The Leibster Award/Get to Know Me

I was super flattered and excited when Jessica Faye nominated me for a Leibster Award earlier in the year. Thank you so much!

The Leibster Awards is given to bloggers by bloggers as a way to spread the love in the blogging community.

The way the award works is that you answer 11 questions set by the person who nominated you and then you nominate 11 of your favourite bloggers and ask them your own set of questions. I accidentally answered the wrong questions when I was planning this blog post so there are two sets of answers. I hope you don’t mind.

  • ·         Why did you start blogging?
I love to write and I went through a phase of reading a lot of successful blogs, like Zoella’s, and they inspired me to start my own little blog.
  • ·         What are your hobbies?
I love to read but, being a uni student, I don’t get a lot of time to read for pleasure. 
Anyone who knows me knows that I go to a lot of gigs, so I guess that counts as a hobby? 
I also enjoy watching Youtube makeup videos and listening to music. 

Oh, and I do quite a bit of writing for other platforms, such as my uni magazine and music websites. 

  • ·         What makes you happy?

Bastille, makeup, bastille. I have to admit I am obsessed with the band (and their frontman, Dan Smith). I’m actually listening to their biggest hit, Pompeii, as I type this.

Going to gigs is essentially my ‘happy place’. I enjoy playing with makeup…and shopping! Selfridges is my other happy place. I also love to write.

Spending time with my friends brings me the most happiness. I know a really great bunch of girls and some of whom I have known for over 20 years of my life. We always have a laugh when we’re together.

I also love to travel and hope to do more in future.

  • ·         What are your goals, both with the blog and in your own life?
My blog is quite modest, as in I don’t have a lot of followers (but I love the ones I do have) so my only goal is to post more regularly. I hope loads of posts planned but I’ve been lagging behind lately. In my personal life, I would like to lose weight (for health reasons) and finish my degree.

  • ·         What are the things you’ve done that have increased your blog traffic?
Not too long ago, it was my third blogiversary so I held a giveaway for a lipstick and I saw views on that post increase threefold, compared to any other post I had done previously.
I like doing giveaways and it would be nice to do another one towards Christmas. Watch this space.

  •       What does your daily routine look like?

I     t’s funny because my days vary so much. Some days I have to be at uni for a 9am start and, I commute from another city, so I have to be up as early as 5am! I’ll then have a few lectures or a lab and make my way back home on the train. My days off, on the other hand, can see me staying in bed til at least 10am lol. 
  •        How do you stay on top of managing your blog, writing for it, and promoting it?

Hmm, I’m not really the best person to answer this question, because I have been a bit rubbish at blogging lately. Usually, I like to jot down my ideas and work on one post at a time. I tweet and post on Facebook to let people know when I have new posts up and beg them to read my work haha!
  •       Who are your top 5 favourite bloggers to read? 

The Blushing Giraffe, Safiyah Tasneem, Lily Pebbles, The Anna Edit and Amena Official.

  •       How can you be cheered up if you had a bad day?
Foooood or a nice hot chocolate should do the trick.

  •        Do you prefer taking a bath or showering? 

I love a nice, relaxing bath.
  •         What is “your” smell? Your favourite candle, which perfume do you use?

I love light floral scents. I don’t own it but my favourite candle would be Red Roses by Jo Malone. I’m liking ‘Just Pink’ from Next at the moment. It was a birthday gift from my parents and it is really nice.

The following questions were set by Jessica Faye, aka the questions I was supposed to answer.
·         What is the beauty product you use the most?
It would have to be my L’Oreal Paris Paradise mascara because I wear it on days even when I have no foundation or any other makeup on.

·         How would you describe your style?
Very girly and a little bit vintage.

·         What is your favourite movie? Why?
One of my favourite movies is August Rush. Super cheesy, I know, but it’s such a different story and the songs are lovely. The ending always has me sobbing like a baby.

·         Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
Ooh, that’s such a good question. In 5 years time, I’ll be 32 years old (weird!). I’d like to think I will have passed my degree and be working as a professional writer, possibly in London.

·         Do you prefer summer or winter? Why?
Summer everytime! I hate the cold, and the dark mornings and evenings. Give me the sunshine any day.

·         What do you find hardest about blogging?
I guess finding the motivation, and time, to put all the pieces together-typing up a post, taking pictures, uploading pictures, editing.

·         Would you encourage others to have a blog? Why?
I would say definitely, go for it! It’s nice to have your own little corner of the internet to write about things you are passionate about. I would say, however, that It takes a certain amount of dedication and hard work.

·         What is your proudest achievement?
It might sound funny but a few years ago, I abseiled off a 90 foot bridge in the Peak District and I am actually terrified of heights so that was a big moment for me. 

·         What do you like to do to relax?
Face masks!

·         What is your ideal working environment?
I like working on the floor, in my bedroom, which is what I’m doing right now.

·         What’s the one thing you couldn’t live without?
I’ll keep it beauty related and say lipsticks! Especially liquid lipsticks.

My 11 Questions

1.       Why did you start blogging?
2.       What was your first blog post about?
3.       What are your favourite bands/artists?
4.       What is your favourite book and why?
5.       What was the last book you read?
6.       What are your Holy Grail makeup products?
7.       Whose blogs do you enjoy reading?
8.       Have you ever been to Beautycon?
9.       Who is your favourite beauty youtuber?
10.   What do you find challenging about blogging?
11.   What is on your Christmas wishlist?

I would like to nominate the following people for the Liebster Award: The Blushing Giraffe, Safiyah Tasneem, Rose Beauty Files, LoraHull, Sophie’s Notebook, Paige’s Preferences and Nishi V.
If you have been nominated, it would be awesome if you could tag me so I can read your answers.

                                                                 Thank you for reading!


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