Dec 17 2012
Category: Giveaways. Reviews

Earlier this year, I joined this campaign by Mary Kay and still use the lipstick (a shade I wouldn’t have picked up on my own) nearly daily, so I figured maybe I would find something else amazing this time too.

Here’s what was in my box:

Mary KayÆ Compact Mini

This little compact is a really neat idea. It’s magnetic, so you can easily pop in and out different eyeshadows and blush, and when one runs out you can replace it with a refill instead of having to replace the whole thing. Instead of buying sets where you only like a couple of the colors (but there’s always one color you’ll never ever ever use), you get to make your own custom color combos. It has a secret door underneath to hold travel applicators, but if you’re at home you’ll probably want to use better brushes.

Mary KayÆ Mineral Eye Color in Golden Vanilla, Truffle, Lavender Fog, Midnight Star, Sweet Plum and Black Pearl

I don’t use a lot of eye makeup. Partly because I never really played with it so I’m pretty novice at it, and partly (also the reason I never played much with it) because it always irritates/ed my eyes. This mineral eye color didn’t irritate my skin at all, so it will be fun to play more with. I tried the golden vanilla, lavender fog, and sweet plum, which came pre-loaded into my compact mini.

What little I “know” (I use the term loosely) about eye makeup says that purples make greenish eyes look more green. Considering I got comments like, “That eye makeup really makes your brown eyes pop.” I’m not sure how true that is. HA! But the colors and the shading gave a nice subtle definition to my eyes.

Mary KayÆ Mineral Cheek Color in Shy Blush

This blush also came pre-loaded into my compact. It’s a nice rosy color without being too Barbie and would probably look good on most skin tones. It didn’t feel like anything at all, so I didn’t mind it on my skin. I have only used mineral blushes for years and years, so I’m not even sure what a regular blush feels like anymore.

(I know you probably can’t really tell but this is a before/after with the eye makeup, blush, and lip gloss… Apparently I like things really subtle. I feel like it makes a difference though.)

Mary KayÆ Ultimate Mascaraô in Black

Mascara often bothers me and makes my eyes a bit itchy by the end of the day, so I only wanted to try one of the three Mary Kay sent to me. I picked this one to see what “Ultimate” would look like on me. It was really easy to apply and the brush left NO clumps or stuck-together lashes to sort out, which was nice. However, by the end of the day, my lash line was feeling a bit irritated.

I would use this if I were going to an event or taking pictures just for a couple of hours, and then wash it off, but I probably wouldn’t use it for all-day.

Mary KayÆ Lash Loveô Mascara in Black

I probably should have tried this mascara instead, I think this one would be gentler.

Mary KayÆ Lash Loveô Waterproof Mascara in Black

I wasn’t planning on crying, sweating excessively or swimming, so I skipped this one for now.

Mary KayÆ NouriShine Plusô Lip Gloss in Mango Tango, Rock ëní Red and CafÈ Au Lait

These glosses are good for your lips, but what is more important to me is the color and how they feel. The colors of these look really bold in the package, but I tried all three and they’re totally wearable. They do feel a little sticky though, but not as annoyingly sticky as other glosses I’ve tried. They don’t last as long as lipstick on their own, so I would apply over a tint or lipstick, and be prepared to reapply every few hours while I’m out and about.

Mary KayÆ Lash Primer

I tried this, along with the Ultimateô Mascara above. It has a really nifty brush, and I’m not positive about the difference it made, but the combo of the two looked good.

TimeWiseÆ Microdermabrasion Set

I tried this with my last Mary Kay review, and got some of the exfoliating stuff in my eyes. It did not feel good when that happened. My skin felt really soft afterward, but it wasn’t worth the hazard of getting it in my eyes again (I have really bad luck with this… including flinging homemade laundry detergent into my eyes while I stirred it, and getting some shampoo I reviewed a different time into my eyes, too.) If you’re less clumsy about your eyes, you’ll probably like this.

If you’re like me, steer clear.

I enjoyed getting the chance to try out these items, and will definitely be using the eyeshadows, blushes and lip glosses more. If the Lash Loveô Mascara doesn’t irritate me, it would be fun to wear it more regularly, because I do like the way mascara makes my eyes pop a little bit more.

So when’s the last time you spoiled yourself a little? Tell me your answer using any of the methods below and you can get an opportunity to win a makeup gift basket filled with Mary Kay goodies, courtesy of BlogHer!


No duplicate comments.

You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:

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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 12/17/1212/31/12.

Be sure to visit the Mary Kay page on where you can read other bloggersí reviews and find more opportunities 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.

40 Comments on

  1. Sarah Jane says:

    I’m not sure this counts as spoiling myself, but I bought a pair of new running shoes today. There were/are MUCH needed.

  2. Barbara Alexander says:

    I miss reading your blog!! Are you not going to post here anymore? I read your facebook page but I’m not a member of facebook so I think I’m missing a lot of what you’re saying.
    I especially miss your blog now that my daughter (Betsy) is expecting!!

  3. Jeannette Smyth says:

    missing you, hope all is well chez joyful abode.

  4. I just spoiled myself a few weeks ago. I am sort of a nut about makeup, so. Um. Yeah. 🙂

  5. Geneva says:

    The last time I spoiled myself was Dec. 10th, 2012. I finished my semester of law school finals on that day, and I spoiled myself with a relaxing spa pedicure and an expensive pair of shoes I have been wanting for a very long time.

  6. Erica Best says:

    for christmas i got something i have been wanting for years

  7. Tabathia B says:

    It’s probably been at least six months since I spoiled myself
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  8. Lisa Garner says:

    I Tweeted this giveaway:
    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

  9. Lisa Garner says:

    The last time I spoiled myself was with new foundation this month.
    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

  10. Debra Ford says:

    I bought myself some perfume when there was a really great sale before xmas

  11. Debbie B says:

    i ususually spoil myself at Christmas by buying myself something i really want!

  12. Norma says:

    I’m retired and my daughter spoils me all the time!

  13. LAMusing says:

    I don’t remember the last time I spoiled myself… oh dear. Things have been pretty rough the last couple of years, so “spoiling myself” has been reduced to getting a little extra sleep or buying new socks.

  14. Cheryl says:

    The last time I spoiled myself was about 2 years ago when I got a massage and pedicure.

  15. latanya says:

    I spoiled myself this week by buying some items from Victoria’s secret this week.

  16. Kate says:

    I spoiled myself with a pre-Christmas pedicure and I am so glad I did!

  17. Lynn says:

    I spoiled myself yesterday with a trip to Target!

  18. Amy Tong says:

    The last time I spoiled myself a little was over 1/2 a year ago when I escape from everyday work and went on a spa day with a girlfriend. I think it’s about time we do that again! 🙂

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  19. I spoiled myself by getting some fake eyelashes today to wear for my sister’s wedding. I can’t wait to bat those at the groomsmen. 🙂 Lindsey @ I Run in Heels

  20. anash says:

    i spoil myself every night with something sweet for a hard days of work with the kids! it keeps me putting one foot in front of the other each day!
    Thanks for a super giveaway!

  21. Sadat says:

    That’s not a bad idea but it’s so defferent for male. But those prpduct is very good and make-up related.And i just prefer to use make-up. I think mary kay product is not bad for all.

  22. Rachel says:

    The last time I spoiled myself was a few weeks ago when my husband took my daughter to the park, normally I would clean, cook, etc. Instead, I took a three hour nap and my husband made lunch when they got back!

  23. Lynn says:

    Spoiled myself a little? Um…pre-kids? My husband bought me an Ergo but I picked it out. I think that can count!

  24. rachel says:

    I was buying some coffee as a gift and decided to treat myself to a bag, too 🙂

  25. Jamie says:

    I like that you kept it subtle and natural looking. The yellowish colored shadow is really pretty. As far as spoiling myself goes…it’s been awhile. Between work, school, and taking care of my elderly grandmother there is not much time left for myself. Hopefully after the holidays I can sneak in an hour or two to go get a manicure or massage :). Keep up the good work, I love your blogs!

  26. Suzy Q says:

    I spoiled myself with a weekend trip to Key West. I really need to get the pretty back after that!

  27. Rebecca Graham says:

    I am going to spoil myself after Christmas with a spa trip.

  28. Jennifer says:

    I guess the last time I spoiled myself a little bit was when we were in Seattle last weekend. I finally bought a new pair of jeans that actually fit into my boots. It’s usually the husband who does the spoiling of me in our relationship, and I spoil him in turn.

  29. Madeline says:

    I spoiled myself about a month ago by getting some flavored loose tea that I’d been wanting to try for a long time.
    madelinebrubaker {at} gmail (dot) com

  30. Bobbi says:

    I can’t remember the last time I got pampered or a moment to relax. I know it won’t be anytime soon since C leaves soon.

  31. Stephanie says:

    I’m pretty lucky. My doula is also a massage therapist (truly therapeutic, too) and I’ve been getting a massage once a month since I gave birth. My husband thinks its totally worth it since he no longer has to do it. 🙂

  32. Acey says:

    I don’t wear much make-up, but I agree with you, a little subtle difference makes me feel a lot better, even if no one else notices!

    Last time I spoiled myself…um, does eating four krispy kreme holiday doughnuts yesterday count? I’m pregnant, so I vote it counts!

    I don’t experiment much with make-up at all, but when I do, it’s from mary kay samples. would be fun to win this giveaway 🙂

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