The Liebster Award 2013

Remember how I said that awards seem to be like buses? Well, I've now been nominated for another one! The lovely Katie at Beauty and Katie very kindly nominated me for a Liebster Award recently (she's also a fellow #2014BloggerChallenge participant so do check out her blog!), which is a blogging award for blogs you love with less than 200 followers. I really love this idea as sometimes the smaller blogs or those starting out can get a bit overlooked so it's lovely to have an award to celebrate them.
To get the Liebster Award, you have to do the following three simple steps:
- Nominate 11 blogs with under 200 subscribers
- Tell 11 random facts about yourself
- Answer the 11 random questions your nominator has provided

And that's it! So I shall start off with my 11 random facts:

1. I think I am the only person left in the world who doesn't own a onesie. I just don't get them! Slankets, on the other hand, are the greatest invention ever.
2. I am also the only person in the world who doesn't fancy Ryan Gosling.
3. I'm a Libra and think I'm pretty true to my star sign - I like things to be balanced and I'm very indecisive!
4. My favourite place to shop is Joy, because they have beautiful printed fit-and-flare dresses and lots of cute quirky homewares.
5. I've been a Liverpool FC supporter since I was tiny - I think because I only have sisters and my dad wanted a boy, so has spent 26 years educating me in the ways of football!
6. I'm also a big tennis fan and love watching Wimbledon on TV. I went once a few years ago but would love to go again some day.
7. The country I'd most like to live in is New Zealand, but Vietnam is my favourite of the places I've visited.
8. I'm a massive Strictly Come Dancing fan and would love to learn to ballroom dance properly one day.
9. I try and go to see at least one musical every year - earlier this year I went to see Once but have loads more on my list that I want to see!
10. I got into running over the summer and am aiming to do a 5K for British Heart Foundation next June.
11. My favourite item in my wardrobe at the moment is my bright red fit-and-flare Miss Selfridge coat with bows and a polka dot lining.

Then it's on to my nominated blogs:

1. The Life of Sian M
2. Just Steph
3. Sweet Sparkly Serendipidity
4. Steph's Spot
5. Hurricane Venus
6. Lily of the Valley
7. Beauty and a Blogger
8. Kateastrophic
9. Desserts and Decoupage
10. The Cute Little Beauty Blog
11. Unloved Button

Next are Katie's questions for me:

1. Do you have a favourite make-up brand?
At the risk of sounding like a nan, I love Bobbi Brown make-up - the products are great quality and as a pale girl I'm really impressed with the range of shades. For drugstore products, Rimmel just edges it for being good at lots of things, but particularly at mascara, lipstick and concealer.

2. What is your favourite quote?
"You miss 100 per cent of the shots you don't take" - as said by the Canadian ice hockey legend Wayne Gretzky. Basically it's a reminder to take chances, because things won't work out how you want them if you don't try, but they might if you do.

3. What would be your dream holiday?
Well I sort of had my dream holiday when I went travelling last year, but the one place still on my list is Canada, so I'd really love to either drive or take the train across the country, hopping on and off to visit the various big cities on the way and taking some day trips into the mountains and forests.

4. Who/what inspired you to start blogging?
For me it started as a way to switch off from job-hunting - for those who don't know I came back from eight months' travelling in May this year so needed to find a new job - as I was writing about things I liked and it was completely different from filling out application forms. I also had no money and a ton of beauty products to use up, so I thought I'd write about those to keep notes on the ones I liked and wanted to buy again.

5. Really weird fact about yourself?
I have a fear of boats - basically I get really nervous being on a boat that's moving up and down a lot, because I get paranoid that it's going to tip over and I'm going to fall in and drown. I have no idea how this started or where it came from; my closest guess is that it has something to do with my not being a particularly strong swimmer. But I've never met anyone else with that fear so I suppose it's quite a weird fact.

6. Favourite food?
Pizza Gogo barbecue chicken pizza - chicken, green peppers, fried onions and barbecue sauce. Delicious! Closely followed by anything salted caramel flavoured.

7. If you could be anyone for a day who would you be?
I would like to be Zooey Deschanel, mainly so I could raid her wardrobe of gorgeous cute dresses and finally be able to do flicky eyeliner.

8. What do you see yourself doing in the next 5-10 years?
In an ideal world I'd be married to N, possibly with kids, living in our own place either in London or back up north, and writing for my living. That would be my absolute dream!

9. Advice to anyone starting a blog?
Don't be afraid to promote yourself. It's not very British to blow our own trumpets but it's the only way you'll get followers! Also have a presence on all social media sites, invest in your blog design, take part in blogger chats on Twitter, and think of a good name :)

10. Best budget beauty buy?
Rimmel Hide The Blemish concealer, because it's inexpensive and gives good coverage but isn't too cakey.

11. If you could only use one make-up product for the rest of your life what would it be?
A red lipstick of some kind - my favourites are MAC Ruby Woo and Rimmel Kate Moss 01. As long as I had that I'd feel 'done' every day.

So here are my questions for my nominees:

1. Which reality TV show would you choose to audition for (presuming Strictly, I'm A Celebrity etc were open to normal people as well)?
2. If you could choose to live in any era, which would it be and why?
3. What polish (if any) is on your nails today?
4. What would be your dream job?
4. Do you prefer sweet or savoury food?
5. Who is your hero and why?
6. What was/is your least favourite subject at school?
7. What's your signature dish?
8. What skill would you most like to have?
9. What's your guilty pleasure?
10. How many beauty products do you use in your everyday look?
11. What's your favourite book?

Thanks for taking part in the Liebster Award if you were a nominee - don't forget to leave me a comment linking to your answers! If you weren't nominated but would like to take part then I'd love to see your answers too.

1 comment:

  1. Congratulations on being nominated for the award lovely! Loved reading all your answers, I am totally with you on the onesie thing by the way! I have never quite gotten the obsession! Haha :) Love your blog! x