musings from morgan : mary may winter wishes shimmerific

It’s that time of year again…gift sets and ideas are rolling out, and Mary Kay has lots of great options for those of you looking to fill out your lists.

Mary Kay has put out a really fun shower gel and body lotion gift set with their new limited edition holiday fragrance, the Winter Wishes Shimmeriffic Shower Gel and Shimmeriffic Body Lotion Set. The scent comes across as something more suitable for more mature women so think aunts, mothers, mother-in-laws, grandmother’s, etc. for this particular fragrance. It’s a powerful fruity scent with a hint of musk, and a powerful lady deserves to wear it!

The gift set comes in a festive tin (which can easily be topped with ribbon and a bow if you’re not into wrapping, and used after the fact for all kinds of things) containing a Shimmerific Shower Gel and Shimmerific Body Lotion. Both products definitely have shimmer going on, but don’t worry – it’s not overkill, making it a suitable way to turn things up a bit for holiday parties.

These products are really fun because the shimmer component adds a layer of excitement, especially if you know someone will be hitting the party circuit and can rock the extra sparkle with confidence. Everyone needs a little glitter in their lives over the holidays, and this is a great way to make a subtle statement.

The set is available through Mary Kay at $27.00 CAD and is only available over the holidays – visit their website for more info on how to purchase.

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giveaway : strike a pose in stockholm with revlon …

It’s friday folks! :) And while I haven’t been the best little blogger when it comes to posting regularly, I thought you would forgive me if you knew that today, I decided to get your weekend started off with some fun : a giveaway.

A giveaway?! I rarely have those on the blog, don’t I? Well, the kind people behind Revlon gave me the inspiration by treating me to my very on Stockholm-inspired look for Fall 2014 using their line of Colorstay products. Check out my “Stockholm Selfie” below:

How did I get the look? Easy peasy …

*  Start by sweeping Revlon’s ColorStay ShadowLink ($3.49 each) in Bone across the entire lid from lash line to brow bone;

*  Using Revlon’s ColorStay Skinny Liquid Liner ($10.49), apply the liner across the lash line – nice and crisp – and extend it just past the eye’s outer corner, wings for takeoff are acceptable!

*  Using eyeshadow colour Onyx, dust the colour from the inner corner and blend outward.

*  Top your lashes with Revlon’s Bold Lacquer Mascara ($10.49) … layer as needed.

*  Finish the look with the piece de résistance : Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stain ($13.59) in Stockholm Chic.

Ready to go to Stockholm? Well, you could pick up any of these ultra-cool shades listed above at your local Shoppers Drug Mart, Wal-Mart or Rexall … or … you could enter Revlon’s giveaway to win your very own set! The rules are simple … head over to my Instagram page, follow me, and simply double-tap my Stockholm selfie post to be entered. Bonus points from me if you leave a comment. :)

The contest ends when the clock strikes 11:59 pm TONIGHT!*

Good luck!!

-stephanie-

* contest is open to Canadian residents only.

 

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recos from regina : almay intense i-Color

Trying eyeshadows that come with more than one colour is a fun experience for me, since even though I have a love of beauty products, I will admith I’m not the most experienced with eyeshadow and am not as savvy about deciding which colours go best together. I generally stick to one eyeshadow colour, black liquid eyeliner and black mascara.

Almay has given ladies like me an entire line to help us out, intense i-color. This line consists of eyeshadows, eyeliners and mascaras that are made for every eye colour.

I had the opportunity to try out the intense i-color eyeshadow in 401 smoky-i for brown eyes and liquid liner in 021 Purple Amethyst. This line is great because the eyeshadow palette is shaped like an eye to show you step-by-step how to apply the product.

The first step is the darkest shade (bottom shade in brown) which goes from the lash to the crease and to be blended upwards. Second is the medium shade (centre shade in shimmering light purple) that goes above the crease, and it’s suggested you blend for a “smouldering effect.”

Finally, the lightest colour (top colour in a light shimmering cream colour) is to be “applied on the brow bone and/or corners of eyes to highlight.” Once complete, you’ve successfully applied an easy smokey eye – just like that!

The liquid liner is great too as it went with the colours of the eyeshadows. This was the first time that I used a purple liquid eyeliner in place of my usual black liner, and it was nice to break out of my comfort zone!

What I really liked about these products were the colours in the palette, the staying power and the price. I generally stick to neutral brown eyeshadows as it’s in my comfort zone, so the purple was a really nice departure from that.

Performance-wise, the product stayed on my eyes for the whole day at work and I received many compliments from staff, customers and my own kids.

I found the price to be reasonable at $9.99 CDN. You can find them at Wal-Mart, Target, Shoppers Drug Mart, Rexall, Loblaws and The Real Canadian Superstore.

Disclosure: These product were sent to BlushPretty as a press sample for editorial consideration.

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we have cute roomies …

#Fierce from Justin Borja on Vimeo.

Just wanted to share a cute little video from the talented Justin Borja
that features our roomies at 777, Flirt Custom Lash Studio.

If you look closely, you’ll see some of BlushPretty’s very own artistry team
dolling up the FCL team for their Fall Photoshoot.

We have way too much fun at our studio … too much!

-stephanie-

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loved by laura : nars nails it

The title says it all, but allow me to elaborate. NARS had me at the Orgasm blush, but now I am taken by their line of iconic coloured nail polish.  I had the chance to sample the Shameless Red and Back Room, and I must say I’m excited to try out more!

With any nail polish, the brush makes a difference in the quality of formula distribution.   Here we have the perfect marriage between flat & curvy.  The flat brush creates polish coverage over more nail surface area, and the curved edge allows maneuvering corners without staining your cuticles and fingers.

“A little goes a long way is” how I would describe this vividly pigmented polish. One generous layer of the polish is enough for full coverage with no need for a second application. The formula is neither runny nor goopy so it won’t cling to the brush and leave streaks on your nails.   It is fluid & flexible creating an even coverage once applied and dried.

A great benefit of this product is that it is easy on and easy off.   You will not struggle with lingering polish on your nails after you remove it.

Just like any basic essentials in your wardrobe, NARS nail polish would be a classic go to staple in anyone’s polish collection.  After a trying moment or a long day, you can look down at your nails and sigh, “There is something in life that is still beautiful!”

You can find the NARS nail polishes as well as the Phillip Lim for NARS nail polish collaboration at Sephora and Murale ranging between $19 – $23.

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