Friday, September 28, 2012

Lush Celestial Review

A bit of background on my skin.  Highly allergic, prone to breakouts, red, and extremely parched.  Over the past couple of years I have been on a search to find what many call their "hg products" or rather holy grail.  Much like the real holy grail I found mine to be elusive.  Until I discovered LUSH.  

As you know I generally don't get into all the pretty packaging and such unless there is something I find particularly good or bad.  I am more concerned with does the item do the job.  LUSH's packaging is basic.  I do have to say though at first glance I find the look of their packaging off putting.  But it's merely a visual thing.  I've traveled numerous times and the product stayed where it was meant to, inside the packaging.

I prefer natural products but my highly sensitive skin sometimes doesn't react well with certain herbs and botanicals.  Enter Celestial.  It is a highly moisturizing cream.  For the first time in years my skin is calm.  It has helped pull moisture into the skin which has plumped my skin which minimizes the look of wrinkles and creasing around my eyes.  I use it morning and night and I find my skin is moisturized throughout the day.  My skin hurt all the time and was always red and angry.  Living in the desert, many times I would take my makeup off at night to find my skin tight and flaky.  It now has a dewy finish to it.  The scent took some getting used to as it is a bit cloying but I am very scent particular and didn't find it to be obnoxious.  It smells to me like vanilla pudding.  Using it both morning and night one tub has lasted me about 2 months so a little goes a long way. With ingredients like cocoa butter, dove orchid, almond oil and milk, and vanilla water it's a bit like desert for your face.

LUSH describes it as follows:  "Redness. Stinging. Irritation. Sound familiar? Having sensitive skin can be incredibly frustrating (even painful!), which is why we invented our most gentle moisturizer, Celestial. With its creamy cocoa butter base, Celestial effectively moisturizes without irritating ingredients like citrus oils or alcohol. We blend vanilla water, to help the skin retain its moisture, with hydrating almond milk and fresh dove orchid extract to keep delicate skin in soft, glowing condition. Celestial also doubles as a fantastically softening night cream for all skin types."

I can honestly say I feel as if it changing my skin for the better.  HG status!


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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Sales, Abundance and Acting as If

In the past I have talked about selling, positive thinking and gratitude. First off I will share some of my scientific data in regards to the simple question "yeah but does it work?" I sat down to quickly figure out what my numbers were in regards to sales from this year compared to last year. The numbers are in! I have had a 900% increase. Yep you read that right 900%! So does it work? Heck yes!

Sales have slowed a bit this month as they have for many but I have noticed a few things in regards to my thoughts and actions that I would like to share. And this is where the acting as if comes in. ACT as IF you ARE busy. Even if you aren't.

    Honeyboo on Etsy

  • Something I noticed when things started to slow down is that I stopped packaging my items right away. Previously I would package them up as soon as I received an order. But as things slowed, my thought process was that things were slow and there was no rush. I would get to it later. I was saying "it's slow" and the universe would comply. By doing this I realized I was putting a temporary hold on more business. By packaging my items I was saying that those orders were complete and I would like more. I tested this a few times and indeed when I waited sales stopped and when I packaged they started up again.

  • Keep creating. It is hard to have faith that you aren't just going to make all these items and have them sit. But you have to have faith that by continuing to create even during the slow times that you are creating a surplus for when things get busy.

  • Keep believing. All you need is to get one big break. Get your items to the right people. Keep looking for ways to promote. Email 500 tv shows and magazines if you have to. Worst thing that happens is nothing. Use your slow time to be proactive.

Sharlza on Etsy

  • Continue to be grateful. Even if you're used to having 500 sales a day and you only get 1. Try very hard to focus on being grateful for that 1 sale. 
  • Envision it happening. On a day that was particularly slow I decided to go about things differently. I said to the universe "please provide me 7 unexpected sales today". I stressed "unexpected" and realized as soon as I said this I had no idea what it meant. I think it was a test to see if my positive thinking was working. And I sat with the thought. I did not focus on how this was going to occur but rather focused on going about the process in my head of packaging up the items and shipping them out. I actually had faith by the time I was done envisioning that it was actually going to happen. It was no longer a question of what if, but rather of when. I popped open my email and I waited. No longer than a minute went by and I received an email through my website from a prospective customer wishing to purchase directly. This had never happened before and it was indeed "unexpected". I was so beyond excited that this had come to fruition so quickly I could barely hold myself together. I only had one sale that day but that customer bought not 7 but 8 items!! The most any customer had bought at one time. And it was as if the extra was just a bonus letting me know that this really is real. That customer has turned out to be one of my best customers.

  •  Don't be afraid to fail!  Pay attention to what your customers want.  Don't try to simply sell what others are selling.  Have a product you think is great and you thought it would sell like hotcakes but people seem to like others?  Focus on what sells.  You may find that you end up going in a totally different direction.  Above all else you must have a product that people want. 

The power of positive thinking has been written about so many times in so many texts. The Secret is one of the most widely read but this has been written about dating all the way back to ancient times. I find the video of The Secret to be a great tool to watch whenever you need a pick me up or refresher. Being that it's on dvd you can jump to areas where you need help like money or relationships. Head up, chest out and believe it will happen!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

I miss the 80's!

So I'm sitting here working and jamming out to 80's tunes.  And I'm thinking "man the 80's friggen rocked".  I think I will do an occasional post about why the 80's rocked.  Here's a few for today:

Jelly Bracelets-Black or sparkle only!

Snoopy Snow Cone Machine-Slushy goodness if you could complete it before the ice melted or your arm fell off.
It's sparkle AND cats!  My two favorite things!  I could implode from ecstasy if I wore this now!

Care Bear Stare!  Speaks for itself.
John Hughes we miss you...

Easy Bake Oven-Could give you third degree burns but you still loved it!

Embarrassing photos of Dad's with short shorts, tube socks, and  perms are always in.
What do you miss??

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Upcycling Household Glass Jars

Mason jars are a hot commodity these days for their vintage appeal but also because they can be used for all types of storage as well as craft ideas.  However there are many jars that we casually throw into the recycle bin (hopefully) every day that have just as many uses.  Upcycling your glass jars is very easy.  Start saving your glass jars.  They can be any type from pickle jars to eye cream.  I find it fun to pick items because they have an ornate glass bottle that I can reuse when I am done with the product.

Wash out your jars once you are finished with the contents and put them aside.  Once you have enough fill your sink full of hot soapy water and let the jars with caps off sit in the hot water overnight.  

The next morning most labels will come right off.  See the labels in the water.  Those peeled right off with ease.  For those that have more glue (or if you are too impatient to wait overnight) take a serrated knife and scrape off the label.  I find it easiest to have just enough water so that you can work on the jar while it is submerged.  Just enough to cover it.  No more as you want to be able to see what you're doing.  Make sure to scrape away from yourself.  You might end up with something like this.

Take a scrubby sponge (one for pots and pans) and use the abrasive side.  Put more soap on your sponge and scrub. The soap helps to loosen any residual adhesive.  Again I find it easiest to scrub with the jar submerged.  This also helps to rinse off the adhesive as you work so you can better see what is left.  Once I am done I run my fingers over the jar to see if I feel anything left and hold it up to the light.  Scrub any residual bits and rinse.

Then set them out to dry. Here are some of mine. These are mostly pickle jars from Sprouts, along with some salsa jars.  I love sweet and sour pickles.  The others are water bottles.  Since plastic water bottles are terrible for so many reasons I fill up these Acqua Panna bottles with water.

The uses are endless.  Here are a few of mine:

Simple storage:

On occasion I like to make bath and body products.  These are also great for travel.

I used these to organize my sink area.

And this gorgeous green bottle was filled with oil.  It is now home to baby bamboo.  Ooh looks like they need more water!

So think twice before tossing these beauties!  Stay tuned for more fun and simple ways to reuse your jars.
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