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Saturday, December 17, 2011

'Tis the season to be jolly! So, who’s up for a Festive Giveaway?


Fa la la la la, la la la la!  Howdy everyone. :-h  Yes, I really do think 'It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go' they’re counting down each day and waiting for the magical sleigh, with Santa Claus and his jolly ho, ho!.  ;)  I’m well and truly into the Festive spirit this year and I LOVE  :x  the joy that generosity sparks when it comes to gift-giving.  With that in mind, I decided to incorporate the good-will tradition into my blog and offer a Festive Giveaway.  *-:)   This way I can do my bit to help spread some ‘holiday cheer’ and ‘share the love’ with one lucky reader.  >:D<  It’s also the ideal opportunity to divulge how eternally grateful and humbled I am for the overwhelming support I have been given since I started my blog this year.  On that note, I believe a Giveaway is the perfect celebration to wrap up 2011, while we speculate on the brighter prospects and goals that we're aspiring toward as we go forth into 2012!  <:-P

My Christmas Tree

So, what's included in the Festive Giveaway?

I have a cupboard literally bursting at the seams with loads of brand spanking new, unopened and unused beauty products that were screaming out to go to a good home.  :-O  I personally hand picked the best of the best from this stash, so I could proffer a variety of mixed beauty booty, which I think should, favourably, appeal to the majority of my audience; all of YOU guys!  ;)  Then, eventually, I hope my Festive Giveaway serves the purpose I had in mind, to spoil someone special and lavish them with an array of gifts that aim to kindle a bit of joy and happiness, along with the reassurance in knowing they are equip with a selection of popular and useful beauty items to kick-start the New Year!  :D

Everything that is included in the Giveaway.

Here’s what’s you will WIN in my Ultimate Beauty Prize Pack :

Skin Care
  • Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser in Normal or Combination 75ml
  • Elizabeth Arden Prevage Face Advanced Anti-Ageing Serum 30ml
  • Alpha-H Liquid Harmony 50ml
  • Neutrogena Healthy Defence Daily Moisturiser SPF 30+ 50ml
  • Nivea Visage Q10 Tinted Day Cream SPF 15 50ml
  • Garnier Youthful Radiance 2 in 1 Tinted Eye Roll-On in Fair to Medium 15ml
  • Napoleon Perdis Bronze Bombshell Body Lotion 40ml

Hair & Nails
  • Essie Chinchilly Matte Duo (Taupe/Grey Polish and Matte Finisher) 2 x 15ml
  • Revitanail Nail Strengthener 30ml
  • Revitanail Limited Edition Mini Hair Straightener
  • Pantene Aqua Light Shampoo & Conditioner 200ml ea
  • L’Oreal Professionnel Tecni.art Liss Control Smooth Control Gel-Cream 150ml

Makeup etc
  • Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse in Sandy Beige Medium 30ml
  • Benefit High Beam 13ml
  • Andrea Accents Natural Lashes in Black (1set)
  • Rimmel 123 Looks Mascara in Black 9.5ml
  • Rimmel Extreme Definition Two Tone Eye Definer in Party Girl
  • Maybelline Eyestudio Eyeshadow Quad in Copper Chic
  • Australis Intensif Eye Eyeshadow Quad in The Big Smoke
  • Australis Intensif Eye Eyeshadow Trio in Out of the Blue
  • Arbonne Lipstick in Scarlet
  • gloMinerals Liquid Lips in Beloved
  • Ecoya Natural Soy Travel Candle in Wild Frangipani
 One lucky winner will receive ALL of these goodies, valued at approximately $690 RRP

This Giveaway is open to Australian residents only (Sorry International followers,  :(  I am still trying to learn the ropes, but I promise to look into any restrictions/guidelines for the possibility of holding a worldwide promotion next time).  The Giveaway will remain open until 12pm Midday on Friday, December 23rd (Local Qld EST – Eastern Standard Time). 

Here’s what you need to do to win!  (*)

*    For 1 point - Requied
·        Follow my blog through Google Friend Connect (existing followers skip this step) and then as a follower, you can comment below, telling me the one beauty product you wish was under your Christmas tree this year, with your name on it.  
·        (1 point = 1 entry per person)

Maximise your chances of winning by completing these optional tasks for additional entry points!

*     Additional Points - Optional
·        Once you’ve completed the initial required task, you can gain a further 2 points just by following me on Twitter (@melmeko). 
·        There is yet another 2 points up for grabs, if you tweet the following – I just entered @melmeko's Festive Giveaway to #WIN over $650 worth of beauty booty, click the link urlm.in/kiww so you can enter too 
·       (Max 4 points = 4 extra entries per person, 2 for following, 2 for tweeting

To guarantee you get ALL of your entry points: When posting your comment, please provide your GFC name and let me know if you fulfilled any of the optional tasks.  If so, you will need to include your Twitter name, along with a link to your tweet!  

If you complete ALL three tasks (one required and two optional), you will score a total of 5 points, which will give you 5 entries into the Festive Giveaway!  Once you have reached the maximum number of points, 5 per person, you will not be entitled to any further entries for multiple comments or tweets.

One winner will be chosen via RANDOM.ORG – True Number Generator shortly after the Giveaway closure.  The selected winner will then be announced here on this blog, in due succession.  

Tip:  It’s entirely up to you, but it might be handy to leave your email address, along with your comments, so I can get in touch if your the winner, in case you don’t manage to catch the blog announcement in time.  It would be shattering to discovered that you had missed out on claiming your prize, because you had no idea you had even won, EEK!!!  :-S  Otherwise, it’s understandable if you are concerned with privacy issues, therefore if you would rather not disclose any personal contact information now, be sure to keep an eye on this blog, following the 23rd of December as the consecutive post will reveal the Festive Giveaway winner.

Well, that’s all folks.  Good luck to each and every one of you!  %%-   Just in case we don’t get time to chat again beforehand, I will take a moment to say; I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!   :)>-


Whoop, whoop, yeah boii, bring it on – 2012 here we come!!!   \:D/

All images in this post are my own.


  1. Hair colour! I just found my first grey hair! :( Thanks for a fab giveaway! :D

  2. I need a GHD because life's a beach and my hair needs taming

  3. I would love to find an OPI nail polish with my name on it ;)

  4. Awesome giveaway Mel! Very generous of you. I'm a GFC follower (Di from Max The Unicorn).
    I would love to see a Clinique Chubby Stick Balm under the tree with my name on it this year!
    I follow you on twitter @ShinyGlitterBug and I've tweeted the giveaway here

  5. Anything Elizabeth Arden. Maybe the anti wrinkle serum starting to feel and see the wrinkles.
    gfc name-kha1234
    following twitter @gherkkerry
    tweeted giveaway
    email kha1234@bigpond.net.au
    thanks for a chance :")

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  7. Great giveaway Mel....
    I would love to see Clairsonic cleansing system under my christmas tree... :)
    My GFC id is Nidhi..
    I am following you on twitter @nsquare_n2s and tweeted about your giveaway here http://twitter.com/#!/nsquare_n2s/status/147954122807717888

    My email is goodylove_uonly@yahoo.com .. :)

  8. 1. GFC - Pauline Olsen - L’Oreal Professionnel Tecni.art Liss Control Smooth Control Gel-Cream 150ml.
    2. Twitter - @Pauline_O
    3. http://twitter.com/#!/Pauline_O/status/148092055355273216

  9. @anita9933 Haha, Anita I can relate, since having kids I have begun developing numerous pesky greys. Thank goodness for hair dye, lol. Thanks for entering :)

  10. @jaz Hi Jaz, A GHD would be awesome, I'm yet to try one myself, but I reckon it would be an ideal Christmas pressy too :) Cheers for entering :)

  11. @bardie Ahh that would be neat, OPI polishes have the most awesome names and naming one would make you like royalty, hehe ;) Good luck darl :)

  12. @Di from Max The Unicorn Cheers Di, I love the idea of showering someone with the kind of gifts I like getting myself, so I was really excited about running my first comp :)Appreciate your support too love xxx

  13. @Di from Max The Unicorn I forgot to say Di, that I am busting to try a Chubby Lip Balm too, I have a thing for Chubby Crayons (Love the NYX ones) so am keen to see how these compare ;) All your entry points noted ;)

  14. @kerry santillo Hi Kerry, best of luck darl :) Elizabeth Arden products always make me feel lavish, although I used one of products, the EA Covering Cream, as a pimply faced high school student right up until I was in my thirties when I discovered it was after all that time obsolete :-( It was one product that I could always justify the initial cost as the tube would last for yonks and it always saved me getting burnt. It reminds me of something similar to Invisible Zinc Tinted Daywear, but far more superior, I wish they never axed it though ;-/

  15. @Nidhi Hi Nidhi, thanks so much for entering, best of luck :) The Clarisonic would make an amazing present and is definitely something that will make a beneficial impact on your skin over time. Hope Santa has taken note, hehe :)

  16. @Pauline_O Hey Pauline, cheers for entering darl. Best of luck with the giveaway! Your in with a few chances of your Christmas wish becoming a reality, the Smooth Control Gel-Cream (along with an array of other booty) may just end up making a belated appearance your way ;)

  17. Lancome Genifique youth activator so fabulous comes in a gorgeous bottle with eye dropper applicator i love it but would love to find it under the christmas tree because its so expensive santas the only one i know who can afford it.
    Follow via GFC
    Follow on twitter and have tweeted.

  18. wow what a fabulous giveaway!
    I follow you everywhere :)
    GFC- Rebecca
    Twitter - Bec_pSyren
    I'm not much of a twitter user but I tried to share. It said it was too long the first time. I think this is the link
    I'd love to find some nail polish under the tree in any of the brands that are hard to get in Australia. Though I've hinted to my kids that a $2 bottle of Ulta3 polish from the chemist would make me smile :)
    Happy Christmas and thanks for the chance!
    rebeccalr at optusnet dot com dot au

  19. Thank you for an awesome giveaway! :) I'd love to get 'Jamie's Great Britain' cookbook, an e-reader or some cake decorating supplies for Christmas.

    I'm following you via GFC as Jasmine1485
    I'm following on Twitter as NTFancy
    I tweeted here: http://twitter.com/#!/NTFancy/status/148282361421897728

    kate1485 at hotmail.com

  20. Hi, I follow via GFC (GFC name MichVee). I follow on twitter (twittername queenofcomps). I tweeted about the giveaway here https://twitter.com/#!/queenofcomps/status/148483958575869952
    And the beauty product I'd love to have under my Christmas tree would be the Elizabeth Arden Anti-Ageing Serum, like the one in this fabulous giveaway! My email is kookla123@yahoo.com if I'm lucky enough to win :)

  21. @This Mummy Maze Awesome, have not tried it myself but agree it's exy and very classy. Santa might be able to pull some strings and arrange it for you, hehe ;) Thanks for entering :)

  22. @Rebecca Thanks so so much Rebecca, appreciate all your support <3
    LOL @ your hint to the kids, those Ulta3 polishes are pretty good for the price, with a bit of luck you might even score a few ;) Best of luck for the giveaway xxx

  23. @Jasmine1485 Hey Jasmine, cheers babe, great taste, I love Jamie's recipes too, that new book would make an awesome pressy. Good luck :)

  24. @MichVee So glad you like the EA serum, it's definitely a top shelf product, fingers crossed for you. Thanks for entering xxx ooo

  25. I want to see Australis Ready set Go finishing powder under my tree!! I want to try this soooo bad!
    GFC- bellameansbeautifulbeauty
    following twitter @bellaaaas
    tweeted giveaway
    thanks for showing true Christmas spirit!

  26. Hi, thanks for the giveaway!
    Under my Christmas tree I'd love the essence of the gods, aka a bottle from the fountain of youth! Just can't seem to find it in the shops anywhere...!
    I follow you on GFC (Effie Bakkalis), and on twitter (fengari1).
    I have also tweeted your competition: https://twitter.com/#!/fengari1/status/148543757787209728

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  28. Im sarah from breathebeauty and I really want clinique even better makeup to help with my scars!!
    I also followed you and tweeted, my twitter name is @sarebeargrylls
    good luck everyone!!

  29. im wishing for my naked (1) palette to arrive in time so i can wrap it up and chuck it under the tree for myself, hehehehe. my GFC name is kentclaire, i tweeted, my username is @tenkerialc and here is the link - https://twitter.com/#!/tenkerialc/status/148662990735015937 - awesome giveaway! my email is kentclaire[at]hotmail[dot]com :) x

  30. @bellameansbeautifulbeauty That Australis Finishing Powder is really neat, I'm sure you will love it. Hope it lands under your tree for you ;) Thanks so much for entering, best of luck :)

  31. @Effie Effie, hehe, yes I bet many of us are looking for the same essence that you are, lol. In the meantime we'll have to make the most of the various skin care options available to us, haha. Good luck and cheers for entering :)

  32. Hi there Sarah, Thanks so much for entering! Clinique sure does have some great foundations, hope Santa looks after you this year babe, best of luck to you :)

  33. @kentclaire I'll keep my fingers crossed that the postal gods are kind to you so that Naked Palette arrives in time. I always wrap up my own pressy and put it under the tree too, hehe, then try and act surprised when I open it, lol. Entries are all noted, cheers darl, good luck :)

  34. howdy!! I am really hoping that MAC Russian Red and Chanel Mademoiselle (that is two products, I know) are under my xmas tree, I am so in love with both!!

    I tweeted and followed you too :) @TeganMcIntosh

    PS. GFC name = Tegan McIntosh


  35. I would love to find a voucher for a day spa under the tree for me, some relaxing time for Mummy!
    GFC Narelle Rock
    email narellerock@gmail.com
    Twitter @narellerock http://twitter.com/#!/narellerock/status/148981308100575233

  36. What a fabulously generous give-away you're having here Mel :) Here's to a beauty-full Christmas for us all!
    I'd be super stoked to find Benefit's High Beam under my Christmas tree, I've been DYING to try it for what feels like forever. The Clarins cleanser is a winner too :)

  37. Merryy Christmas right back at you Mel. I hope you and your beautiful little monsters have an amazing christmas.

    Absolutely amazing giveaway!! I woukdnt expect anything less from you!!

    I am hoping that Santa brings me a few beauty related christmas pressies this year...I thought that I had enough beauty products but turns out that there is no such thing!! I am really hoping to get a yaby world of pearl palette or mabe this rose perfume that i am after!!

    I am following on twitter - skretchs, and tweeted about this giveaway. I'm pretty sure you have my email address already plus you know where to find me on FB and about a billion other online places!!

  38. @Tegan McIntosh Hey Teegan, definitely not going to make you pick between two loves, hehe, hope you have been good so that Santa gets you both, lol. Thanks so much for entering darl :)

  39. @Rockn Oohhh now your talking, other than getting my favourite beauty hampers, vouchers are next on my wishlist, haha, especially when they are for some pampering ;) Yep, yep bring it on, us mummies definitely deserve it :) Cheers and best of luck darl :)

  40. @Pie squared So glad you like the giveaway, thanks for all your support since I started this blog, your comments always make my day, really appreciate it and good luck to you as well :) The High Beam is a cult product, the only reason I am giving it away is because I ended up with two, lol. It simply lasts for ever so the extra one would have gone to waste, better off with someone who will get some good use out of it :)

  41. @Sarah Kretchmer Naw cheers so much Sarah, you make me blush *red face* :"> lol Yes girlfriend, you hit the nail on the head, definitely no such thing as too many beauty products, hehe, us beauty junkies need a constant endless supply of different beauty products otherwise we would get too bored, haha. A yaby palette would be awesome, they look so good, but eyeshadow is the one beauty product I have dug my heels in and refrained myself from buying, its so easy to go mad buying eyeshadows and I have the biggest stack that I rarely use, haha. Although if I got a palette that good I would be inclined to scrap the rest and just use that. Fingers crossed you get your wish this year and Santa is good to you. Thanks for everything darl, and good luck xxx

  42. Golly Mel, the role of Mrs. Claus suits you to a T! Super kind and generous of you hon - wishing you and your family a super safe and happy Christmas and a 2012 that brings you your heart's desire :-)
    I have my fingers crossed that I'll find some Lancome Visionnaire waiting for me on Christmas morning - amazing product and I've just run out, eek!
    My GFC is katshepsutt, but I wouldn't know how to Tweet to save my life :-(

  43. Hi lovely, I've nominated your blog for the Liebster Blog Award :)

  44. hey Melmeko, I've nominated your blog for the Liebster Blog Award too! http://bellameansbeautifulbeauty.blogspot.com/2011/12/liebster-blog-award.html xx

  45. I'd love to find the NARS Orgasm blush - only because I've heard so many good things about it!!

    (email in profile)

  46. Great opportunity Mel, i really really want to try the Pantene Aqua Light shampoo and conditioner because my hair is so thick (even after being thinned out) and with summer already under way im dreading heading out :| xo

  47. @katshepsutt Why thanks so much darl, I rather like the title of Mrs Claus, hehe. I will cross my fingers for you as well, you deserve some Lancome under your tree this year. Best of luck and thanks for entering :)

  48. @Easy Dress OMG are you serious? Wow thanks so much, I have no idea what that is but will definitely check it out, mwah, Merry Christmas darl :)

  49. @bellameansbeautifulbeauty WOW WOW WOW two nominations, now I am really blushing. Thanks so much, you are too kind, off to check it out shortly. Have a safe and wonderful holiday season xxx ooo

  50. @Liz Hi Liz, thanks for entering my giveaway and best of luck to you as well ;) I have heard rave after rave about that blush, it really is a cult product, I would love to try it to see what all the fuss it about, lol. Let me know should you be lucky enough to get one :)

  51. @Tashii Hey Tash, cheers for entering, wish you the best of luck coz then you will definitely get to try the Pantene Aqua Light, which I am sure you will find impressive ;)

  52. Thank you so so much to everyone who entered, I am so overwhelmed that I got so many replies. Appreciate all of your support :) The competition is now closed and I will try and get the winning announcement posted by tonight or tomorrow at the very latest. GOOD LUCK TO YOU ALL XXX OOO


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