2 July 2015

Today in my virtual interviews with my favourite blogger series, I have virtually interviewed another of my favourite bloggers - Tenneil from Like Neon Love; who has a gorgeous series of pictures and has been featured on Bloglovin's Top 10 Up & Coming Beauty Bloggers You Should Be Following recently.. let's get to know the lady behind Like Neon Love!

» Tell us about yourself, Tenneil.
I used to live in the most isolated city in the world, but a few months ago, I moved over to the east coast of Australia for better creative career opportunities. I currently work in retail, while also undertaking a social media internship with beauty related clients and in my spare time, I enjoy going to gigs, watching films and of course, blogging!

» How did you come up with the name Like Neon Love?
My blog was actually known as Vintage Machine for its first two years, but after it didn’t feeling fitting or “me” anymore, I renamed it to Like Neon Love at the beginning of last year. The name is inspired by my favourite band, Cut Copy, whose first album is Bright Like Neon Love. While my blog is predominantly about beauty, I wanted a name completely unrelated to give me the freedom to write about whatever I please. I like blog names that are creative, intriguing and inspired by things that aren’t even related to the topics we choose to talk about. It creates a little mystery and it’s always fun to learn how bloggers come up with their blog names!

» When did you start blogging? How did it take you in the very beginning?
I began blogging in 2011 after I’d been watching beauty YouTube videos for a while and then after getting into reading blogs, I thought it seemed like fun and like something I could do, so I gave it a shot and the rest is history! Blogging felt very lonely at first and I really didn’t know what I was doing with it - it was mostly just a place for me to talk about the things I bought and the things I wanted to buy! It’s evolved a lot in the past four years, I feel there’s more structure to my posts, I’ve become more confident in my writing and photography and I’ve even met the most lovely girls in the beauty blogging community.

» What are your inspirations for writing?
Funnily enough, I would probably say photography. Writing isn’t something that comes naturally to me and if I’m writing a whole blog post in one sitting, it can take hours. I always know what I want to say, it’s just a matter of being able to word things correctly and express myself in a way that feels authentic and honest to readers. I feel inspired by looking at beautiful blogs and aesthetics, and once I’ve taken photos I’m really happy with and proud of, the words usually come a lot easier. I enjoy being descriptive and thorough through my writing and I think I’m a much more visual person, so somehow, I think it gets the words flowing more easily and I can type away more freely when I’ve got my photos in front of me first.

» What are your favourite things to do?
When I’m not blogging about beauty or reading beauty blogs, another blogging community I enjoy immersing myself in is music. I love keeping up to date with the latest music news and releases, and discovering up and coming artists and bands to listen to. Way before I ever properly got into beauty, music has always been something that is really dear to me, so going to gigs and seeing my favourite bands live actually comes first before buying that lipstick I’m currently lusting after! Film is another pretty big interest of mine as I’m always finding new things to watch and I guess I just really enjoy doing things that are creatively inspiring. I’d really love to add reading actual books more often into the mix as it’s something I definitely don’t do enough and need to rectify.

» What are your favourite skincare and beauty brands?
Oh, there’s so many! When it comes to skincare, I’m not particularly loyal to any brand, and after trying a few different products from a variety of brands, I’ve got my skincare routine down pat. Some of the standouts include Liz Earle, Aesop, Origins, REN, Nuxe, Jurlique and Caudalie. It’s pretty much the same story when it comes to makeup brands too. I enjoy trying out different brands and I think the ones that I’d call my favourites are MAC, NARS, Chanel, Hourglass and YSL.
» MAC or NARS?
Ah, this is a tough one! When I first got into high end beauty, I was all over MAC and while people have branched out a lot into other brands (myself included), I think there’s still a part of me that’s still nostalgic and has a soft spot for MAC. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely adore NARS and there are a few products they do a lot better than MAC, but at the end of the day, MAC makes up the majority of my collection. From their lipsticks, lip pencils, eyeshadows and blushes, so many of their products have reached cult status and with very good reason.

» What are your cult beauty/skincare items?
Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser - I remember this being the first skincare item that blogging influenced me to buy. This was back in 2011 and four years later, this remains a staple in my skincare routine. It completely transformed my skin and removes makeup with the utmost ease. I couldn’t be without it!
NARS Sheer Glow Foundation - my favourite foundation ever. It’s medium coverage, which can easily be built up to full and what I love most about it is that it makes the skin look so beautifully radiant. The consistency isn’t thick at all and it blends seamlessly into the skin.
MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo - every girl needs a classic red lip in their collection and for me, this is it. Ruby Woo is a true 1950s retro red and as a blue-toned colour, it complements my skintone perfectly and makes my teeth look super pearly white. The downside is that it’s very, very drying, but it’s a small price to pay as everything else about this lipstick is perfect.
Chanel Le Volume de Chanel Mascara - this product unexpectedly came into my life after being given a sample of it just over a year ago and since then, I have not used another mascara. It beautifully coats each lash to provide both volume and length and instead of clumpy spider lashes, they’re left looking fluttery and sultry.
Diptyque Eau Roses EDT - there’s a fine line between roses smelling absolutely heavenly or overpoweringly granny-like, but Diptyque gets it right every time with their scents. It’s subtle, sweet, fresh and feminine, and reserved for those more special occasions, I’d go as far as calling it my signature scent.

» What would you say to the people who wanted to start a blog?
It’s hard to give advice to aspiring bloggers without sounding cliché, but from what I’ve learnt about blogging myself and understanding what I enjoy in reading blogs, I would say to just be yourself. I don’t think I’m necessarily the most original blogger out there, I definitely fall into a few stereotypes, but you should absolutely and wholeheartedly make it your own and never be afraid of injecting your personality into your blog. Blogging has definitely taken a more editorial approach in the last couple of years and while I think it’s incredible to see such professionalism in it now, the blogs that stand out to me are the ones where I feel like I know the person behind the blog. Beauty blogging isn’t just about reviewing products, I think it can be about telling a story, making a connection with your readers and there are so many interesting ways of talking about beauty products than in your average, for example, monthly favourites or what’s in my makeup bag posts that aren’t exactly groundbreaking ideas. Go for it, put your heart and soul into your blog and create content that you would love to read. It’s so easy to compare yourself, but in those times, take a step back and try not to let it get to you because blogging first and foremost, is about having fun and being creative.

» Who are your favourite bloggers?
I’ve come to know so many incredibly talented girls through blogging and it’s by far been the best thing to come out of being a part of this community.
- Jennifer of Beauty by JNFR
- Jess of Little Henry Lee
- Grace of That Grace Girl
- Rebecca of From Roses  
- Tamira of The Guilty Girl
These ladies would have to top my favourites list because not only do these lovely ladies continuously inspire me to be a better blogger, but they’re always so encouraging and supportive too. I love blogging simply as a creative outlet for myself, but getting to know these girls through their blogs and being a part of this community with them has made blogging such a joy.

» What are your plans for the rest of the year?
After my internship is complete, I’m hoping I’ll finally land full time work within the digital marketing industry - that’s definitely my biggest goal for the year and one I need to put more energy into. The job market is tough, but I’m keeping positive! I’m hoping to step things up with Like Neon Love too as I don’t blog nearly as much as I’d love to and it would be great to get some sort of consistency and schedule going on. Apart from that, I’d love to see myself investing more time in other creative interests such as reading and learning French because sometimes I find it hard to balance it all out when blogging consumes most of my free time! The rest of the year is just about working hard and achieving those goals I set at the beginning of 2015. It hasn’t been the easiest year, but I’m determined to make it a good one.
Many, many thanks to Tenneil for doing this virtual interview with me! It was such a joy speaking to her, even though she's been so busy!

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