Monday, August 22, 2011

More MPZ Goodness (pic heavy!) :D

So I'm finally getting around to posting the awesomeness that is my latest My Pretty Zombie haul--such a slacker, me!  These goodies were from an end-of-July sale that I just could NOT resist o.O

Actually in my own defense it's been a pretty hectic August so far: a rush to learn two chants and two dances for a hula ceremony welcoming six waka that have traveled all the way across the Pacific, getting locked into my office at work for nearly 3 hours with my supervisors & coworkers last Tuesday during a very public standoff with a lolo who took a potshot at the officer (didn't hit him TG) who wanted to question him about an armed robbery (the suspect decided to hide in the apartment complex behind our building >_<), and Tahitian rehearsal today (3.5 hours, nearly 50 dancers packed into a studio the size of my family room, which is maybe 325 square feet--talk about hot & humid, ugh!).

I was feeling like I needed a little fun (& a lot of glamor) today, so yeah--MPZ!! :D Much better!

Here is the haul itself (more after the jump):

Don't you just love the monster teef?  And look, extra love from Andrea <3

Sunday, August 14, 2011

And the winners are...

First of all, mahalo to all the lovely women who have followed and supported me both from the beginning and more recently--you are all wonderful!!  Another mahalo to the ladies who chose to take part in this giveaway, I truly appreciate all the love you sent my way during this past week-ish ;D

Second, as mentioned in the giveaway post, all entries were placed into a spreadsheet in the order received and winners were selected using  After the first prize winner was selected, I deleted that entry from the spreadsheet and a second prize winner was selected, and so on for the third.

All winners have been notified of their prizes and have 48 hours to contact me and provide a mailing address; otherwise another winner will be selected.

Winner of the first prize is...Christa!!

Christa is the author of Play Hard, Look Fabulous, awesome stuff!
Winner of the second prize is...Ki!!

Yay!!  Ki chronicles her beauty adventures in Ki and Makeup ;)
Last but not lease, our third prize winner is...Nguonie!!

Nguonie is a newcomer here at The Nature of Beauty; welcome!!
Congratulations to the winners of my first giveaway, how fun!  I've got a blog anniversary (and birthday!!) coming this November, hopefully by then I'll have more wonderful things to share with you, my lovely readers <3

MKA (Me Ke Aloha),


Tuesday, August 2, 2011

50+50+100=Time to Celebrate (CLOSED)

When I began this little corner of beauty blogdom a full 8 months ago *gasp!* I never would have thought it would lead me to a Facebook fanpage and busy-enough-for-me Twitter account.  For the longest time, I had the same "faithful few" followers on the blog and I owe a BIG TIME mahalo to those ladies for their encouragement in those first few months--my sincerest appreciation to my "O-Shit Girls": mNg, Erin, Amanda S., Snarky P, Shelby G, Elyse, Cheryl, Rebecca, Amanda R., Ashley--I would not have done any of this without your kind words and unflagging support!

Today, I have just over 100 fans on the RiverCityLizzy Facebook page, 50+ followers on Twitter, and 46 here on The Nature of Beauty (okay so this last count is not quite 50 but FB has 102 and Twitter, 52 so there's my "final four" LOL!).  Total count: 200 lovely people following my wanderings in (mostly indie) makeup, bath, and beauty.

Honestly, I'm humbled and incredibly thankful.  Over these months, makeup and beauty has been a soother through some truly challenging RL moments and the online community of caring and strong-willed women and men has been an inspiration--and at times, salvation.  Now it's my turn to "pay it forward" and show YOU some love:  GIVEAWAY TIME!!!

I have amassed quite a collection of unused perfume samples, BB Cream & other Korean cosmetic samples,  dupes acquired when I accidentally ordered extra of an item I already had, and a few fun things I received as GWP.  Enough items, in fact, that I am able to put together three (3) prizes for this giveaway!  AWESOME!!

Grand Prize
One winner will receive the assortment of goodies pictured above:
1 pocket mirror with pink satin travel pouch
1 unused, full-size handmade bar of Grapefruit Orange coconut milk soap from DeShawn Marie on Etsy
1 travel size (2.0 fl oz) Redken Shine Flash 02 glistening mist
1 full size (5 mL) Noelia perfume oil & sample vial of 3 Ring perfume oil from The Morbid the Merrier
1 sample vial of Tweedledum from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab (BPAL)
1 sample vial of Jasmine Verbena from Wiggle Perfume & Sundries on Etsy
1 full size solid scent in Barista from One Hand Washes the Other
1 Milani Lip Flash jumbo lip pencil in #07 In A Flash
1 Wet 'n' Wild lipstick in #521A Fuchsia with Blue Pearl
1 Wet 'n' Wild lipstick in #552A Just Garnet
1 Beauty Friends Royal Jelly facial mask sheet (single use)
1 Charcoal Pore deep cleaning strip
2 Skin79 BB Cream samples (Super Plus Pink BB Cream & Super Plus Gold BB Cream)
1 Skin 79 facial serum sample + 1 mystery Korean beauty sample ;)

Prize #2
A second winner will receive the prize pictured above, which includes:
1 pocket mirror with pink satin travel pouch
1 unused, full size handmade coconut milk & sugar soap in Sugar Lime from DeShawn Marie
1 Vanillology1 Sample Trio of perfume oils(Vanilla Cream, Peppermint, & Vanilla Peppermint) from One Hand Washes the Other
1 sample vial of Dragon Heart from BPAL
1 sample vial of Kumquat & Green Mango from Solstice Scents
1 Wet 'n' Wild lipstick in #505A Light Berry Frost
1 Beauty Friends Coenzyme Q10 facial mask sheet (single use)
1 Charcoal Pore deep cleaning strip
3 Korean beauty samples: Skinfood Mushroom Multi-care BB Cream #2, Holika Holika Soda Pore Cleansing Oil, and Petit Bijou body wash in Cotton Snow

Prize #3
The third and final prize package will include the items shown in the pic above:

1 pocket mirror with pink satin travel pouch
1 unused, full size handmade coconut milk & glycerin soap in Tangerine Birch from DeShawn Marie
1 full size solid scent in Carnivale from One Hand Washes the Other
1 Wet 'n' Wild lipstick in #520E Hot Paris Pink
1 sample vial of Kumquat & Green Mango from Solstice Scents
1 sample spray of Privet Bloom perfume by Hampton Sun
1 Charcoal Pore deep cleaning strip
2 Korean beauty samples: Holika Holika Smoothie Peeling Jam in Grape Expectation and ElishaCoy Always Triple BB Cream

Please read the following rules carefully to ensure successful entry into this giveaway:

Mandatory Entry  You MUST be a follower of this blog through Google Friend Connect AND comment below on which item(s) from the giveaway you would be most interested in trying.  You must include in your mandatory entry your GFC name and a valid email address so that you may be contacted in a timely manner should you be chosen as the winner.

**NOTE**Anyone who does not submit the mandatory entry described above will have all other entries invalidated.

Extra Entries (OPTIONAL)  Please leave a separate comment for each task so I can better track your entries, because heaven knows I rarely have time myself to track all the "extras" plus the mandatory entry for a giveaway in order to enter all in one comment, so I can hardly expect my readers to do what I would not, yeah? ;)

1.  Follow me on Twitter @rivercitylizzy and comment below with your Twitter user ID (1 extra entry)
2.  Tweet about the giveaway a maximum of once per day, maximum of six days during the giveaway (1 extra entry each tweet for a max of 6 extra entries).  PLEASE include the link to your tweet in your comment (found by clicking on the time stamp on your tweet)
3.  Like RiverCityLizzy on Facebook and comment below with your FB name (1 extra entry)
4.  Share this giveaway on FB and include the link to your post (found by clicking the time stamp on your post).  You can post up to once per week during the giveaway (2 extra entries each for a max of 4 extra entries)
5.  Write a blog post about the giveaway and include a link to your post (4 extra entries)
6.  Add this giveaway to your blog's sidebar and include a link to your blog (2 extra entries)
7.  If you are a regular commenter on this blog, you automatically will receive 4 extra entries (no worries, I know who you are ;D )

This giveaway is open internationally and will end on Saturday, August 13 at Midnight PDT.  All entries will be placed in a spreadsheet and 3 winners will be chosen at random through at which time the winners will be notified by email and have 48 hours to respond.  If the first winner(s) fail to contact me within that time frame a new winner(s) will be chosen again at random.

The items in this giveaway were either purchased by me or were sent to me as free samples with purchase and in no way represent an endorsement of the companies listed or linked to in this post.  PLEASE NOTE that all items are new and unused, however the DeShawn Marie soap boxes have been opened for sniffing purposes BUT NOT TOUCHED.  By accepting the prize as is you acknowledge that you have been advised of this fact.  IF YOU WOULD PREFER A SEALED, UNOPENED ITEM a substitution can be made for the soaps; in this case please notify me of your preference upon being informed of your winning and I will make arrangements for another selection to be sent to you--please allow some extra time for the delivery of your prize.

Have fun, good luck, and most of all MAHALO FOR ALL YOUR LOVE & SUPPORT <3