The Least Fun Part of Giveaways…

I love hosting giveaways, I love choosing the fabulous prizes I want you readers to hopefully receive. I love the comments and the response. But you know what I don’t like about giveaways? The AFTER part. The part when I send three, four, and even five e mails and don’t hear back from the reader who won the contest. The part where the company needs more information and my inbox starts blowing up. The part when I start getting e mails like, “hey Bella, when do I get my prize?” and I then have to follow up to make sure that the prizes are in fact, on the way. Those parts are not so much fun.

I’ve had some ups and downs through the years with giveaways. I knew hosting TWELVE would be hard work, and for the most part it’s gone really smoothly. But of course there are always a few hold ups. I’m still waiting to hear back from TWO winners:


Sof n Free giveaway winner Alycia

Milani giveaway winner Kellz

Please respond to my e mails within 24 hours with your real names and addresses. I understand sometimes my e mails get caught in junk mail folders etc, but I’ve written you several times and really need to hear back ASAP, or I just have to choose another winner. Hope to hear from you soon.

If you’ve won a giveaway and received your prize, please be courteous and let me know! Often I only hear from winners who haven’t yet gotten what they won. It’s nice to know when things work out for the best.

Please keep me posted, giveaway winners!

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Comments

  1. Hello Bella,

    I recieved my prize which I believe was a Soft and Free moisture kit in 2010. I won it through supplying ideas for future posts. I won the kit not for myself (it doen’t match my hair needs) but for my mother who has been natural for a year and still wears straight wigs every day. She does not know how to take care of her hair and never takes the time to treat her self to new products that may make her feel more confident about it. I included the prize as part of her 32 wedding anniversarily present. She said getting a package of stuff directly related to feeling pretty and pampered as a woman was better than any joint (his and hers) aniversary present I could have given.

    Thank you :)

  2. omg! I just noticed all the spelling errors in that post. Sorry everyone!

  3. amberchella says:

    Dear Bella, I greatly appreciate YOU with or without giveaways. I’m glad that I enetered & won. It was nice to see the featured prizes & learn about new products; especially PeaceImages–her artistry is inspiring. You’re always so positive so this must really be hard for you. Hang in there, lovely! Happy Nappy New Year!

  4. amberchella says:

    Mishara your post is so touching! Happy Anniversary to your parents!

  5. Vivrant Thang says:

    I cannot imagine not claiming my prize. I always think something tragic must have happened to folk that disappear like that. I will surely let you know when I receive mine!

    • I KNOW!!! I have heard from a few readers that my e mails land in their junk box. But I check that every few days too, so I just really don’t get it. I hope they’re both OK…

  6. Hey Bella,

    I was one of the winners for the Soft and Free but I haven’t yet received my prize yet. Help a sister out? Thanks!

  7. warrior11209 says:

    ‘Bella – I think I responded when I received Miss Jessies but I am not sure. Here it goes- my daughter and I LUV the Miss Jessies super sweetback conditioner!! It moisturized and defined our tight curls and it smells absolutely terrific.
    Thanks for the opportunity to try products that I would normal not try- I am a Miss Jessies rapid recovery treatment gal myself. :-)

  8. Bella–I was just sitting here thinking “what an awesome, but no doubt overwhelming, task you must have” and then I read your post! Thank you for taking heed to your calling to bless us with this site, new people and experiences, your thoughts and feelings and the opportunities to better ourselves–from hair roots to fabulously pedicured toes! I can’t wait for the opportunity to share with you and my fellow Bella-heads how awesomely yummolicious (or not) a product was for me…and my 1yr old daughter! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU (and your staff) for all you do!

    • LOL and my staff, it’s just ME! I need to get at least a few to help me this year. Thanks for your kind words, and keep your eyes peeled for upcoming giveaways. You never know when it could be your turn! :)

      • LMBO! Sorry, I thought for sure it was you and a bunch of other folk! LOL. You have to be the hardest working blogger in the land! Dang!!! Kudos to you, yourself and YOU. And when you are ready to send out the “call” for assistants I’ll be there! ;-)

  9. YaHighness says:

    Hey Bella,

    I was one of the Huetiful steamer winners. Thank you for all you’ve done and continue to do. I emailed you and tweeted you with no response :( My apologies for being anxious, but when will they be mailed out?

    Peace&love!

  10. AfrikanLatina says:

    I won the Peace Images giveaway and haven’t received it just yet. No worries though, its no rush. I’m sure Camille is a thorough business woman and will get them out as soon as she can. Thanks for hosting the 12 days of giveaways!

  11. Haven’t won any giveaway whatsoever in my entire life…… does that mean I’m just unlucky?

  12. I posted a picture of my huge basket of goodies on the FB page. I love my ipod. My husband who is deployed has one now and we talk via skype while I’m at work. Such a blessing! Thank you again! :)

  13. Hi Bella! You sent me some body wash. I got it! thanks!

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