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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Adventures in Products: Mary Kay ~ The Glamour Look Box

Ok, friends. Truth time. A few weeks ago when I heard the name Mary Kay, I thought of "mom make-up". Nothing wrong with that, just not the brand of make-up I would personally buy. Mostly because I thought you had to go to one of those parties at someone's house to purchase Mary Kay products. (You know the type, the party where you feel guilty and purchase something that is over priced, and you don't really want it...)Enter The Glamour Look Vox Box by Mary Kay and Influenster. 

(Side note: If you don't already know about Influenster it is "a free -to-join community of invited trendsetters who live to give opinions of products and experiences. Influenster creates links between brands and members to reward participation and influence future products." If you would like an invite and the chance to review new products, leave me a comment and I will send you and invite!)

Ok, back to Mary Kay. I now see Mary Kay products in a new light! For the most part, I am a fan. Here is what I received in my complementary Glamour Look Box from Mary Kay
I've had a few weeks to try all the products and here are my thoughts about each one: 

Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthing Mascara (retail price $15.00)
While this mascara did a good job of making my lashes look longer, I did not like it as much as my current, regular brand of mascara. I am a waterproof mascara kind of gal and this was not waterproof. Towards the end of a long day, I also had some trouble with the mascara flaking off my lashes and getting into my eyes. Since I wear contacts, this was a problem, and not one that I have with my regular mascara. 

Mary Kay Lash Primer (retail price $15.00)
Honestly, I had never tried (or even heard of) lash primer. I learned that it is a clear coat of mascara, that you use before applying the black mascara. I did notice that when I used the primer first, the mascara went on smoother and I didn't have to work as hard to separate my lashes because they were already set. I will definitely use this product, but I don't consider it a necessity in my make-up bag. 

Mary Kay True Dimensions Lipstick (retail price $18.00)
So, I'm just not a lipstick girl. I try, really I do. And I do like the texture and color of lipstick, but will really only use it on special occasions.If you are a lipstick lady, this would be a good thing for you. 

I am not normally a purple eye shadow girl, but I have ended up really liking this color as well as the cream aspect of the product. I have several other cream eye shadows, but all in neutral/nude colors that I use more as a base. It has taken me some practice to be able to blend this product in well, as it is very pigmented and a little goes a long ways! 

Mary Kay Cream Eye / Concealer Brush (retail price $10.00)
I have to be honest and say that I was not a fan of this brush. I like softer brushes, and this one was quite stiff, even after working the bristles in my hand for a kind of hurt my eye lids when I was applying the cream eye color. Maybe I was doing it wrong, but I much prefer the brushes I have to this one. Sorry MK!

One thing that I did not realize, as I was looking around the Mary Kay website, was that they have a lot more than just make-up. They have skin care, sun & body, fragrances, and even a men's line! Who knew!? This is not the same Mary Kay that I remember! 

To check out "not your momma's Mary Kay" products, you can visit the Mary Kay Website. You don't even have to attend a party to purchase products. The website matches you up with a consultant that you and purchase with at any time! So smart. 

Thanks Mary Kay for the fun products to try! 

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.


  1. I remember Mary Kay when I grew up too & thought it was 'old lady' stuff... but a friend sells it & I tried the mascara & really liked it.

  2. Oh, I LOVE MK products and pretty much it is all I use. Their skincare is tops for sure and I love their Lumious Foundation, the Ultimate Mascara, Icicle Lipgloss, Cream shadows and regular shadows. Of course, I am an old lady but it is definitely for all ages! Happy weekend!

  3. I liked your review of these, I never really considered Mary Kay either. But the lash primer, sounds like a smart idea. I might have to give it a try! I'd love an invite to check Influenster out :)

  4. I haven't tried MK eyelash primer, but I am definitely a fan of primer. I always use MK mascara and I LOVE the eye makeup remover. It works and doesn't dry out my lids like some other name brands I have tried. Interesting post!