The Beauty Blogger Tag

As you can tell, I am not a beauty blogger. I don’t have any beauty hacks for you, I don’t know anything about fashion, and I wouldn’t consider ‘beauty’ to be an important factor in my daily life. However, I feel honoured to have been nominated by TheTeeKayTake blog to participate in the Beauty Blogger Tag, so I figured I would give it a shot!

The rules for this tag…

  • Tag the blogger that nominated you
  • Answer the questions you were given
  • Nominate 10 bloggers whose blog is about beauty/lifestyle/fashion
  • Mention 10 questions for your nominees to answer
  • Inform the bloggers you chose that you nominated them

My answers…

What is your go-to hairstyle?

My hair is getting quite long now so I tend to put it up in two plaits, or leave it loose in waves (created by the plaits).

How often do you wear makeup?

Not very often- usually only at the weekend or if I have a smart event to go to. I definitely feel more relaxed and less self conscious when I don’t have to worry about wearing makeup.

What is your favourite song/artist/album?

Currently, I’m obsessed with ‘Kaleidoscope Eyes‘ by Panic! At the Disco (song), ‘A Head Full of Dreams‘ by Coldplay (album) and I’m grateful to have rediscovered MIKA (artist).

Who is your favourite blogger and/or YouTuber?

I don’t follow blogs religiously but YouTube is another matter… I’ll just list a few of my most recent obsessions, though: Daz Games (I find Daz’s ‘react’ style videos hilarious), How To Cake It (Yolanda’s extreme baking videos are fun to watch and give me cake decorating ideas), Soul Pancake (they’ve just started a series called ‘New Age Creators’ hosted by young creators my age, and I find them very inspiring/relatable), and The Scran Line (I might just throw out all my recipes because Nick’s cupcakes and macarons look insane).

Why did you start your blog?

When I was in Year 10, baking was my life and all I wanted to do was leave school to open a cupcake bakery! My parents obviously wouldn’t let me, so I decided to set up a baking blog to at least share my recipes with the world until I had the means to put myself out there on a larger scale. I actually only started posting recipes fairly recently (despite the thousands of cupcake photos clogging up my parents’ computer) because there are other things that I have to contribute to this online creative portfolio of mine.

What are your favourite brands to recommend for makeup?

The main brands I use are ‘Bobbi Brown’ (which is great for skin care products) and ‘Benefit’ (the ‘That Gal’ primer and ‘They’re Real’ mascara are my staples). I would also recommend clear mascara from ‘The Body Shop’ and the ‘Miss Sporty’ eyeliner pencils as makeup bag must-haves.

Out of cake/ ice cream/ chocolates, what do you prefer?

Cake. Always cake. If you want to make me happy, cake is all it takes.

What is your favourite beauty tip ever?

Smile!

Who is your celebrity style icon?

I think Kate Middleton comes across as a stylish and classy lady; she also has some lovely outfits that I wouldn’t mind borrowing…

What are your favourite TV shows?

‘Come Fly With Me’ is my all-time favourite, but I’m currently into ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ and I love all the quirky documentaries that pop up on TLC or Channel 4!

My questions…

(1) Have you had any disasters with beauty products?

(2) If you could dye your hair any colour of the rainbow (non-permanently), what would you choose?

(3) What makes you feel beautiful?

(4) How would you describe your style?

(5) Do you have any beauty tips for travel?

(6) What is your advice for the next generation?

(7) What is your motivation to blog?

(8) What are the top 3 things on your bucket list?

(9) What is your favourite cake flavour?

(10) If you could swap lives with a celebrity for a day, whose life would you want to experience?

My nominees…

Blue-Eyed Mutant

The Alternative

ERIN MARIE

bake cake eat cake

thefangirlclub

Riku’s Randoms

Marisa Lopes

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Very Inspiring Blogger Award

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Thank you to SHIRYO for nominating me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award; I feel very flattered and truly honoured.

Here are the rules for accepting the award:

– Display the respective logo on her/his blog
and link to the blogger that has nominated her/him.
– Nominate up to 15 bloggers (more or less) that she/he admires
by linking their blogs and informing them about the nomination.
– Answer these seven 7 questions:

Who is your favourite public figure?

Kid President.

What do you like most?

Adventures.

Do you follow trends?

Have you seen my pink tie-dye jeans?

What do you do when someone gets angry?

Slooowly back away… 

What have you loved most?

My book collection.

Do you have causes?

Is there something I need to see my GP about…?

What quality do you admire most?

Honesty.

I’d like to nominate the following bloggers:
Riku’s Randoms
My Factless Autobiography
Confessions of a Randomer
allaboutchantelle 
bake cake eat cake
Blue-Eyed Mutant

A huge thank you to these inspiring bloggers, whose posts I love reading. Keep up the amazing work! 🙂

One Lovely Blog Award

What a wonderful surprise it was to receive a nomination for the One Lovely Blog Award! I am so honoured, and I would like to thank my friend from Confessions Of A Randomer for thinking of me, despite our geographical distance.
Here are the rules…
  • You must thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog
  • You must list the rules and display the award
  • You must add 7 facts about yourself
  • You must nominate 15 other bloggers and comment on one of their posts to let them know they have been nominated
  • You must display the award logo and follow the blogger who nominated you
Here are 7 random facts about me…
  1. I have a major phobia of belly buttons
  2. My favourite word in Spanish is ‘catarata’ (waterfall)
  3. The smell of banana and pickle makes me want to vomit
  4. If I could be any animal, I would want to be a chameleon
  5. My guilty pleasure is, embarrassingly, the TV programme, Nothing To Declare
  6. I don’t swear, and hearing people swear makes me feel uncomfortable
  7. In the near future, I hope to visit South America so that I can admire the Iguazu Falls, explore the Inca trail, and experience Latin American culture first-hand

Here are the inspiring blogs I am nominating for the Award…

  1. Bake Cake Eat Cake
  2. Blue-Eyed Mutant
  3. Bob and Emily
  4. Cut The Crap Movie Reviews
  5. Daphne & Delilah
  6. Lucas Cruikshank
  7. My Factless Autobiography
  8. My Little Wonderland
  9. My Strangely Average Life
  10. Paper Plane Pilots
  11. Rai’s Rambles
  12. Sean Joseph Young’s Mumblings
  13. The Alternative
  14. The Graphic Side Of Life
  15. Wouter Brandsma

Professional Fangirling

A 5-step guide to becoming the ultimate fangirl

  1. Choose a fandom
  • A fandom is a collective group of people who form an obsessive community where they can share an interest in a specific topic. Find something you’re fanatical about – for example, a TV show, book, film, actor or sports team.
  • Make sure you know the name of the fandom you belong to. Some popular examples are: Whovians (Doctor Who fans), Directioners (One Direction fans) and Danosaurs (danisnotonfire fans).
  1. Know the basics
  • Shipping: When you fantasise about two people or characters being in a romantic or platonic relationship and want them to be together, regardless of their gender or whether they are fictional or not. For example, if you ‘ship’ characters Four and Tris from the Divergent series, you could refer to the couple as Fourtris.
  • OTP: One true pairing. This is your favourite combination of characters from a fandom, your ultimate ‘ship’. It’s possible to have a number of OTPs, depending on how many fandoms you belong to. In the YouTube community, my personal OTP is Troyler (Troye Sivan and Tyler Oakley).
  • Feels: shorthand for the word ‘feelings’, and used to describe an intense emotional response, such as sadness, excitement or awe. For example, “OMG, the ending to The Fault In Our Stars gave me so many feels!” Grab a box of tissues and get ready to embark on a rollercoaster ride of emotion as you grieve the death of your favourite character, or squeal in delight as your OTP becomes ‘canon’.
  • Canon: An idea, belief or aspect of a story that is true to the original work. When it deviates from the plot but is accepted by the fangirl, the term used is ‘headcanon’ because it’s canon in their head. For example, in Harry Potter, it’s canon that Harry marries Ginny, but in your headcanon, Harry could end up with Ron!
  1. Interact and contribute
  • Tumblr: The number one place to find like-minded people and scroll for hours through the endless content your fandom has to offer. Create your own GIFs of Honey Boo Boo drinking her go-go juice or write a reflection of the moment when Alex Gaskarth made eye contact with you at the All Time Low concert for a split second.
  • YouTube: Watch the highlights of a sports match you missed, an interview with cast members from an upcoming film, a videogame un-boxing, or a book haul vlog. Whatever your interests, there will always be related videos for you to view. Or why not create your own videos? All you need is a camera and something to talk about.
  • Twitter: Be the first to know what’s going on in your fandom by following fellow fangirls, and let your idols know how much you admire them by retweeting and “favouriting” their every post. Use the relevant hashtags to immerse yourself in conversations about trending topics. Twitter is a simple means of entering various competitions for winning ARCs, merchandise, and VIP tickets to exclusive events… And don’t forget to wish your favourite band’s lead singer’s girlfriend’s cat a happy birthday!
  • Facebook: Click “like” on all the pages related to your fandom. This will generate a more interesting news feed, full of news updates, exciting release dates, memes and competitions to enter.
  1. Share your passion
  • For the artists: Try drawing your favourite characters from a memorable scene, compile a montage of quotes or screenshots, or create an alternative movie poster or book cover. You can use any media, but if it’s not done on the computer, take a photo of your work or scan it in so that you can upload it to a website dedicated to like deviantart.com, which specialises in displaying fan art.
  • For the musicians: Create your own soundtrack for a TV show, book or film, based on the themes, characters and setting. Think about how the lyrics could relate to your interpretation of the storyline. You could put the songs in a playlist on YouTube for others to enjoy, or burn the playlist onto a CD to give as a personalised gift to a friend who belongs to the same fandom.
  • For the writers: Start up a blog and dedicate it to spreading love for your fandom. Make sure you promote your blog to generate a wider audience by including the link to each new post on your social media accounts. You can take inspiration from pagetopremiere.com – a brilliant website which targets fandoms of popular book-to-film adaptations. If you’re into creative writing, try writing fanfic. You can come up with alternative endings to storylines or devise a cheeky narrative between your OTP. Don’t be afraid to be a bit unorthodox – you are the writer and your headcanons are valid. Read examples on fanfiction.net for ideas.
  • For the adventurous: After spending hours locked in your bedroom on your laptop or phone, you may want to go on an adventure! Book tickets for events like meet-ups and conventions to be surrounded by fangirls just like you. Check band websites for tour dates and CD signing events, and authors may have book-signing tours, so check out their websites, too. If comics and cosplay are your thing, head to Comic-Con, whereas Katsucon is for those who are into Japanese culture. If you love YouTubers, some big events for your calendar include: Summer In The City, Vidcon, DigiFest and Playlist Live.
  1. Be proud
  • Merchandise: Whether it’s Manchester United’s new season football shirt, an Adventure Time poster, a Fall Out Boy wristband or a mockingjay pin, make sure you get kitted out with awesome merchandise from your fandom. A visit to Pulp and Afflecks Palace is definitely worth your time. Alternatively, you can browse through websites like distrctlines.com, dftba.com and hottopic.com. I recommend cafepress.co.uk because, as well as choosing from an array of unique designs, you can create your own, which is really cool.
  • Show off about your fandom and be proud to belong to the community. How about singing the school song in Elvish next time, or resolving an argument with a game of “Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock”?

Remember – stay safe while on the internet, and don’t give out any personal details/arrange to meet up with strangers, even if you both think you’re Jacksgap’s number one fan. Have fun exploring your fandom, and DFTBA!

Glossary of fandom jargon:

GIF – graphic interchange format, a compressed file format used for pictures.

Vlog – video blog

ARC – advance reader’s copy (of a book)

Meme – an image or video, typically humourous in nature, which is spread around the internet using a variety of captions

Fanfic – shorthand for “fanfiction”, meaning a fictional story based on the original work, written by a dedicated fan

Cosplay – shorthand for “costume play”, an activity in which participants wear the costumes of fictional characters and create a subculture based on role play

DFTBA – “don’t forget to be awesome”, the slogan of the Nerdfighter fandom

To look up definitions of more words in pop culture, use urbandictionary.com.