Swatcher Spotlight: Elena Kalogeropoulos

I’m so excited how well received Swatcher Spotlight was received last month with Nicole Perez, so for that I just want to say “THANK YOU!!!!” If you didn’t get a chance to read it, check it out here.

This month I had the wonderful pleasure of working with Elena Kalogeroloulos. This stunningly, beautiful women with the gorgeous smile can be found on IG at @ecklipsedbycolor. Her swatches are just as beautiful as her personality and I feel like selfie collage really shows who she is. 

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photo provided courtesy of Elena Kalogeropoulos
 Name: Elena Kalogeropoulos
Age: 35
Location: Milford, NH

Elena’s name was suggested after I had asked FB for swatcher/bloggers that deserved the ‘Spotlight.’ I did a little snooping on her IG, which I was not following (I have no idea why), and without any further hesitation, I reached out and the rest was history. We messaged back and forth for a while and it was great getting her perspective and advise, needless to say we are now friends on FB.

So on to the fun stuff…of course you know I had to get the 4-1-1 on Elena and ask all about her family life.

Q: Kids?
A: “No”

Q: Marital Status?
A: “I’ll be married nine years in August to my husband, Jesse. He’s my best friend and partner in crime. He’s an illustrator and a front end (UI/UX)  developer designer. It’s great to have a partner who is excited over color and design. He supports my hobby.”

Q: Birthday
A: “December 4th. Complete and utter Sagittarius”

Q: Pets?
A: “My son, Oberon Higgs Kismet aka Obie. He’s a short haired albino Syrian hamster. He’s also the brand ambassador for Fiendish Fancies.”


Q: Best Vacation Taken?
A: “I lived and studied Islamic Art and Architecture in Turkey for 4 months in 2001. It was empowering to be so far from home and take care of myself. The country was completely gorgeous and such a juxtaposition of modern and ancient life. It inspires a lot of my color and pattern choices to this day.”

Q: Best life accomplishment to date?
A: “I recently was promoted to Assistant Vice President of Mortgage Lending at my bank. Helping about 100 people a year find their dream homes and educating another 75 a year in home ownership (I teach classes), is such an awesome and inspiring experience.”

Q: Best character trait?
A: “I’d say creativity and Jesse says strength. I have to agree with both.”

Q: Favorite breakfast food?
A: “I’m not really a breakfast person, but I do eat it every day. I like Greek yogurt…”

Q: Heels or flats?
A: “Heels. I’m obsessed with shoes. Every outfit has to have the perfect matching pair. It’s like the icing on the cake.”

Q: Favorite season?
A: “Summer, hands down. My parents moved to FL four years ago and I feel like I have been blessed with an endless summer.”

Heels, outfit and nails…NOTHING ELSE MATTERS…lol!! Now its time to find out about Elena’s nails and get the details.

Q: What got you started doing your nails?
A: “My mom is a cosmetologist and nails have always been in my beauty routine. I went through a biting phase for a while and another one where I wore Revlon’s Rum Raisin and OPI’s Lincoln Park After Dark… Forever. I got into the indie scene about 5 years ago and never looked back.”

Q: What was the first brand you swatched for?
A: “Fiendish Fancies, an amazing Canadian brand started by my friend Lara that has shades inspired by classic horror movies and thrillers. I also have been blessed to work with the ladies of Hella Holo Customs and the amazing Lynn and Paul Chrisman of Lynnderella (that was a fan girl moment).”

Q: What is your ‘go to’ cuticle oil?
A: “KB Shimmer cuticle pen and Picture Perfect Matte cuticle cream in Pink Sugar.”

Q: Do you have swatch/mani routines?
A: “Not particularly… I always make sure I shape my nails and wash my hands with a mild detergent before prepping and painting. I don’t do clean up, I rely on a steady hand. That’s why I went to art school. Also, I feel like you need some fresh beats while swatching. I’ve been listing to The Arcs’ Yours Dreamily and Arctic Monkey’s AM.”

Q: What tips would you give an aspiring swatcher?
A: “Be you. Have a recognizable and unique hand pose. Enjoy what you swatch it makes for a better experience. Never feel discouraged about your nail size. I was told that I would never be able to swatch because I have small nails. Never say never, I guess…”

Q: What’s one nail related item you can’t live without?
A: “My Sephora Formula X prep, base, and top coat. I adore that system.”

Q: If you were to start an indie line of polish what would you name it and what would the first collection be inspired by?
A: “ECKlipsed (the ECK is for my initials) I think I would go with an art inspired line… Colors representing different genres. It would definitely be followed by something dessert inspired.”

Do you feel like you know Elena a little bit better? Well good, me too. Thanks again to Elena for spending the time to answer my questions.

I hope you join me back next time for another edition of Swatch Spotlight. Be sure to comment down below if you or someone you know is a swatcher that should have the spotlight on them!


Disclosure: The questions above were sent to the featured swatcher (FS) for review and response. The FS was advised they could omit responses from any question they were not comfortable with answering. The responses are directly from the FS and have not be altered in any way, shape or form. The comments and responses expressed in this interview are those of the FS and the FS alone.