February R+F Products : {Scrub, Tanner, & Lip Serum)

Every month I get to try new Rodan + Fields products and I want to share my thoughts and results with you all!  I never want to recommend a product that does not work and that I don’t personally believe in, so I will try and post these videos monthly so you all can really see for yourselves what the products are like, and how they work, and their legitimacy.  Let me know if you all ever want me to feature a certain product! XOXO

 

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!

Eyelash Game : {My Fails, Tips & Tricks}

I like many a ladies out there have always desired for long gorgeous eyelashes.  If i was on a deserted island and could only bring one item of makeup, it would be mascara no question!  I have always wanted to be the girl who could just wake up, wash her face, and run out the door looking flawless and having her gorgeous lashes leading the way.

Last year, I decided to try eyelash extensions (Thanks Groupon) in order to make my fantasies and dreams come true.  They looked great and I was hooked right away….but eventually they had their downsides:

1.  I hated the fact that I couldn’t rub my eyes like a normal person without fear of ripping a falsey…or worse my own lashes out with it.  2.  They tell you not to apply mascara…but if you want to do dramatic makeup occasionally for special events….they just don’t look dark enough without the mascara, and mascara makes them fall out quicker.  3.  It can look like something is floating just above your eyes all the time!  4.  They can turn weird directions after a while and sometimes poke you in the eye.  Something about the growing out process I think.  5.  The upkeep is pricey ($45-$100 a fill usually).  6.  When they start to fall out, it can look patchy between fills.

**This picture was when I had extensions on.  You can see once they start falling out, they don’t look very full.

After removing the extensions, my eyelashes looked so tiny!  I am not sure if some fell out, or if I was just used to how long they were before…but it was not good!  In the past I had tried Latisse and it was ok, but my friend was selling Rodan + Fields and told me about Lashboost and I tried it.  After about 2 months of using it, there was a huge difference!  They are longer, stronger, and thicker!  I am obsessed with this stuff and will never go back to falseys.  It’s what I wanted, but with a more natural look.  The cons are that it seems pricey ($150 a bottle), and you HAVE to use it every night to get there and maintain.  But the bottle lasts a really long time so it is way cheaper than extensions and I like the look better.  And if you sign up to be a Rodan and Fields premier perks customer (which I did), you get 10% off and free shipping.  (Plus I put it on my eyebrows too haha)….we will see how that improves in a later post. But this stuff is a game changer that I can’t live without!

The mascara I love to pair with my new eyelashes is L’oreal Voluminous Superstar Mascara.  I used to only use Mac Zoom Lash Mascara, but found this one and I love how the primer and mascara work together to really separate and lengthen the lashes and not clump up too much.  Prior to using LashBoost, I used to curl my lashes, apply 3 coats of mascara, let it dry, and curl again.  After Lashboost, I just apply this L’oreal mascara once, and there is no need to curl my lashes because they are so long now.

You would think I had found the solution and that I was satisfied with my lashes…..but I was still chasing the “Roll out of bed without putting on makeup look.”  I loved the length and thickness of my lashes, but now I wanted them to stay curled permanently.  The solution?  I tried a “Lash Lift.”  Basically….they perm your natural lashes up so that it looks like you have mascara on all the time.  It is supposed to last 8 weeks.  Here were the results:

I have now had them “lifted” for 3 solid weeks and there are pros and cons to this too.  Pro:  I never wear mascara and my lashes basically are always curled up.  I just roll out of bed, and my natural lashes lead the way! Cons:  1.  One of my eye’s lashes was “Lifted” more than the other and it was almost too straight-up…it ran into my eyelid.  If someone looks closely at me in person…it looks a little abnormal.  2.  I can’t wear mascara when I want a more dramatic look…it doesn’t brush through smoothly because the lashes are so bent in one direction.  Here is what they look like now, 3 weeks later, no mascara (ignore the pj’s in bed haha):

You can see here when I close my eyes how they stay lifted (in most spots).                                                   What I have learned:  

Once this wears off, I am not going to do it again.  Although it saves me a lot of time because I don’t put mascara on, I just don’t like the feeling of the lift, the upkeep, that I can’t wear mascara, and that one of the eyes looks abnormally straight up.  I’ll stick to my Rodan + Fields lash boost, and just good old fashioned mascara in the morning….even if it takes me a few minutes to apply it.