GIVEAWAY: Win the PC Blogger Challenge Beauty Pick — NARS Blush in Sin recently toured the US hosting parties at Sephora stores in Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York City. At each event, they featured a blogger challenge in which top beauty bloggers to pick their 5 beauty must-haves for winter in five minutes with only a $100 budget. Well, I won New York City so one lucky winner gets to win my favorite product from the list (and mostly likely the reason I won — I picked the best blush!), NARS blush in shade Sin.

Nars sin blush

There are 2 ways to enter:  Each option counts as a separate entry.

1. Follow @PrettyConnected on Instagram and like any post that the blush is featured in.

2. Follow @PrettyConnected on twitter & tweet, “Follow @prettyconnected and RT for your chance to win NARS blush in Sin #PCgiveaway” or tweet us why you want to win using the hashtag #PCgiveaway

Extra Credit: Leave a comment under this post telling us why you want to win

Enter by March 1st. All local, state and federal laws apply. US residents only. One winner will be chosen at random by March 3rd.

{Looking fierce and competitive against on of my favorite beauty bloggers}


{Game on time to explain to the judges why I my choices rock for the winter}


As for my picks, here’s what made the list (keep in mind I only had a $100 budget and 5 minutes to run around the store and put this together). 

1. Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in Strawberry Kissed – matte bright pinky red ($12)

2. Nars Blush in Sin – berry with gold shimmer($28)

3. SpaRitual Nail Lacquer in Last Tango – bright terracotta creme ($10)

4. Sephora Collection Age Defy Moisture Cream SPF 15 ($30)

5. Sephora and Pantone Universe Shades of Nature Eye Shadow Palette (Originally $48 on sale for $17)

Out of this list, my die-hard two favorites are the Sephora Cream Lip Stain and NARS blush in shade Sin. Considering the blush was $28, I had to balance my budget accordingly. Since the theme was winter beauty picks, I made my choices based on trend and price — for the season my recommendations are a great red lip, killer blush (more of a plum or berry tone over the classic pink), metallic nails, an eye shadow palette for a variety of looks and SPF! Then I had to juggle finding all of those for under $100. (And at Sephora no less, which can be a challenge). I confess, I went with the moisturizer on an impulse since an SPF all year round is a non-negotiable and the Sephora brand was the lowest price point. However, if I wasn’t in a time crunch and the budget was slightly increased, I would suggest First Aid Beauty 5 in 1 Face Cream SPF 30. It’s lightweight and feels great on.

See all the beauty blogger picks from all three states at