Perhaps you've been late-night channel flipping or watching QVC and seen Leslie Blodgett demonstrating her famous bareMinerals cosmetics. But did you know this powerhouse entrepreneur is a busy mom just like you? Momlogic sat down with Blodgett and talked about everything from foundation color to her most embarrassing mom moment.
ML: How do you balance career, family, life?
Leslie: It's hard to balance everything but important to be there for the moments, the everyday moments like dinner. We make a conscious effort to have breakfast and dinner with the kids. Because I worked like three months after I gave birth and my husband was a stay-at-home dad, I actually had my son sleep with me so that I could get bonding time, because I was off at work during the day. I didn't want to not hold him and be with him.
ML: What are some tips for moms if they have an idea to get a business off the ground?
Leslie: Passion! Also, keep a journal by your bed and write down your ideas. As you start thinking and developing things in your head, write them down. Then get a group of people together that you trust will tell you the truth.
ML: What's the biggest mistake women make in terms of makeup?
Leslie: Every woman should use blush! You look dead without blush. Blending is the most important part of applying blush. Blend everything -- take a brush in circular motions and put blush on the tops of cheekbones, the forehead, and then, blend blend blend.
ML: What is the most essential product a woman should wear if they only have one minute?
Leslie: Don't leave the house without foundation with SPF. You want your skin to last for the next fifty years, so you need to block the rays of the sun. After that, lip gloss. If you're in a super rush, apply lip gloss and go!
ML: Should moms experiment with trendy colors, like the blue eyeshadows we see on the runway?
Leslie: Yes! It's fun! If you're going to experiment with color, though, start on the outside corner of the eye and work your way in, rather than doing the whole lid. Color makes people happy!
ML: What is your personal makeup philosophy?
Leslie: I am all about color. Change things up every single day so you don't get into a rut. Don't listen to people when they say you can't wear it. Color is very emotional, we need it. Every room in my house is a different color.
ML: What about your personal philosophy?
Leslie: Downtime. I looooove my downtime. I do a lot of reflection and I love being alone. When I do have my time, I read or I go for a run and I recharge. I always make room for it.
ML: Do you get overwhelmed with all your responsibilities? What are some tips?
Leslie: I have definitely been totally overwhelmed with too many things happening. I remember making a list of the things I was not doing in my life that I always did before, and I realized I had forgotten about many things that were important to me, like music. I needed to reincorporate music into my life. Oh, and don't start eating a lot when you get overwhelmed! Moms think the emotional bond is with food -- don't do it!
ML: What's the most important part of your day?
Leslie: When I get home from work and put my feet up. "My time." I love the mornings because it's when I work out. At work, I love creative meetings.
ML: What's your most embarrassing mom moment?
Leslie: When my son was 3 years old and I was bathing in the tub. He looked down at my thighs and said, "Mom, you look like a manatee!" I didn't know if I should be proud he knew that word, or sad that he thought my thighs look like that!
In addition, Leslie reminds us you no longer need to spend thirty minutes applying a face full of makeup. Now you can have flawless skin in just a few minutes, by using products that are made from the earth, free of preservatives, talc, oil, or fragrance and other potential skin irritants. And now, rather than just providing its very beautiful foundation, bareMinerals also has lipgloss, blush, eyeshadows, and, well ... everything, with the same "save your skin" ingredients in every item.