Well it’s been a long time brewing, but Younique has finally announced the new products and territories for 2015. I do have to say, they did a pretty great job at building the excitement through social media…It has had us all guessing for weeks about what these big announcements would be…Here’s the official video that launched an hour ago!
6 New Younique Products
There were a few things I’d predicted, and a few I had no clue about. For instance, I had no idea there would be SIX NEW PRODUCTS. So very cool!! Here they all are!
First off, I have to say I wasn’t too surprised to see that the November perk – the gorgeous Lip Stain was a new product. What did surprise me, however, was the fact there are seven colours available (as a whole set!). I can’t tell you how much I want the set…I’ll get it someday soon!
Summer Glow Time!
I like the idea of the Beachfront Bronzer! I mean who doesn’t want to look a bit more “tan” year round? (…Heck anything beach sounds good to me right now – it’s so baltic here in Glasgow that my Californian fingers are frozen as I try to type this!) But I digress…
So The Splurge Cream Eye Shadow sounds pretty good too. I don’t think I’ve ever used creamy eye shadow before – so will look forward to giving it a whirl, and using the new Cream Brush too.
UPDATE: The Splurge Cream Eye Shadow is now among my faves – of all our products! It feels so strange when you put the brush into the wee pot – almost sponge-like. It goes on so smooth and shimmery – I defy you not to love this!
There are also the Blending Buds – which will be readily available from March too.
UPDATE So all these products are on sale now.
Younique Mexico & Germany
Incidentally – two, new regions were also announced for later on in 2015 – Mexico (product sales to Mexico begin May 5 followed by full market launch there Q4) and also into Germany (Q3). It’s all very exciting! I’m already trying to recruit Youniques in both those regions now…so if you’re interested, please find out more on how to #jointheAteam here.
If you’re interested in learning more about some of our products, then please check out yesterday’s blog discussing my Top Younique Products.
We also have six new collections. The Younique bundles are a fantastic value for money and a way to get lots of different products to try plus a super cute bag as well! I recently chose the Kid in the Candy Store collection (pictured) because it contains all of the new Younique products mentioned above! I highly recommend it – especially if you’re interested in the Bronzer, Lip Stain and Cream Eye Shadow (all of which are fab!)
Welcome to #youniquebythea — am now three months down the line with Younique, and I thought to mark the anniversary, I’d do a post on my favourite Younique products. The following cosmetics are the ones I use on a daily basis.
I start by using the Illuminate Cleansers in the shower (yes really). I’ve not used a cleanser for years. I tried Clinique last year when I was noticing some reddish spots near my mouth, and it did me no good whatsoever (forked out a lot on that makeup at Heathrow – more fool me!) I use the Illuminate Clean which is for normal/dry skin. (You can get Illuminate Clear if you have Oily Skin).
When I get out of the shower, I sit down and begin the process of putting my “face on”. The first step here is putting on the Divine Daily Moitsurizer.. It’s just lovely going on. My skin welcomes the hydration. (I am probably guilty of not drinking enough water…something I need to remedy in 2015!!)
Its new formulation has fewer preservatives and comes in an airless pump. 50 ml.
Divine Daily Moisturizer
Here’s a short video about the product that you might find useful…
The next step alternates between the Glorious Primerand the Uplift Eye Serum.
Generally it’s Glorious, so we will go with that. I can’t say that I ever used a “primer” before – but now that I have – I can’t see ever going back. It seriously goes on like a silk coating on my skin. It just evens out the skin and gets it ready for the next layer. Definitely a fave Younique product of mine!
Info via the Younique site:
Glorious creates a flawless canvas as it evens out the skin’s texture, and primes and prepares the skin for premium application of mineral makeup. The resulting appearance is porcelain-perfect, velvety-soft skin with incredible long-wearing, sweat-resistant coverage of mineral makeup that lasts all day. Ingredients are naturally based, free of parabens, oils, synthetic fragrances, and cheap fillers. Suitable for all skin types.
It truly is a beautiful product.
Uplift Eye Serum
After the Glorious Primer, it’s time for some help reducing my wrinkles around the eyes. The Uplift Eye Serum, not unlike the Glorious, goes on in a silky-smooth fashion.
Hours and hours later it still feels smooth. This product is suitable for men and women both – and can be used day or night too!
Via the Younique Site:
Rich in vitamins, natural skin lipids, and antioxidants, Uplift Eye Serum is formulated to replenish, moisturize, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles….Uplift contains vitamins E and C–powerful antioxidants which help fight the effects of free radicals and long-term sun exposure. Squalane, derived from sugarcane, acts as a natural skin lipid to help deliver moisture below the surface of the skin. Uplift also contains Sweet Iris, which helps the skin appear firmer and more supple. Uplift is nutrition for your skin!
Next I personally put on the BB Flawless and spread it all over my face and eye lids. I got a light color (Bisque) because my complexion is on the fair side.
Moodstruck Mineral Pigment Powders
Then I start on the eyes – the lids. I use a variety of the Moodstruck Minerals colors on my lids. I have five of the thirty-two.
I love how versatile these pigments are. Because they’re all natural pigments you can wear them anywhere – including your cheeks, hair, and lips and more! Super fun! (I’m currently working on a blog just about the pigments!!)
Via the Younique Site: Luxurious eye shadows formulated with finely crushed minerals, amino acids, and vitamins that provide key nutrition for your skin.
I really do love these little guys.
You can mix them with the Refreshed Rose Water (or tap water) to make up liquid liners, and shadows, as well. I do that – ever since I received my Rose Water recently!
Naturally, most days I do tend to apply our flag ship product, the best-selling 3D Mascara. Some days I apply it with a base coat of general mascara, and other days, I just apply the transplanting gel, the lashes and then the gel again.
It depends on my mood, my time, and the look I am going after.
Less is more for my normal day time routine. More layers, I mean business!
There are all kinds of great videos and blogs – by way of tutorials for people who aren’t having the best results with these 3D Fiber Lashes. I’ve watched tons to hear how other people are getting the best results and as I say I change up my application process regularly. I highly recommend getting the Lash/Brow Comb. It’s a great tool to make these lashes look even better!
The Moodstruck Precision Liners
Oh boy, I do certainly love Younique’s Moodstruck Eye and Lip Liners. They are incredible. They are versatile and inter-changable. They’re cry-proof, sweat-proof and glide on you friction-free. I’ve never been a huge makeup person before (ask any of my friends) but I’ve always worn eye liner and this is absolutely, categorically the best I have ever used. And it stays on until late at night – when I actually have to remove it!
Here is a great video to demonstrate the liners (and the fabulous sharpener). I tried to buy other sharpeners and to be honest they didn’t work with the Younique liners so I was so glad when I got the set of 15 (eye and lip) Liners which comes with our sharpener. Never have I been so excited to get a eye pencil sharpener before!
Lucrative Lip Gloss
Even more than the 3D lashes, I think, I love the Lucrative Lip Gloss. My fave colours are the Lavish, Lucky and Loveable. Possibly in that order. I recently got the entire Lucrative Lips set of 10 – and to be fair, I have not tried them all on yet (I should do that soon).
3 Reasons to Love this Lucrative Lippy
I think I would have to say that I love the Lucrative Lip Gloss for three, main reasons:
1) they don’t dry my lips out; 2) they are not sticky-icky (so annoying when your hair gets caught in glossy lips isn’t it?) and 3) I love that they have a mirror on the side for those touch-up moments!
Naturally, I love all our products, but these are some of my absolute faves. If you’re looking for some quality, naturally-based products then look no further. The Younique goal is to provide “healthy, clean, and pure cosmetics”…Well that’s about all for now. Hopefully now you have a feel for what we’ve got.
So another week has come and gone again. It’s been a fairly quiet seven days, so there’s not much to report for “my Week in Younique” this week.
To be fair – two of the days this week were spent traveling and unpacking after a month in California…
Earlier this week, this wee image (pictured right, on desktop version of this blog) has hinted at something BIG being announced on the 30th.
On the various FB group pages – we’re taking bets on whether it’s new products or new regions being announced. Or both.
I haven’t got any real clue, to be honest, so I am keen to see what is unveiled!
This Younique company is definitely exciting, I’ll give them that. There is always something happening. (Week before last they announced some big incentive trips – to Jamaica and the West Indies.) It’s always something new on the horizon…Definitely not boring, unlike my January…
Dull January Sales
Sales-wise it’s been a pretty dead month for both my team and myself too. One team mate, Marie, has knocked it out of the ballpark, sales wise. She’s done better than the rest of the company combined. I am so proud of her!
For me personally though, there have been a few private sales and a few queries too. I think people seem to be waiting for payday this week – to bothshop for makeup and/or sign up for #theAteam!
Currently one or two Californians have indicated that they may sign up on my team, and one gal in Scotland too. It would be so fantastic if they all did so – but I’ve found that a lot of people say they’re going to do something, and then they don’t really follow through…
It’s all a matter of timing, I guess. So in other words, just because they haven’t doesn’t mean they wont. I do my best to remain positive even though at times it’s a bit disheartening.
More Courier Hiccups
One of the earliest orders this month, placed via my Younique website, never showed. The tracking indicated it was “out for delivery” on the 14th (which is what I saw seven days later). My only thought is that it fell down the back of something and maybe got lost on that truck?
It’s unfortunate these courier issues have persisted. It’s something that could really makes us look bad – even though it’s a third party who is at fault! It’s our reputation on the line!
Thankfully, the Younique support team is super-quick at sorting things like this – and instead of the sending out a whole new set of 3D Fiber Lashes to the customer, I simply sent her down a set from my stash, and my set will be replaced. (I am happy to wait the 10 or so days, but wasn’t happy for my customer to! PS: She got hers one day later!)
Optimistic for Final Days
I try to remain optimistic for the final days – through my My Younique website, with the products I have in stock and for my team too. Leading a team is proving challenging.
On the one hand, you want to be supportive and bolster your team up, and on the other hand you don’t want to be a pain in the backside.
I’ve tried to arrange a get together for the team mates within traveling distance from Glasgow, and it’s been rather like herding cats.
So it may just be me and the aforementioned Marie – but that’s fine. I offered to buy dinner for the person who sold the most this month and it’s currently her!
My Younique Success in the Palm of My Hand
I will leave you with one bit of news (and picture). When I returned from California I returned to my Fast Start, Yellow and Pink Level Charms to add to my keychain!
The Yellow and Fast Start came with a normal letter signed by the co-founders.
The pink came in a glossy card and classy envelope. I imagine it just gets better all the way up to Black Status (when you get the $10,000 check).
Aiming for that my friends…
Watch this space.
Anyway, it’s late and time to wind this blog down. I didn’t think I had much to say but it turns out I did!
It’s Sunday night, my break from Glasgow is coming to an end. It’s the final hours so celebrating by watching ‘Meatballs’ from 1979. An email just came in, another order via my Younique website. More 3D Fiber Lash mascaras (hooray!) I love getting all email notifications of sales but there is something most special when it’s people I don’t know…
#TheAteam Expands to California
Delighted to have new Younique team member from California called Tina. I’ve known Tina since high school in the ’80s and she is going to Rock Younique – big time. She’s already done another (more pushy) cosmetic MLM – and one for handbags – so her previous experience will truly help her Younique business grow. Very excited. Another old, Californian friend whom I’ve known almost as long, called Teri, may also join #theAteam….I find it kind of funny the 3 Cali gals all have four-letter T-names. Maybe it was a trend that year? (We’re all about the same age!)
So anyway watch this space on team growth. One of my initial goals was to have a team of 10 by January. I achieved that goal. I only have one outstanding goal which is not met and is not likely to be met by the scheduled time (February). That’s going Green. Judging by current progress that will be more like March or April. But miracles can happen, and I’ll just keep pushing forward.
Spending Younique Cash
Having reached Fast Start with Younique just last month, I finally ordered some products to complete my collection. As I’ve purchased a few of the collections already, I had almost all of our products anyway…What I was lacking still – were the Refreshed Rose Water and the Moodstruck Blusher. Since I love the Lucrative Lip Glosses so much, I ordered the entire set. All 10! Yippeee. I also thought it might be a good idea to get the brushes so I have ordered the set of those too! Can’t wait to round of my Younique collection of all products. I felt in order to really runt his business – I need to try ALL of the products and be able to show them to anyone I meet who is interested. It has meant I have a surplus of products here though (duplicates) so I will need to start to sell some of them soon!
I had trouble posting this blog on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday…but we got there in the end…
As a newish Younique presenter – I tend to watch a lot of Younique Webinars each week, or at least I try to. I say try because I am often put off by a few things done by my fellow presenters.
So as a Social Media trainer myself, I thought I’d try to teach a few of my Younique Sisters a thing or two so they can have better results! I am learning from them and now maybe one or two can learn from me and we’ll all benefit from the transfer of knowledge!
Turn Off Your Notifications
My biggest bug bear when trying to watch Younique (or any really) webinars are when the host/ess leaves their Facebook (in particular) open, and so through the entire webinar, all you hear is ping-ping-pong-pong as one notification arrives after another. The bigger level the presenter the more notifications I see going off.
Honestly, I applaud anyone who takes the time to these webinars. I am truly grateful for them. Their content is often high calibre, but it can be completely marred when the distracting notifications are constantly chiming – either by sounds or pop ups on the screen! It just looks and sounds so amateurish.
So please, if you run webinars for Younique (or anywhere) then double check you’re not logged in to your Facebook account. Same goes for Skype and Gmail etc. I often hear Skype in the background. Sometimes when I am watching I check to see if it’s my own (it never is).
It really is off putting. As soon as it happens about two or three times, I give up and switch off the entire webinar in frustration. (More on that later…)
Do a Test Run
Before embarking on a training webinar, try a test run with a friend or two to get any bugs out. The amount of times I’ve tried to tune into a webinar and they couldn’t get sound working, or slides working, (e.g they have to have the slides in normal mode instead of presentation mode for the entire presentation).
It can be hard to see on your laptop or tablet or mobile phone – at the best of times, let alone when your slides are not maximized.
So do what you can to ensure the presentation will work – full screen – and that the content on the slides is readable. Remember most people these days are viewing on smart phones…so test your slides on your smart phone. It may be better to have just one point per slide if most of your audience appears to be viewing on mobile*.
Again on the sound side of things…test your mic and ask people how it sounds. It may be worth investing in a proper USB mic to ensure high quality audio.
Measure Your Results*
Youtube has good metrics/statistics built in. You can see your views (how many), where they came from and what device your webinar was viewed on.
It will also tell you the drop off point (more often than not people will not watch your entire video).
Unless it’s pretty short or extremely valuable people may not even be watching half of your video…(I swear we all have super short attention spans nowadays)…So find out how long they are watching and you’ll have a good idea of how long to make future webinars.
There is not cookie-cutter solution as far as time goes. With video less is generally more. Webinars of course will be different so you probably need 30-60 minutes.
Again it will vary according to presenter, subject matter, etc – but once you have done a few webinars, compare the different metrics and see what worked best and do more of that – whatever it is.
Lastly, once the webinar is aired, if you’re keeping it on Youtube for public consumption thne go in and give it an awesome and engaging title. Fill out the description fully with more than just one sentence!! Tell us a bit about what the content of the webinar is – in bullet points (use key words) if needs be. Tell us a bit about yourself e.g. are you a Pink, Orange, or Black Younique Presenter? Show us your credibility or authority.
Lastly, make sure you link to your Younique site or your website (or both). If it’s about certain products you can link directly to that. If you have other relevant webinars – link to them too!
Now Share it,…
Finally after you’ve done all the above, then it’s time to share your webinar across your social media channels and embed it in your own website or blog.
Add context to anything you share – wherever you share it. Don’t just stick up a link and say “here’s a webinar I did” – tell the viewer how it will benefit them to watch it. What will they learn if they give up their 30 or 60 minutes to watch? What problem do you solve? What need to you fill? Etc.
I really hope that some of the Younique sisters find their way to this blog, and take on board some of the comments – especially the first one about notifications!
Many of you do absolutely fantastic work. We are all going to have to find the Presenters that we identify with most and watch and support them (subscribe!).
What we respond to is all different. For me, so far, Shari Brown is a fave and Michelle Bell are my favorites…for others it might be someone like Amber Voight.
Welcome to My Week in Younique – A Shopping Spree. It’s been a fairly quiet for my week in Younique – though a few purchases of the 3D Fiber Lash mascaras through this very site have been made – which is awesome!
Another sale came from one of my oldest friends in life. Though I’ve not seen her for a decade or two, she supported my Younique business by buying a set of the lashes via Facebook. For the past few months, I’ve come to learn that sales can sometimes come from surprising places. Sometimes people you think will support you – don’t.
That’s life, I guess.
Y-Cash Money to Burn
Due to reaching Fast Start a month or so ago – I’ve had a $250 bonus cash burning a whole in my virtual pocket. So I’ve been scouring the Younique catalog while soaking up the sunshine.
To be an effective Younique presenter, I have felt like it’s my duty to have sampled ALL of the products. Having been calculated with my purchases, I have almost all of our products (not every colour of course but all products).
So this weekend was about cashing in my Y-cash (or at least some of it).
At first I wasn’t convinced I needed or even wanted the Refreshed Rose Water, thinking it was just a face spritzer or something…But it’s actually more versatile than that.
Mix with your Moodstruck Minerals Pigment Powders for a creamy application. Splash on face for refreshed glow.
Love the Moodstruck Minerals Pressed Blusher, I figured that would be another product I needed to try out. I can’t remember the last time I even wore it but I could see wearing it on a night out. I opted for “Stunning” which is the most Pink of all the colours.
Not only that, the beautiful black container for the brushes looks pretty awesome too!
Previously not a huge lip gloss gal, am now am a complete convert to the Lucrative Lip Gloss…so went ahead and bought the entire set of 10 (UPDATE: not available now, bummer).
It doesn’t dry my lips – nor is it sticky – so now it’s among my daily products. Buy just one or the set of 3.
Most of the colors seem as though they’ll be suitable, but for any deemed unsuitable for my coloring, I will sell on individually or maybe give a few away on this blog! Watch this space.
The end of the month sees a team meeting for #theAteam members who are based in Central Scotland. It will be an opportunity for us all to get to know each other better, allow me to show the team all of the products and perhaps a little bit of training to boot…Have offered to buy the dinner of the team mate who sells the most products by the date we meet…A small incentive to get out there and selling!
It’s been a fun break. Reaching pink was awesome…Some of the team really rocked the 3D Fiber Lashes (as I mentioned in the last blog). Others have yet to really kick off with their Younique site.
Last weekend I did a bulk order of the 3D mascaras so I can have them to hand (and even gave a few as gifts). So far the response has been overwhelmingly positive with all the people I know who’ve tried them. (Some from people I wasn’t even sure how their reaction would be).
As a presenter, we’re taught to always have our own party links running.
We can then buy products through our own links (for ourselves or others) – or share the links with our family and friends (and the world) via our social media channels or email.
So I always have a party running. Once you sell some items through the parties, you earn 1/2 priced items.
I’ve accrued many of those in the two months since joining and so I decided to cash my half-priced items on our biggest collection (The Gimme EverythingCollection) and some BB Flawless foundation.
Though the lovely gray bags are currently on back order, the rest of the items arrived just a few days later, and I’ve been using them happily every day. By now I have almost every product in the catalog – because I need to be able talk about it authoritatively. I need to know what I am selling…Just a few more products – like the Moodstruck Minerals Blushers and the Refreshed Rose Waterto check out, I think.
So if you fancy being a party host to get some goodies then please let me know and I’ll set a link up for you! Parties last from 3, 5 or 10 days…and you can share the link wherever/however you want – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ etc.
Growing #TheAteam (aka Team Thea)
All of my current team mates are in Scotland, but this past week I’ve been growing the American arm. Well hopefully!
There were a few friends that I thought would be perfect to join my team – due to their positive, bubbly, happy attitudes. I am not saying you need to be that way to be successful with Younique, but they just have this way about them. Plus they love makeup.
So I took my presenter’s kit and collections over to one their houses yesterday to show them all fun products we sell. It was like a mini-in-home-party, and we had a total blast!
They loved and rocked the 3D lashes and with a bit of luck will jump on board as a mother-daughter team (I already have a few of those in my company which is fun!).
Then I met up with the other contender today who was simply blown away by the make up. She’s a big Mac and Benefit user but loved all of the products I showed her. Both parties would make a real asset to my team so I am just praying they decide to join me. Will let you know next week!
For those how have been following – I’m still having fun, loving the products, and as I reached Pink, I now can’t wait to be paid for my team’s efforts too (in a day or two). Every penny counts, right?