Posts made in November 21st, 2012

not so naked face (giveaway)

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Posted on Nov 21, 2012 in Fashion & Beauty


I mentioned last week that I rarely wear makeup anymore. I’ve never felt like I needed to wear makeup to coverup, but the truth is, I actually love makeup for the fun factor of it all.

I love bright colors, I love being able to change my look with just a few different products. I love treating my face as a blank canvas. Unfortunately though, my eyes and skin are both extremely sensitive and I’ve yet to find very many cosmetics that play nicely with my face. I’ve tried drug store brands. I’ve tried premium brands. I’ve tried organic. I’ve tried for sensitive skin and eyes. I’ve tried mineral. I’ve tried all-natural. I’ve tried not all-natural. I’ve tried it all, and it almost always ends with a nasty reaction. I normally save makeup for special occasions. And even then, it’s with the understanding that I’m going to end up paying a really uncomfortable price later.

But I refuse to give up. I’m constantly trying new brands and new formulas in the hope that I’ll find something that doesn’t make my eyes puff up and turn red or my skin break out. So when I got the opportunity to test out some of Mary Kay’s most popular products through BlogHer, I was excited to see if maybe they were the answer.

The nice people at Mary Kay sent me a crazy impressive sampler (stay tuned for an opportunity to win your own) and I was really excited to see so many different kinds and formulas of makeup. I especially was happy to see three different types of mascara. Nothing would make me happier than to find a black mascara that (a) I didn’t have a reaction to and (b) didn’t rub off on my chubby cheeks.

I’ve been trying out all my Mary Kay products for the past few weeks, and I’m really impressed with all of them. I’ve never bought Mary Kay before and was quite surprised at how high-quality everything looked and felt. I was also really happy to find out that Mary Kay is committed to not testing on animals and has a strong philanthropic presence (Mary Kay’s foundation focuses on funding research to end breast and cervical cancers and education and awareness to help stop domestic violence).

They also have an initiative called Pink Doing Green aimed at making their environmental impact as low as possible. Last Arbor Day, they planted over 300,000 trees in National Parks and encourage consumers to send back their empty plastic containers for recycling by the company. The best part? They started their recycling program in 1989, way before it was “trendy” to be green. Very cool!

I was so happy to find out Mary Kay was such and up-and-up company, but unfortunately, the search continues when it comes to my eyes, because none of the eye products (their mineral eye shadow, lash primer or mascaras) worked for me. I’m incredibly sad because I actually loved both the eye shadows and mascaras. All the mascaras went on smooth, didn’t clump and stayed on all day long. Yay for no rubbing off on my cheeks! But unfortunately, within a few hours my eyes were red, puffy and watering. Womp. Womp.

But! Some of the other products I got to try out were absolutely right for me! I fell in love with the NouriShine Plus™ lip glosses. They sent me three different colors and all of them are shiny, creamy, and not sticky. The Café Au Lait color is perfect for every day. The Mango Tango is an amazing orange-y/red color that’s perfect for summer. And the Rock ‘n’ Red is an amazing classic red that feels more like a lip balm than a lipstick. Since I don’t wear a lot of makeup on my eyes or face, I use lipstick a lot to show some flair, and these glosses are a great addition to my collection.

I also totally fell in love with their TimeWise® Microderabrasion system. I actually don’t have a skin care routine. At all. And my system (or total lackthereof) has done me pretty well for years. But as I get older, and now that I’m spending more time outside, I’m starting to notice my skin is looking a little bit duller. I saw an immediate difference after exfoliating and moisturizing with the TimeWise® system. I don’t have any fine lines or wrinkles, so I can’t comment on how it works on those, but it definitely leaves my skin hydrated and helps my skin look brighter.

Are you ready to try out some Mary Kay products for yourself? You could win a nice gift basket packed full of new and popular Mary Kay products, to get entered, all you gotta do is:

Tell me the greatest beauty tip you’ve learned for an opportunity to win a fabulous Mary Kay gift basket.

official rules and legalese:

No duplicate comments.

You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:

a) Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post

b) Tweet (public message) about this promotion; including exactly the following unique term in your tweet message: “#SweepstakesEntry”; and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post

c) Blog about this promotion, including a disclosure that you are receiving a sweepstakes entry in exchange for writing the blog post, and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post

d) For those with no Twitter or blog, read the official rules to learn about an alternate form of entry.

This giveaway is open to US Residents age 19 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

The Official Rules are available here.

This sweepstakes runs from 11/19/12-12/31/12.

Be sure to visit the Mary Kay page on BlogHer.com where you can read other bloggers’ reviews and find more chances to win!

I was provided with Mary Kay products to use and review, and was compensated for this post, however all opinions are my own.

what i ate wednesday: the new normal

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Posted on Nov 21, 2012 in Food


Now that I’m not in the office as much (only two days a week) I’ve noticed my mealtime routine has been steadily shifting from a solid three-meals-a-day plan to more of a two-meals-a-day thing with some snacks thrown in. I’ve tried to fight it for months now because you always hear “three balanced meals a day!”, but I’m sick of fighting my natural rhythm. If I had my druthers, everyday would start with water and coffee. And then around 10am I’d eat a nice, big brunch. Then have a snack around noon, a hefty dinner between 3-4pm and another snack around 7pm. Any nutritionists out there want to chime in if that’s a bad thing?

Onto the eats!

  1. Started off with coffee. Which I almost always take with half and half and a little touch of honey or maple syrup. Santa mug, for the win.
  2. Brunch was two poached eggs on toast plus a giant yogurt bowl (plain Greek yogurt, pumpkin, banana, pomegranate, strawberries, almonds, granola, chia seeds and a drizzle of honey).
  3. Afternoon snack #1 was a yogurt, cheese and a LaraBar.
  4. Afternoon snack #2 was handful after handful of this airpopped popcorn. I popped it to string garland (which I did) but I couldn’t keep my hand out of the deliciousness.
  5. Dinner was leftovers! A big slice of leftover Mexican Lasagna topped with Greek yogurt, plus a big side salad.
  6. More leftovers! Leftover chocolate chip cookies from Canadian Thanksgiving that I rescued from the deep freezer.


What’s the best thing you’ve eaten so far this week?