MEGA AWARD POST: Sunshine, Leibster and The Awesome Blogger Award!

I’m literally the worst person ever to be nominated. I have a ton of nominations that are just sitting in my drafts that I never completed. I decided to do this massive award post today because I havent done one in so long. I enjoyed answering all these questions and I hope you enjoy reading it too. Lets get into it!

Sunshine Blogger Award

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RULES

  • Thank blogger(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions that the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate 11 blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the sunshine blogger award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

Thank you so much for the nomination and questions Nifemi! Check out her blog here.

What is your greatest fear?

Cockroaches. I’m deathly afraid of cockroaches!

What are your blogging achievements so far?

Reaching a 1000 followers on my blog and being contacted by Rimmel London to use one of my pictures on their website!

What keeps you going?

Seeing the support and nice comments I get from everyone that reads my blog motivates me!

Family or Friends?

Family! I love family.

How would you describe your blogging style?

I don’t have a blogging style that I can pin point. I just try to be coherent and let my personality shine through.

Who has impacted you most in blogging and how?

I haven’t been impacted by anyone, but I have definitely been inspired by Lydia Elise Millen. She’s an amazing soul and great blogger!

Have you ever think of quitting blogging?

Not at the moment no! But I worry often about how I will juggle blogging and full-time studies.

How do you calm yourself when angry?

I stay away from everyone and look at memes on my phone till I fall asleep. LOL

Any regrets ever since you started blogging?

No not at all! I’m someone who avoids having regrets. It is a completely pointless emotion because I can’t go back and change the past.

Coffee or Chocolate?

Chocolate!

Will you party or stay indoor?

BOTH. I love a good party but I also love to stay at home and chill most of the time

 

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I was nominated by NotYourAverageGirlyGirl! Thank you so much for the award! Check out her blog here

What is the one movie that you can watch over and over and never get sick of?

Any Leonardo DiCaprio film is an instant classic.

What is your go-to Starbucks (or coffee/tea/beverage) order?

Caramel Frappuccino. I’m very basic. Lol

What is one item that you can’t live without (other than your phone)?

My computer.

What is your favorite book?

I don’t have a fave, but I love Sci-Fi and self-help books.

If you could star in any TV series, which would it be and which character would you play?

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I would be A in Pretty Little Liars or Frank Underwood in House of Cards because they’re messy, evil, petty and the villains/antagonists always have the most fun.

If you could own any animal, and the animal would always remain baby-sized, which would you choose?

A cat! I love kittens and they’re so cute with their baby screechy meows

If you could have one super power for one day only, what would it be?

Time Control. I want to experience how people lived in the past.

What was the first concert that you ever attended?

I went to the Drake “Would You Like A Tour” concert in Birmingham, UK in 2013!

What city do you wish you could live in?

NYC seems like a fun place to live in.

What is your go-to karaoke song?

Any and all Disney songs.

What is the most interesting place you’ve ever visited?

Dubai! It was so different from anywhere I’ve ever visited.

 

Awesome Blogger Award

 

Rules of This Award:

• Thank the person who nominated you & include the reason behind the award.

• Tag it under #awesomebloggeraward in the Reader.

• Answer the questions your nominator gave you.

• Nominate at least 5 awesome bloggers.

• Give your nominees 10 new questions to answer.

• Let your nominees know that they’ve been nominated!

Thank you for the nomination Sanah Sharma! Do check out her blog here 

Questions

What’s the best thing you love about where you live?

I currently live in Nigeria and one of the things I love the most about it is the hot weather! It’s summer all year-long so I never have to worry about padding up when I’m leaving the house.

If not for your current profession, what would your alternate career option be?

I’m probably going to be a research scientist but if I wasn’t doing that I’d probably be working somewhere entertainment and or beauty related.

What language do you want to learn?

French. I’m moving to Quebec soon so it is definitely a skill I would love to have. Speaking English only is so boring to me.

What’s your favorite dessert?

Ice-cream!

If you had to wear just one outfit all your life what would it be?

Probably just a button up shirt and pants. I think it is something that will remain somewhat in fashion forever. I would’ve said pyjamas but I can’t leave my house looking like a crazy person, even though it’s comfortable

What is the one place in the world you want to visit before you die?

Tokyo, Japan!

If you could be a movie character, who would you be and why?

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Not a movie character but an anime character called Gon Freecss in this show called Hunter x Hunter. He has a lot of admirable qualities like loyalty, determination, playfulness that I think is so cute. He also kicks butt and everyone underestimates him but he gets shit done. He is my anime soul mate.

What are three things you never leave home without?

Lip Balm, My iPhone and Money.

What is your favorite brand of clothing?

Zara! I own too many Zara clothes.

What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

I think indoor skydiving and extreme dune bashing in the desert!

 

Leibster Award

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I was nominated by Louise to do the Leibster award! Thank you very much for this award Louise!

What inspired you to begin your blog? What was your reason and what is your blog about?

I liked the idea of blogging about the things I loved so I decided to start a blog about my travel experiences…which morphed into the blog you see today. I’m very glad I started blogging!

What qualities do you like about yourself?

I’m a generally chill person who is slow to react and I like that about myself.

Are you more a city or country person?

City. I can’t stand the quiet of nature. LOL

Do you have children? If not, would you like to have children in the future & what would you name them?

I don’t! I would like to have kids eventually and I haven’t thought of names yet.

Do you wear makeup? If so what is one thing that’s essential in your makeup routine? 

Eyebrows! My makeup is not complete without it.

If you could spend a whole day with 3 celebrities who would you spend the day with?

I love extravagant celebrities so I’m going to go big with this one and say Floyd Mayweather,  Migos and Rihanna. I think I’ll probably have the most fun with these three/five.

What’s your ideal holiday? Where would you love to travel?

Answered above!

Have you got any phobias? If so what?

I’m afraid of cockroaches. Eek!

Whats an interesting fact about you that not many people know?

I’ve never given this much of a thought to be honest. Lool

What’s the craziest and most spontaneous thing you’ve ever done?

Answered something similar above!

Would you say you’re an optimist, pessimist or realist?

Optimist. I always believe everything will work out for good in the end.

My Questions 

Answer both these questions for the Awesome Blogger Award!

  1. Summer or Winter?
  2. Favorite vacation destination?
  3. One item you can’t live without?
  4. What did you want to be when you were younger?
  5. Do you like seafood?
  6. Could you go ever go vegan?
  7. Best TV show you’re watching right now?
  8. Favorite makeup product that you can’t live without?
  9. Love or Money?
  10. Would you ever go on a TV show?

I nominate you for the Awesome Blogger Award

Brooke Clark

Holilife

Dii Blogs

Chxrlotte Rose

The Unabridged Sass

Asakemi 

If you made it this far, you’re a real gem! Thank you so much for reading this award post and I hope you enjoyed it as much as I loved doing it. 

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How I Achieved My Health Goals

It’s July and we are waaay past the middle of the year now. 2017 has been a pretty good year for me so far. I got to take the trip of a lifetime to Dubai, I got admitted to McGill University for my M.Sc. and I surpassed 500 followers on this blog by a long shot. I am definitely looking forward to what the rest of this year will bring offline and online!

I think almost everyone has some sort health goal that they want to achieve. Be it removing negativity, exercising more, eating healthier or meditating more. There are so many ways you can decide to improve your health and well-being.

In the beginning of the year, I had two health resolutions that I vowed to follow come new year. These were exercising regularly and losing weight. Here is how I achieved those goals!

Exercise

I wanted to establish a regular exercise regimen because I was completely sedentary. I had exercised on and off for months but it was erratic and I would often stop for extended periods of time. I had begun to take my health more seriously and I realised that my inactivity was something that had to change. I decided that I would find an exercise I don’t hate doing and start doing that consistently for the next few months

Was I successful?

I have gone from zero exercise a week to 3 times a week. I now do a variety of strength training and cardio exercise through the course of a week. I started very small. Exercising only once a week and doing low-impact exercises. Once I felt comfortable I slowly increased the frequency and intensity of my exercises to where I am today.

I am by no means a fitness expert. I still look like a headless chicken when I exercise and some days I really, really don’t want to do it but I have noticed so much improvements since I started. My arms and bum look more defined, my resting heart rate has reduced and I can now do a couple of push ups (knee assisted). I was that girl who couldn’t muster up even one assisted push up so this was a very big deal for me!

What exercises did I do?

I used Fitness Blender videos on YouTube. Fitness Blender was founded by a couple called Dan and Kelli who make free exercise videos for all levels and ages. They have over 500 videos on their channel so there is always something for you.

The exercise intensity ranges from 1-5. I started initially at a level 1 and 2 but I am currently doing level 2 to 4. Level 5 is pretty extreme for me so I don’t see myself doing that anytime soon.

Losing Weight

My second goal was to lose weight. Which is the probably most basic goal ever lol. I have been overweight for the majority of my life. It’s not the most noticeable thing in the world because I carry my weight pretty well and I have never had any health issues. (Seriously, the last time I was sick was in elementary school). However, my weight had been a source of a most of my self-esteem issues when I was a teenager! As I got older, I became more at peace with my body and began to like it. But as I became more health conscious, I decided to reach a normal weight because I wanted to be healthier after it finally sunk in my head that I was increasing my risk of developing chronic diseases if I do not lose weight!

I was about 10 kg or 20 pounds overweight. So I had a lot of weight to lose before I reached the upper limit of a healthy weight.

Was I successful?

I have lost 11 pounds or 5 kg so far! I am now 10 pounds away from a normal BMI and this is a very peculiar experience for me. I have lost weight by counting my calories and incorporating healthier/filling meals into my diet. The calorie counting app I use is myFitnessPal and it has a large database of food so it is easy to check any food I eat and track it. I weigh every single thing I eat (including condiments) using a scale and weigh myself daily to get a weekly average of my weight. My weight fluctuates a lot daily so it is important to me to get an average so I do not get hung up on a single number I see on the scale!

The biggest difficulty I’ve experienced is adapting to a reduced calorie diet since I was used to eating 2000+ daily. Going from 1800-2000 calories a day to 1300-1500 did not go well for a few weeks. I realised that I had to get creative with the type of food I eat if I was going to survive.

I have incorporated complex carbohydrates like sweet potatoes and oatmeal, increased my vegetable intake and incorporated better fats like peanut butter and cashews. Nearly don’t eat enough protein so that is something I need to work on. Although my diet is not perfect, it is improving and that is all I am aiming for right now. Perfect is the enemy of good!

However, I am currently struggling because my mother keeps buying snacks in the house. Someone send help. Please. Lol

Weight loss communities have also kept me motivated when I felt myself slipping. The r/loseit community of Reddit has helped tremendously with this. I’m an avid Redditor and lurker so finding this community was amazing. I can not begin to explain how motivating the community has been to me. They are an amazing bunch of people!

 


 

Thanks for reading this post! I hope some of the tips I have shared may help you with kickstarting your helath goals. I am happy I have acheieved some of my goals this year. I hope I can continue losing weight and getting healthier for the remainder of the year. It hasn’t been always the easiest thing to stop bad habits, but it is well worth it!

What are your health goals?

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The 1000 Followers Milestone!

Excuse me? OMG, me? What? A thousand people are following my blog?

I had a goal to reach 500 followers by the end of the year and this has completely exceeded my expectations!

I would like to sincerely thank you all for subscribing to my blog, continuously interacting with me and showing support. It is this continuous support that keeps me going! I don’t look at you all my people who are following me, I see you as a community of my friends.

This is such an amazing milestone to reach and it now feels weird looking at my follower count because I remember when I had 20 people following me. That was such an exciting time for me and now that I have reached 1000 followers, this is a similar, exhilarating feeling!

So what’s next? I can’t wait to see where this blogging journey takes me and see how I evolve as I continue doing this. I’m looking forward to working with different brands and websites! I currently live in Nigeria so getting some opportunities have been a bit of a challenge. However, I may be moving soon so that would definitely open more opportunities for me! Yay!

I also set a goal for myself that if I ever hit a 1000 followers on my blog I would get a custom domain. I would love more creative freedom on my blog but I don’t know if I should pay for WordPress Premium or move to WordPress.org yet. I’ll probably start with the paid versions of WordPress.com before I move to a self hosted website. I’m too lazy for all the technical stuff and I really love the ease of the community here.

I also started a new Instagram page for my blog a month ago. Despite the messy algorithm, I currently have 360 lovely followers there so it is going pretty well all things considered. So go over there and give me a follow!

Also trying to get into Pinterest too, I don’t know how to use that much so we’ll see how this goes!

Once again, thank you so very much!

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The 700 Followers Q&A! + Blogging Tips

Last week I hit 700 followers on my blog and I decided to do a Q&A! I am now literally racing against the clock here because I checked my stats this morning and I currently have 790 followers. Gasp! I really wanted to release this blog post before I hit 800 for some strange, slightly OCD reason. Haha

I would like to sincerely thank everyone who sent I questions for this post. There are a wide variety of questions which were interesting to read and answer. I also left the link to each persons blog that asked a question so you can discover some blogs you may like. Enjoy!

Life Of Angela 

What three words best describe you? 

Calm, Strong-willed and Playful.

What is the longest plane trip you have taken? 

The longest plane ride I have ever taken was from Nigeria to Atlanta which took 12 hours. I did not enjoy that flight. In fact, I dislike flying in general. The seats suck, the food is rarely nice and turbulence. Don’t get me started on turbulence. I’m jealous of you unicorns that enjoy Business or First class seats. My parents and little sister always fly Business/First and when we happen to fly on the same flight our experience wildly varies.

Sister: “How was the flight for you?”

Me: “Just there. I didn’t sleep much, my neck is now stiff and the turbulence was so much!”

Sister: “What turbulence? I slept all through, except for when the flight attendant gently roused me from my sleep with the sound of violins to wake me up for my 3 course breakfast.”

Okay I’m kind of exaggerating, but you get my point lool. Although I hate flying, I love travelling to different places. At this point flying is just a necessary evil for me.

Chёrnaja Kuriцa 

What app do you use to edit your pictures? 

I use this app on my Macbook called PhotoScape X. It is free and has all the features that most people need for blogging. I usually edit all my photos there before transferring it to my phone if I need to post a picture on twitter or Instagram!

QuintessentialFaith

What part of the world are you in and would you like to do blogger collaboration?

I currently live in Nigeria, Africa! I lived in the UK for three years but I am now back to my home country for a gap year.

I would also not mind doing a blogger collaboration. It sounds kind of fun. I  am not entirely sure how it works so I’ll have to get more information on it before I dive in.

Natural Muse

If you could give your younger self any advice what would it be?

It’s okay to be you. I used to have quite the low self esteem as a teenager and I was constantly trying to please people. It becomes truly exhausting when people do not understand you and you cannot truly be yourself without the crippling fear of being judged. It was definitely not easy  to come out of that negative energy and headspace on my own but once I did there was no looking back. Life is a million times better when you adopt a positive mindset and embrace who you are. If I could go back I would tell my younger self that it is okay!

The Obsession Begins

If you could be anyone for one day, who would you be?

I have no specific people in mind but I’ve always wanted to swap places with a super rich and or famous person. They live glamorous lives and it would be interesting to experience it!

Elsie LMC

How do you feel looking back on your first ever blog post and seeing how far you’ve come? 

It is pretty surreal looking at my first post ever. I literally had no idea what I was doing. My first post ever was on June 13 2016. I wrote about my interests at the time and introduced myself to the Blogosphere! I was still doing Youtube at the time and I decided to add blogging to the mix. However, I am not active on Youtube anymore (Do you guys think I should continue? I have mixed feelings about it) I also had no concrete idea of what I wanted to blog about but I knew it was something I wanted to do.

Wormal Blog

What’s your favorite 2017 trend so far?

I’m really liking this embroidered flower print fashion trend thats going on right now. I think it takes any basic outfit and makes it look glamorous. One of my favourite looks I wore recently was this cute embroidered white button up top from Zara with my embroidered Gucci Dionysus bag!

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What is your dream car?

I’m not really a car person but I really like the look of a Mercedes, Bentley or a Rolls Royce! 

What was your first date like?

It was horrid. Lol

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How often do you post and would you have any tips in terms of what’s worked for you?

I used to post every Monday but I have recently increased the frequency of my posts to twice a week! I am now trying to post every Monday and Friday because that seems to be when I have the most traffic on my blog!

Glaiza Binayas

What do you think is the best strategy that worked well for you to get more traffic to your blog?

One of the best strategies that has worked for getting more traffic on my blog is to actually interact with other blogs I like. I love how WordPress.com makes it so easy to follow and find other blogs. I have the WordPress app on my iPhone and I go through it and read people blog posts. If I particularly enjoyed reading it, I would like or comment on the post. Showing support to other blogs is a great way to build a positive relationship with other bloggers and also get your blog out there!

I am still learning as I go along and maybe there is an even better strategy but this is what has been working for me so far.

That is it for my Q&A! I know this was a pretty long post but I have been getting into the habit of writing long posts recently. I think it shows my increasing investment in this blog. Please follow me on my Instagram and Twitter account for my blog ❤

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The Mid Year Favourites Roundup: Books, Music, Movies and Makeup!

We are officially in the middle of the year! 2017 has gone by so quickly and I can’t believe we are already here now. I feel like 2017 is this strange, transitional period that does not deserve to be a year. I have this strange thing about certain years, especially odd numbers. 2015 was one of those years.

I am doing something slightly different from the normal posts on my blog. I think it’s always good to branch out and try different things because you never know how it may be received. I love reading monthly favourites because it gives me a glimpse into people’s lives and what they’ve been into that month. I discover a lot of makeup brands, TV shows and even music that I want to try. So todays favourites will include other things I am interested in besides makeup! Enjoy!

MUSIC

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Music plays a big role in my life and certain songs have gotten me through special events (Shout out to J. Cole’s  Forest Hills Drive album for helping me in my undergraduate exam period). I listen to many genres of music but my favourites have included a lot of rap this year. Here they are:

  •  The Art Of Peer Pressure – Kendrick Lamar
  •  Bad and Boujee – Migos
  •  T-Shirt – Migos
  •  IF – Davido
  •  Losing My Religion – R.E.M

BOOKS

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I read one or two books a month on average and I have read a couple of books on my Kindle since the beginning of the year. These are the two books that I’ve really enjoyed reading…

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The Life Changing Magic Of Tidying Up

I read this book earlier this year and it really was life changing! I was a hopelessly messy person filled with clutter and shame but after a few months I can officially say that I am a tidy person with no more clutter in my life anymore. I love how the book doesn’t only tackle your clutter but it shows you how to prevent it from ever happening again. I really love my new clutter free self. It is an amazing book and definitely worth a read! I wrote an extended post about it here

Split second

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What if you could go back in time, but only for half of a second?

I am obsessed with the concept of time travel. I just find the scientific concepts surrounding time travel so intriguing. I always love to sit and imagine if time travel were possible. I also like to imagine the implications and paradoxes that we would encounter if it exists!

I read this book by Douglas E. Richards which addressed all my time travel questions. Half a second seems like an inconsequential amount of time but this book will clearly prove otherwise!

MAKEUP

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Maybelline Fit Me Foundation


I haven’t said this on my blog yet but Maybelline is the best foundation I have ever used. It glides on like silk on your skin and gives a finishing that no foundation has yet to match. That is a hefty statement coming from me. The only con about Maybelline is that it does not last long! However, I always use a bullet proof setting powder so I have no issues with it. It is also extremely affordable. It is currently my daily foundation and Lancôme is my “event” foundation.

Dior Addict Lipgloss in “Angelique”


I have gone back to an “effortless” makeup style recently. I have been enjoying lip glosses A LOT recently and the Dior Addict lipstick has definitely been one of my favourite glosses! I did an extended review here.

TV & MOVIES

Interstellar

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I re-watched one of my favourite movies of all time and I was not disappointed! Interstellar is a movie about interstellar travel through space and time in an effort to help the dying human race find a new home. It’s beautifully written, directed and the film score is one of the best I have ever listened to in a movie. It’s the kind of movie that you will think about several days after it’s over because it’s SO good.

Bates Motel

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This series is so low-key but so good. I don’t why it’s not popular! It is based on the 50’s novel “American Psycho” which shows how the complicated relationship between Norman Bates and his mother turns him from a loving, loyal son into a serial killer with dissociative identity disorder. They just finished the final season so now you can binge watch away!

Donald Trumps Presidency (As seen on CNN, aka fake news lmao )

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They say truth is stranger than fiction and I completely agree. I watch House Of Cards and I can officially say that what’s happening on TV is more outrageous than the show. I think Donald Trump’s Presidency is playing like a movie and its interesting to watch how his administration is imploding from within. From the battle with “Fake news” to the ongoing Russia investigation to cofveve, this presidency has been nothing short of strange and entertaining. Just when you think it can’t get worse, a new bomb shell drops and turns everything on its head. I will definitely be keeping up with Donald Trump in 2017.

That is it for my favourites! Thank you so much for reading. What have been your favourites this year? 

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 700 Followers Milestone! Blogging Goals and Q&A

I now have 700 followers on The Pearly Life!!!  I would like to thank every single one of you that followed and showed support on my posts. I honestly didn’t think I would be at this point at all when I started blogging. It’s an amazing and surreal experience. Angela said something about getting followers so quickly in her recent post which I thought was so true.

I feel excited, but also freaked out at the same time. It is a strange feeling to get a large influx of  followers and sometimes you do not even believe it is happening to you. I feel like I may just blink and it would be over!

Blogging Goals

My blog stats tremendously improved in the month of May. I started my blog on June 2016  then abandoned it a month later. It was March 2017 that I started to take my blogging more seriously. My stats, views, likes, followers and engagement have in turn increased each month and I hope I can continue in this upward trajectory!

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I would like to begin branch out on the type of posts I make. My blog is seriously lacking in the Lifestyle category so I would love to increase the frequency of those posts. I personally love a bit of diversity so I would love to blog about different topics on my blog. What would you guys like to see? I would love to hear your opinion on it!

I also see myself moving into a self hosted blogging platform like WordPress.org soon. I like WordPress.com but there is a serious lack of creative freedom when it comes to the design of your blog, SEO tools, widgets and many more. It has become more frustrating so I will begin to seriously look into moving in the coming months!

I also would love to increase my social media presence now so I am currently focusing on Instagram and Twitter. I don’t know what I’m doing yet but once I figure it out I will make a post helping my fellow bloggers here! ❤

Q&A

I also think it would be appropriate to do a Q&A now since I have quite a number of people subscribed to this blog. I love reading Q&A’s and it would be nice to let you all know a bit about the person behind this blog!

If you have any questions please leave a comment and I will answer it in my next post or next two posts!

500 Followers Milestone + Questions!

So I have 500 blog followers now! It is such an amazing blogging milestone to reach. Thank you so much for following this little corner on the internet! I truly think this is the fastest growth I have ever experienced on any social media platform. WordPress.com is great and I’m really enjoying the community here. Thank you all so much!

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It’s getting pretty hard to know everyone that follows me but I will try as much as possible to keep engaging with everyone that follows me. I see so many different followers on my page. Where are you from? Comment below!

For those stumbling on my blog for the first time, Hi! My name is Pearl and I’m a 20 year old from Nigeria. I have a Bachelors degree in Biomedical Science and I am starting my Masters in Biotechnology at McGill University this fall! Although I am a big lover of biology, I have many other passions like music, movies, beauty, reading and travelling. I mostly blog about beauty, travelling and lifestyle on my blog.  Take a look around!

Blog Updates
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I also started a Pinterest and Facebook  page for The Pearly Life. Please like and follow me there if you so choose!

Finally, follow me on my Instagram! I will be sure to follow back if you drop a quick “Hey from the blog!” on one of my pictures. Thank you 🖤🖤