WIN The New Espionage Cosmetics “Curses” Collection!

Espionage Curses Espionage Cosmetics is releasing a new collection today–a set of glitters named after your favorite fictional curse words. The set includes “Gorram,” “Frak,” “Zark,” and “Frell,” and these glitters are GORGEOUS. And because they love you, they want to give one of you a set for free! Just enter below for your chance to win! A new product launch isn’t all Espionage has up its sleeve: Tomorrow (May 1st) is their 3 year anniversary and they’re going to celebrate by having a sale and featuring five new mask nail wraps in a variety of colors! The winner of our contest will ALSO receive the mask nail wraps! So, enter below and then pop on over to EspionageCosmetics.com to check out their goods, and stop by their Facebook page and congratulate them on the new launch and 3 years of making nerdy makeup!

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Contest: Win an Unplugged Vacation in Vermont

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One of my new year resolutions (like many of you) was to unplug and find time away from electronics. It can be so nice to have the time to connect with your loved ones, with nature, and with your activities without the distraction of new emails and tweets. Well, Vermont Perfection heard us loud and clear, and they want to help. They’re giving one reader an unplugged 2-day vacation at the Amee Farm Lodge in Pittsfield, Vermont.

The prize is a $600 value and includes:

  • A 2 night stay at Amee Farm Lodge (based on availability)
  • Deluxe Continental Breakfast each morning of your stay
  • Gift Certificate for Lunch to Original General Store
  • Welcome Basket/Bag from Riverside Farm

It does not include transportation to Vermont. But if you have some airline miles to spend or happen to live close enough to get there on your own, you need to enter. The area has 30+ miles of hiking and biking on the Green Mountain Trails,
yoga classes, snow-shoeing, skiing at Killington and Pico, tubing on the Tweed River, kayaking and fishing at Kent Pond and Tweed River, and on-site massages.

I’m ridiculously jealous that I can’t go and desperately want to hear from whoever wins. But after the trip. Put your phone and laptop away while you’re there, bring some board games and a good book, and get ready to relax. Find out more at vermontperfection.com and enter below:
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Nudo: Adopt Something Delicious

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Why give a friend a gift of teas or olive oils when instead you can give them their own olive tree or tea garden? This is the concept of Nudo: you can adopt a tree or garden and receive a seasonal selection from your own adoptee. I’ve written about Nudo in the past and have loved checking up on the company. (I mean, how cool would it be to tell your friends the story of the exact tree your oil is from?) This holiday season, they’ve expanded their olive tree selection and added Darjeeling Tea Gardens.

I had the pleasure of sampling their new Sicilian Feudo Giulfo single-estate extra-virgin olive oil as well as their Darjeeling Tea, and oh my gosh you guys, the stuff is good. The olive oil is spicy, fruity, and so good on its own with a bit of bread. The Golden Harvest tea was indeed golden in color and tasted like the ultimate cup of tea. This is the stuff tea parties are made of.

If you’re looking for a fun, unique gift for someone that loves food or tea, or cares greatly about where their food comes from, Nudo is for you. And because they’re so awesome, they’re giving away a tea adoption! You’ll receive an adoption certificate from your tea garden and a shipment of the Golden Harvest Darjeeling loose leaf tea. Enter using the rafflecopter below:

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Giveaway: Ariel Apron by Jordan Dené

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I was sitting down to watch The Little Mermaid the other day when Jordan reached out to me. “Would you like to review a Little Mermaid apron?” It was like she was psychic.

The apron is fun and extra-pretty to wear because of the style of the bottom. It feels more like a skirt than your average apron. The construction of the apron in general is really nice: it feels sturdy but girly, and I was impressed with the level of detail in the design and stitching. I look forward to wearing the apron while making some Shark Week cupcakes–it’s only right.

The Ariel Apron is one of four different designs in the “Princess Aprons” category of Jordan Dené’s shop, and that is only one of the many fandoms she works in. Between the astronaut, TARDIS, Arrested Development, and Harry Potter aprons, I would have a ridiculous time trying to pick my favorite. Check out everything available in the shop here.

You can win your own Ariel Apron by entering the Rafflecopter giveaway below! Too impatient, or want a different apron? Use code “geekyhostess20” to get 20% off your order! Get shopping now at jordandene.com.

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I was compensated in exchange for this post. All words and opinions are my own!

Giveaway: Indelible Ink Workshop

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Nothing shows your ability to travel through space and time better than some retro space travel posters. Indelible Ink Workshop‘s prints will add some class to your walls while making you look like a well-traveled geek. Their prints range in sizes from 8″x10″ to 24″x36″. Space travel not your thing? They’ve got over 100 other designs, so you’re sure to find something you love! (I personally love their Retro Sci-fi Travel Sticker Collection!) Lucky for you, Indelible Ink Workshop is giving away $75 in store credit to one reader. Enter below! Can’t wait until we pick a winner next week? You can get 30% off your purchase with code “GEEKY30”! Let me know what you end up getting in the comments!

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Giveaway: TARDIS Robe!

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Whew! I don’t know about you, but I’m still a bit tired from the time traveling we did over the weekend. If one hour wears me out, I can’t believe what a trip in the TARDIS would do to me! Talk about jet lag. All I want to do is cozy up in a nice, giant robe. And maybe drink some tea. And watch some Doctor Who.

Halloweencostumes.com wants to get you cozy and warm by giving away a sweet TARDIS robe. And, being Whovians themselves, they want to make sure you’re dressed in style by the time the new season of Doctor Who comes back on March 30th! What are you waiting for, enter below!

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Giveaway: HTC One X+

Yes, that HTC One X+. As in, a brand new phone. Haven’t heard of it? Take a peek at some of its features:

HTC was generous enough to provide me with a phone to play around with, and holy cow. It’s so thin. And fast. And takes awesome photos. And HD video. And is great for browsing the web and playing games and listening to music and the battery life is CRAZY. With wifi on, that thing has lasted 5 days without needing to be recharged. You want this phone. And luckily, they’re also giving one to you!

 

A few details:
  • It’s an Android phone, which I love. I’ve been an Android girl for a while. If you’re thinking of taking the plunge over from an iPhone, I say do it. What’s the harm in trying a free phone you win?
  • The phone is for AT&T and doesn’t come with a service plan. So it’s going to be best if you’re already on AT&T or are about to switch providers.
  • The contest is open to US residents only. I know, I know. I don’t make the rules.
Now let’s get to the contest! Enter below using Rafflecopter. And good luck!

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Contest: Knits for Nerds

I received an amazing book in the mail recently titled “Knits for Nerds“. The book has 30 knitting projects all based on things from our favorite shows, books, and activities. The only problem? I don’t knit. Correction: I knit lumpy scarves with the best of them (and I LOVE my lumpy scarves). But when faced with amazing projects like a baby elf hat, a Star Trek: TNG-inspired sweater or dress, or a laptop bag that doubles as a chess board, I knew I wouldn’t be able to do them justice. So I want to pass on the amazingness to you!

The book’s projects range from easy to advanced (easy includes a scarf inspired by Jayne’s hat from Firefly, and advanced includes a stuffed robot inspired by the Cybermen from Doctor Who) and most of the projects are cute on their own–your non-nerdy friends may never know that the shrug you’re wearing is actually inspired by Galadriel from LOTR. For those who are newer to knitting, there’s a great “abbreviations and techniques” section in the back that includes full color pictures on how to do certain knits. Even I would be able to figure it out!

I’m guessing you want to know how to get this book in your little knitting hands. You have three ways to enter! (Leave a comment for each entry for it to count more than once.)

  1. Leave a comment with the nerdiest/geekiest knitting project you’ve ever done.
  2. Follow The Geeky Hostess on Twitter.
  3. “Like” The Geeky Hostess on Facebook.

This contest is open to residents of the US only, since I’ll be shipping the book out myself. A winner will be chosen on Thursday, March 15th at noon. Good luck!

Don’t want to take your chances and would rather just buy the book? It’s available for $11.55 at Amazon.com

Disclosure: I was provided with a copy of the book to review by Andrews McMeel Publishing. The review is my own opinion.

 

EDIT: I randomly (using Random.org) selected our winner: #15, Jen! Congrats Jen! You’ll be getting an email from me shortly.

A Muse in Your iPhone

We’ve all been there. You’re in the middle of writing a story or a play, putting together your photography portfolio, creating a D&D campaign, or even writing a blog post, and the inspiration stops. BAM: You’ve been writer-blocked. Luckily, inspiration can be just a couple taps away on your iPhone or iPad with the Muse apps by Rasmus Rasmussen. I had the pleasure of trying out his apps over the past couple days, and I’m in love. Each app gives you suggestions that are randomly generated and put together, allowing you to continue writing with a new prompt, character, or setting in mind. The apps themselves are very simple but effective. Check out all three below and see how you can win one yourself!

WriMuse

WriMuse offers a variety of prompts (as seen in the main menu screen at the top of this post), including prompts to add to an existing story, create a new story, or even create a blog post or essay. One of my favorites is the photo prompt, where it randomly generates a photo and a title for you to write a story or scene about. One random prompt I just received was a picture of a burger with the title “Blood Conundrum”. Yep.
$1.99 in the App Store.

FantasyMuse

FantasyMuse is perfect for all the Game Masters out there who have been stuck on creating an NPC or faction for their players to run into. This randonly generates either a character, faction, or quest to keep your game going. Once you find something you like, you can save it as a favorite (to use at a later date), email it out, or copy it to a clipboard. It could be fun to randomly generate each person’s character and then email it to them before the start of the game!
$1.99 in the App Store.

PixMuse

PixMuse is very simple but could give you a great idea for a future photo shoot. It gives you a theme, subject, and mood based on common images used in stock photography. Some of these might be a bit tougher to go out and do than just writing (for instance, do you have access to an elderly couple, or three models of different ethnicities or generations?), but they may help spark a different idea. Like FantasyMuse, your favorite ideas can be emailed or copied to your clipboard.
$0.99 in the App Store.

Want to give the apps a try? Just leave me a comment with which app you want the most, and I’ll randomly pick three winners (one for each app)at noon on Wednesday, February 8th. Winners will be announced and notified that afternoon! Good luck!

EDIT: Congratulations to Veronica for winning the Wri-Muse app and Anna-Marie for winning the FantasyMuse app! An email will be sent to you with the code. Know a photographer looking for inspiration? The Photography app is still up for grabs! First photographer to comment will get it.

I was provided with review copies of the apps as well as copies to give away in exchange for this review. All thoughts expressed in this review are mine alone. Are you interested in a review or giveaway for your product? Contact me at tara@geekyhostess.com.