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Win It! $100 Cash from Ebates! (Again!)

Celebrating Labor Day with Ebates!

The first giveaway was so successful, we have another fantastic one lined up with Ebates!

If you’re not familar with Ebates, it’s a program that allows you to earn cash back on your online purchases whenever you shop through Ebates. For example, if you sign-up, click-through their Sephora link, then you would get 8% cash back on any purchase made at Sephora. Every three months, Ebates pays you (via check or PayPal) any cash back you’ve earned.  You can either sign-up through Temptalia (which is a referral link), or you can simply go to Ebates.com directly to sign-up.

From Labor Day, Ebates is offering extra cash back on the following retailers:

  • Athleta, Banana Republic, GAP (10%)
  • JCPenney (5%)
  • Sears (4%)
  • The Body Shop (10%)
  • Walmart (2%)

The Prize

To celebrate the Labor Day weekend, we have a fabulous giveaway featuring everyone’s favorite–cold hard cash–with three winners (U.S. residents only).  One (1) grand prize winner will receive $100, while two runner-ups will each receive $50!

To Enter

  • You must be a member of Ebates, whether you’re an existing member or sign-up today (they will use your email address to verify you are a member).
  • Leave a comment on this post telling me what your favorite beauty (online) retailer is to shop at!

For official rules… 

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Back-to-School Makeup: Quick Looks

Back-to-School Quickies

The alarm went off… a half hour ago.  You only have five to ten minutes before you have to head out the door–these are my favorite ways to look and feel good when time is short!

  • Neutral + Dark Crease: Pop a flesh-toned neutral all over the lid and add pop and oomph with a much darker crease. On warmer complexions, an eggplant purple adds definition and color without being over-the-top. On cooler complexions, navy and charcoal blues work well.
  • Bright Eyeliner: Whether you line the lower or upper lash lines (or both!), using a brightly colored eyeliner can give you a really fun look without a lot of work!
  • Find Your Duo: One of my favorite eyeshadow duos is Hourglass’ Gypsy–it just works well for me–and I reach for it regularly when I’m in need of some color on the lid but don’t have a lot of time to think about what I want to do. Whether it’s neutral or not, totally up to you, but finding a duo, trio, or palette with a never-fails combination is essential for those mornings you wake up late!
  • Bold Lips: Don’t be afraid of bold lip colors! Especially as we head into fall (officially, at least!), darker lip colors are always in style. You can add an instant brightness to your face by using a bolder, darker lip color. Plus, darker lip colors tend to last longer on lips, which means less reapplying.
  • “No Makeup” Makeup: Classic, polished, and easy to do once you figure out what products you love most for the look. Ideally, you want to add depth and brightness to the eyes as well as defined lashes; soft glow and natural color to cheeks; smooth, “flawless” skin; and your my-lips-but-better lipstick/lipgloss–look out for plums, mauves, and plummy-pinks.

What’s your go-to look when you only have a few minutes?

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Wet ‘n’ Wild Bright Idea Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio

Wet 'n' Wild Bright Idea Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio
Wet ‘n’ Wild Bright Idea Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio

Wet ‘n’ Wild Bright Idea Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio

Wet ‘n’ Wild Bright Idea Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio ($2.99 for 0.17 oz.) include shades of yellow, green, and pink.  It is a limited edition trio as part of the summer Dream Weavers Collection.  It’s available at local drugstore retailers, but not all have them and some sold out quickly of their stock so you might have to hunt around your local area for a displayer.

The Browbone shade is a sunshine yellow with a frosted finish. It has great color payoff with a dense texture that’s soft and smooth. It’s a little more golden and muted compared to MAC Bright Sunshine, but they are still rather close; it is also comparable (just a little darker) than MAC Double Feature #1.

The Crease shade is a cool-toned, medium grass green with a pale gold shimmer-sheen. It’s a fun shade, because the base color is cool-toned while the overlying shimmer is considerably warmer. The pigmentation is nice, and the texture is soft so it applies smoothly on the skin. It’s much lighter compared to Wet ‘n’ WIld Earth Looks Small From Down Here as well as Urban Decay Graffiti.

The Eyelid shade is a medium-dark pink with a hint of fuchsia iridescence in the finish. It’s the worst performing shade of the three–not fully pigmented so it applies unevenly (see the patchiness on the left portion of the swatch). The texture was a bit dry and not as dense as the other two shades. The color is similar to Milani Pink Twice. Make Up For Ever #83 is brighter and pinker.

Side note: While I appreciate the concept of identifying which colors go where, I don’t really see the labeling working in this particular trio. This set of colors is hard enough to wear together, let alone with bright yellow all over the brow bone. It could certainly work for a particular look, but overall, it’s a little much. None of this affects the rating, but it’s something I’ve seen more and more brands do. I think it takes away from some of the usefulness of guiding buyers on how to use a certain product. From a more creative stance, I appreciate the interesting pop of green amongst the other two colors (I would have expected copper, brown, or orange).

Wet ‘n’ Wild Bright Idea Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio


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