Monday, November 25, 2013

Review: Lancôme DreamTone


Disclosure: This product, Lancome DreamTone, was received complimentary of  SheSpeaks and Lancome  for review purposes. As always my post is my unbiased opinions.
About Lancome DreamTone:
DreamTone is the next generation in dark spot correction. This customized skin tone correcting serum is so powerful, 72% of women dare to bare their skin.* The new DreamTone is 3 barely-tinted serums formulated to visibly correct dark spots, color imperfections and give you a more even-looking skin tone. It comes in 3 serums customized for your skin tone: 1- Fair, 2 – Medium, 3 – Dark.

The results:

IMMEDIATELY:
• 74% saw glowing skin*

7 DAYS:
• 70% noticed a more even skin tone*

4 WEEKS:
• 69% saw the appearance of dark spots reduced*

8 WEEKS:
• 78% saw color imperfections reduced*

*All results based on global self-assessments of women of multiple ethnicities in an 8-week study. 72% reflects 8 weeks of use.

How to Use: 

For best results, apply the product twice per day, in the morning and evening under your moisturizer.

Purchase Information: 

Lancôme DreamTone retails for $98 for a 1.3 fl oz. bottle and is available for purchase at Lancôme.com and department stores nationwide.
Program Hashtags: #DreamTone#bareselfie
Lancôme on Twitter: @LancomeUSA 
Lancôme on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LancômeUS 
DreamTone website: http://www.Lancôme-usa.com/dreamtone 
Click here for more info on Project #bareselfie.



What are my thoughts on DreamTone by Lancôme?
After 4 weeks of use, I've seen some dark spots lighten and my skin has become more radiant. I've also used less foundation in my makeup routine (let me just say that foundation has ALWAYS been apart of my makeup routine unless I'm sick). I plan on the continued use of this product for even more results (I'll come back in 4 weeks for an extended review). I'm not very fond of the dispenser but it does give you just the right amount of product to be applied to your face.

How many stars will you give Lancôme DreamTone?
4.5 out of 5


Monday, October 14, 2013

Mani Monday: Black & Gold Tutorial


It's Mani Monday (a very late one)! I'm going to show you a quick Chevron Tip Nail Tutorial that was featured in the mark.'s Magalog 11. I, however, did the tips a little different than the one in the brochure. 


Step 1: I primed my nails with the Nail Experts Gel Strength Base Coat by Avon (this stuff is AMAZING). Just apply one coat, it does dry fairly quickly, too.

Step 2: I then applied two separate coats of mark Nailed It Trend Mini Nail Lacquer in Gleam Scene (gold shade) to my nails. The gold tends to dry quicker so it can leave streaks if you try to take your time, so work quickly.

Step 3: Finally, I took mark. Nailed It Trend Mini Nail Lacquer in Tuxedo (black shade) at an angle, brushed from the outside to the middle, and did the same to the opposite site to where they met at a point.

The colors from the mark. Nailed It Trend Mini Nail Lacquers last up to 10 days and you can get 10 manicures out of each mini bottle! You can purchase these at my AVON website (SHOP HERE) for $7. There's also two other duo sets available for purchase.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Blinging Beauty: Beauty Blitz Event

Join Tracey Brown, Editor-in-Chief of Blinging Beauty and her "Bling Team" as they travel to Houston, TX on October 13, 2013, for a hands-on workshop, "Ace Your Face". This workshop will be one of four, with dates in Chicago, Atlanta, and Washington D.C.


What you can expect:
3 Hours | 3 Topics
For: Anyone with fear of makeup, needs a boost, or is stuck in a rut

3 Hours | 3 Topics
1. Your Healthiest Skin
Skin care demystified. Result?
Complexion perfection.

2. Your 5 Minute Face
5 steps + 5 Minutes = Flawless Face.

3. Day to Heyyyyy!
Your makeup. Day-to-Date Night.

(includes swag bags, samples, and workbook)

Tickets are available on Eventbrite -----> Register Now
Want a discount? Use "Lauren" in Promotional Code at checkout.

Join the Facebook Event Page for updates! ----> Houston,TX FB Event
Want to follow on Twitter? Use #Hashtag ----> #AceYourFace #Houston

Tracey’s Beauty Blitz­­
4 Weekends | 4 Cities |3 Events
Houston: 10/11-10/13
Chicago: 10/25 – 10/27
DC: 11/1 – 11/3
Atlanta: 11/15 – 11/17

Don't forget to follow, Blinging Beauty:
Facebook ----> Like!
Twitter ----> Tweet!
Instagram ----> Follow!

Saturday, August 31, 2013

ONWARD! NO MATTER WHAT!

It's about 1:15 am, Saturday, August 31st. I'm sitting here watching YouTube videos, feeling inspired by what I'm watching, and decided to do a late night post of a personal issue.

Yesterday, I had the biggest change in my life but I knew it was only a matter of time until it happened. I WAS TERMINATED! That's right, I was fired from my job of almost 4 years (October 9th). I won't go into detail of why I was or what sparked it because to be honest I could write a book based on the last 4 years.
On Tuesday, I was called around 3 pm to come sign a paper. I got dressed, hopped in my car, went down the street to my job. I was getting placed on ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE until Friday at 10 am when I'd have to come in for a meeting for the final decision. That moment, I knew exactly what was going to happen. There were only two options: get suspended additional days or get fired. I was leaning more to getting fired because of other surrounding issues. I prepared myself for today because I knew what the end result was going to be. I went in around 10 am, we went into an office, and this was my "lecture":

"I've looked over everything. I have to say, I'm disappointed but I have made the decision to go ahead an terminate you."
I nodded, said okay, signed a paper, and I was on my merry way. 

I wasn't even in that office 5 minutes! I told my supervisor *with some waterworks* as we walked out that I was expecting this and it's actually for the best. I was upset because I truly will miss *some* of the people I worked with in my profession. It was almost the end of lunch, I went back and turned in my uniforms. I walked out of that office with my friend, turned to her and said, "A HUGE WEIGHT HAD BEEN LIFTED"!

I don't want anyone to feel sorry for me because I AM MOVING FORWARD! This will give me a chance to work on my businesses as an AVON Independent Sales Representative & Paparazzi Accessories Independent Consultant (both are separate companies and have no affiliation with each other). I can also focus on getting re-enrolled for college in Spring 2014. 

I hope all of you stay with me on this journey as I focus on the next chapter in my life. I might designate a day for personal postings, as I'm going to restructure my blog to keep consistent. After all, this is the "Life of a Social Beauty". 

What would you like to see? Comment Below. 

*The title reflects an AVON Facebook Group that inspired this post.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

nuNAAT Brazilian Keratin Daily Care Review



I'm excited that nuNAAT allowed me the opportunity to receive a complimentary set of the Brazilian Keratin Collection.  This following review is my own opinion and someone with a different hair type may experience different results. I also was not compensated for this review.  For more information about nuNAAT and their other products, please check out their website here.

I can honestly say that I am not only makeup obsessed but hair product obsessed (those are both different postings in itself). Let me give you a brief history about my hair. I was about 3-4 years of age when I got my first perm (THANKS MOM! - she was a licensed cosmetologist). By the way, I did say my FIRST perm! I was a little guinea pig for her. We also found out that perms DO NOT work in my hair, EVER! The curl falls out within days. I was about 12 when I received my first highlights (couldn't tell much, my hair is naturally dark). After that age, it was all over! My hair has been colored, highlighted, cut countless times since age 12. I am now 27 and needless to say my hair is DAMAGED! I've actually gone 3 months without doing anything to my hair so far.

When I was looking at the collections, I knew I wanted to try the Brazilian Keratin Collection. Here are the benefits:
  • Works with all hair types
  •  Repairs cuticle damage
  • Regenerates and strengthens hair fiber
  • Restores natural shine and softness
  • Seals hair cuticles
  • Reduces volume and frizz
  • Makes hair resilient and healthy
  • Formaldehyde and sodium chloride free

Let me start off by saying, the intensive hair mask is AMAZING and simple to apply. When applying, I brushed my hair taking out all loose, falling strands. Then I took a scoop full in my hand, applied it from my roots to tips, applied a shower cap (or any other covering), waited about 15 min (or more, if you'd like). Then, rinse out, follow with shampoo/conditioner if you choose. I personally use this as is, I don't use shampoo/conditioner. I find that it leaves my hair soft and manageable without having to add additional products.


The deep shampoo and conditioner felt like a hit or miss. The first day, I used the hair mask, then followed with the shampoo and conditioner. My hair felt oily throughout the day and very oily the next morning. I decided to switch things up a little by just using the shampoo on my scalp, conditioner on my tips. This worked a little better. My hair took some time to adjust to the new products, only because the ingredients lacking was actually in my previous products. Tip: Hair has to be trained, it doesn't just work overnight. There were days I'd just use the shampoo or just conditioner. This last week, I went back to my previous shampoo and conditioner - BIG MISTAKE! My hair felt dry, easily tangled, and just a hot mess. Needless to say, I will be sticking to nuNAAT products or those similar.


Ah! The last two items of the collection. These are the styling products best used with a blowdryer followed by a straightener. My hair looked healthy, shiny, and versatile. NOTE TO SELF: Only use a small amount of product, the size of a dime.

So, what's my overall grade: A

I do plan on purchasing more products down the line from nuNAAT. The products are great for everyday use. Also, recommended for those who have professionally relaxed/straightened hair to keep hair at its best between touch-ups.

The nuNAAT line is available in-store at select Walgreens and Walmart stores, Beauty Supply stores and all Navarro Pharmacies.

Follow nuNAAT:
Website: www.nunnat.com (you can also purchase online)
Facebook: www.facebook.com/nunaat
Twitter: www.twitter.com/nunaat
YouTube: www.youtube.com/nunaatbeauty

Disclaimer: These products were complimentary of nuNAAT for testing purposes only. I was not compensated for this review and all opinions are my own. 

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Blogger Collab Giveaway

Last weekend, I joined Kerrie at Gorgeous Glam Blog in her Blogger Giveaway Collaboration. The contest started Sunday, 8/18 (I know I'm a few days late announcing) and will end on Friday, 9/6. Please share our giveaway with everyone you know to help support us.

Check out the fabulous bloggers below:

Follow me:
Blog: http://laurendanielle86.blogspot.com/
Facebook Fan Page (still new): Life of a Social Beauty
Twitter: Lauren's Twitter
Instagram: @laurendanielle86
Prize:
Mark- Instant Vacation Fragrance Trio (Value $12.99) 

Mark- Beige Summer day Sunglasses (Value $12.99)
Mark- Tech Savvy Clutch (Value $20)

US shipping only (no international at this time)
 
Follow Kerrie:
Blogs:
Gorgeous Glam Blog
http://mindsetofateacher.blogspot.com/
http://makeupforacause.blogspot.com/
Facebookwww.facebook.com/makeupartistkerrie
Pinteresthttps://pinterest.com/makeupartistker/
Twitter https://twitter.com/#!/MakeupArtistKer
Etsyhttp://tinyurl.com/c53whlk
Gorgeous-Glamour Web pagewww.gorgeous-glamour.com
makeupartistkerrie@gmail.com
https://www.facebook.com/ababytolove
 

If you win my part of this giveaway, I will email you a gift certificate for a free Yon-Ka Cleansing Gel. I have been using it and love it. It's a $39 dollar value and it last such a long time. This product will not ship out of the USA.


Beautybuzzwcarrieb

www.facebook.com/beautybuzzwcarrieb


Will ship International

PRIZE:
1. London/SOHO/New York: (4 Piece Quick Fix Travel w/ Pouch) includes- Foundation Brush/Powder Brush/All Over Eyeshadow Brush & w/ a Pouch.
2. Earrings- Costume Jewelry from "JewelMint" w/ Black Velvet Pouch. Description- Gold-toned w/ amber like crystals and Chatreuse Faux Stones in a bright, eye-catching & fun design!
3. Bath & Body Works Signature Collection Body Lotion in Beautiful Day- 3 FL OZ/ 88 mL
4. EOS Evolution of Smooth Lip Balm in Strawberry Sorbet- 100% Natural/ 95% Organic
5. Jordana Color Effects Eyeshadow Powder in Duet - Rose/Deep Purple color

Shelly's Sassy Nails
 Follow Shelly @: 
www.instagram.com/sassyshelly129
Facebook.com/ShellysSassyNails
http://www.sassyshelly.com/
http://www.ninjapolish.com/home.php
 
Prize will be emailed and shop does ship international.

Prize:
$15 dollar gift certificate emailed to winner.
 

 

Makeup Minutes
Brianna Michelle Thompson
Follow Makeup Minutes @: 

 
 
 


PRIZE:
Will Ship International
 
 
Makeup Artistry by Cindy
http://www.makeupartistrybycindy.com
 
Prize:
1) e.l.f. - 5 piece eyeshadow set , it's a 4 duo eyeshadows and dual ended eyeliner & eyeshadow brush It doesn't have the colors listed but it's a duo of deep purple and lavender, a duo of navy blue and silver, a duo of pewter and black and the other is jade and gold. The eyeliner is black and at the other end of the eyeliner is a flat eyeshadow brush attached to it.
2) Cynthia Rowley - Eyelash Curler with 3 silicone refill pads
3) Ocean Salt - luxurious bath soap , hand made, organic 10 ounce bar
4) London SOHO New York - "All over Eyeshadow brush" basically a fluff brush
Total Value is : $36
            Will Ship International

Follow Misty Ewing:
https://www.facebook.com/#!/BeautiVille
http://www.Beauti-ville.com
twitter- @mistymewing
instagram- @mistymewing

Prize:
Tarte Cosmetics
Your choice of shade- the new mineral foundation and the brush that goes with it.
A $62 value.
U.S.A shipping only

Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Powder Foundation

What is it: tarte's first ever full-coverage powder foundation enriched with Amazonian clay and gemstones.

Who is it for: Anyone looking for a powder foundation to achieve total skin balance while providing flawless coverage.

Why is it different: This finely milled powder offers eight hours of full coverage with a skin-balancing formula that delivers a natural-looking finish that won't settle into fine lines or wrinkles. The moisture-rich, weightless foundation buffs on smooth and allows your skin to breathe! Thanks to Amazonian clay and gemstones, the foundation reawakens and invigorates skin tone and texture for a more youthful-looking complexion.

How do I use it: Using the Airbuki Foundation Brush, buff the powder into skin with soft, circular motions


FM Cosmetics Leeds-
Jane Halkier
Www.allaboutfm.co.uk/janeh
International shipping
Prize:

I will be offering a eye liner and lip liner to the winner and a silicone base, total retail £20
Follow Jane @:Www.allaboutfm.co.uk/janeh


This blogger unfortunately had to back out. I will donate the prize.
No international shipping.
Prize:
Stila lip crayon in vivid violet.

Beyond Beauty Lounge
https://www.facebook.com/BeyondBeautyLounge
I will ship international .
 Prize:  

Follow Beyond Beauty Lounge @:




*taken from Gorgeous Glam Blog

Thursday, August 22, 2013

All Natural Style Secrets Feat. Seventh Generation Skin Serum



Seventh Generation Natural Skin Care Boosts will sell at a suggested retail price of $14.99, and will be available exclusively in Walgreens (available now). 
I've recently added a new item to my skincare routine, it's Seventh Generation Natural Serum Boosts in Firming. I received this product complimentary of Lucky Magazine and Seventh Generation for review purposes. For my daily routine, I used Olay Fresh Effects Shine Minimizing Cleanser & Exfoliating Cleanser in the shower. After the shower, I apply two pumps of the serum to my face and neck area daily (it can actually be used for your entire body, too). I've been using this as my only moisturizing method during the last few weeks. However, due to my combination skin type, I have switched up the areas in which I apply the moisturizer to my under eye area, cheeks, lips, and neck. The firming boosts contain carrier oil (apricot, almond, and grapeseed oil), brown algae, baobab, rosemary extract, and peppermint. Let me say, the first time I applied the product, I could instantly smell the peppermint; which felt calming and rejuvenating. I highly recommend trying out the product if you're looking for something new to add to your skincare routine. Also, you can add the serum to your favorite moisturizer for an extra boost. I've added it a couple of times to the Olay Fresh Effects Satin Finish Lotion, if I feel extra dry in certain areas of my face. It's really weird that I can have dry patches during the Summer instead of Winter. 

Here's some information about Seventh Generation Natural Skin Serums - they are customizable, concentrated blends with no added water. The pure, plant-based serums:
  • absorb quickly
  • are free of parabens, phthalates and synthetic fragrances
  • are clinically proven hypoallergenic
  • won't clog pores
  • are USDA Certified Biobased
There are also six different types of boosts serums: hydrating, soothing, clearing, firming, revitalizing, and protecting. Be sure to check out their entire line at their website, Seventh Generation, it's not just cleaning supplies anymore. 

Products used to create Natural Look: Buxom Passport Collection: The Day Tripper Edition (used blush and bronzer only), Napoleon Perdis lip gloss in Joy, CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-n-1 in Medium Beige, AVON Mega Effects Mascara in Brown/Blackmark. the Day Eye PaletteAVON Moisture Therapy lip treatment, and mark. Powder Buff

My "Natural" Look
Disclaimer: I received a free sample of this product from Lucky and Seventh Generation for use in connection with this blog. All reviews are my own.





Monday, August 5, 2013

Where have I been?

I guess you could say I took a two-week hiatus from blogging and pretty much everything social media (I did stay up-to-date though, just no updates from me). So, what have I been doing?
 
WORK...WORK...WORK

My schedule has been flipped around so much that I haven't been able to plan accordingly to get things done. It's seriously been one major change after another. Now, I have a set schedule that makes working on ideas much easier.

What should you expect?
* Back-to-School Giveaway *
* more tutorials *
* more reviews *
* updated blog site *
* and TOP SECRET IDEAS I can't explain, yet... *
 
I do have some EXCITING news to share with you tomorrow, so stay tuned!


Saturday, July 13, 2013

It's not the end but a new beginning...

"Once a mark. girl, always a mark. girl"

I joined mark. 2010, after seeing a commercial on Lifetime. I was so eager to be apart of a company that has started the year I was a Senior in high school. Plus, I already had a love for beauty and fashion products. I want to share with other what I love and I've also been given many wonderful opportunities that the memories will last a lifetime.

On February 2011, the opportunity of being a makeup artist for a day happened. I headed to Austin, TX for the weekend for an Ann Taylor Student Look Book photo shoot. This reignited my passion of doing makeup for others. Later that month, I contact an organization, Project Cinderella, to offer my services to all the girls at no charge for Prom. My mentor, Tiffany, and I worked on at least a dozen of girls on their special night. I'd have to say seeing their expression when we were done...PRICELESS!

In June, I was appointed to Mentor Assistant for the Houston, TX area. This meant assisting my Mentor, Tiffany, with anything she might need with the team. We'd have team meetings, meet and greets, incentives, and more. Of course, I wasn't the only mentor assistant for the team there were five of us. I LOVED bonding with the team and giving any advice needed.

On Thursday, July 11, 2013, thousands of mark. girl lives changed when we were given the information that as of August 9th, 2013 mark. will have transitioned to Avon. What does that mean? There will no longer be mark. girl ONLY reps but we have been given the option to transition into Avon reps. Since the news, I spent all night at work deciding what I was going to do. I must have reread the FAQ a hundred times making sure I understood. I had contemplated joining Avon before the decision (and commercial) to join mark. a long time ago.

While it's the end of an era of mark. girl only reps, I've decided it's not the end for me. I will continue on this journey to becoming an Avon rep, which would include selling mark., too. I look forward to this new journey and seeing where it takes me.

Thank You to all the mark. girls I have meet in-person and online through our forums and social media. Your friendships mean so much to me and I hope to keep in touch with all of you. I also wish everyone the best in their new journeys whatever it might be.


Texas Women Bloggers

Thursday, July 11, 2013

VEET® EasyWax™ Electrical Roll-On Kit

Over a month ago, I received the VEET EasyWax Electrical Roll-on Kit complimentary of Influenster for testing purposes. I received the product the day before my birthday and was excited to test it out. While I've only tested the product once, it's pretty amazing.
 
From Veet's website, here are the claims:
 
Our innovative EasyWax™ Electrical Roll-On Kit is a self-heating wax system that has everything you need for quick and easy salon-quality results at home. Simply heat up, roll on, and wax off hair for incredible smoothness that lasts up to 28 days!
  • Salon-quality without the salon prices
  • Keeps wax at the perfect temperature
  • Ensures a clean and even application
 
Each Pack Contains
  • A self-heating device and its cap
  • A 50ml roll-on wax refill, specially designed for use on legs & arms
  • 12 non-woven strips
  • 4 Perfect Finish Wipes
  • A base to hold the device and electrical cable
So, what's my take?
The instructions given are to plug in the device and let warm for 30 minutes, then apply to the desired area. I actually took an hour to heat the wax because I found that 30 minutes just didn't seem like enough time. What's the greatest thing about the self-heating device? The temperature is consistent, doesn't get to hot like other waxes. I think I went over one area twice to pick up any residue or hair from the strip. Once I was finished, I used the perfect finishing wipes to make sure all the residue from the wax was gone (the wax cannot be washed with water).
 
Why did I only test the product once?
The claims really do speak for themselves. You get about 28 days of smoothness and no shaving! I've used other waxing products before that claim the same but have never matched to par.
 
Interested in trying the product?
You can find online or any drugstore retailer. I also found a $5 off coupon from Veet's website, click here.
Disclaimer: I received this product complimentary for testing and review purposes from Influenster. All opinions are my own.

Monday, July 8, 2013

The Haute Series: Gilded Matchy Matchy

I'm sorry for the delay in today's posting of "The Haute Series". I've had a few technical difficulties today with uploading pictures. Here's week 3, Gilded Matchy Matchy. These items are from the current mark. Magalog 7, which ends July 11 (this Thursday).

Featured Products:
Exotic Hues, $14, Nailed It Trend Marrakesh (Limited Edition), $7

Prep your face with a moisturizer of your choice, mine was Olay Fresh Effects Long Live Moisture Satin Finish Lotion. Next, I took Olay Fresh Effect BB Cream in Light to Medium with a damp sponge all over my face, except eyes. The BB cream has SPF 15, which is a bonus.
I applied mark. Just Pinched in Cheeky onto the apply of my cheeks, blend with either your fingers or blush brush. Lightly apply, Just Blushing in Afterglow on top. I applied NYX Blush in Espresso in the hollows of my cheeks and along my hairline for my bronzer.
I lined my waterline/tightline  with the L.A. Colors Eyeliner Pencil in Brown-Black, then swept exotic hues gold shade over my lids, into creases and up to brow bones. I then took exotic hues green shade onto the lids and across my waterline. I used mark. Make Me Lash Eyelash Curler to curl my lashes, then applied the Balm "The Body Builder" Mascara in Black to my top and bottom lashes.
For the lips, I lined them with Starlooks Lip Pencil in Bare, applied mark. Lipclick in Bare Hug, then added a little shine with mark.'s Glimmer Shine in Nude Shimmer (no longer available).
 
I had already given myself a manicure over the weekend and I only had applied Pink Armor Nail Gel (yes, the one from infomercials). I had already heard some good reviews, so my mom and I decided to test it out. So left it as a base coat, then applied nailed it shade in mint tea; allow to dry.
Once dried you need to take a clean sponge - tip applicator, paint on shade saffron to the end of the sponge, and dab onto your nails to achieve a foiled effect.
Once dried, I sealed it with Sally Hansen's Insta Dry in Clear to complete my manicure.

Thanks for checking out this weeks Makeup Monday series and don't forget to check back next Monday for the final installment of "The Haute Series".


 

Friday, July 5, 2013

*WIN* Lucy Hale's mark. Cover Makeup!

As many of you might know, Lucy Hale was recently announced as mark.'s new Brand Ambassador for the company. We've had top celebrities such as Ashley Greene, Jordan Sparks, Lauren Conrad as previous mark. Brand Ambassador's. Lucy Hale is featured on Lucky's August magazines cover for the month, now on newsstands everywhere. Guess what's even better? Lucky magazine is also having a cover photo sweepstakes to win the products used to create her look.

I want to note that I am in no way affiliated with Lucky magazine in the sponsorship of the sweepstakes. I am, however, a mark. Independent Representative. I do receive a discount on products ordered, as well as receiving a commission on orders from others through my e-boutique, http://laurengarcia.mymarkstore.com/.

Photo Credit: Luckymag.com

The prize includes:
  • Get in Line Hook Up Waterproof Eyeliner in Painted Black
  •  Just Blushing in Charmed
  •  Wet/Dry Eyeshadow in Nightly
  • High-Volume Mascara in Black
  •  Got the Goods Foundation in Light 4
  •  Color Me in Lip Crayon in Punch Line
Enter to Win! Lucy Hale's mark. Cover Makeup!
Sweepstakes end July 29th at 11:59 p.m. ET Sweepstakes Cover Rules
 

Thursday, July 4, 2013

4th of July FREE Shipping

Check out what mark. has to offer this Summer! Shop http://laurengarcia.mymarkstore.com/  today & get FREE shipping on ANY order!
Don't forget to register (it gets you specials only offered by me)!

4th of July Mani

Happy Thursday! Happy 4th of July! I was originally planning an entire look from head to toe but I ended up working a 10-hr shift due to an emergency call that came in about 15 minutes before my shift ended. I want to take the time to say that life is very precious and we should never take it for granted. Live your life to the fullest! I want to wish everyone a Happy 4th of July. If you are traveling, I hope you have a safe journey to wherever your destination may be. For those popping fireworks, be cautious and safe, do not horseplay as they can be a danger to you or others. 

So, here's my 4th of July mani. Enjoy! (Singing) *the stars and stripes...* Sorry, that's the only thing I could think of. 

I interchanged the thumb and fingers, red and blue with the exception of the ring finger. On the ring finger, I mixed  blue, silver, and red glitter. I also applied the patriotic glitter nail polish as a base and top coat for the glitter. The products used are listed below.
Products used:
Sally Hansen Nail Growth in Clear (found at any drugstore)
L.A. Colors Color Craze in Confetti & In a Flash (from Dollar General or Dollar Tree)
Nicole by O.P.I Kardashian Kollection in Kourt is Red-y for a Pedi (Walmart)
Chi Ceramic Base Coat Bonder (HEB Plus - Texas Only)
Glitter (from Dollar Tree or Dollar General)

Monday, July 1, 2013

Review: Sun Goddess Sunless Tanner

Since the beginning of Spring, I've been looking for the right sunless tanner product but have either been too dark or turns me orange. Thank you to Sun Goddess, Inc. for sending me their Sunless Tanning Lotion in Dark (along with samples to hand out) for testing purposes. 

Sun Goddess, Inc. Quick Facts:
Natural & Luxurious Ingredients
Beautiful, Dark, Golden Brown Color
Tans Instantly
Quick Drying
Sunless Tan Will Last up to 10 Days
Tan Will Not Rub Off on Clothing
Smells Delicious
Animal Cruelty Free
Application Gloves Included. 


Before
After
On Saturday, June 22nd I received the product in the mail and I started my initial testing on Sunday, June 23rd. I used the self-tanner on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. If you look at my after picture of my legs, the left leg was Friday's application and the right leg was from the previous three applications. This product is absolutely amazing! I recommend to anyone wanting to get a tan for summer or even year-round. I do recommend using gloves for application or your hands will change colors if not washed immediately. 

So, how much is Sun Goddess Sunless Tanner? It's $38.95 for an 8 oz bottle, samples included. Also, Sun Goddess, Inc. will be offering my followers a 10% discount, when you purchase from their website at www.SunGoddess.com.  The code for the 10% will be laurendanielle.

Disclaimer: This product was sent from Sun Goddess, Inc. complimentary for review and testing purposes. All opinions are my own. 

The Haute Series: Rainbow Lids

Welcome to Week 2 of The "Haute" Series. On today's Makeup Monday we focus on: Rainbow Lids. This month is all about "daring" yourself to set out of your comfort zone. This look is perfect for those summer parties and beach days.
On the Dot Compact, No Place to Run Eyeliner in Jet Black, NYX  Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk,
All  Over Eyeshadow Brush, Eyeshadow Brush
1. Prime your eyelid with NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk.
2. Apply On the Dot teal shade (shade 8)  on the outer corners of the eye, purple shade (shade 9) mid-lid, followed by the yellow shade (shade 3) in the inner corner; you will need to blend one shadow into the next.
3. Run teal, purple, and yellow shades (same as the lid) along the lower lash lines (make sure the inner and outer corners blend together).

Saturday, June 29, 2013

DIY: Headband Holder

What You Need:
Foam Sheet, Ribbon, Fabric, Ruler, Scissors, Hot Glue Gun

Step-By-Step Instructions:
Top Left to Bottom Right: 
- Lay the foam onto the fabric and measure 2" in on each side. Mark the 2" in. on the right side as your cutting point.
- Roll the foam into a tube shape.
- Take the rolled up foam and roll it against the fabric to measure around, mark the fabric with a ruler to cut.
- Cut the fabric and put to the side.
- Hot glue the end of the foam to secure the tube.
- Next, you'll start to hot glue the fabric onto the foam (use a ruler to apply pressure as glue will be hot).
- Next, hot glue then ends into sections going in a circle (think of wrapping a present).
- Take your choice of ribbon and start from the middle of one of the ends and wrap around until it meets again.
- Secure the ribbon all around with hot glue (once again use a ruler to pat down as glue is hot)
- Take two fake flowers, cut, and glue onto the ends (I ran out of ribbon and found the flowers laying around in a box. Plus, the pink gives a pop of color).
- I took the remainder of ribbon (about 24" in) and glued onto each end.

Final Product:

 

What inspired me to create these headband holders?
 
I'm a Paparazzi Accessories Independent Consultant. I'm on a limited budget right now and needed a cheap way to display the headbands I carry in my inventory. I "Googled" some ideas and got to working on some displays as I already had the items I needed. These are very light weight to where I can take them on-the-go. I can also use a Command Hook at home parties to hang on the wall for people to shop.