I still think of Kelly's blog, Vampy Varnish, as a top tier blog. You guys know that she actually did what a lot of us only dream about, and collaborated with BB Couture to create her very own collection? Amazing, isn't it! What's even more amazing is how down to earth and kind she is. I probably put her on more of a pedestal than she thinks of herself, she's super sweet and very interesting to talk to! Her favorite holiday is Halloween, just like me - and she and her hubby go all out. I look forward to hearing about what her costume will be! It's always something interesting. We both love to read Stephen King. And we're very close in age.
She recently changed her format to include both makeup AND nail polish. I'm glad she's done this, very often times I find we like similar products and brands in makeup and I have always liked her style of writing.
One more thing I'd like to mention - her photography is AMAZING. Not just with products, but she's taken photos on her vacations that are absolutely breathtaking.
1. How long have you been blogging?
Three years in September.
2. What inspired you to start blogging? How did you come up with the name of your blog?
I had been looking for a hobby for literally years and never found anything I stuck with. I came across Scrangie and The Polish Addict's blogs one day while looking for nail polish photos and thought now THAT looks fun! I wanted to combine my love of writing and makeup into one hobby and blogging was perfect. Along the way I also developed a serious passion for photography. I came up with my blog name because I have always been drawn to darker or "vampy" colors of nail polish and of course the "varnish" part just fit naturally and kind of rolls off your tongue.
3. What is your favorite color? Is it your favorite polish color, as well?
My favorite color is probably cornflower blue. I love it in clothes, makeup, wall color, etc. For nail polish though my favorite is hands down olive green. I am obsessed with any murky olive or army green color.
4. Is there a polish color you won't wear?
Yes. A lot of yellows look really bad with my skin because I have yellow undertones. The only ones I can wear are cool-toned lemon yellows.
5. Do a lot of people offline notice your polish/nail art? What kinds of comments do you get?
I do occasionally get comments about my nail polish color. It's always kind of awkward when the
person asks what it is and it's some obscure brand or a color that isn't even out in stores yet!
6. What are some of your favorite blogs? (Doesn't necessarily have to be polish related!)
Honestly I do not read very many blogs anymore because I have no time! My fav beauty blog is Makeup and Beauty Blog though and I read it a few times a week if not every day. Some non-beauty related ones I love are Dooce, The Pioneer Woman and Nothing But Bonfires.
7. What other hobbies and interests do you have outside of polish and blogging?
I watch a lot of TV and movies and I read a ton. I don't really think of reading as a hobby though, it's more of a necessity! I also like baking but don't have the time to do it that often. And of course I hang out with my wonderful kittehs.
8. Tell us a bit more about yourself. Any tidbits you'd like to share!
I'm a total dork in real life. I have very few actual friends, two of whom live in other states now and I miss a lot! I work 4 days a week and spend the other 3 pretty much working on my blog constantly. I have no life. ;)
9. What is the one beauty item you cannot live without - you won't go out of the house without
using or wearing it?
Not including an SPF, which I wear every single day, I would have to say Benefit Brow Zings. I MUST have my brows filled in or I look like an alien!
10. What is the craziest/most interesting thing you've ever done?
Hmm I definitely don't do many crazy things, not a big risk taker. When I was 27 I quit a job I had been at for 2 years without getting another one first. It was kind of a big deal because I was paying a half of a mortgage, but I just couldn't take it anymore. I wrote the owner of the company a letter telling her exactly why I
was leaving and everything I thought about how they were running that place. It felt great to get it off my chest! Got a MUCH better job 3 months later. :)
This is a photo of Kelly's beloved China Glaze Out On Safari! I knew that it was her favorite polish, so I was hoping she'd include that picture. It's a stunner and one I'd love to find!