Sunday, September 30, 2012

Advertising in Style!

Do you work for a direct sale company?  Do you know someone who does?  One thing I LOVE about selling Jamberry Nails is that I get to wear them and everywhere I go, they get attention.  I love that doing something so easy, like applying and wearing beautiful nail shields, brings attention to my business and starts a conversation about Jamberry.  I don't have to go out of my way to bring up the topic--it's a natural response to a comment on my fabulous nails!

While you may not sell Jamberry nails, wouldn't it be great to have a similarly easy way to bring attention to your product or business?  Take a look at the picture I created below.  You can see that some of Jamberry Nails beautiful designs tie in wonderfully with the theme and colors of many direct sales companies.  Imagine spending 15-20 minutes putting on a lovely set of nail shields and letting your beautiful manicure advertise for you wherever you go, without effort! 

When someone comments on how great your nails are, it's easy to say, "Thanks! I love this design because it's the same colors as Mary Kay's (or whatever you sell), which I sell.  Would you like my business card? I'd love to tell you more about our newest line..."   You get the picture.  You don't have to feel like a pushy sales person--people will bring up the topic themselves when they see your nails, and you simply steer the conversation toward your business.  What could be more natural, easy AND cost effective.  At $3-$4 a manicure or pedicure, you won't find fantastic advertising for any less.  

If you don't see your direct sales company listed below, just give me a call or browse through the catalog on my website:  These designs are, by no means, exhaustive--there's multiple designs that can apply to any direct sales company.  You can mix and match for more impact or to change up your manicure so you're not wearing the same thing every other week (did I mention a typical manicure will last about two weeks and a pedicure can last six-plus)?

If you're not familiar with Jamberry Nails yet, check out my website at and take a look at how easy they are to apply by watching the official YouTube application video at:  If you're totally sold on the idea, consider booking a party.  It's a great way to introduce friends to a fantastic product and earn FREE shields for yourself.

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Monday, September 10, 2012

A Healthy Body is a Beautiful Body

A simple entry today on fitness.  Remember, this is Outside-Inside Beauty and it matters to me what's going on inside my body as well as outside.   I think a healthy body is a radiant, beautiful body.  Right now, I do not have a healthy radiant body--to be honest, I've let myself go...a lot.  And I've had some recent health problems as a result.  Now that the kids are back in school, I have more time to devote to "me time", and I'm using it to take care of my body--this includes starting a regular workout routine.  I've checked in with my doctor and I'm good to go.

So, today I started out by walking the kids to school, which is all down hill for them, and all up hill for me on the way back.  It ends up being a mile and half round trip.  Then I did the first day of a new routine I found on Pinterest.  MY GOODNESS!  It about killed me but I like the variety of exercises and I'm looking forward to the feeling of it getting easier.  

Take a peek at the workout and feel free to copy it yourself or search for your own and start the journey towards getting fit (or staying fit)!
Source: via Angela on Pinterest

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Detoxing Smoothies

I've embarked on the world of "green" smoothies, recently, because my doctor told me I need to include more fiber in my diet as well as eat more healthy fruits and vegetables on a regular basis.  While I like smoothies as a general rule, I've never been a fan of meal replacement.  I've never found smoothies to satisfy me the way "real food" does.  If I drink a smoothie, I still want to eat--so I wasn't really excited about this prospect.

However, I went into it with an open mind.  I invested in a Ninja (I love saying that!). 

Who knew a Ninja would be so great in the kitchen...seriously, though, it's the best blender I've ever had.  It has individual serving cups and it's quick an easy to clean up (something I hated previously about using a standard blender, is taking it all apart and cleaning it every time).  

I've been drinking smoothies for three weeks now and I'm surprised at how full I feel afterward. I had never made smoothies like this before, incorporating vegetables as well as fruit (and no ice cream or yogurt!).  They taste good (wasn't expecting that either) and my difficulty with finding an acceptable morning meal has been solved (I don't care for most breakfast foods).  PLUS, Cainan has been having one for a snack everyday, as well--he's especially fond of kale and I pack it in there!

My standard smoothie has been a mix of frozen blueberries and cranberries, a big bunch of spinach and/or kale, frozen cherries or strawberries, some flax seed and a little orange juice to smooth it out.  The Ninja pulverizes everything into a sweet, frozen blend and I don't taste the greens or flax.  It's yummy and surprisingly filling.  

Recently, I came across a great picture resource for detoxing the major organs in your body.  I was pleased to see that my regular smoothie covers a lot of it but I'm glad for the information.  I can tweak them a bit if I want to work on a whole body detox (of course, the rest of my diet would need a big change, too).  Here it is for your perusal:

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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Solving Foot Problems with Vinegar

It turns out that vinegar is a great remedy for many foot ailments, from tired feet to common toenail fungus to dry cracked skin.  I found a great blog that gives simple recipes and instructions for several types of vinegar soaks for the care of your feet. 

Saturday, August 4, 2012

A Few Great Jamberry Ideas

One of the great things about being a Jamberry Consultant (besides having great nails, doing fun Girls' Nights and making extra income) is getting to know other fantastic Jamberry Nails independent consultants.  They have such great ideas and fashion sense!  Below, I've compiled a few of my favorite fliers and Jamberry manicure/pedicure ideas from the corporate office, as well as other consultants who have offered to share.  If you see something you love, contact me or go directly to my website to buy:

Show your colors during the games...these limited edition shields are only available for another week!

It's time to think about what kind of statement you'd like to make when you head back to school:

Football season's just around the corner...there's lots of colors you can coordinate with your favorite team:

Are you a country girl?  Like that Cowgirl Chic look?  Check out these great styles:

Earn extra income and have a blast: become an Jamberry Nails Independent Consultant!  Ask me how!

Monday, July 16, 2012

The "Rice Bag" Method

I just tried out the new “rice bag” method for applying my Jamberry Nails and I LOVE IT!!  Okay, they were pretty easy to apply with the hairdryer but I’m always one for finding the most convenient way.  I love that I can sit in my bed at night, while my husband watches TV, and I can do a full manicure without the smell bugging him, then go right to bed.  Sound good?  Well, with no dry time using Jamberry Nail Shields and by applying them with a warm rice bag, that is exactly how quick and easy it is.

If you’re familiar with applying Jamberry Nails, then you prep your nail as usual—clean, push cuticles, file, buff and clean again with alcohol or nail polish remover to get all the oils off.  Pick your favorite shields, cut the size you need and apply it to your nail.  Now, take a rice bag—like the kind you use for warmth in the winter (I’ll tell you more about how to get them in a bit) heat it in the microwave for 30 seconds to a minute (depending on the size of bag you have), use the warm bag to apply pressure and smooth your nail shield on.  I think you get better adhesion with this method than with the hairdryer and I think it’s even easier than the dryer! Depending on how quick you work, you might have to heat it a couple of times.
I am going to be making a bunch of these little babies and using them at my parties to demo, as well as hostess gifts.  One of my downlines has even started selling her little hand warmer creations, which double as Jamberry Nail Shields applicators.  I love it!  Based on her recommendation, I actually used flax seed instead of rice because they are flatter than rice grains and I liked the way the bag lays when stuffed with them.  You can use either (instant rice is NOT recommended).  To try it out, I just put some in an old baby sock, tied a knot in it and heated it up.  Worked like a dream.  Now I’m going to make more (that aren’t baby socks).

And I love this pattern better than any I’ve tried so far!  Exotic Paisley is just lovely!  So feminine and summery—goes with about anything I would wear this time of year.  Remember, you can order directly from my website at   Order three and get one FREE—what a deal!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Manicures for a Cause

One the things I love about Jamberry Nails is their commitment to charity.  Currently, Jamberry Nails offers four lovely designs that help bring awareness to specific issues, as well as donates money to their causes.  The first is Autism Awareness.

My Jamberry Nails have always been attention 
getters and great conversation starters.  With this nail shield, it's a great way to bring awareness to Autism, start conversations about why Autism awareness is important to you, and a way to raise money for the Autism Society.  Jamberry Nails will donate $2.00 for each sheet of the Autism Awareness shields to the Autism Society.  Make a statement with your manicure, help raise money for an important cause and start a conversation about Autism.

I've seen these shields look fabulous applied to just a thumb or index finger with a lovely solid blue (blue for Autism awareness) or red on the other fingers.  I love how colorful these shields are and how they help bring awareness to an important cause.

The second charity is the American Cancer Society and this feminine pattern raises Breast Cancer awareness.  Again, Jamberry Nails will donate $2.00 from the sale of each sheet.  These are lovely and another great conversation starter when people catch sight of your manicure.

The third charity is one I had never heard of.  I was so excited to learn more about their program.  The Pay it Forward (PIF) movement is a charity that promotes compassion and care on a personal, one-to-one level and encourages each person touched by an act of kindness, to carry on a kindness to someone else. It's an amazing charity and you can learn more about it by visiting their website at

 Again, $2.00 from each sheet purchased will go toward this charity and you will also receive PIF wristband with your purchase.  I think the black and white pattern is classy but I really love the color.  This is a great way, especially paired with the wristband, to bring awareness to and help support an AMAZING charity.  

If you're interested in any of these fantastic shields, contact me or order directly from my website:

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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Tip of the Day: Olive Oil

One of the best cures for dry skin is extra virgin olive oil.  EVOO contains antioxidant vitamin E and vitamin A.  

Put a few teaspoons in your next bath or buy soap that already has some in it.  For a really dry patch, rub the EVOO directly on the area.  It's great for hair, scalp and cuticles, too! 

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Jamberry Nail Shields

I'm so excited to be selling Jamberry Nail Shields now!  I cannot keep polish on my fingernails for anything!  I haven't done my nails in years because there was no point.  Acrylics and gels are expensive, not to mention toxic and horrid on your nails.  I'd pretty much resigned myself to the "au natural" look.  Then someone invited me to a Jamberry Nails party...

I got to try on a few samples and I ordered a couple sheets, hoping they would be worthwhile.  When by samples were still on three days later I called the consultant and begged to buy a sheet out of her inventory so I could do a full set before my vacation.  I applied them the night before we left for Disneyland and still had all of them on, in fantastic shape, when I came home 10 days later!  By then my order was here and I put on my next set.  I then proceeded to put my garden in two days later--digging through the dirt, using tools, planting vegetables...When I still had beautiful nails at the end of that process, I was sold!!  I signed up to be a consultant and get the word out on these amazing nail shields, myself.

What are they exactly?  The shields are a solid film covering that can be applied directly to the nail to achieve a look not found anywhere else. This special material is both pressure and heat activated to create a water tight bond to your nail. The shields are made in the USA, with no harsh chemicals and are latex free.

This new nail treatment can be applied in just fifteen to thirty minutes at home. With over one hundred fifty styles available, these designer nail shields are made to last up to two weeks on fingers and six weeks on toes. Unlike traditional nail polish, they won’t chip and require no drying time. It’s so easy to achieve a professional, salon look at a fraction of the cost.

Interested in trying them out?  If you're local, book a party--it's the best way to check them out and have a great girl's night with your friends.  PLUS, as a hostess, you'll earn credit toward your own sheets.  If you're already sold by what you've seen and read, then you can buy directly from my website:

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Avon's SuperCurlacious Mascara - A Review

Today is my first product review blog entry.  I hope to do one a week.  

Today I'm offering a review of Avon's SuperCurlacious Mascara.  

Let me first tell you, I'm not a make-up kind of girl; I often don't wear any.  When I do wear it, it's usually reserved to my eyes (eyebrow pencil, eyeliner, maybe some eyeshadow and mascara).  My oily skin doesn't like foundation and I don't care for blush either.  At 34, I still have regular acne and I don't need to put anything on my face that's going to clog up my huge pores (I know--TMI).  Most days that I opt in, I just stick with the eyebrow pencil and mascara.  So, mascara's important to me.

I have fairly long eyelashes, though they've thinned as I've gotten older.  They are also mostly straight (except for a few crazy, haywire ones on my right eye).  Because they are mostly straight--long or not--you can't see them much.  I've tried eyelash curlers and they don't seem to work for me.  Mascara helps make them more visible, but they still stick out straight, making them barely visible.

One of the first things I ordered when I started selling Avon is the SuperCurlacious Mascara in black.  I have to say, I'm pretty impressed with it.  It does lengthen my lashes even more and it helps them have a nice curl--or at least a nice bend.  That's really something for me.

I took before and after photos of my eyes. 

Ignore the horrible overgrown eyebrows that will be plucked this week (GROSS!) and the bloodshot eye.  And I guess, after looking at these pictures, I should clarify that my upper lashes are the straight ones.  I have really long curled lower lashes and I never use mascara on them or it would look like I had spiders for eyes.   

Anyway, judge for yourself based on the upper lashes and if you like what you see, you can order the SuperCurlacious Mascara from my website or if you're local, directly from me. 

This mascara usually sells for $9.00 (much less than many fine, department store make-up brands but still more than I would like to pay).  Right now, the mascara is on sale for $4.99.  The nice thing about Avon is their catalogs run every two weeks and there's always something on significant sale.  That's when I stock up.

You can always shop my website ( for any other current deals.  Right now receive free direct shipping for orders over $30.00 (A perfect time to order valentine gifts!) Just enter the code: FS30REP when you check out.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Money Saving Beauty Tip: Homemade Sugar Scrub

Today’s money saving beauty tip is homemade sugar scrubs. I found these this fall on Pinterest and was so excited to see how simple they are to put together. I plan to keep this in my repertoire for gift basket ideas this year. I love a good sugar scrub but buying them is expensive.
 Under the Table and Dreaming by Stephanie Lynn:

  • 2 Cups of Brown Sugar

  • 1 Cup of Granulated Sugar

  • 2 Tablespoons of Pumpkin Pie Spice (or 2 tsp cinnamon, 2 tsp nutmeg & 2 tsp ginger)

  • 1 Cup + 1 Tablespoon of Sunflower, Safflower, or Vegetable Oil

  • 50% sugar

    Here’s more for helping revive tired skin. This one’s based on a recipe from Larry Pleasant, CEO of The Vermont Soapworks:
    • 50% oil
    • small amounts of aloe vera gel, vitamin C crystals or any other healing ingredient that dissolves in water
    • 1 or 2 drops of essential oil, if desired

    Sugar scrubs are great for exfoliating (getting rid of the dead skin cells built up on the outer surface of your skin). And because they are mixed with oil, they moisturize the fresh new skin underneath.

    With a little research I found some great variations for adding scents, spices, nutrients and antioxidants. The basic recipe is as follows:

    ½ cup sugar (you can use white or brown)
    Enough organic oil to moisten the sugar (not mineral oil, like baby oil, but olive, sunflower, avocado, peanut, etc.)

    Now you can get creative depending on your tastes and skin needs. Avoid olive oil if you don’t like the scent or if you plan on using your own scents that could conflict with the strong smell.

    Here’s a great recipe for a comforting body polish I found at

    Monday, January 9, 2012

    Welcome to Outside Inside Beauty!

    Welcome and let me take a moment to introduce myself.  My 
    name is Heather.  I am in my mid 30s and I've never given much time or attention to a "beauty regimen".  It's not that I don't like beauty, or want to be beautiful, it's just that it seems to me to be a lot of work and expense when there are other things that I place higher up on my priority list for my time and money.

    Now that I am in my 30s and I'm beginning to recognize that soon I'm going to be seeing more lines, gray hairs, etc., I'm thinking I should do my best to take some care with myself.  I also know enough to recognize that beauty is not skin deep.  I think that a healthy, radiant woman is a beautiful woman regardless of whether she has features denoting "classic beauty".  Because of that, I know it's just as important to focus on health and well being--for the sake of my body as well as beauty.

    I recently started selling Avon, which is something I have very little experience with.  I thought it was a good time to start up this blog to share my journey as I explore time saving and
    money saving beauty tips that work, as well as review the various Avon products I try out.  Just because I sell the stuff, doesn't mean I won't be brutally honest about each product I try.

    I might be crazy--I have a hard time keeping up with our family blog: Our Hungry House.  But I don't plan on this one being quite as involved.  Just tips here and there as well as reviews of products and plugs for the good one :-).

    Welcome to the new blog and I hope my journey helps those who are also trekking on their own.