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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Dream job, top ten list.

This week has brought about some good news for my lovely hometown of Saginaw. We are getting an Ulta Beauty store, and it just so happens beauty-makeup-skincare-and haircare are my passion. So I have put in my application and I feel like I need to build a top ten list of why they should NOT overlook my profile, even if it is just for my own benefit. As my friend Raven would say, my lists rock!
Top Ten Reasons Why Ulta Beauty Should Hire Me:
  1. It is a field that requires studying and playing. Products and styles are always being updated and people who are passionate should always be learning and trying out things. I try new makeup looks, read books and magazines, watch trends, follow styles, investigate new products, watch youtube videos, and more. I am always experimenting, allowing myself to make mistakes and grow in something I am passionate about.
  2. Customer Service skills, every job I have had has been customer service oriented, and I always get complimented on how pleasant I am on the phone and in person. Customers actually ask to speak or deal with me directly. It is a compliment I have gotten several times. At Ulta the customers would be the job!
  3. I have great listening skills. I have listened to my friends skin or makeup issues and responded with advice I feel would fit. I find when I have gone into a beauty store the sales people don't listen to what I want they just try to push their favorite items on me. People will probably more money if you present them with options they ACTUALLY want. Example: I wanted a palette and instead of listening when I said I wanted the cheaper option so I could buy more products the girl kept insisting on the most expensive one and once I made it clear I did not want it she was no longer interested in helping me. I understand if you are working on commission but people would rather get more items that they want and would spend more doing so, instead of one item that costs their whole beauty budget. Plus you will get repeat customers when they know you are invested in their interests. 
  4. I am an artist and your face is a wonderful blank canvas that you get to create on every day for 60+ years. Every day you get a "medium" that is free and every day you can play and make mistakes or make masterpieces and then you get to do it all again the next day.
  5. There are rules to follow and rules to be broken! Life is about playing and learning, and not about using the same products every day for the rest of your life. Life is too short and new stuff comes out all the time, and it would be too hard to ignore that change is good and inevitable! Hair grows out and skin can be washed. There are rules to follow like "wash your face everyday" but there are rules to be broken "no one looks good in pink eyeshadow".
  6. People need advice, heck I know more than a lot of people and I still need help! You have to realize that while people may ask for your help they may not always take your advice. Some people are only interested in baby steps and you have to find even the small victories rewarding! Example: I had a friend who had some skin issues and we were able to determine she never used moisturizer (never even THOUGHT about it), after talking to me she bought some and her skin issue was resolved!
  7. There is no "I can't" in makeup or beauty. For a long time I said "I can't wear red lipstick because I am too pale and have red hair!" Well I took that I can't and made it into a can, by trial and error, you just have to find what works for you and build on it, or take what doesn't work for you and find a way to make it work!
  8. Know what people want, I feel like I do, especially by listening and learning. If someone comes in looking for one item and ONLY one item don't try to sell them on a million other things. They will go somewhere else and they may not come back. You want to turn people on not off. Just because someone wants JUST a mascara this time doesn't mean next pay check she won't want ten new items!
  9. I don't bug people. I hate when the same sales person asks me three times or more if I am ok, or need any help. Some people just need to look at every item and would like to look on their own. Some people don't want or need your help and honestly after you ask someone twice you are just bugging them. Again you want to turn people on to the atmosphere not frustrate them into leaving.
  10. Building on # 9, respect the surroundings. If I worked at Ulta I would respect that I am at work and respect the customers. I don't know how many times I have gone to a certain store and there are workers who talk so loud their conversations are heard by everyone. It is distracting and annoying. Also I would never argue with someone, I had a sales person tell me I did not get the item for a certain price because it was a "sale" price. Even though I had bought the SAME item three times over six months for the exact price they were claiming was sale. He insisted I was wrong several times and finally I gave up and left. I did not really feel like shopping for things that made me feel good after he made me feel pretty bad. Just be respectful of your surroundings and the people in them.
So those are the reason why I think I would make an excellent employee at a place I would spend a lot of time at anyways. It is something I am passionate about and think it would be a great environment for me. So cross your fingers and pray pray pray that this awesome place gives me a call!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Good mail day(s)

I have been so inspired by a book I read recently that I have created a new habit in my life, sending and receiving good mail!
The book I read was called good mail day, I picked it up after a friend and I decided to start bringing postcards back in style!

These are two handmade postcards I have sent out for Good mail days!
I have also sent out tea samples, pinback buttons, really long letters in decorated envelopes, and much more. All to my friends so they have a good mail day. I have gotten back AWESOME stationary, postcards that light up my world, and fun notecards with my name on them!
Mail is more about bills and magazines! I think that real mail that takes time to send and receive is just amazing. I wonder what the postal carriers think of the mail I send out, and do they read the notes on my postcards? I wrote a poem on the back of a recent envelope in hopes that the postal carrier would read it!
Have you sent some good mail recently? Do it and you will probably get some in return!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Sunday Find

As I was perusing the blogs I follow I found something share worthy! Of course I am going to link you to the awesome blog that it came from. If you follow any awesome blogs let me know I am always looking for new reads!
Dedicated Follower Of Fashion (blog)

This kind of goes along with how I have been feeling lately, living outside of the box, and someday being my own boss. ENJOY!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

2012 Crafty goals

We all want to do more in 2012 and we want to do more better. Reality is we don't have time or energy to always meet our goals, and craft and art goals get put on the back burner for sure!
My 2012 goal is simply to CREATE at least four out of seven days a week. Even if it is making one handmade card or an art journal page. Even if it is as simple as covering a canvas in one color
I just want to be always doing new.more.better... at least trying!
So what are your 2012 new/more/better goals?!