Sunday, July 24, 2011

Blog Milestone - THANK YOU!

I've often said that I try not to pay attention to the number of "followers" because that's a road leading to paranoia and self-doubt, but I have to admit that hitting 100 was something I had been waiting eagerly for for the past few weeks. Because as soon as I realized what "giveaways" were, I had it in mind to do it with a special twist.

Instead of roping in new readers with enticing products, what I want to do is thank those who already support Beauty Reductionista. This isn't a slam on anyone who choose to have the regular giveaways. I just prefer not to have people following me because they want prizes or freebies. Plus, a lot of the regular readers have become friends and who doesn't love sharing makeup with their friends???

100 isn't an exact number as there are those who followed months ago and became inactive and there are those who don't follow publicly but lurk without commenting. But the only way I know someone is reading is if they let me know somehow. Every comment left is read and responded to with gratitude, and I've learned so much more from blogging than actually imparting information or knowledge. Thank you all for sharing in this journey with me!!

So this is how my giveaway is going to work. First, here are the goodies:

Winner #1

Winner #2

Winner #3

Disclaimer: All products were purchased by me.

If you have been following/emailing/tweeting at Beauty Reductionista before July 22, 2011, simply leave a comment below letting me know what you enjoy most about this blog and/or what kind of posts you would like to see more of in the future. This isn't a promise to take everyone up on their ideas but I thought I'd take the opportunity to pick your brains a bit.

In one week's time, I'm going to drop the qualifying names in a hat the old fashioned way and randomly select three winners.

Ready? Okay!

Thanks again for reading. You guys are the best.


  1. Woohoo! Congrats on the 100! I've been following and Tweeting since way back when as Musicalhouses on GFC and Twitter :)

    And what I like best are your nail swatch posts - nothing like pretty pictures to make one's day :)

    musicalhouses at hotmail dot com

  2. Hi! I've been reading for a while, but I subscribe through google reader so I don't know if it's possible for you to confirm that I subscribe. My favorite posts are those inventory ones you used to do - I love seeing people's collections and reading reviews!

  3. Yay Liz, you deserve 1000s of happy for your blogging milestone. YOU are the thing I like best about your blog posts, Your sense of humor is so apparent, whether you're talking about blush or hair products, and you never fail to make me smile. You and Tracy are my 'posh product' blogger buddies and I hope that you change nothing about how you already do things! I would love to see more of the series like the one you just did on Laura Mercier foundations...that was so helpful to me and I'm sure others loved it too :) Congrats girl, xo.

  4. Congratulations on hitting 100! I kind of thought you already had many more followers ;)

    Something I really enjoy on your blog, what with it being a Reductionista site, is the "empties" posts... I don't really know why - I think it's the super-curious (you could say nosy...) in me that likes to peep at what people have been using recently!

    Love nail swatches too - I'm a nail polish fiend but not really into nail art, so your clean swatches always are up my street.

    My email: olga dot gotkowska @ gmail dot com

  5. Forgot to say I've been following for a few months via Google Connect..

  6. Congratulations! And well deserved, too!

  7. OMG Liz!! Congratulations!

    My favourite posts will have to be those lemming related ones. Such a hoot! :) I like your perfume reviews as well.

    Here's so many more followers. *clink*

  8. CONGRATS LIZ!!! You deserve it!! I love your writing style so much, so don't change a thing!!
    I don't want to enter though, just want to give ya' some love!

  9. Not entering the contest, since I only started reading the blog this month, but I just wanted to say congratulations on hitting 100! I'm sure that number will be growing in the future!

  10. Congrats on the reader count :) And you're too sweet and generous with this giveaway!
    I really love your unique take on reviews. I also admire the "reductionista" in you and want to do it myself! I'd like to see more of that "weeding out" and tips to do it!

  11. Congratulations on the milestone!! And what a fab giveaway.

    As for posts, I'd like to see more FOTD's in reviews - personally I find it much easier to judge a product by a full-face shot rather than just swatches (although appreciate posting a fotd can be scary!!). I love it when you post about Laura Mercier stuff too, it's my all time favourite brand but I think it gets a bit neglected in the blogosphere for some reason. Ohoh and NOTDs, you always have me lusting after new polishes ha!

    I've been following through GFC :) xxx

  12. Congratulations! And here's to many more followers.

    I love all the pictures you add to your posts; especially the nail polish posts.

  13. Congratulations to you, congratulations to you...congratu-la-tions dear Liz, congratulations to you !! (insert the happy birthday soundtrack to that!) I count myself honoured to be your friend and I wish you nothing but success and joy as you continue your blogging journey! The reason you have achieved the success you enjoy, is exactly because of the way you put your thoughts/photos/and content out there so....don't change a thing! If it ain't broke, don't fix it, am I right?! To many more milestones....and for all you blog lurkers out there, come out of the shadows and see how much fun it is in the light! Lol!! Tons of hugs!

  14. congrats! i really liked ur inventory posts cuz it was reading reviews of a lot of similar products in one post rather than various scattered post. i also really liked your haircut post cuz i found it really funny and could empathize ^^"

  15. Congrats my dear Liz!
    I adore your writing style, inventory posts, and favorite products/recommendations. As long as you continue blogging about what you love/hate and why, I'll read them and bookmark them.

  16. Congrats on reaching a 100! Although I have been following you for a while, I won't enter because I respect the fact that this contest is for the loyal ones. Would definitely follow you more closely from now on :)

  17. hello, Liz! congrats for your 100 followers! I've been reading your blog for some time and I just love every post. inventory posts are the best! thank you.

  18. Congrats on the 100...Have been following your blog for a few mnths now. In the blog-world of people buying and hoarding and buying more makeup, your blog came as breath of fresh air!!! I like the idea of reducing your makeup before buying MORE!!! Would love to see you do more Project Pans and ideas to reuse makeup in many ways to achieve the "reduce" process. Goodluck!

  19. Congrats Liz! I have to say that I just love your writing style in general, you definitely have a special blogging voice. xx

  20. Hi Liz!

    I'm a longtime reader aka "creeper" of your blog because I don't follow it with Google friends or anything. I do love your blog but I know this does take me out of the running but...

    Maybe you could do some posts where you pick an item in your inventory and you talk about why you bought it? I know you were having difficulties doing empties posts so maybe this could be an alternative to talk about the why? Just an idea, love your blog!


  21. Congrats Liz!!!!! That is so exciting, I'm so proud of/pleased for you! It's no secret that I'm completely 'out' in my following your blog. You write in such depth and with a true consideration for your readers that you deserve every single follower and you'll garner many more without a doubt. I have a special place for you in my heart especially because you were the first real commenter on my blog and it kept me going forward. And still to this day I am thankful for your support and your feedback!

    Ummm so yea, that pretty much means that I don't think you need to change a thing about the blog LOL. Keep on rockin' out girl! xo

  22. Congratulations! I have been following you for a few months now on google reader (RSS feed) and what brought me to your blog is the idea of weeding out the amount of products you use. I have a tight budget so I try to use the least amount possible... But I always find funny when you post a product you bought and how you feel about it. I like your empties posts and most of all your inventories posts. Recently I enjoyed your post about your concealer, the one you tried to replace by a cheaper drugstore version, let us know how it goes!

    great blog overall, thanks for everything!

  23. Congratulations on the followers, Liz! Like a lot of others have already mentioned, your writing style is what I really love. I also really enjoy your nail polish posts (you always take lovely photos!) and your recent review/spotlight post on LM foundations was excellent too!

  24. Congratulations!
    I believe I found your blog ramdomly when searching for a review and I am a follower ever since. I like the overview/comparison posts the most as they are very helpful to me when deciding about future purchases. And I appreciate you commenting back and being very friendly to your readers. Thank you!

  25. Thank you so much for all your sweet comments and helpful feedback! I read every single comment and am so touched by your generosity.

    This giveaway is now closed. I'll be announcing the winners shortly!


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