03/25/2014 / Mary Kay, Microdermabrasion, Skincare
It’s Mary Kay Monday time again. I just started posting about my new Mary Kay products a few weeks ago in this new series; My Mary Kay Monday. Now, just to clarify, I’m not selling Mary Kay myself. I just happened to purchase a giant kit that has just about everything I could ever want from my dear friend Heather. Haha. So, from week to week I’m featuring a product, or set of products, that I’ve been using!
This week, it’s the TimeWise® Microdermabrasion Set. This duo is something I use once a week, although, it can be used 2-3 times a week. It’s super easy to fit into my day to day routine.
Step 1 is the microdermabrasion refine product. It’s used immediately after washing your face. The easiest thing I’ve found is to keep the refine product in the shower. That way, you’ll just grab it after you’ve washed your face. Makes it a little easier to remember, too. This first step is the actual exfoliator. It’s a very, very fine exfoliator, which I love. I have pretty sensitive skin and this has not caused any redness or dryness at all. Like the face wash I talked about last time, it’s lightweight and doesn’t feel like I’m peeling off a lot of skin. The best way to describe it is that it just makes my face feel extra “clean”, if you will.
Step 2 is the microdermabrasion replenish. If you’re doing step 1 in the shower, you’ll want to make sure to wait until your out to use step 2. This step is really meant to sooth and nourish your skin after its been exfoliated. It also makes your skin incredibly soft while preparing your face for the rest of your skin care routine. If you’re using the TimeWise® Miracle Set like I am, this is where you’ll apply your day solution or night solution depending on where you are at in the day. Then, you just finish it with your moisturizer and you’re all set!
The set itself runs for $50 and can be purchased by contacting any Mary Kay representative or you can shop online at MaryKay.com. Don’t have a representative already? Then, feel free to contact my dear friend Heather on her page here.
In January, I shared with you all that I recently began using Mary Kay’s skincare line. Well, I have enjoyed it so much that I really wanted to break down the products for you all in a new segment I’m calling, “My Mary Kay Monday!”
This is, in it’s simplest form, “the basics”, if you will. It’s your 3-in-1 cleanser (aka face wash), a day solution (w/sunscreen of course), a night solution and an age-fighting moisturizer. All of these are a part of the TimeWise® collection. If you’re new to the product line, or new to skin care in general, like me, this is the place to start! It’s also great if you don’t have a lot of time, like me. My biggest fear was that I was going to buy all this stuff and then not take the time to use it. Well, this set makes it so easy. I promise. Five minutes in the morning and five at night is all you need to help ensure your skin is healthy. Seriously, it’s three steps….
Step 1: The cleanser. You’ll use this first thing in the morning and then again at night to wash your face. The cleanser does three things; it cleanses, it exfoliates and it refreshes. It’s a very light-weight and, although it has exfoliating beads, it’s a very gentle face wash. Great for those of us with sensitive skin.
Step 2: After you cleanse, you’ll either choose the day solution (if it’s in the morning) or the night solution (if it’s night time). Pretty easy right? Haha. The day solution has your sun screen broad spectrum SPF 35. Gotta have that sun screen ladies. The night solution has these amazing little beads of wonderfulness. This is, of course, not the scientific term, but that’s exactly what you will think of when you use it. Seriously. Try it and then tell me you didn’t think they were “little beads of wonderfulness” on your face. Just sayin’.
Step 3: Moisturizer! This may very well be the most important step so don’t skip it! The TimeWise® Age-Fighting Moisturizer helps your skin stay hydrated for up to 10 hours!!
See? That doesn’t sound so bad, right?! 1, 2, 3 and you’re done!
The best part is that Mary Kay has all four products together in one set for $90. It also comes in formulas for either dry to normal skin or combination to oily. I gotta be honest for a second…about a month before my friend Heather started selling Mary Kay, I bought this night-time face moisturizer in a teeny, tiny jar for $55. That’s more than half the price of all four products in the Mary Kay kit. Ugh! I about fell over when Heather showed me this set. If only I could have returned the other jar. Haha. Lesson learned.
For more information on Mary Kay or to purchase the Miracle Set visit Heather’s page here. You can reach out to her directly with questions, set up a consultation and more.
I hope y’all enjoy this new segment. I have plenty more products to share so make sure to check back every Monday for a new “My Mary Kay Monday” segment!
01/26/2014 / Beauty Products, Heather Burge, Mary Kay, What I Bought
I’ve been familiar with Mary Kay for years. As a teenager a friend’s mom that had parties at her house and us girls used to “borrow” their make up samples and have our own little parties. Through the years I’ve bought make up products but it wasn’t until last month that I really became invested in the products, specifically the skincare line. As I approached my 31st birthday, I really began to care and worry about my skin. While I really don’t have any major issues, please don’t hate me people, I do have very sensitive and dry skin making it somewhat annoying to find products that don’t break me out. Well, as luck (or fate) would have it, right around the time I started thinking I needed to find a good skincare regimen a dear friend, Heather Burge (owner of the fab BleuBelle Boutique and BleuBelle Bridal), called me up and told me she had a new venture – Mary Kay. My response? “YAY”. Haha. After meeting with Heather and hearing all about the line I figured it certainly would hurt to try it out plus I don’t really want to spend months researching different products. This is what I like to call a “Win, Win” people!
In true form I just sprung for the whole dang “it has everything you need and lots of stuff you just want” kit! Haha. But really, this kit is awesome. It covers your basics, has some of the extra “fun” products, and it comes with a makeover session where Heather comes and does your make up.
My before and after pic. Sorry, about the quality. I took with my phone and didn’t want to edit the photos in any way so it’s a little blurry and the lighting in my kitchen is definitely not meant for this. I’ll do better next time!
As for the kit…..just look at this thing:
Did I mention it comes with the handy bag you can roll up for travel and hang anywhere? I love anything that makes my life easier and not having to have a different bag for travel is one of those things. Thank you Mary Kay.
So what was my biggest fear about all this? Timing, most definitely timing. I already wake up around 5:30am (well my alarm goes off at 5:30am….I usually drag myself out of bed by 6. haha). The thought of adding anything to my morning routine was somewhat daunting.
Well, it’s been about 5 weeks since I really started all this and I have to say that it really didn’t change my mornings, or evenings for that matter, all too much. In the mornings it adds about 10 minutes for me. Which, if I don’t check my FB the first thing in the morning, that gives me my 10 minutes.
I can also say with 100% confidence that I really love all the products. My skin feels cleaner and, although it was not my intention, I have noticed a reduction in my happy lines (more commonly called “wrinkles”) and my pores. Bonus! I’ll be doing some more specific product reviews here in the beauty category throughout the upcoming weeks and months so stay tuned to learn more about each product, what its benefits are, etc.
So what are some of your favorite products? Tell me in the comments. I love finding new products to try and review!
For more information about Heather and/or Mary Kay click here.
Happy Shopping – J
A few weeks ago I posted a link on my Facebook page to a BirchBox Blog about a new mani trend – a Diagonal French Tip. Now…as I’ve said before I’m not very crafty but I was somewhat drawn to try this trend and of course, I had to share my experience with you all.
I must say… it really is as easy as the blog says. Let’s review how this went for me:
1. Paint your nails a neutral color. Check! Please disregard my awful cuticles and lack of a manicure! I went with one of my favorite neutral colors – Modern love by Deborah Lippmann (sold at BleuBelle).
2. Just as the blog said make sure to let your base coat dry! I actually waited about 5 hours in between. You definitely don’t need to wait that long but I had stuff to do so it worked out great for me to break this up into 2 parts! Once it’s dry you can add the piece of tape. Note: I didn’t pay attention at first and I taped my nail the wrong way. It looks best if the diagonal faces outward not inward like the photos I have here. Lesson learned!
3. Paint a darker shade over the exposed nail. The Birchbox Blogger went a little more extreme in her color choice with that bright orange but I’m not one to do anything super crazy on my nails so I went with a gold – Swagga Like Us by Deborah Lippman (again…sold at BleuBelle).
4. Once dry remove the tape and your left with this pretty awesome diagonal. I must say that it was super easy. Just make sure to give yourself some time. I was a little impatient finishing up and my right hand definitely doesn’t look as good as this one.
And that’s it! Overall this was a really easy Trend to Try! Would y’all try this? If so, what color combos would you use?
These small bottles cost just $8 each. Medium and large bottles are also available for $19 and $34 respectively.