Softly Sometimes Holiday Giveaway!


(Well, it’s about time.)

So, this is the first ever giveaway on Softly Sometimes. I know I promised you guys this giveaway weeks before, but I had to wait for all of the ~elements~ to kind of come together. Not that I need to disclose it or anything, but everything has been purchased by myself. I wanted to show a range of my favorite products, so I hope you all like it. 🙂
Softly Sometimes Christmas Giveaway - Prizes

What I’m Giving Away:

— Le Métier de Beauté Kaleidoscope Eye Kit in Gravité
— BITE Beauty Best Bite Remix
— Aromateria Solid Perfume in Ender
— Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Amour (deluxe size)

Le Métier de Beauté makes some of my favorite makeup products, which is why I’ve amassed quite a few items despite the hefty price tag. Gravité is a limited edition Kaleidoscope Eye Kit (fancy word for eyeshadow quad) and it’s a “spare” I had that I figured I didn’t need.

BITE Beauty is a recent discovery, and one that I’m completely enamored with. This lip set is a holiday makeup set is made up of high pigment lip pencil minis in shades that are all you really need!

Aromateria is also a recent discovery, but I hope you enjoy sniffing Ender as much as I do. (I’m pretty obsessed) And lastly, one of my favorite blush formulas: Tarte. I’ve added a pretty pink shade that’s perfect for everyday.


1. There will be only one winner.
2. Contest is open internationally.
3. You must follow Softly Sometimes on Bloglovin’, WordPress or through email. I’m sorry but I can’t check if you follow through my RSS feed. 😦
4. Answer this question: What is the best thing beauty has taught you about yourself?

Ways to Enter

1. Comment on this post – be sure to use a valid email when entering the comment because that’s how I’ll reach you + keep your email private. Don’t forget to let me know how you’re subscribed to this blog (i.e. WordPress, Bloglovin’, email).
2. Instagram post – if you want to get creative, post a photo of your answer, tag me (@presidents and #softlygives) and include this link anywhere in your caption: http://bit.ly/softlygives

You can post twice (one comment and one Instagram), but make sure that your Instagram account is public so I can see the post! Doing both counts as two entries.

I’m going to go old school here and manually read and check all the entries. I wanted to do a Rafflecopter giveaway where you have to follow me on all platforms (haha), but I wanted it to be less sweepstake-y and more like those old magazine contests where you had to answer a question. I hope that’s okay. 🙂

Contest officially ends on December 25, 2014. Since I’ll be reading through the entries, I’ll announce the winner on January 1st. Please feel free to post questions or clarifications. I can’t wait to read all of your answers! 🙂

All items purchased by me.

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  1. Thanks for doing this giveaway! Those r some awesome products! I’ve been following your blog on WordPress. 🙂 Beauty has taught me you can always find something beautiful if you look and with a positive outlook I feel more confident & happy. It has also taught me it’s ok to spend time taking care of yourself, it makes you more capable of helping others. 🙂

  2. I have a quick question 🙂
    I’m on my phone using my WordPress app and I’m not sure how to privatize my email address in my comment?

  3. Ava Francine says

    Now that I am into makeup, I realized I am not good with colors! As in what I think is ‘red’ my hubby think its ‘orange’ and often times, people agree with him! I am not color blind just not color sensitive, I don’t notice the undertones where as my husband does… =_=

    Its interesting to go through 30+ years of life thinking you have a sense of ‘style’ then to realize your color pairing may been off your whole life LOL.

  4. Amazing giveaway! Hmm very interesting question. Beauty has taught me that even wearing a little makeup, to cover up little imperfections can really boost my confidence, but at the same time, it’s taught me that not everything beauty related is about makeup and the way you look. A very convoluted, weird answer but I’m terrible at being insightful about myself haha! I follow via Bloglovin’ 🙂

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

  5. Micaela Santos says

    I think the universal answer is about confidence. Not because it’s the easier one, but because it’s simply true, for all of us. Talking about me, I’m quite sure I look like a totally confident person most of the times, not just because of makeup and beauty, of course, but also thanks to that. And I’m not. Somedays it’s that little thing that makes the difference. But the interesting about it it’s that along the road it makes you apreciate the simplicity of a bare face. And work towards it. Better skin, more subtle textures and finishes. A natural flush. Accentuate your unique features.
    God! I got too excited, I’d better stop 🙂 I follow through bloglovin btw
    Ps: Loved the non rafflecopter way of doing it

  6. Beauty has taught me that at the end of the day it doesn’t matter what you look like but the confidence you carry within yourself. A lot of the time that is where hair and makeup and fashion (beauty!) come into play. To assist in your confidence and to help you be happy and secure enough to chase the things you want. (via wordpress)

  7. Steph A says

    I was a late bloomer when it came to makeup (my mom used to do mine all the time until she made me learn how to do it myself), so when I discovered the joys of it, I learned that beauty is power. It’s so much fun to watch out for the latest beauty trends and discoveries, and figure out which are for me and which aren’t. We were always taught that real beauty goes beyond the superficial, but minding one’s outer appearance isn’t so bad after all–it could be a lot of fun too. 🙂

    Hi Carina! Been following you via Feedly. I like your photos, and how you write 🙂

  8. the best thing beauty has taught me is to be creative, have fun, and how you look is flexible. i follow via bloglovin 🙂

  9. Denise Chong says

    Beauty has definitely taught me that people sometimes like to look good just for themselves, not necessarily for anyone else. I follow through bloglovin!

  10. Such a great giveaway!

    Beauty has taught me a lot of things. Being only 16, I’m insecure about myself. I know I’m larger than most of my peers. But the moment I put my red lipstick on, I feel better. I feel more confident. I don’t use makeup to hide myself. It’s more of a confidence boost. When I also started experimenting with makeup I realized we all have our own differences and options pertaining to beauty. Some people may find me or you as the most beautiful girl in the world. Others might think I’m just some plain jane. Another thing is that I was able to meet amazing people online. I unfortunately haven’t actually met them yet. Hopefully soon, though! We’re able to share and talk and enjoy. I like to think of them as my ‘beauty family’. To each our own beauty. ☺

  11. Growing up, I was always around make up and beauty, as my mother was an esthetician and it was just a crazy big part of everything we did. I used to think that make up was what made people beautiful and that without it I was nothing, endlessly fighting with my mother who wouldn’t let me where it until I was at least in my teens. Now, that I look back at it, I was kind of wrong. Yes make-up is beautiful and fascinating and its a huge passion of mine still, but make up doesn’t make someone beautiful, it just highlights what is already beautiful about them. Beauty products have taught me how to accentuate everything I already have, it has taught me that though I am so shy, I can come out of my shelf and help people see that there is beauty in them, even if they don’t see it until I add a little mascara to bring out their eyes more or blush to add add a pop to their already beautiful skin. I love make-up because it makes people feel good about themselves! Thank you so much for asking me that question… its been a while since I’ve been reminded why I do the things I do! thank you for this giveaway as well, it’s beautiful!

  12. Oooh this is exciting! Beauty has taught me that I am creative. I never considered myself to be creative whatsoever before I really got into makeup.But beauty has taught me that there are many different types of creativity well beyond basic art and it’s okay to not have traditional creativity, this version is amazing! I follow you through WordPress 🙂

  13. Amaltée says

    Lovely giveaway – and I enjoy reading your thoughtful and graceful blog!

  14. One thing that beauty has taught me about myself is that there is no right or wrong. I don’t have to follow a certain rule or conform to a certain look, feel, way.. it’s all up to me, as long as it’s a positive outcome not only on myself but also to others. Also, it only matters what other people say to an extent. There may be people who do it to bring you down, but what’s extremely important is to see the good and focus on it. YOu can look however you want, as long as you are comfortable and happy, which I think is the most important.

    I’ve been following via RSS, but I follow via Bloglovin and WordPress now as well 🙂

  15. Damn, best giveaway ever. Already following through both wordpress and bloglovin.

    My thoughts on (physical) beauty has changed dramatically. I used to think that beauty is directly proportional to self-esteem and confidence and that I must believe I am beautiful to become a confident person.

    I know all that shit about beauty being in the eyes of the beholder and that there’s no one standard of beauty, but as I explore the ‘beauty world’ and as I grow older, I learned that thinking and believing that I’m physically beautiful is not necessary to feel whole and worthy and that I shouldn’t classify or judge myself on what kind of ‘beautiful’ I am. When I look at myself in the mirror now, I no longer see an object that I should critique on whether that girl staring back at me is beautiful or not.

    It’s ironic that when I shifted my focus away from beauty, I saw beauty in me.

    • Huhu Rae. Ganda nung line na “It’s ironic that when I shifted my focus away from beauty, I saw beauty in me.” ❤ ❤

  16. Hi lovely!

    Since I started getting into makeup and everything beauty, I actually realised that I do not need to wear a lot of makeup to feel beautiful. Surprisingly I now know more about makeup (and have more makeup) but I wear it less. Beauty starts from within. Be happy with yourself. You will never be perfect but that’s okay!

    (Followed via Bloglovin)

  17. Happy Holidays!!

    The best thing that beauty has taught me is to accept what I have and make positive things with it and never compare yourself to anyone. Be thankful for all the things that you are. Live your dreams and immerse yourself in simple pleasures never be envious of what you don’t have . Accept what you have and can do. Aim for new achievements and evolve. Everything will eventually fall into place just as it should be and never focus on others people’s life.

    i follow on bloglovin and wordpress….

  18. Awesome products!!!! Love this question – What is the best thing beauty has taught you about yourself?

    Beauty taught me there is beauty in everything. Including things we consider to be imperfections.

  19. Joyce says

    The most wonderful thing about beauty is that it gives you that window of chance; of possibility that you could still surprise yourself. As the years pass, it is easy to have a fixed version of yourself in mind but to have a beauty product upend and even disrupt that self-image is by all accounts wonderful. What kind of girl could you be with a plum lipstick? Or even kohl
    (I follow you through Bloglovin. I’ve been reading this blog since it started but just been to shy to comment hehe.)

  20. Joyce says

    (Sorry continuation of the first comment above)
    ..What kind of girl could you be a vampy lipstick? Or even kohl-rimmed eyes? Would you still carry yourself the same way if you spritzed a perfume heavy with musk instead of the usual scent of gardenia cologne?

  21. First of all thank you for this generous giveaway!
    The best thing beauty has taught me about myself is that when life gets rough and you don’t seem to find a light at the end of the tunnel you can stop and take a moment to yourself and see the beauty you have to offer others. I use the time I do my makeup as a time to enjoy the little things and of course to picking out the right shade of blush and lipstick to make that day seem a little less crappy. It gives me some control on my out look on that day and how grateful I should be because I am alive. It may seem like something insignificant to others but just being able to walk out of my house into a crazy filled work day feeling like I could take on anything and choosing to have a positive attitude about it is what I feel true beauty is all about.

    I follow you on wordpress!

  22. I think the best thing beauty has taught me about myself is how soothing I find the ritual of makeup to be, a newly discovered pleasure–I never used to wear it at all, but as I learned more, I got more comfortable and now I really enjoy taking time in the morning to experiment with color and application techniques.

  23. orata says

    I think the best thing beauty has taught me about myself is how soothing I find the ritual of makeup to be, a newly discovered pleasure–I never used to wear it at all, but as I learned more, I got more comfortable and now I really enjoy taking time in the morning to experiment with color and application techniques.
    I’m subscribed via email!

  24. Thank you for the opportunity to be able to win these amazing products, my answer to the question is beauty is in every living soul, it’s up to you how you want to enhance it, you can be creative, or just be yourself. I subscribed through WordPress, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter.

  25. Ang ganda ng pa-contest mo! 🙂 The blush! Le Métier de Beauté! Lipsticks! And ENDER!
    Siyempre sasali ako.

    I learned that as much as I want to be a beauty queen… skincare is King! ;p Corny but true!

    I follow you through email, instagram, facebook and feedly. ❤

  26. Beauty has taught to to experiment with colour and embrace beauty, whether that be with makeup or days without makeup 🙂
    & I’m following you on Bloglovin: Christina D

  27. I follow you on Bloglovin and instagram.
    the best thing beauty has taught you about yourself?
    A: I am unique. The best thing beauty has taught me is that I am unique and there is nothing wrong with that. I don’t have to be someone I’m not. Unique is beautiful.

  28. wefadetogray says

    Beauty has taught me I am both, at the same time, incredibly height maintenance and lazy. That I am willing to go to extremes to get a perfect canvas for foundation and that I am utterly useless when it comes to eye makeup. I have so many creams, serums, oils, exfoliants, and pretty much every foundation available yet I own only one eye shadow palette. It has also taught me I am incredibly self-critical of myself to the point of being damaging to my self-esteem. I realize I don’t forgive myself for not being who I would have wanted to be, for my fat cheeks, my droopy eyes and straight eyelashes. It has also taught me I am faithful to the things I love the most and that I will not go anywhere without the those things. These insights, however mundane and banal they may appear, are an accurate reflection of bigger structures in me. I see them at play daily even in the most minute tasks. It is through beauty that I make myself at ease on days in which everything is gloomy and only a bold red lipstick can give me the strength to go out.
    Thanks for this giveaway. It’s amazing!

  29. Awesome giveaway Carina, so many goodies! I follow you via Bloglovin.

    Learning more about beauty this year has taught me that I like having a routine and I like sharing my beauty knowledge to my friends and family. I like it when they ask me beauty advice and stuff and I actually have a decent answer to give them.

  30. Shary says

    To me, beauty is something that is meant to be shared. Society has always pitted women against each other, creating competition among us. But I’ve learned that it is more fulfilling to help out and collaborate with other women. In my case, I love love love sharing beauty tips and helping makeup beginners with product recommendations and reviews. As a matter of fact, I applied makeup on my co-workers during our recent Christmas party and all of them looked beautiful that night – I am super proud!

    I follow you through RSS, had to subscribe via email for this hihi! Wish I would win ❤

  31. littlemisszoe says

    Beauty taught me a great deal about my perceptions of myself – the difference it makes to my mood when I wear no makeup at all, or a little, or a lot, or when I decide to pamper my skin. I figured out the way I like to look and why, the kind of message I want to send the world through my face. It made me feel powerful, and self-aware, in a way that few things do.
    I follow through WordPress.

  32. mkupdasha says

    Beauty has taught me that there is always a way: to be creative, to get through the day, to celebrate what you have, to share. 🙂 I follow you via wordpress

  33. Coming into the world of beauty (ie makeup and the like) late, I have learned that I like the process of changing or enhancing my face. Not really for others, as I first suspected, but for myself. For me, putting on makeup is like a five-minute art session that the universe is kind enough to grant me. A daily stress release that helps me get through the day. It is a great bonus to find out that I am moderately successful at it, based on comments from my officemates and family. I need no other canvas but my own face, and I can’t really hurt anyone by painting my face.

    I follow through WordPress.
    PS: Kaleidoscope! ❤

  34. A: Whether I’m barefaced or wearing a dark shade of lipstick during summer, I’ve never felt more comfortable in my own skin. I don’t care if people see my stretch marks & cellulites when I wear shorts, or if my eyeliner is obviously uneven on both eyes. I think I trust myself more of not being insecure around others, and feeling comfortable in my own way is my beauty secret.

    (Secret lang yan!) Thanks for doing this. I follow you on Bloglovin 🙂

  35. Gintare says

    beauty have taught me that you don’t need a lot to be beautiful – just using creativity and emphasizing your natural beauty (and not creating somebody else) makes me beautiful.

    thanks for awesome giveaway…have never tried any of these product, would be amazing to win it…

    following you on bloglovin as GInni007

  36. boobsandblonde says

    Beauty has taught me that it’s all about how you feel that matters most. For example, I have super light natural blonde hair. My eyebrows are basically invisible and need to be filled in to finish a look. People might not notice if my eyebrows are long overdue for a threading because they are so light, but I notice. And how I feel after a fresh threading is full of confidence!! Beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder!

  37. boobsandblonde says

    P.S Great giveaway! And I follow through wordpress @boobsandblonde

  38. Hi Carina 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway. I follow you through BlogLovin which might be my favorite app on my phone other than instagram.
    For me, beauty has taught me to not care about what people think so much. People might think that by applying makeup everyday, I am being vain and shallow and wanting people to see me flawless but actually it isn’t like that. I was always had problem with people thinking I’m trying too much but then again, having makeup on my face (sometimes blue shadow on my eyes) and not caring what people think is the best feeling and I guess that’s what I have learned about beauty.

  39. Hi! First of all, I’m subscribed via email ^_^

    Second, as you your question, What is the best thing beauty has taught you about yourself?, I think beauty has taught me how to be happy with who I am. It’s all about being confident about what God has given you physically, and to be confident about what your environment has made you. In connection with this, it’s never too late to improve, improve, improve to be a more beautiful person in every aspect of what defines beauty.

    I also think that the phrase, beauty is in the eye of the beholder is true. From the time I got into make up at an early age, my concept of what makes me beautiful (at least on a physical level) has changed, including how I think I should use my make up. In addition, the older I get, the more I realize that physical beauty is more radiant if you’re also beautiful on the inside. Physical beauty can only go so far. Meanwhile, what’s inside is more lasting.

  40. Paulina Rios says

    I teach all depends on the eye of the beholder, to be creative, to express ideas rather than to follow them

    Following you in bloglovin: paulinarios5

  41. beauty has taught me that anything can be improved. It also showed me that it is everywhere, you just need to notice it!
    WordPress follower)

  42. willow says

    The best thing beauty has taught me is research :p
    Before every purchase, I go through pretty intensive research. I learnt not to waste my money on terrible products

  43. Hi Carina, thank you for the giveaway! I’m a bit late but I’m still going to take my chances hehe. If there’s anything that beauty has taught me, it’s being completely unapologetic about myself. Realizing this made me more comfortable in my own skin, and despite it being difficult it’s also very fulfilling.

  44. oflosttimeandspace says

    Hi Carina, thanks for the giveaway! I’m a bit late on this but I’m going to take my chances hehe. If there’s anything beauty has taught me, it’s being unapologetic about myself. Realizing this made me more comfortable in my own skin and despite it being difficult it’s also very fulfilling.

  45. Thanks for this generous giveaway, Carina. I’m following via email 🙂

    Beauty has taught me that what matters most is not what others think, but my own perception of myself. A little make-up, happiness, and confidence go a long way in helping me feel beautiful. I may not fit standard conventions of beauty, but as long as I can find happiness with myself, I can embrace beauty. Beauty and self-care has also helped me realize that make-up is great for enhancing physical features and providing a boost of confidence, which can play an important part in helping people see and embrace their own beauty. Taking the time to take care of yourself should always be priority and should be separated from vanity and the negative connotations associated with it. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to feel beautiful.

  46. Beauty has taught me to be more observant–
    how it’s found in moments,
    and imperfection

    I like it best when it’s silent with grace,
    almost unnoticed until
    you finally catch a glimpse of its bounty
    and it fills you up
    a hundredfold.

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