Saturday, August 25, 2012

Brushes: What Are They Good For?

I NEVER used to buy makeup brushes, primarily because I thought they were an unnecessary expense. One thing I started doing this past year is go to get makeup done by ACTUAL makeup artists to learn tips and tricks. And the biggest and most important thing I learned is makeup brushes are a must-have. For so many reasons, but here's just a few:
1.) Your makeup lasts longer.
2.) Your makeup goes on where it is supposed to! It becomes much easier to apply.
 Good quality brushes are essential. Different types of brushes are essential. Case in point: we got into a great discussion on the kabuki brush today. If you don't know which one that it is, here's a pic:
 This brush is for applying loose foundation powder. You might think it could be used for blush or bronzer, but but of those require two different brushes. Both of those products applied with a kabuki brush will be way too thick and heavy. Powder brushes go with bronzer and pressed foundation, and a blush brush for blush. Believe it or not, there's even a flat brush for liquid foundation. The powder brush is bigger and the blush brush is usually angled to define the cheekbones. The other brush for the face is the concealer brush. And yes, this is just as important! It is much easier to cover up whatever imperfections you are targeting with the small, flat concealer brush. I'll talk about brushes for eyes and lips later.
Buying good quality brushes and cleaning them regularly can make them last up to ten years. It's a small investment to get the most out of your beauty products!

Dog Days of August

August has been a busy month! I've had two parties and a simplicity pampering, with a few more simplicity pampering sessions to come. I got an online order from out of state (woohoo for college friends!) and was top three in personal sales volume for  the first half of August. It doesn't look like I am going to get four parties for August, but I am pretty excited with what I have accomplished this month! My team leader has been AWESOME and spent so much time with me. I am doing coaching sessions with her now on a weekly basis geared to being a team leader.
My project right now is building my Facebook fan base. I did something I should have done a long time ago. I finally changed the URL part so it is easier to tell people where to go to see my page. 
I am now up to 56 likes. I have gotten most of these in the last two weeks. The goal right now is to get to 100, and I will be doing a drawing for a free gift when I reach 100. FB pages are such a fine art! I have been trying to pay attention to other pages for all types of products/businesses to see what I like and what I don't. It's such a fine line between posting too much and not enough, and then the big question of WHAT to post. I was only posting about booking parties, but I have tried to be more informational with it. So I am going to be including makeup tips, gift suggestions, monthly specials, etc. Also trying to do better at posting when I am doing a party, etc., to get people excited!

“The most beautiful makeup of a woman is passion. But cosmetics are easier to buy.”
― Yves Saint-Laurent

Friday, August 10, 2012

Tangerine Tango

Wow it has been way to long since I have blogged. I must be honest, I got a little discouraged during the winter after I was the victim of a scam. I signed up to be in a Bridal Expo that cost a substantial amount of money, and the show was cancelled and I was out the money. I worked with individual customers but hadn't done anything else until July. A few important things happened in July. First, a friend of mine came to visit and her excitement over a Pink Papaya catalog I had made me think about all the things I love about the company. Second, the National Conference (which I did not attend), but tons of consultants posted pics, updates, etc from the conference on FB. It was very inspiring, and I decided to try again. A very inspiring phone call from my direct line leader led to me booking two parties that week. Since then my calendar is filling up with parties, potential parties, and potential customers. I have learned that, while I have lots of good ideas, following the templates created by successful consultants and leaders is much better. Small example, my direct line always not to go to vendor events that charge $$ (or only pay a small amount). Unfortunately, I learned that the hard way. I also learned that I really love pampering my hosts and their guests! I rarely make time for things off my "to do" list and it's been nice to socialize and relax. So I have set new goals: 4 parties a month and 6 consultants signed by December. Here's to the journey ahead!
P.S. Tangerine tango is our AMAZING new scent and August special.