Last Saturday, I accompanied a friend to a Mary Kay pampering session. Now, in no way am I associated with Mary Kay (despite their recruiting efforts), but I have to admit that I enjoyed myself. I've used a few Mary Kay products in my life and frankly, it's not a brand I ever consider. I think their strong suit is skincare, the cleansers and lotions are nice, but the cosmetics are kind of blah. It's also interesting that their 'consultants' don't need any makeup training - the recruiting process is just whoever goes to these parties. Much of their rhetoric is based on finding a job you love, which I agree with, but sometimes the quality of work done by a makeup artist needs to be more...professional.
Anyways, enough on that. The overall experience was cool as I cleansed and exfoliated with their TimeWise collection. I have normal/dry skin, so I started with this cleanser. ($18) I went in with some foundation on and it did a good job of removing it. I didn't have any eye makeup on, so I'm not sure if it's safe for the eye area.
Next step was to Refine, with Step 1 of the TimeWise Microdermabrasion ($55). It's a light exfoliant that reminds me of Lancome's Resurface-C set. It's not a scrub per se, but with tiny granules that slough away dead skin cells. After removing the scrub with a steamed towel, it was time for Step 2 : a Serum that is meant to Replenish the skin.
Fight fine lines, refine pores and achieve beautifully smooth skin – immediately – with this simple, two-step set.
Step 1: Refine is an advanced exfoliator using the same professional grade exfoliating crystals used by dermatologists, to immediately energize skin and reveal more radiant, healthy-looking skin.
Application: After cleansing, apply a quarter-sized amount of Step 1: Refine to wet face with fingertips. Using circular motions, gently massage face with fingertips for 1-2 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with warm water and pat dry. Follow with Step 2: Replenish.
Step 2: Replenish separates the set from the competition. It's a rich serum, containing vitamins, antioxidants and anti-irritants. This serum nourishes the soft, smooth skin revealed by Step 1: Refine.
Application: Following Step 1: Refine, use fingertips to gently apply Step 2: Replenish. Continue with TimeWise® Day Solution SPF 25* or TimeWise® Night Solution and then TimeWise® Age-Fighting Moisturizer.
After the serum, I applied the TimeWise Day Solution, SPF 25 ($30)
Think of it as a veil of defense. With an SPF of 25, this innovative product helps prevent lines and discoloration
before they occur by blocking damaging UVA/UVB rays. A calming peptide helps relax expression lines.
For evening, there is a night solution. TimeWsie Night Solution ($30)
A unique delivery system of encapsulated vitamins and antioxidants combined with
collagen-enhancing peptideshelp fade away deep lines and wrinkles.
Nutribeads® microcapsules are vitamin-packed.
Rest assured your skin is being revitalized while you sleep.
And lastly, a moisturizer.TimeWise Age Fighting Moisturizer ($22)
Reduce the appearance of fine lines for younger-looking skin with this oil-free lotion.
It's formulated with next-generation antioxidants that guard against free radicals which cause the skin to age.
The normal to dry formula delivers an emollient-rich treat that enhances the skin's
natural moisturization process to prevent moisture loss for soft, supple skin.