Exclusive Interview with TINA

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Some of you may have seen her music video.... 

Some of you might recognize her from being featured in an episode of Jerseylicious!

She's got some killer dance moves and Fat Joe is featured in HER music video "So Good". 
I have a few readers who came up with some questions anonymously to ask TINA.  Most were interested in her style and what she's like when she's not performing. Check out the interview below and you'll learn how much of an animal lover she is and how much she's giving back to her community!  I would like to thank her for the oppurtunity to interview her for Ask Away and I just want everyone to know she is such a down to earth, sweet girl! Check her out!

ER: On a day when you aren’t going to be performing or doing a photoshoot, etc. and you are just lounging around, what kind of stuff do you normally wear?
What about when you go out with friends?

TINA: I actually feel prettiest in sporty clothes, like sweat suits and a baseball cap! I love those comfy sweat suits from Bebe, and the Victoria’s Secret PINK line, or just anything comfy and coordinated! As far as the “friends” question, I sadly never go out for anything other than work! Although, my work is filled with fun dinners and after-parties, and that’s more than enough social time for me! I usually am dressed pretty glamorous for events like those since there is typically press to do!

ER: Girls everywhere are always dying to look like the stars they see on TV but we have to realize that those stars don’t always look like that. What’s your hair routine? How long does it take for YOU yourself to get your hair ready?

TINA: That is so true! I should film myself when I wake up in the morning. It’s actually pretty scary though so I will spare you all! Yeah, a lot of kids think these stars wake up glamorous, but it does take a lot of work! When I do my hair, it takes about 30 minutes just to blow it out with my T3 dryer (love my dryer), then I style it. I usually curl it with a small or big T3 curling iron, depending on if I want big loose waves, tighter curls etc. So I would say, in total it’s almost an hour of work for my hair to look all glam! Before all that work, my hair is just this frizzy, bird’s nest looking thing!

ER: What kind of handbags are your favorites and what style of handbags do you find yourself drawn to?

TINA: I grew up surrounded by “Bollywood” so I love anything ridiculously sparkly. I don’t care if it’s a 5 dollar sparkly Walmart bag, or a $5,000 dollar Louis Vuitton bag-as long as I love it! I’m also addicted to the color blue. In fact, the last bag I got was a Coach Poppy Sequin backpack in blue. It’s crazy loud, but I absolutely love it!

ER: For your music video “So Good”, with Fat Joe, how hard was it to stand and dance in those heels? 

TINA: It was fine for the first day, but by the end of the second day, my feet absolutely hated me! The last scene we shot was with Fat Joe and it was at the end of the second day of shooting, at about 6 or 7 in the morning. For some of those scenes with Fat Joe, I had to grab onto his arm or I seriously would have fallen over! He must have thought I was just super friendly!

ER: You mentioned you were a big fan of my weekly postings where I post an adoptable pet of the week. You mentioned that you have several pets of your own. How did you get them and what kind are they?

TINA: Yes! It’s SO great what you do, and I certainly am a fan! I have two big dogs. (They live with my family because I’m always on the road!) Thor is a husky/lab and is 13 years old. We recently decided that he needed someone to get him moving a bit more, and so I rescued a German Shepard/Chow mix that my family named Xena. She was not the specific dog that I intended to rescue when I went to the shelter, but when I saw her I recognized her dire need for love and just had to adopt her! She was extremely skittish and the shelter suspects she must have been beaten before they got her. She was actually about to be sent to the gas chamber in Texas since she was labeled “shy” before they got her! She is much less skittish now, and is so loving, and playful!!

ER: What was it like meeting Fat Joe and then working with him so closely? Were you star struck?

TINA: It was amazing working with Fat Joe! He is just this laid back, really sweet guy and we had so much fun with this track and the video shoot! I don’t really get star struck though in general-not even when I went to Ringo Starr’s house of The Beatles-and it doesn’t really get bigger than that! We are all the same on this planet, so while I heavily admire, respect, adore, and love Ringo, it was not intimidating. Ringo actually puts out a “we are all equal” vibe which is so wonderful since he is a darn Beatle!! Lol! Actually, if you want to see how humble and funny he is, check out this video of him and I hanging out at his house and playing the drums! 

ER: Where do you see yourself in five years? Or where do you HOPE to see yourself?

TINA:Oh who knows! Life is beautiful and unpredictable! I am just going to work incredibly hard at both my career and my family life, and see where I end up! Hopefully I will have a few hit songs under my belt, and more importantly, I hope to have my cancer charity up and running. The best thing about my career is that it gives me a voice which I use to give back, just like I am doing now by touring high schools and talking to them about bullying, education, how beautiful they all are, etc. Point being, I hope my career grows massively so that I can give back in a much bigger way!

TINA also has her Top 10 Beauty Tips for Ask Away readers....

1. Workout! – Working out has always been the beauty solution for me! It decreases stress, increases my confidence, makes me feel strong, and puts a glow on my face! I personally love both cardio (like kickboxing and zumba) as well as strength classes (like body pump). Working out should be accompanied by eating right of course! I am actually a huge foodie and I definitely struggle with trying not to splurge too much, but I try my best to eat right at least 80% of the time.

2. Armani Luminous Silk Foundation – This product was recommended to me by the makeup artist from my music video shoot for “So Good”. Her name is Christina Lomauro and I am forever grateful to her for introducing me to this foundation! It’s a bit of a financial splurge, but the bottle will last a long time, and it really does have this gorgeous silky finish!

3. T3 Featherweight Hairdryer – I absolutely love how my hair turns out every time I use this dryer! It’s like magic! It somehow dries hair way faster than other dryers, but without turning it into dry hay. It’s so hard to use any other dryer after trying this one out!

4. Revlon ColorStay Soft and Smooth Lipcolor - I have this lipcolor in a bunch of colors! I have everything from a nude color to wear to a casual event (such as sound check before a performance) to a deep red for formal events. They really do stay on all day (hence the term “ColorStay”!) Even the more shiny colors stay on all day, like “Luxe Lavender” which is my favorite sparkly color! For performances where I want more of a glossy look on my lips, I use one of these colorstay lipcolors under a gloss, which make the gloss stay put a bit more.

5. See the good and ONLY the good in everything and everyone – My mom could always tell when I was genuinely happy by how much my face was glowing. (I guess that’s a mom thing!) Happiness has to come from focusing on only the good in life. There will always be things to complain about, but what’s the point of dwelling on them? Instead of focusing on what you do not have, focus on what you love about your life and enjoy it! A content aura is infectious and beautiful to be around!

6. Mac Khol Eyeliner – I use this eyeliner in the color “smoulder”.  Alexa Prisco (aka The Glam Fairy on the show “Jerseylicious”) introduced me to this product way before I was actually on the show, and I was instantly hooked! She showed me that I could use it both as an eyeliner as well as an eyeshadow by just taking my finger and smudging it in the corner of my eye for that smoky eye look!

7. Smile! – Absolutely nothing in this world is more beautiful than a smile. I met a stereotypically gorgeous girl a while ago that turned out to be incredibly arrogant. She wouldn’t smile at all and she treated everyone in the room like they were beneath her with her scowls and disapproving looks. Well, her perfect hair and perfect outfit and beautiful features just looked plain ugly to me after I got to see that side of her! Point being, nothing is hotter than a truly nice person with a genuine smile!

8. Sephora Collection I.T. Brushes – My sister got these for me for my birthday. They are a bit of a splurge, but totally worth it since they will last for years! The quality of these brushes are amazing, and they feel soft and silky on the skin. They have caps which come in really handy if you travel a lot and are also really fun to look at since they come in electric pink, purple, and blue!

9. Dior Skinflash Radiance Booster Pen – I use this in “sun beam” for under my eyes. It’s a lot creamier and silkier than other eye brighteners, so you do not have to push and pull your skin at all. Again, it’s a bit of a splurge but worth it for the quality!

10. Love! – Love is the ultimate beauty technique for me. Being surrounded by loved ones, and giving and receiving love back is the greatest gift we have, and it gives us the kind of beauty that radiates from the inside and makes our faces glow! Having loved ones and being in love with life makes me feel and look my prettiest!


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  1. love the interview, she seems very sweet and she does have some amazing dance moves!

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  2. I have had the pleasure of meeting her a couple of times and I want to tell you she is the real deal! You won't meet a nicer or sweeter person than her. She gives love to everybody she meets. I am so happy I got to know her

  3. Ohhh, I love the make up tips! I don't have a TV so I don't know much about shows on there but I do love to read (honest stories) about stars and their life. Thanks for sharing!


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