December 15, 2011

Q & A with BeautyMark December Edition

It's becoming fairly obvious that I'm slightly obsessed with BeautyMark and if you haven't noticed, take a look here, here, and here. To add to my obsession, I have a new Q&A from the team once again! The answers are fantastic (as always) and there are some great ideas for gifts as well! Enjoy! xo 

BeautyMark recently moved to the new location! How is the new spot working out?!
BeautyMark: We love the new spot. It's twice the size so we have much more room for clothing, accessories, and services! Gives us more room for creative ideas too, if you had ever been to our old location you'd know how space was definitely an issue. It was time for our move and we couldn't be happier.
 What are some of your top products this winter?
BeautyMark: Top products this winter...
1. Glam Glow Mask: amazing volcanic mud mask that instantly brightens and clarifies the skin.
2. Deborah Lippman - Addicted to Speed: Best top coat ever, dries instantly
3. Geisha Ink: Liquid liner for everyone. Create a thin natural look to a thick cat line, waterproof, sweat proof!
4. Ilia Lip Care: Natural lip care with 6 great colours, very hydrating like a lip balm with the colour of a light lipstick. 

Are there any big 'no-nos' this winter?
BeautyMark: Now that summer is over, make sure you don't have a heavy hand with your bronzer! Try a matte bronzer without sparkle, like Cargo's Matte Medium. It'll warm your complexion without looking to fake.

Top blog reads by the BeautyMark team?
BeautyMark: We are avid readers of,, and of course our blog,!

Trends this winter?
BeautyMark: Wearing colour! Whether it's in your jewelry, a bright bold lipstick or on your nails, the brighter the better.
 What are 5 mandatory items every girl should have in her purse?
BeautyMark: 1. Poo Pouri: Spritz in the bowl before you go and no one else will ever know.
2. Rosebud Salve: All purpose salve for everything from lips, cuticles, cuts, rashes, the works!
3. Fashion Tape: Perfect for any fashion emergency! Tape any clothing to where you want it to stay.
4. Oribe's Travel Size Dry Texturizing Spray: The best hair product, hold like a hairspray, gives instant volume and takes away any sign of excess oil.
5. Stila's Convertable Colour: A cream blush and lip tint. Love this for a quick pop of colour on the cheek, non-greasy and lasts all day.

Now that winter is here, the cool, crisp weather can really dry out sensitive skin. Suggestions?
BeautyMark: Linacare is our number one sensitive skin moisturizer and a staff favourite. It's a local brand and by far a best seller! It's a day cream, night cream, and eye cream all in one and perfect for very sensitive skin.

Best part about being part of the BeautyMark team?
BeautyMark: We've all been working together for so long, it is more like a family than a work environment so that is definitely a great thing. And of course, getting to try all the newest products from each line!

From the minute a customer comes in, what's the experience at BeautyMark?
BeautyMark: We want you to feel inspired when you walk into the store. We're always looking to bring in new and exciting things to Vancouver, something you wouldn't see at a department store. We have a really relaxed attitude as well; if you want to try samples of any product before you decide on them we can make that happen. We want to she our love of products with you.

What is the team's "best kept 'secret'" in Vancouver?
BeautyMark: We have a lovely food stall outside on the corner of Davie and Pacific called "The Loving Hut." They make amazing, fresh food. The best part is they have healthy versions of everything on their menu. You can get the full crispy chicken burger, or you can go for the healthier version - grilled chicken. The guys that run it are so nice too, always a good chat while you are waiting for your food.

Thanks again to BeautyMark for the more than perfect answers! Remember to check out their new location while Christmas shopping! They have the perrrrfect stocking stuffers - including the items listed above! You can also chat with them on Twitter and Facebook! xoxo

December 05, 2011

Some Secrets Are Worth Sharing: LOVE + MARK'D

As the Christmas season approaches nothing is better than receiving a homemade card. I personally love making cards for family and friends, but over the most recent years, I've started to find it a little more difficult to find time annnnd apparently construction paper cutouts are cute until you're about 12... oops. However, the only thing worse than inadequately crafted cards, is when you give the same card to your sister that your aunt picked out for you.

Since I am a huge fan of the holidays, I am very excited about finding original gifts and cards. When I read on Alicia Fashionista that Vancouver's very own Olivia Lovenmark from Style Struck had created her very own line of stationary, I was very excited to say the least. Olivia is the blogger behind the incredibly stylish blog, Style Stuck. When asked how she began her blog, she said "It all started one morning in April, 2009, when I was sitting in Starbucks reading Elle magazine and there was a mention about a blog. At this point I thought blogs were only something the trekkies, or techies, knew about, not fashion people. If they're doing it, I thought, I want to start one too! I was lucky to know a couple of guys who built websites at the time who set mine up for me. I'd say it took me about a year to understand what my brand was about, get my blog in shape and start to attract a following."

What I love about her blog is that she really knows how to incorporate inexpensive brands with more higher end items, while explaining how it fits into her life. Yet, there's a great sense of modesty and poise - a perfect example of a lifestyle fashion blog. So it's easy to see why it's exciting that this talented fashionista decided to pursue her next passion project: LOVE + MARK'D.

So what is it that makes her homemade cards so fabulous? Well, imagine this...

And of course, one of my favourite things ever: Glitter.

I feel like these are the ingredients that really make her cards something special. Each card is designed and crafted by Olivia. I've definitely seen "simple" cards out there, but there's something about hers that lets you know that no two cards are ever alike (what a fabulous way to avoid the giving-the-same-card-fiasco" mentioned above!). Of course, who is better at sharing the details her line and how it became to be better than Olivia herself?

Who is Olivia Lovenmark?
Olivia: I'm 23 and newly an entrepreneur. For the past year following school I worked with a large corporate company and then with a small-size company in social media. It hit me one day that I need to work to build myself a company, not grow somebody else's bank account. Three weeks ago I brought to life a small dream of mine: to sell stationery. My cards are called: LOVE + MARK'D, a play on my last name that was brilliantly thought up by a girl friend over martinis. (Isn't that how all the brilliant ideas come about??) My little furball (cat), and I live together in Vancouver's West End overlooking English Bay in what I would consider a girls' club house: lots of mirrored and sparkly things. And shoes on the wall - they're art. What makes my day? Fresh flowers (white roses!), and a big order of customized cards; I love sending somebody something unique that is personal to them. 

How did you come about creating LOVE + MARK'D?
Olivia: LOVE + MARK'D was born on a train from Paris to Provence. My girl friend that I was traveling with and I spent a lot of time in Paris visiting Papeteries - stationery shops. We would just spend hours in them; they have a far better selection than we do here, and really take pride in their beautiful papers and designs. Less Hallmark, more designer. Just before boarding the train I purchased a pretty yellow notebook and mauve pen for the train. Soon as we left the station I started making notes. The book was rather full by the time we reached Provence, but at the time I still viewed the idea as a bit of a pipe dream. It wasn't until I was back in Vancouver working at a new job that I wasn't particularly enjoying that I realized, now is the time to start my business. And so I did!

So as everyone gets ready to start picking out gifts and cards for their loved ones, be sure to check out the great holiday selection by LOVE + MARK'D! It such a great way to add a little something special this holiday season! You can find Olivia on Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook and Google+!