2 Blog Awards and an apology.


I was recently nominated for two blog awards, the Real Neat Blog Award by Katie from Plus+ Beauty and Stash Matters, and the Premio Dardos Award also by Stash Matters and Joy from Styled with Joy. These ladies have amazing beauty blogs and are also some of nicest that I’ve encountered here in the blogging world. Please go read & subscribe to their blogs now, although I’m sure you have already!

Also, I’ve fallen way off the wagon with keeping up with blog award nominations, so much that I’ve decided to just do the ones that are new to me because it’s just easier for me to keep track of them in my mind. I’m sorry if I never got to respond to your questions or recognized your nomination of me if you have in the past, I do appreciate the time you took to write your questions and link to my blog! I plan to at least start answering the any questions in the comments section of it’s an award I’ve been nominated for in the past.

On to the awards, I’m going to start with the Real Neat Blog Award.

The Rules:

1) Put the award logo on your blog.
2) Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
3) Thank the person who nominated you, linking to their blog.
4) Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.
5) Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog etc.)

Questions from Katie:

1. What’s your favorite lip product – like ever!!

Maybelline’s Color Sensational Lipstick in Warm Me Up, it’s the lipstick I pick when I don’t want to think!

2. If you could live anywhere in the world… Where would it be?

Southern California, after living in New England for almost 20 years, I just want mild, warm weather year round.

3. What is your favorite clothing line?

Zara. I first discovered the brand in Madrid and was so happy to see it come stateside.

4. What’s your favorite movie?

Pretty Woman & Sleepless in Seattle. 

5. What’s your favorite flower?

Peonies. So beautiful.

6. Do You have a pet?

Yes, but Benji lives with grandma. She won’t give him back!

7. What’s your favorite Perfume?

I’m not big on perfume, but I’ll go with Chanel Chance since I wore it when I got married.

Questions from Stash Matters:

1. Did you play any sports or do any activities when you were little (like ballet, gymnastics)?

Heck no. I’m not athletic in the slightest and I skipped out on my piano lessons (which I now regret).

2. How many remote controls do you have for your entertainment unit (tv, dvd, stereo)?

Four. TV, cable box, Bluetooth speaker, and Xbox remote.

3. What was the worst thing you did as a child (run away from home, set fire to the clothesline)?

Set fire to the carpet. I never ran so fast when my mom found me!

4. How many pillows do you sleep with?

Two. One under my head and the other I hug. 🙂

5. What was the last Ikea furniture you built? If not applicable, what was the last piece of furniture you bought?

Those cubicle style shelves in my closet.

6. How many pairs of sunglasses do you own?  Which pair is your favourite?

Four, the tortoise frames from Forever 21 are my current fave.

7. What was the most unusual thing you’ve ever eaten?

Balut or Dinuguan. If you know what these are then I need not say more.

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Premio Dardos is Spanish for “Prize Darts” and is an award in recognition of cultural, ethical, literary and personal values that are transmitted in the form of original and creative writing.

The Rules:
1. When you accept the award, post it on your blog along with the name of the person who nominated you and put a link to their blog.
2. Include the image of the award in your post.
3. Pass it on to 15 other bloggers worthy of this acknowledgement.

I am nominating these blogs for both awards!

Alyssa K.

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lippiebeautyblog

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Samiya’s Beauty Space

Yes, I’m breaking the rule of 15, but rules are meant to be broken! Okay, really they’re not, this gives me slight anxiety. If you haven’t checked these ladies out, please do!

My questions:

1. What is your weirdest habit?

2. Which television character (old or new) do you relate to most?

3. What do you eat for breakfast in the morning?

4. Can you parallel park in one shot?

5. If you could change one physical feature, what would it be?

6. Favorite dessert?

7. Do you consider yourself a Type A or Type B personality?

Hope you have a great day! Standing in line at the RMV as I type. I guess I’m so old I don’t qualify for online renewal and they want a new picture! Yikes.

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All smiles: Beautiful Blogger Award

I was nominated by the lovely Joy, of Styled with Joy, for the Beautiful Blogger Award! I would nominate her back if I could, but I’m guessing it doesn’t work that way despite the fact that it’s not in the rules so technically I could. 🙂 Joy is one of the nicest people I’ve met in the blogging world and I can’t say enough good things about her blog where she talks about all things beauty related. She always inspires me to put more effort into my nails with her Manicure Monday posts (I’m even thinking about painting them tonight :O). Thank you so much for the nomination!

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The Rules:

Display the Award logo on your blog.

Thank the person who nominated you and link back to them.

Nominate 7 other bloggers and say a little something about them.

Let them know they have been nominated.

My nominees:

1. Glam with Sam: I love reading Sam’s makeup reviews, she makes me want to go out and buy a million more lipsticks and glosses. She also has reviews on some Korean beauty products, which I have been dipping into ever so slowly myself lately.

2. Lippie Obsession: Sandy does great beauty reviews, as well as FOTD and NOTD posts. I’m always inspired by her use of color. You can also see some clothing and makeup hauls, too. She is also part of the reason I picked up the Tartelette palette. 🙂

3. Stash Matters: She is the little voice of reason in my head saying, “Do you really need another concealer?” Haha, just kidding (kind of)! In all seriousness, her blog chronicles her ‘makeup no-buy’ of 2015, reviews of some great products in her stash, and some really helpful tips and tricks related to beauty and blogging.

4. I Am Beauty Bee: Bee is totally tuned into the same makeup wavelength that I am, all of the reviews on her blog usually have me making mental notes to check them out the next time I’m at the drugstore, Sephora, or Ulta. I also love her blog photos, she makes everything look so good!

5. All The Best Beauty: Julia’s blog is just gorgeous, and her blog photography is just amazing. She shares makeup reviews, but also all the beautiful places she has been lucky enough to visit. I really want to go to Sri Lanka now after she posted about it on her blog.

6. Gwenan Carter: Gwen is fabulous fellow mommy who blogs about family life, fashion, beauty, and she’s also started doing vlogs! I was super excited when she shared her travel tips since we are going on our first family vacation in May.

7. Kaui from Maui: Kaui is another awesome mom here in the blogosphere who does beauty, book, and baby related reviews! She also shares my love for The Walking Dead (another intense episode this past Sunday, the end really had me nervous for Rick!)

I hope you get to check everyone out if you haven’t already. And thank you to M who kept Ava busy so I could squeeze in this post today.

Couldn’t contain my excitement!: Another Liebster thank you.

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I was nominated by Bee of I Am Beauty Bee for a Liebster Award this week and her mention of me in her post made my day. I literally turned to my husband in excitement and told him about it the moment I read it. It’s always so nice to know that someone is enjoying my blog, it really has become somewhat of my other ‘baby’ and for me it has become something much more than I expected. I’ve interacted with so many great people since starting this all and have received nothing but kindness and support from everyone who has stumbled upon my pages. Although I’ve been nominated in the past, I wanted to answer Bee’s questions for me and say that if you haven’t checked out her blog, you must! I love her blog photography and presentation and she does great beauty reviews. Many of her makeup picks are things I also love, so I know when she has something new to rave about, I should probably just go buy it. She also shares my love for Julia Roberts and dark chocolate (okay, I love any chocolate who am I kidding?). 🙂

Bee’s questions for me:

1. What is your must-have beauty product that you can’t live without? 

Concealer for sure, I just feel like it ‘wakes up’ my face.

2. Who is your favorite Youtuber or beauty blogger?

Judy from It’s Judy Time/It’s Judy’s Life, I watch her vlogs every single day. I don’t watch that many beauty videos regularly anymore, usually just the favorites videos. Claire Marshall is a very close second.

3. If you could visit one place in the world where would you choose?

Hawaii, I’ve wanted to go since forever. I want to go when we can take at least 10 days to 2 weeks there and when Ava is a little older.

4. What song can you currently obsessed with?

At the moment I don’t have one! I was loving Blank Space for awhile and nothing has replaced it. The only station I hear lately is Radio Disney when I’m driving around with Ava.

5. Where are you from? 

Whenever I get this question I always think of all the places I grew up when my dad was still in the military. But after almost 20 years in the US (more specifically the Northeast), I guess I can finally call it home.

6. What is your favorite season and why?

Fall because I love the layers and cool weather. Summers here get so hot and humid, I’m not a fan.

7. What is your favorite skincare product? 

The Ole Henriksen Truth Serum is the best, it’s made my skin much more even and brighter.

8. What is your favorite overall makeup brand?

For drugstore I’d go with Maybelline, I’ve loved their concealers, foundation, mascara, & lipsticks. For high-end I honestly couldn’t choose one, I don’t have one brand that I’d say I’m completely loyal to in all areas.

9. What is your favorite color?

Blue. 

10. What is your favorite show of all time?

Friends.

11. What product could you not leave the house without applying?

SPF, rain or shine, makeup or none, I always have sun protection on in some form.

Again, thank you to Bee for nominating me. I truly love her blog and I get excited whenever I see a new post of hers in my feed! At the end of this month, I’ll have hit my 6 month blogging anniversary and I hope there are many more months to come. I just want to say a big thank you to everyone who’s reading, you’ve all made this such an amazing experience for me. ❤️

A triple thank you!: Infinity Dreams + Liebster Award x 2

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I was nominated for three blog awards this week, the Infinity Dreams & two Liebster Awards! I was recently nominated for both and did posts on both here and here last week and because of the closeness I decided against doing the full on posts again because I would likely be nominating the same people! I did want to still say a big thank you to Ryane, Sheryl, and Sandy for nominating me again! It always means a lot to me that someone has chosen my blog for a nomination. I also know it takes time to think out the questions and write up the post so I did want to answer their questions and talk about their blogs.

I’ll start with Ryane because I got her nomination first. Her blog is newer to me as she started her blog more recently, but I can already tell I love the direction it’s going in and I’ll look forward to her weekly posts. Ryane Zamora Beauty is definitely more than just beauty, she writes about ideas for things to do on a date, gifts, and does OOTD. Please check her out ASAP, I really think you’ll like it too!

Ryane’s questions:

1. Best place to buy makeup? Always Sephora! I love the variety of brands and that you can build up points for beauty samples. Some of their 500 point perks are awesome!

2. Favorite beauty guru? Probably Judy from It’s Judy Time and It’s Judy’s Life. Mostly because I watch her daily vlogs of her family every morning when I’m getting ready for the day, I definitely watch more vlogs than beauty videos these days.

3. Favorite lipstick (color and brand)? Maybelline’s Warm Me Up, a pinky nude. It’s a go-to for me. I’ve recently found another lipstick that may be giving it a run for it’s money though and hopefully I’ll be posting about it soon!

4. Who is your style icon? Honestly, I don’t really have one, but I will always love SJP. 

5. Current mood? Tired. Just cooked dinner and finished up some cleaning!

6. What is your spirit animal? Haha, this made me laugh! My old co-workers and I found a website that tells you your spirit animal and I was a lion. We each printed out our animal and hung them over our desks. Good times in the office, I miss it!

7. Chocolate or Vanilla ice cream? Although I love chocolate on it’s own, I don’t like it as ice cream. So vanilla. Preferably in Moose Tracks form.

8. Last movie you saw in theatres? I have no idea. The last time I went to the movies I was still pregnant.

9. What show are you currently watching on Netflix/what show are you currently watching? The Walking Dead.

10. Look to your right, what do you see? Ava’s toys and my parents. 

11. Plans for the rest of the day?  Just putting Ava to bed and hanging with M.

I’ve been following Sheryl from A Sprinkle of Pretty for awhile longer, and let me just say that I love her blog photography! I wish I had that kind of eye, it’s beautiful. She does great product reviews and monthly favorites, as well as some lifestyle posts (she’s newly engaged, the ring is GORG!). Also, check her out ASAP!

Sheryl’s questions:

1. Why did you decide to start blogging? I needed to channel some energy into something else after becoming a SAHM and giving up the 9 to 5 (or in my case 8 to 4:30).

2. What’s your favorite place you’ve ever traveled to? I’ve been so many places it’s hard to choose, but I’m going to go with Turks and Caicos, our honeymoon destination. I want to go back to Italy, specifically Rome, Venice, Florence, and Vatican City now that I’m older.

3. Do you have any pets? I have a dog Benji, he actually went back to living with my parents when they came back from vacation! I still consider him mine though.

4. What store do you buy most of your makeup/beauty products from? Sephora

5. What’s your favorite “guilty pleasure” television show? The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

6. Long or short finger nails? Short

7. What makeup products do you “splurge” on? Foundation & concealer.

8. Which makeup brand/product have you never used, but would like to try? Tom Ford

9. Who is your celebrity crush? I’m going old school with this one, Brad & Leo. I loved them in Legends of the Fall, Ocean’s Eleven, Romeo & Juliet, & Titanic.

10. Other than makeup/beauty products, what is your favorite thing to shop for? It doesn’t happen often, but handbags.

11. What’s the best blogging advice you’ve ever been given? I’ve never gotten advice personally, but from what I’ve read I’d say to just have fun and be yourself.

I’ve been following Sandy from Lippie Obsession since last year and she’s really one of the nicest people I’ve interacted with in the blogging world! She does it all in beauty & fashion, if you’re into nails then definitely check her out! She’s also not afraid to try new looks in makeup, I remember reading a post she did on the double winged eyeliner look and thinking, “I wish I could be that brave!” I’m pretty conservative in my makeup, but I love how she uses color and I’ve been trying to incorporate it more lately myself (though in smaller ways). Please go check her out as well!

Sandy’s questions:

1. If you could be any animal/creature (real or mythical) what would you be? Hmmm, I’m going to go with a unicorn. They are just so magical.

2. If you could pick any era of time to live in, what time period would you pick? I’m going to stick with now.

3. What’s your least favorite chore? Ugh, folding laundry. The thought of it is just, ugh.

4. What is your favorite Disney movie? The Little Mermaid. I remember watching it with my cousin when I came to visit them in the states when we were living overseas. She’s actually one of my best friends now and I think of her whenever I see that movie.

5. What’s your favorite TV show right now? The Walking Dead.

6. If you could travel to any place in the world right now, where would you go? Hawaii. I need some sun.

7. If you had an unlimited shopping spree for only 1 hour, what store would you pick? Neiman Marcus. Barneys is a close second.

8. If you won the lottery (let’s say the jackpot was $200 million), what would you do with the money? Pay off all our debt, our families debt, invest it, put it away for Ava’s college education, go on a crazy amazing vacation, and of course, do a little shopping. And by little, I mean big.

9. If you could only pick one brand of makeup to buy from for the rest of your life, what would it be? Another question I can’t compute. I just can’t.

10. What’s your favorite part of your makeup routine? Oh good question! I think when I’m first starting and just putting on lip balm and primer. For some reason I just decompress a little at that point and decide what I’m doing for makeup that day.

11. If you could pick any celebrity to be your best friend and one to be your love interest (if you have a significant other already than just pretend he/she doesn’t exist right now hehe) who would you pick? I’m loving Emma Stone lately. She just seems so cool. And for a love interest, Ryan Reynolds. I’m a sucker for a guy who can make me laugh. And when he took off his shirt in The Proposal…

Thank you again to Ryane, Sheryl, and Sandy! And anyone else reading this, I know it’s a long one!

 

Infinity Dreams Award

I was nominated by Joy, from Styled with Joy, for the Infinity Dreams Award this week and again, I’m always thankful when I’m recognized by another blogger. I learn so much about the person behind the blog when I read posts like these and it’s a fun way to share some of the great blogs I’ve been reading. Thank you again for the nomination Joy!

The rules for this award are somewhat similar to some of the other blog awards, here they are:

Rules for the award:
1. Thank and follow the blog that nominated you.
2. Tell us 11 facts about yourself.
3. Answer the questions that were set for you to answer.
4. Nominate 11 bloggers and set questions for them.

11 Facts about Me:
1. Peonies are my favorite flower, it was my only request during my wedding that they be a part of my bouquet. Otherwise, I pretty much let the florist and my mom decide.

2. I have occasional bouts of insomnia where I can’t fall asleep until 3 or 4 in the morning no matter how hard I try.

3. I can’t stand being cold. I dream of moving to Southern California, but can’t fathom leaving my friends and family on the east coast.

4. I crave hot pot/ramen/pho on a weekly basis.

5. My mom is one of my best friends.

6. I wanted to be Jem from the cartoon when I was younger. I even had earrings I would touch and pretend to talk to Synergy.

7. The most thrilling experience of my life (other than getting married and becoming a mom) was zip lining in the forests of Costa Rica. Highly recommend.

8. I hate talking on the phone.

9. I always choose a savory breakfast over sweet. And end up getting chocolate chip pancakes on the side.

10. I love Las Vegas. You’ll find me at the roulette table at 3 AM, not the club. Those days are long gone.

11. I’m probably the cheapest date you’ll ever meet. I love a glass of wine with dinner, but rarely can I finish the glass.

Questions from Joy:
1. How do you decide what to post on your blog?
I usually post reviews of beauty items I’ve tried or items that are already well loved. Any other posts are usually more ‘spur of the moment’ because I was inspired to do a certain makeup look or I get excited about a piece of clothing, like a white tee, and I want to share how I would style it. And of course, I have my mom-related posts about my personal experiences and sharing things I’ve found helpful since Ava was born.

2. Does your blog have a theme? What do you talk about the most on it? My blog centers around beauty, personal style, and being a mom, but I probably write most about beauty.

3. What do you do for fun? Hobbies? Going to dinner, just hanging out with friends and family. Shopping. Reading. TV. I guess you could call blogging my hobby at the moment.

4. Drugstore or High End? That’s tough. I can’t answer this question, the more I think about it the more my mind wants to explode.

5. Red, nude, or pink — Which is your go-to lipstick/lip gloss color? A pinky nude 🙂

6. Favorite movie? Either Sleepless in Seattle or Pretty Woman.

7. How did you come up with your blog’s name? I actually wanted it to be Still Bree, but it was taken, so I went with Always, Bree instead. I started blogging because I unexpectedly decided to stay home with my daughter and I needed something else in my day besides, and I know these aren’t the right words, just being a mom. I wanted to do something I enjoyed that was completely for me and to remind myself that I’m still, well, myself.

8. Who do you look up to? My parents. They sacrificed so much for my brother, sister, and I. They are the best parents of all time and I only hope to be the same for Ava someday.

9. Three words to describe yourself. Laid-back, loyal, trustworthy. I’m the best secret keeper you’ll ever meet.

10. What’s the next day/event you’re looking forward to? Going on a family vacation, I’m pretty sure we’re going to the Bahamas in the next few months.

11. Describe your favorite childhood memory. I was a Navy brat, so my favorite memory was traveling Europe with my family and our friends. We were stationed in Sicily, but we would go on tours of Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, etc. It was one of the most fun times of my life.

I nominate:

A Touch of Beauty

All The Best Beauty

Tiffany’s Epiphanies

Makeup with Chelsea

Kaui from Maui 

Dorkchops 

Shadow & Sugar

Hello Monika

I Heart Makeup 

Glam with Sam

A Slice of Kate

I hope you all get a chance to check them out, although to wouldn’t be surprised if you already do. And to the ladies nominated, just wanted to shout you out and let you know I like what I read. 🙂

My questions:

1. What was the most delicious meal you’ve ever had?

2. Salty or sweet?

3. What was the last makeup item you hit pan on?

4. What is your favorite thing about blogging?

5. What’s your best asset?

6. What’s your guilty pleasure?

7. Square, round or sqround nails? Or other?

8. What was the worst job you ever had?

9. Do you believe in ghosts?

10. Chocolate or vanilla?

11. Where do you go for style inspiration?

And again, thank you to Joy for the nomination. And to everyone again, thank you for reading. 🙂

Feeling grateful: The Liebster Award


I was nominated for the Leibster Award a few weeks ago (forgive me, I know I’m late, blame Filipino time) by BellaNinaBeauty! These girls are so sweet and their blog is more than just beauty so go check them out if you haven’t yet! Anytime anyone thinks of me for an award I’m always so grateful, it’s always nice to be recognized by others in the blogging community. This is also a great way to spread the word about new bloggers! Here are the rules:

The Rules

1. Thank and acknowledge the person who nominated you.

2. Answer the questions the blogger gave you.

3. Give 11 facts about yourself.

4. Nominate 7-11 bloggers with less than 200 followers.

5. Notify the people you nominated.

 6. Give approximately  7 to 11 questions for nominees to answer. 

My answers:

1.) If you could go out with only one makeup product on, what would it be? 

Concealer, just to brighten up my undereyes for the most part.

2.) You would never get caught dead wearing……?

Hmmm, that’s tough probably anything super short. Like it would be a problem if I had to pick something up off the ground.

3.) If you could tell your child/baby self anything, what would it be?

Who cares what other people think? Do what makes you happy!

4.) What is your beauty goal/dream?

Perfect skin would be a dream.

5.) If you could describe your style in one word, what would it be?

Relaxed.

6.) What’s your favorite nail polish color?

OPI Bubble Bath.

7.) What makeup product do you regret wearing/buying?

Lately it was those NYC Expert Last Lipsticks & Glosses, they dried out my lips.

8.) If you could wear one designer for the rest of your life, who would it be?

Honestly, I don’t follow specific designers. But, my favorite place to shop is Zara.

9.) Who is your beauty idol?

Haha, I don’t really have one! There are many women I think are beautiful, I guess the only one I actually idolize would be my mom.

10.) What made you want to start your blog?

I was six months into being a SAHM and I wanted to do something for myself. 

11.) What’s your favorite beauty trend? Least favorite?

I think natural, luminous skin is always on trend and I love that. There is no trend at the moment that I hate (at least that I can think of).

11 facts about me: 

1. I’ve been married for almost 3 years, we started dating 8 years ago. Somehow I feel like I’ve known him forever.

2. I can say the alphabet backwards. I’m sure that’ll come in handy someday.

3. My eyes water when I yawn. People always seem to think I’m upset.

4. I’ve never done a cartwheel. I’m too scared I’m going to break my neck!

5. I don’t like ketchup with my french fries. I know I’m weird.

6. I can’t sleep with socks on, no matter how cold it is.

7. I need to have coffee every day. I probably missed it most when I was pregnant.

8. I am very forgetful. I lose my phone in my house at least once a week. Thank goodness there’s an app for that.

9. When I was in middle school, I used to love JTT. Like I wrote him a fan letter and got a poster sent back and was SO excited.

10. I love salads. My husband always says I should get something ‘good’ when we eat out and I say, “Salads are good.”

11. I could eat a whole box of Cheez-Its in one sitting if I had the chance. Hence, you’ll never find them in our house.

My questions:

1. What beauty product can you not live without?

2. Are you a morning person or a night owl?

3. What was the last good movie you saw in the theaters?

4. What’s your idea of a perfect vacation?

5. What did you want to be when you grew up? Does it match what you do now (or planning on doing)?

6. What was your proudest moment?

7. What is your most favorite piece of clothing in your closet?

My nominees:

Gwenan Carter

Eivles Life

Styled with Joy

stash matters

unachicaandherblog

MadeFromBeauty

Bonjour Brittany

I’ve been enjoying each of these beauty blogs so much lately, so if you haven’t checked them out yet you really should. I’m going to contact everyone within the next day or two, but if you ladies see this before then I just want to say hello and I love your blog! Also, if you’ve already done this, or already have over 200 followers, or honestly don’t have much time to do it because it does take some time, then no worries of course!

Also, I really want to thank everyone who stops by and reads my blog posts. When I started blogging at the end of last year, I had no real expectations other than wanting to share the things l love and to have something else to do that I could call my own. As all of you know, blogging is work and is time consuming, but I love it. It’s nice to make connections with everyone as well and I’ve gotten so many great beauty recommendations, recipes, and lifestyle tips since this all began. I started off thinking I would post a few times a week to wanting to blog daily and I’m always thinking of new things to write about. Reading blog posts is also time consuming and it means a lot to me that anyone takes time out of their day to read mine. So again, if you are reading this, thank you!