I also won a HUGE giveaway on another blog, and I would love to tell you all about the prize I won, with my first impressions!
|Prize from Undisclosed Blog Contest. Baby feet and doggies not included.|
Are you ready for some awesomeness?
|Zoya Pixie Dust nail polish in Carter, 0.5 oz, $9 retail, available HERE.|
|Swatch of Zoya Pixie Dust in Carter|
|Zoya Color Lock System, includes two base coats (anchor and get even), top coat (armor), quick dry drops (fast drops), polish thinner (renew), and remover (Remove +); each bottle is 0.5 oz and retails for $9 each; the remover is 8 oz and retails for $9.99 separately. The set retails for $48, and is available HERE.|
|Waxelene Flip Top Tubes, 26g, $4.99 retail each, available HERE.|
|Elegant Touch Nail Art Kit, Iridessa (includes 2 puff bottles of glitter in pink and blue, 50 nail studs, nail art applicator, and 0.17 fl oz of protectant sealant), $9.99 retail value (est)- I could not find this for sale in the US anywhere!; Elegant Touch Envy Wraps, Leopard Pinks (includes 18 wraps and a buffer), $6.99 retail, available HERE; and Elegant Touch French Manicure American Bare Press-On Nails in 144, XS (includes 24 nails, glue and buffer), $6.99 retail, available HERE (except pink instead of bare- couldn't find this exact one anywhere!).|
Leopard print is adorable in small doses, and I am excited to try these Envy Wrap nail wraps. I love how this pack has different shades of pink, and I will definitely give these a try! My one comment on these is, that they are wraps "for fingers and toes", and yet there are only 18 wraps in the package. One might think that including 2 more wraps would be a better sell...I'm not one who matches my fingers to my toes, but I have a lot of friends who do!
I've used press on nails before, and have pretty good luck with them. These, however, are extra short, and are too short for my fingers. I'll give these to KTweenAngel, and she'll have fun with them. I've always had long fingers, and I guess that means I have slightly longer nails, too!
|Seche Clear basecoat, .5 fl oz, $4.25 retail, available HERE; China Glaze nail lacquer in VIII, .5 fl oz, $4.30 retail, available HERE; Orly Cuticle Therapy Creme, .5 oz, $4.49, available HERE; Tweezerman Tweezerette Tweezers, $5.99 retail, available HERE (except mine are red).|
I have never tried out China Glaze polish before. I know, I know, it's a crime. I've heard of the brand- great things, actually, but I've just never purchased a polish from them. The shade I received, VIII, is an absolutely gorgeous fall color- a deep, blackened purple.
|Swatch of China Glaze in VIII|
I'm kind of finicky about my tweezers. I probably own five or six pairs, and only really use one of them. I'm excited to try these out, because I am always losing tweezers, and have yet to find the perfect, perfect set to clean up my brows. I love how these come in a little tube- it's perfect for storage and hopefully will help me to NOT lose these!
|Almar Lip Gloss assortment: Dippin' Dots tubs (each are 0.15 oz) in Banana Split, Bubble Gum, and Mint Chocolate; $3.75 retail value for all 3; sets available HERE- $9.99 for 8 glosses; Laffy Taffy Lip gloss (0.09 oz) in Grape; $1.67 retail value; sets available HERE- $9.99 for 6 glosses.|
|Exceptional...because you are perfume samples, 1 mL vial, $0.55 retail value, each. Full size is available HERE: 3.4 fl oz is $54.99 (and coupon code VCW2T will get you $20 off this item). Foot file, from fragrancenet.com; no retail value.|
I love foot files, and have an awesome one from OPI. Tiny Love had so much fun playing with this one, that I gave it to her. It's cute how the little ones copy the grownups!
|Yves Rocher shower gel with organic argan oil, 200 ml, $ 4.00 retail, available HERE; Yves Rocher Intense Color Single Eye Shadow in Peche (Peach) and Bleu Scintillant (Sparkling Blue), each 0.08 oz, $8.00 retail each, available HERE; Yves Rocher Eye Crayon in Mauve ancien (Ancient Mauve) and Anthracite profond (Deep Charcoal), each 0.11 oz, $ 6.00 retail each, available HERE.|
I love eye shadow, and haven't tried the Yves Rocher line before. I'll give these a try and let you all know how I like them!
|Swatch of Yves Rocher Intense Color Single Eyeshadows in Sparkling Blue and Peach and Eye Pencils in Ancient Mauve and Deep Charcoal|
Acure Organics Brightening Facial Scrub, 4 oz, $14.99 retail , available HERE; Acure Organics Marula Oil, 1 oz, $15.99 retail, available HERE.
I love me some facial scrubs, and I am super excited to have this to try out! I tried this once, quickly, to test it out, and my skin felt SO fresh after using it! I've done a TINY amount of research on this company, and from what I'm seeing, I LOVE what they stand for- organic, vegan, cruelty and gluten free- plus fair trade certified! I will be checking their site out and seeing what other goodies I can try!
I've tried Argan oil in my hair, and absolutely loved it. I'm excited to receive the Marula oil, and see if it does good things to my split dead ends. This product is supposed to help with dry skin and stretch marks- I will DEFINITELY be testing this out and let you all know what my results are!
|Chella Tweezers, $20.00 retail, available HERE; Chella Scissors, $20.00 retail, available HERE; Chella two size sharpener, $5.00 retail, available HERE.|
I have never used brow scissors before, because my brows don't really grow overly long (and the two or three hairs that do aren't unruly or noticeable. I'm either giving these to my husband, or will give them away here. I'm not sure yet.
I recently bought a new eye pencil sharpener from Benefit, and I liked it ok. It gave pencils a rounded point, and I tend to prefer a sharper point on some pencils. One thing that I wished my Benefit sharpener had, was a lid to catch all of the little shavings! This sharpener has fulfilled my every wish, and is absolutely perfect! It sharpens very smoothly, gives a great point on pencils, and contains the mess! What more could a girl ask for?!
|Tiziano wine bottle topper, no retail value. Visit Tiziano's site HERE.|
|MicaBeauty Shimmer Powder in Bronze, 0.1 oz, $14.95 retail, available HERE.|
Swatch of MicaBeauty Shimmer Powder in Bronze
Beautiful color, and great staying power. You just can't go wrong with that!
|Kiss Ever EZ Lashes in 03, with tweezers, $5.99 retail, available HERE.|
|Puff's Fresh Faces light lavender scent nose & face wipes, 15 pack (2 of them), $1.99 retail each, available HERE.|
|Sally Hansen Maximum Strength nail treatment, 0.45 fl oz, $5.49 retail, available HERE.|
|Le Couvent des Minimes Hiker's Foot Healer, 25 ml (0.8 oz), $5.87 retail value. Full size is 2.6 oz, $19 retail and is available HERE.|
|Ahava DeadSea Osmoter Concentrate, 5 ml, $10 retail value. Full size is 30 ml, retails for $60.00, and is available HERE.|
|Flawless Face Blender by Crown Brush, $9.99 retail, available HERE.|
She also included 3 Tootsie pops in the package, that the kids immediately ate and I was NOT able to photograph. Tootsie pops are a favorite of mine, so this was very sweet of her. Pun totally intended.
Total value of my package is $279.65!
I debated a lot before writing this post, because I don't want to start any trouble. Why would there be trouble, you ask? The answer is because I'm going to do what I do best- tell the truth. But, while telling the truth I'm leaving out names and details, because I don't want anyone upset, or sending angry emails/comments because of the potential can of worms I might or might not be opening. When you are Only Average, you never really know. If I didn't write this post, I would feel like I was lying to you all, and I don't want to do that either.
The truth is, I won this prize exactly a month before I received it. If this was from a company, I wouldn't have minded. What bothered me, was that the communication between the contest host and I was...sparse. I am sure she was just very busy, and her kids probably got into the box, and other life stuff happened. Life happens. It just does. I would have just liked to receive an e-mail along the lines of "I haven't forgotten you, it's just crazy here"; this would have been better than telling me that a package was being sent, when, in fact, it wasn't (this happened two or three times). Maybe it's just me, but I think communication is very important in the blogging business. This is why I try to reply to every comment, and take reader's suggestions to heart, and send out contest prizes the day after I receive a confirmed address. The blogger DID apologize for the delay, and said she was sending some extra goodies to make up for it. She was very nice in her emails, and said that this was not the way things normally go for her, and even texted me tracking right from the post office. Please, don't judge her for MY experience- I'm only telling my side of the story, and what I experienced won't necessarily be YOUR experience.
The truth is, the blog post that listed the prize was edited AFTER the winner was announced. Items were removed from the prize list. Things I KNOW were in the prize list (there could be more, but this is what I remember): Skinny Pop popcorn, a half dozen of Bart's cookies, and a They're Real! Mascara from Benefit. By the time the package was shipped out to me, it's possible the food items would have expired. The truth is, these items aren't why I entered this contest, but their removal from the blog post seems...shady. Sadly, I didn't think to screenshot this in time. Please learn from my mistake, friends.
The truth is, the prize I DID receive isn't what I was supposed to get, exactly. I'm fine with the substitutions, and I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE my prize. I'm not complaining, and I don't want any of you to complain about it either. My only feedback on substitutions is that if you are hosting a giveaway on a blog, and you are going to sub items out (especially if you choose to edit the post, and then still don't send what is on the newly edited list), tell the gift recipient that there was a need for a substitution. They will likely understand. Items the edited blog post said I would receive, that I didn't are:
IQueen CCC Cream and Portable Vibrating Makeup Puff (I was just kind of curious what this would look like!)
Mineral Hygenics $15 gift card
Acure Organics Oil Control Moisturizer
Acure Organics Lip Balm
Yves Rocher lipstick
It's *possible* that these items were excluded because the box was SO full, but again, just a quick note in the box even would have been nice. The fact is, I would have given away almost all of these items to a friend- I have a couple who are going through some hard times and this would have given them a smile or two.
The truth is, even with adding on the extras that were included, this prize pack is not near the advertised value of over $350. It's *possible* the value of the package was based on the full price, and not "sale" prices, but the pricing I used was what any person could purchase them for, mostly direct from the manufacturer at their regularly advertised price, and not any "special sales". I know that I won a prize, and that the blogger was doing me a favor in sending me the prize, but then I did her a favor too- I advertised her blog, and helped get her publicity. That's one of the points of contests, right? Exposure? It just doesn't sit well with me, and I would not personally enter another contest posted by her again.
Truth is, I'm honored and happy to win a contest, and we have been having a fan-FREAKING-tastic time playing with all of the new goodies! The girls and I LOVE this prize, and are absolutely thrilled. I did NOT email the blogger and ask about the substitutions, nor did I mention that I noticed that she edited the blog post. I just didn't see the point, as I am VERY happy with my prize and I don't want to start any trouble. I'm not naming the blogger, nor her blog, because I don't want anyone to feel encouraged to contact her about this. If you DO happen to know of whom I speak, please don't mention it in the comments. Trolls are a fact of the blogging world, and I'd hate for one of my trolls (I do get them, sometimes. Their comments make me laugh.) or a well-meaning friend to head over there and bring up what is now old news. I know what happened. She knows what happened. In the end, it's all that really matters.
If you would like to see the unboxing of this prize pack, an uncut and unedited video is on my daily vlog, you can see it below (it's pretty early on, and pretty long):
Until next time, my lovelies- stay Average!
Disclaimer: The items in this post were a prize that I won, that was hosted by another blogger. I did not pay anything for these items, and the links included are not referral links. I was not asked nor required to review these items by any company, and the opinions in this post are true and my own. Nothing will ever change that.