Why the “Avon Lady” doesn’t make me think “grandma” anymore

Let me start off by saying, I hate sales. I don’t like asking people for money or asking people to buy things. In college, I worked at Victoria’s Secret for two weeks before quitting. Why? Because I didn’t want to borderline harass people in hopes of them leaving the store with a little pink bag in hand. (Not to mention straightening out all those panties to just have someone come by and mess them up every three minutes is really annoying.)

But now, I am in sales… kind-of. Becoming a Younique Presenter started as a hobby and something to do on the side because it was fun and addicting, but now, it’s actually bringing in some money. (Something I never thought would actually happen!) Remember the mom in Edward Scissorhands who went knocking door to door, “Avon calling!” Well, that’s me! I’m the newer, younger (and cuter) version of that. Honestly, when I think of Mary Kay or Avon I think “grandma” so I always include that when I tell people what my side hustle is. I’m going to tell you how I got started because I think it’s why so many people in their 20s and 30s are jumping into the multi-level-marketing/direct sales/network marketing/whatever you want to call it business.

Facebook. One of my friends kept posting about this 3D mascara over and over and over again. Finally, after seeing it about 25 times, I caved and bought it. I signed up to sell the stuff as soon as I got it and had it on one eye. (Yes, it’s that good!) I don’t know what I was thinking. I hate this sales stuff and I already work a full time job, with two small kids at home. Then AFTER I signed up, I learned how easy working the network marketing business is. It starts and ends with Facebook. It’s how I was introduced to the product, then the business, then it is how I worked my business. It’s how most do now.

Millennials are busy. Most of us are working full time jobs away from the home while caring for young kids before and after that job. Today, network marketing isn’t going door to door with samples and it isn’t having all of your friends come over for a party. It can be if you want it to be, but it is so much easier to sell your products and grow your team on social media. Not only is it more convenient for all of us working, but it’s the best way to reach so many people at one time. The guests added to a Facebook party most likely would never be able to sit in your living room (nor would they want to) to hear about you go on about this beauty product or piece of jewelry or weigh loss regimen. But online, all you have to do is post a picture, a testimonial, a video – and you are done. We’ve grown up with this technology. We’ve learned it as it was being released, so there is no better medium for us to work.

Plus, the business model itself actually works! We’ve seen the successful presenters/distributors/designers/whatever you want to call them in our upline make tens of thousands of dollars a month in the direct sales business. For many of us busy parents who rush to and from work everyday, it is our hope. It’s our goal to be that person in our upline… that person who is our age and who is doing the same thing we are. I am happy to say, I am on my way there!

I also give credit to the show Shark Tank for this splurge of young people in MLM. I think because of that show, we are living in an entrepreneurial world now more than ever before. I’m not saying people in direct sales are entrepreneurs, because I don’t believe that – unless you are the one who started the company. I’m saying we want to be our own boss. We want to pay ourselves and not worry about when we can use that two-weeks paid vacation time or “wasting” a sick day because our toddler is banned from going to daycare due to her runny nose.

I’ve read it before and I’ll write it here – millennials are spoiled. We don’t want to work 40+ hours a week in hopes of getting a 2% raise the next year. No one does. Do we want to work? Yes (well, most of us do because we have to), but we want to feel like we are working towards something bigger and better… and we want it now. For this reason, we are willing to take risks and pay $100 for that starter kit, because we will take chances. Why? We’ve seen it work for so many others – Bethany Mota makes one million dollars a year posting about DIY crafts and makeup on youtube. Look at reality stars like Snooki and Elisabeth Hasselbeck (yes, that’s how she got her start) and even the Kardashians (but don’t make a sex tape – that’s not where I’m going with this.) The point is today, there are so many more chances for us to become financially independent and as young professionals or as young parents, we see this. We see the opportunity in everything.

Originally posted on Chelsea Krost’s page.

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Another Ipsy Review from… Another Blogger

I just started getting Ipsy and am posting my monthly review about it on my blog… and another blogger Mandy Cramer does the same thing. Since we all get different stuff, I want to share her review of what she got too. To see her full review with pictures, visit her blog here.

Thanks for letting me share Mandy… (and I’m not big on creams on either!)

The first thing I noticed when I opened the package was the weird plastic texture of the bag and the unsightly colors. Don’t get me wrong! I usually love the bags the makeup comes in, but this time around was a different story… The orange, blue, and white combination on the bag is a little tacky in my opinion but I’m not generally paying for the makeup bag as much as I am paying for the actual products. I was expecting something a little cuter though. Maybe something a little more wintery?

The first product I received was the Malin + Goetz Mojito Lip Balm tube, which I originally thought was a cream (which would’ve really pissed me off. I am not a huge fan of creams, but Ipsy hasn’t seemed to take the hint in the past!). I thought it would be colored or scented (hence the name), but it is clear. No smell that I can detect, no color. It says it is used for “daily protection, soothing treatment, fatty acid absorption technology” so I guess… there’s… that. On the back it says it’s for the treatment and prevention of dry, irritated lips. I have never in a million years had this issue, but I guess I’ll find a use for it one of these days. I mean, I did pay for it. I will find a use for it.

And then, needless to say, I was frustrated again by another tube, that was in fact a cream this time around (SMH.) I thought I made it crystal clear in my survey that I did not want creams of any sort, but… oh well. The one I received in this bag was the Nourish Organic Renewing Eye Cream, which is also for people with dry skin. Again, I am the exact opposite of a dry skin sufferer. My skin is actually pretty oily as is, hence the apparent distaste for skin creams in general. I will, however, use these products and let you guys know what I think of them regardless of my preference! When I went in to smelling this product, I was horrified when it ended up on my nose and actually smelled uncannily like play dough. Yes, that stuff you used to play with and sometimes eat as a kid. It smells awful to me, but if you’re one of the people who enjoys that peculiar smell, then you might actually really enjoy this product. Around your eyes. Unlike me, who unwillingly was marked with this scent on the last place I’d want it to be on my face!

Next, I got this gorgeous pink Elizabeth Mott All Over Shadow brush and it is the cutest thing ever. I love the color of the brush and the bristles already (pink is one of my top 5 favorite colors, so this was an immediately positive reaction!) I haven’t used the brush yet, but I am always in need of new brushes, especially for eye shadow, so I have a hunch that I’m gonna like this one.

Then I got a Bellapierre Cosmetics pigment in “Exite”, which seems an awful lot like a spelling error. Is that a spelling error? Are you sure? No? …Okay moving on. This color is a shimmery white powder which I could imagine is going to look phenomenal when used to highlight and blend my eyeshadow. I’ve never had a pigment this glittery before, only glittered eyeliners, so I’m really looking forward to trying out this product. Most of the time, when I get pigments from Ipsy, they’re generally pretty fun sized but this one seems to be full-sized, which is a huge relief.

Lastly, I got a Pacifica Natural Mineral Coconut Eye Shadow in “Treasure”. The color is stunning and seems like it will be very neutral on my olive skin tone. It also has a little bit of shimmer to add that extra glam and has a pretty blue packaging box with whimsical white waves on the front. It looks expensive. When I looked it up, I came to realize that it is fairly expensive for an eye shadow and it’s actually vegan and cruelty free, which is totally awesome! Kudos to Ipsy for choosing brands that believe in causes like animal rights. I could see myself purchasing more from this brand if I end up enjoying the product.

Thanks again Mandirito!

Pink Nails & Mommy Bloggers

I was invited out for a night of manicures with my fellow blogging friends last night… and had so much fun! We all met at Boca Nail Bar – a new salon that just opened. It is beautiful! I ended up channeling my 7-year-old self and going with the hot pink gel polish, with one “party nail” as I call it on my ring finger.

bnb1Now ladies, let’s talk gel. I normally don’t get it because I hate to soak my nails. I hate the way it feels and I am big on time management, so I don’t like to just sit there and spend more time than I have to at a salon. I have things to do. But, the Boca Nail Bar has their own brand of nail polish and it is all gel, so I had to get it… and I’m so glad I did. I forgot the gel polish looks so much better than regular polish. And it stays looking freshly painted for weeks!

I also got some swag to take home… that included nail polish my 2-year-old loved!

The best part about the night was getting to meet some of my new blogging friends in person I’ve only heard of or have just chatted with online. In my 2.5 seconds of blogging, I have learned that the blogging community is so helpful. When they get together, it really is about bouncing ideas off of one another and helping one another. None of that middle school mean girl stuff (at least I haven’t seen it yet.)

Thanks for a fun night Bloggin’ Mamas and Boca Nail Bar!

5 Steps to lose Weight in 2015

I’m sharing this post from a friend Nicole McGregor who writes on One Picky Chick – a great blog! Like me, she was also a TV reporter 🙂

Her headline:

Losing weight is easy… If you follow these 5 steps. Period.

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This subject is so overdone on blogs, television shows, magazines… especially in January.  So why am I doing it?  I just thought I’d lend my two cents to the matter. Which may be exactly how much it’s worth by the way!  Yes, this month is the time to make a fresh start – change things, be better, get healthy,  lose weight.  Sometimes, losing major poundage can take over your life.  It can seem like a daunting task… But does it have to be?  Maybe not.

It’s a fact that many people have an unhealthy relationship with food.  They eat when they’re bored, eat when they’re upset, eat for comfort, eat when they shouldn’t.  That means unwanted calories which makes your pants too tight which, in turn, makes you feel unhappy because you don’t look good.  It’s a vicious cycle, so get out of it. Now, I’m no expert but I would say thinning down may be easier than you think.  If you actually start thinking, the right way, about it.These 5 steps can slim you down and keep the weight off… but you have to do things differently than you have been – period.  Here we go.When I was in my teens and 20’s I would say, while I was a fine weight, I weighed a bit too much.  It really struck me when I was packing for a trip and trying on bathing suits. My friend (and producer of my morning show at the time) was with me and when I tried on my suit she looked at me, wrinkled her nose and said, “hmmmm… I thought you would look different in a swim suit!”  I was a little ticked but then I kind of agreed too.  I should look better in a suit.  Things kind of changed after that… I was very used to eating breakfast-lunch-dinner everyday and then getting up and doing it all over again but did I need to?  Was I truly hungry that often?  The answer was no.  It was just what I was “supposed” to do.  So rule number one is simply:

1. Eat when you’re hungry.  Not when you’re supposed to…
 
I often forget to eat… because I’m not hungry.  My body will tell me when it’s time to eat.  But I can tell you it’s not as frequent as most people.  I’m convinced the body just doesn’t need that much.  And once you stop eating less, you need less.  The stomach gets smaller and it needs less to feel full.  Sometimes I eat my own dinner and other times I just eat what my kids don’t.  They call me the garbage disposal!
2. Don’t buy what you shouldn’t eat
 
This one is crazy simple.  Go to the grocery store, buy fruit, veggies, cereal, milk, cheese… whatever you need but skip the chips you can’t stop eating… having them in your pantry will only tempt you.  Don’t  have them there.  Don’t buy pasta and breads, to many carbs, no pay off.  Eat proteins.  Eat greens.  Limit sugar.  Drink water.  See, easy.  Your body will crave what you give it.  Give it carbs and it wants more.  Give it a salad and it wants more.  I absolutely crave salads almost everyday.  But I rarely crave French fries.  So buy what you want to eat and nothing else.  An unexpected positive from this is the money you’ll save:  junk food can be incredibly expensive!  And you don’t need it.  This next step may be the most important:
3. Walk your heinie off
 
Literally.  When I was in college and wanted to lose weight before my graduation and trip to Hawaii I started walking.  Every morning.  About an hour.  My butt and legs tightened up like cheeks after a face lift.  I was in business.  Other positives about walking:  it’s free.  That’s huge.  Nothing in life is free – but walking is!  You can also multi-task when you walk.  I call all my friends.  Great time to keep in touch.  I text, update my to-do list, schedule things in my calendar.  I walk with my 3 year old.  It’s even more challenging that way plus it’s an activity we do together. He loves it too! But, for the record, you have to start this early on in their lives (like as babies) or you’ll never get them to stay in a stroller for an hour long walk.

This is us walking in the rain.  Not something we experience too often in the desert! We had so much fun on this day!

So the amount of things I get done while I exercise, besides just exercising, is amazing… rather than “wasting” 2 hours in the gym I feel like I have accomplished much more!  Some of you may say, I live in freezing cold weather and there’s no way I can walk right now – I feel ya – because during the Summer, in Arizona, walking is not an option.  Too hot.  But guess what is?  Lifting weights.  Inside.
 
4. Lift freaking heavy weights
 
This does require a gym of some kind which does cost money, sorry, but it’s worth it.  I’ve been doing this for about 15 years now.  I started when I decided I need something more.  I was skinny but with no real definition in the arms especially.  I started doing something called “Super Slow” which requires you do just as the name says:  lift (really heavy) weights… super slow.  You won’t hurt yourself and you’ll gain muscle faster than other strategies.  It’s just 10 seconds up, 10 second down. TRT of only about 3 minutes per weight.  I only go once a week for about 30 minutes, tops.   In, out and on to better things.  There are gyms that do this almost everywhere but if you can’t find one… it can be accomplished on your own.  Bottom line, lift weights that are heavy but do it slow and until you “fail”… you will gain muscle which will eat the fat that surrounds it and ultimately get skinnier.  That leads to my last tip…
5. Don’t EVER get on a scale
 
Never.  Under any circumstances.  Unless you’re at the doctor’s office and even then, don’t look at the numbers.  Because who cares what you weigh?  The numbers lie.  If you gain muscle weight lifting, which you will, and the scale goes from 150 to 152 you’re going to flip out.  But you shouldn’t because muscle weighs more than fat and you will look better.  I never get on the scale and just refer to how my clothes fit… if they fit tight then it’s time to eat one less slice of pizza or drink one less glass of vino! Scales are evil.And that is all.  5 steps to a skinner, healthier you.  For most of you, not all.  I realize there are some who have other issues that may make the 5 steps above not work, i.e.: hormones, thyroid, genes… these are all very valid and possible situations.  And they should be considered too.  But for the rest of us I truly believe losing weight, staying healthy, being “skinny” could be a lot easier than most think.  As long as we change the way we THINK about it.  Now get out there… and start walking!

Iggy, I say cellulite schmellulite

IggyI just read Iggy Azalea quit social media because people were criticizing her on Twitter. Then, I saw what for and I have to tell you – I’m a bit confused.

So, I thought she was famous for not only being a rapper, but for having a nice butt. She and her big booty friend Jennifer Lopez even wrote a song about it. I thought it was her thing, like J.Lo and Beyoncé.

But now because it’s not under perfect lighting or airbrushed or greased up for a video, we don’t like it anymore?

Iggy, don’t get off social media for this. You are in a lose/lose situation. When people see some cellulite – I guess they will attack you on social media. But I bet you, those people sitting on their asses typing are sitting on much more cellulite than you are.

iggy 2 But even if we see you without cellulite, there are going to be problems there too because then you aren’t a “real” woman and you are lumped into the same category as Victoria’s Secret models (who are in fact real people FYI.) Then, you’ll get those people who think you are being airbrushed too much and it’s sending the wrong message to young women out there. Then you will be too fit and that won’t be realistic for the rest of us because we don’t have the time and the money to pay for personal trainers like you. Blah, blah, blah.

Whatever you do – it will be wrong. So until those opinions on Twitter pay your bills, they don’t matter. So don’t quit.

ipsy – February Glam Bag

IMG_0561 It has finally arrived! My first ipsy Glam Bag… that autocorrect wants to call a TIPSY Glam Bag. Thank you mom for the subscription for Christmas! Here’s what I got:

Luxie 504 Large Angled Brush… and I love it! I just got my very first angled brush a few months ago by Younique and can’t believe what a difference it makes when applying blush. Now, I will use this one to contour with bronzer.

Model Cosmetics Blush Cheek Powder in Peach Bellini… in the case, it looks very orange, but looks more pink once you put it on. So, I like this one!

Cargo Cosmetics Lip Gloss in Anguilla… I really like this one too. It is exactly like my Younique Lip Gloss in Loveable. It’s very highly pigmented so you don’t need anything underneath.

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Pencil Me In Eye Accent Pencil in Amethyst… I think it’s cool that the cap to the pencil is a pencil sharpener. I also like the color, but that’s about it. I gave it the smudge test with some other liners of mine and it did not pass. Even though I like the sharpener in the lid, I don’t like that it sharpens to such a sharp point. Again with my Younique plug, I prefer its sharpener because it does get the pencils sharp, but with a hint of a rounded edge so it doesn’t stab you for a second then break off while you are applying it.

Eva NYC Up All Night Volumizing Spray… This not only adds volume and texture, but it also protects the hair for heat when styling. I’m not too sold on it making my hair bigger – nothing seems to, but I like the part about it protecting my hair from my curling iron that gets up to 400 degrees!

My favorite in the glam bag this month is… the angled brush! (Oh yeah, and I also got that cute ipsy makeup bag too!)

My Magical Mascara

This. Is. It. I have found the perfect mascara and I am OBSESSED with it.

Like many, I fell for the bright colors Maybelline and Cover Girl advertise. The big, chunky wands and packaging. The fun names of the different products. None of that matters – especially the commercials that clearly show the model wearing fake lashes. Does anyone really believe the mascara does that anyway?!

Well, my life changed when I opened up Younique’s 3D Fiber Lashes Mascara. Weeks before I finally ordered it, I kept seeing one friend post about this stuff on her Facebook wall. Over and over. Every single day. (I understand why now that I am a Younique presenter now.) Finally, I decided to buy it. It was $29. Plus tax and shipping. I’m a deal maker and I HATE paying for shipping, but for this so called magic mascara, I made an exception. After applying it to one eye – I WAS SHOCKED! It literally looked like I had one eye of lash extensions or false eyelashes. And this was JUST MASCARA! The pictures don’t lie. The video applications don’t lie. This is the real deal.

How does it work? See it in action here, or read this: First of all, it comes in a case that look like expensive sunglasses will be looking at you when you open it. There are two tubes inside: one for the gel and on for the fibers. First, you apply the gel just like you would any other mascara. This is to get your lashes wet. Once they are wet, you open up the fibers and apply them to the tips and ends to lengthen and thicken your lashes. (At first, I was applying the fibers like I would the mascara, going to the base of my lashes… don’t do that. The fibers will get in your eyes, and even though they are natural green tea fibers and won’t hurt you, it’s not comfortable having floaties in your eyes.) Moving on. After the fibers have stuck to your lashes, you put on another coat of the gel. This seals the fibers in place, lets you move your lashes where you want them, and makes them even longer and thicker! It washes off just like any other makeup would – but it is water resistant, so eye makeup remover is needed. Just like another mascara, you replace it when the gel runs dry in about three months. Yes, it is about three times the cost of all my other mascaras, but the difference is also about three times longer and thicker. So worth it!

As embarrassing as it sounds now, the eye to the right is my former favorite mascara by Maybelline. You know, the one in the hot pink and lime green tube. Beside Younique, it looks like I don’t have anything on!

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It’s a no brainer. Want to give it a try? I’m so obsessed… I became a presenter. They say find something you love, then figure out a way to get paid for it right?!

Order yours here.

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