Tips For Freelancing

Freelancing is like swimming in the ocean by yourself for the first time. There’s fear, constant waves and much bigger fish surrounding you. I can’t say that those things go away even after time passes, but you get your footing, you know your brand (yourself) and you gain confidence.

If you are considering going it on your own here’s a few things to think about:

Let’s start from the beginning, let’s say as of a few days ago you are officially up and running, what now?

  1. Get out there. Spread the news. Tell anyone and everyone. Neighbors, Facebook friends, nearby businesses. It can be uncomfortable because there’s no team or boss you will refer to as for the reason for your visit, but keep in mind most people can appreciate the excitement of the formation of something new. It’s not to push yourself on them, just inform them that “Hey I’m here and this is what I do now.” Exchange information if appropriate and they’ll call you if they need you.
  2. Go to Networking Events. These can be a little overwhelming as you’ll be meeting a lot of new people in a short amount of time, but you never know if you stick in someone’s head. If nothing comes of it nothing lost.
  3. Consider pairing up with another freelancer. This doesn’t make you a “tag-team” and if it does it may only be for a short time, experience is always good and sometimes people prefer hiring more people to get the job done.
  4. Know your product, then sell it. This is really important. What can you provide?What’s your style? How much will you charge? What makes you different? All important to establish. Once you know that sell it. Showcase the best of your work and who you are. Luckily these days you don’t need to pay someone to do that, social media is convenient and inexpensive if it costs anything. After all who knows you better than you?
  5. Keep yourself updated and current. Update your business with the times. You may not run it the same way you did last year or even last month.
  6. Strike up conversations anywhere and everywhere. Unless you’re walking around with a sign on no one will really know what you do. If you’re working out of your house or traveling all the time there’s no place established for people to walk in and know what you offer. You never know who you’re sitting next to or what they need. This is also a good way to learn more. It’s the little tips that you pick up along the way that can sometimes make a difference.
  7. It’s harder than most other jobs. This is more of an opinion, however from what I’ve seen it’s a popular one. Your success is in your hands. Positive as that may be, it can be overwhelming at times.

 

Same Product for Face and Body…Time Saver or Time Waster?

Lately more and more products are multitasking, covering a couple of different needs. There are body washes that double as shampoos and bars that allow you to use the suds as you please either for your body, your hair or even a shave. Is all this multitasking a good idea? Is it a stroke of genius resulting in an all in one product or just putting off the inevitable of having to purchase for every part?

In hotels I’ve been forced to use those shampoos/body washes/ hand soaps. Usually it’d go on a scale of being fine for my hands, a little drying on my body and being terrible for my hair. However in hotels it’s mostly about keeping things industrial and cost efficient, so can’t exactly point to that.

Men as a whole are really into anything that makes their already relatively fast “beauty” regime even faster. It’s not uncommon that I run into guys that use the same bar of soap for pretty much everything. Companies that market to them giving their seal of approval stating that you can double everything up and get it all done in one shot just reinforces that. Now, that being said I’d also like to speed up and price down my daily skincare routine.

Recently I ran out of my face cream and the next batch wouldn’t show up until a few days later. I couldn’t not use anything. I had a body lotion that I noticed was technically okay to use on the body and or the face. Usually in these cases it results in a very thin, liquidy moisturizer for your face but your body feels okay or your body is coated in an obviously too thick face moisturizer while your face couldn’t feel better. I hadn’t tried anything out that was truly interchangeable. To my surprise the lotion didn’t break me out, it was a little more watery than I like for my face, but it did a good job of keeping it moisturized. I was in shock. I’ve been using it now for the past few days.

What has continued to cross my mind is that the skin on your body and the skin on your face is different. Different areas need different care. Even on your face there are areas that respond differently (take for instance the delicate skin around your eyes as compared to your forehead.) What I have ultimately decided on is that although there weren’t any negative side effects of using this body/face lotion I want to provide my skin with as close to the best as possible. Somehow I think that if the formulation is “decent” or able to be used anywhere it has to be lacking in one department or another. In a pinch I think it’s a great option, or even on vacation when you need to pack light, but for the time being I believe the best way is to go specific, even if it ends up taking a little longer.

New Favorite Drugstore Everyday Foundation

Foundation is more of what I’m calling it. Technically this product is considered a “tint”, so something more like a tinted moisturizer. However I think the applicator indicates it is to be used more like a foundation. I wouldn’t personally use this the same as I’d use a BB Cream.

The product I’m talking about is Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint. Long ago I used to use Neutrogena’s Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup. I liked that for a while, but eventually moved on to try other foundations. As far as drugstore goes I’d say Neutrogena overall is one of the best.

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I found samples of the Hydro Boost Tint in a magazine about a month ago and I couldn’t get over how smooth my face felt when I had it on; what’s better than that is when I washed it off I could still feel the same smoothness. It improves your skin’s texture through you wearing the makeup. I thought that was pretty amazing. I’m assuming that’s what they are talking about when they claim “moisturizes and plumps skin for 24 hours”. Supposedly there’s Hyaluronic acid in it, however it seems like Hyaluronic acid is in a lot of things these days and I wouldn’t buy something for that. A lot of companies know that that’s a buzzword and while it may include a small amount of Hyaluronic Acid it may be just enough so they can label it. That being said, whatever mix of ingredients with whatever percentage of Hyaluronic acid is in this product I do like it. It really moisturizes your skin and it definitely looks smoother and healthier.

Let’s talk coverage. This is where it starts to show that it’s a tint. It’s light to medium I’d say. You can apply a few coats, but definitely let it dry a bit between coats. I don’t mind it being on the lighter side, if it’s for everyday you won’t want something heavy, especially with the warmer months approaching.

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My number one complaint with this foundation/tint is the packaging. Once I opened it in the store I considered not buying it. It’s got a wand, something similar to a concealer wand except thicker. For concealer that’s great. You’ll be doing smaller, more precise areas, however I’d venture to say the majority of people will be wearing this product on their entire face. It’s not practical. I didn’t want to put the wand directly on my skin because even if your face is clean it’s not the most sanitary to stick the wand back in. However, painting my foundation brush with a wand just felt awkward and silly, not to mention that it took time to get enough product. The way this bottle is designed there’s a narrow tube that leads to the rest of the bottle so there’s no way of bending the wand to get additional foundation. 20170418_141347.jpgI should also mention this product is not runny or very liquidy, it’s closer to a whipped consistency, so you can’t shake or turn the bottle to get the product to come to you. What this boils down to is that you don’t have full access to the product which you’ve purchased. This isn’t a $40 bottle of foundation, it was $14.99, however if you pay for it I believe you should be able to use it to its entirety or at least as close to its entirety as possible. I think it was cheap of Neutrogena and unnecessary. For that reason I may not repurchase this, but I do love the formula.

 

 

Eyelash Extensions: Worth it or Not?

In this post I’ll be talking about if eyelash extensions are worth it from the viewpoint of both the technician and client.

 

Technician: Recently I was trained in eyelash extensions. I had heard the amount of precision and patience it took, but I went in very eager to learn. It was tedious, there’s no doubt about that. You’ll also be working on the same person for up to two hours which could be a positive if you like to really get to know someone and spend a lot of time on one person, but if you like interacting with a lot of people throughout the day it you might find it boring. The people are laying down and usually provided with a blanket with their eyes closed so in a lot of cases they fall asleep, very similar to what happens when giving facials. You need full concentration on what you’re doing, I found it to be slightly more stressful than giving facials because let’s face it you’re holding pointy objects above someone’s eyes. You’ll gain experience quickly if you’re in a job where they only offer lashes. Everyone’s lashes are a little different. After some time you’ll begin to see the side of it where it is an art, where you can play with the angle that you flare lashes out or adding shorter lashes in between medium length lashes for more volume and really taking into consideration the person’s eye shape as well as their goals. Above anything else I can say is the beating your own eyes will take as they adjust to staring at something in such a close distance for hours at time. I experienced a lot of eye strain. I began wearing readers as I noticed all the girls I worked with either wore glasses or contacts. Going in I imagined the amount of patience required on an everyday basis becoming tiresome, but it turned out it was more physically taxing than anything.

Client: Although I did not get the extensions myself I did see the amount of care required to keep them clean and looking good. For the first 48 hours after you cannot get the lashes wet, so no heavy workouts and if you decide to shower you will need to wear goggles. It’s recommended you wash the lashes 2-3 times a day to keep any bacteria off them. Anything containing oil in makeup or makeup remover cannot be used. Something else important to know is that the lashes typically last for 2-4 weeks. It’s an investment on all fronts. I think some people really benefit from them and it can really change how you look. However for myself as I heard the amount of effort and time involved in getting them, I did think to myself that it wouldn’t be for me. I suppose it would become routine after some time, but if you have decent lashes or even semi-decent you’re best off with mascara and some false lashes.

 

For those that have eyelash extensions what has your experience been like?

My Dollar Shave Club Experience

There’s a post going around the internet on a woman who joined the Dollar Shave Club. I too joined, but I never thought to weigh in because I felt a bit funny since it’s mostly geared for men. I was happy to see I wasn’t the only one and I thought I’d tell you my experience using DSC.

*Before I get started, even though any sponsored posts on my blog will be clearly marked I wanted to go out of my way to say since it’s not a usual topic, that this is not sponsored by DSC. It’s just that good.

I’d seen ads for Dollar Shave Club all over. The name attracted me…anything involving “dollar” gives you the impression you’ll be saving money. Unfortunately there are a lot of bad razors out there. Really cheap, razor lightweights on the market. I wouldn’t so much care if they were cheap and I’d use them and toss them out, but they also made shaving unpleasant. Thankfully I wouldn’t consider myself hairy, but sometimes I’d have to go over the same area a few times to get a good shave. We all can agree men’s razors are much better.

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Dollar Shave Club’s razors are even another step above. These things are a work of art. Shaving is totally painless, hairs don’t grab and get right down to the skin. There are a couple different kinds of razors (I got the 6 blade.) They allow you to try any of them for $1 for the first month.(FREE SHIPPING TOO) They send you 4 razors, that are to replaced every weeks, so you have a new razor for every week of the month. Since I’m not shaving a man’s beard everyday I definitely can stretch that and get a longer life out of them.

 

There are a lot of great products to try, but a few that I have tried are their famous Shave Butter( Dr. Carver’s Easy Shave Butter) and Mint Cedarwood Body Cleanser (Wanderer Awakening Mint Cedarwood Body Cleanser) . I’m actually out of the full sized Shave Butter, but let me tell you a little bit about it. First off it has a very light smell, the consistency of conditioner and ingredients like Pacific Sea Algae to soothe your skin. There’s no comparison between that and your standard shaving cream or any shave butter I’ve tried. The Mint Cedarwood Body Cleanser I took a gamble on, I knew there was the possibility it could smell too masculine, but that’s what dads, brothers, and boyfriends are for, just give it to one of them. Luckily it smells refreshing and in my opinion it could definitely qualify as a unisex scent.It doesn’t dry my skin out and even though it’s scented it isn’t too harsh.

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I really love this company and being a part of the club. It removes having to coordinate the purchase of shaving items. You know you’ll be getting quality and it comes when you want it (you can adjust the frequency of your order) right to your doorstep. I wouldn’t say shaving is an activity I enjoy, but I’m the closest to that I’ve ever been.

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DSC’s February Publication

 

Not Having a Valentine

I don’t claim to be a relationship expert, or even one to give advice on the subject, but I see this holiday cause a lot of suffering.

Valentine’s Day is like everyone celebrating a birthday you won’t get to have that year in front of you. The gifts, the fun, and there you are missing out on it all. Right? Or is there another way to take it in?

Certainly there is that way of looking at it, you can feel left out, depressed and roll your eyes at the whole thing. As the day approaches it’s unfortunately like picking sides. You’re either in the group of happy couples or the passive aggressive single people. However there’s a lot of room in between there that either the card companies or people don’t want you to see. I’ve always thought of Valentine’s Day as a day of love. Not just romantic, but in all forms. I make a point to wish everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day, friend, family or otherwise. I go out of my way to hold the door open for someone, smile at someone or compliment them. A lot of people feel forgotten. The elderly, the widows and people who are away from loved ones.

Try to spend this day searching out those forgotten people. Over half the population in the US is single. If people know you don’t have a significant other they won’t always say something. I’ve had friends say that I’m the only one that wished them a Happy Valentine’s Day. Everyone deserves to be happy, loved and remembered. I like to give small gifts and or small cards. As far as myself I like to do something rather than buy something.

A couple additional things to remember:

You aren’t alone. It may not help you to remember that, but the fact remains.

It’s only another day. Typical, I know, but when the sun rises it all returns to normal.

Don’t watch depressing romantic movies. You don’t need that.

You never know what the next year brings.

Spread some love.

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De-Stress and Relax

It’s pretty hard to be stressed in a bathtub. You can’t down a cup of tea as you would a glass of water or soda. There’s no point in flipping through pages of a book the way you’d flip through channels on the TV. Certain things take time and demand you to slow down and take a break. These are the things I find the best if you’re looking to de-stress and relax.

Some of these things work best before bed, others can be done at any point during the day. Everyone is different, these are just a few things that I do.

  • Getting outside and going for a walk can be really refreshing, if you want to get more out of it and make it more therapeutic try to notice small details around you. Look at the grass, the way the sun hits the street, see if you can hear any rustling of leaves or birds. You’ll find that the other thoughts going on in your head will be drowned out by concentrating on your surroundings.
  • I don’t know what it is about baking but I feel like if I can’t put thoughts together or I can’t get something done to be able to put something physical together (like a cake, or a meal if you prefer cooking) allows me to think better. It can also be helpful to “get lost” in the act of baking or cooking.

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  • Showers are good, but baths are better for relaxing. In the shower your head tends to race, or you’ll hear of people talking about “shower thoughts.” A bath allows you to truly take it easy. You don’t need fancy products, but using good soap and epsom salt can add to it.

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  • You may of heard of people describing drinking tea as an experience rather than just drinking a beverage. It’s true, if you allow it to be. Take the time to really enjoy what you are drinking and notice the heat from the tea. Caffeine doesn’t really do anything for me so I drink a lot of different teas, but if you’re aiming to relax anything herbal or caffeine free is very helpful.
  • Reading is a nice break from being on your phone or the computer. There’s no denying reading a book can take you back to something that isn’t as present as it once was.
  • Applying makeup and playing around with new techniques or styles is relaxing for me. It’s something creative I can rely on to improve my mood. Find something creative that allows you to go outside the lines of everyday tasks.
  • Meditating will take an overtaxed mind and let it breathe. I love meditating and being able to think more clearly. Not only will this clear your mind, it will also put things in perspective which will both de-stress and relax you.

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