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This is the first guest post from our new contributor and we look forward to many more
Hi my name is Kate and I’m a 21 year old nana, my hobbies include; quilting, sewing, tea, cats, my husband, cooking, Antiques Road Show, and I get a huge kick out of ironing everything. I also happen to not mind staying home on a Saturday night and going to bed at 10pm.
I got married when I was 19, was not pregnant or abstinent ( the answers to the generic questions which usually follow getting married young. You were thinking it!)
I am very lucky to be able to work with the intellectually disabled and I LOVE MY JOB.
I am passionate about most things in my life and can’t wait to start sharing some of it with you!!!
We’ve written about the lovely Sue Tyler and her gorgeous jewellery before, but with Christmas coming up, we thought it might be a good idea to talk about her again. In fact, it’s really excellent timing because all this week she’s offering items at super special prices, and to celebrate, we’ve got one of
her gorgeous sugar skull necklaces to give away!
To make this a happy holiday for everyone, if you want to win it, we’ll make it real simple. Just leave us a comment before December 15 telling us what you’d like to see more of on PPP next year, and we’ll draw the winner that day so you’ll get your skull in time for Xmas.
(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…
We’re turning 1 really soon (April 14 to be exact) and so of course we’re throwing a really big party to celebrate, and we want you to come along!
It’ll be held at my house in Newtown, and if you came along to our 3rd Month Anniversary, you’ll have a vague idea of what to expect, only this will be four times as awesome (and that’s a mathimagical fact).
- Awesome company!
- Beauty advice!
- Clothing & product swaps! (Start clearing out your closets now)
- Exclamation marks!
- Foot spas!
- Karoke & Wii goodness!
- Linden Leaves goodies!
- Sampling galore!
- Sugar overloading!
- Tea from China White!
- Wine from Fiasco!
We’d so love you to come along. So much so, in fact, that we’ve created a facebook invite so you can add yourself to the event. If you haven’t met us in person, don’t be afraid. We are lovely lovely people, and we promise you’ll have fun.
Also, if you’re with a company and you’d like to help us out with making the event extra special with giveaways, products to try, or even with the drinking/catering side of things, we would love to work with you. Give me a call on 021 212 7920 or send me an email – jo (a) prettyprettypretty.com. Hurrah!
Hi! We are still alive, and we are still using many lovely products. We’ve just both been insanely busy though. Updates as normal will follow shortly, but until then, two things:
- We’re going to be having a BIG one year anniversary party in March or April (date to be confirmed) and as part of that there’ll be another clothing swap, so please start saving clothes to trade.
- I love the cover for the new LOVE magazine so much:
- What’s a new product or regime you’ve tried lately? Details please!
So now Pretty Pretty Pretty has a twitter account, as you can see over there on our sidebar (um, I haven’t fixed the style sheets yet, whoops), or perhaps we’ve started following you. If you want to hear instant goodness from us instantly (“we’re in the shop! there’s a sale!” or “should I buy two or three lipsticks?” and the like) you should join Twitter, if you haven’t already, and start following us. And if you don’t get Twitter, well, here’s a link to a little video about it for more information.
Today we have the lovely Rachel with us, and we got her to draw out the names of our Pretty Prize Pack competition winners. To prove our authenticity, we filmed the process.
But if you want to cut straight to the action, congratulations to:
Yay! Can you guys please email amy (at) prettyprettypretty.com with your addresses, and we’ll get that straight out to you.