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Girly Things + Cheeky Monkey Giveaway!

November 20, 2010

image credit: Emma Laiho

Right now, I’m so into all things fabulous and girly.  Like makeup which for some reason, I can’t stop buying.  The other day, I bought a Stila Smudgepot in Jade (yes, green) because it was so pretty in the jar and it’s the holiday season so that means it’s time to look festive.  I have to admit, as intense as it looked in the pot, it’s actually a very subtle green that makes my brown eyes pop.  By that, I mean I’m convinced that it brightens my eyes… and if In Style magazine says so, then so it must be.  Oh, and I recently bought a slew of makeup in the past 2 weeks and I fully expect a shit storm when our credit card statement comes in and hubs finds out (because last month, I went into this huge tirade and told him that we have to control our spending.  Oops).

Today, I was out hunting for a perfume that my sister recommended and although it’s expensive, I.must.have.it.  Definitely going on my Christmas list this year.  I’m not sure what kick-started my girly phase because I don’t really go through this sort of thing but I have a feeling it had to do with BlushPretty‘s Beauty Board event.  After spending an afternoon sniffing and spritzing and trying on makeup/creams/other amazing beauty products, it awoke the giant and now I can’t stop.

I’ve also been cleaning out and organizing my makeup bag lately and I’ve come across some fantastic beauty products that are brand new which means that I am going to be giving away some of these great products.  I would love to hoard these for myself but they’re just going to sit there until it expires and it’s nearly Christmas so to any reader who want some fab free prizes, feel free to enter.  I’ll be giving away a few products until Christmas to coincide with the happy holidays and the entry rules are so easy!

Fishnet Stockings - a beautiful deep plum. $15

First up on the giveaway: a full size bottle of Cheeky Monkey nail polish!  This colour is called Fishnet Stockings ($15 value) and is a beautiful deep plum; just perfect to dress up your nails for the holiday season.  Why such a fabulous giveaway?  because I already have a color like this and it doesn’t make sense to have two so one lucky reader can add this to her collection!  I’ll also throw in some surprise mini gifts along with the main prize for the lucky winner;  maybe some samples from my personal collection which includes luxurious samples from La Mer, Darphin, Bobbi Brown and Shiseido.  I also have a ton of new makeup brushes that I’ve never used so this will be part of the bonus prizes too.  The last giveaway I had on this site was a box of luxury skin samples from my personal collection tailored to the winner’s skin type.  I believe Steph S. from Swimming Upstream won that gem.

To readers who aren’t familiar with Cheeky Monkey cosmetics:  this is a Canadian owned and operated company specializing in amazing nail polishes with funky and edgy names and colors.  All polishes are environmentally safe, non-toxic and 3-free (TFF & DBP Free: do not contain Toluene, Formaldehyde, or DBP – Dibutyl Phthalate).  I first heard about Cheeky Monkey at last year’s beauty board (it was a huge hit at the event) and have been addicted to their colors since. Gimmie a w00t to supporting local businesses.  Below is the picture of the full giveaway prize!

Other prize items:

  • Full size lipstick from Lancome in Oh My.  The lipstick is a beautiful shimmery brown/copper color; amazing for the holiday season.  I wanted to show a closeup because it’s so pretty.  Dang it, I just realized that there’s a typo on the picture (missing a “k”) but too late – and too lazy – to go back and edit
  • a 100% white cotton v-neck tank top that I’ve never worn (tags are still on) and it’s yours!  I don’t know about you but I LOVE layering during the cold weather and wearing a tank under a tunic or zip sweater is one of my fav things to do
  • the coveted Cheeky Monkey nail color in Fishnet Stockings (I seriously can’t believe I’m giving this away)
  • samples of Darphin’s Line Response Nourishing Cream.  Seriously, if you’ve never used Darphin products, you’ll LOVE this line.  Since I’m in my 30-somethings, all of the creams I use are anti-aging/wrinkle-fighting and Darphin is definitely part of my age-defying arsinal.  Their Line Response creams are loaded with omega 369 and helps reduce the appearance of fine line while keeping your skin soft and supple.  A definite must during the drying cold months!
  • sample of Dr. Brandt micro dermabrasion cream.  Keep skin looking radiant with weekly exfoliation.  Dr. Brandt’s line is great for sensitive skin!
  • Shiseido Benefiance Eye Treatment Mask.  Compliments of my mother!  Like me, she’s a total moisturizer label ho and puts nothing but the best on her skin which is why at 63, she looks like she’s in her 50s
  • Maybelline eye shadow in Emerald (full size).  I’m really into greens these days (I just bought a Stila Smudgepot in Jade); maybe it’s because Christmas is just around the corner?  Either way, this is a great color to brighten your peepers

**THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED.  CONGRATULATIONS TO STEPH I. FOR WINNING THIS GREAT PRIZE!!**

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21 Comments leave one →
  1. November 22, 2010 10:58 am

    I’m a follower! What a great giveaway 🙂 I’m obsessed with makeup too, I try to get rid of the old stuff because it DOES get old and just clutters up my space, but I just buy a ton of new stuff to replace it 🙂

    • November 22, 2010 9:36 pm

      Hi! thanks for dropping by and for following! good luck 🙂

  2. Maureen permalink
    November 23, 2010 7:13 am

    wooohooo! this is me doing #1 of this giveaway! that’s a nail colour i want for my nails! oh and i’m in need of a white tank top. just the other i was looking for one in my closet and said to myself, “i really need a white tank top!” haha.

    i already follow your blog and i already follow you on twitter. but i’ll blog about this giveaway soon. especially since i don’t have time to do giveaway on my blog, but hey, i can blog about this great giveaway which is almost as good. bascially i’ve conducting a blog giveaway through your giveaway! 🙂

  3. Megan permalink
    November 23, 2010 12:37 pm

    I am your public follower! 🙂

  4. Megan permalink
    November 23, 2010 12:40 pm

    I stumped on your blog few weeks ago. i’ve enjoying reading your blog and decided to just join the giveaway. THAT’S nail polish colour i have been looking for. Pretty please 🙂

    • Megan permalink
      November 23, 2010 12:49 pm

      Requestd to follow you on the twitter! @Smoochedbaby

  5. November 23, 2010 3:33 pm

    I love nail polish especially Cheeky Monkey cosmetics. Sad that I missed them at Beauty Board.

    So here’s #1

  6. November 23, 2010 3:33 pm

    I already follow your blog (I’m glad you started to post again on this blog, I have missed you!)

    this is #2

  7. November 23, 2010 3:37 pm

    I already follow you on Twitter and here is my tweet:

    and this is #4.

  8. November 23, 2010 6:05 pm

    Fun giveaway! Pick me pick me! The Cheeky Monkey polish looks so groovy and sexy and I’ve been dying to try it!

  9. November 23, 2010 6:06 pm

    Oh, and of course I follow your blog!!!!

  10. November 23, 2010 6:08 pm

    And on Twitter too, that’s for sure!

  11. November 23, 2010 10:39 pm

    Woo hoo! What a generous giveaway! Isn’t it fun to put these together? And you’ve chosen items that have personal significance/your favs, which makes the giveaway all the more sweeter.

    • November 24, 2010 7:49 am

      It’s totally fun! Good luck on the giveaway and thanks for entering!

  12. November 23, 2010 10:39 pm

    Yup, I follow you on Google Reader 🙂

  13. November 23, 2010 10:40 pm

    And I’ve sent you a follower request via Twitter! I’m @cuteshopper 🙂

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