Beauty Spotlight: Tamira Jarrel

We met up with the extremely awesome and humble Tamira Jarrel for a quick chat about her blogging journey, the details of her beauty routine, and even the lowdown of how she manages to keep her hair looking so great all the time. What started as a hobby alongside her career in the medical field, quickly blossomed into the full-fledged beauty and fashion blog (and vlog) that she runs today.

What’s your blogging story? How did you start and what has your journey been?

I was surfing the web a few years back looking for swatches, and I came across a beauty blog and as I kept reading I said to myself, "how hard could it be to create a blog of my own." I bought my camera and researched anything I could find pertaining to beauty blogging while still working in the medical field. After one year of posting content I received a phone call from Allure saying I was chosen to be one of their top 10 beauty bloggers of the year. Since then I’ve worked with amazing brands I admire and continue to push myself, but always remain humble throughout the entire process. I now incorporate things like fashion and lifestyle on my website; blogging is constantly evolving which is what I love most about it! 

What sparked your interest in beauty?

I have to say my mother, like any curious daughter would. I watched her apply her makeup everyday before work and it was fascinating to me. She wore a Revlon eyeliner paired with a dark vampy lip, I’ll never forget!

What does your daily beauty routine look like?

I reach for my Kate Somerville CC Cream and apply it with my fingers for a very natural finish, I then use my Tom Ford Bronzer in Terra for some definition. I use the Jouer Tint in Petal for a flush of color on my cheeks and then brush my brows to fill in any sparse areas with the Burberry Eyebrow Definer in Ash Brown. Curling my lashes everyday is a must so I never miss that step and then I apply loads of the Maybelline Full & Soft Waterproof mascara. For lips I keep it as close to my natural lip shade as possible and use the YSL Volupte Sheer Candy in #13.

How would you describe your style? Who are some of your biggest influences?

A monochromatic tom boy. I love a good pair of boyfriend jeans with a slouchy white tee, it’s very rare that I wear bold prints or dress girly. I have to say that Erica Choi from Egg Canvas is my muse, we have very similar styles and her outfits are always on point! She’s a total sweetheart and really down to earth.

What’s one thing you wish you knew when you started?

Less is more. If you look at my posts they’re much more refined compared to when I first started out, and my entire blog layout is easy to maneuver through. 

What are your five beauty essentials?

My Chanel eyelash curlers, Aesop Resurrection Hand Balm, Glossier Priming Moisturizer, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light and any shade of the Jouer Tints.   

How do you keep your hair looking so great?

First of all, thank you for the compliment, it sure is a lot of hair to maintain! I do a lot of deep conditioning using the OGX Argan Oil Of Morocco and make sure it’s squeaky clean using the Bumble & Bumble Sunday Shampoo once a week. My hair type is very coarse and frizzy so I have to use styling tools to tame it. I always spray some of the Oribe Foundation Mist prior to using heat. I swear by the Oribe Dry texturizing spray and it’s all I use to add body to my hair.

What are three things you could never leave the house without?

Phone, rollerball perfume and a good pair of sunnies.

Would you say your kids have had a big influence on your blogging career?

I like to think of myself as a very well-rounded person. The more variety I add to my plate the more my children are keen to try different things. My children make me want show them the world and all it has to offer, hopefully in the future they’re willing to put in the work like I am doing now. I also make them fetch my camera every now and again! 

We love the look of your content, how do you shoot and edit your pictures?

I use a Canon 600D with the basic kit lens, and also shoot with a 50mm f/1.8 II prime lens. My little sister is a combat photographer in the Marine Corps and has shown me a thing or two when it comes to shooting. I’ve always been very artistic growing up, I’d draw and paint constantly but creating digital art is even more satisfying. I’m always trying to find a different approach to shooting beauty products. It's easy to snap a picture of a lipstick and post it, but I like to talk through my photography. I use Afterlight, Pic-Tap-Go and Photoshop to edit all of my photos. I usually bring down the saturation then bump up the contrast for a very clean finish.

Any advice for aspiring bloggers and beauty gurus?

It’s really easy to just quit in the beginning because you feel no one is reading, but always remember why you started blogging to begin with. I also think it’s vital to stay true to who you are. As your blog starts to grow so will you. 

Last question, any songs or albums on repeat right now? 

I’m in love with William Singe and his covers, Sia, and Romeo Santos. 

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