Tuesday, December 2, 2014

A Mary Kay Merry Berry Holiday Look + Giveaway!

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! 

Merry Berry Look
·         Mary Kay® Mineral Eye Color – Granite $7.00
·         Mary Kay® Mineral Eye Color – Moonstone $7.00
·         Mary Kay® Mineral Eye Color – Coal $7.00
·         Mary Kay® Eyeliner - Black $12.00
·         Mary Kay® Lip Liner - Plum $12.00
·         Mary Kay® NouriShine Plus® Lip Gloss - Sparkle Berry $14
 All prices are suggested retail.
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