I started this blog just over a week ago, and I've already gotten a Liebster Award nomination. 
Thank you so much to Maeva from Trend-Mae for nominating me! She's a lovely French fashion blogger, so I recommended you go and check her out! I also got nominated by Chloe from Chlotalks, thank you so much. It's really endearing to receive all this 'virtual love'. 

The rules are as follows:
1. Link and thank the blogger who nominated you
2. Write 11 facts about yourself
3. Answer 11 questions that were given to you
4. Nominate 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers (excluding the blog that nominated you)
5. Inform those blogs that they have been nominated
6. Create 6 new questions for your nominees. 

11 Facts About Me:

1. The name 'izzipenelope' comes from a Percy Jackson fan fiction character my friends and I created when we were 13. And although the story behind this name is a tad embarrassing, it has definitely stuck and it's become my go-to username
2. I play water polo.
3. At one point, I had already decided which wedding dress I wanted...until I showed mum at a wedding and she vetoed it.
4. I want to get married at the Sydney Opera House because my parents got married there.
5. I'm a Grammar Nazi (and I'm proud of it).
6. I get asked whether I'm Eurasian a lot. I'm not; I'm completely Cantonese, Chinese. 
7. I've played the cello since I was 6.
8. I named my dog 'Cuppy' when I was 3 because I was in love with tea sets at that age. 
9. I learnt the word 'chiaroscuro' today, and it's my new favourite word.
10. I cry every time I watch Lilo & Stitch 2.
11. One of my guilty pleasures is watching 'Avatar: The Last Airbender'; and I would love to be able to bend all of the elements. 
Questions From Mae:

 What makes you smile?
Photos/footage of happy and smiling children in developing countries.

Are you are planner? Or are you spontaneous?
I'm definitely a planner. And whilst I love the spontaneous moments in life, I'm much more comfortable knowing whats going on. 

Which celebrity's style do you admire?
Off the top of my head: Kendall Jenner and Selena Gomez.

What's on your must-have list for Spring?
Since I live in the southern hemisphere, I'm going into autumn. But my must-haves for spring would be:
{ make up finishing spray, bright lipstick and a nice pair of sunnies }
For my southern hemisphere girls, my autumn/fall must-haves are:
{ beanies, maroon/plum lipstick, candles }

What is your favourite make up brand?
My make up collection definitely has an array of brands, but right now I'm loving Rimmel, Australis and Illamasqua. 

Where is your favourite place in the world?
By the eastern beaches of Sydney.

Why did you begin blogging?
Despite being a planner, I was reading some blogs that school friends own, and had a sudden urge to start a blog. I've been wanting to start a Youtube channel for a while, but I never had the guts to do it, so I figured blogging would be a good compromise. 

What is/are your favourite quote(s)?
"The woman who does not require validation from anyone is the most feared individual on this planet"- Mohadesa Najumi
"Sail away from the safe harbour" - Mark Twain

What is your favourite magazine?
I haven't bought/subscribed/read a magazine in a very long time, so I don't really know.

If you only had time to save one thing in your home, what would it be?
I'm gonna have to say my laptop.

What's the most adventurous thing you've done?
I am definitely not an adventurous person. But one of my favourite memories is standing by the fire at my last Duke of Edinburgh hike after a terrifying thunderstorm.

Questions From Chlo:

Most proud moment?
I think I discredit a lot of my achievements after I started high school; so the moment sticking out in my mind is receiving the Dux Award in primary school (wow, I'm just really lame).

Dream job?
Either a CEO or an event planner whilst blogging on the side.

Celeb lookalike?
I have no idea who I look like. Like I said before, I'm Cantonese and I don't really know that many Asian celebrities, let alone one that looks like me.

Last picture on your phone?
It was my last first day of school today, and I realised that it's been 6 years since I met my best friend on the first day of Year 7. So we took a '6 years on...' photo. 

Most worn lipstick?
Creme Cup by MAC. It's my favourite nude, and I can just throw it on whenever I'm not brave enough to use a bold shade (which is quite often)

Fav all time song?
I honestly have no idea, but my current most played is Matt Corby's 'Untitled' and I don't think I'll be getting sick of it any time soon. 

Fav blog? - In my Beauty vs. Brains tag, I mentioned that one of the people who inspire me the most is Lucia Pang. I've followed her blog religiously for a couple of years, and despite having changed to cover content about her co-owned online boutique, it's still one of my favourite blogs. 

Car you drive?
I'm still on my learner's licence, so I drive one my parent's car - a Toyota Camry or Honda Accord. I also realised that I've had my L's for a year today!

Fav feature in the opposite sex?

Best book?
Either Burial Rites by Hannah Kent, or The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards

Any tips and tricks or words of wisdom you want to pass on?
Stay in school! And you can use bath oil as a cheaper alternative to shaving cream (I might do a blog post on this actually).

My Nominees:

Bryony: Link Bloglovin
Helen: Link | Bloglovin
Lauren: Link | Bloglovin
Steph & Cher: Link | Bloglovin
Yuka: Link | Bloglovin
Hanne: Link | Bloglovin
Louise: Link | Bloglovin
Chloe: Link | Bloglovin
Amy: Link | Bloglovin
Rhiannon: Link | Bloglovin
Moira: Link | Bloglovin

My Questions:

1. What motivates you to blog?
2. What is your favourite season?
3. Who was your childhood celebrity crush?
4. What is your favourite make up item in your collection?
5. Name 3 things that are always in your purse/handbag.
6. Do you prefer sweet or savoury food?
7. What is your favourite drug store/high street make up brand?
8. Do you speak any other languages?
9. Who are your favourite singers/bands?
10. Would you move to another city?
11. Name 3 things on your bucket list. 

Thanks for reading...
Until next time,
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  1. Hey! Nice post :). Thank you for your nice words about me! I love Rimmel too ! xx

    1. Thank you so much for nominating me. And it's really my pleasure!
      Rimmel is just such a reliable brand, and it's not that expensive either!

      Mel x

  2. Hi Babe,

    I nominated you for the Liebster Award, check my recently blog post :)

    Love Chlo xxx

    1. Thank you so much, that was really kind of you :)

  3. Hey babe, I'm such a newbie but thank you for the nomination! You're gorgeous! xxx

    1. It's absolutely no problem! I adore your fashion sense, and it's just really nice to know some fellow Sydney siders. Thank you for the compliment, I could definitely say the same to you! x


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