Friday, March 8, 2013

A Teeny Tiny Giveaway

We, in the frosty land of Canadia, are slugging through the final stretch of this horrid winter season. My cabin fever is at its worst, causing me to claw at walls and shake fist at random people and objects. I just cannot wait until balmy weather returns to push back this inner cray and make me more human again.


To get us through this madness, I thought that a small giveaway to celebrate spring might be in order. Recall the Essence Cherry Blossom Girl LE Blush that sent me to EIGHT different Shoppers Drug Mart locations? As I've said numerously since, a kindly reader provided me with one as soon as my post went up. I've been using it almost every day for two weeks now.

Well, the funny thing is I finally checked the Shoppers Drug Mart closest to my house, and they had a fully stocked display of the Cherry Blossom Collection. When I spotted that, I smacked my forehead so hard that I had a headache for the next hour!

Instead of hoarding the lot, I decided to pick up two of the most interesting items from the collection and treat one reader of Beauty Reductionista.



The giveaway is open internationally, and all you have to do is subscribe to the blog via Google Friend Connect, Blog Lovin' or email. To enter, leave a comment below answering the following question:

What is the first thing you're going to do on the first nice day of Spring 2013?

Don't forget to leave your e-mail address so that I can contact you. (If you feel uncomfortable leaving it here, feel free to email me at beautyreductionista@gmail.com.)

Giveaway ends on March 20, 2013: The First Day of Spring/Spring Equinox!

To answer my own question: A friend and I are going to visit a bakery in midtown where they sell Earl Grey macarons. :-)

Thanks for reading and stay warm!

50 comments:

  1. What a coincidence -- I'm having one too!

    First nice day...the first thing I'm going to do is wear my leather jacket. Is it a little upsetting that I know I'm going to need some sort of outerwear the first "nice" day here? =P

    Which bakery do you go to for macarons? I usually go to Petit Thuet.

    procrastinatingpretty@gmail.com

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    1. The time span to wear leather jackets is insanely brief around here! I totally get it.

      I'm not a huge fan of macarons but my friend put the Earl Grey Tea flavoured ones on my radar and now I'm OBSESSED. Haven't been to Petit Thuet in a long time but gonna poke my head in this week and see what they have. :)

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  2. On our first nice spring day I'm going to: wear suede shoes, swipe on some light pink blush, and go for a brisk walk through the park with my dog!...and maybe get a latte, too!

    Thanks for the blog--It's my favorite!

    ~Trish

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    1. That sounds really lovely. I love that bit about suede shoes, because yes, the ground will finally be dry!

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  3. I am going to grab my sunglasses an bookbag and walk the city, stop at the library to grab a book, and head to the Southport Corridor for a bite at an outdoor cafe. Then get a pedicure, and head home for a nap in my sunroom :)

    Jasmine
    Formosacandidusblog@gmail.com

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    1. That sounds amazing! I'm going to do something similar on the second or third nice day. ;)

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  4. Spring here is tricksy...it comes in bits and pieces. One day it will be sunny, warm, and dry, and then the next, the temperature plummets again and it's drizzling and overcast. WINTER JUST WON'T LET GO. But I've heard native Seattlites say that we haven't had a proper spring in years, so maybe it's just after I showed up that spring decided to abandon us. Who knows?

    However, when I'm sure that "spring" is sticking around, I think S. and I will go to the zoo. We go a few times a year - it's lovely :)

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    1. I hate the kind of rainy days when the cold seeps into the bones, but I love the balmy rainy days when you can practically hear the plants rising up from the ground. It's a confusing season! I don't think there's a proper spring season in some places.

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  5. I live in Toronto and we a finally having a nice day outside! Even though snow is covering the ground I went on a nice long sunny walk this morning, it was lovely !

    I follow you on Bloglovin
    laura.hustins@rogers.com

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    1. I love the walking weather days around here! Sure beats getting on an overcrowded bus or guzzling gas unnecessarily. :)

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  6. We've been getting some nice days here lately, but once it gets warmer, I'm looking forward to taking my nephew to the park and to the zoo.

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    1. Aww, that's lovely. I can't wait to take future nieces/nephews to the zoo!

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  7. I agree with everything Larie said but when it gets warmer and sunnier (it's actually blue skies and sun as I'm writing this now!), I'm going to make myself latte to go, grab a good book and occupy some sun-drenched bench in the vicinity of our apartment :) Oh, and slather on my sunscreen!

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    1. I love that so much! Going to try to do the same at every opportunity this year. :)

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  8. I was just writing a similar comment on another blog, but we don't really have seasons here - I miss some things, like the first days of spring - but I don't miss the seemingly endless end of winter.

    I actually prefer the cooler half of the year in Los Angeles - I get hot too easily to enjoy our summer.

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    1. I think change from the long stretch is always what we long for. Compared to South Korea where I grew up, spring in Toronto is cold and very brief. I miss having all four seasons in equal parts, but it's always so nice when the weather does that shift. :)

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  9. Those paper lashes are so pretty! Wishing you warmer days and sunny skies :)

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    1. Thank you, mm! Are you entering? I bet they'll look really nice on you. ;)

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  10. The first thing I'm going to do, throw on some flip flops & bask in the sun!

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  11. I'll go to the parks in my shorter outfit, lots of sun screen, a hat, sun glasses, water.

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  12. I'm going to go for a hike in the mountains. Right now, I'm just happy that the days are finally getting longer again. I went for a walk in the evening after work today and it was wonderful.

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    1. Ah, wish I could have! I was at home all day, working on an assignment. Hope you go on that hike soon!

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  13. I´m going to eat ice-cream<3
    And I follow you via bloglovin :P
    pieniatarinoita@gmail.com

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    1. LOL! That's a good one. I'm putting it on my list of things to do. :D

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  14. Go for a nice hike on hopefully snow-less ground! It's about time :)

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    1. Tell me about it! I hope we get our hikes in soon! :)

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  15. If its warm I'm gonna sit in the sun
    Sexyrosemama917@gmail.com

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  16. The first day of Spring is our wedding anniversary so Hubby and I will have dinner at a nice restaurant!

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    1. Awww, that's wonderful. I hope it will be great weather that day. :)

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  17. On the first nice day of spring I will go for a walk on the seawall at Stanley Park!

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  18. Can't wait for some sun and lovely flowers to bloom :) First nice day of spring, I would love to go to Cambridge and walk through the universities, bask on the grass by the river and soak up every ounce of sunshine (work/kid permitting). Seriously over winter. We had snowfall today, it is mid March :(
    sdr.aus@gmail.com

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    1. I say skip work and do it. (Seriously, not kidding!!) I don't know about the kid but maybe take the kid along? :D

      It'll all be over soon, Su!

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  19. That will definitely go to a lovely home! I'm so glad I grabbed one of those when I saw it - too pretty!!!

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  20. Tha is for the giveaway Liz! First (day off) nice day I'd love to take my zoey for a long walk/hike

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    1. Looks like everyone's plan is to enjoy the outdoors. Good luck, Yessie! :)

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  21. Thanks for the international giveaway!

    For Spring, am gonna take a walk and enjoy nature in all it's glory :)

    nazninazeez@gmail.com

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  22. For Spring, we have Spring Break!!!! I'm so excited to take a break for a week and do nothing!!! Catching up on tv shows :)

    i.cooki@ymail.com

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    1. That sounds pretty good to me! I want to do the same. :)

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  23. This is such a nice giveaway, Liz! I think I'll refrain from joining in myself as I know there are others who would appreciate it more, but I will say that on the first nice day of spring here (last Thursday, when it was not only sunny but also 60 degrees) I held my class outside. I don't know that my students enjoyed it as much as I did, but it was SO NICE to sit in the sunshine while they practiced talking about graphs. Highlights of being the teacher ;)

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    1. I don't see why you should refrain. I'm counting your entry, unless you object furiously. ;)

      Teachers like you are the best. I don't know about graphs, but if I could enjoy my literature classes while enjoying the nice weather, I might just explode from happiness. :)

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  24. I'm gonna bust out my open-toed shoes and hit up a patio! And probably open up all the windows to air out the stench of winter in the house.

    julia@beautyfiends.net

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  25. The first thing I´m going to do is have an ice cream and sit in the sun on the bank of the beautiful river that runs through town!

    taralome(at)hotmail.com

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    1. Lucky! We have a semi-toxic lake here, no beautiful rivers. But I may copy you and do the same at the harbour. =)

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