Mary Kay Eyeshadow Swatches

Mary Kay Eyeshadow Swatches

I recently got my Mary Kay eyeshadow palate set up and I am thrilled with the colors. So, I did the only logical thing: swatch them all! My neighbors were surely wondering who was sticking their arm out of the second story window and photographing it. Well, too bad! Because it was fun!

Here is my arm in all of its swatchy glory…

Arm covered with eyeshadow swatches

Swatch Mania!

The top photo in each swatch is in full sunlight, the bottom photo is indoors with flash.

MK Eyeshadow Swatch One:

Swatch of White Lily, Crystalline, Moonstone, Sweet Cream, Spun Silk, Honey Spice, Silky Caramel and Amber Blaze eyeshadows

  1. White Lily – Antique white matte.
  2. Crystalline – Bold beige shimmer, bordering on white.
  3. Moonstone – Subtle yellow-based shimmer.
  4. Sweet Cream – Beige matte.
  5. Spun Silk – Subtle beige/gold shimmer.
  6. Honey Spice – Bolder beige/gold shimmer, bordering on pink.
  7. Silky Caramel – Light tan matte.
  8. Amber Blaze – Bold light copper shimmer.

MK Eyeshadow Swatch Two:

Swatch of Precious Pink, Copper Glow, Almond, Hazelnut, Granite, Chocolate Kiss and Sienna eyeshadows

  1. Precious Pink – Subtle pink/gold shimmer.
  2. Copper Glow – Bold true copper shimmer.
  3. Almond – Tan matte with coppery notes.
  4. Hazelnut – Light brown matte, bordering on taupe.
  5. Granite – Bold taupe shimmer.
  6. Chocolate Kiss – Bold brown/copper shimmer.
  7. Sienna – Matte reddish brown.
MK Eyeshadow Swatch Three (AKA-My favorite!):

Swatch of Cinnabar, Lemongrass, Ivy Garden, Emerald, Blue Metal, Azure, Peacock Blue and Midnight Star eyeshadows

  1. Cinnabar – Matte true brown.
  2. Lemongrass – Subtle yellow/green shimmer.
  3. Ivy Garden – Subtle olive shimmer.
  4. Emerald  – Bold bright green shimmer.
  5. Blue Metal – Bold sky-blue shimmer.
  6. Azure – Bold blue/green shimmer. Most iridescent shade in the MK collection.
  7. Peacock Blue – Bold bright blue shimmer.
  8. Midnight Star – Bold navy blue shimmer with black notes. This one makes a great eyeliner!
MK Eyeshadow Swatch Four:

Swatch of Lavender Fog, Iris, Sweet Plum, Silver Satin, Black Pear and Coal eyeshadows

  1. Lavender Fog – Grayed-out lavender matte.
  2. Iris – Brighter purple matte.
  3. Sweet Plum – Purple shimmer bordering on burgundy.
  4. Silver Satin – Silver Shimmer with some taupe.
  5. Black Pearl – Dark gray shimmer bordering on black.
  6. Coal – Black matte. This one also makes a FABULOUS liner.
That’s everything for today! I plan to swatch Denim Frost and Espresso when my next order comes in. What are your favorite shades? Anything you’d like to see swatched in combination?
As always, let me know if you’d like to place an order or if you have any questions.
(510) 779-2386 I am an Independent Beauty Consultant with Mary Kay. I purchased all supplies and materials shown and received no compensation for this post. 


Harry Potter and the Dragon Viper Cobra


Ladies and gentlemen. If you are a member of the SF Bay Area; you must come see this show. If you love Harry Potter; you must come see this show. If you love improv; well…you know the drill. There are still a precious few tickets available.

I hope to see you all tonight. I will be in the audience–laughing loudly and applauding wildly.

Harry Potter and the Dragon Viper Cobra Facebook
Tickets for 7pm
Tickets for 9pm

Operation Sunscreen is Underway!


I am in a competition to see how many soldiers I can protect this month. You may be wondering how I can protect our troops… well… Mary Kay is working with Soldier’s Angels to provide support and supplies for our service men and women. One of S.A.’s programs provides care packages for those who are deployed overseas, and while donations of toiletries are frequent, often sun-care needs are overlooked.

My personal goal is to provide a sun-care package to 25 soldiers by July 31st, and I need your help! Each $37 package includes sun protection and lip protection, as well as an after sun gel that eases windburn.

I am personally matching each package purchased, so together we can impact the lives of 50 soldiers!

Thank you for helping me meet my goal! Please leave a comment or give me a call at 510.779.2386 to let me know how many packages you’d like to donate.

With love,

ps. Soldier’s Angels is a non-profit organization, so I will be providing you with a receipt for your taxes. Let’s make a difference!

The Pattern


I just want to sleep until it feels better.
sleep until the scars fade
lean backward in time
’til everything is fine

This ache, I’ve assuaged it.
with change and excitement
always seeing a golden age just up ahead
never now

I know the pattern, but still find myself wondering:
Would I be happier if x?
Would I be more fulfilled if y?
Z is making me unhappy.

The variables? They don’t matter.
Constructed, one and all.
I try to sort them out before
asleep, to sleep,
I fall.



My inner critic is a defense mechanism. Self-created. A shield to protect my optimism and hope and faith from a world that seems too cool to endure. Irony and insincerity rule the day, and made me ashamed of my own hopes–my own small voice.

Yet, the cruelty of the world is formed by a collection of inner critics–cynics, all fighting to “protect” ourselves. We mock those who dare to expose the soft underbelly of a nonsensical dream–those who are “off-beat” as a method of group control. “If I am not going to let my light shine, I will viciously attack anyone who dares operate from a place of freedom. If I can’t be different, you can’t be different either.” And, thus chastised by the group delusion, another poor soul adopts the mask of the cynic and trains their soft mouth into a sneer.

Yet the danger, the huge danger is that the mask is hard to remove. We start bringing our critical or cynical protection into areas that were formerly safe for us. Areas that were unpolluted. And suddenly the true self becomes harder to find. And the dreams seem more impossible than ever.

I am trying to be aware of the cynical voices in my life, including myself.

Marble Manicure Results


I recently discovered a new technique called marbling. It provides a really neat nail-art look  for those of us who aren’t quite as adept at maneuvering tiny brushes and dotting tools and all that rot. My pics turned out blurry (darn cell phone camera!), so I included a tutorial from Colette as well so you can see the full effect.

Just a few notes:

Colette uses an orange stick to play with the design. You can also use a toothpick or a pin, so you should be able to complete this manicure with your current stash and whatever tools you have laying around the house. It’s imperative to work quickly–the polish on the surface of the water will dry and not adhere to your nail if you go too slow. If it isn’t working try using slightly warmer or cooler water.

My colors:

Papier Mache (A white creme from Finger Paints)
Beautiful Girl (A bubble-gum pink creme from Sinful Colors)
Liquid Leather (A true black creme from China Glaze)

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Give it a try and let me know how your manicure turns out!

Disclaimer: I purchased all of these polishes myself and received no compensation for this post.

Funky French Manicure


We’ve all been there. You do a great manicure, then on the second or third day tip wear and those tiny little chips and cracks start in. Why not disguise the damage and lengthen the life of your manicure by turning it into a funky french!

This was one of my first successful french manicures, well…ever, because I abandoned those little white half moon sticker things for good old-fashioned scotch tape. It’s idiot proof, trust me.

Disguise tip wear with a funky french manicure!


Capitola Beach


Capitola Beach

Blue-green algae on a feather
encircled by seagrass or kelp
toes dig and grind

The pelicans are active today
soar…circle…dive with a last-minute tuck
the lesser birds rush in after

Can any of them see, or is it just that?

I hear her before I see her
“I’m not deserting it,” — annoyed
“I just feel like being in the water right now.”
defensiveness wrapped in lime-green lycra

The little boy stands in an unfinished castle.

Obviously the importance of the work was lost on her.