Sunday, January 16, 2011

Apothica $50 Gift Card Giveaway Contest

Did you notice that last month I put up a sponsored link to Apothica.com? I hope you checked it out. Apothica is an online beauty boutique that offers a fabulous array of makeup, fragrance, skin care, hair care, and related products. With brands like Vincent Longo, Shiseido, Smashbox, Stila, Dior, and YSL - to name just a few - the site offers a rich shopping experience and a fun browse.

The nice folks at Apothica (along with their sister sites SkinCareRX and skinbotanica) are sponsoring a giveaway contest for a $50 gift card! One lucky reader will be able to select the prize - or prizes - of her choice from any of the three sites. This is a wonderful opportunity; you could win that item you've been eying, but couldn't fit into your monthly budget. Maybe a fragrance? Not a necessity, but a delightful treat! Need a remedy for dry skin to help you make it through the winter? This is your chance! I love "free money," and I'll bet you do too.

How can you enter to win? It's easy, and there are a bunch of ways. The one thing you have to do is leave a comment here and tell us in your comment what attracts your eye at Apothica (or one of its sister sites). I love vicarious shopping, so please share your wish list with me, even it it's not specific (e.g., I need a new shampoo and conditioner). After you comment, feel free to e-mail bestthingsinbeautycontests@gmail.com 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" and "Apothica" (without the quotes) in your tweet. I will tweet the contest today, and you can retweet it to earn that second entry. Apothica will tweet this contest, and you can retweet their tweet instead. You can earn a third entry by following the blog - either here or on Twitter (any entrant who is already a follower will automatically earn the follower point). I can't track followers through a third-party service, so you need to be on Google's list for me to verify the entry.

You can earn a fourth entry by visiting Apothica's Facebook wall and leaving a note about the site and what you think. Or sign up for their newsletter. Finally, if you have your own blog and mention Apothica, you can win a fifth entry! Write about one of the brands I highlighted above and link to Apothica.

I will need your help with all of these options, so please let me know in your comment(s) the alternatives you used to enter.

The deadline for entries will be Saturday, January 29, 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 for the gift card. After 48 hours, the prize will be forfeited, and another winner will be selected. Make sure to check your e-mail - and look in your spam folder - when the contest ends.

This contest is open to residents of the U. S., Canada, and most countries worldwide. You can see the Apothica shipping policies at this link. If they ship to your country, you can enter - and possibly win!

Good luck!

Photo courtesy of Apothica

146 comments:

missblissindc said...

Thanks for offering this! I like the Apothica site...Stila Illuminating Finishing Powder is calling my name! I like to focus on blush and brighteners in the winter, when my complexion gets so "blah!"

Dee said...

I love apothica - what draws my eye to them is how well organized their site is and that they offer paul & joe products! their palettes are so pretty! They also sell the Too Faced Naked Eye Kit - Soft & Sexy which is on my wish list! :)

deeg131 at gmail dot com

Dee said...
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Dee said...

I like apothica on facebook and wrote on their wall :) http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=492987278062&id=1449584700

deeg131 at gmail dot com

Dee said...

I follow your blog on twitter as DeeGee13 :)

deeg131 at gmail dot com

Dee said...

I retweeted your tweet and then tweeted it regularly @deegee13 http://twitter.com/DeeGee13/status/26788257467473920

deeg131 at gmail dot com

Susan said...

I didn't know about Apothica--very nice! The site is definitely user-friendly, I love how it's organized to easily find products by skin type, by ingredient, by product type etc. I'd like to indulge my parched winter skin in a rich eye cream...they have several good ones [I'm eyeing DDF, no pun intended.]
Thanks for the giveaway!
{I'm a subscriber in Google Reader.}

sus333 [at] gmail [dot] com

Natalie said...

I think my poor eyes need the Bobbi Brown corrector. I could also use the Fresh Tinted Lip Treatment in Sugarplum.

nat.ann.miles(at)gmail(dot)com

Hanna said...

Free money~ :] I love that site ♥ Thanks for the giveaway!

paintinggirl [at] gmail [dot] com

whatsanitasdeal said...

http://skincare.apothica.com/Ole-Henriksen-Express-The-Truth-Creme.html

http://haircare.apothica.com/Phyto-Phytocedrat-Sebo-Regulating-Shampoo.html

imnotarunner {at}{gmail}{com}

Liz said...

I've always wanted to try Alterna hair care but could never justify spending that much. Free money = no justification needed! There are so many nice things at Apothica it's hard to choose, though.

whatsanitasdeal said...

http://twitter.com/#!/imnotarunner/status/26836907287650304
imnotarunner twitter id

whatsanitasdeal said...

imnotarunner follows you and apothica
imnotarunner {at}{gmail}{com}

sarabear said...

I'd like to try an new brand that I that I don't have regular spending money for like Paul & Joe.

antonsen-fomai(at)comcast(dot)net

scarter305 said...

I really want the Essie Smokin' Hot nail polish on the site, PLUS everything else : )

scarter305 at aol dot com

ladydi115 said...

I love how well organized the site is. I could really use some good under eye cream to help with bags and dark circles. thanks.
gervitsd(at)verizon(dot)net

dotted lines said...

Lovely of you to do this! I've been wanting to try something from Cargo for quite a while! I'd have a hard time deciding, but I like the look of the Lumieres du Monde Eyeshadow Kit.

kmp8 at sfu
dot ca

daring2bdifferent said...
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daring2bdifferent said...

I had never heard of this site before, but I think that it is probably a new favorite of mine! I would like to use the certificate to splurge on a skin care product that I normally wouldn't have the money to fork out. I suffer from KP and the Glytone products seem promising enough from the reviews.

daring2bdifferent {at} roadrunner {dot} com

SB (New York City Pretty) said...

I've ordered from their sister site, Skinbotanika, several times and have had great customer service each time. Fast shipping and very helpful representatives when you call, not to mention a fabulous line up of products!

Kammi said...

I tried Napoleon Perdis Light Weight Creame. I love it. Now I want to try Light Patrol Luminizer Palette

Kammi said...

I am a fan of Best Things in Beauty and Apothica on Facebook. I shared the contest with over 100 friends on Facebook.

Kammi said...

I am a subscriber of Best Things in Beauty, Apothica and Skinbotanika via Email

Kammi said...

I am a fan of Skinbotanika on Facebook

Kammi said...

Email address is kalei7796782@yahoo.com

Kammi said...

I left a comment on Apothica Facebook wall

The Beauty Bug said...

I was excited to see that skincarerx has Natura Bisse now. I really love their products. Since I don't have NM in my state that will come in handy.

classflirt said...

love the fact that they have a wonderful fragrance section- laura tonatto's Dama is on my wishlist, they carry some of my other fave brands like Red Flower and Fresh and (oddly enuf) i like that they take Paypal...

leszap66(at)yahoo(dot)com

jen said...

I"m always drawn to luxurious bath items!!

MarciaF said...

I've been wanting some Paul & Joe so that would be fun to buy with a g.c.

mamavalveeta03 said...

Here's my WISH list:
Paul and Joe lipstick in Caravan
Yves St.Laurent Gloss Pur in Pure Rose
Tokyo Milk Drop Dead Sexy EDT
Bobbi Brown Touch-up stick
Stila one-step primer
Caudalie hand and nail cream
(I could go on and on for days....)
valhoff 3 at yahoo dot com

mamavalveeta03 said...

I follow your blog!
valhoff 3 at yahoo dot com

mamavalveeta03 said...

Tweet!
http://twitter.com/mamavalveeta03/status/27205896924831744
valhoff 3 at yahoo dot com

Winyan said...

a serum would be nice! might be hard to afford one without a gift card ;)

dreamer said...

I love Apothica because they sell a wider range of products. The site is also easy to browse.

Interested in the clarisonic! It is too expensive though :(

quinieleong at yahoo dot com

Alison B said...

The cargo eyeshadow kit immediately caught my eye. pretty colours!

Erin said...

I need a QUALITY skin primer, some decadent lip balms, and some body oils.

Erin said...

I retweeted Apothica's tweet!
libgirl9

Erin said...

I follow your blog now!

Elena said...

I would like to purchase some sparitual nail polishes

Elena
queen-of-pain /AT/ yandex /DOT/ com

Elena said...

Tweeted

http://twitter.com/#!/elenarudaya/status/27369984615256066

Follow you on Twitter @elenarudaya

Elena
queen-of-pain /AT/ yandex /DOT/ com

Elena said...

I follow your blog /Elena/

Elena
queen-of-pain /AT/ yandex /DOT/ com

Elena said...

I 'Like' Apothica on FB /Elena Rudaya/

And I subscribed to their newsletter as well

Elena
queen-of-pain /AT/ yandex /DOT/ com

Angela K. said...

I was browsing skinbotanica.com and found this interesting brightening cleanser: MyChelle Dermaceuticals Apple Brightening Cleanser

I'd love to try that! The winter has my skin looking a bit dull and stressed.

matt_owns_me{at}yahoo{dot}com

Angela K. said...

I retweeted the giveaway here: http://twitter.com/BountyHunter338/status/27400335966339072
matt_owns_me{at}yahoo{dot}com

Angela K. said...

I follow you on Twitter @BountyHunter338 and also through Google Friend Connect / Blogger
matt_owns_me{at}yahoo{dot}com

Anna said...

i like that they give an option to shop at 3 different website :)

Angela K. said...

I signed up for Apothica's newsletter
matt_owns_me{at}yahoo{dot}com

Ada said...

I love that Apothica carry Amy Butler bags! But what I like the most is that skinbotanica has natural and organic beauty products...I have my eyes on a few items from the Makeup section. Overall, I like the simple design of all three sister sites, and that they have a huge offering of products!
Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
shoushouchic[at]gmail[dot]com

Tracey said...

I'd like to have the DKNY Halle by Halle Berry Eau de Parfum.
traymona[at]aol.com

Annmarie said...

I am a makeup novice and, as a grad student, can't afford much makeup. I would love to buy some smashbox eye shadow. I hear it is wonderful and since I have to cut some nonessentials out of my budget, eyeshadow is usually the first to go. I could also definitely go for some bronzer.

annsteffs[at]hotmail[dot]com

Annmarie said...

I also follow your blog with blogger/google

annsteffs[at]hotmail[dot]com

Autumn said...

I love Apothica because they sell Bobbi Brown. I love anything and everything from Bobbi. I could really use any of their gorgeous eye shadows or their brick compact beige shimmer, gorgeous!!
autumnfharris(at)gmail(dot)com

Lynda said...

i would sure love some new eyeshadow and shampoo!! [lyndagp at gmail dot com]

sunnlitt said...

I like all the candles that they carry. I have a hard time resisting scents like Manderin Guava. Yumm...

Birgit said...

This is a wonderful giveaway!
I have a hard time making up my mind, but I'd really like a few of those lovely Pre de Prevonce soaps!

danaan at gmx dot at

Birgit said...

Following your blog on GFC!!

danaan at gmx dot at

Allison said...

This is a great contest! Apothica is new to me, but carries a lot of the lines I'm interested in. If I won the giftcard, I think I would get more from Becca, I've been wanting the shimmering skin perfector for a while now...Or maybe one of her palettes. It's a line I have to order online sight-unseen, so it's always a bit of a gamble! Thanks and glad you are recovering well from your surgery!

Allison said...

I follow your blog via the Google RSS reader and email.

aewong7 at gmail dot com

Allison said...

I signed up for the Apothica newsletter.

aewong7 at gmail dot com

With Love, Elle said...

i want Stila Cosmetics Color Wheel Eye Shadow Palette!!!
im already a fan of apothica fb (@ann elle)

xoxo elle
wifluvelle at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I'm intrigued by the Dr. Brandt Luminous Skin Collagen Booster Value Set at Skin Care Rx.
Judy W
lward@infionline.net

Anonymous said...

I like the Fresh Brown Sugar Gift Set - for my wife.
coreybrennan26@hotmail.com

Liz, love. said...

I was attracted to the burlesque set my smashbox. I love that its on sale too!



Lnordquist(at)Live(dot)Com

lewalk said...

I like the Clarisonic Cleansing System, the Naked Eye Kit, and the Bionic Mascara. I could use the whole shebang. It's been a while since I got makeup since I have to buy it for my daughter now. Lol.

lewalk(at)hotmail(dot)com

lewalk said...

Tweeted.

http://twitter.com/#!/lewalk76/status/27919706748878848

lewalk(at)hotmail(dot)com

lewalk said...

Following you on twitter.

lewalk76

lewalk(at)hotmail(dot)com

lewalk said...

Also subscribed to the Apothica newsletter.

lewalk(at)hotmail(dot)com

Masha said...

i'm mostly interested in home and laundry products. :)

Ezzy said...

I am eying the Smashbox Cosmetics Holiday 2010 Wish List. Its the perfect set of all the stuff I would need this year :D

lilbitssofeverything(at)gmail(dot)com

Ezzy said...

I retweeted Apothica's tweet here:-
http://twitter.com/apothica/status/27465218489589760

lilbitssofeverything(at)gmail(dot)com

Ezzy said...

I am following your blog via GFC as Ezzy :)

lilbitssofeverything(at)gmail(dot)com

redfuzzycow said...

i like the CARGO Lumieres du Monde Eyeshadow Kit

meeyeehere said...

I LOVE Apothica! I love Esse nail polish! I bought cute nail polishes for my sister at Christmas and Two Face lip stuff too! Apothica is so awesome,thanks! Hope to win!
jacksoncrisman@yahoo.com

meeyeehere said...

I follow you on twitter@meeyeehere
jacksoncrisman@yahoo.com

steph said...

Apothica looks like a great site, I'd love to get something from Becca or Paul & Joe!


velvet.photobooth(at)gmail(dot)com

Jade C. said...

I live in China and shops don't supply a lot of my favorite brands like stila, Too Faced and smashbox - this is why I love Apothica, so I can shop online for my favorite beauty products!

jadechen_92 at hotmail dot com

Jade C. said...

I also left a comment on Apothica's FB wall
jadechen_92 at hotmail dot com

LAMusing said...

I like the Zents Lotion - Ore, although I would spend hours on the site to pickk what I'll get if I win!
adrianecoros(at)gmail(dot)com

LAMusing said...

I follow you on GFC
adrianecoros(at)gmail(dot)com

Norma said...

I would like to try the NIA24 Skin Strengthening Complex
bingomamanorma(at)gmail(dot)com

Fatima said...

I wud love to try out YSL lipsticks

Rosa A. Melville said...

I would love smashbox products!!

rosa.melville at gmail dot com

Rory said...

Apothica's site is very appealing. I love the uniqueness of the products they offer. I would love to try the Louise Galvin Sacred Locks Shampoo for Thick & Curly hair because my hair is just that!

radaino76 at gmail dot com

Rory said...

I "like" Apothica now on FB and left a comment on their page!

radaino76 at cox dot net

http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/profile.php?id=1021979036

SB said...

I love the tokyomilk gin & rosewater perfume...*sigh*

sarah.f.berk [at] gmail [dot] com

Anonymous said...

I think I would treat myself to the Tocca Brigitte perfume :)

serendipity87958 [at] gmail [com]

Ni said...

Apothica looks really great, and they're also one of the few etailers that carries Becca Cosmetics.

I have my eye on Becca's Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal - so beautiful!

reviveni (at) gmail (dot) com

I also retweeted you @reviveni

Lynn said...

Ooh! Some of the things that catch my eye are...
1. French Lavender Petal Topped Candle
2. Too Faced Naked Eye Kit
3. Caldrea Fabric Softener in Lavender Pine

rawrms (at) gmail (dot) com

delicaterealm said...

ohh Apothica! I love that they ship worldwide! Definitely on my wishlist is Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light :)

shafah_88 at hotmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I can't believe I've never heard of Apothica before! The color palettes are my fav so far.

raj()shah()srsathotmaildotcom
(ignore parenthesis)

Loren said...

Wow I've never visited apothica before- but i've been on there nearly constantly since you blogged about it. I've got my eye on the Yves Saint Laurent Lipstick in Rosy Coral and Chloe Perfume. Thanks for the great giveaway- as always!

lfior0022(at)gmail(dot)com

Camelia Andrasescu said...

From Apothica's a want something from Paul&Joe ,because I love the new collection
andrasescu.camelia@gmail.com

Camelia Andrasescu said...

I follow you on twitter (cameliaadriana) and retweeted your tweet
andrasescu.camelia@gmail.com

Camelia Andrasescu said...

I liked Apothica's on FB (Adriana Camelia Andrasescu-Scrieciu) and I left a comment on the wall
andrasescu.camelia@gmail.com

Camelia Andrasescu said...

I sign up for Apothica's newsletter
andrasescu.camelia@gmail.com

nightowl said...

I have my eye on the DuWop
DuWop Lip Venom - Pink Shimmer and the Too Faced Smokey Eye Kit.
winit6 at hotmail dot com

nightowl said...

tweeted
http://twitter.com/#!/winsome6/status/29313702607982592

winit6 at hotmail dot com

nightowl said...

Already a follower as nightowl.
winit6 at hotmail dot com

nightowl said...

I signed up for the Apothica newsletter.
winit6 at hotmail dot com

Jenny Stamos said...

I'm completely out of moisturizer, and need something to help my flaky, sensitive, rosacea-prone skin. I'd also love to try a primer and find one that really works. I'm especially attracted to any type of makeup "set" that comes with a bag!

mail(at)jennystamos(dot)com

Jenny Stamos said...

re-tweeted

mail(at)jennystamos(dot)com

Jenny Stamos said...

follow you on twitter @JennyStamos

mail(at)jennystamos(dot)com

Jenny Stamos said...

like apothica on facebook and wrote on their wall

mail(at)jennystamos(dot)com

Cheryl said...

I would love a new fragrance, maybe Bulgari Blu.

cvierck at gmail dot com

anash said...

Mandatory Entry: tHE ARCONA CHAMOMILLE BALM CAUGHT MY EYE


Anashct [at] yahoo [dot] com

anash said...

I blogged about your giveaway here http://blogcontests365.blogspot.com/

anashct at yahoo dot com

anash said...

I follow you on twitter @ anashct

email: anashct [at] yahoo [dot] com

anash said...

I retweeted at http://twitter.com/#!/apothica/status/27465218489589760

email: anashct [at] yahoo [dot] com

elizabeth carmen said...

I would love to get Vincent Longo lipstain from Apothica--that attracts my eye the most!

junkforcarmen {at} gmail dot com

elizabeth carmen said...

I'm following you on Twitter (@atlantagalknows)

junkforcarmen at gmail dot com

elizabeth carmen said...

I commented on Apothica's Facebook wall: http://www.facebook.com/iamelizabethcarmen/posts/498848323062

junkforcarmen at gmail dot com

malkatz said...

I am loving all their eyeshadow kits!

fashuneesta[at]aol[dot]com

malkatz said...

Tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/giveawaygirlie/status/30810411666247680

fashuneesta[at]aol[dot]com

malkatz said...

I follow you on Twitter.

fashuneesta[at]aol[dot]com

malkatz said...

I "like" Apothica on Facebook, and wrote on their wall.

fashuneesta[at]aol[dot]com

SweetShenanigans said...

Great site!
I've been wanting the Fresh Sugar Plum Lip Treatment SPF 15 for a while.
girl23rocks at hotmail dot com

SweetShenanigans said...

tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/Alliegal101/status/30836601659592705
girl23rocks at hotmail dot com

SweetShenanigans said...

Following your blog
girl23rocks at hotmail dot com

SweetShenanigans said...

I signed up for their newsletters
girl23rocks at hotmail dot com

SweetShenanigans said...

I blogged: http://sweetsugaryshenanigans.blogspot.com/2011/01/apothica.html
girl23rocks at hotmail dot com

coriwestphal said...

Everything on their site seems to be of such high quality! I love products I can count on! I love the sound of the Caldrea All Purpose Cleaner. What a relaxing way to clean!

coriwestphal at msn dot com

coriwestphal said...

Tweet: http://twitter.com/coriwestphal/statuses/30838738913337344

coriwestphal at msn dot com

coriwestphal said...

I follow you on Twitter @coriwestphal

coriwestphal at msn dot com

coriwestphal said...

I'm an Apothica newsletter subscriber at coriwestphal at netzero dot com.

coriwestphal at msn dot com

Pam said...

I'd never visited Apothica before...loved the site. I would like to re-visit with a $50.00 gift card and purchase some luxury hair care products...maybe some intense conditioning treatments for this dry winter hair.

Thank you.
perfmem54@yahoo.com

Victoria said...

I think I might have found one of my new favorite site. Love that it's so easy to find things. I need some new eye shadows, oh wait maybe some lipsticks, oh who knows....I could spend a fourtune there.

Victoria

Victoria said...

I'm a follower of your bog

Victoria said...

Visted there FB page and signed up for their newsletter

vmbiehle at gmail dot com

Elena said...

I would like to get the Juice Beauty Hydrating Mist and the Juice Beauty Green Apple SPF 15 Moisturizer from their sister site SkinCareRX.
elena.cacahuete(at)gmail(dot)com

Elena said...

tweet:
http://twitter.com/#!/spelena/status/31089229035479040
elena.cacahuete(at)gmail(dot)com

Elena said...

I follow your blog on GFC (Elena Shkinder-Gugel).
elena.cacahuete(at)gmail(dot)com

Lizzard said...

what a great idea to do a gift card, you're always so generous and clever :)

lizdonskaya[at]gmail[dot]com

angie lilly said...

I love that they carry my fav brand, 100% Pure! I would get all I could afford of the Honey Almond bath/body products in that brand that I could get with the GC!
Angie
14earth at gmail dot com

angie lilly said...

I tweeted here as FotoMacro:
http://twitter.com/#!/FotoMacro/status/31455956667727873
Angie
14earth at gmail dot com

angie lilly said...

I follow you via blogger and I follow you via Twitter (as FotoMacro).
Angie
14earth at gmail dot com

angie lilly said...

I like them on FB as Tofu Fairy and posted to their wall: http://www.facebook.com/Apothica#!/tofu.fairy/posts/495764393062
Angie
14earth at gmail dot com

Scott said...

Archipelago Botanicals Signature Candle - Lemon Eucalyptus and the
Archipelago Botanicals Baroque Soy Candle - Jaipur both would be great to have!
Scott
nynekats at gmail dot com

Scott said...

my tweet http://twitter.com/#!/RePurrPussed/status/31474988338909184
Scott
nynekats at gmail dot com

Scott said...

follow w/blogger
follow w/twitter under repurrpussed
Scott
nynekats at gmail dot com

Scott said...

liked and posted comment on facebook under Heath Cole http://www.facebook.com/Apothica#!/scottheathlilly/posts/495793173062
Scott
nynekats at gmail dot com

Mai said...

I like Apothica because of the variety of brands on the site and the site's web theme and design!

dancinbluegirl90 at gmail dot com

Grace Wong said...

I LOVE the Paul & Joe Eye & Lip Color Set - 002 Allegro!

shou dot milk at gmail dot com

Grace Wong said...

I follow you on twitter as gracewong1!

shou dot milk at gmail dot com

Grace Wong said...

I commented on apothica's fb wall:
http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=500104048062&id=1311307310

shou dot milk at gmail dot com

Grace Wong said...

tweeted:
http://twitter.com/gracewong1/status/31558731799990272

shou dot milk at gmail dot com