December 1st 2019.! I can hardly imagine, but we have reached the first day of the last month of the year. On every instance when we step into December, I pause for a second in dismay and wonder how swiftly time has fled, as if summer was only yesterday, and just day before was January which is far from its end. I'm often under impression that this is the merriest month, the festive spirit of Christmas is all around us, streets and squares are decorated, carols can be heard at every corner, families gathers in cheerful mirth, while the delectable whiff of sweet, freshly prepared delicacies, fragrant aroma of mulled wine and playful colors of Christmas fair ennobles our senses, humours our hearts with the ambience of kindness and charity, and warms us despite the winter cold. After Christmas, the New Year is eagerly awaited, and those few days are usually entertained to ponder about the passing one, to think about beautiful and not so beautiful circumstances, about goals we've set for ourselves and plans that we've devised, and how much we have actually achieved. This year is special because it concludes a decade, so when we look back we can inspect what marked it and at which level.   
I'm sure that more or less all media will compile a cross-section of the most important global events that shaped the bygone decade in their own domain, for example breaking of sport records that testify to the power and ability of humans, scientific discoveries and inventions that have advanced civilization, TV series and movies that made us laugh, scare and captured our attention, and the index could be prolonged indefinitely. Launching of Instagram on October 6th 2010. was interesting to me, a social network that changed lives of many, connected millions and enable some to develop businesses and gain fame. I'm inclined to facetize this application in the class of significant novelties, and there's no harm in remembering where we were and what we did 10 years ago, and who we are today.
To begin with, I'll remark that it's very difficult for me to recognize the person I was then. I recall that I attended college and my main concern were the exams and deadlines. Upon graduation, a professional career ensued, one for which as a little girl I believed to be the dream vocation and to which I will adhere for the rest of my life, but after incipient exhilaration, I registered reality differently, realized that I wanted more excitement, so I moved to another country and built a new life. The previous period, which I'm momentarily analyzing, is interspersed with numerous travels to the cities on my wishlist, and I absolutely must underlain Paris, incomparable to any other place. Apart from these fascinating tourist excursions, what undeniably imprinted a deep and indelible seal are the people – I've met a multitude, some stayed and some vanished, with some I smiled and cried with others, some taught me priceless lessons, but all of them enriched my life in their own way and helped me to grow and mature as an individual. I shall single this out as the paramount aspect, a portrait of a shy teenager who is slowly and continuously transformed into someone who loves, respects and listen to herself, without any conceit or arrogance, because only then we can provide and expect the same from others. My decisions aren't always right, sometimes I'm mistaken, but that is more acceptable option than remorse and regret for missed opportunities. As Samuel Beckett ingeniously summed it up: „Ever tried? Ever failed? No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.“
Perhaps I haven't experienced some spectacular and operettic adventures, but that's not the point, the emphasis is on the fact that none of this would be worthwhile if we're not fulfilled within ourselves. A peace of mind, integrity, dignity, honor, compassion, perseverance and love are universal, enduring and everlasting virtues that propels me and on which I base my choices and actions, and I would recommed everyone to read William Faulkner's speech at the Nobel Prize ceremony in 1949. Guided by this, I materialized my long-standing dream, the commencement of The Exclusive Beauty Diary blog. It may seem ridicilous and exaggerated, but I struggled with myself, with thoughts of futile effort, doubting my capacity and the attractiveness of what I'm exhibiting, with misunderstanding and contestation of my surroundings, with complaints for wasting my time, however two questions eventually imposed themselves: does this delights me and do I cherish what I do? The answer to both was affirmative so on July 9th 2018. the initial post was published. From month to month, I wrote about items that I bought myself and utilized, divided into skincare, makeup and perfume categories, and subsequently included beauty gadgets, inner beauty and IGTV with video reviews in Croatian language. My biggest reward is comprehension that you enjoy what I present, that you like my texts, style and subjects which I'm treating, and that you leave me positive, inspiring and stimulating observations. I'm particularly exalted by the bond that is increasingly embodied among us and, although we'll probably never become accquainted face-to-face, to me you are dear friends with whom I enthusiastically share our mutual preoccupations. In this year and a half and through everything I have devoted myself to, that is, 180 posts in Croatian and English and 4 355 comments, I've been inmeasureably gladden by your words that you have learned something that was formerly unknown and unfamiliar to you, and my mission and purpose exactly is to create news and add value, even if it benefits only a handful of souls. The market is abundant with fabulous products and brands that is almost virtually disregarded because they don't pay influencers for promotion, but I'm selecting topics myself and I feel privileged when I succeed to bring them closer to you and when I notice that you find them alluring as well, of which I'm sincerely grateful and I have faith in a lenghty, fruitful and quality socializing.
Time flies, but memories live forever, they are the ones that preserves our departed days and years in us. I invite you all to briefly depict some pivotal situation, resolution or occurrence of the preceding decade which lingers on in your reminiscence, and I'll randomly pick a lucky winner and send him or her, as a gift, Biotherm Bath Therapy Delighting Blend Starter containing Bath Therapy Delighting Blend Body Scrub, Body Foam and Body Cream. I will announce the name of the recipient on December 10th 2019., at the end of the current post, and in the case that I don't collect feedback from the addressee within 5 days, the whole procedure will be repeated. I wish you all the best of fortune and I hope to make someone happy with this small token of appreciation. 

Residents of the catalogued countries can contest in the award pool: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and United Kingdom.  

THE WINNER: Jointy&Croissanty


  1. I love Bioderm but I have never tried this collection.
    Thanks for sharing and happy Sunday.

  2. Io non conosco l'inglese ma, essendo della Biotherm, saranno sicuramente ottimi. Saluti.

  3. Very interesting product. I like Bioderm. Have a nice day!

  4. In 2016 my father passed away and I am having a hard time overcoming it. I know life goes on but it's hard. Kisses.

    1. So sorry to hear that, I'm sending you my love and condolences.

  5. Great idea in doing giveaway.
    I wish I can join them, because I like Biotherm.

    Yes, time is flying.
    Take care!

  6. What a great giveaway!!

  7. I would love to receive this set for Christmas! Too bad I live in the United States. Good luck to all!


  8. Nice!

    Carina | https://carinazz.blogspot.com/

  9. Congratulations to you on a successful blog - I so enjoy your reviews and your photos are just beautiful. It's so funny to think that we're at the end of another decade. Life goes by so fast. And I love that saying, Try Again....Fail Again...Better. If you don't fail, you aren't trying. This is a wonderful giveaway and best of luck to those who are eligible to enter - Biotherm is a great brand!


  10. What a fabulous giveaway at the perfect time of the season. Good luck to everyone in those countries.

  11. It's so crazy that Instagram launched a whole decade ago. I wonder what kind of crazy apps and social media will exist in the next decade!


  12. I this decade, I hope, that all my family members and best friends will be healthy for as long as possible. And I try to meet them very often at this time. Have a nice day. Best regards Jana

  13. It scares me a bit how this time flies quickly, but the last decade has been very useful to me and a lot has changed for me due to bad experiences.I just hope that now it will only be better what I wish you the same :-) Very nice giveaway my dear!

  14. What a gorgeous giveaway! Best of luck to everyone entering x


  15. These products seems to be a must try! Wonderful Post! Have a great day!

  16. Such a lovely set- I like so much this brand xx

  17. I love reading your posts, they are always full of contents! And what a fatasting bath set!
    Don't Call Me Fashion Blogger

  18. This box look very nice! Good idea for present.

  19. This decade has passed so quickly, but so many things have happened. I started writing my blog years ago and I still do - even though I am often too busy because of my job and other occupations. :)
    Have a great December and thank you for hosting this giveaway! :)

    P&P style ♡ ☯ ☮ --- DIY --- fashion --- and more --- ☮ ☯ ♡

  20. This brand is seriously one of my favorites!
    Mónica Sors

  21. I see the greatest contents on your blog and I extremely love reading them.aesthetic clinic Singapore

  22. These products look really great. A lot of luck to all the participants!


  23. This giveaway is a so cool idea! Plus Biotherm is a very good brand so no doubt it gonna be successfull!
    I have to say that since now I didn't even realized that we really are at the end of another decade... well, no that this really matter to me, it's only number!^^
    But what I liked the most of this post was the quote:Ever tried? Ever failed? No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.
    Sooo right!!!!

  24. I love that Samuel Beckett quote, "Try again. Fail again. Fail better," that's so clever! And congratulations on 180 posts too, that's an amazing achievement. My most memorable moment of the last decade has to be giving birth to my daughter, definitely one of the happiest days of my life :) And what a lovely giveaway, good luck to everyone who enters! Lisa x

  25. Such a sweet giveaway for you to hold! You've done an amazing job with this blog!!


  26. Such a great giveaway babe :) xx


  27. This is what festive season is all about. Lovely!


  28. Cool post! I don't know this brand.


    Kisses ;*

  29. Unfortunately I can't participate from Brazil.


    Anete Oliveira
    Blog Coisitas e Coisinhas

  30. What a gorgeous giveaway, and your writing always encourages me!!
    Have a lovely December!


  31. Giveaways are very cool!
    Good luck to the participants :)


  32. It's also hard for me to believe that it's already December.
    These cosmetics look very luxurious. I love that.


  33. I can't believe how much has happened this decade! Where I am now and where I was before is just so different!

    Ashlee | https://www.maybeafterbrunch.com

  34. Those gifts will come to Turkey. :) Thanks in advance. :)

  35. It's frightening how fast the time goes but these last ten years were really amazing for me, in 2010 I got married, later I traveled and visited my dreamed places, started own business, bought a flat, but there was also many bad experiences that taught me a lot.
    Great giveaway, these products are amazing!

  36. Great and interenting products dear!! Thanks for sharing!
    Have a wonderful day! xx

    La ilusión de Nina - https://lailusiondenina.blogspot.com/

  37. Perfect cosmetics box as a gift :)

  38. Hi! I usually like Biotherm´s products. I would like to try that set.
    I hope you´ll visit my blog soon. Have a nice day!

  39. Adorei o kit, gosto muito de cosméticos assim, priorizo muito cuidar do meu corpo e rosto, para aparentar ser mais jovem a cada ano. hehe
    Diário da Lady

  40. Fantastic post my Dear! <3 Time flies and I can't believe either, that another year is coming to end.
    This decade was special also for me because I changed my work life totally. I became a freelancer, started blogging and now I'm happy that I've made all those decisions :)
    It was a good time :)

  41. wow 10 years on Instagram - congratulations ☺
    I already have an account there for two years ☺
    good luck ☺

  42. Amazing products! Now I wanna give it a try~

    - Marina W

  43. This is the kind of therapy I need LOL! Really beautiful set.


  44. I see this was a full decade for you and you made a huge development! When I think back for me this decade was also full of develoments :)
    xx Rena

  45. This set looks great and would make a wonderful gift for anyone. I like its with grapefruit x


  46. Time really flies so fast! I like those products, such a nice giveaway.
    There is one on my blog too!


  47. Fabulous Giveaway! Sorry - I'm from Canada but good luck to all!

  48. It sounds like you had a good decade! I keep forgetting that this New Year will bring a new decade with new opportunities. I hope you have a great one!

    Kathrin | Polar Bear Style

  49. I like this brand but now I don't have anything from them :)

  50. Incrível, como o Instagram já está com 10 anos de existência... hoje em dia o tempo parece passar a uma velocidade alucinante!
    Adorei a retrospectiva, do seu post! E parabéns, pela iniciativa da oferta de tão excelentes produtos, para com os seus leitores!
    Boa sorte para todos! Tudo de bom! Beijinhos

  51. Looks so good hun!



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