Happy Monday!

There are some new mark. All Butter Now Lip Treat($14) shades and I think you’re gonna want them!

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Last year I adored the shade Coraltini, so when I saw that there were some new shades I did a Snoopy Happy Dance around the house!

My Snoopy T-shirt collection is lacking a Happy Dance one. I’m always on the lookout for one, so if you ever see one give me a holler!

Just look at these creamy lipstick beauties:

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mark. All Butter Now Lip Treat Terra Hotta, Razzmatazz, All Fired up, Mauvelous

These lipstick/lipbalms are supposed to increase lip moisture by 124%. And I think they pretty much do because they’re infused with shea, cocoa & mango seed butters. The pigmentation as you can see, is pretty insane for a lip balm. I can build them up to a good medium finish in 3 swipes.

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mark. All Butter Now Lip Treat Terra Hotta, Razzmatazz, All Fired up, Mauvelous

 

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mark. All Butter Now Lip Treat All Razzmatazz

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 mark. All Butter Now Lip Treat All Fired Up

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mark. All Butter Now Lip Treat Mauvelous

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I love, love LOVE these things. And I love all of these new shades too. They are creamy, feel good, don’t bleed, and last a decent time with a really pretty fade down. They are my favourite lip product from Avon/mark, and every time I wear one I ask myself why I bother buying expensive lipsticks because these are so good. I say wait for a sale and pick up a couple. Avon always has sales.

And on another note, my HAIR. I’m getting kind of tired of it! I don’t know whether to keep growing it longer, or get it cut. Shorter hair always means more work, and I’m not sure if I want to have to start styling again….right now I just wash and air dry. But most days I’ll put it in a ponytail, because I’m hair challenged. Maybe I should try to learn to do some cool braids and stuff? Know of any good YT videos I can check out?

Back to sort-of-normal today hahahaha? Whatever NORMAL is. But I do want to thank everyone for sharing their PR horror stories on my post because WOW. I thought my problem was bad, but in comparison it was pretty tame to what some of you all have experienced. We need to stand together as bloggers, and not get pushed around by jerky PR anymore. If we allow it to happen, it will continue. So STAND STRONG MY FRIENDS. And remember: WE MATTER AND ARE WORTH IT. WE REALLY ARE. And our job is to tell the truth ! To each other! To our readers! That’s what we started doing. And I hope I’ve inspired some of you to continue doing that. What we do as bloggers is important and NO PR can take that away from us.

Ok, back to work Tracy goes!

I want to love Body Oils, I really do! But when you are a hot and flashy-near-menopause-beauty-junkie, they’re the LAST thing I want touching my body after I shower. I really don’t need an oily oil when I’m constantly overheated to make me feel like this:

Wish I was a photoshop genius so I could put my face in there but alas, my skills are lacking

It’s not EVERY blog post you get the chance to use the Kramer Turkey pic, so today is an Internet WIN for me hahahaha!

Ok, its’ time to stop celebrating Kramer Turkey time and talk PRODUCT. The other day these beauties wound up on my doorstep! Fortuitous indeed!

Mark Limited Edition Body Oils($14)

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Mark Limited Edition Body Oils

And at first I thought NOPE. Like I said, most oils I can’t take, and I swear I get a hot flash from just LOOKING at a body oil these day #hotflashtirgger-except for the Caudalie Divine Oil, which I will talk about soon I promise(but these are cheaper and REALLY GOOD). After ignoring these Mark Limited Edition Body Oils, I picked one up and noticed that they were not QUITE that oily and viscous, if you get chemistry terms. Viscous, means having a thick, sticky consistency between solid and liquid; having a high viscosity, which refers to the property of a fluid that resists the force tending to cause the fluid to flow. Think MOLASSES BABY. It has a HIGH viscosity. These Mark Limited Edition Body Oils DON’T. In fact, they pour like water.

And that would be because of the ingredients, of which the first one is isopropyl alcohol. WHAT you say? Alcohol? NO TRACY. NO WAY will I put that on my body! It’s bad for my skin!

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Mark Limited Edition Body Oils

PFFFT says this former chemistry lady. Many things are soluble in Isopropyl Alcohol, and it evaporates CLEAN. Nothing is left behind once it evaporates, so RELAX. As someone who uses IA when I inject my Multiple Sclerosis Meds, it does nothing to your skin. It does give you that AHHHHHHH cooling feeling as it evaporates from the skin, which as a hot and flashy lady I really LURVE.

Mark Limited Edition Body Oils are supposed to be fast absorbing and they sort of are. When the IA evaporates, the Olive Oil is the main ingredient that’s left on the skin to moisturize. But it’s not heavy or thick at all like the cooking oil. It’s thinner, but it does take a few minutes to fully absorb for sure. It’s an oil for gosh sakes-it needs a few minutes, so give it a break people! But the result is smooth, soft, luminous skin which is NICE.

The Mark Limited Edition Body Oils scents though are AWESOME. They last quite awhile on the skin and I love them! I can’t even decide what’s my fave to be honest. The Lemon Sugar smells just like the really expensive FRESH stuff and is a really good scent for summer. Marky adores the Jasmine one! If you are a jasmine-whore, you are going to want it. Plumberry is going to get loads of love from me once the weather cools, because as you know I love berry scents in the fall! And the coconut one is pretty perfect. Not too sweet, just perfect.

HECK GET THEM ALL. They are LE, so store them away and use them when you need a moisture and fragrance boost in the winter. You’ll thank me, especially if you start hot flashing. I used to RUE the day that I stopped having a period, but now? UGGH. I wish I was still getting a regular visit from Aunty Flo every month I swear. 🙁

Find them soon on www.avon.ca or call that local Avon lady of yours and show her some love!

Body oils! Love ’em? Or leave ’em?

UGGH property taxes are due today and I HATE paying them so I wait until the last second. Seriously, if I could see thing getting better around me? I wouldn’t mind paying them! But every year they increase, and I see NO BENEFITS. How do cities manage money seriously? It’s not COOL.

I don’t know what’s with me lately. But anything BERRY in my shower? I adore. And Mark Moon Chill Berry Body Scrub($14) is my new favourite scrubby! And feast your eyes upon the most perfect picture of something called Moon Chill. If only there was a crescent moon in the corner hey? Would have been POETRY.

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Mark Moon Chill Berry Body Scrub

Avon calls it “a magical mix of chilled berries, frosted blossoms, and moonlight musk” haha. Ok,sure. Didn’t know the moonlight was musky! But I guess it is! This is one of their foaming formula scrubs that I LOVE. It has sugar cane extract that cleanses as it exfoliates, leaving skin softer and smoother. I can’t tell you how much I love Mark’s foaming scrubs. They are my faves, and I don’t think a lot of brands actually make a foaming scrubby? You either cleanse or exfoliate, not both at the same time for some reason? Who am I kidding-it’s all about MONEY and making you buy more products is WHY. Sigh. Like I said before, I take fast showers, so if something can do two jobs at once and do it well? LOVE. And Mark Moon Chill Berry Body Scrub does that! It’s a softer berry scent-guess that’s the moon CHILL part of it. But I am really liking berries and berry scents in my shower this year. So if you like berries and scrubs-this is something you should look into! Order online at www.avon.ca!

I really like this scrubby kind of cleanser. It really helps with smoothing my skin! And I know, it’s winter Tracy-you’re wearing sleeves ALL the time, no? Well yes, but in a month I’ll be in California again! SHORT SLEEVES PEOPLE. See, I’m going to get my Marky once the first semester of college is over! And  I can HARDLY WAIT. 😀 I need my arms to be short sleeve presentable at all times dudes! And Mark Moon Chill Berry Body Scrub is doing just that.

*product sent by PR for review, thoughts are mine as always!

When the Mark Eye Dream Of Glam Ultimate Eye Shadow Palette arrived here, I wasn’t expecting much. To be honest I was kind of all-paletted-out. The ones I had tried were just so-so.

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Mark Eye Dream Of Glam Ultimate Eye Shadow Palette

And then I opened it up.

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Mark Eye Dream Of Glam Ultimate Eye Shadow Palette

And my jaw dropped to the ground.

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Mark Eye Dream Of Glam Ultimate Eye Shadow Palette

This is probably one of the prettiest eyeshadow palettes I’ve EVER seen. And I’ve seen a lot! THIS is how you do a palette folks! It has 16 marbleized eyeshadows that you you can use dry, or wet for extra intensity.

Mark Eye Dream Of Glam Ultimate Eye Shadow Palette Swatchy Time!

These are just dry swatches because 1. Eh, nobody likes using eyeshadows wet except for me and 2. I’m lazy 😛 So dry swatches only!

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Mark Eye Dream Of Glam Ultimate Eye Shadow Palette row 1

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Mark Eye Dream Of Glam Ultimate Eye Shadow Palette row 2

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Mark Eye Dream Of Glam Ultimate Eye Shadow Palette row 3

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OMG so nice. Some are smooth metallic finishes, and some are more glittery. But most of them feel so nice for baked eyeshadows! And you can kind of adjust the shades a little depending on where you pick up the colour. The marbling in each one adds a softness to the eyeshadows. If you try to avoid the marbling, you’d get a bit darker colour. Hope that makes sense!

I think I probably used every shade in the palette for these looks hahaha. I couldn’t help myself.

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Mark Eye Dream Of Glam Ultimate Eye Shadow Palette

Combining colours when using this palette is SO much fun. They blend really nicely and keep their colour if ya know what I mean. Sometimes baked eyeshadows can sort of get muddy when you start bending, but not these. They blend, but keep their colour. Using them dry has a nice soft effect too, which is perfect if you are colour shy when it comes to your eye looks.

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Mark Eye Dream Of Glam Ultimate Eye Shadow Palette

Of course, if you use the Mark Eye Dream Of Glam Ultimate Eye Shadow Palette shadows wet, you’d get some beautiful intense looks! And less fallout too. I mean, they’re baked eyeshadows with glitter, so yeah there’s gonna be a bit of fallout when you apply them. Do your eyeshadow look first so you don’t mess up your foundation. And use a tacky primer too-that’ll make sure the glitter stays put! I didn’t have and trouble with glitter fallout as the day progressed because I used a MAC Paint Pot.

The Mark Eye Dream Of Glam Ultimate Eye Shadow Palette costs $40 and I say it’s well worth it! If you love baked eyeshadows and love playing with colour, then this palette is made for you! Get it now because it’s here just for the holidays! Order online at www.avon.ca.

Seriously, what a great palette from Mark for the holidays! I think it’s my favourite one I’ve seen so far. What’s been your favourite holiday palette?

*product sent by PR for review, thoughts are mine as always! 😉

The mark. Wonderfleur Color Swing Minx It Up Eye Compact($26) is kind of the perfect fall 2014 eye palette. Filled with shades of purple and plums, browns and golds-it’s kind of fall-tastic! This palette is really making me want fall to get here like NOW.

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The mark. Color Swing Palettes are my favourite eye palettes from the brand. The little compact is pretty ingenious. Open it up and you see three gorgeous taupe, gold, and brown eyeshadows.

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Mark Wonderfleur Color Swing Mix It Up Eye Compact

Then, slide them eyeshadows to the side, like so.

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Mark Wonderfleur Color Swing Mix It Up Eye Compact

Flip them brown shades, and slide it back and you get THREE more eyeshadows in gorgeous purples and plums!

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Mark Wonderfleur Color Swing Mix It Up Eye Compact

Swatchy Time!

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Mark Wonderfleur Color Swing Mix It Up Eye Compact Swatches

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Mark Wonderfleur Color Swing Mix It Up Eye Compact Swatches

Since my eyes have been bugging me lately, I tested the shades on each eye. Forgive me, but the thought of prolonging my eye troubles another day I just couldn’t bear. And besides, a one look on each eye demo kind of goes with the palette design anyways, right? 😉

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Mark Wonderfleur Color Swing Mix It Up Eye Compact

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Mark Wonderfleur Color Swing Mix It Up Eye Compact

The eyeshadows are lovely! Soft with nice pigmentation and can be used wet as well to up the intensity if you wish. I do think the shadows are a tad too soft, as some of the shades seem to kind of blend into each other a bit losing intensity. But it’s not big deal to just pat on a bit more of the lighter shade again. The overall effect is a pretty and easy smoky fall eye look that really, you can’t beat! And combining both sides of the palette would be SO pretty!

The Mark Wonderfleur Color Swing Mix It Up Eye Compact is available right now on www.avon.ca or from your local Avon Rep!

What colours do you tend to reach for as the weather starts to cool? Plums? Browns? Greens? Or all of the above? 😀

*product sent by the lovely PR for review, thoughts are mine as always!

Now this is a really cute idea from Mark!

Mark Nail This Look Lacquer and Flip Flop Set($28) is a kit that’s TOE-TALLY Adorable! See what I did there? 😀 Ok, I can’t take credit for that Dad Joke, it’s actually on the info sheet I have. I’m telling ya’, it’s exactly the kind of joke my hubby would make though. Yup, the 24 years we’ve been married have been TOE-TALLY Puntastic. 😀 Ok. I’ll stop now. 😀

Mark Nail This Look Lacquer and Flip Flop Set contains a pair of flip-flops and 2 pedi-perfect nail polishes to match, or coordinate which I prefer to say.

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Mark Nail This Look Lacquer and Flip Flop Set

The flip flops are great quality actually! They’re not cheap $1 Old Navy rubber flip-flops. They’re heavier, and actually have some support to them with a moulded footbed. They’re embellished with coral-colored faceted faux stones and a fun palm leaf motif on the footbed too. There are three sizes in the flip-flops-small/medium fits a shoe size 5/6, medium/large fits a 7/8, and Large/XLarge fits a 9/10.

Now, I’ll spare you a shot of my feet in the sandals modelling the polishes, but I HAVE to show you this Avon model wearing them. I have never seen such pristine feet before in my life!

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Mark Nail This Look Lacquer and Flip Flop Set

AM I right? She has to be an alien or something! I’ve never seen anything like these feet!

The nail polishes are mini-sized that will get you 10 pedicures from each bottle. Azure is the blue, and Nudist is the really pretty beige. Cute with the sandals, hey? Like I said at the beginning, this is a really great idea from Mark!

You can order the Mark Nail This Look Lacquer and Flip Flop Set from your local Avon Rep, or online at www.avon.ca.

Now you may be wondering why I didn’t take my own pictures of this set. Well, that’s because I was sent the size small/medium set, and my feet are GIANT sized, so I haven’t opened it up(I’m 5’10” people, my feet are sized so that I don’t tip over 😀 at least that’s what my dad always told me 🙂 )

So what am I saying here? I’ll tell ya’ what I’m saying here! IT’S GIVEAWAY TIME PEOPLE!!

Unfortunately, because nail polish is involved in this giveaway, it’s ONLY OPEN TO MY FELLOW CANADIANS. Nail polish mailing is an iffy thing these days, so sorry my International babes. Next time! Just enter using the Rafflecopter option below, and GOOD LUCK! And remember these are a size SMALL. So yeah, if you gots big feet like me? They ain’t gonna fit!

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You know that feeling? When you find a fragrance that just SMELLS like vacation?

And you spray it on yourself EVERY CHANCE YOU GET because it smells like VACATION? In a BOTTLE. It’s so calming and relaxing too? Like better than chamomile tea? And it’s REALLY GOOD? Am I making sense? Because I think I’m babbling right now…. 😛

Yeah, that’s what Mark Saint Barts Soleil Instant Vacation means to me, and I’d pay LOADS more to keep sniffing it every day I tell ya!

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Mark Saint Barts Soleil Instant Vacation Eau de Toilette Spray and St. Barts Soleil Instant Vacation Shimmering Body Lotion

Mark Saint Barts Soleil Instant Vacation Eau de Toilette Spray($24) is Instant Vacation. A luxurious blend of fresh, breezy Caribbean waters, rich, exotic coconut milk and bold, beautiful frangipani flower that take my senses on a journey to a glam island resort. HELLS YEAH I’M ON A VACATION EVERY DAY WITH THIS STUFF. SCREW THE LAUNDRY AND DISHES MAN. They can WAIT.

Top Notes: Mandarin, Island Fruit, Caribbean Waters
Middle Notes: Frangipani, Orange Blossom, Ylang Ylang
Base Notes: Blond Woods, Sun-Kissed Notes, Coconut Milk

I didn’t know you could bottle “Caribbean Waters “in a scent? But I am SOLD. Because this stuff is smelly GOLD. When I think REALLY hard about it(now that’s a feat right there lately for me), but maybe it’s the Frangipani that does it for me, because BOY I love a good Frangiapani scent! And they’re few and far between I tell ya! So, if you also love that flower like I do, you need to get this! Here’s what I experience when wearing this scent: BEACH. OCEAN. SAND. SUNSCREEN. COCONUT. SWIMMING(and I can’t even SWIM people. Seriously. My mother thought piano lessons were MORE IMPORTANT. Guess that depends on where you live, MOM.)

Mark. St. Barts Soleil Instant Vacation Shimmering Body Lotion($14)is a hydrating luminizer that leaves your skin with a radiant glow and a wisp of the Saint Barts Soleil fragrance of Caribbean waters, exotic coconut milk and beautiful frangipani flower. It’s great to layer under the eau de toilette spray for a luxurious, total-scent experience. Makes it last a tiny bit longer, but if I’m being honest, you can skip this-go for the gold with the Eau de Toilette Spray my friends!

I used to be a fan of the Estee Lauder Goddess fragrance that comes out every summer, but the Mark Saint Barts Soleil Instant Vacation Eau de Toilette Spray is so much better. And more affordable too. Order it from www.avon.ca! It’s my Serenity NOW scent!

What’s your favourite scent that just smells of summer? Let me know! I love a good summer scent!

*product sent by the lovely PR, and thoughts about summer and vacation smells are mine. Frangipani is seriously underrated I tell ya’.