Thursday, June 30, 2011

extra! extra!

Ann Taylor Loft is doing 40% off the ENTIRE store this weekend!
Which means everything is practically free, which means I'll probably see you there.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

New Winner and Last Chance Giveaway

We have a NEW winner for the Finder's Keeper's Giveaway!


Jamie!

who said:

Blogger Jamie said...

I follow your blog.

June 22, 2011 2:43 PM

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Blogger Jamie said...

I am now following Finder's Keepers. Cute stuff.

June 22, 2011 2:43 PM

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Blogger Jamie said...

I'll be blogging about this on my blog.

June 22, 2011 2:44 PM

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Blogger Jamie said...

I'm linking it on facebook! Yahoo... hope I win. :)



Congrats, doll! Email us asap at ourbeautymark.blogspot.com!!


Also, today is the last chance to enter the $100 Mary Kay giveaway on the other blog! Check it out here.

makeup galore

I often get asked, "How do you decide which of your makeup to use everyday?"

In other words, how do I dig through all this...
and know where to start? (this isn't even the half of it!)


I have to be armed with my essentials or else I would get lost in translation with all my ridiculous amounts of STUFF.

Here's my basics:
(clockwise from left)

Image sunscreen
MAC Strobe Cream
MAC Studio Moisture Tint
MAC Prolongwear Concealer
Cover Girl Volume Exact Mascara
Shu Uemura Lash Curler
Highlight Powder for cheekbones, etc. (I like MAC's Mineralize Skinfinish powders)
MAC Brow Pencils in Spiked and Lingering
MAC Prep + Prime Skin
MAC Blacktrack creme liner
MAC Mineralize blush in Dainty
MAC Careblend Bronzer in Gold Go Lightly

Somedays I use all of these products, some days only the bare minimum. But having a basic kit of makeup will help you build the perfect makeup foundation to build upon with color (eyeshadows, lipsticks, etc.)!

We want to know...What are YOUR must have products??


Monday, June 27, 2011

Hair You Wear

Case of the Mondays?

Here's some hair inspiration to help you out.



Top Knots to beat the heat
(115 for all us Zonies tomorrow!)




Is there anything better than what you see below?



Reese's Creamy blonde. LOVE.


Jen's Angled Bob.


Compete with the heat. Red-hot hair!


Sunday, June 26, 2011

WW

I'm not gonna lie. We took a little unscheduled break from Weekend Wardrobe because sometimes it feels like we can't even be bothered to get ready in this mind-numbing heat.

But we're back! Here's an outfit from this weekend:


I love the proportion of a longer, high-waisted pencil skirt with a blousy top. So chic and effortless!
Shirt: Gap
Skirt: Vintage
Necklace: F21 (since they don't have it anymore, I found a suitable replacement here)
Shoes: Last Chance
Belt: small boutique in San Diego (sorry, I couldn't find anything comparable online!)

AND..you get a second dose of WW because I wanted to show you my earrings I got on my anniversary staycation! Also, I am just loving braids lately, especially with ombre hair color!
Kendra Scott earrings, $60





PS the lucky winner of our Finders Keepers giveaway is...

Miss Meredith Bleak
who said:

Blogger Meredith Bleak said...

I follow you and covet that dresser :)

June 20, 2011 6:42 PM

email us by Tuesday June 28 at midnight to claim your prize!
ourbeautymark@hotmail.com

Friday, June 24, 2011

do your ears hang low?


Fashion Tip Friday


You're about to get an
EAR-full
about how much an earring can do for an outfit.

They can be just the perfect pop of color or accent to make your ensemble work. I was just in the process of finding some for myself when I thought I would share my "cart" with our readers. Because, let's face it, 9 pairs of earrings for $38 is something to blog about!

Just imagine the possibilities with these goodies:
















My closest friends and family would tell you that I have a "thing" for turquoise/blue jewelry. And they would be right. But I'm trying to expand my horizons. Did you see the other colors in there? I'm patting myself on the back as we speak.



a big thanks to Forever 21 for letting us be so fashionable on so little a dime, and from where all these jewlies were founded. go now.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Finders Keepers Giveaway



Can you believe?

ANOTHER fabulous giveaway.
simply because we love our readers so much.
Keep your fingers crossed for this one because you will DIE how cute it is.

This giveaway comes to us by our darling and talented friend Jade, the creator of Finders Keepers.
She makes over furniture like you wouldn't believe.
AND she was generous enough to giveaway
this beauty!



It is worth $115 and measures 18"wide by 18" deep and is 35" tall.
Can you just imagine storing all your accessories in this gem? It needs to be in my house like yesterday!
RULES of ENTRY:

1. Follow The Beauty Mark, and grab our button!
2. Follow Finders Keepers, and grab her button!

*for extra entries you may blog, tweet, or FB about this giveaway, leaving a separate comment for each with the link!
This giveaway ends Saturday the 25th at midnight, good luck!


-and a big congratulations to "breaking free from old ways" who won our Penn and Livie Finery giveaway!
she said: Blogger Breaking Free From Old Ways said...I like your blog

- email us at ourbeautymark@hotmail.com by Friday to claim your prize!



Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Makeup Essentials: Brushes

Every time I go to work, I get the same question: "Do I have to get these brushes? Or can I use sponge-tipped applicators?" Okay so maybe I inserted the whininess and sponge-tipped applicator comment, but I know that some of you are hanging your head in shame right now because you have a drawer full of those little suckers. Here's the deal, peeps: You gotta buy the brushes. There's no shortcut around it or ifs/ands/buts about it.
I'm not gonna lie: I have an enviable assortment of brushes. They make my life approximately one million times easier. And I will tell you that most of them are MAC. I recommend buying brushes from a professional makeup line (please, no dollar store.) and that they be mostly natural haired bristles (as opposed to synthetic).

Feel free to mix and match brands, but
I've made it easy on you: Here's your condensed list of must-haves (you're welcome.)



1. You always want to use a flat, natural-haired (as opposed to synthetic) brush to put eyeshadow on your lid: i.e. from the base of your lashes to your crease (medium shade) and right under your brow (lightest shade).

2. A dual fiber brush is my absolute favorite go-to for bronzer. But you can also use it for powder and foundation. The dual bristle system buffs product into the skin like no other brush.

3. A Fluffy eyeshadow brush is a must if you are going to put any eyeshadow into the crease of your eyelid. Usually these shadows are a dark color or a mid-tone brown. The brush goes to a point and the bristles around it will blend out the crease color. Always concentrate the color in the deepest part of your crease (where your lash line and crease meet).

4. An Angled blush brush is my favorite blush tool. You cannot (repeat: cannot) use a powder brush for blush. It is too large and in charge and the blush will end up all over your face. Use this angled blush brush to concentrate color on the apples of the cheeks and blend upward.


Here's the dealio with these brushes: you don't need them, but they are really fantastic and helpful to have.

1. An Angled eyeliner or brow brush is great if you are using a gel/cream eyeliner, using eyeshadow for eyeliner, or filling in your brows with a powder product. Be sure to buy a stiff brush that will get the job done.

2. A Synthetic Foundation brush is a source of controversy among many. You don't NEED it, but let me put it this way: your foundation will thank you for throwing away your nasty sponges in lieu of a brush. You will save product, be more hygienic, and your foundation will be more blended.

3. A Synthetic concealer brush is great to have because it is more stiff than traditional eye shadow brushes so it is great to use with concealer, eyeshadow primers, and loose shadows.


A couple rules of thumb:
*When using a synthetic brush (foundation or concealer type), remember that it will deposit liquid products more sheer, but will give powder products more coverage. The opposite is true for natural-haired brushes (powder or fluffy eyeshadow brush), they will deposit liquids more heavily but will blend out powder products.
*You have to clean your brushes. Have some pride in them; after all, you probably dropped a some serious bucks for your set. Use a brush cleanser that you can squirt onto a paper towel, and then run your brush back and forth across the solution until it's clean.

*Deep clean your brushes once a month with a purifying or gentle shampoo. After you rinse them out, re-shape them and lay flat to dry.
*Once brushes are dry, store upright in a cup of some sort (I like buying cute mugs from Anthropologie and putting all my brushes in there).


List of brush numbers (all MAC):
essentials
1. #239
2. #187
3. #217
4. #168

bonus
1. #266
2. #190
3. #252

Friday, June 17, 2011

FTF: i spy ikat

Last year, I decided I wanted to sew a skirt. I had a specific silhouette in mind (full and pleated at the bottom and high waisted at the top). When I saw this fabric I fell in love with it. It's so unique and fun. Alas, I cut out all the pieces but have not ever sewn it together. Maybe someday this project will come to fruition.
The reason I dusted the cobwebs off the fabric to begin with is because I started seeing variations of it everywhere! It even has a name: Ikat. Are we all aware of this trend? Let me introduce you.


oh, hi, RB. you are so fabulous. We shoulda known you'd participate in this trend.

yup, mark my words: Ikat is HUGE!



I couldn't believe how easy it was to find cute Ikat pieces. All I did was go to some of my favorite stores and typed "ikat" in the search bar. Voila!
F21 Dress, $19.80



J Crew dress, $148 (obviously this dress has to happen in my life asap.)

I love that ikat comes in approximately one million colors and patterns, so I assure you that you can find the perfect one for you! If you're too nervous about wearing ikat, put splashes of it into your home with pillows or draperies! This is one trend that literally everyone can grab hold of.


How are you going to incorporate Ikat prints into your life this summer??