200 Posts Later – A Giveaway.

A photo of a table setting with makeup instead of food

Well, ladies and gentleman. We’ve reached 200 posts. I’ve written 200 posts in 3 and a half years and you’ve been here along for the ride. Consider this 200th post an opportunity for me to tell you how much I love you, my blog, and this entire experience. This post is going to get a little mushy and a little cheesy. Plus, I’ve got a little gift to you to say thanks.

Let’s set the scene. It was May 2012. B and I were in Colorado and were going on a drive. I started to go on and on about how much I wasn’t enjoying the highlighting powder I bought before our trip when I realized he had little to no idea what I was talking about. B is great and he makes an effort to know about my hobbies, but understandably, it’s not his thing. None of my friends at the time were into makeup at all and I had absolutely no one to talk about all my beauty curiosities. The slightly confused look on his face and this moment of revelation started it all. “So I have this idea..,” I said.  That’s how it all began.

For 3 and a half years I’ve been using this space to write about my experiences with beauty and fashion. I’ve even delved into some pretty personal areas of my life like my insecurities, weight loss issues, and general health. Beaus and Bows has given me a voice and a space I never realized I needed.

I started this blog just looking for a place to talk about the things I loved. I didn’t think anyone would read and it didn’t matter to me if anyone did. I was doing this for myself, but the more I wrote, the more people read, commented, and followed. As of today, there are 13,000+ of you following Beaus and Bows on WordPress. Is that not absolutely crazy? It’s easy to get mixed up in all the numbers sometimes and I think that’s why writing can lose it’s authenticity. The numbers are cool, but they’re not why I write.  I write because it makes me happy. In fact, Beaus and Bows numbers are not as high as the year before, but it doesn’t make me any less happy or less motivated to create content I’m proud of. I’m enjoying it and I know a lot of you are too.

This 200 posts thing has really blown my mind. 3.5 years is 1/6th of my life and in these last few years I’ve grown a lot and you’ve all been there for it. I wanted to take this time to say thank you to you all for being so good to me and being here time after time.

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I thought this 200th post business was a little too perfectly timed (a week before Thanksgiving) to not make a big deal of it. To celebrate our 200th post-iversary,  I’ll be giving away a makeup bag filled with some of my absolute favorites to say thank you. One lucky person will be winning the Profusion Feline Lip Lustre in Cheshire (My most popular reviewed product of the entire year!), and e.l.f. Makeup Remover Pen, a Rimmel 60 Seconds Nail Polish in District-ly Come Dancing, a Milani Supreme Kohl Kajal in Blackest Black, and e.l.f. Moisturizing Lipstick in Ravishing Rose (My favorite fall lipstick), and a little baby berry hand sanitizer from Bath and Body Works.

The giveaway will be hosted through RaffleCopter as usual!  Giveaway ends November 26th.

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I love you all so much.  Thanks again for being awesome.  Happy 200 posts everyone!

-Tara Joy

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