Thursday, May 29, 2014

Old Dress | New Way

Hi there!

Holy cow, it's getting hot out there. It's "only" 98 degrees right now, but it's supposed to get up to 106 on Saturday.


The heat just zaps all of my energy. Like just trudging out to my car after work in the beating sun exhausts me, and I don't want to do anything else. I don't want to run errands. I don't want to work out. I don't want to cook dinner. I want to lay on the couch with some Jamba Juice in my hand and a fan in my face.

Why did I want to sign up for another half marathon in November again?

Anyhooooo, warm weather means maxi dresses! 

If you know me, you know I love me a maxi dress!

On Memorial Day, I wanted to wear a maxi dress I've had for a few years and I wanted to give it a fresh look. Sprucing up a maxi dress is so easy -- just throw a tank/chambray/tshirt/sweater on top, cinch it at the waist with a wide belt, and boom you've got a whole new look!

Dress, Top, Belt Wet Seal (old, old, old) | Sandals Target (old)

Thank you for reading! I hope you have are having a great week! We're going out to see "A Million Ways to Die in the West" later tonight. . .yeehaw!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Get Ready With Me and #MKGlam!

Hello there!

Get ready for some major selfie overload.

The lovely people at Influenster were kind enough to send me items from Mary Kay's newest spring line! I love playing with makeup, and had so much fun testing out the latest products from Mary Kay. The items that were included in the #MKGlam "Vox Box" include:

Mary Kay® Bronzing Powder in Light-Medium
Mary Kay® Translucent Loose Powder
Mary Kay®  Powder Brush
Mary Kay® Mineral Cheek Color in Shy Blush
Mary Kay® Cream Eye Color in Apricot Twist
Mary Kay® Cream Eye Color/Concealer Brush
Mary Kay® Lash Love® Mascara
Mary Kay® Gel Eyeliner with Expandable Brush Applicator in Jet Black
Mary Kay® NouriShine Plus® Lip Gloss in Mango Tango

Before I began, I put on my normal "base" makeup, including primer, foundation, and concealer.

 Here I am, ready to begin!

My next step was putting on the Bronzing Powder in Light-Medium, followed by the Cheek Color in Shy Blush.

The Bronzing Powder was a little darker than I would have chosen for my skin tone, even though it's called "Light-Medium". However, it did blend well into my skin. The Cheek Color comes on a little heavy, so make sure to be very light handed with it!

Next, I put on the Cream Eye Color in Apricot Twist, using the Cream Eye Color Brush that was included in the Vox Box.

 I typically use powder eye colors, so I was surprised at how creamy this formula was! I was certain that it would crease after a few hours, but as I sit here typing this, it's been 6 hours and my lids are still smooth! 

As far as the color goes, it is very well pigmented.  I don't understand why it's called "Apricot Twist"?? It is a shimmery gold shade. Perhaps a little more yellow than I would have preferred, but it's a pretty color nonetheless.

The Cream Eye Color Brush is pretty stiff. I prefer a softer brush that is easier to blend with.

After I was all set on Eye Color, I added the Gel Eyeliner in Jet Black with the Brush Applicator.  The lid was very difficult to get off of the Brush Applicator. It's called an "Expandable" Brush Applicator, but I haven't been able to expand it. I used it as-is, but I felt it was too short to apply eyeliner.

The Gel Eye Liner's formula is extremely creamy. Too creamy for my liking. I felt like I got it all over my hands while applying it (with my tiny brush), and came on thicker than I would typically apply it. It smudged very quickly.

Next step was applying the Lash Love Mascara.

The applicator brush had a slight bend it it, which made it very easy to apply!

Overall, I was very pleased with this Mascara. It definitely thickened and lengthened my lashes!

Can you tell which eye I put Lash Love Mascara on? ;)

I ended up putting a double coat on my lashes. Wha-la!

The Translucent Loose Powder came on next! I rarely use Loose Powder, but I put it on using the Powder Brush that came in the box.

I completed the look with NouriShine Plus® Lip Gloss in Mango Tango!

This is a very opaque color! It looks coral in the tube, but actually looks more red once on the lips. I love a good red lip, and was very pleased with this gloss! It wasn't too sticky, and lasted for a while.

My favorite products from Mary Kay were the mascara and the lip gloss. I was impressed by the longevity of the cream eye color, but I think the pigment is a little too yellow for me. I am not a fan of the gel eyeliner or the eyeliner brush. 

The finished look! Ready to go to lunch with my husband and hit up some sales at the mall. ;)

Thank you so much for reading!! What are YOUR favorite Mary Kay products? :)

**I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.**