I’m Younique



Last week my friend / cousin who sells Younique makeup casually suggested that I join her in being a modern day makeup saleslady.  Although the idea of walking door to door in a pencil skirt and proper gloves while donning a lovely hat thrills my soul the unavoidable after effects of too much tea and too many cookies makes me slightly nauseous.  Thank God we are living in the digital age and Younique is a brand designed to be sold via social media.  My lack of orthodox pencil skirts and gloves are thankful also.


Before I delve any further into Younique let me first tell you of this friend / cousin Becky.  Becky & I met within the first couple days of our attending Oklahoma Christian University.  My designated roommate failed to show up for college (something, had I done, would have saved my parents a good bit of money from my one ill-fated semester five hours from home).  I heard through the grapevine that the beds in our dorms could be bunked, and so I set off to bunk my beds.  I mean in highschool Monica and I had carried the HUGE television set in my parents house from the living room to my bedroom without breaking it or waking anyone up. . . So bunking beds seemed to me a totally plausible thing to do on an afternoon free from classes.

Bunking beds however was not plausible or doable as I quickly learned over the course of the next hour or so.  I tried lifting up one end then the other.  I tried balancing one leg on my standard issue dorm chair while standing on the bed.  I tried length wise and width wise and any wises in-between.  I did not however try to be quiet, or rather it was not a task that allowed for a single 5’5 girl to accomplish with any modesty.

Soon I had a HORRIBLE rapping on my door which I sheepishly answered.  In front of me was a girl of about my height and build that I was certain was about to be the last human I saw.

“Do you have ANY idea how much noise you’re making?” she half yelled

*cowering* “I’m sorry, I was just trying to bunk my beds.”

“You’re trying to WHAT? YOU CAN’T bunk your beds”

*still shaking inside* “I heard the beds could be bunked.”

“Yes, they CAN be bunked but YOU can’t do it.  You have to sign the list and they’ll come around and do it for you.”

*breathing now* “Well that makes sense, I mean it was a pretty fruitless activity thus far.”

*starting to laugh* “Why were you bunking your beds in the first place?”

*joining in the laughter* “My roommate decided not to come to college and I wanted the extra space, and the top bunk.”

The rest is a blur but we were immediate friends who shared vital forces of laughter.


Upon telling my mom about my new found best friend who didn’t kill me at the time of our meeting my mother informed me that I was in fact related to this kindred soul via my grandfather & her great-grandfather.  This was the glue that was needed to solidify our bond.  (I am always learning of cousins I didn’t know I had and once went to prom with a cousin – only to find out afterwards that we were indeed cousins.  While there was not a kiss, that is a different story.)


Becky and I proceeded to have the most adventurous four months of my life including:

The night we called Taco Bell to ask what type of beans were in their pintos & cheese – we were serious to a T wanting to make sure that we did not cheat on our low-carb diet.  And they’re pinto beans, should you be wondering.

The day I made Becky go with me into the city to give plasma (she couldn’t give) and while waiting we decided to play with the ginormous camera looking thing that ‘couldn’t possibly work’

Ginormous camera ACTUALLY worked

Ginormous camera ACTUALLY worked

. . . It worked & shot out our pics at the exact moment the plasma center’s own Nurse Ratched walked in.  By God’s grace she didn’t beat us up and to our amusement it printed a double pic so Becky got to keep the top half and me the bottom.  Becky’s copy later vanished into her car only to be recovered years later upon changing out the stereo system.

The road trip back to Missouri when I had to pee and we were miles from an indoor toilet, so we took a side dirt road only to get Becky’s RAV-4 high-centered upon backing out.  Once we realized our bouncing the car was as blighted as my bunking the beds we grabbed her stash of markers and my pillowcase (the only suitable thing for writing on) and drew a ‘PLEASE HELP US!!!!’ sign that we marched back down to the highway and waved to passerbys as the sun began to set.  Fortunately a kind lady picked us up.  Not so fortunately once in her car she explained to us for 20 minutes how she had a loaded gun.  Fortunately, again by God’s grace, we were not beaten up – or killed.


So the friendship Becky and I shared was bound by blood, full of laughter & one too many ‘we’re gonna get beat up’ events.  But unfortunately years passed and during the great ‘Janelle’s Facebook Slaughter’ following my divorce in 2012 Becky in all her craftiness was one to go. .  .


But once the debris settled I missed my friend / cousin Becky and so I invited her back into my virtual world.  And she accepted.  That brings us to last week, when a bubble pops up on my phone and it’s Becky telling me she thinks I should join Younique.


My knowledge of Younique is having heard of their mascara, but my knowledge of Becky is great & after contemplating for roughly 30 seconds as to the odds of my being beaten up in this venture, and speaking with Ed about his thoughts, I decide that I’ll likely not come into any physical harm and Ed is absolutely for it.  So before midnight that night I joined.  Oh wait I watched some unbiased You Tube videos first.


My presenter kit came in the mail and I am every bit as thrilled with the products as I thought I’d be.  The 3d fiber mascara has been totally reformulated and will be available January 15th.  As a presenter I already have mine and let me tell you it’s 7:36 pm and I’m looking forward to putting on mascara in the morning. . . it’s THAT good.  The eyeshadows are so pigmented that the smallest dab will dress up your shades better than Tiffany and her glass ever dressed up living rooms.  And the lip products leave my pout with a lasting hue and moisture, plus the color options are oh-so-beautiful.


My liquid foundation was delivered today & I have a feeling when I get home tomorrow I’ll promptly be washing my face only to relish in the smooth silky texture of my pores new best friend.  Oh and the detoxifying mask???  Well here ya go:


This mask is AMAZING!  It’s like pop-rocks for your face with it’s effervesce while applying but better than pop-rocks because there will be no harm to Little Mikey.  I understand that we’re adults and while I don’t partake in champagne I can imagine that washing my face with it’s bubbles would feel *almost* as delightful as this mask.

And the after effects?



Mind you I’m in a hotel with less than quality lighting and this does not have a filter of any kind.  My face is smooth, tingly, tight, and I’m fairly certain that I have a glow right now.  This is the kind of product that every woman needs to feel beautiful.  Men definitely need this too because it’s a quick 5 minute pampering session that can be done in the comfort of your home & if your wife notices her products are quickly disappearing then you can simply compliment her glow and order more from my site while she’s not looking.


So there you have it.  I realize that this was WAY more about my friendship with Becky than it was about Younique.  But I feel like if you’re going to understand a person or a thing you have to also understand the history behind them/it.  So when Becky randomly mentioned me joining Younique, all of the wonderful memories of our past came flooding back & based on our history I can see that this venture has a great prospect to create it’s own great history.  If for or by no other thing than rekindling a great friendship from my teens.


And I’m JUST getting started so I don’t have a lot of experience with the products yet, but what little experience I have I LOVE and seriously how long has it been since you had a make up product that made you Excited to get ready in the morning???  I know right – it becomes more of a dreaded 10 minute ritual only made tolerable by coffee & Robin Meede.  No more ladies, no more, welcome to the world of affordable luxury, of feeling like you’re the movie star that your husband sees when he looks at you.


Welcome to the world of Younique!!!





DayNa Decker

Shimmering Summer Showers

I must be one of the few females who doesn’t subscribe to any of the snail mail sample programs out there.  Paying a fee for trial sizes of products that I *might* like doesn’t make sense to me.  Ok, wait I forgot some of them offer full size products but still. . . I only have a potential of liking them.  I guess I’m of the mind-set that if I want to try a new product I’ll ask friends or family.  You know, people I trust.  Rather than leaving it up to a company of whom I answered a few choice questions and frankly my answers have probably changed since I answered them.  And I doubt that whatever my answers were are an actual depiction of me and my beauty, clothing, food, cleaning preferences.

Not to mention (and this drove Ed crazy for a while) the PROCESS of researching a new product is as enjoyable to me as the actual having and using the new product itself.  I enjoy thinking about something that I might like to try or realizing that in a month I’ll be in need of mascara.  I then enjoy considering my options, reading reviews (most of which I brush-off as people who don’t know what they’re talking about).  And then comes the best part – I.  WAIT.

If I had to have a motto it might be “Patience is a virtue”.  I love being patient,  especially for things.  I finally got a Kipling overnight bag a couple of years ago, something that I had wanted since 1996.  I understand that something is not going to make me happier, a better person/wife/friend, more complete or satisfied or content.  In that understanding I’m just as satisfied to wait.  A lot of times it’s just a month or two until I run out of a product and need it’s replacement.  But sometimes – as with my Kipling bag – it’s years.  In fact I’m still waiting on a pair of lavender pleather pants that I first saw in Dallas when I was 15.  They were $54 and I choose to buy two less expensive items instead.  A decision made because the mall was about to close and $54 was a ton of money to spend on a single pair of pants.  And a decision that I regret to this day.  However, when I get them I’ll appreciate them all the more.  And I’m purely convinced it’ll be way more fun to have lavender pleather pants as an adult than it would have been as a 15-year-old.  

I love beauty products and pampering items and lovely soaps.  I am, I think, a go-to lady for my friends who want advice on what they should use or try.  At the same time I don’t jump on the bandwagon of new musthaves.  I don’t own 8 palettes of nude eyeshadow – I own 2 – neither of which cost over $15.  A $50 item that is worth the $50 is one thing but spending it because it’s the new summer/spring/fall color is a waste.  Thus far, my Maybelline Blushed Nudes eyeshadow stays on all day w/o creasing, fading, or whatever.  And you know who sees in my makeup bag?  Ed.  And he doesn’t care if I’m using designer eyeshadow.

Actually, that was a lie.  Here’s my beauty bag:
Makeup bag


Well that’s just a portion really, there’s a lot more inside.  One of my favorite segments of magazines has always been the ‘what’s in your makeup bag?’ page.  I rarely read magazines anymore because I find they’re full of products people want to convince me I need and I don’t want to be convinced.  And basically everything I’ve already said.

Sometimes, when searching for a product I’m in need of I get in a bit of a tangle.  Lotion, for instance, I hate lotion.  I don’t use day/night/eye/wrinkle/spot-or any other-cream.  I despise the icky-sticky after effects, I can’t stand something heavy on my skin, the time it takes (37 seconds approximately) is the most dreaded part of my day.  Despite the despise my legs were a bit dry so it became necessary for me to use a lotion.  My first purchase was DayNa Decker moisturizer (I also love the buffer), we found it at Saks Off Fifth on sale and I stocked up.  Waiting are about 5 bottles in our beauty pantry and I also purchased enough to give some to all the ladies in our wedding.  It’s a fantastic light lotion that leaves your skin glowing and comes in a variety of delicious scents.  As much as I love DayNa Decker’s products I still loathed the extra step it added to my routine.  However – it’s awesome & if you want luxury you should buy it.

Occasionally I’ll find something on sale and snatch it up reviews unread, process unplanned, and patience unrestrained.  God blessed us with TWO fantastic products that will, as long as they’re obtainable, be staples in our household.

Medicine Cabinet

On one of our weekend shopping trips, Ed & I found Kiss My Face Moisture Shave  on sale at the Fresh Market in Little Rock.  We had, on the advice of Chuck Woolery, been using – and enjoying – Creamo Shave Cream.  Creamo is good, Moisture Shave is marvelous!  Do you remember ladies how when we were 12 and shaved for the first time your legs were so sensitive to the air they almost felt numb?  And now sometimes with a new fancy razor you’ll get the same sensation, but not every time because we’ve been shaving for 2/3 of our lives and it just doesn’t happen like that anymore.  With Moisture Shave it happens every day, you’re like ‘feel my legs’ (que husband).  And the kicker. . . I don’t use fancy razors.  I use Bic Silky Touch.  Seriously this combo is going to save you money vs. cheap shave cream & hifalutin’ razors.  Come fall your jeans will have never felt so good against your skin.  It’s concentrated too, you need less than a full pump to do one leg.

We live in the country – 15 minutes from a stop light also 15 minutes from a teeny tiny Wal-mart Supercenter.  It has one entry and I’m betting the sign was brown not too long ago.  I think because of it’s size they sometimes get products that are quickly decided will be booted from the inventory due to the consumer demographic.  I usually fit into the demographic that they’re booting – but that’s ok because items get marked down and I get stocked up.  Nivea In-Shower Body Lotion is the best invention EV-ER!  Instead of the dreaded drying off/applying lotion/waiting on it to absorb/feeling sticky (DayNa Decker doesn’t feel sticky & absorbs quickly) routine I can now apply this in the shower rinse off and I’m done!  There’s no absorption time, I can immediately grab my towel and dry off and my skin is so so so soft.  Oh plus the smell is divine, I purchased the almond oil blend for extra dry skin.  Jergen’s anyone?  You know what I’m talking about – yum.    The Nivea lotion goes a little quicker but I’m good with that because it’s the most extravagant product you can buy for less than $7.

What beauty products can you not live without? Do you subscribe to the goodie boxes?  Which ones are your favorite?  Who are your go-to gals (or guys) for beauty recommendations?  YouTube, friends, blogs, magazines, celebrities, hair stylists. . . where do you get your in-the-know from?

Thanks for reading


~ Janelle

Bret Michaels Eyelashes

So I’ve accomplished growing my lashes long and full. But they’re blonde and by blonde I mean basically transparent. I’m one of the fortunate toe heads of the world which wonderfully means I don’t need to spend a fortune on salon visits but on the flip side I’ve been drawing on my eyebrows since I was like 12. I even had them tattooed at one point – they faded – it was pretty cool for a few years though. (This might explain some of my life long obsession with eyebrows.)  I always longed to be one of those blondes who had gorgeous dark natural brows.

Ahhhh Kate you have such lovely dark eyebrows.

Ahhhh Kate you have such lovely dark eyebrows.

A while back I had the opportunity to go to seven Bret Michaels concerts in a 2 week period. Yep SEVEN – TWO WEEKS, all VIP, all alone (except for one) & totally sober – Praise The Lord!

Bret & Me

Bret & Me

Prior to one of the concerts I went for eyelash extensions. The first place I went to was a chop shop of extensions that made my eyes water for like two days and they were SOOOO painful. I realized something was wrong (duh – haha) so I went to a new place a few states away to get them fixed. The girls there were Amazing! and I went back a few times for the fills, until it became too difficult to get there in a timely manner due to my work schedule of traveling and I got tired of eyelashes falling out, I actually kinda missed my mascara, and I really wanted to head towards a simpler lifestyle rather than one where I’ve got extensions on my eyeballs.

Lovely Lash Extensions - they were pretty!

Lovely Lash Extensions – they were pretty!

When I got the false lashes off my real eyelashes were ruined! Not because of anything other than a few months of having extensions.  I look like a different person w/o makeup so I knew that going sans mascara for however long it took eyelashes to grow wasn’t gonna cut it.  But I’ve also tried a few of the growth serums in the past that didn’t work a spits worth.  So I knew I was gonna have to get the name brand stuff – but that’s expensive and I’m a bargain shopper.  So I did my research and came up with a site called All Day Chemist.  In a few words – THEY ROCK!  Better customer service than you’ll find in most US call centers AND the price is unbeatable.  Not to mention a bottle that is ‘supposed’ to last a month lasts me like 4 so that’s like a quadruple bonus.

   But now here’s the thing – I can’t find a mascara that’s suited for my long lovely lashes. I get a new favorite that’ll last for one or two tubes worth and then I decide it drys out too fast (possibly made worse by my constant traveling?), or it starts clumping to quickly, or it makes my lashes look scary.

I’ve had several favorites over the past couple years – and I’ve had several that promptly ended up into my ‘I’m just going to put you in this makeup bag and maybe retrieve you later to use again, but really I know you’re going to live here for 11 months till I can throw you away because you went bad and not because I didn’t like you in the first place.’

*First I loved Tarte gifted Amazonian clay smart mascara but it got dry
*Then I loved Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara but it got clumpy
*Next I moved to Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara but it gets kinda thick (however the waterproof is NOT gonna come off ever)
*Recently I’ve been using Makeup Forever Smoky Extravagant Mascara that was free for my Birthday from Sephora, but after this morning I’ve decided it’s scary looking
*I have my ULTA birthday gift Calvin Klein CK One Color Mascara at home yet to try but really am I supposed to think that I’ll be impressed with a guy’s mascara famous for his underwear ads and ubiquitous 90’s cologne?

So here’s where I’m at now – googling and reading reviews of yet another 10 mascaras. I’m sure three of them will be immediately booted because of the skinny, vibrating, flimsy, *whatever* brushes. But when I find my next favorite I’ll be sure to share what it is!

Has anyone ever used a brown sharpie? Sometimes I wonder if that’d work. . .


As always here are my loved links:

All Day Chemist –  (I’m not a Dr. – don’t take my advice as professional – and order from India [or anywhere] at your own risk.)

All above mentioned mascaras can be purchased directly from the links above or at Sephora and / or ULTA.  Both of these stores offer fantastic frequent shopper clubs that are not only *FREE* but you also get goodies during your birthday month!  All the mascaras I mentioned are also GREAT products that I would still recommend although they’re not currently on my favorites list.