Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Thanksgiving for My Readers! 100 Followers Giveaway

Hi Guys!  I'm so excited to have reached 100 followers on GFC.  I'm really touched, and thankful for the people who read and comment and make me feel like a part of this beauty-blogging community <3
It just so happens I was planning to do a "Thanksgiving Giveaway," and obviously I have so much to be grateful for! So here goes:

My office holiday party is actually a rather swanky event (lucky me!).
In my first year at the company (back when I was a Twilight geek), I copped Bella's prom look right down to the jeweled cardigan and royal blue halter dress.  Of course I didn't copy the cast, leggings, or shoes;  I had nude boots.  I wore a subtly smokey eye look just like hers in the first Twilight movie, and a MLBB lipstick.
Sorry I'm using doll photos, I just think they're kinda funny

The second year, I went out and bought Bella's birthday dress replica (no worries, I sold it on eBay and recouped 90% of the cost, SWEET!).  In case you're not familiar, it was a dark green taffeta number with black velvet flowers embossed right into the fabric.  I added a black velvet shrunken blazer because the dress was a sleeveless tank.  The dress shape was sort of 1950's with a full skirt. Honestly I can't remember the makeup I did because this was two years ago... I think I used the Twilight Beauty Bella Palette because the line had debuted by then. So, another natural look.
The blush in this palette is great on fair-to-medium skin (though powdery), I have owned three of these and hit pan on all of them!

I wore nicer shoes, I promise!
So, last December I really switched it up (because I'm not as into Twilight, lol): I wore a Zac Posen for Target red dress, a black pleather bomber jacket, had my hair dyed red for the first time in years, did my eyes up with the Dior Five Golds LE palette (using silver, gold, and bronze), black liquid liner, and Hourglass Siren gloss (most amazing red gloss EVER) on my lips. Fortunately, I have a decent picture of this look:
So, now I've done the Hanukkah blue, the Christmas red, and Christmas green with black velvet... what festive makeup look can I wear this year without repeating?  I definitely don't want to do a red lip again, I've done the perennial smokey eye to death, and last year's eye look incorporated every Olympic medal color... 

My dress options include a black chiffon knee-length goddess dress, a floor-length (but lowww neckline) matte cranberry jersey dress that I'm concerned I won't fit into, and a low-back black matte jersey dress that is slightly more forgiving but still would show a gut.  I hope to be able to show these dresses in a future post :)

Basically, I'm likely to wear a black dress this year.  Red eyeshadow? Nude lip (like Viva Glam Gaga II)? Something not immediately related to a specific winter holiday, like rich purple?
I just can't decide!
Do you have any dress-up events for the holidays? What are you planning for your look?

Anyways, I decided to turn this solicitation for help into a contest and giveaway!
Please choose a dress from the three mentioned above and recommend complimentary makeup colors in as much or as little detail as you would like in the comments below.  You can mention specific products or their dupes for clarification.  You can even mention what you would wear!  I will choose winners at random, but these are the conditions for entry.  Please help me come up with something lovely!

(Giveaway Prize and Rules)

There will be FOUR prizes available to win! They are all worth approximately $70 each.  They are loosely based on the looks I've worn above and the four elements (because I'm cheesy and I love themes).

Prize Fire: Based on my red dress look above DRAWING ON NOVEMBER 9th
Prize Fire includes: Wet n Wild Everything Under the Sun (LE) Bronzer, Maybelline ColorSensational Lipstick in Beige Bombshell (LE), Wet n Wild Mega Last lipstick in Coral-ine (909D),  Wet n Wild Color Icon eye liners in Dark Brown, Taupe, and Copper, Urban Decay 24/7 Travel-size eye liner in Bourbon, Wet n Wild Color Icon palette in Vanity, Full-size Stila Prime Pot in Taffy, Tokidoki Sugar-free Cinnamon Mints in Diavolina, EOS Sweet Mint lip balm, Tokidoki Cartina Blotting papers, Revlon nail polish in Carbonite (LE), and Almay Trio for Hazels eye shadow

Prize Earth: Based on the Bella's birthday dress look DRAWING ON NOVEMBER 16th
Prize Earth includes: Benefit Hoola Bronzer, Ulta double-ended eye pencil in chocolate and black, Urban Decay Travel-size 24/7 Eye Liners in Stray Dog, Ransom and Underground, Stila Lip Glaze in Creme Bouquet, Wet n Wild Color Icon palette in Greed, and Sugar Factory -exclusive Violent Lips lip tattoos

Prize Air: Based on purples, because I haven't done a purples look yet! DRAWING ON NOVEMBER 23rd
Prize Air includes: Benefit Bella Bamba, Wet n Wild Color Icon Palette in Lust, CoverGirl LashExact waterproof mascara, Urban Decay Travel-size 24/7 eye liners in Zero and Ransom, Wet n Wild Color Icon Liner in Deep Blue, Stila Lip glazes in Grapefruit and Seashell, Urban Decay mini Primer Potion

Prize Water: Based on Bella's prom dress look DRAWING ON NOVEMBER 30th
Prize Water includes: Benefit Coralista, Deborah Lippmann nail lacquer in Across the Universe, CoverGirl VolumeExact waterproof mascara, Wet n Wild Color Icon eye liners in Green, Cool Green, and Turquoise, Urban Decay Travel-size 24/7 eye liner in Zero, deluxe-size Stila Lip Glaze in Grapefruit, and Wet n Wild Color Icon Palette in Envy

You only have to enter once to be eligible for ALL drawings, but the sooner you enter, the smaller the pool of entrants and the better your odds to win!
  • Open to ALL internationally!
  • Please follow with Google Friend Connect
  • Leave a comment below this post with your email address in order to be contacted, as well as a dress choice and some makeup colors that complement
  • For an extra entry (+1) mention this giveaway in your sidebar
  • For an extra 2 entries (+2) write a post about this giveaway (3 entries maximum per person)

  • Giveaways end November 30th, 2011 
*If mentioning my giveaway in either sidebar or post, please leave me a link to your blog*

Official Rules:

The approximate value of each prize is $70.00. This prize is non-transferable. There are no cash or other substitutes of prizes by winner. Beauty Vigilante reserves the right to substitute similar prizes of equal or greater value in the event the above prize is unavailable for any reason. Individual, parent, or legal guardian of the winner is solely responsible for all applicable federal, state and local taxes with respect to the prize. Prize will be mailed to the winner’s physical mailing address. Please allow six (6) to eight (8) weeks for delivery. Beauty Vigilante is not responsible for lost/damaged/stolen items in the mail.

By entering or accepting the prize in this contest, each winner agrees to be bound by these Official Rules, Terms, and Conditions and to conform to all federal, state and local laws and regulations.
No purchase necessary to enter or win. This contest runs from November 1st, 2011 through November 30th, 2011 at 12:01AM EST.


This contest is open to all participants unless prohibited by their local state/country. Prizes won by minors will be awarded to their parent or legal guardian on their behalf. For reference, the age of majority is 18 years old in the United States, with the exception of Alabama (19), Delaware (19), Mississippi (21), and Nebraska (19). The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Eligible participants are allowed to enter up to three (3) times, as per the section above.

How to Win

Four (4) winners will be selected through consideration of all eligible entries each week of November 2011 for drawings on the 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th (One (1) winner per week) . In the event that the original winners do not meet eligibility requirements or he/she forfeits the prize, the prize may be awarded to the next randomly drawn eligible participant. All entries must be received on or before drawing dates at 12:01AM EST. The winners will be notified via e-mail or message (as applicable), and blog post. Winners will have 48 hours to claim prize after initial notification. If winner fails to claim within 48 hours, an alternative winner may be selected.  Please note that if you win a prize you will be removed from eligible entries in subsequent weeks (One (1) prize eligibility per entrant).

Thanks for your help in designing my holiday party look, and thanks SO much for reading!


  1. Oh yay!! a contest where you pick the contents I"M in.. Consider me officially entered. I think you should wear Purple and Gold dress this year by the way, I love the modern touches that those colors add to Christmas!

  2. You should wear the black chiffon knee-length goddess dress with a purple smokey eye. Purple is an awesome, flattering colour for everyone/everything. Yay for contests.

  3. Ohh awesome! this is a really cool idea


  4. I follow through GFC as terry and my email is chowyuktingterry@gmail.com! I'd suggest a black leather mini with red eyeshadow and green glitter in the hair... You can wear furry boots too!=D

  5. @violetsage, I'd love to find such a dress! At least I could make an eye makeup look with those colors
    @SarahDelight, that is highly likely
    @TheMissTwist, can you suggest what you would wear?
    @terry, I don't think I could wear furry boots, lol! But I am intrigued by the idea of green glitter in the hair ^o^

  6. I follow via GFC-artsavesyou
    mrsweslowski at yahoo dot com

    I would wear the black knee length with a soft plum eyeshadow. A nice black eyeliner with white or silver sparkles would capture everyones eyes as well! Thank you for the giveaways!

  7. @artsavesyou, that sounds perfect <3

  8. Sarah, I have the perfect look for you! I actually just did two beautiful looks on my friend in my recent blog entry: http://ultaismycandystore.blogspot.com/2011/10/makeup-artist-portfolio-entry-4.html
    Either one would look great on you... however I believe the 2nd, more dramatic look would look the best with your green dress and black shrug. Let me know what you think! PS. my e-mail is holly.norburg@gmail.com and my GFC name is: Holly.


  9. @Holly, I really like the first look for this occasion :) But I did wear the green dress a couple of years ago so I'd have to get another green dress ^.~

  10. Great giveaway my email is emma.mmmmakeup@gmail.com

    At last years Christmas party I went for sparkly bluey green with gliter eyliner and a nude lip, I wore it with black dress cos I'm boring lol! A few other have mentioned a purple eye and I think that would look great too, you could wear it with either black or even gold cos I think purple and gold look nice together :)

  11. Hi Emma, I really like how that sounds, too! I have done a natural lip but not a truly nude (like MAC Hue) lipstick, and I definitely haven't done blue-green. Thanks for the ideas :)

  12. You are looking top class..amzing..Consider me in too.
    Gfc name :Cheeky chic
    Email address:iasc_001@hotmail.com

  13. Thank you for your ever so kind comment on my blog. I felt the need to comment you back so you didn't think me rude, however I am literally clueless about anything beauty! So this post doesn't appeal to me, BUT I did feel the need to comment THIS post, because I LOVE your dress and you look absolutely gorgeous in it!x

  14. Wow, K, thank you so much :) I wouldn't think you were rude at all!

  15. The red dress looks gorgeous, you really rocked it Sarah!
    I would go for the black chiffon dress with either a gold smokey eye or a purple/gold smokey eye, with black eyeliner and nude/light coral lips. Since you have these big green eyes I think those colors would suit you well^^

    xoxo :)

  16. I like your ideas, peppermint_fairy!

  17. Awesome giveaway Sarah!! I would go for the black chiffon knee-length goddess dress and do a red or gold smokey eye w/ nude lips. Love the doll pics haha xx

    GCF : Amy
    Email : mybdaycake@gmail.com

  18. Hi Amy, thanks :) For some reason your comment makes me want to do a red+purple+gold smokey eye... oh my!

  19. In response to "@TheMissTwist, can you suggest what you would wear?"

    I would wear a black satin dress with simple red embellishments on the front nothing that would take away from the dress. red heels. I would also curl my hair and wear it up in a low messy bun with my bangs pinned back in a skinny headband. :-) And for the makeup I would do a nice pin up look with red lips


  20. @TheMissTwist, I think that would look gorgeous!

  21. Am I able to enter for these? ^^
    The red dress on the pic looks gorgeous!

    The floor-length matte cranberry jersey dress sounds great! Even though the neckline is very low. I would keep it simple and just wear gold heels and gold earrings with my hair done up nicely. Makeup- I might just keep it simple too. Wear natural false eyelashes with a tint of gold eyeshadow. Coral coloured blush for the cheeks and maybe a pinkish nude lipstick for the lips. I haven't seen the dress before, so I don't know whether it would look okay.

    I linked your giveaway to my sidebar ^^

  22. Hi London's-beauty! Yes, you can enter here. You will have 3 entries from this :) Good luck!

    I love your idea <3 I think I will definitely wear this if I don't have a bloated tummy that night... odds are that I'll have to wear the black dress though... it hides bloat very well.

  23. The black chiffon knee length goddess type dress will look great with a purple smokey eye and nude lipstick like hue from mac. :) then paired with gold accessories and also throw on some black accessories to mix with the golds! :D with some cuffed bangles around your arm. then slightly wavy hair tied at the back or a low bun is also nice. then high heeledshoes with a mix of black and gold is stunning. :) I'd love to see your pic of this soon! :)

    GFC: Myrted
    email: tjcaldona@yahoo.com
    linked at sidebar: loveskinbest.blogspot.com

  24. @Myrted, this is very, very close to the current forerunner :)

  25. i would love to enter! i follow on gfc, my name is micaela christina. my email is mybeadifullife@gmail.com congrats on 100 followers!

  26. I would love to enter this please! :)

    GFC: Miss Holly
    Email: bo.yeexox@gmail.com

    I think the black chiffon knee-length goddess dress would look good with maybe a simple but sparkley brooch on - your hair in a nice formal do with some sparkley embellishments in? I'm sure you can pick up some off ebay.. I think i would pair it with either black or gold colour court heels or peep-toe stilleto's, same with the clutch (Black or gold) - Then with make up i would have gold on the inner part of my top eye lid going onto black at the edges.. (doesn't have to be smokey) - With lips i think i would just opt for a bright red lip colour and a little bit of bronzer.. don't think i would go with a blush with this one..

    That is what i would personally go for, i hope this helps in some way lol..

    Thanks for this fantastic giveaway hun!


  27. Oh and with accessories - i would wear gold necklace and gold charm bracelet or bangle :)


  28. Hi Holly, this enters you for the next two drawings, two entries each :) I do like this idea, especially the eye makeup <3

  29. Aww yay! I've never been to a work-do before so i have completely no idea what i would personally wear lol, i look forward to see'ing pictures of whatever you choose to wear on the night :) - have fun !!

    Holly,xo <3

  30. I would choose the black chiffon dress with a nude lip like you mentioned! Viva Glam Gaga II would be great, I also am a huge fan of Bare Minerals Pretty Amazing Lip Color in the color Free Will. It is my absolute favorite and has just the right amount of pink so you don't look like you're wearing concealer on your lips.

  31. wow! I think I forgot this amazing chance to win.
    Hope it's not late.

    This is Ree from: http://ranrandreamhome.blogspot.com/

  32. Hello

    linked at sidebar: http://estrelinha-estrelasbrilhantes.blogspot.com/

    I like the short dress and black. The makeup colors to match would be neutral


  33. Oh wow, this giveaway was amazing, can't believe I've missed all but the last part! I was such a twilight fan too for a while there! Still love it but not quite so much these days.

    Anyway, the giveaway is still worth entering because actually the prom dress look is my favorite and I think that prize is the best too! Would love to try the Deborah Lippman nail polish, can't buy them here and see them on all the blogs I read :'( The benefit coralista is right up my street too, to be honest, any make up is. Haha! I'm majorly crossing my fingers!

    I already follow you by GFC :)

    Amelia @ UGLY DUCKLING x

  34. Oh, my email address is iwasanuglyduckling@gmail.com

    That would be useful if I didn't forget that, right?!


  35. Nice giveaway

    GFC Name: Sangeeta G
    Email ID: sangeeta.govindan@gmail.com

  36. Hello
    GFC: Joana Carvalho
    Email: joana_2727@hotmail.com

    I like the dress black or neutral. The makeup colors to match would be neutral or black. I love black makeup. =D


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