Let me put it out there that I am no makeup artist. I’ve basically been doing the same look on my face for the last 20 years. And that’s ok because it works and because it doesn’t cause my kids any embarrassment. They know mom won’t show up at school one day with 50 shades of something on her eyelids.

That said, I wear makeup every day and keep it interesting by switching up colors to keep the look fresh. When a new palette comes out with the latest shades, it’s a no-brainer that I’m going to want it and I’m going to want to share it with you too.

As soon as I saw jane iredale’s 2015 Holiday Collection: In The Blink of a Smoky Eye ($50), I went crazy for it—and one lucky reader will have a chance to win one too!

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This palette is phenomenal! It’s like having all the colors I’d normally use in one portable case. The eight pressed powder colors are wearable and make eyeshadow as effortless as can be.

Check out how pretty and highly pigmented the colors are in these labeled swatches pulled from an Instagram shot on Jane Iredale’s feed.2015 holiday collection color swatches

  • Bone – matte, creamy nude
  • Pure Gold – shimmery, bright gold
  • Dawn – shimmery rose brown
  • Rose Gold – shimmery rose gold
  • Iris – matte, cool violet
  • Forest – matte, deep green
  • Double Espresso – matte, dark, cool brown
  • Ebony – matte black

Even if you have no clue how to play with eyeshadows, the set comes with a fold-out “how to” guide showing five step-by-step looks. This kit can get you party-ready in no time but is also subdued enough for daily use.

Ebony, espresso, forest and iris easily double as eyeliner colors too.

Just because Jane Iredale is incredibly generous, the giveaway also includes a customer favorite, Forever Red Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain ($25), a multipurpose lip and cheek stain now available in classic red. This is one red that goes from sheer to striking in a matter of swipes.

JI Just Kissed Lipstick in Forever Red

The lovely ingredients enhance your natural coloring and feel hydrating on the lips. Olive butter, avocado butter, and wild rose wax soothe and soften lips, while rose flower wax and beeswax nourish and moisturize.

Best of all, anyone can rock the long-lasting, customizable color. From my 12-year-old blondie…

applying lip color

…to my 9-year-old brunette. The good-for-you ingredients mean I don’t have to worry about my models ingesting anything toxic.

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When I was on the hunt for cleaner cosmetics before I had kids, I still remember that Jane Iredale was one of a handful of brands that was available back in the ’90s. This company has longevity for good reason. It consistently offers quality products that are on par with department store brands, so I never miss a thing.

You can buy In the Blink of a Smoky Eye and Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain at Jane Iredale.

Best of all one lucky reader will win this gorgeous Holiday Collection by entering the giveaway below. You only have 3 days to enter. The giveaway ends Thursday night. One winner will be announced on Friday, Nov. 13. Good luck! (This giveaway is open to residents in Continental U.S. only. Apologies to my intercontinental friends.)


*Products were sent to me for evaluation courtesy of the wonderful team at Jane Iredale. (Thank you, Angie Castro!)

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