Friday, February 26, 2010

Perricone Winner!

To keep things nice and fair, I didn't pick the winner for the Perricone MD High Potency Eye Lift. Twitter did. Everybody's names went on a list, those that had multiple entries for tweeting about the giveaway or posting on our Facebook Fan Page had their names listed again after everyone's first entry was listed. Then I asked on Twitter for anyone who wasn't entered in the drawing to give me a number between 1 and 40.

I didn't have to wait long for someone to pick the winner. The first number chosen for me was 22. Any guesses who had that number assigned to them?

Congratulations to....

Lutefisk (aka Adrian)!

Adrian, I'll need you to email me at robyn(at) with your full name and mailing address so that Perricone can send you your goodies. Then come back and let us know how well you liked them! Congratulations!

If I haven't heard back from Adrian by the end of the day on Monday, March 1st, I'll use the next number picked by Twitter: 12

Monday, February 22, 2010

Giveaway Ends This Week - Enter to Win Perricone MD High Potency Eye Lift Cream!

Wouldn't you love to have an eye serum that really works well? How about one worth $95 for FREE?

Well then, what are you waiting for? Enter the drawing for a free bottle of Perricone MD's High Potency Eye Lift Cream before time runs out.

The rules are simple:

  • Comment on my post "My Peepers Love This" about what eye serums you've tried;
  • Get an extra entry for posting a link to the Peepers post on Twitter (please include @PurelyCosmetics in the tweet so I see it; extra tweets do not get you extra entires)

  • Comment on our Facebook Fan Page for yet another additional entry.
That's it! Pretty simple for getting pretty great, don'tcha think?

This giveaway is open to residents of the US and Canada only.
Contest ends Friday, 2/26/10 at 10:00pm Pacific Standard Time.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Countdown To: The Makeup Show LA 2010

There's only less than two weeks left until The Makeup Show begins in LA! I'm really looking forward to this year's show - more so than last year, where I was deathly afraid of speaking on the blogger's panel and sounding like a complete and utter idiot (which fortunately, I pulled off ok - check out how it went last year on this post).

I'll be attending a special blogger's preview the day prior to the official opening, where I'll have the opportunity to get a sneak preview of the show and meet the players behind the brands. I'm looking forward to seeing the trends and what's new for Spring so that I can stay on my toes. There are some new vendors that I'd really like to check out, such as Inglot - EnKore raves about them - and plan to sit in on John Hennessey's (of Inglot) seminar for Achieving Editorial Beauty. There are so many seminars I want to sit in on (you can see the whole schedule here), when am I going to shop???

The show is run by The Powder Group, and open to everyone in the makeup industry: bloggers, makeup artists, students - anyone in the business of makeup or beauty, and runs Sunday, Feb 28th and Monday, March 1st. Advance tickets are $35 for a single day's attendance, and $50 to attend both days. Students get a 10% discount, and ticket prices go up at the door. You can purchase your tickets in advance through Feb 25th. I highly encourage everyone who can possibly make it to attend; it's a fabulous show without being too overwhelming.

I even seriously pondered attending the show as a vendor instead of an attendee, but I'm still waiting on my new packaging to arrive (latest ETA is the end of this month), and wouldn't have the manpower to pull it all together in time. Who knows? Maybe next year I can be like the Big Boys and have my OWN booth :)

If you do plan on attending, I've put together a "Tweet Up" after Saturday's show so that I can finally meet "live and in person" so many of the great people I've met only online. I'm finally going to meet Koren of EnKore Makeup, Elessa from Pursebuzz, catch up with old friends like Michael (Jeune d'Age Organics), makeup artists Melissa Street and Heather Wilson, and get starstruck meeting BIG names like Eve Pearl and Tricia Sawyer - just to name a few. If you're going to the show and can make the Tweet-Up, just click the image on the left and RSVP.

If you plan on attending, hunt me down -
LOVE to meet everyone!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

What's YOUR Valentine Tradition?

When I was single, there were two holidays I dreaded: New Year's Eve and Valentine's Day. Those just always seemed to me to be the two days that you were meant to spend the evening with someone you were deeply in love with, and it seemed that was exactly what everyone but me did. The New Year's Eve problem was one easily solved: I flew to Vegas about 7pm (it's less than an hour's flight for me), gambled until about 2am, and flew back home. No one at the blackjack table knew nor cared that you were there by yourself. And since I talk to people in elevators, I never had any problem yapping the night away with the others at the tables.

Now Valentine's Day was a whole 'nother problem: who would bring me chocolates, roses, and profess their undying love for me?

More than 20 years later, here I am happily married, get the roses usually somewhat unceremoniously dumped onto the counter, and still no romantic gestures of undying love. I know my husband loves me; but I long ago learned to accept that he's not a demonstrative man, and I no longer wait for those romantic candlelit dinners for two followed by champagne and bubble baths together. So how do we celebrate Valentine's Day?
Yes, you're reading the right logo. For 20 years, Marc and I have gone to dinner every Valentine's Day at IHOP. Told ya I wasn't married to the romantic type, lol. Actually, it's not as bad as it seems, and is kind of romantic is a warped way.

It all started on one of our first Valentine's Days together as a couple. As some of you may know, my husband is a CPA. If you know your calendar well enough, you know that February 14th falls dead in the height of tax season - where Marc is working 7 days a week, 12-16 hours a day (wait, don't I always do that year-round?), and this is one of the only nights before April 15th that I can even count of him for dinner at all. When we first moved into the area in which we currently live, the town was small, and the need for reservations for dinner on a Saturday night unnecessary. We didn't think too much about picking out a restaurant in advance, and insuring that we could celebrate by making a dinner reservation. We just figured we'd go to our favorite steakhouse, and given that it was a holiday, would probably have to wait 20-30 minutes for a table.

Wrong. 2+ hour wait at the restaurant of our choice. Ixnay on that idea, move on to our 2nd choice. No better there either. After checking a few restaurants and finding hellacious waits everywhere, tired and hungry, we decided to chuck the notion of a nice dinner and just grab a bite to eat at Denny's. As we walked up to the front door, there was actually a sign taped to the door that they were out of meat. Denny's? Out of meat? Who'd have thunk you couldn't even get a burger on Valentine's Day!!!

Since our dinner options were rapidly becoming cereal at home, we decided to hop across the street to IHOP. Surely no one went to IHOP, and how likely would it be that they'd run out of pancake batter? Fortunately for us, the only souls inside looked like they were on a field trip from the closest retirement home, and there was still plenty of food available with no wait. We laughed about how "romantic" our night was, and it was so off the wall that it had to become a tradition. So it was, and so it shall remain.

What's your favorite Valentine's story?

Monday, February 08, 2010

My Peepers Love This: High Potency Eye Lift

There are two things about my body that I really, really don't like. Everything below my waist (if I could walk behind a counter for the rest of my life, I'd be one happy camper), and my eyes that are in serious need of plastic surgery. I've always struggled with hooded eyelids, but after several anniversaries of my 21st birthday, I've learned to live with those. I just drool at the gals who can wear dramatic colors while I stick with my neutrals, using only my eye liner for a splash of color. It wasn't until I was taking some pictures of my eyes for the website that I realized the mirror doubles the distance, and my face resembles the lines on an elephant's skin. My new skin care passion became every anti-aging product I could find, and every eye cream I could get my hot little hands on.

Enter Perricone Cosmeceuticals. I've been wearing their High Potency Eye Lift morning and evening religiously since I received it nearly a month ago, and really noticed a difference in the appearance of my fine lines right off the bat. Although they have eye preparations to help correct the first signs of aging, their High Potency Eye Lift is geared for those of us who's "first signs of aging" is way the heck back there in the rearview mirror. And it truly does what it claims. This Perricone Cream uses DMAE and phosolipids to help firm up your skin, reduce fine lines, and hydrate the fragile, sensitive skin surrounding your eyes. To quote directly from the Perricone MD website:

High Potency Eye Lift actually lifts skin for a visibly transformed appearance while minimizing deep lines, wrinkles and bags under eyes with Dr. Perricone's patented anti-aging ingredients: DMAE and Phospholipids. Also formulated with Pycnogenol to address loss of elasticity and help brighten skin's appearance.

In addition to it's efficacy (as if that wasn't enough), I find that this eye treatment is especially great as part of my morning routine since it's quickly absorbed into my skin. I'm not waiting forever after applying before I can finish getting dressed.

But wait, there's more! Perricone has been kind enough to sponsor a giveaway of their High Potency Eye Lift for one lucky reader (that's a $95 value). Don't take my word for it; enter to win a bottle of this miracle cream for yourself and tell us what your opinion is. Here's the skinny on the details:

  • Post a comment below about what you've tried previously & why you'd like to try Perricone MD's High Potency Eye Lift (make sure that you are either logged in, or that I have your email);
  • Get a second entry by commenting on our Facebook page;
  • Extra entry points for anyone who shares this post on Twitter (include @PurelyCosmetics in the tweet so that I will be sure to see it - extra tweets do NOT mean extra entries)
  • Giveaway is open to residents of the US and Canada only

Contest ends on Friday, February 26th at 10:00pm PST.

* Disclaimer: this product was provided to me for the purposes of review.


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