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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Review: mark. Lash All You Want Mascara

So So excited to bring you my SECOND REVIEW on this blog!! This is a review of a BRAND NEW product that just made its debut with mark. on July 15th!

This product claims to "Instantly add up to 20x the volume in just one coat! Unique brush has bristles at the tip to get at the tiniest lashes." I was in desperate need of a new mascara because I really didn't like any of the other ones mark. offers but they did NOT let me down with this one!

I don't know if it necessarily added 20x the volume but it absolutely added volume & length to my lashes. I have very light colored lashes (as you can see in the first photo) so I need a mascara that provides full coverage and this did it! I also LOVE the tiny bristles at the tip of the wand that literally grab every single little lash.
Livingaftermidnite - Review Lash All You Want Curler
OMG me with no mascara!!! So weird. 
First I started by curling my lashes with mark.'s New Make Me Lash Eyelash Curler!! Loving it because of its "No Slip Grip". I'm often rushing to get ready in the morning that this really does help. If you do your makeup on your commute to work like on the train or bus this would be the perfect edition to your makeup bag!
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First up...Lash All You Want in WINE. This one happens to be my FAVORITE! I never thought that I would pick Wine over Black as my favorite mascara but this one is just awesome. I love the burnt red/brown color it makes my lashes! I think this is going to be my go to mascara in the Fall. It reminds me of Autumn leaves.

I can't wait to wear this mascara on my lashes & add tons of monster black false lashes!! OMG I'm getting excited just thinking about it --> maybe a future mark. Monday Post!!
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Lash All You Want in BLACK. Love how every single little lash, even the itty bitty ones in the corners of my eyes are coated with mascara!!
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Lash All You Want in Violet. Even with this being such an bright color the coverage of the mascara still manages to turn my blonde lashes a rich color. I don't know if I would wear this mascara alone but I would definitely do Black on my upper lashes & this Violet on my lower lashes!

Final Verdict: I'M IN LOVE!!! This mascara did it for me! If you've been reading my blog for a little while you know that I'm completely obsessed with giant full lashes and this mascara works great! Plus the Wine color is just amazing! Did you know you're suppose to throw out your mascara every 2 months ((yuck BACTERIA!!))?? Definitely throwing out all my other tubes of mascara and sticking to these!!

& Yes before you ask I have a "beauty mark" in my eye!! So Weird lol
photo courtesy of mark.

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HEATpocalypse 2011 via Instagram

The past 7 days in NY were BRUTAL! I literally did nothing but try to stay cool. With record breaking temperatures that exceeded 100 degrees the only 2 words that were on my mind were: AIR CONDITIONING! Its 82 today & dare I say it...COOL. I never in a million years thought I would say that 82 degrees felt COOL!!
I totally became ADDICTED to Instagram & documented to the past few days in photos to show you guys!! It is the coolest photo editing app for your iPhone! I love uploading & editing my photos on here!

What did you do to stay cool?!?
Here's what the past few days of my life consisted of...
Frozen Yogurt in place of meals! 
This one is Thin Mint Fro-Yo with a million fruit toppings!!
Corona with Lime! Duh!
 Literally sitting in the pool. It wasn't even refreshing, the water was so warm it was more like a bath tub.
 Fires @ night to keep the bugs away since it was SO HUMID & I must have sweet blood because I got about 100 bug bits!
 RED HOT Nails & RED HOT Shorts!!! The most comfy super thin corduroy shorts from Forever 21. Nail polish & owl ring from mark.!
 Watermelon for dinner. Too HOT for anything else!!

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Monday, July 25, 2011

Mark. Make-up Monday: Stellar Bare Hug

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Coral & Bronze are colors that literally flatter EVERYONE!! Especially in the Summer months I always find myself turning to bronze colors because they compliment a tan & my ultra blonde Summer hair! Here I decided to combine gold & bronze shadows with thick cat eye black liner! Whenever I do thick liner I always find myself lining my waterline with white opposed to black because I really love opening my eye up as oppose to closing it in. I also LOVE smudging underneath the outer corner of my lower lashes when doing a cat eye because I really feel like it brings all of the attention to my eyes!
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All products are mark.girl & can be purchased @
Remember to REGISTER on the Top Right corner with me before to shop! & receive FREE SHIPPING on your order using code: WELCOME =)
  1. Apply For Goodness Face SPF 30 to entire face & neck. This moisturizer not only contains SPF which is a must in the Summer but it contains dark chocolate & blueberries with protect skins's natural beauty & keep you ultra moisturized!
  2. Apply Get Defensive Eye Cream SPF 15 to undereye. This cream keeps my under eye super smooth so its easy to apply concealer.
  3. Apply Primed for Perfection to entire face after about 5 minutes. Give the moisturizer time to sink into your skin.
  4. Using the Foundations Brush apply Min-A-Real (in Buff) to entire face to even out skin tone & color.
  5. Dot Conceal for Real (in Fair/Light) to undereye, around nose & on any blemishes. Use Foundation Brush to blend.
  6. Use Powder Brush to apply Matte-Nificent Oil Absorbing Powder (in Honey/Golden) to entire face & neck.
  7. Using Blush/Bronzer Brush apply Bronze Pro (in Pro Glow) to hollows of cheeks, under chin & around hairline. Use Angled Contour Brush to applyGood Glowing Blush in After Glo to apples of cheeks.
  8. Groom eyebrows with Brow Factor Clear Gel. Apply Please Hold Eye Primer from lashline to brow.
  9. Apply iMark in Glitterati under eye brow. Apply iMark in Stellar to entire lid. Apply iMark in Tiki to crease & corner of eyes with Blending Brush. Using Flat Eyeliner Brush apply Tiki along bottom lash line and blend toward inner corners.
  10. Using Flat Eyeliner Brush apply Keep It Going Longwear Liner & Shadow in Entourage (black color) to Upper Lash Line. Wing liner out at outer corner. Apply No Place to Run in White On to waterline.
  11. Curl lashes with Make Me Lash Eyelash Curler & apply to coats of Lash All You Want in Black to upper & lower lashes.
  12. Apply LipClick in Bare Hug to lips followed by Glow Baby Glow in Peek-A-Boo for added shine!

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Loving my Necklace??? Its mark.girl TOO!!! Pick up the Collected Treasures Necklace in Sea Foam for only $18!!! It also has a matching bracelet!!! Perfect Summer accessories to go with your golden bronze look!

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Don't Sweat (off) Your Makeup! Beat the HEAT!

Here in NY we're heading into our 5th straight day of 90+ degree weather and reporters are officially calling it a HEAT WAVE!!! Friday its suppose to hit 98 degrees!!! UGH I'm completely dreading it. In the 20 degree Winter weather I'm praying for Summer to come, but right about now I'd give anything for a little bit of snow!

Getting your makeup to stay put in this weather is nearly impossible. I've tried TONS of products, but I have to say these 7 products here are KEY to keeping your makeup looking Perfect even when the thermometer crosses the 95 degree marker.
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1. mark. Matte Chance Mattifying Lotion ~ The title basically says it all! It literally sucks all the oil out of your face and leaves your skin shine FREE. It contains Pumpkin Seed which is a natural mattifer & Silica which is an oil absorber. I use this under my makeup when I know its going to be super hot out.
TIP: Allow moisturizer to sit for 5 minutes after applying before putting on any other makeup. That gives it time to really soak into your skin!!

2. Cheat Sheet Shine Blotters ~ Soak up surface oil without disturbing your makeup. These fragrance free sheets are ideal for on the go touch ups or anytime you need a little shine reduction! This is the one product I will NEVER leave home without!

3. Keep It Going Longwear Eyeliner & Shadow (shown here with mark.'s Flat Eyeliner Brush) ~ This waterproof, gel based shadow features not only 1 but 2 shades in each compact!! They are buildable for extra intensity & last from am to pm!! When I used these shadows my makeup looks the exact same when I take it off at night as it did when I applied it in the morning!
TIP: Right now mark. is doing a special were you can purchase Keep It Going in any color duo along with the Flat Eyeliner Brush (the best brush to apply it with) for only $14!

4. Get In Line Hook Up Liquid Waterproof Eyeliner ~ A favorite of Ashley Greene & former mark. Brand Ambassador, Lauren Conrad, this metallic, waterproof liquid liner lasts up to 10 hours & creates a super precise line. This is the ONLY liner Lauren Conrad uses to create her famous cat eye look!

5. Gloss Gorgeous Stay on Lip Stain ~ This award winning product & favorite of Ashley Greene goes on like a high shine gloss then wears to a stain that lasts for hours!!
TIP: You can win this one of this glosses in my Ashley Greene mark. Favorite Giveaway HERE

6. Primed for Perfection Face Primer ~ This ultralight weight lotion will provide the perfect canvas for your makeup & help it stay put all day! The oil controlling ingredients will help it conceal imperfections & fine lines!

7. Matte-Nificent Oil Absorbing Powder ~ Absorb oil with this lightweight, translucent powder! I use this every single day to set my makeup! Kill 2 birds with one stone & set your makeup while keeping oil in check with this amazing product!!

Keep Cool!!!

You can pick up any of these products @ my eBoutique!!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Shoe Lust

I'll take one of each...size 8 1/2 please.
OOO...& can they magically just end up in my room too because my mother will disown me if I bring another shoe box through the front door. Thanks.
1. Jeffrey Campbell Daisy D
2. Jeffrey Campbell Sassy
3. Jeffrey Campbell Foxy Wood
4. Steve Madden Westii
5. Jeffrey Campbell Foxy Glitter
6. Sam Edelman Javi Wedge Pump
7. Jeffrey Campbell Shy Town
8. Jeffrey Campbell El Carmen
9. Steve Madden Wicked S Gold Snake

It amazes me that I don't own a pair of Jeffrey Campbells yet. All I do is stare at the them online all day, why they aren't on my feet is beyond me! Maybe its because I can't decide what pair I want first.

Christmas in July or Instant Vacation?!?

After looking at these pics I realized...wait did I really paint my nails in semi Christmas colors during a heat wave in JULY?!?
But I don't care I LOVE THEM!!!

Mint Green is one of my FAVORITE nail colors & when mark. came out with this Ibiza Sol Nail lacquer in Mojito a few months ago I knew it was be an instant favorite! The formula of this polish is super creamy & not streaky at all. 2 coats delivered the exact color of the bottle & exactly what I was hoping for! 

Now Tango is what I'd like to call the "Perfect Summer Red". It leans toward the orange side of the red spectrum and its super flattering with a little bit of a tan. I'll definitely be using this for a pedi ASAP!

So the question is...
Christmas in July or Ibiza Sol Instant Vacation??
What do YOU think?
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mark. Ibiza Sol Mini Nail Lacquer in Mojito
mark. Ibiza Sol Mini Nail Lacquer in Tango
NYX Ink Nail Art Polish in Silver Glitter
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I though I would do a little gift with purchase since I'm so obsessed with these Nail Lacquers!!

Anyone who makes a $50 purchase at my mark.girl eBoutique TODAY or TOMORROW (7/19 or 7/20) will not only get the 2 polishes I used to do this mani but mark.'s 2 other Nail Lacquers seen below and HERE

This is a $14 worth of polish for FREE!!! Plus FREE SHIPPING on your order =)

**Sorry US Residents ONLY...the order must be placed on **
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((UPDATE:: if anyone outside of the US is interested in ordering any mark. products I'd LOVE to help you!!!  I accept PayPal payment and I will work out a shipping price for you!!! mark. is HUGE is Canada, Europe & Australia because reps ship to customers there that fall in LOVE with our products!! Anyone who orders from another country I will through in an awesome FREE GIFT!))
(l to r) mark. Mini Nail Lacquers in Stay Neutral, Fuschia-istic, Mojito & Tango
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Monday, July 18, 2011

Am I invited to the ARM PARTY??

Do you think the Man Repeller would approve??
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Overboard much???...(no I seriously wouldn't wear all of these at one time...or would I??)

Loving my new arm candy from I've been obsessing over Rebecca Minkoff studded bracelets for a while but when it came down to buy one I couldn't in typical Jackie manner...I got 2! Then I fell in love with the color of this Lalucca wrap bracelet & the gold hardware. Then I knew I needed a Starfish cuff...if you can't be at the beach why not have a piece of the beach slapped to your arm...the perfect Summer accessory...duh!

I have a serious online shopping addiction...someone needs to block all shopping sites from my home computer, work computer & any other computer I have access to.

mark. Make-up Monday: Iconic

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In the Summer heat & humidity the most important part of applying make-up is applying products that STAY. Especially going out at night when you want to wear a little more makeup that usual, you don't want to have to constantly check if you're eyeliner is running, if your skin is oily, if you're shadow is creasing...

I always worried about these things until I discovered mark.'s Keep It Going Longwear Eyeliner & Shadow. When I use this shadow my makeup looks last FOREVER without melting/creasing/MOVING AT ALL. If I apply it at 8am it looks the exact same at 8pm. Using mark.'s Matte-Nificent Oil Absorbing Powder to set my makeup keeps my skin OIL & SHINE FREE for hours!!

Keep It Going in Iconic, a green/gold duo, is one of the most popular shades. It is constantly coming up in magazines & blogs (like WhoWhatWear). I'm loving this color combo with coral blush & lipgloss!
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All the cosmetics used to create this look are mark.!!! You can pick them all up @
  1. Apply For Goodness Face SPF 30 to entire face & neck. In Summer it's super important to always use SPF especially on your face, an easy way to do this is with SPF in your moisturizer.
  2. Apply Get Defensive Eye Cream SPF 15 to undereye. This cream keeps my under eye super smooth so its easy to apply concealer.
  3. Apply Primed for Perfection to entire face after about 5 minutes. Give the moisturizer time to sink into your skin.
  4. Dot Conceal for Real (in Fair/Light) to undereye, around nose & on any blemishes. Use Foundation Brush to blend.
  5. Use Powder Brush to apply Matte-Nificent Oil Absorbing Powder (in Honey/Golden) to entire face & neck.
  6. Using Blush/Bronzer Brush apply Bronze Pro (in Pro Glow) to hollows of cheeks, under chin & around hairline. Use Angled Contour Brush to apply Good Glowing Blush in Cameo Glo to apples of cheeks.
  7. Apply Please Hold to entire eye area. Use Flat Eyeliner brush to apply Keep It Going Longwear Eyeliner & Shadow in Iconic gold color to inner corners of lid until the start of pupil, apply green color to rest of lid & blend. Line lower lash line with green shade on outer corner & gold shade in inner corner.
  8. Use Blending Brush to apply iMark in Retro Peacock over green color on outer corners of eyes. Blend out & up.
  9. Groom eyebrows with Brow Wow Clear Brow Gel. Use Make Me Lash Eyelash Curler to curl lashes & apply 2 coats of Lash All You Want in Black.
  10. Apply Lots of Lacquer in Rush to lips.

mark. is having 2 awesome deals that include Keep It Going in Iconic this month!!

You can pick up Keep It Going in Iconic alone for $10, but this month you can pick up Iconic along with mark.'s Flat Eyeliner Brush ((the ONLY brush I use to apply this product)) for ONLY $14!!! (a $3 savings) The Flat Eyeliner Brush is a must when applying Keep It Going. You can use the side of the brush when applying it as liner & the flat part of the brush when applying it as shadow.

Then...mark. included Iconic in its ULTIMATE SUMMER DEAL!!! For only $44 you get this super chic Beauty Beach Bag ((that I've brought with me on EVERY vacation I've taken this Summer)), Aviator Sunglasses, Got To Glow Gradual Glow Body Moisturizer Lotion SPF 15, Juice Gems Lip Gloss in Mango Tango, Get a Tint Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15 & ICONIC!!! This bundle is worth OVER $75!!! It is seriously an awesome deal for awesome products!
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Friday, July 15, 2011


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I have a love/hate relationship with HauteLook...

I love HauteLook because they have the B E S T sample sales...especially jewelry!!!...and we all know I am a certified jewelry-aholic....
...but at the same time I hate HauteLook because they have the B E S T sample sales...especially jewelry!!!....& I spend ALL of my $$$.

& now that I have an iPhone & of course have downloaded the HauteLook app. I don't even need to be at my computer to buy now matter where I am at 11am ((thats when new sales appear on the site everyday)) I'm able to browse the new sales & make a purchase!!
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Here are a few items I picked up at the Danielle Stevens Jewelry Blowout using the HauteLook iPhone app that just came in the mail!!
If you aren't a member of HauteLook you are MISSING OUT!!!

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Layered Blue Glass Necklace
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"J" Disc Bangle Set
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Pink Teardrop Necklace

Very Vintage

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I'd like to introduce you to mark.'s brand new Very Vintage Dress!!! I've loved this dress ever since one of the girls got to wear it during the mark. Commercial shoot back in March (which btw I finally get to show you next week)!!! Its vintage feel and fit & flare shape is flattering on pretty much every body type & it is finally for sale starting TODAY!! (plus it comes with this super super cute black stretch butterfly buckle belt that you'll have to check out on my eBoutique!)
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I'm in L O V E with this Magalog!! There are so many amazing beauty & fashion items that I can't wait to introduce you to!
Pick up this dress & browse all of the other brand new products @
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Dress - mark. Very Vintage Dress $38
Necklace - mark. m.Powerment Necklace (Available in August)
Bracelet - Lalucca via endless
Ring - Forever 21
Shoes - Steve Madden

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