Thursday, February 27, 2014

MY LIEBSTER AWARD!

Hello my lovelies! So, as you might be able to tell from my blog post title and my little banner up there, my blog was nominated for a Liebster Award!  The lovely and superbly sweet Tashia, a fellow beauty blogger and Instagram pal nominated me. You can find her blog at allthingstashia.wordpress.com.  I love that her blog is full of great information, but she can also be pretty darn blunt! Check out her post "To Dupe or Not to Dupe" and you'll see what I mean! One of my favorite posts of hers! Thank you for nominating me Tashia, and for all of the support you've always shown me.

WHAT IS THE LIEBSTER AWARD?

If you don't know about the Liebster Award, it's probably because you're a newbie blogger, just like me! In a nutshell, the Liebster Award helps to introduce smaller and newer blogs to a wider audience. It is also a great way to meet and network with other bloggers who share the same interests as you. The Liebster Award is not a type of competition where people vote for your blog, nor do you attend some fancy event somewhere to receive a special plaque or a trophy. What the Liebster Award really is, and what you make of it, is purely up to you. Many see it as a blogger's "chain letter" and an annoyance. It is you and you alone that chooses whether or not to accept the nomination and do the work involved and post. I'm having a blast with it! I think these posts are fun because you get a chance to see how people answer the questions posed to them and the types of questions they pose to their nominees!

There's no official "Liebster Award" website and I've seen so many versions of the "rules" that I'm pretty much following the ones that Tashia wrote on her blog. Here are the rules (I just copied them directly from Tashia's blog...so credit to Tashia!) And, I think at some point everyone has broken the "rules" with the number of people the nominate, or follower numbers, so don't stress about it!

RULES:

1. Each nominee must link back to the person that nominated them.
2. Answer the 10 questions which are given to you by the person who nominated you.
3. Nominate up to 10 other bloggers you like and who have less than 200 followers.
4. Create 10 questions for your nominees to answer.
5. Let them know that they have been nominated by going to their blog and notifying them.

So, here are the questions that Tashia asked and my answers:
  1. Do you prefer lipstick or lipgloss?     Lipgloss...it's usually easier for me.
  2. What's the biggest beauty splurge you ever made?   My Estée Lauder skincare regimen.
  3. What's your best beauty tip?   Drink tons of water everyday. If you can do it, drink only water on a daily basis.
  4. What's one beauty purchase you regret?   My most recent foundation purchase, the MAC Prolongwear. It broke me out horribly.
  5. What is your favorite fashion accessory?   I couldn't choose just one, but I did narrow it down to only two! The first, many won't see this as a "fashion accessory", but I do, as well as a "beauty" item. Those who know me will definitely know what I'm going to say. It's my colored contacts from Desiolens. I have 6 colors and I love being able to switch it up all the time! (I did an in-depth review of the Desio lenses recently on my blog and I'll link the post below.) Since I can't really say my wedding ring, it would have to be my black, braided leather wide cuff bracelet with bezel set clear stones from Harley-Davidson. (I'm always in jeans, t-shirt and sneakers...usually black. The reason why is actually in a past blog post of mine, which I will also link below. I love leather, Harleys, muscle cars and the color black...I'm just that kind of girl!)
  6. Do you wear only one type of mascara at a time or do you layer multiple ones?  I layer. One coat of waterproof to hold the curl, and then whatever else strikes my fancy that day.
  7. What is your favorite beauty/fashion magazine?   I don't have one.
  8. What is one beauty item that is under hyped in the beauty community?   In my collection, it would have to be the elf Studio Eyebrow Kit.
  9. If you could only buy one beauty brand for the rest of your life, which company would you choose?  (Thanks for the toughest question EVER Tashia!) I'm going to have to say Estée Lauder just because I love the skincare and the Double Wear foundation. I own one eyeshadow and one lipstick from their line, and I like both, so I'm sure I would like the rest of the line well enough to only buy their products.
  10. What is your holy grail eyeshadow palette?  My Lorac "Unzipped" palette because I'm obsessed with the colors and reach for it most often. (This BARELY edged out the Lorac "Pro" palette, even though it has a much larger color selection. I love Lorac's eyeshadow.)
MY NOMINATIONS: (I don't know 10 other bloggers with less than 200 subscribers, and I'm not completely positive that every single one of my nominees have less than 200 subscribers. I found all of these lovely ladies through Instagram...another great way to network with others who love the same thing you do!)
  1. Stephanie Patino - makeupl0verr.blogspot.com
  2. Karen Noreen - makeupbykarennoreen.blogspot.com
  3. Alyssa O'Daniel - alyssamariebeauty.blogspot.com
  4. Elle Sees - ellesees.blogspot.com
  5. Stacy Lynn - beautystealsanddeals.blogspot.com
Here are my 10 questions for my nominees to answer:
  1. Is there any other hobby or something that you love that you considered blogging about?
  2. If you could choose only one, which would it be? Mascara or lipstick?
  3. Would you wear false lashes on a daily basis? Or special occasions only? Or never?
  4. What part of your daily makeup routine do you hate doing the most?
  5. Foundation application: Brush, Beauty Blender or fingers?
  6. Do you have a favorite "beauty guru" on YouTube? If so, who is it and what makes them so special?
  7. If you have a beauty Instagram account, what is your favorite and least favorite thing about Instagram's beauty community?
  8. What specific makeup item do you find yourself reaching for the most often?
  9. How old were you when you first started wearing makeup?
  10. Dogs or cats?
I really did have a ball with this award/tag! I thought it was such fun and I do think it is a really good way to put yourself and your blog out there to be seen by fellow bloggers. I would like to believe that we will all take some of our spare time to check out these smaller blogs and to learn a bit about the people that write them. There are infinite possibilities of who and what you will discover because it all links back to other bloggers. There are some real gems out there that really deserve to grow and prosper.

I hope you all enjoyed this post as much as I did and I can't wait to see what the future holds...for all of us!

Bye for now my lovelies!!! (And thanks again Tashia...I really, really enjoyed this!)

*Desio contact lens review:  http://blog.reneebruch.com/2014/01/review-desio-sensual-beauty-colored.html

*The "I can't wear cute shoes dilemma..." http://blog.reneebruch.com/2013/12/the-i-cant-wear-cute-shoes-dilemma.html