Thursday, 21 April 2016

Liebster Blogger Award

Now until recently I hadn't heard of the Liebster blogger awards so here it is. The Liebster awards is like a much better form of chain-mail for bloggers where they aren't threatened with death if they don't forward it on within a set number of hours (those emails at first used to give me nightmares back in the day were I was very young and everyone had to wait for dial up just to access the net). It's an online award given to bloggers by other bloggers which in my eyes helps to connect bloggers together and give recognition where deserved rather than having bloggers competing against each other. Once nominated you have to answer some set questions by the blogger who nominated you and share 11 random facts about yourself. Then you pay it forward and nominate up to 11 other bloggers who you think deserve some loving.

The lovely Robyn Samantha nominated me for the award which is amazing. I really admire her blog and love that she features a variety of topics such as fashion, lifestyle, beauty, travel and health. So thank you very much for my nomination.

Here are the 11 questions that Robyn asked me:

1. When and why did you start blogging?
I started my blog originally about 18 months ago so I could keep track of my bucket list. Since then it sort of expanded into a little bit of everything which I love. Now it's an escape for me from work and studying which i've really focussed on over the last 6 months or so.

2. What 3 tips would you give to someone starting a blog?
My first tip would be to not be afraid to put yourself out there. I only told my friends and family about my blog back in february this year. My second tip would be to post about what you have a passion for and don't blog because you feel you should. My third tip would be to take your time with it to make it something you absolutely love. 

3. If you could only choose 1 social media platform to promote your blog on which one would you choose and why?
I would choose Instagram. I spend hours scrolling through other feeds and it's my favourite social media. While Twitter is great for blogger chats I find Instagram appeals to my visual side so much more. 

4. Whats your favourite thing about my blog?
I really admire anyone who can really post about beauty - in particular make up. My make up and past skincare habits still make some of my friends squirm with how bad they are/were. It still freaks people out (especially my mum) that I don't carry a make up bag with me throughout the day - but I just don't seem to find time to look at my make up until I get home as I'm so busy. So anyone who knows about make up I really admire which makes this one of my favourite things about the blog. My next challenge is to attack the winged eyeliner look because it's so dreamy. 

5. Whats your favourite post on my blog?
I really enjoyed the recent post on the Nivea Aftershave Balm. I've debating buying this product based on 'rave' reviews i've seen all across the internet and it's nice to see a post about it with a more balance approach and honesty. I think after this post I will buy the product to try it as it seems to be a fail safe for summer ready legs so even if it fails at being a primer it's not a wasted purchase. 

6. Whats your favourite post on your blog?
My favourite post on my blog is probably 25 things I learnt by 25. It was a tricky post to write but I really love it, it illustrates to myself just how far i've come.
My easter recipes such as my creme egg brownies and chocolate fudge cake nests are also up there as I have the biggest sweet tooth - which my dentist really wishes I didn't. 

7. Who is your ultimate blogging inspiration?
I don't think I could choose one as there are so many amazing bloggers out there. I really love Victoria from Inthefrow and Olivia from What Olivia Did was one of the first bloggers I started to follow. Amy from The Little Magpie, Amber from Barefoot Blonde and Rosie from A Rosie Outlook are also blogs that I adore. 

8. What or who would be your dream collaboration?
There are so many collaborations that I could dream about. I think an absolute dream collaboration for me would be anything related to my bucket list and/or travel. That being said there really are too many to write here that I would love to do. 

9. Was there anything you was worried about going into blogging?
My worry when going into blogging was the concern of what other people were going to think. Many people use the internet and computers to hide behind when being negative or critical about others, as I discovered in secondary school. So with my previous experience I was understandably worried and nervous. So far I have only experienced positive feedback which is lovely!

10. So far whats been your favourite thing about blogging?
Gosh there are so many but I think my favourite thing about blogging is the escape it can provide from other things going on. I love thinking about posts, taking the photos, editing and writing the posts. As i'm studying construction it's an oasis on the internet where my creative side can come out.

11. Last but not least, whats your favourite beauty product?
As previously mentioned I'm not all together great with beauty - especially make up. I think my favourite beauty product would have to be a skincare product as that's what I'm focussing on getting right at the moment so I would have to say Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish. Its the staple that I take everywhere with me.

Eleven random and probably pretty useless facts about me:

  1. I once appeared on Nickelodeon in a game where I had to swim with a ridiculous inflatable hippo to 'Noah's ark'; read tiny inflatable dinghy with minimal similarities to my imaginings of an ark. With my team we had to fill our ark quicker than the other. I think we probably lost.
  2. Alan Rickman once bought me a drink at the National Theatre because I was the typical clutz I am and smashed mine all over the floor next to him without even realising who I was standing next to. Once I realised I became a babbling embarrassed wreck who politely stumbled a thank you and walked away in shame. The drink was an apple and mango J2O, sophisticated huh.
  3. I'm scared of the dark.
  4. I have a peanut and nut allergy which is a real ball ache. Travelling round Thailand was so risky as so many restaurants didn't understand what I was saying even though I thought I'd learnt the appropriate phrases! It's still one of my favourite places though and has amazing food.
  5. When I was 17 I was part of a team who volunteered in Malawi for the summer. We helped a local school become more sustainable and it was amazing and rewarding.
  6. When I was growing up I wanted to be Britney Spears, and second to that I wanted to be a florist. 
  7. I really don't like tea or coffee, instead I prefer hot water with lemon or hot Ribena.
  8. I am a huge Disney fan and still dream about being a Disney Princess. Cinderella is currently my favourite but it seems to alternate regularly. 
  9. I don't have any piercings - not even my ears. I used to have my nose pierced but my face got slammed with a basketball in school and it swelled and fell out.
  10. Some of the first things I notice about someone are their shoes and their smile. (It also really bugs be when people get their top teeth whitened and not the bottom - i'm looking at you celebrities)
  11. I sing constantly much to other peoples annoyance. In the shower, in the car, in shops... I think the only place I currently manage to refrain is at work, although I have been caught out a few times. I only wish it wasn't terrible singing because then people might not get so annoyed at me. 

My questions for my nominees:

1. What/Who inspires you?
2. What's your favourite city?
3. If you could invite five celebrities for dinner (dead or alive), who would they be?
4. What is your dream career?
5. Favourite high street store?
6. Favourite designer brand?
7. What's your favourite thing about yourself?
8. What's your favourite thing about your blog? or favourite blog post?
9. Whats the main goal you're working towards at the moment?
10. What would be your dream blogging collaboration
11. Whats the most worn item in your wardrobe right now?

And the nominees are:

Amanda @ Bulleting Blog
Chloe @ Beauty & The Girl
Annika @ Ravishing Pineapple
Chels_Lauren @ In The City Today
Helen @ Bobs and Bits

Rachel x
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