I love my birthday – like a fish loves water. I used to countdown to my birthday starting 30days prior. I try not to do that outloud any more, as some people seemed to tire of it, like the spoilsports that they are. I also like presents – A LOT. Because I am greedy like that. *shrug* However, this year, in observance of my almost 40th birthday, I have decided to give away a present to one of you – my fun readers. (*except for my fab Int’l readers, of which I know there are many. I’ll try and make it up to you in the new year, okay?)
So, I asked some of my favorite brands if they would help me celebrating my birthday, and coincidentally, my 1st Blogiversary and they agreed. Check out what one lucky reader can win:
Talika Beauty of Your Eye Kit ($48)
CoverFX SkinprepFx ($45)
Mario Badescu Drying Lotion ($17)and Super Rich Olive Body Lotion ($10)
Clinique 3-Step Skin Care System (*sans bag) ($50.50), SuperBalm Moisturizing Gloss (14.00), Blushwear Cream Stick ($18.50), High Impact Mascara ($14.00) and Vitamin C Lip Smoothie ($17.50)
Kiss Professional Manicure Kit ($9.99)
Dashing Diva Nail Polishes ($56)
Holy Crap – That’s worth more than $300! Do I love me some great brands, or what?
So, because it’s *MY* birthday, I get to make the rules, sort of. Enter in the box below, one entry per person, randomly picked winner, etc. HOWEVER, I would also like to know what has been your favorite thing that I have written this past year, because I am all nosy like that.
The contest closes at Midnight on the night of the 17th, after I have enjoyed my entire birthday, and I will announce the winner on the 18th. Good luck and thanks for playing in my playground with me.
Okay, I think I have made it clear that I may not have the best skills when it comes to makeup application or hair styling. However, it appears that I *can* put out a good zombie (*with help from a little tutorial, of course).
Nate decided that this year he wanted to be a zombie, I figured, “Surely, I can do that” and off we went to get supplies. We went to the local Goodwill and picked up a shirt, t-shirt and tie for $4.85. Score! Then went to Walmart and got a little $1.99 Halloween makeup kit & $1.99 white hairspray. Lastly, we went to a Halloween superstore & got fake blood and “Bloody Scab” for $6 – Total $15ish. Not too bad, considering how much some of those prepackaged costumes cost nowadays. *cough*$40*cough*
So, after negotiating that he could go trick or treating with his friends without me, I could take pictures of his transformation, we were ready to start playing.
My fresh faced kiddo pre-zombification.
After we sponged him white, I set it with some Three Custom Translucent Loose Powder so it wouldn’t melt away. It pained me, but, dang I couldn’t find anything else to use. He *so* didn’t appreciate my sacrifice.
I tapped on some black cream to give him the hollowed out eyes look. He even directed me at one point, “You need more over here”.
While his “scabs” were drying on his face, we went outside and sprayed his tousled, gelled hair white. Looking at himself, he said, “I look like the guy on “America’s Next Top Model, only with darker eyes”. Oh, please, Jay Manuel only *wishes* he looks as good as Nate. (*Biased, table of 1).
After blackening the scabs a bit, we added on the fake blood and let it drip drip down.
After he put on his outfit and we dripped it with blood, too, he was ready to go out into the night begging for sweet treats.
Overall, I was pretty please with what I pulled off, but the real prize is the fact that Nate declared it “Awesome!” and he had a great night. It can’t get much better than that.
“More” magazine, that is. I was lucky enough to be asked to contribute one of the beauty tips I have learned to their article, “5 Secrets of Beauty Bloggers”:
I am joined by Kari, Fab Over 40, Amber, Daily Makeover, Carolyn, The Daily Obsession and Risi, Palacinka Beauty Blog – great company, with great tips.
Let me know if you have tried any of these tips, or if you have any new ones for me – I’m always up for learning new things.
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I swear, this rainy, not rainy – just cloudy, oh wait, it’s 45 degrees, no, wait – it’s 74 degrees weather here in Oklahoma is doing a number on my skin – esp my legs. They are like itchy scratchy all the time, esp since I wear jeans over’em daily. Well, over the weekend, I had a chance to try a new body moisturizer from UK company, Rodial, called crème de la crème.
They say, “shea butter and vitamin E rich and nourishing body moisturiser, helps ?rm, hydrate and restore skin’s elasticity, instantly absorbed it gives a long lasting hydration and calms irritation or reaction caused by sun, cold and wind.” So, that sounds good to me and my crazy legs, and gave it a whirl.I gotta say that I really liked the way that it absorbed right in, and didn’t leave me feeling all heavy and greasy. But it didn’t absorb in so much that I felt like it didn’t do any good and that my legs were just sponges, either. Nice middle ground. I’m going to keep using and see if it helps keep the dry itchies at bay, but I wanted to let you know that I had tried it – esp since I am going to let you in on a secret.See, HauteLook.com, the online, exclusive, limited time only, sale shop is having a sale on Rodial today and tomorrow (October 19th and 20th, 2009). During the sale, members can pick up Rodial products anywhere from 45% to 60% off (regular prices), including the crème de la crème that I am trying out now. But, if you are not a member, don’t worry – I have a special invite code just for you – Click Here! – so you can try this stuff out, too.
Tomorrow there is an event in NYC at the Victoria’s Secret, on Lexington, for the launch of VS’s new fragrance, “Velvet: The Fragrance”.
Now, I don’t know anything about this scent, but the thing that caught my eye was the fact that you could get a makeover from the VS Beauty Supermodel Artist team – led by Polly Osmond. You might rememer when I met her backstage at the Christian Siriano Spring/Summer 2010 show. It would be so cool to get a makeover from her, but, unfortch I’m in OKC and won’t make it. But, if you are in NYC, head over there between 2-4pm and pick up something from their Parfums Intimes Velvet collection (*required) to get your makeover from Polly.
In addition, the model Alessandra Ambrosio will be there for autographs (*with purchase, too), there will be a “Suprise Guest”, cake from Sylvia Weinstock and a chance to get a preview of the Heidi Klum VS Makeup Holiday Collection. So, since I don’t get to be there for all of that, you’ll have to come tell me all about it. Deal?