Blogger Recognition Award

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Hello everyone! Happy Tuesday ❤
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Since my lifestyle blog Alive & Living is relatively new and has room for improvements, I appreciate those who reach out and express how my work has resonated with them. I feel honored to share that I have been nominated for the “Blogger Recognition Award” by Little Beauty Book this past week. This award, which I did not see coming (lol), is an innovative way to connect the blogging community and commend the work of other dedicated bloggers.

Award Guidelines

Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog. [Then, w]rite a post to show your award [and briefly explain the] story of how your blog started. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers [and] select other bloggers you want to give this award to. [Please remember to] comment on each blog [with] the link to the post you created [so they] know you have nominated them.


Beginnings

There were lots of things that inspired me to start blogging, but my family and friends inspired me most. These lovely people would always tell me that I am a creative and resourceful person, which basically motivated me to share what I have to say with the world. Once I joined Pinterest and discovered YouTube, I knew I wanted to be part of this online world and gave blogging a try. 

In this time and day, I learned people are alive but not always living. They are just going through the motions and sometimes do not pursue their passions or interests. I believe we should live life to the fullest and so named my blog Alive & Living, for it encompasses my life mantra. This little blog of mine is a creative outlet where I can talk about all things beauty, display my fashion evolution, try DIYs/crafts, and more.

Advise For New Bloggers

There are many things I have leaned about blogging through trial and error. If you are a new blogger (or even an experienced one!), I recommend creating AND updating a plan of action for postings. What I mean by this is establish a blogging schedule for brainstorming ideas, prepping, and executing your work. I found that consistency is key for blog growth and traffic. Another tip for bloggers is to find others in the blogging community that share your same interests and network. You can learn from their experiences, find inspiration for your content, build friendships, and make blogging worthwhile this way.

Nominations

I would like to recognize the quality and unique content from the following blogs:

  1.      Antonia Robinson
  2.      Busy Bee
  3.      The Chic Community
  4.      Currently, Lately
  5.      Dolled Up By J
  6.      The Homemaker’s Life
  7.      Jessica Jade Beauty
  8.      Of Pixie Dust
  9.      SIMPLY UNDONE
  10.      THIS IS MY BLISS

Sincerely, Ingrid Nicole

P.S. I post every Tuesday (well, I try too! lol).

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IPSY Glam Bag – January 2017

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Ipsy is an online beauty subscription where you sample five different products (e.g. mascara, eyeshadows, etc.) mailed in a collectible bag. There’s a lovely theme each month and products you receive are personalized according to your answers in a quiz, which is taken at the beginning of the subscription.

Hello everyone! Happy Tuesday ❤

I have been subscribed to Ipsy for over a year now and continue to receive tons of beauty products I enjoy. This month’s theme is “metropolis,” and it evokes your inner “city babe” style. The colors of the collective bag seems to be designed to reflect the skyscrapers of the city life. This bag also has a series of circular cut outs, or mesh fabric, and contains what are perceived as an urban dwellers belongings.

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The products I received January 2016:

  1. Beaute Basics C405 Contour Blush Brush by Crown Brush  Draping, a technique similar to contouring, is when you sculpt your cheek bones with different hues of blusher. The C405 brush may come in handy for this because the shape of the bristles align well with key areas of the face. I’m impressed by the quality of this brush in my bag this month. (I will be trying it out soon and updating here.)
  2. Rosarco™ Blow Dry Perfection Heat Protectant Crème by Briogeo – I received a handful of different sample-sized products of this brand before and LOVE what they do for my hair. I’m especially excited for this heat protectant since I will be experimenting with different hairstyles in the near future.
  3. Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35 (in Light Medium) by Smashbox Cosmetics – My eye has been on the Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation by Smashbox, but this BB Cream seems more practical for everyday wear. The shade range is not the best and can be troublesome for oily skin. It does have SPF, which is a plus in my book,  with (very!) minimal coverage.
  4. Hand Moisturizer by -417 – This brand is unknown territory for me, and the packaging was not very appealing. I do tend to have drier hands in the winter time, so I place hand lotions all around the house and make sure to always have one with me when I go out. This hand lotion is proficient at the moment and serves its purpose.
  5. Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination™ Anti-Aging Concealer (in Neutral Medium) by IT Cosmetics – A lot of people seem to like this concealer and that makes me question if I have been using it wrong somehow. I prefer the coverage and consitency of the Bye Bye Under Eye Waterproof Concealer more than this one. The shade also liked very white for a neutral medium. (I’ll be trying out different application methods and updating here.)

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Sincerely, Ingrid Nicole
P.S. I post every week (well, I try too! lol).

What other subscription services should I try?

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KL Polish in ZOEY: Review + Swatches!

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Hello everyone! Happy Tuesday ❤

Kathleen Lights is a beauty vlogger with almost 3 million subscribers on YouTube and 1.6 followers on Instagram. Lights is among the select few beauty gurus I follow for all things makeup. Late last year, she released her own cruelty-free nail polish line known as KL Polish. 

The 2016 winter release of KL Polish included six different nail polish shades, which are Brick Sidewalk, Broccoli & Chocolate, Caramello, Gumption!, Snickerdoodle, and Zoey. One of the shades that stood out most to me is Zoey, a delicate mauve tone, and it is the first nail polish I have tried from her line.

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Product Details*

This vegan nail polish by Kathleen Lights is in ZOEY, a creme finish shade, and named after her best friend’s daughter. According to KL Polish’s website, the shade is described as a “mauve” that will add “subtle style to your nails.” It retails for $8.50 USD and contains 12 ml/0.41 fl. oz. The brush on the wand is flat, wide, and rounded.

*It is a “5-free” nail polish, meaning it does not contain the harmful chemicals Dibutyl Phthalate, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, and Camphor.
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Swatches 

There are two generous coats of ZOEY polish on these nails. The mauve toned nail polish is also swatched on three different skin tones on the KL Polish website.

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Final Thoughts

When I first received the nail polish, the shade looked slightly darker than what I had in my head. Nonetheless, it is a great dusty mauve with a slight purple undertone that compliments many skin tones. I like the simple packaging, especially the chic black soft matte cap, and love the wide brush on the wand.

The rounded point brush makes application easier and in order to get true opaque color, I only needed about two coats of polish. Initially, I felt the product was a bit pricey but had a change of heart after considering the quality of the formula. The nail polish is cruelty-free, vegan, and 5-free. I love the creme color on my nails and the longevity of the polish. Overall, I give this nail polish in ZOEY my stamp of approval and will be reviewing more shades from KL Polish in the future.

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Sincerely, Ingrid Nicole

P.S. I post every Tuesday (well, I try too! lol).

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5 Lifestyle Bloggers to Follow (Fashion, Makeup, & Skincare) – December 2016

Hello everyone! Happy Tuesday ❤

Before I started blogging, I spent countless of hours looking through pins on Pinterest and videos on YouTube. The work of artistic and creative influencers were displayed on these platforms, and they ultimately inspired projects of my own. After creating my lifestyle blog, Alive & Living, I discovered the diverse interests of the blogging community and appreciated how bloggers expressed themselves through their blogs.

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Starting this month, I am featuring a series on my blog showcasing some of the best sites I come across and follow. More specifically, I will be sharing five of my favorite lifestyle bloggers at the beginning of each month. The blogs featured in this favorites series are directed by individuals who have an incredible niche for fashion, makeup, and/or skincare.

The bloggers that stood out for their work in December of 2016:

  1. Ramona Crisstea
  2. Helpless Whilst Drying
  3. Will All My Affection
  4. Emily Clare Beauty
  5. All Things Lacquer

Sincerely, Ingrid Nicole

Psst… Would you like to be considered for next month’s list of top bloggers? Share your site below!

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New Year

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Happy New Year, everyone! ❤

The year 2016 had very defining moments that allowed me to learn more about myself and the world I live in. My goals were to read more books from different genres, continue writing, and figure out my way in the kitchen. Among the chaos and tranquility in 2016, I managed to meet these goals and decide on a single resolution for the new year.

My resolution and motto for 2017 is “MAKE IT HAPPEN”.

I hope to be more productive this year and work towards improving this here blog. Procrastination is a habit we tend to mingle with, as it tends to root from self-doubt, but the motto “Make It Happen” is an empowering reminder of what to do in those situations. From here on out, Alive & Living posts will go live on Tuesdays each week. This year I am also including fashion related content and introducing my monthly picks of top bloggers. Stay tuned!

What are your 2017 New Year’s resolutions?

Sincerely, Ingrid Nicole

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