I can’t believe I’ve been nominated again! And twice! Oh my. I need to clearly find some more time in my life, not just for blogging but also for reading blogs, because finding 22 blogs with under 200 readers proved to be a completely impossible task! Apparently most of the blogs I try to follow have way more readers than that. I have a bit over a hundred now, which, by the way, is amazing! I’ve only blogged for like 4 months so it’s a bit overwhelming to see this kind of development, especially when I feel like I’ve been less than active with my blog as of late.
This time around, I was nominated by both Clare’s Beauty Blog and M&M’s Meeting Point – both of which were new blogs to me but totally worth looking into!
Here are the rules..
– You have to link back to the person that nominated you.
– You must answer all 11 questions given to you by the person who nominated you.
– After completing these questions you must nominate 11 bloggers with under 200 followers and give them 11 questions of your choice.
– You must not nominate the person who nominated you.
– You must let your nominees know that they have been nominated and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it.
The questions from Clare’s Beauty Blog were as follows:
1. What’s your favorite film you’ve watched recently?
Actually, the movies I last saw were the Indiana Jones movies which I had honestly never fully seen before! Though at times they were cheesy and quite predictable, I still quite enjoyed them as an experience. Not my favorite films (that would still be the Lord of the Rings extended editions), but pretty good none the less!
2. What’s your guilty pleasure?
I guess I would still have to go with good ol’ chocolate, though some might argue that saying Star Trek would be more appropriate! Hah.
3. If you had to live without makeup or hair products which one would you choose?
At first I thought, wow, this is an easy one – hair products of course! But then I realized that shampoo & conditioner are hair products and even with all the “no-poo methods” around these days, I still don’t quite think I could sit around spraying my hair with baking soda & vinegar (or something), so I’m going to be brave and say makeup.
4. Being inside when it’s raining or being outside when it’s sunny?
Though I’m sensitive to sun, I’d still have to say that I would choose being outside when it’s sunny – I’d just relax in the shade.
5. Who is your icon?
I don’t think I really have one, I’ve never really idolized anyone much. Could I say my dad? He was my hero and the most amazing man I’ve ever known.
6. Who is your favorite blogger?
This is a really tough one. After much thought, I would almost have to say Essie Button, but it’s mostly because I enjoy her vlogs so much as I feel we are very much alike in many ways.
7. What made you start your blog?
Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve had the urge to write. I even wrote a book when I was in my early teens (by hand and into a journal), though I have no idea what happened to it. I’ve always been writing a lot, stories, poems and such and when blogging kind of first really started to take off, I jumped on board. It wasn’t until earlier this year that I really started to put more of an effort into it though. For me, despite the fact that this blog is 98% beauty blog (I think), blogging is still a way for me to have an outlet and a way to get some typing out! I also hope that perhaps people will find some of what I write to be entertaining, amusing or useful in some way.
8. Favorite TV show?
Uhm. Star Trek? Right now, I’m watching The Next Generation again. Also, I’m on the WHY DID THEY CANCEL FIREFLY?! – group of people. That was an amazing show. In the non-sci-fi realm of TV I would have to pick Elementary from the newer shows and also I have hooked onto Once Upon A Time, which I just started watching.
9. What’s your favorite eye shadow palette?
I suppose that out of the ones I own, I would still have to go with MUA Makeup Academy’s Pretty Edgy palette. It’s just beautiful.
10. Straight or curly hair?
On me? Curly. I look better with a bit more volume in my hair, so I try to opt for waves.
11. Facebook or Twitter?
I guess I’m a bit old school and I have to say Facebook because I have never really gotten into Twitter. Facebook is my way of keeping in touch with friends & extended family around the world.
And the questions from M&M’s Meeting Point:
1. How did you become a makeup lover?
I honestly have no idea. My mother was always well groomed, but she was never that into makeup or hoarding it like I have been. My sisters don’t even really use any. I would suspect, that I might’ve gotten into it all due to the fact that my teenage best friend’s mom was a cosmetologist who had an ample supply of makeup in her shop and we would often go and sample things there and I also often got some freebies through her.
2. What was your first makeup brand?
Damn, that must have been… a good 16 years ago, give or take? Honestly, the first brands that I got into contact with were very high end brands. I mostly remember using Dior and Joe Blasco, YSL… probably Lancome too. Kind of funny, since I was just a teenager. It was the stuff my mom was using and what my best friend’s mom was selling. I vividly remember a Dior eye shadow and lipstick I got one year for either my birthday or Christmas and I loved them so much. The eyeshadow was a beautiful, light shimmery brown and the lipstick the perfect shimmery shade of beige, which somehow worked for me at the time. So, I guess I’d say Dior.
3. Smokey eyes or bold lips?
Bold lips, hands down. That’s what my husband yelled out too, when I was thinking out loud – hah! I think that if I didn’t have eyeglasses the answer might have been different, but on most days I focus more on my lips than eyes – which has lately really shifted my makeup focus!
4. What is your current favorite foundation?
Lily Lolo’s Mineral Foundation is still unbeatable as far as I’m concerned. I try this and that now and then, but honestly, no other is quite pale enough – nor as long lasting!
5. How do you prefer spending summer vacations: on a beach or travelling around?
My vacations these days are chopped up in to small chunks throughout the year, so honestly, when I’m on vacation, I just chill if at all possible. I do enjoy travelling around more than just sitting on a beach though, because of both my sun sensitivity and lack of body to appear in a bathing suit in public!
6. Your 3 staple beauty producs?
This is difficult, because I do love experimenting and changing my routines up. I guess I could say the Lily Lolo foundation is one, because that has been in my makeup bag for at least 1,5 years now. Another product I keep around is Avène Thermal Spring Water spray which I use to set my makeup when I use the minerals. I sometimes spray it on just for a quick refreshment too – something I learned from my mother. Third product? Hmm… I can’t really say. Unless I can say The Body Shop Body Mists? They’ve replaced perfumes for me.
7. Your favorite makeup brush?
I’m not that big of a brush connoisseur (heh), but I suppose my favorite would be mua MUA powder blush, which is soft and lovely to use!
8. Your favorite artist/band?
I was thinking about this last night and realized that there hasn’t been a band since Oasis around 1995-1997 who I could’ve considered such a favorite that I would have liked even 90% of the songs. I enjoy a song from many artists/bands but rarely all that they have done, or even most. Lately I’ve been enjoying many songs by Noonie Bao – especially the more up beat ones, especially her collaborations. I listen to so many different genres of music even that it’s very hard to narrow it all down!
9. Fake tan or real tan?
As for people actually seeking to get one, I would recommend a fake one – it may well be healthier. I guess I don’t really tan either way, so I choose the very little real tan I may get from popping out with the dog now and then.
10. What’s your favorite summer scent?
Right now it seems to be The Body Shop’s Shea Body Mist, with the Pink Grapefruit being a close second…
11. What was the last book you’ve read?
I’m currently reading Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, but the last one I finished was a random buy: Shopaholic Abroad (also known as Shopaholic Takes Manhattan) by Sophie Kinsella (Madeleine Wickham). It was surprisingly entertaining, though I’m a bit ashamed of admitting that!
And finally… I tried to search for some blogs with under 200 readers that I hadn’t nominated before and which were in English but that proved to be a nearly impossible task. Here are a few I managed to round up:
Yellow Elephant Beauty (Lisa Sherin)
Beauty With Lily
If you have a blog that’s even somewhat beauty related, please nominate yourself. I would love to check out your blog!
My questions for the nominees:
1. What is your most essential summer beauty product?
2. If you would have to choose only one, would you choose bronzer or blush?
3. What was the first item of makeup you ever bought with your own money?
4. How old were you when you first took an interest in beauty & makeup?
5. How would you describe your beauty style?
6. How would you describe your clothes?
7. What is the one item of clothing you would never wear?
8. Have you ever regretted wearing something? If so, what was it?
9. Which trend would you like to see return? (fashion or beauty – or both)
10. Is there a celebrity whose sense of style you admire? If so, who is it?
11. If you could select 5 new items for your wardrobe and money wouldn’t be an issue, what would you choose?
Done! Finished! Ah!
I’m sorry for not finding more people to nominate, it just seems that everyone either has more than 200 readers or has already done this before several times!