The Magic Words About Mary Kay

Written by TRACY on . Posted in Culture & Manipulation

Written by SuzyQ

Oh, I wish I had the magic words! Just what does it take to get the message across to the pink believers that MK is a scam? What part don’t they get?

Maybe a short reminder would help:

1. Mary Kay is the best selling brand in the U.S. – TO CONSULTANTS. The stuff they count as a sale is in YOUR inventory.

2. Mary Kay is a dual marketing plan. NO. It is a multi-level marketing plan, plain and simple. Dual marketing is a lie. Why are they permitted to say it? Because there are different descriptors that are legal for MLMs to use that sound a bit nicer. It smacks of a pyramid scheme. The nsd’s at the top are making money off the orders from those below them. This is NOT a gift from Mary Kay for all of their hard work, this is from YOU! And your orders!

The Price of Success in Mary Kay

Written by TRACY on . Posted in Culture & Manipulation

 Die-hard Mary Kay supporters fancy themselves wise philosophers, and like to hand out all sorts of drivel on goals, achievements, and success. We often hear that in Mary Kay, you should be willing to make a short-term sacrifice for a long term gain. Or that those who succeed in MK are willing to do what others won’t.

Those sound innocent enough and they fit in with achieving goals, right? You just have to work hard and be dedicated!

Except during the recruiting spiel, no one ever mentions the sacrifice that you’ll be asked to make. They never tell you that if you want to move up and get those high checks and become an nsd, you’ll have to:

What a Truthful Seminar Speech Would Sound Like

Written by TRACY on . Posted in Mary Kay Seminar

Written by Raisinberry

Pink Truth has examined the seminar speech that every Mary Kay “top director” gives. Now we get to see what the speech would sound like if the top director couldn’t tell a lie…

It is so great to represent my Unit, “Christie’s Chargers,” here today in the number two position in the Pearl Seminar! Ladies, stand up you are amazing! I couldn’t have done it without you! This year had a slow start because of July, where hardly any orders came in because everybody spent their money on Seminar, and had also ordered a bunch of product In June to win the June wholesale prize, and help us finish big… which put us all in a pretty big hole for the beginning of this year.

A Mary Kay Husband Speaks Out

Written by TRACY on . Posted in Mary Kay Opinions

Perhaps my story will help other ladies out there. This is a true story in which I am still living but trying to put closure to a situation that has been absolutely terrible because of my hopefully soon ex-wife’s addiction to Mary Kay.

After our first child was born, my wife decided that doing nails was not good enough so she wanted to start a business. She had me listen to an Amway presentation and I told her immediately that if the focus is on recruiting and not selling products to make money- this is a pyramid scheme and no way would I get involved in this. Then came Mary Kay Cosmetics.

The Real Cost of Mary Kay Directorship

Written by TRACY on . Posted in DIQ (Director in Qualification), Sales Directors

Written by PinkPeace

Nobody tells you what it costs to be a Mary Kay sales director. If they did, no one would want this position. It’s the sales directors I feel sorriest for in this business, because they are squeezed from both sides in order to try to be successful.

The minute you finish DIQ (and girlfriend, I know you put in a whopping amount of personal production to make it happen), you are confronted with expenses you didn’t realize you’d have.

Mary Kay Seminar: A Clockwork Pink

Written by TRACY on . Posted in Mary Kay Seminar

Written by The Scribbler

Every time I review a Mary Kay training document covering the do’s, don’ts, and you-darned-well-better’s of Seminar, I have to go draw a hot bath and pop two 800mg Motrins.  Most of the Seminar guidance put forth by Mary Kay’s leaders reads like deep Deuteronomian prose:  “Yea, and all consultants shall appear in Dallas beskirted – yea, those that appear in pantaloons shall be made to drink of the bitter waters and shut out of the camp, unless she bringeth an unblemished calf to Mary Kay Ash’s office for a jealousy offering, Selah.”  

NSD Linda Toupin’s website sports a Seminar how-to document that’s sure to make your brain rub its gray-mattered chin and ponder, “You know, some of the points covered by Toupin sound suspiciously like writer Bob Larson’s cult identification guidelines!”  So if you’re wondering why I’ve called you here today, it’s to show you a few similarities between the Toupin and Larson schools of thought.  Ready? 

“Do not try to combine this with a family vacation.  If…you all come early and your family leaves [before Seminar begins], that would be fine.  To attempt to room with your children and entertain them is simply too much…”

Effectively Stalking Your Next Mary Kay Victim

Written by TRACY on . Posted in Recruiting

This training document really needs no commentary from me, other than… how big of a stalker do you really want to be when it comes to Mary Kay???


#1 GOAL = Get lead to guest event/set an appointment!

Key to Follow-up is to get lots of #’s

  • As a result, you will increase your level of confidence and your attitude during follow-up process
  • You won’t sound as desperate

How Many Mary Kay Cliches Can You Put in One Email?

Written by TRACY on . Posted in Pink Truth Critics

This critic has really been drinking the Mary Kay pink Kool-Aid!

I am really sorry to have to say this, but you have a really sick sense of humor!!

There is a reason that Mary Kay Cosmetics has been the #1 selling cosmetics in the U.S for 15 YEARS IN A ROW!! I am very offended by your comments, and of your insensitivity towards not only Mary Kay herself, but also to Pam Shaw, who just happens to be one of the top NSDs in Mary Kay today.

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. 

You’re Just Bitter Because You Didn’t Succeed in Mary Kay

Written by TRACY on . Posted in Pink Truth Critics

An email I received from a very “successful” woman who has been in Mary Kay a whole month!

I started selling Mary Kay a little over a month ago, and I happened to run across your site this morning. I find your site to be extremely one-sided. Of course, not everyone is cut out to run a business, not everyone is cut out to be a Mary Kay consultant, or you would find everyone selling it, if it was sooo easy.

I am not sure what kind of Sales Directors those people on your site have but they were obviously not of any caliber. I was never lied to or told that I NEEDED to buy inventory. I still haven’t bought any inventory yet and have already made over $2,000 for my family from Mary Kay. And I do not have any other source of income. I have three children under the age of four and I don’t have much time to put into my business but I am doing well.

Everyone Can Hold 2 Mary Kay Classes a Week!

Written by TRACY on . Posted in Inventory & Selling, Recruiting

I’m not sure how a Kaybot can presume to know the details of everyone’s life and conclude that anyone and everyone can hold 2 Mary Kay classes a week… but that’s not stopping them! Below is another one of those “if you can’t do it you’re a loser” type of rantings from a Mary Kay nsd.

In the Mary Kay world, “2 classes” is easy and anyone can do it. Those of us who have been in Mary Kay (or have had friends and relatives in MK) know that the hard part of that theory is actually finding women to book the classes, then hoping that they actually have them. That’s a lot harder than it may sound to an outsider.