It is Good Friday today and have I got something good for you to read about. I am very excited to feature Fashionicide for the latest instalment of 20 Questions. Halima is the oh-so-pretty lady who pens this beauty and fashion blog.
This girl has the most amazing cheek bones but she’s also deeply passionate and rightfully opinionated – and not just about beauty. Please follow her blog Fashionicide, it really has an identity of its own and it’s true to Halima’s heart. Plus she’s a top Northern bird too.
Why did you start your blog?
When I first started out, I was watching the likes of Lollipop26 and Lauren Luke on YouTube and naturally ended up checking out Blogger. At the time there was a dearth of Asian bloggers, and I found it really difficult to find products that suited my skin tone. So whenever I did find something that suited me I just wanted to tell the world, and thus the blog was born.
How long have you been blogging for?
Well it all started way back in September 2009, so I guess that’s 3 and a half years? Wow, time flies!
What do you enjoy most about blogging?
The most enjoyable thing about blogging is the fact that I’m finding an outlet for my creativity, and that there are others out there who appreciate my work. I love the beauty/fashion blogging community and I’ve been fortunate enough to meet some amazing people through it. I also love how cosmopolitan the community is; people from all walks of life coming together talking about a shared passion.
What frustrates you most about blogging?
Recently I’ve become a bit frustrated at the spammy comments that are coming through. When I leave a comment on someone else’s blog it’s because I’ve actually read the post and want to strike up a conversation. I seem to get people saying, “Love your blog, follow me @ www.crapblog.com“. I also don’t like the bitchiness out there at the moment, disagreements get blown up out of all proportion and taken to Twitter, where their friends stick up for them. Take a step back, remember why you started blogging!
What do your family and friends think of your blog?
To be honest not many people in my life know about the blog, I only really share it with people that have similar interests. I’m quite a private person (would you believe?) and I don’t think many people understand the whole idea of blogging!
How frequently do you post?
Not frequently enough! At the minute I’m doing one a week. Typically I try for two or three in a week.
What’s your day job?
I’m sorry, that information is classified. 😉
How many bottles of nail varnish do you own?
I’ve never counted my nail varnish, but I was actually counting my lipsticks the other day and hit 60. Then I spotted one I hadn’t worn for ages, applied it, admired it, and lost count… Let’s just say I have a big box for nail varnishes and it’s overflowing! This makes me both happy and sad as I wonder, “How did this happen?!” :/
Do you set yourself a budget, or do you buy on an as-and-when basis?
I’d love to say I set myself a budget, but I don’t. Budgets are like New Year’s resolutions for me, they will be broken within days! I buy whenever I feel like it, so some months I’ll spend loads whilst others I will spend next to nothing.
What is your favourite make-up brand, and why?
Ooooh toughie! I have to say Illamasqua at the moment, there’s something a little ‘edgy’ and alternative about them. They cater for both the classic and the avantgarde looks and their brushes are synthetic, so cruelty-free. Oh and Growl lipstick is my fave! 🙂
Do you ever leave the house without wearing make-up?
Yes, sometimes if I’m going somewhere in my area I like the feel of fresh air on my skin. Also, I’m supremely lazy so like to wake up as late as possible! If I’m travelling I try to avoid wearing make-up, I find it ridiculously easy to fall asleep while on all forms of public transport – sleep-smeared make-up is not a good look!
What’s your favourite beauty treatment to indulge in?
Wow, I rarely ever go out for beauty treatments. I think I’ve had a manicure once in my life! I do go to salons maybe once or twice a year to get my eyebrows threaded, but that’s not indulgence it’s panic-inducing! I do love doing my own facials at home, once a month. Cleanse, exfoliate, steam, massage and mask. Bliss!
Tell us about the best holiday you’ve been on.
I’ve just came back from it! I went to Jerusalem for a week and spent some time in the West Bank too. It was an experience unlike any other! I’ve always been fascinated by the Holy Land in general, it’s been fought over for thousands of years and is so important to so many. I’m also interested in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and wanted to know what it felt like to live under the shadow of that. It was eye-opening that’s for sure.
What would be your ideal day off?
It would have to be going out and doing something. I hate having a lie-in, as it makes me feel bleurgh! I guess an ideal day would be cycling around Manchester with my camera, stopping off for some afternoon tea!
What is your favourite TV show?
I never really get hooked on TV shows and don’t watch too much, but The Big Bang Theory is awesome. I wish I had someone like Dr Sheldon Cooper in my life! If I’m in a rubbish situation, I think to myself: WWSD – What Would Sheldon Do?!
What music do you enjoy listening to?
My taste in music is quite eclectic, and I’m not quite so fanatical as I used to be. I’m into Indie, Electro and House but I love anything from Friendly Fires to Ellie Goulding…
What is your favourite food?
Hmm, I love eastern cuisine! Maybe a bit biased but I love Indian food, and after visiting Nepal I started loving that too. I think Indo-Chinese is great , but not many places do it up north.
Where would you most like to go in the world? (money no object)
I’m going to be spoilt and pick two places! Firstly, I’d like to go back to the West Bank but as an activist to do whatever I can to help the ordinary Palestinians who are trapped under the illegal occupation. Secondly, I’d love to swim with a whale, any kind so long as it doesn’t fancy an Indian take-away!
Which 3 guests would you invite to dine with you and why?
Muhammad Ali, Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama. Maybe Ali and Mandela could talk to Obama about their struggles to be accepted in a white nan’s world and how Barack is betraying them by killing innocent people the world over with his drone wars.
Tell us a secret…
I hosted my own radio show for a month in the North West of England at the tender of 15.
Thanks for answering 20 Questions for JNT, Halima. Don’t forget you can chat to Halima on Twitter too.