Thursday, March 11, 2010


I was introduced to the website swagbucks through a coupon blog I follow, and I decided to give it a try. Like many other earn points/gift card websites you can buy things through their site or complete offers (that require you to pay) to get points. These points are called swagbucks. I avoid anything that requires me to pay like the plague, however, this site offers a couple of free ways to earn points. The easiest way is by downloading and using their search engine. You can also refer friends and find codes for free bucks. Gift cards that I am interested in start at 450 swagbucks for a $5 Amazon card and 700 swagbucks for $5 cash deposited into my Paypal account. After three days I have 72 swagbucks.

Here is my preliminary review:


  • Unlike other sites I've seen in addition to gift cards you can also redeem your bucks for cash deposited directly into your Paypal account. There are plenty of gift cards from popular retailers like Amazon, Target, Starbucks, and Macys in addition to the retailers I've never heard of.
  • The site doesn't require you to spend any money.
  • If you refer friends you can earn up to 1,000 swag bucks per friend. You only earn points when they receive points using the search engine.


  • The easiest way to get swagbucks is to download and use their search bar. Compared to google their search function is much slower. The first few results you get are sponsored links so they're ads instead of what you wanted.
  • Unless you are willing to spend money or have lots of referrals you earn swagbucks slowly.


For the time being I'm going to keep using the search bar and see how many points I have by the end of the month.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Fun with Makeup - Day Looks

Style One

Below is one of my easiest day looks. It's what I wear when I don't feel like wearing make-up, but still want to hide any skin imperfections. It can be done in two minutes or less. And it only requires 2-3 products.

I start with a tinted moisturizer with SPF. Smooth over entire face and blend into neck. If needed apply concealer under eyes or on any blemishes. Apply a single coat of dark brown mascara (for blonds and red heads) or black mascara (for brunettes).

Style Two

For a slightly brighter look start with the steps outlined above and then add eye shadow along your lash line. Apply a pink shade of lip gloss. Finish off with a healthy dusting of pink blush along your cheekbones.

Style Three

Next is a low key look that emphasizes your eyes. After you apply, your tinted moisturizer, concealer, and mascara, carefully draw a cat eye line on your upper lash line using liquid liner. If you're hopeless with liquid liner you can take an eyeliner brush and use eye shadow instead, however, liquid liner can be conquered by anyone. Use your non dominant hand to hold your eyelid. Rest your other elbow on a hard surface and slowly draw short lines on your eyelid. Connect those lines. Thicken the line right above the middle of your eye. I often use the side of the brush instead of the tip. With my eye closed a little liner will often seep onto the bottom lash. This gives a very faint definition that I really like. If there are any mistakes dip a q-tip in makeup remover and clean up the line. Dust a little bit of a light colored blush on your cheekbones and finish with lip balm.