Jun 17, 2013  •  In Beauty, Giveaways, Personal

Lightening the Mood with a Giveaway

I’ve been in a bit of a funk lately, and it clearly shows by the lack of posts here on this blog. 😐  There are just so many things going on, the girls are driving me crazy (and keeping me plenty busy on top of my other obligations), and I’m so tired all the time that I have fallen asleep while playing with C&A — on more than one occasion, I might add!

Last week, when I saw this Someecard, I let out an exasperated “HA!” because it’s exactly how I’ve been feeling, and I couldn’t decide if the situation was funny or sad.


J even canceled a business trip to Palo Alto because he’s been concerned about me…so there’s also the guilt on top of everything else.

I could moan and groan about the difficulties of life, but it’s nothing new and I know that I don’t have it worse than any other mom of two. And since my recent exhaustion has led to my neglecting this blog and my beloved readers, I’ve decided to host a giveaway. 🙂

Up for grabs is Sephora’s The Summer Starter Kit. I received this by trading in some Beauty Insider Points — I always save my points until something good comes along, and I know that the items in this set are some great ones.


Included in the kit are the following items:

  • Shiseido Urban Environment UV Protection Cream + Broad Spectrum SPF 40+ (.57 oz)
  • Lancôme Hypnôse Star Mascara (.068 oz)
  • Anastasia Brow Gel – Clear (.085 oz)
  • bareMinerals Multi-Wrinkle Repair Serum (.17 oz)
  • Dr. Jart Black Label Detox BB Beauty Balm (.33 oz)
  • Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer SPF 15 (.16 oz)

And YES, the cosmetic bag is included! (Normally, I don’t care too much for pouches that come with makeup sets, but even I gotta admit that the design of this bag is pretty chic!)

I know for a fact that ALL the items in this exclusive, limited-edition Summer Starter Kit are popular items from high-end brands. I also know that the Hourglass primer has replaced the Smashbox primer as the HG primer of many makeup artists and gurus!

And, just in case you’re a research fiend like me, here are the links to each individual product:

If you click on over, you will see that ALL have received rave reviews. And while the items in the set are smaller versions of the retail counterparts, this kit would be a great option for anyone who wants to try out any (or all) of these fabulous products before buying.

Now, for the giveaway!

To enter this giveaway, simply use the Rafflecopter widget below. Not sure how to use Rafflecopter? Watch this 52 second video for a tutorial on how to enter a giveaway using Rafflecopter. There are 4 methods of entry, with the first method (commenting on this blog post answering the question “Which product do you like the best from the Sephora Summer Starter Kit?”) being mandatory while the third method (Tweeting about the giveaway) can be used once per day:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway will end on Tuesday, June 25th, 2013, at 12:01am EST, at which point a winner will be randomly chosen and announced here.

Sorry, this giveaway is open only to residents of the U.S. who are over 13 years old.

Please use a valid email address and/or Twitter handle so that I can contact you if you win! If the winner fails to respond within 48 hours of my contacting them, another winner will be selected.

Good luck, and thank you for entering!

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102 Responses to “Lightening the Mood with a Giveaway”

  1. Christine` says:

    i am looking to update my beauty and makeup regimen so this would be great to try!

  2. Emma says:

    I almost traded in points for this kit, but I’m a points hoarder =/ Love all these products!!

  3. Alice says:

    The Dr. Jart BB Cream. I’m currently using one of this brand and love it!

  4. Celeste says:

    the Mineral Veil primer!

  5. Jan says:

    I think BB cream is what I am looking forward to trying

  6. Jen says:

    Repair serum. I need.

  7. Arti K. says:

    my favorite is the primer! it’s what i use now, and i’m almost out!

  8. Sandy L says:

    I’m gonna say Beauty Balm!

  9. JenG says:

    I’m torn between the Dr. Jart BB Cream and the Mineral Veil Primer! I’ve wanted to try both but haven’t been able to convince myself to spend the money on them!

  10. Molly says:

    I’m trying to find a mascara I like after giving up and not wearing it at all for a while.

  11. Martha Van Mulligen says:

    I love the Hypnose Star Mascara!

  12. Lynda Del says:

    Would love to try the Dr. Jart Black Label Detox BB Beauty Balm!

  13. Carina says:

    I’m interested (and in need of!) the bareMinerals Wrinkle Repair Serum!

  14. stacey says:

    I’m most excited about the BB Cream!

  15. Maya says:

    Great giveaway– that primer is my favorite! I hope you are feeling more balanced soon!

  16. Jen says:

    I’d love to try BB cream, never tried it before!

  17. MrsW says:

    I just wanted to let you know that there is indeed an end to the tunnel you’re traveling through right now with parenting – I remember desperately trying to stay awake on the couch while watching my daughter play on the floor, hoping that once I did inevitably succumb that she wouldn’t destroy anything or hurt herself. Things are still crazy for me, but in a different way than before and one I feel like I can handle better. Hope that you find the other side soon. 🙂

  18. Micaela says:

    I would love that primer for my wedding! So much spent on the gown I felt guilty buying expensive make up 🙁

  19. Dave Gibson says:

    I think that my wife would love the bareMinerals Multi-Wrinkle Repair Serum. Like you, she’s had a rough go of life recently, and this would go a long way to cheer her up.

  20. Katie says:

    I love Lancome mascara!

    I hope you start to feel better soon!

  21. Catherine says:

    The Lancôme Hypnôse Star Mascara is def my favorite. It really brings out my asian eyes and doesn’t smear all day!

  22. Marianne says:

    Loving the primer!

  23. Alice says:

    I heard the primer is good from EVERYONE :3 I hope the bb cream does well, it’s hard to find that happy medium with both western and asian bb creams.

  24. yoitzo says:

    Lancôme Hypnôse Star Mascara!!! I really like the original hypnose and the dolly eyes mascara but the brush on both of these kinda suck. I was hoping to make a brush out of the two of these and BAM! Star came out and it looks like a good mix between the two. I can’t wait to try it out.

  25. Lucy says:

    My fave is the Dr. Jart BB cream! Thanks for the giveaway!

  26. João Pedro says:

    I just loved the Dr. Jart Black Label Detox BB Beauty Balm!

  27. carmen says:

    I love the Dr. Jart BB cream!

  28. Ari says:

    I have heard wonderful things about the primer!

  29. Hannah says:

    I’ve heard great things about the BB Cream! Definitely want to check that out 🙂

  30. Astrid says:

    I would love to win so here we go. Also taking the opportunity to tell you that I think you are awesome! 😉

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