photo About-Gemma_zps3d27ec81.png

My name is Gemma, I’m 29 and I am a ridiculously pale-skinned beauty obsessive. You’ll often find me daydreaming about all of the lovely things in life. I am a true metaphorical magpie with a penchant for monochrome, sparkle, all things beauty and making my ‘nest’ pretty with beautiful trinkets and furnishings.

Skin Tone: Very pale with a pink undertone and freckles.

Skin Type: Dry and dehydrated yet blemish prone.

Hair: Long, Brunette, Fine & Lots of it!

Favourite Beauty Brands: Highend; NARS, Too Faced, MAC & Urban Decay. Drugstore; Sleek, Rimmel, NYX, Bourjois and Soap & Glory.

Miss Makeup Magpie is a UK Beauty & Lifestyle blog, which hatched on the 16th of December 2012, thanks to a spur of the moment decision. Since then it has grown way beyond my wildest dreams, which amazes me every single day and I’m so glad I took the plunge and started my blog when I did.

I’d like to think of Miss Makeup Magpie as my personal haven to be able to write and obsess over everything and anything… especially the things that make my heart flutter, or make my purse open. However if I’m disappointed by a product, I’ll always let you know as I personally feel negative reviews are often more important than the positive ones – so you know which products to avoid, and save your hard-earned money.

I have an obsession for all things beauty, and simply love trying new things on my never-ending mission to find my “Holy Grail” products. All opinions expressed here on my blog, or on any of my social media accounts are my own. Miss Makeup Magpie features mainly reviews and views, wishlists, hauls and giveaways.. but I also like to feature anything else that takes my fancy along the way.

+ When did you start Miss Makeup Magpie?
On the 16th of December 2012.

+ Why don’t you do face swatches?
I get asked this all the time and the simple answer is that I’m very shy and self conscious. There are thousands of bloggers who take amazing face swatch photos but sadly I’m not one of them, but I have massive respect for anyone that has the confidence to do them. Maybe one day I’ll feel comfortable enough in my own skin to reveal my flaws and do them but it’s just not something I feel comfortable doing.

+ Who did your Blogger to WordPress migration?
I did my move from Blogger to WordPress via Pipdig. I did a lot of research into migrating, and Pipdig’s fees were considerably lower than anyone else, and I didn’t have any downtime whilst the migration took place. Pipdig made the move so seamless and stress-free, and I just wish I’d taken the plunge sooner as it’s the best decision I’ve ever made!

+ What camera do you use?
I now use the Olympus PEN E-PL7 for all of my photos, but I used a Nikon D5100 and D3200 prior to January 2016.

+ Do you use Studio Lighting?
Yes! I have tried six different types/sets of Studio Lighting since I began blogging. I used to use two small studio lamps with 135 watts bulbs but I recently upgraded my studio lighting and now I have this set of Studio Lighting Softboxes and I chose this specific set as each softbox contains four bulbs so they’re super bright and affordable. What I love about these is that for the majority of my photos I can just one of them which is a lot more convenient than having to set them both up, but I like that I have the choice of using them both if I wish too.

+ What background do you use for your photos?

I swear by using a large sheet of acrylic/perspex like this as it helps to brighten my photos and then I place either floor tiles, throws or other props on top for a little texture. It’s particularly good for taking product photos on when outside.

If you’d like to contact me for any reason or you have a question you’d like to ask me, you can either email on; gemma@missmakeupmagpie.co.uk or tweet me @MsMakeupMagpie.