Pretty pretty people: Amy from PPP
(It’s our party and we’ll interview who we want to!)
1. Why did you start up PPP?
I love make-up. It’s the art I can do every day whether it’s for five mins on the bus or for a whole hour before a party. It’s what I love spending money on, and trying on and playing with and appreciating on others. But there’s so much crap out there, and so many traps and tricks. And there doesn’t seem to be many consumer guides for the cosmetics industry despite its hugeness (try searching for product trials for cosmetics in Consumer Magazine – there’s very few). So as I got more experienced with make-up, I wanted to share and collect tips and info. And then I found pursebuzz.com. She’s awesome! I wanted to do what she was doing but locally (to NZ). Not that I really compare PPP to pursebuzz.com – it’s way different because we’re different.
2.What are some of the highlights of the past year?
Definitely trying free stuff. I’ve been privileged to try out locally made beauty products from truly inspiring business women, and I wish them all the luck in the world with their products. Also, reading comments from readers sharing their insights! I’ve learnt so much from readers’ comments.
3. Anything you hope to change or improve on next year?
I want to hear more from PPP readers. The next time I buy a beauty product I want it to be because one of my trusted PPP friends recommended it (as opposed to some model in an ad recommending it because she got paid a million to). So I want to improve interactivity on the site, make people feel comfortable to contribute and share and comment.
4. This is the toughie: you only get three get three beauty products for the rest of your life. What are they?
One: fish oil. this stuff has done wonders for my dandruff and finger nails. Two: sunblock – a beauty product that saves lives. Three: Skinfood Body Butter – this stuff smells great, is natural, feels great, and I’m sure I could eat it too. Four: mascara – doubles as eyeliner, brow shaper, and beauty spot maker. (Sorry, math was never may strong point).
5. How do you define pretty, and has that definition changed over the past year?
I don’t know! I guess part of the reason I wanted to blog about beauty was to find out the secrets behind pretty women. I mean, how do they make their skin glow, how do they make their hair shiny, how do they choose such pretty jewellery, how come their eyes are so sparkly? But what I’ve learnt is that there’s no secrets, just people doing what they enjoy. They make their skin glow because they like body butter, they hair is shiny because they like going to the hairdresser, they choose pretty jewellery because they love jewellery. So maybe pretty is doing what you enjoy. Which is why putting on make-up makes me feel pretty….maybe??? i dunno…