Harajuku Fragrance giveaway on artistrhi!
a little bit about the fragrance from the official site:
Harajuku (harajookoo) n. 1. A style and attitude of Japanese girls from Harajuku, Tokyo. n. 2. Anything goes: outrageous, layered, and eye-catching.

Harajuku Lovers Fragrance: n. 1. A fatal attraction to cuteness.

Inspired by the electric street scene of the Harajuku shopping district in Tokyo, the Harajuku Lovers fragrance collection captures the lyrics and iconography from Gwen Stefani's albums. These unique fragrances, in their adorable doll-decanters, will appeal to anyone with a "fatal attraction to cuteness." Choose the girl that best fits your personality, but (trust us!) after meeting one, you'll have to have them all!

has teamed up with Matchstick Marketing and Coty Canada to bring you this contest, where you can win the entire set of Gwen Stefani's HL Fragrances (retail value of $250.00 CAD)! The contest runs from September 9, 2009 at 12:00PM EST to October 7th, 2009 at 11:59PM EST. Winner will be announced on October 9th, 2009. Only one entry allowed per person. Prize will be delivered to contest winner directly from Matchstick Marketing. Read the Official Rules and Regulations for full contest details.

To enter, you'll have to:

  1. Read the Official Rules and Regulations listed below in the comments (3) section.

  2. Gwen Stefani has said that "Harajuku Lovers can be anything that inspires me". Leave a comment on this post or email me (with the subject line: HL Fragrance Contest) to let me know what inspires you.

  3. Do ONE of the following if you haven't already:
    a). Become a Facebook fan OR
    b). Follow me on Twitter.
Contest is officially underway on Wednesday at 12PM EST. I look forward to hearing your responses! Good luck everyone!!

Posted by Rhia Amio, Make-up Artist www.artistrhi.com | 4:05 PM | , , , , , | 3 comments »

I was interviewed by blogger and freelance writer extraordinaire, Cheryl Santamaria, for a feature article on Women on Business. The article details the importance of using the Web as a tool for advertisting, both for budding entrepreneurs and established companies.

Working as a freelancer in make-up, I realize that there's so much that I've learned along the way just by doing (rather than picking up from the classroom) especially on the business side. In the early days, when I first attempted to market myself to a large audience, aside from word of mouth, the Internet was my best advertising friend. I used livejournal, a free web-based journal to help me document different make-up looks I did on myself and on friends. Nowadays, if you're an aspiring make-up artist, there are many more user-friendly resources available to you on the Web. Sites like Blogger (where this blog is hosted), Yola and Dripbook allow you to build your own blog/site with little to zero programming knowledge required. Social media-based sites like Twitter and Facebook allow you to send instant updates to those on your subscriber/friend list and further spread the word online. The best part about all these sites mentioned is that the basic layouts are free of charge to use!

So, if you're just starting out and looking for your best promotion tool, take good quality photos to document your make-up work. Print out a few business cards (you don't have to spend a lot of money, and can do this on your home computer), send out a mass email to your contact list, post it to your Facebook status or update your Twitter. Let your web presence be known and essentially you can initiate your own 'e-word of mouth'.

Posted by Rhia Amio, Make-up Artist www.artistrhi.com | 4:00 PM | , , , , | 0 comments »
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