I recently signed up to sell makeup… trust me, this is something I never would have expected out of myself. I’ve never been a fan of makeup. But something about this particular endeavor felt right. So, I did it. And I’ve never been so scared, or so excited in my life. Here’s how it went.
About a year ago, someone that I went to high school with befriended me on Facebook. A perfectly normal occurrence, happens all the time. I was not necessary friends with her in high school, but we knew each other. Actually, we were in the marching band together (insert the obligatory American Pie joke). And frankly, I wouldn’t have known this gal from Eve had I run into her on the street. But when I received her friend request, I did remember who she was and I accepted.
I started to notice that she sold makeup. Something called Younique. I had heard of Younique before. In fact, I had been roped into a Facebook group for a B list acquaintance of mine who was having a Younique makeup party about a year before that. I knew the spiel – girl signs up to sell product, girl receives a heck of a deal on said product, girl starts urging her friends to have parties, girl starts signing said friends up “under” her, and girl starts making money off of those friends’ sales, and so on. So yes, I knew what Younique was, but I had not given it much thought during the first encounter and I certainly didn’t give it much thought when this long-lost high school acquaintance started pitching it in her timeline.
The makeup itself didn’t necessarily catch my eye. What caught my eye, was her absolute love for and confidence in selling the makeup. And her confidence in herself… it blew my mind! Trust me, this was not someone who I would have guessed I’d be buying makeup from one day. I knew only a few things about her. I knew that she was shy, she played the saxophone, and she was very, very nice. So when I saw her, all made up, making live videos, and actively marketing this product with the gusto of a linebacker tackling a quarterback, I was intrigued.
Every great sales pitch takes time and effort, and this was no different. As I mentioned, I followed this person on Facebook for a year before I actually signed up to sell makeup with her. Although, it was about six months prior to that when I purchased my very first Younique product… the mascara. Oh the mascara. It was shortly after my 35th birthday and I wanted to buy myself something fun… something just for me. I had seen her gushing over this mascara for six months. So that’s what I decided to purchase. It was certainly more expensive than any mascara I’d ever purchased. I had always been a “pink and green $5.99 drugstore tube” kinda gal. But this stuff professed to make my lashes look longer and thicker by using these things called 3-D Fibers.
And so it began. I liked the mascara a lot. I wouldn’t say I feel right in love with it, because at this juncture in my life, I was not all-in on the makeup. But I did like it. It didn’t flake off or leave dark smudges under my eyes like the drugstore stuff did. And it did actually make my lashes look great. So I went about my life with a bare face, great looking lashes, and Chapstick on my lips and didn’t think a thing more about it.
Then came the Kudos. Younique has something called a monthly Kudos, which is essentially a packaged deal with some free product or value discount. It changes every month and it generally revolves around a certain theme. Enter the Believe Your Eyes Kudos, May 2017. This was the product that really struck me hard in the gut. I watched several days worth of posts from my not-so-shy high school acquaintance about this amazing deal. It included something called an eye palette, the 3-D mascara (which I already had but was running low on), and an eyeliner pencil, all wrapped up in a nice little makeup bag.
It was the eye palette that got me. One of her posts showed the five color options for the eye palette (if you don’t know, it’s an eye SHADOW palette, not a torture device). Palette #5. It is hard to described what I liked so much about this palette. Mainly, I guess, I liked it because it was different. It was Younique wink, wink 😉 I’d never seen eye shadow that was so… beautiful. The colors were gold, silver, dark pink, rose gold, hot pink, and purple.
She referred to palette #5 as “The Scary Palette.” But I didn’t agree with that. I wanted it! And once I received it in the mail (completely hassle free, by the way, ordered directly from her website and shipped right to my home, no muss, no fuss), I used it every day for a week. I started Googling images of looks done with the palette and I started watching YouTube videos demonstrating how to properly shade and blend the palette. So, of course, I thought it was in my best interest to start selling this Younique stuff. If only because I loved it so much. I felt like I wanted every woman I knew to try it out and feel as beautiful in it as I did. And that’s how my Younique experience began. Let’s just say, it has been quite an adventure so far. And who knows how long it will last, but for now, I’m hooked!
One day, I’ll have to tell you about my very first online Younique party… it went great, but the anxiety it caused just about did me in. But that’s a story for another day 🙂