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Belated Birthday & Blogiversary Giveaway with Gressa Skin!

August 2nd marked my birthday, I’m a year older (ack!) and now it’s nearing the end of August and summer (agh). And actually, did you know Plein Vanity reached it’s 1 year anniversary in late June? I’ve been so crazed with work, my personal life, and day-to-day things that the date somehow slipped by without much fanfare.

I am so grateful and humbled for being a part of the green beauty community and for growing an audience of like-minded individuals. Thank you so much for continuing to read Plein Vanity and inspiring me to keep doing what I love. I’ve grown so much in a year and this blog has developed into a medium of creativity, passion, and community that I’d never imagined. Thank you! 🙂

I couldn’t let my blog milestone pass without some sort of celebration: in honor of my blogiversary, birthday and to thank my lovely readers, I’m partnering with Gressa Skin, one of the first local, handcrafted skincare brands that I started used from the beginning of my green beauty journey, to offer an amazing giveaway to one lucky reader! Contest is open internationally too! Read my past posts about Gressa Skin here, here and here.


I met with Svetlana, Gressa’s founder and owner, on a recent trip to Portland and we chatted about green beauty, life, and of course Gressa’s new makeup line, Minimalist Glamour. I was able to sample some products before the line was released and I was beyond excited to have the chance to share it with everyone. Like Gressa’s skincare products, the Minimalist Glamour line is expertly formulated using only organic and naturally derived ingredients. I love that Gressa Skin’s products are non-toxic, organic, formulated by hand, and good for your skin. This beautiful new makeup line features a serum-to-powder liquid foundation (goes on silky smooth and come in a great variety of colors), an illuminating serum, a contouring bronzer serum, 3 new Lip Boost colors plus, an amazing flat-top buffing brush to effortlessly apply the Gressa foundation or buff in highlighter, bronzer or blush.

Here’s what you’ll win from the new Minimalist Glamour collection: (I haven’t even tried all of these yet!)

Birthday & Blogiversary Giveaway!

1. All 3 of the new Fall 2014 Lip Boosts in Regal (deep plum), Radiant (bright orchid), and Aux Rouge (raspberry pink). Gressa Lip Boosts are amazing, everyday lip tints that are moisturizing and pigmented for any occasion. I always keep a Lip Boost in my purse and have another in my desk. (My review of the color Bare, HERE.) Value: $68 for the Fall 2014 collection, or $26 each (See my swatch of Radiant below)
“Gorgeous, vibrant and bold. A modern GRESSA woman only needs a dash of LipBoost to elevate her look. Non-toxic Glamour LipBoosts signature colors are quintessence of GRESSA: chic, beautiful and essential. They are colors that will take you to an exciting level of glamour, polish your look and give your purse a makeover. The couture LipBoost is all it takes to change everything, to make you look stunning.  It leaves the mark of ultimate, timeless elegance. It starts with GRESSA signature gorgeous black glass jar, which instantly becomes your favorite beauty item to reach for in your purse.”

2. Illuminating Serum This is a liquid highlighting product that’s as good for your skin as it is beautiful! Value: $45, 15ml
“Accentuates and highlights with pearlized glow. Achieves sheer, natural-looking highlights with a luminous, shimmering finish. GRESSA Healing ComplexTM is a proprietary powerhouse blend of carefully selected botanical extracts that care for your skin by providing it with overall balance, radiance and clarity. Minerals provide an illuminating effect natural finish.”

3. Immaculate Buffing Brush New to Gressa Skin, this beautiful, soft flat-top brush is perfect for buffing in foundation, blush or the  illuminating serum on your skin. I’ve tried this brush and it truly gives an amazing airbrushed effect to the skin! Value: $31
“The Immaculate Buffing Brush is the most ultra-luxe, ultra-dense tool for perfect airbrush application of MINIMALIST . Instantly buff away and conceal imperfections, blur away pores from view, and achieve a more radiant looking, flawless, and airbrushed complexion. This flat-top, super-luxe buffing brush is designed to let you quickly apply your foundation to a soft, airbrushed finish.”

4. Rejuvenating Mist Set all that beautiful makeup with Gressa’s bestselling facial mist. Composed only of Moroccan Orange Blossom (Neroli) distillate, this facial mist is extremely refreshing and nourishing on the skin. I love how delicious it smells and how it effectively sets my makeup too! Value: $31, 50 ml
“For a perfectly refreshing experience, this all natural moisturizing facial toner is infused with pure Neroli. Skin is refreshed, rejuvinated and soothed. Ideal for all skin types.”

If you want to win these goodies, all you have to do is visit Gressa Skin and leave a blog comment below telling me which Minimalist Glamour product is your favorite. Then, fill out the Rafflecopter form in the link below so your entry is counted and for ways to score extra points! Contest is open internationally until Monday, August 25th at 12am EST. Good luck! 🙂

Click here to enter the giveaway! 

Congrats to Lauren Fortosis, you won the grand prize! As an extra surprise, 5 lucky ladies are also winners because you each are getting 1 Radiant LipBoost as well! The 5 LipBoost winners are: Paula, Cindy Aiton, Anastasiya Klimova, Caitie, and Ashtynne. Congrats! 🙂 I’ll be sending everyone an email shortly, please respond within 48 hours to claim your prize!

Plus, follow me on Bloglovin’, Twitter, Instagram or Facebook for the latest in green beauty, health, and sustainability!

*Thanks to Gressa Skin for an amazing giveaway prize! Header photo from Brush and Pail, all other photos from Gressa Skin unless noted.

Details: Giveaway ends Monday, August 25th, 2014 at 12am EST, open to international participants. Gressa Skin is responsible for the shipment of prize. (1) Winner will be chosen by random and contacted through email by Plein Vanity within 24 hours after the giveaway ends. If no response is received from the selected winner 48 hours after the email is sent, another random winner will be selected. All information provided by entrants is confidential and will not be shared with other third parties.


65 thoughts on “Belated Birthday & Blogiversary Giveaway with Gressa Skin!

  1. Congrats on the anniversary! love this blog, great reads. I would love to try the lip boosts the colors look great and moisturizing.

  2. I love greasy skin lip boosts. Would love to try their other products. I like to mix powder foundation with serum to make my own liquid foundation, so their new serum foundation sounds right up my alley

  3. Many congratulations.. What a great giveaway. The I new child in me is jumping up and down 😁. Illuminating serum for me please as I suffer from dull skin also I can’t resist gazing lip boost in radiant.. It’s so gorgeous

  4. Kasey, congratulations on your blog anniversary! It must feel like one heck of a busy year, and you’re all the more successful because of it! 🙂

    Thank you as well for sharing this opportunity of Gressa with us! I will be personally thanking them as well! 🙂

    I personally am over the moon and fascinated by the Minimalist Corrective Serum Foundation! It sounds like the most conducive to hydrated and supple skin and finish, and I am so humbled and so grateful for this special opportunity to bring Gressa into my life and tell all my friends about it!

    Thank you, Kasey! Congratulations! ❤
    Brooke Evans

  5. happy blogiversary and another truck load of fairy dust for your birthday-month-year!
    since being in the US all of your green blogs helped me a lot navigating the green beauty market here – thank you! oy vey the favoritest of the favorite? then the regal lip boost because it looks like the perfect yummy fall-lip! I am already in love with the Neroli Mist, I guess the same would happen to me with the rest of the line …
    good luck to you all!

  6. Happy blogiversary and birthday!
    The serum foundation is calling me name. I’ve yet to come across a liquid foundation I like, but the ease of application is so appealing. Thank you for the giveaway!

  7. Congrats on the Blogiversary! The entire line looks gorgeous, but I’m most intrigued by the Serum Foundation. Liquid foundations are tricky for my skin, but the serum formula sounds pretty unique, so it might just do the trick 🙂

  8. Happy belated birthday! I have enjoyed your blog since the start and I wish you the best of luck continuing your blogging journey. I’m most excited to try the Minimalist Glamour Lip Boost in Aux Rouge.

  9. Happy birthday and anniversary! And thank you for sharing this super exciting opportunity with your readers! It’s so tough to choose a favorite product but I think I’m most in love with the Radiant lip boost. It’s such a gorgeous and unique color. 🙂

  10. Would love all the Lip Boosts-Aux Rouge is the first red that works for me AND feels amazing-also plan to repurchase the Rejuvenating Mist-best all around toner ever:)

  11. Thank you for offering such a lovely and generous giveaway. The Lip Boost in Lavish is definitely on my favorites list!

  12. Happy blogiversary! I really like the illuminating serum, mostly because it doesnt contain coconut oil, which most products for highlighting etc. uses them. My skin just cannot handle it for some reason. Thanks so much for this generous giveaway.

  13. Congratulations on your one year blog anniversary! I am fascinated by the serum foundation. Since going organic and natural, I really miss trying different foundations particularly with the new technology and formulas that are now available.

  14. HI!
    I’m super excited about immaculate buffing brush and the rejuvenating mist! I’m always searching for a good buffing brush to use with my foundation and I love refreshing my skin throughout the day with a good, refreshing mist.

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