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Mary Kay Review & Gift Basket Giveaway!

For as little makeup as I wear, it’s probably a little odd that I LOVE to buy it. Or, really, it’s that I love to TRY it. You know me, the obsessive review-reader and product junkie. I’m always looking for the best. So, I was pleased as punch to get a box full of Mary Kay’s latest and greatest. Allow me to tell you about some of the goodies I tried out…

Mary Kay® sent me three different mascaras: their Ultimate Mascara™ and also two from the Lash Love™ line (regular and waterproof). I’m not into super thick and bold eyelashes, so my first pick was definitely one of the Lash Love mascaras. The wand has short and firm but flexible bristles that are close together to separate those lashes, giving you a long lash and a natural look. Just what I’d hoped for! The waterproof version did exactly as it claims, holding up for 10-plus hours, and perfect for boating and those random, unexplainable bouts of pregnancy tears.

I’m a bit of a chicken when it comes to wearing eyeshadow, so I was excited to see that they had so many color options for me to try out. Of course, I started out with the neutral colors. Loved them. They go on so smoothly! Then I got brave and layered on some of the fun colors. I love playing with makeup!

My favorite items in the whole set were the Mary Kay NouriShine Plus™ Lip Gloss (it doesn’t dry out your lips!) and the TimeWise Microdermabrasion Set. Remember Satin Hands? That timeless classic from Mary Kay makes your hands smooth as satin, really. I remember back in high school saving up my hard-earned money to keep a steady supply of Satin Hands in my drawer. Anyway, the TimeWise Microdermabrasion Set is what you need for smooth skin!

Oooh, one last thing that I LOVE from Mary Kay (and have suggested in my ‘Gift Ideas for Women’ posts) is their Travel Roll-Up Bag. I can hang it up high to keep my makeup away from my little girls, and when traveling, all I have to do is roll it up and it’s ready to go. No need to sift through a bag to find what I need.

So great.

Well, my lady friends, want to win some makeup? How about a Mary Kay gift basket?

For an opportunity to win, leave a comment answering this question: 
What’s the greatest beauty tip you’ve learned?

For the rules and details, see below:

No duplicate comments.
You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:

a) Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post
b) Tweet (public message) about this promotion; including exactly the following unique term in your tweet message: “#SweepstakesEntry”; and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post
c) Blog about this promotion, including a disclosure that you are receiving a sweepstakes entry in exchange for writing the blog post, and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post
d) For those with no Twitter or blog, read the official rules to learn about an alternate form of entry.
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.

The Official Rules are available here.
This sweepstakes runs from 12/5/1212/31/12.
Be sure to visit the Mary Kay page on where you can read other bloggers’ reviews and find more chances to win!
I was provided with Mary Kay products to use and review, and was compensated for this post, however all opinions are my own.



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Mariel (mahr-eeee-elle) is a mother to six, wife to one. Loves homeschooling, golfing, cupcakes, traveling, cuddling, non-fiction books, gardening, James Taylor, and family time. This is her blog. Enjoy!
67 Comments On This Topic
  1. Stefanie
    3 years ago

    I just read you should apply concealer on top of foundation. Definitely been doing that wrong.

  2. Kristin S
    3 years ago

    Sunscreen and eye cream! I don’t go a day without an SPF on my face (and hands if I remember). Also, eye cream. I started in my late 20’s and am pretty annoying in encouraging my younger friends to do the same.

    This is a great giveaway!

  3. Jillian {Her Split Ends}
    3 years ago

    fab giveaway!!!

  4. Ty
    3 years ago

    What an awesome giveaway. Lots of cools stuff!

  5. Margie
    3 years ago

    The best beauty tip I have recieved-wash and MOISTURIZE your face-even with oily skin!

  6. Shelly
    3 years ago

    Always wear sunscreen!

  7. Vanessa
    3 years ago

    Rinse your hair in cold water before getting out of the shower. :)

  8. Andrea Brown
    3 years ago

    Remove makeup with lotion.

  9. Katie
    3 years ago

    I really don’t have any beauty tips. I wish I was an expert:) I do love Mary Kay mascara!

  10. Jennifer Weese
    3 years ago

    I love using my clarisonic to wash makeup off every night.

  11. Kjersti Helberg
    3 years ago

    Use a foundation brush instead of fingers! and LESS is more!

  12. Amanda Sitek
    3 years ago

    Use honey to wash your face – my husband and I started doing this and haven’t seen a pimple since!

  13. Sandra Gooch
    3 years ago

    Take your make up off every night before going to bed no matter how tired you are.

  14. Emma Koller
    3 years ago

    Contouring and highlighting! I finally like myself in pictures!

  15. Joy
    3 years ago

    Wash your face before going to sleep and moisturize.

  16. Cheryl Gorka
    3 years ago

    i don’t have any beauty tips to share but I am enjoying reading the ones left in comments. Thank you for the chance to win!

  17. Zan
    3 years ago

    Sun screen every morning! Also blend eye shadows with a foam tip applicator.

  18. Emily
    3 years ago

    The best beauty tip I know is to smile and stand up straight. They’re free and instantly make you look prettier and thinner.

  19. bethany dearden
    3 years ago

    Removing make-up with baby wipes instead of expensive make-up remover! I LOVE Mary Kay, thanks for the giveaway!

  20. Tanilee
    3 years ago

    When it comes to makeup, less is usually more!!

  21. Tammy
    3 years ago

    I have to agree with Margie and Joy. I abused the heck out of my skin into my early 30s and now I’m scrambling to repair it.

  22. Tammy
    3 years ago

    I tweeted. #Sweepstakes entry

  23. Kerry
    3 years ago

    I’ve leaned about the clarisonic facial cleaner – I love it!

  24. Elizabeth
    3 years ago

    Best tip ever was using eye shadow primer!

  25. Barbara
    3 years ago

    You’re never fully dressed without a smile. What a great giveaway!

  26. Julie S
    3 years ago

    Wash your face before you go to bed.

  27. Jill
    3 years ago

    Brush AND floss. Does that count as a beauty tip? :) I had a slew of cavities filled this last year and each one was due to my stubborn refusal to floss. I floss my teeth now – everyday. My hygienist is going to be thrilled.

  28. Suzan G.
    3 years ago

    Wear sunscreen EVERYDAY.

  29. Sandy R.
    3 years ago

    Keep eyeliner soft, no harsh lines.

  30. Terri
    3 years ago

    Use facial moisturizer with SPF!

  31. Rebecca Graham
    3 years ago

    Wear sunglasses to prevent crows feet.

  32. Rena
    3 years ago

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

  33. Alexandrea Johnson
    3 years ago

    play up your best feature!

  34. Sarah B
    3 years ago

    Always go for the natural look and enhance your best features!

  35. Wehaf
    3 years ago

    Drink lots of water!

  36. Erin Cochrane
    3 years ago

    sleep is the best medicine!!! oh and use sunscreen!

  37. Madeline
    3 years ago

    The tip I learned the hard way is: don’t overpluck your eyebrows.

  38. wendy
    3 years ago

    oh, i do love mary kay makeup!!! the best tips i’ve received are: always wash your makeup off before you go to bed, and moisturize a lot!

  39. Aliesha Margaret
    3 years ago

    I’m not a make up person but my aunt encourages me to wear even just lipstick and blush. I try to stick to it and it does make a difference in my appearance.

  40. Karla Schmidt
    3 years ago

    Great giveaway! I love mary kay makeup! Would love to try some new products!

  41. rachel
    3 years ago

    Drink plenty of water and give your skin a makeup free day every now and then

  42. Lynn Ann Matthews
    3 years ago

    to moistureise!

  43. Anash
    3 years ago

    the best tip was moisturize and exfoliate at night! Thanks for a super giveaway!
    My email: anashct1 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  44. A Nash
    3 years ago


    Thanks for the chance to win!

    email: anashct1 [at] yahoo [dot] com

    3 years ago

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

    Amy [at] utry [dot] it

    3 years ago


    Amy [at] utry [dot] it

  47. lala r
    3 years ago

    primers and liquid foundations make my skin look flawless the entire day without reapplication

  48. Lynn N.
    3 years ago

    The best beauty tip I ever learned was to wear SPF every day I plan to go outside!

  49. Kate
    3 years ago

    I love their travel bag too! My best beauty tip is the obvious always wash your makeup off before bed – so important! Also, drink lots of water!

  50. latanya t
    3 years ago

    use a primer before applying foundation

    dlatany at gmail dot com

  51. LAMusing
    3 years ago

    My best beauty tip is to emphasize your lips OR your eyes – not both. It will keep you from looking over made up.

  52. LAMusing
    3 years ago


  53. Debra Ford
    3 years ago

    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!

  54. Lisa Garner
    3 years ago

    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

  55. Tabathia B
    3 years ago

    To always apply moisturizer after washing my face

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  56. erica best
    3 years ago

    wash face daily it makes a big different in makeup

  57. Deb K
    3 years ago

    My aunt taught me to wash my face first with hot water and then with cold. Thanks for the giveaway! deb55106 at gmail dot com

  58. Debbie B
    3 years ago

    Always moisturize and be sure to take your makeup off before going to bed

    debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

  59. Wine Basket
    3 years ago

    I give the Grand parents of the spa basket every Christmas. They all know they are getting one and they pour over them as soon as they get it. The best thing my boys love to look at them everytime they go there.. :)

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