The Beauty Blogger Award

The Beauty Blogger Award

The Beauty Blogger Award

Hi Everyone!

Hope you all had a lovely weekend 🙂

A big thank you goes out to the lovely Joanna from Pores for Thought for nominating me for this award 🙂 I’m a big fan of her blog and definitely recommend that you check it out!

So now, on to the nomination:

The Rules:

  •  State the name of the blogger that nominated you.
  •  Answer the questions you were given.
  • Nominate 10 people whose blog is about beauty or fashion.
  • Make 10 questions for your nominees to answer.
  • Let the bloggers know that you nominated them.

Joanna’s Questions:

  • What is your favourite high-end brand? Right now, it’s probably Nars. I’m really liking their All Day Luminous Foundation and definitely a big fan of their blushers!
  • Are there any beauty products you always prefer to splash out on? I like to pay for the value I’m getting. So if something is cheap but amazing then I’m all for it, but if I just can’t find a cheaper alternative then I’m fine with splashing out. That being said, when it comes to make up, although I have some great high end stuff, I’ve always found reasonably priced dupes – except maybe for a good highlighter (anyone know of one?)
  • If you could only use 3 makeup products for the rest of your life, what would they be? Hmm, definitely BB Cream (Simple), powder (MAC Medium Plus) and blusher (Currently loving Nars Orgasm).
  • Contouring Kardashian style: Yay or Nay? Dislike the Kardashians, but Yay for contouring – for evening or special occasions only!
  • What beauty/fashion trend would you banish forever? Overdrawn lips, with a lip liner that’s much darker than the lip colour – yukk!!
  • If you could bring one fashion/beauty trend back, what would it be? Hmm, I feel like the whole hype for orange lips has died down (or is that just me?) – I loved it!
  • Trainers of heels? Love the look of heels, but lets face it – trainers are so much more comfy!
  • What’s your favourite thing about blogging? Conversing with people that are passionate about the same thing as you, making new friends and learning about so many great products 🙂
  • What’s your biggest beauty/fashion regret? Haha back in the day when I was a lot younger, I over plucked my eyebrows, wore extremely pink lipstick with tons of black eye liner that always smudged – oops! 🙂
  • If you could meet one designer or beauty guru (dead or living), who would it be? Most probably Pixie Woo or Lauren Curtis. I’m aware that there are many other significant beauty guru’s out there but I really like how they started from nothing and built up their success though YouTube. They’ve really done well for themselves and seem so grounded.

I’m going to break the rules a little bit and leave this open to whoever wants to do this. Feel free to just write your answers below 🙂

Have a good week everyone xxx

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The Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

Hey Everyone!

Glad to be back 🙂 Things are still super crazy for the next few days but I couldn’t stay away for longer so will try my best to keep up with posts and commenting for the next two weeks. After that, all should be back to normal 🙂

A big thank you goes out to the lovely Katie who nominated me for this award. If you haven’t already checked out her blog, then what are you waiting for? 🙂

Sisterhood Of The World Bloggers Award

Sisterhood Of The World Bloggers Award

Rules

  • Thank and link the blogger who nominated you.
  • Answer the 10 questions your nominator has provided.
  • Nominate 10 other bloggers.
  • Create 10 questions for your nominees and notify them of their nomination.

Katie’s Questions:

1.What is your beverage of choice? I’ll be boring and say water! Can’t say I love it, but it’s the only drink that quenches thirst best. In summer, every once in a while I like Ice Tea Peach/Lemon or Fanta and Bitter Lemon – anything fresh and fruity! I’m also obsessed with herbal teas!

2. What is your favorite shade of red lipstick? Ohh so difficult to choose! I guess an orange based red would be my all-time favourite as it’s not too intense, however blue based ones are just gorgeous. To pick one, I’d day Mac’s Lady Danger.

3. Do you have any pets? If so what are their names? Yup, have a super naughty dog called Bobby. He’s a mix between a Border Collie and a hunting dog and is the most lovely, smart and loyal dog I’ve ever had.

4. What do you like to do for fun besides blogging? Well with work and blogging, unfortunately I don’t find much time to do any more hobbies. I go training – I enjoy it but not sure I would say I do it for fun 🙂 I’m obsessed with listening to music, cooking, especially baking and love reading. Wish I had more time to do these!

5. If you could go on vacation anywhere, where would it be? I live in a very hot country so it has to be somewhere cool! If it’s close by then I’d say Edinburgh or Germany. Somewhere further then Ice Land or Canada.

6. What is your all time favorite brand of makeup? Hmm it’s too hard to pick just one, as many brands offer great products. Like, I love MAC but really dislike their foundations. Every brand has something different to offer! If I had to choose though, I’d say MAC, Zoeva & Nars.

7. What is your favourite clothing store to shop at? I hate going around the shops! I’m so impatient. I do most of it online! My favourite is esprit.eu as all the clothes are of great quality and always fit really well which isn’t always easy when shopping online!

8. What is something new that you’ve been wanting to try? Was considering flying a microlight aeroplane (with an instructor of course!), but not sure I have to guts to actually go ahead with it! Have any of you tried it?

9. What is your favourite summer time activity? I’m not really much of a summer fan! It’s always hot and it drives me crazy lol. If I had to pick though, I’d just say that I really enjoy the outdoor activities like BBQ’s 🙂

10. What are 3 things that you love about yourself? I’m honest, loyal and patient 🙂

My Questions:

  1. Favourite Make Up Brand:
  2. Product you just cannot live without:
  3. Nails: Dark/Bright/Neutral colours?
  4. Favourite Snack:
  5. Night out or Night in?
  6. Favourite Foundation ever:
  7. What do you love about yourself?
  8. What would you change about yourself?
  9. Goals for 5 years time?
  10. Favourite online shopping site:

I Nominate:

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The Beauty Tools Tag

I just love make up tools, in particular brushes! So a big thank you goes out to Stash Matters for nominating me for this tag and getting me to talk about my top make up tools 🙂 I definitely recommend you check out her blog, it’s one of my favourites to follow.

Tag Rules:
• Tag up to 5 people and let them know you tagged them.
• List what you want. It doesn’t matter how many.
• Cannot be actual make up, skin care, or hair care products – just the tools and gadgets you use.

The Beauty Tools Tag

The Beauty Tools Tag

So when it comes to tools, I really just tend to use brushes and spoolie’s. I go through phazes of using sponges and at the moment I’m not really into them which is why they’re not featuring here.

The photo above shows all my favourites that have remained consistently used and loved through time. I tend to alternate between brushes, but I always stick with these.

The Beauty Tools Tag

The Beauty Tools Tag

The Bigger Brushes (Left to Right)

  • Zoeva 106 Powder BrushI love the pretty rose gold handle this has 🙂 Besides that, I think it’s the perfect size for a powder brush and the softness of the bristles apply powder beautifully.
  • Zoeva 102 Silk Finish Brush: This is fantastic for liquid foundation application. It buffs it in so smoothly leaving a nice air-brush effect and flawless finish.
  • Zoeva 127 Luxe Sheer Cheek Brush: I can’t get over how amazing this brush is. Firstly, the rose gold with the white bristles. How gorgeous is that?! It’s a perfect size and I really like the slant it has as it makes powder blush application so much easier.
  • Zoeva 220 Luxe Grand Shader: Not really a big brush per say, but for an eye brush it is! I love to use this to apply the eye shadow base. As it’s so densely packed and wide, it makes application super fast and accurate.
The Beauty Tools Tag

The Beauty Tools Tag

The Smaller Brushes (Left to Right)

  • Real Techniques Setting Brush: The best brush for setting under eye concealer! It fits in the under eye area perfectly and feels so soft and gentle in that delicate area.
  • Zoeva 228 Crease Brush: This has transformed the way I apply shadow in my crease. I love how fluffy it is and find it makes all the difference for blending colour beautifully.
  • Zoeva 234 Luxe Smoky Shader: This type of brush is my favourite for packing on colour on the lid. Its short and dense bristles pick up the right amount of product and apply it so well.
  • Zoeva 317 Wing Liner: I would not manage to apply my gel liner properly without this! The weight of the brush, the thickness of the bristles and the angle at which it is make it the best liner tool I have ever tried so far.
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills 20 Brow Brush & Spoolie: Ok, here’s a confession. I have a serious case of OCD when it comes to eyebrows. Before I apply my make up, they need to be brushed or it will drive me insane! I would be so lost without spoolies! The brush is quite good for brow gel application too, but it doesn’t really form part of my all-time favourites.

So those are my go-to tools! Have you tried any of these? What do you think of them?

My 5 Nominees:

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The Love/Hate Tag

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Source: pixshark.com

A big thank you goes out to the lovely Joy for this nomination. I definitely recommend you check out her blogIt’s one of my favourites to follow 🙂

So, without further adieu, let’s begin!

RULES:

  • Share 10 things you love
  • Share 10 things you hate
  • Nominate 10 people to do the same

LOVE:

  1. That peaceful feeling of holding a baby while they’re sleeping 🙂
  2. Sleeping in on a weekend *bliss*.
  3. That feeling of freshly done highlights!
  4. People that are polite & genuine. [Why is this so difficult to find!]
  5. Chocolate, Biscuits, Cake, Ice-Cream [you get where I’m going with this!]
  6. That moment you have an ice cold shower after an intense work out, especially on a hot and humid day!
  7. A couple of minutes for ‘me time’. Be it watching an episode by myself, or just browsing the web. No distractions, no commitments, just peace and quiet.
  8. Baby animals 🙂
  9. The sound of rain and the sea.
  10. Lastly……Hugs 🙂

HATE:

  1. Uninterrupted / consistent lack of sleep. Makes me so cranky and emotional lol
  2. PMS! Unfortunately suffering from this lately arghh
  3. Extreme heat and humidity. It completely drains my energy.
  4. People that are two-faced [Why bother?]
  5. Waking up in the early hours of the day to catch a flight. Yuk!
  6. Public speaking…yikes!
  7. Confrontation. So uncomfortable :/
  8. Messy surroundings. Argghhhh [Cue: My OCD]
  9. Having to chase people for things that belong to you.
  10. Being interrupted when speaking [although I have a horrible habit of doing this myself sometime. Must. Stop. It]

NOMINEES:

  1. The Pink Impact
  2. Plus Beauty Katie 27
  3. Stash Matters
  4. Doves & Roses
  5. Thrifty Blogger UK
  6. A Beautiful Whim
  7. Stephie Estie
  8. The Make Up Case
  9. Not Quite London
  10. Coffee n’ Notes

Would love to see what you guys love and hate. That being said, don’t feel obliged to do this if you already have or don’t have the time 🙂

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The Lipstick Tag

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Hello Everyone!

It’s finally mid-week! Hope all is going well 🙂

I recently saw this on Sandy’s blog, Lippie Obsession and thought it was such a good idea! For those of you that have been following my blog for a while, you’ll have probably realised that I am obsessed with lipsticks…so here goes!

The Rules

  1. TAG 3 bloggers to answer these same questions.
  2. Those bloggers will TAG 3 more bloggers of their choice with the same questions & rules.
  3. No tagging back (mentions are fine).

The Questions

1. How many lipsticks do you own? Shoot! This question has made me finally have to find out how many I have – I’ve avoided this for a while because I am trying to justify buying some more some time soon! Ok, so I have about 70 (including glosses – but hardly use these). Out of these 70, I use about 40 regularly. Can I still please buy some more? 😦

I am a little shocked at this number, but it really is surprising how they can add up over the years. That being said, i really should review what I have and do some sort of clean out and reuse some old ones.

2. What was your first ever lipstick? Ohh I can’t remember the name 😦 However one of the very first lipsticks I remember using was one from Guerlain. The packaging was all silver with a small mirror on the lid and it was a cute baby pink lipstick. Loved it so much!

3. What is your most worn lipstick? At the moment I am alternating between MAC Jubilee (pale brown) & MAC Blankety (pale pink). I’m so obsessed with these right now!

4. What is your favourite brand for lipsticks? MAC, without a doubt! The extensive range of colours and the different types of finishes they have are just incredible.

5. What is your favourite finish? I like creamy lip colours that are super pigmented and last reasonably well. For a MAC lipstick that would be the Amplified range, although their Creamsheen range are great too.

6. What is the last lipstick you bought? I got a couple of long lasting liquid lip glosses (that dry like a lipstick) from Ebay – the Me Generation ones. I’m still testing them out but should be reviewing them some time soon.

7. How many lip products do you currently have in your bag? Right now I am very organised with my hand bag. As soon as I use a lipstick, I put it back on it’s case. I started doing this after I couldn’t find what I was looking for only to then realise that I had like 10 lipsticks in an old handbag ahh! Never again (I hope), so at the moment I just have what I wore this morning: MAC Cream Cup (a light baby pink).

8. What lipstick do you use to rock a red lip? It depends 🙂 In Summer, I like wearing MAC’s Vegas Volt as it has a nice orange undertone to it, however in Winter I prefer something like MAC’s Russian Red (a cool toned, deep red).

9. How do you store your lipsticks? At the moment they are all in small make up cases running around my bathroom! The dream is to have an entire drawer storage unit!!

10. What lip products are you currently lusting over? Oh so many!! Definitely lipsticks from Charlotte Tilbury as I’ve heard that they are super creamy, yet long lasting. Ones from Tom Ford as the colour range and packaging is so beautiful and also the one’s from Nars Audacious range. I’m keeping back for now as I think I already have too many! :s

Nominees

This is of course open to everyone, however if I have to choose just three, then here goes 🙂

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The Liebster Award #2

Hey Everyone!

Hope you’re all having a great start to the week! This is really going to be an insane week for me at work so I’m already counting down the days to the weekend! Oh well!

Anyway, onto today’s post. I’ve already done this before, but as the questions for this type of award are different, I said to myself, ‘Why Not?’!

A big thank you goes out to the lovely Janice from The Simple Beginner who’s blog I came across recently, and love reading 🙂 I definitely recommend you check her out! You’ll find a little bit of everything 🙂

The Liebster Award

The Liebster Award

Rules

  • Mention, link and thank the blog who nominated you
  • Answer the nominator’s 11 questions
  • Nominate 11 bloggers and link them below
  • Create 11 questions of your own for your nominated blogs to answer
  • Notify your nominees via social media

Here are my answers to Janice’s questions:

1. Mother’s Day is coming up (May 10th), what’s something you’d tell your mum?

Sadly my mother passed away 13 years ago so I won’t really be able to tell her anything. However, if she were here, I’d just give her a big hug, tell her that I love her, and that she did an amazing job with bringing me up. I really don’t feel that there is need for anything else – sometimes, the simpler things are the more meaningful ones. This will be exactly what I’ll do for my dad as he did a great job at being ‘a mother’ as well as a father (although his cooking leaves much to be desired!) 🙂

2. What’s your favourite Tim Tam flavour?

OMG! Ok…let me backtrack here. I don’t get Tim Tam’s were I’m from, but recently my cousin got a packet from her holiday in Australia. They were the chocolate ones. I died and went to heaven! Yummmm.

3. Which chocolate do you love the most and why?

Ohh I love chocolate so much! Too bad it loves sticking in stubborn places!! Hmm KitKat is just amazing. There are many others I like but KK is always one I’ll pick up.

4. What does a typical day look like for you?

Weekdays: Wake up at 7am, shower, get ready, quick breakfast then off to work. Start at 8am but get in at 8:30am which is quite good as most people get in at 9:00am. During the day, deal with clients (I work in advertising), sadly eat lunch at my desk, more emails and calls, then get home at approx 6:30pm. After work, I’ll either go to the gym, meet some friends, do some food shopping or else reading blogs, listening to music and watching make up videos. Dinner, some Tv with my boyfriend, go to bed and repeat!

Weekends: Not wake up at 7am! I get my chores and errands done in the mornings then the rest of the day is usually spent with my boyfriend and friends. I also get my blogs prepared for the week ahead and try do some work on my nutrition diploma course. I cannot keep up ahh!!

5. Who inspires you and why?

I can’t say that I am inspired by an one person in particular. However, I do feel inspired by people that follow their dreams, don’t care about what people think of them or what society expects of them (obviously within reason!), people that are truly happy, in love with life and kind, honest and hard working.

6. What does a warm, hearty home cooked meal look like to you? (Describe it).

I tend to associate a hearty cooked meal with a typical dinner, that is, some sort of meat or poultry with potatoes and vegetables. It’s not necessarily my favourite but I think I refer to this probably as it’s a typical meal during social occassions like Christmas time.

7. If we met, what would you want to do together?

Ah that would be so cool! 🙂 Hmm, one of my favourite things to do with my girlfriends is to go out for wine and chat haha. It’s a great way to get to know someone and good for a laugh too! There are many other things but this is just the first that popped into my mind. Do you like wine, Janice? 😉

8. What are you currently reading? (It can be a book, a magazine, a website or article)

Currently reading chapter 18 of my nutrition course – common problems. Three more assignments to go and I’m done!

9. How do you style your hair everyday?

It depends. I try to leave it natural most days – so mostly straight with a bit of a beachy wave to it. If it’s not cooperating with me then it get’s tied up in a clip. If I feel like doing something to it, I’ll blow dry it straight.

10. Do you like sushi?  

I. Love. Sushi. Especially Sashmi and Asian broths. My favourites!

11. What’s one thing you want but can’t have?

Knowing that myself and my loved ones will always have good health and a happy life in the future. It’s true that a lot of our decisions affect that, but unfortunately sometimes life throws things our way that we cannot control.

My Nominees:

  1. The Makeup Case
  2. The Pink Impact
  3. Styled by Lauren
  4. Caryl Almelor
  5. Life as Lisa Knows It
  6. Styled with Joy
  7. All Things Britney Lee
  8. Stash Matters
  9. Stephie Estie
  10. I am Serene L
  11. Beautiful Breakable

My Questions:

  1. Is there a brand that you used to love but now really dislike?
  2. Most favourite make up look ever?
  3. If we met for a day, what would we do? (I’m copying you Janice, sorry really liked this one!)
  4. How do you style your hair on a daily basis?
  5. What product is at the top of your most wanted list?
  6. What’s your dream job?
  7. Favourite nail colour?
  8. Favourite comfort food/treat?
  9. What are your goals to achieve this year?
  10. What do you really want but can’t have? (another copy from Janice!)
  11. Favourite YouTuber?

Thanks everyone for stopping by to read, hope you’ve enjoyed this 🙂 To those that I’ve nominated, obviously this is optional but would love to see what you have to say!

Have a great week everyone!

xoxo

Other Awards

The Beautiful Blogger Award

The Jolly Blogger Award

The Real Neat Blogger Award

The Liebster Award #1

The Versatile Blogger Award

The Very Inspiring Blogger Award

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The ‘How Do I Look’ Tag

Hey Everyone!

It’s finally Friday!!! What a great feeling 😀

Today I’ll be doing something a little bit different – The ‘How Do I Look‘ Tag. This was done by Jen from DorkChops, I blog I really enjoy following 🙂

As I don’t put any personal photos on my blog, I thought I’d do this too. That being said, I might post some photos in the future but I have to admit, I’m a bit hesitant to do so now. The only person who knows about my blog is my boyfriend! So maybe once I tell friends and family about it, placing a few photos eventually won’t be such a big deal! 🙂

So, let’s begin!

  • What colour is your hair? Naturally, a medium toned, warm blonde colour but I put in lots of bleach!
  • Any highlights? Full of them 🙂 It’s a cool toned light blonde at the moment.
  • How long is your hair? Quite long – about half way down my back. Long & lots of bleach = very high maintenance!!! :/
  • How is it cut? With a couple of layers to break it up as it’s so long. The shortest layer is a bit longer than under my chin.
  • What’s your skin tone? Naturally I’m super fair – very white, so definitely pink toned skin. However, I fake tan a lot of the time (and no… my skin is never orange! :s )
  • Any freckles? A few on my nose 🙂
  • Eye colour? Blue with a mix of some green and yellow near the pupils.
  • How tall are you? About 5 ft 5 inches.
  • What is the shape of your eyes? Not quite sure how to describe them really! I’d say they’re round and average size.
  • What is the shape of your face? Oval.
  • Is your hair straight, curly, wavy or frizzy? Thick or thin? Naturally it’s quite wavy, with a few curls and a bit frizzy but ever since I’ve been doing the keratin treatment, it’s become a lot smoother and straighter with hardly any frizz. It’s a life saver!

Now you know a little bit more about how I look 🙂 Is there anything else you’d like to ask? 🙂

Have a great weekend everyone! xoxo

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