Monday, September 1, 2014

Fluttering for Love4JLK

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.  Seven children die everyday of cancer in the United States.  One of those children was my friend Libby's daughter Jennifer (aka JLK.)  She's not the first child I've known with cancer but her death effected me the most.  Libby and I were trying to have babies at the same time.  Her daughter and my sons are a year apart.  We were pregnant at the same time.  And Libby's struggles to get a baby into her life broke my heart.  This little JLK and her mommy had already made an imprint on my heart before the cancer.  I've blogged about Love4JLK before so I'll just link the posts HERE, HERE, and HERE if you'd like to read those posts.

Today, let's talk about moving forward and how I vowed to help Libby this month to spread awareness.  Libby honors her daughter every single day.  When she came up with the Flutter Campaign, I was floored by her genius.  Though, honestly, I got in just under the buzzer to order my Flutter kit.  The kit includes 12 dragonfly lawn decorations, a sign, and some papers about Unravel Cancer.  You're supposed to Flutter people's front yard and leave them the papers to spread awareness and also letting them know how they can donate.

As a family, we are aiming to Flutter a house every night in September to spread awareness about Childhood Cancer and to raise money.  We are VERY gung-ho about it at this point, I'm hoping the resolve continues.  As we go, we are teaching our kids about commitment, helping others, spreading awareness, and thinking of people beyond ourselves.  It would be MUCH easier to sweep this under a rug and pretend that cancer only happens to OTHER people, but that isn't the truth is it?

Option 1: Donate.  You can use MY LINK and help me reach my $500 goal for this month.  ALL of the money is going to the Stanford team that is studying Jennifer's tumor.  The hope is that they will be able to unravel cancer and save the lives of the 46 children that get diagnosed with cancer EVERYDAY.

Option 2: Flitter.  It's too late to buy a Flutter kit but you can still Flitter.  Flittering is an option where you can print out information and give it to people to spread awareness.  Anyone can still sign up to do this and it doesn't cost you any money.

Here we are fluttering:
If you want to donate to us, we would SO love the support!  I'd love to be able to give Libby as much money as possible at the end of the month.  And when I say "donate to us" I mean to our page but 100% will go to Unravel Cancer.  :)

Friday, August 29, 2014

CTMH Card and Party

Hi friends!  I hope you are well!  I'm ok.  I had an exhausting week working on the set of a film in craft services.  I finally went home yesterday and got a chance to relax.  I also had a Close to My Heart party yesterday and that was super fun!

Here's the card I made.  I *may* have staged this picture a little bit.  What can you do?  I based it off my consultant Rachel's card but then I gave it some of my own twists.  I'm actually really really happy with how it turned out!  I've been really out of card making lately.  Over the past week, I've realized how much I really really miss crafting and how much I really love the crafting industry.  I had this party to try to stir up some mojo.  And I have to say, I have a tiny little bitty spark of mojo.

I've been doing some Pocket Scrapbooking too.  I don't really post my layouts.  I just haven't decided if I want to share that much of our lives on my blog yet.  Plus I really don't like photographing layouts.  BUT I did want to take advantage of this promotion:
This promo is only good through the month of August.  If you want to order anything at all, check out my party at and then click on Ashley's Party.  It will be open until Sept 15.  Thank you in advance to anyone who orders!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Fall is in the Air

Hi friends!  I hope you are doing well.  We are ok.  Things are a little rough getting into the school routine but I'm sure we'll get it down soon.  Avery's starting to fight naps.  Not cool.
Here's a card I made for a call a looooong time ago that wasn't picked up.  I'm hoping to eventually pick up card making again.  Fingers crossed.  I've noticed that the air is starting to get really crisp at night and decided that I could post this fall card.  I used the Family Traditions collection from Webster's Pages to create this card.  Speaking of Webster's Pages, I'm in LOVE with them!  I had the hardest time locating their new Ocean Melody collection kit and they bent over backwards to find me one!  I couldn't believe how wonderful the customer service is and I can't wait to get my order so I can play with those papers!  The wood veneer is Studio Calico and the alphas are American Crafts.

Hope you have a wonderful day!!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Bring Back Nice Challenge #3

Hi friends!  I'm bringing back the Bring Back Nice weekly challenges.  I had a person tell me that they didn't like them and felt that I should remove them from the page so I gave that some thought.  Then I decided that these are OPTIONAL and no one is holding you accountable but yourself.  If you don't like them, don't do them.  I, however, will still be posting them for people who do like them and find them helpful.

Challenge #3: Put Down The Phone!

I know!  I know!  I'm guilty too.  The siren calls of text messages, Candy Crush levels, and fun ideas on Pinterest call to me too.  I love my iPhone.  Passionately.  But you know what?  It's getting in the way of loving and respecting PEOPLE.

Have you ever waited all week to go on a date or to dinner with a person and the whole time you were out, they just stared at their phone?  How did that make you feel?  I'll tell you how it makes me feel.  I feel ignored.  I feel unimportant.  I feel awkward.  I don't appreciate having to repeat myself since people often aren't listening to you when they are on their phones.  I kind of feel like "why did we even bother to go out if I could have just texted you and gotten more attention that way?"  Then I usually end up on my phone because what else am I going to do?  I have no one to talk to.

It's a sad society we live in when a family goes out to dinner and every single person has their face buried in a phone.  What happened to conversation?  What happened to connecting with one another?  One of the major reasons that doctors advocate for eating family dinners is the conversation.  These conversations make your kids more connected to you AND kids who have regular family dinners are less likely to get into fights, be promiscuous, drink alcohol, take drugs, smoke cigarettes, etc... Do you think they are getting that when everyone is just staring at their phone?  My guess is no.

My family and my friends are the most important thing in my world.  The problem is that I'm not acting like they are because I'm busy looking at a screen interacting with people I've never even met or just playing a game.  Kids want to know you're paying attention to them.  They want to SEE your eyeballs.  (Ask me how I know.  ;) )  What is on your phone that is more important than this?

Also, can we talk about the dangers of being glued to your phone instead of paying attention to the other things you're doing?  In my state, it's illegal to drive and use your phone.  It KILLS people.  It's not nice to kill people.  I really don't appreciate people putting my life at risk when I'm in their car so they can check their Facebook and I REALLY don't appreciate when people do that with my kids in the car.  Is it really worth killing yourself or your loved ones to use your phone?  If it's an emergency, pull over.

Over this next week, I challenge you to put down your phone/tablet/laptop and look people in their eyes when you talk to them.  SHOW them that they are important and worth your time.  BE PRESENT.

Come join our Facebook community HERE.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Jamberry Nail Lacquer Review

Hi friends!  I hope you're doing well.  We are ok.  School is going to start tomorrow.  This summer actually flew by!

Today, I'm reviewing the Jamberry Nail Lacquers.  My amazing consultant Carol gifted me a gorgeous lacquer and a base coat for the purpose of an HONEST review but the opinions are solely mine.

I did two rounds of testing on the lacquers before I decided to write my review because you want thorough, right?  The first time, I used the Hint of Mint color with the Strengthening Base Coat.  I did not use a top coat because I wanted to test just the Jamberry products and I don't have a Jamberry top coat.  The second time, I used my drugstore base and top coats.  I also used two of the nail wrap samples I received.  You can read my review of the Jamberry Nail Wraps HERE.

Results for Test 1:  I got beautiful opaque coverage in two coats.  It dried relatively quickly.  However, the lacquer chipped in one day.  This is VERY normal with no top coat.  You need that top coat to seal it in.

Results for Test 2: It took me 3 coats of color to get nice opacity which made it thick since I had a drugstore base and top coat on there.  I can't really judge them on thickness though because I know that I added a lot of layers with the base and top coat.  However, this method made the lacquer stay chip free and looking fabulous for 5 days and even then the chips were so minor that I kept it on another 2 days.

If you buy the lacquers, you should definitely get the base coat.  I'm not sure how strengthening it is because I only used it once BUT it makes the application SO MUCH SMOOTHER.  This is probably the best base coat I've ever tried.  The price tag ($15) is higher than I'm used to spending but it's worth it.  I would buy this again and again.

The lacquer was very nice.  The color is absolutely gorgeous.  I did get good opacity and long wear when I used a top coat.  They are a little on the pricy side so I wouldn't buy one unless the color really spoke to me.  This would be a splurge item for me at $15.

The real star, even though they aren't in this review, is the nail wraps.  I LOVE the designs and truthfully, they are what gets your nails noticed.  They are so fun and there are tons of styles and colors!  I think I'm going to start using them as accent nails ALL the time!

If you are in the market for Jamberry, please contact Carol!  She's a wonderful lady and an awesome consultant!  You can also go to Carol's Jamberry Facebook Page to request a sample of one of the cool nail wraps.

I'm linking this up to Mani Monday on the Glitter and Gloss Blog!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Bring Back Nice Winner

Hi friends!  Just popping in real quick to announce the winner of my box of goodies.

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What a great sign!

Anita, I will be in touch with you to mail you the prize.  Thank you everyone for doing the hop!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Bring Back Nice Blog Hop and Giveaway

Hi friends!  I'm so sorry that I haven't been doing any challenges or posts lately.  Summer has been challenging for us.  We are keeping busy and school starts again soon.

Today, we are doing a Bring Back Nice Blog Hop.  This is a little promotional hop to spread the word about our Bring Back Nice movement and to spread some NICE around the internet.  I opened sign ups to everyone so hopefully we will run smoothly.  Here are all the stops in case something gets jumbled.

Ashley N Newell (you are here)
Jan Farnworth
Anita Autore
Tenia Nelson
Hope to Read
Gina Karas
Tiffany Kummer
Lisa Adametz
Pia Kayo

Honestly, I feel like I've gone on and on about Bring Back Nice, what it means to me, and what I'd like to accomplish.  I'm going to leave you with a quote and a GIVEAWAY.
For the giveaway, I'm offering up a box full of paper crafting supplies.  You can use it for yourself or if you aren't a crafter, you can give it to someone else.  If you'd like to be entered, just leave a comment below about something nice that happened this week or your favorite quote about kindness.  If you'd like an extra entry in the giveaway, you can like the Bring Back Nice Facebook Page.  Leave another comment if you went and liked the page or already like it.  (ETA: I will announce the winner next Sunday, July 27th.  The box is only available for US addresses.  If you are in another country and you win, I will get you a gift certificate to Whisker Graphics.)

Next up on the hop is JAN!  

Monday, July 7, 2014

How to Dress Your Baby Fashionista on a Budget (AND A COUPON!)

Hi friends!  I hope you are well!  We are doing ok.  The air conditioning is broken in the van and with the 100 degree heat, we are staying at home.  It's not as fun as it sounds.  ;)

Today, I'm writing a post about one of the way I dress my little Avery soooooooo cute on a tight budget.  I'm a super thrifty mommy but I still love having Avery wear super cute and fun clothes.  I love buying secondhand for clothes but I usually don't have time to scour thrift stores or garage sales.  Not to mention when I go places, I usually have 3 kids in tow.  When I heard about My Little Clothesline, I was super excited!  (***This is NOT a sponsored post.***)

My Little Clothesline is an online store which sells gently used kids clothes from size newborn to 14+.  They have been around since 2009.  They have great clothes sorted by size and gender so it's easy to shop.  The owner, Lauri Smith, is a super sweet lady!  She is actually the sister (or maybe sister in law) of my friend Kim Kesti.  She is a mom of 4 kids so she knows the importance of quality clothes at an affordable price!

  The shipping time was super fast!  In just a few days, I had the clothes.  ALSO!!!  My Little Clothesline offers Bargain Boxes.  They are like grab bags of kids clothes.  For just $5 you get 5 pieces of kids clothes for sizes newborn-3T or 4 pieces for 4T and up.  You can choose the size and the season of the clothes and they will send you a grab bag.  I've bought two and I was BEYOND happy with them!  The grab bags contain amazing quality stuff and I paid just $1 a piece!

This is the contents of my two Bargain Boxes.  For $10 total, I got dresses, tops, pants, capris, overalls, etc... 
Do you wanna see some pictures of Avery in the clothes?  Of course you do!  ;)

This is a top I picked out for just $3!
 This is a dress from the Bargain Box.  Seriously?  I would have paid the full $10 just for this dress!
I also got some GREAT brands for Avery like DKNY, Baby Gap, Gymboree, etc... I actually bought a pair of shorts on there for Brady too for $4.  If you haven't tried shopping secondhand for a 7 year old, it's VERY hard because kids that age are extremely hard on their clothes.  It's just so nice to be able to look from the comfort of my home and when I can shop in peace without the kids bugging me.

I reached out to Lauri and let her know I was going to write the review and GUESS WHAT?!  She gave me a coupon to share with all of you!  Enter code: hearthugs before checkout to save 20% off your whole order!  That is an AMAZING deal!  Coupon expires on July 10th, 2014 so HURRY!

Have a great day, friends!  I hope I helped you save a couple dollars.  :)

Monday, June 30, 2014

Bring Back Nice: Challenge 2- Social Media Presence

Hi friends!  How are you?  I hope that you are all doing VERY well.  Did you enjoy last week's challenge?  I hope it made you think about how you treat yourself and be more aware of taking care of YOU.

Challenge 2 - Social Media Presence 

This week, we are going to one of the things that got me started on this Bring Back Nice movement.  Social Media.  It is HUGE in today's world!  It seems like everyone is on Facebook, Twitter, blogs, Instagram, YouTube, etc... And with being behind a keyboard comes some keyboard confidence.  I've read a lot of comments on all sorts of platforms that have stopped me in my tracks.  People can be SO mean.

I find it appalling that even people who I consider to be nice people will post things on social media that come across mean.  I guess it's common place in today's world (how sad!)  People will post photos, videos, or statements about other people they've come across in their everyday life for their social media friends to tear apart.  Let's judge a picture of what this person is wearing.  Let's laugh at this person who fell in a puddle.  Let's tear apart this woman's actions in the grocery store.

How many of us stopped to think and feel compassion for these people?  What if the woman/girl/man/boy wearing those too short shorts doesn't have money to buy anything else?  What if that's their only outfit?  What if the person who fell in the puddle WAS YOU?  Would you want your misfortune placed on YouTube?  What if that person who fell got seriously hurt and they ended up dying because of internal injuries?  Would you still laugh then?  What if the woman screaming at the grocery store just found out she has cancer?  Or what if her husband just left her?  Or what if she has been up for 4 days straight with her sick child?  I get it, these are a lot of "what ifs" and they probably don't apply to most situations.  BUT WE DON'T KNOW THAT.  I don't know this person, who am I to judge them?

This week, I want you to go forth and post positive things on your social media platforms.  If posting positive things seems unauthentic to you then I challenge you to bite your tongue and not post snarky things.  If you want to go beyond yourself and expand this challenge, then go spread some love.  Tell a friend how nice they look in a photo they posted.  Leave a comment on your favorite blog or YouTube channel thanking the person for their hard work.  Go encourage someone that is taking on a new venture.  Kindness is free, spread it everywhere!

Also, please join us on our Bring Back Nice Facebook page for more encouragement and to share your experiences with us.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Bring Back Nice: Challenge 1 - Be Nice to Yourself

Over the weekend, I asked if people on the Bring Back Nice Facebook page would be interested in a weekly challenge.  There was a positive response so I decided that I will start posting a challenge with a blog post (for anyone who cares to read my ramblings on it) each Monday.  The challenge is just for fun and for the betterment of ourselves and the world around us.  If you can't or don't want to do it, that is totally fine.  You Bring Back Nice in whatever way you feel is right.  :)

Challenge 1: Be Nice to YOURSELF

I know you're saying "Ashley, I thought the whole point of this movement is to make the world a better place, shouldn't we be doing nice things for other people?"  The answer is yes, do nice things for others but don't forget about yourself.  I find that most people who are busy caring for other people all day often forget about themselves.  And it's really hard to be nice to others when you get to the point where you have neglected yourself for so long that you just feel worn out.

For the challenge, I'd like you to do one nice thing for yourself each day.  Here are some ideas:
~Read a book or magazine for relaxation
~Take a bath
~Get or give yourself a manicure or pedicure
~Watch a movie
~Get a massage
~Treat yourself to a coffee or smoothie (or whatever you like)
~Do some crafting
~Listen to your favorite music and just sit
~Call your best friend or mom or other favorite relative just to chat
~Do that spa/craft/cooking kit thing that you bought for yourself and never got around to doing
~Do a face or hair mask
~Go to a bookstore and just hang out
~Do your favorite hobby or whatever makes you HAPPY

But beyond these little things that you can do FOR yourself, I want you to be nice TO yourself.  Bringing Back Nice is a mindset.  It's a movement to bring back kindness into every day life.  And you can't be nonjudgmental, compassionate, and kind to other people if you are constantly beating yourself up.  You do not need to put yourself down to bring someone else up!  Be kind to yourself not just in the actions you do that other people can see like treating yourself to a nice hair cut but in the way you talk to yourself and the way you treat yourself.  Give yourself some grace.  I read a quote once that to paraphrase said "If we treated our friends like we treated ourselves, we wouldn't have any friends left."  And that's just sad.

If you'd like to join along in the challenge, you can go to the Bring Back Nice Facebook Page and check in with us or you can leave a comment right here telling me how you were nice to YOURSELF this week.  Or you can leave a comment everyday when you do a nice thing for yourself.  Or you can just do it and not leave comments.  Whatever you like.  :)  I just hope this encourages you to Bring Back Nice.  Remember, love starts at home.  ;)  

Monday, June 16, 2014

Food For Thought

Hi friends!  I hope that you are doing well.  We are ok.  The baby has hand, foot, and mouth and now so do I.  Sigh... isn't that how it goes?  Eventually, we'll start our summer vacation.

Today, I'm sharing a card I made for a call that wasn't picked up and I'm entering it in the Paper Issues Food for Thought challenge.  I used some stamps from Lawn Fawn and some Webster's Pages paper for this card.  I used different colored ink for stamps for a colorful effect without having to color.  The sequins are wood patterned from Studio Calico.
Hope you're having an amazing day!  

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Teacher Thank You Card

Hi friends!  I hope you're having a wonderful day!  Today is my husband's birthday.  I will be sharing his card after I make it.  LOL!  Isn't that how it goes?  Someday I will make cards before the day of the actual event.  Someday.

Today, I'm sharing a card I made for my son's teacher to go with her end of the year gift.  We went in on a gift with a bunch of other families and I made the card for all the kids to sign.  I made a HUGE card since all the kids were signing it.  This is 8.5 inches by 5.5 inches.  I took a while brainstorming what to do with so much space.  I decided to go with a grid of a bunch of things you do in school.  Our elementary school teachers also teach Physical Education so that's why the baseballs from Paper Smooches Little Fella are on there.  The laptop is from the Teen Routine set.  The other images including the little apple on the computer and the thanks sentiment are from Smarty Pants.  Then I used my Alphadots set to spell out the teacher's name at the top.  I pulled out my Copics for the first time in a long time.  My coloring needs a lot of work but you work with what you have.  On the binder paper, I used some gel pen.  I cut out all the items by hand and used a square punch for the white card stock to display them.
I'm linking up this card to this week's Paper Smooches Sparks Anything Goes Challenge.
Have a great day, friends!  

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Remember, You are First Place

Hi friends!  I hope you are doing well!  We are ok.  We are wrapping up Brady's school year this week.  Wish me luck with having him home for the next three months.  Parker has another month of preschool to go then we'll have some time to hang out and do fun stuff.

Today, I'm sharing a card I made for a magazine call that wasn't picked up.  It's a shame because I LOVE this card.  I still do.  I made this with some Crate Paper Maggie Holmes Styleboard paper and die cuts.  I added some Gold Metallic Divine Twine to this.  I also used a little washi tape, some wood Studio Calico veneer hearts that I colored with Copics and coated with glitter glue, and some inking around some of the edges with gold ink.  The stamp is Studio Calico/Hero Arts from a Studio Calico kit.  
Have a great day, friends!  

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Bring Back Nice: Kid's Challenge

Hi friends!  I hope you're having a wonderful day!  We are doing pretty good around here.

Today, I'm writing the second post of my Bring Back Nice movement.  You can find the first post HERE.  It's reached a lot of people so far and I'm really excited!  I would love to hear what you all are doing to Bring Back Nice!

One of the main reasons I wanted to start this movement was for my children.  As with all parents, I want my kids to grow up in a better world.  I also want to teach them that it starts with each individual person.  I issued them the same Bring Back Nice challenge that I issued to everyone else.  Do one nice thing a day, everyday.  Then we reflect upon what they did, talk about how it made them feel, and how they think the other person felt when receiving their kindness.

Here are some ideas of what kids can do to Bring Back Nice:
~Give someone a hug
~Pay someone a nice compliment
~Smile at people
~Include classmates in games especially if they are alone
~Open doors for people
~Pick up litter at the park
~Pick flowers from the garden and give them to someone
~Bring an apple to their teacher
~Pick out clothes or toys they've grown out of and donate them
~Share their favorite toy with a sibling
~Draw someone a picture and mail it to them
~Leave a nice note for someone
~Call a relative to say hello

What are some things you think kids can do to Bring Back Nice?  Will you be challenging your children?

Also, please keep in touch with the Bring Back Nice community using the Bring Back Nice Facebook Page.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Mary Kay Review

Hi friends!  I hope you are well!  Today, I'm reviewing some Mary Kay makeup I got from Influenster for free for the purpose of writing an honest review.  Influenster is a really cool program you can join and they give you products to test out and review.  I love it!

I used to be a Mary Kay consultant over ten years ago.  I enjoyed the makeup then but have not tried it recently.  I was really excited to try it!  I loooooooove makeup and really enjoy experimenting with it!  I'm going to write mini reviews of each product I received.

1. Mary Kay Nourishine Plus Lip Gloss in Mango Tango
This is a very smooth formula lip gloss.  It gives good pigmentation and can be sheered out for a more natural look.  It does not dry my lips out and is not too sticky.  It's quite comfortable on the lips.  It has a very faint vanilla type smell.  This shade has a bit of micro shimmer in it.  I don't mind it at all.  It does not leave flecks of glitter on my lips like some lip glosses.  This shade is really pretty.  It's a bit intimidating in the tube but really pretty on the lips.  Would I repurchase?  Yes.

2. Mary Kay Lash Love Mascara in I heart Black
This is a thin formula mascara.  It builds a lot of length but I could not build a lot of volume without making it clumpy.  I have very thin eyelashes.  I also have oily lids and skin.  I wore this mascara on my top and lower lashes and it did not smudge at all.  I was very impressed with the staying power!  I usually have to use waterproof to get mascara to stay on me.  This is a good mascara for people who just need length or for lower lashes.  I had to layer it with another mascara to get the volume that I prefer.  Would I repurchase?  Maybe.

3. Mary Kay Bronzing Powder in Light-Medium
This shade was very natural on me.  I would say I have medium skin.  The product has a pleasant slightly perfume-y smell but it's very light.  There is a little bit of shimmer in this so it's not great for contouring.  I usually only use bronzers for contouring so this product didn't really work for me.  However, if you are the type that likes a dusting of bronzer, I'm sure this is nice.  Would I repurchase?  No.

4. Mary Kay Mineral Cheek Color in Shy Blush
This is my favorite of the products I received!  It's a very pigmented blush that can be sheered out.  It has a golden shimmer in it and gives your cheeks a healthy glow.  It has no smell that I can detect.  What really impressed me about this blush is how long it stayed on my cheeks!  I feel like blush is the first thing to fade off my face.  I checked this blush after 7 hours and it was still there.  Would I repurchase?  Yes!

5. Mary Kay Powder Brush
I'm a firm believer that you need good brushes to apply beautiful makeup.  This brush worked just fine and it seems sturdy.  However, it's not the softness I prefer.  I would not call this brush soft at all and it sheds a little bit.  If you don't mind a medium texture brush, this would work for you.  Would I repurchase?  No.

6. Mary Kay Cream Eyeshadow/Concealer Brush
This is a nice dense brush and it has a good shape.  It's not soft but for cream shadows, it's doesn't really need to be.  It's effective at applying the cream shadow.  It does shed a little bit.  Would I repurchase?  Maybe.

7. Mary Kay Gel Eyeliner with Expandable Brush Applicator
The formula on this is extremely creamy.  It's SUPER black!  It's very easy to apply.  The brush works really well with it.  It stays very well on my oily skin, even when I did winged liner.  It did not irritate my eyes at all.  Would I repurchase?  Yes.

8. Mary Kay Translucent Loose Powder
This is a finely milled powder.  It has a very faint perfume-y smell.  It leaves my skin with a matte finish and does not irritate my skin.  It does not leave a white cast in photos so that's nice.  This powder works fine but it's nothing to write home about.  Would I repurchase? Probably not.

9. Mary Kay Cream Eye Color in Apricot Twist
This is a nice cream shadow with no scent I can detect.  It has a shimmery finish.  It lasts all day on my lids without a primer.  I didn't crease either.  The only issue I ran into was when I was trying to build up more color while the product was not quite dry, it got a little clumpy looking.  However, if you just let it dry in between, it works fine and you can build up to a very pretty golden color.  You can also use it sheer around your tear ducts and under the brow to highlight.  Would I repurchase?  Yes.

Here's a look I created using ALL the Mary Kay products I received.  I added my own BB cream, concealer, navy eyeshadow, and an extra coat of mascara.

The product links I provided are to my friend Brooke's Mary Kay site.  She's a very nice woman who I've known for about 6 years now.  And I've NEVER felt any sales pressure from her.  I have not purchased from her site but if I was going to buy Mary Kay, that's how I would go about it.  :)

Please leave me a comment if you are interested in more makeup reviews.  I have LOTS of makeup!  :)  Have a great day, friends!