Face Value Beauty Blog: 1st Blog Birthday!

This time last year I was wondering what a hashtag was. This time last year I didn’t have a decent hobby. This time last year, I made a great decision to start a blog! NICE ONE 2012 ZOE DUBS.

Can you believe it?! It was one year today – this very day- that Face Value Beauty Blog was born. And what a year it’s been. 

From the concepts of a bored idea, through to an international tweeting, instagramming full-fledged MACHINE, the blog has grown more than I could ever have imagined this time last year.

In my first year I have (poorly) written 136 posts, somehow gained almost 800 Twitter followers and now? Face Value Beauty Blog now gets over 1,000 hits a day. This is absolutely mental.

 And none of this would have been possible without you, dear reader. Even though I’m convinced that the majority of the hits are my friends or my mum, it’s lovely to know that someone out there reads this blog and hopefully likes it! SO THANK YOU!!!

Here are the highlights of my first year:

For more info, click the picture and it should (relying on my HTML skills) take you to the relevant post!

Highlight #1 Getting to meet people who I’ve seen only on the internet – in PERSON! aka becoming a massive #fangirl and embarassing myself. From skincare gurus, hair stylists, brand founders and other bloggers – everyone’s been so lovely to little old me!

And that’s just one of my highlights – keep reading to see what else I’ve done in 2013

Taking part with in a blind Micellar Water testing for Escentual.com 

And then getting my stupid words quoted on their website!

Being interviewed and guest-blogging for other websites. (An easy-peasy way to make a gal feel important!)

If anyone wants to guest-post here, then just let me know!

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Getting to go to industry events – learning about blogging and new beauty brands! My favourites were blogger meet ups and also going to see the Christmas launches, particularly for Boots and Lush.

Getting to try new products and show you how I use them! My photography skills have improved incredibly over the year – not to mention my ability to take a selfie! (it’s all about the angles baby)

Branching into fashion! I started a series of “What I Wore To Work Wednesday” posts showcasing a range of workwear options outside of a boring suit! Let’s ignore the fact that they’re taken using a tall stack of CDs..

Oh – and obviously – free stuff. (just saying)

Anyway! I’ll be throwing a 1st Birthday giveaway in the New Year to celebrate. The grand prize will include a Soap&Glory giftset (oOOooh), some Benefit goodies (ooOOOh) and some Sleep Rollers (OOOH!) to name a few of the goodies you can win!

Oh, and with the New Year clearout will come a massive blog sale – so who knows, some of these products could even end up with you!

Thank you again for reading – wishing you all a very merry Christmas!

Lots of love



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Zoe Bayliss Wong
Zoe Bayliss Wong

Zoe is a Forbes ’30 under 30′ finance pro, style writer, presenter and panellist, working for a fashion startup and trying to live that best life in the most IRL way possible.

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  1. beautyinjapan
    December 24, 2013 / 6:54 pm

    Aw Merry Christmas Zoe! My blog reading feed was a dark and desolate place before your blog came along and brightened it up! :)Danniella x | http://www.famousinjapan.co.uk

    • Zoe Dubs
      December 24, 2013 / 7:14 pm

      Right back at you Dani!! Big blogger loveee x

  2. Becky Bedbug
    December 24, 2013 / 7:20 pm


    • Zoe Dubs
      December 24, 2013 / 10:45 pm

      Faaanks Becky – and thanks for being a part of it! 🙂 x

  3. hannah
    December 24, 2013 / 9:59 pm

    Merry Christmas lovely! And happy blog birthday 🙂 you've come so far!! You should be very proud beautiful lady xxx

    • Zoe Dubs
      December 24, 2013 / 10:45 pm

      Merry Christmas Hannah!! Thank you for your lovely comments 🙂 xx

  4. Rena Blank
    December 25, 2013 / 4:06 am

    Congrats on everything you've done this last year! Your blog is lovely and always filled with great tips! xx Rena Kiss and Make Up

  5. Gabrielle Agatha
    January 26, 2014 / 2:15 pm

    Happy blog birthday! Keep writing and inspiring others!