Back Home from New York!

Everything has been moving so fast, I didn’t even get the chance to say that I was going to New York (again)! Back in January, I was asked to serve on the 2017 Digital and Social Media Advisory Council. First, I’ve never served in any advisory board so this was just insane to me! I was so excited but then again, I didn’t want to jinx myself lol. Other than my one post I made when I first learned of the role, I haven’t said too much about it.

The life of a beauty boss

Everything has been moving so fast, I didn’t even get the chance to say that I was going to New York (again)! Back in January, I was asked to serve on the 2017 Digital and Social Media Advisory Council. First, I’ve never served in any advisory board so this was just insane to me! I was so excited but then again, I didn’t want to jinx myself lol. Other than my one post I made when I first learned of the role, I haven’t said too much about it. Now that I’m back home from New York, let me explain a bit.

Avon corporate employees and those that oversee the Digital and Social Media Advisory Council invited us to New York for a meet and greet. Of course, everything discussed is confidential so I can’t go into the specifics 😦 — but just be prepared to see some great things coming from New Avon, LLC. I don’t want to sound cheesy and scripted but it is truly an honor to be able to say that my company values our input and is striving to make our experience better.

What happened in NY:

I left for New York on Wednesday. The company had a black car pick me up from LaGuardia airport. He then took me to the DoubleTree Hotel which is literally, right around the corner from corporate headquarters. On the ride there, I was deep in thought. My husband used to travel frequently due to his job. Of course, I never said anything because I didn’t want to discourage him but I always thought to myself: “he must be important”, “this company must be really big” and then at one point, I questioned my own job and level of importance and ability to get to that level. I thought travelling would be out of the question and I’d never have a career that would allow me to see the world. As I rode in the car, I hit the moment of realization. I’ve been on two company-sponsored trips in less than 8 months AND I’m pushing for the trip to the Bahamas. Don’t be blinded by this little ol’ makeup company is all I can say.

I approached the hotel and a nice gentleman met me at the car to open the door. I felt like royalty. I was one of the first to arrive and my room wasn’t ready so I sat at the bar and worked for a little while. This was actually pretty cool. I had four new team members join the team while I was on the plane so this gave me the opportunity to send welcome e-mails.

Once I finished my e-mails, I looked down at my nails and I couldn’t believe I let them go that long! Like seriously — ugh!!! The last time I had my nails done was before Valentine’s Day…smh…I’m so embarrassed. Just reading that makes my soul cringe. Then I realized it was the perfect opportunity. The rest of the team hadn’t arrived yet. I went to Facebook for nail salon recommendations but everyone suggested a place that wasn’t in Uptown. First, I don’t even know what Uptown is but I digress. I guess I was dressed normal because I fit right in. Whenever I asked for directions, they all talked to me with precise directions with exact street names and no turning directions. They’d say something like “oh yea, it’s over on 8th Avenue” or “go to 15th”. I realized I’d never find the nail salon so I opted for a taxi lol

I went to Fresh Nails on 15th but they couldn’t do my nails because I have a protective gel coat on top so one of their patrons suggested a salon on 14th. Once again, completely lost but thank goodness for Google Maps. It was a couple of minutes walking distance so I decided to get in the well-needed exercise. I actually walked right by the nail salon. There’s a pizzeria on the side of it that smelled like heaven! It made me think of my first and only slice of New York style pizza and I got lost in the aroma BUT I didn’t cave in to temptation. Not this time.

I headed upstairs and was greeted by a lady named May. I’m not sure if it was her salon or pure coincidence. She looked at my nails and was surprised to say the least. She was very nice and conversational, explaining that many New York shops do not add anything to the nail because it’s too time consuming. She said New Yorkers like to get in and get out, leaving if the wait is longer than 5 minutes. And I thought Chicagoans were impatient lol Of course, she couldn’t let this Chicago girl off the leash without saying our nail salons and how they do nails are weird lol

My first experience with a New York salon was pretty good. I headed back down to the street and decided that I’d just walk back to the hotel UNTIL I put in the address to DoubleTree and realized it was 2.5 miles away! I called another taxi lol I would’ve walked but the team had finally arrived and I didn’t want to keep them waiting (or at least that’s the story I’ll be telling from here on out). I got to meet some of Avon’s more seasoned representatives and some that I had met from my last trip to New York.

Once again, I was the baby. Each person had been with Avon for over 6 years! I couldn’t believe I got to sit at the table, let alone work with these beautiful, talented women. At 6 o’clock, Avon took us to dinner at the Aperitivo which is right across the street from Avon’s headquarters. The food was delicious and the dinner conversations were amazing. We then headed back to our hotel but we couldn’t pass up the lighting on the building (pictures below).

It was only about 9 p.m. when we made it back to the hotel so we decided to hang out downstairs and chat. We didn’t get to bed until after 1 a.m. and had to be up at 6 a.m. I was so excited that I didn’t think about the meeting — you know, the reason why we were there in the first place lol The meeting ran from about 8:30-3:30, don’t worry, they didn’t starve us. Unfortunately, the end of the meeting meant we all had to go back home 😦 Once again, we had cars pick us up to drop us off at the airport.

My flight back to Chicago was delayed by nearly 3 hours *sigh* so I was stuck at the airport. I was finally able to connect to WiFi and realized two more people joined my team! At least this gave me something to do while at the airport 🙂 One of my team members learned of the delay and offered to keep me telephone company 🙂

Pictures:  I didn’t really get to take awesome pictures like last time but then again, that’s because I was too busy having fun lol. Of course, the others took plenty of pictures but I was just too excited for all of that lol I’ll get better pictures next time *wink*

Here are a few pictures:

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New York nail trip, nails done at May’s Nail Salon
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Just arrived and headed to my hotel
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Julie
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At the DoubleTree Hotel sending welcome emails

Fifty

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Lunch time!

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Nightcap!
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At LaGuardia sending welcome e-mails

OMG! What happened to my camera and why does my face look like this?

Avon True Color Ideal Flawless Liquid Foundation and Loose Powder review. Check out the before and after!

At first I was a little embarrassed to say this and even now, I can’t believe I’m typing it but I’ve got to share this with you. Part of this is actually pretty darn funny when you think about it. As you know, I hardly get the time to get all dolled up and make an appearance but it doesn’t stop me from lathering my lashes in mascara, creating arches galore eyebrows and glossing these lips.

Tuesday, I decided to take it a step further and applied foundation. It was the next step towards becoming a glamazon but I had to make it quick. When you’re up at 5:30 a.m., rarely do your eyes and mind work at the same time.

Once I got to work, I decided to get on SnapChat and crack my daily jokes but I noticed something was off. My photos and videos looked like they had a filter on them. Nothing major but like I edited the photo with the tool to soften the skin. I thought maybe it was SnapChat’s new filter (even though I don’t use them) or built-in feature.

I decided to take pictures using my regular camera and noticed the same thing. All of my pictures looked — flawless! What the hell! I couldn’t figure it out so I decided Apple must have sent out an automatic update for the camera. I asked two of my co-workers if they noticed any difference with their cameras. One co-worker has iPhone 6 Plus and the other has iPhone 7 Plus (same as I do).

We actually pulled out our phones and did mini photo-shoots to compare the cameras. We snapped pictures of walls, bags, and anything else that was nearby. All of the pictures looked about the same but they stated they didn’t notice any difference in their camera. No one dared to take a selfie. Bad hair days and such. I was so confused that I actually updated my  Facebook status  and asked my friends if they noticed anything different with their iPhone cameras! Only one person thought the camera changed but others argued that it hadn’t.

I took another selfie without makeup and OMG! Now that’s some good stuff! Any time your foundation can convince you that your camera has been secretly updated — you know you have some good stuff. I can’t believe how amazing the coverage can be. Instead of just talking about it, I wanted to show you. All pictures are untouched and unedited. I even included a picture from today with absolutely no makeup (don’t judge me).

No makeup (ewwwww):

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The best darn foundation ever (about 5 hours since applied):

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The makeup routine:

1: Cleansed with Anew Clean Refining Daily Scrub – love this stuff

2. Moisturized* with nutraeffects Balance Day Cream SPF 15 – designed for people with oily or combination skin. First time using it. Official opinion coming soon.

3. Applied Flawless Liquid Foundation – applied with beauty sponge

4. Set it with Flawless Loose Powder – just lightly dusted with large powder brush

5. Created brows with Glimmersticks Brow Definer

6. Masked the lashes in SuperExtend Nourishing Mascara

7. Puckered up with mark. Lipclick Matte Full Color Lipstick in Starlet

8. Applied blush

9. Finished it off with Makeup Setting Spray – this is the original formula, not the True Color Makeup Setting Spray. The packaging itself makes me want to scream as it looks so beautiful! Can’t wait to try it.

* Note: I skipped my MagiX Face Perfector as I wanted to try out the new mattifying moisturizer and wanted to see if it really works. I’ll try to pair both together soon and see how they work together.

Needless to say, I love it! I didn’t want to look too made up and it was perfect. You can build it to your liking and it still feels very lightweight. And the best part about all of this? It’s currently on sale for $8.99! So if you’re interested, click the pic below to pick up your bottle.

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Avon True Color Flawless Liquid Foundation

Avon Coupon Codes 12/3/16 – 12/10/16

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Avon Campaign 15 2016 – Avon Brochure

Avon Brochure – Avon Campaign 15 2016 available online from 6/24/16 – 7/8/16, with wonderful addition of Anew Clean cleansers, first ever cleansing brush, Mega Effects mascara with Keratin, beauty specials and more!

Avon Coupon Codes for June 18 – 25, 2016

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Avon Campaign 14 2016 – Avon Brochure

Avon Brochure – Avon Campaign 14 2016 available online from 6/10/16-6/24/16, with the addition of our new  game changers: Avon Luck La Vie, Avon True Color Lip Balm, makeup and skincare special offers, and Avon Signature collection additions to the clothing and jewelry line. Check out our wonderful collection available online. Click here to begin shopping online.

Avon May Coupon Codes 2016

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The Power of Sisterhood

It doesn’t happen often but every now and then I have a customer that would like to add on to his/her existing order. One of my long-time customers called and said she needed to add Avon Skin So Soft Gelled Body Oil. Unfortunately, at this time, I had already placed my order and Avon customer service said that it wouldn’t arrive before I left town on Monday for Montego Bay.

Oh no! I began to panic as I really didn’t want to let her down. I’ll be out of town for a week and visiting Houston, TX next week. She and her mother have supported me since I began selling Avon. The last thing I wanted to do was come off as unreliable. I texted my District Sales Manager on Sunday morning. She didn’t have any but referred me to another representative in the area that had a few on hand. The other Avon Lady and I arranged to meet at 2 p.m.

The meeting went completely different than I expected. I met her at her home and we talked for almost 3 hours! She’s truly one of the best ladies in the world! We talked about the Avon Opportunity, our selling Avon experience, went over a few sales strategies and then life anywhere from children to dreams. It was truly refreshing.  I thought that it would be a quick transaction and I’m so glad I was wrong! I learned more from an experienced representative who not only sold Avon, but ran a Licensed Avon Beauty Center for a short time. She told me about valuable lessons learned as a store operator and also how she built and motivated her team to grow. Trust me, it wasn’t all peachy but she was able to learn, grow and guide others with her experience. I thought about my experience and we had so much in common. Either I had experienced the same thing or I was in the middle of the experience. I thank her so much for sharing freely.

Once on the plane, I sat back in my airplane seat and I realized — it was everything I hoped for when joining Avon. I looked for an opportunity that would allow me to meet other supportive women while having fun and of course, making money. I never anticipated this much support and sense of togetherness. I couldn’t have asked for a better District Sales Manager and fellow Avon representatives. I sell Avon mainly online. I didn’t know this supportive community existed before until now. It’s nice knowing that you have others around to support you and not just support but to converse about all things Avon — I’ve managed to talk my husband’s ears off! I fear if I say one more Avon, he’s going to just cut them off but I can’t help it. It’s been so long since I’ve felt professional excitement and as sense of empowerment. I truly feel as though I’m helping someone and love the good folks around me, not to mention the awesome products.

As the lady next to me rubbed lotion off my belly (that accidently squirted on me), I sat back in complete astonishment: 1) a stranger was rubbing my belly and 2) having other sales representatives near you does not necessarily mean the market is “saturated” or that they’re competition for that matter. Yes, I’ve heard for some time now that everyone knows an Avon Lady but not every Avon lady knows the same people.

We’re taught to first inform friends, family and coworkers about our new business and then expand. If you “bump” into someone, don’t become discouraged. You’ve found a long lost sister or brother. It doesn’t matter age, race or even gender for that matter, we all have the same goal. And if for any reason that you feel the “saturation”, change your fish bowl. You are not confined to one area. This is the perfect opportunity to meet new people. Have fun! Just get out there!

I’m so happy that I made the decision to rejoin Avon. Its provided me the perfect opportunity to expand my network, learn from as well as educate others, give myself a purpose and connect with those I would’ve never imagined. I’ve gained new friends of all ages, sizes and it’s truly beautiful. I knew that I’d meet new people, but I never imagined this.

Avon ladies are truly a different breed. I have yet to meet one that was unhelpful. Regardless if in-person, over the phone or even via internet, they’ve all helped so willingly. I can’t thank these beautiful women and men enough. I truly feel a sense of sisterhood and what’s even more amazing is it doesn’t matter how long you’ve been with Avon. They all welcome with open arms.

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Avon Ultra Sexy Lace is BACK!

Avon Ultra Sexy Lace is Back! OMG! I’m so thrilled about this new/old perfume. So apparently, Avon introduced this fragrance — Ultra Sexy Lace— before I rejoined but I’m so glad they’ve decided to bring it back.

OMG! I’m so thrilled about this new/old perfume. So apparently, Avon introduced this fragrance — Ultra Sexy Lace— before I rejoined but I’m so glad they’ve decided to bring it back. It smells absolutely delicious! It’s floral/ambery as Avon describes it but if you want my take: it’s slightly fruity so not teenage just-went-to-the-candy-store-fruity or disgustingly fruity where you’re trying to cover up a nasty odor. It’s more adult flirty/fruity and softens for a more cleaner, softer scent when worn all day. It’s inviting and enticing.  I’m not a big fan of floral/floral scents. I love fruity and crisp/clean scents so this is perfect! Avon’s Ultra Sexy Lace is part of the Ultra Sexy fragrance line. There are two other fragrances: Ultra Sexy Pink and Ultra Sexy Heart (introduced earlier this year). All of the scents smell nice and I’m almost down to my last drop of the Heart but move over — Lace is my favorite!!! Hands down! Lace is more for everyday and that’s exactly how much I plan on wearing it. Avon describes it as “provocative pear and smoldering magnolia laced with a hint of sensual golden amber.” I can definitely smell the pear but it’s not too overpowering. It’s currently being offered online as an online exclusive and won’t make it’s way to a brochure until Campaign 11 2016 (April 29, 2016). If you loved it originally, I’m sure you’re just as thrilled to learn that it’s back! The best part is it’s being offered at an intro price of $14! How awesome is that? If you’re interested in purchasing, click here for Ultra Sexy Lace or here to view all of Avon fragrances.

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Avon Makeup Tutorial

Hello beauties!

I attended a baby shower this Saturday and decided to wear a little makeup for the occasion. Unlike many of my looks, I wanted to go softer and not as dramatic as I usually do. It’s still a full-face makeup look but very natural and can be worn everyday. Check out this super cute and easy makeup tutorial.

Finished look:Me

To learn more, scroll down to see the tutorial and view the list of products used to accomplish this look.

Products Used:

Avon MagiX Face Perfector

Avon Glimmersticks Brow Definer

Avon Perfect Eyebrow Kit

Avon Eyeshadow Primer

True Color Matte Eyeshadow Quad

Avon SuperExtend Precise Liquid Liner

Avon Big & Multiplied Mascara

Avon Ideal Flawless Loose Powder

Avon Glow Bronzing Pearls

Avon Makeup Setting Spray

All makeup brushes used were manufactured by Avon. Click here to see what’s all available online.

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