I love getting nominated for blogger tags and awards, this nomination came from the lovely Alyssa Alley of Bride2Bride Blog and it is the Sunshine Blogger Award! It is an award given from bloggers to other bloggers, it is given to those who are creative, inspiring, and positive! I actually got nominated during my hiatus so it was nice to come back and see my nomination. Thank you Alyssa – go and check out her blog, she has just started blogging and her blog makes me want to start planning my own wedding and I’m not even engaged!

So, once you are nominated for this award the blogger is required to write a post in which they:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated them and link back to their blog ✔️
  2. Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated them ✔️
  3. Nominate 11 other blogs and give them 11 new questions to answer ✔️
  4. Notify your nominees and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post! ✔️

Here are my answers to the questions set by me by Bride2Bride, I hope you enjoy them!

Why did you start your blog?

I had been simmering with the idea for ages, but I was speaking to the wrong people about it who kind shat on my idea. Then one day I was speaking to my colleague at the time and he was saying I’m so passionate when I talk about makeup and beauty, that my whole personality just lit up – this was the affirmation that I was looking for to start up my blog so that evening MacquillageWithLeilani was created!

Did anyone help you when you first began blogging? If so, who?

I didn’t get help as such when I started my blog but I had a lot of support and advice from my best friend, at the time of starting my blog I had just met the man who I call my boyfriend now but he didn’t give a lot of input in the early days just a lot of praise. Now he is involved though with suggestions on the design and what I should say/do differently. I also got help with becoming self hosted as it was a large sum up front initially.

Tell us a bit about your family!

My family is super small with less than 10 people in the world carrying my last name! I’m mixed race meaning that we are scattered across the world too – Trinidad, Africa, Canada and the UK.

What would you do if you won a million dollars?

If I won a million pounds I would probably keep it quiet if I could, I would create my own little start up where I loan money in good faith of it being returned with little to no interest or the recipient of the money (depending on the sum) doing something to give back in lieu of returning the money so this could involve cleaning up litter from a local beach for a month or just giving back to their community. Then I would probably take a year out of working and the grind just to travel around the world and then once that is over I would look to starting my own business. I can’t not have something to do as I like to be kept busy with lots of different projects.

Do you have any pets?

At the moment I have little fluffy dogs and tropical fish, my dogs are my best friends and I wouldn’t trade them for the world. In the future I really want to own a Capuchin Monkey ethically if I can.

If people could know one thing about you just by looking at you, what would it be and why?

I would like to compare myself to a Baked Alaska but they are stone cold in the centre and being a Capricorn I spend a lot of my life trying to bash that stereotype. I think if I wanted people to know one thing by looking at me, is that there is more to me than just my makeup, nails and obsession over beauty, I care about deeper things than that – I love animals, the environment and good causes and I don’t think that comes across on a first impression because the first thing you see is my appearance.

What do you like most about blogging?

I most like the fact that I can engage with other bloggers and instantly you have something in common with them, you can discuss a product review and get excited over a new release on a product. You have this connection with a stranger and everyone is so thoughtful that we all just lift each other up rather than tear down and that is a community that I want to be a part of. I also like not feeling guilty for buying a new lipstick that I already have in the same shade by 10 other brands because it is for the benefit of the blog… anything to justify my ever growing collection!

What is one food that everyone loves but you hate?

Coriander! For me its taste super bitter yet others say it is fresh and lemony… I’m starting to accept its taste and in fact my boyfriends mum sent me some food that had coriander in and it was so yummy that I couldn’t taste it but if they are big fat leaves garnishing the top of a curry then I will be picking them out!

If you could only bring 3 things with you to a deserted island for the next year, what would they be and why?

I’m not sure if they need to be practical things or related to my beauty blog niche, so I’m going to go with my niche as I’m assuming I would have the practical stuff already. I would bring a Notebook so that I could journal every day on the island, a book on spirituality as I feel like it would be the perfect opportunity to read without distractions and then my final thing to take would be a puzzle or something, just so I could focus and keep my hands busy as I would be missing my phone for the first few months.

What is your absolute favourite beauty product?

This is a hard one because in this line of blogging you are forever finding new products and gaining new favourites, but I am going to base my answer on the product that I repurchase the most and that is the Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder which I have been using since I was 14.

What do you do to relax when you’re stressed out?

Stress for me is a really tricky thing because I feel it really quickly and then I end up shutting down which isn’t healthy, I struggle to find things that help me relax because it feels like my brain is going a hundred times a minute so I am unable to focus on anything, but I suppose my guilty pleasure would be watching trashy telly as it’s nothing serious and as bad as it sounds I find it really entertaining watching millionaires crying over something really minor!

These are my nominees!

I’m not going to nominate specific people this time so if you like the questions feel free to share and just link back to me. 

Here are my questions for you:

  1. What inspires you to blog
  2. Christmas tradition
  3. What would you do if you won the jackpot
  4. Comfort food
  5. If you could keep any animal in the world as a pet what would it be and why
  6. Favourite time of the year
  7. Favourite Christmas food
  8. What does happiness mean to you
  9. Dream job
  10. Highlight of 2017
  11. Best Christmas memory
  12. Your celebrity inspiration

Love and (high)light✌

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