Merry Christmas

from our house to yours!

Our 2012 ornament we picked up in Boston this summer
Carolina Santa (present from my grandmother last year)

go dawgs

table centerpiece

i love wooden signs. great little find at homegoods


12th Day of MK Christmas Sales: It's a Christmas Miracle!

Miracle Set
It's the 12th and final day of the MK Christmas Sales and I have the most amazing deal yet!!

The Miracle Set which normally retails at $90, is available today, and today only for $75!!

Volu-Firm Set

If you have advanced signs of aging, I have the new Volu-firm Set on sale today for $159 (normally retails for $199). I have only been selling MK for just over a month and my biggest seller is the Eye Renewal Cream in this set! I've received back reports that it is already working miracles!

Go back in time and lift away the years with this advanced age-fighting skin care regimen. Set includes Volu-Firm™ Foaming Cleanser, Volu-Firm™ Lifting Serum, Volu-Firm™ Day Cream Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 (Over-the-counter drug product), Volu-Firm™ Eye Renewal Cream and Volu-Firm™ Night Treatment With Retinol.

Let me know if you have any questions or would like to order today!


11th Day of MK Christmas Sales: Just the basics

On the 11th Day of MK Christmas, I decided to get back to the basics.

All foundations 20% off  today!!


10th Day of MK Christmas Sales: After the Parties

After the holiday party is over, and it's time to take off that Ultimate Mascara, you will want the best eye makeup remover I have ever used:
Mary Kay Oil-Free Makeup Remover $15.00 Gently removes eye makeup, including waterproof mascara, without tugging or pulling the delicate skin in the eye area. Formula does not leave skin feeling greasy. Clinically tested for skin irritancy and allergy. Suitable for contact lens wearers. Suitable for sensitive skin and sensitive eyes. Hypoallergenic, oil-free and ophtalmologist-tested.

For today only, it's yours for $12.00!

Comment, email me (simplechicandsouthern@gmail.com) or shop on my website (see link in sidebar) or click the image above to go straight to my website. I will make the adjustment when I receive notification of your order. I will then send you a link for payment. I can ship nationwide and would love to be your Mary Kay Beauty Consultant.


9th Day of Christmas: Who's the Boss?

Need a gift for the boss lady?? Typically we don't want to buy our managers anything too personal which makes Satin Hands Pampering Set the perfect gift!
Send me a message today for a special offer of $25!! Or shop my website (click the image above).


8th Day of MK Christmas: Gifts for my BFF

On the 8th Day of Christmas, I have gifts for the BFF in your life! I'm extended this sale through Sunday at midnight since I didn't get this one posted until tonight. You don't want to miss out on these sales, even if it's for yourself!

One of my favorite gift sets this holiday season is Eye Essentials featuring the best eye makeup remover ever, and Ultimate Mascara for $25, normally $30.
borrowed this pic from Kelly Brock, my wonderful director

Or personalize a compact of her favorite colors with 20% each item including the compact.

Or Thinking of You perfume for $25


7th Day of MK Christmas Sales: Brush on Beauty

On the 7th Day of MK Christmas Sales: Brush on Beauty
My favorite brush-- the Mineral Foundation Brush is on sale today for $8, and the Liquid Foundation Brush is also on sale for $8. Need makeup for those brushes, 20% off mineral/liquid foundation today only!!

Comment here, shop on the website (link in the sidebar), or Tweet me @MKCourtneyN!
Trust me, this is amazing makeup and I was a liquid foundation girl before converting to MK Minerals. The liquid makeup is fabulous too! I actually flip back and forth. You don't want to miss out on this great deal!!


6th Day of MK Christmas: Hot Holiday Looks

On the 6th Day of Christmas, your personal Mary Kay Consultant gave you an amazing deal to help achieve a HOT HOLIDAY LOOK this season!  This is the perfect time of year to break out the red lipstick or lip gloss like T-Swift! Doesn't she wear it so well?

courtesy of theboot.com


Today only...
Rock n' Red or Red Passion Nourishine Lip Gloss on sale for $11 (normally $14).

Really Red Lipstick Creme $10 today (normally $13)

Matching Radiant Red Nail Polish for $7, (normally $9)

Black Gel Eyeliner $13, normally $16

Comment if you're interested and I will get in touch with you! Or order directly from my website, just click the Mary Kay image in my sidebar to go directly there.
Sale goes until midnight tonight!
Get a free sample with any purchase!!



5th Day of Christmas...

On the 5th day of Christmas, I'm here to help those Christmas Shopping for Teens and Tweens!

Here are today's specials:

Acne Gel Solution for $5 to make any blemishes disappear.

Velocity Skin Care for 20% off

Teal Nail polish for $7

Teal Gel Eyeliner (comes w/ free brush) $13


MK Women's fragrances 20% off Today

Part of my 12 Days of MK Christmas Sales featuring Thinking of You perfume on sale for $24.00 today. This is a wonderful fragrance that comes with a beautiful heart charm! What a great gift for a friend, sister or whomever you have in mind.
Please let me know if you're interested by midnight tonight. Send an email to simplechicandsouthern@blogspot.com or click on the image below to go right to my website to order.


MK Monday: Holiday Gifts

Where to begin??
Mary Kay has so much to offer this time of year and fabulous deals too!!

I have put together some great, affordable gift sets which are great for friends, co-workers, teacher gifts, and family! Here are pictures of some gift sets I put together:

Happy Feet featuring Fuzzy Socks & MK Mint Bliss Energizing lotion for Feet & Legs
Coffee & Cream featuring a holiday mug and MK Satin Hand Cream
Hot Lips! featuring Hot Chocolate for two & Red Passion Lip Gloss (a perfect combo for the holiday season)
These are just a few ideas and I have much more including an Eye Essentials kit, Mistle Toes, and the World Traveler kit.

December 1st kicked off my 12 Days of MK Christmas Sales which are one day only sales on some of my favorite gifts! Want to know more, comment below or follow me on twitter @MKCourtneyN!
  • December 1st - Stocking Stuffers: Lip Gloss $10, Satin Lips $15, Ultimate or Lash Love Mascara $11, or Nail Lacquer for $6 (Mention the blog and I will honor this sale but not to be combined with another offer)
  • December 2nd- Teacher Gifts: Satin Hands Pampering Set (normally $34) on sale for $25.
    (Mention the blog and I will honor this sale but not to be combined with another offer)
  • December 3rd- Gifts for Him: True Original Cologne $36 on sale for $30
  • December 4th- Festive Fragrances: Any women's fragrances 20% off (Thinking of You is my favorite and comes with a cute heart charm that can be attached to a silver charm necklace)
  • December 5th- Teens and Tweens: Got a teenager in the house? Get Acne Gel Solution for $5 to make any blemishes disappear. Velocity Skin Care for 20% off, Teal Nail polish for $7, Teal Gel Eyeliner (comes w/ free brush) $13
  • December 6th- Hot Holiday Looks: Radiant Red or Teal Nail Polish $7, Black or Teal Gel Eyeliner $13, Rock n' Red or Red Passion Lip Gloss $ $10,  Bold Shine Lip Gloss Color in Radiant Red & Poised Pink for $11.
  • December 7th- Brush on Beauty: My favorite brush-- Mineral Foundation Brush $8, Liquid Foundation Brush $8. Need makeup for those brushes, 20% off mineral/liquid foundation today only.
  • December 8th- Gifts for my BFF: Eye Essentials gift set featuring the best eye makeup remover ever, and Ultimate Mascara for $25. Personalize a compact of her favorite colors for her at 20% off each item. Thinking of You perfume for $25
  • December 9th- Who's the Boss? Satin Hands Pampering Set on sale for $25.00 again :)
  • December 10th- After the Parties: Eye Makeup Remover for $12.00
  • December 11th- Just the basics: All foundation 20% off
  • December 12th- Ho!Ho!Ho! Happy Holidays on the Miracle Set which normally retails at $90, get it today for $75!! If you use Volu-firm for advanced aging, $159 today only!


MK Monday: Cyber Monday

It's Cyber Monday!!
I'm trying to control myself this year, and it helps that today is a very busy day at work and after work today. However, I do encourage you to shop my website for some great gifts, or maybe even for yourself!
I'm offering 20% off today until midnight tonight!

Mary Kay Holiday Gift Guide
Click the image to go directly to my site



The countdown is on for PINK FRIDAY!! Shop for gifts of beauty in your pajamas and don't mess with the lines. Girls know, makeup is never discounted at the department stores and even your Ulta coupon doesn't cover the good makeup. This is the time to stock up or try Mary Kay, if you haven't already! Just click the image below to go directly to my website.

Need some gift giving ideas? Click on any of the images below to go directly to the product page.



Fall Decorating

Before I start decorating for Christmas on Friday, I thought I would share my fall decorations with you first.
My first project back in September was to create this Jute Wrapped Monogram "Wreath" which was long overdue on the DIY Pinterest list. I got the inspiration from Chelsea who writes the Two Twenty One Blog. My felt roses don't look quite as good as hers but after a while I just wanted to be done with. I may fix them in the future but for now, they work! 
my DIY pinterest board
Back in the summer I bought two old soda crates from a work acquaintance who is an antique dealer on the side, and I found some use for this one which has shelves. My mom gave me all of these gourds and pumpkins that she bought but couldn't use. So I put the two great finds together for this fall ensemble.


It's like fall literally threw up on my sideboard but I love it! I just wish I had more shelves in my house to spread this stuff out on so that it's not all crammed in one place.

I went a little crazy printing out beautiful phrases and bible verses I gathered on Pinterest. You can find these on my Pinterest Board called Printables & Downloads.

Here's another one I placed on the counter top for a nice reminder...


MK Monday: Week 3 Photo & Gift Giving Guide

I promised a Photo after Week 3 of using the Miracle Set. Here's a family photo taken on the front porch today so ignore the wind blown hair and the lack of beautiful Mary Kay color on my face.
Click on the picture to enlarge

While I can visibly tell a slight difference, I can certainly feel a dramatic difference! My skin feels firmer, softer and healthier :).

On another note, I am beginning to sell exclusive Holiday Gift Packages that you can order. If you would like more information, email me at simplechicandsouthern@gmail.com . I would love to make your holiday season less stressful!


Mary Kay Monday: The Miracle Set Challenge

If you checked in last Monday, you noticed I have started my own Mary Kay business.
I also mentioned this wonderful, age-fighting system known as the Miracle Set, which received the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval and is one of the most successful products in MK history.

3-In-1 Cleanser, 4.5 oz.
Age-Fighting Moisturizer, 3 fl. oz.
Day Solution Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 35*, 1 fl. oz.
Night Solution, 1 fl. oz.
This premium collection, designed to work together, is the main reason I became interested in Mary Kay. I was looking for a way to fight wrinkles and aging after viewing some photos of myself. This one in particular.

@ Chipper's last regular season home game in Atlanta (Sept 30)

Look at those crow's feet!! I wasn't happy with the amount of lines around my eyes. What happened?? Some of these expression lines have been there for a while but I noticed more than usual.

Maybe it's because I've been content with my budget-friendly face wash for the past couple of years, and lack of moisturizing at night? Maybe it's that I'm rapidly approaching 30? Maybe it's my makeup? These are all thoughts crossing my mind.
I do realize lines and wrinkles are bound to happen. Obviously a little sooner than I would have liked. So I realized, it was time to start using a technology-proven product that works! I just want to do my part to prevent whatever I can. And it's better to start early rather than later!

So I'm giving the Miracle Set a 12-week challenge which is the same amount of time allowed in the MK clinical study. You're probably asking why are you testing the product you're selling, what if it doesn't work?

Here's the thing I love most about Mary Kay, there is always something valuable to learn about every product. (That's probably the nerd in me.) Mary Kay puts a lot of technology and research into every product to be worth your money.

For me, I relate it to when I'm at the mall looking for makeup and I ask which one would be the better choice. I rarely have had someone tell me all of the benefits and what goes into the makeup that would help me achieve the look I'm going for. But a Mary Kay represetative could tell you all of the advantages of each and every product. I have never went to a Mary Kay event and not learned something new.

With that said, I'll give you these results from their clinical study. And together, let's see if the Miracle Set lives up to its name.
As seen by a dermatologist on panelists in a
12-week clinical study:
 83% had a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles
 Up to 25% improvement in skin elasticity
 100% had softer, more supple skin
 46% improvement in more even skin tone

I've been using it for 2 full weeks now, and while I don't see a dramatic difference, I have been able to feel the difference. My skin definitely feels better. I will take a picture next week, after week 3, for you to compare for yourself. And another during Weeks 6, 9 and of course, 12.

I'm also going to incorporate the Time Wise Firming Eye Cream (a must have for my dark circles)  soon which is proven to help in the following areas:
  • 96% saw an improvement in the overall appearance of the skin around the eyes*
  • 100% saw a visible reduction in roughness/dryness around the eyes*
  • up to 25% firmer skin around the eyes*
  • up to 40% reduction of dark circles under the eyes*
  • up to 75% improved silkiness of skin around the eyes*
  • Hypoallergenic

  • $40.00

    I'm excited to see the difference over time! How 'bout you? Anyone else want to give it a try? MK offers a trial-set for $44.00. As a bonus, I will also send you a free sample of the eye firming cream with your purchase! Just mention "Miracle Set Challenge." Who's in??


    Fave Find Friday: Thanksgiving Table Setting

    Just a warning, all Fave Fridays in the month of November might be fall or Thanksgiving related. It's one of my favorite times of the year! My husband and I share some wonderful Turkey Day memories together and we both enjoy cooking our annual feast.

    I also love decorating for Thanksgiving!! I will share my own personal fall d├ęcor with you in a future post. But for now, here's some great table inspiration from one of my favorite sites, Joss & Main where one of their events today is called A Festive Feast. By the way, you will have to sign in to view the event but you can easily connect using your facebook page.

    What a great color combination, don't you think?

    I'm a little partial to Carolina Blue so pairing it with an orange place mat can make these beautiful plates a practical set for the entire year.
    Paula Deen 16 Piece Whitaker Dinnerware Set in Aqua $62.95

    Happy Fall Ya'll!


    Wedding Wednesday: Untraditional Bridal Gowns

    My best friend is getting married but hasn't really started the planning process yet. One thing she has figured out is that she doesn't want to wear white or ivory. She doesn't like it against her skin tone. I know the feeling as I experienced the same thing. That's usually why it helps to have a tan on your wedding day, at least for a fair skinned girl like myself. As you might know, I went with ivory and months of tanning.
    However, I'm always in favor of not going the traditional route. Why not be different and give your guests something to remember your wedding by?
    So I found a few ideas for her on pinterest. What do you think?


    Source: bhldn.com via Beth on Pinterest