, and acknowledged each other, I wouldn’t have necessarily called her my friend. However, near the end of Form 5 we became very close. So close in fact that even though we went to different Sixth forms we still saw each other often. We’re best friends, and we find comfort and solace in each other, and we also know each other’s deepest, darkest secrets. We’re bonded for life. (S)
3. What makes it different from others that are out there?
It started off as just a simple beauty blog where we would hold makeup hauls, and write reviews about new products, however, we have very recently added an ‘SFX makeup’ which is perfect for any of you looking for sfx makeup inspiration, ‘Wellbeing’ currently exploring the topic of mental health and direction in life, and ‘Aliexpress/Ebay buys’ for some affordable finds, sections. (A)
We’re a beauty blog, but we don’t limit ourselves. We connect with our followers by posting personal posts, be it about how we’re feeling about the blog itself, and mental health. Since both of us are studying about mental health, and the effects of it, we’re both very passionate about that subject. (S)
4. You’ve recently also taken to YouTube and started creating videos. How come?
I already had a YouTube channel up; one that was not beauty related so of course I wanted to launch one that was specifically dedicated to our blog since that, a lot of what I have learned in makeup was learned through watching beauty bloggers’ tutorials on YouTube. Plus, it’s much easier to follow a video than it is to follow a post about a makeup look. (A)
I’m just a loyal subscriber in this venture! And I wish Abbey all the luck in the world! (S)
5. What is your opinion on social media? Is it a luxury, a waste of time, a need/important part of our lives?
With regards to keeping contact with people and accessing tutorials about makeup and beauty, social media has been a complete blessing, however I would be lying if I said that I have never wasted countless hours watching videos when I had other responsibilities. You just need to learn how to maintain a balance. Apart from that, we need to keep in mind that when we post things, we are in the public eye, so I like to double check stuff before actually posting to make sure that it’s appropriate, helpful and respectful. (A)
It’s an important luxurious waste of time we need. We know that in the good old days of my nanna it was so much more difficult to communicate with each other, to know about current events, however they still managed not only to communicate, and communicate about current events, they also managed to gossip just as good as we can! However, for me, social media is very important. It keeps me close to my friends, and my dad who works abroad, and of course, to our followers! Had it not been for social media, we wouldn’t be here right now. But, we also have to take into consideration that a big percentage of us waste so much time on social media that it takes over our life. We can’t go out without posting a status, we can’t go out to eat without instagramming our food, and whilst I’m guilty (especially of the second part) and I’m not in any way, shape, or form, judging anyone, I do sometimes think we should get off our phones, smell the pizza, and just enjoy the company of the people who are sitting next to us, not in front of another screen. (S)
6. Where do you see your blog in a couple of years’ time?
To be completely honest, I’m a bit worried that as soon as I start my placement in February, the blog will die down a bit since I would be too busy to continue, however, I would love to keep this blog alive until I actually become a licensed makeup artist. That’s my dream, I guess. (A)
I hope that by that time, we will have more followers who engage with us, so that we can provide the content that our followers want. (S)
7. What don’t you like about your blog?
That sometimes it feels like I have to spend money on adverts to get a significant number of engagements on some posts, and I can’t afford to do that frequently. Getting a bigger audience for the blog isn’t easy. (A)
I wrote a post about this a few months ago, and whilst it’s gotten better I do think that it’s still there. The lack of response, and engagement on our posts demotivate me so much. It’s not because I’m a like-whore or anything, however, the whole premise of starting this blog was to start a conversation about makeup with others, and most of the time I feel that the conversation is a monologue. I do admit, there’s a vicious cycle, however, I find it very hard to write when no one is reading. (S)
8. When did you first try on makeup?
I believe I was about 15 years old at the time, when I tried my first ever eye pencil (it was horrendous) but I loved to convince myself that it made my eyes pop. I remember putting so much on my waterline that I would look like an emo however, nowadays I prefer marker and gel eye liners and avoid putting it on my waterline. (A)
I remember when I was about 11, I dabbled a bit with eyeshadow. But that didn’t last long. Between the ages of about 14/15 to 18 my full face of makeup consisted of: Mascara and lip gloss and if it was a special event I’d put on some eye pencil in my waterline. I didn’t even have foundation! However, at around 18/19 I started getting more into makeup. I bought my first foundation, concealer, and contour palette, and then I went to London with Abigail and our friend Francesca, and Abigail got me into pretty much everything else, and the rest is history! (S)
9. What did you want to be when you were growing up?
Hah, when I was 5 years old, I would just put on my favourite movie of that time (the princess and the pauper) and sing along so many times. I really wanted to become a famous singer and actress at that time. Now that I have ‘grown up’, I still haven’t lost the passion for singing, however I have too many hobbies to even know what I want to be just yet. I’m at the end of my Social Work course and I honestly cannot wait to start working full-time but I won’t let the makeup dream go, ever. (A)
Growing up I wanted to be a pilot. However, when career’s day came at school and realised that you needed €50k to get your license, my dreams were dashed. Then I wanted to become a nurse, however, my mum discouraged me from following biology at an A-Level. Then I started and for 3 years was following a speech therapy course, but I never felt happy there. So last year I dropped out, with one year away from graduation, and I am very happily following a psychology course. (S)
10. What do you plan to do after you graduate?
Start working full-time and get my warrant, as well as save up for my dream makeup artistry course that’s offered full time. After that’s done, I’d love to start freelancing in makeup as part-time thing. Somehow in all of that, I also would like to do my masters in Counselling later on so that I can expand more in my future profession. A PhD is also a possibility- someday! A bit ambitious I admit. (A)
I plan to start working and earning some money for myself! And hopefully have the courage and the strength to put myself through 2 years of masters to get warranted as a psychologist. I don’t yet know what I’ll specialise in, but that’s the plan (S)
11. What are your fears?
Mine are quite irrational…. I fear rejection and embarrassment the most. I also fear that I won’t have enough free time left to dedicate to my hobbies once I start working full time. (A)
On an existential level I fear that when I die I’ll still be conscious and therefore I would know that I’m dead, and I know I’d be away from the people I love the most, and I fear disappointing people. On an earthly level I’m TERRIFIED of grasshoppers (to the point I ran out of a lecture hall in front of about 150 students because a grasshopper got in), and I’m also very scared of big things. This last one is very specific. I’m not scared of tall people. I’m scared of giant things, like statues (The Sette Gunio memorial was made by Satan himself for sure), or a giant vessel. When I was watching the Titanic, and they showed the iceberg, I wanted to jump overboard! (S)
12. What are your hobbies?
I enjoy anything related to the performing arts; singing, acting, dancing, and anything related to the arts in general; drawing, painting, makeup artistry, special effects makeup, and so on. I also love gaming! (A)
I like sleeping, travelling, eating pizza and then lamenting about my weight, taking an hour to get my face done, eating, sleeping, and doing things with my boyfriend. (S)
13. What’s your preferred style of clothing?
I tend to go for preppy, elegant, 60s, artsy, and girly clothing, however, with that being said, I still have days where I’m happy enough to just go with whatever looks flattering on me. I tend to ditch revealing clothes because they make me feel self-conscious. (A)
Give me my PJs, and I’m a happy bunny! But joking aside, I prefer relaxed clothes. Some jeggings, a hoodie, and my Adidas Superstars are my go to outfit. If I have to make an effort, I prefer understated. My most daring dress colour is a dark red! You won’t ever catch me wearing bright clothes! (S)
14. What clothes do you like on people of the opposite sex?
Doesn’t really matter, as long as it flatters them and doesn’t make them look cheap or just plain trash. (A)
I absolutely LOVE it when my boyfriend wears suits! He also goes for the bonus of properly tying his tie, and not a clip on! Just hand me the popcorn! (S)
15. Favourite book and book genres?
I am very much into fantasy, horror, science fiction, supernatural, gothic, post-apocalyptic fiction, crime, and thrillers. Of course, my favourite book of all time is ‘Carrie’ (a horror fiction) by Stephen King. A close second and third would be the Harry Potter series and the Lord of the Rings series! (A)
I love biographies! My favourite book (obviously after the Harry Potter series, that’s taken for granted) is called Dear Fatty by the comedian Dawn French. It’s a unique autobiography in the sense that instead of writing about her life, she writes about her life through a series of letters to her loved ones. Unfortunately it’s been a while since I found the time to read properly, but, I will make it my mission to make room for reading. (S)
16. Favourite movie?
This a tough one because there are many movies that I like however my top favourites have to be Schindler’s List, Harry Potter movies, Lord of the Rings movies, The Grey Zone, Gladiator, Jaws, The Devil’s Double, Thor, Pirates of the Caribbean movies, X-MEN movies (I LIVE FOR THEM), Sherlock Holmes. (A)
Again after the Harry Potter movies my all time favourite movie (and guilty pleasure is Mamma Mia! and I can’t wait for the sequel to come out in July!) (S)
17. What are some of your pet peeves?
I think the only ‘annoying’ thing about me is that I look into every mirror in the house to make sure that I look ‘decent’ before heading out. (A)
My pet peeve is when someone makes me repeat myself. I make others repeat themselves constantly, but if I have to do it, it’s murder! (S)
18. What’s one of your best childhood memories?
Singing all day at home, playing with my toy cars with dad, and not worrying about anything, and being an only child- those were the days! (A)
All my visits to London with my family. It’s where my lifelong passion for London started. (S)
19. What’s your motto/quote in life?
Do things with the biggest amount of love. (A)
Never let the bastards grind you down (S)
20. Which country (that you haven’t been to yet) would you like to visit, next?
I would definitely love to visit Scotland and Wales, as well as Poland, Austria, Germany and China. (A)
I’m going to visit Spain next which I’ve been wanting to do for ages but never have (well before I’m going to Liverpool which I’ve also never been to, but I’ve been to England plenty of times!). (S)
21. Last but not least: where can users follow you?
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Be sure to check out my answers to their questions on the Taleoftwobloggers website, in the coming days!
And stay tuned for Part 2, coming soon!