Friday, December 28, 2012

Mary Kay Make-up: Concealers, Highlighters and Loose Powder

It's been a while since I've given some tips or information about products. It's time to get back into it before the year is done. There are some great products that Mary Kay has to help you achieve the flawless look anyone is looking for.

Concealer ($10, plus tax). Concealers are meant to do what their name implies--conceal something. A blemish, discolored skin, a scar--whatever you have in mind. Concealers go on after your cleansing routine and after your moisturizer. Concealers also go on before your foundation. Concealers are meant as a spot treatment, but can be used more liberally if there is a lot of variations in skin tone. Concealers should be a tad lighter in shade than your foundation. This is to add a "lift" underneath the foundation, to hide whatever it is you want to hide. If you have no idea what foundation or concealer shade you should use, look to your decollete, that's the area between the chest and neck. Match your foundation to that area of your skin and adjust your concealer as needed--remember, a bit lighter than your foundation. If you have a lot of redness in the skin, Yellow Concealer would be the best choice to counteract the redness. Concealer is best applied using a brush, but you can use your fingers, too. Dab a little on and make sure the concealer lays flat or it'll be noticeable.

Facial Highlighting Pen ($18, plus tax). This is a fun product. The Facial Highlighting Pen goes on top of your foundation. This is meant to add lift to areas of the face, like the laugh lines, inside of your eyes, corners of the nose, etc. If you are going to highlight under the eyes, just highlight the darker area underneath puffiness, not the puffiness itself. This will make it appear less puffy. Reapply throughout the day as needed to keep yourself looking refreshed.

Mineral Highlighting Powder ($12, plus tax). This is more of an advanced product for a custom look. This is a mineral product, so it soaks up oil. And like all other mineral eye and cheek products, the Mineral Highlighting Powder has vitamins A, C and E. Use this product to give lift to the face. The Mineral Highlighting Powder can also be used all over the face or as eye colors. The Mineral Highlighting Powder is great for contouring the face.

Loose Powder ($14, plus tax). Mary Kay has an entire line of foundations. Some are liquid, some are powder, some are cream and some are a mix. Loose Powder is used to set your make-up. This is a Hollywood secret. After your concealers, foundation and make up, you can add a small layer of Loose Powder over the top to keep your make-up in place. It adds a layer between your make-up and the environment. As an added bonus, Loose Powder soaks up excess oil.

Well, that was short and sweet today. I hope you find this information helpful. Feel free to check out my website for more tips and product information. And (of course) shop anytime!

Take care!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Make-up 101: Eye Color

I've posted information about skin care, which is a critical step in making sure your make-up looks flawless. The clearer the skin, the more likely you'll get the results you are looking for with your make-up. If you have a great skin care routine that works for you, awesome! I'm happy you found something. If you haven't found that great skin care routine yet, you should really give Mary Kay a try. If you hate it after you buy it, you can get your money back. It's the Mary Kay guarantee! And the Consultant you return the product to does lose money for your returns. So don't be shy.

We've talked about primers, foundations and brushes. Each of these has a purpose to create a flawless look. Now we are going to talk a little about eye colors.

Eye colors serve one of three purposes: highlighter, midtone and accent color.

Highlighters are the lightest shade you are using on a given day. This is the color that gives lift to your eyes. Highlighters are usually applied from the lid to the brow bone. Highlighters can have shimmer or have a matte finish. The use of shimmer would be a personal preference. My own personal opinion would be to tone down the shimmer on business looks (that doesn't mean eliminate shimmer, just in case you were wondering). The Highlighter can also be applied to the inside corner of the eye, near the nose. Highlighters that are close to your own natural skin tone are a perfect start, especially for a business look.

Midtones are often a neutral or earth tone that goes all over the eye lid. The Midtones are usually blended near the crease of the eye lid with the Highlighter shade. The same as Highlighters, Midtones can be shimmer or matte finish. Having just a Highlighter and Midtone is perfect for a business look.

Accent Colors are the pop of color. These are usually your vivid colors, Gold, Green, Silver, Blue, Purple and even Pink. The most common place to apply the Accent Color is from the outside corner of the eye through the crease. The color is blended with the Midtone and Highlighters. Often the Accent Colors are applied along the lower lash line as well, particularly in a night look. It is common, but not necessary to use an eyeliner in a similar shade to your Accent Color. Accent Colors also come in shimmer and matte finishes.

What's great about an Accent Color--you can start out with your regular Highlighter and Midtone for your business look. When work is done, touch up your first to Eye Colors and add your Accent Color. Now you are ready to go out. And you can change your Accent Color daily, but keep your Midtown and Highlighter. It's simple and quick to go from a day look to a night look. For easy application of an Accent Color, try the Mary Kay Eye Crease Brush.

Mary Kay has two types of Eye Colors, in addition to their purpose. Mary Kay Cream Eye Color ($13, plus tax). Comes in 5 shades. Mary Kay Cream Eye Colors work as a primer as well as an eye color, so you don't need a primer underneath the Cream Eye Colors. Cream Eye Colors wear for 10 hours. How can you beat that? These colors can be layered with other Cream Eye Colors or with the Mineral Eye Colors. The Cream Eye Colors also go on better if applied with a brush. Check out the Mary Kay Cream Eye Color/Concealer Brush.

Mary Kay Mineral Eye Colors ($6.50, plus tax). Each Mineral Eye Color comes in a metal square, made to fit in any of the Mary Kay Compacts. So you choose which colors you want in the compact and can change them as often as you'd like. Mary Kay Mineral Eye Colors come with vitamins A, C and E, so they are actually good for your skin. The Mineral Eye Colors are fade resistant and absorb excess oil as well. Eye Primer is recommended to help extend the wear of your Eye Color.

Finish your eye look with an Eyeliner ($12, plus tax). Mary Kay has seven shades in Eyeliner pencils and just Black in Liquid Eyeliner ($11, plus tax). Each of the Eyeliner pencils comes with a built in sharpener in the cap, wear for up to 8 hours and are smudge-proof and waterproof.

Top off your eye look with a Mascara. Again, I recommend Black/Brown and Brown shades of Mascara for the fairer ladies, those like Renee Zellweger or Nicole Kidman. The medium and darker skin tone ladies or fair ladies with dark hair should use Black Mascara. And of course, Black Mascara for all skin tones for the red carpet or night-on-the-town look.

Remember, at the end of the day, remove all of that great eye make up with Mary Kay's Oil-free Eye Make-up Remover

I hope this helps some of those ladies I've met who say they have "no idea what to do" with eye colors. I welcome pointers from the experts--ladies who apply eye color every day. Please feel free to chime in and share tips. I also welcome any questions, comments or product reviews.

Take Care!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Mary Kay Tools: Compacts and Applicators

I figured I should continue the blog about Mary Kay tools, since there are a bunch more. Each, of course, has a different purpose and will appeal to a different customer. Mary Kay thinks of just about everything. Here are some great items from Mary Kay.

Mary Kay Compact Mini ($16, plus tax--empty). I actually think the Compact Mini is "cute". It fits in the palm of my hand. This compact has a magnetic well that will fit the Mary Kay Mineral Eye Colors, Cheek Colors, Bronzers, Highlighters or the Foundations that come in their own metal square (Pressed Powder, Cream to Powder and Cream Foundations). You can change the products in the well since they pop out. You can change them once they are empty or change them daily depending on the look you are creating.The applicators and brushes fit in a compartment underneath the magnetic well. Personally, I think this is an ideal foundation compact, but it is versatile.

Mary Kay Compact ($18, plus tax--empty). This compact was actually the first compact that came out with the redesign. This one features the same magnetic well as the Compact Mini, but has space for a Mary Kay Lipstick or Lip Gloss. The tools fit on the side instead of underneath the magnetic well.

Mary Kay Compact Pro ($35, plus tax--empty). This compact builds upon the other two. This one has three magnetic wells. The Compact Pro can hold a Foundation, two Cheek Colors and six Eye Colors, or any similar combination. This compact also has space for two Lipsticks or Lip Glosses, Eyeliner and Lip Liners, plus tools. The Compact Pro is perfect for the girl who just loves make-up.

Earlier, we talked about Brushes. Unfortunately, none of those Brushes will fit in any of the compacts. But, Mary Kay does have applicators that will fit. The first is the Mary Kay Eye Applicators ($2.50, plus tax). A small Eye Color Brush and a small Sponge Applicator come in this set. These are great for the teen, the individual just learning how to apply make-up or for the person who just uses make-up occasionally. They are also perfect for the touch ups throughout the day. The make-up fashionista should use the full size Brushes.

Mary Kay Compact Cheek Brush ($2.50). This Compact Cheek Brush fits in any of the compacts and is perfect to dust a little Cheek Color or Bronzer onto the cheeks. This brush is also perfect for touch ups.

Mary Kay Compact Foundation Brush ($4, plus tax). This Brush is a little larger and takes up the entire space reserved for the tools. This brush is meant to apply foundation and is perfect for touch ups throughout the day.

Mary Kay Cosmetic Sponges ($2.50, plus tax). Each pack comes with two sponges. These sponges are great for cream products, like Cream Foundation, Cream to Powder Foundation or Cream Cheek Color. These should be changed periodically for hygienic purposes.

Mary Kay Brow Tools ($4, plus tax). The Brow Tool set has three mini tools in it. The small angled bristle brush is great for using Mineral Eye Color to add color and definition to the eyebrows or to help spread the color from Eyebrow Pencils. Another brush helps tame the brows before using Mary Kay Brow Gel to set them. The third tool is a set of tweezers. And remember, you pluck a chicken, but you tweeze eyebrows.

Of course, all of the Brushes mentioned here can be cleaned with the Mary Kay Brush Cleaner mentioned in a previous post. 

As always, I hope you find this information helpful. Thanks for reading. I can see the traffic and it's from all over the world. And I feel like I should know some things about how to post links and such, but I am still learning. I'm hoping this makes my blog look a bit more professional. Please feel free to follow, comment or review a product. I welcome it. And I am always reachable at

Take care!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Mary Kay Tools: Brushes

We started talking about the great make-up items that Mary Kay has. Before I get into it too much, I thought I should talk about the tools before the make-up. You can have the best make-up in the world, but if you have terrible tools to use, store or apply your make-up, then there is really no point.

Mary Kay just updated their line of brushes. Great brushes are another of Hollywood's best kept secrets. Each brush serves a purpose and is made differently. So let's jump in!

Powder Brush ($16, plus tax). This brush is made of natural bristles. Anytime you are using a powder product, whether it is your foundation, check color, eye color or bronzer, you want a natural bristle brush. The natural bristles pick up the powder, but don't hold onto them when you are sweeping them onto your face. The Powder Brush is perfect for Loose Powder or Pressed Powder Foundations to help set your make-up. This brush is also great for bronzers to contour the face.

Mary Kay Powder Brush

Cheek Brush ($14, plus tax). Again, we have natural bristles. This brush is dome shaped so that it is easy to brush your cheek color or bronzer along the cheek bones or to highlight the apples of your cheeks.

Mary Kay Cheek Brush

Eye Color Brush ($10, plus tax). Natural bristle brush, which helps evenly apply Mary Kay Mineral Powder Eye Colors. This is great for color applied all over the eyelid and even up to the brow bone.

Mary Kay Eye Color Brush

Eye Crease Brush ($10, plus tax). Natural bristle brush and meant to do exactly what its name says, apply color to the crease of the eyes. This brush is also perfect for blending colors.

Mary Kay Eye Crease Brush

Eyeliner/Eyebrow Brush ($10, plus tax). Natural bristles, which are short, angled and firm, help define the brows and lashes. On the other end, a brush and a comb to tame brows.

Mary Kay Eyeliner/Eyebrow Brush

Mary Kay had a brush set, with a bag to hold all the brushes for $48, plus tax. Mary Kay has updated all of the brushes and the bag they come in. The new retail price is now $55. The great thing is, the new bag will hold any of the Mary Kay Compacts. The previous one was not big enough for the Compact Pro. Someone who uses all of the brushes in the set would most likely want the Compact Pro. Also, it was not possible to order the brushes separately. Now you can. So you don't need to buy the whole set if you just need a brush or two. You will, however, save $5 if you buy the whole set, plus get the bag (the bag does not sell separately). You get all 5 above mentioned brushes in the set.

Mary Kay Brush Collection

There are a few more brushes that are worth mentioning. The first is the Mary Kay Cream Eye Color/Concealer Brush ($10, plus tax). This is the first brush made of synthetic bristles. Since we are talking about cream products, a brush with synthetic bristles is the best choice. Synthetic bristles do not absorb the products you are using. A natural bristle brush will. So, in the long run, you use less product with this brush. Perfect for applying Eye Primer, Cream Eye Color or Concealer. NOTE: A Primer is not necessary for the Cream Eye Colors, but is recommended for the Mineral Eye Colors. Also, it is recommended for hygiene purposes to dedicate one brush for each cream product.

Mary Kay Cream Eye Color/Concealer Brush

Mary Kay Eye Smudger Brush ($10, plus tax). Another natural bristle brush. This brush is perfect for smudging eye color along the lash line. It is also the brush recommended for the smoky affect in eye color.

Mary Kay Eye Smudger Brush

The last two brushes we will talk about are for foundation. So, the brush list is a little out of order, since you would use a foundation brush before you would use any of the rest of the brushes already mentioned. The first is the Mineral Foundation Brush ($10, plus tax). Again, natural bristles for the Mineral Powder Foundation. This brush is ideal to help slowly build your foundation until you get the desired coverage.

Mary Kay Mineral Powder Foundation Brush

Mary Kay Liquid Foundation Brush ($10, plus tax). Synthetic bristles, which are great for any of the Mary Kay liquid Foundations (Medium Coverage, Timewise or Tinted Moisturizer). These bristles, again won't absorb the Foundation, so you use less. As an added bonus, you don't add any extra oil from your skin when you apply your foundation with a brush.

Mary Kay Liquid Foundation Brush

I've had some people ask why they would spend nearly $100 on brushes. I agree, it is a rather large sum of money for brushes. Remember, the better the brush, the easier it will be to apply the product. Additionally, Mary Kay just debuted a new product to help clean the brushes, extend their use and protect your investment. Mary Kay Brush Cleaner ($10, plus tax) will help keep your brushes clean and ready to use.

Mary Kay Brush Cleaner

Again, I'd love to hear from you. Any comments, questions or product reviews are welcome. Again, my website is

Take care!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Mary Kay Make-up: Beautiful Lashes

It's been a few days since I wrote on this blog. I actually missed it, but unfortunately my schedule in Afghanistan isn't always my own. I was planning on writing about more skin products, but I thought it might be time to write about the thing that Mary Kay is known for---MAKE-UP!

Today I plan to focus on mascara. Mary Kay has quite a few different kinds. So, I plan to write a little about each one so that you know which is the right one for you.

Mary Kay Waterproof Mascara ($10, plus tax). This mascara was tested in a triathlon--swimming, biking and running. Sounds like a mascara that will stay in place. This mascara is also humidity proof If you live in a humid area, this might be the mascara for you. Available in black and black/brown.


Black Brown

Mary Kay Lash Lengthening Mascara ($10, plus tax). This is a lightweight formula that lengthens lashes. It comes in two shades, black and black/brown.


Black Brown

Mary Kay Ultimate Mascara ($15, plus tax). This is the volumizing, thickening mascara, sure to create bold lashes. Also comes in black and black/brown.


Black Brown

Lash Love Mascara ($15, plus tax). If you like mascara that gives your lashes definition, this is the one for you. This mascara will also condition lashes to prevent breakage. This formula comes in black and brown.



Waterproof Lash Love Mascara ($15, plus tax). This one is just exactly what the name says. The same great benefits of Lash Love Mascara, just waterproof as well!



If you'd like a natural look with no mascara, I suggest the Lash Primer ($15, plus tax). This product was discussed in my post about primers. But you can check this one out here.

And in case you need a boost to your lashes and brows, so they grow in fuller and thicker, why not try Mary Kay Lash & Brow Building Serum ($38, plus tax). This is much cheaper than Latisse. :)

And just to make sure we can take all of that mascara off, I recommend Mary Kay Oil-free Eye Make-up Remover ($15, plus tax). This product will take off all of your eye make-up, including the waterproof formulas, but keep the lashes where they belong--on your lids.

As a side note, Mary Kay Mascaras do not contain sand or crushed glass in their formulas like some other mascaras do. Do you really want sand or crushed glass that close to your eye?

Also, I recommend the black/brown or brown shades for my fair completed customers--those with blond or auburn hair. Even some of those with brown hair can use these shades. This will create a softer look to your lashes as opposed to the stark contrast with black mascara. Those with dark hair or dark complexions should use the black mascara. The brown and black/brown shades might make your lashes seem to disappear. Of course, I recommend black for all complexions for red carpet and night on the town events. You definitely want contrast then.

I hope this information is helpful today. I had fun writing it. As always, I welcome comment, questions, product reviews and feedback.

Take care!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Targeted Skin Solutions: Skin Brighteners

On this blog, we've talked about skin care and the basics and then moved on to a few supplements. The next few posts will involved targeted skin care. These items aren't necessary for everyone. They are obviously just intended for those who need them. Today's topic are skin brighteners.

There are a few factors that can darken the skin. The sun is a major factor for many problems with the skin. Some people have skin discoloration due to acne. This is particularly true with African American skin. For some, as the skin ages, the pigments change as well.

Timewise Even Complexion Mask ($20, plus tax). We are back to Timewise products, which are anti-age and anti-wrinkle. I find that an added benefit in most of the products. Not only do they do what they are targeted for, but they also help fight fine lines and wrinkles. This mask doesn't dry when it's on. But it immediately brightens the skin and helps even out skin tone so that variations in pigmentation aren't as noticeable. The mask will also help the skin feel smoother and be more moisturized.

Timewise Even Complexion Essence ($35, plus tax). Again, another Timewise product. This product works in harmony with the Even Complexion Mask. The Essence will help reduce pigmentation over time, restoring the skin. Clinical studies have shown that those who use this product will see results in as little as 4 weeks. It works on all skin tones from ivory to bronze.

I know this blog is short today, but I truly hopes this helps someone. As always, I welcome any questions or comments. If anyone would like to try any of the products I've featured in my blog, I welcome it. Remember, Mary Kay products are guaranteed. If you don't like them or they don't do what you think they are supposed to do, return them. The Mary Kay Consultant doesn't lose anything.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Take care!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Hollywood Secret: Primer!

So now that we've talked about many of the skin care sets that Mary Kay has, we can move into make-up. Everyone knows Mary Kay for make-up, even though they should know Mary Kay for it's skin care.

There is a secret that many use in the fashion and model industry as well as Hollywood. This secret helps keep your make-up fresh. It's called PRIMER! Mary Kay has 4 different primers, each with a specific task. Using them all will help you look flawless all day.

The first is Foundation Primer ($16, plus tax). This is a light gel that absorbs into the skin easily. Yes, I tried this product to see what it feels like. This formula is oil free and has minerals in it to help absorb oil. Additionally, this product will make pores, fine lines and wrinkles appear smaller. As a bonus, it has an SPF 15. The main benefit of Foundation Primer is that it helps extend the wear of your foundation. For more information, check here:

Another primer is Timewise Age-Fighting Lip Primer ($22, plus tax). If you notice, this is a Timewise product, which means it's anti-age and anti-wrinkle. According to studies 100% of women had an improvement of fine lines around the lip area after using this product. That is everyone, just in case you didn't catch that part. Additionally, this product helps keep your lipstick and lip gloss in place--on your lips. This is a definite product to check into.

Eye Primer ($12, plus tax). This product is for eye color. For those who want to prevent creasing and smudging of eye color, this is the product for you. This product is suitable for all skin types and even contact lens wearers can use it. NOTE: Mary Kay sells cream eye colors. A primer is not needed for those. Just for the mineral eye colors.

Mary Kay Lash Primer ($15, plus tax). This product helps make your lashes fuller when used as a base coat under mascara. This product can also be used alone for a natural lash look. Helps keep lashes curled and extends the wear of your mascara.

I hope this information was helpful! Using any of these products will help you create a flawless look. It's time we shared this information so it's no longer a Hollywood secret!

As always, I welcome comments and questions!

Take care!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Skin Care Sets: MK Men's Set

Okay, we've talked about age-fighting, advanced age-fighting and sets for teens. We now need to talk about men. We know that most men could use some serious skin care attention (not that most would admit that). Mary Kay has a men's line that is great for men, especially those not used to a skin care regimen. There are four items in the MK Men's Skin Care Set: MK Men Face Bar, MK Men Moisturizer Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 25, MK Men Shave Foam and MK Men Cooling After-Shave Gel. And just in case the men are worried, the packaging is not pink. It's a very masculine black and silver.

MK Men Face Bar ($14, plus tax). The MK Men Face Bar preps the skin for shaving, removes residue left from shaving and is the first step in reducing the signs of aging.

MK Men Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 25 ($22, plus tax). Men need moisture for their skin, just like women do (although most men would not admit it). Additionally, the sun is the number one cause of the signs of premature aging, fine lines and wrinkles. A product with an SPF is essential in reversing or preventing the signs of aging.

MK Men Shave Foam ($10, plus tax). I know some men might wonder why this shave foam is $10. First of all, it's the best one I've ever used. I never feel razor burn when using this product. It also last a long time, so I don't feel like I am getting ripped off. Makes shaving smooth and easy and my face feels great!

MK Men After-Shave Gel ($14, plus tax). Even though my skin feels great after I use the MK Men Shave Foam, this is another of my favorites. I don't feel like I need the After-Shave Gel since the Shave Foam leaves my skin feeling great. But this is an extra bonus on top of a great shave. Prevents my skin from getting irritated so I don't regret shaving the next day. When I was in the army, I had to shave every day. The After-Shave Gel and the Shave Foam helped out a lot.

Unfortunately, there isn't a single link where you can buy these as a set. But these products are meant to be used together and should be. All four products together are $60, plus tax. This is a great set to get any man in your life as a gift. And there still is time to shop before Christmas if you need any last minute ideas.

Feel free to ask any questions, post any comments or just say hi! I look forward to hearing from you.

Take care!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Skin Care Sets: Mary Kay Acne Fighters Set

Hello again everyone! We are still talking about skin care sets. Lately, we've been talking a lot about anti-age and anti-wrinkle sets. Today we are going to the opposite end of the spectrum and we'll talk about something that most teens worry about (and some adults worry about it, too). ACNE!

Mary Kay has a set that targets the causes of acne and helps clear up the skin. Everyone wants clear skin, the teen, the adult and even those who are older. Both men and women want clear skin. So, this blog should be interesting to many people. The set consists of Velocity Cleanser, Velocity Moisturizer, Blemish Control Toner #3 and Acne Treatment Gel. The set is $42, plus tax. Very affordable.

Velocity Cleanser ($10, plus tax) deep cleans the face without removing essential oils from the skin. It also exfoliates and refreshes the skin.

Blemish Control Toner #3 ($13, plus tax) reduces the number of pimples and blackheads and eliminates excess oil.

Acne Treatment Gel ($7, plus tax) penetrates the pores and eliminates blackheads, pimples and other blemishes. The Acne Treatment Gel also prevents new blemishes.

Velocity Cleanser ($12, plus tax) softens and smooths the skin. The moisturizer also controls excess oil.

When I first started using Mary Kay products, my recruiter gifted the entire Men's line to me, so I could try the products. They were great. But once I started selling Mary Kay, I decided to try the other skin care lines to see which I liked best. I LOVED Velocity for a long time. It was the set I used until I started thinking about anti-age and anti-wrinkle. I use Timewise now, but I still think Velocity is great!

This set is perfect for the teens. If a teen has relatively clear skin, the Cleanser and the Moisturizer might be enough, with the Acne Treatment Gel as a spot treatment. Anyone with blemish prone skin should use all four products. For more information on the set, look here:

And remember, the products are guaranteed. You can trade them out or get a refund anytime. And since we are talking about blemish prone skin, Mary Kay does have a medical relations department if you ever use something that causes a major reaction. It is rare, but I wanted to mention it anyway.

As always, I hope to hear from you.

Take care!