REAL NEAT BLOG AWARD

Hello friends 😊 Today’s post is very special to me because I get to participate in this awesome award! I was nominated by Nita from A Spoonie’s Makeup Bag – thank you so much ❀️ If you haven’t checked her blog out yet, I’d highly recommend you do so – this blog inspires me continuously, because Nita’s creativity has no bounds! Now onto the Real Neat Blog Award!

The β€˜rules’ of the Real Neat Blog Award are:

1. Put the award logo on your blog.

2. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.

3. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.

4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs; and asking them seven questions.

5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog etc.)

Now for the 7 questions I was asked to answer:

1. What book did you read as a teen that you still love now as an adult?

Such a difficult question! I’m a booklover, so I feel it’s just unfair to name only one As a teen, I loved reading classic literature and by all means I still love many of them. I have to say that I love drama in books, complicated characters, and rich language. I can’t choose only one because there are just too many books that impressed me a lot and I still cherish very much:
Persuasion by Jane Austen (I find it to be even better than Pride and Prejudice)
King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Animal Farm by George Orwell
The Gadfly by Ethel Voynich
The Waiting Years by Fumiko Enchi

2. What is your favorite and least favorite makeup product?

Most favorite: L’OrΓ©al Colour Riche Shine Lipstick #352 – it’s nourishing, pigmented just enough, fades gracefully, and has a beautiful slightly warm undertone. My least favorite has to be the MILANI Moisture Lock Oil Infused Lip TreatmentΒ – it’s gooey, the packaging leaked, it made my lips peel and dry out completely.

3. What is the one accomplishment you are the proudest of?

I don’t want to consider anything as an accomplishment (maybe not just yet) because it’d make me feel too comfortable, so it’s a hard question. I thought about such things as changing the career path, moving to another country for a year, venturing into long-distance relationship, but these things are simply a part of my life. So I’d say that the one accomplishment I feel was one of the most important in my life was learning to stop comparing myself to others. It’s been a long journey towards learning to connect with myself, self-acceptance, and understanding myself that helped me fully embrace who I am.

4. What is your favorite skin care item and why?

At the moment it’s the Holika Holika Soda Pore Deep Cleansing Oil, wrote a review about it. It’s just perfect – very gentle, but works like a charm taking all the impurities and makeup off.

5. What makeup look would you like to try and master?

I’m not that good at drawing, so editorial and creative makeup looks would be awesome to master – looks like on the left on the picture. As for wearable makeup, I’d like to master the double eyeliner makeup like on the right:

6. What is your favorite movie and why?

The one I rewatch the most is The Fifth Element. It’s effortlessly watchable, fun, and very dynamic. For 1997 movie it aged very well. The plot and idea are simple, but very good.

As for a movie that impressed me the most, it would probably be Scent of a Woman (1992).

7. What is your favorite book and why?

I love many books, but here I’d like to write one that really teleported me into another world – Dune by Frank Gerbert. This is the epitome of science fiction literature for me.

Here are 7 questions I came up with for my nominees to answer:

1. What is your favorite music genre? Please share your favorite band/singer/song.
2. Apart from blogging, what are your passions/hobbies?
3. If you could instantly acquire any skill, what would it be?
4. What inspired you to start a blog?
5. Have you ever experienced a writer’s block? If so, could you share your tried-and-true strategies to get out of it?
6. Imagine you’re opening a restaurant. What kind of a restaurant would it be and what cuisine would you focus on?
7. If you could meet and have a conversation with any person, alive or dead (let’s assume time travel exists), who would it be and why?

I nominate:

Introverted Creativity
Cookies Are Life
The Little Libra
Simple Serenity
Beauty And The Bookshelves
Saania Sparkle
The Mindful Modus
Books And Pixels
Outfit Van De Dag Blog
Elsie LMC

Can’t wait to read your take on this award!

Have a lovely day ❀️

Alexandra

34 thoughts on “REAL NEAT BLOG AWARD

    1. I’ve read so many books that I can’t even remember, many of them were brilliant or good, but Dune is just on another level. I feel it does exactly what sci-fi literature has to do – create a completely new, unknown, unique world, and it’s such an awesome experience.
      Thank you for the nomination and comment ❀️

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  1. You have accomplished so much! πŸ™Œβœ¨ I’m definitely learning how to not compare myself to others too. Loved learning more about you especially hearing about the books you cherish! πŸ“š Thank you so much for the nomination, I really appreciate it πŸ˜„ Take care lovely πŸ’•

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    1. My pleasure ❀️
      I feel like I’m just at the beginning of my journey, so I don’t have a feeling of accomplishment as such, but to me it’s always been the changes of my own mindset that felt really important. And they are the hardest to describe, too!
      I’m happy you’ve enjoyed it! By all means, all of those books are super serious, but it just so happened that one day I’ve stumbled upon the BBC’s ‘The Big Read’ and that’s what happened πŸ˜€ I’m a sucker for a good drama, well-written characters, and plot buildup. Forgot to add ‘Wuthering Heights’ to the list!
      Thank you so much for reading and commenting πŸ’• Will do, you take care too ❀️

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      1. That’s a lovely way to look at it! ✨ I will have to check out The Big Read! Plot buildups are amazing, I’m writing a novel at the moment and know where I want it to go but have no idea how to get it there so I need to work on that πŸ˜‚πŸ“š No problem and thank you! ❀️❀️

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  2. I would love to hear more about books you would recommend, I’m working on my goal to get back into reading so reading what books you liked was interesting! And I love how you learned to not compare yourself to others, as you said it’s an extremely important lesson especially with how big social media has gotten.

    Thank you so much again for nominating me ❀️ you came up with really great questions so I’m excited to answer them & read your other nominees’ answers!

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    1. Thank you so much for your lovely comment πŸ’• I tried to include the books that stood the test of time for me the best, but I could surely extend that list a lot! Would you like to read more books of all genres or specific genres? Maybe I could suggest some books for you – let me know, I’d be happy to help you build your list 😊
      Definitely agree about social media – it’s great in so many ways, but it’s also hard to not let it get to you in a negative way. I wrote a little post about this topic – maybe you’ll find it interesting https://youandmeandcupofcoffee.com/2020/02/01/how-to-stop-comparing-yourself-to-others-5-practical-tips/
      It makes me happy that you enjoy being nominated ❀️ And also I’m so glad you like the questions! Can’t wait to read your take on this award πŸ’–
      Have an awesome day ❀️

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      1. I tend to gravitate towards science fiction/dystopian-type books a lot, but I’m definitely open to reading from any genre! I’d love to know your recommendations. And I will take a look at that post! I hope you have a great day as well. ❀️

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      2. Science fiction and dystopian genres are my favorites! Some of my favorite books in this genre are Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (much better than the movie), Neuromancer by William Gibson, The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Foundation by Isaac Asimov, Metro 2033 by Dmitry Glukhovsky, 1984 and Animal Farm by George Orwell (dystopian, definitely must-read from the genre), Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (dystopian, similar in vibe to the film ‘Equilibrium’ 2002). And other faves from different genres: The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo, Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King, The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough, Arch of Triumph by Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque, Three Comrades by Erich Maria Remarque, Hotel by Arthur Hailey, Airport by Arthur Hailey, Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes, Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury. These are just off the top of my head and those that are the most popular, so easy to find. I hope you’ll find something interesting to add to your ‘to be read’ list! Have an amazing day ahead πŸ’•

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  3. Congratulations!! πŸŽ‰πŸŽŠ It was so fun to read your answers! Not comparing yourself to others is a huge accomplishment! That’s one of the most difficult things to achieve in life, as it’s so easy to compare and criticize yourself. Thank you so very much for nominating me! It means a lot. I’m really excited to answer your questions! βœ¨πŸ’—

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      1. Aww, you’re very welcome! βœ¨πŸ’— And thanks again for nominating me! I truly appreciate the support. I’m excited to write up my own response, and I’m glad you’re looking forward to it! Have an absolutely wonderful day! 😊🎢

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