Meet Debbie, nail blogger behind The Crumpet. She has a growing stash of over a thousand polishes, and mentioned a very wise technique when it comes to nail art (or art in general): break up complicated designs into small geometric pieces. Get to know her better; read our interview with her below!
Nail It!: What got you into nail art?
Debbie: I think initially the Monday Mani in the Polishaholics Anonymous Facebook group was a massive influence, and then as I followed more people and saw more people (not bloggers) post their own nail art, it made me think “that’s SO easy, I can do that”. Yeah, long lesson learnt!
What is your absolute favorite color of polish?
Purple! To be fair, there are several shades I have a weakness for – dusty lilacs and tomato-y oranges. Actually, can I say my favorite color is holo?
How many different polishes do you own?
I “think” I’m somewhere around 1000. I deliberately don’t count them, as denial is crucial in any addiction. I have over 400 polishes in Mount Untried, which I am excluding from that number. However, I am quite good at de-stashing – I can be brutal and not feel I “have” to own 7 shades of mint green.
What’s your favorite nail art you’ve done? What inspired you to try it?
I think this roses mani is my favorite. I’d been cooing over everyone doing rose manis and admiring how vintage and gorgeous they looked, but was too scared to try. Then one day I realized it was a blob, some short curly lines and 2 green triangles and I went for it! Sometimes nail art is only as complicated as you make it, and if you can deconstruct it down to basic shapes, it makes it so much easier to achieve.
And since then, I keep coming back to it!
What’s your favorite nail trend?
I’m not really a “trend” person in any part of my life. If I like it, I do it. Lately, I’ve become very obsessed with skittles, partly I think because I like the random factor, and I get bored easily.
Besides polish, what is your favorite beauty product?
Barry M Lash Vegas mascara – great coverage, and I get to chuckle at the name every day.
What is your favorite beauty tool?
Zoya Remove Genius Product.
When did you realize your blog was a success?
This is such a hard question. For me, it came in isolated moments, and it’s only really now, in the last 2 or 3 months that I feel I’ve served my “apprenticeship” as a blogger. Being asked to review for other brands is a huge milestone, especially when they are large brands like Barry M, but also when they are small indies, who you know can’t afford to throw money away. Another milestone was when my Barry M polka dot nail art was shared and gained 20k Facebook likes in 24 hours, and then more recently, I’ve been featured on the Illamasqua blog and hit 1 million pageviews on my blog.
That’s a very long answer, but I guess for me, there hasn’t been 1 single moment (mainly because I am very self critical), but now finally I do believe I am successful, and this is probably the first time I’ve ever felt like that.
How long have you been writing on your blog?
I’ve been blogging since February 2011. Interestingly, it didn’t start out as a nail blog – I’m a frustrated writer, so it started as a writing outlet, and most of the first 20 posts or so are just writing. In about August 2011 it then morphed into a nail blog, but I always had the intention of nails only being PART of the blog – guess I failed there lol. I do still do writing pieces from time to time, but it’s definitely a nail blog these days.
What is the best part of being in the business of beauty?
For me it’s definitely the friends I’ve made. I’ve found some amazing soulmates around the world, and I really do treasure those friendships. Also, through my blog, I’ve written about depression a lot, and to hear from readers that you’ve helped them, or you’ve articulated something that no one else has understood is a huge deal – I’m very proud of those posts.
What was your most recent impulse buy?
Polish! Lol. I was doing so well and then everyone had these Black Friday deals and well, it was just rude to refuse all those discounts! I bought about 100 polishes in 2 hours. Wow it was fun!
What do you do outside your blog?
I work full time as a sales manager, and I have a 10 year old daughter (Baby Crumpet). I also run about 10 groups on Facebook, and they keep me busy too. To be fair, blogging takes up about 80% of my free time. I used to read…
Are you close with other bloggers in the community?
Yes, lots – too many to mention – but I am particularly close to the Digit-al Dozen girls.
How do you juggle nails and other aspects of your life? Do you have a routine?
HA! I am not sure I do, which is why I have periodic breakdowns lol. Blogging takes up most of my free time – if I’m not swatching or arting, I’m writing, or editing photos, or participating in Facebook groups or planning. I am a big blog planner – I tend to get excited about lots of ideas and then get bored of them quickly. I am aiming to find a better balance in 2014. I desperately miss reading …. but them polishes be sooooo pretty
I tend to spend 2 to 3 hours each night on the blog, and then most of the weekend too, although at the weekend I will break it up with a good movie or cooking dinner. My guess is I spend at least 30 hours a week on the blog. It wasn’t til I added that up a couple of months ago that I realized that’s probably why I’m so tired all the time – I might as well be working 2 jobs lol.
What else would you be doing if you didn’t have the blog?
Lol. Still trying to find something to write about, probably. Reading more. Watching more TV. I’m not an active kind of girl, so it would still involve sitting on my bottom for long periods of time!
Keep her nail art going! Check The Crumpet blog. www.the-crumpet.com
[Courtesy of Debbie, The Crumpet]