Giveaway and new look

March 28, 2016

Hi Everyone, welcome to the new look OSI, I’ve also decided to host a giveaway. I’ve finally stopped procrastinating and moved over to self-hosted WordPress. My procrastination was mostly due to fear, I had a good understanding with Blogger and could easily change things on it, but with WordPress I feel like a little fish in a huge ocean. So many people said the switch would be easy but I literally find something I need to update, install or redirect every time I log on to the site.

There are a number of changes to the site, and over the next few weeks there’ll be a lot more because if I have to wait until they’re all done, it would take ages to relaunch OSI. On Blogger for a reason that I can’t recall, I hosted all of my images on Flickr or Photobucket and with importing the blog over none of them showed, so I have to go through the gradual process of editing each post to update the pictures. I’ve also removed Disqus, so now it looks like OSI hasn’t received any comments for the last 3 years. In terms of managing spammy comments, Disqus is better than Blogger’s built in commenting system, but at the moment I feel that the WordPress version with Askimet is adequate.

To celebrate the relaunch of the new OSI, I’ve decided to do a little giveaway to thank my followers for sticking around. One lucky reader will receive the following:


LA Girls Eyeshadow Collection Nudes
I purchased this after a bunch of beauty bloggers gushed over it and compared it to the Naked palettes. Well let me tell you, it’s definitely not Urban Decay, but a lot of people seem to like it. It’s mostly shimmers and the colour payoff is good for it’s price range.

Oh So Heavenly Vanilla Cupcake Bubble Balm
This balm has a lovely sweet vanilla scent that I love and is a dupe for the EOS balms.

The Body Shop Frosted Cranberry Handcream
One of my favourite scents from one of my favourite brands. Okay, I say that about nearly all of The Body Shop scents.

Lifestyle 2016 Personal Home Organiser
Yes I know its April, but let’s be real, not everyone has it all together yet. I bought this in support of the Animal Anti-Cruelty League. I have one myself, but I don’t use it as a daily diary (it is A5 with a weekly view and I prefer the A4 daily ones). It has a weekly view so I use it to plan my blog posts (great for bloggers) and make shopping lists. It also comes with a relaxing CD, titled Dreams, and is filled with useful information.

Enter the giveaway via Rafflecopter below. None of the options are mandatory so you can enter as many or as little times as you like without having to jump through rings on fire while delicately balancing a glass of water.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway is open to people residing in South Africa only. It is not sponsored and I am not associated with the brands and organisations.

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  • Reply Anthea O'Neill March 28, 2016 at 9:32 PM

    Entered! Love the blog design!

  • Reply Roxy Hutton March 29, 2016 at 2:00 AM

    Although I’m not in SA and can’t really enter this giveaway, I’m dropping some comment love her because your new site design is so fresh and lovely! Well done Odette! <3

    • Reply Odette April 9, 2016 at 6:55 AM

      Thanks for the support Roxy 🙂

  • Reply Tracy Jacobs March 29, 2016 at 6:31 AM

    Congrats on new design Odette 🙂

  • Reply Nicola Meyer March 29, 2016 at 8:29 AM

    I host on Blogger and I am so scared about making the change to WordPress! Looking great!

    • Reply Odette April 9, 2016 at 7:00 AM

      Thank you Nicola! It was a bit more difficult than I expected, but so far I’m happy. The only advice I can give is do a lot of research before you do the switch!

  • Reply Carolyn Augustus March 29, 2016 at 8:32 AM

    Love the fresh design

    • Reply Odette April 9, 2016 at 7:03 AM

      Thank you Carolyn

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  • Reply Natania March 29, 2016 at 9:30 AM

    I hate when a company makes dupes of other products like the Eos lip balm, they could have been original and created something completely new and awesome, but oh well, I was wondering which one to get between the urban decay and l.a girl pallets so glad I read this 🙂 🙂 I also love the funny rings of fire paragraph below 🙂 and your blog looks awesome 😀

    • Reply Odette April 9, 2016 at 7:05 AM

      Thanks Natania. Theres’s a few good shades in the palette, but after reading all of the hype about it, I was a bit underwhelmed. UD is worth waiting for the launch I think.

  • Reply Bianca Balutto March 29, 2016 at 3:49 PM

    Such an awesome giveaway 🙂

    • Reply Odette April 9, 2016 at 7:05 AM

      Thank you Bianca!

  • Reply rehana seedat March 29, 2016 at 6:45 PM

    Love the fresh design

    • Reply Odette April 9, 2016 at 7:07 AM

      Thank you Rehana!

  • Reply yolisa Qunta March 29, 2016 at 7:38 PM

    Toot!!! Entered all platforms and crossing fingers

  • Reply jade abbott March 29, 2016 at 8:11 PM

    the LA Girls Eyeshadow Collection Nudes is calling my names. this is perfect for me.

  • Reply Megan Hartwig March 30, 2016 at 7:12 AM

    Lovely Blog and congrats on the new look 😉

  • Reply Jackie Katzen March 30, 2016 at 2:32 PM

    wow….. what awesome goodies and a fab blog xx

    • Reply Odette April 9, 2016 at 7:10 AM

      Thank you Jackie!

  • Reply Ranique March 30, 2016 at 2:49 PM

    Oh so fab Odette!

    • Reply Odette April 9, 2016 at 7:10 AM

      Thanks Ranique!

  • Reply Roxanne Chutthergoon March 30, 2016 at 3:04 PM

    Loving it!

    • Reply Odette April 9, 2016 at 7:11 AM

      Thanks Roxanne!

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  • Reply Susan McCarthy March 31, 2016 at 12:33 PM

    Would love to win this awesome giveaway!

  • Reply Cornell Botha April 1, 2016 at 6:49 PM

    I love the new design!! Really looks so good!

  • Reply GRAM MOODLEY April 3, 2016 at 7:01 PM

    I love the new design and would be so glad to win

  • Reply Rumbarani Naidoo April 3, 2016 at 7:20 PM

    I love the new look!

  • Reply Daniela Cardoso April 3, 2016 at 9:42 PM

    what super awesome products! 🙂 Love the new look, love your blog!

    I would so love to win this for my Birthday this week 🙂

  • Reply Cathy Badenhorst April 3, 2016 at 9:50 PM

    awesome blog, love the layout 🙂 Awesome giveaway products 🙂

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