The Mary Kay Way
She found me on Facebook. I didn’t know her beforehand. Her message was simple – she was a Mary Kay consultant and wanted to use me for her makeover portfolio. It would take about 90 minutes and I would leave with some free products. Sure, I said. Anything to help the community. I took almost two months for my schedule to allow me to participate, but I finally found myself driving to the Mary Kay facility in Jtown to meet Lisa Bailey.
I was joined by a small handful of other “models” along with a room full of energetic Mary Kay consultants. You could tell they were excited not only about representing their product, but also just about being around each other! After being together, dancing, singing and bringing a smile to everyone’s face, all of the “models” were taken into another room.
The first thing we did was clean our face and use some of the Mary Kay cleansing and moisturizing products. I actually really liked their lip products to help with chapped lips. We each took ‘before’ pics with our bare face. From there, were proceeded to get a makeover. The foundation, blush, eye shadows etc… had been perfected matched for each of us. I was given red lipstick. While this is a color I would never select for myself, I actually liked the way it all came together.
With our newly ‘pur-tee’ faces, we walked back out into the group. Prizes were given out to different people. I left wishing I had somewhere to go since I was “all dressed up with nowhere to go”. Lisa and the other consultants were all very friendly and knowledgeable.
But here’s the thing – Mary Kay is offering “GPS” (Girlfriend Pamper Sessions) free of charge to groups of women. All you need is three people. They will either come to you or you can come to their location. It only takes about 60 minutes and includes a free facial and makeover. They provide the snacks, music, free gifts and the fun. It’s a great way to bond with your friends and do something for you. If you’re interested in scheduling one for your girlfriends (or even in going to a session by yourself), contact Lisa Bailey – (502) 409-9056 or email@example.com.
M.Y. July 2010
I will be the first to admit that I am not yet a “girly-girl”. Yes, I have over a hundred dresses that I love to wear, but aside from that, you might as well call me a feminine tomboy. I could care less about getting my nails done weekly, checking out the latest MAC colors or having a purse large enough to hold a pair of newborn twins. The makeup I wear takes all of five minutes to put on- 3 strokes of eye shadow, basic black eyeliner and mascara – then I am out the door. My matching accessories are about as simple as my makeup. I have a wonderful thin black bracelet I wear everyday (it’s really a black ponytail holder).
Every once in a while I will have to be grown and do ladylike things. Most of it happens when I am getting ready for a competition or accepting an award. While it is fun to look glamorous for a couple of hours, the process of getting there can be pretty painful – I don’t see how people do it on a regular basis.
Now, I am usually on a stage (in a two piece suit) in front of thousands of people. So, the first essential thing is a waxing – below the belt. Now while that area does stay tidy during the year, it’s only on special occasions that it gets fully serviced. And that sucker HURTS!!!!!!!! The women that do the waxing offer great conversation to try to mask the pain. But still, my vaginal pores are speaking in tongues for those first several moments after pulling. I often wonder why women would go through those motions on a regular basis – that takes a strong and passionate lady.
I decided to try something new for my last show – eyebrow threading. My friend Jay has wonderful eyebrows and she referred me to the perfect person. It was hard for me to imagine that a simple piece of thread on my eyebrow making a perfect curve. So, I sat back in the chair and stretched the skin around my eye. It makes this really weird chirping sound that is hard to explain. It too at times is painful. But when I sat up just five minutes later, my eyebrows came to life. I felt like Tyra Banks would be proud!
I think that men may have invented most of these beauty tricks because no woman would make being beautiful such a process or a pain. So, I tip my hat to all of the diva women around. I admire your style, your dedication and your drive to stay beautiful!!!
M.Y. November 2009