Hi guys, I had a very rare and exciting invitation to interview Sam and Nicola Chapman , otherwise known as Pixiwoo! They both run the fantastic makeup brush company Real Techniques, a leading company in the makeup industry. Real techniques brushes have won several awards making them the go to brush in the USA and UK . Sam and Nicola are also Beauty Gurus on youtube with over two million subscribers , where they share their professional makeup tips, and gorgeous beauty tutorials for us all to follow along. I’ve been watching them for years and felt like I already knew them before meeting them. They are genuinely two of the nicest people I have met (I know everyone says that .. but it’s true! ) Not only that they also run a successful blog , magazine , run their budding company while both being mothers! How do Pixiwoo do it all!? (Seriously ….GOALS!)
Coffee and chatter with Pixiwoo
I sat down with the girls to ask all the questions I have been dying to ask!
Interview Transcript (paraphrased)
What made you choose the name Pixiwoo?
Sam – A childhood nickname , you know when you had a stupid email address when you’re 15? , well I had a stupid username all over the internet. I didn’t know it was going to be so popular.. , so that’s where it came from.
Between blogging , youtube and running your business , how do you fit in ME time?
Nicola- when were on the road we try to fit in a massage on our day off , you know .. that’s pretty me time , as much as it gets . Its more fitting in kids time.
Sam- I think that , to be fair we do ,do what we love , so it’s always me time.
Your current brushes are award winning and a beauty favorite within the makeup community internationally! What can we expect from your January product launch?
Sam- More of the same high quality at a good affordable price.
Scenario | you’re headed to a busy event and you have no space for your makeup bag, you can only bring two products! What would they be?
Sam- Red lipstick and a mirror! or a red lipstick and a concealer
Nicola – I will normally take a concealer but normally I don’t take anything with me, if i’ve got lashes then i’ll take glue!
What advice can you give to someone who wants to start Vlogging about beauty?
Sam – Pick a subject matter that you really really love ,
Nicola- Don’t expect it to be a real success overnight , work really hard at it and get the support of everyone around you because sometimes it can be difficult.
As busy mom myself I know how hard it is to juggle a busy home life as well as a hectic work schedule , what is the best advice you can give for blogger/vlogger moms?
Nicola- I can only say what we do , hopefully you’ve got a nice support around you, don’t feel guilty , because we are mothers and you instantly feel guilty but your teaching your children a really great work ethic!
How do you manage to stay inspired with makeup looks?
Sam- we go though stages when sometimes we feel really uninspired and some times when we re super into it , you can always tell with videos how into it you are . for the last three months i’ve been super into it and I can tell because i’ve been getting a lot more interaction.
I know that you guys are into scrapbooking as am I and my readers , I have a series on my blogging showing my planner décor. what would be your go to magazine for scrapbooking?
SAM- I buy Vogue three times a year and cut all the adds for hair and makeup out! let’s say CHANEL, they don’t film one advert, they will film maybe five or six different versions of that ad so that they can put it in through out the magazine. I think its really important that you do that because you get a vibe for current trends
Nicola – We do it for home magazine as well and share.
When you are constantly testing and trying new products , how to you stop your skin from breaking out?
Sam – we don’t and thats the beauty of it , we are like guinea pigs , we are there to try it out so the people at home don’t have to . If you do break out it’s only like three or four days
Nicola – and them we can do a video on how to cover that breakout! and it’s to show people that you are normal!
What is your favorite real techniques brush of all time?
Nicola- I think mine is the deluxe crease brush
Sam- the base shadow brush , I can use it for everything , it’s really versatile!
Biggest beauty pet peeve that vloggers do ?
Sam – I really hate it when people are overly enthusiastic about things , I don’t think that anyone can really have that response to a lipstick , so to me i think thats fake
Nicola- When they are not honest about being paid for something or just being deceiving , i think tis dishonest and unfair for those people who work really hard for their money and might go out and buy that product.
What are your biggest tips for young entrepreneurs? last year I started a events company for bloggers and Youtubers to connect with brands and also to just get to know each other better while building their networking base.
Sam – I think its called social media for a reason , get out there and interact with people as much as you can . join int he conversation as its a great way for other people to notice you!
Between YouTube , being a Makeup artist and business entrepreneur and all the other things you do , if you had to give up all but one what would it be ?
Nicola – A makeup artist – I’d always do more but thats my passion
Sam- I really enjoy the business side of it more that I though I would so i’d probably to business.
(Listen to find out the answers to the last three questions! xoxo)
- What has been the craziest thing and best thing so far on your tour ?
- What’s it like being part of the U.K. Youtube first family ?
- What are the biggest differences between the new brushes and the current brushes?
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