Sunday, February 10, 2013

It's my birthday - gifts and reflection

Last Sunday, the third of February was my 16th birthday. Yes, you read that correctly.

I imagine some of you might find this, uh, surprising. I've not given an indication of my age anywhere on this blog and there were a couple of reasons for doing so.

When I first started up this blog I had no idea what the beauty blogging community would be like, or even that there was such thing as a community here online. I was 99% sure that my blog would never get past about 50 or so followers, and I was absolutely certain that I was going to get a whole load of negativity and criticism (so were my hesitant parents who were really not sure about the whole prospect of starting a blog).

Thankfully, neither of those things have happened and I have become completely addicted to blogging in every way. I've also had some PR interest which still blows my mind (a huge company wanting to send a teenage girl free things just because she has a little space on the web?!) and that too has made me hesitant to reveal my age, because I fear that as soon as they know they won't take me seriously or consider me capable of writing a decent post. Well I think I have proven myself worthy - I am the sole person who runs this blog, creates all the posts, takes all the pictures and comments on everyone else's blogs. I am the one who responds to your emails, the one who organises all the details about shipping, drafts, posting dates and who outlines all the policies I have on my blog. I am the one who runs this, and though I may be little I think I do an alright job.

I hope to all of you lovely followers that you understand that I was never trying to deceive you, trick you or 'betray' you in any way. I'm not sure how old you thought I was (I would be interested in finding out if you could let me know!) but I am 16 and I started way back when I was only 14 (hence the dodgy nature of my earlier posts!).

If you have a problem with this, I would appreciate if you stopped reading my posts as opposed to left a barrage of hate mail (not that I actually think any of you would do that). If you are PR and this post has made you change your mind about wanting to work with me and my blog, please remember that I have written countless posts on products sent from Face of Australia, Wotnot, Jamberry Nails, Catalina Geo, Alina, Santorini Sun and Femme Fatale and that you knowing my age doesn't change my ability to organise reviews and write a decent post!

Anyway, with all that out of the way, here are some of the things that I received for my birthday! The majority of them aren't beauty related at all, but I guess since this post seems to be about letting you in on my life a little bit I may as well show you more of who I am!

Beauty is one of those things that I am not known for. Close friends and family are aware of my, uh, obsession with makeup related things, but my peers and classmates would not at all suspect studious, science-loving, book-reading me to be into beauty related things. In fact they would be very shocked.

For my birthday I was blessed to receive some lovely, lovely gifts.

From my parents I was given a gym membership which I am ridiculously excited about! The only thing I like is the treadmill so I cannot wait!

From my friends I received a gorgeous bracelet, jewellery, books, (how cool is this) a giant periodic table for my science-loving side (I am studying Chemistry and Biology this year so I am sure it shall come in handy!) and one of those pin art things. As a child I was always so jealous of those who owned a pin art toy and so for my 16th a good friend so kindly bought one for me!







As I received some money from the relatives, I treated myself to an eyeshadow palette from Inglot, and oh my goodness, I am in love! I will be posting more about that soon!


As you know, I also won THREE giveaways in January,so that was basically like a massive birthday present.



Last but certainly not least is the fact that I got my learners permit and am now learning to drive!


Thank you all for supporting me and my blog over the past couple of years as I've been learning about blogging and beauty!

30 comments:

  1. Happy belated birthday!!! I feel ancient :(

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    1. Thanks lovely, but you are certainly not ancient!
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  2. Happy Birthday lovely! I had no idea you are younger than me, your blog is amazing and your posts are always of a very high quality :)

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    1. Thanks so much Mishelle, I really appreciate your support and your input with my blog. It means so much.
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  3. Happy birthday! I am actually turning 16 in a couple of months! I don't think your age means you are any less capable than anyone older and I think you are a really awesome blogger with insightful and in-depth posts! Haha, I think I am quite similar to you as I am also quite the nerd and people would be surprised at my beauty interests :)

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    1. Thanks so much Tashi, it's really nice to see so many young people running blogs and interacting with ladies of all ages, it is such a nice community. Oh us nerdy people with secret beauty interests!
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  4. Happy Birthday, Candice! I'm so glad you counted my prize as one of your presents and that you liked them. Hope it was a great day. xx

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    1. Thank you so much, your prize was one of my presents!
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  5. ohmygosh I'm just one day older than you!?
    I feel much closer to you now xD

    Your posts are always so well written and detailed, it just made me assume you were in Uni or something :D

    HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY <3
    That bracelet is gorgeous. Haha the periodic table ;) I'm doing Chemistry too.

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    1. You are just a day older, we practically share the same birthday! :)

      Thanks so much! You've got to love a periodic table poster! Go Chemistry!

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  6. Happy Birthday! I certainly wouldn't have realised you were so young, your posts are always so well written! I love the periodic table poster btw, it would have come very handy for me when I was studying (who am I kidding, I still want one!)

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    1. Thanks for the compliment, it means a lot. There is something about that poster that is just so appealing! :) I was thinking about it today, most 16 year old girls have posters of celebrities...I have posters about science! What a nerd!
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  7. Happy birthday! I wouldn't have guessed you were 16 :) Hope your studies go well, I did chemistry and biology too! Haha I love colourful periodic tables, yay nerds 8) Congrats on your L's too!

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    1. Thank you! I'm really looking forward to Chem and Bio, science is the greatest! As for driving...it's terribly scary but exciting too!
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  8. Happy belated birthday! Omg, I didn't realise you're so young! Oh and those inglot shadows look gorgeous :D x

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    1. Thanks Dawn! The Inglot shadows are incredible, I am so glad I splashed out a little - they weren't actually as expensive as I had anticipated.
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  9. Happy Birthday! :D I never thought you were 16?! I'll also be turning 16 in a few months time too. It's nice knowing that I have a few peers in this beauty blogging community!

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    1. It is really lovely to see some of us young ones here with blogs. I just love the fact that people don't think it really matters how old you are and they are still willing to include you in the community.
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  10. Happy birthday!! I don't think age matters at all, although I've just found your blog tonight you sound like a mature young lady and I don't think your age would affect anything!
    Yay to a fellow Aussie blogger, I never knew we had such a big community on here =)
    Also have fun with your inglot shadows, I purchased my first ones next year and I soo want more!!
    xx

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    1. Hey Ashii, nice to have you over here :) We do have a pretty big community on here, it's so lovely. The Inglot shadows are so beautiful, I love them so much!
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  11. Happy Birthday Candice! I must admit I am pretty surprised by how young you are :) Chemistry in high school rocks by the way. It isn't so fun at university so enjoy it while you still can. Thats the reason I swapped my Science degree for Engineering (plus there are actual jobs in engineering!)

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    1. Thanks Jasmine! Thanks for the advice, we haven't done much in chem yet but I am liking it so far.
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  12. Belated Happy Birthday Candice. OMG!! You are so young! I feel I belong to the Jurassic Age!
    Hey, don't worry about your age. As long as you keep up this good work on your space, no one can bring you down and don;t let anybody to do that to you as well! Rather, you should be appreciated for this beautiful work which you started so early! ( I guess you got what I mean :) )
    Loved everything including the periodic table! :D

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    1. Thank you so much Nivedita. I remember when you first started following me back when I was 14! I couldn't believe that you actually liked my blog! :)
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    2. Perhaps you are even better than you know? :)

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  13. First of all a belated happy birthday to you Candice and secondly, I'm not ageist so I'll continue to drop by! xoxo from your middle-aged groupie :)

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    1. Vita, you are awesome. Thank you! :)
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  14. Happy belated birthday! Love the periodic table poster :)

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