I’m Not a Beauty Guru’s 4th Blog Birthday + GIVEAWAY!

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I can’t believe another year has passed in my blog journey! It honestly does feel like yesterday since I first decided to start this blog. I would say this year has included a lot of change in my blogging and a renewed focus. I love doing these posts just to refresh with myself my goals for blogging and how I’m progressing with those goals! I also have a pretty awesome giveaway for 3 lucky readers so please read on!

Each year I go back to my Beginnings post to just read and remind myself why I did start blogging. I originally started blogging for fun (as most do). I was watching and consuming a lot of beauty videos and blogs, and was trying out a lot of new things. I wanted a way to track what I’ve been trying and blogging seemed like a safe way to do so.

I still want to reiterate that this continues to remain my focus for this blog. I am not trying to make this more than it is, or try and make a full time job out of it. Kudos to those that are doing it, but I just honestly don’t think I have the artistry or creativity to produce content on that level. I think over the past 4 years I’ve gotten a lot better in terms of photography and styling, but there’s always work to be done. I hope to continue to make gains for my own personal growth and development.

One of the highlights of the past year was achieving one of my biggest blog goals: getting a press pass to IMATS. I know this might seem small to some or even frivolous to have such as a goal, but this was a benchmark that I had set for myself outside of my normal “write what I want to” mantra. This goal solely focused on metrics which was something I was always aware of, but didn’t want to put too much stock into as it just breeds disappointment. I was so happy to attend IMATS under a press pass this August! It’s something that I can look back on fondly and feel proud of creating something of perceived value.

Looking forward to this coming year, something I want to focus on (which I think I’ve been getting a bit better with) is consistency. I’ve been wanting to post 2-3 times per week and since about September, I think I’ve more or less been hitting that. There are some low or high weeks, but I’ve been relatively happy with what I’ve been pumping out. I hope to focus more on my reach and building relationships with beauty brands, but always remain true to why I started this blog: for myself!


So enough of the mushy gushy, on to the giveaway! As a way of saying THANK YOU to all those that have supported me over the years, I wanted to do one of my biggest giveaways to date.

Three winners will have the chance to win one palette from the Too Faced Best Year Ever Kit and one mini liquid lipstick from the Ananstasia Beverly Hills set.

I was thinking of buying one big prize, but I thought I wanted to share the love this time around.


1. This contest will be from November 20th, 2017 12:00AM EST – December 4th, 2017 12:00AM EST and is INTERNATIONAL!
2. You must have reached the age of majority in your local region to be eligible.
3. Only entries through the Rafflecopter widget will be accepted. You may put in as many (or few) entries as you like through the different options.
4. A winner will be randomly chosen from all eligible entries. (I will be checking entries for fairness).
5. Once the winner is contacted, they have 48 hours from the time stamp of the email to get back to me with their shipping address. If the winner has not gotten back to me in that time frame, a new winner will be chosen and so on.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thanks so much again for your continued support, comments, and love!!! I look forward to another fun year of blogging!


This contest is in no way affiliated with Sephora, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest or Bloglovin’. I purchased this product with my own money and will be shipping the item through my own means. I will try my best to ship the product as quickly and safely as possible. As is the world, sometimes things happen and mail gets lost. I will not be held responsible for the product after it is sent in the mail. I will make every intention possible to ensure that it gets to it’s destination.

  • Haroon

    Congratulations on 4 years of blogging! I love your blog posts and thank you for this lovely giveaway 💕

  • Congratulations!!!

  • Congrats wow 4 years of blogging.😊 beautiful giveaway

  • Chris Wong

    Congrats on 4 years of blogging. I’ve only been reading for 1.5 years, but love your content!

  • Stephanie

    I love the reviews you do! I always read before buying a product so keep doing that! Congrats on 4 years!!!


    Congrats on getting the IMATs press pass! Definitely one of my goals too. And consistent posting lol

  • Nina Ziemczonek

    Such an awesome milestone! I would love to hear more about green/eco beauty, but I’m still loving your posts!

  • M Bernice Larkam

    Concgrats on four beautiful years! XO

  • Nai Elle

    Congratulations on your 4 years blogversary!! 🙌🙌🙌

  • I like to see more Canadian & Asian brands – my favs
    Congrats on your 4 years blogversary

  • Congratulations on 4 years and I entered the giveaway! I am already following you on all platform anyway so it’s a bonus to me! I would love to see more Asian beauty brands if you don’t mind, I find my skin improved tremendously after using more AB products.

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

  • reneeclementine

    Congrats on your 4 years! I always enjoy your posts!

  • Congrats again on 4 years of blogging!!

  • Tammy Dalley

    Congrats on four years!!! Yay!

  • Paulina Rios

    Happy anniversary 🎊🎉 I hope you keep doing what you love!😘🙋🏻

  • Happy Anniversary! Your content always looks so amazing, I’m only in my 2nd year of blogging but your blog is definitely one of the ones I’ve started to look up to ever since joining CBB!

  • Congrats on reaching four years of blogging! That’s such a huge accomplishment. Wish you many more successful years 🙂

    Nicole | The Glam Surge

  • Heidi C.

    Congrats on your blog anniversary! Keep the good work coming :).

  • Heather, Mmm… is for Mommy

    Happy Anniversary! Keep on creating great content.

  • Helen


  • Happy anniversary! Getting a press pass is a big deal, I hope you have lots of exciting new blogging adventures in the next year!

  • Natalie Lebeau

    Congrats on your anniversary! I was just browsing these online just a minute ago and then I got upset that i couldn’t afford them. I could technically buy them but I need diapers and food for my son until the end of the month. Thanks for the chance!

  • Jonnie

    Congrats on 4 years! That takes a lot of work and passion so it’s nice that you are hitting goals and feeling rewarded for your work.

  • what a great giveaway!! Congrats on 4 years!

  • C L. Chin

    Congrats, thanks for the great giveaways and post on new products and tips!

  • Sara Malcovich

    Great giveaway! Thank you for the chance!

  • binabug

    I’VE seen some really good youtube vids about advent calendars ..pricey but worth it

  • jemrah

    thanks for the contest – this would make the best gift for my teen daughter — fingers crossed !!

  • Congratulations on 4 years, lady! 🙂

  • Congratulations on a wonderful 4 years of blogging! I’m so happy that we met, and I can’t wait to catch up (I know, I know, I’m terrible at planning blogger dinners but I PROMISE it will happen!)

  • Jolie

    Congrats on 4 years! Wishing you many more!

  • What a great giveaway. Congratulations!

  • Hey beauty!! What a fun giveaway 😀 I always love seeing swatch posts on your blog, your recent lip post is BOMB! Great job keeping up with a schedule, killin’ it :* xx

  • Congrats on a successful FOUR years of blogging – so exciting!

  • Carla Rene

    Just found your page–love it!

  • Lisa L

    Happy 4 years! Thank you for this giveaway!

  • Rebecca Roberts

    Thank you SO much for this FAB giveaway! I’d love to see you continue doing what you’re doing. I always LOVE product reviews!

  • Andrea

    Thanks for the chance to win! I love your blog!

  • Steph

    I just found your site today but I’m excited to explore it and learn about makeup!

  • Jenn E

    Congrats on 4 years, girl! xx

  • Coline T.

    Congrats on your blog anniversary! 💕 I’d like to see more palette reviews (with a lot of swatches ^.^) thanks for this generous giveaway!

  • Judy

    Congrats on the four years! I would love to see some posts on any anti aging tips 😉

  • Lushka Smith

    Happy 4th, here’s to many more!