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.
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:
- Mary Kay Lash Love Mascara
- Mary Kay Compact Mini
- Mary Kay Mineral Cheek Color
- Mary Kay Crème Lipstick
- Mary Kay TimeWise Microdermabrasion Set
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!
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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