Why I decided to be a Rodan + Fields Consultant : {Confessions of a Skincare Snob}

I am a skincare and beauty skeptic and snob…no doubt.  I know skin, I buy good products, and I do my research.  However, I am usually really skeptical about trying anything new (mostly because my skin is prone to breakouts when trying new products).

I fell in love with everything beauty in high school, and much to my grandma’s dismay, I decided to not go to college, but go to Cosmetology school to pursue makeup and skin.  As I went to school, I began working in a laser medspa.  I worked in laser medspa’s for the next 5 years and really, I feel like I never left.  My mom, which I have mentioned before, is a national laser trainer for medspas (when a doctor’s office buys a laser, she trains the staff), and still treats her longtime clients on the weekends.  Whenever I can, I pop into the doctor’s office she is working at and help, get a treatment, work the front desk, or attend a training with her….because I just love it!  So because of her job, and my love of all things skin and beauty, I have never strayed too far.  In my 20’s and early 30’s, I moved away from skin and beauty being my job, and got “real jobs” in the business world, and beauty became my hobby.  One of my favorite things to do at night when I lie in bed is to search celebrity dermatologists and skin care regimens, watch makeup tutorials online, follow beauty bloggers and read their tips and tricks, and insta-stalk celebrities to see their beauty tips.  What can I say, I love it!  I will confess that I also watch a lot of hip hop dance videos on instagram at night too…but thats for another blog post :).

Over the years I have been asked by several people if I wanted to use my passion and love for beauty, and be an Independent Consultant with Rodan + Fields…and I have always said no.  I said no for 2 reasons:

 1.  I didn’t know the products, and like I said, I am a snob when it comes to trying new beauty things out.

2.  We have all been approached by someone selling something and it can feel uncomfortable if not handled in the right way.  This was always my concern regarding multi-level marketing: I am worried about being “so extra” and pushing my friends and family away because of my pushiness or because they thought I was always trying to sell them something.

But about a year ago my skepticism began to slowly change….what changed it?…a little product called LASHBOOST.  If collagen injections gave Kylie Jenner’s lips wings to fly, then Lashboost gave the same effect to my lashes.  I wrote a blog (prior to becoming a R+F Consultant) about my lash struggles.  But in a nutshell Lashboost transformed my lashes….this stuff was a game changer for me. I can’t tell you how many times I have sworn by this and recommended it to others.  Even though this product was amazing, it still didn’t convince me to become a consultant, it did however begin to help me let down my skepticism wall that I had up.

Fast Forward to our move to Texas:  I had left my job in California and decided to embrace going to school full-time to finish my bachelors degree in Business…but I still wanted and needed to do some work, ideally from home.  I picked up some side business work like bookkeeping and administrative things, but nothing full time.  I have been in a strange position here in Texas in regards to career moves:  I couldn’t work full time because of childcare and school, but I missed working…and working doing something that felt in tune with my passions and giftedness.  I spent months praying for direction and discernment on what (if anything) my next move should be.  Then entered my friend Adrienne.  Adrienne is a Rodan+Fields consultant (4 years now) who I met at my church through a young mom’s ministry.  I joined because I wanted to meet people/friends, and I quickly found one in Adrienne.  Adrienne never pushed R+F on me annoyingly and was just a good friend, but I honestly saw how successful she was in her career and the flexibility she had, and I was a little envious.  She approached me asking if I would consider being a consultant, but I politely declined….Multi-level-marketing just wasn’t my thing.  Then I heard a recorded call for those who are considering being a consultant (Check it out here), and it was so inspirational and really had me thinking more and more about it.  Here is why:

  1.  I genuinely love the products, understand them, and can stand behind them.  I am obsessed with lash boost and the face scrub!  I did research and the products are legit and created by Stanford trained dermatologists…the same dermatologists who created Proactiv.
  2. Flexibility: I can work from anywhere (This is huge because I don’t have childcare and am living in a new state)
  3.  Limitless growth:  You can grow as big or as little as you chose to
  4. 60-Day Money Back:  If I didn’t like it within 60 days, I could return my initial products/starter consultant kit and get my money back (even if the products were used).
  5. Unity:  There is a sense of unity with these consultants….they are all a part of an encouraging team and really radiate positivity and build each other up…it was so attractive.  They have fun giveaways, incentives, and trips!
  6. I saw Adrienne’s success and how not pushy she is about it and what flexibility she has.
  7. The initial investment to become a consultant varied depending on what was purchased, but it could be as little as $45.  I paid more because I wanted some products to start using for before & after photos, and to be able to give some samples to potential customers.  So it seemed like a smaller commitment up front then I was anticipating.

The more I thought about it, the more it kept feeling like a good move for me:  I love beauty/skincare and understand it, I love talking to people, I need job flexibility and a job that I can do from home, and I honestly love the products.  It felt like an obvious choice once I broke it down simply like that….why not try?  After all, I can always get my money back.  What if I actually like it and it does well?  Honestly, the only thing that was holding me back was worrying that it would fail, and worrying that people would be put off knowing I was selling something.  So I called and texted some close friends for their opinions, and asked my nurse mom and nurse friend their opinions as well, and all were supportive and said they agreed, it made sense to try.  So here I am, trying it out and I’m so excited!  It is silly that I would let fear of failure and fear of what others think hold me back from trying new things.  I know me and know I won’t be pushy, and people will take it as they chose too.  However this all shakes out, it has been a blessing.  This whole situation has helped deepen my relationships with people here in Texas as I have processed openly with them regarding this new venture and if that is all I get out of it…deeper relationships and more girlfriends, then it was all worth it!

Schools In Session : {Preschool At Home}

Recently my husband accepted a new job in a Dallas suburb of Texas called Plano…yes you heard me…nothin fancy, just Plano Texas.  Because of this move, my daughters left the preschool they were attending, and I left my job.  In preparation for the move I decided that it would be best to not go back to work right away, so that I could really focus on getting the kids plugged in and acclimated to our new life.  Without my income, I wasn’t sure about paying for the girls to go to preschool when we moved and had the brilliant (and stollen) idea to homeschool the girls from home for at least the next 6 months.  This would give us much needed bonding time, and I could ensure we would get to explore Texas and our new home….I was so afraid to throw them into a ton of new things all at once.

In trying to prepare for my new genius idea (insert eye roll), I headed to my nearest Lakeshore Learning Store and Target for all the supplies I would need.  I took a copy of the preschool academic calendar from my daughter’s previous school, bought some workbooks on Amazon, and decided to dive in!

What I discovered:  Decorating a room to be a classroom is much easier than actually homeschooling your child!  Who knew right?  Don’t get me wrong, lots of people do it and do a great job…but I’m new to all this “staying home all day with your kids” stuff.  I’m that mom that loves my kids, but I also thrive on getting adult time and work.  In a totally normal circumstance, I think this would have gone better….however moving to a new place, having no friends, and my kids having no friends….and add homeschooling on top of that, and you get feeling extra alone.  After about 3 weeks here, I realized that they have been dying for friends, and that going to school (actual school) will give them some normalcy and there will be familiarity because that is what they did before we moved….I should have thought of that lol.

So whats the conclusion/solution:  I’m putting them in a preschool 2 days a week for the socialization and for the expertise of the teachers….let them do the heavy lifting of introducing how to read, write, etc.  I’ll come along side them for sure…but I’ll let the pros handle it.  And then I will be “homeschooling” them the remaining days of the week.  And by “homeschooling,” I mean playing, reading, having playdates, and lots of art projects with all the fun supplies in our home “classroom.”

Check out our classroom below and the fun supplies we got:
Table, chairs, easel: (Ikea), Desk Classroom Caddy: Lakeshore Learning
Wall Organizer: Home Goods, Cork Board Frame: Goodwill
Simple dot-paints, glue and sticks…kids don’t need much!
I know I know…the school bell is a bit overboard…but they love ringing it!