Thursday, July 15, 2010

Happy Birthday to Polish or Perish: welcoming a new blogger and giving away 30+ polishes!

Today is the first anniversary of the first post on this blog. One year ago, I was sick with H1N1 and because I couldn't concentrate on my research work, I decided would start a nail polish blog. Over the last twelve months, I invited other nail polish bloggers who were somehow entangled in academia to share in the insanity. Some have left, some have remained... either way, it's been quite the journey!

So it seems as good a day as ever to announce the addition of a new blogger: extraH! She will be making her introductory post at the end of this week or the beginning of next week, whenever her schedule permits. Seriously, she's awesome and I can't wait to see what she will bring to the blog!

In the last 365 days, we've produced 700 posts -- this post is #701! -- for a readership of 1,010+ Google Readers (and over 660+ Google Followers). And I am damn proud of us! I would try to count up the number of polishes reviewed but that would take a VERY LONG TIME: the number has got to be at least 1,000 from over 100 brands at this point...

And of course, per nail blog tradition it seems, we are having a giveaway: here is what we have lined up (details are a bit sketchy but will clear up in the coming week)...
  • OPI Thoroughly Modern Millie, (the infamous) OPI and Apple Pie, Suzi Says Feng Shui (mini)
  • Essie Show Me the Ring, Wicked, Matte About You topcoat
  • Adoree Glamour Pink, Autumn Cover, Salmon Stream, Seaport Blue
  • ULTA Banana Rum in the Sun, Celebutante, Sunsational, Chic Peek
  • Diamond Cosmetics Serendipity, Amethyst & Diamonds, Blue Diamonds
  • Seche Vite topcoat
  • Barielle Manicure Extender
  • Six awesome new Brucci polishes in bright colors
  • A dozen discontinued Maybellines and Sally Hansens (including five Maybelline mattes)
  • Some random China Glaze polishes and treatments (courtesy of China Glaze)
  • Konad plates M75, M76, M77, M78, M79, M80, M81, S10 and a double-sided stamper+scraper set (courtesy of OCNailArt)
  • Street Wear Psychedelic annnnnnd FX Flash (green version!!)
So that's a total of about 35 nail polishes + a couple of treatments + eight Konad plates and a stamper and scraper... and whatever else rolls our way in the next week... :)

A couple of ground rules:
  • One entry per reader only.
  • Open to ALL readers anywhere!
  • Giveaway closes on July 31st, 2010 @ 11:59pm EST.
We'd appreciate it if people could talk this up on their own blogs (or tweet about it) but we offer no bribes to do so. If you have any questions, please email us at or comment below!

Entry form below (and will be on the sidebar for the duration of the contest):

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Unknown said...

sweet and congrats on the birthday. eat lots of cake!!!!!!!!!!! hi extraH!

LacquerObsession said...

Happy Birthday!! & posted about it on the sidebar to help spread the word!! :)

Michelle said...

Sweet! Congratualtions :D

Monticka said...

Congratz to all of you guys!

The Postcolonial Rabbit said...

What an amazing giveaway! Welcome extraH!

I'm also an academic who loves nail polish btw - it's wonderfully reassuring to know I'm not the only one!

Fernanda Trapp said...

That is very sweet of you! :)
Congratulations on your nice blog.

extraH said...

Thank you all so much for your kind welcomes, and thank you especially to the ladies of PoP for letting me be part of the family! I hope I am even half as interesting to read as they are!

Congrats, congrats for a year of fab-u-lous blogging!

Arrianne said...

Finally, simple sweet giveaway rules.

Piff said...

Arrianne - That's what we were going for!

Dani said...

I am right where you're at. Except I started my blog then got into grad school. Little did I know that was maybe not the best for my blog. Having other contributors would help me! Happy anniversary. Thanks for the giveaway. I can't wait to see the new blogger.

~Lisa said...

Congratz!! And that's so terrible to be sick with the H1N1. Glad that you're all better!

Lucy said...

Congratulations on your anniversary. I don't know how I lost your blog. I love it and missed reading it. I have a list of favorites that I go to everyday. Your on my favorite list on my laptop. Now I have to put you on my desktop. Terrific giveaway. Thank you so much. Glad I found you again.

Biba said...

Congrats on this Anniversary! :))

Betty Lou said...

Congratulazioni e Auguri!
Greetings from Italy ^__^

Jen said...

Happy (belated) birthday! Great giveaway ;) Thanks for putting together and keeping up this awesome blog :D

Zara said...

Wow, thanks so much for doing this giveaway, and happy anniversary!

MissMidnightBlue said...

Happy blog birthday!!:)
Thanks for the giveaway!!

Rins said...

Happy Birthday to polishorperish! :)

Thank you for giving us a chance to win all those prizes!

Trbobitch said...

Hi! Great blog! Where is the entry form? Upper right says: Enter to win our anniversary giveaway! but there is only a google search text field below it :-( I'd really like to enter - Thx!

flinty said...

Huh, that's odd. It shows up in my browser. It should be a ContestMachine widget right above the Google search field.

Shaimaa said...

That's so kind of you

Cláudia said...

Happy blog birthday!!:)


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