Showing posts with label giveaways. Show all posts
Showing posts with label giveaways. Show all posts

Friday, September 13, 2013

Diamond Candles {Review and Giveaway}

I was recently contacted by Diamond Candles with the opportunity to review one of their candles and host a giveaway.  Like most women, I'm constantly burning candles around my home and I was excited to have the opportunity to test a candle from a brand I had yet to try but had heard wonderful things about.

For those who haven't heard of Diamond Candles, they are a unique company that offers scented soy candles with a twist.  Inside each 100% soy candle, crafted in North Carolina, is a hidden surprise: a ring worth $10, $100, $1,000, or $5,000!  The value, style, and size of rings vary candle to candle, so each experience is fresh and new.

Choosing a scent was hard as Diamond Candle offers a pretty wide selection of scents.  I had my eye on a candle that would be a good kitchen scent and something that would transition from summer to fall.  Their Apple Slice Candle seemed like a perfect fit: "A fresh green apple.  We took a blender, several apples, a ring, and a candle wick and voila!  Apple Slice Diamond Candle.  Well not quite exactly but that's what it smells like."  I would say the description is pretty accurate here: this candle smells like straight up fresh green apple.  It's fresh and crisp and fruity; a scent you could truly enjoy year round.

On the back of each candle is a golden circle to note the approximate location where the ring is hidden inside the candle.  There is also a little description about how to enjoy your candle and (safely) retrieve your ring:

"We know you can hardly wait to find out which ring lies hidden in your candle.  So this is how it's done.  Simply light the wick, let the candle burn and enjoy this unsurpassed, high quality fragrance.  Once the ring's foil pouch is revealed, extinguish the flame and wait for the wax to cool.  Then, remove the pouch with something other than your fingers, like a pair of tweezers.  Now, unwrap the foil pouch, and enjoy the rest of your candle and your beautiful new ring from Diamond Candles."

According to Diamond Candles, it usually takes 10-15 hours of burn time before most rings will be uncovered.  When I first lit my candle, I let it burn for about three hours.  Unfortunately mine didn't seem to burn completely even and I had some tunneling that began.  After the second burn (around four hours), the tunneling was even more pronounced but my ring had begun to appear.  An hour or so into my third burn and I felt there was probably enough of the foil ring pouch exposed to remove it.  So, in total, it took about 8 hours of burning before my ring was uncovered enough for removal.

As instructed, I let my wax cool and (mostly harden) before using tweezer to remove my ring.  Each ring is protected inside a small plastic bag that is covered tightly with gold foil.  The rings will be completely safe and protected from wax during burning.

And... the ring reveal!  I received one of the $10 value rings.  While it's definitely a piece of costume jewelry, the ring seems sturdy and well made.  As I mentioned above, the style and size of rings will vary candle to candle.  The ring I received was a size 8 (I wear a 9 on my ring finger) and was, honestly, a little young for my taste.  The surprise of not knowing what ring I would receive was quite fun though, despite the likelihood that the ring I received wouldn't fit or be my personal style.

I really love the fun surprise aspect behind these candles.  The inclusion of a ring really elevates these 100% soy candles and sets them apart from other offerings.  These would make such a fun holiday, birthday, or wedding gift for the women in your life.

Diamond Candles retail for $24.95 for a 21 oz. candle ($1.19/oz.) which is cheaper than Bath & Body Works candles, for example, which retail for $20.00 for a 14.5 oz. candle ($1.38/oz.).  Unfortunately, as I mentioned above, I did experience some tunneling with my candle.  Diamond Candles offers some instructions on their website for ways to fix a tunneling candle, so I'll be sure to give them a try.  I also want to note that while I chose my candle with the intension of use in the kitchen, I found that the scent throw wasn't strong enough to be noticed in the space (though we have a large kitchen which is open to our living room) so I've instead been enjoying it in my smaller office and our bathroom where the fragrance is more pronounced.  All in all, I'm pretty happy with my first Diamond Candles experience.  I would certainly consider purchasing from them in the future for myself and for gifts.

Enter the giveaway using the widget below for a chance to win a Diamond Candle of your choice.  Once the winner has been chosen, he/she will be contacted with a code to redeem their candle.  (Unfortunately Diamond Candles currently ships only to addresses in the US.)



If you've experienced Diamond Candles in the past, I'd love if you left photos of your ring reveal in the comments!


*For anyone interested, the macaron print in the photos is by Jayme of Delectable Deliciousness.

Disclosure: Diamond Candles kindly provided me with a candle of my choice to review and will be providing one giveaway winner with a candle as well.  I am not being paid for this review and all opinions expressed are my own.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

GIVEAWAY: Zinio


Today's giveaway is sponsored by Zinio, the world's largest newsstand.  Zinio offers thousands of top magazines from around the world, accessible from the iPad, iPhone, Android mobile phones and tablets, as well as on your laptop or desktop.  Zinio offers magazine subscriptions as well as single-download issues.  They also provide a variety of free articles and magazine previews at any given time which allow you to experience their service and sample new magazines that may interest you.

Zinio has graciously provided me the opportunity to giveaway a free magazine subscription to NINE lucky readers!  The winners will have their choice of magazine subscription (the subscription length will vary, depending on the magazine).  The giveaway is open internationally, so readers from all over the world may feel free to enter!  Enter the giveaway using the widget below.

If you're interested in trying Zinio, you may want to take advantage of some great Earth Day Savings:

(Sale ends 04/16)

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Full Disclosure: Zinio has kindly provided me with a free subscription of my choice.  I am not being compensated for this post nor do I receive any commission on the links provided.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

400 Follower GIVEAWAY!

I recently reached 400 Google Friend Connect Followers here on the blog and to celebrate and thank all of you for your support, I wanted to do a little giveaway of some of my favorite things!

The winner of the giveaway will receive the following items:

A L'Oreal Colour Riche Caresse Wet Shine Stain in the shade Rose On and On.  I own two of these Wet Shine Stains and I absolutely love them!  Rose On and On is my favorite of the two I own and it has quickly become my favorite lip product in my collection (and I have quite a lot of lip products).  These Wet Shine Stains apply like a gloss: sheer at first but are very buildable.  After 2-3 layers they achieve a beautiful pigmentation and provide a long-lasting shine that isn't sticky or slick.  When I wear these Stains my lips feel incredibly hydrated and have a lovely glossy appearance.  The Stains set and dry and last for quite a while on my lips.  (I have used my own Stain for these photos.  The winner will receive a new, never opened tube.)

A pack of 25 baking cups from Le Petite G√Ęteau.  Who can resist a cute cupcake?  I'm a little obsessed with collecting cute baking cups.  These red and white striped baking cups would make some darling cupcakes.  Or, if you're not a baker, you could use them to serve nuts or small candies at a party.

A small red notebook decorated with sweet metallic gold dots and a quote from William Shakespeare, "Joy delights in joy."  I love small notebooks like this to carrying around in my purse for jotting down blog ideas, important notes, shopping lists, etc.

A pair of That Winsome Girl Modern Elegance Earrings -OR- a $30 giftcard to my Etsy shop.  These earrings feature beautiful faceted smoky quartz briolettes and all sterling silver findings.  They're dainty and classic and would compliment so many outfits.  If you don't have pierced ears, or these particular earrings don't happen to be your style, the winner may choose instead to receive a $30 giftcard that may be redeemed toward anything in my Etsy shop.

I hope you will enjoy these items as they are some of my favorite things of the moment.  You may enter the giveaway up to two times by following the prompts below.  For one entry you may leave a comment below telling me what kind of posts you would like to see more on the blog.  You may also enter by following my page on Facebook.

The giveaway will be open until midnight (EST) on February 28th.  At that time a winner will be randomly chosen, contacted via email, and announced on this post by March 1st.

Don't forget to enter using the widget below.  Good luck!


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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Easy Canvas Prints Giveaway Winner!

The Easy Canvas Prints giveaway ended last night and I wanted to drop on this holiday morning to announce the winner!

There were 16 entries total, and using the random number generator at random.org, the 7th entry was chosen as the winner!

Amy Beth Marantino's entry, "i Follow Easy Canvas Prints on Twitter @onitnaram" was the winning entry.

Congratulations, Amy Beth.  I'll be contacting you shortly with details on how to claim your canvas!

Thank you so much to everyone who entered.  I'll be planning more giveaways in the future, so stay tuned.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Giveaway Reminder!

Just a quick little post to remind you to enter the Easy Canvas Prints giveaway!  All you have to do to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a custom 8x10" canvas print is to "Like" Easy Canvas Prints on their Facebook page and leave a comment on my original giveaway post saying that you've "Liked" their page.  That's it!  Entries are open until 11:59 EDT on July 3rd, so enter soon!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Review & Giveaway: Easy Canvas Prints

I was recently contacted by Easy Canvas Prints with the opportunity to review one of their 8x10" canvases.  When presented with the option to turn one of my photos into a canvas print, I immediately knew which photo I'd use.  The photos I took of my Chocolate Malt Cupcakes are probably my favorite of the food photos I've taken to date.  I've wanted to have some of my food photos printed for a while but have never gotten around to it, so I was incredibly excited to have the opportunity to turn my cupcakes into a canvas!

Easy Canvas Prints allows you to put "Your Photos on Canvas!" and turn your favorite memories into works of art:

 Turn your photos to canvas with Easy Canvas Prints™. Our photos on canvas are great for decorating your home or office, and perfect as photo gifts! With our easy to use canvas prints designer, you can turn your very own image into a stunning work of art on canvas! Our canvas prints are printed and stretched in-house by our canvas professionals, and come ready to hang or display with a classic semi-gloss finish. Just choose your canvas size and wrap thickness, upload your pictures or art, and choose your border for a personalized canvas print of your own. We can't wait for you to see the quality of our canvas pictures!

Working with Easy Canvas Prints to create my canvas was a really easy, straight forward process.  You begin by selecting your preferred canvas size and the thickness of your canvas.  They have several standard sizes available as well as a custom size option.  Additionally, a standard canvas thickness of .75" is available as well as the option to upgrade to a thicker wrap or a framed canvas.

Next you upload the photo you'd like to use for your canvas.  It is important to use a high resolution photograph for the best quality.  Easy Canvas Prints has a user-friendly indicator which shows you if the quality of your photograph is sufficient for the best results.

Lastly you'll choose your display option (either a standard wall hanger or a canvas stand to display your photograph on a table).  You'll also decide how you'd like the border of your canvas to look.  I chose to have my image wrapped around the edge of my canvas.  I think this provides a really professional and finished look to the canvas.

 I was incredibly impressed with how quick and easy it was to create and customize my canvas.  I  placed my order and it was delivered within a week (a few days earlier than the estimated arrival time)!  It was very well packaged and reached me in perfect condition.

To be fair, this is the first time I have ever had one of my photographs printed as a canvas, so I don't have another experience to gauge this quality of my Easy Canvas Prints product by.  However, that said, I am incredibly pleased with the quality of my canvas print!  I really was surprised to see all the minute details of my original photo captured on the canvas.  The texture of the canvas itself really adds so much character to the image!  The above photo is a detailed picture I captured of my canvas print.  Just look at that detail.  Honestly, I'm truly impressed.

I couldn't be more pleased with my experience working with Easy Canvas Prints!  I will definitely utilize their services again in the future when I seek to have more photographs printed on canvas.

A huge thank you to Easy Canvas Prints, owned by BuildASign.com, for offering me the opportunity to review their product!


Now for the Giveaway!


Easy Canvas Prints has graciously offered to give an 8x10" canvas print to one of my readers!

Rules:
• To enter the giveaway, you must "Like" Easy Canvas Prints on their Facebook page and leave a comment on this post saying you have done so (please include your Facebook name).
• Due to shipping costs, the giveaway winner must be a U.S. resident (excluding Hawaii and Alaska).
• Giveaway will be open until 11:59 EDT on July 3rd.  The winner will be announced on July 4th.

For extra entries:
Follow Easy Canvas Prints on Twitter and leave a comment on this post saying you have done so (please include your @ Twitter name).
• Follow my blog via Feedburner and/or Google Friend Connect (links to do so are on the left sidebar) and leave a comment on this post saying you have done so.
• "Like" That Winsome Girl on Facebook and leave a comment on this post saying you have done so (please include your Facebook name).
• Follow That Winsome Girl on Pinterest and leave a comment on this post saying you have done so (please include your Pinterest name).

Good luck!
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