Category Archives: Freebies

Murad Sun Protection: Review & GIVEAWAY

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I’ve never tried anything from Murad that I didn’t love and even though Summer is coming to a close, protecting your skin from the sun’s rays, is NEVER a step you should skip! I won’t get into a cancer/sun damage speech, but it’s your skin! You don’t get a replacement! Treat it like you love it πŸ˜‰

So, first I tried their Oil-Free Sunblock with an SPF of 30. Because this is oil free, I have been using this on my face with awesome results. (replacing my moisturizer, of course) I am VERY prone to oily skin, especially in this summer heat so you had better believe I’m not joking around when I say this was the least greasy formula I’ve ever used with this high of SPF. This handy 1.7oz bottle has because of fixture in my bathroom for any day I plan to go outside because looking around most of my foundation have VERY low SPF if any at all!

Next I tried the Waterproof Sunblock, also with SPF 30. This stuff really is waterproof! I had to double scrub a tiny bit in the shower but it was great that I knew this wasn’t going anywhere no matter if I was sweating, swimming or chasing toddlers through the sprinkler. Because this isn’t waterproof, it did have a slightly greasy texture but the biggest difference I noticed between these products and other high SPFs I’ve used? The smell. It’s a little fruity, a little citrus-y with just a HINT of sunscreen. This bad boy also lasts for 80 minutes. I did a double take on this, did they mean 30? Nope- 80 minutes of not needing to reapply. Sign me up.

I bet you’re thinking you’d love to get your hands on some Murad right about now πŸ™‚
Well, we want you to too!

Head over to our Rafflecopter Form & fill it out!
We’ve got entries for everything from Facebook to Twitter so be sure and check it out!

Firmoo- Get FREE Glasses!

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I have been seeing a few offers lately for FREE glasses but none of them have been as cute as the pair I picked up from Firmoo. I have to apologize because I’ve been enjoying these glasses SO much that I meant to review them about a week ago, but I’m a slacker πŸ˜‰

I got these beauties in the mail a little over two weeks ago and they are perfect. This pair is actually no longer available and I’m SO sad about that, but below on the product page, they suggest other similar pairs of glasses. These glasses (had I paid for them) only cost $27. For that price, you could buy up to 8 pairs at a local store (without insurance).

I knew how large these glasses were going to be because not only does Firmoo list all the measurements, but there is even a virtual fit option where you can see what the glasses look like on different face shapes. I love this & that made it super easy to find the glasses I wanted.

With my order I also received a matching hard case, a soft carrying case, a cleaning cloth and a repair kit with extra screws. Everything was very well made.

Plus, I think they look pretty flippin’ sweet; if I do say so myself πŸ˜‰ Firmoo is not only affordable BUT they also offer a FREE pair for first time customers. All you do is pay the shipping. Check out that offer HERE.

If you pick up a pair, be sure & stop by and share a photo! I’m dying to see what you guys pick out!! ❀

SPECIAL UPDATE!

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I was a little behind on announcing some winners recently- man there were just a lot of giveaways!
But I urge EVERYONE to please check the Giveaway tab! The winners are listed under each photo!

I’ve got about 10 unclaimed prizes at the moment!

If you see your name, please email me at alisonrigsby@rocketmail.com with “I’m a Winner” in the subject!
Congrats to all the winners and STAY TUNED for more giveaways in the next few days πŸ˜‰

Zents Petal Attar

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I was recently SO lucky to win a Facebook drawing/giveaway from Zents and I won a Attar in the scent Petal! It just showed up in the mail! It was an amazing surprise to get in my mailbox. I love to get mail, but unexpected mail?!
Well, that is a whole other thrill. Haha.

So, the cute, but simple packaging arrived like this. I also got a little letter telling me that I was a winner from the Facebook contest & urging me to post a picture on their Facebook. Which I did! (I have to say that I was SHOCKED that out of all 10 winners, I was the ONLY one who posted a picture!)

Inside, is a cute little glass bottle. This perfume oil is SUPER concentrated! So even though this look like a small amount and is only 5ml, you can barely tell I’ve used it- A LOT. I’ve used it everyday since I got it and even let several other people try it. It takes next to nothing to make your whole body smells SO good.

The application is actually a rollerball, which I really like! This little cutie retails for $40 and is worth every penny! I love to put a tiny bit on my hand then put my hair serum on top. I work that into my hair and I smell AMAZING all day! It’s to die for!

Zents is generously giveaway feebies ALL THE TIME on their Facebook so be sure to follow them
and sign up so you can win just like I did!!

You can access their Facebook HERE and check out the current contest to win a Full size Lotion HERE. The cool thing is you always get to pick your scent too! Feel free to let them know The Rosy Snail sent you πŸ˜‰

Mia Mariu Review & Giveaway

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I recently got the opportunity to try an amazing mineral makeup company called Mia Mariu. Their products not only natural but they left me with a healthy glow- even after I took my makeup off!

The first item I tried was their Perfecting Mineral Finish Foundation in Vanilla. While the color was a tad too yellow for me, I added it in with some primer for a lighter application. This foundation offers medium to full overage that feels and looks flawless. I did find that it offered a drier application than most my foundation, but we should all be applying a moisturizer anyhow πŸ˜‰ This 1oz bottle retails for $25

Next was this BEAUTIFUL blush in Maria Azucena. I chose this candy based on the online photos and fell in love, but it was even better in person.

The color is SO rich and pigmented and adds amazing color to any look, but you can’t over do it; trust me, I tried! This blush is also super smooth. This retails for $17

So, this is my final look! I’ve been using this combo everyday for over a week and several people have commented on my glow-y skin πŸ˜‰

Mia Mariu is also letting one lucky reader win the tools to get this same “Rosy” look πŸ™‚

HOW TO ENTER:
1. Head on over to Mia Mariu on Facebook and hit “like”. Feel free to leave a comment letting them know The Rosy Snail sent you πŸ˜‰
2.Go ahead and get the same for The Rosy Snail on Facebook.
3.Leave a comment letting me know why Mia Mariu is right for you πŸ˜‰

Want extra entries?!
2 extra entries if you follow Mia Mariu on Twitter.
2 extra entries if you follow The Rosy Snail on Twitter.

Be SURE to leave a comment with ALL details needed to verify your entries!
(email address, Facebook name, twitter name, etc)
If you don’t, none of this will count!

winner announced September 14th.

Glass Dharma Review & Giveaway

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So, confession: I LOVE to drink from straws. I know it will probably give me MASSIVE wrinkles when I’m older, but I don’t care. I love it. I don’t drink anything without a straw, it is my strange obsession. To the point where my husband gifted me one of those cute old-fashioned looking straw caddies where you pull up the middle and pick your straw- he must really love me! The thing is that all these plastic straws I sip and throw away are really adding up :/ I was probably going through 2 plastic straws a day. Aside from the cost of my habit, fact is I’m just adding more plastic to the trash pile- not anymore πŸ™‚

In comes Glass Dharma, the original glass straw. (proudly handmade in the US). Glass Dharma is not only the original creator of the glass straw but they are by far the most diverse. They have 4 diameters for everything from sipping wine to chugging that yogurt smoothie, 4 lengths and even 6 different color dot options- perfect for avoiding mid part drink confusion.

The first straw I tried was the Decorative Dots Sipper. This super small straw is ideal for sipping red wine (I prefer to use a straw to keep wine away from my teeth- is that odd?) It comes with a small, curable cleaner and with the adorable blue dots, I’m not going to mix up my wine with my hubbies πŸ˜‰

Here is an up close of the detail of the decorative dots. It blows my mind a little that all of this is handmade. I’ve always been interested in glass blowing, but the details are so cool. There is not a single imperfection in any of the straws I got to try!

The next straw I opened was the smoothie straw. I haven’t gotten to try this with a smoothie yet (I know I’m bad!) but I start my 90 day weight loss challenge tomorrow so I see myself having a LOT of breakfast smoothies! This straw is flawless.

Aside from how wide this straw is, I also wanted to point out the amazingly smooth edges. Have you ever stabbed yourself in the roof of your mouth with a straw?! Well, I have and it’s TERRIBLY PAINFUL! With Dharma Straws, that can’t happen because the rounded glass is SO smooth. Speaking of painful accidents, I can’t imagine how upset I would be if one of these broke, but I’ve put them through the wash and even dropped on and it didn’t crack or anything- should you find some force of nature break one, they are covered for LIFE.

Speaking of life, I’ve found the straw I’m going to use even when I’m 90. Haha. These is the Beautiful Bents Ice Tea Straw. It’s got a slight bend in it just like a bendie straw! It’s my match made in glass straw Heaven πŸ™‚

These are just a few of the exciting combinations you can find at Glass Dharma, the possibilities are endless and you can find something for any occasion. Aside from sending me these amazing straws to try out and share with you guys, they are also giving away a $25 Gift Card to their online store to one lucky reader!

HOW TO ENTER:

1. First of all, make sure you are subscribed to The Rosy Snail via email. I won’t be emailing the winner, you will see it here in a blog post!
2. Head over to the Glass Dharma on Facebook and hit “like”.
3. Comment with your favorite beverage to sip with a straw :

Want extra entries?!
5 extra entries if you head over to The Rosy Snail on Facebook and post a picture of your favorite drink!

Be SURE to leave a comment with ALL details needed to verify your entries!
(email address, Facebook name, twitter name, etc)
If you don’t, none of this will count!

Winner selected on September 8th.

Stick With It Palette Review & Giveaway!

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I’m really excited to share this product with you all! Not only is it beauty related but it will help you stay organized AND make your life easier- who could ask for more?! I’ve heard of a lot of palettes that boast a flat surface (usually a magnet) where you can place and arrange all you loose or refill cosmetic powder items: translucent powder, blush, eyeshadows, etc. and I’ve even tried a few, but none as easy to use as Stick With It.

First of all, how cute is this? I love the slightly retro vibe of the design.This palette feels super sturdy in your hand. The plastic is impact resistant (also earth friendly recyclable and soy-based inks are used for the print) and I can say first hand that is TRUE! My three year old actually dropped- okay he BANGED- this on our table just days after I got this beauty in the mail! #MommyMiniHeartattack!!
Not a scratch! However, one of my homemade, pressed shadows SHATTERED. (That’ll teach me to get crafty with my cosmetics!)I had to laugh at this, but it was certainly all the proof I needed that this was the real deal and if it can handle a three year old, it can handle my travel and the shuffle of my daily hand bag.
So…that shattered shadow? That brings me to what’s inside πŸ™‚

Inside there are two sides of a sticky area (it is NON magnetic and is also not an adhesive) and a velum paper that you can use for reducing powder transfer. Each side is really spacious. Here I have just a few 35mm shadows in it. (The same size as MAC)
“Pop, Set & Go”- and that’s exactly how it works.

Removing or repositioning is just as easy! You just pull up one side or corner and take it off. You don’t have to fuss with adding magnets to pans or making sure your palette fits the right size- this fits all of it!

Of course, there is eventually going to be some powder on your palette, but clean up is easy. Just used a pre-moistened towelette of any kind to wipe the surface. You don’t want to run water over the palette or clean it with soap and water because that is bad for the surface and the stick-it factor πŸ˜‰ Rubbing alcohol is fine just use that sparingly if you are trying to disinfect.
After my huge shadow disaster in this case, I will say it was impossible to get ALL of the powder off the surface, but I was able to get most of it off. My “spill” was obviously a really extreme and my case is still SO sticky.

I’m in love with my new Stick With It and my next goal is to de-clutter my carry all cosmetic bag and put all of my everyday powders into this palette- what an amazing thought! Stick With It retails for $28 on their website. (and let me tell you, it is worth every penny!) BUT….why not win one?!

I was also sent one Stick With It Cosmetic Palette to giveaway to one lucky reader!
Not to mention, how cute is this wrapping?!

HOW TO ENTER:
1. Please head over to Stick With It on Facebook and show them some “Like” ;)- Feel free to tell ’em The Rosy Snail sent ya!
2. And do the same for The Rosy Snail on Facebook.
3. Make sure you are subscribed to The Rosy Snail via Email (Top Right Hand) because for this giveaway, I will NOT be emailing the winner! I will just announce it via a blog post!

Want some extra entries?!
2 extra entries- Follow StickWithIt on TwitterΒ 
5 extra entries if you leave a photo or a link to a photo of your cosmetic organization DISASTER! πŸ˜‰ The Rosy Snail facebook page is also a good place to post πŸ˜‰

Be SURE to leave a comment with ALL details needed to verify your entries!
(email address, Facebook name, twitter name, etc)
If you don’t, none of this will count!

A winner will be named September 10th.

BellyBar Prenatal Vitamins

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I don’t know about you guys, but my first pregnancy, I vaguely remember a day when I did not puke my guts out. The main trigger? For me, it was my prenatal vitamins. Just the smell of those giant, throat scratching horse pills and I wanted to gag. I get a little queasy thinking about it now!

There was recently an opportunity to review BellyBar’s prenatal vitamins through Swaggable, and I jumped all over that! If I found of I was pregnant tomorrow, this is a product I would want to know about!

BellyBar comes with two chocolate bites. One which is your vitamins and another which contains DHA. I’m not sure how new this is (having two different doses) but I had this with both my pregnancy. When you open the bottle, these smell a bit like traditional vitamins, but the taste? Miles apart. Imagine a ball of Hershey’s chocolate with a soft (think slightly caramel in texture) center and just…melt in your mouth goodness. These will make you GLAD you get to eat two.

I find myself saying “Where was this product when I was carrying my babies?!”
If you know a chocolate lover with a baby on board, make their last trimester sweet and gift this to her pronto!
A one month supply (set of both bottles) is only $24.99 on the Bellybar website.