Friday, November 16, 2012

#FlashMeFriday on BeautyPopShop's Facebook Page

Today we are holding #FlashMeFriday, which for those that aren't following BeautyPopShop's facebook page, is an event held on fridays in which followers can post 1 picture based on the theme of the day to enter to win a prize!

Today, those that enter can win a $10 off your purchase of $10 or more promo code for BeautyPopShop.com!

What do you have to post? A picture of your favorite beauty or fashion product that you're wearing today! Winter and fall fashions are so fun, so come on over and share!

There are some rules of course, but they're pretty simple ;)


Rules:
1. You may only post 1 pic on the BeautyPopShop wall (this picture must be related to the giveaway).
2. Please do not post links in today's #FlashMeFriday. Entries with links will not be counted and will be removed.
3. You may only post a pic that you own/have taken yourself or that you have permission to post.
4. Watermarked pictures are fine as long as they are your own.
5. Anyone that posts rude or snide comments will be disqualified from participating--keep it positive ;)
6. You may include the hashtag #FlashMeFriday in your post, but no others.
7. This goes without saying, but rude or obscene pictures will not only be removed, but the poster will be removed from our page as well ... but I doubt anyone here would do that ;)

The winner will be randomly chosen and announced tomorrow on the BeautyPopShop facebook page! The winner must email BeautyPopShop at contact@beautypopshop.com within 24 hours to claim his/her prize ;)




Good luck!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

BeautyPopShop "Super Stacked" Polish Racks on XSparkage's Makeup Room Tour!

For those of you that don't follow me on twitter or facebook, you may not have seen that BeautyPopShop's "Super Stacked" polish racks were recently featured in a makeup room tour by the one and only Leesha aka XSparkage!

We are beyond thrilled she loved this model :) It was also super fun to see the rest of her massive collection!

Check it out here (our polish racks are one of the first things you see!):


Friday, November 9, 2012

Sometimes asking for help is OK - Indiegogo Campaign



Something I've spent my entire life struggling with, which I'm slowly starting to come around to, is the fact that it's okay to ask for help sometimes :) I find myself in this position in terms of the future of BeautyPopShop. I want to preface all of this by thanking every customer, follower, tweeter, blogger, and FB follower that has supported us thus far--you mean so much to us! BeautyPopShop has not only enabled me to remain a work-at-home-mom, more importantly, it's allowed me to devote my time to our older son's education, testing, therapies, etc. That means everything to us!
For those of you that don't know, one of our children has some special medical/educational needs. Let's just say, insurance is not a friend to us, so we pay for quite a bit ourselves. As a result, we don't have as much funds to make some of the more expensive changes we'd like to within BeautyPopShop.

We have been talking and debating over how we should continue to expand and grow for some time and we recently felt it was finally time to take a leap and give an indie fundraising campaign a try.We have personally contributed to similar campaigns for other brands as we are hugely supportive of small businesses and independent ventures, so we thought--perhaps somebody would like to help give us a little push!

There are a few things we'd like to do so that we can evolve to not only meet our increasing d
emand for polish racks and beauty shelves, but to bring a few fairly intricate designs to fruition that we've been working on for a while. Some of the in-house upgrades we'd like to make simply aren't within our budget and I truly feel we've made every effort to streamline everything we do to the best of our abilities with what we currently have. Since we don't pad our shipping rates and we price our racks fairly (in our opinions) when we take into account materials and labor (and we definitely do NOT skimp on either), our profit margin probably isn't as high as companies that sell at greater mark-ups. Details like having our lumber custom-milled at a local mill (not a large conglomerate such as Lowe's) that we have built a personal relationship with is something we're very proud of and something we feel gives our products an extra special something :) Well worth it to us!

There are 2 major things we'd like to do with the funds we raise:
  1. Purchase several new pieces of equipment to help production move along a bit faster and to enable us to do thing we are not currently able to do.
  2.  Make some prototypes for new (slightly more complicated) products we've been working on for some time. Prototypes can be pricey for large pieces as I'm sure you can imagine--especially because we build our prototypes out of the same materials we use for the pieces we sell to ensure everything works out perfectly, weight is correct, etc. And it is rare that our first prototype is the one we settle on--there's always tweaking no matter how carefully we plan out designs. We're picky, what can I say? ;)

We don't expect any of our followers to feel compelled to donate any money towards our campaign and perhaps we won't raise much of anything, but we thought it was worth a try to see if anyone would be interested in giving a little boost to a small business that creates handcrafted designs that start and end within our walls. If you know of anyone that might be interested in contributing, please feel free to share information on our campaign. If not, that's fine :) You can see our campaign here: http://www.indiegogo.com/beautypopshop

Regardless, thank you for supporting us in any capacity! Your support means the world to us and we plan to continue to do what we're doing regardless of whether or not our campaign is successful! We don't plan on going anywhere ;)

Thursday, November 8, 2012

No H8: Eradicate Hate Purple Manicure



On a personal note: I directly experienced bullying as a child. I went to several private schools with very homogenous student bodies. My brother and I were the only Asian kids there (being half-Japanese). Unfortunately, we were on the receiving end of a great deal of bullying and racism that ended with my brother getting beat up and me not even wanting to go to class because of the things I was called. Things like "chinky eyes", "chop suey" and being told to "go back to Japan" were regular occurrences when the teacher wasn't within earshot or on the playground. Keep in mind, we were only in 3rd and 2nd grade when this started in a very "nice" town. We went on to another school after because of how bad it was and unfortunately ... we still experienced some of the same. And this was in an educated, upper-middle class area!

Now as an adult and parent, I find myself in the position of defending my child who has experienced bullying in school. This time not because of his nationality, but because he has some special needs. For those of you that don't know me super well, and that's probably many as I'm a fairly private person when it comes to my family, my son is currently undergoing testing (and has been for some time). We are close to a diagnosis, but that is far from the end of that journey. While he is very high-functioning and may not even appear to be any "different" from the next child at first glance, he struggles with many different skills that typical children his age do not. Children are not always forgiving of a child that asks too many questions or a child that cannot handle the busy, over-stimulating environment a classroom of 14 6-year-olds may prove to be. Just today he came home from his art class (he homeschools but attends music and art at a local school) and when I asked him how his class was he told me it was fine. I asked him if he talked with any of his "friends" (which is how we refer to his classmates) and he said, "No ... oh wait; one. He said, 'You're so annoying, would you shut up?'" I asked him why the boy said this and he said, "I asked him if he knew why a rubber tree was called a rubber tree."

Now keep in mind, this is a regular thing my son experiences and some kids take it much further than a single comment like this one. What they don't know, and what this child didn't know, was that my son gets very excited about specific topics and he perseverates on them and wants to know all about them. This morning he watched a documentary on rubber trees, hence the question he asked his classmate.


Our children learn from us. Yes, they make their own choices as they get older, but we set the tone in so many ways. Whether it's a single comment putting someone down "as a joke" or a methodical group attack on another person or group ... it's never okay in my book because what starts small has a tendency to ripple into something much bigger. How many times can someone hear "you suck" before it starts to wear them down? You don't know where they're coming from; what they've been through. Why would anyone want to be even a small part of breaking someone else down, especially in a day and age where things are far from easy for so many of us. If we as adults can't be civil and thoughtful with the way we treat each other in an environment like a nail forum or social network group ... how can we ever expect our children to treat each other with respect and tolerance in the real world now and as adults down the road?

You have to ask yourself--isn't the world already filled with enough hate?



Bullying is not funny. It is not cool. It is not right. And more importantly, it is not okay.
Most of us are, thankfully, residents of countries that support tolerance and many of our families have settled in these places simply for that reason. Generations later, it is our responsibility to perpetuate that message of tolerance across our new social platforms, including the internet.

As members of the nail polish blogging community, we all share a love of beauty, color, and lacquer. Other than that, we are remarkably different: from our race to our religion to our hair color...even to our polish application techniques. To marginalize anyone because of those differences is completely unacceptable and today I take a stand against that. I refuse to allow other people's view of "normal" dictate how I behave, believe, and blog.


In solidarity with a multitude of bloggers linked below, my purple manicure represents my proud commitment to the No H8 movement. Today, November 8, I dedicate my post to ending bullying of any kind and to encouraging diversity and imperfection among our colorful community
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My purple gradient mani! Sorry for the car instagram pic, this week is eating me alive!






Saturday, November 3, 2012

Free Shipping on BeautyPopShop.com Today Only!

The holidays are almost here! In preparation, BeautyPopShop.com is having a Free Shipping Flash Sale with free shipping on "Super Stacked" polish racks to help you get your holiday shopping started!

Promo Code: SHIPFREE

This is only valid on orders that are being delivered to US shipping addresses and that ONLY contain "Super Stacked" racks (you may purchase multiple "Super Stacked" racks and still receive free shipping).

This promo cannot be used on orders that contain other items or items in addition to the "Super Stacked". This cannot be combined with other promo codes.

Expires tonight at midnight EST.
Super Large "Super Stacked" Nail Polish Rack in Pink, Black or White - Holds over 200 polishes
"Super Stacked" Nail Polish Rack. Available on beautypopshop.com