07 October, 2012

Halloween Costume Contest Giveaway

Dear Vamps,

It's that time of year again. My favourite month of the year and HALLOWEEN. For this and future giveaways, I will omit the use of Rafflecopter since people found it either confusing or hard to use. Soooo ...

This will be a costume contest. Starting from now until October 30, post a photo of your Halloween costume on my Facebook wall. You must be a fan on my Facebook to enter! Tell as many of your friends about the contest and have them VOTE for you by Liking your photo. The entry with the most Likes wins! I will announce the winner on Halloween morning exactly at 12 noon, EST North America.

DETAILS:

- Any entries must be Fans of the page (I will be checking).
- You, yourself, needn't be wearing the costume. For example, you created a costume for your dog. Post the picture of your dog and that will be your entry.
- Only one entry per person!
- No more votes will be accepted past 12pm EST on October 31st.

PRIZE:

Any TWO roller perfumes of the winner's choice from my Gothic/Vampire line!! Plus, some other extra, secret prizes which I -may- reveal later. ;)

Vampire Princess Perfume Oil 4.5 ml roller

Have fun! ♥

Happy Hauntings,
- Sara

www.facebook.com/SarawenPerfumeArt


24 September, 2012

Supernatural Love

Dear Vamps,

All of the scents for Halloween are now available at the webstore and Etsy! Fans of the show 'Supernatural' will be especially interested. All three are unisex fragrances.

DEMON'S BANE - an exciting, almost gourmand-y fragrance inspired by the character of Dean Winchester. Main notes of leather, oud, apple pie, bezoin.



FALLEN ANGEL - a rich, heady, Gothic scent, inspired by Castiel. Main notes of spice, frankincense, honey, patchouli, sugar.



WAYWARD SON - sweet but not too heavy. This one is inspired by Sam Winchester! Sandalwood, honey, aged paper, coffee, leather.

If you'd like to try samples of all three before you decide on a full-size bottle, then check out the DEMON HUNTER Perfume Sampler! As always with all my perfumes, these new scents are vegan and cruelty-free.


Are you on Tumblr? Do visit me at : Perfumed Vamp. I will Follow back.

Later in October, be on the lookout for my Halloween Giveaway! Hint: get those costumes ready.

Au revoir,
Sara

21 June, 2012

Aid the Animals Giveaway!

Dear Vamps,

I do believe it's time for another giveaway! Instead of waiting for 600 fans on Facebook, I've decided to start the giveaway right now! Also, it will be a way to help the animals that I love so much.

7.07.2012 Update: Our winners have been announced! - 1ST - LEAH M., 2ND - SHAYLYNN R., 3RD HOLLY E.! ... Holly, you've won a 3-Sampler perfume pack! Please message me on Facebook or mail me at SarawenArt(at)gmail.com for your address and scent choices. 

Interested? Then please read on ...

A large part of why I'm doing this giveaway earlier than planned is to give more attention to an animal shelter in Afghanistan called Nowzad, a registered UK charity. Their mission is to help stray, abandoned, and abused animals, usually dogs, donkeys, and cats. They also introduce spay/neuter programs, as well as educate the local people about non-cruelty. Some of the animals even find loving homes in the UK or North America and are flown to their new families (some by the same soldiers who rescued them!).


Right now, they are in dire need of funding - they are about to be kicked off the land on which the shelter is built on. They need to relocate and fund a new shelter to be built in July. Let's give them a hand!

There are plenty of ways to enter, and the prizes are going to be fabulous!! The giveaway starts now, and ends Friday July 6, 2012, midnight EST.


PRIZES

1st Prize, ONE WINNER - Two 4.5ml perfumes of your choice, a 60ml jar of Cream Lotion in scent of your choice, vegan nail polish in "Diva" by A'dor Beauty, a Victorian inspired bookmark by Sweet Turquoise 

2nd Prize, ONE WINNER - a perfume sampler of 6 in the scents of your choice

3rd Prize, ONE WINNER - it's a surprise!!

Who knows, there might even be EXTRA goodies that I haven't mentioned yet. ;)

Good luck!! Please share and tell your friends and family about the giveaway and Nowzad!!

Enter here:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

09 June, 2012

May's Glossybox

Dear Vamps,

Yesterday, I was pleased to finally receive my Glossybox! If you don't know what Glossybox is, it's a subscription program where you are mailed a box of five surprise beauty goodies every month from various companies. Glossybox started business in Canada early this year, but their inception was in Europe several years ago, and I believe they are also available in the US.

I signed up because I was interested in discovering new luxury or niche beauty and cosmetic brands, and also to find out if the products and companies they are marketing are cruelty-free.

As many of you know, I am a vegetarian and advocate for animal welfare - I avoid animal-tested or animal-derived makeup and household products. To me, purchasing cruelty-free products is very important. My blog is not a soapbox, so I won't go down that road, but if you are curious about this subject, I recommend doing some research on the web. Look at both sides of the issue and decide for yourself. Regardless on how you stand, I just think it's very important in general to know where the stuff you put on your face and body comes from. Be an informed consumer! 

Anyway, Glossybox is well-known for being one of the top beauty boxes around, so I decided to give them a try. And at only $15 CDN a month, which includes shipping and all taxes (you can cancel at any time), it's certainly a deal.

The luxurious box arrives beautifully packaged with a lined top and sturdy base. Not a box you want to throw out! Use it to store stationary, letters, extra cosmetics, etc. Or at least recycle it.

Inside the box. It includes an informational card with a list of items, their retail value, and where you can purchase the full-size products.

Let's take a look at each of the products, the companies, see if they are cruelty-free ... and if it's a product I would buy.

CUREL Foot Cream
Not exactly a glamorous item I was hoping for! But useful for some people I suppose. I really didn't need or want a foot cream, but I may use it as a hand cream. Maybe.
Curel is owned by KAO Inc. I sent them an inquiry regarding their stance on animal testing, and received an automatic message saying they will get back to me. So I'm still waiting on an answer. UPDATE 6.11.2012 - they sent me a reply letter with good news! They do NOT animal test and have no plans to do so in the future. FYI, they also own Biore and Jergens.

PANDORA'S MAKEUP BOX Lip Gloss in colour: Luv Ya
My eyes lit up when I saw this one! Pandora's Makeup Box is a Canadian cosmetics company based in Toronto, Ontario. Their goal is to create cosmetics that are stylish, easy-to-wear, travel-friendly, and eco-friendly too.

They do NOT animal test! This makes me incredibly happy since this is a company I would definitely buy from again, and even better that they are local and indie. This product is my favourite item in the box ...

 The colour Luv Ya is a rich coppery, almost red gloss with a light spearmint-sweet flavour (yum!). It's perfect for my darker olive skin tone, and it would also look fabulous on lighter skin tones if you want a pop of more dramatic colour for your lips. And the best part, I'm not allergic to it! This past year I've had to throw out a zillion lip products from my makeup drawer because, for some reason, I had become allergic to something in them.

SIMPLE SKIN CARE Facial Wash and Eye Make-up Remover
I wasn't familiar with this company so I looked them up. The bottle labeling says they are manufactured by Alberto-Culver, who operate under the huge umbrella corporation of Unilever. They do animal test, so I will not be buying these products.

SEBASTIAN PROFESSIONAL Volupt Shampoo
When you sign up for Glossybox, you fill out a beauty profile so that they know what type of products you'd like to receive. I'm pretty sure I didn't include haircare in my profile, so this was a disappointment. Apparently, it is 'volumizing' shampoo, something that my thick ethnic hair truly doesn't need!

Sebastian Professional is owned by Wella Inc., who is owned by (another) huge umbrella corporation Proctor and Gamble. They do animal test. I will not be buying from them.

Overall, I give May Glossybox five stars out of ten. I had hoped to receive items more along the indie or niche lines, and seeing products from Unilever and Proctor and Gamble was disappointing. I would have been happier to receive another makeup product, even if it was only a sample, instead of the foot cream and shampoo, since that's what I mainly indicated in my beauty profile.

The only item I'll likely be using is the lipgloss from Pandora's. However, the retail value of the lipgloss is $16 CDN, and I paid $15 for the box, so I still got my money's worth! And I'll be using the box to store some of the perfumes and makeup I've purchased from Etsy friends. :)

Visit Pandora's Makeup Box! 

Love,
Sara


16 May, 2012

Introducing BALMY ATTIC ARTS!

Dear Vamps, Ladies, and Gents,

Last week I was very surprised to learn that I was the giveaway winner of a fabulous pair of fingerless gloves from Balmy Attic Arts! The gloves are beautifully made and I'm so pleased to be the owner of this wonderful must-have fashion accessory. 

My goodie was attractively well-packaged!

Such a pretty pattern, and my I adore this colour combo of red, black and neutral. (Apologies for my un-manicured nails!. xD) 


Fits beautifully! My hand size is small-medium, but if you have larger hands, Anne-Marie will gladly create them in your size.

Visit Anne-Marie of Balmy Attic Arts at her Etsy shop! balmyatticarts.etsy.com

In perfume news, all of the Game of Thrones fans will be happy to hear that BLOOD AND FIRE is now available! It is the first scent in a series of three Game of Thrones -inspired perfumes.  The other two will be titled A STARK WINTER and LION'S ROAR, which should be ready sometime next month.

"Blood and Fire" Inspired by House Targaryen now available at the webstore.

To celebrate this new perfume theme, use coupon code ILOVEDRAGONS for 5% off your order of any perfume in the "Fantasy" category at the webstore.

Until next time ... sleep tight, don't let the vampires dragons bite! ;)

Sara xoxo




02 March, 2012

Perfume and Tigers

My dear Vamps, Ladies, & Gents,

Many of you already know this, but for those who don't, I'm an advocate for animal welfare & animal rights. I love all animals, but have a special connection to cats - domestic and wild. Currently, I'm helping in the Tiger Time campaign to save the tiger from possible extinction in the wild and cruelty on tiger "farms". As of this writing, there are only about 3200 tigers left in the world, yes, the world

If you believe, as I do, that the tiger is worth saving, please visit the Tiger Time website here: Ban Tiger Trade and sign the petition. We need about 13k more signatures before March 13th! At that time the signatures will be brought to the Chinese Embassy to show the world that we believe this magnificent animal deserves to live, and that we won't tolerate poaching or tiger farms.


Please share the Tiger Time petition and website on your social networks to show your friends and family that you don't believe in tiger cruelty either!


I'll sweeten this for you: Sign the petition and you will be entered in a giveaway for a full-size 4.5 ml roller bottle of my Egyptian- inspired fragrance, 'Eye of Ra'! If you share or blog about it, you will get an addition entry! Each share get an entry - for instance, if you share to your Facebook and Twitter, you will have TWO addition entries, making it a total of THREE entries!

After you sign and share, let me know in the comments below! And if you blog, please indicate the blog link also. For instance: "My name is Sara. I signed, Tweeted, Facebooked, and blogged. My blog is: sarawenperfume.blogspot.com!" (that counts for four entries total).

Thank you, and please let your friends know about this giveaway for tigers! ♥


~Sara
Born in the Year of the Tiger