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Friday, 7 March 2014

Mary Kay & Seacret

Hello again!! This is the third blog post in our series about Skin Love.  Right before delving into the product lines we want to let you know that we will not endorse one specific product to you.  We will present the facts as diplomatically as possible and allow you an opportunity to choose for yourself which product line best works for you.  We strongly do endorse small business and therefore we would hope that you would check out one of the representatives from the product lines we talk about and offer them an opportunity to have you fall in love with their product and develop a long lasting business relationship.  After all, when we support small business we are supporting our very own communities!  At the end of the series there will be a chart with all information presented summarized.  Ok, so here we go!

The first two skin care lines that we are going to look at are Mary Kay and Seacret.

Mary Kay's TimeWise Miracle Set

There has been much talk about the Mary Kay TimeWise Miracle Set as it did receive the Good Housekeeping seal afterall.  The company reports that they invest significant funds and conduct more than 300,000 tests to ensure that Mary Kay products meet the highest standards of safety, quality and performance.  The products have even been proven to be gentle enough for people with sensitive skin and rosacea.

The Miracle Set is reported to deliver 11 benefits.  It cleanses, exfoliates, freshens, moisturizes, protects, smooths, reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, firms, softens, energizes, and revitalizes.

This set is comprised of four pieces:  3-in-1 Cleanser, Day Solution, Night Solution, and Age Fighting Moisturizer.
Daytime regimen:  Cleanser, Day Solution, Moisturizer
Nightime regimen:  Cleanser, Night Solution, Moisturizer

3-in-1 Cleanser - This initial step saves you three steps.  It cleanses, tones and gently exfoliates.  There are three formulas - one for normal to dry skin, one for oily to combination skin and one for all skin types (soap bar).  When using this product in absence of a cloth, I found that not all of my makeup was successfully removed, therefore we suggest using a soft baby cloth for optimal results.  Using a cloth will also help with the exfoliation our skin needs on a daily basis.
Retails at:  $30.00

Day Solution - This product protects and shields the skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays.  It also helps to relax expression lines and soften the appearance of lines and wrinkles.  It has an SPF of 30.
Retails at: $51

Night Solution - This serum has nutribeads in them that are filled with botanicals and peptides.  They deliver highly effective antioxidants essential for the skin's renewal process (vitamins A, C and E).  What's cool about this product is that there is a razor on the inside of the pump that squishes the beads as they are released to give fresh antioxidants to the skin!
Retails at: $51

Age-Fighting Moisturizer - We have to admit, this is a really good moisturizer.  My skin felt like it had a nice tall drink of water.  It did not feel dry and my skin felt soft after using.  Out of the set, this was my favorite product.  It comes in three formulas as well - one for normal to dry skin, one for oily to combination skin and one for all skin types with an SPF.  This moisturizer also hydrates the skin for up to 10hrs.  NICE!
Retails at: $35.00

Pink Ink thoughts:  Overall, these products get a thumbs up.  They do what they say they are going to do which is essential.  We suggest using a soft baby cloth when using the cleanser to ensure proper makeup removal.  These products last for about 3-4 months so you only really have to use a little.

Benefits of using Mary Kay - 100% satisfaction guarantee.  If you do not like the product you can return it to the consultant you purchased it from and receive ALL of your money back.  If you return the product to a consultant you did not purchase them from, then you can get an exchange for the equal amount of investment.  The bonus - there is no time limit to return products.  If you have a MK product from 20yrs ago, you can still return it!  WOW!!!

There is a Preferred Customer Program.  Your MK consultant will put you on her mailing list and you will receive the quarterly magazine with the latest makeup trends and their skin care products.  When you spend $50 or more, you will receive a beautiful gift from your participating consultant.  The gift is always featured in or on the back page of the magazine that is mailed out to you.

Packaging:  Crisp and clean packaging.  The boxes are the Mary Kay trademark pink with black writing on the box.  Feminine and classy.

The price point for the Miracle Set:  $157.00.  Product will last 3-4 months.

Seacret

This brand is relatively new to Canada.  The unique thing about these products is that they include ingredients from the Dead Sea!  What's so great about the Dead Sea?  Well let us share with you.  Dead Sea minerals have been known for centuries to have healing and curative properties, especially for a variety of skin issues.  Some other great facts:  As of 2013, Seacret had made over 1 BILLION dollars in sales!  L'Oreal wanted to purchase Seacret.  Stars are using Seacret and Kevin from Shark Tank has signed on with Seacret.  Hmmm, what's all the buzz about?  Read on.

"Dead Sea cosmetics have gained an international reputation for their many beneficial qualities for maintenance of the skin's youthful appearance and protection of the cell nucleus against early aging"

If you go the website, you will read that the Seacret products are enriched with water, salt or mud-based Dead Sea minerals for which there is no natural or synthetic substitute in the cosmetic pharamceutical world. The mineral composition used in these products cannot be successfully imitated in any lab.

There are a number of choices to choose from in this product line of skin care products.  They do not carry a makeup line.  They solely concentrate on facial and body care. 

Mud Soap - The Pink Ink Divas agree, this is our favorite in this product line!  The mud soap gently cleanses the skin while removing dirt and makeup.  It is especially good for those of us who suffer with acne or pimples.  AMAZING product.  It is also long lasting.  For a soap bar it does not melt like typical soap bars. This product will last you 2-3 months.  Mud Soap
Retail:  $17.99
Preferred Customer:  $13.99

Cleansing Milk - Very gentle on the skin.  Perfect for people with sensitive skin.  We suggest using a soft baby cloth to ensure optimal makeup removal.  This product will last you approximately 3 months.
Retail:  $51.99
Preferred Customer:  $32.99

Mineral-Rich Refining Toner -  Helps to refine pores and clean the skin leaving it tingly and fresh feeling.  It is not harsh and did not sting when we applied it on our faces.  This product will last you approximately 3 months.
Retail: $50.00
Preferred Customer:  $26.99

Seacret has put the above in a set called the Dailies.  It includes the Mud Soap, Facial Cleansing Milk and the Mineral Rich Refining Toner:  Retail $128.97  Preferred Customer:  $64.99
Mineral Cleansing Set
Intensive Moisture Face Cream (Normal to Dry) - This is a thick moisturizer that truly feels as though it is soaking into the skin.  It leaves the skin feeling soft and firm.  When I say firmness, I mean that I felt as though my skin was tight - but in a good way.  Almost like a mini face lift.  This is a good thing ladies!
Retail:  $75.99
Preferred Customer: $42.99

Essential Moisture Face Cream (Normal to Oily) - Our skin is more on the normal to dry so honestly, we did not try this product.  However, if it is anything like the other products in the product line we are certain it is a nice moisturizer.  You will just have to try it to find out!!
Retail:  $75.99
Preferred Customer:  $42.99

Balancing Facial Serum -  This product adds hydration to the skin.  It goes down past the first layer of skin.  Remember our first blog in this series about the Science of Skin?  It is important that your products not only take care of the surface of your skin but goes down deep!  Serums are specialized to soak into the skin and help repair the layers under the epidermis.
Retail:  $116.99
Preferred Customer:  $54.99

Seacret has also put these products into a set  - Moisture Face Cream and Balancing Facial Serum
Retail:  192.98

Preferred Customer:  $89.99 

Pink Ink thoughts:  These products left our skin feeling ever so soft, brightened our skin and left a fresh, clean feeling.  It is Pink Ink approved!

Benefits of using Seacret - If you become a Preferred Customer you will get your products automatically shipped to you monthly AND the product will be at a discounted price!  Specifically, Preferred Customers (PCs) are customers who have enrolled in the SEACRET Replenishment Program.  This means that they have chosen to have pre-packaged product collections, starting at approximately $49 and up shipped automatically to their address each month.  This commitment to purchase entitles them to receive 40 to 60 percent off products, exclusive product promotions, loyalty reward incentives and free gifts throughout the term of their enrollment.  A person can pause or cancel at anytime with no penalty or fee! 

Packaging - Very clean and fresh looking.  Their "trademark" color seems to be aqua blue.  So when you think of water you think of clean and refreshing right?  Marketing brilliance!

Price Point - it varies depending on the cleanser you choose and the moisturizer you choose.  Therefore your investment can range depending on what products you choose and if you become a Preferred Customer.  We have linked you to a Seacret Agent.  Call her anytime - she's great!!
The product will last 2-3months.  Only very little is needed at one time.


So what do you think?


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Which one are you going to try?  Hard decision isn't it?  We have more info for you about these products and more.  The next blog will feature Luminesse and Arbonne.  You don't want to miss it.

Yours in Beauty,



Pink Ink Divas