If you've been reading this blog for any length of time, you'll know that—no surprise—I'm a minimalist when it comes to what I put on my face. If I'm being totally honest, there are many (many) mornings when it takes me until I'm almost down the subway stairs to realize that I left the house without so much as a swipe of chapstick, let alone any makeup.
But none of that means that I don't aspire to looking just a little more pulled together. It's just sometimes hard to justify makeup purchases when I know that I don't put them to use very often. And then there are the ingredients to contend with. And the packaging to consider.
A few weeks ago I was working on a little post for Natalie (coming soon!) about my makeup bag and I included a little prayer to the universe to provide a cosmetics company that would make "beautifully effective products, devoid of questionable ingredients, and lovingly presented in matching little packages."
And then last week I stumbled upon Stowaway. Makers of right-sized cosmetics designed to make your makeup routine simpler, not to mention, more mobile. Their first collection includes six basic products packaged in sizes small enough to ensure that you'll use them up before they expire. They're paraben-, phthalate-, and cruetly-free as well as being EU compliant. And they're adorable. And they work like magic. Bonus points: Stowaway is a women-founded company selling direct-to-consumer to save you the markups and waste of traditional cosmetics. GO, GIRLS.
Note to self: ask the universe to provide more often.
This week, Stowaway is offering Reading My Tea Leaves readers the chance to take home a Stowaway Kit of their own. The kit includes a Radiant Complexion Beauty Balm, Creaseless Concealer, Cheek & Lip Rouge, Creme Lipstick, Effortless Eyeliner, and mascara. (And it comes with the perfect pint-sized makeup bag to carry everything in.)
To enter the giveaway, subscribe to the Stowaway newsletter and leave a comment below complete with a way to contact you and a little note about where you complete your morning makeup routine. (Me? In front of the mirror in our main room. Keeping one eye on the mirror and one eye on Faye.)
The giveaway will close at 5:00 pm EST on Friday, March 6, 2015 and a randomly selected winner will be announced on Monday, March 9, 2015. Open to US readers only.
This post and giveaway was sponsored by Stowaway Cosmetics. Thanks so much for supporting the smart, innovative businesses like Stowaway that keep Reading My Tea Leaves afloat.
PS. If you didn't see the treat that Stowaway offered in this month's newsletter. Check your inbox!