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:

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You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:

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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.

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!

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

  2. 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} says:

    fab giveaway!!!

  4. What an awesome giveaway. Lots of cools stuff!

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

  6. Always wear sunscreen!

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

  8. Andrea Brown says:

    Remove makeup with lotion.

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

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

  11. Kjersti Helberg says:

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

  12. Amanda Sitek says:

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

  13. Sandra Gooch says:

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

  14. Contouring and highlighting! I finally like myself in pictures!

  15. Wash your face before going to sleep and moisturize.

  16. Cheryl Gorka says:

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

  18. 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 says:

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

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

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

  23. Best tip ever was using eye shadow primer!

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

  25. Wash your face before you go to bed.

  26. 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.

  27. Wear sunscreen EVERYDAY.

  28. Keep eyeliner soft, no harsh lines.

  29. Use facial moisturizer with SPF!

  30. Rebecca Graham says:

    Wear sunglasses to prevent crows feet.

  31. Rebecca Graham says:
  32. Use an eyelash curler and heat it up a little bit with a blow dryer to get the curl to stay!

  33. play up your best feature!

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

  35. Drink lots of water!

  36. Erin Cochrane says:

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

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

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

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

  42. to moistureise!

  43. the best tip was moisturize and exfoliate at night! Thanks for a super giveaway!
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    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  45. 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

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

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

  48. 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!

  49. use a primer before applying foundation

    dlatany at gmail dot com

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

  51. 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!

  52. 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

  53. Tabathia B says:

    To always apply moisturizer after washing my face

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  54. erica best says:

    wash face daily it makes a big different in makeup

  55. erica best says:
  56. 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

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

    debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

  58. Wine Basket says:

    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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