New in my Etsy shop this month I have some unique jewelry that I handcrafted
from start to finish from recycled and repurposed guitar strings! Each of these strings once played beautiful music in the hands of a musician, now they have been given new life in the hands of an artist to be worn by a music lover!
Disclosure: The products reviewed in this post were provided to me by Mary Kay Inc. for the purpose of review. I have been compensated for this review.
Who doesn't like playing with new makeup? I do! When it comes to my makeup, I usually
stick to a neutral go-to palette, so I was excited for a chance to break out of that old routine
and try something new and different by partnering with Mary Kay to try out some
great Mary Kay® cosmetic products! My goal? To try some new products and create a new
look for myself. To do this, Mary Kay sent me a package of cosmetic goodies so that I could
create Mary Kay's Merry Berry Look, which is perfect for the holidays.
After unpacking my goodies I checked out the Mary Kay® website and spent some time in
the Makeup Tips section, where I learned more about shaping my brows, how to apply lip
liner, and how to choose eye shadow color. There were links to videos that showed how to
apply makeup, so I watched a few of those too. When you wear cosmetics daily it's easy
to fall into a routine of always choosing the same colors or products every day, especially
when you have a busy life. Believe me, I get that! I'm a busy mom of two, full time jewelry
designer, and two-time author. I don't get a lot of time for me! So it was nice to take a few minutes just for myself and explore the tutorials and videos.
Now it was time to experiment with my new cosmetics! I started with a clean face and
applied a little bit of foundation and a dusting of powder and my canvas was ready to go!
I did my eyes following the suggested directions in the Mary Kay® catalog. First I applied Granite Mineral Eye Color over my eyelids and blended to the temple area. Next I applied Moonstone Mineral Eye Color to the inner corners of my eyelids and along my brow bones. Lastly, I accented my eyes with Coal Mineral Eye Color by applying a bit of that below my brow bone into the crease of my eye and blended all of the colors together with the Mary Kay® Eye Color Brush. I am crazy about blending! Maybe it's the artist in me, but it's definitely one of the things I spend the most time on when applying my makeup. Blend those shadows ladies! Once I was finished applying my eye shadow colors and blending them, I applied the Black Eyeliner to my top and bottom lash lines, slightly winging it out at the outer corners. I liked the eyeliner a lot. I like to apply a very fine line of eyeliner as close to my lashes as I can, and then I lightly smudge the liner to soften up the look. Once the liner was complete I topped it all off with a coat of Mary Kay® Ultimate Mascara in Black. I was really happy with the way my eyes looked once I was finished!
Next I did my lips. First I traced the outline of my lips with Plum Lip Liner, and then topped them off with NouriShine Plus® Lip Gloss in Sparkle Berry. I liked the liner and gloss colors a lot and thought they were very flattering on me.
I finished off my look with a brush of Mary Kay® Mineral Cheek Color in Sparkling Cider. Great shade! What do you think of my finished Mary Kay® Merry Berry look? I was really happy with the end results! I thought the look was glamorous, especially with my hair worn up. Thank you Mary Kay!
You can visit Mary Kay on YouTube, Facebook, or at MaryKay.com for more products, tips, and videos. Below is the list of products (with prices) that I tried out in case you'd like to try them out too!
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You don't need to spend a fortune to create a beautifully decorated table for Thanksgiving. As a matter of fact, many of the Thanksgiving centerpiece ideas you will find below can be recreated by spending little or no money at all. By using natural materials you can create a homespun table that will welcome your guests and celebrate the season. Consider collecting and grouping materials such as: mini pumpkins or gourds apples red and green grapes pine cones acorns feathers seasonal flowers twigs vines Then consider adding: candles in different sizes and heights small votives colored glassware vintage dinnerware to fill with the above items