A Few Questions Answered

April 27, 2011
What kind of camera do you use? I use a Sony Cyber-Shot Carl Zeiss 8.1 Mega Pixel digital camera, I’m not sure of the exact model but the top says DSC-N1. The lense says 2,8-5,4/7,9-23,7. It was given to me as a gift around 2005. Update – all photos are taken with either the auto or forced flash settings. Photoshop is used for all photo editing. As many have noted, you don’t need a super expensive camera to take decent photos! Play with lighting, angles, zooming – the fun is in the experimentation.

What’s your favorite brand? I don’t have one favorite, but these are my current top picks: Chanel, Dior, Edward Bess, NARS.

Can you post pictures of your eye makeup? I’ve tried numerous times and they just don’t turn out so great. So, no, sorry.

Have you written your update on Chanel Vitalumière Aqua? Yes. See it here. It’s no replacement for Teint Innocence, but it’s the next best thing in my opinion. I am still crying over the discontinuation of Chanel’s Teint Innocence Liquid Foundation. I’ve stocked up on 4 back up bottles.

How do you find the right nail polish for your skintone? My answer is two-fold. 1) I don’t think there is a right or wrong color for skintone, it’s just a matter of personal preference 2) My personal preference is subject to occasion, mood and mostly a matter of being brave to try almost anything (except certain green, blue and yellow). But then I could be completely wrong in what I like. I’ve definitely had occasions I’ve fallen in love with a color to be told by close ones I trust, “that’s not good with your skintone.”

How do you like Edward Bess Daydream Bronzer? I feel like a broken record saying this yet again, but it is my holy grail of bronzers. If you do a blog search, you will find a number of features, swatches and reviews on this beauty. Note I am a Southern California girl who loves the sun and always prefers to be tan. My personal style is natural but for bronzer I will do anything from a soft to a dramatic bronzer. I don’t stick to one look for anything, bronzer included. The Edward Bess bronzers are extremely versatile and layerable.

Is the EB Daydream better than the new bronzers from Chanel or Dior? I cannot say whether I think one is better than the other – they are all unique and different in their own way. I find EB Daydream is my go-to staple (my personal current favorite) but the Chanel and Dior are equally gorgeous. I do personally believe the Daydream is more universally flattering for fair to medium skintones. Everyone has a different preference for what they envision the perfect bronze to look like, I cannot tell what will look best on you, I only know Edward Bess’ Daydream looks good on everyone I’ve seen it on (I’ve probably observed it on about 10 different faces). This is not to say the EB Daydream is better or the best. I think there are a number of other great bronzers out there. I lived on NARS Laguna through my college days and still love it. MAC Golden and Bronze are fabulous natural looking bronzers that are soft and glowy (and very affordable). Armani has great bronzers. Right now my favorite is the Edward Bess.

Can you link my blog and/or website or can I write a guest post for you? At this time I do not take guest posts and I like to keep my blog advertising free other than consumer to consumer. I will link outside of my blog when I feel it is relevant to what I am writing about. I do not appreciate aggressive bloggers who pressure me to link them. This is one reason why I do not publish comments with spam links.

Do you receive special perks or treatment for being a blogger? No, I do not. I’ve only told a very small handful of people who I am (literally less than I can count on my fingers). They kindly respect my privacy. For PR lists, I think I’m on a total of only 4, which may be surprising to many of you. I have not actively requested to be added to PR lists. I’ve been invited to a small select few and of those few, I am very selective (you will note if you search hard through my blog I have only featured 2 items that were sent for review).

I’m a new blogger, can you check out my blog and tell me what to change and how to get more traffic? First, welcome to the blogging world! Second I think all of us always wonder about hits and web traffic. I’m not one who has really figured it out. Patience is key and I will say if you’re mostly concerned about traffic you’re starting off on the wrong foot. Third, I’m flattered you would ask for my opinion about your blog – but I believe blogging is a personal process you need to discover on your own. Even after a couple months, many are impatient wanting to get it perfect right away. Appreciate that you are doing something creative on your own and be original. Don’t try to mimic someone else. Almost 2 years later, I’m still developing my own blogging style.

Can you show more pictures of your dogs? It’s hard to get both my JRTs to sit still together in one spot. I would love more photos of my pups, but I tend to get pictures of only one at a time. They just have way too much excitement! Here’s one with their baby from several years ago. His first baby steps.

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  • resham April 27, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    I love your blog for all the high end products you cover. Personally, owning high end products is pure luxury for me. I think you have covered soo much in that area, that I trust your knowledge n opinions more than the girls in my make-up counter. I always refer your blog, before trying them at counters.
    Sometimes I sound very 'knowledgeable', thanks to all the minute comparisons I read here. Then the SA gives me more attention…lol!!

    Thank you and please continue the fantastic Website/Beauty Blog.

  • Eileen April 27, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    Although you've published a similar post in the past, I'm sure it's worth repeating as new readers are always discovering you.

    Sabrina, it is your warmth, friendliness, and integrity, along with your unwillingness to be a shill for cosmetic companies or a platform for their advertising that makes your blog such a pleasurable read. Your blogging "voice" is that of a good friend who is happy to share her beauty experiences with all her gal pals. Your genuine reviews are honest and articulate. Your photos and swatches are top notch. Your outfits of the day and peeks inside your purses show what a stylish lady you are without being the proverbial slave to fashion. The way in which you pull together various make-up looks is inspiring while always remaining true to your own personal esthetic. Everything about your delightful blog reflects your thoughtfulness and enthusiasm for the world of beauty. Long may you blog!

  • Debra April 27, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    I second everything that Eileen just said. You approach your blog in an extremely professional way, The fact that you do not accept "perks" permits me to feel very confident about your already exquisite choices of makeup.

    I'm not easily influenced about makeup purchases. My lists subdivide into more lists before I commit to what I want/need. But because of your blog, I've purchased Dior Aloha and intend to wear it soon! I'd been trying to choose between Edward Bess Daydream and D&G Cashmere and I went with the D&G simply because of the Saks F&F. But my Edward Bess list remains intact! I now have a "bronzer basket." It's small, and Dior Aurora is the current star.

    Thank you so much for this confidential commentary. The look in the eyes of your JRTs provides a boost to the energy level and, sigh for that puppy!

  • baby in a corner April 27, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    I love your blog! I stop by everyday. I like how you put together composite posts and make me think about products that I already own again.

  • DSK Steph April 27, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    Your dogs are so cute! <3

  • Larie April 27, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    That picture of your dogs is too cute! My mum's JRT is crazy excited all the time too, but my brother has made it his job to take all kinds of fun photos of her. They really are adorable, though I definitely don't have the energy to keep up with them!

  • La Petite Olga April 27, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    Love your Blog. I think you write really great reviews and when I'm considering new make-up I'll always check your blog!

    xx Olga

  • Irene April 28, 2011 at 12:31 am

    you take awesome photos with a phoot and shoot! I'm still crying over NARS calanque trio. the lightest color doesn't even show up on my skin but I'm not putting my blame on anyone. hey, sometimes everything is worth the trial and error, right? I use the middle color a lot, though.

  • jojoba (My Makeup Reviews) April 28, 2011 at 4:12 am

    it's awesome that you took time out to reply questions! and it's even better to know you take great pictures with a simple compact digicam! yay! I have said this over and again that everyone is capable of taking good pictures so long as the person takes time to learn the trick of trade.

    Love your pic of the dogs even though I am not much a dog person. Animals are all cute in their natural way. 🙂

  • LuckyRedLisa April 29, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    This seemed like the perfect post to comment on to let you know how much I ADORE your blog. I have been trying to be more selective in my cosmetics purchases, so I've been avoiding MUA. But I still visit your blog daily because, while your passion for makeup comes through load and clear with every post, you never fall for the hype (as I so often do!). Your knowledgeable and thoughtful approach makes you, IMHO, the most trustworthy blogger on the web.
    I look forward to your posts and reviews of products I'm interested in, and make better purchases because of them.
    I truly appreciate you sharing your hard work with us.
    I join the cheer- long may you blog!

  • Sabrina May 2, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Thank you all for your continuing support, inspiration and for sharing your beauty experiences/thoughts with me.

    Resham – Thank you, I love your story about going to the counters. LOVE it that SAs give you more attention due to your knowledge. I love your blog as well. Amazing photos you have!

    Eileen – Thanks to you too – you know how many of us LOVE YOU? We are forever fans of yours. I appreciate your kind words, they've touched my heart beyond what I can describe.

    Debra – Thank you. The perks are always nice. I strongly believe many who receive them are well deserving. I have received a few – I'm lucky to not have to come across the situation like others. Brands simply just don't contact me like they contact others which I'm ok with (ie in huge volumes). I'm making baby steps for now.

    Baby in a Corner – I need to revisit older favorites more often. It's so easy to get caught up in the new-and-now. So many old neglected beauties! I'm glad I help you revisit things you already own.

    DSK – I heart my pups. Yours are adorable too!

    Larie – LOL, yes "crazy excited" is the best way to describe JRTs.

    La Petite Olga – thank you 🙂

    Irene – Wow, thanks. It's amazing what you can do with a simple digital camera that just points and shoots. Yes, lol, that's what I do! It's fun. RE NARS Calanque – trial and error. I am still experimenting but this one just isn't the typical awesome NARS quality.

    Jojoba – I HEART YOU! Your words mean so much to me. I'm an amateur photographer but I have a lot of fun. Thank you for your constant support.

    LuckyRedLisa – You and me both. I'm trying to be more selective as well but blogging makes it a challenge sometimes! I think all of us bloggers enable each other with our reviews and photos and swatches. Thank you for your support.

  • gorgeois May 11, 2011 at 12:39 am

    Sabrina, I'm speechless that you take these exquisite photos with a Sony compact! I will be starting my own blog any day now, and I'm nervous as heck about the photography aspect. Your experience gives me hope that I'll be able to do a good job.

    As a longtime fan of TBLB, I appreciate this post. It's always nice when bloggers take the time to respond to questions and comments. Keep up the good work. 🙂

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