Friday, July 29, 2011


Phosphor Watch Giveaway!

If you read my last post, you know I recently purchased a Phosphor Appear Black Crystal watch and I absolutely LOVE IT!  I also have one in pink and I just knew I had to do a giveaway!  Phosphor Watches were kind enough to give me a Pink watch to give away to one of my amazing followers!

Here is a picture:

Here are the Rules:

1)     You must be a public follower of my blog

2)     You must follow me on Twitter (@BeautyMark3d)


To enter, please leave a comment with the following information:

-          Name

-          Email address

-          Your Twitter name (so I can double check that you are following me on Twitter!)

-          Why do you want to win this watch?  Be creative! :)

-          Did you Tweet about my giveaway?  If so, please provide me with a link to your tweet

-          Did you Blog about my giveaway?  If so, please provide me with a link to your post

This contest will run from July 29th to August 31st at 11:59pm EST!

The winner will be chosen by ME and the best answer (the question is “why do you want to win this watch?”) will win!  Remember, if you just say you want to win it because it is cute or cool, your chances aren’t that good… be creative!


Phosphor Watches

Hey my loves!

I recently purchased a Phosphor Appear Black Crystal watch and I LOVE IT!  I love a little bling and I got a lot with this watch!  Here is some info about the watch :)

Driven by Micro-Magnetic Mechanical Digital (M3D) technology, the Phosphor Appear watch utilizes miniature-sized rotors adorned with Swarovski™ crystals that revolve to reveal numerical or chronological information. With each minute, an electrical pulse generates an electromagnetic field that changes the position of the crystals on the face of the watch, to elegantly display the passing time, while producing a distinctive sound unique to the Phosphor Appear digital watch line.

The basic "time" mode features a 12-hour display, with the hours positioned above the minutes on the face. The watch face also offers a "seconds" mode and "off" mode, showing an entire face of crystals with no time display.


·  Case diameter: 43.8mm

·  Overall case thickness: 14.5mm

·  Water resistance: 5 ATM - 50m

·  Display: 12 hour only

·  Functions: Time, Seconds, and Off

Let me tell you, the sound the watch makes is SO COOL!  It is quiet, so you won’t be bothered by it (nor will anyone around you) but if it is quiet and someone is sitting next to you they will hear this cool sound and then the conversation will begin!  I’ve had people ask if they can take a video of my watch changing time so they can show their friends!

I forgot to put it on one morning and I actually drove home to get it because I couldn’t fathom the idea of going a day without it!

I must mention the customer service… It is AMAZING!  I have very high standards when it comes to customer service and Phosphor has blown my mind!  They care SO much about their customers and they just want to make you happy.  I am thoroughly impressed and I am proud to be doing a post about this company!  I promise you, you won’t be disappointed with Phosphor Watches!

Did I mention that a ton of celebrities are rockin' these watches?!  Ashley Benson from Pretty Little Liars, Faith Evans, Iyaz, Chelsie Hightower from Dancing with the Stars, and more!

If you would like one of these beauties make sure you enter my giveaway!  If you can’t wait or want to buy one for a friend or loved one, or you want a second (or third or fourth…) for yourself, use my coupon code for $30 off! 
Coupon code: kayla30


Hey my loves! 

I have a surprise for you!  Can you guess what it is?!



Wednesday, July 20, 2011


Hey everyone!

I wanted to talk to you about Vitamin Water. I have been obsessed since it first touched my lips. I definitely have my favourite flavours but there isn't one that I won't buy. I can happily say that I have created a few Vitamin Water addicts since I have discovered the product!  Vitamin Water is so cool because it is loaded with different vitamins and minerals and each drink caters to different things; ie) Energy, Mega C, Focus, etc.

What does glacéau mean?glacéau vitaminwater – the original from new york – is a great-tasting, active lifestyle hydrating beverage packed with vitamins and minerals to help get you through your day. While most beverages are just about flavour and refreshment, glacéau vitaminwater is about much more...simply put, it works!

I was sent three different flavours of the Vitamin Water10: recoup - peach mandarin, go-go - mixed berry, and grape-raspberry. I was excited because I had never tried these 3 flavours before! I loved the grape-raspberry, it’s a new fave! The only one I didn’t like was the mixed berry. I found I was thirstier after drinking it, but that is the only one I have encountered so far that has had that effect.

I recently discovered Spark – blueberry-grape and I think I have a NEW FAVE! It is so good! I was it on sale and bought 10!

Not only is this stuff jam packed with vitamins, it actually tastes GOOD! Everyone needs to stay hydrated, so why not enjoy every sip while you do it!

Click here to visit their website and learn more!

Thanks so much for reading!


Monday, July 18, 2011

Sephora Tinted Self-Tanning Body Mist

This is a spray tan (in a hairspray type of bottle) that lasts for the day, then washes off.  It is alright, but not my fave.  It rubs off on everything and has quite a strong perfume-y smell.  I am still searching for the perfect fake tanner as my St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse is hard to find and is quite expensive!

Verdict: Save your money and keep looking for something better!

Thank you for reading!

Yours Truly, K

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Rimmel DAY 2 NIGHT Mascara

 Love love loveeeeeeeee this mascara!  It is amazing!  No clumps, no flakes, no burning eyes, no smudging, no melting on hot days, just perfection!  The first wand is designed for length, so it picks up less product.  The second wand is for volumizing so it picks up more product!  The first wand is fabulous for wearing during the day, it separates and lengthens my lashes beautifully.  The second wand really dramatizes your lashes; perfect for night!

Verdict: Go buy it NOW! :)

Thank you for reading!

Yours Truly,

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Tarte: Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara

I was SO excited about this mascara!  Natural mascara?  Yes please!  It defines, lengthens, and volumizes my lashes beautifully.  The only thing?  It makes my eyes burn by the end of the day.  If I wear a different mascara the next day; no burn.  Switch back to Tarte; burn.  Try it a few days later; no burn!  What the heck!  Im a little confused by it, so I am giving my eyes a break from Tarte and will check it out again shortly!

Verdict: The jury is still out on this one!

Thank you for reading!

Yours Truly,

Friday, July 15, 2011

Boscia Nose Strips

An expensive version of the Biore nose strips.  They are black, so it is harder to see what comes off onto the strip, so it’s easy to be deceived.  The only thing I liked about these more than the Biore ones is they didn’t feel like they were “papier-mâché-d” onto my nose.  They were far less “gluey”.

Verdict: Pass!  They are expensive and they do not seem to work any better than any other nose strip I have tried.

Thank you for reading!

Yours Truly,

Thursday, July 14, 2011

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils

I am a little late jumping on this bandwagon, but I figured it is better late than never!  I see the appeal to these pencils, but I’m really not that impressed with them.  I cannot use them as a base without using a primer underneath them.  So it kind of just adds another step to my routine.  They are, however, cheap and useful if you don’t mind aiding a few steps into your daily routine.  Just don’t expect them to be a suitable base for your eyeshadow if you tend to crease!  The colour payoff is quite nice, I am pleased with that and the colour variety is quite large!

Verdict: I wouldn’t die without them, but since I do have them, I will use them :)

The colours I have: Lavender, Pots & Pans, Yogurt, Dark Brown, French Fries, Milk, Iced Mocha, and Slate

Thank you for reading!

Yours Truly,

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Lavanilla Laboratories

The Healthy Deodorant & Matching Perfume

My favourite scent is vanilla & coconut so when I saw this deodorant and perfume (Makeup By TiffanyD talked about this in one of her videos) I knew I had to have it!  The perfume is amazing, it smells SO good!  The deodorant is the special part, however.  It is all natural!  This is made WITHOUT: petrochemicals, phthalates, propylene glycol, mineral oils, silicone, synthetic dyes, sulphated or parabens.  Now, I must say, it does not work as well as the standard or more streamlined deodorants, but I was expecting that since it is all natural.  All I have to do is carry it around with me and that is no bother to me as I know I am doing something good for my body.  We all have to wear deodorant and its something we put on every day… So why not put in the extra effort and make sure it is something good for our body?

For those who dislike vanilla & coconut, not to worry, they have about 5 other scents!

Verdict:  Slightly annoying that I have to take it with me, but well worth it!  Perfume is delectable!  Go buy it now!

Thank you for reading!

Yours Truly,

Comments are just not working for me

I am beyond frustrated!  I cannot comment on my own posts and I cannot comment on any of the blogs I am following :'(

Please don't think I am ignoring your comments or not reading your blogs.  I just cannot comment :(

Hopefully they fix this bug soon!


Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Oscar Blandi Dry Shampoo

ICK! ICK! ICKKKKKKKKKK!  I was so excited to try this stuff as JuicyStar07 raves about it and says it is her go-to dry shampoo.  Well, it appears that Blair and I have very different taste in hair products…  I used this stuff yesterday and it STUNK!  It was like a rotten orange… or some other awful citrus scent that had gone bad.  I will DEFINITELY be returning this.

I am still on the lookout for the perfect dry shampoo for darker hair colours.  When I find it, I will let you know!!!

Thank you for reading!

Yours Truly,

Monday, July 11, 2011

Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray

I have stick straight hair.  Not even a hint of a curl.  So when I heard about B&B Surf Spray, I was doubtful.  The associate at Sephora promised me it would give me that beach-y look and I took her word for it!  I purchased the Surf Spray, still unconvinced but willing to try, and I went home ready to test out a new product.  The instructions suggest using it on damp dry hair or fully dried hair.  I chose the former.  They then suggest you stand outside and let the wind do the final step or use a diffuser.  I don’t have a diffuser so I went for a car ride with all of the windows down :)

Verdict: It smells great, gave my hair beach-y subtle waves (more volume too), and you don’t need a lot of product to achieve this look.

Alternative: You can always make your own!  Take a spritzer bottle, small amount of coconut conditioner, water, and sea salt.  Shake it up and spritz!

Pictures to come (my camera is in LA at the moment lol!)

Thank you for reading!

Yours Truly,

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

My Music Miracle

It’s no surprise to anyone that I have been dealing with a lot lately… Most don’t fully understand what, but you have some idea.  There’s no need to fully go into the darkness of the past because this is a celebratory note.  Have you ever loved something so much and then have it taken away from you, only for it  be given back and then stolen, for what felt like forever?  I have. 

Let me explain… 

I was always a musical child; I remember being very young and taking my mother’s knitting needles and pretending they were a violin!  I could tell you, within mere seconds of hearing a song, who the artist was and what CD it was from.  Music coursed through my veins and made me feel alive.  I was head soprano of every choir and was even asked to join a girl band and tour Canada and the US.  That is the very day my life changed.  I said no, I wanted to get my education before I hopped on a bus or a plane.  It was at that moment doors started closing for me.  A man with a big ego and an even bigger grudge felt personally insulted by my choice to turn his offer down and he made it his life’s mission to break my dreams of singing.  I never fully bounced back from that, but I did my best.  I was almost there when another person came into my life and that is when I lost my voice completely.  It wasn’t that I was too shy or out of practice.  I had completely lost my voice.  It was gone.  I couldn’t hold a single note to save my life.  Two years of intense stressed killed the one true love in my life.  I have been trying to recuperate this year by banishing all controllable stress from my life.  In a sense, I chose to be selfish.  I put myself first and made sure I considered how every decision I made was going to affect me.  Now don’t take that the wrong way and think I became self-absorbed or egoistic.  I simply put myself first in an attempt to regain balance in my life. 

Now, the happy part of my story begins…

Tonight I had a very relaxing evening, I simply did things I wanted to do and had a quiet night.  I thought to myself, “it’d be nice to listen to some music while in the shower tonight”, so I brought my laptop in and one of my favourite songs came on… “If I Die Young” by The Band Perry.  I just felt it, I took a deep breath and I sang.  As I realized what was happening my voice grew stronger, more powerful.  I couldn’t believe my ears; I was singing the song and hitting every note.  I burst into tears when I carried that high note without fail.  It’s back, my voice is back.  It’s not perfect, not by a long shot.  I couldn’t win American Idol, but the voice I once had was coming back to me; growing in strength with each note.

This may not seem like much to some people, but if you can imagine having something you love taken from you, then you can imagine how it would feel to get it back.  There are no words to describe the joy in my heart right now, everything seems inadequate.  All I can say is my heart is full and I can’t wait to see where this goes… :)