The Fashionista Award

The Fashionista AwardHi there! Last week I was nominated for The Fashionista Award by the lovely Kimberley from Kimmy Keep Real. Kimberley is an advocate for Mental Health and is all about promoting positivity. Make sure you check out her blog and small business Keep Real as well. I recently did an interview with Kimmy on her blog as part of her ‘Inspirational Bloggers’ series so if you haven’t already take a look here!

Onto the questions:

What motivated you to start blogging? I’ve touched on this a few times before but I was initially inspired by Filofax users and their beautiful blogs and YouTube channels. I had quite a bit of free time and was looking for a job and it kind of went from there. I think I decided to mainly blog about beauty because I like reading about it and it’s a topic I genuinely enjoy.

Favourite Movies? Don’t get me wrong I enjoy sitting down and watching a good movie but I’m not the sort of person who always goes to the cinema (I haven’t been in years!) and is a total movie buff. I can barely think of a list of movies I like but Grease and Titanic are films I’ve seen a lot so I’ll go with them. I do remember being obsessed with the first Charlie’s Angels movie when that came out.

What is your dream career? I’ve talked about this quite a bit too but incase you’re a new reader or have stumbled upon my blog for the first time my dream is to be a singer. I don’t necessarily want all the fame and everyone to know my name but being able to make a living from my biggest love, music, would be amazing!

Top wish list items at the moment? I really really want to find a nice facemask that I can do once a week or so and pamper myself a bit. I’d also really like some new clothes, kind of a problem when you don’t like shopping that much and it’s hard to find clothes that fit properly. #shortgirlproblems

Favourite TV shows? I’m much more of a TV show girl than a movie girl; F.R.I.E.N.D.S, Gimme Gimme Gimme, The Mentalist and Pretty Little Liars are some of my absolute favourites. I also like quiz shows and murder mystery shows, Midsomer Murders, Lewis, Poirot, Marple, Silent Witness etc.

What stores do you find yourself shopping at the most? This year I’ve really gotten into The Body Shop and I love popping in and having a browse. I’m always looking online for what I could potentially try next

Favourite fashion designers? Does Dannii Minogue’s Petite range for Target count? I want it all!

Describe your dream vacation! Moving to and living in England would feel like a vacation everyday! I’d love to explore all over.

What are your goals for your blog? I’d love to just keep writing and continue to improve my writing skills and beauty knowledge. When I started I had no idea what would happen but I’m so thankful to all the lovely people I’ve gotten to know and have yet to get to know. I’d also love to reach 500 followers, I’m not far off and it would mean a lot to get there! ❤

My Nominations:

The Girl In Glasses – Adele is incredibly beautiful and I always look forward to reading her blog. She also leaves the kindest comments!

Claire – My Life In Words – Her blog is gorgeous and you should definitely check out her YouTube videos, they’re really useful and informative.

Rachel Ellis Fashion & Beauty – Rachel is one of the sweetest bloggers and I enjoy having a peek at all her lovely haul posts.

And of course, I nominate anyone else that would like to do this tag to give it a go!

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The Love/Hate Tag

Love Hate TagHey everyone! Aren’t you lucky getting an extra post thrown in this week!

The lovely Claire Elsley has nominated me for ‘The Love/Hate Tag’. I’ve loved reading this tag on other blogs and I’m excited to share my own list of some of the things I love and (unfortunately) hate. Be sure to check out Claire’s post (linked in her name) and blog as well!

Rules:

  • List ten things you love and ten things you hate.
  • Nominate ten people to do the same.

Love:

  1. Sleep ins – especially even more since starting my job.
  2. My cat Tango – she’s the cutest and so loving.
  3. Makeup – it helps me feel more confident when I wear it.
  4. Thoughtfulness – who doesn’t enjoy being thought of and looked after?
  5. Music – when I’m singing or listening to music I feel like everything is okay.
  6. Tweets from Dannii Minogue – I always smile whenever she replies to me.
  7. Laughing – one of my favourite things to do is laugh/make other people laugh.
  8. Feijoas – the best winter fruit.
  9. Pink – my favourite colour.
  10. Receiving mail – a present from you to yourself!

Hate:

  1. Having no internet – I feel so disconnected from the world.
  2. Liars – honesty is the best policy.
  3. Being sick – 😦
  4. Worrying/stressing – doesn’t help the situation and just makes you more anxious.
  5. Finishing a good book – you won’t get to read it with fresh eyes again.
  6. Not being able to cool down in summer – cooler weather any day.
  7. Bullies – people can be so cruel.
  8. Failure – I’m a perfectionist and like everything to be done just right.
  9. The smell of vinegar – makes me gag.
  10. Running late – ties in with the whole perfectionist thing.

The rules state you have to nominate ten people. This tag has been around for a while and I’m not sure who has done it and who hasn’t so if anyone sees this and wants to give it a go, feel free!

Hope you enjoyed this post and thanks for reading!

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The Starlight Blogger Award

The Starlight Blogger Award

Last week the lovely Lizzi from Thoughts and Things 1 nominated me for ‘The Starlight Blogger Award’. Be sure to check out her post and her blog and give her a wee follow if you haven’t already! It always makes me smile to be thought of and nominated for any award so thanks Lizzi!

Rules:

  • Thank the person that nominated you and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 3 questions that are given to you.
  • Pass the award on to 6 or more other bloggers of your choice and let them know that they have been nominated.
  • Include the logo of the award on your blog, please never alter the logo and never change the rules.

Lizzi’s Questions:

1. What’s your favourite personality trait of yours and why?

Without a doubt my kindness. I’m the kind of person who puts other people’s needs and feelings before my own because I like to make people smile and make them happy. I’m incredibly thoughtful and pride myself on being lovely to as many people as I can.

2. If you had to give a thank you speech, who would be top of your list to thank?

Most people would say their parents but I don’t see my dad and without sounding harsh I’m more thankful he’s not in my life.

I would thank all of the people who inspire me and make me happy; particularly my favourite musicians – even if meant they didn’t get to listen. I know I rabbit on about music and singing all the time but it’s genuinely my life and what I love more than anything else.

3. What are you most looking forward to about your future?

Part of me is nervous about the future, but I think we all are. There’s something beautiful yet scary about the unknown. I’m most looking forward to the day I stop worrying and can be happy and embrace life as it comes. I’m also looking forward to finding someone I can spend my life with and who makes me feel special.

My Questions:

1. What keeps you inspired?

2. What’s your favourite personality trait of yours and why?

3. What’s something about you that we might not know?

Nominees:

Kimmy Keep Real

Beautiful Breakable

Stephie Estie

Vogue Infatuation

Weird Girl Official

The World of Cos

There’s no pressure to accept but if you do leave a link to your post below and I’ll check it out! As always, thanks for reading! ❤

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Beauty Blogger Award!

Beauty Blogger AwardHappy Friday loves! This week I’ve got another exciting award nomination for you all! The beautiful Abbey over at Jerrrrwood.com kindly nominated me for ‘The Beauty Blogger Award’  last week. I’m so grateful she thought of me and even more grateful to accept.

The Rules:

1. State the name of the blogger who nominated you.

2. Answer the questions you were given.

3. List ten random facts about yourself.

4. Nominate 10 people whose blog is about beauty or fashion.

5. Make 10 questions for your nominees to answer.

6. Let the bloggers know you nominated them.

Abbey’s Questions:

1. Why did you start blogging?

I started blogging as a way to keep my mind occupied while I was searching for a job last year. I began blogging after completing a Communications course in 2013 and I’m so glad I did!

2. When did you start wearing makeup?

I started becoming interested in makeup and wearing it when I was around 13/14. I used to love doing my makeup for mufti (non-uniform) days at school. I used to wear my mum’s blue mascara and everyone would say, ‘Wow, you’ve got blue mascara.’

3. What are your top 5 favourite makeup products?

At the moment and in no particular order:

1. Simple moisturiser

2. Dainty Doll blush in 004 You Are My Sunshine

3. BYS Fuchsia Surprise lipstick

4. MAC Syrup

5. Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in 081 Fair Ivory.

4. Drugstore or high end?

Drugstore by default, I’ve never tried anything high end.

5. What would be your dream job?

A singer.

6. If you had to live with only 1 makeup product, what would it be?

Either moisturiser or lipstick. Moisturiser because I’d hate to have dry, flaky skin but then I also love doing my lips and wearing lipstick.

7. Lip gloss or Lipstick?

Definitely lipstick!

8. What’s your favourite hair product?

I literally do nothing with my hair. Brush it, wash it, that’s it. If you have any product recommendations I’d love to hear about them. (Hear, hair, get it?)

9. What’s your favourite perfume?

Britney Spears – Radiance

10. Why do you love beauty/fashion so much?

With beauty and fashion there are so many ways for individuals to express their creativity through a certain look or an outfit. I really enjoy applying my makeup everyday and it helps me feel more confident when I wear it.

10 Random Facts About Me:

1. Lately I’ve been applying my eyeshadow with my pinky fingers, they’re the perfect size and not rough on my eyelids like some applicators.

2. I’ve never been on a date before.

3. I much prefer savoury to sweet.

4. I dislike judgmental people.

5. Shania Twain’s Come On Over is my favourite album of all time.

6. Facebook is my least favourite social media platform.

7. I’ve always liked Zayn from One Direction’s voice.

8. I hate talking on the phone.

9. McDonald’s hot chocolates are my fave.

10. I’m addicted to Candy Crush Soda at the moment.

I Nominate:

Beck In a Blog

Laaura Borealis

Plus+ Beauty

Not Quite London

Maggie Writes a Beauty Blog

The Pink Impact

Diana Lupica

Ladies and Lace

Milly Drake

The Beautified Blogger

I’m going to use the questions I was asked for my nominees. As always I look forward to reading your posts but there’s absolutely no pressure to accept! ❤

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Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award 2

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers AwardHappy Friday lovelies! Hope you’ve all had an amazing week! I was recently nominated for my second Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award by Katie over at Plus+ Beauty. Katie’s blog is one of my favourites and she always looks gorgeous in her makeup posts. I will link my first post about this award at the end of this one in case you’d like to read it.

Rules:

1. Thank and link the blogger who nominated you.

2. Answer the 10 questions your nominator has provided.

3. Nominate 10 other bloggers.

4. Create 10 questions for your nominees and notify them of their nomination.

Katie’s Questions:

1. What is your beverage of choice?

Water.

2. What is your favorite shade of red lipstick?

I only own the one so it has to be Revlon’s Fire & Ice.

3. Do you have any pets? If so what are their names?

I have a Birman cat called Tango and she is gorgeous!

4. What do you like to do for fun besides blogging?

My biggest hobby is singing and listening to music. I also enjoy reading and doing quizzes and crossword puzzles. When it comes to activities I’m quite a homebody and prefer staying in to going out.

5. If you could go on vacation anywhere, where would it be?

England or anywhere with moderate temperatures. I’d be terrible anywhere extremely hot or extremely cold.

6. What is your all time favorite brand of makeup?

Ooh this is a bit of a difficult question but I’d probably say Rimmel. I have quite a few of their products and the price you pay for the quality you get is pretty damn good!

7. What is your favorite clothing store to shop at?

I don’t have a favourite shop – I HATE clothes shopping so I try to avoid it as much as possible. Every store’s sizing is different and because I’m short it’s hard to buy clothes.

8. What is something new that you’ve been wanting to try?

I’ve been looking at Real Techniques makeup brushes lately so maybe sometime soon I’ll take the plunge and buy some. The only downside to makeup brushes is having to wash them regularly.

9. What is your favorite summer time activity?

Eating ice blocks… I much prefer winter lol.

10. What are 3 things that you love about yourself?

My hair, how I kind I am (and try to be) to other people, and even though I’m short, my height.

My Nominees:

Confetti and Curves

Ladybugs & Pugs

Eclairs Cares

The World of Cos

Doves and Roses

My Lip Addiction

The Girl In Glasses

Beautyminatii

A Brash Attitude

Sophie Does Nails

Questions For My Nominees:

1. What shade of nail polish have you currently got on your nails?

2. What’s your favourite shade of lipstick at the moment?

3. What are three things you love about yourself?

4. What was the last makeup item you purchased?

5. Pepsi or coke?

6. What’s your dream job?

7. What’s your most used makeup product?

8. How do you like your pizza?

9. What is something you find attractive in the opposite sex?

10. Name one of your beauty essentials?


Thank you again to Katie for nominating me and make sure you check out her blog and give her a follow if you haven’t already!

To read my first Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award post click here.

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The Blog Tour Award

The Blog Tour AwardHi everyone!

I’ve got another tag post lined up for you today! The lovely Adele from The Girl In Glasses nominated me for The Blog Tour Award and I’m more than happy to accept. This award is all about the creative process bloggers go through. I’ve touched on this briefly in a few of my previous posts: here and here – be sure to check them out as well!

The Award Rules:

  • Pass the tour on to at least four other bloggers.
  • Give your nominees the rules and specify the Monday in which they should post their nomination answers.
  • Answer the four questions about your creative processes, which allows other bloggers and visitors to understand what inspires you to do what you do.
  • Compose this one-time post on a specific Monday (date TBC by your nominator).

Questions:

1. How does your work differ from others in your genre?

While the bulk of my posts are about beauty and it is a rather big passion of mine I like to make sure my posts have a point of difference and I’m not just reviewing a lot of the same products or talking about the same products as other bloggers. For starters, I’m pretty much a novice when it comes to makeup – I wear it regularly and know what I’m doing – but I don’t know how to explain techniques or give tutorials. I blog about topics that genuinely reflect my life and don’t just stick to beauty. I like sharing more personal posts sometimes and I hope you enjoy reading them too.

2. How does your writing/creative process work?

For me, everything starts with an idea. Most of the time I get a clear image in my head of what I want the post to look like and the information I want to get across. I like to take any photos I need before I begin writing a post as it helps me visualise everything when it comes together. Sometimes I’ll jot down notes to make sure I’ve covered what I want to say.

3. Why do you write or create what you do?

I enjoy helping people, whether it be through a review on a product or sharing useful tips. I started this blog to keep my mind occupied while I was searching for a job and as a way to share my thoughts. Creativity can stem from interacting with other bloggers and reading their posts. I’m always reading and learning new things.

4. What are you working on at the moment?

I’m always looking for ways to improve my blog and it’s content but so are most bloggers.

In terms of posts over the next week, I’ve got my usual ‘Meet the Blogger’ post on Wednesday, a really exciting post planned for Friday (well I think so!) and another tag post to catch up on.

If you have any suggestions on things you’d like to see on the blog or you’d like me to post about feel free to share them in the comments below!

My Nominees:

1. Helpless Whilst Drying

2. Thoughts and Things 1

3. Who Cares Kayleigh

4. Claire Elsley

Your deadline is Monday 15th June. I would be very grateful if you choose to accept this award and will look out for your posts.

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The Sunshine Award

The Sunshine AwardLast week Katie from Plus+ Beauty kindly nominated me for The Sunshine Award – thank you very much and sorry it has taken me a while to accept! Katie is such a bubbly, happy blogger so to be nominated by her for this particular award seems very fitting. 🙂

The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Answer the questions from the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate a few other bloggers.
  • Write the same amount of questions for the bloggers you nominated.
  • Notify the bloggers on their blog.
  • Put the award button on your blog.

Questions:

1. What is your current favorite shade of lipstick?

MAC – Syrup (… you guessed it!)

2. What is your favorite type of food?

Chips. French fries, potato chips – NOM.

3. If you could get any one new makeup item of your choice, what would it be?

Ooh another MAC lipstick I think. Don’t ask me which shade though 😛

4. Where would you go for your dream vacation?

Sorry guys you’ve probably read this hundreds of times but my answer’s still the same: England! I’d love to experience city life and go shopping and sight see, basically be a tourist. I’d also like to see the less suburban areas and visit beaches, go on walks – just explore and see nature really!

5. What is your favorite song at the moment?

My favourite song of 2015 so far is Ellie Goulding’s Love Me Like You Do.

6. What is one of your hobbies besides blogging?

Watching interviews from my favourite popstars on YouTube.

7. What is something about yourself that we might not know?

I can range anywhere from a New Zealand shoe size five to an eight.

My Nominees:

Hayley from The Glasgow Girl

Amber from Amber Elizabeth

Galit from Coffee n’ Notes

Carol from Cass Mad About Fashion

Kaily from Kaily Baute

Questions For My Nominees:

1. What is something about yourself that we might not know?

2. Summer or winter, why?

3. What’s your favourite country you’ve visited?

4. Do you have a favourite makeup product?

5. Name someone whose style you admire.


A huge thank you again to Katie for nominating me and I hope you all enjoyed reading my answers! Looking forward to seeing yours!

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Real Neat Blog Award

Real Neat Blog AwardHi everyone!

I was nominated for this award by the lovely Katie over at Plus+ Beauty so if you haven’t checked out her blog make sure you do and give her a little follow if you haven’t already! I love reading her beauty posts and she always posts plenty of pictures and swatches. Thanks again for the nomination Katie! 🙂

Rules:

1. Put the award logo on your blog.
2. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
3. Thank the person who nominated you, linking to their blog.
4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.
5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog etc.)

Questions:

1. What’s your favorite lip product – like ever!!

A three-way tie between Revlon’s Fire & Ice lipstick, BYS’ Fuchsia Surprise lipstick and Nivea’s Pearly Shine lip balm.

2. If you could live anywhere in the world… Where would it be?

England… still! 😛

3. What is your favorite clothing line?

I don’t own any clothes from it and can’t buy any but, Dannii Minogue’s Petites range. All of the pieces she designs are so stylish and they’re for short people like me.

4. What’s your favorite movie?

I really don’t have a favourite.

5. What’s your favorite flower?

I’m a typical girl so of course I’m going to say roses, gerberas are also gorgeous!

6. Do you have a pet?

Yes, a Birman cat called Tango.

7. What’s your favorite perfume?

At the moment Revlon’s Fire & Ice eau de parfum.

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I am going to use the questions I was asked for my nominees as I enjoyed answering them and hope you will too!

Nominees:

Stephie Estie

Dorkchops

Thoughts and Things 1

Milly Drake

Please don’t feel any pressure to do this post and apologies if you’ve already been nominated. If you accept this award I look forward to reading your answers! Thanks for stopping by! ❤

Chanelle x

Awards, Awards

I’ve mentioned numerous times how humbled and appreciative I am of any award I receive. This week I have been nominated for two separate awards but I’ve combined the both of them in this post.

Premio DardosFirst up is the Premio Dardos Award which I was nominated for by Emwills Eleven. I’m going to be honest and admit I’m not quite sure how to accept this award and who to pass it on to. The award recognises cultural, ethical, literary and personal values transmitted in the form of creative and original writing. If this sounds like you or your blog consider yourself nominated! I didn’t want to not accept the award and mention the lovely person who nominated me.

Liebster AwardNext is a Liebster Award and I was nominated for this one by Charlie over at Rose Notes.

The Rules:

1. Link the person who nominated you to your blog post and let them know you answered their questions.
2. Answer the 10 questions given to you by the nominator.
3. Nominate 10 other bloggers.
4. Create 10 questions for your nominees to answer.
5. Let the nominees know that they have been nominated by going to their blog and notifying them.

Charlie’s Questions:

1. If you could choose one book to be made into a film, what book what you pick?

I honestly have no idea… perhaps an autobiography by one of my favourite musicians?

2.  If you were able to travel in time, where would you go?

In some ways I’d like to go back to my childhood and relive that. I think I’d appreciate it much more second time round.

3. What is the nicest compliment you’ve received?

People who say I’m beautiful/pretty/cute never fail to make my day!

4. Name three of your pet peeves?

  • People who try to board public transport before passengers have the chance to get off.
  • Incorrect use of spelling, grammar and homonyms.
  • Not using manners like please and thank you.

5. If you met a ghost how would you react?

I’d be a little freaked out. It would depend on the situation lol.

6. What’s the best joke you know?

I find cheesy jokes and stupid things hilarious but I don’t know that I have one joke that I think is a classic! I used to love this one as a kid: “Doctor Doctor, I can’t get to sleep. Sit on the edge of your bed and you’ll soon drop off.”

7. Who is your favourite cartoon character?

The Simpsons was one of my favourites when I was younger so I’d say Homer.

8. If you were to join a circus, what would you perform?

Something musical/to do with music.

9. If you could be with/talk to anyone right now, who would it be?

One of my closest friends who I haven’t seen for a long time.

10. If a movie was made about your life, who would you want to play you?

As long as it was a redheaded actress I wouldn’t mind 😉

My Nominations:

Katie Just Smile

Grace’s Little Corner

Fashion vs Music

Modern Contrast of the City

So She Says

Just Add Mascara

Kimberley Loveless

Katrina Pencele

Fangirling Owl

The Hair & The Heart

My Questions For You:

1. What’s your favourite candle scent?

2. Do you collect anything?

3. Who would you want to play you in a movie?

4. If you won the lottery what would be the first thing you would buy?

5. What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?

6. Favourite food?

7. Who’s your biggest inspiration and why?

8. Tea or coffee?

9. Favourite item of makeup?

10. Is blogging anything like you imagined?


Thanks for reading! Looking forward to seeing your answers if you decide to accept! ❤

Chanelle x

The Creative Blogger Award

Creative Blogger AwardThe lovely Cos from The World of Cos has nominated me for The Creative Blogger Award and I really appreciate her thinking of me and choosing my blog! I’ve said it before but if you’re a nail polish fanatic you really will love her blog. (Even if you’re not, check it out anyway!)

The Rules:

  • Nominate 15-20 blogs and notify all nominees via their social media/blogs
  • Thank and post the link of the blog that nominated you (very important)
  • Share 5 facts about yourself to your readers
  • Pass these rules on to them

5 Facts About Me:

  1. I never went to my high school ball.
  2. I sent Dannii Minogue a present for her birthday last year.
  3. I’m a fussy eater so I’m not a huge fan of eating out. I look at menus online beforehand and try to work out what I’m going to have.
  4. Driving scares me which is why I still don’t have my license.
  5. I don’t understand the hype around Beyoncé – I’m sorry, I just don’t!

I’m going to be a bit of a rebel and I’m not going to nominate anyone in particular for this award. Instead I nominate YOU, yes you reading this!

Chanelle x