Monday, April 27, 2015

5th Blogiversary Giveaway

Unlike last year, when it took me two months to get a giveaway organized for my blogiversary, this time I'm on time. Five years ago today, I posted my first nail-related photos here, including a display and a comparison (and nubs). To mark this milestone, I've selected twelve prizes, one for each month of blogging this past year. There will be twelve winners; I'll explain how to put your name in the virtual hat at the end of this post. But first, the pretties:

Prize #1: Funky Fingers Glitter Toppers

This group has the still fairly new Broken Sea Glass and Scattered Sea Shells, which I've used (not these bottles, though) with Fresh Paint pastels and Essie Spring 2015. It also has the Frostbitten trio of Anna, Olaf, and Elsa.

Prize #2: Salon Perfect Neon Collision Collection

Looking back to summer of 2013, this is the full set of neon glitters from Salon Perfect: Exploded, Bang, Jolt, Zapped, Kaboom, and Shocked. I haven't gotten around to using these yet, but The Fancy Side swatched them all, both alone and used as a topper, so you can see them in action there.

Prize #3: SpaRitual Trio

A creme, a matte flakie, and a shimmer: Solitude, Opaline Luminary, and North Star. I've worn Solitude on its own and stamped.

Prize #4: Formula X Sextet

This has three pairs of polishes I thought looked good together: Racy & Boom, Rocket Fuel & Maniacal, and Torque & Blast Off.

Prize #5: Orly Trio

Fowl Play, which was all the rage when it came out. La Playa, from the Viva collection, which I think was the first full collection I swatched, way back in May of 2010; La Playa is still my favorite blue creme. Purple Velvet, one of the first matte polishes I added to my stash.

Prize #6: OPI Anniversary Duo

Pop the Cork and 50 is the New Fabulous: polishes released to celebrate the brand's anniversary seemed especially appropriate for a blogiversary. Even if gold is not your thing, Pop the Cork makes a nice filling for jelly sandwiches.

Prize #7: Sephora by OPI Quintet

A sampler of Karen colors from this now-discontinued brand: Mauvie Star in the Making, Just a Little Dangerous, Sugar Plum Fairies Gone Wild, I Don't Bite, Indi-go With the Flow.

Prize #8: Selections from Essence Aquatix

Mermaid nail stickers and three polishes: Finding Dori, Under the Sea, and Aquatix Bay.

Prize #9: Essie Trio Featuring Flakies

Sew Psyched, which has been on my nails a fair bit since it was released in 2010, including in more than one comparison post. Shine of the Times, which also has gotten into the comparison game. Wicked, because everyone needs a vampy red.

Prize #10: Butter London Fash Pack Set

This set has mini (aka fashion) sizes of five shades: Hen Party, Yummy Mummy, Champers, Lady Muck, and Dodgy Barnett. It also has a plastic box, but I took that off for photos since you don't need to see reflections of my hands and camera when you want to see the polish. Back in 2011, I compared Lady Muck to China Glaze Sea Spray.

Prize #11: Rescue Beauty Lounge Duo

Scrangie 2.0 paired with Burn the Evidence. (These will come with their boxes.)

Prize #12: OPI Mad as a Hatter and Absolutely Alice

Two of the first polishes I actively stalked and bought multiples of for hoarding and swapping purposes. I am finally ready to let this pair go.

How to enter: Fill out the form below. You'll indicate your first, second, and third prize choices. If there are only one or two prizes you want, you can choose the same prize in two or three of the slots. When I put the entries into the virtual hat, first choice will be 5 chances, second will be 3 chances, and third will be 2 chances, for a total of 10 chances per entrant. Because I'm keeping it simple this year, that's it. If you feel like sharing on your own blog or social media accounts, of course that would be lovely (and feel free to copy and use any of these photos). I've set up the form so you should be able to come back and edit it later, so if you change your mind about your favorite prizes, that should work. International entries are welcome. Contest closes at midnight in the Eastern U.S. time zone on Sunday, May 10, 2015. Good luck!