Helen is half of the blogging duo that runs Just Nice Things, a UK based blog that I've been following forever, it seems! She has beautifully long nails - yet another lady that I envy, I wished mine would grow to that length but mine seem to always snap off well before I ever get there. Helen blogs mainly about nail polish, for her part of Just Nice Things, but if you haven't seen it, she's got the most AMAZING Nars collection ever and has done a series of posts about it. Makes me swoon! I've found that although most of the ladies I'm featuring blog mainly about nail polish, we also share a love of makeup as well. Helen got married last year, and shared with us her absolutely stunning photos - and she's just bought a lovely house that if I were her, I'd never want to leave. The garden! Oh gosh, that garden is too perfect.
1.How long have you been blogging?
I’ve been blogging since February 2009. So about two and a half years of daily posts now. I feel exhausted just thinking about that!
2. What inspired you to start blogging? How did you come up with the name of your blog?
It was when the OPI Russian and France collections came out and I bought a few of the shades and went over to my friend’s house to show her my haul. She just looked at me quizzically as if to say “but these are all the same colour” and I had to point out that actually they were subtly different, and that she just didn’t get it.
I then stumbled upon Scrangie, read her entire blog in a weekend and she led me to a number of my other favourite American nail bloggers. It dawned on me that there was a gap in the market for an English nail blogger and so I mulled it over for a while before asking Sheenie along for the ride. Sheenie is a friend I made through Facebook (via a forum about The Apprentice tv show) and I knew that she was a qualified makeup artist so could add something else to the blog. We started out as “Helen & Sheenie’s Nice Things” before buying the Just Nice Things domain.
3. What is your favorite color? Is it your favorite polish color, as well?
I don’t really have a favourite colour. I wear a lot of earth toned shades but I don’t honestly think I have a “favourite”. Although people who know me do know that I have a weakness for taupe and mushroom toned polishes.
4. Is there a polish color you won't wear?
Mint green, like China Glaze For Audrey or any of that family. They give me the worst lobster hands and I hate it!
5. Do a lot of people offline notice your polish/nail art? What kinds of comments do you get?
Shop assistants, mainly. I get asked how I keep my nails so long. Ironically, they are about a third of the length that they were when I started blogging!
6. What are some of your favorite blogs? (Doesn't necessarily have to be polish related!)
The ones I always read are:
Vampy Varnish http://vampyvarnish.com/
Get Lippie http://getlippie.blogspot.com/
Vex In The City www.vexinthecity.com/
London MakeUp Girl www.londonmakeupgirl.com/
Modesty Brown http://www.modestybrown.com/
I’m lucky enough to count these ladies as friends as well, which is one of the best things to have ever come out of blogging – I never expected to get such a great social life with like-minded people.
7. What other hobbies and interests do you have outside of polish and blogging?
Hmmm well if you follow me on Twitter you will know that I love to cook and I love to read. We also have a pretty cool home cinema setup at our house so spend a lot of time watching films and TV series (I’ve just started watching Game of Thrones and I am obsessed already!)
8. Tell us a bit more about yourself. Any tidbits you'd like to share!
I have a cat. I have a degree in English Literature. I work in sales. I’m happily married. A fairly open book really, which you’ll know if you read my blog!
9. What is the one beauty item you cannot live without - you won't go out of the house without using or wearing it?
Well I go out of the house without make-up all the time (at weekends, nipping out for some milk) but I suppose it would be eyeliner. I like a good smudgy kohl eye - quick and easy to pull off.
10. What is the craziest/most interesting thing you've ever done?
I am so boring! There was the time that I ended up on TV - a BBC researcher read a blog I did about a spa and how the water there was beneficial to my skin, and asked me to appear on TV talking about it. Alongside a disgraced Conservative MP who was presenting the show. Really strange. Also crazy as there is no way in the world I ever wanted to appear on national television in my bikini but all my friends egged me on to do it. Peer pressure or what!
Helen's wearing a shade from the OPI holiday collection, The Muppets. This one is called Designer, de Better! Gorgeous, I can't WAIT to see all the shades from this collection - I love holiday collections and Helen has given us a sneak peek at two of the shades! I want to add here that she's right - I follow her on twitter and she's always mentioning what she cooks for dinner and leaving me starving.