Direct Sales. Real Talk.

So I told myself a very long time ago that I would not involve myself in direct sales.  I don’t have any desire to do a pyramid scheme. I don’t want to shell out money for products I have to push. 

I don’t like pushy. At all. I don’t like for people to show up at my house and try to push things on me.  And I don’t like to do it to other people.  With all that being said, I don’t even know why I was browsing online for DS companies, but I stumbled across Pink Papaya. 

I’m using it myself more than I’m selling it, but I genuinely love their company and their products.  They empower women. They’re cruelty free. And all their products are made in the USA! Right now I’m hooked on their body butters. They’re so rich and smell amazing. I use their foundation powder EVERY SINGLE DAY!  EVERY. Day. It’s lightweight but covers enough that I feel put together. So as of now, it’s my go to makeup product. Also their eyeshadows are long lasting so for any woman working a 12 hour day, that’s always a plus. 

Am I making money? The short answer? Yes.  Long answer? It’s not as much as I want and I put it on the back burner for the holidays so I made zero in November and December. Truthfully, direct sales income depends on the amount of work you want to put in.  It’s not going to run itself. You’re going to have to figure out how much time you want to dedicate to this new business venture.  Right now, I’m on Facebook nonstop trying to promote. I’m doing FB parties, leaving catalogs where ever I can. 

I give out samples when an appropriate opportunity arises. I also think because I genuinely like using their products, I really like to tell other people about them. Enjoying the products you sell makes a big difference. Is it making my dreams come true? Well, in a round about way, yea. Is it making me thousands?! Nope. Not even close. But I work 40 hours a week along with having to tend to my family, so I’m only giving a max of 5 hours a week to this. I’m squeezing time in between breaks at work, lunch, Maverick’s naps on the weekends, Hails baton night on Thursday. You get the picture. 

Direct Sales is absolutely what you make of it. It’s not easy so don’t ever let someone give you an easy sell! You have to want to make it successful. You’re going to have to work for it. Whether you’re curious, wanting it just as a hobby, or really want to earn a little extra, it is what you make it out to be! 

   
    
 

New Mom Beauty Routine.

So there’s a new baby in our home. Ha ha ha. New baby. Is a 7 month old still considered a new baby? Whether he is or not, I’m still struggling to get my shit together in the mornings. 

I’ve set my alarm to 5:30. Maverick has typically been sleeping until 6 am so I figured “half an hour should be enough.” Enough for makeup, packing Hails lunch, eating my breakfast, making his bottle, letting the dogs out, letting the dogs in, enough time to fix my hair. A cup of coffee. Stretch. 

I’m laughing as I just finished this paragraph because all of the above in 30 minutes is just ridiculous. I actually almost never really FIX my hair. 

So really my makeup routine consists of very basic elements. Concealer, powder/bronzer, mascara, eyeshadow, & I make it to brush in my eyebrows SOMETIMES.

My go to beauty products won’t break the bank & aren’t tested on animals. Which as a mom with a family on a budget & animal lover those are my MUST requirements.

  
Wet n Wild max volume mascara is AMAZING! Before I invested time into researching who tested on animals and didn’t, I was buying maybelline. They have no desire to stop stabbing cute bunnies in the eyes with mascara wands so fuck em. And I found this type. It coats, it thickens, it makes my eyelashes look fantastic for about $6.50. 

The bronzer is by Physicians Formula and I’m so in love. It’s light on my skin and gives me a subtle glow. Which is great because then I don’t look like a cast member off the Walking Dead. 

And since I’m putting on makeup, it better last me the better part of the day. I cannot say enough good things about Pink Papayas color collection. I use E.l.f concealer under my eyes and on my eyelid. It acts like a primer and when I apply my Pink Papaya eye shadow trust me when I tell you a little goes a long way. 

I miss the mornings that I could just shrug my shoulders at the lack of effort I dished out. Those were the days I could sleep for 12 hours and I woke up looking natural and blissfully pretty. Now with the stress of projects at home and at work, football season in full swing, homework until almost 9 every night, and a baby, sleeping for 8 hours is a luxury. Father Time doesn’t help either. My skin doesn’t look anything like it did in my early twenties! Damn it!!

Here’s to all you new mommies trying to look pretty while dragging ass. 👍🏻

  

New Beauty Stash!!!

I know I haven’t posted in awhile and for that I’m sorry! Life is hectic sometimes and other days I’m just exhausted that as soon as my head hits something soft, I’m out, regardless of whether or not I have something to blog about.
But I did want to share a couple beauty buys with y’all! In effort to maintain my commitment to using cruelty free beauty products, I’ve been doing some research on the best anti-aging products. Truthfully, Olay has always been my product of choice since I was 19. However, after researching them and finding out that they are not trying to even become animal friendly, I’ve decided that it’s time for us to part ways.
I’ve read a lot about Philosophy and decided to try their starter kit. At $35.00 for face wash, serum, and moisturizer I think it’s a fairly inexpensive buy. I tried it last night for the first time and so far I like it. The face wash smells great, the serum isn’t heavy, and the moisturizer isn’t very greasy and dries quickly.
The second purchase I made was NYX new Dusk til Dawn collection. It rivals that of Urban Decay’s Naked Pallet and it’s only $14.99. The colors are awesome and I think at 15 bucks it’s a steal!
I’m hoping to post an update about the results of the starter kit in about 2 weeks. It’s my goal when posting these blogs, to inspire women to at least try going cruelty free. I’m not saying throw your products away (who wants to throw money away?!) but rather when your fav face primer runs out, try out a cruelty free brand and see How you like it. For me, the choice helps put my conscious at ease so I feel just as pretty on the inside as I am on the outside!!
Hope you darlings have an awesome week!
Xoxo

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