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I asked Miss Dena from AFK Cosmetics some questions and she graciously answered them for me! Enjoy!

11084851_810218109068992_1684813529_nWhere are you from?
I’m from a bit of everywhere! As a young kid I grew up in mostly Washington and Illinois, but in about 2nd grade I moved to Alaska and then lived there until last year, now I’m back in Washington!

When and why did you start AFK Cosmetics?
I first launched AFK on Etat in March of 2014, and actually just celebrated my one year anniversary! When I opened it was mainly a hobby since I was working full time as a Tattoo artist.

I had been making eyeshadow for a while but had only given them to friends and family up until then. Shortly after I became I was diagnosed with AS and lost my ability to tattoo. So I channeled all of my creative energy into re-vamping AFK and dedicated 100% of myself to my craft and never looked back!

How did you come up for the name for AFK Cosmetics?
Some friends actually helped me come up with it! I was having some serious troubles coming up with the idea and I went to the sub /r/DPSdolls that I help mod and they helped me come up with it! I actually almost used ‘Rage Quit Cosmetics’ haha
Bahaha that would have been awesome too, but I really like AFK Cosmetics!

What was the first product you made and do you currently still sell it?
The first thing I made (successfully) was ‘F***in Shrooms’ and I do still sell it! That color was the entire inspiration for AFK!
It’s an awesome color. I am partial to purple though.

How do you choose the name and colors for your products?
Its actually easy for me since I usually draw inspiration for colors from something. For example, for my upcoming Doctor Horribles Sing Along Blog inspired collection I basically binge watched the movie while writing down my favorite quotes and what color I believed they should be.
That’s awesome. I can’t wait to see it too!

DSC_1058Where do you make your products?
I actually took over the dining room when we moved into my apartment and now its 100% my studio. I have big tables set up, and more drawers than anyone would ever need haha

What sizes do you offer for all of your products?
For shadows I offer samples in zip top baggies with approximatly 1/4 tsp of product, as well as the standard full size 5gr jar.
For balms, mascara, and primer I have a full size option as well as a mini size, which is basically baby versions of the original. I used to carry samples of the balms, but I found it is very difficult to accurately try something meant for a tube with your finger haha

Will you be making any new products in the future? New collections?
I’m actually working on several ideas right now! As i mentioned before Im working on a new ‘Doctor Horrible’s Sing Along Blog’ inspired collection, it will include shadows, a balm, a hilighter, and AFK’s first blush! I’m also starting to brainstorm for an ‘Arcade’ collection inspired by the Arcade Skins in League of Legends, they are going to be SO GLITTERY!
Bluuushhhh! Yesssss! GLITTER! I can’t wait to see. :d Especially the blush and balm!

DSC_1359Is making makeup your only job?
Yes! Well, I’m also a mother to a very, very energetic 4 year old so I’m also a part time Ninja Turtle (according to her)
hehe! Mothering is a full time job yo and I want to be a Ninja Turtle!

What would you recommend for new customers to try?
I would recommend customers try ‘You Smell Like Burning’ its one of my oldest colors and one of my most popular selling shadows. I actually recently reformulated it slightly to help it adhere without primer better!

Would product would you say best represents your company as a whole? And why?
Oh this is so hard! I’m going to have to say ‘The Strip’ from the Wastelander Collection. Its one of my personal favorites and it is SUPER glittery, which we all know I love!

Have you had new colors/products go so awry you just trash them?
Many, many times! I try to work on new formulas in very small batches to avoid too much waste. But sometimes things just dont mix right, simple things like adding my base formula and grinding certain colors too long can take what looked like an amazing color and turn them into a mess.

DSC_6880What is your favorite product from your company?
My current favorite thing is my April color of the month, ‘You have died of Dysentery’ I’m a huge fan of mauve lips, and I love the color so much I’m considering making it a permanent part of my shop!
Ooooo. You should totally do that. It was a pretty color. :d

What’s your favorite cosmetic product from another company?
Right now I’m pretty obsessed with my Vanille Bergamot lotion from Sixteen92. My skin is hyper sensitive and dry so I need constant moisture, also it smells EXACTLY like how I take my tea!

Random questions!
What’s your favorite color?
Purple!

IMG_3035What’s your favorite perfume and what does it smell like?
My all time favorite scent ever was Escada’s Ibiza Hippie. It was simply gorgeous. It was fruity, feminine, tropical, and floral , but not overly so. I wish they still made it, sometimes I browse Ebay and consider buying a crazy over priced bottle just so I can smell it again.

Do you have any pets?
My daughter has a pet Beta! He lives like a king in a big 5 gallon tank all by himself haha
KIND OF THE SEA! Fumiko had a beta once… But she tried to pet it. d=

What do you do in your spare time?
Gaming of course! But everyone knows that haha. I also love gardening, cooking/baking, knitting, and painting!

What’s your favorite season and why?
I’m going to have to say fall. Something about the cool weather setting in, the leaves changing, the gentle rustle of them falling to the ground in the wind. It makes me want to bake some bread and make some soup!
Fall FTW!

DSC_6798Would you rather be a bat or crow? And Why?
As much as I love bats, I’m going to have to choose crow. My husband used to work at a raptor sanctuary, I used to go get to hang out with the eagles and ravens! They are so misunderstood, everyone thinks they are pests, but really they are beautiful, and startlingly intelligent creatures.
I think I am a little jealous. I would love to get to see a raven up close and personal. :d

I know you’re a gamer, what’s your favorite class of character to play?
I’m a healer by nature! I grew up gaming with my older brother, and was forced to be player 2 forever haha. It something I truly enjoy now though, pretty much anytime I am given the chance I choose a healing/support class. We are the unsung hero’s of the gaming world :)
I used to get forced to heal. xd I can do it but it’s not my thing. I’m all for dps caster. Specifically Doomchicken. I got made fun of for leveling a balance druid in Vanilla. Tsk tsk.

Thank you so much for answering my silly questions! I appreciate it. :d If you’d like to check out AFK Cosmetics goodies you can visit her shop here. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram too!

If you like this post do me a favor and like it up there on the top right! :UP:

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I have a new interview! Meet Christine from Hello Waffle Cosmetics!

ChristineWhere are you from?
Mississauga, Ontario! A large suburb outside of Toronto. Our mayor is over 90 years old!

When and why did you start Hello Waffle?
My first purchase with Notoriously Morbid in the fall of 2013 sent me down the indie rabbit hole. I was surprised that such quality products were being handmade by regular people so I was intrigued and decided to start dabbling in creating cosmetics.

How did you come up for the name for Hello Waffle?
I actually didn’t come up with the name! I knew that I wanted my brand name to revolve around cats (crazy cat lady over here) and when brainstorming one night, my boyfriend came up with ‘Hello Waffle‘.

What was the first product you made and do you currently still sell it?
My first product were tinted lip balms. I had issues with grainyness so I discontinued them in early June so I could work on the formula. I recently brought them back in March and 6 of the original colours are available :)
I haven’t been able to try the reformulated balms yet, but I’m looking forward to them when I can! Ginger Kitties is calling my name!

DSC_2199How do you choose the name and colors for your products?
Most of my eyeshadows revolve around some sort of cohesive theme so I choose names around that. For my blushes and lip colours that don’t have a theme – I try and pick a name that revolves around its colour. And I love puns, hence colours like “Practice What You Peach”.
I love puns! hehe

Where do you make your products?
Downstairs in my lair – ahem workshop. The entire basement is devoted to my workshop! I have 4 tables and two large shelves down there. And 3 lamps because it gets dark and creepy sometimes.

What sizes do you offer for all of your products?
Sample, halfling, and full sizes.

DSC_2046Will you be making any new products in the future? New collections?
I have an upcoming Greek Gods and Goddesses collection that will debut on May 1st. Each Greek god uses it’s Roman equivalent of TKB’s planetary (colour shifting) pigments. For example, Goddess of Love (Aphrodite)’s Roman equivalent is Venus – so I used TKB’s Travel to Venus pigment in it. :)

I also have a new project I’m working on that I’m really excited about. I can’t spill much details as of yet but I’ve hinted at it before and I want to launch everything in Fall 2015.
I’ve seen some of the sneak peeks and can’t wait to see the rest! I’m kind of dying over Aphrodite and Artemis! I can’t wait to find out what this new project is. =O

Is making makeup your only job?
Yes! Best. Job. Ever!
You are just a little bit lucky lady!

What would you recommend for new customers to try?
My rose golds and purples are fan favourites – 23, Fey, Mendelssohn, Ethereal Voice, Cravings, Hot Cross Bunnies, etc.
I am ones of those fans! I love Hot Cross Bunnies, Ethereal Voice, Fey and Cravings. There are a few more I need to try though!

Would product would you say best represents your company as a whole? And why?
I didn’t come up with the concept but the Catssic Literature collection is amazing. Because cats. And puns. And sparkles.
The Catssic Literature collection is kind of awesome and is on my wishlist. One day it will be mine. The labels are adorable and the colors are so pretty! I always drool when people post swatches or do looks with them. Also cats.

DSC_2268Have you had new colors/products go so awry you just trash them?
Yep! I am actually planning on selling some of my “duds” from making my Greek Gods and Goddesses collection. They’re nice and shifty but just wasn’t what I wanted in the final colour. Some batches are quite large – sometimes I try and salvage a colour by adding more colours and welp, sometimes it doesn’t work out.
Oooo! I am curious to see what the colors are now!

What is your favorite product from your company?
I am really digging my plush lip balm formula in the slimline tubes! My favourite product is probably my blushes though.
I have yet to try the new formula or the blush but they look pretty awesome. I’ve seen nothing but good things so far!

What’s your favorite cosmetic product from another company?
Hm, I really love Life’s Entropy’s lip theories. And Fyrinnae‘s shadows cannot be beat! I also love swatching my Femme Fatale eyeshadows and staring at their shifty goodness. I can’t decide!
I’m kind of a jerkface for asking this. lol I don’t think I could choose.

DSC_2133Random questions!

What’s your favorite color?
Gray, like my cat. > :)
Gray is a fantastic color. I’m a little partial though, it’s my maiden name! xd

What’s your favorite perfume and what does it smell like?
Toasted Marshmallow from Sixteen92. It smells like creamy vanilla gooeyness.
Oh gosh. Just because of *you* I am dying to smell Toasted Marshmallow. The kiddoes and I have been toasting marshmallows over a burner on our stove and the smell is amazing. Every time we do I think of you and Claire and then want all the toasted marshmallow scented things. I need toasted marshmallow incense!

Do you have any pets?
Yes! I have a cat named Waffle (duh) and a corgi named Remy who just so happens to be the most mischievous dog on the planet. That dog is way too smart for his own good :|
I am jealous of your Remy. I loooooove Corgis! When I was younger my parents had a friend who bred them and my fondest memory is pulling up to their gated driveway and seeing a heard of Corgis coming around the house. It was adorable and hysterical all at the same time. They are so stinking cute!

What do you do in your spare time?
I am pretty much the most boring person on earth. I spend my spare time watching Netflix with my bf and being a human couch for my cat and dog. On weekends we like to do fun activities like skiing/skating in the winter or ziplining and hiking in the summer!
I think I am far more boring than you. lol Unless you count doctor/therapy appointments exciting!

DSC_2333What’s your favorite season and why?
Fall! It’s when the weather starts to cool down but warm enough to still be comfortable. The humidity is gone so your face isn’t an oil slick and all the bugs have died off. And the snow hasn’t started so you can still sneak in some end-of-season bbq’s :)
I love Autumn! I wish it lasted longer!

Would you rather be a bat or crow? And Why?
A bat! Bats are cool plus they have awesome night vision. Plus they’re cute!
They are pretty adorable!

Christine currently offers lots of cool products! I’ve only tried her shadows which are pretty dang awesome, but I’ve got some of her balms, lip gloss, blush and highlighters on my wishlist(and a lot more shadows too!). You can find her shop here and you can find her on Facebook and Instagram too!

If you like this post do me a favor and like it up there on the top right! :UP:

Luna

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