Monday, October 24, 2011

A Blog Milestone and a Thank You

*throws confetti* (that's a lie, I would never - it's far too messy, haha)

But, snark aside, I've hit 100 followers!  Woohoo!  I honestly try not to put too much into the follower count, because I'm sure it's not a complete evaluation of who actually reads a blog.  But I never really thought it would happen, either, because let's face it, it actually is a lot of work to get the damn box to even show up (glitches galore!), let alone click it.  In short, before this deteriorates into a mushy confessional: I do really appreciate those of you read daily, who leave comments and put up with me on Twitter, and I feel like I've gained so much from the beauty blogging community.

Okay, enough of that.  I'm not much for sentiment.  I HAVE NO FEELINGS.  Or maybe just one.  But I'm not going to blag on about it.  I do heart you all, though, so I thought I'd do a little giveaway.  I know a lot of you have told me that you want to try Indie brands, but don't know where to start.  Others are already in love with various Indie companies, but there's always that one other company you haven't quite gotten to yet.  I wanted to offer this giveaway internationally, and I also wanted to include a little bit of everything, so I decided to offer a selection of my favorite products from Darling Girl Cosmetics.  Because, I love her lip balms and the Spectral Shifts, and I also wanted to offer some mineral shadows for all you nail polish frankening geniuses.  These items were purchased by me, but Susan (the owner of DGC) has been really lovely about putting everything together for me.  I'm going to handle things a little bit differently, as I would prefer it if a business owner handled all of the winner's details and private information.  So!  At the end of the giveaway, I will email both the winner and Susan; at that point, the winner will email Susan his/her details, and everything will get underway!

We're using Rafflecopter because I wanted to give it a whirl (whirl?  Copter?  Right?  ...okay.  Sorry.  Moving right along).  And the idea of managing all kinds of numbers and entries gave me a headache.  Although I had this horrible sinking feeling: what if no one enters?  *cries*

But, here's how it works!  The mandatory entry is: leave a blog comment, telling me what your favorite aspect of this blog is.  Then hit the corresponding button on the Rafflecopter widget.  That's it! :D For extra entries, follow the other instructions - you can follow me via Twitter, tweet about the giveaway (post the URL of your tweet) and follow by GFC.  Don't forget to enter your entries in the widget!!!  This giveaway will run for a week and close at 9 pm PST on Monday, October 31 (Halloween!), at which time I will notify the winner.  That person will have 48 hours to respond to my email; if I don't receive a response, another winner will be chosen.  The prize package consists of:

1 Kiss You Off Color Rich Balm in Who Spiked the Punch?
1 Kiss Me Tinted Lip Balm in Twiggy
Three Diamond Dust petits: Dark Crystal, Sushi Flower, Wood Sprite
Will-O Wisp Spectral Shift petit
Harvest Moon eye shadow petit

I wanted a good mix of things; those lip balm shades have been on my wishlist for a while, and Harvest Moon is Susan's pick for a favorite, go-to eye shadow.  The Diamond Dusts - shadows with serious glitter and sparkle - haven't been put up for sale yet, but I saw her make one into a franken, and I had to have some for the nail polish girls!  So.  What are you waiting for?  (Sorry, I don't have a photo, because Susan will be mailing out the goodies. If you are interested in seeing these, visit Darling Girl Cosmetics for product info and swatches.  There are photos of the Diamond Dusts on their Facebook page.)

Okay?  Ready, set, go!  (And thanks again for sticking with me - hearts to you all ;) )