Welcome to the April installment of my blogger of the month series. Each month I will be recognizing and featuring someone who I believe to be a true talent in the beauty blogging world. For this monthly feature I have included an interview as well as a gallery of their best work. And, as a special treat, I have commissioned an exclusive look for the monthly 'Pigments & Palettes Challenge'. The next blogger I've decided to feature is:
Sonja is a very talented blogger and artist, but what I admire about her most is her infallibly positive and loving spirit. She's a young mother with a beautiful family and even though she just found out she has colon cancer at only age 26 she has never wavered once. She's as strong as ever, already calling herself a survivor. She's got such courage and grace in the face of something that would destroy most people and she's still creating stunning looks even going through chemo! I hope someday I can have her kind of character. To learn more about Sonja's condition and colon cancer awareness please read her special post here. Now, on to the interview!!
What does your blog name mean, and how did you come up with it?
Well, I've always considered myself to be kind of the girl next door, you know, just your average girl. And I wanted to somehow add in the fact that it's about beauty and makeup so I figured I'd call it the Beautiful Life of the Girl Next Door.
If I'm being completely honest here, my favorite part is probably being sent new products (especially products from small, indie brands) to try out and review. I really enjoy seeing what kind of products people are putting out and letting my followers know about them, good or bad. The part I like least is probably still feeling like I should post even when I'm in a rut. When I'm stuck with nothing creative or even pretty to post, I still feel like I should post whatever looks I come up with.
What are the three most important things for people to know about you?
1. My family means everything to me.
2. I'm honest. I'm not going to tell you I like something if I don't.
3. In a few months I'm going to be a cancer survivor. Right now I'm going through chemotherapy but just you wait a few months when it's all over, I'll be a survivor.
What is something people would be surprised to learn about you?
That I love animals as much as I like makeup. We have a house full of lizards. And two dogs (pit bulls to be exact).
What would you say is most unique/different about your blog & looks?
This is a tough question. Well, I have to say that I feel like the looks I do aren't boring, yet are attainable. Sometimes I look at blogs and the makeup people do (ahem Meredith) and the looks are so beautiful that I think, 'I could never do that!' but hopefully people look at my blog and think, 'hey, I could do that!'. That would make me happy if people looked at what I do and got inspired and tried it.
What's your biggest personal success so far (blogging or otherwise)?
Gosh these are hard questions. I think my biggest personal successes are my personal relationships. I know this is a weird answer but I have some incredible relationships, my strongest being my marriage. My husband and I are really close and we rarely fight. We're really good at telling each other how we feel without getting defensive, which is something I'm realizing is very rare. I'm very lucky.
What was the first look you ever posted and what do you think of it now?
My first look was one I posted on Makeup Geek for an NBA team challenge. I look back at the first few looks on there and wonder what the heck I was doing with my editing. I edited the colors too much. The look itself isn't horrible but I know I could do WAY better now!
What's one question you want to ask to next month's Blogger of the Month?
What makeup techniques are still tricky for you?
- Toria, BotM (March)
Probably jewelry making. I've never done it but it interests me.
The Pigments & Palettes Challenge
For Sonja's Palette of the Month Challenge, she received the following color scheme
And here's the look she came up with!
Thanks Sonja for your fabulous interview!! Please check out her blog and send her lots of love as she goes through her most recent round of chemo. Love you Sonja!!