Botanical Effects, Mineral Foundation & Eyeliner
Recently my best friend Cassie started to sell Mary Kay cosmetics. Similar to Julep, Mary Kay is all about giving back to women. Mary Kay uses their proceeds to support groups aimed towards preventing domestic violence, to build classrooms at women's shelters and to empower women just to name a few. I have been blessed with troublesome skin :( Due to the oily, acne prone skin I thought was supposed to go away but didn't after my teenage years I am constantly looking for new cleansers that actually work. Cassie suggested a new line from Mary Kay known as Botanical Effects. These products are not only great for your skin being packed with antioxidants, but their packaging is also environmentally friendly.
The Botanical line consist of four different products: Cleanse (facial cleanser), Hydrate (moisturizer), Freshen (a spray to remove excess oil/ minimize pores), and Mask in three different skin profiles for you to choose from based on your needs: Normal, Combination and Oily. Cassie informed me that moisturizing your face is one of the most important steps in caring for your skin, but one that most woman tend to skip. (Guilty as charged). My friend has never been one to lead me astray expect for that one time when...(just kidding) so I took her word for it and purchased the Cleanse and Hydrate.
My skin being what it is I did not expect any miracles. Upon the first use of these large sized products- I was pleasantly surprised with the bang for your buck- my skin felt cleaner and much smoother to the touch. I quite enjoyed that clean feeling and have continued using the product for a couple months now. At first, as always with new cleansers, my face broke out sightly. After a few more weeks of use however...WOW!!! My face began to clear up, and even though my face is oily that unwanted shine started to stay away!! I haven't had any big breakouts in a over a month and even some of those disgusting blackheads have cleared up. I am highly pleased with these products, and am saving up for the freshen and mask!!
|The Entire Botanical Effects Line :)|
Photo Credit: Mary Kay by Cassie on Facebook
Another "fun" issue I have with my skin is trying to find a foundation good enough to cover blemishes without looking caked on. I am a teacher, and while I absolutely love my little ones they are also brutally honest when it comes to everything including appearances. I didn't want to be known as that first year teacher whose face looked liked a pizza! I turned to my dear friend yet again for advice in this area. I had been using Bare Escentuals Minerals foundation in the past, but talk about pricey!! In swooped Cassie yet again to the rescue suggesting I try Mary Kay Mineral Powder Foundation. It comes in a bigger size than the Bare Minerals and is 10 dollars cheaper. I found this foundation to provide much better coverage (a little goes a long way) as well and last longer! I didn't have to worry about it rubbing off in the middle of the school day or my shine breaking through. For those times when I did need a touch up on the go the container the Mary Kay powder comes in even has a mirror on top- how is that for convenience :)
Mineral Powder Foundation
Photo Credit: http://www.stylemanila.com/2010/01/02/mineral-makeup-pick-mary-kay-mineral-powder-foundation/
Now that Cassie had me sold when it came to the quality of Mary Kay products it was a no brainer where to turn when I needed new eyeliner. I purchased Mary Kay eyeliner in black. I was put off at first by the small size, but with how evenly it applies it is lasting longer than store bought larger ones. It features a angle perfect for lining the top lid of your eye, a sharper at the end and a twist up container. It glides on easily and lasts throughout the day. Many times my girls would say I had makeup under my eyes or even on my nose (oh the life of a teacher). Mary Kay eyeliner did not smug however so no more embarrassing rushing to the restroom on my lunch break hoping I don't look like a clown haha.
|Mary Kay Eyeliner in Black|