Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Mary Kay

BlogHer gave me a great opportunity to review some make-up from Mary Kay. What girl can so no to free make-up?!? Not this girl!

It came in the mail all wrapped up pretty.

The box contained Mary Kay Ultimate Mascara, Tinted Lip Balm, and Mineral Eye Color Bundle

I love the idea of bundling my eyeshadows and blush into one easy compact. I travel quite a bit for work and having everything all together would be so much easier. The colors were great for my green eyes and I was really impressed by the eyeshadow. My experience with Mary Kay eyeshadow in the past hasn't been good. They must have a new formula because the pigment of the eyeshadows was concentrated and it didn't take several applications to see the color. It also lasted throughout the day.


The blush was the best surprise! I usually wear name brand blush and this was just as good as those brands. I loved the color and the very slight shimmer.

I was a little hesitant about the tinted lip balm. It looks pretty bright in the tube, but it was much more subtle on. The best part is it contains SPF 15! That is a great thing for a fair skinned gal like me.

I'm very picky about my mascara and dreaded even putting this formula on my lashes. Boy, I was I wrong about it. The mascara doesn't clump and has a good consistency. The brush on the wand was a good shape and I was able to get a really good coat on my lashes.

You'll have to excuse the deer in headlights look. I did my make-up before work one morning and that flash was bright. :)

I think that Mary Kay has really stepped up their game. They are definitely not the same company I knew growing up and are real contenders in the beauty industry.

Find your way to beautiful and enter for your chance to win Mary Kay products estimated at $100 value!
Contest ends Friday, August 26th.
No duplicate comments. This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 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. Prizes & Promotions Page (aka Round-up Page): Visit the Promotions & Prizes section
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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Duraflame Stax Fire Logs Giveaway

Two winners! Congrats Amy and Jennifer!

I was sent the latest product from Duraflame, Stax, a firelog with the stacked aesthetics and crackling sounds of a wood fire. We have had so much snow in the last week and we were snowed in today. It made for the perfect time to try it out.

Here’s a little background on Stax:

  • A Stax fire takes just minutes to build without the mess or splinters

  • Only three Stax logs are needed for an evening’s fire compared to a 30-pound bundle of wood

  • In a fireplace, the firelogs produce approximately 50 percent less emissions than an equivalent wood fire

  • Stax logs are the first Duraflame firelogs designed to burn with multiple logs and are approved for use in a wood stove

  • Stax are available at grocery and major retailers across the country, including Target and K-Mart. A box retails for $9.99 to $19.99, depending on the bundle size
I built this fire by myself, which is something I've never done before. It was easy peasy and there was no mess. Definitely a plus in my book!
This product can be used in a wood stove or outdoors in a fire pit or for a camp fire.

Duraflame is giving away two coupons for "one 3-log bundle of duraflame Stax logs." There will be two winners chosen and I will be mailing the coupon to you.

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment. If you don't have a linked account please leave your e-mail address in the comment.
The giveaway will close Friday night at 5 p.m. central standard time.

{also don't forget to enter the giveaway below. there is still time.}

Friday, January 28, 2011

Gift Card Giveaway to Apothica (make-up store)

Have y'all heard of Apothica? It is a great online store that focuses on cosmetics with brands such as Stila, Too Faced, Smashbox and more. Apothica is related to, as a site that focuses on clinical skin care that carries many beauty brands, such as Obagi, Eminence, and Clarisonic. In addition to the brands, their sites have Master Estheticians available to help choose the right product for the right skin type plus an awesome loyalty program.


Apothica is giving away a $25 gift certificate to their site. There are so many great items to choose from, but if I were the winner I would put it toward my favorite perfume, Tocca Cleopatra.


Inspired by the Mediterranean seductress, Tocca's Cleopatra eau de parfum captivates the senses. Fresh and sparkling grapefruit and lush greens fade into accords of sensual white jasmine and tuberose, leaving an exotic, rich dry down of warm patchouli, golden amber and rich vanilla musk.

It is a great scent, plus it comes in a pretty bottle! They also carry Tocca candles. I have not used any of their candles before, but I have heard good things about them.

Giveaway ends February 16th. To enter please leave a separate comment for each entry:

    Option 1: Facebook

    Bonus: Opt in to Apothica’s Newsletter

    Option 2: Twitter

      1. Visit
      2. Tweet about Apothica on your own Twitter Account

    Option 3: Blog

      1. Visit
      2. Write something on your blog about what you think of Apothica

      Bonus: Write about the brand I highlighted and link it to Apothica

      Please leave an e-mail address with your comment. Thank you!

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