Mary Kay is Life Changing!

Another critic of Mary Kay who knows all the catch phrases…

There is a reason that Mary Kay Cosmetics has been the #1 selling cosmetics in the U.S for years! I am very offended by your comments, and of your insensitivity towards not only Mary Kay herself, but also to individual sales directors and NSDs.

I completely understand that you are entitled to your opinion, but you are sadly mistaken. I have known more women who were beaten down into spineless nothings before they got into the WONDERFUL business of Mary Kay. Now they are empowered, self assured, and most likely making a lot more money then most of the rest of us do. If Mary Kay doesn’t work for you then fine, don’t do it. But PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do not go bashing it just because you don’t like it. 

The women in Mary Kay are some of the most selfless, giving, loving, wonderful friends that I have. I thank GOD for them everyday. If you didn’t happen to meet women like that then I am truly sorry. But remember, there are self-centered jerks in every business, NOT JUST MARY KAY. I completely admit that there might be some self-serving women in Mary Kay who are only in it for the money. But for the other 99.9% of them, they are in it because they have a passion to help other women have a BETTER LIFE.

Women like me. I was in an emotionally abusive marriage, and Mary Kay gave me the courage to GET OUT. It was the best thing that I ever did, and I never would have done it had it not been for my Mary Kay business.

You know, I could go on and on about the benefits of Mary Kay and how life-changing that it has been for me and every other woman I know who has gotten into the business. I could go on and on about how they teach the Mary Kay business plan at HARVARD because it is one of the best in the nation. But you would have to have an open mind about it, and I don’t believe that you do.

I didn’t have to write you this letter. I have no idea who you are or why you have such a hate on for Mary Kay, but I could not stay silent. How many other businesses do you know put God first, WHICH BY THE WAY IS EXACTLY WHERE HE SHOULD BE, family second, and your career third.

And as for making production when you have personal trials, that is why YOU HAVE A TEAM. It was never intended for you to do it all on your own. We are all to work together for the common goal of our unit of team members, or rather I will say our friends. It has nothing to do with working yourself to death while you are sick or having a baby or whatever. You encourage your teammates to help you, which helps them, and everyone succeeds. That is the Mary Kay way!

Know any other companies that do that? I sure don’t!

And as far as the lady that can pay for her car with her Mary Kay, MORE POWER TO HER!!! I sure as heck wouldn’t have been able to do that with my 9-5 job, which stands for journey of the broke.

Just have an open mind about it, learn your facts, and consider the fact that you could be wrong about the whole thing. And if it still bugs you that much, go to headquarters and talk to them about it. But don’t poison everyone else’s mind about it just because you don’t like it.

35 Comments

      1. Lily in NYC

        LW, they sometimes use Mary Kay as a case study when discussing MLMs. But believe me, their interpretation of MK is that it’s not a sustainable business model. And it’s obvious that LW is new to the world of MK – 99% of the “you are all lazy looser” emails come from newly minted Red Jackets.

      2. WKC

        I earned my Bachelors degree from one of the top business schools and I can confirm Mary Kay was part of the curriculum. Mary Kay was, in fact, included in multiple courses which I enrolled in. Unfortunately, all the lessons which Mary Kay and similar companies involved discussions on scams, questionable ethics, and how not to be an entrepreneur.

        1. TRACY

          Let’s be clear. At best, there was a case study on Mary Kay. The most common case study used involves how Mary Kay was an expert at incentivizing her sales force to purchase products at the lowest possible cost to the company. We need to be very clear that simply doing a case study in a class does not qualify as “being taught” at a particular school, as we are often told.

    1. BestDecision

      Just because a group of students used MK as a case study for a roject doesn’t mean it’s “studied at Harvard”. The CDC looks at outbreaks of smallpox, but that doesn’t mean it’s heralded as a good thing.

  1. nomoremlm4me

    “The women in Mary Kay are some of the most selfless, giving, loving, wonderful friends that I have.”

    Let’s just see how selfless and loving they are if you decide to leave MK….

  2. CaraMiaTish

    “I know you said you don’t want to talk about your Mary Kay business but I just want you to know (insert random Mary Kay gotta get this done goal here)….”

    Words spoken by my former Director and childhood best friend.

    While I was grieving the sudden death of my grandmother whom I loved so deeply that it took years to process the whole thing.

    Super supportive there.

  3. Lazy Gardens

    Fixed it: I have known more women who were beaten down into spineless nothings before because they got into the WONDERFUL business of Mary Kay. Now they are empowered, self assured and most likely making a lot more less money then most of the rest of us do.

  4. Colleen

    “And as far as the lady that can pay for her car with her Mary Kay, MORE POWER TO HER!!! I sure as heck wouldn’t have been able to do that with my 9-5 job, which stands for journey of the broke.”

    I don’t know what kind of job this person had before but everyone I know is able to pay for their cars with their JOBs. Even some of my part time workers.

    1. Kinzie

      I know! They always make it sound so hard to go out and buy a car if you have a real job. You just buy one within your means. I keep my vehicles well-maintained and looking nice, but almost always drive them until it’s no longer feasible to pay to fix them, and I couldn’t care less about how it makes me “look”. I have peace of mind that it is paid for!!!

    2. JanRD

      I wondered about that too. I never made executive income in my profession, but the bills were paid and there was no credit card debt. It is, as Kinzie says, about living within your means. What kind of job would one have to have to use the word as an acronym for “journey of the broke?”

      1. Barbie

        To be fair, there are lots of jobs that pay terribly and offer no relief from the cycle of poverty. But they’re still all better financial choices than getting involved in an MLM.

  5. BestDecision

    One is not putting “God first” when they quote scripture and then abandon “friendships” because a person leaves the company. Nor is it “family second” when people forget to feed their kids all day because they’ve been “so focused” on their business.

      1. onelessSD

        “I once had an SD say that it’s okay to miss a few of your kid’s birthdays or games because they’ll understand that you’re just trying to support them…..okay” from Young and Broke.

        Yeah, I’ve heard that too… and I can absolutely tell you- the kids know! I have a daughter and son… both played softball/baseball. I can tell you, both of them wanted my husband and I at their games – all of them. There were times that they played at the same time, so we had to split up and each cover a game, but we were there, and our children loved it! (and frankly, so did I! I loved watching and cheering them on!) We didn’t miss any of our son’s football games either- regardless of the crummy weather or work obligations- we made our children a priority, and I can tell you honestly – it has strengthened our relationships with both of our children… and that to me is priceless! (not to mention, it was time spent with my husband… which is always a great thing!)

        They know, they remember, they appreciated our efforts, and I have absolutely no regrets! I truly feel sorry for those MK women that choose to miss so much of their children’s lives… mine are both in college now – 1 out of state, so my time with them is much more limited, and I cannot wait for when we are all together again as a family!

  6. pinkvictim

    “There is a reason that Mary Kay Cosmetics has been the #1 selling cosmetics in the U.S for years!”

    100% of it is sold to IBC’s. MKult doesn’t track sales to end users.

    “most likely making a lot more money then most of the rest of us do.”

    Schedule C’s from the last 3 years, please.

    “But for the other 99.9% of them, they are in it because they have a passion to help other women have a BETTER LIFE.”

    99.9%, eh? It’s a good thing they are in it “because they have a passion”…99.9% of victims lose money in MLM, including MKult. Coincidence?

    “I was in an emotionally abusive marriage”

    Now you are in an emotionally abusive mind control cult.

    “they teach the Mary Kay business plan at HARVARD because it is one of the best in the nation.”

    I believe someone else already covered this one…

    “How many other businesses do you know put God first, …family second, and your career third.”

    You might want to ask Jackie Brown about that…

    “It was never intended for you to do it all on your own. “

    I thought they are called INDEPENDENT Beauty Consultants…

    “… my 9-5 job, which stands for journey of the broke.

    There always has to be at least one thought stopping cliche.

    “consider the fact that you could be wrong about the whole thing”

    Have you?

    1. onelessSD

      “consider the fact that you could be wrong about the whole thing”

      Have you?

      Yes- I have, and no I’m not. I was in MK for many years a SD for 7. The life of a SD is not all pink roses- it’s emotionally and spiritually devastating.

      1. BestDecision

        Being a Director is the hardest job I’ve ever had. Full makeup to run errands, thinking about production when on vacation, staying up late to track orders for a DIQ or on-target. Exhausting!

        And that’s before you get to the emotional exhaustion of it!

  7. Kinzie

    “I was in an emotionally abusive marriage”

    I’m so sorry that you had to endure that. It’s hellish. My husband was the same way but we took the chance and did things God’s way and submitted to Godly counsel. God did miracles for us, not Mary Kay. Few people knew about it but the few who did faithfully walked along side of us with prayer and accountability. My husband went to be with his Lord in April but we spent the last 15 years healed of a bad marriage, despite not having been in Mary Kay. I know everyone’s situations are different but that is my testimony. Mary Kay may give you a temporary sense of security but trust me, I tried it and it didn’t work. May God bless you with eyes to see and ears to hear.

    1. JanRD

      Thank you for sharing your powerful testimony of God’s amazing grace. I have heard similar stories from other believers, who give Him (and not MK) the glory. As you say, everyone’s situation IS different, but I have yet to read about a marriage healed by Mary Kay.

  8. Neverpink

    “There is a reason that Mary Kay Cosmetics has been the #1 selling cosmetics in the U.S for years!”

    According to whom? Women’s Wear Daily lists the top eight as:

    1 L’Oréal Paris
    2 MAC
    3 Chanel
    4 Neutrogena
    5 Urban Decay
    6 Maybelline New York
    7 Benefit Cosmetics
    8 Estée Lauder

    Ranker has MAC, NARS and Urban Decay as the top 3.
    Refinery29 has MAC, Estee Lauder, Maybelline and Dior as the top 4.

    I’m not seeing Mary Kay listed on any of these sites…

  9. raisinberry

    “Women like me. I was in an emotionally abusive marriage”

    I didn’t take the time to read all responses so forgive me if someone already keyed on this. This remark is what I have been writing about for a decade!. THIS is the vulnerability hook that secures the most LOYAL recruits. Any person who can not read the signs of abuse, and goes ahead and rationalizes why they should marry someone who has given all the signs of abuse, IS PRECISELY the woman who will rationalize all the signs of abuse in Mary Kay. Does this make sense? And we all know there is alot of examples of abuse, that we all endure as we go about this journey. Parents can only pass down what they themselves have experienced. Warning buzzers go off early for those who have strong boundaries…and very, very late for those who don’t.

    If you become enamored of the Mary Kay Pink Bubble, and so rely on its existence to give value to your life, and think that the month end phone call to “help” the Unit makes you feel special and a team player, while you KNOW you shouldn’t put anything more on your credit card… YOU ARE BEING TARGETED because you have difficulty saying no, and you have difficulty, because you are used to dysfunctional living!

    1. Changeyourthinking

      Spot on Raisinberry. My upbringing was dysfunctional which is why I️ Believe I️ was so loyal and why it’s been so hard to pull myself out of the abusive mindset. It’s been 6 months since I️ left and I️ struggle every day with coming to terms with reality.

  10. ClapForMyOwnSelf

    I pay $289 a month for my car, that I picked out myself, that I pay $289 EVERY MONTH FOR NO SURPRISES. I don’t have to meet quotas or swindle people. I go to my JOB (journey of the blessed, journey of the bread eaters, journey of the benefited, whatever) and I make money to pay my car off. When my shift at the journey of the bread eaters is done, I clock out and go to the gym and enjoy my Me Time. I then go home and turn my phone on silent and talk to my new husband whom I adore, read, goof off, whatever. I grew up in a poor but not poverty level household. I almost married an abusive alcoholic who’d much rather have killed me with his bare hands than hugged me. I’ve made many stupid mistakes along the way, fell down, ate the curb, got up, kept moving forward. God got me thru it, not Mary Kay. I don’t use my past sad experiences as a reason to join a cult and pull others into with me. If anything, I’ve learned to stand strong and be smarter with my decisions in life.

    I’m sick to death of the abusing of the Good Lord’s name and likeness in an effort to make a swindled, dirty buck peddling useless face goop and fake friendships. Lady, I’m glad you got out of your absuive and domestic hell but quit trying to shove others into a bottomless pit of debt hell with a pink painted door.

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