Tuesday, August 24, 2010

New Colors...great cause

Over the Summer we had a contest on our forum- dream up your ideal collection.  It started just for fun, but it was so much fun that I knew we had to make the colors.  There were 23 collections in all- really cool, interesting, well thought out colors.  You voted for your favorites, and I've made them!

There were actually 2 collections:
A Hawaii inspired collection with tropical lippies, nude blushes, and stunning eye shadows. 
A magical, mystical Harry Potter inspired collection.

The colors are gorgeous- IMHO, some of the best colors to make it to the site.  Each and every color was stolen off the shelves by the SN staff.  When the SN staff steals a color, and says it's their new favorite- you know it's good.

I'm not sure if you saw the August 9 cover of Time Magazine- but the photo broke my heart.  It's an image of  a young woman, Bibi.  She's 18 years old, and she had no nose, or ears.  She got married when she was 12 years old- her husband was abusive.  Bibi ran away, only to be caught.  Her brother-in-law held her down while her husband cut off her nose and ears.  More about Bibi can be found on ABC News

90% of all Afghan women have suffered some sort of human rights violation.  86% are illiterate.  Very few have access to clean water, education, or even medical care.

Bibi is safe now- she got medical care at a US Army base, and will fly to the US for reconstructive surgery.  She's currently being cared for by Women for Afghan Women.  They have shelters setup all around Afghanistan so that women like Bibi have a safe place to go. They need money, and that's where you and I come in.

From now until September 10th  we'll donate $1 of the purchase price of all of the new shadows and lippies to Women for Afghan Women.  The money will go to help women like Bibi be safe, get an education, or access to clean drinking water- the stuff that most of us take for granted.

They're not limited edition colors- once you see them, you'll never let me discontinue them, but if you were thinking of splurging a bit this is a good time to do it.

Please tell your friends!
Thank you again for all of your kind support!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Big Guns....

Each time we do the Mystery Adventure club I write a letter telling them what was on my mind when I made the GWP color that week.  I make them every Friday afternoon, and they're usually a snapshot of what I'm thinking at that moment. 

With the MAC done for this round, I've decided to start blogging about the colors.  You may or may not find it interesting, but I got a lot of good feedback from the letters, so I'm going to continue them here.

For those of you who are new to SN- GWP colors are almost always limited edition.  They're available for one-week only, and then they disappear.  They're always a secret (not a closely guarded one though) because gifts should be a surprise!  It's also our way of experimenting with color- for me, and for you.

Last weeks' GWP was Big Guns.  My friend Preston FINALLY got married.  We grew up together, and pretty much his whole family were police officers- as was my Father.  In honor of his big day I mixed up the colors of our childhood- namely police uniforms.  My Dad always looked great in his, and that's the way I remember my father- a tall, strong, strapping police officer.  This is our salute to those who have served.

Back then the uniforms were a blueish grey, with a black tie, black shoes, the golden badge.  I added a little bit of a brown that reminds me of cola because he's a big Pepsi drinker.  Those were the colors that went into the blender, and what came out was sort of a gunmetal grey.  Susan jokingly suggested the name, and it stuck.

I hope you enjoyed Big Guns- it's a fun color- great for Friday nights. 

Next week's color is Cleo...

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


There were 48 lippies in the bowl!  No one guessed it correctly, so we added a 5 lippie margin of error, and had 14 winners!

Congratulations to:
Karmen C- IA
Heather C- TX
Laura A
Tina N- CA
Cat B- CA
Jie Z- New Zealand
Janie M- VA
Nancy F- NJ
Tuan- Germany
Angela T- Singapore
Anna Y- Russia

We've also had 10 winners so far in the random winners contest! I'm not posting names because I really don't want to violate anyone's privacy.   There's still time left to play- we're drawing winners from the orders we process every day, and you have a 1 in 20 chance of winning!

Thank you all so much for playing- contests are a lot of fun!  If any of you have any ideas for contests feel free to post them in the comments section.

New collection...well it's coming along.   I really appreciate your patience- it's totally worth the wait.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

3rd Anniversary Contests!

August marks the third anniversary of our web site!  And to celebrate we're having 2 contests.  The first one is easy- each day between now and when we release the new collection we'll choose a random winner from the orders we receive every day and they'll get a $5 SN gift certificate.  All you have to do is place an order on our site, and we'll choose a winner from that day's orders.  I'll set your odds of winning at about 1 in 20- meaning if we get 20 orders we'll choose one winner, if we get 40 orders we'll choose 2 winners etc.

The second one is an SN classic- guess how many lippies are in the bowl!

Count 'em up, and send your best guess to:  sncontests@gmail.com  The winning entries get a $5 gift certificate to Silk Naturals.  All entries must be received by 12:01 am Eastern Standard Time August 16th 2010.  Please include your full name, along with your city, and state or country so we can identify the winners.

The winners will be announced shortly after the contest ends.

Good luck!

The New Blog!!

Welcome to the new blog!  I've switched over to Blogger from Vox.  In the past I haven't done much with blogging.  It's a fun activity, but most of my life really isn't that interesting.  On a day to day basis I pretty much pound rocks, hang out with my husband, and play with my dogs.  I read a lot, and occasionally cook too.  But that's about it- until Summer comes around.

During the Summer our site slows down a bit, and we all take advantage of the great weather and the extra free-time.  DH and I took a trip to visit his family in Europe.  We spent a week in the south of France visiting his mother, and then a week in Finland visiting his brother and his family in the Helsinki area.  It was incredible.  This time was all about enjoying the moments, soaking in the atmosphere, and spending time with the side of the family that we rarely get to see.  So, I didn't take too many pictures, but I made a lot of memories that will bring a smile to my face.

The day after I got back from vacation Jamie told me that she had found a cool new job closer to her new house.  It was a very bittersweet day.  I'm happy for my friend Jamie- her new house is quite a drive from the SN office, and her new job is something that she'd always been interested in.  On the other hand, we miss her.  Jamie was the first person to come to work at SN.  She's been there through absolutely EVERYTHING- including the launch of the site, and the creation of every single color.  More importantly she's half of the team that actually packages and ships everything.  So, finding a replacement has been a bit of a process.  She left some very big shoes to fill.

After 2 weeks of sorting through resumes, and interviewing people we've finally found her replacement.  Valerie starts tomorrow!  For the moment Thea (Susan's daughter) has been pitching in with the packing and shipping so staff-wise we're really doing just fine.  We're processing and shipping orders as usual.  
Finding Jamie's replacement has been top priority, and now that we have Val, I'm back to doing the other fun parts of running SN. 

I'm sure you're all wondering when we're going to release some new items. We had the Summer Fun contest where people submitted some incredible ideas for new products- and then you voted for your favorites.  All of the entries were wonderful, and we had 2 winners!   I'm hoping to start making some of the items from the winning collections next week.  I think these are going to take me a bit longer than usual because I want to be sure that I do justice to your ideas. 

In the mean time we'll be running a contest!  Stay tuned for more details.