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The Mary Kay Is My Godmother Giveaway – Before & After Photos!

As you know I’m all about beauty. How to maintain it even if I have to drink the blood of virgin choirboys. Even if I have to do 500 military press push-ups in a pair of Jessica Simpson platforms. And yes, even if I have to give up eating McFlurries. So you can imagine my joy at receiving this in the mail from my Mary Kay fairy godmother:

And this:

I love make-up. I pretty much looked like I had black eyes throughout junior high.  Child services showed up once only to discover I’d been over-zealously applying Root Beer Lip Smackers and black eyeliner.  I like to think that since then my make-up aesthetic has become less Brooke Shields in Pretty Baby and more Grace Kelly in Rear Window.

So I was thrilled to try out my evolved skills with my Mary Kay booty. I invited a crew of my neighborhood knocking-on-the-menopausal-ceiling mom friends over on Sunday and I wove my magic upon them:

My gorgeous 46-year old friend Bettina sans make-up.

Here is Bettina after I applied Mary Kay’s long-lasting mineral eye shadow Vanilla Truffle, Midnight Star and Black Pearl, brushed on Mary Kay’s Shy Blush (even if Bettina is a bold one) and finished her off with Mary Kay’s NouriShine Cafe Au Lait lip gloss:

Hello, Vixen.  Next up is my Boho chic 52-year old friend Diane who always goes nude:

I accosted Diane with the subtle Golden Vanilla, Truffle and Lavender Fog mineral eyeshadows. Dashed on Lash Love Mascara in Black, a little Shy Blush and finally the Cafe Au Lait lip gloss:

Tasteful, approachable, beautiful.  This next photo is either me without make-up or an escaped convict from Chino Prison:

Fortunately Mary Kay intervened on my husband’s behalf.

Above I’m one week into using the Mary Kay Timewise Microdermabrasion set (in short: sloughing off decrepitude and replenishing moisture) and am sporting Golden Vanilla, Truffle and Lavender Fog eye shadow, LashLove Waterproof mascara in black, a dollop of Shy Blush and Mango Tango NouriShine lip gloss.

Below:  I never wear brightly colored lip gloss because I am lip challenged. I always end up looking like Cloris Leachman on Dancing With The Stars. But I love the Mary Kay Mango Tango and even the Rock ‘N Red. I’d given up on me and red lipstick. But I’m back, baby!

Kiss me, Mwah!

As you may have guessed, I received all of these products from Mary Kay, but I want you all to know I get approached to write reviews all the time, for various products. I only blog about products I love. And I am sold on Mary Kay. They’ve saved me from matte lip stick, and their eye shadows flatter women of a certain age. I wholeheartedly endorse their products, and there isn’t even a pink Cadillac in it for me. But I might get one anyway! I aspire to iconography!

Great news – if you’d like to try out some Mary Kay products you may be in luck! I am giving away a fabulous Mary Kay gift basket to one lucky winner. All you have to do to enter is tell me your greatest beauty tip.


No duplicate comments.

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

a) Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post

b) Tweet (public message) about this promotion; including exactly the following unique term in your tweet message: “#SweepstakesEntry”; and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post

c) Blog about this promotion, including a disclosure that you are receiving a sweepstakes entry in exchange for writing the blog post, and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post

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 11/19/12-12/31/12.

Be sure to visit the Mary Kay page on BlogHer.com where you can read other bloggers’ reviews and find more chances 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.

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  1. Yvonne Condes
    Yvonne Condes 20 November, 2012, 23:33

    I want a makeover! (btw, all of you look good with our without makeup!)

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  2. hilljean
    hilljean 21 November, 2012, 00:05

    You have gorgeous friends! And with or without makeup–your eyes are incredible. I would love to win!

    I guess my big beauty tip (if I have one) is lightly heating my eyelash curler with a blowdryer and then using two different mascaras to get some gigantic eyelashes.

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  3. Sharon Greenthal (@sharongreenthal)
    Sharon Greenthal (@sharongreenthal) 21 November, 2012, 08:18

    In a pinch, you can be a make-up artist. I know for a fact these are in huge demand in Los Angeles.

    You and your friends are gorgeous.

    I would love a basket of fresh new makeup to test out. So pick ME!

    Have a great Thanksgiving! With hugs from a big fan.

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  4. Lori Jo Vest
    Lori Jo Vest 21 November, 2012, 08:34

    I’m not much of a make-up wearer, though I’d like to try again!

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  5. Alyssa Hult
    Alyssa Hult 21 November, 2012, 10:48

    I love Mary Kay too! My best beauty tip is a good foundation (MK Mineral Foundation for me!) and drink lots of water.

    I also tweeted this entry. My twitter account is alyssahult (www.twitter.com/alyssahult)

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  6. Carol D
    Carol D 21 November, 2012, 11:02

    You all look really beautiful!!! My tip is this: To line lips as you get to a “certain” age, use a blond Maybelline eyebrow pencil. It doesn’t really show up but the wax in it prevents the lipstick from traveling. Like you I love, love, love makeup.

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  7. Karen Medlin
    Karen Medlin 21 November, 2012, 22:08

    I use a moisturizer under my makeup and switch out in summer months to wear a sunscreen under my makeup instead. It does the same trick and doesn’t dry my skin

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  8. Lisa Brown
    Lisa Brown 22 November, 2012, 10:07

    Greatest beauty tip: don’t stress. Stress is so hard on skin and can prematurely age you.
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

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  9. slbowling
    slbowling 22 November, 2012, 11:45

    Many, many, moons ago I was a Mary Kay consultant. Not a very good one, mind you, but I did like their make-up. Haven’t used it in years.

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  10. Victoria
    Victoria 22 November, 2012, 21:31

    My greatest beauty tip would be cleanse and moisturize daily. You all look beautiful and I love that Mango Tango on you.

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  11. Jen @ Ginger Guide
    Jen @ Ginger Guide 23 November, 2012, 10:15

    Like any good ginger, I love my sunscreen. In my moisturizer, in my makeup, in my oj…well not quite. But I do wear it a lot and my Italian husband just sits there, all tan, and laughs.

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  12. Erika
    Erika 23 November, 2012, 20:42

    My best tip is simply washing my face every night without fail!

    chambanachik at gmail dot com

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  13. Tracie O
    Tracie O 24 November, 2012, 20:20

    My favorite Mary Kay product is the makeup remover. Best I have ever used!!

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  14. Kate F.
    Kate F. 25 November, 2012, 16:47

    My best tip is to wash your face twice a day, every day.

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  15. Meredith in SA
    Meredith in SA 26 November, 2012, 13:51

    My best beauty tip is to sleep a full 8 hours a night.

    Not that I manage to…

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  16. Jen G.
    Jen G. 29 November, 2012, 06:45

    I love the Mary Kay TimeWise products!! My beauty tip is this: even if you have oily skin (like me!), you should still use moisturizer every day, even in the summer. If you deprive your skin of moisturizer, your skin will produce MORE oil to compensate. That is the opposite of what I want!!!

    Thanks for the give-a-way!

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  17. Mary M.
    Mary M. 1 December, 2012, 05:46

    All I can tell you is get plenty of rest.Your skin needs it.


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  18. Sara McManaway
    Sara McManaway 3 December, 2012, 00:25

    My greatest beauty tip is….. if nothing else is possible, running late to work, school, not time for primping….Always keep a multi-use product (bb cream or powder/foundation combo compact) , a good tube of Masacra and a eyebrow/eyeliner duo pencil handy as well as a neutral tinted gloss…. 4 products make you look alive anytime anyplace

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  19. Stephanie Hartman
    Stephanie Hartman 3 December, 2012, 16:54

    Always wash your face before bed.

    stephmcbride1976 at yahoo dot com

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  20. Maria Cantu
    Maria Cantu 3 December, 2012, 18:09

    always use moisturizer and sunscreen

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  21. Geraldine Sim
    Geraldine Sim 4 December, 2012, 11:40

    Vitamin C lotion to lighten sun damage and then moisturizer with sunscreen and a light tint during the day.

    You all look absolutely gorgeous with this minimalist approach. I love how the makeup brings out your natural beauty. I definitely want to try some of this Mary Kay!

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  22. Tina M
    Tina M 4 December, 2012, 12:12

    drink lots of water and wash your face everyday

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  23. Becky Page
    Becky Page 5 December, 2012, 07:52

    Although I love Mary Kay eye make-up remover, my mother taught me to use baby oil to remove my eye make-up. It’s a little greasy but it works and after you wipe the excess off, rub what’s left and your eyes and eye area will always look great. She’s done this for years, and in her late sixty’s has no crows feet.

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  24. Cindy C
    Cindy C 5 December, 2012, 15:23

    wear sunscreen

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  25. Jessie Sofranac
    Jessie Sofranac 5 December, 2012, 15:40

    My best beauty advice is LESS IS MORE! I learned this from my mother and it has been a great thing to follow. Mary Kay provides great ways to look au natural while still having fun and enjoyinf makeup products 🙂

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  26. Emily Murdock
    Emily Murdock 6 December, 2012, 07:07

    I LOVE Mary Kay products. I have used them for the past eighteen years and swear this is the reason that no one believes that I have children that are in college. My beauty tip is dusting my eyelashes with a bit of loose powder before putting on my mascara. This helps them to look a bit thicker and longer. Your eyelashes can never be too thick or too long!

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  27. michele
    michele 7 December, 2012, 05:36

    Always wear a smile!

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  28. Lanay
    Lanay 8 December, 2012, 20:09

    My favorite beauty tip is to exfoliate your lips by lightly brushing them with a toothbrush!

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  29. Kerry
    Kerry 14 December, 2012, 19:35

    My greatest tip is to use the clarisonic cleaner – I love it!

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  30. Rena
    Rena 16 December, 2012, 07:43

    Use an eyelash curler and heat it up a little bit with a blow dryer to get the curl to stay!

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  31. Rebecca Graham
    Rebecca Graham 18 December, 2012, 02:12

    Drink plenty of water and use sunscreen.

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  32. Wild Orchid
    Wild Orchid 18 December, 2012, 08:29

    My favorite beauty tip is to put a little white eyeliner along the inner corner of the eyes to make them appear bigger.

    Thanks for the cool giveaway!

    wildorchid985 @ gmail dot com

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  33. Wild Orchid
    Wild Orchid 18 December, 2012, 08:33


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  34. Alaine
    Alaine 20 December, 2012, 12:07

    Pamper your face before its too late!!
    family74014 at gmail dot com

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  35. Madeline
    Madeline 21 December, 2012, 16:21

    My best beauty tip (that I learned the hard way) is: to look younger, don’t overpluck your eyebrows!

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  36. Amy Tong
    Amy Tong 27 December, 2012, 00:17

    The greatest beauty top I’ve learned is put on a moisturizing mask before putter on makeup. You skin will absorb the foundation much better.

    Amy [at] utry [dot] it

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  37. Amy Tong
    Amy Tong 27 December, 2012, 00:18


    Amy [at] utry [dot] it

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  38. Kate
    Kate 28 December, 2012, 09:01

    A little toothpaste on a pimple is the best and cheapest zit cream ever!

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  39. Debra Ford
    Debra Ford 30 December, 2012, 12:46

    Over the years, the best advice that has helped me long term to to use the best moisturizer you can possibly afford – now that I’m older, I go for the best serum I can afford!

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  40. latanya
    latanya 30 December, 2012, 16:09

    apply a good primer before applying foundation
    dlatany at gmail dot com

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  41. Lisa Garner
    Lisa Garner 30 December, 2012, 20:19

    My best beauty tip is to use an under eye concealer because it really helps make your face look younger.
    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

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  42. Lisa Garner
    Lisa Garner 30 December, 2012, 20:20

    I Tweeted: https://twitter.com/lisalmg/status/285601295237279744
    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

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  43. Betty C
    Betty C 31 December, 2012, 14:34

    Always do a patch test before changing to a new skin care product to make sure you aren’t allergic.

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  44. anash
    anash 31 December, 2012, 15:30

    a beauty tip that i received was to put vaseline on your hands and cover with cotton socks overnight forsoft hands! Thanks for a super giveaway!

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  45. anash
    anash 31 December, 2012, 15:41

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    email: anashct1 [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  46. Debbie B
    Debbie B 31 December, 2012, 20:07

    Always take your makeup of at night before going to bed!

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