And welcome to the first post in the Asian Beauty Blog Party series! The first
part is all about getting to know us better, and we all got to flex our chat
show host muscles and interview each other!
able to interview Laven, author of the popular “Berries in the Snow”(link here)
Blog. She was also the designer of our beautiful banner and ID cards, so a very
talented creative artist as well as blogger!
Now onto the part I’m sure you’re here to
Could you introduce yourself to everyone?
I'm Laven, also known as Frl. Schnee from the
Beauty Blog Berries in the Snow.
I'm a 31 years old biologist living in Germany.
what inspired you to start up a Beauty Blog, especially one on Asian Beauty?
My first contact to the world of AB were BB
creams. I had troubled skin and the thick foundations only made it worse. I
decided to go for tinted moisturizers, but the tone didn't suit my skin tone
and was usually too dark and yellowish.
I came across BB creams in ~2010 and found
that they adapt nicely to the skin’s tone. They also have multi-functional uses
like sun-protection, anti-trouble, and anti-aging, and I became curious. I read
all the reviews I could find about BB creams. It was mostly Missha or Lioele or
Skin79 which were popular, and after reading some reviews I decided to try the
Missha Perfect Cover BB.
Berries in the Snow was founded in March 2013. When I started my beauty blog
back then I wanted to help people like me, who were searching for new products,
especially Korean or Japanese. I had been trying a couple of products before I
started my blog and I enjoyed reading the few reviews that existed, but mainly
it was trial and error.
you ever had writers block?
It is hard to have a writer's block if you
write mainly product reviews. Because they do not need a lot of creativity. You
only need the time or motivation.
Sometimes I'm super motivated and I'm writing 5 reviews a week, but sometimes
I'm not, and there are only 1 or 2 reviews.
I have many more post ideas I would love to share but since I'm also working,
spending time with my family, better half, and friends it is hard to find the
time to do everything that is on my mind...and I'm too unorganized to stick to
a certain scheduling planner :D
Some of her many beautiful posts on Instagram
are your skincare goals?
I want to keep my skin moisturized and happy,
and of course I hope that the signs of aging will be kept at bay :'D
ingredients do you look for to achieve these goals? Usually I'm looking for Retinol or Retinol
derivatives and other Vitamins for preventing signs of aging. For moisturizing
I love oils!
you could only pick three products to keep in your skincare routine what would
they be and why?
Good Sunscreen - It is very important to protect your skin from UVA/UVB-
otherwise you will promote aging and risk skin cancer and hyper-pigmentation.
Good Moisturizer - I have dry skin and my skin needs a good amount of
moisture on top.
Good Cleanser - One which removes makeup and is gentle to the skin.
All good routines require preparation! Cat preparation :D
product do you use when you want to spoil your skin?
Masks, Packs, Ampules.
I do not have any specific recommendations though, since I usually use what
I've got at home. But I love products containing honey or fermentation
extracts, or anything with roses!!!
is your favourite mask that you use to treat yourself?
My favorite sheet mask atm is the 3CE Water Wrapping Facial Mask. My favourite
Wash-Off mask is the “I'm from Honey” Pack
your funniest AB related moment?
My funniest moments are always sheet masks,
especially if people do not know about sheet masks and you suddenly come out of
nowhere wearing a scary mask...
The horrified faces of the people are my funniest AB moments :D
Thank you Laven for taking the time to answer my
I hope you all enjoyed learning more about what
inspires Laven to blog and her own thoughts on skincare.
This week Amy also interviewed fellow PDX blogger Julie!
Which you can read here: Julie's Interview
Next week you can expect to read Michele’s interview
with Laven and Amy’s interview with Dee!