GIVEAWAY + MY BLOG IS 4!

Yes, this blog is 4 years old! I’ve never celebrated a blogiversary before, but this is a pretty big milestone. It’s amazing and yet totally crazy to think that I’ve been posting snippets of my life and beauty obsessions on this platform for such a long time.

This is a long post, I apologize! But there’s a lot to say!

I think I’ve changed and learned a lot over the past 4 years. And yet, this blog is the one consistent thing that has remained. It’s my creative outlet, journal and fun. When I started this blog, I was in a totally different place in my life. I really was a different person. My voice, my aesthetic, my confidence have grown in these 4 years, and I think my blog has definitely benefited from my personal growth. When I started this journey, honestly, I was feeling pretty confused. I felt alone, I was lost. I was constantly letting myself down, I felt like I kept making mistakes and wanted to create somewhere where only happy things lived and somewhere I could meet people with similar interests.

When this all began, blogging wasn’t what it is now. I didn’t know people made careers out of blogging, I didn’t know I could get sent products for free to review or asked to attend events. I just knew I had to give myself somewhere to talk about anything at all. It really did start that way, as an outlet. And that’s exactly how it remains today. It’s never been about numbers, followers, stuff or money. It still isn’t. I’m sure a lot of you think that’s absurd, because blogging takes so much time and effort, but I do it because I genuinely love the process. From discovering products to talking to new people and product photography, I love every moment of blogging.

I remember being afraid when I first started. I thought What if I fail? What if people find out? What if I make a mistake? And I still feel that way, every day. But recently, I made a commitment to myself to preserve. I actually have started posting consistently on my YouTube channel. I made that account over 3 years ago, with the dreams of one day getting up the courage to post. I’m afraid to admit that I’ve filmed dozens of videos over the years and immediately deleted the footage. My voice sounded weird, I was awkward, my skin was too bad, no one would want to watch me. Even though I still think these things, I worry that one day I will look back and regret not trying. I already regret waiting as long as I have.

So yes, 4 years is a weird milestone to celebrate, but there is so much to be happy about! I’ve grown so much in 4 years, and I’m happy I have a space to look back on and see that change. I want to keep growing, there’s so much I want to learn in terms of makeup techniques, web design and video editing. I can’t wait to keep learning, growing and using this platform as a space to do that. I’m excited, curious and don’t know where this will take me. And I love that part of the journey!

Whether you’ve been here all 4 years or have just discovered this blog, I really want to thank you! I know I’ve never been the best at blogging, but I love it regardless. With all that being said, I have made a commitment to myself to take this platform more seriously. I’ve been making a lot of effort over the last 6 months to create content I’m proud of! I’ve even started posting consistently on my YouTube channel and am having tons of fun with that platform.

Thank You Giveaway

To celebrate I have been collecting some of my current favourites giveaway! This is my way of saying THANK YOU! I’ve purchased all of these items in the hopes that one of you falls in love with them the same way I have. I’ve decided to make this giveaway open internationally! So ANYONE can win this bundle.

The giveaway includes ALL of these items:

  • Kat Von D Hello Canada Set – includes mini Everlasting Lipstick in Double Dare, mini Tattoo Liner in Trooper, mini Studded Kiss Lipstick in Lolita and vegan leather makeup bag (review on the set here)
  • Pacifica Beauty Enlighten Eye Brightening Shadow Palette
  • Colourpop Super Shock Shadow in Mittens
  • Essence The False Lashes Mascara – Dramatic Volume Unlimited
  • Essence Rock ‘N’ Doll Duo Stylist Eyeliner
  • Beauty Spatula
  • Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask Samples
  • Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

a Rafflecopter giveaway

  • This giveaway is open internationally!
  • One winner will be awarded the prize pack. No items can be substituted and there is no cash value.
  • All entries will be double checked, and the winner will be drawn randomly.
  • The contest ends on April 30th. No entries may be submitted after that date.
  • The winner will be contacted by email on May 5th and will have 48 hours to respond. Another winner will be chosen at random in the event there is no follow up email from the winner.

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  • Stephanie Thorpe

    I’ve been trying out a bunch of Pacifica products lately and I’ve been really enjoying them.

    • Happy to hear I’m not the only one trying absolutely everything by the brand!

  • I really like pacifica for cruelty free products! Their guava scent is amazing!
    -Sisi
    http://www.modernbeautygirl.com

    • I’m sure you have noticed I’m absolutely obsessed with the brand too! PS thanks for all the support over the past 4 years Sisi 😀

  • reneeclementine

    I’m all about Lush everything right now!!

  • Jennifer Ovalle

    i love lush and wet n wild glassy gloss

  • Susanti

    I’m loving tarte cosmetics ! xx

    • Me too! Always have 🙂 are there specific items you’re loving from them?

      • Susanti

        there are xx

        i love the bloom clay pallete and their bronzers 💛

  • Anything Wet n Wild or NYX 🙂

  • Maria

    Congrats on four years!
    -Maria
    She Blushes

  • Congrats on the milestone- so exciting! Have always enjoyed your blog and look forward to what’s next 🙂

    Thanks for such a great giveaway- love that all the products are cruelty-free! I’ve been properly obsessed with Kat von D beauty over the past year- one of the best cruelty-free brands out there! Also love brands like Ilia, Alima Pure, Kjaer Weis, and RMS for cruelty-free makeup!

    • Thanks Jenn, I’m so happy that you’ve been supporting my little blog for so long! I think you’ve been here since pretty much the start 🙂

      I have got to try Ilia, I’ve been hearing so many great things! Are there specifics products you’d recommend by them? Link me posts!

      • 🙂 I love all of the Ilia Lip products I’ve tried- their Lipsticks, Lipstick Crayons, and Tinted Lip Conditioners are all totally fab. I’m curious about their Tinted Moisturizer as well!

  • Happy blogiversary!! And many moreeeeee

  • Congratulations on four years!

    I have been using a bit of Kat von D – mainly her liners. I like Tarte’s blushes, but I haven’t really explored more with them. Overall for me, LUSH takes the cake!

  • Congratulations! 4 years is a long time to stay consistent and dedicated to your blog. Woot! Woot! Great job.

    And this giveaway looks awesome. I’ll be sharing about it.

  • Congrats on your 4 year anniversary! This is such a huge milestone and I wish you many more years of blogging.

    xo, Elizabeth // txelizabeth.com

    • It’s a huge milestone, thanks for stopping by sending wishes 🙂

  • yndradewilde

    Congratulations on four years of blogging! My current favorite product is the Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter from the Bodyshop. It is such an awesome product to remove your make-up!

  • Congratulations on reaching your fourth blogiversary! This is such a great giveaway, I love Kat Von D’s makeup collection.

    xo, Helene
    http://www.circleskirtsandpetticoats.wordpress.com

  • Some of my favourite cruelty free faves are the essence lipsticks, especially ‘barely there’, of course I love my real techniques sponge and probably my too faced chocolate bar palette!

    Lucy | Forever September

  • Congrats on 4 years!!!
    I just picked up the Fitglow lipstick in the shade MAE and I’m loving it!

    Hailey | haileysworkshop.com

    • I have never tried anything by them – thanks for the recommendation! 🙂

  • Jordan Stapleton

    Congrats on 4 years!! You’re beautiful ❤️

  • mummysknee

    Fabulous news that you have been blogging for 4 years. Great giveaway too. I’m off to enter!

    • Perfect, thank you for entering and for taking the time to check our this post!! 😀

  • That’s awesome! Congrats on 4 years! I’m still new to blogging but hopefully I will get to where you are 🙂 Keep up the good work!

  • Rochelle Lisa Suddens

    Essano,Colourpop and Hurraw

  • Shileen Nixon

    I love this! Really gave me perspective about where I am in my blogging experience. Thanks so much for sharing!! 🙂

  • Asha Marie Villahermosa

    Hi! Love your channel since then!!! 😍😍😍one of my favorite cruelty make up brand is anastasia beverly hills(abh dipbrow pomade)/urban decay(i have the naked 3 palette)!!!!

    • I’m having a moment for ABH right now! Love the Dip Brow Pomade too 🙂

  • Chanelle Janssens

    Hello love. Thanks for the giveaway! I don’t know many cruelty free brands. i know they sell essence in Belgium, and it’s also quite cheap so I’d say that one 🙂

    • essence is great 🙂

      • Chanelle Janssens

        Yeah! I just wish they had a better packaging..

  • Woohoo, congrats on your 4 year anniversary! Persistence really pays off, keep doing what you’re doing 🙂

    http://www.insearchofsheila.com

  • Christina Snyder

    Awesome giveaway! I feel like I need to try the Pacifica Beauty Enlighten Eye Brightening Shadow Palette even if I don’t win! 😀

    • It’s a gorgeous palette! Pacifica has some great products 🙂

  • Bianca K. Vaccarini

    Blogs are a great way to have a physical map of your growth. Happy blogiversary!

    • It’s so cool to look back and see who I was and where I was 4 years ago. Thank you for the kind wishes too 🙂

  • Congratulations to you on 4 years of blogging; that’s a huge milestone! It’s obvious from your writing that you truly love blogging, which I think is the most important thing for having a successful blog. Cheers to many more fun and productive years of blogging! 🙂

    • Thank you! I’m more excited now about my blog than I ever have been before 🙂

  • Glogirl3

    I like the brand Pacifica and specifically the Hawaiian Ruby Guava roll on perfume.

    • EVERYONE loves that scent and I have yet to try it! It’s next on my list, for sure 😀

  • Amy Heffernan

    I enjoy ELF products!! Thanks. 🙂

  • Jenny

    I love Cake Beauty Be Delectable hand creams and Physicians Formula’s bronze booster.

    • 2 of my faves! I need to get that hand cream again, it smells delicious 😀

  • Britt Martashitiz

    my fave cruelty free brand is Essence!

  • Awilda Peralta

    Congrats on all 4 years 🎉🎉🎉 I don’t know many cruelty brands since I’m just learning more about makeup but I can’t wait to start using some.

    • Thank you, thank you! There are so many great options out there, some of your favourite beauty products very well may be cruelty free and you don’t even realize!

  • Christine M

    Congrats on 4 years blogging! I’ll be celebrating my second year this fall 🙂

    Kat Von D is one of my favourite cruelty free brands! I love her eyeshadow palettes

    • That’s a big milestone, congrats! Kat Von D is one of my faves too! I have been wanting to try some of her Shade & Light eyeshadow palettes! Are there specific palettes you love?

  • Ana Catalina Amador

    4 is such an important milestone! I just started blogging again after a year hiatus and I know the determination you need to keep this going. Congratulations and keep up the good work!

    • Thank you sooo much! It’s hard to keep motivated sometimes, but I’m happy to hear you’re back at it too!

  • ShariD

    I love Burt`s Bees lip balm and makeup cleaning wipes.

  • Ana Stanciu

    I love the Wet n Wild MegaLast Lip Colors, as well as Physicians Formula Magic Mosain Blush <3

    • Both brands I love, yet I haven’t tried any of those products! I’ll keep my eyes open for them! 😀

  • Breyona Sharpnack

    Happy birthday to your blog and i wish you continued success