Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

March 14, 2014

Leaving well enough alone

By Deanna Kirk
Corsicana Daily Sun

— So, for several years I was a Mary Kay beauty consultant. (Don’t go there.)

The products were amazing, and I used them all.

Know why I quit selling?

Because they wouldn’t stop jacking with the products.

I have worn the same waterproof black mascara made by Mary Kay for about 30 years (at least 25). The one thing I’m consistently complimeted on is my eyelashes.

So what does Mary Kay do in the last six months? Stops making my waterproof black mascara.

Honestly, people — can’t you just leave well enough alone?

The hubby and I had a dreadful virus this past week (well, I had it for two weeks, but I digress). One evening my mother and step-dad decided to pick us up some take-out salads and bring by.

I ordered my new favorite salad, the one they had recently put a glorious photo of on the front of their menu. The one that had its own customized dressing, a nice, warm bacon-grease based dressing (yes, the salad was made of spinach and bacon).

She called me from the restaurant, and said they were out of that dressing. Not only were they out of the dressing, they didn’t even have the salad on the menu anymore.

Are you kidding me? The menus with the photo of it on the front aren’t even six months old!

So, I requested instead another salad that I’d come to love, the one with dark-colored greens, blue cheese, raisins, walnuts and apple slices, along with a nice balsalmic vinaigratte.

Guess what they told her?

Yep. “That salad is no longer on our menu.”

Is this some type of conspiracy against Deedee?

If Deedee likes a salad (or a product), is that tantamount to the Kiss of Death?

Look, I understand if a product isn’t popular, you might get rid of it. I even understand the whole “New and Improved” idealogy.

The replacement mascara product wasn’t nearly as good as the original.

And if you’re going to taunt the general public with a new salad, whose photo you glorify on the cover of your multi-page menu, test it on the employees first before you go getting Jane Q. Public hooked, only to yank it away.



Deanna Kirk is a Daily Sun staff writer and editor of Explore magazine. Her column appears on Saturdays. She may be reached by email at Want to “Sound Off” on this column? Email