Win a Mary Kay goodie basket

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.

What about you? Would you like to win a Mary Kay gift basket? For an opportunity to win, tell me the greatest beauty tip you’ve learned.


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This giveaway is open to US Residents age 19 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

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This sweepstakes runs from 12/5/1212/31/12.

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  1. I would love to win. My number one tip is to use great moisturizer.

  2. I haven’t used Mary Kay for a long time but would like to try it again.

  3. Heather Stein says:

    My best advice is to drink lots of water!

  4. Using Retinol every night for brighter skin!

  5. One of the greatest beauty tips I’ve ever learned is if you are happy with who you are on the inside, then it shows on your face. A happy heart makes a beautiful face!

  6. Someone told me blush, mascara and lip color are the only things a woman really needs to use. 🙂

  7. I’ve never tried Mary Kay products! I and my 10 & 12 year old daughters would sure love to experiment with it. Blessings!!

  8. Sunscreen. It definitely keeps my skin looking young.

  9. I use a moisturizer with sunscreen every day and have for over 20 years – I really think it has helped prevent wrinkles and sun damage.

  10. My best beauty tip is to sleep and drink water…in both cases more than you think you need! Keeps my skin clear…and my moods level to boot!

  11. Less is more! Make-up should look natural.

  12. Oh how I would love to win this

  13. Wash and moisturize twice a day, and wash off that makeup at night! Thanks for the giveaway!

  14. It’s been a while since I used Mary Kay, winning would give me a chance to start using her products again. Thanks for a chance to win

  15. Pluck your eyebrows! I have amazingly…. luscious?…. eyebrows. Well… eyebrow. Unibrow. Down almost to my eyes and across onto both temples. Dark. My mom always bugged me to take care of it. I hated doing it. Now, I finally get it. People just look a lot better without a crazy unibrow. Not necessarily plucked pencil thin… just managed.

  16. Sunscreen is a must, drink lots of water, and wash your face before bed each night.

  17. Your girls look gorgeous! My best tip is for women who don’t like heavy foundation — many companies make tinted moisturizer, and it’s a lot lighter and more natural-looking than regular foundation. Thanks for the giveaway!

  18. Julie Hammonds says:

    I would love this package of Mary Kay products. It is one of only 2 brands I can wear due to severe allergies. How exciting!

  19. The best beauty tip I’ve learned is after applying lipstick, put your pointer finger in your mouth, close your mouth around your finger and pull your finger out. This removes the lipstick on the inside rim of your mouth that may have ended up on your teeth. Works like a charm!

  20. Tiffany R says:

    I would love some foundation and the hightlighting pen. I also like their mascara and I can always use skin care. Fun giveaway!

  21. The greatest beauty tip I’ve learned is probably LESS IS MORE. And, from my theatre days, a little white eye shadow around the tips of the eyes really brightens them up! 🙂

    I’d love to win- my mom has always used Mary Kay but I never have tried it!


  22. The best beauy tip I know is stick with neutral shades, but don’t forget to use a little more glitz from time to time.

  23. Lisa Brown says:

    Greatest beauty tip: don’t stress. Stress is so hard on skin and can prematurely age you.
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  24. Lisa Brown says:
  25. To smile–everyone looks prettier with a smile on their face.

  26. My favorite beauty tip is to exfoliate your lips by lightly brushing them with a toothbrush!

  27. Love wearing these products

  28. stephanie says:

    i always make sure i make off my makeup at night

  29. stephanie says:
  30. I think one of the best beauty tips is a kind spirit and loving smile!

  31. I’ve always been partial to the verses in Peter: 3 Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. 4 Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. I don’t believe this says not to work on outward appearances, but that your inner attitude is more important and what makes people think of you as a beautiful person.

  32. Walk daily, drink water, take care of your teeth.

  33. pam williams says:

    Lots of water, and baking soda is great to exfolitate your skin.

  34. Lots of water and working out!

  35. Raeleen Gannon says:

    I have never used mary Kay but am hearing great things about it.

  36. Consistency! Use your skin care plan every day! I have used MK skin care for almost 40 years. I’m not very good about keeping up with trends, though.

  37. Moisturize and Always wear sunscreen!

  38. I just bought a $175.00 box 2 weeks ago so I would love to win.

  39. Kelli Trickey says:

    I would love to win this, my makeup could definitely use an update! My biggest beauty tip is to always start with a clean face and lay odd the junk food for clear skin!

  40. I enjoy the face wash I that I use from Mary Kay. I have tired a few other makeup items that I liked as well. Drinking plenty of water and exfoliating.

  41. always use a moisturizer before you put on the foundation!

  42. Debbie Yerian says:

    You really can’t beat the old standbys of getting enough sleep, and drinking enough water.

  43. christine w says:

    The best beauty tip I’ve learned is how to apply eye shadow properly for my eye shape

  44. I love Mary kay products and have used the moisturizer and mineral foundation for years!!

  45. The best beauty tip I know is to get a good nights sleep.

  46. Love me some Mary Kay – – started using it when I was 16 and now I’m 48. Just love the products and I how I feel when I’m all glammed up!!

  47. I learned about the clarisonic facial cleanser – and I love it!


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