Friday, 2 May 2014

Giveaway | MAC / NARS (ENDED)

Last week I noticed that one of my favourite blogs had had an overhaul and I followed the link to Serena at Pretty Wild Things. Boy am I glad that I did! The new layout and design are just perfect and I couldn’t be happier!

The new banner at the top is my favourite part of the transformation. I asked Serena to include several aspects that I think reflect my personality, likes and interests and voila, she got to work within 24 hours! “So how does the banner reflect you, Simone?” I hear you cry... well, let me tell you!


The dog represents my two beautiful lurchers, Month and Buddy. They’re a massive part of my life and whilst I realise they’re not children, they are as close to having children as I plan to get. You can read more about my thoughts on that in this post from January. 

The guitar represents my love of rock music. I have a passion for all things rock and roll. If it doesn’t have a killer guitar riff, I ain’t interested! I go to see a lot of live music and I hope to write about that more as the blog progresses.

The popcorn and cinema projector are there because I love films. I’ve had a Cineworld Unlimited card for nearly three years now and I go to the cinema about three times a week. I’d consider myself something of a cinĂ©phile and keep a journal of films I’ve seen.  I’ve often wanted to review films but I fear most of them would be repetitive and simply mention “amazing cinematography” or “poor script” as opposed to offering anything more. We’ll see. I’m thinking of doing a “top five films of the year so far” post, if that’s something people would be interested in?
The lipstick in the banner represents my massive and out of control interest in makeup and beauty products and to date these things have made up the bulk of my blog. I buy a lot of products and it seemed easy to review them. I would like to move the blog towards “lifestyle” so that I'm free to write about music, films, restaurants I’ve visited and other non-beauty related topics. Don’t worry; with the number of subscription boxes I buy I’m sure there will be plenty of reviews to keep even the most ardent beauty fan happy!
Finally, the coffee cup. I like a good cup of coffee (and a slice of cake!) and a catch up with friends. “Shall we grab a coffee?” is synonymous with friendship, talking and sharing our lives – something that I don’t think we do enough of in this digital age. I love the internet and I love social media; both have brought us closer to each other than ever before, but they’ve also left a gap that I desperately want to fill. It’s all well and good sending a text or even a letter (I adore snail mail!) but it's one of the best feelings in the world to sit down with a friend and have a real catch up, share some memories and laugh until your sides hurt.
With that in mind, I would also like to celebrate my first milestone – 50 75 100 followers on Bloglovin! – with you all in the form of a giveaway. Who doesn’t like a good giveaway?!
There are five prizes in the giveaway which is open to UK residents only I'm afraid, due to the complicated rules and regulations surrounding posting makeup abroad.
The prizes are:


·         A MAC or NARS lip product (lipstick, gloss, liner etc) of your choice up to the value of £20. You get to pick the item and colour then I will order it for you. If your chosen colour is out of stock then you can choose an alternative.
·         Models Own Speckled Egg polish in “Duck” (blue).
·         Models Own polish in “Coral Reef” (orangey peach).
·         Golden Rose Infinity Lash Volume & Length Mascara.
·         A Yankee Candle small jar in a scent of your choice. If your chosen scent is out of stock then you can choose an alternative.
a Rafflecopter giveaway

The contest is open until 9th June 2014 at 10:30pm and winners will be notified within 48 hours. You have a further 48 hours to contact me or another winner will be chosen. UK only. I hope you like my new blog layout, and don't forget to consider Serena if you're looking for an overhaul!

Thanks for stopping by!

56 comments:

  1. Such hard decisions! I have no idea but it would be a Nars lip product cos I have too much Mac haha.

    Great giveaway, thanks! x

    pearlsandsparkle.blogspot.com

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    1. I can't wait to see what the winner choose - I might just get something for myself at the same time! :-)

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  2. Great givesaway Simone! Thanks for entering mine and thanks for your lovely comment. I bet you'll get there. My blog has been a real slow burner - it's taken so much longer than I expected to build up followers, but FINALLY I think I'm getting there.

    Great Blog design, congrats! x

    http://www.beautyandlechic.com/

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    1. Thanks Claire! The aforementioned "favourite blog" that led me to Pretty Wild Things was yours!!

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  3. I'd have to go for NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Tonkin.

    Kylie Jenner has been wearing it a lot lately and she looks flawless!

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    1. Matte is so on trend at the moment! I'm a bit scared to try and carry it off though.

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  4. I would love the Nars velvet lip pencil in Bahama x

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  5. I'd love the Margarita Time Yankee candle, mind you I have a soft spot for Margaritas lol also I've never had enough money to buy any MAC products, so anything would be welcome :)

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    1. I'd have a hard time picking the candle fragrance, though I love the citrus ones the best!

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  6. I really like surprises, so with the Yankee Candle I would love you to pick the fragrance as I am very typical! In terms of MAC, I would choose Hang-Up, a gorgeous berry colour!

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    1. I like lucky dip risk takers! ;-)

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  7. Really like your banner, it's fab! Thanks for an awesome giveaway. I think I'd choose the Clean Cotton Yankee Candle, I just love that scent!xx
    strupag.com

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  8. Great giveaway and love the new banner :) I have no idea what i'd pick as a prize... I love Yankee Candles but not sure I could pass up the chance of having more makeup!

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    1. Decisions decisions! Good luck :)

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  9. I absolutely love mac lippies! Congrats x

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    1. Don't forget to let me know which shade you'd choose ;-)

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  10. Love the new design! I'd love MAC Peach Blossom if I won or the candle Mango Peach Salsa sounds amazing!xx

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    1. I've not seen that scent in the shops but it does sound delish!

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  11. Awesome giveaway and I'm loving your new layout! If I won I'd probably choose a MAC lipstick in Patisserie. It looks gorgeous! x

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    1. I'vejust looked that one up and it's a gorgeous neutral - great choice!

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  12. Great giveaway! I've been on the look out for a nice pink shade for summer so I'd have to chose MAC's "Please Me" shade and I love anything cinnamon so the candle scent I'd go for is Sparkling Cinnamon! :)

    X

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    1. I keep looking up the shades people would pick and thinking "I want that too!"

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  13. Lovely giveaway! If I was lucky enough to win, I think I would go for Mac's Candy Yum as I'm feeling brave and want to try out a super bright neon pink lipstick this summer! As for the Yankee candle, it would have to be Pink Hibiscus :)

    The Miss Beauty Saver Blog

    P.S. I've got a Wantable Beauty Box Giveaway up on my blog atm!

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    1. Pink hibiscus isn't one I'm familiar with but it sounds delightful!

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  14. Wow wow WOWWW! Such an amazingly generous giveaway :) If I were lucky enough to win I think I'd try freckletone from MAC!

    Amy| The Little Koala Blog ♥

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    1. That's a beautiful neutral indeed!

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  15. I have no idea witch nars lip product I would choose ( only that it would be nars) but as for yankee, I think sweet lemon that its called, I think!

    Catherine x

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    1. My favourite is sparklin lemonade or Sicilian lemon - I love citrus fragrances so much!

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    1. A very daring shade that would look fantastic on you!

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  17. Id choose NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in tonkin! Check out my blog @ http://cr8v-design.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. That looks like a great choice - I want to try their matte lipsticks and I'm thinking of buying myself whatever the winner chooses, so good luck!

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  18. would love to win this! what a generous gxiveaway!

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  19. Would love to try a NARS lip product as I don't own one. As for Yankee candle I would probably choose Summer Scoop or Bahama Breeze xo

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    1. I don't own a NARS lip products either - I hope whoever wins plumps for one of them so I can to nosy the range whilst purchasing!

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  20. Hi Simone :) Loving the blog I really enjoy reading it! If I won I'd let you choose the lipstick on what you think would suit me! Xx

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    1. You're lucky to have the skintone to rock a lot of summery looks so I'm sure we could find something delicious :) xx

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  21. Great giveaway Simone! I love all the prizes, but of course if I had to choose it'd be a mac lippy!

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    1. Thanks Sarah, good luck! I'm going to buy two of whatever lip product the winner chooses so that I get a treat too ;-)

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  22. cool giveaway! I would pick strawberry scent candle :) xx

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  23. great giveaway! :) I would love to try a NARS lip pencil but I can't decide at a shade ^^

    http://travellercat.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. There are just so many aren't there!

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  24. idk I can't decide which shade would be best for me hence I never tried these products before but heard amazing things!

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    1. It's a UK only lovely, and I think you're US based am I right?

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  25. I would choose the Mac lipstick in see sheer, and yankee candle in pink sands! this is such a good idea, and I love your banner! xx

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  26. i have no idea what i'd choose, they all look good

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  27. Thank you for the lovely giveaway, I would choose Mac Lipstick in Mehr :) X

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  28. thank you
    i would choose a nude liptstick sorry do not have a name my sister has one i want but forgot the name sorry

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  29. I'd love to win MAC Coral Bliss xx

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