I have been doing a lot of thinking and as a result this blog may be going away. It’s funny how when your best friend (aka father) transitions it makes you look at every aspect of your life. I have a blog for him (which never gets updated). I have my own blog. I have this blog which used to get updated a few times a week. Then there was So You’ve Been Dumped which is always phased out. It’s time to streamline.
What Does This Mean?
I think it would make most sense to migrate this blog with the Thea Newcomb blog. That blog is now “Business, Pleasure, Travel, Leisure” type content anyway so there’s no actual need for a separate blog.
I am no longer doing the makeup. While I remain active, it’s solely to buy my own products at 25% off and that’s about it. Even that may go by the ways side in the near future.
Less is More
So I am in a place where I think “less is more”. Instead of stressing myself running so many blogs and social media profiles – it’s getting narrowed down or streamlined into my Thea’s Things, I think.
Even the Ralph Says blog will likely go now that he is no longer around to co-create with me in the way he once was.
I’ll probably take back ups of the content for myself and close it all down.
The main profiles I have on social media are my main Twitter @NewThea,
New Year – New Creativity Goals – For 2019 It’s KDP
Well it’s a New Year and I’ve decided to set some new creativity goals. Last year I did a full year of Tshirt designs on Red Bubble. It was long year and I managed to finish the challenge, even with my father’s passing right before Christmas (he’d expect nothing less of me). So this year I’ve decided for 2019 it’s KDP.
What is KDP? It stands for Kindle Direct Publishing. It’s a program via Amazon that allows self-publishing of paperback books (and ebooks).
In my case, it’s being used for low or no content journals and planners.
After doing my daily challenge for all of 2018, this year I thought I’d challenge myself in a much easier way (read: less pressure).
My goal is simply 25 journals live on KDP by the end of 2019. I am right on target with that one.
Currently I have four live.
Merch Conference Seattle 2018
For the last year or so, on various Merch groups that I am on, I’ve heard many people talking about KDP. When I was at the Merch Conference in Seattle last September, I met several people who were doing it and a lot of it. Many are doing very well at it.
It was recommended I check out Tangent Templates which is a super fast way to design these “interiors” for journals and planners.
I’ve personally been wanting to be able to create journals ever since I launched my website SYBD back in July of 2000.
KDP now affords me the opportunity to do them at no cost, except my time.
So I will still do that eventually, but I am easing myself into this year’s KDP challenge…
Recently I blogged on my personal site about my desire to travel every month in 2019. The aim is to go away for at least one night, every month, whether that’s near or far…
So it made sense that my first KDP journal upload was a travel journal using a picture I took on my first trip in Scotland in 2019. You can find this simple Scotland Travel Journal on Amazon UK here. (For the Amazon US version, click the picture of the cover).
How KDP Works
You create an interior or manuscript It could be something as basic as lines (solid or dotted), quotes, days, dates or weeks planners, boxes for story boards, patterns of any kind or even blank pages.
You choose your size/dimensions/pages I’ve now done 8.5″ x 11″ and my current project is 6″ x 9″. There a bunch of different options but be warned not all options work may be available in all markets (from what I’ve seen)
I just made a new square 8.5″ sketchbook. It can be as big or small as you want – from their selection of sizes.
My first journal was around pages. My most recent day planner is massive and 366 pages. It is massive and suitable for a desktop but not really carrying around with you all the time.
Once you have your manuscript all sorted, you upload your PDF You need to upload your manuscript in a print-ready format. Bleed or no bleed, it’s your call.
You walk through their steps and hit publish… Basically you have 3 pages of “things to do” in order to publish your book. You put your name, your author name, your keywords, you upload your manuscript, then a cover, set your royalties and hit submit. (Well there a few more steps in there). I’ll be honest with you, the first one I uploaded it took HOURS to get submitted and that was with a bit of help from a Highlands friend Leeanne. She was very patient with me, bless her.
Once you submit it, it takes about a day before Amazon manually approves your manuscript. Once they do it’s live in all the markets you wish to sell it in and you can buy it.
With my first one, I was so excited. I uploaded it Monday, it was approved Tuesday, I bought it as soon as it was and I received it Thursday morning. A day and a half to get to me. Not bad.
Creativity is Flowing
Each time I’ve uploaded a design, I’ve been asking myself how I could improve it. Better covers, better interiors, and so forth. The goal will ultimately to be designing my own interiors and exteriors using Canva but for now Tangent Templates is the quickest way to reach my monthly targets.
So far I am not very good at it and the only sales I have had are myself or my friends but hopefully in time that will change…
One of the designs I made was for small businesses and entrepreneurs, in the UK specifically. So I’d made it April to March – only to learn that technically the UK tax year is 6 April to 5 April. Who knew? Well you probably did but I didn’t. So I uploaded another version with the correct dates.
The beauty of KDP is that it doesn’t cost you anything but your time. That to me is why I love print on demand, full stop.
Give Kindle Direct Publishing a try yourself or if you want me to make something for you, feel free to contact me here at the site.
What Are Some of the New Younique Products for 2019?
As the a new year will soon be upon us, I thought we’d take a look to see what some of the New Younique products for 2019 might be. Now admittedly I don’t have a crystal ball, or an inside scoop on what’s happening at HQ, but I do have some ideas of what may be on the horizon when it comes to new Younique products for 2019. Some of these products are not brand, brand, new, as in they exist in some form already so bear with me on that score.
1. YOUNIQUE™ Fragrance Rollerballs
First up let’s talk about these cute YOUNIQUE™ Fragrance Rollerballs. Darling or what? I like the first three fragrances a lot. I had yet to buy With All That I am Me but decided to buy the Rollerball version today – along with the December Kudos which I discuss at the end of this post (there’s even a wee video!!)
Perfume is a very personal thing, so I was not sure if I’d like them all when they launched, but honestly I do, all three. One is kept in my car, one in the living room (where I put on my makeup!) and one in my swim bag. Look forward to trying the new Rollerball when it arrives next week, as it will be perfect to carry around with me daily in my purse or backpack. (Yes, I still travel with a backpack most days, I’m a trainer after all!) It’s also the right size for travel on planes which is handy!
2. MOODSTRUCK® Holographic Highlighter Stick and MOODSTRUCK® Holographic Lip Gloss
You can see the Holographic products above – one is a Highlighter Stick and the other a classy little Lip Gloss. Don’t know much about these products of yet to be honest with you but I do look forward to trying them out at some point…
3. YOU·OLOGY Liquid Makeup Remover
This liquid makeup solution is designed to dissolve makeup in minutes. All you have to do is shake the bottle, apply the liquid to cotton pad, rub it on, and then rinse with warm water. Then my friends, you’re good to go,…to bed. Ha! Look forward to trying this one too actually.
Sounds pretty good to me!
Other Potential New Younique Products for 2019 – I’ve Not Covered
Other ones I was going to discuss were – the Younique Nail Polish (pictured above left) which looks great. I nearly bought it but at the last minute didn’t. Also the Liquid Eye Shadows, (we’d already had one in Beachfront) but now I see there are others. No idea when the new shades arrived. Must have missed that memo! I also was going to discuss the MOODSTRUCK® Lip Exfoliator in Peppermint, but we’ve already had the original for a while.
Not sure if Peppermint will be a year round thing or just around the holidays. Do you know?
Summary of New Younique Products for 2019
As it stands, here at the beginning of December, I do see some of these products mentioned are now available on the site. Some are not. Some may come and some may have been one-offs.
One thing about Younique, which I really like, is that you never really know what’s coming next.
Are there any products you wish Younique would do but hasn’t already done yet? If so, let me know in the comments below.
Finally – Younique’s December 2018 Customer Kudos
Celebrate the holidays, or any days/nights this year, in glittery starlight with a bundle to remember. Elegant and glamorous, this Younique bundle lets you save on more exquisite skin, twinkly eyes and luminous lips, and includes a buildable, exclusive glitter eyeliner in White Gold.
I just bought one of these bundles today, and imagine I might just get another before the year is out! I wanted to order the Touch Liquid Mineral Foundation and Glorious Primer and for the same price as those two I got two more products!
Want to Know More About Younique or Its Products?
If you want to know more about Younique, have questions about the products, or even if you need a Younique sponsor, then please feel free to reach out to me here on the website, phone me on 408 353 0434 (US) or 0141 416 1492 (UK). You can tweet me @newthea or find me on instagram.
It is hard to believe it’s my Younique anniversary again and it’s now 4 years with Younique. Where does the time go? What has happened in that time? What level have I gotten to? Why have I been 4 years with Younique and haven’t given up when so many people have? What’s been my experience with recruiting Younique presenters? What are my fave products? This is just another post about my experience of Younique – after four years of being a presenter.
The First Year with Younique
In the first year I was all excited. I was creating blog posts. I was sharing pictures all over social media. I was getting sales from family, friends and strangers. I was moving up the ladder. I was enthusiastic. It’s how almost all new business owners act…especially in direct sales. That excitement is bleeding out of your pores but it’s often short lived and reality sets in as you realise running a business, MLM or otherwise is hard graft. You have to ascertain what works and what doesn’t.
In a business like Younique the marketing for me, as chosen from day one, was online marketing and not hosting parties. Other people would be successful at those online parties but I know from the start that was now my bag. Nor was having in home parties. My way was social media, all the way.
Month 1: I hit Fast Start and Tiered up to Yellow
I joined Younique on Oct 25, 2014 – a week before its UK launch. My aim was to hit “Fast Start” and tier up to Yellow Status so I could get that pay bump from 20% to 25%!
I reached Yellow by the last day of November, month one as a Younique presenter and a week later managed to sayHello “Fast Start”.
My Mascara Business
Back in the day, for the first year especially, I traveled around with the Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes Mascara in my bag. I bought in bulk (10 at a time) and always had one ready to sell, and did often!
That year it really was about the Fiber Mascara. For the next year too. Not long after there was the launch of the 3D Fiber Lashes+.
For some reason though my own mascara sales started to dwindle down. The people who were buying every few months were not doing so any more. That coincided with more similar brands and my own marketing efforts tailing off.
Younique Sponsorships Over the Years
I don’t actively attempt to sponsor new Younique recruits, yet I still manage to recruit a few every feew months. Recruits join my Younique team, mostly through my blogging efforts here (my main business blog) and through a very successful post from my early days with Younique – which is over on Linkedin.
The Youniques that I tend to sponsor seem to want to do their own thing, and need or want little, if any support. I am always happy to give any advice, tips and support, but most just seem to want to do their own thing.
My first recruit was a guy and an owner of a hair salon here in Paisley. Then a friend and business coach joined, another friend and so on…Eventually it became people I don’t know. To date, I have now sponsored nearly forty Younique presenters!
Though it sounds great to claim, many don’t last past the first three to six months, which is super disappointing.
Only one has lasted throughout nearly my entire time with the company. Lovely Lucy Wilkinson who joined in June of 2015 and has been a rock star ever since both in terms of selling and recruiting.
Highlights of My 4 Years With Younique
In addition to my early feats of Yellow and Fast Start, I hit Pink November 29, 2015 (a year and a bit after joining Younique) and seemingly a day later tiered up to Blue Status…? That doesn’t make sense to me, but I guess it doesn’t matter at this point. I’ve been stuck at blue ever since.
Another milestone I was so excited to reach was 10,000 PRS. That means I have sold over ten thousand dollars worth or products. Sadly I didn’t earn $10,000 but it was still an exciting moment in March of 2016.
A Younique Summary
Looking back over my 4 years with Younique, the peaks and valleys have been many. It’s been challenging and fun in equal measure. It’s been frustrating and satisfying. I’ve learned a lot about myself, about business and about others.
Historically my best month with Younique seems to be November which makes me wonder if I should make a bit of extra effort and see if I can capitalise on some Black Friday and Holiday sales. It’s worth a shot.
The collections are always worth a push.
Younique is Not For Everyone but It Is for Me
“Younique is not for Everyone” is a sentence I’ve said dozens of times over the four years here.
These days I mostly just run my Younique business for me. I buy my own products, at a discount and to get free credits for future purchases.
I do little to promote or recruit. I still periodically share products on some social media channels, but my focus is elsewhere (on tshirts and merch now).
But you know what? That, to me, is one of the best things of running an MLM (or Direct Sales) business, is that, with the right one, you can pick it up and put it down as it suits you. Work it when you can and don’t when you can’t.
Of course the more you work it the more likely you will see some rewards.
Being Younique is not easy, as I’ve said through the years on this blog. If my own experience is one to go by, more people quit than persevere with it.
So if you’re considering joining Younique – please bear that in mind. It’s not a way to get a quick buck (or pound or euro or whatever currency in your market). It takes effort, grit and the right mindset. Can you make money it? Sure. Will you? Maybe. Maybe not.
Reach Out to Me With Questions
As I mentioned I don’t actively recruit but I am still happy to sponsor and help anyone who needs it.
If you want to talk to me more about my 4 years with Younique, then I will do a FREE 10 minute call to discuss any questions you may have. Reach out to me on speakwith @ glatitude.co.uk (no spaces), comment or ring 0141 416 1492 (UK) 408 353 0434 (US).
In the spirit of transparency, I’m a Californian by birth and honorary Scot by choice. I’ve officially lived longer in Scotland than I have in America (and no I’ve not lost my accent). In any event, I feel I am perfectly within my rights to share some of my best Scottish words and Phrases – in no particular order.
Understand that I am defining them from my own perspective or interpretation, and they may not be the textbook definition. Please share your top Scots words or phrases in the comments below and any constructive feedback on my definitions.
Five Fave Top Scots Sayings As Follows:
“Whatever’s for ye won’t go by ye”. This one is actually my number one Scottish saying of all time. It essentially means if something is meant to be or happen, it will. If it’s not for you, it will not happen. Que sera sera. It’s words to live by. It’s written and said in a number of ways, sometimes you will hear it as “whit’s for ye’ll no go past ye”. Also seen as”Whit’s fur ye’ll no go by ye!“ (or even “past ye”). As it’s said a number of different ways I’ve made this design a lot. Well, I did say I loved it most!
“Away ye go” – Away You Go. Sometimes it’s said in its entirety “away ye go ya mug ye”. This is a fantastic Scottish phrase to say to the person to stop talking nonsense, rubbish, or even crazy. To me it literally means go away and stop being so silly.I also love the similarly sounding slang “Awa’ and bile yer heid”…Which translates as “Away and boil your head”. Sounds terrible but it just means you’re a bit cheesed off at listening to someone talk utter nonsense.
“Yer a long time deid” – You’re a long time dead. Some sound advice here from the Scots. As a Scottish proverb it translates as: “Be happy while you’re living, for you’re a long time dead”. It’s a sort of ode to the Latin phrase carpe diem.
Gonnae No’ Dae That – Going to not do that. Gonnae no do that sort of means “please stop doing that”, you’re bugging me.To me this is a rather funny way to stay just stop it. The Scots saying rose to prominence courtesy of Chewin the Fat – as you can see from this somewhat disgusting clip uttering the phrase:
5.“Geein’ it Laldy” (Also Giein’ it Laldy) – Giving it Gusto I would translate this as belting something out like a song. So a band could be geein’ it laldy or maybe someone singing some karaoke in the pub. I used it in a tweet the other day about a concert on in Bellahouston Park.
A Few Final Scottish Phrases
The hardest thing about doing these designs for my online shops is the variations in spelling and phrases. I already mentioned the different ways of saying “whatever’s for ye’ll no by ye” but there are many. I had a discussion on my Facebook profile a few months back about “Away the Messages” and “Gaun the messages”. It carried on to about a hundred comments. Some people saying it without the word “the” in it and some people writing “for” as “fur” or “fir”. It can all be terribly confusing to be honest. So I often try to make a few different versions to cover my bases.
Share Your Top Scottish Phrases
I have been reading, researching, writing, creating all kinds of Scottish phrases and words content…Even after living here for a few decades I learn new phrases all the time. I never tire of hearing some of these Scots phrases though I would rarely if ever use them myself. I can’t pull it off with a Californian accent.
What’s your Top Scottish phrase (or phrases) to use or that you’ve heard? Please feel free to share with me in the comments below. I’d love to hear yours.
Before you go, please visit my TeePublic collection of Scottish Phrases, words and gifts. I’d be happy to make any text-based design for you for FREE, just reach out to me.
This news is so exciting! Three Younique fragrances are being launched this Spring, and honestly I can’t wait to try them. Though I am a bit of a “Tom Boy” – I do love makeup and perfume. I mean I really LOVE them! So I am curious to see which scent I will like best of the three. Read on to learn a bit more about these new Younique fragrances, how the inspiration behind them, what’s in them, and what they’ll smell like.
These three Younique fragrances were actually inspired by co-founder Melanie’s early days with her college sweet heart (now her husband now). The names of each perfume come from actual signatures from the love letters that she wrote to him in those early days of their courtship.
They scents are colour-coded to the phases she experienced – the early stage is purple – that’s the passionate and exciting phase – Passionately Yours, Me™
Then it goes on to the thinking of you/dreaming of you stage – that’s the blue perfume. Dreaming of You, Me™
Finally, the yellow bottle is the deep love stage, “I’m giving myself to you” aka I’m Yours and Only Yours, Me™
The New Younique Fragrances are as follows:
• Passionately Yours, Me™ • Dreaming of You, Me™ • Yours and Only Yours, Me™
Passionately Yours, Me™
An enchanting floral oriental imbued with nuances of fruit.
I have been very remiss with Younique blogging, and so it’s high time I wrote an update about the New Younique Product Shades and this month’s Kudos too. I don’t seem to have much time to focus on the Younique business so it’s taken a bit of a backseat to life. There were the holidays, downsizing my father’s place, being sick and my new t-shirt business too. That all meant that my Younique biz slid. That’s one of the beauties of running a direct sales business is the flexibility to work it as and when you can. Now if you want to be successful and focus on it as your main business you need to do that with consistency. But if you have a full time job already, like makeup and just want some discounts and a bit of extra money then joining Younique (or something like it) might be just the ticket for you.
MOODSTRUCK® Pressed Shadow Palettes
Oh how I do love these MOODSTRUCK® pressed shadow palettes! “Your mood, your palette, your way”! So true. I like that you can try to pick your shades that you will actually use. Half of the palettes I have (I have all five of the Younique Moodstruck Addiction Shadow Palettes) are either not used at all or nearly empty! So with these news palettes you get to choose your own and there are many to choose from!
I absolutely adore some of these shades. I couldn’t rock either of the blue ones, I don’t think (though my eyes are sort of the bottom left one), but most of the other new Younique Product shades I could get away with…
Younique March 2018 Kudos
Triple Sizzle £56 (30% OFF RETAIL) Three seriously steamy products for your eyes and lips. With endless colour combinations to choose from, this bundle is about to deliver triple-digit heat. I adore the shadows as I said, and the Epic Mascara is pretty awesome too. If I buy it, that will mean my Splash Lipstick can be given as a gift. Not a big fan of the Splashes. Love all the other lip products though the stains, the glosses and the sticks…Splashes just are too bold for me. Anyway – to each their own. I have plenty of friends who are bold! Check out the March Customer Kudos here.
This whole blog is filled with Younique journey. Though I don’t have as much time or inclination to really work Younique as a business – three and a half years on I still love being a Younique presenter which must be saying something. It’s not for everyone, to be sure, but it still is for me!
Thea’s Younique News January 2018 — Happy New Year to you. It’s been a bit quiet on the blogging front (on not just this blog but all my blogs!) So it’s time to get back into it once more. New Years always does give me that added push to get back on track with work…Sometimes the efforts last, and sometimes they don’t. Here’s hoping this time it does. In any event here is some exciting bits of news from camp Younique – in terms of joining perks or shopping sprees! Read on to see what I mean!
So You Wanna Join Younique?
If you have been thinking about joining Younique, then have I got news for you!
This opportunity really is “2 Good 2 Miss” – you can choose between two, new Younique Presenter Kits with exciting new incentives.
So here we are a new year, new month and of course new customer kudos on Younique. This month it’s something bold for your lips. The January Customer Kudos is a chance to experience Younique’s completely innovative MOODSTRUCK CRUSH™ lip powder, featuring encapsulated water technology that transforms from powder to cream instantly.
Completely weightless, multidimensional, and radiant, this creamy lip product is ready to play—full coverage yet comfortable, it’s the colour wonder you’ve been waiting for. Check out the video about the innovative lip product!
Available only as part of the January Customer Kudos in a set of 3.
New Darceys Scents, Special Offers, Candle Competition too!
It’s an exiting time for Darceys Candles reps! There are special offers afoot, a load of new scents for the Holidays 2017, and I’ll throw in a competition too. Read on for more information about the candles and offers. Let’s start with the big news first – the new scents that are launching!
Guess How Many New Darceys Scents Are Launching…to Win a Cinnamon Candle
Some new Darceys Scents are being launched – just in time for Christmas. I can’t tell you what they are right now – it’s a secret, but I can tell you there are some new ones and some returning favourites, too. I’ll reveal the list once they’ve been announced – along with our new catalogs!
Anyway, to honour this exciting news, I thought I’d do a little competition to WIN a free, small, Darceys candle in Cinnamon (worth £8.50).
I realise not everyone loves the smell of Cinnamon (as much as I do!)…but hey, even if you’re not so keen on its spicy fragrance, you could re-gift it. After all, it will be just in time for the holidays!
So guess how many new Darceys scents are launching, and one of the correct answers will win this lovely Small Cinnamon Candle.
Terms and Conditions: 1) Share your guess by leaving a number in the comments section below. 2) This offer good for the UK only. 3) Entries will be accepted until Sept 20, 2017. 4) Winner will be chosen by a random app on, or just after, Sept 20, 2017. 5) One entry per person only. 6) Make sure you use a valid email address so I can contact you.
Good luck lovelies!
Fortnightly Offer – Large Pink Sugar Candle
The Large Pink Sugar Candle is a lush blend of cotton candy, lemon drops and caramel and raspberry jam. A scent with sweet memories of fun at the fair.
Right now, for a limited time only, Darceys has a very special offer on! Grab A Large Pink Sugar Candle for just £15. Note: this offer is only available until 27 Sept 2017. (So if you’re after that date you won’t get it at this rate!)
Darceys Candles – Scent of the WeekOh, La La…Je T’aime– is the Scent of the Week, and as such, it’s 10% off for you on any melts in this range.
Fall in love with Darceys with a green fruity floral bouquet with apple, rose and jasmine top notes with a sweet woody musky background.
You will love these beautiful smelling wax melts. You’d better hurry to get them at a reduced rate though!
September Offer – a Trio of Scents £17 (Normally £25.50)
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What Else Does Younique 2017 Have In Store?
There is also a new Moostruck Esteem Lash Serum which I only just used for the first time yesterday so I don’t have enough data to tell you about it. I can say it’s a small wand like applicator with a little white tip and of course it’s a serum…
This Esteem Serum is said to increase “lash volume by up to 39% and longer-looking lashes by up to 29% after four weeks of twice daily application”. You can find more information about this product on my Younique website where you can download the Esteem Lash Serum Fact Sheet. (As of today it’s on back order. Sorry).
New Moodstruck Press Powder Quad Palette or Single
These new Moodstruck Press Powders are cute as can be (if a wee bit pricey). You can buy them one at a time in Single Press) or buy the Quad Palette (meaning you get four shadows in the Palette). Definitely be cashing in some Y-cash for some of these…or maybe a 1/2 price voucher (think I have 14 at present count).
Love the fact that you can, according to the Younique website “customize your palette with the colors you love.”
Sometimes you get a Palette and you only use a few colours in them…in this case you can get the ones you love. How great is that?
That’s About it for the New Younique 2017 Products Today
Anyway that’s just a few of the new Younique 2017 products for August. There are several more – including Moodstruck Powder Blush, Precision Dip and Draw Liquid Eye Liner, Royalty Exfoliating Mask, Royalty Oil Control Mask, the Primer etc.