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Friday, March 1, 2013

Time flies when you're having fun...

I knew my blog-a-versary was coming up, but all of a sudden it's March 1st and BAM! Here it is! Today this little ol' bloggy-blog turns four years old. Can you believe it? 
I refuse to get sappy today in this post (believe me, it's hard to control that!), but I do want to take a moment to thank each and every one of you, old and new readers, for your continued support.  And when I say support, you must know that I'm not just referring to you coming here and reading what I have to say. Of course I'm grateful for that, but Nouveau Cheap readers have absolutely refined the term "support" and what that means when it comes to this blog. 
Over the years, I've watched something so special unfold here that's hard to put into words. There's a kind of generosity within this little community that's impossible to define. From leaving comments on the You Tell Me page, to emailing info and photos, to sharing tips on Facebook and Twitter, every single day there is an outpouring from YOU to help others.  
I've thought about this so much over the years, and I've tried so hard to put my finger why so many of you have such a beautiful, sincere willingness to share information here. Why are you as enthusiastic and eager as I am to do this? The only thing I can think of is that people who are struggling to make ends meet (or those who have struggled in the past) know what it's like when someone helps you out, and I feel that we all (myself definitely included) want to "pay it forward" and return that favor.
If you know the thrill of getting a $7 lipstick for $1.50, I think you have something inside you that naturally wants to share that, so that others can feel the same thrill.  
And the most beautiful part of it all is that you never want anything in return for your generosity. I've often said to readers, "I wish I could hug you right now for sharing that great tip with us" and it never fails--the response I always get is, "For all the things you and others have shared here, it's the least I could do."  
I told you I wasn't going to get sappy, and here I am getting sappy. I just want you to know, from my heart to yours, that I never take one ounce of what goes on here every day for granted. I fully understand that this could all go away tomorrow. But while we're all still here, I try to make the most of each blog post I write, each tip from you that I share, and each email, message, comment and tweet I receive from you. I may not always have the time or resources to respond to your emails and messages or share what you have to contribute here on the blog and you will NEVER know how much that pains me. But please do know that I read every single message, email, tweet, comment and Facebook post and it fills me with a type of joy and gratitude that I cannot express to you in words.
You will never truly understand how grateful I am to have you here, and how much I thank you for being part of this community. 
With all the love my heart can hold,
G. xo 
PS: I have something really special planned for my "blog birthday month" and I think you'll enjoy it (coming soon). It's not giveaways (I feel it's even better than giveaways but that's just me) but I do plan on getting back into the giveaway-groove at some point this spring. So please stay tuned!

56 COMMENTS:

  1. congrats with your blog anniversary

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  2. oh for gosh sakes, G, i'm over here sniffling at your words! congratulations and thanks for being such a great blogger. this is my favourite beauty blog, hands down. <3

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  3. Congrats! Your blog is the best!

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  4. Four years, wow! Congrats. You do such a great job and I've learned so much from you. Thank you and I wish you many more years of success!

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  5. Happy birthday Nouveau Cheap! :-)

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  6. G: I started reading this blog about two months ago. I can honestly say that it is the most awesome, useful tool for beauty junkies. I love it. It has become my "bible" for all things beauty related. Congrats on four years! I only wish I'd stumbled upon it years ago, but going forward, I can't wait to see what you have in store. I'd also like to thank you for taking the time to post the things you post. This must be very time consuming and I APPRECIATE IT! xoxo

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  7. Congrats girl! :) I can't believe it's already been four years! Oh you silly you! *hugs* I am so happy for you and this amazing community that you help bring together! The positivism and joy here is absolutely amazing. I love that you and your work is able to help and inspire others! :) I wish you many more years of success! And I sincerely hope I am able to achieve something like what you have done for the beauty world today!

    *hugs*

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  8. Yay! Congrats on four years! :)

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  9. Happy Birthday!! We come here and share because you make it so easy and fun! We love your tips and reviews, we love what you share with us. I'm not online much anymore due to taking care of my Mom now but I always look to see what you are sharing with us. I don't shop much anymore but I like to stay up on what is popular to recommend to my daughters and friends. Thanks for all you do!
    Peg~

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  10. Happy b-day! Thank you for all you do, G. 4 more years!!

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  11. Happy blog anniversary, G! You know what you wrote about up there was exactly why I started my blog - I wanted to share the thrill of finding some great stuff for dirt cheap price lol. Your blog has become an awesome resource for lots of us out there (well even when I can't shop anywhere in the US, I still read your blog). Thanks for having this blog!

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  12. Happy Blot a versary G. I have been with you daily (even on vacation) for the last three years! Starting and sometimes finishing my day with you is my special treat! Because of the community you have created I am not embarrassed about my beauty obsession! I think we have all learned alot from you and each other! Certainly my love of all things nails has come from this blog ! I must also add that you write eloquently and with intelligence! Congratulations!

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  13. What a nice day to have an anniversary!! Congratulations - you've accomplished SO much throught his blog, and helped so many, that you should be the one being treated to four weeks of treats!

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  14. Congrats! Happy Blog Anniversary!
    I haven't been a reader here that long, but I've really appreciated all that you do for this blog and for the readers.

    Thank you, G!

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  15. Congrats on your blog-a-versary!!! I go to your blog for everything from reviews to the steals and deals! Your amazing at what you do G! <3

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  16. Congratulations G... and I sincerely hope we have many more.

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  17. Happy 4th blogaversary!!!! Congrats and keep up good work :) Your blog is seriously AMAZING!!!!

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  18. Congratulations! Your blog is my "go to" spot for the scoop on everything make-up, skin care and hair care. Thank you so much for all of your hard work - it is greatly appreciated.

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  19. HAPPY BLOGAVERSARY!!!! Wish you and want many more years to come.

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  20. G, I love your blog most of all! Been with you since January 2011, and every time I see a new post from you pop up it gives me something to look forward to in my day. Happy blogaversary, and thanks so much for all you do!

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  21. Congrats on 4 years :) Your posts are always a pleasure to read and extremely informative...and you're such a sweet person! Thank you for everything you do - especially for creating such a welcoming community for all of us beauty enthusiasts to come to and share information at. =D

    ~nikki

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  22. Happy 4 years! I've enjoyed reading your blog for several years now, and its so amazing to see it evolve into this amazing resource for all us bargain beauty fanatics! Thank you for what you do, it is much appreciated it, and CHEERS to many more years to come!

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  23. Happy blog birthday, G.! It's amazing what you've accomplished in 4 short years. Your blog continues to be one of the best!

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  24. Just wanted to say Congratulations on your anniversary! I appreciate all of your hard work and the wonderful community that has been created here. I love reading all of your and everyones' thoughts and comments. Here's to many more blogaversaries! :)

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  25. Happy 4 years!! Even tho I don't post often I still come by and read your blog several times a day. You have done a fabulous job and I sincerely appreciate all of the hard work that you do. Thank you for a wonderful blog! <3 :)

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  26. Happy Blogaversary!

    You've created a wonderful blog that has a very welcoming and fun community, Nouveau Cheap continues to be my go-to, always-check-back blog for beauty and just that sense of welcome on the internet. :)

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  27. Happy birthday! That's fantastic <3

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  28. Happy Blog-a-Versary, and I hope that you have many more successful, prosperous and fun filled years to come.

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  29. Congrats! Your blog is one of my favs I have to check everyday :)

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  30. Congratulations on four years! Wishing you many more happy blogging years to come :)

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  31. Happy Anniversary, you are my go to blogs for everything drugstore, couldn't make my wise decisions without you!

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  32. Congratulations on your blogiversary! I really enjoy your blog!

    Zan

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  33. Wow! Happy blog anniversary, G! Of all the blogs I subscribe to, yours is the only one I actually READ! And I do so several times a day. ;+)

    I think we're the lucky ones out to have you. What a giving, caring, great person you are, to spend so much of your time telling us about the $7 lipstick that's discounted to $1.50 (among so many other beauty bargains and news). Your hard work and dedication is appreciated and returned with love tenfold.

    Hoping Mr. G knows the treasure he has in you (I kind of think he does),

    Thank you for everything and looking forward to many more years,
    Isis <3

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  34. Thank you so much for all of the heartfelt dedication you bring to us every single day. Happy 4th, Nouveau Cheap!! In the infinite sea of cosmetics, with all of its sales, dc's, limited editions, new releases, etc...I come here exclusively...you bring us the cream of the crop. I have the most fun running to the store (and I have BL, Wags, CVS and WM all within one mile of my house)! I think back to when I lived in College Area/La Mesa all those years that I may very well have crossed your path on my little beauty circuit LOL! Cheers! --Brooks

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  35. Yours is the only blog I read, and its because its just so fun! I share for a selfish reason - I love to see my name in print. I probably will never have a blog or YT channel, I'm older and don't have the energy or dedication, so really enjoy any snippet I can get published by you. So thank you for indulging me G!

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  36. Congratulations! Your blog is my go-to for all the details on drugstore goodies. You have spawned so many lemmings for me :) Long live Nouveau Cheap!

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  37. Happy Blogaversary, G! I love this place and I run around recommending it to everyone with even a minor interest in beauty and shopping!

    Thank you for all you do for us. <3

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  38. Happy Blogaversary. I love your blog and look forward to your posts each day. I truly appreciate your time and effort. Thank you so much!

    Happy Happy!

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  39. Happy Blogiversary!!! I love reading your blog -- esp. local San Diego stuff -- you introduced me to Marukai Living and I'm forever grateful!

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  40. Happy Bogiversary, G! Here's to many more years!

    I can't believe it's been four years. Thanks for keeping me informed of all the great deals and new products!

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  41. Congratulations! I love your blog, great info, honest opinions, great photography, and most of all that it's all about the deals, deals, deals! Keep doing it forever, please, and I will follow.

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  42. Happy Birthday to my FAVORITE beauty blog!!!

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  43. Happy Anniversary!!!

    I contribute to this blog for many overlapping reasons. I love helping people, and I love the sense of community I feel when we are all looking for the same bargains and giving each other advice. But I have to admit that I get a thrill out of finding out about a sale or some other piece of information, and sharing it before anyone else gets a chance! So it's a mostly cooperative, slightly competitive thing going on with me. :-)

    But I have to say that I wouldn't contribute at all if this blog weren't so wonderfully informative, and if you weren't such a good soul and most excellent blogger. Your posts pack in as much information as you are able to find. And if you happen to find out something more after your post is up, you are willing to edit or make additional posts for clarification. In addition, there is practically no drama or snark on this blog, and you manage to keep it that way without coming across as controlling, inflexible, or insensitive. In short, you do a very good job. This makes me feel a little bit of pride whenever I am able to contribute. It feels like I'm part of a team, led by a very capable leader.

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  44. You, lady, are awesome.

    You expressed so much of what makes this blog so successful, and every bit of what you said is true. But it all started with YOU, and your enthusiasm, your honesty, and your sincerity just shine through like no other blog I read, and THAT'S what makes people come back for more.

    Happy, Happy Anniversary, and many thanks for being here ... here's to many more years of enabling and camaraderie :-)

    XOXO

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  45. awww..G. you're so amazing!! COngrats on your blog-a-versary!:) You are such a wonderful resource for us all, I have to get on twitter every night just to read your posts to see if I missed anything..lol..I think with the economy and just the sadness of the world these days, we all need something to share and give us a little joy each day..and as a woman or a beauty lover, this is our little get away:) Thank you for being so kind and always so eager to help us find better deals and make sure we have all the facts before we spend our hard earned money!:))
    xoxo
    Ann-Marie

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