**I received Mary Kay samples in exchange for my honest review**
[dropcap]I[/dropcap] have to admit, when I picture Mary Kay products, I picture a woman I once knew. She was in her 50s, but her skin was a flawless tan glow. Not the good tan. Her lips and eye lids were also a bit… colorful. I didn’t really have much of an opinion about Mary Kay other than running into this woman that had sold it for years. I wasn’t really interested in looking like her, being her, or consulting with her. So I went on my merry way.
A friend connected me with Rachel Anne, a Mary Kay beauty consultant, to sample some products and share my reviews. I’m glad to say that my original understanding was completely wrong. Or maybe that Mary Kay has evolved into something different and better. Most likely, I was just wrong. It happens. More than I care to admit.
Anyways… Rachel Uschock chatted with me through Facebook about my skin, makeup preferences and skincare routine. Then packed up a box of samples catered to my skin tone and needs for me to try out.
I was open minded to try something new. But honestly not expecting to fall in love with anything. I’m usually the girl who washes her face with a bar of soap. I know how to apply mascara, but often feel like I’m in full on mime makeup when I apply foundation. I expected to look like a clown.
I was wrong again. But I’ll get to that in a minute.
Rachel packed up a variety of things for me to try: microdermabrasion, foundation, primer, eye liner, gloss, eye shadow, etc.
Fortunately for me, she also numbered things and left notes for me. Super helpful!
With directions in hand and a full day to test (just in case I had an allergic reaction), I camped out in the bathroom periodically through the day as I worked step by step. Starting first with skin prep.
I washed my face with timewise 3 in 1 cleanser. I really liked this cleanser! I only needed a tiny pea size amount and it lathered nicely. My face felt super clean but not that squeaky clean I get when I use bar soap. I know that’s a good sign because my skin isn’t getting stripped and dried out.
Next I used the microdermabrasion, but only on one side of my face. This was to be able to compare afterwards and see the difference between each side. I haven’t done a microdermabrasion in years, and it was evident. My skin emerged pinkish and almost raw. I thought I might have scrubbed too hard and made my skin raw. But once I applied the replenish cream, my skin felt soothed and the color faded back to normal.
Comparing the two sides of my face, I could definitely tell a difference. My exfoliated side felt smooth and supple. I was really surprised by that.
An hour or so later, it was time to delve into the makeup. Opting to apply to one side again so that I could compare.
I first applied primer. And let me tell you, this stuff is amazing! It’s clear and looks almost like a dollop of vicks. But it glides on so smooth and invisible. It filled in my pores and helped even out my skin tone. Only a teenie tiny drop was needed. It applied so light and thin that at first I thought it evaporated! It reminded me of preparing a wall for painting. Putting down pain primer to help the pain adhere better and fill in any little cracks or holes.
After the primer I used CC cream. Just a tiny bit was enough to smooth over my face with light coverage. I liked how light weight it felt on my face. Even with already having a product applied first. So often my BB cream feels cake, so it was nice that I had light coverage that really did feel light.
Next I did my eyes with eyeliner, eye shadow & mascara and then finished up with gloss. The glass seemed a bit thick for me, I’m rarely more than a chapstick type, so that just might be me being picky.
I can tell a difference between each side of my face. Can you tell which side has makeup and which side doesn’t?
In this photo my right (your left) is the side with makeup. My eyebrow looks lifted, my cheek looks tighter, my nose looks smoother, and my lips even look sculpted. I’m so impressed!
Here’s another photo just a tad bit closer…
Again, that’s makeup only on the left side (my right side). I love how natural it looks and how light it felt. It was also super easy. I’m not the type to need smokey eyes or cat eyes or whatever is out there and cool right now. Just simple and light that compliments my skin tone.
After taking my samples for a spin, Rachel got in touch with me to fill me in on the Mary Kay brand. And I’ve got to say, it’s pretty impressive! Here are some highlights about Mary Kay:
- Made in the US
- Environmentally friendly
- 100% debt free, privately owned, celebrating 52 years of business
- Beauty consultants are small business owners, no middle man (which means each consultant can run their own sales, WHENEVER they want!)
- Founded on the Golden Rule and 3 basic principles: Faith 1st, Family 2nd & Career 3rd
- 16% of every $1 goes to the Mary Kay Foundation which provides assistance to Domestic Violence Shelters and also to scientific research for cancers which affect women
- Global company, now operating in 40 countries
How awesome is that? A company truly focused on women, their faith, their families, and their careers! I’m really excited to have had the opportunity to try out a fantastic product that I would have over looked before. And by the way, Mary Kay products are high end products at moderate prices. But the great thing is that a little bit really does go a long way. My little bitty samples lasted for 3 applications! So you know that it’s worth it to spend a little more.
If you’re interested in more information on Mary Kay Cosmetics or in making a purchase (go for the primer!), you can check out Rachel’s page here. I’m also working with Rachel to host a Mary Kay Pampering Party. If you join and make a purchase, I can earn a free product. And can I just say again, I’d love some primer! So please join 😉 You can join us for the party on Facebook right here.
See you there!
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