Meet The Bloggers is a new series where I get to interview some of my favourite bloggers and get to highlight new bloggers too. If you would like to be included please give me a shout on social media.
Can you tell my readers about yourself and your blog?
Yes sure! My name is Michelle and I blog at Thou Shalt Not Covet.
I've been running it for three years now, which I can't quite believe! I started off with a mixture of fashion, beauty and lifestyle posts, and I've found myself naturally veering towards beauty as my main focus. I write about anything that interests me, including product reviews, news and features.
Well I'd been reading blogs for a long time, and I'm a complete makeup fanatic. My friends aren't really 'into it' like I am, so I found myself spending more and more time online, reading, watching Youtube and chatting with like minded makeup lovers. A couple of the first bloggers I started reading were Tattooed Tea Lady and Fashion For Lunch, and I thought they were so cool! (I still do) and I just decided to give it a go myself!
What are your favourite three beauty products?
Only three??! Ok this is difficult, but I'll always include eyeliner in my top three, preferable intense black or bright blue. I usually go for pencil or pen style eyeliners - liquid ones just don't really do it for me. For budget I'd definitely say Bourjois is my favourite, and high end would probably be MAC.
My next must have product is definitely lipstick - in a nude / mauve for day time, and I love a statement intense red lip for the evening. Sleek is one of my favourite budget lipstick brands, and high end would be NARS, Tom Ford and Charlotte Tilbury.
My last must have product would probably be a contour powder. I love giving my face a bit more shape and emphasising my cheekbones. Rodial's Instaglam Contour Deluxe Contour Powder is fantastic but a tad pricey. For a budget option the Barry M Chisel Cheeks Contour Kit is great alternative.
What beauty trends are making an impact at the moment?
I'm seeing a lot of luminous skin coming up for spring summer, which I just love. Really natural looking, glowing-from-within complexions. It makes a refreshing change from the higher coverage matte finishes from Winter. Highlighters are also really big at the moment too - Becca's Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop is a must have! And the matte liquid lipstick trend is showing no signs of slowing down.
Tell me about your proudest blogging achievement?
This is a difficult one! I was a beauty blogger for beauty at Tesco this time last year, that was a complete wow moment for me! I also collaborated with Cohorted and chose the products for their December beauty box. That was pretty awesome too!
What is your favourite blog post of 2015 and why?
One of the ones that stands out for me is my 'How Much Do Blogger Earn' post.
I put a lot of work into researching this, and I loved how it started a conversation on the subject of earning money, which many bloggers don't really talk about. I see so many bloggers under valuing themselves, I think this should really be discussed more.
Do you have any specific goals for 2016?
In general terms I'd just like to improve - improve my photography, my writing, and refine my overall blog style. I'd also really like to up my Instagram game. I haven't really used it too much up until now so I really want to work on that. Same with Pinterest - oh and I want to figure out Snapchat too!
Tell me have you read Michelle's blog?