Congrats to Our Facebook Fan Winner!!! Beautyburg Will BBL....

Wonder who won all this awesome Wonder Woman stuff?!

Hi Everyone!  I know it's been a long time, and it seems like I just went completely M.I.A.  It's been personally really a difficult, busy and stressful time in my life.  I have tried to find balance with Beautyburg and life outside of it, but at the moment, it's not really possible to keep everything juggling.   With a lot of sadness and guilt, I am taking a short break from blogging.  You may see posts here and there, but at the moment, I cannot commit to it in the same way as I once did.  This was a really difficult decision for me, as I would seriously get sleepless thinking about how I am letting people down by not posting enough.   I hope that you can hang on while I take a little break, but I really want to be back soon!

With that, I would like to thank you guys for being such awesome followers, readers, fellow bloggers!  Thank you for checking in and for all your kind comments and emails.  Beautyburg is almost at 2000 followers and almost at 1800 fans on Facebook!  That literally blows my mind!

Now onto our winner............ the winner of this wonderful Wonder Woman stuff is Hristina!  Congrats Hristina!!!!  Thank you everyone else for participating!

Congrats To Our Winner! Spring Basket Giveaway! Allergy Help?

We have a winner!

Happy Easter/Passover/SPRING Everyone!  Is anyone else seriously suffering from allergies this season?  This year has been really bad for me personally!  I went back to New York and lost my voice from allergies!  I had never heard of such a thing.  Now I'm back in California and I can't seem to kick the stuffiness!  I even got a Neti pot to help.

Well enough about the dampers of the spring season and onto our winner!  We had amazing response to this giveaway.  I loved reading some of your favorite things about spring.  Many of you enjoyed flowers, the weather and changing into fun colors!  Some of you shared unique pleasures of spring like trench coats, birthdays and a general spirit of renewal.  Thank you for participating in this giveaway!

Congratulations to MadamLuck who is the winner of our giveaway!  I love it that so many of you are bloggers/vloggers/beauty addicts.  Check out MadamLuck's page here.

To everyone else, we still have our Facebook Fan giveaway going on until the end of the month.  After that, well I'll have to think of something special! 

I hope you're enjoying spring.  If anyone has some allergy remedy recommendations, please leave it in the comments!   I'm seriously desparate!

Announced Our 3 Barielle Treatment Winners!!!!

3 Barielle Treatments from a ridiculous CVS clearance.

Thanks everyone who played in our mini giveaway!  It was great hearing about all your scores (ka-ching).  I love a good deal.  It's such a rush finding something really great at a really low price.  Or discovering a very hard-to-find item while merely browsing.  All great feelings! 

So now onto our winners.... 

Our Twitter winner is @MsSaroun
Our Comment winner is Very Emily!

I will be contacting you shortly about your prizes! 

Don't worry if you didn't win this one.  We have two giveaways going on right now, and I am planning a really fun one for May.  So keep checking back!

Haul Holla! WIN 3 Barielle Treatments! Vol. 002

My CVS haul.  All less than $20.

Ok I know I just hollared at y'all on Sunday, but I had an ah-maze-zing haul at CVS that I had to tell you about.  My CVS had on clearance a whole lot of Borghese, Revlon, Sally Hansen and Barielle Nail Treatments.  Everything was less than $1.60.  One of the Orly Cosmix nail polishes was $0.37?  No I didn't misplace the decimal point.  Thirty-seven cents!  Packs of gum cost more.

Win these!  Two sets available!

I picked up quite a few of the Barielle treatments and thought I would treat my readers to some treats.  I currently have two giveaways going on now, but what's another one.

This one is super easy.  Two sets up for grabs. 
Here's how to play:
  1. One winner will be chosen at random from the comments below.  All you have to do is tell me about your last really good find! (Doesn't have to be beauty related.)
  2. Another winner will be chosen at random from TwitterJust tweet "@Beautyburg is giving away 3 Barielle nail treatments."
    (You could win twice!  But please one comment and one tweet per person.)

Contest ends March 22nd, 2011 at 11:59pm PST.  I will announce the winner later this week!  As always, open to international friends.  Those younger than 18, please ask your parent for permission.

Let me know if you find the same clearance at your local CVS!

1000+ Facebook Fans Giveaway! Win MAC Wonder Woman Pink Power Mineralized Skinfish & More!

Pink is Power!  
Win MAC Wonder Woman Pink Power Mineralized Skinfish & more! 

Wow!  I can't express how much I'm completely floored by the support from everyone of you.  Last week we hit another huge milestone by reaching over 1,000 fans on Facebook!  Thanks everyone for all your support!  You guys ROCK!  Group hug!

So to show my appreciation all of you lovelies, I wanted to do a little giveaway.  We currently have our Spring Basket one going on (click here to enter that one), but why not to two?!  We need to celebrate! 

So here's what's inside:
MAC Wonder Woman Pink Power Mineralized Skinfish - this Glamazon-sized bronze, blush, highlighter has been sold out since before it hit stores.  I bought two in a frenzy and want to give my spare to you!

MAC Wonder Woman Opulash in Victorious - A beautiful violet purple shade of their Opulash mascara.  Another sold out lovely.

NARS Vintage Nail Polish in Mash - A gorgeous bronzy black shade that resurrected this past fall and is now again long gone.

NYX 10 Color Palette in Secret World - A sultry palette of neutrals and summery greens and tropical shades.  Great for a sizzling summer look. 

How to enter?
Just fill out the form below.  You just need to enter your email, but you can do other things to rack up extra entries.  Please one entry per person.

Contest ends April 30th, 2011 at 11:59pm PST.  You must be 18 or older or have the permission of an adult.  International friends are welcome to play!

Good luck!

Beautyburg's Spring Giveaway! Win The China Glaze Crackle Collection And A Basket of Fun Spring Beauty!!!!

Our spring giveaway!

Hello beautiful!  Spring is almost here, so why not celebrate with a basket of beauty booty?!  Enter for a chance to win our Spring Giveaway Basket!  Marlowe arranged it himself.

To enter is easy!  Just fill in your email.  Subscribe to Beautyburg for extra chances to win this basket!  Really up your chances of winning by Liking us on Facebook or subscribing to our YouTube channel.

The Beautyburg bunny will mail this to your door!  

Win the complete China Glaze Crackle Collection and more! 

So what's in this basket of goodies?
Burt's Bees Natural Manicure Set (see below for what's in the set)
China Glaze Crackle Nail Polish in Black Mesh
China Glaze Crackle Nail Polish in Broken Hearted
China Glaze Crackle Nail Polish in Cracked Concrete
China Glaze Crackle Nail Polish in Crushed Candy
China Glaze Crackle Nail Polish in Fault Line

China Glaze Crackle Nail Polish in Lightening Bolt
Claire's 6 Piece Mini Nail Set in Pastel
Claire's 6 Piece Mini Nail Set in Rainbow
LA Color Style + Art 3D Nail Stickers - 2 sets
Maybelline New York Express Finish in Blue Brilliance
Maybelline New York Express Finish in Lilac Luster
Revlon Scented Nail Polish in Beach
Revlon Scented Nail Polish in Ocean Breeze
Revlon Top Speed Nail Enamel in Cloud
Revlon Top Speed Nail Enamel in Electric
Revlon Top Speed Nail Enamel in Orchid
Sally Hansen Salon Effects in Fly With Me
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Purple Pizzaz
Wet n' Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette in Lust
Plus some yummy Easter candy treats all in a festive spring basket.

 These colors would look cute with Crackles over them!

The contest ends April 15, 2011 at 11:59pm PST!  It's open to international friends, and you must be 18 or older to enter (or get permission from a parent).  Winner will be announced  the weekend of April 16th and will have 48hours to respond. 
Please only one entry per person!  Thank you all for participating and coming to check out Beautyburg


Congrats to Our Shu Uemura ME Silver 945 Eyeshadow Winner!

 This discontinued gem now belongs to one lucky winner!

Hi everyone!  Thank you everyone who participated in this giveaway!  I am so thankful for you guys and want to let you know you know that you make every day brighter for me.

For me, this was something that was really personal and from my collection that I wanted to share with my fellow makeup addict readers.  I knew that you guys would know what a little treasure this tiny little shadow is.  I know they say one woman's old discontinued eyeshadow is another woman's precious backup she will never let go of.... so I know you know.  Thanks for participating and I wish I had more to give out.   But of course, there can only be one winner......

I know it says Julie but the winner is Alexandra S.  Check your email boo!  You are the winner of Shu Uemura ME Silver 945 Eyeshadow!  Enjoy this icon!

Don't worry if you didn't win this one!  There is another giveaway coming soon!

Don't Forget to Enter Our Shu Uemura ME SILVER 945 Eyeshadow Giveaway! Win A Long Gone Cult Favorite!

 One eyeshadow... so many different shades.  Swatched from my collection.

 Is it silver?  Is it brown?  Is it taupe?  It's ME SILVER 945 and this is probably one of the hardest to find eyeshadows.  It has been discontinued ages ago, and even long gone from Evilbay.  But I want you guys, my beautiful readers, to have a chance to win one I've been hoarding forever and share in its beauty!  Check the photo above for how gorgeous it looks in different lights.  Play with different bases and colors to steer ME SILVER 945 to be more silver, taupe, or brown.  I love it every which way!

Joeybunny and Pink Sith did a great series titled, "Taupes You Can't Have," and here is a link to their post about Shu Uemura's ME Silver 945

 All it's beauty waiting for you!
 My EOTD with this elusive taupe.
Happy Friday!

Ends Mon. February 28th, 2011 at 11:59pm PST!

Win A Legend! Shu Uemura ME SILVER 945 Pressed Eye Shadow Giveaway!

I am beyond thrilled to bring you Beautyburg's next giveaway contest.  Our last giveaway was epic in size, but this one is one for the books.  I am giving away something that some makeup fanatics would never ever dream of giving up.  Here is your chance to win Shu Uemura's ME SILVER 945 Pressed Eye Shadow.  Yes, that Shu ME SILVER 945.  Yes, the original one that was discontinued when Shu introduced their new packaging.  Yes, that silvery taupe beige that looks brown, silver, grey depending on the light.  Yes, that ME Silver 945 eyeshadow that would go on Evilbay for hundreds of dollars after it disappeared off the shelves.  Yes, that one and only Shu Uemura ME Silver 945 that has now become a legend.

Now is your chance to win a new, never used piece of makeup history......  Fill out the form below to enter!  All you need to do is enter your email.  There are other options you can do to spread the word to increase your chances to win.  I hope you have fun with it and good luck to everyone! 

Why do companies always discontinue the best stuff?

As always, open to international friends.  You must be 18 to enter.  1 entry per person.  Please try to only fill out the form once.

Contest runs through February 28th, 2011 at 11:59pm PST.  Winner will be announced March 1, 2011 and will have 48 hours to claim their prize.

I hope you guys are as excited about this as me!  What's your favorite discontinued item?  Have you ever tried this eyeshadow before?  Or have you just heard the myth?


Winner of Beautyburg's New Year's Giveaway!!!

This is going home to one reader!

Thank you so much everyone for participating in our New Year's Giveaway!  Over 1300 people entered and total entries were over 8000.  Thank you all for spreading the word about this giveaway.  The next one will be REALLY fun!  It's going to be an iconic, very hard to find vintage makeup item.  WOW!

What I loved most about this giveaway was reading the new year's resolutions!  It was inspiring to see so many of you wanting to improve yourselves, whether it's eating better, working out, losing weight, having a more positive attitude, increasing your makeup skills, building your stash, whatever.  You guys really are totally inspiring me!  I really want to thank you for sharing those with me.  Sooooo... let's get to the winner.

Congrats Zoe P.!  You have won our New Year's Giveaway!  You will have 48 hours to respond to your email.  Enjoy your package and have fun playing with this stuff!

Thank you everyone and be on the look out for our next giveaway!  I'm VERY excited about it.

Let's Talk Fragrance - Don't Forget to Enter Our Facebook Fragrance Giveaway!

 Guerlains at Bergdorfs.

Happy Friday everyone!  Just a quick reminder that our Facebook Fragrance giveaway closes today Friday January 28th at 3:00PM PST.  So please make sure leave a comment on this thread to enter.  One winner will win a personalized selection of fragrance samples from my stash.  They will be unmarked, and after the winner picks their favorite (about a month after today), the "identities" of the perfumes will be revealed on our Facebook page.  It's a great chance for 1 lucky winner to try a lot of different perfumes blindly.  Should be fun!  Click here to enter.

I just want to take a moment to gush about perfume for a bit.  Long before I was ever into nails, I really loved perfume.  The olfactory senses have such a strong effect on your overall presence.  A bad smell can damper the mood, make you upset or even sick!  But something pleasant can being uplifting, seductive, inviting, refreshing... just really positive. 

Before I had really educated myself on fragrance, I was a little overwhelmed with the saturation of fragrances on the market and how little I knew about notes, composition, ingredients, etc.  The wonderful men and women at Makeupalley's fragrance board opened my eyes to an entire world of perfumistas!  Of course the beauty junkie in me immediately became immersed in the world of perfume.  I enjoyed reading blogs like Perfume Shrine and Now Smell This and attended fragrance events (yes, they exist) like Sniffapalooza in New York.  Along the way, I met a lot of fabulous people and sniffed a lot beautiful scents.  I am so excited to have the chance to share some of my collection with you guys!  So go enter our Facebook Fragrance Giveaway!

 A fragrance basket at Bergdorfs.
 More Guerlains.
 Bond No. 9
Chanel No. 5 Eau Premiere

Do you like perfume as much as you like nails or makeup?  If you don't like perfume, why do you think that is?  What are some of your favorite perfumes for the season?

Fun Facebook Fans Only Fragrance Contest - Ends Friday!

I know you guys love nail polish, makeup and skincare.... but how do you feel about perfume?  I'm a non-discriminating beauty junkie, and I was actually into perfume long before I ever painted my nails on a regular basis. 

Recently, I did a really fun thing for a close friend of mine.  She has trouble finding the right scents for herself, so I sent her a mystery care package with 27 unmarked perfume samples from my collection.  I have the "answer key," and she has been giving me progress reports on which one she likes the best.  I can't wait to see what's her favorite.

I had so much fun doing this for her that I wanted to extend the same chance to my readers!  Go to Beautyburg's Facebook page and leave a comment under this thread to enter.  A winner will be chosen at random on Friday, 1/28/11, at 3:00pm PST.  The winner will have 1 month to test and try the samples, and winner will must post on Beautyburg's Facebook page which one they like the best! Then the answer key will be revealed!

Click here to enter!  You must be a fan of Beautyburg on Facebook!  Have fun! :)

Do you have a favorite perfume?  Are you not into fragrance?

Beautyburg's New Year's Giveaway! Start Off the New Year With A BANG!

Win Us!!

We are starting off the New Year with some fun new stuff for you to win!  We are giving away some hits of 2010!   For a full list, see below.  

Rules are simple.  You just need to fill out the form below.  Start with your email for 1 point and then keep going to earn additional points if you so desire.
A special bonus **five additional points** if you like us on Facebook!

The giveaway ends January 31, 2011 at 11:59pm PST.  This giveaway is open worldwide so please enter.  Winner will be selected at random on February 1, 2011 and will have 48 hours to claim their prize once the winner is announced.

What we're giving away!!!! 

Benefit Coralista blush
China Glaze Party Hearty Nail Polish
China Glaze Oh, Ruby Deer set - with Ruby Deer, Sugar Plums nail polishes
China Glaze Rejoice! Set - Mistletoe Kisses and Mrs. Claus lacquer with holiday candle
Milani Jewel FX in 530 Gems
MAC Blue Ming Nail Lacquer
OPI Burlesque Glimmer & Shimmer Set - Let Me Entertain You and Show It & Glow It lacquers with 1 Body Shimmer
OPI Couture Color 3 Mini Set
OPI Ulta Exclusive in Gift of Gold
OPI Ulta Exclusive in Plum Full of Cheer
Orly Space Cadet
Nars Zulu Nail Polish
Nars Mash Nail Polish
Sally Hansen Xtreme Beauty Kit - with Night Lights
Sephora by OPI 18 Minis Collection
Wet n' Wild Wild Shine in Confetti
Wet n' Wild Megalast Nail Color in Blackmail

Now closed! 

Can't Believe It! I won The Polishaholic's Giveaway! Christmas Comes Early!

Wow!!! I can't believe I won!
Jen from The Polishaholic had a giveaway a couple weeks ago!  And... to my absolute SHOCK, I won!  When I received the package, I was seriously squealing with glee.  My husband even commented something along the lines of..., "Wow, now that's a nice giveaway."  lol  I really felt that Christmas had come early.  Jen even personalized the package and sent Marlowe some Christmas presents too!  Each gift was wrapped, so I really did feel like it was Christmas morning.  She also included an adorable ornament resembling her dog Degen, who is the yummiest hot dog ever. 

I am so appreciative of the wonderful bloggers who take their time to post and put so much love and effort into their blogs.  I can't believe that they give away stuff to their readers when they give so much of themselves day in and day out on the blog. 

Thank you Jen!  You have really made my and Marlowe's holiday so much brighter this year!

A Degen card and toy for Marlowe.

The boot-tay!

How lucky am I?!  I won - E.L.F. Holiday Trio, Ulta Wicked Wonderland Holiday Mini-Set,
Nicole By OPI Tinsel Tips Mini Set (yay so happy because I didn't have any of these!),
4 Snowman polishes (1 I forgot to photograph.  It was hiding), 1 China Glaze Frosty, 2 adorable ornaments, candy and gifts for Marlowe!!!!!! 

"How did she know I LOVE these!"

"....Love to eat them up that is!!!  Thanks Jen!!!!!!"

Make sure to check out and follow Jen's blog, The Polishaholic!

I am not sure if I can come close to this awesomeness, but I will be having a giveaway soon.... be on the look out!

Our Nars Vintage Nail Polish 200 Follower Giveaway Winner Is......

Thank you everyone who entered!  There were 485 entries!  A new record for Beautyburg!  Thank you so much for helping us grow this blog a little bit everyday! 

Congratulations to VeryBecca!  You may know her from where she frequents the Makeup board.  She's the lucky winner of our Nars giveaway.

Also, don't feel bad if you missed out on this giveaway.  I will be posting an end of the year giveaway that is really going to send off the year with a bang!  So keep checking back!!! 

Nars Vintage Nail Polish Swatches - Giveaway Reminder!!! Zulu, Full Metal Jacket and Midnight Express

Click here to enter my Nars Vintage Nail Polish Giveaway!
Ends tonight, December 10, 2010 - 11:59pm PST!

Win Zulu, Full Metal Jacket and Midnight Express!

Here are swatches of the polishes in case you weren't sure if you wanted to enter.  But seriously, why wouldn't you!  Takes 1 sec!  Just need your email.. you can fill in the rest of the form for extra points.. but all you need to enter is an email address!

Zulu - dark jungle green jelly.

Full Metal Jacket - If Blue Steel were a nail polish... this would be it.
Silvery, blue toned, dark grey metallic.

Midnight Express - Prussian blue jelly.
I can definitely see why everyone went gaga for these polishes when they were re-released.  The colors are gorgeous, unique and have that understated, edgy glamor that is so Nars.  I used three coats on the swatches above.  The formulation on the jelly was slightly thick (but I kinda liked that) and on the metallic was thinner, which worked well for smooth brushstrokes.
Are you still reading this post?!  Go and enter the giveaway!

200 Follower Nars Vintage Nail Polish Giveaway! Zulu, Full Metal Jacket and Midnight Express!

Win Nars Zulu, Full Metal Jacket and Midnight Express!

Thank you everyone for helping us reach this amazing milestone so quickly!

Doing this is really a dream come true for me.  Blogging and sharing this with you brings me so much happiness and pleasure.  I hope that reading this blog will bring even a fraction of that joy to you.

To thank you, current followers and soon to be followers, here is a giveaway for you!  Three amazing Nars Vintage Nail Polishes in Zulu (yes, ZULU!), Full Metal Jacket and Midnight Express can be yours (value $48).

Fill out the form below! Giveaway ends December 10th, 2010 11:59pm PST.  Once the winner is selected, they will have 72 hours to claim their prize!

Sephora by OPI Giveaway! 18 Adorable Minis! - CLOSED!

Another giveaway? Yes, why not?! When I first saw this set on Sephora, I had to post right away. I wasn't the only one to get excited about this set, so I thought it would be a great item for a giveaway.

If you haven't had a chance to try many Sephora by OPI (or $OPI as this brand is often referred as), this set seems like a great way to try a lot of different shades and finishes. Retail is $48. The main complaint about this brand is the high price tag ($9 per bottle), and unfortunately, this set isn't really cheap either. But $48 for 18 shades seems like less of a pill to swallow. And if you enter this giveaway, it could be yours for free!

The colors close up.

How to enter?

1. Leave a comment with your email for 1 entry.
2. For additional entries (all worth 1 each, make sure to add the link in your comment when applicable):
  • Tweet about this giveaway
  • Blog about this giveaway (sidebar is good for us)
  • Post the link on your Facebook
  • Put Beautyburg on your blogroll
  • Follow Beautyburg
  • Follow me on Twitter
This giveaway will end November 25th, 11:59pm PST. Open to international and domestic friends! Retail value is $48.

Good Luck!