Hooray for Friday Follows! I’m so excited to share Dark Eyed Fran’s blog, Life at the Vanity. I mentioned yesterday that blogging about lipstick was a hint. Fran’s blog is “a makeup addict’s duty to the world.” She shares all about her personal experiences with makeup: the products she loves & why. On a personal note, I’ve known this lady since she was in 6th grade; she’s been one of my sister’s best friend for years. It has been so great to see the girl bloom in to an awesome woman. And now, I’m addicted to her blog! But enough of my babbling, read the interview & see for yourself…
Good Golly Miss Mollie: Tell us about yourself…
Dark Eyed Fran: I am currently in Graduate school to get my Masters in Teaching so I can teach either middle or high school! I graduated with a BA in art and have won numerous awards including the converse “punk your chucks” contest, and designing the Hyatt hotels house chardonnay! I love vintage things (even before it was popular I was an old soul), baking, art, makeup, and a glass of sweet tea!
GGMM: Where does “Dark Eyed Fran” come from?
DEF: Darkeyedfran was the name I used for my deviant art account, my middle name is Frances and and I have dark eyes which I love!
GGMM: When you were apartment hunting was a vanity a requirement or just a bonus?
DEF: The vanity was an added bonus but it pretty much sealed the deal in my apt. hunt. Also the building itself is a historical monument built in 1926 and still sports the original elevator with closing gate.
GGMM: What made you decide to start blogging about makeup?
DEF: I consider makeup reviews to be my “duty to the world” in a way, I always try and make informed decisions when buying a makeup product because there are so many flops! So I find it my duty to report how well the makeup performs, which are my favorite etc. I also have ALOT of makep.
GGMM: Since you’re just recently started, what kind of feedback are you getting & are you surprised by any of it?
DEF: I’m very surprised that my blog isn’t even a week old and it had views from 5 different countries and over 200 american views! I was floored and really excited that I could make even that amount of difference in someone’s cosmetic journey! Alot of people respond on my facebook because they dont have blogger and they really seem to be receptive, even people i haven’t talked to in years have suddenly come to me for advice!
GGMM: What is your goal for this blog?
DEF: This blog is really my incentive for finishing my homework I must say, I tell myself that I can make a post if I finish on time! the overall goal is to help people save money, there will be some mediocre reviews eventually, i’ve just started with drugstore things I really love!
GGMM: What do you hope readers take away from your blog?
DEF: I hope to take away a sense of purpose for this blog and to instill the idea that beauty is not the same thing as being vain…you can love makeup to feel better and more classy and thats not a bad thing. I often post in my PJs! I think in my mascara post I have my hanes t-shirt on…If I can show people that i’m not afraid of being imperfect even though im a beauty blogger then i’ve made some kind of a difference!
To Fran, thank you for being a joy & all around wonderful! To everyone else, go check out Life at the Vanity.