Beauty Influencer Dominique Tiu's
By: Sidrah N.
Why Konichi Wear? It has a certain ring to it. I can always say cheekily, “It’s Konichiwear, bitch.”
*How long have you been a beauty influencer?
I've been blogging since 2009, although my turf is more fashion-inclined and beauty. However, upon opening other social media assets, I've been getting a lot of questions about my beauty and hair regimen--which is so strange to me because I never thought I had swoon-worthy hair or great makeup tips at hand.
*What kinds of influence do you find being a blogger has over your followers?
I think it's the ability to change trends and behaviour--because an advice you share can reach a wider audience.
*What do you love most about sharing your beauty journey?
Basically, making an impact. When I give an advice about which product to use and it's effective on certain readers--they share that they feel more beautiful and confident. It's basically making a small-scale impact one person at a time.
*What do you find the most challenging?
Finding products that work for everyone because I always think that each person's body chemistry is different and what might work for me might not work for everyone. However, there are certain products that outperform others and it's finding that type of recommendation.
*Before you discovered blogging, how it changed your conversations about being not just online but in person one on one?
I don't think there was that drastic of a change. Being a blogger gave me a bit of authority but in terms of recommendation, it didn't. I'm the type of person who wants to share discoveries especially when it's beneficial to people.
*What are the top 5 hair brands that influence your many looks?
1. Matrix Biolage Shampoo & Conditioner
2. Kerastase hairspray
3. Lucido heat protectant spray
4. Liese multipurpose hairspray
5. Liese free arrange hairspray
*Name one influential "beauty superstar" you would love to meet/interview?
Michelle Phan--I always watch her videos. She's quirky and entertaining, and she makes everything so easy (and her tutorials are always fool-proof)
*How makes a brand a good brand and what makes a product a great product?
If it delivers over and beyond its price point. I mean, like most people, I would want a product that costs less but I'm not against investing on expensive items so as long as they're life-changing. I would spend on an expensive product so as long as I see tangible results.
*Can you share one hair story?
I'm not entirely sure but I was a bald baby who got her first haircut at 6. I've always had a boy's cut and eventually shoulder length hair. When I reached High School, I made sure my hair stayed long and experimented so much with my fringes because my forehead had a high hairline. It took a while to find the look that I want but I realized that what played an important role was really keeping my hair healthy--because my hair is neither wavy nor straight, it's somehow in between, and the only way to tame it is to find the right products. I was starting to get compliments about my hair on my blog, which surprised me because I always thought my hair was horrid. Now, I've learned to essentially love every part of my hair--especially because it's so thick, any hair style would look great, not to mention, I don't EVER need hair extensions. :)
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Dominique Tiu is a twenty-something year old self-declared fashion blogger-cum-stylist. A certified shopaholic who fangirls Marc Jacobs and Lorenzo Martone, making incessant albeit futile attempts to virtually stalk Anna Dello Russo, Carine Roitfeld, Emmanuelle Alt, and Anna Wintour, sending them annoying anonymous emails with a montage of abused punctuations begging for Fashion Week tickets. Ultimately loves seared tuna, nutella, Japanese mayo, Goyard, splenda, Kinder Bueno, button mushrooms, Heinz catsup, Rodarte, and cashews. She owns a pair of Alber Elbaz’s underpants and aspires to meet Rei Kawakubo someday. Dominique loves Asian fashion and applies the Japanese style philosophy to her burgeoning Western-directed wardrobe.