13 August 2016

It's My 3rd Birthday, Let's have a Giveaway!

Let me start off by saying that I suck at these ‘looking back’ posts.  But hey, I made it to 3, and that is something worth celebrating.  I don’t think I’ve ever had a hobby I’ve stuck to for this long.

I can’t thank myself enough for sitting down and deciding to start this blog 3 years ago, at a time when I had no confidence, was lonely, and had absolutely no clue what I was doing with my life, or how to write a blog post!  I’d never done anything like it.

All the demons told me not to.  I’m dyslexic so everyone will hate it, no one will read, I have nothing to say, are all things I told myself to out myself off writing something.  Then one day, when listening to the latest Blink 182 album which inspired this blog name (somethings never change, I’m loving their new album) I decided to put pen to paper (or keyboard to screen as it were) and write my first ever post, a book review.

A lot has changed since then, I shortened my ridiculously long blog name to the slightly shortened one you see today, I changed my layout a few times (I’m still not totally happy) and I slowly, learned to improve my writing.

When I first started to write it wasn’t uncommon for one post to take me a whole week to write, and it would still be littered with errors.  Until this year I never even really properly promoted my posts.  The biggest change for me this year, and really the thing I’m most proud of, is that I feel like I am able to express myself better.  I’m finding my voice and my personality is starting to shine through in my posts.  This is something I've struggled with so it makes me feel so happy that it comes naturally now, even if no one else notices.  Of course I've got a long way to go, and there's always improvements that can be made, but I love knowing I'm changing.

My blog has helped me in so many ways this year:
It's helped me make friends, and keep them- I have met so many of my best friends through blogging
Made moving to London easyer- even though I didn't know anyone, it felt like I did because of I could keep in touch with people through twitter or meet them at blog events.
Seeing beautiful things around- I feel like I take in the scenery all around me more, even if it is just because I think it would look great on Instagram!
Motivation- I’m a naturally lazy person, so sticking to anything this long, even something that a lot of times means sitting down, is crazy!  I have the “why am I doing this, everything I write is awful’ crisis every couple of months, but I still carry on, and I think that really says something
It’s helped my social anxiety and confidence issues- This is the biggest single thing the blog has ever done from me, and to be honest, I’m completely amazed by myself.  It used to be that I walked around, head down, and if anyone spoke to me I would start shaking.  I wouldn’t go anywhere if it meant I had to meet new people and even if I was meeting friends in a bar, I’d make sure they told me exactly where they were sitting, or met up with me first so I wouldn’t wonder around looking lost. Now, because of all the blog meets I attended in Yorkshire, this doesn’t really faze me.  Every so often I get the jitters but I’m so, so much better!  No more panic attacks in the toilets!  I don’t go to many blog events now I’m in London but I do a lot through Yelp and on the whole feel comfortable rocking up and chatting to new people.  It’s generally the biggest improvement on my life, possibly ever!  

Let’s be real, you just skipped to this part so you could enter the giveaway didn’t you?  Well let’s crack on then! Remember when I attended the Beauty Bloggers Secrets Party in Germany?  Well I just so happen to have ended up with two full sets of all the pallets and polishes as I’d already won a full set the month before, so I’m passing my spare sets on to you guys to try!
A photo posted by Kariss (@kariss182) on

 That’s 4 makeup pallets and 4 polishes designed by some of Europe's biggest bloggers/ vloggers up for grabs! There are really hard to get hold of in the UK so jump on in.  Unfortunately, this giveaway is open to the UK only as the Royal Mail have banned sending nail polishes overseas.  To enter, follow the instructions on the rafflecoper bellow:
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