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Stowaway Cosmetics Giveaway


Have you heard of Stowaway Cosmetics yet? I recently discovered them and have quickly become a big fan. Today I wanted to share a bit more about who they are and the products of theirs I’ve tried out, plus give you a chance to win a free kit!



First, let’s talk about who they are and what they’re about. Started by two friends, Chelsa Crowley and Julie Fredrickson, these “right sized cosmetics” are smaller than average and designed to be fully used rather than tossed out too soon because they’ve expired. These beautiful products are all paraben-free, phthalate-free, cruelty-free and EU-compliant. What is that exactly? Well, the US bans only 11 items in cosmetics (yikes!) but Europe bans over 1,300 items in their cosmetics and Stowaway products are compliant with those standards. Love that!




Now that we’re all in the know about the brand, let me tell you more about the products. Every kit includes the same products—BB cream, concealer, cheek & lip rouge, lipstick, eyeliner and mascara—but you get to customize your color preferences. This is what I chose for my kit…

I admit, it took me a while to decide on colors, mostly because I don’t wear a lot of makeup usually (other than bronzer!) and had no idea what colors would look right on me. This page was super helpful for choosing the BB cream color—the “light” shade is darker than the name indicates as my skin is pretty tan and it’s the perfect color.




While everything in the kit is pretty amazing, the mascara and cheek and lip rouge are definitely getting more use than the other products. As someone who has tried almost every single drugstore mascara out there, I’m shocked at how much I love the mascara, especially since it’s black and I normally wear brown. And that rouge? It’s the perfect multi-tasker. Great for my fellow minimalists!

Okay, okay, have I sold you on this stuff yet? What can I say—when I love something, I love something. Which is why I’m so glad one of you is going to get a free kit—including beauty balm, concealer, lipstick, rouge, eyeliner and mascara.

To enter, please visit Stowaway and sign up for their newsletter here, then leave a comment below. The winner will be chosen at random on Monday, August 24. Good luck! Update: the winner has been chosen and contacted. Thank you to all who entered!

Bonus for readers: Get a FREE pot rouge and lipstick with your purchase of a kit by using the code SPARETHOUGHTS. Thank you so much, Stowaway!

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  • Sarah
    August 18, 2015 at 10:49 am

    I’d love to try that red lipstick – I have such a hard time finding one that works! I think you’ve posted a similar issue, Natalie – did you like this one? Thank you for hosting the giveaway!

    • Natalie Borton
      August 18, 2015 at 11:05 am

      Yes! It’s really creamy, which I appreciate as a lip balm wearer usually :) It is SUPER pigmented, too, so you only need to apply one coat and you’re set. They recommended using their concealer as a base on your lips to give it more staying power but I haven’t tried that yet.

    • Arielle Salazar
      August 18, 2015 at 4:52 pm

      How awesome! Signed up! :)

  • Michelle
    August 18, 2015 at 11:07 am

    I signed up! Thanks!

  • Tracy
    August 18, 2015 at 11:16 am

    This would be perfect for my new working mama routine! Might have to do my makeup at my desk ;)

    • Natalie Borton
      August 18, 2015 at 11:25 am

      Haha, totally. I love how easy it is to carry these around with me—I especially love keeping that cheek and lip rouge in the diaper bag so I can easily freshen up and look alive on the go ;)

  • Laura
    August 18, 2015 at 11:18 am

    I’m signed up for the newsletter!

  • Lauren
    August 18, 2015 at 11:22 am

    This is just my cup of tea! I never finish any of my makeup! Can’t wait to browse their site

  • Kelsi S
    August 18, 2015 at 11:25 am

    I love trying new make-up and would love to win!!

  • Sarah
    August 18, 2015 at 11:25 am

    Perfect for a busy mama – I can’t wait to try this!

  • Elizabeth
    August 18, 2015 at 11:25 am

    What a unique concept!

  • Susan
    August 18, 2015 at 11:26 am

    That sounds amazing! I love safe and minimal makeup options!

  • Amy
    August 18, 2015 at 11:28 am

    Being a new first time momma I haven’t gone makeup shopping since I was pregnant! I’ve never tried nice makeup before, I have always have boughten cheaper stuff. The cheek rouge looks amazing and I love that it can be used on lips too! I was intrigued but your first post when you first received your order. I loved the lip/cheek Color you chose it was very natural looking! Thank you for hosting this give away!

  • jenna
    August 18, 2015 at 11:28 am

    Beautiful! Love how natural it looks!

  • Evey
    August 18, 2015 at 11:31 am

    I’ve been eyeing this stuff for a while — I’d love to try it!! I joined their newsletter :)

  • Eryn
    August 18, 2015 at 11:35 am

    I love the packaging and how natural these products are. Buying the BB cream now!

  • Jamie Rives
    August 18, 2015 at 11:35 am

    Signed up! Fingers crossed!

  • Maren
    August 18, 2015 at 11:36 am

    Looks like fun! Would love to try!

  • Courtney Biggs
    August 18, 2015 at 11:37 am

    Not only is this makeup eco-friendly, all-natural, and so pretty, but the packaging design is simple and minimalistic as well. I love when products are beautifully designed. It makes them all the more enjoyable to use.

  • Elise Crawford
    August 18, 2015 at 11:39 am

    I’ve been eyeing Stowaway cosmetics for awhile now- they are such beautiful products! And I love how natural they are- what we put on our face is so important!

  • Erin
    August 18, 2015 at 11:43 am

    Love an all natural product. Beautiful packaging is a plus. Thank you for hosting this give away.

  • Emma
    August 18, 2015 at 11:50 am

    Love this!! Thanks so much for offering this giveaway!

  • Hannah
    August 18, 2015 at 11:52 am

    I am always looking for healthier products! Haven’t found a mascara that isn’t chocked-full of carcinogens that I love yet, so I am stoked about this!

  • Sarah goodman
    August 18, 2015 at 11:55 am

    I love how this contains everything i would need to get out of the door with two under two!

  • Megan
    August 18, 2015 at 11:56 am

    Love trying new makeup! Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  • Amy
    August 18, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    I signed up! Very curious to check out this line, thanks!

  • Smccormick
    August 18, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    Couldn’t have posted this at a better time – with cancer in our fam on both sides, my husband and I are in the process of switching out shampoos, soaps, deodorants etc. with “cleaner” products. Makeup has been at the forefront of my mind to start researching next!

  • kate
    August 18, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    Seems like such a great find! Excited to try it out!

  • Stacey Dawn
    August 18, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    This would be perfect for an on-the-go, full-time working mamma! Sign me up! ❤️❤️❤️

  • Emily
    August 18, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    I’m signed up for the newsletter! I have heard a lot about Stowaway from other bloggers and would love to try their products!

  • Allie
    August 18, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    These look like fabulous products! Thank you for the opportunity. Xoxo

  • Lauren
    August 18, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    This make up looks wonderful! I’ve been on the market for something natural and subtle! ☺️

  • Marcy Kiser
    August 18, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    So neat to learn about this brand! Thanks for sharing!

  • Brittany Riffle
    August 18, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    This sounds amazing! I completed my entry form and hope to win these great products

  • Rebecca Vigil
    August 18, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    I absolutely love the concept behind this makeup!

  • Kasey Johnson
    August 18, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    I have a 6 month old and am just getting ready to go back to work as a 5th grade teacher. Between my baby still getting up 4-5 times per night and running all day as a teacher, I could really use an easy-going but beautiful makeup routine for my mornings. Thanks for offering this giveaway!

  • Laura B.
    August 18, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    Dying to try these items! I so want a minimalist makeup bag! These are the perfect items.

  • Emalie
    August 18, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    Entered! Love your blog so much Natalie

  • Urban Wife
    August 18, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    I’m in serious need of some new makeup, especially something that’s free of all those nasty chemicals — fingers crossed!

  • Lauren
    August 18, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    Just signed up and am crossing my fingers! Sounds like they have some great products!

  • Rachel
    August 18, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    I’ve only recently started using BB cream (I’m a little late to the game), and I love it in theory but haven’t found one that I love in practice, so I’d love to give this a try!

  • Sarah B
    August 18, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    Awesome products! I signed up :)

  • Renee
    August 18, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    Oh, I need this kit in my life! I hope to try the peony blush. So pretty!

  • Jodie
    August 18, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    Going to sign up now and browse the products. I travel a lot and I like the idea of reducing the size of my makeup bag!

  • Gennean
    August 18, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    Entered! Love the size of those products, and the ease with which you can transport them!

  • Amanda Jyanes
    August 18, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    So awesome! I’m trying my hardest to find more natural cosmetics. Thanks for the tip!

  • Megan
    August 18, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    Love trying new makeup!! Fingers crossed!

  • Elizabeth
    August 18, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    Love the idea of not being wasteful!

  • Elizabeth
    August 18, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    Entered! The colors look great!

  • Amanda
    August 18, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    Signed up! Love the idea of how natural these products are, thanks for sharing!

  • Colleen Wilshire
    August 18, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    I am so interested in this…What a genius idea. Thanks for sharing, Natalie!

  • Samantha
    August 18, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    These look like great products! I’m signed up!

  • Brittney goodson
    August 18, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    Even if I don’t win, I now know more about this product and I’m going to try them out. Love, love, love the color choices. Thanks for sharing natalie!

  • Jessie
    August 18, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    Yay! I can’t wait to try it out :) I’ve been trying to simplify my makeup and this sounds like the perfect solution!!!

  • Stacy
    August 18, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    I’ve been interested in trying their products for a while now, might have to give it a go!

  • Kristin
    August 18, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    I’ve been dying to try this brand for awhile now! I’d love to win!

  • Kailey
    August 18, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    As a dancer, it’s so hard to find makeup that looks good on stage yet is made of good-for-you ingredients! Hopefully this will do the trick! :)

  • Kristina
    August 18, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    All signed up! These are adorable!

  • Sunny Long
    August 18, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    I LOVE this concept! I never understand how other expensive companies expect me to where THAT much makeup in the allotted 6 months!! Such a waste! (Oh, and I love the ingredients, too!)

  • Maria
    August 18, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    I’d love to win! This make-up sounds lovely.

  • Bethany vaughan
    August 18, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    Ah!! I’m currently in the process of switching all my makeup over to natural products. So excited to hear about this brand and sign up for the newsletter!

  • Rebecca Ramsey
    August 18, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing, what a great concept. I hope I win!

  • Jenny j.
    August 18, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    Love this idea :) signed up!

  • Jen S
    August 18, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    Great concept and packaging. Looks like the perfect travel and haul to work for the post workout touch up kit.

  • Wendy
    August 18, 2015 at 8:41 pm


  • Annie B
    August 18, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    All signed up! :) Awesome giveaway!

  • Wendy
    August 18, 2015 at 9:01 pm


  • Laurie
    August 18, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    Sounds awesome!

  • Heidi
    August 18, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    Love this idea!

  • Eshee Iqbal
    August 19, 2015 at 1:04 am

    I’m loving the lipstick! Now that’s one color I’d love to try.
    and signed up!

  • Brenna Tudor
    August 19, 2015 at 2:18 am

    I am so excited to try this makeup! I’m GF and very sensitive to most makeup and have the hardest time finding mascara that doesn’t make my eyes burn! I signed up for the newsletter and will be ordering something soon!!

  • Kirsten
    August 19, 2015 at 2:31 am

    Signed up! What a great concept!

  • Laura
    August 19, 2015 at 2:42 am

    Just signed up! I am working on simplifying my makeup routine and would love to have this to help in that!

  • Megan
    August 19, 2015 at 3:37 am

    I’ve been looking for a bb cream and multitasker! Would love to try…

  • Donika
    August 19, 2015 at 5:15 am

    This is great! I love how much care and thought goes into making their products! Thanks for sharing!!
    Signed up on their site for the giveaway-thanks for the offer :)

  • Lisa
    August 19, 2015 at 5:29 am

    Entered! What a great set of simple products! I love your idea to keep it in the diaper bag – I definitely don’t go anywhere without it!

  • rachael
    August 19, 2015 at 7:12 am

    Would love to win this! I’ve been wanting to try their products that I’ve heard such great reviews about.

  • Elissa
    August 19, 2015 at 7:13 am


  • Candi McKean
    August 19, 2015 at 7:40 am

    Entered!! Our skin is the biggest organ on our body- what we put on it is so important :)

  • Andrea Miller
    August 19, 2015 at 7:53 am

    Would love this!! I’ve been trying so many different products.

  • Lauren
    August 19, 2015 at 8:07 am

    Absolutely beautiful! Love that they comply with European standards. Thank you, Stowaway for giving us quality make-up options that we can purchase fear-free!

  • Jenna L.
    August 19, 2015 at 8:33 am

    I love mini-sized makeup products! I often don’t use them fast enough before I have to toss them out, so this is a great idea.

  • Jennifer
    August 19, 2015 at 8:54 am

    entered! i have been hearing a lot about this brand. Would love to try it!

  • Laura
    August 19, 2015 at 9:56 am

    What an exciting product line! I love the smaller sizes to prevent waste – I don’t use regular sized products quickly enough so I have to toss them when they start to age. And I’d love the convenience of carrying smaller sizes – hello gym bag! I hope to win so I can try the whole line! But let’s be honest – I’m going to have to try it no matter what. :)

  • Sarah
    August 19, 2015 at 10:09 am

    I love that these cosmetics are small which is great for both travel and not wasting. I’d love to try the lipstick in scarlet. I’ve been looking for a great red lip color and this might be it!

  • Stephanie Braunwarth
    August 19, 2015 at 10:22 am

    I’m a huge fan of non-toxic cosmetics and self-care products!

  • Nichole
    August 19, 2015 at 10:42 am

    All signed up – I’m excited to try them out!

  • Kelli
    August 19, 2015 at 10:44 am

    Love this! Makeup is my jam! Thank you!!

  • AshleyL
    August 19, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    This sounds amazing! I’m a big fan of w3ll people too which is another natural brand.

  • Becca
    August 19, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    awesome! Signed up:)

  • Courtney Thomas
    August 19, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    signed up! have been wanting to try stowaway!!

  • Connie Zhou
    August 19, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    That lipstick look so creamy!

  • Sheila Trassare
    August 19, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    I’ve been looking for something like this. We eat all organic food and it started to dawn on me.. I feel my inner body, why am I still using all these awful chemicals on my outer body?? Although I don’t wear a lot of makeup normally but for those special girls nights or dates nights when the 3 yr old has a sitter! Thank you!!

  • Katie
    August 19, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    LOVE this. Entered!

  • Sarah Beth
    August 20, 2015 at 6:38 am

    I signed up! Looks like a great line. What a great idea to have smaller sizes.

  • Kate
    August 20, 2015 at 10:20 am

    Entered! Love that they don’t have a lot of those scary ingredients, and I really like that minimalist package design!
    Kate // This Side of Paradise

  • Carla S
    August 20, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    I subscribed. I love the colors and sizes of this makeup.

  • Ellie C.
    August 20, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    Entered! I would LOVE to try the mascara! Thanks for the giveaway :)

  • April Ansley
    August 20, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    I would love to try this brand. Throwing away half-used, expired lipstick is always so sad!

  • Kelly D
    August 21, 2015 at 8:18 am

    Entered! Thanks so much for sharing about these products and for the giveaway! Fingers crossed. :-)

  • Valerie
    August 21, 2015 at 11:30 am

    Just signed up! This sounds like the perfect go to kit for a new momma like myself to look refreshed and ready to go for the day and love the custom options!

  • CJ
    August 21, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    Signed up! I love this brand concept. The lipstick size is perfect!

  • Ashley
    August 21, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    I keep coming back to this brand and reading so many great things. I’m going to have to try regardless of if I win!

  • Lia
    August 21, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    Thanks for sharing! this brand looks great. will definitely have to try!

  • Sally
    August 21, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    Looks great! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • s.w.
    August 22, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    I signed up!

  • Carolsue
    August 22, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    I signed up for n/l
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  • Anna Kate
    August 22, 2015 at 7:32 pm

    All looks lovely! Signed up!

  • Amy
    August 23, 2015 at 12:28 am

    These look so cool!

  • Anastasia P.
    August 23, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    I have a hard time wearing makeup because I have such sensitive skin. But Stowaway products look like high quality, gorgeous makeup that is not over the top. Thanks for having this giveaway!

  • Annie
    August 23, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    Love the look of this make up – the style, the quality, it all looks beautiful!

  • Cathrine
    August 23, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    So beautiful and fun. Signed up!

  • Frédérique
    August 23, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    I am terrible at make up in general but this sounds perfect, not intimidating at all and very natural. Fingers crossed! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  • Jenna
    August 24, 2015 at 5:53 am

    I’ve been using Alima Pure for a “safe” foundation. I really like it, but I’m still searching for some good options for mascara and blush! Thanks!

  • Carissa
    August 24, 2015 at 8:54 am

    What a great idea! I hate wasting products and these have such a chic design.