Sponsor Love: Mary Kay Cream Blush and Highlighting Powder

Feeling a little blah this winter? Looking for a pick-me-up product to add your beauty regimen? Look no further than these two amazing products from Mary Kay

The Mary Kay Cream Blush glides on crazy smooth and turns into a beautiful natural powder finish, leaving your skin looking perky and perfect!

Then the highlighting powder!

Perfect to show off a more radiant skintone, and to add some glisten to your skin for those holiday parties! The tones are designed to illuminate your skin, and when put in a compact they are perfectly complimentary to every skin tone.

Put your best face forward with Mary Kay this holiday season, and truly shine at all of your holiday events!

Sponsor Love: Mary Kay Mineral Eye Colour

Going along with the themes of fall, I would be remiss to not give a really big shout out to the wonderfully luxurious mineral eye colours of Mary Kay.

Mary Kay has taken the guess work out of pairing colours to maximize the beauty of your own natural eye colour.

Get on-trend, intensified eye colour with shade bundles selected by expert makeup artists. In Brilliant Blue, Hypnotic Hazel, Gorgeous Green or Beautiful Brown. Includes Compact Eye Applicators and application tips.

Brilliant Blue: Spun Silk, Chocolate Kiss, Hazelnut
Hypnotic Hazel: Cinnabar, Hazelnut, Honey Spice
Gorgeous Green: Moonstone, Sweet Plum, Sienna
Beautiful Brown: Sienna, Midnight Star, Silky Caramel

*source: MaryKay.ca

If you have hazel eyes like I do, you have a lot of flexibility when it comes to colours. I've been able to line them, very simply, with the MK Jade Green Liner and just sweep over a light colour like Chrystalline. Easy peasy day look, that can translate really well into evening by adding in smokey greys and doubling up on the liner with a Black.

Of the four colour bundle, I would have to say that the Gorgeous Green pack is my favourite. Moonstone is a gorgeous shimmery light tone, while Sweet Plum  is a fantastic smokey shade of purple. Sienna is your basic neutral taupey brown that translates into your everyday. 

Take the guess work out of creating your perfect look with a Mary Kay  Colour Bundle today!

MaryKay Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover

One thing that I have learned in working with Michele from Mary Kay, is that every time we decide not to take off our makeup after a long day, or night, we age or skin...6 days.

For a woman who rarely wore makeup, no big deal. Now? Now that I have the right tools and tricks...there's no way I'm going to opt to age my skin 6days every time that I feel too tired to take it off.

Mary Kay has a solution, and an easy solution at that!

Gently removes eye makeup, including waterproof mascara, without tugging or pulling the delicate skin in the eye area. Formula does not leave skin feeling dry.

In my experience, eye makeup remover tends to be greasy, or on the flipside, completely dries out your skin so you're having to get an additional product to protect and nourish the delicate eye area. Not with this remover. It leave my skin feeling...normal. A pretty amazing feeling when you're winding down for the day!

MaryKay Ultimate Mascara

I received so many wonderful compliments on my makeup, specifically my lashes, while in NYC for BlogHer last month.

My secret? Mary Kay Ultimate Mascara

While my lashes are naturally long and dark, this mascara enhances their beauty.

Now, I'm not a big mascara wearer; I never have been. I find them thick, gunky and, since I wear contacts, they sting my eyes.

That was until I tried the Mary Kay Ultimate Mascara. It goes on so light and smooth, but packs such a punch! With just one layer, my lashes were dark and defined...and light. It didn't bother my contacts at all, and I didn't feel like I was wear a thick layer of gunk on my eyes.

This exclusive, all-in-one formula delivers the benefits you love most - long, thick, voluminous lashes. And it comes with new Smart Wiper™ technology that delivers the exact amount of mascara you need for maximum plumping - without the clumping.

See that? Smart Wiper technology! No more clumps, no more mess!  No more pumping and pumping the mascara tube to get your brush covered {which, by the way, leads to bacteria build up and can cause eye infections! yikes!}

At $21  tube, this fantastic mascara is a steal. So many others that are $8-$12, I find, are the ones that I don't like. It's definitely worth the extra few dollars to know that I am getting a high quality product, that won't sting my eyes and that will leave my lashes lovely and full!

BlogHer Sponsor Love

If you haven't checked them out just yet, be sure that you do!! They made my trip to BlogHer12 possible, and I am so incredibly thankful for them!


 Kristine Cook Designs is located in London, Ontario and is simply one inspired fashion designer! She created two dresses and one fabulous jacket for me to wear at BlogHer12 and I got so many compliments on them...I was even stopped by a young woman on our walk over to Bar Americain who complimented me on my peplum dress!

Michele from Mary Kay provided all of my makeup, skincare and beauty tips for my journey to BlogHer. I am so thankful, because I'm typically too on the go to spend much time on myself but these amazing products, and her gentle guidance and encouragement, allowed me to see what confidence I have in myself. Be it a smokey eye for my peplum dress, a fresh dewey look for my brunch with GMC or the bold red lips for a retro look - Michele helped me create them all!

Without EKSIT Strategies assistance and guidance, my BlogHer dreams would have remained just that...dreams. They helped make them a reality, and helped to guide me in making some decisions about my business and my blog. As true business strategists, they helped me to see the value in my knowledge, the worth in myself and encouraged me to take myself seriously as both an artist and a blogger.

BlogHer Sponsor Love: Mary Kay

One of the products that Michele, my lovely Mary Kay sponsor for BlogHer12, provided me with was a full line of the Time Wise skin care. I had used these products back in 2008 when I got married {as Michele did my makeup for the big day} and have found that my skin has really changed since then, very likely due to having a baby.

 For my trip to NYC, Michele provided me with the TimeWise Trial Miracle Set {bonus that they are all airplace complaint and travel size!}. This wonderful little set features enough product to get you through 30 days of daily use:

  • TimeWise® 3-in-1 Cleanser (normal- to-dry), 57 g
  • TimeWise® Age-Fighting Moisturizer (normal-to-dry), 21 g
  • TimeWise® Day Solution Sunscreen SPF 35, 11 g
  • TimeWise® Night Solution, 11 g
My favourite product in the entire set is the Night Solution.

After a night of galavanting and dancing, typically coming back to our hotel room at around midnight, it felt so nice to take off my makeup, wash my face with something mild and gentle, then put on the Night Solution.

In the morning, I would wake up and my skin felt...smooth. It was as if the Nutribeads worked magic while I slept and tiny little pixies danced on my skin; leaving it feeling soft and leaving me looking refreshed in the morning.

For a mama to a toddler {eek, now a preschooler!} who does her best work at night after he's gone to bed, knowing that I'll be able to put the Night Solution on and that I'll wake up and not look insanely tired is amazing. If there's one thing to put into your skin care regimen, it's the Night Solution!

BlogHer Sponsors: Thank You!

From the bottom of my heart, I want to send out a huge thank you to all of the amazing sponsors who helped me board a plane today, put gorgeous media cards together for me, provided inspiration and photography, designed incredible outfits, jewelry and tutu's....

Without you all, BlogHer'12 would be but a dream for me. You helped make this possible!

BlogHer Sponsor Love: Michele and Mary Kay

One thing I have learned in getting educated about my new beauty regimen from Michele, Independent Mary Kay Consultant, is the importance in your tools.

Similarly to being a painter and sculptor, the tools of the trade make every bit of difference in how you complete your masterpiece.

Take the amazing Mary Kay brush collection.

The set includes Powder Brush, Cheek Brush, Eye Definer Brush, Eye Crease Brush, Eyeliner/Eyebrow Brush and Lip Brush - all with sleek black wooden handles. They are oh-so-soft, made of 100% Pony and Goat hair...so you know that when the brush sweeps across your canvas, there is zero tugging, smudging, or damage like other brushes on the market that are composed of synthetic materials and sponges.

The brush set comes with an awesome rollup bag - all of the brushes have their own little spot and there are compartments for your compact, lip gloss, bronzer and mascara. Everything you need, and everything that I will need to put my freshest face forward at BlogHer'12 in just a few weeks! 

I love the entire ensemble. The roll-up takes up literally no space...it's smaller than the makeup bag that I used to have, that was a hot mess to say the least before Michele gave me some lessons, which means that it packs up nice an tight and leaves room for shoes, outfits, media cards...the essentials of BlogHer'12!

BlogHer Sponsor Love...Mama's Time Out with Michele & Mary Kay

We've all been there and done that...gotten to a stalemate with our current makeup and skin care.

Well! My BlogHer'12 fresh face sponsor, Michele from Mary Kay, has taught me and my mama-friends a thing or two about new products, skincare and how to treat your skin right so you really can put your best and freshest face forward.

I will be the first to admit that I had never really thought about using SPF on my lips. I'm a lipgloss kind of girl most definitely, so knowing that there is a product out there that will protect my pucker, is waterproof and I can wear under my lip gloss...pretty awesome!