Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Hard Candy Giveaway Winner

Hello ladies,

It is time to announce the winner of the Mmm...Hard Candy Giveaway! We begin with a large wooden bowl of contest entries. There were 864 valid entries, all handwritten and cut into julienne strips. The entries were made a little more appealing to our helper by rubbing them with cashew oil.
Meet our judge, Sadie the rat. She is an adorable little creature, very reminiscent of a Disney character. I kept expecting her to burst into song.

Sadie explored the contents of the bowl but was not entirely satisfied...

Until she had considered every entry!
She burrowed and took rest to deliberate.
Then decided it was time.
Sadie is trying to tell us something!
She went back to the bowl and looked about.
She returned with a slip of paper stuck to her paw.
The winner is Tenshi!

Congratulations, Tenshi!

Tenshi has a blog called Nature Nails. She creates beautiful designs and showcases these looks with gorgeous photography. Please visit her blog. Her nails are stunning. Her blog is written in French, but I often comment in English. I'm really looking forward to seeing what she will create with the Hard Candy Just Nails line of polishes.

Sadie the rat has a remarkable story. She was rescued from a research laboratory and then rehabilitated and cared for by my friend Cassandra. I thought Sadie would make the best judge for the Hard Candy giveaway to help communicate their firm commitment to no animal testing. Many thanks to Hard Candy for sponsoring this giveaway and for keeping our animal friends safe. Please visit to learn more about their full range of cosmetics and nail polish.

Happy painting, ladies! I have another giveaway planned for this weekend.


  1. Hooray for Sadie & you! I'm happy to know what she was rescued from a "research lab". I'm an animal lover, and I've always felt so sympathetic for the mice & rats that get tested on, in addition to all the other animals. I have an affinity for rodents because surprisingly, white mice were the only pets I was allowed to have as a child because my mother didn't want a dog, even though she was scared of mice. (Weird and amusing, huh?) So I always get really sad whenever they're tested on with all these harsh chemicals. *sigh*

    Congrats to the winner too! I guess I'll have to stop by a Walmart for my HC polish lemmings, hehe :)

  2. Libbeh: Thank you for your sweet comment! Mice and rats do make great pets as you know. I've had such fun visiting with my friend Cassandra's rats. They are so very affectionate and curious. I'm so appreciative of Hard Candy's stance not to animal test. <3

  3. Wooh, Tenshi is a luckay duck. Congrats to her!

    And yay for Sadie!! I'm happy she was rescued. The things that they do to animals in research labs are really horrific. :(

  4. Chaos Butterfly: Sadie has had such great care with my friend. It's like she won a ratty lottery. I'm glad her story has such a happy ending and there are great companies out there who respect animals as much as we do. :)

  5. ipehishere: Thanks so much! She's even cuter in person! You should see her eating cashews. Yum yum! :)

  6. OMG !!! I cannot believe it : I WIN ! I'm so so so so sooooooooo happy and so excited about tested all this marvellous colors ! Thanks Diana for this beautiful giveaway ^^ And THANK YOU for this nice comment on my blog ^^ you're too nice ^^
    And Sadie is tooooo cuuute ! As you maybe know I looove animals. The animal protection is a great cause which is very very important for me so i'm really really glad to know that it is Sadie (who is rescue from a research lab) who select my name ^^ So THANK YOU Sadie ^^
    Your friend Cassandra is a very generous person ^^

  7. aww- sadie sure is cute :D
    I know I've mentioned it before but I love how much effort and creativity you put into picking your giveaway-winners.

    congrats to Tenshi :)

  8. Soooo cute!!!!
    Congrats to the winner.

  9. Congrats Tenshi!
    I love reading Nature Nails too!

    and I'm so glad Sadie is rescued!
    My ma is allergic to animals so I can't do my part in keeping them but I'm always glad that there are people out there who would!

  10. Congrats to the winner. Sadie reminds me one of the rats I used to have. The one that looked like her was named Mr. Whiskers, I miss my rats :`(

  11. Cutest giveaway helper ever!

    Congrats to the winner, great prize!

  12. Congratulations to Tenshi.
    Sadie is so beautiful and what a lucky girl :)
    I always adopt my ratties and once i had a pair who had been experimented on at a university (they were fed marijuana to see how it affected them, which is still horrible but not as bad as some poor animals who get chemicals rubbed in their eyes and things). I miss my ratties.

  13. Yay Sadie!
    Congratulations to the winner!

  14. Tenshi: I am so excited you won! It's always a treat to see how my animal helpers will pick the winner. It's so nice to read about how you love animals too. Sadie must have picked up on that. She is such a sweet girl. <3

    amusedPolish: Thank you, sweetie! I have so much fun with the drawings especially when animal friends are involved. Sadie is adorable! <3

  15. ShortAndSweetNails: Thank you so much! Sadie appreciates the warmth and good feeling too. <3

    Berry T: Tenshi is amazing! I'm sorry about your mom's allergies. Sadie has such a happy life now. My kitty is a rescue too. I'll keep sharing pictures with you of the beloved pets in my life. :)

  16. Twister: I didn't realize you had pet rats. Mr. Whiskers sounds like such a sweetie. I miss my pets that were with me in years past. So many lovely memories. <3

    Alisa: Thank you! Sadie is such a dear girl. Hard Candy is amazing to work with. Great products, great people!

  17. Lillian Funny Face: It's so nice you had rescue rats too! It's hard to think about what they go through in the lab, but I am glad there are people like you and Cassandra to help rehabilitate and care for them. <3 Sadie really is a beauty. :)

    Skulda: Thanks so much, sweetie! <3

  18. Congratulations!

    I am loving your method of choosing the winner. Too cute.

  19. Oh I love how you feature rats and other animals from time to time. My first rat was named Sadie so reading that made me a bit teary. She is gorgeous.

    Also, I am glad to hear that Hard Candy doesn't test on animals. I will buy many of their products :)

  20. i've never cared for rats, but that was a really creative (and cute) idea for choosing a winner!

  21. LOL!
    that is sooo awesome! love that you had some help :)

  22. Helen: Thank you! We had such a great time with the drawing. I'm glad that came across. <3

    Anon: Oh, how wonderful that you had a rat named Sadie too! I'm glad my drawing reminded you of her. <3

    I've been really happy with the Hard Candy products I have tried so far. They are such a great company! The fact that they look out for our animal friends is even better. :)

    Emma: Thank you! I am glad Sadie's cuteness had shown through. :)

    rasilla: Yay! I love bringing in fuzzy helpers. <3

  23. I always have to smile at your different methods for choosing a winner. Wonderful of your friend for rescuing a lab rat. I can admire from afar. Creatures with tiny little feet and nails just make me shudder. I can look but not touch.


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