7.7.15

Happy 1st Birthday Clarke Couture! + MY FIRST GIVEAWAY! (CLOSED)

Today is July 7th and so this day last year, as I was preparing to start applying to university I decided it would probably be beneficial for me to have a blog to include on my personal statement. In September I shall start my first year of International Fashion Promotion which I am super excited for but it almost feels quite selfish to say I created a blog to make myself 'look good' on my university application. 


I still remember my first post. I had just recently picked up the Benefit: They're Real Push Up Liner and decided to do a review on it. You can check that post out here if you fancy a laugh at my shy writing and pink tinted photographs. My set up wasn't my strongest at the beginning. I remember using a dust sheet back when I first started blogging and I would use black tape to stick it to the wall behind my bedroom door. I then would either use the torch on my iPhone or a lamp to create some lighting. Oh how things have changed, nowadays I just place a white plate on my printer as the walls in my office are white. I'll open the blinds and stand there (usually in some form of pyjamas) hoping that nobody on my street can see me, it's casual haha! 

My blog has gone through some serious changes since I began. I unfortunately cannot find any screenshots for the life of me but initially I had the standard blogger template with the stripes and my entire blog was pink and every photo had a white border around it. At the time I thought it was simply fabulous. The current blog template I have was designed by Kotryna and you can shop her etsy store here

Clarke Couture back in February!


Since my first year of blogging I have now gained over 15,000 page views and I couldn't be happier. I have people reading my blog in the craziest of places! Clarke Couture appears to be pretty popular in Israel haha!! But no matter where you are in the world thank you so much for taking the time out to read my posts, to follow me either on twitter, bloglovin' or instagram and even if you have only ever left one comment it means the absolute world to me that people are actually interested in what I have to say. I may have began blogging possibly for the wrong reasons but I have now grown to love it so much. 

So the bit you are probably only reading this post for haha! The giveaway!! To say thank you to all of my readers I would like to give something back to you, by giving you the opportunity to WIN A MAC LIPSTICK OF YOUR CHOICE!! If you've been reading my blog for a while then you will know I am a complete lipstick addict and so I thought this giveaway just perfectly represented my personality. I recently posted my own MAC lipstick collection which you can check out here

Just complete the requirements below and boom you're entered! GOOD LUCK!!
The giveaway begins JULY 7TH and shall end AUGUST 7TH AT 12PM UK TIME! 


a Rafflecopter giveaway


I shall announce the winner on my twitter once they have been randomly selected by Rafflecopter. Make sure you are following me on there as I will then DM the winner for their address and their chosen shade of MAC lipstick. Once again, good luck!! Until next time lovelies,



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70 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your one year of blogging!! :D I would love to win Brave.

    My twitter name is @leah_talks, i accidently pressed the button early before i put all my username in haha xx

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  2. Thank you! Good luck, Brave is a great choice! xx

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  3. Congrats :) I hope to get there once as well ;)

    I'd love to win the Viva Glam VI :)

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  4. Thanks, I'm sure you will do one day! Nice choice!

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  5. Congratulations! :D I would love to get Creme Cup if I won the giveaway!

    Mollie,xo /// The Fashion Of Craft

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  6. Thank you! Ooo definitely a good choice, I've seen this shade floating around the blogosphere so much lately!

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  7. Thanks for running such a fab giveaway and CONGRATS ON 1 YEAR!! I would say choose for me but I think I am going to go with Lady Danger. Hope you enjoy the next year of blogging! xxxx

    http://gbeautyblog.blogspot.co.uk

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  8. Thanks lovely, I felt my readers definitely deserved a little something back :) Lady Danger is such a stunning red but I couldn't justify having it for myself as I already have MAC Red haha! xxxx

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  9. Amy Paternoster8 July 2015 at 13:05

    Well done for reaching 1 year! I'd have to go for Brave or Velvet Teddy if I won as they've been on my wishlist for so long! Great blog & keep it up!

    Amy @ Blonde Amy x

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  10. Velvet Teddy is definitely a cult classic, good luck!! x

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  11. nice idea of doing a giveaway for your 1st anniversary! I may have to do the same when it comes to my first year :) great little blog you have here btw! I'd go for YASH :) xx

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  12. This is such a generous giveaway, well done on one year, hope you have many more :) I'd have to go for either Creme Cup, Velvet Teddy or Morange :)
    Dalal x
    monochromedaisies.blogspot.com

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  13. I definitely intend on having many more if I'm lucky enough too! Lovely choices, good luck! xx

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  14. Go for it, it's such a lovely feeling being able to give back to readers as a celebration of the next year of blogging :) Good luck! xx

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  15. Congratulations on making one year mark! Doesn't it feel amazing? Woohoo!

    Beauty Isles | An Island Girl's Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

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  16. Thanks lovely, it's such a good feeling!

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  17. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I reached a year of blogging this year, its an amazing achievement.
    Fantastic giveaway as well!

    Jenn | jenniferjayne.blogspot.co.uk

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  18. Thank you, well done to you too! It definitely is such a proud feeling haha :)

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  19. Congratulations! And it's a great give away really!

    http://industrialbarbie.blogspot.com/

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  20. Congratulations on 1 year, thanks for sharing. Do you want to support each other's blog by following each other?:) Please let me know if you do so I can follow you right back x

    kisses

    http://www.theclosetelf.com/

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  21. Thank you! I just followed your bloglovin x

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  22. I would love to shade peach blossom!

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  23. First of all, thank you so much for this opportunity! Congratulations on your anniversary! I am a lippie person myself and it would be amazing to win Velvet Teddy. :D

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  24. Thanks lovely, good luck! Velvet Teddy is gorgeous!!

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  25. So true! Thank you again! :)

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  26. Happy Blog Birthday! I have dipped in & out of blogging for over a year now but have properly got to it in the last year & am loving it again! I hope you can use it to get some much needed me time at Uni :)

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  27. Congratulations!
    Ruby woo lipstick is my choice.

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  28. Thank you! Yeah I hope so too, I can imagine a lot of me time would be needed haha!

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  29. Congrats!
    Ruby Woo or Margarita from the end collection!

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  30. Yay well done on your anniversary! A lot of people stop posting after a few months so it's a definite milestone. I have never actually had enough spare cash to buy a MAC lipstick D: but I have been wanting Velvet Teddy for aaaages. :) x

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  31. Thank you! I absolutely love blogging and definitely don't plan on giving it up anytime soon! Good luck! x

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  32. Nicoleta Alexandra16 July 2015 at 09:21

    Pure Zen MAC Lipstick!

    Btw,
    Is this open to international followers?
    Thank you!

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  33. Yes, anyone can enter. Good luck!

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  34. Nicoleta Alexandra16 July 2015 at 15:36

    Thank you so much!

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  35. Florence Grace17 July 2015 at 22:03

    I would like a total surprise, preferably a shade of pink though, as I have been dying to buy a Mac lipstick but haven't gotten around to it yet!

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  36. Congrats! I love your blog!<3 I'd love Velvet Teddy:)

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  37. Congrats on your 1rst Blogiversary! I really like your blog even thought I haven't followed you that long :)

    I have SO many MAC lipsticks on my wishlist but I'd love to get Relentlessly Red or Sunny Soul! Xx

    Anu | My life as Anu | bloglovin

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  38. Aw thank you! Well done on your first year too, it's such an amazing feeling! Good luck! xx

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  39. Congratulation on your blog-birthday! I've just come across your blog and I'm going to have a good read through now :) Anniewritesbeauty.co.uk

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  40. Thanks lovely, I hope you enjoy!

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  41. Happy blog-a-versary! I enjoyed reading this post and cutting back to some of your earlier posts; I've followed you for a while anyway but it's nice to sit down and have a good stalk through :} I only own one Mac lipstick, so pretty much the entire store is my wishlist haha. Maybe Girl About Town or Milan Mode. Good luck everyone and may you have much Blog success to come :) xx

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  42. Happy blogiversary!! :D I think I'd like to win Cosmo or Kinda Sexy! Thanks for the chance! xx

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  43. Thank you ☺️

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  44. Happy 1 year! I've been blogging for about 8 months and I cringe at my first posts too! As for the lipstick I think I'd go for either Brave or Faux. xx

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  45. Congrats on 1 year, my first posts are pretty awful too, scary - What a great giveaway, I would love Lady Danger :) x
    http://insaneaboutmakeup.blogspot.co.uk/

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  46. Haha tell me about it! Good luck! xx

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  47. How have I only just discovered your blog?! So happy I followed you now :) I would love to win MAC Shy Girl to add to my collection. Congrats on 1 year of blogging :) xxx
    www.verybeth.blogspot.co.uk

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  48. Happy Blog Anniversary! I'd love Velvet Teddy :D Thank you!!!!

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  49. Aw thank you Beth! Good luck xx

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  50. Zenita Jemella23 July 2015 at 18:37

    happy birthday to your blog; i would love MAC Captive x

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  51. Happy blog anniversary! I'd love to win Brave! :)

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  52. Happy anniversary and congratulations on reaching a year! I'm not sure which lipstick I would chose if I won, maybe Brave x

    emily x ❤ | emilyloula

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  53. ruby woo would be my choice!

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  54. Congrats on your first year of blogging! :) I would choose Honey Love x

    dreaminpink.co.uk

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