Mary Kay Made My Day

With the summer behind us I can finally let go of my face panic. For those of you gals lucky enough to not pour sweat all the way through the hot months let me explain what face panic is. Face panic is when you want to/ need to put on makeup (for whatever reason) and you realize you CAN NOT because the minute you step outside of your air conditioned wonderland all the makeup will melt off your face.

When the temperature rises above 80 I go into face panic and it does a number on my self esteem. This isn’t to say that I hang all of my dreams onto a madeup face, but good grief does it make a day better when someone tells you that you look nice. And I always look better when I have a bit of makeup on.

When BlogHer asked me if I wanted to try out some new Mary Kay goodies I said YES because I knew we were finally entering into the season of mascara. I have tried out Mary Kay items before and presented you guys with a pretty straightforward review. This time I wanted to bring you more into the experience. It’s one thing for someone to say, “It made my eyes go BLAM!” but another thing altogether for you to see the BLAM happen.

he first video is to show you how simple the Mary Kay TimeWise Microdermabrasion Set is. It has seriously been great to slough off dead skin (yuk).

This next video illustrates how, with just a few steps, I went from meh to MEOW!
The products I use in the video are:
• Mineral Eye Color in vanilla and Lavender Fog
• Lash Primer (this stuff is a game changer)
• Ultimate Mascara in black
• Mineral cheek color in Shy Blush
• Nourishine lip gloss in Mango Tango

It takes me less than 3 minutes (bonus: this is also how long W will sit and eat a bowl of cereal at breakfast) and I feel a million times more capable of facing the world.

So here is the cool moment: I’m not just sharing my thoughts on these products with you. BlogHer wants you to be able to try out these products too. How about a sweepstakes?

Tell me the greatest beauty tip you’ve learned for an opportunity to win a fabulous Mary Kay gift basket.

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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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DISCLOSURE: BlogHer sent me products for the purpose of reviewing them. I am being compensated to host this sweepstakes. All opinions within this post are mine.


  1. I love Mary Kay products! One of my girlfriends from college started selling them after we graduated and eventually stopped, but I got addicted to the concealer, among other things, and still use/order them from a local consultant after all these years.

    Greatest beauty tip… Hmm… I can’t think of one off the top of my head, but I do love using concealer, especially when I have a breakout, as it does such an amazing job covering acne! So we will go with that, learning to use it to make my face appear more clear!

  2. Eyelash curler! I didn’t use one until my 30’s & now I use it almost every day.

  3. Samantha W says:

    Put toothpaste (the paste not gel kind) on a pimple to make it shrink overnight!

  4. I have face panic too. Unfortunately, I got out of the habit of makeup because of it. I only use it for special ocassions – ie interviews with prospective employers. Most holidays don’t even make the cut for me anymore. Wedding and funerals = makeup. However, I do have to say that the mineral based products work best for me. I really like the mineral based foundations. Foundation was the worst for me on the “melting” issue. I do wish I could get back into the habit.

  5. I have no beauty tips. I am total make-up amateur. Help! (Interested in your comment on the lash primer. Never tried that kind of thing.)

  6. Tip I learned from a college roommate: If you curl up and hold the mascara wand on your eyelash for about 20-30 seconds, it can double as an eyelash curler :-) Saves seconds, but it’s ONE less thing to carry when I’m traveling, in a rush, etc.

  7. I think my best beauty tip is to buy my makeup that has to match at a real makeup counter. That way, the woman who works there matches the color to my skin. I am incapable of picking out my own foundation.

    P.S. You look pretty!

  8. RunningMother says:

    Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize – with sunscreen!

  9. Rachel Nehmelman says:

    Love the look.

    As for a tip I am sure I am not one to give one since every time I wore makeup in the past my husband told me I looked like a street walker, I want to start wearing some just to cover my imperfections like all my freckles and things.

  10. Two words: plumping lipgloss.

  11. Katherine says:

    The best advice I’ve received is to always wear sunscreen during the day and always wash your face and moisturize again before bed!

  12. Katherine says:
  13. The best beauty tip is to take good care of your skin by cleansing and moisturizing.

  14. the best tip I have is learned from experience, is to wear sunscreen

  15. Don’t go to bed with your makeup on (unless it’s your wedding night or something special). Get the makeup off, get some good moisturizer on.

  16. Moisturize, including your neck.

  17. LOVE LOVE LOVE Mary Kay Products!:D

  18. I love Mary Kay eyeshadow. All other eyeshadow simply melts from my eyes as the day goes on (as most other makeup, regardless of the time of year). But Mary Kay eyeshadow stays on all day. Awesome!

  19. I’m allergic to make up. All of it. Thank you, baby Jesus, for allowing me to be able to use lip gloss! So I’m hoping I don’t win this, lol :-)

    However, the best beauty tip I ever got was from my Granny: don’t overpluck your eyebrows.

    You look fancy. Heart the lip color.

  20. Mascara and lip gloss.

  21. use vasoline as lipgloss

  22. My best beauty tip is to use a really good primer under your foundation. Also…use a foundation brush to smooth your makeup on. Good coverage without that cakey look (especially around the nose). Finally, set your makeup with a really nice loose powder and a big fluffy brush. These three tips help me to keep my makeup on even during those hot, humid days. Oh and one more thing…get some blotting papers to keep in your purse for quick deshining touchups. :)

  23. Lisa Brown says:

    Greatest beauty tip: don’t stress. Stress is so hard on skin and can prematurely age you.
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

  24. Lisa Brown says:
  25. My favorite beauty tip is to exfoliate your lips by lightly brushing them with a toothbrush!

  26. I love Mary Kay, my aunts worked for them when I was younger. Had me many many Mary Kay birthday parties. Which I now credit with my great ability at applying and picking out make up, not that I wear it much.

  27. i always make sure i make off my makeup at night

  28. I have used and love, love, love EXTRA EMOLLIENT CLEANSING CREAM and why oh why was it discontinued? I haven’t found anything to replace it. The other product I love, love, love is EXTRA EMOLLIENT NIGHT CREAM, good for so many uses besides night cream, fever blisters, chapped hands, rough heels and I could go on and on, everyone should keep it always in your medicine cabinet. I was introduced to Mary Kay over forty years ago and there are many great products, these are just two of my favorites. Please enter me in the sweepstakes. Thanks.

  29. Kelly Reed says:

    I have used Mary Kay since I started using makeup and now at 48 have almost no wrinkles! My favorite beauty tip isn’t about makeup though. I once read that smiling and being truly genuine was the prettiest thing we could do. No amount of makeup can cover an ugly spirit. I know this to be true but for myself but of other people. Some of the most beautiful women I know don’t even wear makeup.

  30. Tammie Campbell says:

    This is good timing, I have been looking for an opportunity to replenish my Mary Kay product. I spend a few weeks every year in Sierra Leone West Africa, my favorite product is a moisturizer which I use regularly, the heat is intense in Mokanji as you might guess and the dry skin isn’t pretty. Thank you for your products which help me to look and feel comfortable in difficult places.

  31. wear moisturizer with sunscreen helps keep my face from getting sunburned in the summer.

  32. Run a dryer sheer over your hair to keep them from the frizzies!

  33. I learned about the clarisonic facial cleaner – and I love it!

  34. I’m stopping by from Grandma Becky’s blog. I would love to win some Mary Kay.

  35. Use an eyelash curler and heat it up a little bit with a blow dryer to get the curl to stay!

  36. Wild Orchid says:

    My favorite beauty tip is to put a little white eyeliner along the inner corner of the eyes to make them appear bigger.

    Thanks for the cool giveaway!

    wildorchid985 @ gmail dot com

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  38. Rebecca Graham says:

    Use moisturizer and sunscreen.

  39. The best beauty tip I have is to make sure that your foundation actually matches your skin tone. I am super pale and have pink undertones and it can be tricky to find a foundation that isn’t too orange. The wrong color makes me look jaundiced!

  40. My best beauty tip (that I learned the hard way) is: don’t overpluck your eyebrows!

  41. The greatest beauty tip I’ve learned is put on a moisturizing mask before putter on makeup. You skin will absorb the foundation much better.

    Amy [at] utry [dot] it

  42. Living in South Florida I am in face panic all year long…which is why I generally only have lipstick on…eye makeup sliding down your face is no fun.

    Greatest beauty tip of all time comes from my Grandmother passed to my Mom and then on to me…moisturize…moisturize…moisturize. I always use a moisturizer with an SPF during the day and before bed I use Become night it!

  43. Always wash all your makeup off before bed! Obvious but so important!

  44. apply a good primer before applying foundation

  45. Debra Ford says:

    Over the years, the best advice that has helped me long term to to use the best moisturizer you can possibly afford – now that I’m older, I go for the best serum I can afford!

  46. Emphasize your lips OR your eyes – not both. It keeps you from looking over made-up. And easy on the blush- use just a whisper for a healthy youthful glow.

  47. Drink lots of water, get lots of sleep, and SMILE!

  48. Lisa Garner says:

    My best beauty tip is to use an under eye concealer because it really helps make your face look younger.

    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

  49. Lisa Garner says:

    I Tweeted:
    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

  50. always moisturize at night and you complexion will clear up over a little time

  51. Tweeted:
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    email: anashct1 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  52. Erica Best says:

    finding a great skin care that works for ur skin is better then any makeup u could buy

  53. Erica Best says:
  54. always make sure to take your makeup off before going to bed at night!

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