2 Year Blogoversary $250 Makeup Giveaway

Mary Kay Giveaway


It’s time for a makeup giveaway!  Why?  I am one lucky blogger.  When I started Frugal Beautiful in January 2011, I was a broke grad student who was living in a very frugal Chicago apartment who was debating the merits of a career in academia.  It was my first time ever living out of California, experiencing real weather and questioning my career choice.  I started the blog simply as a coping mechanism for a young lady who was broke in a new city and paying for a pricey graduate program.


Little did I know that within two years Frugal Beautiful, and the amazing people it brought towards me, would change my life in ways I couldn’t have fathomed.  Through this little blog, I adopted my pug, Ralph and donated $740.71 to the Northern Illinois Pug Rescue, fundraised for causes I believe in, like giving up my birthday for charity:water and generating $2,601 in donations.  Later, when I began running, many of you answered my questions, calmed my fears, and helped me raise $500 for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention for my first half marathon months ahead of schedule.


Beyond the numbers, there are so many memories and friendships I have to be thankful for.  I’ve been a speaker at Fincon12, travelled to Portland for the World Domination Summit, been invited to speak at Fitbloggin13, and have been meeting up with Twitter friends at local races and planning runDisney outfits via Facebook.  I made it on Team Refuel and turned around 25 years of saying “I’m not an athlete” by facing down my first half marathon and did it in Tinker Bell wings no less.

As I navigated career changes from academics to marketing, and then navigated from Chicago to California and then now, back again- many of you have been a part of the journey.  Heck, I’m even applying for a passport for the first time in my life. This wouldn’t be possible without you.  Seriously, thank you.


This makeup giveaway includes two fabulous prize packs, valued at a total of over  $250.00.  



Mary Kay Giveaway



Makeup Giveaway


I think the pictures speak for themselves, but they include some of my all time favorite products from Mary Kay, RGB Nail Colors, Ilia, No7 and more!  The winners will be picked at random and must be U.S. residents (sorry!). I’m not a fan of cheaters, so I check entries.

Again, thank you from the bottom of my neon-colored, pug loving, frugal heart for two awesome years of memories, growth and life changing experiences.  As the blog continues to grow, so does my attitude of service- I hope this blog will be a resource to help you live fit, fashionable and fabulous no matter what your budget! 😉
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Thank you and good luck!

Contest ends 1/7/2013



  1. LeighAnn Standridge says

    I am new to frugal beautiful. I keep coming back because I like the posts and I like the sequins too 🙂 I would want to win #2 because of the variety.

  2. Bridget says

    I live in Chicago too! You’ve inspired me to sign up for a runDiseny event! I’m working on getting my family into it too 🙂 I’d like to win #1 – love Mary Kay!

  3. Ryan says

    Happy blogoversary! I follow Frugal Beautiful thanks to my running teamate and sorority big sister, Carolyn. Since I started following you a while back, I’ve gained a lot of confidence- not only in my running shoes but in life.

    As a recent college grad I know what it’s like to live on a budget and you’ve defiantly helped me do so. I’m a pro and finding great workout gear on sale- and work clothes for that matter! (ps sign up for New York and Company’s emails to get great coupons weekly- I’m talking unbelievable sales) A big reason I keep coming back is my feet are so much happier since I invested in running socks thanks to you! Who knew socks could make such a big difference!

    Honestly, I want to win either prize one or 2! They’re both incredible and I can’t even pick. I love all the shades in number1 and the nail polishes in number2! I’d be ecstatic with either. Thank you 🙂

  4. Samantha says

    i love reading about how much you have changed your life for the better, and done things you never thought you would be able to do. i have known you for years so it is just neat to see all the progress 🙂 i would like to win #1 i have never used mary kay makeup.

  5. says

    Hi! I am a new blog reader who found you through Facebook. Just read that you are speaking at Fitblogging 13, I am attending for the first time this year! Looking forward to catching up on your older blog posts soon. Btw, in the past two years I became a runner too! I ran my first half in May 2011 and love running now. I also have a pug.

  6. Jane Ritz says

    When I tried to subscribe the virus protection blocked it. I love your blog! I would love to win set 1. I need it desperately. Thanks for the giveaway.

  7. Heather Spooner says

    I’m new to Frugal Beauty. Any tips that keep me and my wallet looking good is of interest to me. I love prize pack #1. Thanks!

  8. Allison says

    Love Frugal Beautiful! I love getting tips on living fabulously on a budget – and since I’ve started ramping up my workouts too, your fitness/healthy lifestyle tips are very timely!

    Both sets look great but I think I’d pick number 2, I love those polish colors.

  9. Emily Smith says

    Woo hoo, Shannyn! Happy 2 years- your blog is an amazing resource that I love following just as much as any other personal development blogs out there, except I get to squeel when I see about what fun new products or run you have gone on! Thank you for honoring your biggest fans 🙂

    Emily Smith

  10. says

    I’m relatively new here, just been around a couple of months or so. I am on a journey to be more fit, and to spend more time focusing on ME this year. So I’m happy to find your blog–it covers BOTH parts of my goal 🙂

    I’d like to win either prize, but I think i’d prefer #2, as I’ve always wanted to try out a dry shampoo. But all the lip-glosses (i think!) in number one look exciting too! 🙂

  11. says

    I am a working mom and most of my discretionary funds go to my children and their activities, but I am an admitted beauty & shoe junkie so I’m always looking for inexpensive ways to get my fix. Your blog helps me do that. I’m one of your long time listeners first callers reader. 🙂 I’d like to chose the Mary Kay prize if I win.

  12. Erika says

    I’m fairly new to your blog but love hearing about ways to save money especially with a family of 5! I’m also in the Chicago area! Just saw that you were from here. I’d love to win pack #1 because I also love Mary Kay stuff:) Thanks a bunch for the chance to win!

  13. Stephanie says

    I love the honest reviews on Frugal Beautiful – I started following because of your various subscription box reviews. I like #1 best, though both are awesome!

  14. gigi says

    I originally found you through a giveaway – but I love reading you every day for your great reviews, inspiring fitness tales, wonderful tips & finds, and I just like the way you write! I also ordered Rockstar Blogging and it has been a great help as I venture into the blog world. Happy blogiversary and here’s to many more!!

  15. says

    Sooo your post really fired me up. I was so impressed by all the amazing stuff you’ve been able to accomplish and be a part of in such a short amount of time! While I do try to take care of myself that make up is not really my thing but I did really want to say thank you back for being so awesome 🙂

  16. Katie Contests says

    I’m new, but I do enjoy your personal posts! I live vicariously through you 😀

    Hmm I don’t know which one I want! Both are amazing! Maybe #2?

  17. Lindsey says

    I would LOVE prize 1. And good on you for pursuing an education! It all pays off in the end ^_^ (or so I’m told, anyway).

  18. katherine d says

    I’m new, but I’d like to see more posts for being frugal newlyweds/new expecting mothers.

    and I’d love prize 1

  19. Erica P. says

    I read FB because I love to read about beauty and fashion. I like to stay updated on all things related. Thanks for the giveaway! I’d love to win Prize #1.

  20. says

    I read FrugalBeautiful b/c of the down to earth advice. I am relatively new but I keep coming back for the content. I would want to win prize 1 because of all the fun makeup and bracelet!

  21. Ashley Morrissey says

    Either would be extremely amazing to win! I come back often because your site is appealing, fun and interesting!

  22. gabriela says

    I read alot of blogs..This is one I came across this week.Love the Giveaway. I like prize number 2. i have been following on facebook Gabriela Aguilar

  23. Madeeha says

    I read FrugalBeautiful because it definitely has all the tips and tricks for under a budget! 🙂 I’d love to win prize 2!

  24. Rachel Beltz says

    I’m new to your blog, and what will keep me coming back is that I love the way you write, it’s very personal and fun to read 🙂 The sequins are adorable too!! 🙂 I love the products from 1 but the nail polish shades in 2….I’d be happy for either 🙂

  25. Jackie Griebel says

    I read Frugal Beautiful for the beauty reviews, you have a great writing style (brief, to the point and very descriptive). I would like to win either prize pack.

  26. Tina says

    I am new to your blog but I will keep coming back because your posts are very informative. I would like to win Prize number one it is so awesome. Thanks.

  27. says

    I love reading your blog and I’ll keep coming back to read it because it is very detailed. I would love to win prize number 1. Thanks for having this giveaway! 🙂 xx

  28. says

    Hey, I’m unemployed, so anything frugal attracts me..lol. I just found your site and will be on the look out for all things frugal.
    I would like prize 1.

  29. Sharon Siqueiros says

    HAPPY Blogoversary!!
    I love Frugal Beautiful for all the great reviews and tips and deals and and and,
    I just love ya!!
    I would be thrilled with 1 or 2, but the colors in 1 look perfect for someone like me with really fair skin & dark red hair
    Thanks FB!

  30. Laney says

    I’m new here but the beautiful layout and interesting reviews (of products I think I’d otherwise miss!) have garnered my interest. Also, I’d prefer to win box # 2 – I LOVE nail polish!

  31. Jelena says

    I read FrugalBeautiful because it definitely has all the tips and tricks for under a budget! I would like to win the first prize, just so you know. Thanks! 🙂

  32. Joanna A. says

    Both packages look awesome, but I think I would choose #2 if I had to pick!

    And I love reading about beauty products and fitness!

  33. Mary Dailey says

    I am new to Frugal Beautiful, but I can’t wait to keep looking around! Both gifts look fantastic, but if I’d have to pick, I’d go with #1


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