Friday, December 31, 2010

Please stand by: 2011 is Loading... ██████████████ 99% complete

I saw this status on Twitter - it was so funny, I had to use it as my title.


2010 has been an epic year for me. I watched my baby get ready to spread her wings and apply to colleges all over North America. I took a long overdue vacation with the fam to Costa Rica (if you want to read a really funny account of the trip, my husband wrote about the journey here), and I put on my "Big Girl Underpants" and exhibited at IMATS. It's been a year filled with joy, as well as a year with heartbreak. I've watch friends lose their parents or other loved ones, some lose themselves (temporarily, thank heavens), and many of us hit some pretty bumpy roads. But hey, isn't that what life's about?

While most of you get dressed all sparkly and pretty for the evening's festivities, my husband and I will do our usual couch potato thing. We like it that way. But I can't let the year pass without expressing my gratitude and appreciation for some very special people who have touched me with their magic over the year, lent me their ear, or provided me a shoulder when needed.

As always, the first and foremost person to whom I owe so much goes to my husband of 20-something years, Marc. His wit and staunch support of me through thick and thin keeps me grounded, focused, and happy.

From a business standpoint, the list is almost endless. I'll do my best to list everyone, so you might want to go get a drink first.


  • I would be NO WHERE without the support and help of two of my favorite You Tubers, Pursebuzz and EnKore. It was Koren's brilliant idea that I should show at IMATS, and both he and Elessa helped make sure everyone else knew of my presence while I soiled those big girl unnerpants in fear - only to end up doing better than my wildest dreams and selling out of product!
  • There are also no words to express my gratitude to Grace Chun, who has been my rock throughout the bulk of the year. She kept me tethered whenever I started to fly off into space from anxiety both while preparing and exhibiting at IMATS with that immutable calm she possess, spent endless hours reading 8,794,179 college essays for Jamie, and no matter what, always had a big smile on her face.
  • To my vendors, mainly Katie, Kaila, Dee and Jessica - thank you for putting up with me, my emergency shipments, and my special orders. One day, I hope to just have a traditional, normal order. But don't hold your breath waiting for it.
  • For the makeup artists who have supported my products and my business, a big kiss:
  • Melissa Street
  • Kevin James Bennett
  • Felicia Walker-Benson
  • Heather Wilson
  • Crystal Sawyer
  • Ren (aka MakeupbyRenRen)
  • Julie G (aka JulieG713)

  • There's almost too many bloggers to mention, but several that have become some of my best supporters, best customers, and best friends while each of us went through life's trials and tribulations over the year. I'd be remiss if I didn't give an extra special shout out to:
  • Jami (Bionic-Beauty)
  • Mo (A Year with Flat Daddy, Mythbuster Beauty)
  • Elke (Beauty Blog Network, The Model Brow)
  • Anastasia (Lipsticks & Lightsabers)
  • Alyson (Gloss Menagerie)
  • Nessa (Nessasary Makeup)
  • Stephanie (Aquaheart's Obsession)

  • I can't go without wishing a happy, healthy 2011 to the people who never cease to crack me up on Twitter: Paula, Dustin, Michael, Hillary, Vicki, Michelle, SparkleCrackHQ ... and on, and on... Easier to just check out who I follow on Twitter.
  • Finally, wishing a wonderful, prosperous and healthy New Year to my partners in crime: Kathy, Val, Michael Lamb, Donna, and Melissa.

I know I've missed a whole bunch of people, so please don't be offended if you're not listed here. Enjoy your evening, make the best of your New Year, be happy, and to approrpriately quote Dustin Hunter, "Drive Safe".

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Back2Basics: Mineral Foundation Application Tips

Enkore Makeup does a demonstration video on applying mineral foundation. Well worth watching!

By the way, if you like the Beauty Blender, we carry it here for one stop shopping!


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Giveaway Alert! (closed)

A little while ago, I won a $25 gift certificate from Crystal for Apothica er, no, make that Apothica, SkinCareRx and SkinBotanica.com. 3 different sites, all one shopping cart. Very cool site where I can buy hard to find things and don't have to order from several places. You can buy the standards like Clarisonic, Bobbi Brown, or NARS, but also harder to find things like my favorite moisturizer, Pevonia Botanica, Philip B Leave In Conditioner (I had to hunt to buy this online), and high end brands like Keratase, Jan Marini, Jurlique, and La Roche-Posay. Even better, they ship free to the US on purchases over $49, and for those of you who frequently hit the international wall, they ship internationally!


Since I thought it was such a cool 3-in1 beauty experience, I cajoled SkinCareRx's PR department into helping me (which translates to YOU) out.








Here's a chance for you to win $25 to spend any way you want on Apothica.com, SkinCareRx.com, and/or SkinBotanica.com. You're in the middle of spending all your hard earned bucks on others for the holidays; go buy yourself a treat. Or use it for something practical that you never remember to do - like change the head on your Clarisonic (you don't remember to deep clean your brushes regularly, I betcha $1.00 you haven't changed your brush head in months).

Here's the deets on how to win (each option below counts as additional entries):

  • "Like" SkinCareRx on Facebook;

  • Follow them on Twitter;

  • Retweet about this contest for another 2 entries (@PurelyCosmetics is having a #beauty #giveaway sponsored by @SkinCareRx1 http://bit.ly/ffOqck);

  • Opt-in for SkinCareRx's newsletter (very bottom of their home page) for 2 more entries;

  • Write your own blog post of a minimum of 100 words including a link to Clarisonic for a whopping 7 additional entries.


Contest ends 12/31/10

Monday, December 13, 2010

Ru-oh...

I went to log in this morning to pull today's orders and marked yesterday's as shipped. Waaahhhh - I'm getting an invalid log in error! And of course, I have a programmer in India. He closed for the day about an hour before I discovered the problem. Now he won't see my Red Alert! message until I'm in bed tonight :( I keep telling myself I need to pay the big bucks and hire a local programmer. It's times like this that I remember why.

I think I can still pull and ship orders from the email notifications that I receive, but things will look a little wonky until this is fixed. Obviously, if I can't get into my own system, I can't mark your order as shipped, nor can I print invoices. So you might be getting printouts of emails for invoices, and emails telling you your order has been shipped when the system will still say "processing" (you can log in and check your order status, but I can't). I'll keep you posted...

Monday, December 06, 2010

Pursebuzz!

Have you seen this? Watch the whole thing for how to get a free gift :)



You can also see Pursebuzz's full review of the Diamond Perfect Finish here.


A couple of things of note:
  • You must ask for the buki (and specify which type of hair) in the notes section of the order. It will automatically be included in your order - there's no need to add it to your cart.
  • Offer valid through Friday, 12/10/10, or while supplies last.
  • The discount code in Pursebuzz's original review is an old code; it has long since expired. This promotion is for the buki, not the percentage off.

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