Stepping Outside My Beauty Comfort Zone For The Holidays #MKholidaylooks

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Mary Kay® and Conde Nast.  All opinions are my own.
Mary Kay Flapper Chic

I was a tomboy.  Girly things and makeup didn't come naturally to me.  It was awkward because I heard stories of my mama being a beauty queen (without makeup!) and remember her gorgeous long hair...  I remember the first time I ever tried on makeup, I was 15 years old, my family was out shopping and one of Madonna's music videos came on MTV and I wanted to try eyeliner.  After almost poking my eye out, I got it on and I was so excited to show it off.  This was back in the days where cordless phones were in so I had to wait till my folks got home to show off my "look".  The humor in this is my parents were totally strict and I wasn't the type to share with them but I'm not sure if it was my excitement or they finally felt I was getting into girly things that they went along with it, maybe they laughed, I don't know... I didn't let anything ruin my first attempt at makeup.

I have never been one to experiment much after that.  I had one set look and that was that.  Maybe it's the tomboy in me but a little foundation, eyeliner, mascara, blush and lip gloss and I was good to go.  I did love buying new makeup and letting it just sit there.  I doubt I'm the only one!!!  When Mary Kay invited me to try one of their holiday makeup looks, I was like are you sure... I'm not a beauty blogger at all.  But I was glad they did because it gave me a bigger appreciation for beauty bloggers.  It is hard work and don't for one minute think that putting yourself out there showing off every blemish in detail is easy.  I love a good challenge and it was honestly, so good for my soul to be put outside of my comfort zone.

I dare you to step out of your comfort zone for the holidays and in 2014!  

This is my attempt at Mary Kay Flapper Chic - Flirty and fun flapper style of the 1920s.  Key elements in the look are: dramatic smoky eyes, neutral lips and cheeks to balance an intense eye look.  The other holiday looks are Silver Screen Siren and The White-Hot Suit.  Check out all 3 looks inspired by celebrity makeup artist Mariela Bagnato and Saucy Glossie blogger, Lindsey Calla!  

Don't mind my eyebrows, my husband cleaned up my dresser when I was away in Vegas and I haven't been able to find my favorite tweezer.  So here's the deal, I never ever wear eyeshadow but I really love Mary Kay at Play™Eye Trio in Tuxedo.  I don't even know how to blend but it looks good!  I'm also more of a liquid eyeliner type girl but really liked the eyeliner.  My absolute favorite is the lash primer - omg do you see my eyelashes - so dramatic!  Big fan of the mascara too because it is very light!  
Mary Kay Flapper Chic
Remind me to buy a remote for my camera because my husband drove me crazy trying to take my picture.  Another favorite is the Mary Kay® Mineral Bronzing Powder in Desert Sun - I applied it right above the blush (Mary Kay Shy Blush) and on my nose.  Love it!
Mary Kay Flapper Chic
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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Stepping Outside My Beauty Comfort Zone For The Holidays #MKholidaylooks

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Mary Kay® and Conde Nast.  All opinions are my own.
Mary Kay Flapper Chic

I was a tomboy.  Girly things and makeup didn't come naturally to me.  It was awkward because I heard stories of my mama being a beauty queen (without makeup!) and remember her gorgeous long hair...  I remember the first time I ever tried on makeup, I was 15 years old, my family was out shopping and one of Madonna's music videos came on MTV and I wanted to try eyeliner.  After almost poking my eye out, I got it on and I was so excited to show it off.  This was back in the days where cordless phones were in so I had to wait till my folks got home to show off my "look".  The humor in this is my parents were totally strict and I wasn't the type to share with them but I'm not sure if it was my excitement or they finally felt I was getting into girly things that they went along with it, maybe they laughed, I don't know... I didn't let anything ruin my first attempt at makeup.

I have never been one to experiment much after that.  I had one set look and that was that.  Maybe it's the tomboy in me but a little foundation, eyeliner, mascara, blush and lip gloss and I was good to go.  I did love buying new makeup and letting it just sit there.  I doubt I'm the only one!!!  When Mary Kay invited me to try one of their holiday makeup looks, I was like are you sure... I'm not a beauty blogger at all.  But I was glad they did because it gave me a bigger appreciation for beauty bloggers.  It is hard work and don't for one minute think that putting yourself out there showing off every blemish in detail is easy.  I love a good challenge and it was honestly, so good for my soul to be put outside of my comfort zone.

I dare you to step out of your comfort zone for the holidays and in 2014!  

This is my attempt at Mary Kay Flapper Chic - Flirty and fun flapper style of the 1920s.  Key elements in the look are: dramatic smoky eyes, neutral lips and cheeks to balance an intense eye look.  The other holiday looks are Silver Screen Siren and The White-Hot Suit.  Check out all 3 looks inspired by celebrity makeup artist Mariela Bagnato and Saucy Glossie blogger, Lindsey Calla!  

Don't mind my eyebrows, my husband cleaned up my dresser when I was away in Vegas and I haven't been able to find my favorite tweezer.  So here's the deal, I never ever wear eyeshadow but I really love Mary Kay at Play™Eye Trio in Tuxedo.  I don't even know how to blend but it looks good!  I'm also more of a liquid eyeliner type girl but really liked the eyeliner.  My absolute favorite is the lash primer - omg do you see my eyelashes - so dramatic!  Big fan of the mascara too because it is very light!  
Mary Kay Flapper Chic
Remind me to buy a remote for my camera because my husband drove me crazy trying to take my picture.  Another favorite is the Mary Kay® Mineral Bronzing Powder in Desert Sun - I applied it right above the blush (Mary Kay Shy Blush) and on my nose.  Love it!
Mary Kay Flapper Chic
Mary Kay makes great gifts for the holidays, pick up my faves!
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7 Comments:

At December 21, 2013 at 12:26 PM , Blogger Kriselle Rhia said...

I love the look! The stuff you used looks great!

 
At December 21, 2013 at 3:58 PM , Blogger marlita on the run said...

oooh! sexy! you did a great job Xenia. I love that eyeshadow and mascara on you. :)
and what do you think of their brushes? They look so pretty!
xoxo

 
At December 22, 2013 at 11:39 AM , Blogger AutismWonderland said...

Love the shadow! You look beautiful! That is totally outside my comfort zone, but maybe I'll give it a try.

 
At December 22, 2013 at 1:34 PM , Blogger Rebecca Rider said...

Love it - you look gorgeous!!

 
At December 22, 2013 at 4:55 PM , Anonymous Maribel L. said...

Love the look! I just started using makeup more in my mid 30s, before that I couldn't be bothered to wear anything but lipstick. I love how personal you made this post.

 
At December 22, 2013 at 10:49 PM , Blogger Ruby said...

Love the shades! They look like baked shadows! Love Mary Kay lip wear You rockin this look amiga!

 
At December 29, 2013 at 6:12 PM , Blogger Mama Harris said...

You look beautiful, I love this whole set on you. Gorgeous friend, I need to check this line out, especially that primer.

 

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