21 Sep Influencer Q&A with Ash Quinn from @ozproductjunkie
When it comes to makeup and beauty advice, Ash Quinn from @ozproductjunkie is your go to girl. In our first Influencer Q&A feature, we chat with Ash about her top beauty products, her makeup artistry business and, of course, flat lays.
Tell us a bit about your background and how you came about starting @ozproductjunkie.
Oz Product Junkie started as a creative outlet away from my full time job as an Executive Producer in digital video and television production. I was finding that the more senior my role became at work, the less hands on I was able to be in the creative side of things day-to-day, so my love of makeup grew, I did a makeup artistry course in the evenings and started my Instagram.
Your account is every woman’s dream, what sparked your love for beauty and makeup?
It’s hard to pin point when I truly became passionate about it. Of course as a teenager and into my early twenties I wore makeup a bit and wanted to look good but I wouldn’t say I was super into it. It wasn’t until I was about 25 that I started watching YT videos, reading blogs and was finding myself more and more interested in what the makeup artists where doing on the shoots I was producing. I’ve always been a bit creative and loved art at school so I think it spawned from there at a time in my life when I wasn’t getting a creative outlet elsewhere.
Tell us more about your YouTube channel! When did you start it and what can we expect to find there?
Ahhh Youtube, not as easy as you’d think! I’ve stopped and started for years. I really enjoy it but it’s extremely time consuming and with a full time job, my makeup artistry business on the side and the blog and Instagram it’s always last on my priority list. I’ve started back up again and I’m really going to try to keep it going because I love sharing my passion and interacting with people who love the same things. Generally my videos are makeup and skincare based with some random topics videos like my latest video which is about tips when it comes to shopping for your wedding dress.
What are your go-to beauty products?
This is always such a hard question to answer but if I had to suggest a few of my absolute holy grail items they would be:
- COSMEDIX Serum 16 – my magic everything serum and a great retinol
- IT COSMETICS Your Skin But Better CC+ SPF50+ Cream
- ESSENCE I Heart Extreme Crazy Volume mascara (save) or MARC JACOBS Velvet Noir mascara (Splurge)
- BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector in “Champagne Pop”. I use this on myself and my clients.
- BENEFIT Hoola Bronzer – works great as a contour as well
- REVLON Ultra HD Matte Lip Cream in “Seduction”
You are the flat lay queen. Can you share your top flat lay tips with us?
Aww you guys are making me blush! I’m not sure I’d say that but thank you. It’s definitely something you get better at over time but the key is soft, natural light which isn’t always easy to come by. When it comes to putting together a flatlay, if you look through my feed you’ll probably be able to pick the ones that I had the most time to spend on, and the ones that were a little on the quicker side. The thing for me is that because Instagram/blogging is a hobby for me sometimes I don’t have time to create a perfectly curated image, but I still want to show my followers genuinely what I’ve put on my face that day. I’ll do my makeup, put it in a box as I go, take it all out to my flaylay board near a window, lay the products out and then shoot. I edit the image to pump up the brightness/whiteness, add a boarder and post. I’ve got this down to about 5 mins in the morning as I’m running out the door. Props like flowers, leaves etc help to add interest to your picture without too much time or effort. Geez, I sound like the laziest Instagrammer ever!
What’s next for @ozproductjunkie?
I wish I had some amazing answer for this but to be honest I just want to keep creating genuine content and sharing my love for makeup with my followers. I’m lucky that because this isn’t my bread and butter I’m free to post whatever I like without being worried about my “image” or anything like that. I don’t want to take it all too seriously incase that begins to stifle my opinions or content. Sometimes I look at other peoples amazingly beautiful, curated feeds where everything works so perfectly together like a magazine and wish mine was a little more like that, but I do like posting whatever I like, when I like. Hopefully when people look at my feed they get the sense that I’m just like every other beauty lover, trying new things and mucking around and not just a “brand” portraying an image because for me it’s personal, not business.
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