Rite Aid & Revlon’s Your Story, Your Shade Diamond Dee & Pretty In Strength Swatches, Review & Giveaway

by Lisa Heath


Rite Aid is proud to be involved in the 2014 EIF Revlon Run/Walk in the New York (May 3rd) and Los Angeles (May 10th) events. As part of their support of EIF’s mission to raise funds to fight women’s cancers, Rite Aid recently worked with Revlon to develop the Rite Aid & Revlon’s Your Story – Your Shade, where customers were encouraged to honor someone affected by women’s cancer by entering their story and naming a shade on the Rite Aid’s Facebook Page. Two winners were selected and their winning shades are now being sold exclusively at Rite Aid until the end of May.

The Grand Prize Winner was a woman named Jill, and she named her shade “Diamond Dee” after her mother.  Here is her inspiring story:

“In 2003, my mom was diagnosed with cancer and I was 29 at the time.  By the time they discovered it, the cancer had spread.  I was with her every moment; she had overcome so much in her life!  In the end she was full of love, always giving to those in need!  Even today, I still use her saying, “If I have two and you have none, then you’ll have one and I’ll have one!” My mom’s nickname when I was a little girl was Diamond Dee!  I miss her so and every day I strive to be even half the mother she was!  She will always be my Diamond Dee

Diamond Dee

Diamond Dee

Diamond Dee is a beautiful pearlized pink with gorgeous pink shimmer within it.  A very classic color.  I used 3 thin coats for this photo.

Pretty In Strength

Pretty In Strength

Pretty In Strength is a beautiful hot reddish pink creme.  Almost a 1 coater, but I used 2 for these photos.

Ready for a little nail art?

Revlon stamping

I decided to try stamping with both shades.  I have Pretty In Strength on all but the ring finger, and then I stamped with Diamond Dee.  It’s hard to see the stamp on those fingers, but I like that it shines a bit when light hits just right.  Very subtle.  On the accent nail I flipped it, so Diamond Dee is the base and Pretty In Strength is the stamped shade!

Revlon Stamping top

For all of these photos I used Revlon Quick Dry Base Coat and Revlon Quick Dry Top Coat.  Both preformed well and the top coat gave a really nice glossy finish and was dry within 2-3 minutes.  Great drug store top and base coat if you are in a pinch!

For more information on the NYC/LA Event – check out www.RevlonRunWalk.org

You can also check out more info on Twitter #EIFRRW #revlonwalkrun

Giveaway Details and Info

I’m doing this giveaway a little differently than the normal Rafflecopter.

Rite Aid & Revlon were generous and sent another set of both polishes you see above (Diamond Dee & Pretty In Strength) plus a bottle of Quick Dry Base Coat and Quick Dry Top Coat for one of my readers to win.

What do you need to do?  Leave a comment sharing your story.  It can be about who your hero is, a loved ones strength, or honoring someone you know that has been affected by cancer.

Because of the nature of the giveaway, I will be opening this up to both US and International readers alike.

A winner will be selected using Random.org on April 30th.


*Giveaway is sponsored by Rite Aid & Revlon*

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shifrah April 24, 2014 - 10:24 am

My mom will always be my hero. She had 10 children and raised us all to be good people, that’s a hero in my book!! Thanks for the giveaway!

Lisa Heath April 24, 2014 - 10:27 am

Wow 10 children? Amazing! I’m only a mother to 1, and it’s tough. She sounds incredible and thank you for sharing!

Jodie Smith April 24, 2014 - 10:40 am

My mum is my hero. After having looked after her own mother for years and then hoping to enjoy her retirement, she now spends most of her time helping me care for my two autistic children and currently is caring for me as well. I know a lot of mums would have walked away but not mine. She’s awesome!

Cindi April 24, 2014 - 10:45 am

My hero is my daughter who serves in the US Navy as a damage control tech. She is a young mother of two and still has studied hard and gotten certified in nuclear. She now teaches other firefighters as well and serves on the USS Bataan.

Marissa S. April 24, 2014 - 10:46 am

my mom’s best friend of over 40 years passed away on Valentine’s day after a decade long fight against cancer. Even though the disease took her too early she lived every day to the fullest. I have never seen a person exhibit such strength. She never missed a birthday, or a wedding, or a day at the park with her new grandson- no matter what. No matter how sick she was feeling she never felt sorry for herself and she never let others feel sorry for her. Even though she fought so bravely I think she knew her time on earth was limited and she made every moment count. A Strong beautiful woman who taught me so much and truly will live on in those she loved.

Renée April 24, 2014 - 10:58 am

My mom is my special one.
My parents are divorced and if we have it difficult, she makes it all better. She is a strong person who cares about the others first. I love her!

Andrea Darst April 24, 2014 - 11:14 am

My Nana battled breast cancer twice and beat it both times! She was such a wonderfully warm, wise, caring woman. She passed a few years ago and I miss her daily! She taught me that it’s important as a woman to be both strong and vulnerable.

Heather USA April 24, 2014 - 12:23 pm

I have a lot of admiration for Angelina Jolie for going ahead with preventative double mastectomy because she carries the BRCA1 gene. Very inspiring that she went ahead and that this was all shared and open.

Lori April 24, 2014 - 12:47 pm

My step-mom is my hero, a wonderfully strong breast cancer survivor. If anything like that ever happened to me I’d try to be strong like her. The last year of my dad’s life, she actually had the cancer without knowing it. She took great care of my dad and I love her for it!

Nomoreillusion April 24, 2014 - 5:33 pm

I have two lovely ladies to admire and adore. My mother was diagnosed with cancer my senior year in high school. She never complained, not once, even after everything that she went through. Then in my Freshman year in college, my best friend was diagnosed. She left the state for over a year to receive the best treatment possible. After experiencing what I can’t even imagine, she returned and finished school. She certainly knows how to live life and be happy…and I’m so fortunate to have them both!

Cynthia Kiser April 25, 2014 - 12:09 am

On May 8, I will be celebrating my 7th “cancerversary”. In 2007 I received the biggest shock of my life when I was told I had breast cancer. I was so sure I didn’t have it that I went alone to my appointment to get my results. Total reality check. After16 months of successful treatment I had to consider how I would live the rest of my life. It felt like the biggest gift ever and now I live each day with gratitude and happiness.

Allison @Never Say Die Beauty April 25, 2014 - 7:49 am

my dad who died from breast cancer. What a great event to participate in.

Cosmetics Aficionado April 25, 2014 - 8:22 am

What a sad but lovely story. I bet her mom would love that a polish was named after her.

Jill Madura April 29, 2014 - 4:59 am

Thank you so much! I know she would be proud! <3

Eugenia April 25, 2014 - 9:17 am

That really cool how they named it after an inspiring story. The colors are wonderful!

Kimmi @ The Plastic Diaries April 25, 2014 - 10:01 am

This is such a beautiful mani … on more levels than one.

Amber April 25, 2014 - 10:09 am

Such pretty colors, and such a nice backround for the color names.

Phyrra April 25, 2014 - 10:22 am

Great giveaway! I love the subtle pattern on the nails.

Noelle April 25, 2014 - 10:42 am

I love the nail art. These two colors are gorgeous and the stories behind them are heart-touching.

Kim April 25, 2014 - 11:19 am

LOVE diamond D. I love the little heart designs you made

Destany April 25, 2014 - 11:44 am

Those colors go together so well! I love the stamping on the darker nails – makes em look kind of ethereal.

Leelo R April 25, 2014 - 12:20 pm

Very very pretty nail art!

Jess Scull April 25, 2014 - 1:20 pm

Love the nail art you did!

Jessica T April 25, 2014 - 2:07 pm

I use to be obsessed with Revlon polish. It’s a great drugstore line. This makes me want to pick up some new colors!

Brooke @ Blushing Noir April 25, 2014 - 3:10 pm

Ohhh I love Diamond Dee! Great nail art!

Kimberly April 25, 2014 - 3:48 pm

I LOVE that accent detail!!!!

Nidia - Lit From Within April 25, 2014 - 4:27 pm

Inspirational story, and some great colors and nail art to go with it. Both pinks are so pretty, love that shimmer.

Laura MyNewestAddiction April 25, 2014 - 4:56 pm

you do the best nail looks! great shades

Angela Sherman April 25, 2014 - 5:01 pm

your nails are so perfect!!

Anastasia April 25, 2014 - 5:05 pm

Both of these polishes are gorgeous, and the story behind each of them is so touching. I’m glad that Revlon is doing this campaign.

Cindy (Prime Beauty) April 25, 2014 - 7:29 pm

Great post and I love the pattern on the nails.

Miranda April 25, 2014 - 8:34 pm

The stamping came out so great! I looove Pretty in Strength.

Kath TheFabZilla April 25, 2014 - 9:34 pm

Great mani as always. My heroes are my grandparents, they raised me and my sis like their very own children. I won’t be where/who I am if not for their unconditional love.

Honeygirlk April 25, 2014 - 11:52 pm

Beautiful manis :) My hero is my husband… he does everything for me and is my biggest supporter. :)

Sheila (Painted Ladies) April 26, 2014 - 8:25 am

Those colors are both beautiful!

Ashley pena April 26, 2014 - 6:46 pm

OMG this is the prettiest manicure I have seen. SO cute! Loving the hearts!

betzy carmona April 27, 2014 - 11:35 am

I love the hearts you created ! I wish I could try out more revlon polishes but I gave up revlon

Chrissy April 28, 2014 - 7:32 am

both of these polishes are very pretty

Jill Madura April 29, 2014 - 4:49 am

Hi everyone, This is the woman named Jill who won the contest. This week I’m getting ready for my trip to NYC!! I have read through the comments and stories, they all touch me so deeply! I hope each and every one of you can remind yourself that although cancer is one thing that ties us all together the most important thing is the women who changed our lives and made us who we are today!

Sending warm comforting hugs to everyone! I wish you well in your journey! To those who lost their battle, those who have just been faced with this trial and are starting the journey and to those who have fought and won……..I walk for each and every single one of you on Saturday! My love to all!

Citizens of Beauty April 29, 2014 - 1:08 pm

the hearts look fabulous


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