Swatcher Spotlight: Lelia Pierce

I hope by now you have had the opportunity to read some of the amazing interviews done in the Swatcher Spotlight segment. If you haven’t, you don’t know what you’re missing. Fret not because you can get caught up on the action and enjoy my interview with Nicole Perez and Elena Kalogeropoulos

But the fun doesn’t stop, oh no, I’m just warming up! This month I had the great joy to interview Lelia Pierce and let me tell you, she is amazing….and I’m not just saying that because we have so much in common. Lelia is wonderfully talented, kind and beautiful. So lets jump right into the fun so you can see what I’m talking about.

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photo provided courtesy of Lelia Pierce

Name:  Lelia Pierce
Age:  38
Location:  Kansas City, KS, USA

Sacha from Jior Coutour suggested that Lelia be given the ‘Swatcher Spotlight’ and I couldn’t agree more. (Read more about Sacha and Ari from Jior Coutour in my Interview series). So per the usual, I had to get the formalities out of the way and give Lelia a chance to warm up before moving right into the hard hitting questions. So lets get the low down on this green-eyed goddess…lol!

Q: Kids? If so, how many?
A: “2 kids.  Jacob is 19 and Ariel is 15”

Q: Marital Status?
A:”Happily remarried”

Q: Birthday
A: “October 26…GO SCORPIOS!”

Q: Pets? If so, types and how many?
A: “1 very spoiled 3 year old Brussels Griffon. Sir Ludo Onyx”

leslie dogAnd how very befitting that Lelia didn’t send me a photo of her hubby or kids, oh no, but of Sir Ludo Onyx himself. What a cutie pie!

Here is where the fun begins, I didn’t ask Lelia about flowers and rainbows, while those are pretty, I wanted to know the good stuff. I got just that!

Q: City Life or country living?
A: “A little of both!  I live far enough away from the city on 2 acres that it could be considered country living.  We’re also close enough to get all the perks of city living.”

Q: Comedy movie or suspense?  
A: “More a little of both.  Depends on my mood!  Scary movies are my fave though.”

Q: Last time you laughed out loud?  
A: “Last night.  My hubby is quite amusing!”

Q: Favorite tv show?  
A: “Now that’s a hard one to answer.  I will have to say Grey’s Anatomy even though they keep killing off the characters I love.”

Q: Favorite holiday?  
A: “Halloween!  What’s not to love about Halloween?”

Q: Favorite article of clothing?  
A: “Leggings/yoga pants and t-shirts tie.  Unless we can count shoes, then it’s flip flops, hands down!”

Now that’s my kinda girl. Grey’s Anatomy AND leggings….#winning. Those 2 things go together like ice cream and cake…which doesn’t sound too bad right now. Darn it being only 8:45am EST, ok back on topic…Lelia. I think she and I will be great friends once Grey’s comes back on.

This is the part of the interview where all the beans are spilled and all we learn about all those gorgeous swatches and well manicured nails we see all over FB, IG, etc.

Q: What got you started doing your nails?  
A: “The creativity of it…and who doesn’t like to look a little prettier?”

Q: What was the first brand you swatched for?  
A: “Jior Couture was the first ever brand I got a gig with.  Sacha is amazing to work with!”

Q: What is your favorite nail care product?  
A: “Bomb Balm from So Much Goodness is exceptional.  I use it for my cuticles, hands, feet and tattoos!  It really is the bomb!”

Q: What kind of camera do you use to take your swatch photos?  
A: “For my regular photos I use my Samsung Galaxy.  For macros I use my Canon Rebel XT.  Love that baby!”

Q: What tips would you give an aspiring swatcher?
A: “Don’t give up!  Make sure you do proper clean up and have well lit photos with no background distractions.  A good picture is worth a thousand words, after all!”

Q: How did you come up with your ‘nail name’?  
A: “Mine came from my e-mail address, grneyegoddess, that I’ve had since 2000.  It’s basically my user name for everything and has zero to do with nails.”

Q: If you were to start an indie line of polish what would you name it and what would the first collection be inspired by?  
A: “Go all in, right?  Everyone knows me by GreenEyeGoddess or Green Goddess Creations already, so I’d probably do Goddess Lacquer.  First collection?  The Little Mermaid, of course!!!”

Q: Who are some other swatchers and/blogs you follow?
A: “I love swatches from Nichole Costa – Bedlam Beauty, Cheyenne Backlund, Nicole Perez, Sahyly Sanchez, Dvisha Patel, RoseLynn Mercedes – Manicured & Marvelous, Genevieve Clay-Poor, JayLynne Cook, Megan Ele – Mindfully Polished…there are so many good ones out there!!!  I’d be here all day!”

 Well that concludes my time today with Leila. Are you enjoying this series? Is there something you’d like to know and want me to ask?  Or, if you or someone you know deserves the spotlight on them, leave a comment below or send me an email. I hope you’ll join me back next month when we have another featured swatcher.

You can find more with Lelia here:

CRAFT BLOG * NAIL BLOG * SHOP * FACEBOOK * PINTEREST * TWITTER * INSTAGRAM. She also happily designs for: Dustin Pike’s Doodle Dragon Studios

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Disclosure: The questions above were sent to the featured maker (FM) for review and response. The FM was advised they could omit responses from any question they were not comfortable with answering. The responses are directly from the FM and have not been altered in any way, shape or form. The comments and responses expressed in this interview are those of the FM and the FM alone.

Swatcher Spotlight: Elena Kalogeropoulos

I’m so excited how well received Swatcher Spotlight was received last month with Nicole Perez, so for that I just want to say “THANK YOU!!!!” If you didn’t get a chance to read it, check it out here.

This month I had the wonderful pleasure of working with Elena Kalogeroloulos. This stunningly, beautiful women with the gorgeous smile can be found on IG at @ecklipsedbycolor. Her swatches are just as beautiful as her personality and I feel like selfie collage really shows who she is. 

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photo provided courtesy of Elena Kalogeropoulos
 Name: Elena Kalogeropoulos
Age: 35
Location: Milford, NH

Elena’s name was suggested after I had asked FB for swatcher/bloggers that deserved the ‘Spotlight.’ I did a little snooping on her IG, which I was not following (I have no idea why), and without any further hesitation, I reached out and the rest was history. We messaged back and forth for a while and it was great getting her perspective and advise, needless to say we are now friends on FB.

So on to the fun stuff…of course you know I had to get the 4-1-1 on Elena and ask all about her family life.

Q: Kids?
A: “No”

Q: Marital Status?
A: “I’ll be married nine years in August to my husband, Jesse. He’s my best friend and partner in crime. He’s an illustrator and a front end (UI/UX)  developer designer. It’s great to have a partner who is excited over color and design. He supports my hobby.”

Q: Birthday
A: “December 4th. Complete and utter Sagittarius”

Q: Pets?
A: “My son, Oberon Higgs Kismet aka Obie. He’s a short haired albino Syrian hamster. He’s also the brand ambassador for Fiendish Fancies.”

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Q: Best Vacation Taken?
A: “I lived and studied Islamic Art and Architecture in Turkey for 4 months in 2001. It was empowering to be so far from home and take care of myself. The country was completely gorgeous and such a juxtaposition of modern and ancient life. It inspires a lot of my color and pattern choices to this day.”

Q: Best life accomplishment to date?
A: “I recently was promoted to Assistant Vice President of Mortgage Lending at my bank. Helping about 100 people a year find their dream homes and educating another 75 a year in home ownership (I teach classes), is such an awesome and inspiring experience.”

Q: Best character trait?
A: “I’d say creativity and Jesse says strength. I have to agree with both.”

Q: Favorite breakfast food?
A: “I’m not really a breakfast person, but I do eat it every day. I like Greek yogurt…”

Q: Heels or flats?
A: “Heels. I’m obsessed with shoes. Every outfit has to have the perfect matching pair. It’s like the icing on the cake.”

Q: Favorite season?
A: “Summer, hands down. My parents moved to FL four years ago and I feel like I have been blessed with an endless summer.”

Heels, outfit and nails…NOTHING ELSE MATTERS…lol!! Now its time to find out about Elena’s nails and get the details.

Q: What got you started doing your nails?
A: “My mom is a cosmetologist and nails have always been in my beauty routine. I went through a biting phase for a while and another one where I wore Revlon’s Rum Raisin and OPI’s Lincoln Park After Dark… Forever. I got into the indie scene about 5 years ago and never looked back.”

Q: What was the first brand you swatched for?
A: “Fiendish Fancies, an amazing Canadian brand started by my friend Lara that has shades inspired by classic horror movies and thrillers. I also have been blessed to work with the ladies of Hella Holo Customs and the amazing Lynn and Paul Chrisman of Lynnderella (that was a fan girl moment).”

Q: What is your ‘go to’ cuticle oil?
A: “KB Shimmer cuticle pen and Picture Perfect Matte cuticle cream in Pink Sugar.”

Q: Do you have swatch/mani routines?
A: “Not particularly… I always make sure I shape my nails and wash my hands with a mild detergent before prepping and painting. I don’t do clean up, I rely on a steady hand. That’s why I went to art school. Also, I feel like you need some fresh beats while swatching. I’ve been listing to The Arcs’ Yours Dreamily and Arctic Monkey’s AM.”

Q: What tips would you give an aspiring swatcher?
A: “Be you. Have a recognizable and unique hand pose. Enjoy what you swatch it makes for a better experience. Never feel discouraged about your nail size. I was told that I would never be able to swatch because I have small nails. Never say never, I guess…”

Q: What’s one nail related item you can’t live without?
A: “My Sephora Formula X prep, base, and top coat. I adore that system.”

Q: If you were to start an indie line of polish what would you name it and what would the first collection be inspired by?
A: “ECKlipsed (the ECK is for my initials) I think I would go with an art inspired line… Colors representing different genres. It would definitely be followed by something dessert inspired.”

Do you feel like you know Elena a little bit better? Well good, me too. Thanks again to Elena for spending the time to answer my questions.

I hope you join me back next time for another edition of Swatch Spotlight. Be sure to comment down below if you or someone you know is a swatcher that should have the spotlight on them!

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Disclosure: The questions above were sent to the featured swatcher (FS) for review and response. The FS was advised they could omit responses from any question they were not comfortable with answering. The responses are directly from the FS and have not be altered in any way, shape or form. The comments and responses expressed in this interview are those of the FS and the FS alone.

Swatcher Spotlight: Nicole Perez

I’ve decided that once a month I want to do a Swatcher Spotlight focusing in on an awesome swatcher in the nail community because without them we would be stuck deciding between the red holo and the red holo.

You may know her as @Notoriousnickysnails on IG but behind the highly sought after swatcher, you’ll find a very kind, sweet, humble women, wife and mother. So here she is, Nicole Perez (insert clapping here 🙂 )

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Name: Nicole Perez
Age: 39
Location: Danbury, CT

I reached out to Nicole and asked if she would do me a favor and help get my blog off on the right foot by answering a few questions that I could use as an “interview” on my blog. I was ready for, “I’m not interested,” or “I’m too busy,” but that’s not what I got at all. Instead, she was willing, excited and agreed without hesitation. I am so super stoked that she did since now we have a chance to know more about our friend with the beautiful swatches.

I started off asking Nicole some general questions about herself and she was open and candid in her responses.

Q: Kids?
A: “Yes, 3 beautiful blessings from God. Alyssa is 14 and my miracle twins Jayla and Jayden are 8. We had 2 miscarriages before they were born and were not gonna try again but so glad we did.”

Q: Marital Status?
A: “Married to my soulmate. My husband Angel and I have been together 22 years and married for 17 years. Definite ups and downs (we even separated for 6 months) but we finally came to our senses and reconciled….and that is where the twins come in…lol”

Q: Birthday:
A: “June 2nd (Gemini)”

Q: Pets?
A: “No pets! I am super OCD and would hate cleaning up after a pet but I do want a dog sooo bad. Once we move and have no carpets we are definitely getting one.”

Ok, ok, now that we have the pleasantries out of the way, it’s time to have some fun with Nicole. See what she said when I asked her some fun facts!

Q: Tea or Coffee?
A: “I adore spanish coffee it is strong and keeps me on the go all day but it also messes up my tummy. So I do alternate between coffee and tea. I love oolong tea and all flavor green teas.”

Q: Beach or Mountains?
A: “Mountains for sure! I swear I am the only one in my culture sometimes that loves cold weather and mountains lol they may revoke my Puerto Rican card someday but I can’t help it. I love sitting by a fire and the crisp cold snap the air has in it in fall and winter.”

Q: Best gift received?
A: “The gold rose ring my grandma left me when she passed away because of how much it meant to her and me. She was without a doubt the best friend I ever and will ever have. Our relationship was such a blessing in my life and she gave me so many gifts that I will cherish everyday of my life. The ring signifies so much more than just gold and value it was something she treasured and so will I.”

Q: Favorite pastime? (besides nails)
A: “Spending time with my kids, I know I must sound like a broken record lol but I don’t care. They are funny and honest and sponges they soak it all in and never give me a chance to be sad. Oh and shopping, makeup and reading 😉”

Q: Favorite food?
A: “Chinese Food, Japanese Food, Gyros, and Cupcakes lol I cannot pass up a cupcake evah!!!”

Q: Favorite movie?
A: “Oohhh this is hard! Alice in Wonderland, The Notebook, Scarface, Pretty Woman, The Devil Wears Prada….the list goes on and on….like seriously I love movies but hate going to the actual theatre lol I like pausing and snack breaks and being able to potty and not miss anything.”

Q: Favorite season?
A: “Fall and Winter are my absolute favorites. I love the fashion and that crispness in the air. Apple picking, s’mores by our fireplace and snow falling in the winter. Makes me happy just thinking about it!”

Now it was time to get down to business and talk nails because after all this blog is about nails.

Q: What got you started doing your nails?
A: “My nails were so short and in bad shape after acrylics for soo many years and I wanted my hands to be pretty. My hands are so brown and wrinkly and sausage like lol and I wanted my own long nails so when I got on IG I started seeing all these posts of nail art and then indie brands and I never looked back. If I show you my first IG mani you would laugh soo hard…I do lol”

Q: What was the first brand you swatched for?
A: “Bad Bitch Polish and I still swatch for Brittany. She is a sweetheart and I was so grateful for the opportunity. And then my friend Gretchen offered my name up to Hella Holo Customs and from then on it was full steam ahead. And from then on it was so flattering to be asked by more than one indie. I felt wanted and kinda special. That is what swatching does for me, it makes me feel pretty and when my nail community likes my swatches I feel amazing. It is hard work, lol it’s not just painting your nails it is so so much more than that and I am grateful to be able to do it.”

Q: What is your ‘go to’ cuticle oil?
A: “I love Anonymous Lacquer cuticle oil, the applicator is amazing to me and no one else that I know has it. I also love Vibrant Vinyls cuticle oil pens and Baroness X matte cuticle balm in Pistacho Macaroon and a Pumpkin that I think may be seasonal but I can’t get enough of it!”

Q: You’re going on vacation for 2 weeks and can only take 3 bottles of polish (not included base or top coat). What do you take?
A: “Oh sweet Jesus you cannot ask me that!!! Lol no way I could choose just 3. If I could only take 3 then I don’t need to go lol”

Q: What tips would you give an aspiring swatcher?
A: “Not to let anyone make you feel like your swatches are less than. I mean you can get advice from other swatchers and that is most definitely appreciated but snide, rude comments are not okay. Also you will get better as time goes on so do not quit if it is something you really wanna do it is competitive out there lol there are sooo many amazing swatchers but if you love it don’t stop.”

Q: What’s one nail related item you can’t live without?
A: “My cuticle oils lol my cuticles can get so dry with washing clothes, dishes, housework. I would be lost without my oils.”

Q: If you were to start an indie line of polish what would you name it and what would the first collection be inspired by?
A: “This is a tough question hmm….honestly I don’t know because the name would have to be perfect and that may take me a few weeks to decide lol but there are so many awesome established brands out there and so many great new ones coming out all the time so lucky me I never need to start one 😉”

Well there you have it folks, you read it here, directly from Nicole Perez.

If you enjoyed this time with Nicole and would like to read more Swatcher Spotlights, let me know. Also, comment down below if you or someone you know is a swatcher that should have the spotlight on them!

Well that’s all for now!

Stay Polished,
Queen of Nails 83

Disclosure: The questions above were sent to the featured swatcher (FS) for review and response. The FS was advised they could omit responses from any question they were not comfortable with answering. The responses are directly from the FS and have not be altered in any way, shape or form. The comments and responses expressed in this interview are those of the FS and the FS alone.