The Mary Kay Look – Influenster VoxBox Review

If you saw my last post, then you probably know that I was selected by Influenster to receive their Mary Kay VoxBox.  Now that I’ve had a chance to try out all of the products provided, I figured I would do a review of each.  There were only five products, so it this won’t be a ridiculously long post.

Mary Kay Lash Primer ($15)

Mary Kay Lash Primer

  The last lash primer I tried was quite some time ago, when the only ones available (as far as I’m aware) left a thick, white mascara on your lashes.  They made my lashes clump up and look horrendous, so I have stayed far away from lash primers in general since then.  This primer, however, is clear, so it’s already ahead of the curve in my book.  After doing a side-by-side comparison, the lashes with the primer were noticeably more curled, and had slightly more volume.  I didn’t notice any additional length (as claimed), but that’s not one of my personal concerns so I’ll let that slide.  While I don’t see this as an everyday product, I definitely enjoyed it.

Final Score: A-

Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthening Mascara ($15)

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  I’m not much of a volumizing mascara girl, but I love me a lengthening mascara.  My absolute favorite mascara of all time is Clinique’s Long Pretty Lashes, but it’s been discontinued and that makes me sad.  Mary Kay’s Lash Love Lengthening Mascara (quite the title) definitely lives up to its name.  Even without the primer my lashes looked near falsies-length.  It has a rubber-tipped wand, which is fine by me, and is the perfect shape to really give your lashes a great coat of product without needing to go over them a hundred times.  I only applied one coat and was thoroughly impressed.  I know some people have a formula preference, and this one is a bit more on the “dry” end.  It does not claim to be water-proof, but it will wear all day without flaking.

Final Score: A

Mary Kay Cream Eye Color ($14) and Eye Color/Concealer Brush ($10)

Note: The card that came with my products stated that the cream eye color was $22, but the website advertises $14, so I’m going with the website price.

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  Neither of these pictures do the color justice (thanks to an overcast day and using bathroom lighting).  This color is Violet Storm, and while I was initially impressed with the rich, deep hue in the pot, I was not so impressed by the color that applied.  I like wearing purple next to my green eyes, but this is a very vibrant lilac shade when applied.  The consistency, however, is wonderful.  Similar to Maybelline’s Color Tattoo formula, but even creamier.  Mary Kay wins hands down in that department.  Regardless of the color, the formula blends out easily, and can definitely be built up without worry of creasing.  These make an excellent one-color eye look, and I’m very tempted to purchase some of the other colors.

Final Score: B (but only because the color wasn’t my favorite)

The eye color/concealer brush is decent; definitely good for the cream eye color formula.  It’s very similar to the brush that comes with Urban Decay’s Naked palette.  It’s also soft enough to use under your eyes for concealer, so I’m probably going to keep this with my everyday brushes for that purpose.

Final Score: B (it’s average)

Mary Kay True Dimensions Lip Stick in Pink Cherie ($18)

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  This was the one flop of the bunch, for me anyway.  My first impression was that this would be a more sheer, moisturizing color.  That was not entirely the case.  Moisturizing, yes, but it settled in the lines of my lips very quickly and looked terrible up close.  Sheer?  Absolutely not.  So I ended up with opaque color settled into the lines of my lips in a shade that was just not flattering for me.  The texture was great, the look was not.  Unlike the cream shadow I’m not even tempted to get this in another color to see how it performs.  The packaging was…interesting…as well.  You have to push a button at the top of the case to release the color tube.  It makes for a streamlined casing whose cap won’t come off in your purse or makeup bag, but you had better remember to twist the color down all the way, or you’re going to ruin your lipstick when you put the top back on.

Final Score: C- (It’s one redeeming quality is its moisturizing effect)

  As for putting a look together with the products I received?  Not gonna happen.  The combination of pink lipstick and lilac eyeshadow is far too Barbie-inspired for my taste.  I wish we had been provided with more neutral colors, or even summertime shades.  The lipstick in Color Me Coral and shadow in Beach Blonde would probably look beautiful together.

So, that’s that!  Hope you enjoyed the review; I really like beauty products and am happy I got the chance to share my opinions with you.  If you’d like reviews on other products, let me know in the comments below!  I’m always excited about new things to try (and excuse to try them).

Till next time…

voxbox-blogimage-popup2I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

Birthdays, Boxes & Youtube

Today is my husband Steven’s birthday.  He was at work until about an hour ago, when he surprised Jake and me and came home early!  I love early days.  Even one day with a “normal” work/home schedule is a treat around here.  I know we’ll never have typical weekends, or even a typical family evening schedule, so these days are precious to me.  Anyway, we had gone to lunch earlier this afternoon, and Jake was such a trooper.  He put up with a late lunch and a very late nap without a problem, and I was very proud of him.

Speaking of Steven’s birthday…I didn’t get him anything.  I feel like a terrible wife, even though he could never tell me what he wanted.  Steven’s not the kind of guy you get random gifts for.  Give him something you know he wants/will use or it’s wasted money.  And considering it would have been HIS wasted money, it’s best that I just say “absolutely” the next time he mentions something a bit outlandish that he would like to buy.  I swear, he’s the most difficult person to buy presents for.  So, we’ll go get some Korean comfort food for dinner, watch more Game of Thrones (no spoilers!), and call it a night.  Sounds like a perfect evening to me.

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  Have you ever heard of Influenster?  If not, I’d take a moment to check out their About Page, because they do a much better job of explaining exactly what it is that they do than I ever could.  That being said, I was selected to receive their latest VoxBox, which included a variety of Mary Kay items!  I finally received it yesterday, and I couldn’t wait to open it up!  I even made an unboxing video, which is pretty brief, but I’ll be reviewing the items that I received on here this week.  I hope you’ll take a moment to watch!  I’ve been really debating starting a vlog that I’d update every couple of days or use to supplement this blog.  Thoughts?  It’s not like I do too many exciting things around here, but I think it would be fun.  I enjoy editing photos/videos and YouTube seems like a good creative outlet.  Anyway, on to the video!

Note: Thanks for the awesome thumbnail option, YouTube.

Next post: Mary Kay Reviews!

Disclaimer: I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

 

The first step

After my last post I was very motivated to find a way to get some kind of schedule set up for myself.   I wanted some kind of permanent reminder for myself of what I’d (ideally) like to get done on a day-to-day basis.  So I made this:

My Ideal Schedule

My Ideal Schedule

The full-size version is my laptop’s background.  Some things to note:

  • This is obviously going to change when Jake starts pre-school/activities
  • This is an IDEAL schedule.  I’m not going to beat myself up about staying in pjs a little longer some days, or if Jake’s not in the best mood for morning errands.  Honestly, I don’t have many errands to run, so there are days we just stay at home.
  • The evening schedule is odd because my husband works 12-hour days and doesn’t get home until it’s almost Jake’s bedtime.  We always eat together, and Jake eats at 6pm.  Would I like us to all eat together?  Absolutely, but that’s a whole other post.  We’ll chat about that at a later date.  At some point I’ll switch to eating dinner with Jake, and Dad will just have to deal with re-heating a plate. 😉
  • “Daily Cleaning Task” refers to The Fly Lady method.  Her site has changed my thoughts on the cleaning process, and makes life quite a bit easier.  I am not a cleaning marathon kind of person; I get frustrated and never finish when I start.  I could go into a whole other post just on Fly Lady, but I won’t.  Check out the site and see for yourself.  I don’t follow it precisely, but a little work everyday gets the job done.
  • “Projects” refers to something around the house that needs to be done.  On the list right now: Hang picture frames, Jake’s Second Yearbook, Organize Goodwill run, etc.  It is a never-ending and changing list.

As I said before, it’s not a big deal if the schedule isn’t followed exactly, but it’s nice to see what I’d ideally like to get done each day right there in front of me.  I’ve never been good with keeping lists or daily planners, so this is my modification.

Other things on my mind right now:

  • Jake needs other kids around.  I don’t have friends with kids his age and he’s not getting other kid interaction.  I’ve been looking at some Mommy’s Day Out programs (2 days/week), but I just don’t know.  Most are religiously affiliated, and I don’t know how I feel about that.  Plus, he’s never been in a structured setting, and I worry about that.  I feel like if he’s more…rambunctious than most that I might have done something wrong.  But I also know that he needs that environment.

Help?

Getting it together

It’s about time I get myself together.  I’ve been a stay-at-home-mom (SAHM) for almost two years, my house could use always use a cleaning, there are still boxes from our move a year ago, and most days I’m lucky if I take a shower.  To be honest, I’d much rather lounge and blog read or watch YouTube videos than accomplish anything.  I start the day with good intentions, but those don’t usually pan out.  Primarily due to my own laziness.  I am there next to Jake (2) all of the time though, and I don’t regret that at all.  He’s the reason I don’t work, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have other responsibilities, and I need to get to work on those.  So, that’s what I’ll do, and this is where I’ll document it.  Pics or it didn’t happen, right?