Real Techniques Sculpting Set Giveaway

The holiday season is kicking my butt. You may have noticed that I didn’t publish content on Friday. I’ve been neck-deep in a project at work that had heavy last-minute involvement last week. I’m talking, working my usual 9.5 hour workday then come home and work until 10 or 11 PM. Intense. No time to make finishing touches on posts I had waiting in the wings. Fortunately, that project culminates on Tuesday!

And then it is only normal holiday madness to contend with. Thankfully, my shopping is already done. ANYWAY.

We all need a little grace sometimes and I can’t overstate how much I appreciate you bearing with my occasional blips in consistency! I’m shifting my November 2017 Favorites to this Friday, December 8 but will have content on Wednesday. In the meantime, what better time to kick off a holiday giveaway?

Givea-whaaat?

TWO lucky winners will receive a Real Techniques Sculpting Set. This brush trio features their:

  • Sculpting Brush – If you aren’t a contour wizard (I’m not!) then this brush makes achieving a nice natural-looking contour foolproof. It’s lovely for blush, too. It is one of my favorite brushes.
  • Fan Brush – I use this most often to whisk away eyeshadow fallout but it is nice for powder highlight, too. I just don’t tend to use powder highlight that often!
  • Setting Brush – Love this for the under-eye area. I pick up a bit of my Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder with this and sweep it on to effortlessly set my concealer.

plus a brush cup to store your tools. I own each of these brushes and really enjoy them, so I was excited to see them being sold in a convenient value set (if not a little miffled that I bought these brushes individually back in the day, LOL).

Real Techniques Sculpting Set Details & Entry

Details on how to enter after the jump!

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Urban Decay Naked Smoky Giveaway

You know what’s long overdue? A giveaway to thank you for visiting my tiny hole in the internet to read Beauty Skeptic. It’s been since January!

I put in a lot of time creating content, but occasionally I (like many content creators) forget how much of your time you spend choosing to visit and read (or comment). In a typical year, I have a few giveaways to thank you readers for that, but this year it somehow got away from me.

My favorite thing to give away, however, are palettes.

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EcoTools Eye Enhancing Set Giveaway

Apologies for the delayed announcement of winners (see below widget). Winners have been contacted via e-mail.

Thank you for entering and participating!


January and February are easily my least favorite months of the year. The cozy sweater weather of autumn becomes awkwardly layer up in fleece-lined leggings and sweatpants weather. I happen to think giveaways are a nice little pick-me-up, though. Maybe you do, too – so I’m hosting another EcoTools Eye Enhancing Set Giveaway – and this time, I’m giving away THREE.

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Sensationail Starter Kit Winner & Saturnalia 2016

The winner of last week’s Sensationail Starter Kit giveaway, Nicole, has been contacted. Congratulations! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. As much as I love gold and bronze eyeshadow, if I had to select a single thing as my favorite beauty product, that would be it.

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As for me, I have some rare, precious time off from work, which recently became even more valuable due to a promotion I earned. I have therefore decided to give myself some grace and throw caution, responsibility, and general adulting to the wind for a week. In reality, I’ll still be working on Beauty Skeptic, but a week free of deadlines does a lot for the creative spirit.

I hope your preferred flavor of winter holidays, secular or religious, are most excellent. Regrettably, I still haven’t figured out how to get a Festivus pole in my apartment; I didn’t even manage to get my wee secular Christmas tree up this year. It’s been busy since Thanksgiving.

Please do be smart and safe on New Years’ Eve. If you will be celebrating in the customary fashion, arrange transportation (that you are not the driver of!) in advance. In a pinch, there are TONS of resources for free or discounted safe rides. Lyft and Uber offered services of this nature around Thanksgiving, and various AAA chapters do, too. Please do your homework before going to have fun.

Content will return Monday, January 2, 2017. See you then.

500th Post Giveaway

Today marks my 500th post to Beauty Skeptic. What an exciting milestone – and what better way to celebrate than with a giveaway to give back? Give back to you who, incredibly, give me enough time to day to read my drivel? What started as the result of an off-handed remark between a friend and I has grown into a blog that gets:

  • roughly 400 unique visitors per day (more when I remember to cross-post my content in relevant areas)
  • recognition elsewhere on the internet for not being an idiot
  • social media followers
  • enough annual ad revenue from Adsense to cover my hosting costs

…and so forth. That’s amazing – especially since I do not have much of an Instagram presence, and will not ever have a Snapchat presence.

Thank you!

Anyway, what to give away…

500th Post Giveaway - Sensationail Starter Kit

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