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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  • Reply Maureen May 17, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    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.

  • Reply Amanda May 17, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    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!

  • Reply Sarah May 17, 2013 at 2:15 pm

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

  • Reply Krystina May 17, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    Moisturizer with SPF!

  • Reply Kelsey May 17, 2013 at 2:26 pm

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

  • Reply Beth May 17, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    EOS lip balm, for sure!!

  • Reply Libby May 17, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    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.

  • Reply Sarah V. May 17, 2013 at 2:28 pm

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

  • Reply Audrey G May 17, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    some matte pink lipstick πŸ™‚

  • Reply BalancedSpoon May 17, 2013 at 2:34 pm

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

  • Reply Meredith May 17, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    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˜‰

  • Reply Kristina May 17, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    CC cream with SPF

  • Reply Kaydee May 17, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    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!

  • Reply Kristina May 17, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    I tweeted about the giveaway! @KMBlogs88

  • Reply Allison May 17, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Pink lip balm!

  • Reply ApexAngie May 17, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    EOS lip balm and mascara!

  • Reply Lindsay May 17, 2013 at 2:46 pm

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

  • Reply kristen balchan May 17, 2013 at 2:50 pm

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

  • Reply Ivy May 17, 2013 at 2:57 pm

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

  • Reply Corinne May 17, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    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!

  • Reply Christin Oien May 17, 2013 at 3:21 pm

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

  • Reply Meagan Moughamian May 17, 2013 at 3:26 pm

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

    • Reply Kaydee May 17, 2013 at 4:19 pm

      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!

  • Reply Jessica May 17, 2013 at 3:28 pm

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

  • Reply Christine T May 17, 2013 at 3:30 pm

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

  • Reply Chloe P May 17, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    Suncreen… Ipsa is the best

  • Reply Marissa May 17, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    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.

  • Reply Marissa May 17, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    … aaand tweeted.

  • Reply Kaitlyn Anderson May 17, 2013 at 3:34 pm

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

  • Reply Kaitlyn Anderson May 17, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Tweeted that!

  • Reply ckim May 17, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    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™‚

  • Reply Lauren May 17, 2013 at 3:40 pm

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

  • Reply Joanna May 17, 2013 at 3:42 pm

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

  • Reply Angela Ten Clay May 17, 2013 at 4:05 pm

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

  • Reply Julia May 17, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    coral lip gloss!

  • Reply Alexandra Leavy May 17, 2013 at 4:07 pm

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

  • Reply Bridget Heiple Reich May 17, 2013 at 4:08 pm

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

  • Reply Marisa May 17, 2013 at 4:09 pm

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

  • Reply Jessica B. May 17, 2013 at 4:25 pm

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

  • Reply Mary McCracken May 17, 2013 at 4:34 pm

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

  • Reply Stephanie May 17, 2013 at 4:35 pm

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

  • Reply Lindsay May 17, 2013 at 4:36 pm


  • Reply Mary McCracken May 17, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    I tweeted about the giveaway! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Andrea May 17, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    Waterproof mascara!

  • Reply Kelsey Potter May 17, 2013 at 4:56 pm

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

  • Reply Urban Wife May 17, 2013 at 5:37 pm

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

  • Reply Allison Todd May 17, 2013 at 5:51 pm

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

  • Reply Allison Todd May 17, 2013 at 5:53 pm

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

  • Reply Katie Peeper May 17, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    Sunscreen and bronzer – love Too Faced

  • Reply Alli May 17, 2013 at 6:02 pm

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

  • Reply Alli May 17, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    I tweeted about the giveaway!

  • Reply Emily May 17, 2013 at 6:09 pm

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

  • Reply Michelle Hubbard May 17, 2013 at 6:16 pm

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

  • Reply Ashley C May 17, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    Mine is Juice Organics tinted SPF 30 moisturizer!


  • Reply Kristen A May 17, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Nail polish, bronzer and sunscreen!

  • Reply Cindy Germann May 17, 2013 at 7:23 pm

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

  • Reply jamie May 17, 2013 at 7:26 pm

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

  • Reply Jen P May 17, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    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!

  • Reply JWat May 17, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    aloe vera for sure!!

  • Reply Bridget Miller May 17, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    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

  • Reply Jess May 17, 2013 at 8:24 pm

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

  • Reply Callie Wahl May 17, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    Cant do without my BB cream in the summer!

  • Reply Lori Capel May 17, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Benefit “They’re Real” mascara!


  • Reply jackie May 17, 2013 at 9:09 pm


  • Reply Shari Bonnin May 17, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    Sunscreen spray at least 30 spf

  • Reply Caitlin May 17, 2013 at 10:20 pm

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

  • Reply Michelle Magliocca May 17, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    Sunscreen and lip gloss!

  • Reply erin klegstad May 17, 2013 at 10:54 pm

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

  • Reply Vanessa Davis May 17, 2013 at 11:29 pm

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

  • Reply Jenny Lee May 18, 2013 at 12:03 am

    I want a clarisonic scrubber

  • Reply Naina Sood May 18, 2013 at 12:09 am

    Bright colored eyeliner for the summer πŸ™‚

  • Reply Sarah May 18, 2013 at 12:52 am

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

  • Reply Lindsay K May 18, 2013 at 1:01 am

    Love BB cream in the summer!

  • Reply ShannonLC May 18, 2013 at 1:15 am

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

  • Reply Elena Istomina May 18, 2013 at 1:17 am

    My must have product is SPF moisturizer
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  • Reply LindsayH May 18, 2013 at 3:02 am

    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.

  • Reply Sarah Erickson May 18, 2013 at 3:12 am

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

  • Reply Sarah Erickson May 18, 2013 at 3:12 am

    Just tweeted about the giveaway!

  • Reply Susan May 18, 2013 at 3:34 am

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

  • Reply Susan May 18, 2013 at 3:35 am

    Just tweeted about the giveaway!

  • Reply Michelle in Alaska May 18, 2013 at 5:20 am

    Shimmer lotion!!

  • Reply Jessica Knebel May 18, 2013 at 5:40 am

    tweeted! @jessica0414

  • Reply Jessica Knebel May 18, 2013 at 5:40 am

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

  • Reply Stacey May 18, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Clinique honeysuckle lipgloss – goes great with a tan!

  • Reply Melissa@IWasBornToCook May 18, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    any type of sheer lip gloss!

  • Reply Melissa@IWasBornToCook May 18, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    tweeted! @iwasborntocook

  • Reply Abby May 18, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    sunscreen….and cream blush!

  • Reply Kristen May 18, 2013 at 3:05 pm

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

  • Reply Randi Durham May 18, 2013 at 3:35 pm

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

  • Reply Francesca May 18, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Bare minerals flawless definition mascara!

  • Reply Caitlin May 18, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    L’oreal Sublime Bronzer!

  • Reply Cellabella May 18, 2013 at 4:45 pm

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

  • Reply Madeline May 18, 2013 at 4:46 pm

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

  • Reply DessertForTwo May 18, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    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.

  • Reply DessertForTwo May 18, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    I tweeted! https://twitter.com/DessertForTwo/status/335813515061370881

  • Reply vballer May 18, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    Bare essentials foundation!

  • Reply Morgan May 18, 2013 at 8:26 pm

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

  • Reply Jamie May 18, 2013 at 8:39 pm

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

  • Reply Alessandra May 18, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    Summer must-have is a good self-tanner!

  • Reply mickeyb36 May 18, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    Definitely bronzer, it evens out my tan!

  • Reply Heather May 19, 2013 at 2:27 am


  • Reply Valerie May 19, 2013 at 4:18 am

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

  • Reply MelodyJ May 19, 2013 at 6:14 am

    Hawaiian Tropic Sunblock.

  • Reply Kayleigh May 19, 2013 at 9:41 am

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

  • Reply Chandler Jo May 19, 2013 at 10:38 am

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

  • Reply Chandler Jo May 19, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Tweeted. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Jean Murin May 19, 2013 at 2:42 pm

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

  • Reply Alyssa May 19, 2013 at 2:44 pm

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

  • Reply Ashley C May 19, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    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™‚


  • Reply Julie May 19, 2013 at 3:20 pm

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

  • Reply Elizabeth F. May 19, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    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!

  • Reply C.M. May 19, 2013 at 4:31 pm

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

  • Reply Amy J May 19, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    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™‚

  • Reply Ginny May 19, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    I live in laura mercier tinted moisturizer in the summer!

  • Reply Maggie Michalczyk May 19, 2013 at 8:05 pm

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

  • Reply Rachel Rhodes May 19, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    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!!

  • Reply Isi May 19, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    bright nail polishes πŸ™‚

  • Reply Ash May 19, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    I love the charcoal mask by Origins.

  • Reply Ellie S May 19, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    Bare essentials everything!!

  • Reply Jessica L. May 19, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    pretty nail polish colors are definitely my fave πŸ™‚

  • Reply Laura May 20, 2013 at 12:30 am

    Really nice sunscreen! And fun nailpolish.

  • Reply Alaine May 20, 2013 at 12:33 am

    I love my Peter Thomas Roth moisturizer.

  • Reply The Newlywed Chefs May 20, 2013 at 12:37 am

    Bare essentials mascara!

  • Reply Laura @FoodSnobSTL May 20, 2013 at 12:58 am

    tinted moisturizer

  • Reply natalie@thesweetslife May 20, 2013 at 1:15 am

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

  • Reply Sonya J May 20, 2013 at 1:48 am

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

  • Reply Mandy@OhDizzle May 20, 2013 at 5:58 am

    Neutrogena sunscreen! That stuff is amazing!

  • Reply Kristen May 20, 2013 at 2:22 pm

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

  • Reply Jenni May 20, 2013 at 2:33 pm

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

  • Reply CheriElisabeth May 20, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    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!!!!

  • Reply Allison Marble May 20, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    BB Cream is a life saver in the summer!

  • Reply TVB May 20, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    Love, love, love Bare Essentials!!

  • Reply Anna Wang May 20, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    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”.

  • Reply Kirstin Rudd May 22, 2013 at 12:46 am

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

  • Reply Kirstin Rudd May 22, 2013 at 12:46 am

    I just tweeted

  • Reply Hilda May 24, 2013 at 2:32 am

    Urban Decay Setting Spray!

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