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Reese Witherspoon in mark for International Women's Day

Reese Witherspoon is just so darn ardorable! As the Honorary Chairman of the Avon Foundation for Women, Reese was in D.C. for an event earlier this week. Love the classy LBD and the soft, yet dramatic, makeup.  She does smoky bronze so well. Mark makeup artist Mai Quynh was responsible for the look, and we’ve got a breakdown of what she used.

EYES:

Mai put the focus on Reese’s eyes, layering a shimmering gold shadow over a soft blend of neutral-colored shadows. Mai then upped the drama by using a dark eyeshadow as liner and a few swipes of black mascara on lashes.

  • i-mark Metallic Eye Shadow in Goldi Luxe ($6)
  • i-mark Eye Shadow in Tiki ($6)
  • i-mark Eye Shadow  in Java ($6)
  • Avon SuperExtend Extreme Mascara ($9)   

CHEEKS & LIPS:

For the finishing touches, Mai applied a soft rose cream blush on Reese’s cheeks and a nude-colored lipstick to enhance Reese’s natural glow.

  • Avon True Color Blush in Earthen Rose ($8)
  • Shine Attract Lipstick in Nude Love ($9)

Ten or Less: Mark Nailed It Trend Mini Lacquer Duo

The new Mark Nailed It Trend Mini Lacquer duo is a steal and I urge you to order this right away. If fuchsias are not your cup of tea, consider it for the nude shade in the duo alone. At just $7, how can you pass this up?

For Mark’s first ever nail polish release – the first of what I hope is many, many more to come – the brand released this mini duo in Fushia-istic (magenta) and Stay Neutral (nude). Mark fortified this formula with acrylic for strength, protection and brilliance for a polish that give high-gloss color that lasts up to 10 days. I can’t attest to its long wearing prowess, I did not use either of these shades nearly that long, but I did like how they applied. Fushia-istic went on nicely with 2 coats for even color but I chose to use 3 coats for Stay Neutral because it was a bit on the sheer side.

I wore Fushia-istic as the base color for my Crackle mani but I did spend a few days with Stay Nude on my nails. I love this shade so much, I really hope Mark decides to release a full size bottle of this shade. It doesn’t look like much in the bottle but if you take a closer look, there’s a gorgeous pink shimmer in it that sparkles in the sun. If you look closely, you can see it in the picture. Any of you remember a nail polish shade from MAC named Pervette? That shade was released in the 90’s that is reminiscent of this one, I actually wore it on my nails for prom in 1996. Estee Lauder also had a shade that looked a lot like this back then. I figure this is as close as I’m ever going to get to that beloved shade of mine.

What do you think of these shades? Yay or nay? Will you be ordering?

Just Another Mani Monday: China Glaze Fault Line with Mark Fuchsia

This week’s manicure came about when I was playing around with my family this weekend. I spent the sunny Saturday afternoon in my mom’s backyard swatching makeup and nail polish. It was great, I got a ton done but I didn’t intend on putting this China Glaze Crackle on. It’s only when I saw my teenage sister doing it that I got envious.

I started by applying the new Mark fuchsia from their new nail polish duo (more on that later, it’s really cute) without really trying to be neat about it since I was in a bit of a rush. I figured that would lend itself to the crackle effect anyhow. Then I applied China Glaze’s Crackle in Fault Line. It seemed much thicker than their regular formulas which made it a little tricky to apply but it leveled out well on the nail. Within minutes, the crackling effect started to appear. Fault Line dried down a little dull but one coat of Seche Vite on top and its metallic qualities came back to life.

I love how bold this combination is together but next time I’m going to try something brighter underneath to make the crackle really pop, maybe some yellow so I can be sporting some University of Washington Husky style nails. Have you tried a crackle top coat yet? What have you paired it with? Inquiring minds want to know.

Splurge vs. Save: Bobbi Brown Buffing Grains and Mark Berry Grand

Besides having a thing for lip stains and highlighters, I also love exfoliators. When Bobbi Brown Buffing Grains for the Face came out, I thought it was genius. What a unique concept to add exfoliation to a cleanser you already love, plus the ability to control how much or how little exfoliation you get from it. I was sold but I was not happy about the $40 price tag for what is really just grains. When I came across these Mark Berry Grand Super Exfoliating Beads on the Mark website, I thought I had just found a replacement at a fraction of the cost for roughly the same amount.

The main difference between these two products beside the price tag is the texture of the grain in each jar. Bobbi Brown’s is not quite as thick as Mark’s, it consists of Japanese adzuki bean powder to help get rid of dry patches while Mark’s has cranberry and pomegranate sees along with apricot seed and rice powder. Mark’s has some chunkier grains in it but it also has the fine powder that Bobbi Brown’s has as well. Perhaps it is a different caliber of ingredients in each product but both are effective at exfoliating skin without being harsh or abrasive, the grains are not thick or sharp enough to do that. In my testing, I didn’t see anything that made one product better than the other.

I’ve certainly caved on my share of more expensive products when a cheaper dupe was available, but sometimes it just comes down to which brand you prefer or trust more. I am a sucker for packaging though and have to admit that Bobbi’s jar looks rather sleek on my bathroom counter. Mark’s container has handy function though, like some of its makeup, it  “hooks up” to the tops of their cleansers. If you already use them, I admire your available bathroom counter space! :)

Ten or Less: Mark Gloss Gorgeous Stay On Lip Stain

Being a lip stain addict, my latest lip stain obsession is Mark’s Gloss Gorgeous Stay On Lip Stain. At an affordable $9 each, the price makes it a great candidate for Ten or Less Thursdays.

At first, I was a little puzzled by these… I mean, they look and feel like a lip gloss. That’s just on the surface though. Once I applied the gloss, I found the gloss really does stain the lips. It’s not an intense stain but enough that they look like your lips but better. As the gloss wears away, your lips will still have a nice light stain to them. If you’re looking at these and think the shade might be too dark for you, have no fear! The intensity of the swatch on the website is not what you get on the lips. Think light and wearable. I’ve been partial to Bella and it’s been my go-to lip product lately for when I want to look easy, breezy, beautiful but not wear a ton of makeup.

I’m loving the way these feel on my lips. Sure, it’s a gloss but it feels more like a lip balm since it doesn’t dry your my lips. The texture of the gloss is medium, no stickiness or tackiness here. It’s not so thin that it feels like it’s not even on your lips but thick enough to survive that morning latte and maybe make it until lunch. What is also great is that these stains are mistake-proof. Ever use a lip stain and make a mistake and then it’s a pain to fix? That is not going to happen with these lip stains. Since the formula is different, you can definitely fix anything that goes outside the lines. Plus, the minty fresh flavor is an added bonus, because keeping bad breath in check is always a good thing.

Have you tried these Mark Gloss Gorgeous Stay On Lip Stains? How do you wear it? A nice light layer or do you lay it on thick?

Disclosure: We received samples of this product.

Red Carpet Beauty: Ginnifer Goodwin at the Golden Globes

Ginnifer Goodwin at the Golden Globes Makeup artist Mai Quynh worked with HBO’s Big Love actress Ginnifer Goodwin for her red carpet look. Ginnifer normally appears very clean and fresh when on Big Love but last night she wore a softer smokey eye with soft lips.

Here’s how Mai achieved this look:

Eyes
“Since Ginnifer’s hair was pulled back into a chignon, my inspiration for her look was an old Prada ad. On her eyelids I swept on a blend of Mark I-Mark Custom Pick Eye Shadows in Wink Wink and Corset from the lashline and blended it into the crease. I used the same shades to line the bottom of her eyes, and then coated her eyelashes with Mark Make It Big Lash Plumping Mascara in Raven.”

Face
Blend Mark Just Pinched Instant Blush Tint in Nude on the apple of cheeks.

Lips
Apply Mark Dew Drenched Moisturlicious Lip Color in Mist.

Mai Quynh also did Miley Cyrus’s red carpet look for the Golden Globes. Check out here look here.

Mark's Little Block Box

There are approximately one million gorgeous makeup palettes popping off the shelves at Sephora, all jam packed full of blush and gloss, eye shadow and mascara. But there’s something fabulous about taking an empty palette and jam-packing it full of products of your own choosing. Especially when each of those products are perfect for your skintone and provide the perfect amount of shimmer and gleam for the holidays. Let me introduce you to my new friend, the Little Block Box.

Mark's Little Black Box The concept is simple- take one empty, palm-sized palette with a generous mirror and fill it with a selection of shimmer cubes or shimmer bars. Choose from 12 shades of blendable, buildable color to create a customized glow for the season. My favorite combinations of colors are the Twinkle and Moonlight Shimmer Cubes + Glow Shimmer Bar. I swirl all three of them together with a little kabuki brush that came with my purchase and then dust all over my chest and arms. The effect is ethereal, not show-girl. I also layer the Twinkle Shimmer Cube over my daytime makeup to give it a little extra oomph for a night out.

The texture of the shimmer cubes and bars is silky, thanks to the finely milled baked Italian powder. When applying the colors, they start out very sheer on the skin and can be layered to create more intensity. The price point on the Little Block Box is terrific – the box is $6 as are the Shimmer Bars. Shimmer Cubes are $5. Hit up Mark’s web site to check out the selection, and for tips and ideas on color combinations that will create specific effects. Mark products can be ordered online or through a Mark representative.

Flip for Mark

As my purse becomes larger and larger, I’m always looking for ways to cut down on the contents. Because my makeup always needs a refresher at about 3:00, leaving it at home is out of the question. Which is why palettes are a lifesaver. I’m always on the lookout for the latest and greatest makeup palettes; Carla shared a gorgeous one from Chanel that I’m coveting. Until I can get my hands on one, though, I’m taking the Mark Flip For It Fall Color Palette in Paris everywhere with me.

Mark's Flip for It Kit Mark is a sub-brand of Avon, which means that it can only be purchased from a Mark representative or online. What you sacrifice in the convenience of running out to the store you gain in quality and price. For just $18, you’re getting two eye shadows, a blush and 4 lipcolors, all of which create a perfectly polished daytime look. Housed in a slim compact that features a nice big mirror – you can’t go wrong. The colors in Paris are light, rosy neutrals. You can also get Milan, which has peachy eye and lip shades and deeper lip colors, or go with New York for berry lips and smoky eyes.

The powders all feel great, very light and smooth, and last all day. And I love creating my own custom shade of lip color by combining the glosses in my palette. I highly recommend checking out Mark for this palette and more.