Read on to find out 25 things you probably didn’t know about Mariya of Brunette on demand (Brondema)
Who inspires you the most?
When I was a teenager, I was inspired by so many celebrities. However, that’s no longer the case. Right now, I’m just inspired by genuinely good people. People that do good things and sacrifice their lives for the greater good.
A firefighter who’s prepared to risk his life to save a kitten will inspire me much more than a celebrity. Someone, willing to help a stranger in need will put a smile on my face for the rest of the day.
Those people really inspire me to become a better person. Not only that but they also give me hope that there are still good people out there. People who will help you because they want to, not because they have to.
Which blogger would you like to be friends with?
I can’t say for sure because I’d like to meet them in person but maybe Caroline Daur or Tamara Kalinic. Caro looks like a very down-to-earth type of girl and I like that. Tamara has made a couple of videos where she shares her views on various subjects – bullying, mental health awareness, etc.
Do you keep a diary or a journal?
I would say that my blog is my diary. Right now, I’ve started writing about my struggles with depression and anxiety. By sharing these posts, I’m hoping that I’m going to change people’s perception of how important mental health is. I’m also hoping that I’m going to convince people that there is help and they have to seek it. Actually, a couple of people have gotten in touch to let me know that they are finally ready to seek help.
Define beauty in your own words.
If you asked me this a couple of years ago, I would probably describe a Victoria’s Secret angel! Gladly, my perception of beauty has changed greatly. Beauty is something that’s in you. If I can’t connect with someone on a deeper level, then it doesn’t matter if you’re physically beautiful. Your heart, your soul, your good deeds make you a beautiful person. Also, a nice smile!
Do you believe that autumn season should be the wedding season?
Hm, not sure about this one. I prefer spring, yet, I really like the idea of an autumn wedding in a castle, surrounded by a forest with beautiful autumnal colours!
What could be a perfect date for the autumn season?
Definitely a walk in the park! You can then sit on a bench opposite a lake and feed the ducks.
Have you ever tried pumpkin carving? If yes, how was the experience?
No, but I want to!
Have you ever used any artificial spray to make your skin look tanned?
Oh, yes, several times. I’ve recently started as I haven’t been on a beach holiday in ages. Thus, I just wanted to give my skin a little bit of a tan.
What is your favourite colour that you love to wear during summer?
White! It’s so easy to wear – it goes with everything.
Sunglass or umbrella – which do you prefer during the summer?
Which is your favourite sunscreen during summer?
La Roche-Posay Anthelios SPF 50+
Long hair or short hair, what do you prefer during the summer?
Long hair. I would love to have short hair but it doesn’t suit me.
Do you have a beauty budget or you buy whatever you like?
I don’t have a specific budget but I buy beauty essentials only when I need them. Also, I make sure that I get the best price available. Another thing I do before buying is research. Even if a product is really hyped about, I wouldn’t buy it if I haven’t read all of the reviews on the internet and the ingredients.
Do you like to try different skin products or keep with some certain items?
I love trying different skin products. Even if I like some items, I make sure to give my skin a bit of a rest from them. Over time your skin gets used to the same products and it’s important to have a break.
Name your preferable shop for makeup products?
I always shop online – Lookfantastic and Feelunique are my top ones!
What is your favourite drugstore brand?
Which cosmetic brand is amazing yet underrated?
LÓreal – it’s a huge brand, of course, but compared to the rest of the big brands like Huda, MAC, etc, it’s underrated.
Skincare or makeup? What is more important?
Skincare! If I had the skin that I wanted, I wouldn’t even use makeup.
Do you like a lipstick only or use it with a lip gloss?
Lipstick only. I’ve tried with lip gloss but it didn’t suit me at all.
Which moisturizer is your favourite?
Right now I’m using the Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator. It is really as amazing as they say!
How much time do you often require for a party makeup?
Anything between 30 minutes and eternity… I just never know when my eyeliner will decide to go onto my whole eyelid…
Name the brand that ever caused you skin allergy.
Burt’s Bees… All of a sudden, there was something about the beeswax that caused my lips and the skin around it to go red and itchy.
Which cosmetics are always in your handbag?
Lip balm and concealer.
Name the product without which you just can’t go out of the room?
Lip balm for sure!
What is your favourite movie quote?
I don’t think I have a favourite one, there are so many! I just like movie lines that make you feel something, even if they are cheesy.
For instance, a romantic movie quote – ‘We’ll always have Paris’ from Casablanca
Or from an action movie – ‘I’ll be back’ from The Terminator – can always make me feel something, depending on the situation.