Congratulations, Valerie H! You won this fabulous prize. There's an e-mail in your box.
Thanks to Loyd Cassler, I have one Giorgio Armani Beauty Crema Nera OMC3 Obsidian Mineral Restoring Cream to give away! This Crema Nera has an SPF of 15 (protecting against both UVA and UVB rays), so it's basically a day cream - lightweight in feel, but with heavy-duty effectiveness. It's priced at $185. Isn't the Armani Beauty Team at Saks Fifth Avenue in Chevy Chase, Maryland, generous?
The targeted anti-aging OMC3 treatment is designed to restructure, replenish, and re-plump the skin for women (and men) concerned with wrinkles, firmness, and sagging. It's perfect, though, for women of all ages. Its active ingredients are the OMC3 complex, a combination of perlite solute, iron, and silicium - the latter two being anti-aging, cell-regenerating minerals; pro-xylane, which stimulates the production of glycosaminoglycans, important to the function of connective tissue; and hyaluronic acid (a must-use topical hydrator). I won't bore you with the biology lesson. This is "good stuff" for the skin!
Crema Nera OMC3 is said to add density, firmness, and structure to the skin by working at three levels: the epidermis, dermo-epidermal junction, and the dermis. Basically, the three essential ingredients in OMC3 are believed to repair the skin by acting on different types of collagen, increasing collagen production. The results? In a four-week test, 81% of the participants experienced increased firmness, 73% experienced a decrease in the appearance of wrinkles (imagine pushing them out from the inside), and 73% had improved density.
How can you win this incredible cream? Just leave a comment here once and tell me what your favorite Best Things in Beauty Armani Beauty blog post has been. There are a lot of them because I love my Armani cosmetics and skin care (just use the "Search This Blog" feature on the right sidebar to find all the "Armani" posts).
After you comment, feel free to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and identify your comment. You can never be too careful about sharing your e-mail address on a blog, so I would follow this second step if I were you (an alternative is to code your e-mail, e.g., myname at gmail dot com, in your comment).
You can "earn" a second entry by tweeting this contest. Just make sure to include "@BTiBeauty" (without the quotes) in your tweet. I will tweet the contest soon, and you can simply retweet it to earn that second entry.
The deadline for entries will be Saturday, August 28, at midnight. The next morning, I will use a random number generator (random.org) to select the winner. I will e-mail the winner at that time. The winner will have 48 hours to reply to my message and provide a shipping address. After 48 hours, the prize will be forfeited, and another winner will be selected. It's hard for me to believe, but I have had two no-show winners in the last few months.
We are going to try something different. This contest is open to anyone anywhere. Here are the terms. I will carefully pack and ship the prize (as I always do). I cannot insure it - it's amazingly expensive to do so. If it leaves the U.S. and it's lost or stolen, I won't be able to replace it with another OMC3. We'll try this once and see how it works. I know some of you suggested that I charge for postage, but I wouldn't feel right about doing that. I'll do my best on this end; let's see if your mail services do right by you on the other end if we have an overseas winner.
My thanks, once again, to the uber-generous Armani Beauty team at Saks! They take such good care of us.
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