Two blogger awards/tags: The Versatile Blogger & The Liebster Award | Hello Pretty Bird! - A beauty and not-so-glamorous lifestyle blog

08 November, 2013

Two blogger awards/tags: The Versatile Blogger & The Liebster Award

Hello everybody! So this week I was nominated for not one but TWO blogging awards/tags by two of my fellow bloggers: Chibilaria and Insane About Makeup. Thank you so much to both of you! I'm really flattered that you thought of me.

I decided to consolidate both of these into one post... hope you don't mind! Of course I will answer both of your questions separately. :)


The Versatile Blogger Award

I was nominated for this award by Chibilaria. Thank you! If you're a fan of Asian beauty products or kawaii things I recommend paying her site a visit. I also enjoyed her recent post about Halloween in Italy... it's always interesting to learn about how holidays are celebrated in other parts of the world.

Rules for this award:
  • Thank the person who nominated you ;
  • Include a link to their blog ;
  • Nominate 15 bloggers you've recently discovered;
  • Write down 7 facts about yourself .

I'm nominating two people because I can't think of 15, sorry. I choose:

-Fashionable Heart
-Style Life Lovely

Here are seven random facts about me:
  1. I am a leap-year baby (born on February 29th). That means I only have an official birthday once every four years!
  2. I've somehow never learned how to ride a bicycle. 
  3. I love animals. When I was a little kid I wanted to be a veterinarian, until I learned from my vet assistant aunt that you have to "express anal glands". Yeah... no.
  4. I have a very weird aversion to slugs. I'm scared I'll step on them and they'll go SPLAT, so whenever I see one I run for the hills!
  5. I went to grad school in Scotland, but prior to that I had never been outside North America, so that first flight over was a bit nerve-wracking! Since then I've done a lot more international travel so I'm pretty comfortable with it now. :)
  6. I have been blogging since 1999. Not in this space, obviously. I took a break from blogging from about 2006 until earlier this year though, so things have changed a lot since when I first started.
  7. I love tomatoes. I will eat them on almost anything. The end.


 The Liebster Award

I was nominated for this award by Nina at Insane About Makeup (thank you!) Her blog is pretty new, but she's done posts on both drugstore and Korean makeup so if those things interest you then have a look!

This award is for people who have less than 200 followers on Bloglovin'. Here are the rules:
"If I have nominated you, all you have to do to receive the award is to follow me on “Bloglovin” then answer a few questions! Make sure that when you nominate people that you are following them and send them a message letting them know that you have done so. The number of bloggers they suggest nominating is 11."

I nominate:


Here are my answers to the questions Nina asked:

1. What inspired you to start a blog?  I love hearing the sound of my own voice? Haha.

2. Top 5 favourite lipsticks? The ones I've been using most often lately are Flower Beauty High-Shine in Rose Bud, Besame in Merlot, and Wet n Wild Megalast in Purty Persimmon, Sugar Plum Fairy and Cherry Bomb. I don't really have "all time" favorites because my likes and dislikes seem to change over time. :P

3. Rain or Snow? I hate the cleanup necessary after a heavy snow so I'll go with rain.

4. Favourite Song/Artist? I couldn't name just one, honestly!

5. What advice would you give to a new blogger? Don't get bogged down by the number of followers you have and don't spend too much time comparing yourself to other bloggers. I see a lot of new-ish bloggers posting about their "Twitter goals" or whatever, and I wonder what the point of that is? If you have a thousand Twitter followers but none of them actually read your blog then why does it matter? As for making comparisons, every single blogger is unique, so it doesn't make sense to compare your blog to others. Just write about what you love as well as you can!

6. Do you like to travel and where have you been? Yes I do! The list is sort of long, so I will just summarize and say that I've been to various parts of the USA (it's huge, remember) and also visited or spent some time long-term in the following countries: Canada, Mexico, UK, The Netherlands, France, Germany, New Zealand, Australia, Fiji

7. Define love? The Free Dictionary defines it as "A deep, tender, ineffable feeling of affection and solicitude" and I'm going to be lazy and say that sounds about right. :)

8. What's the worst job you've ever had? I worked in a duty free shop at the airport for like two days. It would probably take an entire post to explain why it was so awful, but let's just say that the shitty treatment from the managers and casual racism amongst some of the employees were enough to send me packing.

9. What's your favourite ice cream flavour? Coconut!

10. What is the scariest thing that has ever happened to you? I had a for-real, legit stalker once, but again that's too complicated to get into here.

11. Who is your idol or hero? This is a tough one for me to answer. There are a lot of people who have qualities I admire! I thought my great-uncle was an interesting person who accomplished a lot in his life, but sadly he passed away a long time ago.

Here are my questions for those of you I've tagged:

1. What is your earliest memory of using makeup?
2. What's the longest you've ever gone without sleeping?
3. What were/are your favorite subjects in school?
4. Which member of your family are you closest to?
5. What's the best book you've read recently?
6. What is your favorite place that you've ever traveled to? Or if you haven't traveled much, what one place would you like to visit the most?
7. What's the silliest thing you've ever bought on an impulse?
8. Where do you usually write your blog posts? (At home, at work, in your bed etc.)
9. What is your favorite kind of candy?
10. Desert island scenario: If you were going to a remote island and could only bring 5 beauty products with you, which ones would you choose?
11. What inspired you to start blogging? (Yes, I'm stealing that question because it's a good one!)


Phew, it was harder to come up with answers to those questions than I thought it would be! If I've tagged you for one of these awards and you've already received it then... oops. If you're wondering why I only nominated a couple of people for each award, it's because it seems like most of the people I thought to tag have already received one or both of these awards! Which I suppose is a good thing. :)


  1. It's hard to get nominated multiple times with the same award, it's good that you took time for look for them that have not got it yet <3


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    1. I tried my best to check! I mean it would be OK if they already had done it and just said so... it's always nice when someone thinks of you. :)

  2. Thank you so much for your kind words about my blog and for nominating me in the Liebster Award , I will write my post about it as soon as I can ;) . As always it was funny to read some things about you ^-^ . I think that it's curious to be a leap-year baby , I had a schoolmate who was born on February 29 . I totally agreewith you about new blogger advices , well said ;)
    OMG the stalker affair seems so scary O.O !!!

    1. Yay, I look forward to reading your answers! :)

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