The Debate: Detail Oriented Beauty is 1!

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One year ago today I started Detail Oriented Beauty (you can see my first post here) as a way to share and document my skincare and green beauty journey and what a journey it has been! I can’t thank you all enough for the constant love, support, friendship, laughter, advice, help and encouragement you have given to me because without it I wouldn’t still be doing this. I always say that the best thing about having my Instagram account and this blog is the connections I’ve made and I have truly loved getting to know each and every one of you in our lovely little skincare community. It has been amazing to talk about and share my love for skincare with you all and I have learned so much in the process and been able to help others in a way that I never had when I was struggling with my skin, which means the world to me. I’ve learned a lot (my skin hates lactic acid but loves niacinamide), discovered a lot (La Belle Lune, Bravura London, NIOD etc) and made a lot of amazing friends (you know who you are!) and I have loved every minute of it, no matter how frustrating  it seemed at times.

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(some of my very first instagram posts!)

As many of you will know by now I am a very private person, so there are no selfies on my page and I don’t really share too much about my personal life, but I will say now that this past year has had many ups and quite a few downs. I’ve moved around a lot for various reasons (some good, some not so good) and had some hard stuff to deal with but this space and my time spent chatting with you all has really helped me through it and even though you didn’t know it at the time, many of you have made me laugh and/or smile on days when I really thought I couldn’t. That is why even though many times I have felt like my life and work are too hectic to keep this up, I still do because I am so grateful to know you all and to share part of my life through our mutual passion for all things skincare and beauty related.

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I saw the above quote on Instagram the other day and I couldn’t agree more, which is why that is exactly what I want to create for all of you! I’ve always loved August, being that it’s my birthday month, but this one is extra special because not only is the blog celebrating it’s first birthday but my Instagram account just hit 15,000 followers, which is mind blowing to me as when I started the blog I only had about 900 followers (below). So, in order to say a huge thank you to all of you lovely, amazing people for following me on this journey and supporting me over the past year I am officially declaring August “Giveaway Bonanza Month”, so you can expect a whole host of giveaways coming your way, which will hopefully make this month feel like the best Sunday ever because that’s what you all deserve!

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So, to get things started in a big way, below is a not so sneaky preview of the first giveaway coming up shortly and I am so excited for it!!!

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Thank you all again so, so much for being the most sweet, kind, funny, supportive and loving insta-friends I could ever ask for and cheers to August!

Arly

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42 thoughts on “The Debate: Detail Oriented Beauty is 1!

    1. Haha yes it is! 🙂 My style has changed so much but I do kind of miss those old pictures lol. I love your pictures and it has been so nice getting to know you on Insta! Thanks for all your support and friendship! ❤

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  1. Arly, thanks for this wonderful reading and again, happy birthday to both of you.

    This post has been written by your heart and your words and the feeling behind them have really touched me.

    Thank you for being so human, humble, honest, supportive, kind, sweet, generous, funny, wonderful and beautiful person.

    A big hug,
    Mar
    P.D. I could see what the next Giveaway is ❤️❤️❤️😉

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    1. Mar! I think this is the comment you thought got deleted but it’s here! 🙂 Thank you SO much for saying such kind and lovely things. I feel the same about you and I love chatting with you every day! Thank you for always being there and for your support and friendship! ❤ ❤ ❤

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  2. Congratulations Arly! I didn’t know your blog was so young, as I’ve only started following you in the last 5-6 months. I’m very jealous of your wonderful pictures and your knowledge of skincare, you are doing a great job with this little corner of the internet and I hope we’ll keep making you smile and give you a lot of personal satisfaction. I’m looking forward to entering your giveaways 🙂 🙂 xx

    Silvia

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  3. I’d like to say thank you for keeping your instagram page interesting and informative and for ding this giveaway as well! Congratulations on your new millstone!!! And keep it going!
    @maxaon2

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  4. I think I’ve told you before how much I enjoy your blog and IG. Congrats on this big milestone. I recently got on IG with the hope to start a blog one day also. @jades_destiny

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  5. congrats on the blog turning one!! and 15k wow 15k in one year?! thats pretty impressive!! well wish you the best! –
    @skintoverted

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  6. Congratulations Arly! It’s amazing how people’s support of each other, even when it’s not directly related to your challenges, can be uplifting and positive in all aspects of your life. Thank you for sharing the love this month!

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    1. Thank you so much Jessica and I completely agree! Just people being their normal sweet, kind, funny selves helped me so much, all without me saying anything and I really appreciate that. Thank you for your support and good luck! ❤

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  7. Happy 1st anniversary! I truly enjoy each and every of your posts and not to mention u always entertain all my questions on skincare and the products you are using! Cheers my dear! IG handle: estheryhc

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words and support my dear and OF COURSE I will always “entertain” your questions – it’s what I’m here for! 🙂 Thank you for always reading and being here to chat about skincare!

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  8. Arly,
    I have tried to write here my comment two days ago but it seems that I did something wrong because I cannot find it. I might wrote too many words and this may be the reason.

    So, I will try to resume the other day comments: congratulations to you, to your blog and it’s a real pleasure to meet you here and on IG, to go through your wonderful posts and your exceptional blog and I have learnt too much since then.

    Thank you very much for your support since I joined IG and you’re my daily inspiration.

    I wish you the best to the second year of your amazing blog and also, the very best to you. I am very touched by this birthday post and today is the third time I read it.

    Warm regards and see you on IG.
    Mar Preisler

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    1. My dear Mar! Thank you so very, very much for all your kindness, friendship and support since you joined Instagram. It has been such a pleasure getting to know you and your kind words really touched my heart. Thank you for reading this post multiple times and for being such a ray of sunshine. You and the wonderful Mariko make me laugh and smile all the time and I appreciate you both so much! ❤ ❤ ❤

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  9. Happy happy one year blogiverasary! I am finding myself with less and less time to get around to reading my bloglovin list, and even less time to post myself right now. I hope to get back in the swing of it soon and can’t wait to read all the new posts from you in your second year xx
    The Beauty Bloss

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    1. Thank you so much lovely Blanche! Aw, I have absolutely been there with not having to not only read posts but write my own so please don’t worry! I love chatting with you Insta and really appreciate all your friendship and support this past year, it’s been lovely getting to know you! ❤

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    1. Aw, thank you so much! I really appreciate your kind words and support. In general, my life is technically fine, just really sad stuff for people I love going on that just breaks my heart and makes it hard for me to happy because they’re dealing with so much, you know? We are all staying strong though so thank you for the positivity! ❤

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  10. Wow! Your words have trilled me!

    I’ve arrived here a few days ago and I really happy, because I see you have the same beauty phylosophy than me. Is fantastic! Your blog is amazing and your Instagram is amazing too.

    Congratulations for this first year and go ahead!

    @IntegralWoman (IG follover)

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