May 30, 2016

Why Starting A Blog Is The Best Decision I Ever Made + 4 Year Blogiversary Giveaway!

Starting A Blog

YOU GUYS! I'm still pinching myself because I still can't believe it has already been 4, yes FOUR years since I started this little ol' blog of mine. As I shared in my ever first blog post, I really did not know the direction this blog would take. I knew I enjoyed all things beauty-related and I've mostly stuck to this niche, however overtime I have also thrown some fashion and lifestyle posts into the mix. While beauty is still the main focus of my blog, I have also developed an affinity for natural beauty in the last couple of years and love sharing my DIYs and product finds. If you follow me on Instagram and Snapchat, you also know I am quite the plant-based foodie and love sharing my meals with you!

Last year, I shared what I learned after 3 years of blogging, so if you haven't had a read yet, I would love your input because these are tips and lessons I still very much stand by. This year I thought I would share why starting a blog is the best decision I ever made (and yes, that even includes pursuing a degree). Blogging has brought so much joy to my life - in the most unusual of ways I might add. I would consider myself to be pretty shy and introverted, so getting my words out in writing comes so much more easily to me compared to saying them out loud and blogging has allowed me to put my skills to use. I never really considered myself to be a particularly creative person either, however starting my own blog has made me realize that I have this other side to me I would have never discovered otherwise.

I won't lie, it is a LOT of work. I was quite clueless about the amount of time and effort that actually goes into figuring it all out, from photography, to social media to the blogging process itself and eventually also filming and editing Youtube videos. I still don't claim to be an expert in any of these areas, but I sure have learned a lot over the years - it has been quite the journey. All I can say is that if you've ever considered starting a blog, JUST DO IT! You never know what could come from it: you might just discover your passion like I did and have opportunities you did not even know were possible. You won't know unless you try!

Can you believe typing this out actually makes me a bit emotional? I know it may sound cheesy, but blogging has really helped me in my personal life and I almost see it as a form of therapy - I forget my problems for a while and just let my thoughts flow. I hope you know how much your support means to me, without it I wouldn't be where I am today.

Makeup Giveaway

As a little thank you and per my annual blogiversary tradition, I wanted to give back and hence picked up some beauty bits I had been lusting over and thought one of my lucky followers would enjoy!


Up for grabs? A Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Quad in Sage, a Too Faced Totally Obsessed Set and an Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar Trios Set which includes shades Nylon, Trollop and Harlot and the #010S Precision Lip Brush. Check out the video above for a closer look!

Entering this giveaway is super easy - all you have to do is:

1) Subscribe to My Newsletter
2) Follow me on Bloglovin'
3) Subscribe to my YouTube channel
4) Follow me on Instagram
5) Follow me on Twitter

You can complete all your entries via the handy box below. Once you have completed these mandatory entries, more will be unlocked and you can increase your chances of winning. This giveaway is open internationally. Good luck!

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63 comments

  1. most excited for the Lip Tarte Trio!! Happy Blogaversary!! and thanks for the giveaway!!

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  2. CongratsπŸ€ i entered in this lovely giveawayπŸ’œπŸ’œ Hope to wiwinπŸ’•πŸ™‹

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  3. I am most excited for kat v D palette!!thanks for the chance!!

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  4. The Too Faced totally obsessed is what I'm most excited for!

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  5. I'm so excited about the Too Faced set!
    Congrats!! 🎈🎈🎈

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  6. Congrats on your blog anniversary love to be part of your follower and blog and yes i am entered on your givesway :-)

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  7. Happy blogniversary!!!

    I'm so excited with all because is very difficult to find it were I live. Thanks for this opportunity!!

    A big kiss and for lots of years more!!!

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  8. I am most excited about the Too Faced Totally Obsessed Set!
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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  9. Congrats on your Blogiversary!!!!
    I've never tried Kat Von D beauty products, so I'm super excited about that part of the giveaway!
    Congrats again,
    ~ Kim Pincombe Cole

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  10. I'm most excited to to try the Too Faced set! Everything I've tried from them has been great!

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  11. I am most excited about the Kat Von D palette(:

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  12. The Too Faced Kit looks great.

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  13. I'd love to win the too faced set!!

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  14. Congratulations on your blogiversary! I entered your giveaway as well :)

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  15. Congrats on such a big milestone! I totally agree with you that blogging has been such a life changing experience. It's incredibly fulfilling to see each comment and to meet new people, like those in the CBB!

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  16. Congrats. I like the most Too Faced Totally Obsessed Set.
    Great giveaway, thanks!

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  17. I am most excited about the Too Faced Totally Obsessed Set!

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  18. Happy Blo Anniversary!
    Congrats on turing to 4 years..
    I love everyting, specialy the light Eye contour.
    I had to write " haven t IG' to open the other bonus entries because I havn t an Instaram account.*Goofd luck to everyone!
    http://helenamybeauty.over-blog.com/2016/05/bien-s-hydrater-en-ete-stay-hydrated-in-the-summer.html

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  19. I am most excited about a Too Faced Totally Obsessed Set!:)

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  20. I am excited about the Too Faced Totally Obsessed Set :)

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  21. I am most excited about the TooFaced makeup Set. :))
    Thank you SO much for the Giveaway.! ^_^

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  22. I am most excited about kat v D palette!

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  23. I'm most excited about kat von d palette 😍😍😍

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  24. I am most excited about the Too Faced set.

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  25. So excited about the Tarte trio :) Happy anniversary!

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  26. Congrats on 4th blogiversary, I'm much excited about Too Faced Totally Obsessed Set! fingers crossed xx

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  27. Super excited about the Kat Von D quad!

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  28. Congrats! I most excited With the Too Faced set!! Fingers crossed! 😊

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  29. I've been dying to try the Too Faced Melted Lipstick!

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  30. I'm excited about the Too Faced set

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  31. the Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar Trios Set

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  32. I love all the prizes, but I'm very excited about the Obsessive Compulsive Lip Tars. I've used them before and adore them. Oh am I upset that they are no longer carried at Sephora.

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  33. I love all the prizes, but I'm very excited about the Obsessive Compulsive Lip Tars. I've used them before and adore them. Oh am I upset that they are no longer carried at Sephora.

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  34. I'm excited about the eye shadow palette.

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  35. Lip Tart is the one I'm most excited about!

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  36. Thank You So Much for this Lovely Giveaway, I'm Really Excited b/c I Like All of the Products Featured in the Giveaway! It's Very Hard to Pick a Fave but I Think I Will Go with the Too Faced Totally Obsessed Set b/c I Think it's a Convenient Set to Carry in Your Purse, Not to Mention the Perfect Size to Carry for Travel Too! I Have Always Heard Great Things About the Better than Sex Mascara but Unfortunately I Have No had the Opportunity to Try it but My Poor Sparse Lashes Need All the Oomph that They Can Get (LOL!) I Also Would Love to Try the Lip Tar b/c These Shades are Perfect for Me b/c I Have Fair Skin and I Like Better in These Shades! I Also Love the Kat Von D Palette b/c I Have Never Tried Any of Her Products and b/c this is What I Call a Universally Flattering Set b/c Anybody Can Wear & Looks Good in These Colors! Well Thanks So Much & I'm Sorry for Rambling! Have a Blessed day Natalie!

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  37. I would love to start a blog but have been overwhelmed by all the things I need to research and also haven't figured out what topics I would enjoy writing about! It seems to get tougher and tougher to find a voice.

    Brilliant giveaway, I love everything. If it'd have to be one one it would be Kat Von D as it's not available for purchase in Ireland

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  38. Congratulations!! I am excited about the Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar Trios Set.

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  39. I'm most excited about the Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar Trios Set.

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  40. I like Too Faced products and would love to win that part of the prize.

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  41. I'm so excited about the Too Faced set!!! Thank you!

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  42. They are all amazing prizes, the Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar Trios Set looks like great colors.

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  43. I'm most excited about the Too Faced set, but all of the products look great. Thank you, and congratulations!

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  44. Congrats on 4 years! I just started a blog, any advice on growing a following??

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  45. Happy Blogiversary! I'm most excited about the OCC Lip Tars!

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  46. Happy Blogiversary :) I'm most excited about the Kat Von D palette

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  47. Happy Blogiversary I'm most excited about the Kat Von D palette.

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  48. I am SO excited for the Kat Von D I cannot BREEATHHEEE

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  49. Congratulations on your blogiversary!

    I'm most excited about the Too Faced set. I don't have one yet. :)

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  50. Super excited about Too Faced Totally Obsessed Set,... Awesome products,..

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  51. Im really excited for the Too Faced Totally Obsessed Set

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  52. I am most excited about the Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar Trios Set.

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  53. Congratulations on four years!! Tyvm for the giveaway have my fingers crossed I love it all

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  54. The Too Faced kit looks awesome for travelling.

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  55. I think I'm most excited about the Lip Tars! They are such pretty summer shades!

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  56. I'm most excited about palette

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  57. I am excited about the Too Faced Totally Obsessed Set

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  58. Congrats on four years and thank you for the giveaway! I'm most excited about the Too Faced Totally Obsessed set.

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  59. does any1 know how winner will be announced?

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