Wednesday, March 28, 2012

sponsor love + giveaway with Radiant Cosmetics.


today's post hits close to a tender spot in my heart. some of you may or may not know that there was a very special season in my life where i had the opportunity to travel and serve on mission trips to the Philippines. and it's during that season, i was privileged to work and serve alongside the most incredible women i will and have ever met in my life. i could go and on  and on about their stories - many of them that still make my heart ache. they are stories and faces that i will never ever forget. these were women who were the victims of human-trafficking, yet now moving forward and pursing lives of transformation,  being set free from a horrible, unbelievable imprisonment.


the reason why i even post these pictures here is that i want you to grasp the following fact: these women and these girls and these stories are REAL. i think that was the most difficult part to grasp when i first met them and walked the city streets late at night, visiting some of them during their shifts at night clubs, waiting to service customers. the streets, the women, the girls the filthy men, the pimps, and the late night city sounds completely engulfed my senses. a part of me couldn't believe my eyes, thinking is this a movie? wasn't this a scene i saw in a movie just last month? i was totally slapped in the face by what i witnessed. it's a reality for people - men, women and children -  all over the globe. 


so let that sink in as i introduce some very special friends to you today.


{meet Radiant Cosmetics.}

"Radiant Cosmetics is a social enterprise makeup company whose vision is to end human trafficking. We are partnered with an anti-trafficking organization in Houston, Texas who receives 20% of our profits and we seek to be an awareness tool in an industry of women, who are the most trafficked people worldwide. We believe giving back should be fun and wearing makeup should be too. We offer a wide variety of quality cosmetics in vibrant colors and long lasting formulas."



{giveaway:}

i personally am not just a big fan of Radiant Cosmetic's vision (did you catch that 20% of their profits goes towards fighting human-trafficking?! boo-yah!), but i too am in love with their make-up line, especially their gorgeous collection of moisturizing lipstick colors. daphne and reef are my two favorite shades - but daphne def makes more of a daily appearance! it's the perfect pop of pink for spring! and today the incredible folks behind Radiant Cosmetics is offering one of you suh-weet readers a chance for a Winner's Choice of lipstick, lipgloss, and eye-shadow!

{how to enter:}

visit Radiant Cosmetics and comment on what your make-up choices would be if you win! (mandatory entry)

{really, really wanna win?}
additional entries - keep in separate comments to count as individual entries!

- Like Radiant Cosmetic's Facebook page (1 entry)
- be a public GFC follow of this bog (1 entry)
- Like the Much Love, illy Facebook page (1 entry)
- follow @Radiantcosmetic and @muchloveilly via Twitter (1 entry)
- blog, tweet, or facebook about this giveaway and include its link (1 entry)

feel free to copy/paste the following tweet:
i want to help spread the vision of @radiantcosmetic so i entered the @muchloveilly giveaway happening here!! http://tinyurl.com/c24alpx

{don't wanna wait?}
use coupon code MUCHLOVE for 10% off of your entire Radiant Cosmetics order!

Giveaway is open to US Much Love, illy Readers only thru Monday, April 3rd. Winner will be announced on Tuesday, April 4th.

much love.
{happy wednesday, friend.}

189 comments:

  1. i'd get any of their moisturizing lippy!

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  2. following your blog, public gfc-style.

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  3. id love to try the moisturizing lipstick!

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  4. i follow you both on twitter

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  5. Love the fact that they donate 20% of their proceeds, and I keep learning incredible things about you, seriously. Anyways, I like the moisturizing lipstick in Moxie.

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  8. Wonderful post today. I can really tell that you were changed for life with that trip to the Phillipines. It's nice to be reminded of how lucky and blessed we are in this country.
    Katie- Hems For Her

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  9. I'm definitely going to need to try some Matte Lipstick! Awesome!

    Katie- Hems For Her

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  10. Following both Much Love, Illy and Radiant Cosmetics on Twitter!

    Katie- Hems For Her

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  11. I have to choose? The mineral finishing powder, Indelible Gel Eyeliner, and brushes are all on my list!

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  12. I'm a public gfc follower.

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  13. I like your facebook page.

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  14. I follow you both on twitter.

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  15. I would try the sorbet eyeshadow, the piazza moisturizing lipstick, and the fresh lipgloss. Love that they give so much to stopping human trafficking.

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  16. Love some of the eye shadow colors like Thistle and whimsy! Amazing!!

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  17. I follow on twitter @theotherpocket

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  18. https://twitter.com/#!/theotherpocket/status/184796402038210560

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  19. I like you on fb as stacey kuo

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  20. If I won I'd love the moisturizing lipstick in strawberry fields, the lip gloss in hummingbird and the frost eye shadow in portico.

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  21. humming bird lipgloss, madrid lipstick, and gypsy eyeshadow!

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  22. Ilene, what a lovely post! I grew up in the Philippines and had friends who were victims of human trafficking. I didn't know it at the time, and I wish I had.

    ALSO, I love Radiant Cosmetics. :) I have been eyeing their Charlotte moisturizing lipstick for a while now. :)

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  23. I follow you both on twitter! (@shephrdsdaughtr)

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  24. I follow you on GFC!

    <3 Samantha
    samanthanyxwrites@yahoo.com

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  25. I liked Radiant on Fb...I am Samantha Lee Manzella on there. Thanks for the giveaway!

    <3 Samantha
    samanthanyxwrites@yahoo.com

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  26. If I won the giveaway, I would ask for Poppy lipstick, Hummingbird gloss, and Souffle eyeshadow. Thank you for the giveaway!

    <3 Samantha
    samanthanyxwrites@yahoo.com

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  27. I liked your Facebook page!

    <3 Samantha
    samanthanyxwrites@yahoo.com

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  28. I love Radiant Cosmetics. Their company is amazing. I would love to get the Fresh lipgloss, the Piazza lipstick and the Al Fresco eye shadow. Thank you for the giveaway!

    http://shannonhearts.blogspot.com/

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  29. I am a fan of Radiant on facebook (shannon weel)

    http://shannonhearts.blogspot.com/

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  30. And I am following you and Radiant on twitter @shannonhearts1

    http://shannonhearts.blogspot.com/

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  31. I am a public follower of your blog

    http://shannonhearts.blogspot.com/

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  32. I like the rue lipgloss, flamenco lipstick and gypsy shadow!

    cassandra.nary at gmail dot com

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  33. wow! This is awesome! Edelweiss eyeshadow, hummingbird lipgloss and flemenco lipstick!

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  34. i love Radiant Cosmetics! i would love any of the moisturizing lipsticks!

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  35. i like radiant cosmetics on fb!

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  36. following radiant cosmetics on twitter!

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  37. I would get the lip gloss - but it would be really hard to pick a color.

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  38. i love the strawberry fields lipstick, blush lip gloss, and the edelweiss eye shadow!!!

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  39. I'd choose the fresh lip gloss, Moscow lipstick, and Edelweiss eye shadow.
    madelinebrubaker {at} gmail (dot) com

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  40. I like Radiant Cosmetic's Facebook page (FB name: Madeline Brubaker).
    madelinebrubaker {at} gmail (dot) com

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  41. I follow your blog publicly via Google Friend Connect as shala_darkstone.
    madelinebrubaker {at} gmail (dot) com

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  42. i think i would go with some lip gloss!

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  43. tweeted!!

    https://twitter.com/#!/sandyalamode/status/184967388054290432

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  44. i think i'd go with piazza lipstick...been dying to try their products!

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  45. i follow you and them on twitter!

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  46. I like the Much Love, illy Facebook page (FB name: Madeline Brubaker).
    madelinebrubaker {at} gmail (dot) com

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  47. tweeted here!
    https://twitter.com/#!/rachelmcg1

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  48. I follow @Radiantcosmetic and @muchloveilly via Twitter (@shala_darkstone).
    madelinebrubaker {at} gmail (dot) com

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  49. I really love their brow duo, and I know my brows could use as much help as possible ;p

    jessicarwarfield at gmail dot com

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  50. I Like Radiant Cosmetic's Facebook page


    jessicarwarfield at gmail dot com

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  51. I am a public GFC follow of this bog


    jessicarwarfield at gmail dot com

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  52. I Like the Much Love, illy Facebook page

    jessicarwarfield at gmail dot com

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  53. I follow @Radiantcosmetic and @muchloveilly via Twitter

    jessicarwarfield at gmail dot com

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  54. i am a fan of their lipsticks! i have recently jumped into the lipstick wearing world and i am LOVING it!

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  55. i follow your blog

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  56. I would want the frost eyeshadow in Portico, the lip gloss in cheeky and just to be outside my comfort zone, the lipstick in Flamenco!
    elfhousedelights@gmail.com

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  57. I've been on the hunt for the perfect lipstick, and the moisturizing one sounds divine :)

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  58. i've never heard of this company before today and i have to say what a great cause!!!

    i would choose the ahoy colored matte eye shadow, daphne colored lipstick and fresh colored lip gloss!

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  59. I liked radiant cosmetic's facebook page (cat song)

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  60. i'm following your blog already via GFC :)

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  61. i like your facebook page (cat song)

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  62. I follow radiantcosmetic and muchloveilly on twitter! (xcat_says)

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  63. I would pick their moisturizing lipstick in Reef.

    kaytiii.blogspot.com
    kayti.clayton@Yahoo.com

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  64. I like Radiant Cosmetics on FB!

    kaytiii.blogspot.com
    kayti.clayton@Yahoo.com

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  65. I follow you publicly on GFC

    kaytiii.blogspot.com
    kayti.clayton@Yahoo.com

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  66. I like you on FB!

    kaytiii.blogspot.com
    kayti.clayton@Yahoo.com

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  67. I follow you on Twitter!

    kaytiii.blogspot.com
    kayti.clayton@Yahoo.com
    kaytivstheworld

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  68. Wow this is such a powerful post! And I am so happy to be introduced to Radiant Cosmetics. What a wonderful mission they have!

    If I won I would love to try the Moisturizing L/S in Poppy, Frost E/S in Whimsy and Lipgloss in Nutmeg.

    Thanks so much for introducing me to them! :) xoxo

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  69. Tweet tweet!

    https://twitter.com/#!/altdawn/status/185035872977158145

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  70. I like Radiant Cosmetics and illy on facebook, I follow both of you on twitter, and I publicly follow this blog GFC style. If I won I would get the Brown Duo Eye Shadow, Moisturizing Lipstick in Piazza, and the lip gloss in Cheeky. I love Radiant Cosmetics and already own a couple of lip glosses which are phenomenal!!

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  71. I tweeted about you and the contest! https://twitter.com/#!/MassageManners/status/185044099592757249

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  72. i love their flamenco matte lipstick. must get :)


    i also love this so much. such a great company.

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  73. What a great cause! I love Radiant Cosmetics matte eyeshadow especially moth and tiny dancer!

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  74. I also follow you via GFC as Stephanie Yagi

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  75. I'd love a moisturizing lipstick in poppy!

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  76. Tweeted! https://twitter.com/#!/redheadmemories/status/185049542197125120

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  77. I would love to have the daphne, reef or poppy moisturizing lipstick! LOVE LOVE LOVE!

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  78. I would love to have the daphne, reef or poppy moisturizing lipstick! LOVE LOVE LOVE!

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  79. follow you and radiance on twitter. Tweet Tweet!

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  80. I have such a soft spot for organizations like this. I went on a mission trip to Hungary/Romania a few years ago and totally understand what you mean about the heartache!

    I love the Piazza and Reef lipsticks!

    - Jaimie
    jetherri@gmail.com

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  83. I follow @radiantcosmetic and @muchloveilly via twitter.

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  84. I tweeted about it here:

    https://twitter.com/#!/BreeCordenson/status/185095214174715906

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  85. I would love the matte lipstick in madrid, the lipgloss in blush, and the matte eyeshadow in kilimanjaro. :)

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  86. i'd choose the lipstick in flamenco, lipgloss in blush, and whimsy eyeshadow.

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  87. liked Radiant cosmetic's on facebook

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  88. following your blog via GFC!

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  89. following you both on twitter!
    @hunnybunny727

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  90. I went on a mission trip to Belize. they are so nice over! Great photos :)

    sam*

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  91. This is such a great giveaway Ilene! I would love some of their foundation powder, It my favorite kind of make-up :)

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  92. I would love a brow definer brush!

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  93. What a great company. I was thrilled to see that their products are also cruelty free! I would love a matte lip color in the madrid shade!
    -Brittany
    smith.d.brittany at gmail.com

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  94. I'm a GFC follower!
    -Brittany
    smith.d.brittany at gmail.com

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  95. i like Much Love Illy on Facebook.
    -Brittany
    smith.d.brittany at gmail.com

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  96. I love the vision of Radiant Cosmetics and thank you for sharing how close it is to your heart. I'm loving the Strawberry fields lipstick, the cheeky lip gloss, and the Kilimanjaro matte eye shadow.

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  97. beautiful post, my friend!!! love this

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  98. Park Avenue for the lip stick, blush or Autumn for the gloss and Frolick eye shadow

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  99. Park Avenue for the lip stick, blush or Autumn for the gloss and Frolick eye shadow

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  100. following you both on twitter

    @SomerKnits

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  101. I've been really, really into lipstick lately. As for the color... that'll take longer to decide :]

    -amy K

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  102. I would love to have the poppy color of their moisturizing lipstick, the hummingbird in the lipgloss, and the sorbet for the eyeshadow :) Classy and simple colors all the way!

    Danielle.Vath@gmail.com

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  103. I am following Radiant Cosmetic's on Facebook :)

    Danielle.Vath@gmail.com

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  104. I am following your Facebook page!

    Danielle.Vath@gmail.com

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  105. I am following both on twitter :)

    Danielle.Vath@gmail.com

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  106. Here is my Tweet!

    https://twitter.com/#!/DanielleVath/status/185385566760747010

    Danielle.Vath@gmail.com

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  107. I'd love their matte lipstick in Madrid.

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  108. I follow your blog using GFC.

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  109. I like Much Love, Illy on Facebook.

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  110. And I just liked radiant Cosmetics on Facebook, too! Great mission.

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  111. I've been dyign to try and break out of my bubble with some bright lipsticks... so their strawberry fields moisturizing lipstick sounds amazing!!

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  112. I would get the lip gloss in blush, the lipstick in flamenco and the frost eyeshadow in portico or gypsy.

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  113. Like the Radiant Cosmetic's facebook page!

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  114. Follow you both on twitter! (@sighgushgasp)

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  115. This is such a beautiful cause! I would get the lipstick in piazza, lipgloss in blush, and eye shadow in the matte edelweiss! By the way I'm new to your blog and absolutely loving it!!!

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  116. i love all of the lipsticks, but i think park avenue is my favv. for the lipgloss fresh, and eyeshadow thistle. :)

    here' is my email if i win! rachg.423@gmail.com

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  117. tweeeeeted. :) https://twitter.com/#!/sohirach/status/185555436236312577

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  118. i follow you both on twiitttter! @sohirach

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  119. I'd love to try the velvet veil or any of the lip glosses!

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  120. What a wonderful company! I jadore their lipstick in Daphne, Park Avenue, and Poppy! :)

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  121. I like Radiant Cosmetic's on FB.

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  122. I'm a GFC follower of your blog. :)

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  123. I like Much Love, Illy on FB.

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  124. I follow you both on twitter. (@SingNightingale)

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  125. I tweeted. https://twitter.com/#!/SingNightingale/status/187016580763365376

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  126. And I blogged. http://sweetnightingaleplays.blogspot.com/2012/04/radiant-cosmetics-giveaway.html

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  127. I like Radiant Cosmetics on FB.

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  128. Just liked today, it's too late for the giveaway! LOL!
    xo,
    ~Pauline @Kallony

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