Okay, so look, I am a Mary Kay user. I love Mary Kay. I love it so much that I used to be a consultant. I wish I had stuck it out too because it was so much fun being a consultant and being around positive and encouraging women. But look at me already digressing….
I have a confession to make. I gave up Mary Kay for a little while. Not because I wanted to but because I felt like I needed to cut back on some things to save money. And what is the first thing we, as women, do when we try to save money? We cut ourselves out first. Whether it be an allowance for purchasing books, weekly Sunday matinees to escape from responsibilities for a few hours, eating out at lunch, or cutting back on the dry-cleaning bill. But mainly, we cut back on our personal item expenses, don’t we? We end up buying cheaper shampoo, stop wearing nail polish once the bottle runs out, we buy the generic body lotions. I am sure you can add to that list too.
So my thing was to cut back on my skincare strategy. MISTAKE! And I knew it was a mistake going in too. Oh sure, at first it was okay and not too bad. I was okay with using Dial soap as my facial cleanser. It didn’t seem to make a difference. At least not in the beginning. It was difficult to notice a difference right away. It is a subtle change; like you don’t notice those 10lbs you put on over the Holiday season either because it comes on ounce by ounce by cheesecake by cheesecake! But eventually, come March, you’ll notice it.
This is what happened to me, about my skincare practices. I didn’t notice any difference, at first. The Dial soap seemed to get all my makeup off. And I’d simply use the generic body lotion I was using on the arms and legs and just put a little on my face after coming out of the shower. Meh. No big deal.
Then I got contact lenses.
I’ve been a reading glasses kind of gal for a long time but my eye sight was slowly getting worse and worse. I wore transition lenses reading glasses but I was getting tired of them and announced to my eye doctor at my last and most recent eye exam that I’d like to give contacts a try.
When my trial pair of contacts arrived, I had to go in to the doctor’s office to get intruction on how to put them in and take them out and how to care for my contacts. I got them in fairly easy the first time and then I looked into the magnified mirror they used for the instruction session, with my new contacts in, I saw my face up close and personal for the first time in a long time.
“OH MY GOD! I LOOK LIKE THIS?!” I shouted in horror to the Optometrist Assistant who had just praised me for being a quick learner and good student.
Y’all, I had no idea I had turned into the makeup cake face old lady. Lawd! I also had no idea my pores had opened up to become the size of dimples on a golf ball. Oh, and the wrinkles under my eyes y’all. Here, I had been strutting around thinking I was all that at the age of 47 THINKING I looked like I was 27. I was embarrassed and mortified! I really did shout that to the Optometrist Assistant by the way – OH MY GOD! I LOOK LIKE THIS???!
Suffice it to say, I called up my Mary Kay Director immediately begging her to take me back with the cry of HELP and I’LL NEVER LEAVE YOU AGAIN. Thankfully, she did not judge me but came to my office with a special delivery. I could not WAIT to get home and use my new product. I’d say it is pretty close to the same feeling of being excited to get home and take off this bra!
But seriously, I am not joking, I noticed and FELT the difference the first day! No joke.
So, I’m gonna have to find something else to give up monetarily because I cannot live without my Mary Kay. And really, it’s not that expensive, it’s just that I’m having some financial woes these days but it will all be okay in the end. Besides, I can always host a skincare class and get a discount on my purchase.
I recommend the Mary Kay TimeWise® Miracle Set. I use the 3-n-1 Cleanser, Age-Fighting Moisturizer, Day Solution/Night Solution. Add to that, I also use a Mary Kay Firming eye cream. Of course, to finish it all out, I use the liquid foundation in a matte finish. Put the foundation on with a brush. Trust me, you’ll thank me. I had no idea. I was using my fingers. If you are using your fingers to spread on your liquid foundation, stop it right now and find a good foundation brush to use.
Mary Kay has a new tool, though, since I last enjoyed her products. The Skinvigorate™ Cleansing Brush is a lightweight two-speed power brush that gently massages and cleans away residue and makeup. You use it with your cleanser of course.
It’s a shame that there is so much snobbery out there regarding skincare and makeup brands. I hate contempt prior to investigation. I know how people feel about Mary Kay, some women anyway. But it’s okay, I know what I like and what works for me. Mary Kay is contemporary and has transitioned into the 21st century quite nicely, thank you very much.
Anyway, that’s my two-cents worth for today.
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