Spring 2018 – An Update on my Beauty Blogger Journey!

Hello lovely followers! I hope you are all well and enjoying the onset of Spring, new beauty trends and better weather!

Can you believe it is already Spring 2018 and I have not posted since February! I cannot apologise enough for my absence, but if you read my earlier post in January 2018, you’ll know this year has been a little crazy! This post is focused on updating you all on what’s happened in the last few weeks!

So, in January I unexpectedly lost my legal job. Naturally, finding a new one became my top priority. As luck would have it, this scary turn of events led me down the path of self-employment! I have been a lawyer for many years and I have always worked for a law firm – it never really occurred to me to work as a self-employed consultant. However, once I was thrown back into the job seeking world, I noticed that there were more and more opportunities to work this way. In addition, many of the law firms I applied to for regular employed work were not responding quickly or at all whereas I was being approached by a few businesses about self-employed work. I took that to be a sign that maybe it was time for a change!

I now work as a consultant solicitor from home (which is heaven!) and can work as many or as few hours and days as I want. My work comes from an innovative law firm in London and I can control how much work I take on. Right now I am taking on a sizeable amount for financial reasons but the hope is that in another few months I can take a more relaxed approach, leaving me time to do other things such as makeup work and blogging! I am also taking on contracts from other companies so I will have a few income streams! All in all, its been a whirlwind and there’s still a lot I need to put in place but its been so freeing to work in a way that suits me!

Whilst setting up my self-employed consultancy, I still managed to find time to take on other ventures. One of them was to create my own app for my blog! I was approached by a company called App Spot who explained the ease with which I could design my own app for a reasonably inexpensive cost so I thought, why not? It is a great way to get in front of more people and hopefully will attract more followers!

The company representative I dealt with was excellent and he guided me through each stage of the process via email until my app was finally ready to go live! He even dealt with some stages for me to speed the process up! It is now available for free on the Android market under the name All Things Beauty and will allow people to keep up to date with my posts on the go! If you enjoy reading my blog, why not go and take a look at my app? I can also put anyone who is interested in creating their own blog app in touch with App Spot – just leave me a request in the comments below!

If that wasn’t enough, I also decided that 2018 would be the year I started a makeup YouTube channel! It has been something I have contemplated for a while but I could never find the time to research it or to film anything! However, I have finally set my channel up now and I have filmed a tutorial which I am finalising before uploading it! When it is live I will of course post on social media and on my blog so watch this space! It’s unlikely I will be able to upload videos regularly to start with simply because of my new job but my eventual aim is to upload once or twice every week. I hope those of you that love my makeup looks will subscribe to my channel!

In February, I also managed to attend the Professional Beauty Show in London. I attended this event last year and posted my review in March 2017 – check it out here. I had high hopes that it would be even better this year than last year but sadly it was nowhere near as good. This year had a much bigger emphasis on equipment for salons and beauticians with far fewer makeup brands present. Suffice to say I did not buy anything! That being said, I will still attend next year as it a free event and hopefully, next year will have a makeup focus again!

So, that covers what I have been doing since my last update! Now, I am focusing on Spring trends and releases so I can start writing more posts for all of you in the coming weeks! Now that I am working again, I can finally allow myself to buy new makeup and there have already been some gorgeous releases which I have managed to get my hands on! I won’t give too much away now but if you keep an eye on my social media you will see some of my purchases and the looks I create with them!

I have also started receiving far more interest from brands seeking to collaborate with me to test new products! And it isn’t just makeup – I have been gifted with jewellery, bags, and skincare, all of which I have been posting about on Instagram! Watch out for future blog posts about some of the items I have received too!

Finally, if you’re keeping up to date with the beauty industry calendar, you will know May is host to two big events – IMATS London and the Beauty UK Show! IMATS is probably the biggest beauty event of the year and is always worth a visit. Tickets are around £50 and I attended last year and had a great day – check out my review here.

The Beauty UK Show is in Birmingham and is a free event for people in the beauty trades! It is well worth a visit and I attended this show last year too, my review is here. Both IMATS and Beauty UK are happening on the same weekend in May, 20th and 21st, and I am planning to go to both again this year. If you have never been to either event why not book on? Let me know in the comments if you plan to go – we could arrange to meet up!

And that’s my update for now! 2018 is proving to be a challenging but ultimately positive year so far and I am hoping things will continue to go well! Keep an eye on my social media for more news from me and for confirmation when my YouTube video is available to watch! And check out my app if you get a chance – I’m hoping you all like the finished product!

If you enjoyed reading this post don’t forget to like, share and comment – I still love to hear from all of you! If you’re new to my blog, I hope you’ll become one of my regular followers!

See you soon,

Dips xxx

 

 

Hello 2018 – New Year, New Start & My Blog Anniversary!

Hi there, my fab followers!

Happy New Year! Can you believe its already the end of January 2018? I’m sorry for the radio silence until now. The start of 2018 has been somewhat eventful and challenging for me – keep reading to find out why!

So, 2017 was a great year in so many ways! I started this beauty blog, I managed to grow all my social media channels and I started actively working part-time as a makeup and hair artist! And I did all this whilst still working as a full-time solicitor! It was a tough year at times but overall, I feel I achieved a lot. I also made some great new blogging contacts and attended several fun beauty events!

The end of the year, however, was pretty stressful at work and I was very much looking forward to spending time at home with family over Christmas. I started suffering from severe eczema in the last part of 2017 due to stress and this lasted through to the start of 2018 when I finally managed to get it under control. Luckily, it has not resurfaced and I’m hoping it won’t!

If you have kept up with my blog, you will know that 2017 saw me writing for not only my blog but for a number of other forums too! I was so grateful to be approached by these sites to write beauty posts as it gave me additional avenues for promotion and helped me to improve my writing. The forums I wrote for were Greenide, Millennials365, Americanoize and ReallyRee. I also started writing for a new forum called Beauty Blog Collective at the end of the year. If you did not get to read all my posts you can find links to some of them below:

Greenide – Style

ReallyRee – Dipsjn

Americanoize – Beauty

Beauty Blog Collective

Unfortunately, Millennials365 changed to a new forum and their link is not operational right now but I will be reposting my blog post links through social media so keep an eye out for them!

The start of 2018 was pretty quiet and I decided to take a break from writing for other forums so I could focus my attention on my blog. I had so many post ideas to write about for All Things Beauty but never the time to write them! I will be working my way through these in the coming months.

In mid-January, I hit my 1 year anniversary for creating this blog! It seems like only yesterday I wrote my first ever post and now it’s a year on and I have written so many posts across different sites. It’s been a year of learning and growing in the blogging industry and I am very appreciative of the support all my lovely followers have given me! I hope you have enjoyed reading my content and will continue to do so! I plan to spend even more time working on my site and providing more benefit to all of you over this year!

Unfortunately, the middle of January also saw me being made redundant from my full-time legal role. This was completely unexpected and pretty scary! I am now having to find a new position as quickly as possible so I can keep up my financial commitments. Not a fun task to undertake at the start of a new year! It has also meant that much of my time has had to be spent scouring job sites instead of writing!

Despite the fact that 2018 has not started quite how I would have liked, as with all curve balls in life it has made me look for the positives.

Luckily, I have lost my job at a time when the job market is pretty active so I am hopeful of securing a new position in the not too distant future. I am also fortunate to have an amazing family and friends that will support me through this rocky period! Having time at home is also a blessing as I can spend time with my 3 beautiful cats, avoid the cold weather and focus my energy on my wellbeing and health (when I am not looking for work!). Lastly, it has allowed me to think about my blog and the direction I want to take with it. And I can finally catch up on reading articles and useful information I have saved for later! So, as much as I was pretty panicked about losing my job, and still am at times, I am trusting that it will be a blessing in disguise and everything will work out. When life hands you lemons, you make lemonade!

Thanks for reading this post, which is not my usual kind but an introduction to the whirlwind start of 2018! I hope to write new posts more often than last year. Naturally, be spending time looking for my next job too so please bear with me! Hopefully, in one of my next posts, I’ll be celebrating a new job!

If you liked this post, don’t forget to like, comment and share. I’d love to hear how your year has started!

Dips xxx

 

Sunday Reflections 

Hi there, lovely people,

I’ve finally found 5 minutes to share my positive thought for this week! This weekend has been non-stop but very fun and productive, leaving little time for much else!

This week, I’m sharing a different kind of post – this one really resonated with me:

What this means to me:

For those of you that know me a little, you will know my marriage broke down in 2013. By 2015 I was officially divorced.  In the intervening period, I took some time to reflect on my break up and reconnected with friends, family and most importantly, myself. It was a long, tough, but ultimately rewarding journey. It’s amazing how easily you can lose your sense of self when you’re trying to make a relationship work!

After the divorce was finalised, 2015 was the first year I tried to date again. It was an interesting experience – the last time I had dated anyone was in my mid-twenties! A lot had changed in the time I was married, there were so many new ways to meet people! I used online sites and apps, chatted to and met a few men but no one quite fit. Until I started chatting with one particular guy in the Summer of that year, who I really clicked with…. or so I thought. Funnily enough, I then met another guy in the Autumn as well who I also thought I clicked with!

Over the last 2 years, I have gotten to know both these men, but neither one has actively tried to be with me. They say all the right things and tell me how much they like me and find me attractive, sexy etc. but nothing more has come from either ‘relationship’. This has left me rather disillusioned and cynical!

Slowly but surely, I’ve distanced myself from both of them, and men in general!  It wasn’t that hard as neither of them is reliable at getting in touch unless they want something! But, there are certain guys in my life who have proven over time that not only do they think I’m beautiful on the outside but also on the inside. They are just good friends but always show they care. One of them contacted me this week to see how I was, at a time I was feeling a little blue and frustrated.  After speaking to him, I realised the truth of the quote above.

The Message

People are often drawn to others because of their physical beauty, before falling for personality too (if they do). Over the last couple of years, I’ve experienced this many times and whilst it’s always flattering to be found attractive, it’s far more fulfilling to be seen as an amazing person that people want to be around and have in their lives. People that take the time to find the beauty within you. My friend reminded me of that just by getting in touch and giving me a positive boost.

And so I’m passing the same message to all of you! Remember who really shows you that you’re beautiful, important and worth knowing – enjoy flattery and the attention of others but don’t let it define you or make you forget those people who will truly be there for you and appreciate you for everything you are! They’re the ones to treasure.

Enjoy what’s left of the weekend and catch up soon!

Dips xxx

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

Being a Beauty Blogger – My journey so far!

Hi, there fellow beauty fans!

I am so sorry I have not been blogging for a few weeks! Between my day job and all the lovely things I am about to tell you about, I have had very little time to focus on writing! But, as much as I hate not posting every week, I am really happy to be sharing what I have been up to which will hopefully explain the delay!

This post is going to be different to other posts. It’s going to be a whistle-stop tour of everything that has been happening in my blogging journey so far, particularly in the last few weeks! There will be a few links to check out, (which are not affiliate links) and I hope you’ll click on them and see where my time and effort has been going.

So, the last time I posted was mid-May, after I had reviewed a whole range of lovely Body Shop products! I hope you all enjoyed that post as much as I enjoyed writing it – if you didn’t read it you can check it out here.

Since then, I have had so many things going on I don’t even know where to start! Here goes:

  • blogging on ReallyRee

I am really proud to say I have become a contributor to the blog ReallyRee! This blog is huge in the beauty blogging world and I have subscribed to it for a while. Never did I think when I started blogging, that I would be able to contribute to it myself! I contacted the blog in the hope that I would be able to learn some valuable information about beauty blogging and was then invited to submit a blog to them to decide whether I was contributor material….and I was! So far I have submitted two posts, one is already live and one is soon to be! You can check out my first post about Lilly Lashes here.

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  • blogging on Greenide

On top of that, I have also been invited to blog regularly for a digital magazine called Greenide! I was approached by the magazine through Instagram and like ReallyRee, they asked me to prepare a blog for them which then led to me being asked to be a permanent blogger for them! I have written a few posts for them already, which I have listed below so you can have a read!  They are also looking for bloggers generally to contribute to the magazine so if any of you are bloggers and would like more exposure leave a comment on this post and I will put you in touch with my contact!  Here are my posts – The Little Known BoxThe Blackhead Suction RemoverMy Weekend Beauty HaulBrand Focus: Charlotte Tilbury and The Glossy Box.

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  • Digital Miss

Also this month, I was included in the May edition of another digital magazine called Digital Miss! This is a new online magazine that used social media to ask for blog submissions from bloggers which the editors then whittled down to their favourites. Those favourites were then included in the May launch! You can find my post here and the magazine is now looking for June contributors so if you are interested go to the site and apply!

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  • Beauty Royale

Through Instagram again, I have been invited to an interview in London regarding my makeup work! The company is called Beauty Royale and they approached me to be one of their first interviewees! I am attending the interview this coming weekend and I am very excited – watch out for my update once I have done it!

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  • Makeup Artistry

In addition to my blogging developments, I have also been increasing my makeup and hair artistry work, which I am loving! As well as booking individual clients for hair and makeup, most recently, I was asked to be a makeup and hair artist at the Miss Vietnam beauty contest in Birmingham, which was hard work but so much fun and the contestants were all so beautiful but very friendly and down to earth. Here’s a sneak peek of the looks I created, which I will be posting on my Instagram soon!

  • IMATS

If you are a beauty obsessive like me then you may have attended IMATS 2017 and the Beauty UK show – I attended both and they were amazing! I will be writing a separate blog for both shows but I have to say they were both very enjoyable and I bought some gorgeous makeup which I will review in due course! If you have never been to either show you need to, IMATS is not cheap at £45 a ticket but if you are a makeup artist or student you can apply to go for free, and the Beauty UK show is free if you book in advance!

  • Selfridges

More locally, Selfridges Birmingham held a beauty haul event for an evening and I was lucky enough to get a ticket! These events happen a handful of times during the year and are always good fun, with demonstrations and makeover opportunities, free canapes and drinks and a goody bag! I bought a few items during the evening which I will review in separate posts but if you have never heard of these events, sign up to Selfridges newsletter and you will then receive an email each time they arrange one! Harvey Nichols also arranges similar evenings – I am waiting to hear about their next one!

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  • Flipboard

Finally, I have created my own magazine to promote this blog on Flipboard! If you have never heard of Flipboard, it is an online magazine whereby you can design the content of your feed so that it is tailored to your likes and tastes. I did not know until recently that you can also create your own magazine on Flipboard so I decided to try it and also invited some other beauty bloggers to collaborate on it! It was really easy to set up and is another way to promote my blog to a different audience! You can take a look at the magazine here and if any of you are beauty bloggers and would like to be considered as a contributor, leave me a comment on this post with your blog and contact details and I will come back to you!

Other Developments

These are the main things I have been working on but there have been lots of smaller developments as well, such as setting up a domain ready for me to switch from a free to a fully self hosted site in the near future (which will be AllThingsBeauty.co.uk), being offered discounts codes by companies in the beauty and fashion industries such as Mikasa Beauty and Mirina Collections, being invited to Pinterest Group Boards to share my blogs and making contacts with people in the modelling industry to broaden my network and makeup artistry opportunities! Even though I have only been blogging for 5 months I feel like I have been blessed with so many opportunities and I am hoping it is a sign of things to come!

I hope you found this post a fun read and I also hope it inspired you to try new things and look for opportunities wherever you can! I would like to say thanks to all of you for following me and subscribing – I wouldn’t be writing at all if it weren’t for you lovely people supporting me! Do leave me your comments and feel free to share, like and subscribe to email – I will be posting again very soon!

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!

award

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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