01/26/2014 / Beauty Products, Heather Burge, Mary Kay, What I Bought
I’ve been familiar with Mary Kay for years. As a teenager a friend’s mom that had parties at her house and us girls used to “borrow” their make up samples and have our own little parties. Through the years I’ve bought make up products but it wasn’t until last month that I really became invested in the products, specifically the skincare line. As I approached my 31st birthday, I really began to care and worry about my skin. While I really don’t have any major issues, please don’t hate me people, I do have very sensitive and dry skin making it somewhat annoying to find products that don’t break me out. Well, as luck (or fate) would have it, right around the time I started thinking I needed to find a good skincare regimen a dear friend, Heather Burge (owner of the fab BleuBelle Boutique and BleuBelle Bridal), called me up and told me she had a new venture – Mary Kay. My response? “YAY”. Haha. After meeting with Heather and hearing all about the line I figured it certainly would hurt to try it out plus I don’t really want to spend months researching different products. This is what I like to call a “Win, Win” people!
In true form I just sprung for the whole dang “it has everything you need and lots of stuff you just want” kit! Haha. But really, this kit is awesome. It covers your basics, has some of the extra “fun” products, and it comes with a makeover session where Heather comes and does your make up.
My before and after pic. Sorry, about the quality. I took with my phone and didn’t want to edit the photos in any way so it’s a little blurry and the lighting in my kitchen is definitely not meant for this. I’ll do better next time!
As for the kit…..just look at this thing:
Did I mention it comes with the handy bag you can roll up for travel and hang anywhere? I love anything that makes my life easier and not having to have a different bag for travel is one of those things. Thank you Mary Kay.
So what was my biggest fear about all this? Timing, most definitely timing. I already wake up around 5:30am (well my alarm goes off at 5:30am….I usually drag myself out of bed by 6. haha). The thought of adding anything to my morning routine was somewhat daunting.
Well, it’s been about 5 weeks since I really started all this and I have to say that it really didn’t change my mornings, or evenings for that matter, all too much. In the mornings it adds about 10 minutes for me. Which, if I don’t check my FB the first thing in the morning, that gives me my 10 minutes.
I can also say with 100% confidence that I really love all the products. My skin feels cleaner and, although it was not my intention, I have noticed a reduction in my happy lines (more commonly called “wrinkles”) and my pores. Bonus! I’ll be doing some more specific product reviews here in the beauty category throughout the upcoming weeks and months so stay tuned to learn more about each product, what its benefits are, etc.
So what are some of your favorite products? Tell me in the comments. I love finding new products to try and review!
For more information about Heather and/or Mary Kay click here.
Happy Shopping – J
A few weeks ago I posted a link on my Facebook page to a BirchBox Blog about a new mani trend – a Diagonal French Tip. Now…as I’ve said before I’m not very crafty but I was somewhat drawn to try this trend and of course, I had to share my experience with you all.
I must say… it really is as easy as the blog says. Let’s review how this went for me:
1. Paint your nails a neutral color. Check! Please disregard my awful cuticles and lack of a manicure! I went with one of my favorite neutral colors – Modern love by Deborah Lippmann (sold at BleuBelle).
2. Just as the blog said make sure to let your base coat dry! I actually waited about 5 hours in between. You definitely don’t need to wait that long but I had stuff to do so it worked out great for me to break this up into 2 parts! Once it’s dry you can add the piece of tape. Note: I didn’t pay attention at first and I taped my nail the wrong way. It looks best if the diagonal faces outward not inward like the photos I have here. Lesson learned!
3. Paint a darker shade over the exposed nail. The Birchbox Blogger went a little more extreme in her color choice with that bright orange but I’m not one to do anything super crazy on my nails so I went with a gold – Swagga Like Us by Deborah Lippman (again…sold at BleuBelle).
4. Once dry remove the tape and your left with this pretty awesome diagonal. I must say that it was super easy. Just make sure to give yourself some time. I was a little impatient finishing up and my right hand definitely doesn’t look as good as this one.
And that’s it! Overall this was a really easy Trend to Try! Would y’all try this? If so, what color combos would you use?
These small bottles cost just $8 each. Medium and large bottles are also available for $19 and $34 respectively.
12/17/2012 / gift ideas, holidays, Shop Local
The product I’m sharing for today’s Holiday Gift Guide edition is one that I just recently tried. Let me just say that I am completely enamored with this product. Drum roll please….. I introduce to you 100% Natural Southern Pecan Hand Scrub by Salacia Salts. Since trying it last week I have used it every night….and a few times in the morning! The smell is just the best and I love the way it makes my hands feel (which is super soft). While Southern Pecan is the only scent I’ve tried, the hand scrub also comes in Midnight Garden…which I will be purchasing shortly! It also smelled delightful.
Salacia Salts is more than hand scrubs though. They also sell salt soaks in 4 incredible flavors including, Southern Pecan (yum yum), Midnight Garden, Magnolia and Peach!
Between the salts, hand scrubs and gift basket options you are certain to find something for anyone on your list that fits your budget (salt soaks start at just $8 and scrubs are $24).
While stocking up on Emi Jay’s the other week at BleuBelle I was pleasantly surprised to find deborah lippmann nail lacquer. I LOVE this stuff! The colors are so vibrant and I might be crazy but I think it lasts so much longer than other polishes I have.Â Most colors are about $16 with some costing $18-$20. I can hear my father yelling at me now for spending $16 on nail polish but let me tell you….this is worth it. Skip one pedicure and pick up a bottle or two and I promise you won’t be disappointed.