Beautyholics Anonymous Birthday Extravaganza


And the surprise is …

Beautyholics Anonymous Turns Two

Next month, Beautyholics Anonymous officially turns two. I’m so excited! It’s been such a great year, and I’ve gotten to know so many beauty bloggers. And learn so much more about skincare and makeup along the way.

To celebrate this auspicious occasion (other than break out the bubbly and drink it myself), is to announce the biggest giveaway Beautyholics Anonymous has ever done. I don’t do many giveaways, so I hope this would not disappoint.


One lucky winner will get all of these:

Beautyholics Anonymous Birthday Extravaganza Giveaway 1

Beautyholics Anonymous Birthday Extravaganza Giveaway 3

Beautyholics Anonymous Birthday Extravaganza Giveaway 2

Sponsored Gifts:
Maybelline Lash Stiletto mascara, courtesy of Maybelline
Exuviance by NeoStrata Simply Glow! sample pack, courtesy of NeoStrata
Nana Mays Magic Hands & Magic Facial Scrub, courtesy of Tiny Tapir
Not one, not two, but THREE RuMe bags, thanks to Tiny Tapir

Many thanks to our sponsors for the lovely gifts.

Gifts from me:
Softlips lip balm in Passionfruit
L’oreal De-Crease eye shadow base
Eylure Naturalites falsies
Boscia Enlivening Amino-G Eye Treatment
Smashbox Skin Tint in Radiance
Ecotools eye-shading brush
ELF eyeshadows in Drama and Luxe
Benefit Dr Feelgood complexion balm
Biotherm Biosource Clarifying cleansing gel
Cancer Council Australia Everyday sunscreen
Flirt Peek-A-Blush Sheer Powder Cheek Color in Dapple Apple

And then some (oh yeah, there’s more).


1. Subscribe to my feed via email or in a feed reader. You can do so by entering your email address at the top of the page and click on Subscribe.
2. Leave a comment below the blog post – let me know where you’re from, and what the best birthday present you’ve ever received was. It does not have to be fancy. Just a line, e.g. “I’m from Melbourne and the best birthday present I’ve ever received was a hand-knit sweater from Gran.” would do. But if it’s good, please do share with us. Even if it’s a naughty one πŸ˜‰

That’s it!


1. This contest is open to ALL readers. Yep, all international readers as well.
2. Anyone can enter regardless of whether you’ve won anything here before.
3. One comment per contestant please. Let’s give a chance to everyone, yeah?
4. If you want to boost your chances at winning, you may do so by linking to this blog post on your blog. You don’t have to do a full-on post about it, just a link and a phrase would do the trick. Please email me with the link at sweetcontemplation[at]gmail[dot]com to let me know, and you’ll get an additional entry. I.e. 1 comment = 1 entry. 1 comment + 1 blog post = 2 entries. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.
5. When you subscribe for email updates, please remember to VERIFY your subscription (please check your email for a confirmation notice). If not, you will not be subscribed to my feed.
6. Please keep it clean and spam-free.
7. Winners will be chosen randomly via an online-super-duper-random-list-generator-thingy.

The closing date for this giveaway is 10pm, 5 May 2009 (Melbourne time, +10 GMT). All comments will be closed, and results tabulated. A random winner will be picked, and will be announced on 7 May. I’ll try to send the gift out as soon as possible.

Feel free to spread the word even if you’re not taking part in the contest (why aren’t you?? Go back, go back! :P). I’d really appreciate it.

Good luck to all!

Note: My apologies for getting the surprise out later than expected. I was waiting for one of the prizes to arrive, hence the delay. I hope it was worth the wait πŸ™‚

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  1. Catherine

    I’m from San Diego, CA and the best birthday present I’ve ever received… would have to be the first bouquet of flowers SO ever got me. He picked out the flowers himself. =)

  2. ParisB

    Note: Not participating

    Congrats Tine!! It looks like we started at about the same time πŸ˜€ That is a super generous giveaway – I’m sure you won’t be short of entries. I so need to meet up with you soon. The wedding was way too short a chance hehe…:P

  3. Erin

    I’m currently living in Taiwan. The best birthday present given to me by my friends was a surprise party! I was really having a bad week then, and on my birthday, I was having lunch with school friends as usual. They didn’t greet me when they saw me, and I acted nonchalant about it too. The surprise came after lunch however, they all filed into the room with two cakes and was suddenly singing “Happy Birthday”. It was really touching.

  4. Nikki

    Congratulations on your 2nd year anniversary!!!! I’d love to JOIN *drools over prizes* but I’m giving the chance to others as I’ve got wonderful generous friends who let me try those products you posted! *still drooling* LOL

    But I want to comment to say, wonderful 2years! and keep the blog posts coming! It’s great to know you and hope to meet you someday!!!!!!

  5. Connie

    Hey Tine! Congrats on the blog turning two! It has definitely been great to gain you as a friend over the year. I look forward to your posts everyday and though I may not always comment, know that I’m still stalking!

    Can’t wait for you to be back in KL again so that we can catch up! *hugs*

  6. Joyce

    I’m from Singapore and the best present I’ve received would be spending the day out with my friends over sushi and girl talk.

  7. Jenn

    That’s a very generous giveaway you have there Tine! Good luck to everybody who’s participating! πŸ˜€

    I’ll not be joining this due to location problem, but i wanna congratulate you anyways for your great effort and blog “milestone”! Keep it up girl! πŸ˜€

  8. Mel

    hi there. I’m from KL Malaysia. The best birthday gift I’ve received was my 21st birthday cake my grand-dad bought for me. it was extra special because sadly, he passed away a week after.

  9. Ollie

    Hi Tine, firstly a huge congratulations on 2 wonderful years!

    I’m from Penang, Malaysia and the best birthday present I’ve ever received was the Evita Movie Soundtrack CD from my girlfriends. It was (believe it or not) the first CD I owned and till now, I still often listen to it. I love the CD and love my friends even more for putting together the money to get me the CD. It was a huge amount back then when we were still in school.

  10. Michelle

    Hi! I’m from Malaysia and the best birthday gift I’ve ever had was my boyfriend flying down from Holland to celebrate my birthday with me. My parents were a little surprised..but it was inarguably one of the best birthdays I’ve had. πŸ™‚

  11. beetrice

    LOL…that’s a serious motha-lode of stuff! πŸ˜€ Good luck to all those taking part…I’m abstaining to give others a chance (and to avoid nepotism! LOLOL)

    Gosh, it’s all in a row…first PB, then you…and my site’s 2nd anniversary is next month! hmmm….

  12. Hanim

    I’m from Penang, Malaysia and my best birthday present has to be a scroll from my friend saying “If friends were flowers, I’d pick you!”. I thought that was very sweet of her. It has been on the wall ever since!

  13. retty-O

    Hi Tine! I’m Retty from Sabah. Been reading your blog daily (almost religously hehehehehe and no this not ‘mengampu’ ok hehehehehe). The best birthday present I got was back when I was still in Uni in KL and my family called and sang the birthday song on the phone with my dad playing guitar in the background… hehehehe cried my eyes out cos i was really homesick… I love them to bits.

    Happy 2nd Birthday to your blog!

  14. Crystal Gan Hui Keng

    Hello there! 1st of all, congratulations on your 2nd year! =)

    Anyways, my name is Crystal Gan and the best birthday present I have ever received was a personal lovely journal made by my best friend containing a lot of poems, pictures and messages. It was the sweetest present ever! =D

  15. George H.

    Congratulations on turning two! That’s pretty much awesome =) I’ve been subscribed via googlereader for about 3 or so months now (I think) and you’re definitely one of my favourite blogs to read.

    Anyways, on to answering your questions:
    I’m from Asheville, NC, USA. And the bets birthday present I ever got was… a surprise party thrown for me by my fiance, his mom, and his siblings. My parents couldn’t be there and I was a little bummed, so they surprised me with this great party including a heart shaped pound cake with sprinkles as my birthday cake. It was wonderful.

  16. Traclyn Yeoh

    Congratulations, Tine! My birthday passed just not long ago, so my instincts tell me I should give this a try.

    I’m from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and my best birthday present currently is my boyfriend craved his name and my name at his car porch, that’s really sweet of him.

  17. aichaku

    congrats!!!! i’m fr singapore haha and have been reading your blog via my reader for some time. best birthday pressie? the one that just took place – a thoughtful gift of a beautiful cake from my son, he saved up his money and planned for it since jan! LOL … made his grandparents go shopping to buy it for me, πŸ˜€

  18. Jasmine

    Hi! I am from Singapore and the best ever birthday present I’ve ever received was on my 17th birthday, when my sister splurged and got me a facial package and my skin’s been really much better since. It was especially touching because my sister had been saving up and surreptitiously putting away a lot of money and investing plenty of time into finding a nice place where we could relax and getaway together! We’ve bonded so much over it — it sounds so materialistic to mention something she used money to buy, but I think how she considered my being at the cusp of womanhood is particularly amazing.

    I’ve just suscribed to your feed! Wish me luck on this!

  19. Nat

    Heyo! I’m from melbourne! The best bday present I ever got was a nice warm furry bathrobe from my sister which kept me so warm and fuzzy cozy all through winter!

    Congratz for turning 2 this yr!

  20. Calista

    Congratulations & best wishes to you – I love Beautyholics Anonymous! I am from Hickory, North Carolina in the U.S. and the best birthday gift I ever received was a charm bracelet from my mom. I got the bracelet when I was 12 (I’m 36 now) and every year on my birthday she buys me a new charm. I treasure this charm bracelet and plan to pass it on to my daughter!

    I’m a subscriber via email.

  21. fuz

    Happy blogirthday! Hahaa.
    I’m from Taiwan, and the best birthday gift I’ve ever gotten was a Bottega Veneta bag from my bf!

  22. Anna

    I’m from East Prairie, Missouri (or living here now) and the best birthday present I’ve ever gotten was 20 dollars wrapped in plastic wrap in my birthday card. We laughed our heads off, because my great grandmother would always wrap her money (or checks) in plastic wrap before sending in the mail because she thought it helped the post office or people not detect the money inside!

  23. Crystal

    I’m from California and the best birthday present i’ve recieved is a bag full of high end makeup. I got a NARS multiple, a Dior quint, a Armani lipgloss, a Chanel eye cream, a YSL blush, a Guerlain mascara, and a gorgeous leather bag.

  24. rinnah

    This is a bonza giveaway, Tine! Congrats on reaching the 2-year milestone with Beautyholics Anonymous!

    I’m from Malaysia and the best present I ever received for my birthday would be the pair of diamond stud earrings from my parents for my 21st birthday cos diamonds are a girl’s best friend, yes? πŸ˜€

  25. Rae

    I’m from Msia and the best birthday present i’ve ever gotten was a cake from my best friend. What made it meaningful was the inscriptions on it. Instead of the usual “happy 18th birthday”, it was “happy 6570days” which he sheepishly admitted lately on that he got it wrong because he forgot bout the leap years and all hahaha.

  26. Janey

    Hey there! I’m from M’sia and the best birthday present I’ve ever gotten was actually NOT getting a Tiffany necklace. *waves hello to the blue box* LOL.
    My big mouth insisted that I was super picky about jewellery and therefore gave him the cold feet.
    Little did I know that we had different stds in our heads. I was thinking of poh kong. And he, obviously not πŸ˜‰

  27. Jess

    I’m from Seattle, and the best gift I ever recieved was a batch of homemade cookies from my boyfriend. Not only did he make them for me, but he biked over 10 miles at 4 in the morning to get to my place and surprise me with them when I woke up. Yeah. πŸ™‚

  28. vina

    hey, happy 2nd year bday…im vina from KL..the best birthday present i evr received, was my whole family, driving up 450km up north to my university to see me on my birthday…i was so suprised n shocked to see them that i could not even speak….thats the ebst ever…

  29. etirv

    Hawaii is my home and the best birthday present I received was a trip to Las Vegas this spring!

  30. Diana

    I’m from cali and the best birthday present i ever recieved was a suprise birthday party πŸ™‚

  31. Nikita

    I’m from Memphis, TN. The best birthday present I ever got was spending the time with my cousins in the Philippines during the town fiesta (of my mom’s hometown). It happen to fall on my birthday so it was like the entire town was celebrating my birthday, as well. I had tons of distant relatives that came by my aunt’s house that I got to meet and I learned a lot about my filipino heritage just in that one day!

  32. Diane

    I’m from New York City and the best birthday present I ever received was my first ever tiffany’s necklace!

  33. Genisis

    Congratulations!! A birthday is an exciting event for everyone (me especially! I just had mine…and stuffed myself with cake), and a two year beauty blog is especially super! I love this site, and it is one of my daily must-reads.

    Anyways, I live in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and my best birthday present would be the surprise my grandparents gave me when they decided to visit without me knowing until the very day! One of my grandfathers passed away last month, and a visit from my closest family really helped bring us closer!

    You are so very generous! That’s a whole lot of stuff…I was wondering how you designed this blog…it’s super cute and perfectly organized! What program/web did you use?

    Thanks a bundle, and happy birthday!~


  34. skylarkz

    I’m from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The best birthday present I ever got was when I received an MMS from my out-of-town bf with birthday song sung by my bf with our pic in it. It was a lil bit late coz of the cell phone network problem but it’s the sweetest ever. ^_^

  35. Jessie

    Ooo~ May I join?

    I’m from Malaysia and I’m still waiting for my best (and spontaneous) birthday present! Hehe…

    Past presents don’t count cause I already know what they were before hand (cause I pick them mah~)

  36. babysaffron

    Hi…I’m from Philippines and the best gift i ever got was a bookstore certificate and a 1 year magazine subscription…

  37. Carolyn G

    Fabulous giveaway. I am Carolyn from North Carolina, USA>

    The best present I received was a trip to Florida from my hubby. It was sweet because it was a sort of anniversary gift.

  38. Susan

    I’m from San Francisco and the best birthday present I’ve ever received was an ipod touch. :]

  39. klina

    Hi Tine, have been a silent reader and a follower of your blog for quite some time and this is an awesome giveaway. Thank you for being so generous.

    I’m from Malaysia and I think the best birthday present I’ve ever received was on my 21st when I was studying in Australia. My housemates cooked up a storm for me and organised a bday party for me with all my close friends. It was a wonderful occasion being able to just spend time bonding with friends. That was worth more than any physical present could.

  40. acsmvtak

    I’m from Malaysia and the best birthday present I’ve ever received is a fully-paid 10 sessions from the NewYork Solution SkinCare by my dad which by the way cost a lot and did nothing to help heal my acne πŸ™

  41. Magz

    I’m from malaysia,and the best birthday present I had ever received was a surprised birthday party from my friends in which they had to all cramp into a small room and burnt my birthday cake while doing so. They managed to extinguish the fire just seconds before I walked into the room……

  42. Evelyn

    Hmm… this is fun.

    I am from Malaysia and the best gift I ever received was a cake sent to me to my office by an anonymous. My office boy thought he heard ticking sound from the parcel and we thought it might be a bom, so after half an hour of crazy talk, I opened the parcel which has a birthday cake and a mini clock with the word ‘suprise’! Half suprised and half mad, I called up a few people whom I think may have setup the prank and couldn’t find the sender. I embarass myself and my friends with the calls because some of them felt guilty for not sending a birthday gift! It was only at the end of the day, the anonymous sender called and asked if I was suprised! I replied he nearly gave me a heart attack!

  43. Marilyn Yap

    I’m from Malaysia. The best birthday present i have ever receive is a surprise party organized by my friends who got help from my parents πŸ™‚

  44. Andrea

    Hi!!! I’m from New Jersey, NJ and the best birthday present I received was a trip to Paris/France from my sweetie this february/2009 πŸ™‚

    Happy Birthdayyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!

  45. MrsK

    I’m from Malaysia and the best birthday present I’ve ever received was a surprise getaway to Pangkor from my husband.

  46. Sue

    Happy bday to your blog!! πŸ˜€ Can I join? hahaha

    I’m from Malaysia and best bday present would be a nikon cam from my mom. πŸ˜› nothing special though.

  47. Jess

    Hi there Tine!

    First order of things: Happy Birthday Beautyholics Anonymous!!

    OK..moving on..

    I am from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and the best birthday present I’ve gotten my hands on is a plane ticket to an adventure of a lifetime, courtesy of Dad during my 21st birthday!

  48. Lav

    Hey! Happy Bday to ur blog!!!

    I’m from Germany and my best birthday present was a trip to a casino from my friends! πŸ˜€ And of course we went there all together…gambling πŸ˜‰

  49. sarah

    I’m from malaysia and the best birthday present I got was a trip to Genting fully paid by my boyfriend =)

  50. cece

    i’m from Canada
    the best birthday gift i ever got was when it was just me and my BFF hanging out for a while day. for someone whos had to move around a bit it meant a lot to me.. her mom even made me a cake πŸ™‚

  51. Ida

    Hi! Congrats on your blog anniversary πŸ™‚
    A reader here from Manila, Philippines.

    I got the best birthday present last year, when I was about 5 months pregnant. My friends and I were meeting up for lunch and it turned into a birthday lunch-cum-baby shower since they surprised me with baby gifts along with gifts for me. I thought it was sweet πŸ™‚

  52. Miyuki

    hi there!I’m from Malaysia and the best birthday present I’ve ever received was a surprise birthday party from my boyfriend! =D

  53. Shin-ing

    Happy 2nd “Birth”day to Beautyholic Anonymous!

    I’m from KL, Malaysia and the best birthday present I received was a set of jingsaw puzzle, those with 5000 pieces & glow in dark, lol. I was a student back then and a set of jigsaw puzzle was really expensive to me and thanks to my friends they got this for me which I’d been longing for it for a long time!! It still felt like a proud masterpiece to see it hanging on the wall of my bedroom in a complete picture. =P

  54. saito

    HI,happy 2 yrs birthday! I am from singapore & the best birthday gift which I ever received is from my hubby.He brought a simple card with a pop out loving bear in front.Well, nothing fancy & no romantic words(he’s really a simple man & not romantic :))That is why I love him……Inside the card, he wrote really simple words which is Dear mama, always thank you very much(words that he wrote is in japanese as he is a japanese)wonder why he wrote those words? Coz he is always not in town, he always outstation πŸ™ so I am the one who take care the 2 boys & house.Even though is a very simple words (I want romantic words !!!)I appreciated so much & I know he really appreciated what I had done for the family! Pls don’t mind my long story……

  55. jennifer

    Very recently stumbled upon your blog and I really like it. (How to catch up on 2 years’ worth of entries??)..I’m from Mauritius, currently residing in Singapore. The best birthday present I’ve ever received was this pair of earrings from my now husband. He was a broke student then, but still got me a gorgeous gift. =)

  56. Doriosity

    My best birthday gift was a brand new piano given to me by my parents for my 16th birthday(just last august). To me that gift was very special (aside from the price) because it meant that my parents support my wishes to be more involved in music and they understand that I’m not a math and science person, but an artist, and literature kind of person.

  57. Doriosity

    oops I forgot to post where I’m from, I’m from Canada…and Congrats on your 2nd bday πŸ™‚

  58. vivian

    i am from malaysia. best bday present i received so far is from my parents… it’s my 1st ever cell phone on my 16th bday. it’s really meaningful since i wanted it so badly during my early adolescence stage .

  59. Indulgent Diva

    Happy Birthday, Tine! Very, very generous gift! *Not entering* Just wanted to share your birthday giveaway joy! hehe πŸ™‚

  60. Crystal

    Im from Ontario, California and the best present Ive ever received was a surprise birthday party for my 21st birthday

  61. Vonvon

    Hi, congratulations on turning 2. I’ve subscribed to your site, Tine.

    Anyways, I’m from KL, Malaysia. My best birthday presents are always from my hubby, treating me to many wonderful dinners and lots more….;)

    And the best thing is my birthday will be next month too, just as Beautyholics Anonymous’ birthday being next month. So, I really really hope to win this giveaway as it will make my birthday even more special! πŸ™‚

  62. Rosy

    Been your silent reader for such a long time and of course I don’t want to miss this opportunity.
    Anyway I’m from Putrajaya, Malaysia.
    My best birthday present was this year (last January) when I had back to back surprise birthday party!
    I called it back to back because in 3 days (before, during and after my birthday date) my BF threw me surprise birthday party with different people and different location. In addition after a week from birthday date, my sister also bought a surprise homemade birthday cake (so yummy delicious) for me and we celebrated it at our new house (what a home sweet home celebration!)

  63. Cassandra

    Congrats on your 2nd Anniversary!

    I’m a fan of you blog from PJ, Malaysia.
    Anyway, the best birthday present I’ve ever received was a totally hand-made photo frame with my photo inside. It was really sweet and touching for me even though it wasn’t something expensive. I still have the photo frame on my table until today =)

  64. Kahani

    Ooh I tried to comment, I did I did. But internet died-ed. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! And I utterly love your blog and you. =)

    I’ll abstain from contest since I love you already and you dont’ need to buy my affections.

  65. Eli

    I am not as virtuous as Kahani so…

    I am from Canberra, Australia. Can’t say what was the best b’day present ever but the one I remember the most was the one where friends were supposed to to sneak into the house and surprise me. Mum forgot to give them the key to get into the house. They had to wait outside, cake and all, until I got back from tuition to let them in!

  66. YZ

    Hello Tine πŸ™‚ Congrats on 2 wonderful years of blogging!
    I’m from Selangor, Malaysia. The best birthday present I ever received was from my boyfriend of 3.5 years, back when he was still courting me πŸ™‚
    Ever the thoughtful guy, he left a grand bouquet of 99 alternating red & white roses on my doorstep, which I stumbled upon when I got home! Was extremely touched by his sweet gesture πŸ™‚
    Needless to say, we got together soon afterwards & now, we’ve registered our marriage πŸ˜‰

  67. S Wellington

    Hello Tine. A big congratulations to you!

    I’m a Malaysian residing in New Zealand.

    The best present I ever received was from the thank you I received from the kids who live next door when I dropped some cakes and food off. They live with their grandma after both of their parents were killed in a car accident years ago.

    The sparkle in their eyes were priceless!!

  68. LyNn

    I’m from Subang Jaya, Malaysia and the best birthday present I’ve ever received was 2 little hamsters named Hammy and Snubby! πŸ™‚

  69. Cindy

    Hi. Has been reading your blog for abt 6mths. Enjoy reading it. I am from Singapore and I wld say the best birthday present that I have rec’d was a surprise dinner cooked by my husband on my 30th birthday. He does not cook and that dinner may not be that fantastic but it was the effort and thoughtfulness that scored πŸ™‚

  70. Lee Wen

    hi I’m Lee Wen from KL, Malaysia. The best present I’ve received was my mom’s effort to deliver me, a 11 pounds baby to the world…

  71. Josie R.

    I’m from Kennett Square, PA, and the best birthday present I’ve ever received was an offer to babysit my three kids on the night of my birthday–my husband and I got to enjoy a (rare) date.

  72. Eva

    Hey…Congrats on your 2nd Anniversary!

    I’m from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and the best birthday present I’ve ever received
    was a crystal necklace and ring i from my ex-boyfren…stil treasure it much..

  73. Jasmine

    Jasmine here from Kuala Lumpur! Best birthday present I’ve ever received was a pair of Louboutins!!!

  74. Sonia Cardoso

    Hello! I’m from Portugal and the best Birthday present I got was the presence, at my birthday party, of my dear aunt whom I hadn’t seen for 12 years! πŸ™‚

  75. Rebecca

    Hi, I’m from Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.
    The birthday present I have ever received was a surprise party organized by my family. I was upset at first because I thought none of them actually remembered. I was so touched, haha(:

  76. Yvonne

    I’m from Kuala Lumpur and the best birthday present I’ve ever received was a big shock and a watch which coincidently i like it very muchie and he don’t know about it when he gave me,until i told him.

  77. Jessica C

    Hey, I love reading your blog. It’s great & keep up your fab reviews!!! πŸ˜‰

    I’m from PJ, Malaysia. The best birthday present ever was a great party with family and loved ones, along with my precious Iphone which I’m now the proud owner!!

    Thanks for having this giveaway.. πŸ™‚

  78. sunmom

    I’m from Mandaluyong, Philippines and the best present I ever received on my birthday was my daughter who was born just a few days before my birthday!!!

  79. abby

    Hi hi sweetie. From Petaling Jaya, Malaysia here. My best birthday present ever has got to be the one i got for myself this January as i turned 21 this year. I know i sound prudish and arrogant(?) for picking my own birthday present as the best one but it is one i spent time and money on. I got myself a mani/pedi package! And am still happily enjoying it.

    Thanks for this awesome giveaway and congrats on turning 2!! Wat to go and keep it up dear! I look forward to more reviews!

  80. Jul

    I’m from Singapore and the best b-day present? A new pair of eyes!

  81. Sophie

    Sophie from Toronto Canada

    My best birthday gift was last year. My SO asked me for gift ideas so I suggested:

    Mark Jacob Daisy
    A Fossil watch
    A Tiffany’s ring

    To give him price points and pick th one he could afford most. He ended getting me all 3 in a sweet and generous gesture.

  82. Qin Ning

    From Singapore!
    My best birthday presents the 18 little presents that my classmates hid all over my living room for my 18th birthday.

  83. Ladies Gladiator Sandals

    my best birthday gift which i have received was the surprise party of my birthday which was arranged by my friends although i was angry with some of them but it was their planing for giving me the surprise i never forget it.

  84. Helen

    Congratulations! My wish is that there will definitely be more years to come for this great beauty blog! I’m from Quezon City, Philippines and the best birthday present I’ve ever received was my Mom’s vintage crystal clip-on earrings. She had it way back in 1980, and she gave it to me last year for my birthday. πŸ™‚

  85. Lee

    Congrads!!! I’m from Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. The best birthday present I’ve ever received was from my fiance, a ring he got for me while I just casually saying that it’s a nice one. (nope this is not my wedding nor proposal ring) πŸ™‚ So sweet of him

  86. diana

    hey!!!!!I’m from Selayang,Malaysia.The best birthday present i’ve received was a day relaxing in spa with my mum,sponsored by her.

  87. Hui Ying

    I am from Port Dickson,Malaysia. The best birthday present i ever had was the yamaha guitar my dad bought me for my 15th birthday!

  88. Teena

    Happy 2nd birthday Tine πŸ™‚ I’m from Manila, Philippines! My husband & I love to hunt for rare items in thrift shops. On my birthday, he surprised me with an authentic Jelly Belly dispenser. It’s the best & “sweetest” to our collection. Up to this day, it proudly stands in the receiving room where anyone get their Jelly Belly fix for free! πŸ˜›

  89. Anjali Singh

    Happy Birthday !!! I am from Minneapolis,USA. The best birthday gift I got was 22 roses on my 22nd birthday from my now husband..then boyfriend…..nothing can match that…..!!

  90. Hyzenthlay

    Hi! Congratulations! I just found your blog through and I’m loving your posts . . .

    I am from California, USA and my best birthday present has to be when my parents drove up to my college and surprised me for my 21st birthday. They lived 4 or 5 hours away, and while I was at soccer practice I saw them walking across the field, so I ran over to them and was so shocked to see them I greeted them with “What the h*** are you doing here?!” This also happens to be one of their favorite stories, as it was SO out of character for me!

  91. Samurai Swords

    i love my sword which my grandfather girted me on my birthday its very historical thing which i have and that the best gift of my all the birthdays gifts.

  92. summerayx

    Hello Tine, I really like your blog! Congrats on the anniversary. I’m from Singapore and the best birthday present I’ve received was a limited edition Les Miserables CD Collection from my parents on my 16th birthday.

  93. sunflowershower

    Congradulation and Happy 2nd! I’m from Virginia USA and my best birthday present will be my little sister being born on my 17th birthday! We are fully related and are the only two of our family so our age gap is a surprise to everyone. We share brithdays ever since. What was your best birthday present?

  94. shiki

    Congrats on your 2nd! Proud of you.

    From Petaling Jaya Malaysia. Mine is actually every year. As always get my most wanted books or CDs from my friends!! Since i actually ask for them but never expect to get them. So far i have always gotten them plus extra smaller pressies!

    Do share yours with us dear!

  95. Christina Chan

    Happy Birthday to you.
    I am from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. My best birthday present was the present from last year. I was hunting for the best birthday present for myself, as i will be turning 30 years old. For woman, turning 30 is like entering into another important chapter in life. I want the best present to significant this shift. Went high and low scouting for my present, and do my internal search about what i want for myself. Finally, with some ‘higher awareness’, I realized that what i want is ‘present’, yup, that is being present in the moment and just be. This way, I am sure i will appreciate all the little little blissings in my life on daily basis and most importantly, able to age gracefully.

  96. Mei

    Hi, I am from Ann Arbor, Michigan. The best birthday present I ever got was a care package from a friend whom I met over the summer. He sent me a box, and inside it were a variety of things that had meaning to what we did over the summer. This included a CD of songs we listened to alot, a hoodie that I said I liked, a rock from the lake where we spent a great time at, and pages of rules to baseball since I told him I didn’t know the rules and couldn’t play it with him.

  97. ponikuta

    I’m from you know where and I’ve got you on my Google Reader.

    Best birthday present would be a week’s long celebration feeling pampered throughout the week. Including, getting him doing all the cooking and cleaning. Pure bliss!

  98. Jessica

    Hi there!
    I’m from Malaysia but currently studying in Sydney. My best birthday present ever was a pair of gold earring studs: one side was a treble clef and the other was a set of quavers. Sadly, I lost the treble clef side during an exam few weeks ago.. Sigh…

  99. electronicfly

    The bestest best best birthday present I’ve ever remember receiving was from my brother on the morning I turned 21.

    He remembered my birthday, without being prompted by anyone, and actually called to wish me from overseas even though he was swamped at work.

    That’s probably the first time he remembered my birthday, and I doubt I’ll ever forget it.

  100. Terry White

    I am from Wisconsin. And the best birthday present I ever got was a weekend with my three sisters (my 40th!)

  101. Deb K

    I am from Minnesota and the best birthday birthday present I ever got was from my kids~My Mother’s Ring!!

  102. Celine

    I’m from Ohio (U.S.A.) and the best birthday present I ever received was being able to spend my birthday with many of my extended relatives who live halfway around the world!

  103. Melissa D

    I am from Uniondale, PA and the BEST present that I ever received is… an anniversary ring 18 years later. We were young and in love (with no money=no engagement ring). For our 18 year anniversary and my birthday, John gave me an anniversay ring. This is special since he put so much thought into it.

  104. melvel

    Happy birthday! I’m also an April celebrant like you!

    Anyway, I’m Mel from the Philippines. The best birthday present I got during my last birthday is an adorable female Shih-Tzu puppy!

  105. lilian

    Hi! I’m a Malaysian but currently studying in Singapore. The best present I’ve ever received is a concert ticket to see Eason Chan (a HK singer) live. The concert was really great and now whenever I think of it, I just smile!!!

  106. Eunice

    *hee* i’m from singapore but currently residing in hong kong. the best birthday present i’ve ever received is probably….well, not really a present but the cake. it was big and creamy and just like a giant cupcake πŸ˜› absolutely scrumptious~!

  107. GlossQueen

    Hello! Happy Birthday! I’m from Perth. The best birthday present I ever got was a photo album from my Dad, filled with photo’s of our ancestors going back 3 generations, it’s something I’ll always treasure.

  108. Anna

    I’m from USA and the best bday present has got to be my straight perm. I have naturally thick, wavy, dry, dead, ugly looking hair and my friend gave me a surprise by dragging me to a salon and perming my hair. I love it!

  109. Yali

    Hi. I just subscribed so it should show up shortly!

    I’m from Trinidad (island in the Caribbean for those who aren’t sure)

    The best birthday present I ever received – LIFE!

    And now for a more superficial answer..hehe..but very nice nevertheless. My best friend took me to disney world for birthday 2007. Hadn’t been since I was a kid. Loved it.

  110. Yvonne

    Hi, congratulations!
    I am from Kuala Lumpur. My best birthday present will have to be a pearl necklace by my husband, although it’s always my idea on what he should get me. ^^

  111. Lyn

    Hui! Congratulations!
    I’m from Johor Bahru, Malaysia and the best birthday present I’ve ever received was a pair of pink fairy earing’s from 2 of my best friends! that was a totally surprise from them, I totally didn’t expected it.
    I was very happy because I’m a earing person and I never had a pink ones before, and is so girly! totally loving it until few of the stones fell off!! I was deeply sad! but it wont stop me wearing it but with extra care~

  112. Yali

    Hey…I’m trying to confirm my subscription but the link wont open…

  113. Ong

    Hi I am Ong from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The best birthday present I have ever gotten was a Guess Handbag from my Mum when I was 18 and it lasted till today, which is 8 years later.

  114. Natural Cosmetics

    This is an awesome gift collection. My best birthday gift was a paid mountaineering expedition trip.

  115. Hels

    i’m pretty sure i’ve subscribed, it says i’m on the email list, but no email was sent to my inbox (or junk), and i’ve tried 4 times?

    Anyways, i’m from Sydney, and the best bday present i’ve received was my piano, given to me by my dad 6 yeas ago =)

    And happy bday to beautyholics anonymous!

  116. Lexia

    Hi! I’m from NY and the best bday present I received was ugg boots from my dad xD

  117. Christie Caywood

    I’m from a small town near Cleveland, Ohio, United States…a long way away form Melbourne, for sure! The best birthday gift ever?? Hmmm…I loved this one gift my aunt gave me…it was all Barbie!! When I was little, of course. not that I don’t love Barbie, still…who doesn’t?!?!

    Thanks for the giveaway of masses of prizes! happy 2-year anniversary!

  118. Victoria

    I am from Reading, Pa (45 mins from Philly, Pa) I received 21cents for my 21st birthday! (As a joke! LOL) The best gift I ever received on my birthday. Having friends and family celebrate it with me. πŸ™‚

  119. lim thian yin

    hello, i m from Malaysia. the best present i have ever received would be the birthday party given by my lovely 19th bday coming soon and hope will receive the satisfying present from smbody.. happy 2 year anniversary.

  120. hershey

    hi there. i am so glad to stumble on this blog. great info. subscribed to it just now. I am new here in Melbourne just came for studies 2months ago. Anyway it may sound geeky but my best birthday gift was when my parents decided they will allow me to study away from home. yey! I got independence as my 18th bday gift.. πŸ™‚

  121. Vivian

    Hi, I’m from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

    Best birthday present was a 100% handmade flower bottle by my lovely husband which, he never ever do or touch crafting at all. I was really surprised and at the same time very very happy. The flower bottle is not as pretty as store bought but its means alot to me.

    Well, I hope I’m the lucky one to win especially to win the Cancer Council Australia Everyday sunscreen for my husband which for sure he will love to own one.

    Thank you.

  122. Leslie

    I’m from Manila, Philippines & best birthday present I ever received was a ring & a wedding proposal from my then-boyfriend-now-husband… that was 4 years ago =)

  123. Shin

    Hi! i’m from Singapore, and the best birthday gift i ever got was a huge ice-cream brownie entirely made by my bf (yes, even the ice-cream!) and no doubt, that was the best ice-cream brownie i ever had.
    p.s. omg i want the Cancer Council Australia Everyday sunscreen so bad!

  124. Ayla

    Hi! I’m from Arizona but I’m currently studying in Japan. I’d have to say that the best birthday present I ever received was a ferret named Miss Tumbles. I noticed her in the pet store two days before my birthday with my hair ‘froed out, and she fell backwards over herself gawking at my hair. We promptly fell in love with her and mom gave her to me for my birthday

  125. Jacqueline

    I’m from Los Angeles, California, and the best birthday gift I ever had was a Bally wallet from my aunt!

  126. Shuu

    Hi Tine!
    I’m from Malaysia and the best birthday present I ever received was a handmade four seasons boxes by my ex-boyfriend. There were four boxes and inside each box he gave me different presents and a poem on each box about our first meeting and relationship-related stuff that was going on between us πŸ™‚

  127. tulipp

    I’m an international student living in Melbourne, and my best present was being able to celebrate my birthday with my family this year.

  128. Jessica

    Hi, I’m Jessica from Pahang, Malaysia. My best birthday present would be a suprise birthday cake my aunty made for me last year with my name on it…! I didn’t expect it at all! I didn’t know she love me so much… *emo* =)

  129. Hess

    Hi Tine,
    Congratulations on your 2nd Anniversary !
    I’m from Malaysia and the best present I’ve ever had was a holidays in Japan with my husband ( that time still bf). He came to visit me during my stay in Japan and we celebrated my birthday together!

  130. anna fulbright

    The best birthday gift I ever recieved was from my grandma.It was a ring she had as a young woman and a necklace she had made for me from one of her bracelets.She passed away shortly after that so every year I wear the jewerly on my birthday and I think of her, and smile.

  131. Nette

    I’m from KL, M’sia.

    My best birthday present was from my fiance. He took me to port dickson to have a candlelight dinner by the beach overlooking the sea and the stars shining down on us, he had cooked some simple stuff and I was overwhelmed by his effort on the first year we met…..

  132. Lara

    Happy 2nd Birthday!!

    I’m from Valencia (Spain). I guess the best gift I have ever received is a GPS System. It’s not fancy but it sure is useful! I tended to get easily lost while driving… πŸ™‚

  133. Kiran

    I’m Kiran from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The best gift i ever received for my birthday is a diamond nose stud for my 21st. It was a present from my grandmother, who was insistent on a tradition of gifting gold or jewellery for important milestone birthdays like 21st birthdays. Since i’m not a big fan of gold or jewellery, we compromised and settled for the nose stud, which incidentally was my first diamond!

  134. cuteandcurls

    Congratulations on the upcoming 2nd Anniversary.
    I’m from Brunei but currently residing in Kuala Lumpur. The best birthday gift I received were a brand new Nokia 6300 and Canon A460 from my husband.

  135. Elena O

    My name is Elena, born in Japan, raised in New Mexico and about to move to England and my best birthday present was having an amazing night out with my man and my friends. They took me out to have dinner and then we went to a great concert. I got to see Daft Punk on my actual birthday. It was fabulous! Then we all went out for drinks. My man had gotten us a hotel room and so there was supposed to be some post concert loving but…well, let’s just say that there was no cherry on my cake that year. Haha, still it was fabulous and fun.

  136. mari carmen maroto jimenez

    Mari Carmen Jimenez Maroto
    C, Oviol Encarnacion, 55. 2 Β°

    the best gift I received is to have my niece whenever I can

  137. Maria

    Hello! I’m from Figueres (Spain) and the best present that I have recived in my life is my beautiful car mini one!

  138. vero

    I think… my videocamera

  139. Idaira

    Hi from a little island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean! I’m from Canary Islands,Spain!

    I must say I’ve been visiting your blog for one year or more! Congrats for the 2nd birthday!

    Well I think my best and favorite gift ever was once my boyfriend come to Paris to stay with me…I was in Paris studying french and he’s in Spain…so he come to Paris and he didn’t advice me!!! It was really a great surprise to see him! and my best gift ever! by now….

  140. MarΓ­a


    Im from Wonderland, that in my case is located in Galicia (Spain) and i dont think about the most special present i was gave for my birthday but about the present we have everyday: LIFE.
    I cant imagine a day without a laugh, a song or a friend call, what about you?

  141. Kat C.

    I subscribed!

    I’m from manila, philippines, and the best birthday gift I received was when my parents sent me a roundtrip ticket to go home to the province for my birthday. It was awesome!

    Happy bloggy birthday!

    Kat C.
    katch05 at gmail dot com

  142. Joan

    β€œI’m from Las Vegas, Nevada and the best birthday present I’ve ever received was a cd,personally autographed by my favorite band. It was the most thoughtful gift ever.”

  143. Mel

    Hello! I am from Manila, Philippines. And the best present I ever got was the cake my boyfriend brought to our office last year.

    What made it so special? The message on it was “Happy Birthday PAM Ko!” which means, “happy birthday MY Pam”.. it was the first time he showed such gesture, like he’s telling everyone I belong to him, (he is just the shy-type).. so there.. after that, we went to Starbucks (with my office close friends) to have more fun.

    Congratulations on turning two!!

  144. antonia

    Hello! I’m from merida (Spain) and the best present that I have recived in my life is my two sons but too my family

  145. June

    Hi hi, I am from Malaysia. For me the sweetest birthday gift i ever received was during my 15th birthday. They were presents from my friends during the midst of exams >< .

    Yeah mine always fall during exam period so ppl tend to forget, so i don’t even about think about receiving presents. So i was pleasantly surprise when my bunch of buddies got me gift (just before exams) haha… i had a fun time opening it n then packing them away for exams. Was really happy n it was a miracle i could get through the exams in such a state.

  146. Patricia

    Congratulations for your 2nd year!!!! I’m from Barcelona, in Spain. My best birthday present? Two years ago, I received a very big red roses bouquet, from my boyfriend. He had to be out of the town, due to his work. But suddenly, after the roses, he arrived without warning. What a surprise!! It was wonderful.

  147. amber

    I’m from the USA. I love Australia though! Pani is one of my fav fashion brands, except I only have one item from the line so far. One of my favorite birthday presents was concert tickets to see one of my favorite bands! Tickets to a show makes a great gift because it can create some awesome memories. Happy 2nd blog anniversary! πŸ™‚

  148. QSteph

    Whoa~ nice giveaways πŸ˜€
    I come from Malaysia, where it’s always bright and sunny πŸ˜› The best birthday gift I got was when I was 8. It was a doll pram which I rolled around everywhere with my doll till it broke. πŸ™

  149. Melissa

    I’m from KL and the best birthday present I’ve received is my first laptop on my 18th birthday!

  150. Mandy

    Hey I’m from Melbourne too! It’s great that I can read your blog and get good reviews on makeup and where to buy

    The best birthday gift I received is from bf who surprised me with a haul from SK-II =D =D

  151. Nadia

    I’m from Greece and the best birthday present I ever got was a huge teddy bear from my friends πŸ™‚
    That was 10 years ago but I’ll never forget how cool it was!!

  152. Jazz

    happy birthday to you!
    i’m from malaysia and my best birthday present was a proposal ring, bouquets of flowers and a romantic dinner!!

  153. eliza

    hi I m from Johor Bahru, Malaysia XD

    the best gift i receive fro my birthday was a kelisa perodua car from my parents to drive to college. I was really touched and could never forget that day ^-^

  154. Charlotte

    Hi Tine,

    Fab contest and congrats on the 2 years!!

    I’m from the UK and the best birthday present I ever received was from my colleagues at work for my 18th Birthday, 9 years ago now. I finished work (I was a cleaner and had obviously been the only one actually working that evening!) to find my little old rust-bucket of a car completely filled with balloons and the outside covered with ribbons and silly string finished off with a huge birthday cake sat on the bonnet/hood. I don’t think I ever laughed so hard in my life. Wasn’t quite so funny when I was still clearing the crap out of it an hour and a half later. But what a fab memory they created for me! Bastards.

  155. wackyqueen

    I’m in Singapore, originally from Malaysia. The best birthday present I’ve received is purple tulips …. I was surprised he picked my fave flowers ! πŸ™‚

  156. aNn

    Hello, I’ve got you subscribed in Google Reader πŸ™‚

    The best birthday present was the diamond pendant+necklace my mum bought me. I wear it every single day now!

  157. iSpy

    i’m from kajang. my best birthday present was the shocks of having 2 surprise parties in 10 days.

  158. Joyce

    I’m from Klang, Malaysia and the best birthday gift I received was the gift of life – when my mum delivered me safely into her loving arms in this world! πŸ™‚

  159. akisalove

    Hi, I’m in Melbourne and half Singaporean/Korean. The best birthday present I ever received was an engagement ring from my fiance!

  160. Lisa

    I’m from Malaysia. πŸ™‚ The best birthday presents I’ve received was given to me by the boyfriend when I was still in class – a diamond ring, a bouquet of flowers and a set of soft toys. Both my friends and teachers were so touched.

  161. Siew Kwan

    Hey, I’m a new reader of yours, came across your blog for some make up reviews and now I’m hooked! πŸ™‚ I turned 21 last year and my friends all gathered and bought me 21 small gifts and put them into a huge box. All gifts carried meanings and personal touch, it was indeed thoughtful and creative! I was very touched actually.

  162. Siew Kwan

    Oh btw, I’m from Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.

  163. TerryBMc

    The best gift I received was a coupon for my son for “one anything” that never expires. I told him I am keeping it (and have for 10 years now) in case I don’t approve of his choice of wife. Evil, I know. πŸ˜‰

  164. Lynn

    I’m from JB, Malaysia.

    The best birthday present I’ve ever received was a puppy for my 13th birthday, almost 10 years ago. She’s been with me through a lot in life, and now that she will probably be gone soon, I’m also learning how to treasure her and all those whom I love in life. πŸ™‚

  165. fuzz

    Hey im from Malaysia! the best bday gift for me is a card my sister drew for me when I was still in my first year of uni. It has a cartoon drawing of me on one side of the card with a string connecting me to the rest of my family members at the other side symbolizing that no matter how far they are from me physically, I’ll always have this bond with them.

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