Thursday, January 30, 2014

Happy Birthday to My Little World of Make up - First Blog anniversary

Hi everyone,
Today's post is no review but a day to be remembered by me forever. By the title you may have guessed it right. It is my blog's first anniversary. Yes I am one year old finally!! dance * dance * On the 29th of January 2013 I posted my first review on this blog and it has been exactly a year since then :)


My main purpose of starting this blog was to do something which I can call my own. Over the years after working for 5 years I realized after a while boredom sets in and you feel there is nothing exciting in life.So there needs to be something which should motivate you and keep you going and for me it was talking about Make up.Due to personal reasons I took a long break from work and shall be back to business soon. I do not know how I will manage but all I know is I want to busy and I will manage is my gut feeling. So whether I blog or not?  how long ?  how much? &  until when I don't know. I do not plan anything.



My Journey in blogging so far:
The journey has been a long and I would say a pretty long one full of ups and downs. I was a regular  reader  of many websites and blogs beauty related and always had in mind that I can also write a review. While I wanted to write for other websites but  I did drop the idea later and somehow came with the thought that I should write for my own blog. So  I jumped on to it without any further thinking because I am a big procastinator,  I started my first review with no knowledge at all. I just wanted that people read it and comment. Nobody knew I existed but from the second post I saw comments pouring in and first one being from Megha Saraf. I was elated and instantly connected with her. I was very slow in terms of posting and would post one to two reviews a week in the initial stages. From March my dear friend Radha did start commenting on my posts. In the month of April I was terribly sick and started my medication which did beat the crap out of me. I had a very bad birthday and it affected my blogging also. However I was still posting here and there.It did not stop.

Slowly things started taking momentum and I was posting not every single day but 3 articles a week. People started connecting with me and I was hooked on to many blogs and this is where I am now. There is no denying that I love lipsticks and lip products and that is what reflected the most in my blog. Some call me lipstick queen.. hahaha not really. I like lipsticks and over the years accumulated more than necessary. Clicking lip swatches is no joke I tell you and I do not do anything exceptional to be honest. I never bothered about foundation, concealer, setting powder, primer etc until I started blogging. I usually do not apply much make up on the face and by make up I mean foundation, concealer etc. I am happy with a lipstick and some powder on the face and ocassionaly I apply kajal or eyeliner. Yes that simple can you beat that. But there are some changes post blogging and I am happy about it.

When I started out I knew nothing. I remember creating a facebook fan page after months.What my blog is today is a pure result of my hardwork, dedication  and my own expertise. I never knew anyone in the first few months as I was new & hesitant to ask anyone anything.Also over time I also felt that asking help is good but then I wanted to do everything on my own and explore things on my own. No I am not a proud or arrogant person but all my life I took help and support of others so I wanted to find my own way this time. Of course if there was something I did not understand I always turned to my good friend Radha, Niesha and Megha. And what I said also does not mean I will not take anyone's help in future. We all learn from one another, Don't we?




While today's new bloggers know everything so fast which is a good thing I did struggle to come in terms with many things.SEO, blog traffic, all the techinical stuff is something which I have come to terms with over time. I still have lots of things to do like buy my own domain, make the website look attractive etc. But I always feel there is a time for everything and a learning curve and it will eventually happen soon.I was and am always worried about my content - My first priority always. 


Most of my reviews are from brands that are not so popular and may not be known by many but then I am an explorer and always look out for things which no one else has discovered and which will suit everyone's budget. From the people I know in my personal life apart from blogging  no one goes beyond Maybelline in terms of make up and I have received messages from many people who ask me where can I buy this product and recommendations from Mumbai. Ok I am not saying that others who review XYZ brands are doing anything wrong nor who are using them, its a personal choice after all. Everyone is unique in their own way and people definitely benefit from reading the information provided totally. I was just telling about myself.( nothing personal)




On a personal level the last one year was very bad for me. Only my family, close and best friends knew about it and I am not here to discuss my personal issues. Blogging gave me a place to express myself through make up and connect with so many good people. I have never been part of a group or a set of people in the blogging world. I have commented, liked on many blogs but over a period of time but  I have stuck with those from whom I bond/ connect with the most. It may not be practically possible to comment everywhere but I do try my best. That's it simple isn't it?


The two people who have to be mentioned are my  best friends Tejinder Kaur and Radha Krishnakumar from Indian Beauty Zone. They are like diamonds for me whose shine shall never fade.They have been my firm supporters always!
Tejinder Kaur: She needs no introduction. She is the most famous person in the blogging world. A very charming and loving person and full of zest for life. Everyone loves her.I never knew her personally or even blogging wise  until somewhere in August or September I started interacting with her after she was a regular reader & commenter on my blog posts. What can I say about her? She came as an angel in my life. She has time and again motivated me whether it  has been blogging or my personal life and knows me inside out, atleast that is what I feel right sweetie?;)   I am indebted to her for life for all the things she has done and continues to do  directly or indirectly. I am so glad I know you Tejinder you are my sunshine and best friend for life.I Love You forever with all my heart & I  always wish the best for you ♥♥ I wish we could have met personally often but that may not be possible as you stay miles away but hope to meet you someday. I chose this public forum to express my love and gratitude for you and I am so glad to have you in my life. You are very precious to me.. Virtual hugs and kisses sweetheart :* :*


Radha Krishnakumar from Indian Beauty Zone: We are soul sisters totally! We are the same in many ways. She is a very hard working person and I admire her the most. She has a golden heart and more than that she is a true friend hard to find now a days. She has helped many people in the blogging world as everyone may know but many a times people have written unpleasent things about her which is very sad. She is a mom, a housewife and runs 2 blogs. Really kudos to her. Its not an easy task I know. I am glad that she is my friend and my true well wisher. I really wish all the best things for her and her blog may reach new heights of success. Love you Rads ♥♥


I would like to thank Megha Saraf - the first person I knew through blogging and always holds a special place for me :) Niesha - one of the best bloggers we have and very helpful too. Esha - the motivator & shower gel queen, Aparajita Sengupta my good friend always and my friends Mini Vasudevan, Sylvester Vaz and Venissa Peters  who always support me in blogging. Of course not to forget my dear family ♥♥









I would also like to mention Richa Saxena, Charu Sharma, Srinjla, Gowthami,Rachna, Poonam Jain , Vipra, Jhilmil, Arpita Tiwary, Shivi from Cosmochics and many more who are regular readers and commenters on my blog. I am sorry if I may have left out anyone. But I would sincerely like to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for sticking around and I hope to continue blogging in future as well. Without your comments, likes, appreciation the blog would not have been the way it is now.


I have definitely learnt a lot through blogging and all the wonderful people associated with it and shall continue to learn because Life is all about learning. Today when I look back I learnt a lot of things and that makes me  a better person in life today. I have struggled for lots of things in life and have learnt many bitter lessons which is why I never forget to be humble & grounded but at the same time I am smart enough to know what is right and wrong. Success shall come some day by the grace of God and I shall wait for it with open arms. As I always say Keep calm and continue blogging!! So shall be it in future as well :D

See you all in my next post until then.. Buhhh byeeee ♥♥

Lots of Love,






P.S: All my views are my own and they are not meant to offend/criticize anyone. We are all equal here in the blogging world and will always be :) Images have been googled and not my own.


53 comments:

  1. Congratulations for achieving this milestone. Seldom have I seen people naming and thanking others for their success. You have done that dear. We all wish you a lot of success in the coming days and you rightfully deserve that.

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    1. Awww.. so sweet of u Jhilmil to say what u said.. may be its my upbringing but people who matter the most always deserve some love, appreciation n thanks n that is what I did.. Thank u for yr wishes.. Stay connected ♥♥

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  2. OMG Nats you wrote a lot :D, Thanks for your wishes for my success sweets <3 Many more happy returns for your Blog baby :D Congrats and hearty wishes..
    I am sure after joining work also you will able to do blogging (y)...
    Teju darling indeed a sweetheart <3 :*

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    1. Yeah i had to Rads.. it was a compilation of my story so far in the beauty blogging world.. many people still dont know much about me... Thank u so much dear for ur wishes.. i hope I will be able to manage both my blog and my job.. i hv so many things to do in my future u know everything dear.. I wish the best for you always as well.. Hugs :* n Teju is always a sweetheart i know ♥

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  3. congrats dear.......... keep blogging and its really sweet of you to acknowledge your friends. I followed u so we can be in touch too :)

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    1. Thank u Anita for ur kind words.. Stay connected.. I will for sure.. My friends deserved to be mentioned here :))

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  4. Nats, this one came straight from your heart, I loved reading every single line!!! You truly are an amazing person, thanks for the mention and the dukaan offer is till open!! :D :D Hugs on your special day! Many more birthdays to come for your little world of makeup! God bless!! :* <3

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    1. Yeah it did.. Thank u for ur kind words Esha.. u are a nice person i know through blogging.... Yeah dukaan na I still remember.. Lolzz Thank u for all ur wishes i hope i continue blogging n prove to people that i am also something.. hugs and love ♥♥

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  5. Awwww my lipstick queen i ll always be there for you :* Congrats. May u get more n more lippies and someday you will reveal ur lipstick treasure to us :) :*

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    1. Thank u Meghu.. ur the first person i knew here in blogging world so u will always be special.. lipstick treasure.. hahaha ..Hehe.. funny u.. :p

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  6. Woaah ! Time to celebrate girl :) Congrats Sweetie and Wish you loads more successful years ahead :* :* :*
    You are a sweet heart and I love your lip swatches ;) <3
    I know the feeling of first blog anniversay as I just experienced and Thanks to you I'm feelig the same again - Lovely written post <3
    #PartyHard #KeepSmiling #KeepBlogging
    Love You Sweet Heart and Cake tou banta hai boss ;) (I guess my first hindi comment :D) that reminds me of your marathi comments that I simply adore :)
    Thanks for mentioning my name - that was really sweet of you:*
    Hugs 'n' Kisses

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    1. He he.. yeah celebration yes bt i just kept it low key dear.. Thank u Vipra for ur wishes and compliments on the posts.. Glad u loved the lip swatches <3 Yup I know u just finished one year so you may hv understood my feeling better.. Love ya too.. Cake maangta toh tere ko mujhe milna maangta... hahaha.. yeah yeah i m naughty girl thoda so i write in Marathi .. Ur welcome dear... Stay connected n Thanks again ♥♥

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  7. natasha thats really emotional ya..i can totally understand ur feelings...blog is something really close to ur heart...love ur blog so much and lots of love and good wishes to you.....Lots of love!

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    1. Yeah it was Rachna.. everyone has a different reason to blog i suppose and this is my baby so it is special to me.. Thank u for ur wishes, love n support.. Love n hugs ♥

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  8. Aww babes! Thanks a lot for adding me in the list! its an honour to be named by you all and thanks for accepting me so soon! we all love your blog and the blog posts! Please stay in touch, keep blogging and keep smiling!
    GoD Bless!

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    1. Ur welcome dear.. all those who r connected n support me deserved to be mentioned i love ur blog too u guys do a great job.. Yeah will b in touch always.. Thank u so much for all ur wishes.. means a lot ♥♥

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  9. Awwwwww.....it was such a sweet post to read......loved it.....I am also in the struggling phase so I read every single line........and its time to celebrateeeeeee....congratsssss on completing a year....xoxoxo....:D

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    1. Thank u so much Maria for all ur wishes.. i am glad u liked what i wrote n i'm sure u will also receive lots of success in the beauty blogging world.. stay in touch xoxo

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  10. Aww. thats such a cute write up dear.. <3 <3 u too swettuu.. Blogging made me a better person too.. now I am feeling lovedd.. :-*
    U introduce us to such affordable brands and the rock the wearable and bright colors alike.. :)
    Time to celebrate ... waiting for treattt.. ;)
    wish u loads of anniversaries like this.. :) .. Love.. Poo..!! :D :D

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    1. Beauty blogging has definitely helped me in my days of distress.. i always wanted to do this and i m glad i feel loved by so many people around.. i totally agree with wht u said.. I always like talking abt affordable brands - it is the USP of my blog.. hahaha.. Treat sure if u cn come to mumbai :p accept my virtual cake for now :D
      Thank u Poo again fr all ur wishes love n support n stay connected.. Hugs ♥♥♥

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  11. Kya likhuin mein nats..u wrote a lot about me...first of all many many congratulations sweethrt. ..I m soo happy for u can't express in words. .I wanted u get evetything in ur life what u deserve for...n u deserve lots of happiness n love in ur life...we all love u a lot...u r such a sweethrt ...n yes guys I wanted to say she never start or end her ay without saying gud nite or gud mrng to me...I m soo overwhelmed sweetie...u r my best friend....love u loads n loads n loads..I knw I have soo many lovely ppl around me n i love them a lot...hugs n kisses :*:*...gud wishes. .I m alwyz with you..n yes we will meet one day. ..let my another baby cum then will plan n cum to meet u in Mumbai.....haan meri party due hai..n yes Thank you soo much for mentioning my name n lots of sweet words. ..Thank you sweethrt....happy birthday again...:*:*:*:*♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡:*:*:*:*

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    1. awwww... so much wrote meri jaan.... I know u were, are and always will be happy for me.. I deserved lots of things bt never got dunno why :( I wish ur prayer comes true.. Life has been full of downs and so is blogging had it nt been for the motivation u gave me i dunno if i wud hv reached so far.. You are my angel - that who not just has a pretty face bt a generous heart too.. as u rightly said once that my love fr u cnt be described in words its absolutely true.. my love fr u is unconditonal n i really hv expressed it many times to u.. my day or night as u rightly said does not end with good morning or good right n ur right because ur always in my heart and hw cn i ever forget these simple things which may nt mean much to u bt fr me they do like sayin good morninng or good night .. Haan ji aayo Mumbai we will meet and party zarur milegi u can always ask me naa haq banta hai tera .. Yeah i wish u good health in ur pregnancy also awaiting eagerly for my lil angel.. Why shud u thank me for mentioning ur name.. u deserved all this.. i always respect n care for u... I love samar and ur family u guys r very sweet.. Lastly I would say a big big Thank u for all that u do for me knowingly or unkowingly.. I shall cherish n love u forever as my best friend... Thank u for ur lovely wishes love support and caring nature.. as i said to u blogging gave me my best friend for life and i cant be more happier than this.. I love u soooo much my darling i wish i cud hv measured it bt its infinite.. i wish u best things in life n lots of happiness and love.. continue being my sunshine always.. Miss u sweetie always and Love you forever .. God bless you.. Muahhh :* :* :* :* ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

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  12. Such a lovely post Nats :) Blogging does change you as a person and I think each one of us can say that.
    I love your lipstick reviews and pretty swatches <3 Loads and loads of wishes on the anniversary :) Keep rocking babe!

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    1. Awww thanks for commenting Preeti.. so sweet of u to say all that.. I agree Blogging has changed my life a lot and i have learned a lot too.. m glad u like my lipstick reviews.. Stay connected in future too.. Thanks again.. Hugs ♥♥

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  13. Congratulations dear :) n the girl with gorgeous lips...may you have many more years of wonderful blogging :) <3 :*

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    1. hahaha girl with gorgeous lips. thats so sweet of u.. Thank for ur wishes love n support Saniya.. stay connected in future as well ,, Hugs.. :* ♥

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  14. Awww that's really very sweet dear ! congrats and I wish you all the success ! Kisses ^.^ <3 <3

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    1. Thank U Shreya fr ur wishes love n support,,, Stay connected in future as well.. Kisses ♥♥

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  15. congratulations dear!!! wish you good luck for the future!! :* happy bday to your blog :D

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    1. Thank u so much Mayuri for ur wishes .. Stay connected.. :))

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  16. Awwww.....You're a sweet-heart Nats! Beautifully Expressed
    Its time for Treats & to Party!!!
    Congratulations on the First Bloggiversary...I know Its an amzing Feeling!!!
    You really are the Lipstick Queen & you introduce us to such gorgeous affordable Lippie!
    A Big Hug to You Dahlin....& Thank you for mentioning my name!
    Love you Lots Sweets!! :)
    Be Happy Nd Keep Blogging...Mwaaahhh!!!

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    1. Thanks Richa... it was a lot I know.. bt i had to express it on this day <^_^>
      Thank u so much it is an enriching experience to do something than ur normal job.. hahaha Lipstick queen.. so sweet of u to say that... yeah i like talking abt affordable brands bt dat does nt mean i shall nt review popular brands too .. it will surely happen in future for sure.. For Party u hv to meet me Lol we stay in Mumbai itself :p for nw only virtual cake... Your welcome i know u fr quite smtime nw thru blogging so u had to be mentioned.. Thanks again fr the wishes.. Stay connected in future too.. Love n hugs ♥♥

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  17. This is an awesome post.....many many many many MANY congratulations hun.
    You wrote a lot and totally agree with you Tej and Radha...they are real sweetheart,awesome personalties.
    Always like your lip swatch my lipstick ki rani ...

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    1. Hahaha.. Lipstick ki rani.. new name.. Thnk u so much :)
      Yes I did write a lot it was everythingi wanted to say abt my whole journey..
      Teju and Rads are my best friends they deserve all the love.... ♥♥
      Thank u so much Srinjla fr ur lovely wishes n support.. Stay connected in future as well.. Hugs :)

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  18. You rock...so do all the sweet bloggers around us...your post is thought provoking and damn true..loved everything...wish you success and congrats...way to go..u r really a sweetie pie

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    1. Aww thanks for commenting dear.. so sweet of u.. Yes it was thought provoking.. Thank u so much fr ur lovely wishes.. Stay connected in future as well ...♥♥ <^_^>

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  19. I'm so sorry dear, I got so late in wishing you happy blog anniversary but never late than ever, I totally adore your work especially your lip swatches, loved seeing them, all the very best and good luck for future, continue showing us your lovely lip swatches.

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    1. Its ok dear better late than never !! Thank u for all ur wishes. i am glad u like my lip swatches n reviews... Stay tuned for more and Stay connected in future as well.. Thank u again Arzoo :)

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  20. yayyyyy!!!!!! A VERYYYYYYYY happyyyyyyyyyy Anniversaryyyyyyyyyyy! <3 Keeeep rocking :D

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    1. Thank u Manpreet for ur comments and wishes.. ♥♥ Stay connected :)

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  21. Congrats dear!! I'm so happy to be a part here and I wish you thousands of miles stones <3 Love your beautiful works always and I admire you! All happiness to you <3

    xoxo
    Gowmy

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    1. Thank u for ur warm wishes Gowmy and ur appreciation too.. I am glad u love my work too.. Stay connected in future as well... Thanks again <3

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  22. Many congratulations dear!!!! :)) Feel really happy for you and I know it takes a lot to blog for an entire year! I agree with you on so many things. Even if you dont wear much makeup, that's fine you have been blessed with such great skin.. :)
    I am literally bombarded with so many things at this time that kept me came late here. Nevertheless I feel good when someone thinks that I was a part of their journey like there are so many people who have become integral part of my journey as well including you. Many more anniversaries to come and Happy blogging!!! <3 <3

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    1. Awww its ok Niesha better late than never.. I had more lows than ups in the last one year bt i am still at it.. There is so much to do in life.. blogging aint easy as people think and its a lot of hardwork as u already know also no one at home supports me much for reasons whatsoever .. awww thank u for saying i dnt need make up.. i always was and am simple bt m trying to change a bit.. I am glad u feel elated that i mentioned abt u bt u had to be mentioned here,, I am glad we know each other thru blogging.. Thank u for love, support n lovely wishes always.. Stay connected in future as well.. Love n hugs ♥♥

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  23. @Nats: Awwww!! You're such a sweetheart and it is so sweet that you're so humble and actually go all out to thank your readers personally!! I am a new reader here, and i am definitely touched by how down-to-earth you are!! HAppy 1st year anniversary, sweetheart!

    http://anshul90.com

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    1. Thank u so much Anshul.. there are so many bloggers i still dont know.. bt i will remember u now and stay connected.. Well any accomplishment in life cannot go without thanking the people whom u love the most and who support u always.. hence i did the same.. Thank u again fr ur kind words n wishes n m glad u feel tht way abt me.... Stay connected in future as well.. Love.. xoxo

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  24. Awwwle! That is so cute Nats :)) Just felt so happy and motivated! I have been reading your blog since like a realllllllllllly long time and have loved your post and still loving them! :D I love the way you write, click pics and express yourself :))

    Thank you so much and a belated anniversary to the lovely makeup blog that is very unique :D :)) I hope you grow and grow in this blogging world and may all the things you need, you get :))

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    1. Thank u so much Arpita i have been following too fr a long time.. i am glad u felt motivated after reading what i wrote.. i know even u do a gr8 job of reviewing affordable products jst like me.. hi5.. Awww thanks so much for all yr appreciation n wishes hope what u say comes true.. Stay connected always Arpita.. Love ♥♥

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  25. Awww... Tons of Heartiest Wishes For You n Your Blog..
    I Agree You Don't Blog About The Most Popular Products But Then, You post About Treasures That Are Available at Affordable Rates.. I Think That Very Much is The USP Of Your Blog! I Toh am Technically Dumb :P
    Blogging is Filled With Some Real Nice People :)

    God Bless You :)

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    1. Awww,, so sweeet of you to say what u said Heena .. Yes i do blog abt products which sometimes ppl may nt be aware of bt then as u rightly said it is the USP of my blog n it is nt that i wont blog abt popular products too it will happen in the future.. I am technically dumb too,, Lol.. hi5...
      Thanks for stopping by n commenting n all yr sweet words n lovely wishes.. Stay connected in future as well,, xoxo

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  26. Hi dear.. I loved your post. I dnt know how i came here but exploring through sites i came across ur blog post. Im all new to bloggers world.i have recently posted only 1-2 posts but nothing much happened. And today i thought i wuld leave it. As i don't fit into this profession since i dnt knw anything. But reading ur post tears rolled down my eyes. U r a true blogger. Wish u good luck. I hope i can also continue like you...
    Love
    Manisha

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