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Which #StarbucksInCostaRica beauty look is for you? (tell us & win)

Which #StarbucksInCostaRica beauty look is for you? (Tell us & win this complete set)

#starbucksincostarica blog prize


With the amount of Starbucks that I drink each day it is no wonder that I’m excited by a Starbucks contest that offers a once-in-a-lifetime chance to visit the brand’s Hacienda Alsacia Coffee Farm in Costa Rica. The mission of the Farm is to create best practices to make growing coffee more profitable for small-scale farms; develop the next generation of disease-resistant, high-quality coffee; and share information and resources freely with farmers in the world. From the photos, the scenery and design of the buildings are spectacular.

starbucks Hacienda Alsacia coffee farm

Starbucks Hacienda Alsacia Coffee Farm in Costa Rica

The easiest way to enter this contest is to save your receipt from buying any Starbucks packaged coffee or K-Cup pack at a grocery or drugstore. Visit and fill out the online contest form. Take a photo of your receipt and upload to your entry. (There is a no-purchase method in the official rules page at The contest runs until October 6th, 2018

Which #StarbucksInCostaRica beauty look is for you?

To celebrate this contest and get you prepared should you win the trip, I’ve created three different beauty looks with a signature blend of coffee. You could win the entire collection! Just tell me which of the following beauty looks appeals to you most.

Look One: True North + Shiseido

Starbucks Pike Place & Shiseido

Shiseido has just reworked its entire makeup collection. They’re replaced every single makeup item with new, innovative formulas that boast the latest technology and colour science. The coffee-hued eyeshadows in this Essential Eye Palette are beautiful neutrals. It’s called the Hanatsubaki Night Life #06. Developed exclusively for Shiseido, these weightless powders were made using a breakthrough Cream Powder Matrix Technology comprised of an emollient blend of oils and esthers. A transparent base eliminates any chalkiness. And the UV Lip Colour Splash with SPF 30 was one of my favourite summer beauty launches. A hint of colour with great sun protection. The shade is Miami Pink.

To complement this look, I’ve included a package of True North Coffee. Named by Canadians, this blend is roasted from specially selected Latin American beans for a shorter time to highlight exquisite notes of rich cocoa and toasted nuts that pairs perfectly with cream and sugar. If you are new to drinking coffee, this is an ideal coffee to try.

Look Two: Pike Place + Lancome

Starbucks Pike Place & Lancome

Lancome’s Belle de Teint Powder Glow Trio is one of the nicest bronzing palettes I’ve seen. This is shade #12 Belle de Bronze and it creates a natural glow in seconds. You can use the different shades on their own to contour or swirl with a powder brush to create a sun-kissed effect. The perfect lipstick shade is Haute Nude, a neutral lipstick shade that looks good on so many different skin tones.

Pike Place is a smooth, medium-roast coffee blend with subtle notes of cocoa and toasted nuts. It’s well-rounded and balanced – one of Starbucks’ most popular coffees around the world.

Look 3: Caffe Verona + Clarins

Starbucks Caffe Verona + ClarinsFrench skincare and beauty brand Clarins offers makeup formulas that include many of their top skincare ingredients. It’s what makes the brand different from others. The makeup is a hybrid of colour cosmetics and skin care. This 4-Colour Eyeshadow Palette in 01 Nude include plant botanical ingredients, carnauba wax powder and sensorial mineral textures. Add in a Joli Rouge Velvet lipstick in Spicy Cinnamon for a more dramatic effect.

Caffe Verona is a deep, rich coffee that pairs well with chocolate. It is a seductive blend of beans from Latin America and Indonesia, with a gentle touch of Italian Roast. It has hint of sweetness to it.

The Giveaway: I’m giving away this complete set of #StarbucksInCostaRica items to one lucky reader. To enter, tell me in a blog post comment below which of the three looks is your favourite. If you have a Twitter name, please include it in your comment as it is the fastest way for me to contact winners. I’ll draw one name at random on Monday, October 1st from all those who comment below. (That is National Coffee Day) Wishing everyone luck in this giveaway.

#starbucksincostarica blog prizeStarbucks True North, Pike Place and Caffe Verona are available in Canada at select grocery stores and drugstores.


For complete contest rules for the Starbucks Costa Rica trip, please visit


  • Reply
    September 14, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    Caffe Verona + Clarins

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    Effie Kalomiraki
    September 14, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    I love Look one…..@effiekalom

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    Kathy McCrae
    September 14, 2018 at 4:45 pm

    Look One: True North + Shiseido
    I’m looking forward to trying the new formula from Shiseido, and rich cocoa and roasted nuts notes in my coffee, oh happy day!!! #Starbucks
    twitter @KatM21

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    Jennifer C
    September 14, 2018 at 4:44 pm

    I LOVE Love look 1 true north! Thanks for the chance (@JusticeSadie)

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    Katerina Ellina
    September 14, 2018 at 4:43 pm

    Caffe Verona + Clarins is my favorite 😍😍😍

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    Grace Soo
    September 14, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    True North and Shiseido

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    Erin N
    September 14, 2018 at 4:36 pm

    Definitely look 3! @pennapennbenny

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    September 14, 2018 at 4:36 pm

    Look 3: Caffe Verona + Clarins @BlessedTA

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    Susan Gillam
    September 14, 2018 at 4:31 pm

    Look 3: Caffe Verona + Clarins @slgillam73

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    September 14, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    Café Verona definitely!! ❤ 💄 💋

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    Deb Ford
    September 14, 2018 at 4:24 pm

    Look 3: Caffe Verona + Clarins

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    September 14, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    Look 3: Caffe Verona + Clarins


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    Jenness M
    September 14, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    Love look 1 true north! @jennmills

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    Joanne Stuart
    September 14, 2018 at 3:59 pm

    True North and Shiseido is my fave a great Starbucks blend and that Miami Pink Lip UV colour smash sounds like a pretty protector alright.

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    Paula R
    September 14, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    Look Two: Pike Place + Lancôme

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    Shawn Stover
    September 14, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    Look # 3 Caffe Verona + Clarins @sastover1717

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    Cristine (ThePinkLilyPad = Twitter )
    September 14, 2018 at 3:49 pm

    Look One: True North + Shiseido, would be the look for me! I need new sunnies sadly being here in south Florida and coffee would be amazing to have to wake me up (and if I have a bad day I can use the sunnies to cover my eyes ) and the Shisedio lip would be even more excellent to hydrate and protect my lips from the sun here because it is bad! Love you Dave keep up the amazing work 🙂

    Cristine (ThePinkLilyPad = Twitter )

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    September 14, 2018 at 3:45 pm

    I’m definitely your Lancome Belle de Teint Powder Glow Trio and Haute Nude woman. Mascara, blush/bronzer, lips and I’m ready! Years ago it took me 30-45 minutes to “put on a face”. Now it’s 2-5 minutes!

    Thank you for all these opportunities.

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    Jacquelyn O'Neil
    September 14, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    Look # 3 Caffe Verona + Clarins is the best look for me. The lip shade and eye pallet would compliment my skin tone and eye color very well. Thanks for the chance!

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    Linda Peyers
    September 14, 2018 at 3:41 pm

    My favorite coffee is whole bean Costa Rica blend, rich full body without the bitterness! Good luck to us all!

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    Nicole C
    September 14, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    I am a True North gal @skigirl22
    Thanks Dave 💕

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    Rajee Pandi
    September 14, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    True North @momsfocus

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    Patricia E
    September 14, 2018 at 3:32 pm

    True North

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    September 14, 2018 at 3:22 pm

    Look 3! @jazmijntje

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    Manuel Vizcaya
    September 14, 2018 at 3:18 pm

    True North + Shiseido @mariolois

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