FAQs

* PHOTOGRAPHY *

What camera do you use?
I use the Camera app in my Samsung Galaxy Note 4 or my Canon EOS Rebel T5i.

Who takes your photos?

Myself.

Which iPhone apps do you use to edit your photos on Instagram?

Photo Wonder to make small lighting adjustments & Moldiv to add my watermark. Both are available for iOS or Android.

What programs do you use to edit the photos in your blog?
Sometimes I just take the photos from my Instagram and transfer those already edited images into the blog. If I'm using images from my computer, I use the Windows Live Photo Gallery to make small lighting adjustments and Pixlr Editor for larger project creation & editing.


* VIDEO *

What camcorder do you use?
I use the Camcorder feature that comes with the camera on my Samsung Galaxy Note 4 or the video feature on my Canon EOS Rebel T5i.

Who takes your video?
Myself.

What programs do you use to edit your video?
I use Android Video Editor to edit all of my Samsung Galaxy Note 4 videos. For the videos I take with my Canon camera, I use Windows Live Movie Maker.


* BLOG *

How long have you been blogging?
i♥offbeat was born on April 29, 2013. I had another blog on livejournal about 5 years ago; however, when our boys came around, I decided to it and focus on being a mom & wife. After a while, and because I just can't sit still for too long, I started this blog with a new & fresh twist. 

What inspired you to start?

My passions are makeup and writing. I'm not the best at either, but I truly love both. A blog gives me the opportunity to write about makeup & life in general. It's also therapeutic since I have too much testosterone around me with a boyfriend and our 2 boys. I need to talk about girly things from time to time.

Do you blog full time?

No, I only do it part-time. I don't have a set blogging schedule like other bloggers do. We have 2 very active boys + we travel a lot. I try to sneak a post in as often as I can or when inspiration strikes. But even if you don't see posts for a bit, I'm usually working in the background taking pictures, recording video, editing, finding new products, or connecting with my readers on social media. Sometimes, I will disappear from here for a little while longer than normal. In those cases, you will usually hear somehow why I haven't been around.

I'm new to blogging, can you give me any advice?

First & foremost, start. Once you start, stick to it! Always look for ways to improve and make your blog better. The followers will come as you progress. Good things don't happen overnight. They take hard work, effort & passion. So, don't give up!! 

How did you design your blog?

I use the Simple template on Blogger & have personalized it to my liking.

What are your favorite blogs?

These are some of my favorite blogs in alphabetical order:
BeautzyCabeza de CocokannemKelly Golightly, Makeup By TiffanyDMandySharesLife, Mommy Shorts and Wendy's Look Book. If you have any other recommendations, feel free to send me an email at i.heart.offbeat@hotmail.com

Why did you change the name of your blog from "House Of Nakashiima" to "i♥offbeat"?
All my social accounts are under "iheartoffbeat". It's a username I've had for a long time and it was just too complicated to have 2 different names for everything. People kept getting confused when they would look me up too...

i♥offbeat is basically a representation of my personality and likes. I love things that are not quite popular and pretty but also not entirely weird and off-putting. I love things that are just a little "off" -- they are still likable but they remain unique & different in their own way. That's what the name of my blog truly means. I hope that makes sense...


* MAKEUP *

Do you have a favorite makeup brand?
No. I believe that both high-end & drugstore makeup can have amazing products as well as horrible duds. I don't stick to just one brand. I use what I feel comfortable with and whatever works for my skin.

Do you prefer high-end or drugstore makeup?

I truly  love both. Although I became more partial to drugstore makeup in recent years and after we had our boys. I've become more frugal & look for things that are more readily accessible to me & others. There are still things I love from high-end brands that I simply cannot replace with drugstore. Regardless of what I find and whether it's drugstore or high-end, I'll make sure to share it with you all.


* PERSONAL *

How tall are you?
I am 5' 2"

How old are you?

I am 35 years old

What's your skin type?

I have oily skin in the Summer & combination in the Winter. You can see my entire Beauty Profile by clicking HERE!

What is a normal day in your life like?

The weekdays are mostly dedicated to the boys' school/activities or running errands. Throughout the week, at random times, I write as much as possible or, at the very least, get images edited. On the weekends, we spend most of the time either traveling with the Mr. for different purposes, doing makeup for photoshoots or clients' events, or taking care of stuff that during the week we were not able to.

Where are you from?

I was born in Mexicali, Mexico. Right after I turned 17, we moved to California - specifically to the Palm Springs area. I consider Palm Springs my hometown. Most people think I was born & raised in the US because I barely have an accent - it doesn't really come out unless I am nervous or very angry LOL

So, what ethnicity are you?

In all honesty, I am...a mutt? Mom is ½ Spanish & ½ Japanese. Dad is 100% Spanish. So, my brothers & I are 75% Spanish & 25% Japanese.

Both my parents were born in Mexico, but both come from direct Spaniard lines through their parents. A quick funny bit about my dad's family: My dad is somehow related to Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, who is sort of the equivalent of George Washington in Mexico. Cool, huh?


Where are you located?

I live in the city of Palm Springs CA, which is in between Los Angeles & San Diego. We're about 2½ hours from both cities.

What do you do for a living?

I am a full-time stay-at-home mom, part-time makeup artist & part-time beauty blogger. 


If you have any other questions, feel free to send me an email at
& I will answer them in the future ☺