Sunday, March 18, 2018

Sunshine Blogger Award

Hi Lovelies,

Welcome back! And welcome, if you are new here 💕💕💕

Sunshine Blogger Award

My day was definitely brightened when Ruth from Naturally Northern Beauty tagged me in Sunshine Blogger Award post

The aim of it is for bloggers to recognize other bloggers whose work they enjoy and admire, and for us all to get to know a little more about each other! It’s something a little bit different to my usual posts, but I hope you enjoy reading all the same!

The rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you for the award, and provide a link to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate 11 new bloggers to receive the award.
  • Ask your nominees 11 questions.
  • List the rules and the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post.

Questions I was asked and my answers to them:

What motivates you to write your blog posts?

The thought of helping others to transition to the green side easier. That's my first and foremost goal of my blog - to be helpful to people. I didn't have it easy when I transitioned myself almost a decade ago - nothing natural was to be found locally, and we didn't have online shops back then either, they came on the scene around five years ago. Needless to say I really struggled at the start of my own green beauty/lifestyle journey. One day, fed up with yet another expensive product that did not work, I had a thought " I should blog about it so others wouldn't have to go through the same struggles as me" and that's how my blog was born. I even stopped wearing any make up for a good few years for that reason. Thankfully the green beauty scene exploded since, and not only we have affordable options, but abundance of products too, so now we have the opposite of the problems - sometimes it might feel there's too much choice! And here is where I come in too - people say they find all my reviews helpful, as I am always honest about things - I was told it is rare thing in the blogging word, so I wear it like a badge of honor! And if you follow me for any length of time, you know this is a passion product of mine - it was only last year I introduced affiliate links here and there (only to the products and brands/shops that have my heart) after working for free for 8+ years. I say working, because anyone who tried their hand at blogging would know how much of hard work goes into it. 

What’s your favourite social media platform to use alongside your blog?

That would be Instagram, even with those stupid algorithms and recent censoring (see me talk about it here) - purely because of easy access and the ability to instantly connect to people. And the beautiful images don't hurt either :) I am a sucker for beautiful flatlays!

Which other bloggers/influencers inspire you and why?

So many! All of the green beauty community influence me in some shape or form, whether by beautiful images, to being honest about everything to inspiring me to blog about one thing or another, and I can go on! When it comes to products, I try to not be influenced by what other people use/recommend, as I find the products someone else likes does not automatically translate as my favourite products too - my skin is way too sensitive for most of what green beauty have to offer.

What’s your “can’t-live-without” beauty product at the moment?

Hmm, let me see - if the question is about make up, then I would be pressed hard to choose between concealer and a good mascara, I can't live without those two. The ones I am currently using are Duet Perfecting Concealer by Hynt Beauty and Long Lash mascara by Inika.
Oftentimes when people ask about "beauty favourites" they have skincare in mind, and if that's the case, I would have to choose entire Bella Aura line, as well as Rare Indigo balm by Mahalo.

How do you keep up with trends that are relevant to your blog?

I don't! As someone who is on the wrong side of 30s (ahem ahem) I am way past caring what's trendy, especially when it comes to all things green beauty. Trendy products in skincare? No thanks, I would rather find products that work for my uber sensitive skin! Trends in make up? I would rather buy products that complement my skintone. Purple lipsticks and eye shadows? They can jog on. I know what suits me and have my own style when it comes to fashion as well. It does not mean I am stuck in a rut, far from it - I love fashion and constant evolving.

What are your other hobbies, alongside blogging?

Constantly educating myself by reading, Health & Wellness type of books are my favourites to read, and I started to review them very recently too, posts will be linked down below in the case you are interested. As well as other relevant posts.
Next would be creating things with my hands, be it jewelry making, knitting or crocheting. Unlike with blogging, I can't finish anyth        (get it?)
I also really enjoy traveling (wish I could do that more often), good food, meeting friends, as well as new people, and I could go on. Enjoying life, basically.

What’s your favourite film and why?

Anything based on real stories. Or a good comedy from time to time. 

What’s your favourite book and why?

I don't read much fiction novadays, but I am well into Health & Wellness type of books - give me any of them and I am happy bunny! Too many to list, so I will list my current favourite authors instead - step forward Nadine Artemis & Patrick Holford. Pick up any book of theirs and your life will be changed for the better.

What was the last foreign country you visited?  What did you love about it?

The last country I visited was Crete island, Greece about three years ago - I wish we could travel more often. The food was extraordinary, and I still dream about going back to famous pink beach in Elafonissi - the most beautiful beach I've ever seen.

What’s your favourite thing about yourself?

I like that I am a giving person who sees or tries to see the good in people. 

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Don't stress so much, you don't have to figure  everything out at once. Also, don't bottle emotions, talk to people about your feelings - especially if they are doing something that hurts you emotionally. You don't have to lower yourself for anyone, keep your heels and standards high.

Now, that were some good questions, were they? My turn to think of something equally as good! Let me see. As I see some of my blogger pals were tagged multiple times already, I will mostly take the tag over the pond. In no particular order I tag:

Shannon Marie - Rawdorable

Andrea from Organic Beauty Lover

Green Beauty Project Adriana

Andie from The Green Queen

Julie from Complete Natural Clarity

Cheryl from Free Range Diva

Vita from Vita Lives Free

 Jana from Small Bits of Loveliness

Angie from Whipped Green Girl

Lynda from Wonderlusting

Boriana from 1988 Bori

(find them all tagged in my IG post)

Here are my questions:

How and why did you start blogging/ making Youtube videos?

How do you choose your products? Do you seek the most pure products out there, do you research into a brand first, and so on?

What are the most rewarding aspects of blogging/ vlogging?

What aspects do you find the most challenging and how do you deal with it?

What are your thoughts on PR products?

What are your thoughts on green beauty as a "trend" that's been portrayed as? Where do you think it will go from here?

What bloggers/ Youtubers do you admire and why do you like them?

How do you deal with haters if you get any?

What makes you happy?

What's the best advice you were given?

What are your favourite products of the moment? (I can't help myself but ask this 😇)

So that's it for today, see you here shortly! Hope you enjoyed this post.

Related posts:

Radical Beauty by Deepak Chopra & Kirmberly Snyder review - Book Corner

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Lots of Love,

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