Beauty….More than skin deep

Beauty is more than skin deep.  That old saying is true.  A couple months ago I joined Maskcara Beauty.  I sell IIID Foundation and other makeup as well as skincare.  I also do color matches and makeovers on people.  It’s kind of weird that I even got into this space because I wouldn’t consider myself a “beauty” person.  I have since learned that isn’t true.

In the 9 months that I have been doing this I have learned a lot about makeup application and color matches.  More importantly I have learned a lot about people and beauty.

There was a fellow artist that I don’t know personally but I saw a video she did and I thought she was adorable.  I still think she is but some of her posts made me question why I was doing this.  She is gorgeous.  She can apply makeup very well.  I think she is pretty successful.  What bothered me was the vanity I perceived.  It may not be there.  Like I said, I don’t know her but her posts were all about her. Her face.  Her hair. Her makeup.  Granted it is a beauty page, but beauty is more than skin deep.

I struggle with self confidence.  I can tell that a lot of women do.  Hardly ever does a person sit down in my chair and tells me all the things that they love about themselves.  It is the exact opposite.  They sit down and point out their flaws.  If only they could see the beauty that I see in them.  There is beauty that lies on their face but it is also the sparkle that is in their eyes. It is the kind things that I see them do in their daily lives.  It shows in their service that they give to others and the hard work that they put in on a daily basis for their families.

Makeup for me is fun.  It makes me feel good but I don’t “need” it.  I still can run errands or go to a meeting and I hope that my true self always shines forth regardless of what I have on my face.  Don’t get me wrong I also like how I look in makeup and I am happy to put it on and get dressed up nice and I like how that makes me feel as well.

If you come see me for a color match I hope you leave feeling loved and beautiful.  I hope to get to know you and not just your face.  I hope you will find out how beautiful you are on the inside and not squash that from shining through on the outside.

I hope I can share things with you that help you to recognize this beautiful world we live in.  The beautiful people that are in our lives.  The beautiful opportunities that we have to give back and serve.  And I also will still share the beautiful products of Maskcara.  I love them.  They have enhanced the life I already have.

Becoming a Maskcara Artist FAQ’s

maskcara artistMaskcara is what I am chatting about today! I wanted to take some time and give you some answers on what it is like to be a Maskcara makeup artist.  I will answer some questions here and you can get more details in the video that I will post below.  Feel free to share that video with anyone that you feel might be interested or needs some questions answered.

How much does it cost to sign up?  There are three options.  The basic kit is $199, the Pro $399 and then there is a $9.99 monthly fee for your replicated website.

Here is a major perk of being a Maskcara artist.  No Inventory!!!!  That is right.  I said it.  No inventory.  Corporate ships everything and handles the returns.  It is just a huge relief knowing that you don’t have hundreds or thousands of dollars worth of product that is just sitting there waiting to be sold.  Not having to have inventory takes the risk out of it.

How do parties work?  Parties can be open for a really long time.  In previous businesses that I have been with whenever there was a party situation some customers became frustrated because their order was on hold because the hostess was still trying to collect orders.  Not with Maskcara.  As soon as a customer pays for their order it is processes and shipped.  A customer does NOT have to wait for the hostess to close out their party.

Also Maskcara encourages artists to keep parties open in their own name.  It is an easy way to earn credit for product and discounts on items.

What are the commissions and minimums like?  You earn 20% on all of your orders and can earn up to 40% based off of volume and your down line sales.  You do not need to sell a minimum amount to be “active.”  If you decided to build a team and want to earn commissions from your down line there are amounts that you need to hit but they are extremely reasonable and not hard to achieve.

Is there any education or training provided?  I am part of the best team with an amazing up line.  One of my close up lines happens to be the top in the company.   Why does this matter?  Because she is super amazing and goes above and beyond to provide free training and content so that we can all succeed.  You can put a price on knowledge and experience.

Cara.  Cara is the creator of Maskcara.  She is beautiful inside and out.  She is very much an active part of the artists and their lives.  She does a facebook live video every week where she interacts with us and asks for suggestions and gives us information on what is to come.  I have never been part of a company where you actually felt close and connected to the person at the top.  Maskcara is truly special.

Is the product difficult to sell?  The product truly sells itself.  And in the event that it doen’t (haha) there is a 30 day money back return policy should something need to be returned or exchanged for a different product.

How long has the company been around?  This company is at the ground level!  The pre launch phase started in January 2017 and the official launch was August 2017.  At the time of this post there are around 2500-3000 artists in the United States.  I am number artist number 1768 which means I was the 768th artist to sign up.  There is such a huge potential for growth.  The Canadian market should be opening soon and so there is that much more potential.

How often are you paid?  Maskcara artists are paid every Friday and then once a month they will receive another payment for any bonuses or down line commissions that they have received.

Why did I sign up?  I admit I was a little nervous to sign up because I felt that I was not a “beauty” person.  I was intimidated by beautiful people who seemed to be all put together.  Then I tried the makeup and I realized how easy it was for me to apply.  If I could do it anyone could do it.  If I could feel this amazing and have new confidence then I knew that I needed to share that feeling and opportunity with others.  The Maskcara Artists are some of the most awesome women I have met.  I have made so many new friends.  I have learned so much and stretched myself in ways I didn’t think possible.  I have laughed hard.

There were a lot of reasons for me to say no to this idea but I’m glad I said yes and I have not regretted it or looked back.

If you have questions that I have not addressed in this post or video please contact me.  I would love to have you on this Maskcara journey with me.

Love, Jane!!!!

 

Missionary Makeup Using Maskcara

Missionary Makeup using Maskcara. So fast and compact. Perfect for missionaries and travelers. Hey friends.  A couple of posts ago I mentioned how awesome Maskcara makeup is and how great it would have been if it was available when I was a missionary.

Well here is a follow up video I made to show you just how easy it is to use.  If you are a future or a past missionary please comment and tell me the name of your mission.  I served in the Canada Vancouver Mission.

I will throw in a special gift for missionaries who order through me.  Artist #1768 www.maskcarabeauty.com/janeylou

As always I have happy to do a free in person color match when available or you can send me a makeup free picture in natural light and I can do a distance color match.  There is a 30 day window to return if that makes you nervous.

 

 

Maori Sticks

Today I am showing you how to make Maori sticks for the Maori stick games and dances.  Years ago I tool Polynesian dancing.  Some of the funnest times I have had.  Except when I had to perform.  My nerves go the best of my and I looked like an angry dancer.

One of my favorite parts of Polynesian dancing was when we used our Maori sticks.  I forgot about these until recently when I was playing the ukulele with some friends at a luau.  While we were practicing I found my sticks.  I was so happy!  After practice I headed to Home Depot to buy materials so that everyone in my family could have sticks.

My kids were so excited.  We made the Maori sticks and they had a blast decorating them.  We have had tons of fun watching YouTube videos with tutorials.  However, the kids are having more fun coming up with their own rhythms and patterns.  This is SO cute for kids but really for any age.  You learn coordination, teamwork, rhythm, patterns, music and culture.

So without any more nonsense here is how you can make your own Maori sticks.

At my local Home Depot you can find the wooden dowels located on aisle 29.

 

Home Depot aisle where you get the dowels to make the sticks

The dowels that you want are the ones with the green ends.  They are 1 1/4 inch by 48 inches and at my store sell fro $4.98.  You can get 3  Maori sticks out of one 48 inch stick. Dowels I used to make Maori sticksIf you have a saw and want to cut them at home that is great.  Home Depot also offers lumber cutting in the back.  I think it really depends on the worker if you get charged for extra cuts or not.  I was not charged for extra cuts.  The sticks I had from dance measured 13 3/4 inches long.

Home Depot will cut the wood for you

Once you have all of your sticks cut you can decorate them.  This really is optional.  If you are not going to decorate them then I suggest that you sand the Maori sticks so that there are no rough areas or places where you could get a splinter.

When I took dance we covered our with electrical tape so that is what I continue to do.  Then I don’t have to sand to wait for paint to dry.  The electrical tape comes in so many colors now.

So many colors of electrical tapeI really like black so we covered our sticks all the way in black and then used colored electrical tape to make different patterns.

Solid black Maori sticksMy kids had so much fun doing this.  If you are going to use tape make sure to tape each end first and then start wrapping the body of the Maori sticks.Kids decorated the Maori sticks

Now you are done!  Practice different rhythms and patterns.  They are so much fun.  I am going to post below some videos below to teach and inspire you.

The Clutch

The clutchThe Clutch

The Clutch is finally here.  This has been the most anticipated product of the year.  Genuine Italian Leather.  This clutch holds all your wallet needs and lets you do your makeup on the go.  It even has an awesome place for your brushes and your mascara.

You can wear the clutch as a cross body bag or as a normal purse. Carry it as a clutch or throw it in your purse or diaper bag.

Save space in your luggage as you only need your Clutch now.

Special offer for my customers only.  Comment to order or go to www.maskcarabeauty.com/janeylou. 

 

The Clutch The Clutch

Can I really see all the LDS sites in Palmyra in one day?

Can you really see all the Palmyra has to offer in one day?  That is the question I had for my family of 4 which includes two children ages 10 and 6.

You most definitely can!  We new we would be flying into Toronto to visit family in Southern Ontario I made arrangements to drop down into New York and see the LDS sites in Palmyra before flying home out of Buffalo.  The problem was we were only going to have a half day on Sunday and a half day on Monday to see the sites.  My family would be doing some long driving on both of those days so I just crossed my fingers and hoped for the best that my kids would enjoy the experience.

We stayed one night at the Palmyra Inn & Suites.  The location of this property is great.  It is within walking distance of the Palmyra temple, Smith Farm and Sacred Grove.  We still drove the mile because we were short on time and it was raining on and off.  It was a very nice hotel. We paid $129 for the night and that included 2 King beds, fridge, microwave, sink and kitchen counter area.  It was a great room.  Very comfortable and clean.  The hotel has no pool but they do offer a hot tub, gym and a free breakfast in the morning. The front desk staff was very helpful. We arrived about 2pm on a Sunday and we were hungry.  We had been driving for about 3 hours so all we wanted to do was drop off our luggage, shower and find some food.  They were very helpful about recommending some restaurants on a map that were very close.

After our bellies were satisfied we decided to see the Hill Cumorah while the rain had stopped since that is an outsHill Cumorahide activity.  It is beautiful.  The walk up is paved but definitely has some steep areas.  When we got to the top we noticed a higher parking lot that you could have used to save you on some of your walking.  Looking out over the valley from the top of the hill was so pretty.  Hill Cumorah

The front of the hill is green grass but the back is a dirt trail mixed with a lovely forest that leads down to the visitor center.  I was trying to imagine what this place looked like when Joseph arrived and then years and years before when Moroni buried the plates.  To sit on the top of that hill and think about what transpired was so moving.  To be the last man in some horrible war.  He completed the job.  He did was he was supposed to do and because of that we have The Book of Mormon today.

The visitor center has a Christus similar to the the one in the Salt Lake visitor center but smaller.  The background is what is the main difference and it is beautiful.  In Salt Lake the background is the heavens and the stars.  Palmyra Visitor Center

At Hill Cumorah the background is a beautiful green grove of trees.

 

 

Missionaries are there to greet you and can tailor your experience to your needs and the time you have to spend.  We decided to look at some of the exhibits and watch a movie.  One of the exhibits is a large round table with a copy of every single language that The Book Of Mormon has been translated in.  The myth that gets the kids excited is to close your eyes and walk around the table and pick up a book.  The book you pick up will be the language you speak on your mission.  Kind of fun for our kids but we all know that is not how your mission call is determined.

 

After the visitor center we headed into town.  It really is a small town and E.B. Grandin Buildingif you blink too long you will miss it.  When you get to the 4 churches, which is a church of a different religion on each corner, turn right.  Shortly on your left hand side will be the E.B. Grandin Building.  They have free tours led my missionaries.  I was worried that my kids would not be interested but I was wrong.  They were interested in learning about how the printing of The Book of Mormon took place.  In one part of the building where there used to be a store, the sister missionary pointed out the the floors are original.  I was so happy.  I have been places where Joseph Smith walked and my heart felt so full.  E. B. Grandin Building

After the tour we headed back towards the inn so we could visit the Smith Sacred Grove Palmyrafarm and the Sacred Grove.  Before coming on the trip I had this grand plan of finishing The Book of Mormon with my family in the grove.  How cool would that be!!!  We were so close to being done.  Luckily my husband pointed out that we should just enjoy the moment and pay attention to how we were feeling.  That reading to the kids might bore them and we would rather have them present in the moment.  It worked out great.  The grove

is green and full of trees like you would expect.  There are sweet little benches around where you can sit and take a moment to think, ponder and pray.  It has just stopped raining before we arrived at the grove and so the sun was shining down through the trees and the midst creating this wonderful ray of light.  I am so grateful that I was able to be there with my sweet little family.  My only advice might be to pack some bug spray because the mosquitoSacred Grove Palmyras were out and to don’t worry about planning the perfect trip or experience or moment.  The Spirit will teach you all you need to know if you are open to it.

Leaving the grove you enter onto the Smith Farm.  These are original building and again there are missionaries that can take you on a tour.  I have grown up hearing the stories and experiences of what happened within these walls.  Divine experiences along with horrible men seeking to destroy the work that was taking place.  Knowing that God will see to it that His work will come forth and there is no stopping it.  Just an amazing place.  Our last stop at the house was the log home.  We were not with a group at this point but a cute sister missionary let us in the home as said that we had to come in.  I get mixed up on my facts so I was just assuming this was another log house.  But it isn’t.  She said you must go up to the loft for that is where Log Home Palmyra

the Angel Moroni appeared to Joseph Smith while his brothers slept next to him.  My heart jumped and my son’s face lit up.  We headed up the stairs and as I was almost to the top that is when it hit me.

I had my Palmyra moment in a place that I didn’t expect.  I knew at that moment that all of this was true.  That the Angel Moroni really did appear to Joseph Smith.  That Joseph Smith was and is a true prophet of God and that he did translate The Book of Mormon from plates of gold.  That the voice of God has not been stopped but that God speaks to a prophet just like He did in ancient times.  That Joseph Smith restored Christ’s church to the earth.  It was such a sweet feeling and I know that my family felt the same.

Leaving the Smith farm we stopped to see the outside of the Palmyra temple.  We did not go inside to do any work as we had no one to care for our children and it was a Sunday so consider that when you plan your trip.  The temple is a smaller one but beautiful as you would expect.  I wanted to take of picture of the kids in front of the temple sign so the kids and I headed down the driveway and my husband drove the car.  The three of us

sang “I love to see the temple.”  There was the finest mist coming down and I felt happy.  I was so happy to be having these sweet moments with my children.  When we got to the bottom and turned around we became so excited.  The most beautiful double rainbow was over the top of us and the temple.  I promise I didn’t doctor the photos.  It was just that brilliant.

Palmyra Temple

 

The next morning we slept in and had our free breakfast in the lobby.  They had a great selection.  We loaded up the car and decided to go back to the visitor center.  The day before they told us that if we were not going to be able to do the 45 minute drive to the Whitmer Farm to come back and they would show us the movies that they show down at the farm.  We watched two wonderful movies about 25 minutes a piece.  They talked about the experiences that caused Joseph Smith to seek refuge with Oliver at the Whitmer home so that they could complete the translation of The Book of Mormon without the angry mobs.  The other movie discussed the the restoration of the Priesthood. Both were fantastic movies and once again they held my children’s attention.

 

That concluded our family experience in Palmyra.  I really think that this is something that you could do in a day or a day and a half if you want to do a session at the temple and make a trip out to the Whitmer farm.  I also believe that it is good for families of all ages.  There were so many families out and about with children older and younger than my own.  It is a sacred place and sometimes it is worth the hassle of wrangling kids so that you and your children can experience something so amazing.  Because we were there the end of June, the Hill Cumorah pageant had not started.  That takes place in July.  So with that in mind you will need an extra day and you will need to make lodging accommodations quick because that place is busy!

 

Missionary Makeup

Makeup is an often overlooked aspect when planning and shopping for Missionary makeup HAC pacyour missionary clothing and supplies. Today I am talking makeup and why that is important.  Missionaries shop for the right clothing but they also need to be concerned with their personal grooming tools that they will need to take.  The following comes right from www.missionary.lds.org. “Makeup should be natural and conservative in style and color… You should strive to look your best, especially at zone conferences, in Sunday meetings, at visitors’ centers and historic sites, at baptisms, and when working with local leaders.” Here’s a great quote from Elder Holland,

“We have always been invited to present our best selves. … We should be recognizable in appearance as well as in behavior that we truly are disciples of Christ.”

-Jeffrey R. Holland

When considering what grooming supplies to take let me share some problems that I ran into on my mission that you might also face.

Tight living quarters.  You may or may not have a proper bathroom let alone a counter top to place all of your beauty essentials/needs.  You may find yourself standing or kneeling or in tight spaces with poor lighting and a tiny mirror.

Time.  Unless you want to wake up super early to get your beauty on, you need to simplify your routine.  You have a time to be up in the morning and a time to be out the door and a lot of stuff that needs to happen in the middle.  Breakfast, exercise, personal and companion study and language study, if that applies to you as well as showering and getting ready for the day.  You will learn to be quick and efficient and if not, then you will be sleep deprived from waking up early.

I am going to teach you how to modernize your makeup using Maskcara IIID foundation.How to HAC using maskcara makeup

You may or not have heard of this but it will save you.  Hands down if this product would have been available when I was a missionary I would have used it.

This makeup is a cream based product.  It is different from liquids and powder makeup in that it forms a second skin.  It moves with your face.  It is light weight, gives plenty of coverage and can have multiple uses.  Missionaries already have a glow but this makeup really enhances your features and creates this amazing light and radiance to your face.  Your face is not meant to be one dimensional.  That is what often happens when you apply one color of liquid foundation or powder to your face.  It flattens you out and does not highlight your features.  Our faces are three dimensional.  Light and shadows on our face are normal.

Look at the picture of the HAC pac at the beginning of this post. It has a light color that I use to highlight certain spots of my face.  Next there is a contour that I use to contour certain areas of my face.  Then there is a blush for some color and an illuminator to give on some radiance on certain parts of my face.  You have a brush to apply it with and a sponge to blend it all together.  That my friends is all you need for your face and you can do it all in 3-5 minutes.  Add some mascara and you are good to go.  Also, because the product is cream based you can use it on your lips and eyes although there are eye shadows available.

This will save you!  It will give you the natural look that is recommended Kate before and after makeupfor missionaries.  It will save you time in the mornings.  It will save you space in your apartment and your luggage.  Because everything is so compact, you can take it with you to meetings that you may be traveling to attend and still be able to freshen up after your long commute that some of you will have.

The other great thing is all of the colors come in a magnetic tin so that fit nice and tight in the compact.  When you are running low on a color then contact your family back home.  They can login under your name and have the new color shipped to you.  So easy!

Here is one thing that I will offer to you future missionaries because I love missionaries!  If you are local to me (Northern Utah) then I am happy to meet with you and do a free color match to find out what colors look good Makeup Before and Afterson you.  If you are not local to me then send me some photos and I can distance match you or I can try to find another individual to color match you and then I can process your order with that information.  If you purchase a HAC pac I will gift you a second blush or highlight of your choice.

Take it from me.  This product is so great and I only wish it would have Maskcara makeup is so many thingsbeen available when I was a missionary.  I had some really small bathrooms and large distances to cover when traveling to meetings. I had all four seasons of weather and some areas were dry while the coast was humid.  The ease of the product and how compact it is would have been a game changer for me as a missionary to keep me looking my best.

If you would like to check out my website please go to www.maskcarabeauty.com/janeylou

I am going to link some videos down below of the creator of Maskcara, Cara showing how easy the product is.

 

 

Algonquin Provincial Park

I took my first drive through Algonquin Provincial Park this year.  It won’t be my last.  I plan to go back with my family and do some canoe camping.  It is absolutely gorgeous. Algonquin is located about 3 hours north of Toronto, Ontario and is the oldest provincial park in Canada.

Algonquin

I can’t even begin to describe how beautiful it is. In the 14 years that I have been married my husband has told me stories about this place.  He grew up in Ontario in a little town called Chatsworth.  He would go up with his buddies and borrow his uncles camping equipment, because his uncle lives near the park and set out on some adventure.  It sounds dreamy.

This last trip up to Ontario, my little family and I made a last minute plan to see his uncle up in that area. We were only up there for a day and a night but we made it count.  The morning we left we drove through the park and made a few stops.  It was enough to tease all of us about wanting to do some canoe camping as a family in the future.Algonquin
Algonquin Visitor Centre

 

The park has over 2,000 lakes and tons of rivers and streams. They have a nice visitor centre and art centre.  Hiking and biking trails are all over the place.

Algonquin trail

The park is home to moose, black bear, deer, beaver, and wolves. We didn’t see any of those animals on our short time in the park but my sweet 6 year old daughter managed to get chased by a Canadian goose when she got too close to the babies.  I have never seen my daughter run so fast!

 

Also it would be unfair if I did not mention that National Geographic has listed Algonquin Park and the Muskoka Country as top summer destinations.  Time to plan your next vacation!  Check out more information at www.algonquinpark.on.ca.

Algonquin

 

 

FINIS Underwater Headphones

Have you heard of the FINIS duo underwater MP3 player?  I heard about it from one of my swim teachers and so based off of her recommendation I purchased it for myself for Christmas.

I had recently started swimming laps and although I was enjoying the feeling of being in the water I was getting a little bored.  The ability to combine my two loves of water and music was the perfect solution.  The device is pretty easy to use.  You hook it up to your computer and transfer your music over.  Easy as that.  The device clips to your goggles and those black pieces rest on your face in between your eyes and ears.  I thought it might feel weird in the water but I don’t even notice it.  It also has a magnetic docking device to charge the player.

FINISFINIS

The first time I used it I loved it.  I did realize that I needed to be more picky about what music I had on there because I kept wanting to change the song and that doesn’t work well during the middle of my stroke.  The sound was great and I could hear it really well.

After about two months though I noticed that my device was not charging at all.  I researched the problem and contacted the company and they sent me a new docking station with a stronger magnet as their have been some issues with that. It still didn’t fix the problem so the company asked me to send in the device for a repair.  Instead they sent me a brand new device.  I wasn’t expecting that.  I was really excited and the new device is working great so far.  To be honest I haven’t used it as much but that is just because I haven’t been able to make it to the pool lately.  So I plan on getting back on my swim schedule and really seeing how the new device works.  I am hoping I don’t run into the same problem.  I have looked at other devices but I don’t want anything going in my ear.  One thing I really like about this setup is that I can still hear others while I am listening to music underwater or when I am taking a break at the end of the pool.

If you are looking for something for the pool I would check out the FINIS duo.  I purchased mine on Amazon.

FINIS DUO