Liebster blogger award 2017


Hello! Strangely enough, I was thinking about this award the other day, something that I first experienced way back when I had my first blog, 'Shannon Marina'. I saw it around a lot more often then but I actually think it's such a lovely thing to do, I love the idea of having something that connects you with other bloggers and lets you and others appreciate each other's hard work and effort.

I was nominated for Liebster award by Victoria Louise, you can read her award blog post -here!-

Here are my questions to answer:

1. What is your favourite thing about having a blog?

Having an outlet to help people, I think. I love the whole process of researching, analysing information, writing and photography, and the idea of someone finding new information through my blog posts is really motivating.

2. What is on your bucket list?

To start my own freelance illustration business, to start a family and own a farm filled with rescue animals. I'd also love to go travelling again if my health allows it.

3. What are your favourite and least favourite things about Christmas?

For years I really disliked Christmas; I hated the music, Christmas adverts and how everything Christmas-related seems to start in October before my mum's even had her birthday. (Sorry for the Scrooge-ness!) Yet for some reason, I'm really getting into it this year! I've not been remotely annoyed about anything festive and I'm so much more relaxed and excited now I've finished my Christmas shopping.

My favourite thing would definitely be the food. We have a set routine of a cooked breakfast in the morning, huge Christmas dinner and goodies like sausage rolls and cheese on crackers in the evening - I'm a huge foodie so it's just a dream for me. 

I'm not sure what my least favourite thing would be though because I'm just so grateful for everything lovely at Christmas time. It would probably have to be still having to deal with physical health problems on Christmas Day. I mean, can my body not just give me a break for one day. But still, it could be worse!

4. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?

I'd probably live exactly where I am now. I'm lucky enough to live in the English countryside and I absolutely love it! We live a mile away from town and my house is surrounded by fields and a nature reserve so it's perfect for dog walks and breaks from work and social media. I'd love to live a little closer to the city so I didn't have a four-hour commute each day, but otherwise, I really do like where I live.

5. Do you have any pets?

Yes! I have a gorgeous old-man Patterdale Terrier called Dex. We rescued him three years ago and he's been like my little baby ever since. 

We actually had a pretty rocky start with him as he's our first rescue dog and didn't know exactly what had happened to him in his past; he has scars on his body and his terrified of most other dogs from being attacked in his old home. He's improved so much over the few years, he didn't even know the 'sit' command when we first got him, now he can jump through a hoop on command. He's also back to normal weight, walks well on a lead (he wasn't walked at all previously), and doesn't try to eat other innocent dogs either. It was definitely tough at first but the love we get from him is unlike anything before. 

6. When did you start your blog?

I first had a beauty, fashion and lifestyle blog from 2012 - 2015, but stopped blogging completely when I went through a really rough time with my physical health and wasn't able to function properly at all for around three months. I was then trying last minute to get into university and had just started a new job where I had to live an hour away from home 3 days a week, so my life became completely hectic.

I launched this new blog as, 'Inasense Beauty' in June 2016. So I haven't been here in my little space for too long but of course, I'm loving it all over again! I also created a new Twitter and Instagram account so I wouldn't be starting again with inactive followers, so if you think you might not be following, they're both @inasensebeauty!

7. How did you pick your blog's name?

My blog name was something my mum actually came up with while we were brainstorming together for a name for my new blog. I didn't want to use my name again, as 'Shannon Marina' isn't actually even my name, and my real name is just too long, I think!

8. Describe yourself in three words

Motivated, busy and hungry.

9. What's your favourite blog post you've ever written?

I can't decide between two! One of my favourites is, 'The Lazy Girls Guide to Makeup' because that was something I wanted to do for a really long time. With the images that we're given so often in the beauty community of these wonderful, drag-style makeup looks that just look immaculate, I also wanted to share something much more casual. I love to wear loads of makeup and almost 'dress up' with it, but we all have our lazy or busy days too.

My second favourite is my recent, 'Free Festive Printable Blog Planner' as it's my first ever free printable and as a Graphic Designer, it means a lot to me that people are using my work to help them out!

10. What do you hope to achieve in 2018?

Firsts at university, organised blogging and to keep happy!

11. If you won the lottery, what would be the first thing you'd buy?

I'd want to be completely boring and put money away for a deposit for a house, but I also do a lot of volunteer work and my biggest dream if I had lots of money would be to help homeless people with shelter, food and care essentials in my local area. It's something that's quite close to me and I wouldn't feel right winning the lottery and not achieving anything with that.

Now I have to share 11 random facts about me, so here we go...

1. I'm a comic book collector
2. I love easy-to-watch reality tv like Teen Mom and The Apprentice
3. I love to cook but hate following recipes
4. My two favourite songs are 'Lightning Crashes' - Live, and 'Hedonism' - Skunk Anansie.
5. I don't have an iPhone - mine got stolen on a night out!
6. I'm a lover of microbreweries and my favourite drink is stout 
7. I love thrift shopping!
8. I always try and find the positives in everything
9. I drink about 15 cups of tea a day
10. My favourite chocolate bars are Penguin bars
11. I'm hooked on Haribo

Phew! I really enjoyed that as something a little different to write about! I want to thank Victoria again!

I'm going to nominate:

@wingingitmum at
@JuavanZyl at
@Khushbu978 at
@PiecesofEnvy at
@itsmejust_mine at

Here are the rules:

1.Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.
2. Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”. (Note that the best way to do this is to save the image to your own computer and then upload it to your blog post.)
3. Answer 11 questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you. (or however many they posted for you!)
4. Provide 11 random facts about yourself.
5. Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 1000 followers. (Note that you can always ask the blog owner this since not all blogs display a widget that lets the readers know this information!)
6. Create a new list of questions for the blogger to answer.
7. List these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here.) Once you have written and published it, you then have to:
8. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!)
and here are my questions...

1. What motivates you to be a blogger?
2. If you could travel anywhere in the world without anything stopping you, (money, responsibilities, etc.) where would you go and why?
3. Where do you hope your blog will be one day?
4. What's the geekiest thing you like or like to do?
5. Do you have any pets? & what pets would you like, if any?
6. What would be your dream job?
7. What charity means a lot to you?
8. What's your favourite hobby or past-time? 
9. If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
10. What's the scariest thing you've experienced while travelling?
11. What's your favourite blog post you've written so far?

Hope you enjoy it as much as I did, thank you!

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  1. Aw a farm filled with rescue animals is so cute! Loved reading this x

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