Sometimes a beauty blog just captivates you with its humor, content and, obviously, creative beauty. Batalash Beauty has done just that – what can we say? We’re hooked. We spoke to the hilarious founder, Samantha, about the site, her not-so-routine makeup routine and more!

Hi Samantha! Tell us about your blog, Batalash Beauty, and what sets it apart from other beauty sites?

Batalash is all about being who you are – we like to promote the idea that beauty doesn’t have to be so cut and dry, like it is sometimes portrayed. We want people to try new things, think outside of the box, and be confident in who they are.

Why did you decide to get into blogging?

At first, it was something to fill my time. I like keeping busy, and that was a way to spend my free time while doing something productive. The more time I spent on the blog, the more I enjoyed being able to teach people new things, answer questions, and interact with our followers – so that’s my motivation now!

How did you get together with your blogging partner, Angela?

I had seen her work on Reddit, and I noticed we had a similar style of makeup. I started following her on instagram, and eventually reached out to her to start working with me, and that was that! I wanted to bring someone else onto the team that had different features from me (different eye color/different skin tone/etc) which helps us to appeal to a larger audience.

Love how you’re such a risk-taker when it comes to your makeup! Where do you get your inspiration from?

Thanks! I gain inspiration from all over. Other artists, fashion, nature, paintings. Sometimes I’ll just pull a random product and figure out how to use it in a way other than what it was intended for (ie. using lipstick as blush, blush as eyeshadow, etc.)

What are your must-have beauty products?

My must-haves are ever-changing, just like the beauty industry. Right now, I’m loving Anastasia’s Contour KitAnastasia’s DipBrow, the Make Up For Ever Flash Palette, and OCC Lip Tar in Divine!

To create beautiful looks, you need a beautiful, clean canvas. What’s your skin regime like? Any skin care products you’re obsessed with?

I wash my skin with warm water and a face cloth, and moisturize like CRAZY. I’ll usually exfoliate once a week. This is just what works for me – my skin is very sensitive and very dry. My absolute favorite, must have skin care product is MAC Complete Comfort Creme. It makes my skin so soft and smooth!

What spring trends are you excited to rock?

BRIGHT LIPSTICK! But I often wear whatever I want, regardless of season.

Are you more of a drugstore or luxury beauty lover?

Both! I love all different kinds of products from any price range. I believe that a good artist can make any product work for them.

Take us through your daily makeup routine.

My makeup routine is different every day! That’s the fun in posting your makeup for the world to see. I usually decide what look I want to do that day by grabbing my newest product and figuring out how I want to show it off.

Do you have any advice for girls who want to get into beauty blogging/vlogging?

Make sure everything you post is something you are 100% proud of. Post every day on some form of social media – people love consistency, and this will also help you to improve your skills and creativity.

We know you take your own photos – do you have any lighting/camera advice or tips for aspiring bloggers?

If you can, invest in a good camera – it’s worth it. You will get the use out of it, and they last for a very very long time. I’ve had my camera for about 6 years, and still use it every day. As for lighting, I always use natural lighting. Stand near a window during daylight hours, and take your pictures facing the light. This will show your makeup most clearly and true to color.