Liebster Awards + News

Anyone else ever feel like you can paint your nails all professionally and after you’re done you wonder if you’re blind in one eye? Nail Polish – 1 … Sarah – 0. Hahahaha, hello everybody and welcome back to my blog! Today’s post is a something that’s way over due and I’ve decided to finally get it up. I was nominated for the Liebster Blog Award by the beautiful Emma and Julia within the past month or so and a huge thank you goes out to both of these lovely bloggers!

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So basically when you’re “tagged” or “nominated” the person before you has given questions for you to answer. You then tag your own favorite bloggers and give them some questions to answer as well! So since I was nominated by two people, I’m going to answer a few of each of their questions. Shall we get started?

Questions from Emma

  1. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
    • This is such an easy question for me because all I do is talk about it. LONDON. No questions asked, no further thinking required. I’ve never been, so I guess call me crazy but I would definitely live there!
  2. If you could only use one make-up product for the rest of your life, what product would you use?
    • I’ve always been pretty set on my top three products if I ever had to choose but I think if I had to narrow it down to one.. I would say mascara. Reasoning behind this being, even if I have every other product on my face I still feel completely bare without having mascara on. I feel like it really brings a look together and I’d be okay with only leaving the house with mascara on. 
  3. Your favourite food?
    • Let me just go ahead and give the most “kid-like” answer. Macaroni and cheese. Hahahaha I’m sorry but it’s honestly been my favorite food for years and years. I do also really enjoy alfredo. I’m a big pasta person!

Questions from Julia

  1. If you had to create your own product, what would it be and why?
    • This is a really good question. I personally think for me, I’d create something that I, myself, would wear no matter what. And, something that’s also extremely versatile for everyone else as well. Lipstick. It’s able to come in many different shades & formulas. Plus it’s easy to pair any look with a great lipstick!
  2. Which makeup products can’t you live without?
    • My Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes mascara, my MAC lipstick in the shade “Twig” (has a special meaning to it), and I think I’m going to go with my Tartelette in Bloom eyeshadow palette from Tarte. Mostly because I just started using it again and I really like when palettes have the option for both “daytime” and “nighttime” looks. Plus the shades are just gorgeous and blend beautifully. 
  3. What is your favourite foundation?
    • At this point in time, I actually don’t think I have found my “favorite” foundation. Their are some I like and some I don’t. I did just pick up a new drugstore one from Rimmel today so we’ll see how it goes and how it wears on the face!

The Blogs I Nominate:

  1. Beauty by Emm
  2. Dawnblogtopus
  3. Beauty by a Libra
  4. Zoey-Valuated Blog
  5. The Inspiration Lady

My Questions for you:

  1. What is your favorite thing to do in your free time?
  2. Do you prefer staying in or going out?
  3. Have you ever been to an amusement park? If so, which one was your favorite and why?
  4. If you could only wear one lipstick shade for the rest of your life, what would it be?
  5. Which do you prefer to spend the extra money on? Makeup or skincare? Why?

Now onto some greats news. Most of you have probably recently seen the new ending addition to my blog posts – my blog signature. I have placed it on all blog posts – replacing the old one. And I have Zera Zoya to thank for that. She runs the PrettyBlogGraphics store over on Etsy if you want to go check her out. She makes graphics, social media templates, info-graphics, blog signatures, etc. Anything you need for your blog. 

I also offer custom blog headers and logos. They start from $27 and go up in prices depending upon how graphically intense the logo or header is. 
 
Premade blog headers and logos are worth $10 and customized within 24 hours and delivered via email. 
-Zera Zoya
My favorite thing about her is her communication. She stayed in contact with me making sure I got the exact design that I envisioned as well as picking the exact fonts I preferred. I was able to give her my lipstick logo as well for her to incorporate into the signature. She also allowed to me to adjust the colors – on top of that.. even let me see the signature in a few different colors/styles so I was able to see which I liked best because at first, I wasn’t sure which color to go with! I was extremely happy with the finished product and I recommend using some of her work! If you haven’t seen my blog signature yet, you’ll be able to see what was created at the end of the post.
Now if that’s something you’d be interested in, Zera and I have come together to bring y’all 10% off a purchase of $20 or more using the coupon code “SBAILEY” – it’ll be valid for the next year and Zera will be adding tons of new things to her Etsy store between now and then! 
Thanks so much for reading – I hope everyone has had a productive week so far and that y’all have a happy Easter! See you next week with a super fun and special post ♡
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Wish List ➀

I’d like to think that at least once in everyone’s lifetime they’ve come across at least one thing (in my case over 100 things lol) that they’d really like to have. It’s a normal thing to look at a piece of clothing and think “wow, I’d look great in that” or a makeup item and think “I’d love to try that out.” And me being completely honest with y’all, I probably do that every other day. This week I wanted to share my first wish list! My idea is to turn this into a new segment on my blog (given the 1 in the title) and I look forward to it! Shall we get started?  

I go through these phases sometimes when I feel like I need to change out my handbag. Don’t ask me why because I haven’t the slightest idea. With that being said, I wanted my next bag to have a cross-body strap so if I wanted to carry the bag on my shoulder instead of using my hands, I could. I absolutely love having pockets in my handbag as well. Now as I’m sure you’ve gathered, those two things are the main components my new bag needed to have – and I found it! I am crying on the inside that it retails for USD $225 but I hope to get my hands on it eventually. It has pockets for everything you may want to put in your handbag – ipad, sunglasses, planner, earphones, pens/lip glosses, phone, important cards, and more. There are 4 different sizes of this bag as well. Depending on the size, you could use them for school, work, travel, or just everyday wear. 

The Filmstar Bronze and Glow (USD $68) is something I’ve been eyeing for a few months now. I’ve been obsessed with the Charlotte Tilbury brand for awhile. The packaging is beautiful and I’d really love to add this product to my collection. The sculpting color honestly appears to be the perfect shade for my fair skin. Have you tried Charlotte Tilbury?

I came across the printer while watching a video one day and felt right away that it was the perfect handbag essential. You connect it to your phone via bluetooth, give access to your camera roll, and you’re able to print any picture you want to have a hard copy. I think it would be the perfect item to take with you on an outing with your friends. No ink needed and you can also turn the hard copies into a sticker. Retails for USD 129.99 and it comes in either black or white.

Another handbag essential I came across are these adorable baby pink and gold wireless earphones. They retail for USD $110 – little on the pricey side, I know! I have to say though my favorite thing about these earphones is that they come with a little carrier. So whenever you’re done using them you can put them back into their little holder and pop em’ back into your handbag. I’m a big fan of easy access things. They also come in black, white, and blue – all with the little gold detail.

I think if I could only pick three makeup items to wear for the rest of my life it’d be concealer, mascara, and lipstick. However, don’t let that fool you because I love powder. The main thing I love about theBalm is the attention to detail with their packaging – I love the comic vibe that comes from it. I find it very pleasing to look at.. I hope I’m not the only one of course. I’ve heard wonderful things about this photobalm powder foundation (USD $26)  including that it even gives some extra coverage to the face. I know that’s all some people need to hear about makeup products for them to run and pick it up for themselves. It comes in plenty of shades for all skin tones, has a decent size pan, and a decent size mirror. I think it’d be a perfect travel essential to pop into your makeup bag. Needless to say, I really want to try it! Have you?

Colourpop has been releasing these new “phases” of makeup products recently. The first being “Nectar” and the second being “Pink” – another phase called “Sand” may or may not have been released by the time this posts. The face duo above comes from the “Pink” phase (USD $16) and since y’all know I’ve been transitioning myself into Spring, this blush color looked beautiful for the occasion – as well as the highlight. They are described as a “matte blush – warm pink” and “pearlized highlighter – champagne pink.” I have the Alexis Ren x Colourpop Pressed Powder Face Duo (bronzer and highlight) and I love it, so I really want to give this one a go.

Hope everyone has been having a productive week so far. Start a discussion in the comments – I’d love to hear from y’all. Thoughts? Questions? Leave them below. What’s been on your wishlist recently? Thanks for reading, stay tuned next week for a new post that I’m really excited about ♡ 

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One Year Anniversary ♡

I actually stared at this blank post for awhile. To be honest, there’s probably more than enough to say but I feel completely blank. I know what I want to say; however, I want it to be perfect. You ever get that feeling? When something’s on the tip on your tongue yet nothing’s able to come out and your mind wanders for hours and hours? That’s me right now, 100 percent. I just really want to be able to write all the beautifully captured moments that are forever in mind, no matter how cheesy that sounds.

On this day, one year ago, my boyfriend Noah and I started dating. It’s been one hell of a year. Prior to this day, we actually became pretty good friends and we facetimed literally every day (you’ll see a picture later on of a screenshotted FaceTime call that Noah took and it was the very first time we facetimed on January 23rd 2016). Over this course of time, we’ve done a million things together. He’s always the person I want by my side when doing something new or just doing any activity again, like going to the beach. Noah started this list on his phone a long time ago called the “List of Firsts” and basically he wrote down (with the date) every thing we did together for the first time. For example: the first time we went to a movie, our first kiss, the first time we hung out, our first hug, our first dinner date, and many other things. I was actually really happy about that at the time. A great deal of that is because it’s a wonderful thing to look back on… let’s say a year later (hahahaha) and remember all those times but my main source of happiness coming from that is the fact he took the time to do something like that. Nobody had ever put that kind of thought into doing something like that before. It was like a breath of fresh air.

Noah’s probably paid attention to me and my feelings more than anyone. He’s honestly spent so much time just looking, listening, and learning every detail – half the time I thought he wasn’t actually paying that much attention. Y’all know how much I love Bath &  Body Works hand sanitizers. I mentioned that to him WAY back in the beginning of our relationship because it was just another fact about me and he’d always ask me to tell him about myself. To this day, he’s probably gotten me at least 15 of them – it’ll be completely random too. The first one he gave me was actually before we started dating and it was “Winter Candy Apple” – it’s been my favorite scent ever since. Just recently he got me a peach scented one. I love peaches more than life (probably why I love the Too Faced Sweet Peach Collection so much – which he’s the one who purchased the eyeshadow palette for me). He used to spoil me with MAC lipsticks all the time as well – the first one he ever got me was “Twig.” Honestly though, that stuff isn’t even the best part. What truly puts a smile on my face is when he sends me stuff and tells me that it reminds him of me – mostly songs. If you ask him, he’ll tell every single one of you that “she doesn’t listen to the lyrics of songs” and sometimes that’s true (hahahahaha) but I try! The two songs that come to mind right now are “Gambler” by Fun and “Thinkin Bout You” by  Frank Ocean. Listen to them some time – he really likes both of them, along side all his rap songs. There’s one song in particular that I like (from 2013 I think) called “Power” by Kat Graham. Some of you may know it. I’ve played it for him before but it’s not his style of music so he doesn’t really like it but when I actually listen to the lyrics of this song, all I do is think of him and that’s why I like it.

Noah’s different than any guy I’ve ever known. He has a past, just like anyone else, and I’ve seen him grow from it. He still has little flaws that get on every last nerve and it causes a fight (that goes both ways though) but we’re always okay sooner or later. And that’s what I love. We fight like an old married couple and over the stupidest things sometimes but at the end of the day it never changes how I feel. It’s the simple things I fell in love with. He always opens my door for me when getting into the car, even if I’m the one driving. He surprised me with a basket of treats a long time ago because I told him the night before I wasn’t feeling well. When my family and I came back from our spring break trip to Hong Kong the outside of my house was decorated with streamers, a welcome back sign, and presents. I could go on but you get the picture. It’s truly been an amazing year, downfalls and all. And now just one more thing to wrap this up before I go.

Noah, if you’re reading this – which I hope you are, thank you. Thank you for everything. Thank you for always caring and putting me first. Thank you for dealing with my bad attitude and my sassy comments. And thank you for being my bestfriend. You’re the first person I want to tell whenever something good or bad happens. You’re hard to talk to sometimes when you’re angry but when you’re not, you’re the most loving person I know. I hope you truly understand how much you mean to me and how much you’ll always mean to me. And although it’ll become harder, I’m excited for the future. I’ll always be by your side and your #1 supporter. Never forget that. Happy One Year Anniversary, my dear. I love you 

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