1,000 Followers Giveaway WINNER!

My 1,000 Followers Giveaway closed on Wednesday and today I get the joy of announcing the winner!

Firstly, thank you to those who took time to enter the giveaway! I honestly thought there would be more entries but on the plus side, the entries I did get had less competition and higher odds of being chosen!


Nadine from https://nadineblewett.wordpress.com/ 

As mentioned in the rules of the giveaway post in order to choose the winner I selected my five favourite entries based on adherence to the rules and general blog engagement. From there I assigned each entry up to three numbers (depending which platforms each person entered on) and the date of their comment.

I drew up a page in a notebook and recorded all the entries. The names with the asterisks beside were my five favourites. Further down the page I wrote a list of the five names and their assigned numbers.

The number generated ranged from 1-13 (as not everyone entered across all three platforms). I then used Google’s random number generator to select the overall winner!

I will be in contact shortly Nadine and I aim to package everything up and ship it off as soon as possible!

Thank you to everyone for their support during the giveaway and all of the nice words written about me and my blog. I loved seeing which product everyone was most excited to win!

A big thank you to the other four entrants who made it into my top five; I wish I could send all of you a prize ❤

Congratulations once again to a deserving winner!


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Giveaway Winner Announced + Q&A

Giveaway Winner Announced + Q&AHello and happy Monday! I’m very excited to be able to announce the winner of my first ever blog giveaway! I selected the winner over the weekend and I also gathered everything together to wrap up ready to send out. Thank you to everyone who entered and helped me celebrate two years of blogging! Each entry was recorded in an Excel spreadsheet which you can view HERE. The entries were recorded in the order people entered and assigned a number. I then used a random number generator (Random.org) to select a winner.

And the winner is…

Bronagh from Bronagh’s Beauty and Books!

June Giveaway WinnerCongratulations Bronagh! I will be in touch with you very shortly so I can get your prize sent out to you  🙂

The Q&A:

One of the rules to enter the giveaway was to ask me a question I could answer in a Q&A post. Today I will be answering all of the questions for you!

Dannii asked: What one era do you love the makeup from the most? (i.e. 50’s red lip and simple eyes).  

I love the 80s for the big, bright colours! I am a huge fan of a bright lip and my favourite shade to wear is fuchsia which was pretty fashionable in the 80s. (I think!)

Bronagh asked: What’s your favourite casual/comfy look?

Casual – I love jeans and leggings as you can dress them up or down and they’re so versatile.

Comfy – I am a fan of pyjamas. I don’t spend all day in them but I always used to put them on as soon as I came home from work.

Alice asked: Is there one makeup product you’ve used that surprised you because it was much better than you expected it to be?

I’m going to go with the Rimmel Match Perfection Loose Powder in Transparent. I had never tried or thought that I needed a setting powder before but over the past couple of months I have been really impressed with it. There’s no excess oil on my face (which may also be down to my change in concealer) and this powder has become a staple in my everyday makeup routine. I also wear Rimmel’s Match Perfection foundation so the two products go well together.

Gwawr asked: What made you want to start blogging? 

Originally I wanted to start blogging after becoming obsessed with Filofax users and their blogs all about organisation. After about six months in at the start of 2015 I realised my posts were starting to become more beauty orientated so I decided to take the blog down that avenue.

Sangeetha asked: What is your ever lusting makeup brand that you always wanted to try? And, why? 

I always wanted to try MAC for their lipsticks because they were always talked about in such high regard. Now that I have tried MAC, I’d love to try Chanel purely because it’s my namesake! It’s only fitting Chanelle tries something from Chanel right?!?!

Rachael asked: Where’s your favourite place to eat out, and is there a dish you can’t resist when visiting? 

Eating out makes me nervous because I am a fussy eater so I don’t do it too often and I don’t have a favourite place I visit regularly. A dish I can’t resist, fish and chips always gets my vote, fries and crispy batter – yum!

Dal asked: Where do you see your blog in the next year? 

Next year my blog will be three years old which is crazy to think about! I’d like to host another giveaway or two and I’d like to improve my photography skills. I’ve been thinking about investing in a proper SLR camera so if you have any camera recommendations, please leave them in the comments  🙂

Kaily asked: Where do you want to be in 5 years? 

In an ideal world living in England, doing something in the music industry and having someone special to share my life with. All I really want though is to be happy.

Coline asked: What are your top 5 summer perfumes? 

I don’t know if I’ve ever owned more than five perfumes, let alone five summer scents. I will list fragrances I have been wearing a lot lately and fragrances I have loved for a long time:

  1. Juicy Couture – Viva la Juicy
  2. Britney Spears – Radiance
  3. Revlon – Fire and Ice
  4. Britney Spears – Curious: In Control
  5. The Body Shop Black Musk EDT

Marie asked: Have you experienced times where you don’t feel like blogging? How did you cope with it? 

A little bit. Some days I don’t feel motivated but I don’t like to fall behind with posts so I crack on and it always feels good when a post is published and readers are enjoying it. There’s no shame in taking a blogging break for a few days or a couple or weeks (however long you need). Very rarely do I not enjoy or feel like blogging, I’m always thinking of post ideas or how I can make improvements and be creative.

Cindy asked: How can I prevent split ends from flat ironing? 

This is not something I have personal experience with but I’d say as long as you trim your hair regularly to keep split ends at bay and use shampoo and conditioner that prevents breakages that would be a good start.

Karen asked: If you could be any celebrity in the world for just one day who would it be and why? 

I have answered this before and my answer is still the same: Kylie Minogue. She seems to have such a glamourous lifestyle and I’d love to perform a concert of her hits for the night!

Paulina asked: Do you have any beauty or makeup products that you have loved for years? 

I have used Simple moisturiser for years and I am very reluctant to change that. It has never caused my skin any problems and compared to a lot of moisturisers you get a lot of product for your money.

Nicola asked: Who is your biggest beauty inspiration? 

I take inspiration from many different people and different looks but ultimately, I’d say my mum. I love listening to her talk about her makeup and I always trust her opinion on something. Her signature style, while different from my own, is bright eyeshadows and blue mascara and I always think she looks so nice. Anyone that can do their complete face in four minutes is an inspiration!

Molly asked: Whose blogs do you read the most (either famous bloggers or lesser known bloggers?) 

No word of a lie, I scroll through every post in my reader almost on a daily basis. I may not comment on everyone’s (sorry) but I do see them. As for famous bloggers, I always look forward to posts from Lily Pebbles and Vivianna Does Makeup.

Stashy asked: Can you name your favourite makeup look from a music video? and Which musician do you think should come out with a makeup line or do a collab (if a collab, with what brand? i.e. MAC, Becca etc.?)

  1. Kylie’s makeup from her Love At First Sight video. Her whole look is so edgy with the bright orange bangle, one K earring in her right ear and that green eyeshadow.
  2. I think a makeup line from Britney Spears would be quite interesting, she has a lot of memorable hits and looks and is a pop icon. I’m going to cop out and say I’d like to see a Britney/MAC collaboration purely because I know that MAC is sold in a lot of places which means more people could get their hands on the range. The shades could be named after her songs similar to Ellie Goulding’s MAC collaboration.

Rachel asked: What is your favourite makeup and clothing brand at the moment? 

My favourite makeup brand has to be Rimmel purely because I own a lot of their products and they never leave me disappointed! Clothing-wise I’d say Cotton On, I have bought a number of clothing pieces from them lately and they are stylish and affordable at the same time.

Yazzi asked: What do you do when you’re stressed and need some “me time” 

Take a deep breath and create a to do list in my head so I can evaluate what I need to achieve, breaking things down helps. Listening to music or reading a book helps to relax and distract me too.

Adele asked: In the world of celebrity, whose beauty/fashion look inspires you and/or do you particularly like – and why? 

Victoria Beckham – she always looks well put together and the pieces she wears are gorgeous! Her style is effortless.

Thank you so much for all your questions and to everyone who entered the giveaway – a huge congratulations again to Bronagh for being selected as the winner! Your prize will be on it’s way to you soon and I hope you enjoy it!


My First Giveaway!

My First Giveaway!Hello everyone, I hope you’re well! Sorry if the title of this post is misleading, I’m not hosting a giveaway (yet) but about a month ago I won my FIRST EVER giveaway!!! The lovely Hannah from She Makes It Up was giving away an Urban Decay Matte Revolution lipstick in a shade of your choice. I was lucky enough to be chosen as the winner and selected the shade After Dark.

Urban Decay LipstickUrban Decay After Dark Lipstick After Dark SwatchAfter Dark Lip SwatchAfter Dark is described as a “matte medium-dark berry pink” and it reminds me of MAC Rebel to look at. The colour is gorgeous and I can’t believe I didn’t have something like this in my collection already! The berry tones make it the perfect shade for Autumn/Winter and I love the dark, vampy-ness it brings.

The lipstick feels very expensive and luxurious and I love the purple shiny metal on the inside of the bullet. I also like how the shape is different from that of most traditional lipsticks. The flatness really helps the colour glide onto your lips and makes for easy application. I can’t comment too much on the formula as I only have worn the lipstick once, but so far I am impressed. Urban Decay claim their Matte Revolution lipsticks provide “super creamy texture, insane pigmentation and superior colour dispersion.” Packed with nourishing ingredients and antioxidants including vitamins C and E, this lipstick is truly lovely to wear.

I found that for a matte lipstick After Dark isn’t drying. I wore this to work last Tuesday and it was on for around six hours. Lipstick always stays on my lips well anyway and this was no exception. I did notice it coming off slightly when I ate but it didn’t impact the overall look. I feel like this range from Urban Decay would benefit so many makeup lovers, there are nine available shades from neutrals to brights to deep-dark colours. If matte lipsticks are your favourite or you’re looking for a lipstick that is matte but not drying on your lips definitely give this range a try!

I also want to mention how sweet Hannah was throughout the whole giveaway process. She couldn’t find the lipstick in store so had to order it online and have it sent to her then send it on to me. She kept me updated through everything and direct messaged me an image of the post office receipt when she sent the lipstick which I thought was extremely cute! Thank you so much Hannah!

If you have any questions or want to know more about this lipstick, leave a comment below!