Mary Kay Glam

A few weeks ago, I was delightfully surprised to be chosen to receive the Mary Kay Glam VoxBox from Influenster.  I joined Influenster a couple years ago and only recently started getting chosen to review products.  Influenster is online community where members are offered perks and exclusive access to products/services in exchange for their opinions that are shared on their personal social networks.  Members complete surveys regarding their lifestage and interests and then are chosen based on demographic and lottery system to receive a VoxBox which is filled with various products to review.

Being the makeup fiend that I am, I was very excited to get my MKGlam Vox Box.  I’ve never used Mary Kay products or been exposed to the brand at all so I didn’t know much about the makeup line. Inside the VoxBox was the following:

Mary Kay® Bronzing Powder
Mary Kay® Translucent Loose Powder
Mary Kay® Mineral Cheek Color
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

My favorite out of all of the items was the Mary Kay Translucent Loose Powder.  I’m not a big loose powder fan, mainly because I end up dropping it or shaking too much of the powder into the top compartment which leads to too much powder on my brush.  The MK loose powder comes with this convenient twist and lock component that locks the powder housing so that you can easily release only the desired amount.  This means- when it’s rolling around in my makeup bag while I’m driving I won’t have the entire amount of powder escape onto my passenger seat. Brilliant.  The powder was very light and just the right amount of coverage to set my CC cream for the rest of the day.

The Mary Kay® Gel Eyeliner with Expandable Brush Applicator in Jet Black was surprisingly easy to use.  I’ve used gel eyeliner pots for years and have been loyal to MAC’s fluidline, but was recently converted to a liquid liner just due to convenience.  The Mary Kay Gel Eyeliner was so creamy and smooth– not something I was expecting from a gel liner since most gels I’ve used are typically thicker in consistency.  I was skeptical at first, but once I used the brush applicator it glided onto my eyelid with ease and was surprisingly precise. However, as a mom with two kids I just don’t have as much time these days to be washing brushes on a daily basis.  Sometimes I find myself just throwing my makeup on (if I even attempt to wear makeup that day) in the car.  Although I may not use this eyeliner on a daily basis, I definitely would recommend it.  It stayed on all day and didn’t smudge or smear.

I have barely any eyelashes.  I envy my husband and kids (who thankfully got Daddy’s lashses) who have long, curly lashes.  That being said, mascara can work wonders for me if I want that extra look of glam.  The Lash Love mascara did not clump and was easily layered onto my lashes.  It’s not quick drying though so if you pile on too much at a time and blink you’ll find wisps of mascara above or below your eyelid.  I did like that the mascara did not run over the course of the day.

I don’t wear lip gloss often and I’ll admit that I was nervous about the color of the Mary Kay® NouriShine Plus® Lip Gloss.  Mango Tango is a bright orange-ish red.  I threw the color on and the gloss was thick, yet smooth.  Even after a few hours the color still was present and kept my lips fairly moisturized.  I grew to really like the color and it’s now a constant in my purse.

Overall, I was very pleased with the MK Glam box items.  I’ve now added the powder, mascara, and lip gloss to my daily routine.  Now if only MK had a pop up store in LA so I could try more products…

“I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.”



Post-Partum Pitch Perfection

I know… it’s been over half a year since I’ve posted anything on here, but I’ve been too busy being pregnant.  So now that I’m enjoying the sleepless life of mommyhood, I’m carelessly throwing away my time (aka “unwinding”) watching trailers for upcoming films. But this time did not go wasted, my friends, I am excited to post this practically-perfect-right-up-my-i heart musicals and bad dance films-alley trailer that I found.  It kicked my post-partum blues (at least for 2.5 minutes) as I imagined myself sitting in the theater watching 30 year old actors play college freshman that dance around having back alley acapella sing-offs.  In reality, I’ll most likely just wait till it’s streaming on Netflix which will most likely be several years from now.

To all my fellow Step Up/Glee/SingOff dweeberoonies out there… you’re welcome.

Mumford on the Moors

Despite the fact that I could never survive alone in the wild and that I have a true appreciation for clean bathrooms and hygiene, I’m pretty sure I was born in the wrong era. Maybe it was the fact that I had Anne of Green Gables on repeat as an 8 year old and thought that big Victorian hair and puffed sleeves were attractive.  Then, I hit high schol and got introduced to the deceptively intriguing and dark worlds of Gothic English literature.  Thanks to the reading list in my sophmore English Honors class, I have a love for literary classics that were products of the eery marriage between gothic fiction and romanticism.

Wuthering Heights (1939 film starring Laurence Olivier & Merle Oberon)

Pair all of that with one of my favorite bands and you’ve got a winner.  Check out the trailer to director Andrea Arnold’s adaptation of Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights.

Destruction Party: The Party Guests

This last summer, I had the privilege of working on a short film called Destruction Party.  My awesome and remarkably talented film industry big-wig friend and producer of the film, Trent, brought me on as the music supervisor to test the waters in the world of film making.  What an amazing experience and a fun film to work on. The artistic cast and crew really brought Director Amanda Meyncke’s vision to life with this beautifully shot piece of art.

The film is about 4 girl friends that get together to have an emotional catharsis through the destruction of breakables.  Think Anthropolgie meets Jackson Pollock with beautiful plates and teacups for paint.

Here’s a behind the scenes video about the inspiration to Destruction Party.  I even have a cameo.  I think I should stick to behind the camera, though.

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Cleansing Cadences: YouTube Discovery Downloads

Who said YouTube was just for Drinking Out of Cups, makeup tutorials, how to vids, and Afro Ninja?  I’ve recently discovered the wonderful world of music vlogs.  Thousands of people actually have the confidence to belt out their vocal talent for millions to see online.  I’m so impressed by these folks.  I even went on iTunes and bought some of their songs because I have this weird obsession with song covers.

We Pray For You 55 Youtubers
55 Youtube musicians collaborated to create this beautiful song to raise funds for Japan Tsunami & US Tornado relief.  All proceeds went to the Red Cross.  Maybe I like it because I’m a child of the “We Are The World” days. 

Someone Like You (cover) Charlie Puth & Emily Luther
Here’s a cover of this transcendentally beautiful song that I think even Adele would be impressed with.  The arrangement and vocals are so lovely it feels like they’re wrapping your broken-hearted soul in silk.

Garden (cover) Chris Cendana
So I stumbled upon Chris through the “We Pray For You” collaboration.  The harmonies in this cover make a perfect lullaby.  Plus, the lyrics really resonated with me.  Check out his original single “When the Lights Burn Outwhile you’re at it.

Mario Kart Love Song Sam Hart
How clever and fun.  My favorite line: “When we slide together we generate sparks in our wheels and our hearts.”  Tee hee. 

Gobble, Gobble

Stop stressing over the 30 green-bean casserole recipes you’ve got open on your desktop and take a minute to laugh at this chart.  For all the non-hosts this Thursday, here’s a nifty chart to help you figure out what to bring to the turkey feast.  Not sure if the vegan, bean loaf will go over so well with the parentals, but it may be worth a shot.