The Blogger Recognition Award – My 5th Nomination!

Hi, there beautiful people!

Sorry, I have been slow in writing a new post, its been a crazy and challenging couple of months – I did not realise self-hosting could be so time-consuming! I’m still developing the new site so bear with me!

That being said, I really wanted to write this post as it is long overdue. A little while ago I received my 5th blogger award nomination for the Blogger Recognition Award! I only started blogging in January 2017 and I’ve already received my 5th award, for which I am very grateful. The lovely blogger that nominated me was Altea Leszczynska and her blog site can be found here. Her site is amazing and her art and photography is beautiful!

The Award Rules

As with all awards, there are rules I have to follow! These are:

  1. I must thank the blogger who nominated me and provide a link to their blog
  2. I must write a message to show the award.
  3. I must write a brief story on how I started my blog
  4. I must give two pieces of advice to new bloggers
  5. I must select 15 bloggers to pass this award on to
  6. I must comment on each of their blogs to let them know they have been nominated for this award and provide a link to this post.

I’ve thanked Altea above and definitely recommend you click on the link to her blog!

My story

If you have followed me from the beginning you will know what inspired me to start my blog already but for those of you that aren’t familiar, I deliberated about blogging for some time before I finally bit the bullet and started this year!

My blog started as a pure beauty blog. This stemmed from my love of makeup and the beauty industry, which had grown since I had my wedding makeup done by an exceptional makeup and hair artist. Makeup is like art for me and allows me to be creative in ways my day job as a solicitor does not! Blogging is also another outlet for me and I am still learning so much!

I decided after taking the plunge to self host, that I wanted to share more than just my love for the beauty world. There are so many beautiful things in life and expanding my blog’s niche will allow me to share those things and my feelings about them! My blog will still be focused on makeup and beauty in the main but I will be throwing in lifestyle and spiritual posts along the way too!

advice for new bloggers

Even though I am still a new blogger and learning myself, there are things I can pass on to new bloggers entering this exciting world!

  1. Don’t feel the need to compare or compete with other bloggers. Everyone has their own message to impart and their own creativity so just be yourself, design your blog the way you want to and don’t be intimidated that other bloggers have massive followings and post all the time! Do what suits you and your style!
  2. Write posts when you feel inspired. I know that when I have tried to write a post simply because I needed to meet a deadline or schedule it wasn’t my best work. When I wrote posts because I was motivated and excited the words flowed easier and the finished post was well written and engaging! Blogging is supposed to be fun and inspiring as well as a business for some of us so write when you feel you can engage your followers.

My nominations

I follow so many amazing blogs now it is hard to choose only 15! But, I have narrowed it down the following:

  1. Island Beauty Junkie – a well designed blog devoted to beauty and skincare
  2. OLITA – an elegant blog dedicated to everything lovely, from makeup to fashion and lifestyle
  3. Jay Colby – a truly motivational blog covering various aspects of life
  4. UGHMANGO – a well rounded lifestyle blog
  5. Ashley Beth Beauty – a lovely beauty and fashion blog
  6. Adryana’s Blog – another visually pretty and well written beauty blog
  7. Hunnyy – a classicly designed but fun beauty blog
  8. Emily X Online – a beautiful well thought out lifestyle, beauty and fitness blog
  9. The Emma Edit – a vintage feel lifestyle blog covering, beauty, fashion and recipes
  10. All Things Glitter – another chic beauty and lifestyle blog
  11. Jessica Riga – A gorgeous beauty blog with great imagery
  12. Unboxing Beauty – a blog all about beauty boxes!
  13. The T Zone – And another fun beauty blog!
  14. Budding Regardless – An inspiring lifestyle blog
  15. Faded Rouge – A retro styled all encompassing lifestyle blog

I will make sure each of the lovely bloggers above knows about my nomination and I hope you will check out their blogs because they each offer something unique and interesting! Can’t wait to see their responses to my nomination!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post! I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments and don’t forget to follow me and subscribe to future posts!

See you soon,

Dips xxx

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The Mystery Blogger Award – so pleased!

Hi makeup addicts!

I hope you’re all well and enjoying Summer! I have been super busy as usual but have finally found time to write this post which is long overdue! Some weeks ago I was nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award and I have been meaning to write a post about it but have had very little time to get to it – until now!

These are the rules:

  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog post.
  2. List the rules.
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link.
  5. Tell readers 3 things about yourself.
  6. Answer the questions the blogger gave to you.
  7. Nominate 10-20 people.
  8. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
  9. Ask nominees 5 questions of your choice (One weird/funny question).
  10. Share link to your best posts.

Who Nominated Me:

I was nominated for this award by Beauty Blurbs & Babbles whose blog is lovely and a definite must read! Thank you so much for the nomination! I’ve only been blogging since the start of 2017 and I have already received 3 awards, this being my 4th! It is great to know that fellow bloggers and followers enjoy my work enough to nominate me, it makes the effort worthwhile!

What is the Mystery Blogger Award?

The Mystery Blogger Award was created by Okoto Enigma. In her own words, it is an award “for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion”. Check out her original post about this award here.

So, in keeping with the rules, here are 3 things about myself:

  1. I am actually a solicitor by day – beauty blogging and makeup artistry are my creative outlets and hopefully my combined future career!
  2. As well as being obsessed with the beauty industry, I am addicted to cats and food! I would happily run a cat sanctuary and would love to eat in every Michelin Star restaurant in the world.
  3. I am a big optimist but with a healthy dose of realism on the side!

Questions by Beauty Blurbs & Babbles:

  1. What made you start blogging?
  2. What is your favourite beauty product and why?
  3. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
  4. What was your favourite childhood cartoon growing up?
  5. If you were given one minute to make a positive impression what would you do?

These are my answers:

  1. Starting a beauty blog had been on my bucket list for ages and I finally put pen to paper (or PC!) this year. I am obsessed with makeup, skin care and beauty generally and love sharing my knowledge and advising other people.
  2. This is a hard question because it changes! Currently I am loving false eyelashes! I have mastered how to apply them and there are so many styles that the possibilities for creating different eye looks is endless!
  3. Hawaii! I have wanted to go there for ages and I am hoping it will be one of my next holidays.
  4. Another tough question! I loved Bugs Bunny, Tom and Jerry and the Pink Panther but I also loved the X-Men!
  5. Smile, be bubbly and friendly

My nominees are:

  1. LifewithMrsT
  2. EmilyClareBeauty
  3. HeySharonoox
  4. KeeleyBella
  5. DailyCovets
  6. SimplyStella
  7. Kbriannabeauty
  8. Beautydouble
  9. MakeupandBeyond
  10. PrimeandPaint
  11. KezziesCorner
  12. KimandMakeup

All these blog sites are fun, interesting and well designed! I love reading their posts – I wish I had more time to read and comment on them!

My questions are:

  1. What do you love most about blogging?
  2. What is your biggest pet peeve?
  3. If you could change something about your past what would it be?
  4. If you could buy any beauty product what would you buy?
  5. Who is your favourite makeup artist or vlogger and why?

My Best Posts:

The Stylpro Brush Cleaner

My Liz Earle Favourites

5 Things I love about Makeup Geek

I have also written posts on other blog sites which I am proud of – if you fancy reading them they can be found at GreenideReallyRee and Millennials365.

Thank you again for the nomination Beauty Blurbs & Babbles! I always enjoy responding to nominations and being given the chance to show love for other bloggers I follow! I hope you have enjoyed reading this post and will keep following my journey as a beauty blogger – watch out for my next post coming soon and upcoming posts on Greenide and ReallyRee! Be sure to subscribe, follow and comment below, I’d love to know what your answers to my questions would be too!

Dips xxx

Sunshine Blogger Award – So grateful!

Hi, there beauty lovers,

I hope you’re all well and enjoying Spring! My apologies that this post has been delayed slightly – I’ve been unwell for the last few days and just didn’t have the energy to sit and write. I am slowly starting to feel better now and really wanted to upload this post to show my appreciation for being nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award!

The Award Rules

I was nominated for this award by Travel Foodie Mom, whose blog is lovely! Thank you so much for the nomination!

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The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to bloggers by other bloggers who are creative, positive, and inspiring. Once nominated, the blogger is required to write a post in which they:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated them and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated them
  • Nominate 11 other blogs and give them 11 new questions to answer.
  • Notify your nominees and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post.

These are the questions I have been asked to answer:

  1. When did you start blogging?
  2. How were you inspired to start a blog?
  3. What is the most valuable thing you’ve learned from blogging?
  4. Which social media platforms can we find you on?
  5. What do you do to unwind and relax?
  6. If you were to press play on your playlist, what song would come on?
  7. Where is your favourite travel location?
  8. What is your favourite food?
  9. What quote do you live by?
  10. If you only had 24 hours left to live, what would you do?
  11. What is one interesting fact about you that most people may not know about?

Here are my answers!

  1. I started my blog in January 2017, after a good 12 months of procrastinating about it!
  2. I never really thought about blogging until one of my friends started one some time ago. This planted the seed and then as I started to follow other blogs I realised it was something I could also do! I have had a growing enthusiasm for makeup and beauty and I love reading other people’s views as well as sharing my own knowledge so I thought blogging would allow me to embrace all three!
  3. There are so many things I have learnt from starting a blog but if I had to focus on one, it would be the importance of balance between having a great blog and a great life. I love working on my blog and there are so many things I want to progress, especially as I have now recently set up my own self-hosted site. But I have also realised that the blogging world can be very consuming and it is easy to forget about the other parts of life that are enjoyable. Because of this, I have started to make time to relax and take a break from work, blogging and social media so I can just be.
  4. I am on most social media platforms, although I am sure there are some I have missed! I am on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Facebook, Bloglovin and a few others. All my links can be found here.
  5. I love to have a glass of red wine and watch a movie or a repeat of Friends or sometimes I like to curl up and read a good book or glossy mag. I also love watching YouTube tutorials!
  6. Right now the song that would play is Truffle Butter by Nicki Minaj! I love dancing and this song always gets me moving!
  7. There are 2 places I really love to visit – St Maxime in France and Milan in Italy. Milan especially is a home away from home, I feel safe and relaxed when there and I can’t get enough of the food, sights and shopping!!
  8. I am such a foodie so this is a really hard question to answer! I love so many dishes but nothing really beats my mother’s lasagna! It’s her signature dish and she makes it with lamb instead of beef – it’s delicious!
  9. I have a few favourite quotes such as carpe diem, hope for the best, plan for the worst, Joey (Dips) doesn’t share food! but the one I try to live by the most is appreciate everything and expect nothing. Expectations can be very destructive and are often too high to be met!
  10. 24 hours is not long but I would want to make sure I saw all my immediate family and my best friend, I would want to speak to my closest friends if I could not see them, I would make sure I told certain people in my life how much I love them and I would watch my favourite movie with my favourite wine and food and my three beautiful cats before watching the sunset.
  11. I used to be an Indian classical dancer and performed around the UK, on TV and at the Hippodrome!

My Award Nominations

And now for my nominees! These bloggers share some great insight into their own worlds and always write from the heart about subjects they have a genuine love for! Their website designs and graphics are also brilliant!

  1. Material Girl
  2. Thingamabobs and Whatchamicallits
  3. Kanza’s Beauty Blog
  4. Trevnjess
  5. Organicisbeautiful
  6. Infatuatedbybeauty
  7. Soobeautis
  8. BeautyDouble
  9. Beautytalkswithneha
  10. Simpleula
  11. Theallureblog

These are the questions for my award nominees:

  1. What inspires you in your life?
  2. Besides blogging, what do you love to spend time doing?
  3. If you could meet one person from history who would it be and why?
  4. What is your idea of heaven?
  5. Do you have any life regrets and if so what’s your biggest?
  6. Name three things on your bucket list
  7. What is your next goal for your blog?
  8. If you could go back in time and give your younger self life advice what would it be?
  9. What’s your next travel destination?
  10. What is your favourite film?
  11. What is your favourite book?

Looking forward to seeing all your answers! I hope you find this as fun as I have, check out each other’s blogs and keep supporting one another in this exciting world of blogging!

Dips xxx

One Lovely Blog Award – Thank You!

Hi, lovely people!

I hope you’re all well! I can’t believe it but I have been nominated twice for the “One Lovely Blog Award”, first by LindsayRose and then by Sarrachristine! To say I am so happy and grateful to be nominated is an understatement, especially by fellow bloggers who are regularly posting great content. I barely get a chance to blog more than once a week! Hopefully, this will change over time but to be recognised based on what I can post is amazing!

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and links back to them
  • Post about the award
  • Share 7-15 facts about yourself
  • Nominate 9-15 bloggers you admire and contact them to let them know.

Award Facts about me:

  1. In addition to makeup, I am obsessed with Friends and Swarovski jewellery!
  2. I have certifications in Event Management and Wedding Planning
  3. When I was very young I used to cut my own hair much to the dismay of my family!
  4. Learning new things is fun for me and I always have multiple projects on the go
  5. I really hate crumbs!
  6. Visiting beautiful bookstores and libraries and reading in a quiet corner is a favourite pastime
  7. One of my bucket list items is to travel abroad alone
  8. I believe in the law of attraction but I don’t always find it easy to put it into practice!
  9. Interior design and constantly change how my house is decorated is something I love
  10. I love art and photography and I have also done boudoir photo shoots!

  1. Jaycolby
  2. kaydubzmakeup
  3. rachellouisebeauty
  4. Orchids + Sweet tea
  5. laurakatebeauty
  6. lovefromgeorgie
  7. NewLune
  8. UnboxingBeauty
  9. Kimandmakeup
  10. Bay area beauty blogger

All these bloggers cover a variety of topics and each has a unique style and voice! I wish I had more time to read their blogs – have a look and see for yourselves!

Thanks again for the nomination and enjoy discovering more amazing bloggers!

Dips xxx

Blogger Award!

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Thank you so much to Lindsayrose for nominating me! I have only been blogging for 2 months so it is lovely to be recognised, makes all the hard work worthwhile!

Here are my answers to the questions posed by Lindsayrose:

1.       What country do you live in?

I live in Birmingham, England, UK

2.       How old are you?

36, 37 in August this year!

3.       Why did you start blogging?

It has been on my bucket list for ages and I finally put pen to paper (or PC!) this year. I am obsessed with makeup and beauty generally and love sharing my knowledge and advice with other people.

4.       If you had 3 wishes, what would you do?

  1. Pay off all my debt and my family’s too
  2. Quit my day job and blog full-time!
  3. I would get involved in charity work

5.       Describe your personality in three words.

Optimistic, philosophical, open-minded

6.       What does success mean to you?

Achieving personal goals, whatever they may be

7.       What is your pet hate?

Bad drivers!

8.       What are you fearful of?

Losing my freedom and mobility

9.       You’re on a desert island and can take two items what                    would you choose?

Something to play music on and my photo album

10.   Can you drive??

Yes, and I love it!

11.   What is your favourite feature of yourself?

My eyes, love playing with eye makeup!

And now for 11 random facts! –

  1. I’m happily single after getting divorced in 2015!
  2. As well as loving makeup, I’m a massive cat lover and I have three gorgeous fur babies!
  3. I love everything creative, from makeup artistry, photography, cooking, graphic design and artwork to the performing arts
  4. I’m part of a contemporary choir and I’ve danced all my life, from salsa to Indian classical dance. I’m generally one of the first people on a dance floor!
  5. I am a firm believer in equality in every aspect of life
  6. I consider myself very spiritual and philosophical about everything, I don’t believe things are ever black and white and I think many things happen for a reason but not everything!
  7. Friends and family are very important and looking after health and well-being is paramount
  8. I’m passionate and opinionated about many things but will always respect and listen to others
  9. I’m an eternal optimist and grateful for everything life gives me. I cannot be around negativity or judgmental people for prolonged periods of time!
  10. I need regular me time and relaxation and I love my own company as much as being with others
  11. I’m a magpie – I love everything sparkly, shiny or glittery especially if it’s multicoloured!

The bloggers I would like to nominate are:

  1. twocatsoneflat
  2. wonderling
  3. sarahbaileybeauty
  4. sarrachristine
  5. kristiinasaar
  6. kinandmakeup
  7. beautybylaur
  8. dalybeauty
  9. maryammaquillage
  10. thebeautylookbook
  11. makeupsavvy

All these bloggers have a unique take on their areas of interest and I enjoy reading what they publish – take a look yourselves!

And now it’s my turn to ask questions of my 11 nominated bloggers!:

  1. What inspires you?
  2. Besides blogging, what do you love to spend time doing?
  3. If you could meet one person from history who would it be and why?
  4. What is your favourite quote?
  5. What is your idea of heaven?
  6. Do you have any life regrets and if so what’s your biggest?
  7. Name three things on your bucket list
  8. What is your next goal for your blog?
  9. If you could go back in time and give your younger self-life advice what would it be?
  10. What’s your favourite place to travel to?
  11. What is your favourite film and why?

Can’t wait to see your answers! Hope you find this as fun and gratifying as I have, I love being part of the blogger world and hope you do too! Keep up the great work and don’t forget to follow each other too!

Dips xxx

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