Facts, opinions, and the real story behind Mary Kay Cosmetics.

A Fake Mary Kay Friendship

mary kay girlfriendsA new Mary Kay recruit, almost reeled in by a sales director who she thought was becoming her friend. But it was really all about the inventory.

So, I’ve always been well aware of the name Mary Kay. It’s been a name that has been tossed around a few times in my 30 years of living. I’ve had friends cross the path of pink bubblehood and come out a little scathed. I even attended a facial and event a few years back with a good friend. At the time though, I didn’t have any desire to sell MK.

I was at a clothing store and that’s when it happened. This cute, bubbly woman was shopping in the same department as me and she remarked on my amazing shoes. Well, they were pretty amazing, so I couldn’t blame her, and before I knew it we were chatting and she told me that she owned her own business and she was doing a portfolio and she would love to use me for a before and after picture. Of course I agreed. We parted ways.

She called me a few days later and left a voicemail, I called her back and that’s when her voicemail revealed that she was a part of this tribe called Mary Kay. So, I went ahead with the facial because I had done it before and I really didn’t mind meeting women and maybe gaining a friend out of the little event. So, I went, and I actually saw someone there that I knew, and we chit chatted for a bit, and soon we were off. It was a two hour event. Of course I was asked if I wanted to join Mary Kay at the end, and I declined, but I was seriously considering it. I mean who wouldn’t want a car? I was up for a little change, I was up for meeting friends.. nothing wrong with that, right?

A week later, my “director” and I met up for another meeting at a coffee shop, and we really had a connection. We are only a couple years a part, and I could really see us becoming friends. I was signed up that night. $100 isn’t bad.

A week later we were meeting again and that’s when she brought out the inventory sheet. I was a little appalled by this. I was already at the point where I knew I would not be selling to close family and friends because I knew they didn’t need it, but I did not have any issues with going out to a clothing store and asking someone to work with me in Mary Kay, I mean why not?? But why couldn’t I buy as I needed? What was the huge hurry?

But the more my “director” talked, the more I had a sick feeling in my stomach. I had just signed up for $2300 worth of inventory and I didn’t know why. She kept talking and I kept thinking, what am I getting into?? I left feeling sick. I called my friend who had given me a facial some years ago, and had to know why she did not sell MK anymore. She filled me in on some interesting information.

That night I called my “director” and told her not to charge my credit card. I said I am not doing this. I told her that something just didn’t feel right, and of course she could not understand this, because she knew I would be perfect for the business.. She said, it has everything I am looking for, flexibility, a car, friends, what more could I ask for. The next day I went to work and talked with my supervisor… she had also sold MK. She also filled me in on some interesting information and introduced me to this site. Oh where would I be without you women who had already been through some of the horrors of MK?? Thank you.

So, I returned my starter kit to my director and of course haven’t heard a word from her since. It’s a very sad thing to hear about all of these stories, it’s even more sad to know that many more out there are still following MK with full passion and losing so much from it.


  1. pinkpeace

    True story:

    I was doing before-and-after portfolios as part of a nationwide contest Mary Kay Corporate ran many years ago. They selected a couple of customers for a luxury weekend in New York City, complete with makeovers, shopping spree, sight-seeing, etc.

    I did a before-and-after on one of my customers – who one would confidently assume was NOT in the modeling industry. After she saw her photos, she begged me not to enter them, because she was convinced she would be the winner and she didn’t want to pay the taxes on her prize . . . After trying tactfully to persuade her that it probably wouldn’t be a problem, I gave up and just handed her the photos to keep.

    1. Mountaineer95

      I bet she didn’t want to be entered because she knew she wouldn’t win, and rather than face that ego blow, she took herself out of the running altogether so she could NOT lose. But she still wanted to be feted and fussed over, hence her acceptance of most of the prize package.

      She sounds like a mediocre looker at best, who has difficulty dealing with the fact that she is a mediocre looker at best. Lol.

  2. Pinkiu

    We were encouraged to create our own albums of before and after pictures. This was a huge means of getting people to come to meetings. We said that we needed models and that we offered a FREE professional glamour shot there and get a copy of the photo. Well…we know that they had to put on their own makeup and so the glamour photo wasn’t usually so glamourous. I was one of the consultants who applied the makeup on my clients/guests so as to make them feel more pampered. Once I got the photos (I had to pay of course) I kept a copy and gave one to her. I added them to little photo album of before and after photos.

    Notice the key words used – glamour, pampered, model, free. Yes, after years they still flow freely out of my consciousness.

  3. ihatemk

    One of the “key” words that makes me hone in on a MK lady is the word PAMPERED!!!! MKbots OVERUSE that word and is a dead give away this is a MK scheme. Plus, a “facial” to me means that YOU are putting on the cosmetics or whatever NOT Me!!! But due to laws or whatever, if you are not licensed you can’t touch apply cosmetics so it has to be ME who does it. That just feels like a rip off and a disappointment. But don’t you DESERVE to be PAMPERED today!!! (Yay!!! I get to pamper myself!). Key phrases to spot a MK IBC, pampering, can you get excited about that, that is why you need MK, and the list goes on and on. No one held a gun to your head, the speed of the leader is the speed of the gang, you can’t sell from an empty wagon, you are on target for (fill in the blank). MK is really good at culting!!

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