Be Gentle!

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One of the best tips I can give for taking care of your skin is: be gentle! I cannot stress this enough! Treat you skin like it is silk, hand-woven by blind nuns. Seriously.

Often times people use very aggressive instruments to wash their face. Those cheap hand-held brushes, LOOFAHS (omg!!) and even some wash cloths can be so abrasive on your delicate skin. I often hear people say. “Treat it like it’s a baby’s skin.” Sooooooo I do just that – I use baby washcloths to wash my face!! Brilliant.

Not only are baby washcloths cheap (you’re welcome), but they are so soft and perfect for washing your delicate skin! Even the “rough” side is smooth – perfect for the cheeks and forehead, while the softer side is great for any reminisce of eye makeup left behind from your makeup remover (yes…remember, we are talking about washing your face, not removing your makeup…that is a separate step! See Friday’s post for more information on that).

Now, to be clear, by “washing” I really mean “rinsing.” Splashing, while very gentle, can not only cause a HUGE mess at your vanity, but it can also leave behind a lot of your cleanser on your face. Without fully removing your cleanser, not only can it dry out your skin, but you are also creating a barrier and more work for your next products (toner, serums, creams, etc.) Simply use your baby washcloth and lukewarm water to effectively and gently rise your face.

So instead of ruining all of your nice washcloths with makeup stains, shell out an extra $6 the next time you are at Target and get a pack of baby washcloths. Your skin will thank you!

Join Me in the FIGHT!

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As we kick off another week of amazing stories of how our skincare products have changed the faces and lives of so many,  I want to share how I am using my role in this business for the greater good.

When you think of Charlotte, NC, what comes to mind?  Panthers Football?  Financial District?  Some Mayor scandal?  Well, what you may not realize is Charlotte is one of the top 8 cities in the country for human trafficking.  Right here!  In my own backyard!  It’s really easy to close a blind eye to things that don’t involve us, but what we don’t realize is how quickly this crime is growing.  Take a look at these numbers:

  • Every 30 seconds another person becomes a victim of human trafficking.
  • Human trafficking generates $9.5 billion yearly in the United States. (United Nations)
  • The average age of entry into prostitution for a child victim in the United States is 13-14 years old. (U.S. Department of Justice)
  • The average victim may be forced to have sex up to 20-48 times a day. (Polaris Project)
  • Department Of Justice has identified the top twenty human trafficking jurisdictions in the country:” Houston
• El Paso
• Los Angeles
• Atlanta
• Chicago
• Charlotte
• Miami
• Las Vegas
• New York
• Long Island
• New Orleans
• Washington, D.C.
• Philadelphia
• Phoenix
• Richmond
• San Diego• San Francisco
• St Louis
• Seattle
• Tampa  (Department of Justice)
  • A pimp can make $150,000-$200,000 per child each year and the average pimp has 4 to 6 girls. (U.S. Justice Department, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)
  • One in three teens on the street will be lured toward prostitution within 48 hours of leaving home. (National Runaway Hotline)
  • An estimated 27 million people are enslaved today worldwide.

But we CAN do something about it!  I have joined with Justice Ministries here in Charlotte, NC to partner together to bring awareness to this crime and refuge for its victims.  For every sale that I make, I will be donating portion of my proceeds directly to this amazing organization!  I will make my donations known on a quarterly basis as a way to show you how YOU are helping put an end this crime.

Remember – Stop!  Look!  Listen!  And call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center if you see ANYTHING!  1-888-373-7888, or SMS: 233733 (Text “HELP” or “INFO”)

#1 Skincare Tip

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One of my BIGGEST skin care tips is one that, I feel, is simple, common knowledge.  But you know what they say about “common knowledge”?  It ain’t that common.

Ready…???

Ok…here it is….

REMOVE YOUR MAKEUP!!

Argh!  So many women that I know think that their face wash IS their makeup remover.  NO!!  Would you get into the shower with your clothes on and expect your body wash to get your skin clean??  Umm, no.  So in the same way, we cannot expect the desired results from our face wash if we are first not giving it a face…to…wash.

My all time favorite makeup removers is Mac’s Cleanse Off Oil.  So easy and so effective!  I have been using it for YEARS!  If you have oily/prone to breakouts skin, I know what you’re thinking: “No way would my face take kindly to that.”  (Ok…maybe your thoughts aren’t as Southern sounding as mine, but still…)  Well, I am the queen of breakouts (or was), and I have the oiliest skin on the planet – you could open a funnel cake stand with the oil that my face can produce. But this cleanser is super gentle, non-comedegenic, and mineral oil-free.  Perfect for ALL skin types.  So many of my friends with all different types of skin use this, per my recommendation.  And they all love it!

Here’s how it works:
1.  Pump the product into your clean, DRY hands. (One pump is all you need for your whole face)
2.  Gently rub the product into your hands and then apply to your DRY face.  Continue to rub until you feel that all of your makeup is broken down (including eye makeup, lip stains, etc.)
3.  With warm water, rinse your hands and then apply your damp hands (note:  do not splash your face) to your face.  When the water and the oil/makeup mix, it will turn a milky-white.
4.  With a gentle cloth (or even just a few splashes of water), rub the makeup off your face.

Easy peasy!  Now your face is makeup FREE and ready for your face wash product.  Personally, I am loving the Reverse Deep Exfoliating Wash.  It makes my skin feel super soft, primed, and ready for some anti-aging goodness!

Invest in YOU

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18 months ago, my husband and I decided to make an investment in something a little different…something commonly misunderstood…something a little outside of the box…something others might call “risky.”

No, I’m not talking about my skincare business or even Direct Sales…I’m talking about me. We decided to invest in ME.

Last week, I got paid for this decision. And, to date, we have made a 4,148% return on our investment.

I don’t say any of this to brag. I say it to INSPIRE you. YOU are worth investing in. You…your ambition, your drive, your creativity, your independence, your desire to be unlike anyone else out there!! It ALL has value and can be greatly rewarded in the right setting. Corporate America isn’t set up to honor and reward those of us who want to run at our own pace and climb as high as we want. But my business is, and I am ready to partner with you and run straight to the top of your potential!

To my sweet husband, thank you for always believing in me!! Thank you for seeing MY potential and breaking me free from trying to fit in everywhere else so that we could live OUR lives on OUR terms.

Why I Do What I Do

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A little over a year ago, Johnatan and I prayerfully decided to embark upon a skincare business. Not knowing what the outcome would be, but trusting God that He would order my steps and guide my path. We knew that starting a family was on the horizon, and wanted to prepare ourselves for that life changing moment with a fulfilling career for me that also provided the flexibility and freedom to be a full time Mom. Watching so many of our friends make that tough decision to return to work after falling in love with their little miracle was heartbreaking. And we knew there had to be another way. So we were willing to take the risk, roll up our sleeves, and get to work.

This decision didn’t come without some raised eyebrows, some insulting comments, and some laughter from people we are close to. But here I sit today, working from home, staring at these adorable little pink shoes (courtesy of my sweet friend, Brittany) that will soon tippy-toe around our house, and I can honestly say….the laughter, the looks, and the comments don’t hold a candle to the overwhelming joy I feel knowing that I will be there for my baby girl. This is why I do this… ‪