Whew — I did quite a bit on the giveaway tip in 2008! Jewelry, perfume, hair products, makeup… and don’t you think for a minute the spirit of freeness will stop in 2009. I’m hoping to host at least one giveaway a month. So if you’re looking to give Afrobella readers a first try at your fabulousity, e mail me at bella@afrobella.com.

And if you’re hoping to win something to lift your spirits and make you feel a little more beautiful, read on!

My admiration for most everything made by Valana Minerals — from lipstick to eye makeup — is well documented. Real recognizes real, and founder Valerie R. puts in time and love to every product she works on. And it really shows with Valana’s new Elite Series Velvet Plush Synthetic Cosmetic Brushes.

I LOVE these brushes! Here’s why.

First things first, they’re incredibly soft. Completely vegan — no animal hair or fur here! And did I mention how soft they are? I use the powder buffer ($24.99) and blush brush ($17.99) every day, and these brushes hardly ever shed (unlike the Sephora powder brush I bought, which leaves me with little black hairs all over my face).

I asked Valerie what the difference was, between her original Faux line, and the new Elite Series Velvet Plush.

The new line has longer handles. We’ve had countless requests for brushes with long handles as it is what many ladies are accustomed to using. Also, as it turns out we’ve got some fans who wanted our company name on the handle (really, I can’t tell you how many customers ask for our company name on the handles) so it’s there. Our customers have also asked for dark colored handles and we took care of that as well. The synthetic bristles are amazingly soft yet still firm enough to grab and hold your makeup for smooth and luxurious application. So, I guess you can tell how excited I am to be able to offer these brushes!” she says.

Me too! Afrobella and Valana Minerals are happy and proud to offer you bellas two sets of all five brushes with a black zip closure makeup case. The value of all five brushes would be $127.00 ($15 to $35 each). Click here to enter!

All you have to do is click here and fill out the form on Valana Minerals site — tell us about your New Year’s resolutions. Entries will be accepted from January 10th through the 15th, and then we’ll choose and contact a winner shortly thereafter.

Clicky click! Good luck and happy Friday!

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newtdecay says:
January 9, 2009, 2:59 pm
Great! Thank you!
Carol says:
January 9, 2009, 3:37 pm
I bought these brushes at an event in Los Angeles before they were available on the Valana website and I love them! I will never use animal hair brushes again. These are the best!
Jessica says:
January 9, 2009, 3:45 pm
Hi Bella, I've been following your site as I have made the decision to go natural. So far I have only an inch of newgrowth, but your website is very helpful. I love the Cantu! Thanks. I was wondering if you have a "Best Picks of 2008" as far as for hair/skin/nails? I look forward to it!
Bebroma says:
January 10, 2009, 9:02 am
Hey, bella girl, I entered the contest! Thank you for this opportunity. Wouldn't it be something if I was smoothing on my drugstore makeup with these fabulous brushes? LOL
Sabrina97 says:
January 10, 2009, 3:52 pm
Yay! Giveaways rock!
TJ says:
January 10, 2009, 10:22 pm
Nice brushes. I might have to actually buy some when it's time to swap out my brushes this Spring.
Doreen says:
January 10, 2009, 11:16 pm
Great brushes! I entered the contest!
bella says:
January 11, 2009, 11:30 pm
Jessica - great idea. I've been invited to participate in such a list in years past, but wasn't this year. I think I'll just do one of my own!
Nubeauti says:
January 12, 2009, 2:46 am
Those brushes look so soft, so I couldn't help but enter the contest.
zoe says:
January 12, 2009, 2:05 pm
this is a really good giveaway! thanks for continuing to be so generous and thoughtful. you do a great job with your blog.
zoe says:
January 12, 2009, 2:08 pm
oh! btw, i was wondering if you could recommend good face masks/scrubs that minimize pore size?
curlychronicles says:
January 13, 2009, 12:39 pm
I haven't purchased brushes in so many years and I only use vegan brushes so I'm crossing my fingers, I only enter a contest when it's something I'll definitely be utilizing, I'll be checking back! :)
Kaycee Williams says:
January 15, 2009, 3:58 am
Yay! Totally vegan! I hope to win!
newnaps4me says:
January 15, 2009, 3:39 pm
i sure hope these are much better than "bare minerals" brushes because they do leave strands of hair on your face...and these are VEGAN!!!? Even better!
V. blink says:
February 2, 2009, 3:06 pm
Erth Minerals Bloggers Writing Competition Erth Minerals is excited to announce a writing contest for mineral makeup, beauty, & natural health & products bloggers! We will also consider essays by Facebook members who post our link on their Facebook page. Here is what we are looking for! We are looking for partipants to submit UNIQUE mineral makeup essays about the benefits of using mineral makeup in general. We also require a backlink to our homepage: http://www.lushbrush.com in order that others can view our site & the essay results. Please submit these essays to: lush@lushbrush.com Prizes include the following: 1st prize: $500 in merchandise from http://www.lushbrush.com . This includes our skincare & makeup lines! One of each of our products!! 2nd prize: $250 in merchandise from http://www.lushbrush.com. Your choice of $250.00 in Erth products. 3rd prize: $100 in Erth Minerals merchandise. Good luck & happy writing!!


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