Thursday, November 29, 2012

Skin Care Sets: Timewise Repair Volu-Firm

Okay, so we are still talking about sets. Let's talk about the newest one. Timewise Repair Volu-Firm Set. This is the highest line of anti-age and anti-wrinkle in the Mary Kay line. This set is no joke. It launched in the early fall, this year. I've used this set over the last three months. I am younger than the recommended age, but I wanted to see how this product works for myself. Awesome is just not good enough. This set is made for those over 50 years of age, for those who have visible signs of aging or for those looking for the top of the line in skin care.

There are 5 products in this set. We've talked about 4 of them in earlier posts (see Cleansers, Day/Night Solutions and Eye product posts from earlier this month).

This is the second skin care set that has the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval. This is a big deal. Mary Kay will stand behind this product. If it does not do everything they claim, you can get your money back. And if Mary Kay doesn't refund your money, then Good Housekeeping will. It's that good. Definitely worth a try. Ask yourself, what do you have to lose (other than wrinkles)?

Here are some of the benefits based on a 12 week study:

91% had less noticeable deep lines and wrinkles (NOTE--not FINE lines--DEEP ones)
86% said the skin look lifted
98% had less undereye puffiness (almost everyone)
93% said the skin looked more even toned
93% said they had a significant improvement in overall appearance

While using advanced wrinkle analyzer technology the following was found:

86% had a decrease in the appearance of average wrinkle length
81% had a decrease in the appearance of average wrinkle width

As a personal user, I can tell you for certain that the fine lines and wrinkles around my eyes are gone. I'm 38 years old and people still think I'm in my twenties. I also noticed the two deep lines in my forehead are fading. I can't be more pleased.

One thing I can tell you is that my skin does feel a bit more oily than when I use the regular Timewise Miracle Set. I have combination skin, anyway. Someone with dry skin my not notice as much. Also, older skin tends to be more dry. This set will help with that. I find that if I use the Microdermabrasion twice per week and the Classic Skin Care #3 Mask for oily skin twice per week, I keep the oiliness down to a minimum.

This set retails for $199, plus tax. So, this isn't cheap. It's the most expensive line in Mary Kay at the moment. If you look for comparable products with other companies, they start at $400. The discount lines that are less expensive than Mary Kay don't have all the benefits that the Timewise Repair line has. So, you are either missing benefits by buying something cheaper, or you are spending too much money by paying more. If you buy the products separately, you pay $36 more. So, it saves you money to buy the set.

For more information on the set, check out this link:

For information on individual items in this set, look here:

Timwise Repair Volu-Firm Foaming Cleanser ($25, plus tax) Repair Volu-Firm Foaming Cleanser

Timewise Repair Volu-Firm Day Cream Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($50, plus tax)

Timewise Repair Volu-Firm Night Treatment with Retinol ($50, plus tax)

Timewise Repair Volu-Firm Lifting Serum ($70, plus tax)

Timewise Repair Volu-Firm Eye Renewal Cream ($40, plus tax)

As always, I welcome questions, comments and product reviews.

Take care!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Skin Care Sets: Timewise Miracle Set

We've talked about basics and some supplements. It's time to put things together. Mary Kay has a series of Skin Care sets met to meet specific needs. Today, we will talk about the Miracle Set. This set is perfect for those college age and older. Even if you don't have fine lines and wrinkles, it's better to prevent them than it is to repair them. This is the set to keep you beautiful your whole life.

The Mary Kay Miracle Set consists of 5 items. Mary Kay Timewise 3-in-1 Cleanser, Timewise Day Solution, Timewise Night Solution, Timewise Age-Fighting Moisturizer and any Foundation. It starts from $104, plus tax (price depends on your foundation).

The Timewise Miracle Set boast the following 11 benefits:

Cleanse, exfoliate, freshen, energize, hydrate, smooth, firm, soften,  protect, rebuild and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Can your current skin care program do all that? If not, give this one a try and see how it compares to your current skin care program. If your skin care program can do all of this, let's see if I can save you money.

The Day and Night Solutions are good for all skin types. Remember that the Cleanser and the Moisturizer have Normal/Dry and Combination/Oily formulas. Check out my earlier post on Foundation to know which to choose that will best meet your skin care needs.

If you'd like to try the Timewise Miracle Set, but don't want to over commit yourself, pick the Trial Version for only $44, plus tax. You'll get a 1 month supply, just long enough to see how this product works for you. As a bonus, this set is airline travel ready!!!

As an even bigger bonus, the Miracle Set is great for sensitive skin INCLUDING those who suffer from Rosacea. It does NOT cure Rosacea. So let's be clear. But it does not aggrivate the skin if you suffer from Rosacea. It's definitely worth a try.

Even better, the Timewise Miracle Set has earned the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval. This is HUGE!!! Mary Kay will already refund your money if you don't love this product. But the Good Housekeeping people stand by the Miracle Set as well. How can you go wrong? Does your skin care
routine have the Good Housekeeping Seal? And in case I have not sold this one enough, here are the results of  a 12 week study using just the Miracle Set:

83% had a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles
up to 25% improvement in skin elasticity
100% had softer more supple skin (that's everyone, by the way)
46% had an improvement in more even skin tone.

Rosacea Benefits (two week study)
95% showed an improvement in skin texture
80% showed a more even skin tone (that's 4 out of 5--woo hoo!)
60% showed improvement in skin redness (that's 3 out of 5--still not bad!)

I hope this convinces you to at least try the Miracle Set. Remember, if you are not 100% satisfied, return it. Get your money back (or get some other products you like better). It's that simple!

I love this company!!!

For more on the Miracle Set, check out my website here:

For the Normal/Dry Trial Set:

For the Combination/Oily Trial Set:

And I am always available for questions or comments.

Take care!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Supplements: More for the Eyes

So we've talked about eye creams that help moisturize and that are anti-age and anti-wrinkle. We've talked about dark circles and puffiness. Now it's time to talk about some other eye products.

Oil-free Eye Make-up Remover ($15, plus tax). This is a Mary Kay Best Seller! If you want to easily remove all of your eye make-up AND leave your lashes in place, this is the product for you. Beauty experts also use this product to remove lip make-up. Just remember to shake up the bottle first. This makes an AWESOME gift!

Indulge Soothing Eye Gel ($15, plus tax). The Eye Gel is perfect for a little extra pampering around the eyes. Use as a spot treatment to soak into the skin or add a thin layer and use it like a mask. If you want an instant perk up for tired eyes, this is what you should use.

Brow Gel ($10, plus tax). One way to finish framing the face is to set the brows. Use on top of your pencil or mineral eye color to hold the color and keep the brows in place. Dries soft and natural (not stiff like hair gel). Helps brows appear fuller as well.

Lash & Brow Building Serum ($38, plus tax). This is a new product in the Mary Kay line. If you thought of using something like Latisse, try Mary Kay Lash & Brow Building Serum first. It's definitely cheaper, does not require a prescription and you can return it if it doesn't work. Will build fuller, healthier lashes and brows.

Again, I hope you find this information useful. Please share, post comments or ask questions. I'd love to hear from you.

As always, my website is

Take Care!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Supplements: All about EYES

Okay, so today we will talk a little about the eyes. There are great eye products that Mary Kay sells for the eyes. All four of them are Timewise. So, they are anti-age and anti-wrinkle. Did you know
that the skin underneath the eye is the thinnest skin on your face? Additionally, you should use your ring finger to apply product under the eye. The ring finger is the weakest finger on your hand. It'll
prevent any extra pulling on the skin underneath the eye.

Also, when applying products to the eyes, you should apply from the corner of your eye to your nose, rather than from your nose to the corner of the eye. This prevents any extra pulling on the skin.

Timewise Age-Fighting Eye Cream ($26, plus tax). This eye cream is meant to tackle the fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes. This is also the perfect product to moisturize the delicate skin underneath the eye. If wrinkles and moisture are your only issues, this is the product for you. This is good for anyone who is using the Timewise skincare system or anyone using another skin care line who wants extra products to protect the eyes.

Timewise Firming Eye Cream ($30, plus tax). Firming eye cream is meant for those who are worried about fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes PLUS those who suffer from puffiness. This product is also known as the push-up bra for your eyes. This is a staple in the Timewise line and is part of the Ultimate Miracle Set.

Timewise Targeted-Action Eye Revitalizer ($35, plus tax). Now, if you are concerned about fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes, have puffiness AND are worried about dark circles, this is the product for you. This is a roll-on serum that is also a mini-massage around the eyes. If you have all three issues, please use this product.

Timewise Repair Volu-Firm Eye Renewal Cream ($40, plus tax). This is the newest eye cream in the Mary Kay line. This is ideal for those using the Timewise Repair system, but is also great for those looking for an extra boost for the eyes. This product targets DEEP lines, wrinkles and sagging
skin. It also under-eye bags, puffiness and dark circles. This product also targets crepiness and dry skin as well as moisturizing for 12 hours. Basically, this product does it all. And it has a fun metal ball tip to massage the eyes. I do like this new product.

As always, I hope you find this information helpful. Please feel free to share it with anyone you think would find it useful. And if you have any questions, you can contact me here, or on my website

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Supplements: Microdermabrasion and Replenishing Serum +C

Okay, so we've covered the basics and the very basics. Now we are moving into supplements. Some of these are still strongly recommended for all skin types and all skin care regiments. But, you can pick and choose from these items as you need them. Or use them for a bit of needed pampering.

Timewise Microdermabrasion ($55, plus tax as a set). Mary Kay's Microdermabrasion has two steps to it. Step 1 is Refine ($30, plus tax). This step is after your cleanser and before any Day or Night treatments. You need a very little amount of this product. A little goes a long way.

Did you know that dead skin cells around the pores make the pores look bigger? The Refine step buffs away these dead skin cells almost instantly making the pores appear smaller. The "buffer" beads are all the same size and none are jagged. So this doesn't hurt or irriate the skin.

The Refine step is recommended once or twice per week. You won't need it more often than that. Mary Kay also recommends not using any masks on the same day as the Microdermabrasion.

Step 2 is Replenish($25, plus tax). Replenish is required after Refine. Refine has the antioxidants and botanicals which replenish the skin with vital ingredients after the skin is buffed clean.

Both of these steps are Timewise--so they are anti-age and anti-wrinkle.




Another great Mary Kay product is the Timewise Replenishing Serum +C ($55 plus tax). This is a lightweight serum packed with antioxidants and vitamin C.  Replenishing Serum +C is meant to eliminate free radicals which cause premature signs of aging.

This product is used twice per day, with just three pumps each. It is also meant to go on after your Day and Night products, but before your moisturizer. If you are using the Microdermabrasion Set, those two products are first. Again, this is another anti-age and anti-wrinkle product.

My wife loves the Microdermabrasion. It is her favorite product from Mary Kay. She did have one professional facial. The salon worker asked her if she uses a microdermabrasion product of any kind. At the time, my wife said no, but her husband recommended one. The salon worker told her she had a smart husband. True story!

I am a big fan of the Microdermabrasion Set as well, but I do love the Replenishing Serum +C. While attending Seminar for Mary Kay, they gave us a three day sample of the Replenishing Serum +C so we could try it before the product launched. This is the FIRST product I fell in love with on the very first use. My skin feels amazing using it.

As always, feel free to ask me any questions. I love to answer and help. You can contact me here or through my website.
Take care!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Continuing Basics: Day Solution and Night Solution!!

Okay, now that we've talked about the very basics; cleanser, moisturizer and foundation, it's time to talk about a few extras that should still be considered in any everyday skin care routine (I would say beauty routine, but that might turn off some men who clearly need to read this).

Timewise Day Solution with SPF 35 ($30, plus tax). This is a lightweight serum that blends into the skin quickly. The main purpose of this product is to protect the skin from the elements that harm the skin--sun damage, pollution, etc. In addition, there is an SPF 35 that is recommended by the FDA to prevent skin damage. Did you know that the sun is the leading cause of premature aging and skin damage? Why not defend against it?

This product goes on after your cleanser and before your moisturizer.  This product is NOT a moisturizer by itself. I've had a few  customers skip the moisturizer thinking that the Day Solution is good enough on it's own. While it is a necessary step, it's not a moisturizer.

This product has anti-age and anti-wrinkle properties. This product is recommended for those using Timewise Cleanser and Timewise Moisturizer but anyone of any age can use this product. You can save $5 on this product if you buy it as part of the Miracle Set.

Timewise Repair Day Cream Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($50, plus tax). This is a new product that debuted in the summer of 2012 with the entire Timewise Repair line. This product is meant for those over the age of 50, for those with visible signs of skin damage or premature aging or those who want the top of the line in skin care can also use this product.

Unlike the Timewise Day Solution, The Timewise Repair Day Cream is a moisturizer as well. So you can protect and moisturize your skin in one step. You will save $36 if you buy the entire Timewise Repair system than if you buy the products individually.

Timewise Night Solution ($30, plus tax). I love this product. It's a clear solution with vitamin filled capsules. The pump breaks open the capsules to put fresh vitamins in the serum only as you use it. This prevents the breakdown of the vitamins over time as the product waits to come to you.

A friend of mine described the Night Solution as her "boyfriend in a bottle". When she uses this product, she imagines tiny little construction men repairing her skin while she sleeps. This product helps to reverse the damage to the skin from the day.

Timewise Night Solution is used between your Cleanser and Moisturizer. You will also save $5 on this product if you buy it with the Miracle Set (this would be a total of $10 when you add the Day Solution).
Timewise Repair Volu-firm Night Treatment With Retinol ($50, plus tax). Again, this is a new product that launched this summer with the Timewise Repair Line. Another lightweight product that repairs the skin from the damage which occurred during the day.

I had to look up Retinol. Here is what I found:

Again, you will save money on this product if you purchase it as a skin care system instead of individual items. This product is intended for the same customers as its Day Cream counterpart.

I hope you find this information helpful. I am available for questions, comments or product reviews at anytime. Feel free to share this information with anyone you think could benefit (and that includes other Mary Kay Consultants). Feel free to message me here or visit my website:

Take care!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Back to Basic: Foundation!!!

So if we've already talked about food for the skin and moisturizer for the skin, it's time we talk about shelter! In other words, your foundation. You've just cleansed your skin, added moisturizer--now put something on top to keep all that good stuff in and prevent the bad stuff from returning.

Mary Kay has a host of foundations, 7 different types of foundation to meet your skin care needs. I am 100% certain you will not only find the right type, but the perfect shade. Nobody should know you have foundation on. If you do it right, nobody will know. That's the point, right? Make them all think you were born with that skin. So here are the foundations, starting with least coverage and building to the most coverage.

Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 20 ($18, plus tax). Sheer; 6 shades. This is a lightweight moisturizer with a hint of pigment to even out skin tone. As an added benefit, there is an SPF of 20. This is the perfect summer foundation, since it not only protect from the sun, but adds moisture to the skin. The Tinted Moisturizer will not hide all imperfections since it is a sheer coverage, but it will even out skin tone.

Mineral Powder ($18, plus tax). Sheer; 12 shades. This is is a lightweight foundation, with build-able coverage. You can add layers of this foundation to build the coverage you want. This foundation also helps with shine and oil control. Best if applied with the Mineral Powder Foundation Brush
($10, plus tax).

Pressed Powder ($14, plus tax). Sheer; 6 shades. Another sheer coverage foundation, but fits into any of the Mary Kay Compacts (from $16, plus tax). Build-able coverage and great for oil control and shine.

Cream-to-Powder ($14, plus tax). Medium; 10 shades. Cream-to-powder moves into the medium coverage category. This foundation applies like a cream foundation offering more coverage and hiding more imperfections. Then, this foundation dries like a powder, so it doesn't feel heavy on the skin. This foundation also fits into any of the Mary Kay Compacts (from $16, plus tax).

Medium Coverage Liquid Foundation ($15, plus tax). Medium; 20 shades. Mary Kay Medium Coverage Foundation is a liquid foundation specifically marketed for oil control. If you have oily skin, but like a liquid foundation, this is the one for you. Goes on best if applied with the Liquid Foundation Brush ($10, plus tax).

Timewise Liquid Foundations ($20, plus tax). Medium; 23 shades. There are two formulas for this foundation. Timewise Luminous-Wear Foundation, for those with Normal to Dry skin and Timewise Matte-Wear Foundation, for those with Combination and Oily Skin. These are Timewise foundations,
so they have the anti-age and anti-wrinkle properties. These are made for those ladies who like liquid foundation and are using either the Timewise Skincare line or the Timewise Repair Skincare line. Best if applied with the Liquid Foundation Brush ($10).

Cream Foundation ($16, plus tax). Full; 11 shades. Cream Foundations are full coverage foundations. Mary Kay's Cream Foundation is made for those with severe dry skin or those who wish to hide imperfections. My own personal opinion would be that this foundation would also make a drag queen very happy. Those with Oily skin will not like this foundation. Those who are not used to wearing foundations at all will also most likely not like this foundation since it will feel heavy to them.

Again, I am so looking forward to answering any questions that you might have. Please feel free to send me a message or check out my website.

Take care!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Back to Basics: Moisturizer!!!

So now that we've talked about finding the right cleanser, we should now talk about finding the right moisturizer. Think of cleanser as food for your skin. Moisturizer is the water for your skin. Even those with oily skin need moisture. You just need the right kind. Did you know that a loss of firmness in the skin is usually just a sign of a loss in moisture? Try using one and seeing how your skin firms up in reaction to the moisurizer.

Mary Kay has 8 different moisturizers to meet your skin care needs. Here is a breakdown of what Mary Kay offers (and yes, don't forget that prices are subject to change at anytime).

Velocity Moisturizer ($12, plus tax). This moisturizer is paired with the Velocity Cleanser and is geared for the teen. It's a lightweight moisturizer that blends in easily. The cleanser and the moisturizer together are part of Mary Kay's acne treatment line (adding the Classic Line #3 toner and the Acne Treatment Gel). There are no anti-age or anti-wrinkle properties in the Velocity line.

Botanical Effects Moisturizer ($16, plus tax). The Botanical Effects line is targeted for those 18 to 25 years of age--so your typical college student. There are three formulas, one for Dry skin, one for Normal skin and one for Oily skin. There are no anti-age or anti-wrinkle properties in the Botanical Effects line. And again, the packaging is made from recycled materials for those who find this important. This line is also hypoallergenic, fragrance free and dye free.

Timewise Moisturizer ($22, plus tax). Timewise has three separate moisturizers, depending on your skin type. There is one moisturizer for Normal to Dry skin and another moisturizer for Combination and Oily skin. Mary Kay also has a third moisturizer for all skin types with an SPF of 30. So you can moisturize and protect the skin on your face daily.

MK Men's Moisturizer with SPF 25 ($22, plus tax). Yes again, we are talking about skin care for men. More and more men are concerned about it. Men's skin, on average, tends to be more oily when compared to the skin of women. So there is a moisturizer in the Men's line that is geared for the man. Additionlly, this moisturizer has and SPF of 25 in it to protect the skin from sun damage.

Again, you might need trial and error to find a moisturizer that works for you. Remember, every product purchased from Mary Kay is guaranteed. If you don't like it for any reason, exchange it or return it for a refund. Not a single Consultant will be upset about the return. That's what we are here for! To make you the happiest customer you can be!

Check out my website for more information. And if you have a question, please ask. I love to answer!

Take care!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Back to Basics: Cleanser

It's been a while since I've made any posts here. So let's get back to the basics. CLEANSER!

The fundamental part of any great skin care routine is  cleanser. Obviously, it cleans the face of impurities and preps the skin for what comes next. A good skin cleanser will also pull impurities out of the pores. The cleaner your pores are, the smoother your skin looks and feels.

So, how do you choose a cleanser? First, you need to figure out what your goals are. Second, you try a cleanser and yes--it might be by trial and error.

Mary Kay has 10 cleansers to meet your needs. So which one is the right one? Here is a break down (by the way, all prices are subject to change after this post). Follow the links to learn more about each product.

Velocity Cleanser (retails for $10, plus tax). This cleanser is geared towards the teen. Velocity Cleanser is great for soaking up excess oil and cleaning the pores. It has a slight fragrance, but it's great for both teen boys and girls. There are no anti-age or anti-wrinkle properties in Velocity Cleanser.

Botanical Effects Cleansers (retails for $14, plus tax). These cleansers are geared towards the college student. There are three formulas. Formula 1 is for those with Dry Skin. Formula 2 is for those with Normal to Combination Skin. Formula 3 is for those who have oily skin. There are no anti-age or anti-wrinkle properties in the Botanical Effects Cleansers. Packaging is made from recycled materials, for those that worry about the environment.

Timewise Cleanser (retails for $18, plus tax). The Timewise Cleansers are geared towards those between 25 and 50 years old. This is the first skin care line from Mary Kay with anti-age and anti-wrinkle properties. Many at age 25 might wonder, "why would I use a product for wrinkles when I don't have them?". It is easier to prevent wrinkles than it is to repair them. Timewise comes in two formulas and one bar. One formula is for those with Normal to Dry Skin. The other is for those with Combination to Oily Skin. The bar is made for those with Normal to Oily Skin. If you prefer a lather to your cleanser, choose the bar. It comes with a soap dish, too! My wife loves the bar (and I like it, as well). But I do like the gel cleanser for Combination to Oily Skin.

Timewise Repair (retails for $25, plus tax). This is the top of the line in skin care. The Timewise Repair line just launched this year and is for those over 50, those with visible signs of skin damage (regardless of age) or those who want the top of the line in skin care. This creamy cleanser makes a rich lather. By the way, I think this is my favorite new cleanser from Mary Kay!

MK Men's Cleansing Bar (retails for $10, plus tax). Yes, Mary Kay has a men's line. And yes, men need skin care, too! More men are turning to good skin care, anyway. It's about time. This is great for those men just getting used to a skin care routine. Cleanses the face and preps it for the issues men ace, such as daily shaving.

Mary Kay Facial Cleansing Cloths ($15, plus tax). For those of you who are just looking for something you can take on the go, on the plane, to the gym, etc, this is perfect for you! And this one is great for all skin types.

So, just figure out which of these you think works best for you. It's okay to make a mistake along the way to finding your ideal cleanser. And don't freak out if you break out slightly on day two through five. It's just the cleanser pulling the impurities out of your skin.

Follow the links to find out more information about each product. And BONUS--if you don't like any of your purchases, Mary Kay will refund your purchase. Just talk to the Consultant who sold you the product. She (or he) will be happy to fix your order. And just know that the Consultant doesn't lose any money when you return items that you don't like. Besides, you won't come back to buy more later if you are not completely happy!

Send me any questions you have either on this blog or through my website, I LOVE answering questions.

Take care!