A Paler Shade Of Beauty’s 1st Birthday

*Sings* Celebration time come on 😀

Some of you lovelies might have seen a cryptic birthday post on the Facebook page a few days ago. Well I can now excitedly go into it in more detail, whoohoo! A Paler Shade Of Beauty is officially 1 years old 😀. I can’t believe my little baby has grown so much in the past year. It has brought so much positivity into my life and hopefully some of yours to. I can’t believe my little dream has come this far and has started to open up more exciting adventures for me. I look forward to seeing it continue to grow and reach more people. I honestly thought my life was put on hold, that I was in limbo but looking back over the past year has just shown how much I’ve achieved and how much I’ve grown as a person. Although I haven’t climbed Mount Everest or scaled the heights of the beauty industry I’ve still managed to achieve little personal and professional goals of which I’m very proud.

None and I repeat none of this would have been possible without all your kindness and support. You’ve been there for me the days I’ve felt weak and lifted me right back up. I set up this blog to try help others but in turn I’ve received an overwhelming amount of help from you. I’ve discovered something I truly love and am passionate about. I’ve so many hopes and dreams with where it can take myself and all of you. No matter where it leads to, I will always be the same person putting your best interests at heart. You all mean so much to me and I’m eternally grateful for all your love and support. To show my appreciation I have put together an A Paler Shade Of Beauty legendary hamper of goodies to give away to one of you lovelies. I may also have some spot prizes running across our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages so keep your eyes peeled. The competition is going live today and a winner will be chosen at random on the 1st of August.


So how does one enter this fabulous competition, well its simples. Simply comment on this post and subscribe to the blog. I will post a video on how to subscribe. All you need to do is enter your email address. This way it will keep you updated with any new posts etc on the blog. I’m finding Facebook limits my posts and not everyone gets to see them so this way nobody is missing out. I will see the names coming through and who had subscribed. Throw us a comment below with what you like most about the blog and where you would like to see it end up.


Wishing you all the best of luck and I look forward to another wonderful year with you lovelies. Here’s another sneak peek of what’s in the lovely hamper.



Thank you to all who entered. The winner of the hamper is Loretta McLoughlin.



  1. Grainne Ni Mheadhra
    30th July 2016 / 9:44 PM

    Can’t believe it’s only your 1st blogaversary. Great to have someone putting an honest, but positive face to long term illness. Thank you. ♡ Beauty never stops…. inside or out. Here’s to better times ahead & continued blogging through thick & thin.

    • apalershadeofbeauty
      31st July 2016 / 3:32 PM

      Aww thank you so much Grainne x

  2. Pam Quinn aka Make Up Addict
    29th July 2016 / 12:47 AM

    I adore your blog so inspirational even during ur tough times I have a disability myself n just had major surgery & ur blog has totally helped me during my recovery to stay positive so thanks! I’m also a fledgling beauty blogger too called Make Up Addict on FB so thanks for being an Inspiration and Happy Blog Birthday xxx

    • apalershadeofbeauty
      29th July 2016 / 1:38 AM

      Hi Pam aww your too sweet. Would you stop, a fledgling are you crazy? Your blog is doing fantastic and I can really see your true passion for all things beauty. Thank you so much for your continued support i really appreciate it. X

      • Pamela Quinn
        3rd August 2016 / 10:44 AM

        Sorry Hunny only seeing this now Thanks so so much! it really is my passion! like yourself its hard to gauge what people are thinking of our beauty ramblings lol anyways good luck with your treatment hunny im thinking of you!

  3. 16th July 2016 / 3:30 PM

    Happy First Birthday, keep up the great work! Love reading your blog on days off

    • apalershadeofbeauty
      29th July 2016 / 1:39 AM

      Thank you so much Lisa. That’s so kind of you. I hope you continue to enjoy it and thanks for your support. X

  4. Kat C
    9th July 2016 / 9:30 AM

    happy to be a subscriber xx happy bloggy birthday!

    • apalershadeofbeauty
      13th July 2016 / 11:54 PM

      Thank you so much Kat. I hope you enjoy reading it. X

  5. Vivian Niduaza
    6th July 2016 / 2:39 PM

    Hi Avril! I love reading your blog especially your reviews on local natural skin care. You are very inspiring and wishing you all the best for the coming years! Cheers!

    • apalershadeofbeauty
      13th July 2016 / 11:59 PM

      Hi Vivian thank you for your lovely comment. I’m very interested in what exactly I am putting on my skin and am happily trying out many natural skincare products from both the UK and Ireland. I am delighted such wonderful products exist. I hope you find the reviews helpful and that it might give you some guidance into trying some out for yourself. I am just me. I hope it comes across like that. I will always put my loyal followers best interests first and try to be as open and honest as I can. I hope you continue to enjoy the blog and be there with us as we grow. X

  6. 3rd July 2016 / 10:12 AM

    I just stumbled on your blog, happy blog birthday!

    • apalershadeofbeauty
      14th July 2016 / 12:00 AM

      Hello lovely. Thanks for dropping by. I hope you will enjoy reading it and I look forward to checking out your blog too. X

  7. siobhán Seoighe
    1st July 2016 / 11:46 PM

    Fantastic giveaway Would LOVE to win happy blog birthday chick xxx

    • apalershadeofbeauty
      14th July 2016 / 12:02 AM

      Hi Siobhán thanks for dropping by. I hope you enjoy reading the blog. X

  8. siobhán Seoighe
    1st July 2016 / 11:45 PM

    Would love to win what a gorgeous hamper Fantastic giveaway happy birthday!! Xx

    • apalershadeofbeauty
      2nd July 2016 / 9:33 PM

      Thanks Siobhan x

  9. apalershadeofbeauty
    1st July 2016 / 10:00 PM

    Thank you all for your very kind words. I’m having a celebratory glass of vino Cheers . Looking forward to seeing where the blog goes this year and having all you lovelies right beside me. X

  10. 1st July 2016 / 8:48 PM

    Happy birthday! I love how your blog covers a wide range of topics and everything is so genuine 🙂 hope you celebrate in style! 🙂

    • apalershadeofbeauty
      14th July 2016 / 12:04 AM

      Thank you so much Aine. Don’t worry I had a celebratory glass, OK two glasses of vino . Thank you for your great feedback. I like to add in some variety without going too mad in the process lol. I hope you continue to enjoy reading it. X

  11. Caoimhe
    1st July 2016 / 3:41 PM

    Done, gorgeous prize! Happy birthday x

    • apalershadeofbeauty
      14th July 2016 / 12:05 AM

      Thanks for dropping by Caoimhe. I hope your enjoying the blog. X

  12. 1st July 2016 / 2:48 PM

    Happy Birthday! What i like about your blog is that it has everything a girl needs – fashion, beauty, style, make up – a one-stop shop 🙂 I think your blog is going to grow and grow over the next few years xx

    • apalershadeofbeauty
      14th July 2016 / 12:09 AM

      Aww Emer stop you will have me in tears. Thank you for such a beautiful message. I hope my blog posts get across just how passionate I am about creating a place for you all to learn, enjoy and feel safe in. I really hope it continues to grow as I would love to reach out and hopefully inspire and support more people. I’m loving every single minute of it and would love one day to turn it into my full time career. I look forward to having you all with me as A Paler Shade Of Beaury continues to grow and encounter many more wonderful adventures together. X

  13. susan steele
    1st July 2016 / 2:45 PM

    congrats on your first birthday and heres to many more xx

    • apalershadeofbeauty
      14th July 2016 / 12:11 AM

      Thank you Susan. Fingers crossed there will be many many more to come. Thank you for your support and I hope you continue to enjoy the blog. X

  14. 1st July 2016 / 10:00 AM

    Happy Birthday 🙂 So great that you have created something so positive out of a bad situation xxx

    • apalershadeofbeauty
      14th July 2016 / 12:15 AM

      Aww Clair thank you so much. I think even through the deepest drought a beautiful flower can emerge. I believe things happen for a reason and maybe I was to go through everything I have to be here right now doing this. I honestly have to admit that I feel more in touch with the real me than I ever have before. I hope it continues to grow and many more happy adventures experienced. Thank you for your support and I wish you the very best of luck with your blog too. X

  15. Maria murphy
    30th June 2016 / 10:20 PM

    Congrats on your first birthday and many more to come

    • apalershadeofbeauty
      14th July 2016 / 12:16 AM

      Maria thank you so very much. I know you have been a very loyal follower from day one. I cannot thank you enough for all your support and I hope you will continue to enjoy the blog and be there with us as it continues to grow. X

  16. Yvonne
    30th June 2016 / 8:03 PM

    Happy 1st Birthday! found you through Instagram and im so glad I did, love the blog!

    • apalershadeofbeauty
      14th July 2016 / 12:17 AM

      Yvonne that’s fantastic. I’m delighted you did . I hope you enjoy reading the blog and I really appreciate you dropping by. X

  17. apalershadeofbeauty
    30th June 2016 / 7:53 PM

    Hello lovelies, thanks for all the entries so far. Don’t forget to subscribe to the blog for a valid entry. If you are on your phone, scroll down to the bottom of the page to see the subscribe box 🙂 best of luck

  18. Loretta McLoughlin
    30th June 2016 / 7:40 PM

    Happy First Birthday & congrats Avril for creating such an honest, heartwarming & enjoyable blog to read. Keep up the great work xx

    • apalershadeofbeauty
      14th July 2016 / 12:22 AM

      Loretta you too are going to have me in tears. Happy tears of course. Thank you for your very kind words. It means so much to me that you all enjoy reading the blog. I often forget when I write something that so many people will read it. I always put my all into my reviews and posts as I feel so passionate about it. It still blows my mind that people actually read what I have to say let alone like it . I hope you will continue to enjoy the blog. X

    • apalershadeofbeauty
      1st August 2016 / 5:33 PM

      Congratulations Loretta. You are the lucky winner of our fab hamper competition. Please PM me your details so I can get these goodies sent out to you asap. ❤️

  19. Sofiane F
    30th June 2016 / 7:25 PM

    Happy first birthday and many more to come.

    • apalershadeofbeauty
      14th July 2016 / 12:23 AM

      Thank you so much Sofiane. I hope you will continue to enjoy it and be with us as it continues to grow. X

  20. Jodie Collier
    30th June 2016 / 7:21 PM

    Happy birthday. My favourite thing about your blog is your honesty. By being So open about your struggles, it inspires others to keep on keeping on.l

    • apalershadeofbeauty
      14th July 2016 / 12:29 AM

      Jodie, another person who has been there supporting me from the very start. Thank you for your lovely words. I always try remain open and honest about my life but still keep some of my private life private. I hope by sharing my personal journey through physical and mental illness will give others the strength to know they are not alone. Also hopefully it will give them some extra belief in themselves and fire in their bellies. I know life can be tough but it can also be beautiful. You have all also helped me so much. I think sometimes it is very much a two way streak. I hope you continue to enjoy the blog and be there with us as it continues to grow. X

  21. Sandra Newman
    30th June 2016 / 7:14 PM

    Happy Birthday! Amazing giveaway! <3

    • apalershadeofbeauty
      14th July 2016 / 12:30 AM

      Thanks Sandra. I hope your enjoying the blog and thank you for your support. X

  22. Anita Hennebry
    30th June 2016 / 6:48 PM

    Fabulous prize! Happy birthday!

    • apalershadeofbeauty
      14th July 2016 / 12:31 AM

      Thanks Anita. I hope you too are enjoying the blog. X

  23. Mags Kirby
    30th June 2016 / 6:44 PM

    Done fabulous prize ☺Happy first Birthday

    • apalershadeofbeauty
      14th July 2016 / 12:32 AM

      Thanks Mags. I’m very grateful for all your support and I hope you continue to enjoy reading the blog. X

  24. Nedine Murrin
    30th June 2016 / 6:10 PM

    Fab competition Happy 1 Year

    • apalershadeofbeauty
      29th July 2016 / 1:52 AM

      Thank you lovely X

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