Confessions of a YouTube Makeup Guru: lollipop26


If you haven’t seen lollipop26 work her glossy magic on YouTube check her out here, and, of course, subscribe!

Q: What’s your name and general location?
My name is Laura – middle name Jane don’t you know – and I am currently working and living in London.

Q: Do you have any nicknames?
I actually have a few that I seem to have collected over the years. One year I got very sunburnt and so “Lobster” was christened. These days its more Lauri, Lola, Lolly or Flora. I actually really like Flora.

Q: Does anyone ever tell you that you look like someone famous? If so, who?
In real life I don’t get any flattering or not so flattering comparisons. Online I have got Celine Dion, Kate Beckinsale and on a couple of occasions I got Liz Hurley. The latter made me extremely happy because I think Liz is absolutely gorgeous.

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Q: Who are your inspirations, as far as fashion and beauty?
Its not really celebrities or models or other images from the media – its more people that you see on the street or in shops. I love people-watching and get inspiration from how someone is wearing a particular item of clothing that I may have seen in a shop or how they have worn their makeup. That’s more attainable to me so maybe that’s why I find it more inspiring.

Q: What do you find to be the biggest differences in trends in the UK compared to those in the US?
I think, in terms of beauty and attitudes to grooming, we are pretty much similar. It wasn’t always that way. When I first went to America (1996) I was just so amazed at all the nail bars that I saw in New York City and how everyone seemed so groomed. Now we have access to all of that in the UK and more. I have to say that I do notice that girls in the UK are more into backcombing though – messy hair is generally approved of here and that’s fine by me :)

In terms of fashion I really think it depends on what part of the USA and UK we are comparing. Traditionally I always thought America was much more casual in style, something reflected in the kind of stores in the mall – Hollister, American Eagle, A&F, Banana Republic etc. but then again you also have Forever 21 and Charlotte Russe and some other great designer stores that are more fashion led now. I think ultimately we move in similar tends and direction.

Q:  Are there any US beauty product brands that you have tried and loved, but cannot find in the UK?
I cannot think of anything specifically – all I know is that whenever I go to the US I get my boyfriend to drop me off at a CVS and go absolutely mad with the likes of HIP, Physicians Formula, Jane, Wet & Wild and Cover Girl. It’s just the fact that its not available in the UK that makes it interesting for me and I can literally spend hours perusing the aisles. I also love Sephora – why o why did they close their UK branches – and getting my Beauty Insiders card was a proud moment last year :)

Q: Are there any UK beauty products brands that you love and we are missing out on here in the US?
GOSH and Barry M. I never really appreciated how amazing the drugstores are in the UK until YouTube. Then you look around and start to really see how great the ranges are for the price. I am grateful for that now.

Q: You always look so glam in your videos.  Do you ever leave the house without doing your makeup?
I can honestly say no. On holiday I might have left the hotel room without slap on but that’s only in times where I have a really really good tan :)


Q: What are a few of your “obsessions” right now ?
I always have a few obsessions on the go and right now its KitKat chocolate bars, cheap jewelery from Topshop and Accessorize, leggings, (yes I am late on that one), Dove Summer Glow self tanner and Eve Lom.

Q: What is your current profession? Do you like your job?
I head up a research division in a small digital agency. I am the one researching how brand concepts appeal to the end users/customers in a focus group or interview setting, and then reporting back to the client on how we can make it work or sell better.
The hours can be extremely long and I think ultimately I would like to immerse myself in beauty and end up a beauty journalist – if you are going to work hard then it may as well be doing something you absolutely love.

Q: How does it feel to have nearly 19,000 people care about you and your opinions?
I honestly never thought it would turn out like this. I remember getting excited at getting 10 and then 20 and then 50 subscribers. That to me was amazing. My videos aren’t exactly the most skilled or talented so it really does mean something that so many people actively signed up to hear my opinions.

Q: How long have you been doing YouTube videos?
It’s been just over a year and counting :)

Q: What got you started doing videos on YouTube?
I had been a viewer for over a year. First person I found was the pioneer of videos – amy04 and I am sad that she doesn’t get the credit she deserves. Then I found pursebuzz, panacea81 and pinkiecharm. I loved it – I loved the hauls, tutorials and learning all these new things so I started shopping and playing with makeup. One day I happened to be a bit bored, made my “Whats in my purse” video and that was that.

Q: Have you ever had a stranger recognize you, in person, from your videos?
I have a few times and they have all been at MAC counters :)  Its not as scary as it sounds but I always worry that I must look a disappointment in person – all tired and without perfect makeup :)

Q: Do you have any future goals for your YouTube channel or a blog?
I just want to keep going. I have no plans other than to try and dedicate as much time to it as possible. It sounds trite to say that I have made friends through YouTube but I really have and this community would be hard to leave behind so I plan on sticking around.


Q: What is the strangest video request that you have received? Strangest comment?
I really can’t think of anything other than the weird requests all the YouTubers I know receive – and you would rather not know about them.

Q: What do your friends think about your beauty product obsession?
They accept it as part of me and now use me as a resource for advice/freebies.

Q: Do you ever have buyers remorse for spending your hard earned money on products?
All the time. It comes in cycles. I shop for a few months then guilt for a month. At the moment I am guilting and so started my Project 10 Pan to ensure that some of this stuff actually gets used up before it expires. I have lip glosses from the early 90’s that really need to go!

Q: What draws you to buy a certain product or brand of makeup?
I am a sucker for hype, gimmicks and packaging. An appealing promo image will also get me every time – this is how Maybelline gets me to buy their foundations.

Q: What are some of your absolute favorite beauty products?
There are some staples that I always come back to. These are the products I put on and instantly feel good: MAC Studio Fix Fluid, MAC Well Dressed blush, Milani Luminous blush, NARS Sabrina lip balm, MAC Sable eyeshadow, Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner, MAC Carbon shadow, L’oreal Voluminous, Burts Bees lip balm.
Normally I would of said NARS Laguna but we are having a difficult relationship at the moment and it keeps making me look muddy.

Q: Out of your brush collection, which ones do you find yourself reaching for the most?
They tend to be all MAC brushes – some of which I have had for about 5 years. I like the 224, the 228, 227, 168 and 134 the most. My nail art brush which I use for gel eyeliner is also an absolutely must.

Q: Do you have any beauty secrets or tips that you think most other people don’t know about?
I read about this one on livejournal a while ago and it works. If your eyes get teary in the summer due to allergies and you worry about the tears messing up your eyeliner at the corners, apply a MAC liquidlast liner along the inner corner of your eye – where your lashlines meet in a backward “C” shape. This will act as a barrier and ensure that your makeup stays perfect. It really works – partly because liquidlast liners are the hardest things in the world to remove.

Q: Are there and words or phrases that your US friends or YouTube gurus use that you find humorous or unusual?
The phrase “lets get started”. The only time I think I will ever hear or use that phrase is in relation to a tutorial. I try not to say it when I do videos but its really hard to resist.

Q: Is there anything that you collect, aside from makeup?
This is, thankfully, the main thing I collect. Thinking about it though I do also have a random selection of things that I seem to amass alot of – books, DVD sets of shows, jewelery with bows, pashminas, perfume and gadgets.

Q: Can you tell us some fun facts that we probably don’t know about you?
I used to be a demon tap dancer. Oh yes, I can still shuffle-ball-change with the best of them :)

Q: We want to play Pee Wee’s Playhouse. Will you slip a “secret word” into your next video for our readers? The secret word is “Spiffy”.
Okay I will and watch for my “self-conscious” face when I do so.


23 Comments For This Post

  1. Alyson Says:

    Great interview. She seems like such a sweet girl. :) And she has positively fab hair.

  2. The Makeup Blogette Says:

    I like the picture with her side profile, and the messy hair look is really cute.

    I think many girls out there can relate to lollipop 26… and that’s why it is so interesting and fun to watch her videos.

  3. Chloe Says:

    Yet another very interesting interview. Lollipop26 is one of my favourite YT gurus. She’s always honest with what she says and she is very entertaining.

  4. Becky Says:

    I love Laura! She quickly became my favorite. Very sincere and real!

  5. Catanya Says:

    This girl is great. Thanks so much for the interview.

  6. alexandra Says:

    yeah she seems like a typical ordinary girl but she knows soo much and is so amazingly sweet and truthful and i trust her more than anyone with my makeup!!!!

  7. Anna Says:

    aww you’re really adorable laura this make me admire you even more 😀

  8. Stephanie Says:

    Very fun interview. =)

  9. debbie Says:

    she is a joy to watch and she loves makeup like most of us girls, which cant be bad.

  10. Trisha Says:

    Laura is my favorite guru on youtube. She’s so down to earth and sweet. I trust her opinion and have gone out and bought some of her product recommendations and have never been disappointed.

  11. Tamara Says:

    My favorite YT guru! I also love her blog!!

  12. Connie Says:

    Laura is always a joy to watch! & Her accent is too adorable. I love her!

  13. Gabby Says:

    i love flora ! (: ahahaha. she is an AMAZING inspiration, really out there and fun and probably the best makeup guru on youtube! the very first time i saw her i also thought she looked like kate beckinsale and a tiny bit of jennifer love hewitt 😛


  14. Corrine Says:

    I absolutely love Laura. I really do look forward to watching her videos. She is the most beautiful, sweet and honest makeup guru out there. I think its absolutely adorable how she is so glamourous and beautiful, but blushes and denies it at the mere mention of her beauty. Love her totally!

  15. Luda Says:

    I find Laura’s videos immensely useful, and I’m proud to see an English girl up there with the americans when it comes to the youtube hall of fame!

  16. Gisselle Says:

    I love looking at Laura’s videos. She really looks like such a genuine and kind person. Her shyness amuses me :-) I absolutely adore her accent

  17. Anna Says:

    She is always so cute in her videos! She really does come across sweet and down to earth. She seems like she would be super fun to hang out with considering her personal style and makeup style very simular to what I like/wear :)

  18. laura Says:

    Really love these interviews! Can not believe how much there is similar to Laura! As im a Laura Jane too! also love makeup and have a strange obsession for bows also! And i used to be a really good tap dancer too! Weird! ;)x

  19. Meli Says:

    i love her vids!!!!

  20. Kathleen Says:

    Laura’s vids are great because she is so personable and honest. It seems she also combines some of her marketing background to tell us more specifics about cosmetic products that are really helpful.

  21. Mellie Says:

    Wow, how come I didn’t see this before? Haha. Anyway, I just wanted to say that I totally love her vids. She has a great on-camera personality and she just seems to be a great person all around. :) Love love LOVE watching her!!!

  22. Erika Says:

    Aww Fabulous Laura! I love her! I have to say she instantaneously became one of my TOP FAVORITE YT gurus after her second video! She is truly honest and generous, very fun to watch and very inspirational! I hope she never ever stops making vids for us fanatics and lovers of makeup, beauty and fashion, she ROCKS!!!! this site is awesome! these interviews that are more one on one are super! Thank Keri! Nicely done :)

  23. Rosie Says:

    Laura has inspired me to get into makeup more and to try things out which i wouldn’t previously dare. plus she does really have great hair.

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