A Touch of Blusher is one year old!

by PJ on Wednesday, November 7, 2007

in announcement, blog anniversary

(Would you like some homemade chocolate brownie?)

One year ago today, I was browsing through some fashion magazines in a bookstore. Then, after having the idea of writing my own blog for a few weeks, I decided to make it a reality.

I’d say that it started as an act of self-indulgence, since I love reading about and discussing with my friends about beauty and fashion. Then, little by little, it has almost become a conversation between all of you and me.

I’d like to thank everyone that has stopped by my blog as well as all the regular readers and subscribers. Anyone that blogs or writes for any medium knows how great it feels to know that there are people who are interested in what he or she has to say. I have been enjoying getting all the comments and e-mails, and many of the discussions have given me ideas of new topics to talk about. keep them coming!

Also, thanks to my other half, Andrew, who, after my failing attempts to think of a decent name for the blog, came up with A Touch of Blusher, which instantly felt right…(and he made the brownie as well……)

Now, do please allow me to indulge myself again and bring you through some of the posts that mark the first twelve months of A Touch of Blusher. Enjoy!

November 2006:
I talked about Gemma Ward fronting Kosé’s new line, Esprique Precious.

I shared one of my great finds in Japan (and one of my favorite makeup items, ever): Clarins’ Palette Impression.

January 2007:
I compared western and Japanese cosmetics.

I talked about Lavshuca Eye Color Select palettes, two of my favorite makeup purchases of the year.

It was an interesting experience to know that I would be writing about it on my blog before stepping inside the beautiful Marc Jacobs’ first boutique in the UK.

I shared all my various versions of Sheer Stella fragrances.

I wrote about Calvin Klein Cosmetics as the start of the Bring It Back! series, where I talk about cosmetics lines that I wish would make a comeback. (It is fantastic to know that Calvin Klein has re-launched the makeup line in Hong Kong and Taiwan in September.)

I traveled to Nottingham for an inspirational fashion show and found out the fashion blood of the city.

A reader’s comment inspired me to talk about Kate, Lavshuca’s edgier, darker sister.

I devoted one week to anti-aging skincare.

Plans to visit Japan again have been underway, and I share my dream shopping list.

I introduced A-Mei, who will collaborate with MAC for a collection in January 2008.

There will be more interesting things coming up on my blog, one of which is a new series where I reveal my own must-have cosmetics items. The first post will be up next week. So do stay tuned and do consider subscribing to my blog via e-mail to keep track on my future posts! Thank you!

{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

karen, makeupandbeautyblog.com Thursday, November 8, 2007


Cheers and here’s to another great year!


sesame Thursday, November 8, 2007

Congratulations! That’s a really cute pic! And I think we start out round about the same time too!


PJ Thursday, November 8, 2007

Hello Karen,

Thank you so much for your birthday wishes!

I will definitely continue blogging so I hope there will be more birthdays to come! :)

Thank you again!


PJ Thursday, November 8, 2007

Hello Sesame,

Thank you for your congratulations!

We did indeed start at about the same time. But you started in October 2006 so your blog is older than mine by a month! :) (A belated happy birthday to your blog!)

Thank you again for stopping by!


eye4style Thursday, November 8, 2007

Happy birthday to you!


PJ Thursday, November 8, 2007

Hello Eye4style,

Thank you very much for stopping by and for your birthday wishes! :)


Joli Thursday, November 8, 2007


I have been reading your blog for a few months now, and boy have I learned a lot! I’ve lived in Japan for 10 years, but have only recently gotten seriously in to skin-care AND make-up :)) Your blog has been invaluable to me as I navigate the extensive number of brands and lines that are available here. THANK YOU for such a wonderful blog and keep up the great work!


Elke Thursday, November 8, 2007

Happy happy happy birthday!!!

the beauty blog network


PJ Thursday, November 8, 2007

Hello Joli,

Thank you!

Thank you very much for reading my blog and leaving your comment!

I see that you love living in Japan. I have been planning to visit Japan again. You will definitely read about my trip on the blog later on.

(Apart from that, I’d love to have the experience of living in Japan…)

Thank you for your kind words. I will certainly keep up with the blogging. Do please continue to stop by my blog every now and then! :)


PJ Thursday, November 8, 2007

Hello Elke,

Thank you so much!! So great to have you stop by again! :)


Aparna Thursday, November 8, 2007

Hi PJ, Happy Blogiversary. Keep writing. Love your blog.


jeni Thursday, November 8, 2007

Congratulations, and happy birthday to your blog! I like that origami paper butterfly placemat for your brownie!


the Muse Thursday, November 8, 2007


I get such joy reading all your posts and I congratulate you on a year of wonderful blogging and many more years to come ;)

Keep up the amazing work!

Hugs my friend!


Beauty Anonymous Thursday, November 8, 2007

Dear PJ,

Happy Birthday!

A Touch of Blusher is such a wonderful blog. You are truly my special friend and blogging buddy.


Best wishes,



Sandy Thursday, November 8, 2007

Happy 1st Birthday =)

Love your site. It gives me lotsa infos on cosmetics that I want to get. Keep up the good work.


RF Friday, November 9, 2007

Happy Birthday Touch of Blusher

Actually you inspired me to write mine my own blog (only a month or so old though)…any tips on how you made yours such a success?

Nice brownie by the way!


Tammy Friday, November 9, 2007


Happy Blog Birthday! I love reading your blog, and it really jumpstarted my interest in beauty and cosmetics. Here’s to a great year and hopefully many more!

Mmm brownies…


PJ Friday, November 9, 2007

Hello Aparna, Jeni, The Muse, BA, Sandy, RF, and Tammy!!

Thank all of you guys so much for taking the time to give me your birthday wishes! I am so happy now…

Hope you guys enjoyed the brownie! :-D

RF, it is nice to have another UK beauty blogger. We don’t have enough of us here. I will surely go over to your blog and perhaps leave my comment later on.


Shannon Nelson Saturday, November 10, 2007

Happy Blogiversary PJ!


PJ Saturday, November 10, 2007

Hello Shannon,

Thank you for dropping by and leaving a message!

Loving the term “blogiversary”! :)


STYLEnosh Saturday, November 10, 2007

Congrats on blogging for a year! Love the 12-month recap!


PJ Sunday, November 11, 2007

Hello Stylenosh,

Thank you very much for stopping by my blog and sending your congratulations!

I am glad you enjoyed the annual recap! :)


rocketqueen Sunday, November 11, 2007

Hello dear! I just realised I always read your blog but am the worst in commeting on all your lovely articles and posts! Sorry! Congrats on your 1st b-day, hooray for you! :) Love from Sweden and Rocketqueen!


PJ Sunday, November 11, 2007

Hello Rocketqueen,

Thank you very much for reading my blog and leaving your comment today! (Please don’t apologize! :))

Thank you as well for your congratulations! Hopefully you will still be finding things that interest you on my blog in the coming year! :)


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