When I attended the Malene Grotrian studio show, I entered the door prize draw and won a $50 gift certificate for Mary Kay cosmetics as well as a free session with Mary Kay consultant Angela Murphy. I invited Food Fanatic and MizzJ to come along with me to Angela's home for the session last Thursday.
40 minutes, a bungled bus ride, and a sheepish call to Angela later, we arrived at her house. Angela had set up makeup stations for all of us. The evening passed by in a blur of girl talk and makeup and skincare know-how. We started off exfoliating and moisturizing our hands, then cleansed and primed our skin and began applying makeup. As we experimented, Angela offered advice and factoids.
I definitely learned a couple of new things:
- There are 5 steps to proper skin care: cleansing, toning, moisturizing, exfoliating, and applying a protectant.
- Foundation acts as a protectant; that is, it's the layer standing between your skin and the pollutants floating around in the air. This means that dirt and pollutants will stick to your makeup instead of your bare skin.
- Massage in upward motions when you cleanse your face and neck to prevent wrinkles.
At our request, Angela also went through our makeup bags and reviewed our makeup and colour choices. I was so afraid she would pull out a palette or a lip gloss and say "What were you thinking?!" and toss it out, but in the end she approved of most of my choices. One extremely old lip gloss and a tawny pale lipstick didn't make the cut, though.
So, at the end of the evening, what did I end up spending my money on?
The TimeWise Night Solution promises to rejuvenate skin as you sleep and purify pores. Cool, I could do with some rejuvenating.
I've wanted to try eye primer for ages now and see if it makes my coloured eyeshadows stick any better. Now seemed a perfect time to spring for one.