My Thoughts on Mary Kay

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Sep 222011

When BlogHer asked if I was interested in trying out some products from Mary Kay, I jumped at the chance.  After all, 2011 is the year of the self portrait and of deserving beauty, and my 28th year is all about trying new things.

I guess I’ve always known of Mary Kay products based on pop culture references, most of which point towards a pink Cadillac.  [After all, I’m a self-proclaimed pop-culture princess; it would make sense that my familiarity with the brand stemmed from references on movies, television and the like.] I remember a few mothers in the small community I went to high school in were consultants, and occasionally I am sure I smelled a lotion one daughter had, or tried a lip gloss from another, but at the time I wasn’t into beauty products.

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Now that I’ve embraced a desire and deserving of feeling my best, trying Mary Kay products was an amazing opportunity to introduce myself to a brand that has been known for “pretty” way beyond my lifetime.  The Mary Kay package [all wrapped up in a pink bow? Adorbs!] I received for testing included:

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Of course, I felt it only appropriate to do a little before and after with these products.  When more perfect to try out an entire new routine of beauty products than before a super fun cocktail party, right?

Here’s my before, including crazy travel-hair!

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And after:

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Alright, alright; enough of my smiley face! Let’s talk product!

For someone who doesn’t often wear lipcolor or blush, I was quite impressed with both the Mary Kay Crème Lipstick and Mary Kay Mineral Cheek Color.  The Cheek Color, which I received in Cherry Blossom, was just the right amount of color to give myself a rosy, subtle warmth in my cheeks.  I loved that it wasn’t too dark or ‘obvious’ when I had it on.  And the Creme Lipstick in Fushia really impressed me with it’s long lasting color.  I dabbed a little on, and spread it over my lips for a light tint effect, and the color lasted all throughout the evening, even after two glasses of wine and a plate full of food.

I absolutely loved that the Mary Kay Compact Mini is magnetic – you can switch out the colors for eyes and cheeks, replace and replenish as necessary.  I love this idea especially for traveling and not wanting to bring your entire make-up kit with you – just a few of your favorite shades of eye shadow and a blush and you are set to go.  The kit comes with a set of mini brushes which are stored under the make-up, in the same compact.  I love the ease of it all!

Also, I always seem to run out of one shade of shadow in a multi-colored compact a lot sooner than the others.  With the Compact Mini, I can replace each color when needed without needing to purchase an entire new set of colors.

As for the Mary Kay Lash Love Mascara – there is a reason the product is called “Lash Love.” After applying, I seriously loved my lashes.  Sometimes I forget how much I love my eyes and lashes, but I was batting my eyes in the mirror when I noticed how long and full my lashes were when highlighted with the Lash Love.

My most favorite product of the kit, though was Mary Kay TimeWise Microdermabrasion Set, hands down.  I started using it the day I received the kit from Mary Kay, and I have to tell you, I’m kind of crazy about it.  The goal of the set is beautiful, smooth skin and each time I went through the two step process – Step 1: Refine, an advance exfoliater, and Step 2: Replenish, which completely nourishes the skin, I could see my face had a special sort of glow.  As a matter of fact, the first day I used the set before work, two people in my office commented on how pretty I looked that day!  I can definitely see myself using the Mary Kay Time Wise Microdermabrasion Set from here on out.

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  90 Responses to “My Thoughts on Mary Kay”

  1. How exciting! My sister looooves her Mary Kay. I’d LOVE to try it!

    I’m all logged in at BlogHer and can’t find the prompt, though. Am I special, or what?
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  2. Mary-Kay was the first make-up I ever used. I remember my mom hosting a party so that I could learn how to put on make-up! I would love to win this prize!

  3. I have heard good things about the new lash love, would like to try it.
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  4. Ohhh, fun! The microdermabrasion set sounds fantastic. You glow in the pictures!

  5. I’d like to try one of their lipsticks. I’ve never been a lipstick wearer, but would like to find something that looks natural.

  6. i would love to try the mascara!! you look great heather! :)
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  7. I’d want to try the cheek color!
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  8. I would love to try the microdermabrasion set – my skin does so much better when exfoliated!
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  9. Hey Heather! I would love to try the lip color. I’ve tried the microdermabrasion kit (at a MK demo party) and loved it, but I decided not to buy it. I recently bought the MK tinted moisturizer; I think you’d love it. You seem like the kinda girl who doesn’t wear a ton of makeup and, when she does, doesn’t want it to be too heavy. The tinted moisturizer is PERFECT for that. Give it a whirl if you can. Oh, and you’re right, the mascara (all varieties I’ve tried) is fantastic. :)

  10. the microderm abrasion sounds awesome!
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  11. my skin needs a major pick-up right now. not sure what’s going on lately, but it’s not good. i thought i passed these days when i reached my 20’s. i think the microdermabrasion set would be great to try!
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  12. I wore Mary Kay growing up :) It’s really big here in the Tejas.

    I want to try the lipstick you are wearing! I have awful luck with lipstick and that color is enough to give you a POP but doesn’t look too obvious or ridiculous!

    You look beautiful, friend!
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  13. I just tweeted. I don’t know how to share the link to the tweet, but I took a screen shot and can send it to you!
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  14. I would love to try the microdermabrasion set! I love all of Mary Kay’s products! You can’t go wrong with them!

  15. I would love to try the microdermabrasion set! I’ve used Mary Kay in the past and really liked it.
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  17. I knew so many people in SETX who were Mary Kay reps, but I was always scared of trying to their products because I felt like they were too expensive for my budget and I didn’t want to find out that I loved something I couldn’t afford to have. Poor me, right? haha. But apparently my desire to try new pretty fun things is weighing out that concern this time.

    I do love what you said about compact mini. I have the same problem with finishing one color and having to buy a whole new set.

    I would also probably love trying ANY skin care or coverage products they have since my complexion is just terrible!

    Also, I tweeted. :)!/kayejohn88/status/116968398830833664

  18. I’d most like to try the Lash Love Mascara because I’m always on the lookout for a great mascara.
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  19. Ooh, that microdermabrasion set sounds interesting. Lord knows, I’m always looking for better facial products.

  20. I would love to try the mascara!

  21. Are you kidding me? After hearing the reviews I think I’ve GOT to try the microdermabrasian! I didn’t even know that they carried this!

  22. I would LOVE to try lipstick. I need some color on my lips for pick me up.

  23. I have some Mary Kay foundation that I bought a while back and would love to try more of that. But I remember there mascara was also awesome!
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  24. I would def love to try the microdermabrasion kit…it sounds awesome and i’m always about the skincare items :)
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  25. The microdermabrasion set sounds great, and probably would come in really handy as winter approaches and dries out my skin.

  26. I’d love to try the microdermabrasion set! Sounds awesome, as do all of the products!

  27. I would love to try the microderm set. I need some serious skin rehab.
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  28. I use some Mary Kay products and love them. I’ve never used their microderm set and am very interested in it!

  29. I love that you can switch out the individual colors! I always run out of one color faster than the others.

    Also, I just started wearing lipstick daily instead of just special occasions, and I have to say it makes me feel much more put together. Especially on days when little other make up makes it on my face :)
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  30. Foundation…I need a new type to try and the drug store brands just aren’t doing it for me, ha!

  31. I have the whole time wise collection and I LOVE it. I really want to try more of their makeup. Like the pretty eye shadows they have and I would LOVE the get my hands on the handy compacts they have now!
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  32. I would love to try the microdermabrasion set! :)

  33. I tweeted about it and I have NO idea about how to get a URL.. Hahah. I’m still new at twitter..

  34. I already love the 3 in 1 cleanser. Id LOVE to try the Mineral Powder!! And the puffy eye stuff, and the moisterizer, and the………… OH Id love to try so much!! THanks for the chance to win!

  35. I would love to try the Mary Kay Lipstick. I can never find lip stick that last more than a little while.

  36. I would like to try the mascara
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  37. I love Mary Kay products. I love the Berry Kiss lipstick.

  38. I would love to try the lash love or the eyeshadow.

  39. I have only used Mary Kay off and on from friends or through samples but the major product I’m interested in trying is the Timewise microdermabrasion kit. I’d love to see how well this works on my skin and facial imperfections. I’ve heard rave reviews about it & would love to find out for myself :)!/mgilbert417/status/118052405723140098

  40. I would LOVE to try their microderm abrasion set!

  41. omg how fabulous! i’d love to try everything ;) does that count?! hmm okay well i guess just one thing would be lash love!
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  42. I tweeted @ Cait86
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  43. I’d like to try the microdermabrasion set!!
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  44. I would love to try the mascara!
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  45. I LOVE Mary Kay! I have tried a few of their products and have been very impressed! One product that I would love to try is the TimeWise Replenishing Serum+C! I hear it is awesome!

  46. Here’s my twitter url!!/KatiJunes

  47. I would love to try the fuschia lipstick!

  48. I would like to try the mascara.

  49. […] Then Heather Said is hosting an awesome Mary Kay giveaway. You can enter to win $100 in Mary Kay products! […]

  50. I’d love to try the TimeWise® Age-Fighting Moisturizer
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  51. I’ve used Mary Kay makeup off and on since I was 16 years old – and that was over three decades ago! It’s always great quality and the colors are beautiful. My favorite are the lipsticks, such great colors and it makes your lips feel great.

  52. I would love to try the Microdermabrasion kit — my skin needs a jolt.

  53. –> I’d love to try the mascara.
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  54. I want to try the cream foundation, 104

  55. My wife would like that refillable compact so she could switch out new colors for old ones when she got bored

  56. I love color, so I would really enjoy the colored eye liners or bold lipsticks

  57. The lip buffer would be perfect for me, as my lips get so dry in the cooler months, which are approaching quickly.

  58. pick me pick me!

    I want to try the Cheek Color

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  59. love mary kay satin hands!

  60. I’d love to try the TimeWise® Age-Fighting Moisturizer

  61. Their new nail polish colors look super cute for fall.

  62. I’d love to try that Lash Love Mascara! It looks fabulous!

  63. I’d love to try the mascara after reading good reviews. I’ve loved every Mary Kay product I ever tried. The mini compact is a great addition too!

  64. I’d love to try the compact!
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  65. The compact will be very handy to have.
    Thanks for the contest.

  66. Gotta love Microderm, it’s the best :) Great review.

  67. I would like to try the Lash Love mascara.

  68. would love to try their mascara

  69. I love the TimeWise skin care line. My skin is in wonderful shape thanks to those products! I intend to keep using them for a LONG time!
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  70. Foundation…I need a new type to try and the drug store brands just aren’t doing it for me, ha! But apparently my desire to try new pretty fun things is weighing out that concern this time. Ohhh, fun!
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