Blog Awards #15 & #16 (A Tiny Announcement)

Blog awards are essentially tags by bloggers in order to share and discover blogs they find interesting and I absolutely love receiving them!

Before all that I just wanted to make a tiny announcement.

About 40 posts I wrote when I initially started FiercePaint were never shared on my social media because I only decided to make FiercePaint public after I had written enough content. What I want to do is to re-shoot all the pictures because looking back, I feel like my shots have improved so much. What I’ll do is re-blog these posts with proper pictures. Also, I’d only do them for reviews as I feel like that would be the most advantageous. So, over the next few posts expect these old posts upgraded and re-blogged! 😀 . I also wanted to post them on Instagram as well.

Speaking of Instagram, do follow me on all my social media (#shamelessselfpromotion 😛 );

Instagram; harivain (link)

Facebook; FiercePaint (link)

Twitter; @harivaind (link)

Snapchat; hdaran

 

Moving on, I was nominated by Laura of Looking Joli Good (blog link here) for the One Lovely Blog Award. She’s a registered nurse who is also a beauty blogger!!! Don’t you just love that! Kudos to you Laura!

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The Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to them.
  • Share 7-15 facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 9-15 bloggers you admire and contact them to let them know.

Facts about me;

  1. When I am obsessed with something like a show or music I’ll just keep watching and listening again and again and again until I either get bored or another comes along!
  2. I come from a large extended family because my mom has 4 siblings and my dad has 6!
  3. I only ever have acne breakouts when I don’t get enough sleep or get stressed.
  4. I share my birth date with the infamous WTC twin tower bombing incident.
  5. I also share my birth date with the first day of the 1998 Commonwealth Games.
  6. Both my grandfathers passed away before I was even born.
  7. Once during a dance performance my costume just unraveled on stage! I kept tucking it back and continued dancing…

 

The other award is the Versatile Blogger Award nominated by Robyn of Lipstick on the Lake (blog link here). Here’s a little fact about her blog, she recently became self-hosted! How cool is that! Thank you for the nomination Robyn!

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Rules

  1. Display Award
  2. Thank the person who nominated you
  3. Share seven facts about yourself
  4. Nominate up to 10 other bloggers

7 facts about me (I’m running out of facts);

  1. The longest TV series I have followed is Survivor! I did loose in touch for a while because they stopped airing it locally but with the gift of the Internet, I have been able to catch up on all seasons! FYI, the 33rd season premiere just aired! 16 years on air and counting!
  2. The most I have spent for (a single makeup product) so far is my MAC Viva Glam Lipstick which I paid MYR 74 for. Every other high end makeup product I have, I either bought with a sale or was gifted to me.
  3. I initially dreamed of becoming a fashion designer. I still do have some knowledge from when I used to read everything fashion.
  4. However, my very first ambition was to be a scientist. Lo and behold, I now am!
  5. The single best cocktail I ever had was a concoction of chocolate and liqueur called Chocolicious! I have never had anything close to it and the place that used to make it took it off the menu (the place doesn’t exist anymore to begin with) so I can never have it again!!!
  6. I have published scientific work! Look for my name, Harivaindaran, on Google Scholar!
  7. Fine, I am 31 years old!!!! There you go, mystery solved!!!

As for nominating others for both the awards, I nominate all of you!!! Do tag me if and when you do!!!

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Blog Awards #13 & #14

Shoutout to Dannii of A Beautiful Thing (blog link here) for nominating me for this award. Hers has been a recently discovered blog which I’ve been enjoying not just because of her beauty content but also her travel posts! I live vicariously through your posts Dannii, you know that!!!

She nominated me for the Liebster Award!

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Rules;

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and post a link back to their blog on your post.
  2. Answer the 11 questions about yourself.
  3. Provide 11 random facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate between 5-11 bloggers to do the award.
  5. Create 11 new questions for your nominees to answer.

Danni’s 11 questions;

1. What are your top three products you’d recommend for summer?

Since it’s perpetually summer in Malaysia, I am the perfect person for this question! No 1, you need sunscreen!!! No 2, a lightweight base like a BB cream or a mattifying foundation (currently loving Sephora 10Hr wear perfection foundation). 3, bronzer and I like a matte bronzer because I get sweaty and oily easily (currently loving the Catrice Sun Glow minarel bronzing powder)!

2. If you could have your own collection of products to sell in shops, what would it be and what would you call the collection? (It can be cosmetics, bath bits, clothes or other).

MAKEUP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It would be called B.Fierce!!!!

3. What is the best meal or food you’ve ever eaten?

Both my grandmother’s cooking (my paternal grandma passed last year)! Too many to identify one single dish! You have not eaten the best until you’ve eaten properly made Indian style fish coconut milk curry (it’s called sothi in Tamil). Padma Lakshmi (Top Chef host and judge) actually called a chef in India the best chef in the world because he made this dish perfectly. She said this in passing and whether she actually meant it or not, I believe it is one of the best dishes to be had!

4. How many countries have you visited and which countries were they?

I have visited 4 countries and they are India, Singapore (it was just a layover but let’s count it! 😛 ), Thailand and Sri Lanka.

5. What are you short term goals for the next 2 years?

Finish my PhD, loose enough weight to get back to odissi dancing, get a lecturing position and get my own blog domain.

6. What are your long term goals?

Become a popular beauty blogger in Malaysia, become an editor for a scientific journal, incorporate makeup into my food research, keep dancing odissi and perform in India at least once, write, both scientifically and aesthetically.

7. If you could be someone else for the day, who would it be?

Myself. I don’t know how to be anyone else. I don’t want to be anyone else. (conceited much??? 😛 )

8. What is currently your favourite TV show?

Rupaul’s Drag Race and Survivor (I have been a fan since Season 1 in the year 2000). I’d say Penny Dreadful but producers and director went and broke fans’ hearts worldwide by shockingly ending the show without so much as a notification that the third season finale was the series finale. 😥

9. What is your favourite film?

This is too long a list but the one that touched me the most is Coco before Chanel.

10. Name one thing you’ve crossed off your bucket list?

The few things I have on my very short bucket list (I am still building my bucket list) I am still working towards but I have done one which I don’t think I want to share. Sorry guys…

11. What are you most looking forward to in the next couple of months?

A stage play I am involved in and my cousin’s wedding!

 

My 11 questions

  1. One beauty regiment you never fail at.
  2. One makeup technique you have never mastered despite trying countless times.
  3. Your eye colour (just for the heck of it).
  4. While you’re at it your current hair colour, (why not???).
  5. Sweet or floral?
  6. One male fragrance you like…
  7. A ridiculously expensive makeup product that didn’t work for you (expensive being relative and subjective).
  8. Share a makeup hack.
  9. Your favourite non YouTuber celebrity makeup artist.
  10. Your favourite horror movie.
  11. Your favourite horror theme.

The next award is by Laura of Looking Joli Good (blog link here)! A registered nurse who is into beauty, fitness, baking and a whole lot more!!! Hi Laura! Thanks for the nomination!!! It is the One Lovely Blog Award.

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The Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to them.
  • Share 7-15 facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 9-15 bloggers you admire and contact them to let them know.

I’ll share 7 fact about myself.

1. I am a Virgo.

2. In Hindu astrology however, your sign is based on not just your birth date but also your birth time and in Hindu astrology I am a Cancer.

3. My birth date is September 11; YES, I celebrate my birthday on a very dark day in USA history!

4. I recently lost about 15kgs (33 lbs) over a period of 5 months.

5. I have performed odissi in Sri Lanka!

6. When I was doing my degree I appeared in a local cable TV channel. The channel was called Vaanavil and my friends and I entered a dance competition they organised. We got through the auditions but was eliminated in the first round! 😆

7. I think I am the only person I know, of my age, that loves watching The Golden Girls. To me, it is the best sitcom ever!!!

 

I tag all of you for this nominations! Have fun guys! And if you do, please let me know!

Blog Award #12 + Announcements!

Rossy of AyR Galaxy is a beauty blogger I consider not just an acquaintance, but at this point, a friend in the blogging world. She is the sweetest person and an absolutely gorgeous blogger! Check her out and send her some love (blog link here). Let’s do a collab soon Rossy!

So she nominated me for the One Lovely Blog Award. I mean, come on! Being nominated as a Lovely Blog! I am elated!

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Anyway, here are the rules;

  1. Each nominee must thank the person who nominated them (including a link to their blog). They must list the rules and post the blog award badge in the post.
  2. They must add 7 facts about themself.
  3. They must nominate 15 other bloggers and notify them that they have been nominated

I nominate all of you to receive this award!!!!!!! *applause*

My 7 facts;

  1. In addition to musophobia, I also have tryphobia and as someone who loves SFX makeup I get freaked out when they sneak that kind of makeup on you.
  2. I cannot eat porridge! I have tried and here’s how it goes, 1st spoonful, mmmmppphhh delicious, 2nd spoonful, that tastes a little slimy, 3rd spoonful, I need to puke!
  3. I once lost 15kgs (approximately 33 pounds) in my mid 20s. It was when I had looked my BEST!
  4. I wear a rudraksha locket; a type of seed that is known as the teardrops of Shiva.
  5. Yes, I am Hindu.
  6. No, I don’t prescribe to every Hindu norm because there isn’t really a lot of black and white or definitive rules in Hinduism which is why it is often also referred to as a way of life instead of it as a religion. Although Indians as a community is notorious for being conservative, sometimes even bordering on archaic, Hinduism is far from it!
  7. I don’t know if I have shared this but I have five piercings; 4 on the left ear and another on my right.

 

Announcements!

Announcement #1

My first international giveaway will be in September or if I hit 200 followers on WordPress, whichever comes first. And you better believe it is going to be awesome!

Announcement #2

My second giveaway is happening on June 15th and will be open for Malaysians only. I will announce it officially in my next post. This time around it is not sponsored and wholly by yours truly.

Announcement #3

Milestones!!!

My blog hit 20K views;

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my Instagram followers reached 400;

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and my Facebook page likes hit 200!!!

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Blog Awards # 7 & #8

Award #7

I was tagged by the stunning Dominique of StyleDomination (link here) for the Beauty Blogger Award. Her blog is very chic and sophisticated with a lovely personal touch. She’s a fashion and beauty blogger. Thank you so much Dominique! *air kisses*

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Rules

  • Tag the blogger that nominated you.
  • Answer the questions you were given.
  • Nominate 10 people whose blog is about beauty or fashion.
  • Make 10 questions for your nominees to answer.
  • Inform the bloggers you chose that you nominated them!

 

Her questions for me;

 

1. Which famous makeup artist inspires you the most?

Lisa Elridge. She even made my top 10 favourite beauty YouTubers list (link here).

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2. What is your favourite lip balm?

The Chu Lip. I even reviewed them (link here)!

 

3. If you could change anything about your blog, what would it be?

Honestly, I hate that black tab the menu is set on… It irritates me so much! Until I get my own domain I’m stuck with it. 😦

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4. Who is your favourite beauty blogger?

Emily Noel (link here)!

 

5. If you could have dinner with anyone in the world, who would it be, past or present?

Rupaul Andre Charles.

 

6. Which celebrity’s style influences your look?

None but I do love Neil Patrick Harris’ sensibility in clothing.

 

7. What is your favourite magazine?

Vogue! Is there anything more qualified??!!! 😛 😛 😛

 

8. If you could drop everything and travel anywhere, where would you go?

Orissa (this answer is one I’ve come up with a million times!).

 

9. What makeup would you buy if you received a $100 giftcard to Sephora?

Let’s see, $100 Sephora gift card would mean in Canadian dollars (since Dominique is Canadian), which is about MYR 305. Oh boy, this is fun!

NYX Matt Bronzer (approx MYR 40)

Eyeko Brow Gel (approx MYR 80)

Sigma E25 blending brush (approx MYR 62)

Pink Double Beauty Blender (approx MYR 155)

A little over budget but hey!

 

10. Lipstick or mascara?

Mascara of course!

 

My 10 questions;

  1. Confess to one beauty faux pas; can be something you’re still doing or something you don’t anymore…
  2. Single best beauty tip you’ve learned in 2016 so far?
  3. Your most frequently repurchased product (minus disposable tools like spoolies, cotton buds, facial pads etc).
  4. A mascara recommendation.
  5. When you see makeup on someone else and see something amiss that irks to you to no end, what is most likely to be?
  6. Have you been irked enough that you offered to fix a makeup mishap? If you did, was it someone you knew or a stranger?
  7. Your single, most gripping makeup obsession?
  8. Last person you did makeup for? If you may divulge, who was it and what was it for?
  9. Is beauty sleep true in your case? If it is what happens, in terms of your skin deteriorating when you do not get adequate sleep time?
  10. Fun question; what special effects makeup would you like done to you?

 

Award #8

The next award was given to me by Adele of TheGirlinGlasses (no no, she’s the other Adele! 😛 😛 Excuse that little tease Adele). Gorgeous blogger and she does beauty, fashion, lifestyle and art even! Do check her out (link here).

It’s the Champions Award .

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Rules;

  1. Post the award logo on your blog with the hashtag #CHAMPIONSAWARDS.
  2. Acknowledge the sponsor of the award.
  3. Nominate no less than 5 nominees and notify them of the award.
  4. Keep is simple, no need for explanations of the award, we know how great these bloggers are.
  5. You are free to give out this award as often as you’d like.

 

I nominate all those interested in accepting this award on my behalf!

You guys are all amazing and thank you so so much for being a part of my life!

 

Oh ya, I have two new posts up on my other blog, LuxePaint; both posts are of my favourite quotes (blog link here). It was brought upon by a tag by Julie of JustBeingJulz (link here) to do the three day quote challenge.

First Day Quote link; https://luxepaint.wordpress.com/2016/02/18/three-day-quote-challenge/

Second Day Quote link; https://luxepaint.wordpress.com/2016/02/19/three-day-quote-challenge-day-2/

Blog Awards #5 & #6

Ok, for a blog that avoids gender specifics, the next award is really ironic! 😛 😛 😛

That was just for laughs and you’ll get what I mean when you see the award.

In any case I thank the gorgeous Kylie who blogs at BittersweetxBeauty (link here). Oh can that woman slay a winged liner! Gorgeous blogger and beyond talented at makeup! Do check her out!

It is the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award!

sisterhood-of-the-world-bloggers-awardHere were her questions for me;

1. Do you have a ride or die product? If so, what is it?

Lipbalms! The Chu Lips to be specific (post here).

2. Do you listen to music while doing your makeup(I do,lol)? What do you listen to?

I don’t… Why don’t I??? *crickets sounds*

3. Favorite makeup brand?

Oh my God, cruel cruel question! I love so many! This is a list on its own! Nope, NO! I ain’t picking! I love them all!!!

4. Favorite TV Show?

Anything supernatural, magic stuff and a dose of reality and comedy as well. Friends, How I Met Your Mother, Golden Girls, Bewitched, The Nanny, Hot in Cleveland, Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, True Blood, Grimm, Charmed, Sense8, Being Human (both UK and US versions; I did prefer the US one), Survivor, Rupaul’s Drag Race.

5. What is the best advice you have ever received?

What others think of you is none of your God damn business!!!

6. If you could visit one place in the world, where would you go?

Orissa, home of Odissi!

7. One thing you can’t live without?

Well, I’ll deduce this to something of a frivolity rather than a necessity so I’m going to say, my music. I need to listen to music when I’m driving, walking and jogging.

8. What is your dream job/career?

It was to become a fashion designer but now being food scientist and a beauty blogger all in one is pretty darn amazing!

9. Do you have an unpopular opinion about something?

I don’t like Adele’s Hello! Anyone else???? I simply cannot stand it!!!

10. Batman or Superman? (So excited for the movie! Team Batman over here! Lol.)

Superman! Come on! Batman’s going down Kylie! 😛

 

My questions (since this is a sisterhood kinda thing let’s do some friendship questions shall we?);

  1. Your best friend(s) and if possible who(m)?
  2. How long have you known your bestie?
  3. Your longest friendship and if possible who(m)?
  4. How long have you known this person?
  5. One thing you’d never tell your bestie (can be hypothetical)!
  6. What is one tradition that keeps your best friendship(s) going?
  7. Since I am a beauty blogger. Name one beauty aspect (can be a regime, or a feature, or a skill or anything beauty related) that you’d tell your bestie to change/improve upon. Even if you were a guy, you’d want your bestie to perhaps put on more chapstick… 😛
  8. An extension of question #7, one aspect you’re envious of.
  9. 12 words you’d say to your bestie (can be anything!).
  10. I want you to text your bestie, “I Love You!” and answer 10 with “done” when you are done!

 

Award #6 was nominated by the gorgeous Amel. She previously nominated me for the Liebster Award. Amazing blogger with a penchant for doing lots of wonderful DIYs! Blog link here.

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Here were her 10 questions;

1. What makeup mistake have you made?

Using a bronzer without testing it out first. I once attended a fashion show and my makeup looked freaking fabulous when I walked out of the door. When I was at the event, I caught a glimpse of myself and screeched to a halt. Upon a proper second inspection I realised that the damned thing oxidised on me and I was looking like a freaking persimmon!!!

2. Favorite part of your makeup routine?

Doing my eyes and spraying setting spray all on my face!

3. Favorite social media platform?

Facebook.

4. What blog post are you most proud of (link it)?

My 100th post! I hit 3 milestones in that one post; 100th post, 100 followers and 10,000 views!

https://fiercepaint.wordpress.com/2016/01/04/my-100th-post/

5. What is your favorite high end makeup brand?

I don’t have a favourite brand because although I’ve used a diverse number of brands, I have tried but very few products from each.

6. What is your favourite drugstore brand?

NO NO NO! NO playing favourites with my brands!!! No NO NO!!!

7. What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

For 2016, it has been and it’s going to be reading! Stay tuned for my next post! You might be interested too!

8. What is your best makeup purchase of all time?

My UD All Nighter makeup setting spray! My single best product of 2015!

9. Favorite perfume?

Sean John’s Unforgivable and Paco Rabanne’s Black XS.

10. Favourite skin care product?

At the moment I have a favourite but I am not giving it away on account of not spoiling a future post! *winks*

 

My 10 questions (since this is beauty blogger award, it shall all be beauty related);

  1. The current mascara you’re using and do you like it or merely tolerating it?
  2. Name an item from a local makeup brand that you absolutely love!
  3. Name a local beauty brand you know of but have yet to try.
  4. A discontinued product you’re clinging on to! (cruel question huh?)
  5. One discovery that boosted your makeup!
  6. A single makeup product recommendation from 2015.
  7. The latest makeup hack you tried. Did it work?
  8. Worst foundation disaster.
  9. One actress from the 60’s whose makeup and style you love.
  10. And one final random question, the number of lipsticks you have (excluding balms; everything else counts!).

I nominate all of you to accept these two awards!!!

Do feel free to drop a comment if you decide on accepting and do this! Would love to read your answers!

Blog Awards #4

Yeay! This is great!

I have seen this award floating around but this is the first time I am receiving it.

It’s the Liebster Award.

I was nominated by the gorgeous Amel and her blog is called Her Quarters (link here). I always thought that that was such a unique name. She is also a beauty blogger and it was quite recent that I discovered Her Quarters. Hey Amel! Thanks again for the award.

Do check her out.

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The Rules

  1. Once nominated, make a post thanking and linking the person who nominated you.
  2. Include the LIEBSTER AWARD sticker in the post too.
  3. Nominate 10 other bloggers who you think are worthy of this award. Let them know they have been nominated by commenting on 1 of their posts.
  4. Answer the 10 questions asked to you by the person who nominated you and make ten questions of your own for your nominees.
  5. Lastly, copy these rules in the post.

Before I name my nominees I would like to mention that accepting the award is totally up to them and I wouldn’t be offended if they choose not to. I do not want to impose and make any one of you feel obligated to dedicate a post to the award. There are no requirements from my end for you to do this! And you guys are simply amazing and I can’t thank you enough!!!

I nominate;

Archana of When The Brain & Heart Unites

(Archana is my cousin, she’s an amazing writer, and she’s just starting off, do check her out! Hi cuz!)

Neethu of Outlaw_nee

Stashy of stash matters

Subham of fashion&beautyfreak

Mandy of southindian-makeup

Tami of BEAUTYBYTAMI

Ashley of mysomewhatbeautyblog

K of KsincBeauty

Miss Jose of Potpourri of my life

Here were her questions  (and my answers 🙂 )

 

How long have you been blogging?

FiercePaint is barely a year old; started in February of 2015. However, I have been blogging since 2006. It’s a personal blog and I post anonymously.

 

Name 3 accomplishments you have made in your life.

My masters degree, my odissi performance in Sri Lanka representing my dance school with a group of dancers and FiercePaint, my blog. These are my proudest to date.

 

What is your biggest pet peeve?

Being wrongly accused of a mistake you did not make.

 

How often do you wear makeup each week?

Once typically, twice at most. I usually wear makeup for special occasions and during performances or when I just feel like it.

 

Favorite drugstore brand?

Maybelline, Essence, Catrice, Revlon, Collection, Silkygirl, IN2IT (oh no, I ain’t pickin’ just one!).

 

Which celebrities do you look to for style inspiration?

None. I just take note of trends.

 

When did you start wearing makeup?

I played with my mothers makeup when I was a child but I started “wearing” makeup at about 19-ish.

 

What is the worst beauty product you have ever used?

It has to be the product from my first Product Regret post (link here). That thing was awful!

 

Who or what inspires you?

Odissi. (Google it! 😛 )

 

What blog post are you most proud of (link it)?

My “The Power of Makeup” post because I combined two passions of mine into one awesome entry and won a competition for it too! Link here. It happens to be my most liked blog post on Facebook and Instagram.

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Here are my questions for the nominees. I don’t want all my questions to be beauty related so I hope you guys have fun answering them.

  1. What is one bad habit you have kicked?
  2. What is your single most vivid memory as a child?
  3. What are your thoughts on social media; answer it in a sentence of no more than 15 words.
  4. What is your most sentimental and prized tangible possession (please guys don’t pick the obvious, that means no house, car, laptop, phone etc.!)?
  5. What is your idea of an ideal day?
  6. Share one random general fact/trivia you know (from the top of your head) without searching for it from a source of information.
  7. Who is your favourite FRIENDS character (if you don’t know the show, favourite How I Met Your Mother character). If don’t watch either, what is your favourite series to watch. If you don’t watch any, favourite book.
  8. What is your one current obsession?
  9. On to the makeup questions, share one beauty tip/hack fail that you have experienced. If you don’t have one, then just one bad experience you have had with makeup.
  10. Mascara, eyeliner, eyebrow product (any kind), blusher, lipstick (any kind). Pick one from this list and your reason for picking it.

Have fun guys!

And a big thank you to all of you wonderful blogger friends and also all my Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Bloglovin followers!

XOXO

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Blog Awards #3

Wait what??? Another award??? *takes bows*

“You like me, you really really like me.”

*melodramatic tears and flying kisses*

And scene!!! 😛

Bloggers tend to bestow fellow friends in the blogging world with award nominations to show their appreciation and share the love. FiercePaint has received two awards prior to this (link here and here). This time around FiercePaint was awarded the One Lovely Blog award by the equally lovely blogger Elyse. Her blog is Beauty By Elyse (link here) and yes, she is every bit as lovely as the award. She writes about all things beauty and I am so happy to have this gorgeous tanned goddess following me!

And……

*trumpets*

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*canned applause*

 

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Here are guidelines to accepting this nomination

-Thank the Person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.

-List the rules and display the Award.

-Add 7 facts about yourself.

-Nominate 15 other Bloggers and comment on one of their recent posts to let them know they have been nominated.

 

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7 Facts About Me;

Fact #1

I am clumsy!!! And a lot of my relatives will attest to that. Especially my cousins.

Fact #2

I have authored and co-authored published scientific articles. Yes, search for Harivaindaran on Google Scholar and you’ll know what I am talking about.

Fact #3

I have graduated from two different universities, University of Malaya (Bachelor of Science) and Universiti Sains [sic] Malaysia (Master of Science).

Fact #4

The first makeup item I got familiar with was lipstick. My mom’s! 😛

Fact #5

I have musophobia (Google it darling!).

Fact #6

YouTube made me start my beauty blog! Funny isn’t it? In 2005/2006, when YouTube was first launched, makeup tutorials were all done with webcams in poor lighting and they were crappy AF!!! I am still kicking myself in the head because by then I had already perfected the art of the winged liner and should have put a video out!!! When I started getting back to watching YouTube makeup tutorials in 2013/2014 I was like WHAT THE ___!!! There were full blown HD videos with professional lighting and new terms like contouring, highlighting, and brow routine. Each video I watched I was like, B**CH I do that and I didn’t know that it had a name!!! Especially nose contouring, false eyelash application and the powder mascara hack!!! By 2015, YouTube was too big for me so I decided to start small and FiercePaint was birthed!

Fact #7

I have done Indian dance makeup for, literally, over a few hundred times!!! I have drawn the winged liner on myself and on others (many many MANY others) countless times that it is now nothing more than a 3-step process that I still strive to perfect. I can finish my dance makeup in 20 minutes.

 

Before I name my nominees I would also like to mention that accepting the award is totally up to them and I wouldn’t be offended if they choose not to. I do not want to impose and make any one of you feel obligated to dedicate a post to the award. There’s no obligation from my end for you to do this! And you guys are simply amazing and I can’t thank you enough!!!

I typically nominate 5 of my followers for awards even when the rules say otherwise (I am a rebel 😛 ) but I have gained more followers of late so I think I’ll nominate 10 people.

They are *drum rolls*;

Tri of Pastels and Laces

Sam of srtbeauty

Meagan of mishkasbeautyblog

Diana of CheonsaDiana’s Reviews

Munirah a.k.a Ieyra of ieyra h

Miss Floranze of Miss Floranze

Katie of Katie Kuo

Amy of Vogue Infatuation

Mrs Dimples Beauty of Mrs Dimples Beauty

Supritha of Love Lace and Louboutins

 

All of these bloggers are beautiful people and own beautiful blogs with gorgeous pictures and stunning work of beauty! Do visit and if you could, follow them all!

I say this to all my nominees; please do remember that this is completely up to you to accept and do. I have loved reading your blogs so far and I will continue to follow and read for as long as I can! ❤ ❤ ❤

Thank you lovelies!!!

XOXO

Hari

Blog Awards #2

Wow, I am so elated and excited that I have been nominated for another award!!! What??? 😀 Again, I would like to thank all you wonderful, beautiful, amazing people reading this little blog of mine.

THANK YOU!!! I can’t say that enough!

I was nominated for “THE BEAUTIFUL BLOGGER AWARD” by the fittingly beautiful Swati Dixit! She writes at ASipofBeauty (link here). Check her out, she writes about beauty and fashion and she makes very beautiful outfit pairings.

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The guidelines for the award is as follows;

i) State who nominated you

ii) Answer questions given

iii) Tell us 7 random facts

iv) Nominate 10 beauty or fashion bloggers

v) Make up 10 questions for your nominees to answer

vi) Let the bloggers know you nominated them

 

These were the questions Swati made up (my questions for the nominees are listed at the end);

1) How did you get into blogging?

I actually wanted a personal blog as a substitute for diary writing in 2006 and that’s how I got started with blogging. However, FiercePaint came out as a form of venture into what I can do with all the makeup knowledge I have acquired and and to interact with fellow beauty bloggers. More than that, I wanted to learn all I can about makeup; brands, techniques, products etc!

2) What is your all time favourite TV show?

The Golden Girls.

3) What is the one beauty product you cannot live without?

Lip balm.

4) Who is/are your favourite YouTubers?

Eshani of TotalMakeupJunkie101, WatchMojo, Emily Noel of Beauty Broadcast, Emily Fox of BeautywithEmilyFox, Lisa Elridge, Emily Quak of Emily’s Anthology, EvangelineHawa, Tati of GlamLifeGuru, welovekatya, Willam Belli. All the underlines are the links to the channels.

5) What is your fondest childhood memory?

Celebrating Diwali (or as we South Indian Tamilans call it, Deepavali) in a village at my grandmother’s wooden house on stilts (in Malaysia we call them “kampung” houses). My grandmother passed away early this year but my aunt still lives in the house which is a 5 minute drive from home. I am there all the time!

6) What is your current beauty obsession?

False eyelashes. It has been my obsession for a very VERY long time! But I don’t have the heart to spend 10 bucks on a pair of falsies so I usually buy the cheap ones in the box usually one that costs no more than MYR 10 with at least 10 pairs in it (approximately USD 2.40).

7) What is the one beauty brand you can purchase without having to think twice?

None, I never judge a product by its brand. Every brand has winners and duds.

8) Current lip shades you love?

Nudes and for my complexion (NC45 in MAC), brown nudes.

9) Makeup or no makeup!

MAKEUP all the way!!!!!!!!!! I am a beauty blogger who blogs about makeup so the answer is definitely clear!!! 😛

10) What is the one advice you would like to give me about blogging.

Jeez Swati! If you are reading this, you don’t need advice darling, you are doing a splendid job!!! I can tell you what I wanna see more of though. More MAKEUP!!! Hahaha! 😛

 

7 Random Facts;

Fact #1

Like I said above, I spent a huge chunk of my childhood in a village house with my grandmother and one of my dad’s sister as a joint family before my parents got a place of their own. This is pretty common with Asian families.

Fact #2

Like I said above, I am of South Indian descent, specifically Tamil.

Fact #3

I understand 5 languages and I can speak, read and write in 3 of them (English, Malay i.e. the Malaysian language, and Tamil).

Fact #4

My worst enemy is procrastination! Sigh, I need someone constantly looking over me to get things done.

Fact #5

I love water activity, swimming and waterparks etc. Dad and my uncle taught me how to swim.

Fact #6

I love TV shows that are related to the supernatural (except werewolves); True Blood, Being Human (both UK and US versions), Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Supernatural, Charmed, Vampire Diaries, Grimm, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Wizards of Waverly Place, Bewitched, Xena the Warrior Princess and many many MANY more!!!

Fact #7

I can cook.

 

I don’t have too many followers but I will nominate 5 bloggers for this award;

Arpita of Arpita’s

Aynal Mansor of Aynal Mansor

Apoorva of That Weird Girl Official

Anys Nadhilah of Anys Nadhilah’s Small Diary

Jodi of a brash attitude

Thank you for following me guys, you are BEAUTIFUL!!! Again, please do know that there’s no obligation for you to do this and you guys are amazing!

The 10 questions I have for my nominees;

  1. Since all my nominees are also beauty bloggers, when you do your makeup which part of your face or which routine do you focus on the most?
  2. Following the previous question, what is the one thing you feel is very tiresome and problematic when doing your makeup?
  3. What is one makeup advice/tip you can give to beginners?
  4. What is one makeup (not beauty or skin care) item you would pick if that’s the only thing you could use for the rest of your life?
  5. Moving on to non makeup related questions, what is your one passion in life?
  6. What is your dream job?
  7. What is one interesting fact about your home state, preferably something people may not know of?
  8. How long is your longest friendship with a person (if you want to you can name the person as well)?
  9. What is one aspect of your life you find most inspiring?
  10. What one thing would you say to people who think wearing makeup is being fake?

I hope you guys have fun doing this!

Blog Awards #1

WHAT??? I was so surprised and so thankful that my little space here is getting noticed and considered for an award. I would like to thank all of you gorgeous people who have read, liked, commented and followed me!

THANK YOU!!! This means so much to me!!!

So, I was nominated for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award by the gorgeous Apoorva! She writes at That Weird Girl Official; a stunning blog and an amazing blogger! Please do go check her out! She writes about beauty, fashion, and like she says everything in between!

Before I move on let me introduce to you the originator of the award, CC Ramsey, and she writes at http://ccr-chronicles.blogspot.com/ and here is the post that started the award which still lives on today.

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Moving on the guidelines for the award:

i) Display the award on your blog

ii) Announce your win with a post and like the person who nominated you

iii) Present 15 awards to deserving bloggers

iv) Post 7 interesting things about yourself

i) and ii) is done and as for iii), I do not have too many followers so I am going to nominate 5 bloggers. I would also like to mention that accepting the award is totally up to them and I wouldn’t be offended if they choose not to. I do not want to impose and make any one of you feel obligated to dedicate a post to the award.

My nominees are (wow, that sounded in my head like an Oscar intro);

Aisyah of AshChronicles

Malvika of Em’s BeautyStudy

Felicia of BeginnerBeaute

Laura of Laura Bruj

Caroline of My Oh DIY!

Again, please do know that there’s no obligation on my end for you to do this! And you guys are simply amazing and I can’t thank you enough!!!

As for iv), seven interesting facts about me;

Fact #1

If you didn’t already know I am an Indian classical dancer in training, however, I am on a hiatus from dancing because I have gained massive amounts of weight in the past two years. Why? A knee injury, a meniscus tear specifically. The type of Indian dance I do is called odissi and it is my passion above all else, even makeup.

Fact #2

I am not new to the blogging world or as they call it the blogosphere. I have been blogging since 2006 but I blog anonymously and it is a personal blog.

Fact #3

I know very little about hairstyle! I just am bad at hair and hairstyling. Even during dance performances (if you did notice one of my previous Gravatar pictures of me in makeup and messy hair) I would spend 45 minutes to an hour on my makeup and take only a minute to apply some product to my hair and run a comb through and that’s it!

Fact #4

I am obsessed with drawing eyes! Every book of mine from school would have one scribble of an eye. And they would always have full glamorous makeup on right down to false eyelashes!

This was probably drawn 10 years ago (or more), and my cousin sister kept it all these years.

This was probably drawn 10 years ago (or more), and my cousin sister kept it all these years.

Fact #5

I am a postgraduate student. Yes, I am a nerd! I have a Masters Degree and am now working on my PhD.

Fact #6

I learned martial arts when I was young. Tae Kwon Do to be specific! Haih-yah!!!

Fact #7

I am a former smoker and I am very proud of myself for quitting.