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Mary Kay Eyeshadow Swatch

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The response to my first eyeshadow swatches blew me away! Thank you to my Mary Kay friends in Russia for linking to my photos. It was fun reading your responses in the forum–thank heaven for Google Translate!

My next inventory order came in last week, and I’ve been dying to post more swatches! As promised, the swatches for our Mineral Eye Color in Espresso and Denim Frost are below. The first photo is in full sunlight and the second is indoors with flash.

Espresso is a matte dark brown, the darkest brown in the MK palate. It layers nicely and is a wonderful liner. It may be because I was born in the 80’s, but I am in love with Denim Frost! It is a greyed-out cobalt blue shimmer with some iridescence–and I think I see the tiniest bit of black pigment in the second photo. It’s so nuanced it drives me wild!

Swatch of Mary Kay Espresso (matte brown) and denim frost (blue shimmer) eyeshadows

Look at that shimmer!

Overall I am impressed with the Mineral Eye Color collection. The shades are highly pigmented and blend beautifully. Please comment if there are any particular color combinations you’d like to see!

As always, let me know if you’d like to place an order or if you have any questions.
(510) 779-2386

www.marykay.com/staceywinn

Disclaimer: I am an Independent Beauty Consultant with Mary Kay. I purchased all supplies and materials shown and received no compensation for this post. 

Mary Kay Eyeshadow Swatches

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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
www.marykay.com/staceywinnDisclaimer: I am an Independent Beauty Consultant with Mary Kay. I purchased all supplies and materials shown and received no compensation for this post. 

Marble Manicure Results

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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

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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!