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How I Used Beauty To Create Freedom To Be With My Family: Interview with Amber, Owner of Youniquely Yours

Amber and I have been friends for several years. We spent part of our careers together in a very fast paced and stressful environment where we turned to each other to keep each other going. But this wasn’t a sustainable routine that was building the lives of our dreams. Many nights we would speak and share how drained we felt from the very long days. 

A year ago, Amber discovered she was pregnant with two beautiful, identical twin girls. This was her aha moment in life. She took the road to becoming a stay-at-home wife and mother. Now, I’ve known Amber for a bit, and let me tell you, she is a driver and a go-getter and I am absolutely am inspired by her. She is an amazing mother, wife, friend, and an all around beautiful person. We sat and spoke of her desires to find something she could do that would give her the flexibility of staying home but also something that she felt was of her own. Amber had started using Younique Beauty Products and she spoke so highly of them, it was as this had come to her at the perfect moment and place. It was such a natural process watching her start and build her business with Younique. I was really excited when I got the opportunity to chat with her about her success. (And bonus she shared some awesome Make-Up looks with us!)

Me: What are your favorite things about being an entrepreneur and running your own business? 

Amber: My favorite thing is being able to work from where I want and when I want, having the freedom to put my family first.

Me: What makes you so passionate about what you do? 

Amber: I love the products myself! I would not sell something I didn’t try, use and did not love. The products are naturally based, hypoallergenic, and are not tested on animals. Those are huge deals! Also, there’s Younique Foundation-a retreat for underage, sexually abused woman. The cause itself inspires me. With each purchase you are not just getting amazing makeup and skincare products, but you have the ability to change lives. Whether it’s a customer helping them feel more confident or someone who needs to get back on their feet.

Me: What was your biggest fear or challenge when you were getting started?

Amber: Failure! Not being good at it. I have never been the most outspoken or most forward person. I do not like having all eyes on me.

Me: But you’re doing awesome! I absolutely adore how you market your business and how you engage with everyone. You also always thank every customer every time they make a purchase and that is the sweetest, amazing customer service!

Me: And for a fun one, how did you celebrate your first business win? 

Amber: Dinner was on me! My treat since my husband is the bread winner in the family on regular basis.

Amber’s Top 4 Make-Up Looks

“Moodstruck Mineral Pigment for a Fun Look” 

FACE- Touch Glorious Face Primer, Touch Mineral Liquid Foundation in “Organza” and Moodstruck Mineral Pigment Pressed Blusher in “Sophisticated”
EYES- Moodstruck Mineral Eye Primer, Moodstruck Addiction Shadow Palette 5 , “Vindictive” (on lid), Moodstruck Addiction Shadow Palette 4, “Tender” (on crease and brow bone), Moodstruck Precision Liquid Eyeliner in “Perfect” (on top) and Moodstruck Mineral Pigment Powder in “Dignified” applied wet with Royalty Rose Water Toning Spritz to intensify color (under eye), Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes Mascara
BROWS- Moodstruck Precision Brow Liner and Moodstruck Precision Brow Gel over top to seal (both in medium)
LIPS- Moodstruck Precision Pencil Lip Liner in “Pouty” (full lip)

“Pretty Bold Nudes”

FACE- Touch Glorious Face Primer, Touch Mineral Liquid Foundation in “Organza” and Touch Mineral Pressed Powder in “Velour”
EYES- Moodstruck Addiction Shadow Palette 5, “Vindictive” (on lid) with overlay of “Suspicious” (on lid and crease), Moodstruck Addiction Palette 1, “Elated” (on brow bone), Moodstruck Precision Pencil Eyeliner in “Perfect” (on top and bottom) and Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes Mascara
BROWS- Moodstruck Precision Brow Liner and Moodstruck Precision Brow Gel over top to seal (both in medium)
LIPS- Moodstruck Precision Pencil Lip Liner in “Plush” (full lip)

 

“Everybody Loves A Red Lip”

FACE- Touch Glorious Face Primer, Mineral Touch Liquid Foundation and Concealer both in “Organza”, Moodstruck Mineral Pressed Blusher in “Sweet”, Mineral Pressed Powder in “Velour” with Touch a la mode Cream to Powder Luminizer in “Benevolent” (highlighting bridge of nose, top of cheek/below eye, temples, chin and cupid’s bow)
EYES- Moodstruck Minerals Eye Primer, Moodstruck Addiction Shadow Palette 1, “Sincere” (on lid), “Chipper” (on crease) and Touch a la mode Cream to Powder Luminizer in “Benevolent” (on brow bone), Moonstruck Precision Pencil Eye Liner in “Perfect” (on top and bottom) and Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes Mascara
BROWS- Moodstruck Precision Brow Gel (in medium)
LIPS- Moodstruck Lip Exfoliator (applied and wiped off), Touch Glorious Face Primer, and Moodstruck Mineral Stiff Upper Lip Lip Stain in “Sultry” (full lip – 2 coats-let dry in between)
“That Natural Look”
FACE- Touch Glorious Face Primer, Mineral Touch Liquid Foundation and Concealer both in “Organza”, Moodstruck Mineral Pressed Blusher in “Sweet”, Mineral Pressed Powder in “Velour” with Touch a la mode Cream to Powder Luminizer in “Benevolent” (highlighting bridge of nose, top of cheek/below eye, temples, chin and cupid’s bow) and the Sculpting Trio to contour (not necessary)
EYES- Moodstruck Minerals Eye Primer, Moodstruck Addiction Palette 3, “Smitten” (on lid), Moodstruck Addiction Palette 1, “Elated”   (on brow bone) and Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes Mascara
BROWS- Moodstruck Precision Brow Gel (in medium)
LIPS- Lip Bonbons Tinted Lip Balm in “Red Velvet Cake” (full lips)
As a Younique Products Presenter, Amber finds absolute joy in being able to help you find the Younique products that are the perfect match for you. Check out more of Amber’s great looks and get to know her at her Facebook Page – Youniquely Yours by Amber or visit her website to get your products to copy her looks or create your own great looks! 
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My Guilty Pleasure – Shopping For A Cause – Winter 2016 Causebox Review

Why do I love getting the Causebox? Because it brings me so much joy to know I am helping support the world, helping to give a job to someone, helping someone get back on their feet…and I get really cool stuff to use in this beautiful life and show my support. I keep telling myself I am going to go minimalist and I do have good intentions and I have downsized quite a bit in my opinion but my struggle is that I love to shop…hmm, tough one, so my balance is by shopping for a cause, giving back with my purchases, shopping for support – this is my mental balance, and it feels good and fills me with joy. This season’s Causebox has amazing stuff too! I’ve only received two so far (just signed up in the Fall) but this is my favorite so far.

So without further ado, my review.

This post may contain affiliate links. For more information please reference my disclosure page. All opinions are my own. 

L’Occitane En Provence Shea Butter Hand Cream – This is beyond one of my favorite lotions. It is so velvety and easy to rub in and the scents from it are amazing. With the dry, cold air among us this is great to have handy (no pun intended!). The perfect size to tuck in my purse to have with me day in and night out. This cream has naturally derived shea butter that is hand-harvested from Burkina Faso in West Africa and provides jobs to over 17,000 local women.

 
Tribe Alive Scarf Designed by Erin Locchner exclusively for Causebox 
– I adore this scarf…helps that I am a huge fan and collector of scarves but this one makes me feel so much warmer knowing that I am helping support Indian artisans by having it. This scarf helps to provide fair trade wages and working conditions for 42 individuals in Jaipur and Panipat. The colors in this scarf are the perfect neutral and the scarf has an amazing simple texture to it. A great wrap for any season.

Inspirational Print by Courtney Pilgrim – These prints included in the Causebox always brighten my day! Abstract artist Courtney Pilgrim, who once was an elementary school teacher, created this beauty. “Everything You Can Imagine Is Real.” Seeing this at the start of my day reminds me that I can make anything happen.

Nail Polish in L.A. Smog by Lauren B. Beauty – I love nail polishes but I hate all the awful chemicals most of them contain, but this polish saves the day. I love this muted gray color too, perfect for the Winter. A passionate nail-polish lover herself, Lauren created a line of vegan- and eco-friendly products. Her products are never tested on animals and contain no harsh chemicals. Lauren B. also donates part of her proceeds to their non-profit partner Chrysalis, an organization that helps create pathways to self-sufficiency for the homeless, helping them with second chances to rebuild their lives through employment. What a great cause!

 

Krochet Kids INT’L Gift Card – Krochet Kids International empowers women in Uganda and Peru by providing skills, education, and resources to help their artisans rise above poverty. Each item is hand signed by the woman who made it. There are so many items to chose from too, for men, women, and for children. I think the “Wild and Free” tee may be on my shopping list! https://www.krochetkids.org/shop/wild-and-free-tee/

Leather Clutch by Parker Clay – Handmade in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Parker Clay makes all of their products by hand in Ethiopia. This clutch was made exclusively for Causebox. It is a premium leather product, made by hand out of some of the world’s finest leather. This clutch was created even during a declaration of state of martial law by the Ethiopian government. This clutch holds such an amazing story. “This clutch is a representation of resilience, strength, pride, and hope.”

Trees For The Future 2017 Block Desk Calendar – A multi-functional keep forever desk calendar. Once the calendar pages are used, the block can be used to show off photos (and inspirational prints!). The wood was sourced from reclaimed Fender guitar overages and each block was created in Los Angeles and finished by hand. For every block made, a tree was planted. Causebox partnered with Trees For The Future to plant trees in their Forest Garden Program providing essential gardening resources and education to families in Sub Saharan Africa. Their program helps provide sustainable food sources, livestock feed, products to sell, wood for fuel, and a 500% increase in annual income – Wow, that is awesome! Trees For Future also provides training, mentoring, seeds, and nursery supplies to families and farmers. I am so excited to showcase this calendar and inspiring, do amazing good piece on my desk this year!

Causebox asked us to pick our favorite item this season…at first glance, I was sure it was the scarf. But after reading the wonderful stories behind each piece it became evident to me that this was a tougher choice than it appeared. I love each item in my Winter Causebox. Each item adding joy and inspiration to everyone of my days. Knowing that by shopping my Causebox I am helping to support so many communities makes me feel empowered myself. We can make a change in the world. Get your own Causebox here – Learn More About CauseBox

 

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” ~ Mahatma Ghandi