Most of the time, the clothing and beauty products I share are of the affordable variety. I do believe that you don’t have to break the bank when it comes to style and beauty.
HOWEVER, there are some times when I think a girl has to splurge. When I splurge on a beauty product, I don’t take it lightly. Over the past six months, I have started using a few new makeup products that I now fully believe are 100% worth each and every penny. Sometimes, the splurge is totally worth it. Let me tell you what they are and why I love them (and why you need to get your hands on these products ASAP):
Every once in a while, a company comes around that offers amazing products across the board. The quality can only inspire brand loyalty from customers. Mary Kay® is one of those brands, and I am excited to share my experiences with a number of their amazing products today!
I was lucky enough to receive a box filled with some of Mary Kay’s best selling products, as well as some of their brand new ones! I couldn’t wait to get my hands on them, and I quickly found myself incorporating each product into my daily makeup routine.
Let’s begin with the Mary Kay® TimeWise Microdermabrasion Set. It contains two products: the “refine” and the “replenish.” I must say: I haven’t used microdermabrasion products before, but I have been enjoying Mary Kay’s! The “refine” is applied after you wash your face; you gently scrub it on your face. The microscopic exfoliators energize and smooth the skin but aren’t overly rough. I can definitely sense how smooth my skin feels after applying it. The “replenish” is a serum applied after the “refine,” and it contains vitamins, antioxidants, and anti-irritants. The serum nourishes the newly soft, smooth skin. If you’re looking for a microdermabrasion system, I definitely can say I enjoy this one. I have relatively sensitive skin, and I have not experienced irritation after using it (one to two times a week).
Next up: mascara! Mascara is probably the one makeup item (aside from foundation) that I absolutely, 100% cannot live without. I am extremely picky when it comes to mascara, and I was excited to try out Mary Kay’s Lash Primer, Ultimate Mascara™, and Lash Love Mascara™.
The Mary Kay Lash Primer provides a great base for your eyelashes. It strengthens and helps condition them, and also allows them to lift and stay curled for longer. The primer goes on clear and is very lightweight!
The Mary Kay Ultimate Mascara™ in Black is Mary Kay’s most voluminous formula. The design of the brush really does lend to lengthening – the center of the brush is the widest part, and the bristles taper down on both ends. My thin and wispy lashes really take to this mascara for everyday wear; they look fluffy, soft, and long!
My favorite mascara product of the bunch is Mary Kay’s Lash Love™ Mascara in Black. Not only does this mascara give lashes volume but it also provides definition. The brush itself is flexible, which really allows you to reach each and every lash. This mascara is perfect for an evening out when you want your lashes to make a statement! Va-va-voom!
A girl can’t have too many lip glosses, can she? Mary Kay® NouriShine Plus™ Lip Gloss in Mango Tango and Café Au Lait were two great ones to try. As bright as the Mango Tango gloss (pictured on the left) appears in the tube, it only gives a slight mango red sheen to your lips when it is applied. It’s a nice little pop! I really love the Café Au Lait shade; it is a great neutral lip color, and I find myself carrying it around in my handbag with me every day to swipe on.
The Mary Kay Compact Mini is oh so convenient! It is a refillable magnetic compact that holds your beauty must-haves. You can customize the compact by filling it with three mineral eye colors and a Mary Kay Cheek Color; the magnets easily snap into place and stay put. There is also a hidden compartment on the bottom of the compact where you can store some mini-brushes! I’m all about convenience, and I really appreciate the design of this compact.
Mary Kay’s Mineral Cheek Color in Shy Blush is such a pretty shade of petal pink; I incorporate it into my makeup routine daily! The cheek color applies smoothly and evenly, providing just the right amount of flush for the cheeks in the daytime! It’s great for the gal who loves a natural look.
I was also fortunate enough to try out six different eye shadow colors: Mary Kay Mineral Eye Color in Golden Vanilla, Truffle, Lavender Fog, Midnight Star, Sweet Plum and Black Pearl. The long-lasting mineral-based eye shadows add a lovely pop of color for a night out. They’re easy to apply, and you can really build up the color if you want to make a statement with a bold look.
One of my favorite looks utilizing the Mary Kay products looks a little something like this:
I’m wearing the Mineral Cheek Color in Shy Blush, the Lash Love™ Mascara in Black, the NouriShine Plus™ Lip Gloss in Café Au Lait, and the Mineral Eye Color in Lavender Fog and Sweet Plum.
I layered the Lavender Fog across my lid and used a compact brush to apply Sweet Plum densely along my lash line (almost like a thick eyeliner). I love the pop of purple on my lids for a twist on the smoky eye, and paired with the soft colors of the other makeup products, I feel fresh and pretty!
After sampling such a great assortment of products from the line, I am officially a fan of Mary Kay’s beauty items! Definitely take the chance to check them out for yourself and pick up a few products!
And today I have a sweepstakes for a Mary Kay gift basket! To enter, answer the following prompt:
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I was provided with Mary Kay products to use and review, and was compensated for this post, however all opinions are my own.
Oh nail polish, how I love you.
What strikes me as a bit funny is that up until a year or so ago, I would ONLY wear clear or light pink nail polish on my hands. I wasn’t a fan of dark or bright colored nail polishes. Well, I was missing out. At some point, a switch just happened to flip, and now I’m officially obsessed with nail color…nail art…you name it!
The Julep Maven boxes are definitely fueling the fire I have for more nail polish. I could NOT resist ordering a November box once I saw the offerings. November brought a collection of matte suede nail polishes in a variety of colors. I am normally an “American Beauty” style, but I changed it up for November by ordering the “It Girl” box. By the way: I LOVE that I can select the box of my choice…and there is the option to opt out of months if I’m not in the mood to purchase at the time.
One of the three polishes I received was Hailee – a khaki green suede polish (pictured above). I’m obsessed. It is perfect for the fall, and I love the matte finish. The other two polishes in my November Maven Box was Nora – a silver aubergine suede, and a matte top coat.
The Julep polishes have even made it on to Oprah’s Favorite Things list…and when Oprah likes something, that’s a good sign, right? I wouldn’t mind receiving that 12 bottle set for the holidays…
If you want to sign up to become a Julep Maven, I’ve got a deal for you! If you enter the code MAVEN50 when you sign up, you get 50% off your first box! With the holiday season coming up fast, you can keep the boxes in mind – they’d make a great gift (for yourself or for others…)!
Have you signed up for Julep Maven yet?