stowaway: a right-sized giveaway.

December 1, 2015

stowaway giveaway | reading my tea leavesThis post is sponsored by Stowaway, a right-sized makeup company.

‘Tis the season for needing to think of gifts for everyone on your list. It’s a pretty lucky problem to have. While I personally love the season of gift-giving, there’s an element of the exchange of gifts that, I concede, can also feel fraught. Will this be appreciated? Will it be put to good use? Will it get lost in a sea of too many gifts? No one wants to receive a gift that will be immediately relegated to a pile for re-gifting, and no one wants to give those gifts, either. 

In the spirit of waste-not, want-not, it makes sense to throw your support behind a company already invested in the same idea: that less is more and that a few good essentials are better than a whole lot of too much.stowaway giveaway | reading my tea leavesAs you probably remember from the other times I’ve worked with Stowaway, the company was founded to solve the very problem of too much. Founders and friends Chelsa Crowley and Julie Fredrickson realized that their struggle of lugging around makeup in sizes too large to ever finish wasn’t theirs alone. It was an industry problem, and one they could fix. With backgrounds in e-commerce and makeup, the two were poised to find a creative solultion—Julie spent her entire e-commerce and entrepreneurial career in digital marketing and Chelsa began her career as a makeup artist before moving in-house with Clinique to work on product education. Together they made right-sized makeup. stowaway giveaway | reading my tea leavesStowaway sells makeup that’s half the size of standard cosmetics and designed to be finished before it expires. Smaller-than-average sizes are not only convenient to carry, but they also allow Stowaway to create safe products. Since the products are designed to be finished before they expire, they don’t need harmful preservatives to prolong their shelf-life. All Stowaway products are paraben-, phthalate-, and cruelty-free. stowaway giveaway | reading my tea leavesTheir customizable six-piece essentials Stowaway Kit includes a BB cream, concealer, pot rouge, lipstick, eyeliner, and mascara. It’s everything you need for $75. (And maybe everything your mother, sister, cousin, friend, needs, too.)stowaway giveaway | reading my tea leavesNew this week, is a trio of limited-edition lipstick in colors fit for the season of merry: muted plum, cranberry, and raspberry. In my case that’s three colors perfect for giving to three sisters, though I admit I’m tempted to save them all for myself. (Sorry, sisters.)stowaway giveaway | reading my tea leavesLucky for you, Stowaway is giving away one of their Stowaway Kits along with a trio of lipstick, to two different Reading My Tea Leaves readers. If you’re feeling very generous, you might even decide to slip the lipsticks into, say, a stocking. stowaway giveaway | reading my tea leavesTo enter the giveaway, submit your email address into the form on the Stowaway site. Two winners will be selected to receive both a six-piece Stowaway Kit and a limited edition lipstick trio for gifting (or keeping for your very own.) The giveaway ends on Tuesday, December 9 at 11:59 pm. Apologies, international readers, this giveaway is open to US readers only.

In case you want to get a head start, Stowaway is offering all Reading My Tea Leaves readers the limited edition lipstick trio FREE with the purchase of a kit. HEAD HERE to build your kit and redeem. (Tip: add the lipstick trio and kit to your cart first and use the code DECEMBERTEA to have the cost of the lipstick deducted from your total purchase!)

For more ideas on how to include Stowaway in your holiday gifting plans, head to their gift guide.

This post was sponsored by Stowaway. Thanks so much for supporting the brands that support Reading My Tea Leaves.

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  • Reply Rosabella December 1, 2015 at 8:42 am

    Lovely giveaway! However, the dazzling amount of legal jargon in the Stowaway site makes it very unclear who can participate in the giveaway – only people who live in the US? Internationals? Internations from specific places? I am pretty sure that I am one of the many international readers, so it would be terrific to know such things…

    • Reply Erin Boyle December 1, 2015 at 8:55 am

      Hi Rosabella! Stowaway is currently only available in the US and this giveaway is only available for US readers! Sorry I forgot to include that detail! Amending now!

  • Reply Emily December 1, 2015 at 8:59 am

    Oh no! I just purchased a kit a week or so ago! I wish I’d waited – those lipsticks are so pretty.

    • Reply Julie Fredrickson December 1, 2015 at 10:09 am


      Hi! I’m Julie one of the co-founders. Don’t fret! We are having a week of super fun gifting events so something tells me if you check back on Thursday on you might find you might find a little treat involving our trio!

      • Reply Emily December 1, 2015 at 11:53 am

        Lovely – thank you for the heads up! 🙂

  • Reply Alex December 1, 2015 at 9:46 am

    i’ve been dying to try stowaway, and i so hope i win!

  • Reply Allie December 1, 2015 at 10:16 am

    Lovely an brilliant. I’m running low on everything and think I might just give the kit a try. Is that code good until the end of December?

    • Reply Erin Boyle December 1, 2015 at 11:04 am

      The special offer is running in tandem with the giveaway schedule! Enjoy!

  • Reply Melanie December 1, 2015 at 10:16 am

    I’ve admired Stowaway cosmetics for a long time now! I would love to win! =)

  • Reply Boston Gemmie December 1, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    How AWESOME! I don’t wear makeup a lot and i really hate spending a lot for a large item that usually goes bad before I can use it all. This is a great alternative!!! Finally someone gets it! 🙂 Thanks for the heads up and for the change to win! 🙂

  • Reply elizabeth December 2, 2015 at 1:17 am

    this looks like such nice makeup!
    (also, your pictures are so beautiful!)

  • Reply thefolia December 2, 2015 at 2:58 am

    Cheers to products that make you look good without making you sick! Happy, healthy pampering!

  • Reply Janet Brown December 3, 2015 at 11:25 am

    Just ordered. So excited to try. Thanks so much for letting us know about these cosmetics.

  • Reply Sarah December 5, 2015 at 10:49 am

    I just bought a kit for me and my sister. I’d love those lipsticks!

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