Mary Kay Hollywood Dreams Makeover Contest

Mary Kay® is one of those iconic makeup brands that makes me think of my childhood, which I love. In fact, for a real kick, watch my video…you can see a “vintage,” e.g. old and disgusting, Mary Kay® makeup compact from about twenty years ago. Not kidding. But I digress. I’m here to let you know about their fab Mary Kay Hollywood Dreams Makeover Contest. You could win a trip to Los Angeles, a professional makeover, personal stylist consultation and wardrobe.

Here’s How: Visit marykay.com to locate your Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant.

Schedule your makeover and enter to win!

Seriously, when was the last time you checked out Mary Kay? They’ve got some GOOD products, guys. No joke. Visit marykay.com/whatsnew to find your new look for fall! To get a look like mine (in the video), and purchase the products I used, contact your Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant or connect with one at marykay.com.

GIVEAWAY! Ten of my lucky readers will receive a Mary Kay® NouriShine Plus® Lip Gloss in Rock ‘n’ Red (ARV $14) and a Mary Kay® Lash Love® Mascara in I ♥ black (ARV $15) , just for telling me your beauty must-have’s this fall! Reply below to let me know!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Mary Kay. The opinions and text are all mine. Official Sweepstakes Rules

I Love It. You Win It: Hourglass Cosmetics No. 28 Primer Serum

I’m pretty into primers so when a friend told me that I simply must try out Hourglass Cosmetics, I obviously went right for their No. 28 Primer Serum.  It’s super silky and luxurious and helps strengthen the skin’s natural moisture barrier, even out pores and create a smooth, even texture for makeup.  And, fun fact, the “28” stands for the fact that the formula includes 14 essential oils, 10 lipid-rich plant oils and four vitamins.  And for you math genius’, that number totals 28.

Want one? You should.  

GIVEAWAY!  Follow me on Twitter and leave a comment on this post letting me know why you wanna try out this fab primer.  Contest ends August 28th at 5pm PST.

UPDATE: Many readers have emailed me saying that they’re having issues posting comments on my blog. If you are having trouble, send me an email instead and I’ll count that toward an entry 🙂 Email: QueenoftheQuarterLifeCrisis@gmail.com

Hawaiian Tropic Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Swim in Miami (vote for me!)

If there’s one thing I’m vehemently passionate about, it’s SPF and safe sun.  I was featured on BellaSugar.com last May for Skin Cancer Awareness Month and was honestly SHOCKED at how many people commented on my story, saying that “vitamin D is good for you” and that you don’t really need to wear sunblock.  With that shocking fact said, I’ve partnered with Hawaiian Tropic (yes, the sunscreen that smells like coconut!) in a contest with two other beauty bloggers – I could win the chance to go with them to Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Swim in Miami this summer!

Vote for me HERE.  You just have to “like” the page (I promise they won’t spam you) and then scroll down to vote for me.  Oh, and you can vote more than once, btw!


To make things a little more interesting, if I do win, I’ll do a week’s worth of beauty and fashion giveaways as soon as the winner is announced, and guys, they will be GOOD prize packages, I promise.  You help me, I help you.


Sponsored Post: Very.com Very Big Blogger Competition

It’s not every day that you could win $1,000 a year for 20 years, right?  I’m not one to enter many contests but when I heard about Very.com’s Very Big Blogger Competition, I just couldn’t resist.  If you’re not familiar, Very.com is a new, super cute British e-tailer, with some really adorable dresses, btw.

You can click HERE to vote for me (please!) and, as a bonus, you’ll receive an exclusive invitation to their new online VIP event where you’ll get 20% off!

Contest Alert: Patricia Field teams up with U by Kotex


So I just got word that legendary costume designer Patricia Field (of “Sex and the City” fame) has teamed up with U by Kotex to give girls the opportunity to help change and inspire the future of the feminine care category through an online design challenge that just launched.  Girls can get get creative and start designing at BanTheBland.com for a chance to work with Patricia to design the new product for 2012 AND attend Fashion Week in New York City!

As an added bonus, U by Kotex will donate $1 for everyone that submits or likes a design to go towards Girls For A Change – a national non-profit organization that empowers girls to create and lead social change within their communities.

Contest Alert/Three Questions with Andrea Lavinthal

So I’ve known Andrea Lavinthal for a few years now and I have to say, she regularly impresses me with her witty writing, in-depth beauty knowledge and lastly, the fact that ‘she’s co-written THREE books by the age of 30.  Impressive, to say the least.  Her latest is titled Your So-Called Life: A Guide to Boys, Body Issues, and Other Big-Girl Drama You Thought You Would Have Figured Out by Now (available tomorrow).  After checking out an advanced copy, I realized how I am completely and totally in this phase of my life…it’s a mix of the quarter life crisis and what Andrea and co-author Jessica call your “thrisis” or “redo-berty.”  Check out the three burning questions I had for Andrea and enter for a chance to win your own free copy of her genius book.

Q: What does “thirty, flirty and thriving” mean to you?

A: Depends on the day.  When someone compliments me on a story I wrote, a blind date actually has all of his hair, and my skinny jeans zip up without a fight, that phrase embodies the confidence you gain in your late twenties and early thirties.  However, when your boss utters the words, “pay freeze,” the cute guy with hair goes MIA, and you’ve taken to wearing leggings EVERYWHERE, “thirty, flirty, and thriving” can feel like nothing more than a line in a Jennifer Garner movie (albeit my favorite Jennifer Garner movie).

Q: What part of your “redo-berty” or “thrisis” is personally hardest for you?

A: You know how when one area of your life is going great, another one is falling to pieces?  Well, I feel good baout what I’ve accomplished so far in my prfessional life and I’m thrilled that I achieved my goal of publishing three books by 30.  Now I’m ready to get married and be a mother and let’s just say that writing the relationship chapter of the book hit a little too freaking close to home!

Q: You and Jessica obviously have an amazing friendship, which is so important to have, and especially during the “thrisis.”  What did Jessica bring to the book and what did you bring to the book that makes you such a great team?

A: As Women’s Wear Daily put it in a feature on the two of us, “Lavinthal, all citified sorority girl in knee-high Michael Kors boots and honey-colored highlights, and the more cerebral, reserved, Rozler seem at first glance an unlikely pair, but it was these differences that drew them together.”  While this quote not-so-subtly implies that Jessica is the brains of this operation while I’m the, um, hair, we are actually more similar than people think.  For starters, we share a wildy inappropriate sense of humor and a love of pop culture.  Also, we’ve been writing together since we met as journalism students at Syracuse University so at this point we can literally finish each other’s (written) sentences.  However, Jessica is more patient, conscientious, and thoughtful than I am, which makes her not only an amazing writer, but a meticulous editor as well.  Plus, she lets me hog the spotlight.


Leave a comment and let us know your biggest “Thrisis” challenge then email me with your answer and email address (QueenoftheQuarterLifeCrisis@gmail.com).  Three winners will be selected on Monday, September 20th!



Giveaway! Win a bottle of L’Oreal Elnett!

So when something’s a cult favorite, it’s usually for a reason.  Nadine gave me one of her spare bottles of L’Oreal Elnett a few months back and my reaction: I can’t believe I had to wait 27 years to try the best hair spray EVER.

Why do you care?  I’m giving away THREE BOTTLES of this genius product in honor of the fact that one of my favorite reality stars, Kourtney Kardashian, was busted stocking up on the goods last week.  If it’s good enough for a Kardashian, it’s good enough for you, people.

Simply comment on this post and tell me who your favorite Kardashian is and why.  Also make sure to leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re one of the three winners.  Good luck!

DEADLINE: Sunday, August 1st at 5pm PST