May 31, 2014

May 2014 Blog Of The Month

Girl Behind The Blog: Addison Cain

May's BOTM is one of the very first blogs I actually started following. Back when My Gorgeous Chaos was just a dream in my head, I would read Vanity Talk, and chat to the founder Addison Cain in  our 3:30 PR Writing class. Needless to say, my permanent seat next to this beauty was the beginning of a friendship I am happy to say cultivated throughout the semester.

A recent grad like myself, Addison is both fun and fresh with her content and her candid nature is refreshing to read. Below you will find our interview and be sure to check out her site!

Where are you from and where do you live now?
I am originally from Northern Kentucky, near Cincinnati, but I’m currently living in Lexington, Kentucky.

What was the inspiration behind Vanity Talk? And how long have you been blogging?
Well, I’ve always been a bit of a beauty addict (weekly facials were a regular occurrence around age 12) and as I got older, I realized I had a lot of beauty opinions to share. Eventually, I figured my boyfriend and friends were sick of talking about products with me, so I created Vanity Talk as my creative outlet. Now, Vanity Talk has been around for about a year and a half, with much more to come!

How would you describe your blog to someone who hasn’t visited your site before?
Vanity Talk is a beauty blog where I discuss my latest beauty findings, from shampoo to facial cleanser. I’ve recently (within the past year or so) started incorporating more natural and organic products into my blog, but I still frequently discuss mainstream products as well. You can often find the occasional post on life, fashion and travel on my blog as well!

What’s your daily beauty routine?
Oh, goodness! Where to begin? Well, I believe beauty is all about balance. Like I said, I’ve recently started incorporating more organic products into my routine, but I also still appreciate some of the more unnatural products as well. So things don’t get lost in the shuffle, I’ll divide them into AM and PM.

AM Routine
1. Cleanse with Johnson’s Head-to-Toe Baby Wash
2. Tone with Dickinson’s Witch Hazel Pore Perfecting Toner, a floral hydrosol by The October Union or some other type of toner I’ve created using herbal or green tea
3. Moisturize my eye area with CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion
4. Apply Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm or eos Smooth Sphere Lip Balm in Lemon Drop

5. Apply makeup (in the summer, this typically means little more than concealer, eyeliner and mascara). My current makeup favorites are Ilia Nightfall Mascara, Revlon Colorstay Concealer and Merle Norman Age Defying Eyeliner in Coffee Bean.

PM Routine
1. Cleanse again with my beloved Johnson’s or Yes to Tomatoes Acne Control Gel Cleanser, depending on how my skin is feeling at the time.
2. Tone with with Evian Brumisateur (I know spray waters seem way pretentious, but I love them in the hot summer weather)
3. Moisturize my eye area with CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion
Wipe Noxzema Ultimate Clean Anti-Blemish Pads over any areas that are giving me trouble. If my skin seems clear, I skip this step.
4. Apply Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm
5. Sleep! I try to get at least seven hours a night, because I think it makes a huge difference in the way I look and feel.

Occasionally (about two to three times a week in the summer), I exfoliate using my Clarisonic Mia with cleanser or one of the other exfoliants I have on hand at the time. Osmia Organics Protein Exfoliating Mask is wonderful as a scrub powder and plain oatmeal always works too.

What are some of your favorite beauty products for summer?
I love lighter makeup looks in the summer and I often use products that are sheerer around this time of year. Right now, I love Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmers, Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelée and of course, fun polishes like Revlon Fearless or Essie E-Nuf is E-Nuf.
I remember while we were in class, you shared with me your love of branching out and writing for other outlets. 

Where else can we check out your work?
I wrote an article on DIY Sheet Masks for Refinery29 and also, I wrote an article on engagement photo shoots for the latest issue of Kentucky Bride Magazine!

What’s been your most rewarding moment as a blogger?
I’ve had a few, but I am ecstatic when I share a great product or brand with my readers and they end up loving it as much as I do!

What’s your ultimate goal for Vanity Talk?
I would love to be able to turn my blog into my business one day, but for now, I am completely happy just being able to share new products and my thoughts with my readers. 

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