Sephora Gift Card Giveaway

May 17, 2013

5-17-2013 8-50-51 AM

Happy Friday, friends! Now that the weather is getting warmer and summer is just around the corner, I find I’ve been thinking about beauty products a lot more than usual. Perhaps it’s because my freckles are starting to appear again and I’m no longer ghastly pale. Or maybe it has something to do with craving a little update to match my summer wardrobe. I like to think that spring cleaning your makeup is just as important as spring cleaning your house, though my hubby might disagree.

It’s been a while since I did a giveaway, hasn’t it?

Well, I think that it’s time to change that, so today I’m giving away a $50 Sephora gift card to one lucky reader.

There are two ways to enter:
1. Leave a comment below letting me know about your must-have summer beauty product.
2. Tweet about the giveaway (@MadisonHofmeyer), then leave a second separate comment letting me know that you did.
The giveaway will be open between now and Monday, May 20th at 10 p.m. I’ll announce the winner on Tuesday, May 21st!


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  • Maureen

    No matter what I put moisturizer on. I use Philosophy Hope in a jar. I then use Bare Minerals Powder base. Even if I put no other make up on I have those two items.

  • Amanda

    Sounds basic, but because I’m so far skinned I start each day off with sunscreen and lip suncreen, essential! Along with a good lip tint!

  • Sarah

    Oil free sunscreen – I already have enough dark spots πŸ™‚

  • Krystina

    Moisturizer with SPF!

  • Kelsey

    All I need is a little mascara. Gets me a long way in the summer. In addition to moisturizer with sunscreen, of course!

  • Beth

    EOS lip balm, for sure!!

  • Libby

    water-proof mascara is a must. Chasing kids all day outside, swimming, and evening bike rides=i need something that stays on my lashes through it all! My spring cleaning for makeup is trying to find a quick, one-swipe, shimmery eyeshadow that adds just a bit of color.

  • Sarah V.

    Derma E BB Creme! Gives your sunkissed skin a flawless look without having to wear foundation. Plus, it has includes 25 SPF!

  • Audrey G

    some matte pink lipstick πŸ™‚

  • Maybelline Baby Lips in Grape Vine. Just enough color, shine, and moisture!

  • Meredith

    Same must-have product as fall, winter, and spring: L’Occitane Hand Cream! I could write an entire post for you on the complete awesomeness of this miracle product. It is perfect for after gardening, sun exposure, bug bites, salt water/chlorine, and overnight. Transforms your nails/cuticles almost instantly. They should pay me to be their spokesperson. πŸ˜‰

  • Kristina

    CC cream with SPF

  • Kaydee

    This summer is all about bright colors and lip sticks! MAC has a great bright pink called Candy Yum-Yum that is an amazing summer color – if you don’t have a MAC store near you there is a Maybelline color that just came out that is part of the Color Sensational Collection called Fuchsia Flash 865 and is a gorgeous bright pink color!

  • Kristina

    I tweeted about the giveaway! @KMBlogs88

  • Allison

    Pink lip balm!

  • ApexAngie

    EOS lip balm and mascara!

  • Lindsay

    Hmm…peach MAC eyeshadow, pink blush and sunscreen are my summer must haves!

  • kristen balchan

    I have been loving smashbox BB cream. Good coverage without being too much + SPF and moisturizer built in!

  • Ivy

    I’ve been wanting a solid BB cream – preferably one with an SPF!

  • I’m on the hunt for the perfect BB Cream – something lighter for summer is definitely a plus for me. I’ve heard Smashbox is good, so I would probably try that out!

  • Christin Oien

    Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen! And of course every color of Essie nail polish!

  • I need a new blush so badly! I dropped and broke my favorite one and have been using cheap stuff and it’s awful :-/

    • Kaydee

      Try Pinched by NYX – you can get it at Ulta ($5) or NARS Orgasm ($29) from Sephora. They are great peachy pink shimmery summer blushes!

  • Jessica

    I’m actually on the hunt for a nice summer perfume πŸ™‚

  • Christine T

    I need to get a good bb cream with sun screen.

  • Chloe P

    Suncreen… Ipsa is the best

  • Marissa

    Bronzer is a definite summer go to for some colour without the cancer risk. I also switch to peach blush, because I think pink blush is too rosy/sunburnty for the summer. This year Im also finding it hard to not put on coral lipstick.

  • Marissa

    … aaand tweeted.

  • My Benefit “Porefessional” allows for a natural look when you dont want to cover up that sun kissed glow!

  • Tweeted that!

  • ckim

    anastasia lash genius!! sometimes i have mascara that is not waterproof and this product instantly waterproofs all mascaras and it WORKS!!!!! perfect for humidity or pool time πŸ™‚

  • Lauren

    I love a good summery scent like lavanilla vanilla and grapefruit!

  • Joanna

    I love pink and gold shimmery eye shadows. Really brightens the face and is perfect for summer!

  • Must have summer beauty product is waterproof mascara and some lovely bronzer!

  • Julia

    coral lip gloss!

  • Alexandra Leavy

    I love my Clarisonic and would love to add some accessories to make my skin even brighter

  • My summer must have beauty product would be bright nail polish on my fingers & toes. And Coach sunglasses!! πŸ™‚

  • I swear by Too Faced Shadow Insurance Eye Shadow Primer. It keeps my eye makeup looking fresh all day.

  • Jessica B.

    Cetaphil sunscreen/moisturizer, bronzer and a happy eye shadow πŸ˜‰

  • Summer is simple..bronzer and mascara. It’s easy and fresh!

  • Stephanie

    La Roche-Posay Sunscreen for face, and Nars blush/bronzer duo to pretend my face is bronzed!

  • Lindsay


  • I tweeted about the giveaway! πŸ™‚

  • Andrea

    Waterproof mascara!

  • Kelsey Potter

    Face moisturizer and a cute nail polish(if that counts). I work at a pool so make-up is hard to do everyday.

  • Must have a tropical scented moisturizer & lotion (with SPF protection, of course!) and a fun, bright polish on my toes! πŸ™‚

  • Allison Todd

    Definitely Benefit Hoola Bronzer and I’m even needing to buy some soon so this giveway would be exciting to win!

  • Allison Todd

    Just tweeted you about your giveaway! So exciting to read about all of your cooking adventures in the Midwest! Hope all is well!

  • Katie Peeper

    Sunscreen and bronzer – love Too Faced

  • Alli

    Bare Escentuals blush – love to get a little color on my cheeks to complement that summer glow!

  • Alli

    I tweeted about the giveaway!

  • Emily

    Chapstick…for summer and every other season of the year. Can’t live without it! πŸ™‚

  • My must-have for summer is light-weight moisturizer with SPF!

  • Ashley C

    Mine is Juice Organics tinted SPF 30 moisturizer!


  • Kristen A

    Nail polish, bronzer and sunscreen!

  • Cindy Germann

    Spray-on sunscreen! It’s the only thing that keeps my ultra-pale skin from burning. Such a fun giveaway, thanks Madison!

  • jamie

    it’s basically a year round must-have, but my favorite moisturizer with sunscreen is kiss my face’s face factor spf 30.

  • Jen P

    Oh man, I am a major beauty product junkie. I live at Sephora. My favorite products for summer are a bright pink gloss and bronzer!

  • JWat

    aloe vera for sure!!

  • Bridget Miller

    I have two you will LOVEβ€”perfect for a bright, bronze dewiness WITHOUT caking crud on your face. πŸ™‚

    1. Bare Escentuals’s Faux Tan Face

    2. Glow by Dr. Brandt retinol hydracreme in Ruby Crystal

  • Jess

    Definitely want to get Urban Decay Naked 2. It’s the best!

  • Callie Wahl

    Cant do without my BB cream in the summer!

  • Lori Capel

    Benefit “They’re Real” mascara!


  • jackie


  • Shari Bonnin

    Sunscreen spray at least 30 spf

  • Caitlin

    My favorite summer beauty product is the Too Faced eye palette in natural

  • Michelle Magliocca

    Sunscreen and lip gloss!

  • Sunscreen and more sunscreen! Plus, NARS orgasm blush πŸ™‚

  • Vanessa Davis

    Absolutely must have waterproof eyeliner and mascara to last all day through the heat!

  • Jenny Lee

    I want a clarisonic scrubber

  • Bright colored eyeliner for the summer πŸ™‚

  • Sarah

    Mine has to be sunscreen! I used to not care, but as I get older, I’m getting much more protective of my skin!

  • Lindsay K

    Love BB cream in the summer!

  • ShannonLC

    Sunscreen and a fruity flavored lip gloss! The perfect summer combo!

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  • LindsayH

    I think (maybe unfortunately) I’m becoming addicted to self-tanner. I never thought I would say that! But I got an airbrush tan for my friend’s wedding and it looked amazing! I am ghastly pale and skin cancer runs in my family so I have to stay out of the (real) sun. The St Tropez mousse is the best one I’ve found so far for DIY.

  • Sarah Erickson

    I can’t wait to get my hands on Fresh lip therapy!

  • Sarah Erickson

    Just tweeted about the giveaway!

  • Susan

    I love smokey eye shadow and a good tube of mascara is a summer must have!

  • Susan

    Just tweeted about the giveaway!

  • Michelle in Alaska

    Shimmer lotion!!

  • tweeted! @jessica0414

  • and my favorite summer beauty product is kind of boring, but practical—-sunscreen!

  • Stacey

    Clinique honeysuckle lipgloss – goes great with a tan!

  • Melissa@IWasBornToCook

    any type of sheer lip gloss!

  • Melissa@IWasBornToCook

    tweeted! @iwasborntocook

  • Abby

    sunscreen….and cream blush!

  • Kristen

    My must have beauty product is definitely a moisturizer with sunscreen! My favorite is Jergens natural glow face moisturizer!

  • Randi Durham

    Does Sunscreen count? It’s my must have item. πŸ™‚

  • Francesca

    Bare minerals flawless definition mascara!

  • Caitlin

    L’oreal Sublime Bronzer!

  • Cellabella

    I use Missha’s BB cream – tint, moisturizer, and sunscreen all in one!

  • Madeline

    My must-have is Neutrogena’s tinted lip balm with spf, I really like the colors!

  • DessertForTwo

    Yay! My favorite summer item is Clinique SPF 50. They make a version for your face and a thicker one for the rest of you. I even have my husband hooked on it, too.

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  • vballer

    Bare essentials foundation!

  • Morgan

    To get the dewy glow without the harsh sun- I love Benefit’s Hello Oxygen Wow foundation!

  • Jamie

    My must-have is Burt’s Bees tinted lip balm, though I may have to invest in actual lipstick for my upcoming wedding!

  • Alessandra

    Summer must-have is a good self-tanner!

  • mickeyb36

    Definitely bronzer, it evens out my tan!

  • Heather


  • Valerie

    Bronzer, and as a designer I love the Pantone Sephora line of makeup.

  • MelodyJ

    Hawaiian Tropic Sunblock.

  • Kayleigh

    I don’t know what I’d want – I’ve never tried Sephora… but I’m sure I’d find something good!

  • Chandler Jo

    I love bare minerals mascara and will not use anything else!!

  • Chandler Jo

    Tweeted. πŸ™‚

  • Jean Murin

    Tarte’s cheek tints – they stay on all day and give you a beautiful, dewey glow. Also obsessed with L’Oreal’s tan towels!

  • Alyssa

    I can’t go without a daily moisturizer with SPF – my freckles are coming out too!

  • Ashley C

    I have a refreshing facial mist from Juice Organics that is a summer must have living here in Florida! Helps me stay cool without smuding my make up πŸ™‚


  • Julie

    I’m too fair not to have a good sunscreen in my foundation.

  • Elizabeth F.

    My must-have for the summer is Laura Mercier mineral finishing powder. My skin is super oily and this keeps me from looking like an oil slick when I’m running about!

  • C.M.

    My must-have is definitely some sheer foundation with sunscreen!

  • Amy J

    I don’t use many beauty products, but would love to find a mild face lotion, and some type of natural sunscreen for my kiddos and I πŸ™‚

  • Ginny

    I live in laura mercier tinted moisturizer in the summer!

  • Maggie Michalczyk

    Benefit lipstick in the color “Pillow Talk”….adds a pop of color to any look! A must have for summer outings!

  • I’m addicted to Sephora! Here are my favorites – I’m going way overboard & sharing more than one, but I love talking about makeup. 1) Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection 60SPF 2) Benefit They’re Real mascara – Looks like you’re wearing falsies. 3) Benefit Coralista blush – perfect buildable summer color & super portable! 4) Face Stockholm for J.Crew lipstick in French Martini – amazing, sort of sheer bright coral. Love summer makeup!!

  • Isi

    bright nail polishes πŸ™‚

  • Ash

    I love the charcoal mask by Origins.

  • Ellie S

    Bare essentials everything!!

  • Jessica L.

    pretty nail polish colors are definitely my fave πŸ™‚

  • Laura

    Really nice sunscreen! And fun nailpolish.

  • Alaine

    I love my Peter Thomas Roth moisturizer.

  • Bare essentials mascara!

  • Laura @FoodSnobSTL

    tinted moisturizer

  • natalie@thesweetslife

    bronzer so i can at least fake a tan πŸ˜‰

  • My must have summer beauty product is Stila’s BB Cream! Thanks for doing the giveaway πŸ™‚

  • Mandy@OhDizzle

    Neutrogena sunscreen! That stuff is amazing!

  • Kristen

    Bare Minerals foundation – the loose powder gives you some spf and very light coverage.

  • Jenni

    Definitely beauty balm – only takes a few seconds to apply and my skin instantly looks better!

  • CheriElisabeth

    Sunscreen! I just Sephora tinted moisturizer with sunscreen on my face and Banana Boat on my arms and legs. it doesn’t matter if you are by the pool or not, you need sunscreen every day!!!!

  • Allison Marble

    BB Cream is a life saver in the summer!

  • TVB

    Love, love, love Bare Essentials!!

  • Anna Wang

    My MUST HAVE summer beauty essential is BB cream or tinted moisturizer. It evens my skin tone, gives me a tan glow, and is so easy! The secret? Mix a little MAC Liquid foundation with a squirt if your daily sunscreen lotion — giving it a sheer, luminous glow, that isn’t matte/flat/fake. The foundation is one shade darker and warm toned. For me, this is my secret to looking “natural”.

  • Kirstin Rudd

    My must have summer beauty product is bare minerals with SPF15!

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  • Hilda

    Urban Decay Setting Spray!