Whenever I’m looking to buy a new beauty product, there’s a couple of blogs which I always rush to first to check out their reviews. One of these is BonjourLuce, an incredible beauty/lifestyle/sometimes fashion blog ran by the lovely Luce. If like me, you find the world of skincare bamboozling, then this is one blog you want to check out. Making everything seem simple, this girl certainly knows how to persuade me to go shopping!
What was it that sparked your decision to start your blog?
I had been reading blogs for a few years and I was suddenly buying a lot more than I usually do, so I thought why not write about it all?
Were there any blogs in particular that inspired you? If so, which ones?
I had been reading Lily Pebbles, Vivianna Does Makeup and Zoella from the beginning, so probably them!
What would you say are the pros and cons of blogging?
The main pro is the community. I’ve met some of my closest friends through blogging which is amazing, everyone is so similar in some way that we all get along. Similar the last pro is meeting a lot of people in the beauty industry. It’s really helped me decide what I want to do as a career in the future, as they’re so inspiring. To me there aren’t many cons, as I rarely get hate, but there are so many girls in the blogging community that it can get quite bitchy at times. Another one would be when you start to compare your own blogs to other people’s blogs. That isn’t healthy for you.
Have you had any blogging highlights?
One of the main blogging highlights was going to London fashion week! I’ve always been avid follower of the fashion weeks so it was a dream come true. Another one would be landing myself an internship at a great PR company through my blog.
How long have you been interested in beauty?
Since my early teens! I’ve made my mistakes with beauty, like over plucking eyebrows, but I’ve always been interested in it. It was my older sister who sparked this whole beauty obsession, she used to pass on her unwanted items!
Something I love about your blog is how simply you explain the importance of skincare/haircare/make-up whilst making it super easy to understand.
So, what advice would you give to those just branching out into it all?
Invest in good skincare, I don’t mean £50+ creams, just a good cleanser and moisturiser. Your skin will thank you later in life. Once you have good skin, you can just use high street make up as it will sit perfectly on your perfect skin!
Have you any skincare tips that you swear by?
Ooo, my top tip would be to always double cleanse after wearing make up. Step away from make up wipes and never cleanse with micellar water, just use that to remove your make up.
If you could only have 5 pieces of skincare and 5 pieces of make-up, what products would you choose?
My five skincare bits would be REN Rosa Centifolia Cleansing Gel, Pixi Glow Tonic, Origins Make A Difference Plus Serum, Origins GinZing Moisturiser and REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask!
My five make-up bits would be Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation, NARS Creamy Concealer, Tom Ford Brow Sculptor in Blonde, Benefit ‘They’re Real’ Mascara and MAC Plumful Lipstick!
And finally, what’s currently at the top of your beauty wishlist?
The item I’m craving at the moment is Hourglass Ambient Lightening Powder palette. It comes out on Nov 4th and it’s limited edition, meaning I HAVE to have it!
Are you a reader of BonjourLuce? Who are your favourite beauty bloggers?
Well, where do I start? Olivia’s blog has been one of my favourites for such a long time now. Posting a mixture of fashion, music and lifestyle posts, I could easily spend hours reading through them all (wow, I sound like a stalker.. I’m not, promise!). Whether it’s clothes-envy (that girl has a wardrobe to die for), hair-envy (no-one rocks the beehive better) or shoe-envy (she owns those infamous Charlottle Olympia kitty flats. Jealous? nooo…), her effortless style is something I find incredibly inspiring. And she’s a fellow lover of 60s/70s style mixed with Alexa Chung and Audrey Hepburn, dare I say more?
Anyways, she very thankfully agreed to answer a few little questions, and I loved reading them. Hope you do too! (And if you haven’t read her blog before: 1. where have you been? 2. why are you still reading this?! go visit it now!)
All photographs are taken from her blog.
Is there a story behind why you started your blog? Were their any other blogs which particularly inspired you?
Not really- as boring as it sounds! It initially began as a music blog filled with reviews and live photography- but eventually molded into something far more fashion based after becoming inspired by so many amazing blogs (which I was kindly introduced to by my best friend).
What is it you love about blogging? Any blogging highlights so far?
So much! The highlight is probably the friendships I’ve made through it, and some of the hugely inspirational and talented ladies I’ve had the chance to work and collaborate with. I’ve been lucky to work with some of my favourite brands and go to some awesome places, which is endlessly amazing and surreal- so I’m constantly grateful for any opportunities that come up.
I absolutely love your style (and I’m sure many others agree) – it’s flawless. What inspires you style-wise? Any ‘style icons’ or eras you find reflecting through how you dress?
Oh thank you! In terms of inspiration, I probably get inspired by everything and anything. I spend an unholy amount of time of sites like Pinterest so I guess that’s a pretty massive contribution. I’m also inspired by magazines, the music and artists I’m listening to, the films I’m watching (namely anything with Audrey Hepburn in will influence the next days outfit) and the people I’m with- it totally differs! With style icons I’d probably go with Audrey (again), Miss Chung because it’d probably be rude not to include her, Anna Karina, Solange Knowles (that girl can work a printed suit like no one I’ve ever seen) and Florence Welch.
How would you describe your style?
Probably girly with a bit of tomboy thrown in mixed with a school girly sixties nostalgia (what a jumble)!
What would you say are your staple items?
A Breton striped tee, skinny jeans and some red lipstick!
I love how you incorporate music into your blog, I’m a big music fan (and actually write for a music website/magazine myself!). Who are currently your favourite artists/bands?
Oh goodness where to begin! I love love love Miles Kane (4eva and alwayz), Haim, Temples, Frank Ocean, Peace and Palma Violets- but am constantly on the look out for new music!
What is your idea of a perfect day out?
It would probably include seeing my family and friends (and probably cooking them up some fine Italian food), browsing some shops/vintage markets, a beachy stroll (not sure how I could incorporate this) and wrapping it up curled up in bed with tea, biscuits and films.
Finally, if you were hosting your own imaginary tea party, and you could invite 5 guests (dead or alive). Who would you pick and why?
Oh goodness, I don’t even know where to begin. Assuming she’d accept my invite I’d invite the Queen (I bet she’s got some good tea time stories), Alexa Chung (so she could enlighten me about clothes/life/being a babe), Audrey Hepburn (I think that’s pretty self explanatory), Rachel Khoo (so she could cook and then take me back to Paris with her) and Zooey Deschanel to sing. Although I have a HUGE guestlist for this tea party too…
Oh my god I forgot John Lennon and Elvis.
And can I have Lena Dunham?
This is way too hard.
(Ps. Apologies on not posting at all this week again, if you follow me on twitter you’ll know I’ve been super busy with uni work! I’ll be posting more often soon, I promise!)
First of all, a little side note. Sorry I’ve been a little bit of a missing blogger this week, I can’t even say I’ve been super busy because I haven’t. I just haven’t felt up for blogging and a little blah inspiration-wise, which is silly, but hey-ho!
Anyways, onto this week’s ‘Meet the Blogger’, the lovely Rebecca from It’s Cohen, a 21 year old living currently studying English in Liverpool. I’m not even sure when I started reading her blog, it was that long ago, I just love it. Rebecca is a fellow lover of stripes, Alexa Chung (sailor coat twinz) and peter pan collars, so what isn’t there to love? It’s such a happy blog, and I’ve noticed she is a fan of the goofy sassy poses like myself, work it gurl, haha! Anyways, if you haven’t read her blog before, go do it! And if you’re wanting to know a little bit about her, then read on.
– What was it that made you want to start your own blog in the first place?
– I started mine during sixth form as a place for me to do something a little less academic. I really enjoyed reading blogs, particularly fashion and style ones, so it only made sense to give it a go. I would never have guessed that I’d still be doing it three years later.
– Have their been any highlights of your ‘blogging life’ so far? What is it you love about the blogging community?
– Highlights vary from posts where I’ve taken a photo which I’m genuinely very proud of to being shortlisted as one of Lomography’s top blogs of 2013; I always do try my hardest to take photos and write something that people like to see, and I can’t describe the feeling you get when someone else says that they appreciate it. The blogging community really is a community, and that’s what I like about it. I like twitter best for having a chat, and everyone’s really supportive, and readily answers any questions you may have. it’s like 21st century girl power!
– Who are your biggest style influences?
– Honestly, I think it’s other blogs. I mean, I read magazines and am interested in it girls and musicians, but I’ll try on an outfit and find myself emulating another blogger without even thinking about it consciously.
– How would you describe your style in 3 words?
– (amy, this is the hardest question!) Weather-dependant frontwoman wannabe. Whatever that means.
– What are your favourite clothing/shoe/accessory ‘can’t live without’ items?
– A coat. It’s always cold, and I’d rather be warm!
– If you had £100 to spend on anything, what would you choose?
– Right now I reckon I’d spend it on a bag big enough to fit both my laptop and camera in securely. It’s much more practical than one of the tote bags I’m currently using, and that’s the only way I could justify spending so much on one item – I’m definitely one for searching through charity shops and ebay.