Friday, August 3, 2012

The Manicured Slayer First Blogiversary AND GIVEAWAY!

I can't believe it's been a whole year, and yet it has gone by so quickly! The first beauty blog I loved was Phyrra (and still do!). And slowly I realized there were many lovely ladies out there who enjoyed showing off their nailpolish and makeup and I was hooked! I need to update my blogroll, but you can check out some of my faves in my sidebar. THANK YOU to all these incredible ladies for all I've learned, both about beauty AND beauty blogging!

Not only is this a fun hobby for me, it's a sweet distraction from my daily health issues. And now, I want YOU to celebrate with me!

**After seeing a mother's plea for help on the news for her 18 mos old daughter, I have added an option to donate to Elisse, for life-saving surgery. You can read the news story HERE. NO MOTHER should lose a child, let alone two. This donation is OPTIONAL. I can't imagine life without my 2 kids.**

After much thought, I have unfortunately decided to limit this giveaway to the Contiguous 48 US states (excluding Hawaii and Alaska). The prizes have ground shipping restrictions and I don't want to violate any international restrictions either. I promise to work on a giveaway for another milestone that will include everyone!

Drumroll please, here are the prizes (note--all items are full, they are tipped in photographs and may appear otherwise):

No celebration is complete without Deborah Lippmann's Happy Birthday (.5 oz full size). Packed full of multi-colored glitters, you will have a party on your fingers!

$10 Gift Certificate to favorite one-stop polish store!

The ManicuredSlayer Mani/Pedi Kit: 1 rectangular buff block (various buffing grains on each side--my favorite!); 1 Julep glass nail file, 1 bottle of Julep's FastDry topcoat (MY FAVE EVER! .25 oz), and 2 toe separators for the perfect pedicure!

Deborah Lippmann's Believe (created with Cher)--a lovely taupe. Part of the Juicy Couture Special Edition Holiday 2011 collection (rhinestone on the cap)

Deborah Lippmann's Here Comes the Queen--jam packed with beautiful gold glitter! Part of the Juicy Couture Special Edition Holiday 2011 collection (rhinestone on cap)

Tokidoki polish in Latte--glitter and fine bar glitter in blue, pink, purple, etc. Comes with 6 Tokidoki nail art stickers! Super Kawaii!! (.4 oz)

 Cult Nails wildly popular Captivated polish! Peachy/orange/pink base with tons of gorgeous glitter/flakies (full size)

BRIGHTS POLISH PACK! Julep Helena (my favorite color) and Julep Taylor (each .25 oz). These do not photograph well. Helena is an intense fuschia, and Taylor is a dark periwinkle/purple. See for more photos.

 SHIMMER POLISH PACK! Julep Sienna and Julep Maya--Sienna is a lovely platinum/gold, and Maya is a perfect seashell pink with shimmer (each is .25 oz)

Betsey Johnson/Sephora by OPI "It's My Pink" scented polish--scented with Johnson's lovely Too Too perfume! A great bright pink cream with a scent that is noticeable but not overwhelming. Full size.

Pink Sugar Eau de Toilette spray (1 fl oz). I took the bottle out of the canister so you could see how pretty the perfume bottle looks. Pink Sugar is everything the name evokes--sugar, marshmallows, cotton candy. Sweet and fun!

Bath & Body Works: PS I Love You Fragrance Mist. 8 oz It is described as rose, golden amber, white Riesling, and incense. HTF!

Bath & Body Works Carried Away Fragrance Mist (8oz). Described as raspberries, white jasmine, and vanilla.

Bath & Body Works Fragrance Mist Paris Amour (3 oz). Described as French tulips, apple blossoms & pink champagne.

Bath & Body Works Country Chic Fragrance Mist (3oz)--described as lemon, wildflowers, and spring woods.

Passport Tokyo by Paris Hilton Eau de Toilette (1oz). Described as lemon, red apple, frangipani, iris, orange blossom and jasmine, cedar, musk and sandalwood.

Sinner by Kat von D Eau de Parfum rollerball (.33 oz)--described as orange blossom, mandarin, plum, jasmine, cinnamon, vetiver, patchouli, wood, vanilla, and musk.

Enter through the Rafflecopter widget below. Contest ends August 18 and winners will be announced asap. Each winner will find some additional samples in their goodie bags!

I will notify the winners by email--you will have 48 hours to reply with a mailing address or forfeit your prize. Please read terms & conditions before entering.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me at

GOOD LUCK and thank you for celebrating with me :)

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  1. Happy Blogiversary! I'm interested in the Julep Brights polish pack! My favorite polish colors are glittery purples! My favorite fragrance is Bath & Body Works Twilight Woods. :)

  2. Big congratulations on your blogiversary!
    I'm most interested in the Lippmann Juicy Couture polishes, I was so excited to see you included them in your give away!
    My favorite polish is For Audrey from China Glaze, I love blues and teals. My favorite fragrance is Juicy Couture or the Pink Bath and Body Works mists.
    And my little blog is called the Glitter Lizard :)

  3. 1.Tell me which prize you're most interested in! The Deborah Lipman polishes - I hear people raving about them but have never had the chance to try one.
    2. What is your favorite polish/color? I love purples and glitter!
    3. What is your favorite fragrance? I don't really have one since for the longest time fragrances made my husband sneeze - he seems to be better with them now, so I'm excited to try new ones!
    4. Have a blog? Leave your link! but I don't blog much

    1. I have soooo many Deborah Lippmann...LOVE them! Wearing one right now, Nefertiti. They are definitely my "luxury" polish, I think of all my polishes, that's the one brand I have the most of. Maybe OPI is close. But I'm very happy with how they perform on my nails.

  4. 1.Tell me which prize you're most interested in! The tokidoki nailpolish looks awesome. I've never tried it.
    2. What is your favorite polish/color? I like glitter nail polish.
    3. What is your favorite fragrance? Victoria's secret dream angels
    4. Have a blog?
    Thanks for the giveaway!!! xoxox

  5. Congrats,Krista on your blogiversary!What a generous giveaway,you have a big heart! :-)

    The prize I am most interested in is the Tokidoki polish. My favorite polish is jelly and color would be purple. My favorite frangrance is Tresor by Lancome. My blog url is

  6. Happy bloggiversary! May there be many more to come.

    1.The Deborah Lippmans and Tokidokis
    2. Anything bold and bright
    3. What is your favorite fragrance? Anything by Diesel (even the men's stuff)

  7. Happy blogiversary! Thank you for the giveaway. :)

    1. The Llarowe gift certificate! I have a very longtime lemming I would love to buy, but I can't justify the price...if I won the gift certificate I would finally be able to buy it.
    2. LA Girl Groupie. I'm a blurple addict and this is the most perfect color. It's like magic on my nails.
    3. Gucci Envy Me.
    4. I don't have a blog...yet!

  8. 1.Tell me which prize you're most interested in! Paris Hilton In Tokyo Eau de Toilette spray.
    2. What is your favorite polish/color? I love purple!
    3. What is your favorite fragrance? I like Viva La Juicy perfume.
    4. Have a blog?
    Amazing giveaway thanks!

  9. Happy Blogiversary!

    1. Sephora by OPI "It's My Pink" because I am not sure if I will love or hate scented polish but I am interested
    2. Pink pink pink. I love all the pinks
    3. Bath and Body works White Tea and Ginger.
    4. Nope, I just read them

  10. 1.$10 to llarowe for sure!!
    2. I love blues and anything glitter!
    3. I love light, fresh and clean scents
    4. Nope, no blog...yet ;)

  11. 1.Tell me which prize you're most interested in! Cult Nails and of course the g.c.
    2. What is your favorite polish/color? I love holographic polish in almost any shade.
    3. What is your favorite fragrance? Anything orange or citrus.
    4. Have a blog? Leave your link! Beauty Info Zone

  12. Hey! Great Giveaway! I'm most excited about the Betsey Johnson nailpolish, I'm currently into the white nails for this summer (to make me look slightly tan, haha) & I've been using Couture Gel Nails to get them to stay a long time. My favorite fragrance (perfume) is actually the original Betsey Johnson :)
    My blog is :)

  13. Claudia T.
    Happy Blogiversary!!
    1. The ManicuredSlayer Mani/Pedi Kit luv to do my toe nails.
    2. dark purples and teals
    3. i like sweet citrus not to strong fragrances
    4. none

  14. 1.Tell me which prize you're most interested in! Deborah Lippmann's Happy Birthday
    2. What is your favorite polish/color? pink!
    3. What is your favorite fragrance? Vera Wang princess!
    4. Have a blog? Leave your link! nope!

  15. would love the mani slayer

  16. Wow, amazing giveaway! Congrats on your blogiversary!

    1.Tell me which prize you're most interested in! The Llarowe gift certificate or the Tokidoki polish; I can't decide!
    2. What is your favorite polish/color? I love bright, cobalt blues and hot pinks.
    3. What is your favorite fragrance? I'm very sensitive to scents and have a hard time finding ones that don't give me a headache after about 20 minutes. One I do like is 'Not a Perfume' by Juliette Has a Gun
    4. Have a blog? Leave your link! I don't, but have been thinking about starting one.

    1. Just a couple quick questions:

      Is there any way to unlock the rest of the entries without sharing on a blog? I don't have a blog to share it on. :-/
      And, where do I "like" the post at? I don't see a little "Like" button. I could just be overlooking it, which wouldn't surprise me, haha.


    2. Hi Amber--I'm sorry, there isn't a way to unlock the rest. But I promise, this won't be the last giveaway!!

      You also have a week to go--do you have Tumblr? Myspace? Livejournal? Posting it anywhere publicly with a link left is fine. Next time I'll word it differently--this is my first giveaway so I'm learning too ;)

      If you go to the bottom of the post, there are a bunch of tiny buttons--there's a Facebook one there to "like". Thank you so much--and please let me know if you do start a blog!! It is really fun and a great way to meet people--like you :) Thank you SO much for entering!!

    3. No problem; just thought I'd ask! :-)

      Actually, I do have a Tumblr. I'd forgotten all about that, haha. Thanks for reminding me!

      Thanks for the Facebook help, too! :-)

      I *technically* do have a blog, but all it has is a few personal posts from a couple years ago, so I disabled. I've thought about deleting the old and re-branding it for a fresh start, but I procrastinate A LOT and it just never gets done.

  17. 1.I'm most interested in the Passport to Tokyo perfume. It sounds like exactly what I like!
    2. My favorite brand is Zoya and favorite polish ever, Zoya Rica.
    3. My favorite fragrance is Kate Spade Twirl
    4. Thanks!