Real Neat Blog Award (and Lipstick Tag)

Today marks three months since I started this blog, and without getting too soppy, I have been overwhelmed by the kindness and support I have received. My family have been my number one fans, who make me feel like a celebrity, and I won’t belittle them by thanking them for their constant love. Then there are the lovely people I have met through this blog or blog-related social media… I never thought I would make such good friends, in such a short time. Oh my goodness, this is starting to sound like an acceptance speech for The Oscars, but the award I have been nominated for means no less to me!


I was recently nominated for the Real Neat Blog Award, by Stash Matters. This is one of the blogs that I have loved reading and always look forward to future posts. The blog documents a makeup junkie’s journey through her ‘No-Buy’ in 2015 (look through her current stash and it’ll all make sense!). Thank you so much to “Stashy” for the nomination, be sure to check out her blog! 🙂

Here are the rules to this award:

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 Stash Matters:

1. Did you play any sports or do any activities when you were little?

I’m not a very sporty person, and only did sports if I had to, i.e. at school (Netball, Rounders, Hockey, Tennis, Swimming etc). However, my brother and I did Tae Kwon Do for a while, when I was around twelve or thirteen. We gave up after reaching Blue Belt status. I also played football and cricket with my brothers, but really they played and I just stood around and ran a little here and there.

2. How many remote controls do you have for your entertainment unit?

We have four, which operate the Television, Sky box, DVD player and VCR player – yes, that’s right – we still have a VCR player!

3. What was the worst thing you did as a child?

I was the best behaved out of us siblings. Mum used to say that if she left me with my aunt and went out, I’d still be sitting in the same place when she got back. I can only think of a couple of occasions that mum and dad used to refer to:
– I got lost at Heathrow Airport whilst looking for a bin to throw away my Opal Fruits wrapper. 
– I got a stone stuck up my nose whilst trying to… I can’t remember what I was trying to do, but I had to go to hospital to have it removed.

4. How many pillows do you sleep with?


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

It was a toy storage unit for my children, which is overflowing so I either need to buy another unit, or throw away some toys. Also, a step ladder for my room, to reach the top of my wardorbes. Both were simple to make.

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

I only own one pair of sunglasses that I’ve had for over ten years. I don’t really wear them that often, as I don’t think I’m cool enough to pull off the ‘hijaab and sunglasses’ look!

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

I’m not very adventurous when it comes to food. I eat most fruits and vegetables, but only lamb and chicken meat, and very few seafood items. I dislike anything that has a strong smell. However, when I was pregnant I craved and ate Shutki (dry fish/Bombay Duck) – the thought of which would ordinarily make me want to vomit.

I nominate anyone who is reading this, that hasn’t already been nominated for this award. I think you’re all amazing! 😀

My questions to you:

1. Who has inspired you the most in your life?
2. Do you have any holidays booked in the near future? If not, where would you like to visit?
3. How do you prefer to read, on a kindle or a paperback book?
4. What is your favourite memory?
5. If money wasn’t an issue, what would you do all day?
6. If you had one wish, what would you wish for? (You can’t say more wishes!)
7. Which three words would you use to describe yourself?


On to my tag – I was tagged on Instagram by UmmBaby to share my five favourite lipsticks. I thought I would share them here, so I could include swatches – who doesn’t love swatches? Her page is beautiful, and if you love make up, I would definitely recommend that you check it out.

Left to Right: Make Up Academy Fawn Fancy, Estee Lauder Love Affair 709 (my all time favourite but discontinued!) and Rose Tea 17, Make Up Academy Shade 11, and Bobbi Brown Rum Raisin 32

As you can see, my favourites are all nudes! There are a few reasons why I love nude lipsticks; the first being that they can be worn with an effortless daytime look, or to balance a dark, smokey eye. The second reason is that there is bit in the middle of my bottom lip that lipstick just doesn’t apply to, which is evident when I wear a darker colour. Finally, I simply like the look of a nude lipstick, I think it suits me more than a dark lip, which is funny considering I grew up with my big sister who was part of the Rimmel ‘Black Cherry’ trend (and she rocked it). It took me a few years to realise that it wasn’t flattering on me. I remember when I first started wearing nude lipsticks, my sister would always ask me why I wasn’t wearing any lipstick or if I wanted to borrow hers for a touch up because mine had worn off!

Make Up Academy Fawn Fancy Estee Lauder Love Affair 709 and Rose Tea 17, Make Up Academy Shade 11, and Bobbi Brown Rum Raisin 32

The first lipstick, Make Up Academy (MUA) Fawn Fancy, is the only matte one out the five. I like the look of a matte finish, but they don’t agree with my dry lips. The colour is quite sheer and needs to be built up, but the more you apply, the drier it feels. The other four lipsticks are moisturising, creamy lipsticks, with a satin finish. The second and third are both from Estee Lauder (EL) and are similar in formula – they are very pigmented and creamy, and apply opaque with one layer. The fourth is another from MUA, Shade 11, and although it is not as pigmented as the EL lipsticks, at a fraction of the price, it cannot be faulted. The final lipstick is from Bobbi Brown (BB), and is the darkest of my nudes for when I want a bit more colour. I don’t reach for this as often as I used to, because I prefer lighter nudes.

Make Up Academy Fawn Fancy Estee Lauder Love Affair 709 and Rose Tea 17, Make Up Academy Shade 11, and Bobbi Brown Rum Raisin 32

I use natural lighting for my photographs, so unfortunately the lighting is not consistent in them. As I said above, the Estee Lauder lipstick (Love Affair 709) is my favourite lipstick ever, but has been discontinued. It is the perfect pink-brown nude for my lips, not too pink and not too brown. EL Rose Tea and MUA Shade 11 are the most similar but the former is slightly too pink, and the latter is slightly too brown. My husband insists they all look the same, and I’m sure many of you will agree, but I’m telling you, there IS a difference!! The matte MUA Fawn Fancy is a light brown nude, whereas the BB Rum Raisin is a darker, almost berry-toned, nude.

The MUA lipsticks are only £1, available at Superdrug or on the MUA website. I already have backups for my two favourites. Estee Lauder lipsticks are available on the Estee Lauder website, or at a wide range of department stores, and range between £21 and £25. The BB lipstick is also available at a wide range of department stores, or on the Bobbi Brown website, for £19.50. The difference in price means that I will happily use the MUA lipsticks, and apply two layers instead of one.

I apologise for the long post – I hadn’t anticipated that I’d have so much to write, but I should have known that if I’m writing about lipsticks, things would get lengthy! I nominate you for the Real Neat Blog Award, and if applicable, for you to share your five favourite lipsticks. Link your post in the comments below, so we can all have a read!

Latifa xx


Disclaimer: All of the products are purchased with my own money, and I am in no way affiliated with any of the companies mentioned. All images (except for the Blog Award logo) are taken by me. All opinions are also my own.

18 thoughts on “Real Neat Blog Award (and Lipstick Tag)

  1. Thanks for linking back and answering my questions! 😀
    Aww, didn’t we all try to stick random object up our noses and into our ears? I had to get my ear flushed out and they found a dress hook in there… dunno HOW that got in there *big innocent eyes*
    I absolutely LOVE building Ikea furniture, that’s why I asked that question, lol. I am living vicariously through everyone!
    I bet you could totally pull of the hijaab and sunglasses look! 😉
    Ha, your favourite lipsticks all look SO similar… I guess you like what you like! EL Love Affair and and BB Rum Raisin. Don’t you hate it when companies discontinue your favourite shade? This is partly what drives me to hoard things and buy back-ups, ugh! Have you tried searching on ebay for the EL Love Affair?

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    1. Thank you for nominating me, I enjoyed answering the questions.
      A dress hook in your ear – ouch, that sounds painful!
      I love building IKEA furniture too, it’s not quite carving wood, but it’s still satisfying building it yourself.
      Thank you.
      The colours look lighter in the photographs than in reality. I should’ve stuck a few brighter colours in there but then it wouldn’t have been my favourites. I looked online and there’s a website that can recreate any shade, but I haven’t looked on eBay. I don’t know if it’s worth it, to be honest. I have a lot of other lipsticks that are similar, that I can adjust with a pink or brown lip liner. I can’t justify buying any more makeup, I doubt I’ll ever get through what I’ve got. xx


  2. This is easily one of the best blog posts I’ve read in a long time (and no, it has nothing to do with the kind mention…*blush* thanks) I can’t believe you don’t love shutki…I’m salivating just typing the word. Haha!!! OMG! You could totally pull off hijaab & sunglasses, I’m sure of it. I don’t think niqaab & sunglasses should ever be worn together. Hahahhaahahahhaa!!! NEVER!

    I love this so much. I’m going to re-read it all over again now! Plus those lipsticks are all well within my comfort zone. Already added MUA ones to my list 😉

    Salma xxx

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    1. Aww thanks hun, you’re too kind.
      A lot of my family likes shutki, and I tried to but it smells so bad! 😷 lol
      I’ve seen people do the niqaab and sunglasses thing – it looks awesome, you totally should do it this summer!! 😎
      Definitely get the MUA ones – they’re so good. For the price of an Estee Lauder one, you can get the whole collection!! 😁 xx


  3. Lady, you LOVE your lippy! I am almost embarrassed to say I only ever have two at any one time!! I want you to do a post on where you store all of your make up! You look gorgeous so it is obviously working 😉😘

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    1. Haha, I hope my hubby doesn’t see this comment, he’s always asking why I need so much. I love lipsticks and blushers, so have a lot of both. Also, I have a bit of a collection addiction, so I can never just buy one, I have to have the whole set!! 😁
      Thank you, you’re too kind. xx

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