Monday, 11 July 2011

50 Follower Giveaway

I am very happy to announce that my blog has now reached the 50 Follower milestone. Well it was 55 at the time of posting this, but I didn't get a chance to post at the moment when the blog follower clock struck 50! I know that there are a lot of blogs out there with a LOT more followers, but I am really happy to have reached this number. I was pleased when I got my first blog follower (the gorgeous Nicoletta over at Nicoletta's Beauty Space), so to make it to 50+ followers makes me a very happy blogger indeed!

Although I have only been blogging for a few months, I have really enjoyed it, and have discovered some great bloggers and tweeters. Starting my own blog also encouraged me to get more involved with my local Bloggers Meetups in Cardiff. Through that I have met some really interesting people whose variety of blogs never cease to provide plenty of food for thought. And on a beauty-related note, starting my blog has encouraged me to try a wider range of products, and looks, which can only be a good thing. Well, for my style if not for my bank account!

To celebrate reaching 50 followers I have decided to run a little giveaway. I've compiled a selection of products by brands that I've blogged about, that I love, and that people have been enthusiastic about. I hope that you like my version of a Glossybox. The box contains:

  • The Body Shop's Monoi Miracle Oil (150ml) which can be used on skin and hair.
  • Paula's Choice Illicit Lash Maximum Impact Mascara (full-size)
  • Korres Basil Lemon Little Moisturising Body Milk (50ml)
  • Orly Mini Manicure in 'Holla' a.k.a 'Happy Nails' (5.3ml)
  • Etat Libre D'Orange fragrance samples ( 5 x 1.5ml: Rossy de Palma; Nombril Immense; Divin'Enfant; Vierges et Torreros; Encens et Bubblegum). I came across this quirky brand whilst browsing the website. I had never heard of them before so was intrigued to try them.There's a wide range of fragrances to choose from, so I've included a selection, as choice of fragrances can vary widely between different people.
If you'd like to be entered in the giveaway, then here are the rules:

1. You must be a follower via Google Friend Connect.

2. You must comment on this post below, with a random fact about yourself. I decided to go for that, as when Nic over at Strawberry Blonde gave me the Butterfly Blog Award I found it interesting reading everyone's random facts about themselves.

3. If you tweet about this giveaway or mention it on your Facebook page you will get an extra entry: 'I've just entered @LouiseHartrey 's 50 Follower Giveaway over at '

4. The giveaway will close at 11:59pm on 31st July 2011.

If you've got a blog I would love to know what you've found to be the best thing about blogging.

UPDATE - I've just selected the winner of my '50 Follower Giveaway', and the lucky lady is........30SomethingMel . Congratulations. Hope that you enjoy using all the products.


  1. random fact: I am addicted to cheese *hangs head* pizza, lasagna, enchiladas, anything cheesy is good by me

    socialitedreams at

  2. Hey sweetie congrats on all your lovely followers - well deserved. What a very lovely giveaway & thanks for the mention above ^^ - love the Lou Lou Box! Pretty please count me in!

    In all honesty the best bit for me about blogging has been what I've learnt from others' blogs! It's also really rewarding when people enjoy reading my posts. :)

    Another random fact about me - eek!

    I ran away from home to be with my lover and broke my poor mother's heart!

    Have tweeted about your giveaway.

    Nic xxx

  3. Hello there :)

    I've retweeted your giveaway and follow your blog with GFC - 30somethingmel.

    Random (freaky) fact; I can hyper extend my leg 45 degrees backwards (Meaning if I sit with my legs flat on the floor I can bend from the knee upwards). Twisted I know LOL But unique ;)

    Mel xx

  4. Hey Lou,
    Have followed the lovely Nic over and delighted I did, your blog looks great!
    I'm not long in the blogosphere and have to say the thing I enjoy most is the lovely people I've been introduced to, not to mention attending some fab events.
    Random fact about me, I wrote and had published a poem about expecting my eldest lad when I was a teen. I only have a vague recollection of writing it :)
    Will RT this lovely comp now, looking forward to reading more x

  5. Socialite dreams - I'm with you on the cheese!It's one of my weaknesses

    Nic - Love your random fact. Very romantic. Thanks for your comments on my blog. I think I might trademark the 'Lou Lou Box'!I love finding new blogs, and everyone is really supportive of other bloggers

    Mel - Hi to a fellow 30-something!Wow that is definitely a very unique random fact!I've never met anyone who could do that.

    CherrySue - Thanks for the lovely comments on my blog *blushes* Welcome to the blogosphere!Am now following your blog.Am very impressed with your fact.

  6. Hi congrats on the 50 followers
    @actionmags on twitter and I follow on gfc

    Random fact: I love salad cream... It kicks mayonnaise s ass

  7. Hi Lou, I'm glad I discovered your blog :) I'm a new follower (59th one) and congrats for hitting 50+ followers :)

    My GFC name is 'spider girl' :)

    One random fact about me is that I love to design jewelry and handbags! It's an obsession <3

    I've tweeted about your giveaway, and am following you on Twitter :)
    Twitter name: @techspidergirl
    Tweet link:!/techspidergirl/status/90728160395657216

    techiespidergurl at gmail dot com

  8. Thanks for sharing this! I've just discovered your blog and am following via Friend Connect. My random fact is that I share my birthday with Coco Chanel.

    Twitter name: @SkinDeepBlogger

  9. This looks great! I'm also a Welsh BB, it's good to see an increase in our numbers :).
    My random fact is...I cheated during my Welsh GCSE :)
    I'm gonna tweet about this giveaway now, @cococerys

  10. Congrats, chuck!

    Random fact about me...I don't want to learn to drive because it bores me senseless, but I DO want to learn to ride a motorbike...if only it was as practical!

    I think the best thing about blogging is the wonder of Twitter! Talking to everyone and seeing what's going on with different brands :)

  11. Just came across your blog & I'm so glad I did, it's lovely. I'm not sure if your giveaway is open for international readers but if so, I'd love to be entered. I follow via GFC and my random fact is that I'm the exact opposite of claustrophobic, really big, open spaces freak me out!

  12. Congrats on your followers!!!

    GFC: Michelle G

    Twitter: @destaneemom


    Random Fact: I just started writing a blog based around my daughter, who is 10. She is everything the title says "Girly and Curly," LOL. I love it so far although I have a lot more to learn.

  13. Hi! I'm a new follower - NailNewbie
    I tweeted here!/HellBellUk/status/96299424216649728
    My random fact - I've got two children but I've never been in labour!
    And my favourite thing about blogging is meeting new, like minded people who don't bat an eyelid when I tell them how many nail polishes I have!
    My blog is if you'd like to look x

  14. I follow with GFC (angie). random fact about me: I like to eat raw macaroni noodles. Dont know why.

    angiewith3 at live dot com

  15. THANK YOU:)!!!
    I follow your blog via gfc emmybear411
    random fact: I LOVE makeup<3!!!
    my e-mail is
    THANK YOU:D!!!

  16. I followed you on twitter @emmybear411 and tweeted!/emmybear411/status/97116086419472384 my e-mail is THANK YOU:)!!!

  17. thanks for the giveaway:) you're very generous!
    i'm following you on twitter and tweeted "I've just entered @LouiseHartrey 's 50 Follower Giveaway over at"
    Twitter username: @Dr_acula__
    my email is:
    Random Fact is that i love tattoo's, even though i don't have any, and i'd love to become a tattoo artist one day :P

  18. I too love the interaction that comes from blogging - from comments, emails, tweets and meeting people in person. Congrats on 50 followers - looks like it's even more now! :)

    My email is: sugarandspice (dot) shopgirl (at)

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