8.22.2011

Superfluous pictures of me and a GIVEAWAY!!!

I used to be the kind of person that wore makeup every day of my life, even if I was just going to sit on the couch and watch movies all day. There had to be at least a coat of mascara going on.

Then I had kids.

Suddenly, even though I told myself I wouldn’t allow it to happen, putting makeup on became about number 108 on my priority list. Keeping as quiet as humanly possible during naptime far outranked having a fresh and loverly face, especially when rummaging through that makeup bag had somehow become the loudest thing on planet earth, second only to the microwave.

That being said, I think there is indeed value to fixing myself up every once in awhile. I just feel BETTER. And I kid you not, I swagger a little better on those days when I’ve spent even ten minutes getting dolled up. Is that vanity or self-preservation? Maybe a little of both.

And now the Husband knows that if I’ve got makeup on, something special is going on that day, like grocery shopping.

Anyway, I mention all this because I recently found an eye makeup remover (to use on those special days) that is magic. Magic I tell you. I had been on the search for years. I realize I may be the next to last person (I wonder who the last person is?) to discover that Mary Kay has the best eye makeup remover. My ignorance can be blamed on the fact that I rarely buy anything that cannot be found in a drugstore. But there comes a point in everyone’s life when you will change your habits if only to get something that works. Well I was at that point my friends.

So imagine my delight when my friend Keri (who sold me the remover) asked if I would like to sample some Mary Kay products and host a giveaway. WHAT!?

How did she know that sometimes I put makeup on at midnight just for fun?

And when she mentioned the virtual makeover feature on her Mary Kay website, did she know that I would spend way too much time warping myself into different personas?!
{This is what I wanted to look like when I was twelve, minus the facial crevices.}

 {This is a redo of my wedding look because there are some regrets. Not sure if this is better. I should have added more bronzer.}

 {This is what I will look like when I'm forty and finally have the courage to do a pixie cut. I look like Dooce.}

{This is what I will look like when I’m sixty, still rocking remnants of red hair.}

{And this is what I look like when I let fate take it’s course and click on options while closing my eyes.}


That is entirely too many pictures of me.

Now for the Mary Kay products I sampled in real life. I tried Satin Hands, Timewise 3-in-1 cleanser, moisturizer, and line-reducer cream, Mineral Eye Color Bundles plus Eyeliner for green and hazel eyes, concealer in ivory, Ultimate Mascara, and the Luscious Color lipstick in whipped berries.

My overall favorite was the Satin-Hands three step process. This stuff is dreamy and indulgent. That's a good thing. They need to make a Satin-Entire Body because, just because. The scent was unobtrusive which is nice because I hate things that are obtrusive, so my hands were feeling fine and fancy unobtrusively. Everything just seems a bit calmer when you've got nice soft hands eh? I’d like to take a moment and remind the Husband that Christmas is quickly approaching and that soft hands are good for holding. The end.

Now for my next favorite, the Mineral Eye Color Bundles and Eyeliner. Each bundle I received came with three eye shadow colors. I also tried a coordinating eyeliner for hazel and green eyes . I think I preferred the one for green eyes because we all know what green stands for and because it really did make my hazel eyes pop with a greenish hue. Hazel eyes are special like that. They can go either way! Don’t be jealous. I wore this color bundle for a weekend away with the Hubso to celebrate our anniversary. He didn’t say it, but I knew he was thinking I looked pretty darn hot what with all that green eye action going on.
He actually walked into an Urban Outfitters with me if you need proof of his attraction. And I am here to personally tell you that this eye shadow and eyeliner lasts a looong time. Even through 90+ degree weather, with the sun blazing into your retinas, even through a walk through a graveyard (don’t ask), even through an hour long trippy light show at a planetarium, even through eating so much food tears were forming, and so much more!

And as far as the Timewise 3-in-1 skincare goes, I was impressed. There was no allergic reaction from the cleanser or moisturizer, which sadly does happen to me sometimes when using new products. I can’t say that it’s better than what I normally use because I’ve only used Timewise a couple times, but surely it didn’t make matters worse. Just a nice fresh feeling face. The line-reducer cream has yet to reduce those large engravings on my forehead, but I fear those may require more applications or something more powerful, like paralytic poison injections.

Likewise, the concealer, mascara, and lipstick are good solid products. I liked the consistency of the concealer. It seemed to go on and stay on more smoothly than the crap concealer I normally use. And the mascara was nice, although I generally prefer something waterproof since I am known to burst into tears randomly. I should have told Keri this little tid bit about me. Oh well. I'm sure the waterproof kind works just as well. I have to be honest though, I tend to be in that one group that thinks mascara is mascara, and that this is an area where you can get away with buying something cheaper. Eh, just my opinion. However, I do believe other products such as cleanser, moisturizer, foundation, eyeshadow etc. is no place to skimp if you can help it. WORDS TO LIVE BY. And the lipstick color I received is actually the color I was hoping I’d get to sample. Telepathy! Plus whipped berries just sounds pleasant. It’s a great color that lasts a long time, and would probably look good with most complexions, including paler than pale. Ahem. Like it. Love it. Want some more of it.

Now for the best part! Keri has generously offered a $25 credit to one lucky reader, to be used on a Mary Kay order placed through her. I know what I would get with that, but I can’t win, so what would you get?

***There are five possible ways to enter this giveaway. Number 1 is mandatory for all participants. Numbers 2-5 are optional; do any or all of those. All entries will be verified. This giveaway is open to U.S. entrants only. Mary Kay beauty consultants and sales directors are not eligible.

Please remember to leave a SEPARATE COMMENT ON THIS POST FOR EACH ENTRY YOU DO so they can all be counted in the final tally.

Mandatory Entry:
*1. Visit Keri’s Mary Kay website and comment on this blog post telling which products you’d like to try or what you know you already love.

Optional Entries. Separate comments for each one:
*2. Place an order with Keri via website, email, or phone (see below for 15% discount info). Contact information is on her website.
*3. Use the virtual makeover feature on the website and share the lovely picture on facebook or twitter. There are icons to do so after you complete a virtual makeover. (provide link in the comment section below)
*4. Be a follower of Ramblings of a Redhead via Google Friend Connect
*5. Like Rambling Redhead’s facebook page.

This giveaway will remain open until August 28, 2011, 11:59 PM MT. Winner will be chosen at random and announced Monday, August 29th.

***Also, in addition to the giveaway, Keri is offering 15% off any order made with her during the giveaway time period. U.S. orders of $15 or more will receive free shipping. Smaller orders, shipping costs will be minimal. Just use the code “REDHEAD” in the customer comments section when ordering through the website. Aaaaawesome!

Orders will not be placed until after the giveaway is closed so if you made an order and happen to be the winner of the giveaway, that $25 will be deducted from your total, or you can use it for a future purchase with Keri. Also, if you are interested, Keri does webshows and distance hostess programs where you can earn free products.

Good luck friends!

*Sample products were provided. All opinions are my own. Oh yes they are.

65 comments:

Shooting Stars Mag said...

I would love to get the Tribute® for Men Spray Cologne for my brother. As for me, satin hands!!

-Lauren
lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

Shooting Stars Mag said...

i follow you via gfc

lauren51990 at aol dot com

SIGHTS OF AUBREY said...

I have tried the Satin Lips Mask....love those satin lips

SIGHTS OF AUBREY said...

I like you on facebook :)

Suzanne said...

Hah, cute pics :)

I would love to try the makeup remover or the 3-in-1 Cleanser!

Suzanne said...

I'm a follower of ROAR with Google Friend Connect!

Suzanne said...

I like ROAR on FB

SIGHTS OF AUBREY said...

Hey,I have been trying to find a good eyeliner that stays on and a new lipstick.

Megan C said...

I would love to get the satin lips mask!
meglenicole@yahoo.com

Megan C said...

Following via GFC,
meglenicole@yahoo.com

Laura said...

That last comment made by Aubrey was actually me..oops:)
I follow you on facebook too

The Pizza Family said...

I like the mascara! Though I rarely wear it. The eye makeup remover is most excellent as well!

The Pizza Family said...

PS. The pictures almost made me pee a little... almost.

Chloe said...

I like the concealer.

MamasMusings@hotmail.com

Lisa said...

Satin Hands is wonderful, but would love to try the eye make up remover too!

itsme said...

i would love to try the mineral eye care bundle for blue eyes

itsme said...

gfc follower

itsme said...

facebook like you as clarissa neiding

heathbar said...

I like you on facebook

heathbar said...

im a follower of ROAR

heathbar said...

I would like to try the makeup remover

Lynn Raczkowski said...

Love the firming eye cream!

Jenn Spencer said...

I visited Keri’s Mary Kay website and I'd love to try the Thinking of You™ Eau de Parfum and Mary Kay® Exotic Passionfruit® Eau de Toilette Sugar Scrub!

Thanks!
Jenn
learnquilling@gmail.com
Hair Bow Making for Beginners

Jenn Spencer said...

I followed Ramblings of a Redhead via Google Friend Connect!

Thanks!
Jenn
learnquilling@gmail.com
Hair Bow Making for Beginners

Jenn Spencer said...

I liked Ramblings of a Redhead on FB!

Thanks!
Jenn
learnquilling@gmail.com
Hair Bow Making for Beginners

Nancy said...

I'd like to try their SPF 30 Sunscreen.

Nancy
allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

Nancy said...

I follow via GFC: allibrary.

Nancy
allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

Heather! said...

I really want to try the Mary Kay Timewise Microdermabrasion Set!

Thanks!
h4schaffer at gmail dot com

Heather! said...

I LIKE you on Facebook.
(Heather S Chaffer)
h4schaffer at gmail dot com

Heather! said...

I follow via GFC!
h4schaffer at gmail dot com

Kait said...

I love the Lash Love Mascara in black, one of my necessities!

philadybug AT hotmail DOT com

Kait said...

Like you on facebook (kait pic--)

philadybug AT hotmail DOT com

Kait said...

GFC follower (kait)

philadybug AT hotmail DOT com

couponingbetty said...

I will say I love Mary Kay and just purchased Satin Hands the peach kind whichI love. I played around with the virtual makeover page for hours I think. I love it! I will back and post a picture for you and leave a comment.
couponingbetty@gmail.com
love the pictures.

Kait said...

don't judge!
http://twitter.com/#!/kpicco/status/106449187637444608

philadybug AT hotmail DOT com

Mommy-Money said...

I want to try the defintion mascara
janetmulford at gmail

Mommy-Money said...

like you on facebook
janet shei vickers
janetmulford at gmail

Sarah said...
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Sarah said...

Sorry I forgot my email in the last one. I want to try the foundation primer. My foundation never last all day.

Sarah said...

I am now following GFC with my google account of sarahhardy04@gmail.com.

My primary email is nickolsarah at yahoo dot com!

Sarah said...

I "like" your page on facebook. email: nickolsarah at yahoo dot com

Sarah said...

http://www.marykay.com/keri.troyer/whatsnew/virtualmakeover/default.aspx?ab=sidenav_vmo

My makeover!!!

nickolsarah at yahoo dot com

kddanie2 said...

i want to try the thinking of you perfume...kddanie2@gmail.com

Jelli Bean said...

I'd like to try the basic black eyeliner.

cleorenee said...

I would like to try the mineral eye color bundle.

AubreyLaine said...

I'd like to try the Intense Mositurizing Cream
littlegray88 at yahoo dot com

AubreyLaine said...

I like you on facebook
littlegray88 at yahoo dot com

AubreyLaine said...

i follow you via gfc
littlegray88 at yahoo dot com

Laura said...

I'd like to try the Satin Lips.

Thanks,
Laura

Laurasu82 at yahoo.com

Sherry said...

I would love to try the Mineral Eye
Color Bundle – Brilliant Blue
mythisis@aol.com

Sherry said...

Follow you on GFC
mythisis@aol.com

Sherry said...

Like you on FB
mythisis@aol.com

Food, Fun, and Family said...

TimeWise Firming Eye Cream or the 3-1 time wise cleaner. My lack of sleep is showing these days. :(

ewhatley said...

I'm always searching for the perfect mascara and I've read good reviews about Mary Kay mascara, so that's one thing I would definitely choose.

mybeachylife at gmail dot com

JaMean said...

I already love everything, but I would really like to try the Limited-Edition* Mary Kay® Shadow & Line Eye Duo in Fig. Thanks for the contest!!! :)

Suzanne said...

My makeover! :)

http://www.marykay.com/keri.troyer/content/vmo/vmobeforeafterframe.aspx?i=makeover_grvccorw

Shared on Twitter: http://twitter.com/BlankCanvasSuz

astroqueen67 said...

I would like to try the TimeWise® 3-in-1 Cleanser, Holly Hennessy Swint astroqueen67@hotmail.com

astroqueen67 said...

Following you on GFC as astroqueen67 Holly Hennessy Swint astroqueen67@hotmail.com

astroqueen67 said...

Like you on FB Holly Hennessy Swint astroqueen67@hotmail.com

The Southern Fried Bride said...

I'd love to try the waterproof mascara!

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sweetmelbelle31 said...

Mandatory Entry:

I would love to try the Peach Satin Hands® Pampering Set.

sweetmelbelle31 at yahoo dot com

sweetmelbelle31 said...

I'm a google friend connect follower. I'm sweetmelbelle31

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sweetmelbelle31 said...

I liked Ramblings of a Redhead on Facebook. I'm Melissa Belle there.

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Leigh said...

I have always loved the Mary Kay hand cream. I would love to try the volume mascra!

leigh dot onedayatatime at gmail dot com

Leigh said...

I like you on facebook!

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