Yup. We can hardly believe it, but in September 2006, Aisling and I started Beaut.ie as a hobby and a fun way to chat about the products we'd been buying and using. Five years later, we're just about to hit our 8,000th post and the site has grown above and beyond our wildest expectations into a blog that's still about beauty, sure, but it's so much more than that nowadays.
It's also a social space for so many of you who come and chat each day. We're really proud of that. We've got brilliant contributors in Lynnie and xgirl as well as Principessa who moderates Swap Siopa so smoothly. Speaking of that, we've also got Forums, the aforementioned Swap Siopa, we've got daily and monthly newsletters, oft-tended Facebook and Twitter presences and (come October!) two books. The last half decade has been, quite frankly, bloody amazing - and life changing.
We've won awards, held awards, hosted events, met incredible people, made brilliant friends, spoken at swanky seminars as experts in our field (imagine!) and appeared on radio and TV. And it's all because of Beaut.ie, that lil' ole blog we started for a bit of fun. We're blown away when we think of all that's happened as a result of it, and we're so thrilled you all come and read every day. Thank you.
So, because this is our birthday month, we've lined up some really nice treats to give away over the next few weeks until the end of September. You won't want to miss what we've got lined up. Here's a taster:
- NEW! Win a girly midweek break to the Bridge House Hotel in Tullamore, Co Offaly! Enjoy two nights B&B midweek, dinner and either a facial or back, neck and shoulder massage in the hotel’s oasis of relaxation, the Sanctuary Spa. Yay! ENTER HERE, OPEN NOW!
- NEW! a Pamper Me! break at Cork's four-star Imperial Hotel and Escape Salon and Spa, an Aveda location that's absolutley gorgeous. Check out the prize details and ENTER HERE - IT'S OPEN NOW!
- NEW! A Girl Power break for you and a pal at Kelly's Resort Hotel, Rosslare. You'll bag overnight accommodation plus an indulgent midweek package at the hotel's award winning Seaspa, including relaxation time in the therapeutic thermal suite and mud room followed by a one hour spa treatment (facial, full body massage or reflexology). Head to the hotel post spa session where you’ll be treated to a delicious buffet lunch or if you choose to have an afternoon spa session you can enjoy an early bird dinner including a glass of bubbles to help you along the way! OPEN NOW! ENTER HERE!
- NEW! 2 Avon hampers packed full of Avon's ENTIRE Christmas Collection, Sequins and Shine PLUS a bottle of Outspoken Intense by Fergie! OPEN NOW! ENTER HERE!
- NEW! 5 €50 vouchers to spend on Cloud10beauty.com, the brand new Irish beauty shopping website with killer brands like Sleek, Mama Mio, Face Atelier and Opi! OPEN NOW! ENTER HERE!
- NEW! 5 Shiseido Future Solution LX Ultimate Regenerating Serums worth €270 EACH!! OPEN NOW - ENTER HERE!
- NEW! 1 year's supply of Schwarzkopf Bonacure haircare (12 shampoo, 6 conditioner, 6 treatment PLUS 3 Miracle oil) worth €394! - OPEN NOW! ENTER HERE!
- 3 cases of yummy Barefoot Wine - OPEN NOW!
- 10 sets of NEW Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit Cream Wash plus the products in the Pink Grapefruit range - ENTER HERE, OPEN NOW!
- 10 Crabtree & Evelyn La Source duo packs from the boutique at Kildare Village - ENTER HERE, OPEN NOW!
- A super-duper Benefit hamper worth €250 to contain They’re Real mascara; Porefessional; Cha Cha Tint; Ring My Bella perfume; b.right Radiant Skincare: Radiant Triple Performing Facial Emulsion with SPF 15; Moisture Prep Toning Lotion; Ultra Radiance Mist & Remove it Make-up Remover - ENTER HERE, OPEN NOW!
- The entire Smashbox new season collection! - ENTER HERE, OPEN NOW!
- Plus LOADS more surprises and amazing giveaways yet to be announced - bookmark this page as we'll be adding new competitions and linking to all the competitions as they land from here
Want to win? Well, keep your eyes peeled on the site - comps can appear in any order at any time! We'll be mixing it up to keep you on your toes! Check back to this page often for updates - we'll be updating with links and comps will be open until the end of September to give you loads of time to get entries in.
Enjoy - and many thanks to the brands who've gotten involved!