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20 May 2011

Lauren's Blog Loving with Helen from Just Nice Things

Today we have the beautiful

 Helen from Just Nice Things


Hello! Please introduce yourself and your blog

I’m Helen and my blog is Just Nice Things.  I run the blog with my co-blogger Sheenie and we cover anything and everything in the beauty world. My personal “thing” is nail varnish so the blog is heavily weighted in that direction but we like to think that there’s something for everyone.

When did you start blogging and why?

We started in February 2009 so have been going for well over two years now. I came up with the idea of the blog because I was buying a lot of OPI nail varnish at the time. I went over to a friend’s house with my latest haul, and she just looked at me as if to say “why have you purchased six bottles of nail varnish that all look the same?” They didn’t look the same to me, and at that point I realised that I might be developing a bit of an obsession.

I then started reading other blogs on the internet, discovering people like Scrangie and Vampy Varnish and rapidly realised that there were no UK nail bloggers at all and that there was a gap in the market. I wasn’t sure if I had the confidence to go it alone, so asked Sheenie to join me. She is a qualified make-up artist so I hoped that she could bring another dimension to the blog. At the time, we had never even met – we were “friends” who had “met” on Facebook in an Apprentice themed group and got chatting and realised we had an awful lot in common. So not only do we now run a blog together, we are also brilliant friends. Isn’t the internet great sometimes?

What is your favourite feature on your blog/what posts are you most proud of?

There are a couple of blog posts that I’ve worked on that I am extremely proud of, each of them took well  over a month to complete but I think it was worth it.

The first is my Quick Drying Topcoat Comparison post. There are so many on the market at the moment and I realised that I was falling out of love with Seche Vite so wanted to test some competitors’ offerings to see what else was good. This involved wearing a polish for three days, taking before and after photos and deciding which one was the best. A few people complained that their favourite topcoat wasn’t included here so I do have a sequel in the works...

The second is the result of a hare-brained moment on Twitter where I decided I wanted to do an EOTD with every Nars eyeshadow I owned. This resulted in a mega-post with 28 EOTDs (I’m a Nars fanatic, what can I say). See for yourself here

Describe your style

My  make-up style is quite straightforward. I like big smokey or dramatic eyes and nude lips. As in really nude, not faux-nude with any of that concealer lip nonsense. It’s mainly due to laziness I think, plus I am a little bit scared of lipstick.

As far as clothes go, my style leans more towards rock chick (although I HATE that phrase...but I can’t think of a better way to describe it). I wear a lot of black with the occasional splash of bright colour.

What’s your favourite item of clothing

Probably my McQueen scarf at the moment. I like the iconic skull print and the fact that I can more or less just chuck this on with any outfit. I bought this from Net A Porter a day or so after McQueen died, unsure if they were going to make any more, and thinking that I wanted to own a piece of British fashion history. The temptation to take it out of the box and wear it was just too strong, but that’s ok as I now wear it all the time. Let’s not talk about the time that I managed to spill cheesy coleslaw all down it...

What is your favourite highstreet shop and who is your favourite designer

All Saints (although I hear they may have just gone into receivership, sob) and TK Maxx. I don’t mind having a good old rummage in TK Maxx and I like the fact that some of the stuff you find in there can be quite unique. I’m not a fan of identikit Topshop girls all strutting down the street wearing the same thing – it’s important to have a bit of individuality.

I don’t really have a favourite designer. I would have said Galliano, but that’s not the most PC thing to say since he had his little breakdown, is it?

Apart from blogging, what do you do?

I work in a high pressured sales job and commute a long way each day, so that takes up a lot of time. Other than that, I seem to be a bit addicted to Twitter (I love the banter) and can be found at @HelenNiceThings . I’m an avid reader and love to watch films. A large proportion of my day is also spent playing with my nail varnishes. Sad but true.

What is your dream?

To win the lottery, pack in my job, and go on a coast to coast tour of America. I love America and want to see more of it – I’ve only been to the tourist hotspots of Florida and New York and I’m desperate to go back and have a big old explore.

Tell me a secret?

I’m scared of dogs. Doesn’t matter how big or small the dog, it will scare the hell out of me.

I'm scared of dogs too!! Thank you for letting me interview you.

Remember if you want to be interviewed, just email me lauren@laurenlovesblog.com

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