Mary Kay — Review and Giveaway!!

It’s no secret that I love make-up. Okay. I’m obsessed. I love the way it makes me feel; I love putting it on, and I love the colors and fun packaging. I also love that every day holds new possibilities. Thicker lashes. Darker lips. Natural one day, dramatic the next. I can match my make up to my moods or the occasion. I guess you can say I have multiple make-up personalities.

Is that a real thing?

Regardless — one thing I’ve realized over the years is that quality is key when it comes to make-up and skin care products. Rich, long lasting colors, thick gloss, and skin care products that actually DO what they are supposed to make all the difference. And THAT is why I love Mary Kay. Mary Kay products are high quality, consistent, and affordable. What’s not to love?

I was recently given some products to try out…(and I might have some for you too, so keep reading) Let’s take a look!!

I absolutely adore the Mary KayÆ Compact Mini.

  • The make-up is held in magnetically. No popping out and breaking everywhere!!
  • It’s refillable. If you run out or want to try a new color, no need to replace the whole compact. This definitely saves a TON!!
  • Brushes store underneath for on-the-go touch-ups.

The mineral eye shadows pictured above are gorgeous jewel tones that are perfect for any fall look: Golden Vanilla, Truffle, Lavender Fog, Midnight Star, and Black Pearl. The blush is in very versatile Shy Blush.

There is a mascara to meet your every need:

There is no time like the present to start taking care of your skin. This simple two step microdermabrasion set helps you achieve smoother skin.

  • Refine: Advanced exfoliator that reveals smooth and radiant skin
  • Replinish: A serum that nourishes the newly revealed skin from the Refine step.

Obviously, lip gloss is a must. These gorgeous NouriShine Plusô colors leave your lips feeling instantly moisturized.

Now for the greatest news — one of you can win a Mary Kay gift basket of your own, courtesy of BlogHer!! To enter, just leave a comment letting me know the greatest beauty tip you’ve ever learned. Winner will be chosen at random. Please read rules below for more ways to enter!! Thanks so much for entering and good luck!!


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 11/19/12-12/31/12.

Be sure to visit the Mary Kay page on where you can read other bloggersí 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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    Kate says:

    OH EM GEE. I don’t know what I would do without my Mary Kay moisturizer! The best beauty tip I ever got was to use baby oil to take off eye makeup. No more tight, dry eyelids! :) Thanks, college roomie!

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    Dorothy says:

    This is an awesome set.

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    Great giveaway! Best advice I have been given is to wash my face every night so I don’t sleep on grossness and let it get into my pores all night. :)

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    debbie says:

    I seriously suck at makeup, so I don’t have any advice, but I love that you’re going to start having tutorials on it and I’d love to try those products!

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    Lindsay says:

    The best make up tips that I received would have to be how to apply eyeshadow and where to apply blush.

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    MaryB says:

    The greatest beauty tip I’ve ever learned is drink lots of water and BELIEVE you are beautiful! It shows!

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    Elizabeth W says:

    The greatest tip I’ve ever learned? I’m not sure. Skin care wise just to get the mess off your face every night. Make up wise? Oh gosh, there’s so many I don’t even know.

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    Norma says:

    What a great giveaway! I love Mary Kay. My favorite beauty tip is to use one ply toilet paper squares to blot oils on your skin and to blot your lipstick. But you can only use one ply (I just peel them apart)

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    LORI ROSE says:

    SMILE!!! IT CHANGES EVERYTHING ON YOUR FACE! A true hapy person is the most attractive thing there is… people want to walk towards a smile…. a smile can change others and be just what someone needs..( other important things are moisturize, drink water and sleep!)… and 2 seconds of mascara and a lipstick or lipgloss or chapstick is all u realllllllllllly need…. and you should always make time for at least that it makes you look put together.

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    Kasey says:

    The best tip I think I’ve learned is to use cornstarch as a translucent setting powder. What a money saver!

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    Seriously love Mary Kay products! Best tip…..Do eyes before foundation. That way, if you have “fallout” from your eye shadow, you don’t have to mess up and redo your foundation! Oh, and if you don’t win the set, call me to purchase your own – I ship anywhere! 318-332-7546

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    Hayley says:

    This is an amazing give away! I share your love of makeup :)

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    Wilma says:

    Never sleep in your makeup!

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    Jenn says:

    I would love to try all of this!

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    Jen says:

    LOVE the colors. Great giveaway!!

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    Cody kimmons says:

    My face neeeeeds all of it! I’m a poor mom because I’ve spent all of my money on my kids Christmas presents (ridiculous right?) ;) Please do my face and my friends a favor and let me win this!! It would be the best Christmas present ever!

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    rissatoo says:

    Best advice came from Grandma – who had the softest skin – wash & moisturize EVERY morning and night!

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    Kristin R says:

    The best tip I got was to put a little white eyeliner on the inner lower eyelid and it highlights the eye and sort of takes away the redness. Something that NOW comes in handy with a 2.5 year old and a 4m old! :)

    THanks for the opportunity to win!

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    Highlight and contour! Changed my makeup routine and how I look!

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    Pamela C says:

    The best tip I ever got was for mascara- you know how you shimmy into your skinny jeans (kinda wiggle side to side till your in) do the same with your mascara wand as you swipe it on your lashes. Wiggle it from side to side slightly to help get the mascara on all sides of your lashes. I get great lash coverage with one swoop! Love my Mary Kay mascara! I will never use another brand!

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    Rachael says:

    Someone gave me a tip about using primer under my foundation…..made a HUGE difference! So, now that’s my tip!!!!!

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    Celestine says:

    When I set my foundation with powder, I also powder my lashes a bit. Then when I use mascara, my lashes look fuller.

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    Kori says:

    Whenever I use mascara I usually do a winged cat eye type look and the best advice I got for that is instead of pulling out the mascara from the top to do the wing start at the bottom eyelid and go up.

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    Christine says:

    I love Mary Kay! The best makeup tip I ever received came from my friend who also sells Mary Kay–she taught me how to use eye shadow. Before then, I would just swipe one color over my whole eyelid and call it good. She taught me how to use the different colors together, and it looks so much better!

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    Ellen says:

    I don’t use a ton of makeup, so these colors are great for that “natural” look.

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    lori says:

    I love me some Mary Kay!

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    Nicole says:

    I just discovered Timewise! Best tip given was to make sure you were using a good skin care product or the make up will not go on right!

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    Kristin says:

    Hmm…best beauty tip…wear a primer under eyeshadow so it lasts all day!

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    A couple tips, Vaseline on your lips every night before bed works wonders. Also a technique of applying eyeliner called “tightlining” where instead of lining above the lashes on your top lip you do it below, it’s amazing how much it makes your eyes pop, once you get past the poking yourself in the eye repeatedly.

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    SNancyKat says:

    A lash comb. ALWAYS. Apply one coat of mascara, wait for it to dry (usually I just work on my eyebrows and put on my lip stick). Then comb out the globs and separate the lashes with the lash comb. Another thin coat of mascara, another comb out, even a third if you have time and are looking for a more dramatic look. Works every time!

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    Sarah says:

    Always have qtips on hand for touch ups!

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    Val says:

    I love the Mary Kay color selections!

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    Fabulous giveaway!!!

    I’d have to say that the best beauty tip given to me is to moisturize before applying your make-up…. always moisturize!

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    Christyn says:

    my favorite tip: use a light hand. Nothing worse than LOOKING made up! :)

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    Cori says:

    Drink plenty of water and sleep 8 hours nightly. Beauty advice from my grandma.

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    Jan says:

    Such a fun giveaway – I love makeup, too!

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    Elizabeth says:

    Sunblock. Sunblock. Sunblock. Everyday. All day.

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    Kimberly Porter says:

    My best beauty tip is to drink LOTS of water everyday to keep your skin hydrated! Also, never go to bed without removing your makeup…allows your pores to breath. GREAT giveaway!!

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    Megan J says:

    I like to use a homemade sugar scrub on my lips– gets off all the dead skin and adds some nice moisture!

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    Moontaj says:

    Ohh LOVE this giveaway!

    My beauty tip to keep lipstick from going onto your teeth.

    After applying lipstick, take your pointer finger and stick it between your lips, close your lips and pull your finger out.

    This gets all the excess lipstick that would rub onto your teeth off and leaves the tint on lips only!

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    Christina says:

    Use a regimen of preferred products… apply them in the right order and they work wonders!

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    I love Mary Kay! Their skin care products are AWESOME. Seriously my favorite ever. Greatest beauty tip I ever received… tweeze, sister. My stylist did my eyebrows when I was like 22 or something and there was no going back! Seriously what was I doing before then? Why did my mom never help me out with that one?

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    Ruth D says:

    My best beauty tip is to use a moisturizer with SPF under your makeup to protect your skin from the sun all year round. Thanls for this giveaway!

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    Angie says:

    Contouring is the best trick I have learned.

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    Jennifer says:

    This is so great! I love the Mary Kay products that I have used! I would love to try more!!

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    Jill says:

    Best beauty tip? Put a little moisturizer on the apples of your cheeks after applying blush….it helps the blush look more like it’s your natural skin color than when you leave a powder finish!

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    Erin F. says:

    Hmmmm…. I’m basically self-taught when it comes to makeup. So I would have to say the best advice I’ve received came from the movie “My Girl” which I watched over, and over, and over when it first came out. Shelly says, “The first rule of eye makeup is that you can never wear enough blue eye shadow.” ;) Although, I use pink. Or purple. Or, more recently, gold…

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    Hannah says:

    The best makeup tip I ever learned was to take off your mascara at night! And to use vaseline to remove it :)

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    Katy says:

    Wash your face every night no matter how tired you are!

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    Kathryn says:

    Wash your face before going to bed!

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    SaraJ says:

    Use primer on your eyelids, eye shadow will stay all day and won’t crease.

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    Steph says:

    I’ve been looking for a new moisturizer, I never thought of Mary Kay! Looks great:)

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    Rose says:

    I have a Mary Kay manicure set from ages ago that I love! Hope to try some new products too!

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    Heather D says:

    The best beauty tip that I ever received is to exfoliate! My skin looks so much better now that I have added exfoliation to my skin care routine!

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    Bryn says:

    I’ve learned that a moisturized face is a happy face

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    Candice says:

    The best beauty tip I have learned is to never ever ever go to bed with makeup on!

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    Jill Vestal says:

    Best makeup advice? I am a mess, do I look like I have ever received good makeup advice? This is why I NEED Mary Kay!

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    Sarah T. says:

    Awesome! My best advice is to not overdo it with too much product. Find good quality products that fit your skin type and multi-task so you don’t over chemical/process your skin. I learned that the hard way in college!

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    Tiffany says:

    Would love to win this.

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    amy b. says:

    Would love to win, my daughter is obsessed with makeup!

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    Valerie says:

    My best beauty tip it to find a great moisturizer and use it!

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    dawne says:

    the best tip a little goes a long way. don’t paint your face just accent what you’ve got :)

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    Jamie Wallace says:

    Love Mary Kay!! Best beauty tip is to use a eyelash curler, I use it everyday! Makes a huge difference to open up my smallish eyes :)

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    Calli says:


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    Heidi N says:

    The best beauty tip I’ve ever gotten, is how to apply blush. And to clean my face before bed so that I don’t have all those nasty clogged pores. Yuck! Great giveaway, I would love to win.

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    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

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    Kit says:

    I too am a MK fan. My tip, put vaseline under your eyes at night (after washing your face). ♥

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    Kimi says:

    Smile when you put your blush on

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    kate says:

    Always always always wash off your makeup before bed and drink lots and lots of water!

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    latanya says:

    The best I received was to apply primer before your foundation

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    Madeline says:

    My best beauty tip is: don’t overpluck your eyebrows.

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    Monica says:

    Love the high quality make-up and long lasting effects!

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    Debbie B says:

    Always wash your makeup off at night no matter how tired you are!

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    LAMusing says:

    Best beauty tip I know is emphasize your eyes OR you lips, not both. It will keep you from looking over made-up.

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    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!

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    rachel says:

    Go makeup free every now and then. It does wonders for my face.

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    Lisa Garner says:

    My best beauty tip is use an under eye concealer because it really helps make you look younger.
    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

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    Lisa Garner says:

    I Tweeted this giveaway:
    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

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    Tabathia B says:

    Apply lip balm or moisturizer at night will leave your lips looking and feeling softer in the morning

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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    Vicki H. says:

    I love Mary Kay…have you tried the oil-free makeup remover??? My absolute favorite!

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    Erica Best says:

    great facewash is the best thing u can do for ur skin

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    Sarah Jane says:

    The greatest beauty tip I’ve learned is to wash your face every morning and night.

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    charlotte says:

    New to Pinterest and all that it has to offer and yet I found myself on this blog, which I find very fun and interesting. I’m sure there have been many consultants posts here, but I too love Mary Kay. So much so that I became a consultant. If anyone is in the Twin Cities area or would like to place an order for any of these wonderful products please feel free to contact me. I’m so excited to see more from this blog, and thank you for creating it for women like us! Charlotte 303-254-5599

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    It’s awesome for me to have a web site, which is beneficial designed for my experience.
    thanks admin

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