Her Conference NYC Recap With Mary Kay

Thank you so much to Mary Kay for working with me on this post! As always, all opinions are mine alone.

This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending the annual Her Conference here in NY with Mary Kay! This was the first time I’ve ever attended Her Conference and was so excited to be there! Attendee’s were high school ambassadors, college students and some post-grad’s interested in pursuing careers in media, fashion and more! I’ll be recapping the day’s events and sharing some of my biggest takeaways, so even if you didn’t get to go this year, It will feel like you did. 

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I got to bring one of my best friend Megan (make sure to check out her blog) so it was great to have a familiar face to network and mingle with throughout the day. 

There were a couple super cute booths set up at the venue from various sponsors, but Mary Kay hands down had the cutest activation, complete with a flower arch wall, a makeup touch up station where you could get your makeup done by some Mary Kay professionals, and even a station to pick out your own Perfect Palette and customize it with a calligrapher. These new palettes are PERFECT for on-the-go and for those who like to keep it simple when it comes to makeup. You can pick and choose what goes inside from the Mary Kay Chromafusion™ Collection allowing for a fully customizable look with all of your favorite essentials. Best part is, it can be refilled and customized as needed! You can grab your own here

I ended up going with the “Golden Topaz” eye look which was a bunch of golden colors and once we applied it, it was perfect for a bronzed summer smokey eye glow. The colors are so gorgeous, and I’m so excited to play with the colors and see what new looks I can create. They shared a bunch of tips and tricks for mastering the ultimate smokey eye so I wanted to share them with you guys:

  1. Start with the darkest shadow and sweep from your lashes to the crease of your eye as a base.

  2. Apply eyeliner on the waterline and under the lashes, it automatically transfers to the bottom waterline so you can just touch it up as needed.

  3. After you apply, smudge eyeliner with your finger and apply dark eyeshadow directly over the eyeliner to help keep the eyeliner in place and add to the smudged look.

  4. Extra Tip: Always start with priming and then move onto apply eyeshadow and do your eyes. That way you can clean up and touch up when you apply your concealer and foundation. (acts a bit as an eraser to cover mistakes/smudges/darkspots)

To kick off then day, Michelle Carter was one of the keynote speakers. It was incredibly inspiring and motivating to hear her talk about all that she’s been through as a female athlete and to hear about her diagnosis with a thyroid disease which she never let stop her. The rest of the day was filled with panels, networking and workshops like “Navigating the Media Industry:  Where to start + How to work your way up”, “Lights, Camera, Action: Careers in Tv, Broadcast + Video”.   As well as fireside chats with inspiring women like Amber Tamblyn, author, and Tibby from The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants; Jessica Garcia, actor; and Cara Santana, actress, entrepreneur, and influencer. Some of the biggest takeaways I took from the conference are:

  1. Who you surround yourself with is pivotal. Choose people who empower you and inspire you.

  2. The choices you make are crucial. What you do will follow you. Good, bad or indifferent.

  3. Sometimes you just gotta hustle and work in silence. Let your work speak for itself and kick back and watch the surprise on peoples faces when they underestimated you.

  4. The grind isn’t gonna be pretty, its gonna be ugly. But dont compare your grind to someones highlight reel. You don’t know what they sacrificed to get that.

  5. You have to take care of yourself first, when you take care of yourself people can see that and self care = self love.

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It was so inspiring and truly empowering to be surrounded my so many determined and hardworking women. Especially in a society where people can be bitter and competitive, it was amazing and humbling to see so many women open to networking and supporting each other. Sometimes girls and women can be intimidated by other women success and see one another as competition, but we are all unique and we all have something to provide! I always say, there’s plenty of room at the table, just don’t bring the same dish as someone else. Find what you’re good at and what makes you shine and live it!

Thank you again to Mary Kay + Her Conference for having me and keeping me inspired! Until next time ~