Sponsored Post: Mary Kay

You probably read my first post about Mary Kay’s Hollywood Dreams Makeover contest but if you didn’t, click HERE.  Once I get re-introduced to Mary Kay, I pretty much became hooked…all over again.  The Nourishine plus ™ lip gloss?  Amazing.  I’m literally walking around with the “Rock ‘n Red” shade in my purse and I love that I wear it for both day and night.  But when it comes to night, I always focus on the eye and lip.  For my last girl’s night out, I used a full face of Mary Kay products and I was super happy with the results; the Lash Love™ mascara (another favorite) is a deep, awesome black and it doesn’t flake off, which is so key when it comes to mascara.  As soon as I walked into the bar, two of my friends instantly commented on how my eyes were “really popping” and wanted to know what I used.  The answer?  Mary Kay.



Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Mary Kay but all opinions are 100% my own and I would never feature a product that I don’t genuinely love!

Mary Kay Hollywood Dreams Makeover Contest

Mary Kay® is one of those iconic makeup brands that makes me think of my childhood, which I love. In fact, for a real kick, watch my video…you can see a “vintage,” e.g. old and disgusting, Mary Kay® makeup compact from about twenty years ago. Not kidding. But I digress. I’m here to let you know about their fab Mary Kay Hollywood Dreams Makeover Contest. You could win a trip to Los Angeles, a professional makeover, personal stylist consultation and wardrobe.

Here’s How: Visit marykay.com to locate your Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant.

Schedule your makeover and enter to win!

Seriously, when was the last time you checked out Mary Kay? They’ve got some GOOD products, guys. No joke. Visit marykay.com/whatsnew to find your new look for fall! To get a look like mine (in the video), and purchase the products I used, contact your Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant or connect with one at marykay.com.

GIVEAWAY! Ten of my lucky readers will receive a Mary Kay® NouriShine Plus® Lip Gloss in Rock ‘n’ Red (ARV $14) and a Mary Kay® Lash Love® Mascara in I ♥ black (ARV $15) , just for telling me your beauty must-have’s this fall! Reply below to let me know!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Mary Kay. The opinions and text are all mine. Official Sweepstakes Rules

Spring cleaning: clean out your makeup bag!

The other day I found a lipstick in my makeup drawer.  From high school.  It was Mary Kay and an amazing frosty pink, which I LOVED…but um GROSS THAT I STILL OWN THIS LIPSTICK.  This got me to thinking about exactly how long you’re really supposed to keep your makeup; I mean, I get it – sometimes we get attached to certain beauty products, when they are fantastic, but it’s actually pretty important to make sure that you don’t use these products for too long because they build up bacteria and you can actually really get sick (e.g. eye infections!).  Here’s the general rule of thumb:

  • Foundation: 6 months (or if you can literally see it being weird, then a new bottle even sooner)
  • Powder: 2 years, as long as you clean your brushes! (see below)
  • Makeup brushes: once a month (use a baby shampoo or mild bar soap)
  • Eyeliner: I’ve read a few different opinions on this. Some say 3 months but others say you can use it down to the nub as long as you sharpen it with every use, which cleans it and keeps it fresh
  • Lipstick: 2 years (yes, I’m totally guilty at a good TEN years! Yuck!)  It’s also recommended that you cut off the edge with a razor blade to keep it fresh
  • Mascara: 3 months or after ANY eye infection

The Rules of Makeup

So I have this problem…I am a total and complete pack rat. On top of that, I frequently develop weird attachments to random objects, ha, I know. Anyway, this also includes makeup. I still have the first Clinque lipstick I bought so I could get the free gift with purchase, my first Mary Kay eye palette and the strawberry flavored Chapstick that my deceased Aunt bought me in Montauk…probably about 15 years ago. GROSS. Please don’t follow my lead. Experts say the following:

Eyeliner: Toss after about 3 years

Eye Shadow: Kept dry, powders can stay for up to 3 years

Lipstick/lipgloss: Time for garbage after 2 years

Mascara: 4 months max so watch it