A few weeks ago I had the fun of getting a whole box of Mary Kay makeup in the mail. I am not a woman who uses tons of makeup, but I wear some nearly every day, and I’m always game to try something that might work better than what I’m using. So I was more than pleased to see this box arrive. Also circling the box were my 14-year-old and 17-year-old daughters, legitimate possible owners of some of these goodies, AND my 10- and 7-year-old daughters, who aren’t remotely old enough for the stuff. Here’s what we got:
- Mary Kay® Compact Mini, a refillable magnetic compact that fits three eye colors and one cheek color. There’s even a hidden tray underneath for applicators.
- Mary Kay® Mineral Eye Color in Golden Vanilla, Truffle, Lavender Fog, Midnight Star, Sweet Plum and Black Pearl
- Mary Kay® Mineral Cheek Color in Shy Blush
- Mary Kay® Ultimate Mascara, Lash Love™ Mascara, and Lash Love™ Waterproof Mascara
- Mary Kay® NouriShine Plus™ Lip Gloss in Mango Tango, Rock ’n’ Red and Café Au Lait
- Mary Kay® Lash Primer
- TimeWise® Microdermabrasion Set, a refiner/exfoliator and a replenisher that together fight fine lines, refine pores and create smooth skin
Saving the TimeWise set for myself, I started by giving the big girls a shot at the makeup. They had a grand time trying out all sorts of colors and did a nice job making each other over. Not surprisingly, their deep skin tones looked wonderful with some of the brighter colors that’d never work for me. Most of the eye shadow colors sent were either a bit too bright or too sparkly for me — I prefer neutral matte shades with no sparkles. But every color sent looked great on the girls.
I really liked the TimeWise Microdermabrasion Set. It has the tiniest scrubbing beads ever, and it left my skin feeling extremely smooth and glowy. I also was pleased with the Lash Primer. It is supposed to provide definition and curl, and to make your mascara go on more smoothly, and I felt like it did all those things. Well, maybe not the curl…As far as I’ve ever been able to tell, my eyelashes don’t curl. (And boy, I’ve tried. In high school I used a little metal torture device that gave me square corners in my eyelashes–not a good look.) Both of the mascaras were also good, though I liked the feel of the non-waterproof one a bit better than the waterproof, which felt stiff on my eyes.
One of the things I’ve been having the most trouble with lately is finding a foundation that has enough coverage to even out my complexion without looking ghostly and unnatural. I currently have at least five different bottles of foundation in my bathroom cupboard, none of which I love. When the box of Mary Kay goodies didn’t include any foundation, I did what I should have done a long time ago: I sent an email to my cousin Meika, a local Mary Kay consultant. Within two days she’d mailed enough foundation samples that I was finally able to choose a color and a coverage that works well with my complexion. Three days later, she sent me a whole bottle. As I’d expected, it was a bit pricey. But I’d paid nearly twice that for the five bottles that didn’t work. So yay for Mary Kay . Here’s a picture of all four of my girls after their makeovers. I think they’re fans too, especially the ones who got to play with makeup for the first time ever.
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