Category: Makeup

Makeup and Skincare


This year has been a intensive learning year for me in regards to makeup and skincare.  Since joining Mary Kay in April I have been taking more interested in my outward appearance.  Turing 37 I know that I’m no longer having the skin that I had when I was in my twenties.   It is time that I pay more attention to my personal grooming and I have been actively researching and testing out to find out which brands/ items are suitable for my skin.

I know that it is very important for a woman to take care of her appearance and to look presentable and good for her man. One has to look good to feel good.  There are lots of positive attributes to looking and feeling good.  I’m sure you agree with me on this point.

When I was in my twenties I didn’t really care about personal grooming. I never really had any issues with my skin and did not have the habit of daily maintenance. Fast forward today I know the importance of sun protection and keeping my skin in good condition. I have started cultivating good sun care habits in the kids too by ensuring that they cleanse their skin daily and apply sunblock before leaving the house.

I start out in April embracing Mary Kay and tried out their whole range of products from eye care to makeup. Through testing all the products I got to know the functions of the various products . They do have many different products which can help improve your skin quality. There are unique products like their lip spa kit and a there are products which have been ranked #1 in various beauty magazines in Asia.

However upon detailed research of the ingredients use in the items many products within Mary Kay are not paraben free.  It may not be an issue to some but for me personally if there is a cleaner alternative I don’t need to subject myself and my kids to potential toxicity which ill effect may surface in time to come. What FDA recommendation as safe levels are certainly questionable in my opinion. There are many grey areas regarding the issues of the use of certain chemicals within the composition of a makeup/skincare product which can be mind boggling at times.

The conclusion that I have come to after months of research is that only selective Mary Kay products are safe for use. The others are “use at your own discretion”.  My stance with my current Mary Kay clientele is to let them know what is the makeup of the products they are interested in and let them decide if they want to continue using/ purchasing the product. Getting sales or increasing my customer base is not an immediate priority of mine as being honest and truthful about the product.

Staying in ASIA we are often exposed to the harmful rays of the sun and it is important to use a good sunblock and constantly reapply it when we go out for long periods of time. The weather and climate that we live in also leaves our skin dehydrated. Many times we are unaware of the needs to hydrate our skin properly as we wrongly assume living in a high humidity climate we do not lack water in our skin.

I’m come to the conclusion that a Water based sunscreen would work best for me and the boys.  At the moment we are using Coola sunscreens that we purchased from iherb quite a while back. I’ll be testing out sunblock from Ininisfree once we have used up our existing stock as it is more affordable and sustainable in the long run for my pockets.

Frankly speaking I’ve been looking around for alternative products to Mary Kay which are “cleaner” and more pocket friendly in price. I’ve been looking at other American brands, Japanese and Korean cosmetics and skincare products.  The range that we have in the market nowadays is really overwhelming.

What I have realized is that not all products from a single range maybe suitable for use. I have to selectively choose the star products from each range which is suitable for my skin condition. As a result I have been testing  skin care products from Clarins, Laneige, Ininisfree, Shiseido , UV AQUA White, Sukin and Renew.  I ‘m also looking at makeup from BHCosmetics, ELF, Ininisfree, Lancome, Essence, Kate among others.   I guess it will take a few more months to conclude my testing and finalize what I want  to use in my daily personal grooming routine.




Makeup- Choosing the Right Foundation

Mary Kay Timewise Foundation

There are many different types of foundations available in the market these days. CC creme, mineral foundation, liquid foundations etc. The choices we have are simply boggling.

It is not easy to decide on which one is more suitable for your skin type with the variety available.

Since joining the Mary Kay family I’ve learned a lot from the seniors about the various types of foundations and which one is more suited for my skin type.

Before choosing which formula works best there are 3 questions which you have to ask yourself.

1) What is your skin type?

2) What benefits are you looking for in a foundation? 

3) What is your desired coverage? ( How much do you want to conceal and what is your lifestyle)

A Selection of Mary Kay Products
A Selection of Mary Kay Products

There are 3 main skin types for Asian women- Normal,  Oily or a Combination of both. Living in a temperate country makeup may run easily due to perspiration. One needs to choose the correct type of foundation to enable the makeup to stay and last through the day.

There are 5 different types of foundations available in Mary Kay

  1. TimeWise Luminous-Wear™ Liquid Foundation
    for Dry to oily skin which will make your skin glow and have a dewy effect. Infused with vitamin E and a blend of peptides, the result is skin that instantly looks firmer, younger and healthier. It’s the perfect age-fighting foundation for combination to oily skin, visibly reducing the appearance of pores, fine lines, wrinkles and skin imperfections. If you are not into a dewy look you can opt for the TimeWise Matte-Wear® Liquid Foundation instead.
  2. Mary Kay® Mineral Powder FoundationIt is used as a skin perfecter that makes lines, wrinkles and other imperfections seem to disappear
  3. Mary Kay® Sheer Mineral Pressed Powder  It imparts an invisible layer of up to eight hours of oil-absorbing coverage
  4. Mary Kay® CC Cream Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15

    8 benefits in 1 step- protects, color corrects, brightens, reduce redness,conceals, hydrates, reduces signs of aging and defends against skin-damaging free radical.

  5. Endless Performance® Crème-to-Powder Foundation

    It stays true and appears fresh for 12 hours, Heat- and humidity-resistant. Glides on as a lightweight cream to hide imperfections. Evens out skin tone, then dries to a soft, powdery, matte finish.

I am personally using the CC Creme and Creme to Powder Foundation from the selection above. Here are my findings comparing the two different types of foundations.


I use either the CC creme ( Very Light)  of CTP foundation (Ivory 2)  for my daily makeup as I run around a lot with my packed schedule. Both of them have excellent coverage and are very easy to apply.

If  I intend to do some contouring on my face so that my face will be more define  for photo shoots I will use two different shades of CC creme ( Very Light and Medium- Deep) to achieve the effect that I am looking for.

Comparing CC Creme to the CTP foundation. I find that the CTP has a lighter texture and much longer coverage then CC Creme. It doesn’t feel as oily on my face after wearing makeup for the whole day.   The CTP foundation can be layered on easily to touch up your makeup throughout the day as compared to the CC Creme.

The only drawback is that it is not that suitable for contouring the face if I want to achieve the Korean look for the day.

Once you know which type of foundation is suitable for you, how then can you decide on the shade to use?

3 different color swaps
3 different color swaps

To test out which shade was more suitable for my skin color I placed a swab of three different shades  of TimeWise Luminous-Wear™ Liquid Foundation on my cheek to blend in. Ivory 3, Ivory 5 and Beige 3 .  As I worked the colors into my cheek I noticed that Ivory 5 was the closest to my natural skin color and it was the color that I should select.  Ivory 3 was too light ( made my face very white) while  Beige 3 was too dark.

It is recommended to blend in the colors on your jawline or on your neck as it will be the closest to your natural skin color and easier for you to achieve the flawless look.

So do you know which type of foundation and how to choose the correct color now?

Disclaimer: I am an Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant based in Singapore. If you are interested to try out any of the foundations above do drop me an e-mail or a comment and I will schedule a meet up with you.