For almost 11 years of my childhood, I saw the beautiful, towering glass building of the Mary Kay Headquarters and their quintessential pink vehicles almost daily.  I didn’t remember that until just now – isn’t it funny how memories come back to you all of a sudden?

I know this is not my typical “green” product review, but I do understand that not all of my readers are interested solely in “green” products, especially when it comes to makeup.  That’s why I teamed up with Maria Moser, an Independent Mary Kay Beauty Consultant since 2002 and a writer on this blog-azine, for this review and giveaway.

Not having had much experience or knowledge on how to apply makeup (I must have missed that class in high school or something), I am fairly clueless about a lot of it.  Okay, it’s ALL a mystery to me.  Not to mention I have zero patience or time.  In fact, my current makeup routine consists of mascara, blush, chapstick, and sometimes eyeliner, all of which takes literally less than 2 minutes from start to finish (and that’s a generous estimate).  That’s why I had a tremendous amount of fun using the beauty profiler and virtual makeover on Maria’s website.

With the beauty profiler, you get:

  • a skin care analysis
  • makeup advice (finding the right colors to suit not only your skin tone but also your style) and application tips
  • fragrance finder

Then you can make a shareable shopping list based on your results and preferences.  If you are still unsure or you just want to have a little fun, take those recommended colors and use the virtual makeover feature.  By uploading your photo (or you can use a test model from her site), you can actually do a test run on all the color combinations you could possibly imagine.  You can even play around with a new hairstyle!  For me, the virtual makeover was great for playing around with eyeshadows, since I really have a terrible time with eyeshadow application – which is perhaps the reason I don’t wear any!  (Good thing I have naturally shaded eyelids – this has also been a curse.)

When Maria asked what I wanted to review, I was mainly going for one of the mineral blushes (which I do like, by the way), but I was (unexpectedly) most impressed with the mascara, travel bag, and satin lips lip balm.  Let me tell you why…

Before and After Ultimate Mascara

When it comes to mascara, I am a one-coat gal.  That’s all I have time and patience for, so if I can’t get it done in 15 seconds, I just don’t do it.  My lashes are by no means short, nor are they long.  The problem with my lashes is that they are hardly noticeable.  That is to say they are extremely fine, like the rest of my hair.  Great for arms and legs, not so great for eyelashes.  So I need a mascara that will do the trick in one coat without clumping or the associated flaking halfway through the day.  Mary Kay’s Ultimate Mascara super-thickens and super-lengthens super-sensationally.  I mean, seriously W-O-W!  And it lasts the entire day. (Retails for $15)

The Travel Roll-up bag is hands down the best travel bag ever! Don’t let these little bags fool you – they fit a TON of stuff.  Organize your beauty products and accessories into the four clear, zippered compartments that can be individually unattached and easily taken on-the-go.  Roll up the compact bag to travel, then unfurl and hang it (swivel hook included) to reveal all of your toiletries. (Retails for $30)

Winter does a number on my lips and the Satin Lips lip balm is like it’s namesake, satin.  It’s like they bottled up satin and squeezed it into a cream consistency.  Seriously, it’s that luxurious.  The 2-step system (mask and balm) is fragrance-free and moisturizes lips for over 6 hours, providing an invisible barrier against the elements. (Retails for $18)

If these items don’t do it for you, there are a ton of others for you to try, including makeup, a skin care line, body and sun collection, fragrances, and a men’s collection.

And while you are on Maria’s website, be sure to check out the best sellers, a few tips and trends, makeup artist looks for you to mimic, gift ideas (Valentine’s Day is just around the corner!), and the perks you receive if you host a Mary Kay party.  If you are on a budget, she has 90 products under $10, do-it-yourself spa treatments, basic must-haves and money-savers.

If after trying out the virtual makeover and beauty profiler and browsing the product choices you still find yourself a bit clueless, just ask Maria for help.  She offers free consultations, a free sample and free delivery and shipping.  Did you hear me? Maria offers FREE SHIPPING!  No minimum purchase necessary, though if you spend $40+ you receive a FREE GIFT.  And all Mary Kay products come with a full guarantee.

For those individuals that are eco-conscious, you will be pleased to know that Maria packages her shipments in bio-peanuts.

**Win** A a $25 Gift Certificate courtesy of Maria Moser, Independent Beauty Consultant!


To enter, visit Maria’s website and leave a comment on this post letting me know what you would buy with the $25 gift certificate if you win.

***Giveaway closes January 26th @ 11:59 pm EST and winner will be chosen via Open to US Residents.***

Winner is will be emailed after the giveaway closes and also announced on this blog under the featured “Recent Giveaway Winners” section. Winner will have 72 hours to respond to my email, or another winner will be drawn. We never share your email with third parties.

Disclaimer: The sample product(s) reviewed was provided free of charge. NoM was under no obligation to review it if we so chose, nor was NoM under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product. The views and opinions expressed in this post are solely that of NoM, and are completely honest and without influence. NoM has reviewed this product(s) because we like it and think it would benefit our readers. To view our full policy, please click here.


  1. 51

    I would get the Satin Lips Set

  2. 52

    I would love to try the Tinted Moisturizer With Sunscreen SPF 20.
    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

  3. 53

    I would get either the medium or full coverage foundation. Mary Kay’s foundation is the only kind I’ll wear :)

  4. 54
    Veronica Garrett says:

    I would buy the Satin Lips Set.