Sunday, 1 September 2013

Happy Birthday Holly Mixtures: GIVEAWAY

Allow me to take you back in time...
Exactly one year ago today.

Pretty sure it was about as cold and windy as it is right now, and I was sat in the exact same setting as I am now - in a blanket with my dressing gown on, wishing it was justifiable to put the heating on with it now  being meteorologically Autumn...but then remembering I'd rather buy a new mascara than be warm.

Followed by going upstairs and adding my onesie to the growing number of layers I had on.

See that was the thing, I liked mascara a lot.
I liked other beauty stuff, a lot.
 And most of all, I read blogs about them, a lot. 

I'd get that weird excitement in my belly when seeing someone love a product so much that they just had to speak about it - and I had the same problem.
Like an affliction.

Seriously, even my dad had to put up with the occasional ramble about how great my new lipstick was and how it's lasting power was sooooo much better than it's nearest counterpart from time to time.
As you can imagine, he was thrilled.

I needed a vent.

 I was one of those kids in high school who asked for extra paper in exams.
I would, could, and very bizarrely liked to (I know, weird) write twelve pages where only three were necessary, and fill them with absolute nonsense that the question definitely did not ask for.
Poor examiners.

*senses I'm doing it now and this whole essay is totally uncalled for*

I had all these words in my head and they needed to come out.

*senses I'm still going*

To cut a long story short, I decided it was time to preserve my poor dads hearing and write it somewhere where like-minded people might get the same thrill I do, or errr...not thrill if I'm on a rant about something.
That day, Holly Mixtures was born, with this cringe-fest of a blog post...
Although it took until around November for me to actually put my link out in the big bad world for someone other than my mum (and most avid reader).

Not going to lie - one of the best things I ever did!
I love blogging now, and although I'm not the most regular of bloggers, it combines so many of the things I love into one place; beauty, fashion, art, (iPhone photography is soooo art) and writing - and that place is all mine!
I feel so privileged to be able to share it with you all, and I've 'met' some great people along the way to reaching one year.

I genuinely believed that it would be just my mum reading until the end of time...

My thank you to you all is inspired by a giveaway I was lucky enough to win myself a few weeks ago, thanks to Kimberley, because my god I never thought it was possible.
I'm going to run a similar giveaway myself, and offer you lovely lot the chance to win the MAC LIPSTICK OR EYESHADOW OF YOUR CHOICE!!

That very giveaway has inspired me a little, because such a product is not always possible to just buy for those who have mortgages to pay and an expensive addiction to houmous like myself.
I was more than thrilled to win and have decided that I would really like pass on that feeling to one of you, as a thank you for the support I've had over the last year :)


Simply fill in the rafflecopter below :D
I'm keeping it simple - so you have up to five entries, one of which is mandatory and includes leaving your email address in a blog post comment.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


1. Sorry you guys, but it's a UK only giveaway and you must be 16 or over - I've never done one of these before and don't want to get ahead of myself. 
2. You can choose either an eyeshadow OR a lipstick and whatever you choose must be part of the permanent line.
3. I will email the winner on the provided email address and will need a response within three days or an alternative winner will be chosen.
4. I will be purchasing the product of your choice online, (I am nowhere near a MAC store boo) and have it sent to you via standard delivery.
5. All entries will be checked, so stick to the rules lovelies :).

The giveaway closes on the 29th of this month - four weeks time, and I will be choosing a winner that day provided nothing goes hideously wrong...


I think that's everything peeps...

I'll stop rambling now...
Clearly I never learned.
If web pages were made of paper this would be a flipping book.
I should take a page and write to the examiners who had the unfortunate task of marking my exams - a 'thank you' or a 'sorry' card maybe, but it'd have an explanation inside so long that they'd still be reading it come Christmas.

Maybe one of them unwittingly follows my blog and will enter - if they win maybe I'll be forgiven ;)

Or maybe one of you will win, who knows...?
But you gotta be in it to win it!!

Happy entering people :)


  1. I'd love to win the Lovelorn lipstick :) Lovely giveaway and happy blogging! x

  2. Happy Blogging birthday hun! Ooh I think I'd love to win either Morange or Rebel lipstick. My email is

    Katie xxx

  3. Happy Birthday Holly Mixtures :) I already have three Mac eyeshadows but don't own a lipstick. I think I would try one of those, but I'd have to do some research to find the right colour :)

  4. Happppppppppy blog birthday gorgeous!!!! If I was the verrrrrry lucky winner I would love to choose Speed Dial - it's the prettiest pink lipstick <3 xxx

  5. I would love to win MAC All That Glitters :)

  6. You writing skill is me really into ready your story on how you started and why...:)
    Have a look on my blog too very similar to yours:)
    Like it then follow it please...

  7. Oh Holly, you devil ;) Happy first blogging birthday! I'll be hitting my second soon! ;) You cheeky minx. Thought I'd give myself a cheeky entry, I've had my eye on Mac Candy Yum Yum, I like to pretend I could pull it off ;)

  8. I would looove a lipstick! Bought my first two this Saturday and I'm converted! Lovely giveaway, and I loved reading how you started blogging :)

  9. I love the name of your blog - so sweet!

    Fab competition - fingers crossed!

    Love & Liquor | A Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle blog

  10. Happy Blog Birthdayyy! Wahoo! Can't believe its been a year! Its nearly my blog birthday too now! Crazy!

    I'm obsessed with MAC lipsticks, so I'd loveee to win Plumful :)

    Aimée Xx

  11. I would love to win the Omega eyeshadow to use on my eyebrows. I'm currently looking for a new brow product so it would be lovely.

  12. I would love a MAC lipstick in Lady Danger or Crosswires! :)

  13. Happy Blog Birthday! Id love to win a lipstick, still cant settle on a colour yet thou, can make up my mind on which colour I want if I win. Great comp thanks x My email is

  14. Lovely giveaway hunn :) I would love to win a MAC lipstick, not sure what colour yet though xD x

  15. Happy Blog Birthday!
    I'd love to win a MAC Lipstick in Plumful
    My email is

    Peach Pow XO

  16. Happy blog birthday! Blogging seems to suit you perfectly & heres to many more eh!

    I would love to win MAC cranberry eyeshadow, such a pretty shade!

    Latasha xx |Today I Adore

  17. I would love a MAC lipstick in Creme Cup or Creme d'Nude! (:


    Yuen @ The Craziest Paradigm - a 'lil bit of rust & stardust

  18. I would love to win anything, 'cause I've never tried MAC products before

  19. Happy blog birthday! I'd love to win a MAC Lipstick in chatterbox :)

  20. If I'd have known I'd have sent you a card! Oooo I don't know, can I have time to think about what I'd like please? Possibly wood winked, you've got me all jealous! x

  21. i would choose the cranberry eyeshadow

  22. Great giveaway and great blog. I would pick the lipstick but I have my eye on a few. However I woukd pick lickable

  23. HAPPY BLOGBIRTHDAY!!!! I would love MAC Antique eyeshadow or Rebel lipstick!!


  24. Happy blog anniversary, I would love to win MAC All That Glitters eyeshadow x

  25. I would love to win a mac lipstick! Maybe Rebel or Chatterbox

  26. Hi Holly
    Happy Blog Anniversary!!
    i would Love to win a mac lipstick please So hard choosing lol but like the Behave Yourself

  27. Happy blogiversary!

    I'd love to win a Mac lipstick! Possibly Impassioned or Girl about Town


  28. happy blogiversary
    Ide love to win a mac lipstick cyber x

  29. happy birthday! my one year birthday is coming up soon too :) i'd love either plumful or syrup lipstick. Thanks for the giveaway

    Anna x

  30. Happy blogging birthday! I would love to win All that glitters!

    Gemma xx

  31. Great giveaway, I would love Speed dial lipstick, it looks like such a wearable pretty pink!
    G x

  32. All that glitters! I have one space left in my pro palette that needs filling.. its tantalising really!


  33. I would love to win the MAC lipstick in Crosswires

    Lucy x

  34. I'd love a MAC lipstick! Not sure what colour yet, maybe crosswires or a nice nude colour!

    My email is xxx

  35. Definitely a lipstick in red - not sure which shade exactly yet though... :)

    My email is xx

  36. I would love to win Woodwinked eyeshadow, it looks so perfect!!

    Rosie xo

  37. I'd love to win MAC Red! x x

  38. Happy blog birthday! I'd choose a MAC lipstick in Chatterbox if I won :) x

  39. Happy blog birthday :)! I would love to win the lipstick Shy Girl, it is such a beaut shade that I am dying to try out!

    Laura xxx

  40. Aah I'd probably like to win Pink Nouveau. xx

  41. I think I'd choose a MAC lipstick, I'm not sure what colour :-)
    libbyboo (at) hotmail (dot) co (dot) uk

  42. Happy blog birthday! I would love to win a MAC lipstick in Crème d' Nude! My email is

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