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

 

Steps For A Good Client Experience

How important is it to have a client walk away happy? Most would agree that that’s as important as it gets. Fortunately there are some things that can make sure that you and your client get the most out of the service, whatever it might be.

The majority of time people just want to feel important. They want their time to be valued and they want to be taken care of for a bit. Sometimes the smallest things are what they appreciate most. These things are basic, but can be forgotten because they are pretty obvious. Beforehand there are a couple of things that I use every time that make all the difference.

Greet them confidently. It’s easy to be stressed when you’re working and look kind of troubled when you call someone’s name or introduce yourself, but make a point to take a deep breath and smile while you meet them.

Compliment them. Don’t make something up, find something that you really do like or notice about them and don’t be afraid to tell them. It sets a good tone and you might be the first one to give them a compliment in a while.

Treat them like you truly care about them, even if you’ve never met them before or they seem distant. What would you do for or someone you really care about that came to visit you at work? You’d offer them something to drink, allow them time to go to the restroom, show them around, constantly make sure they are comfortable. If you remember they like something special from a time before go out of your way to have it ready. This is the part that will make them feel they can really relax and that’s a major part to any beauty treatment or service.

Once I’m at the point where I’ll begin I’ll get interested without being nosy. Some people will just start talking and you don’t need to do much work, but for the quieter people I will always try to get them to do a little opening up. I’ll start by asking them things related to the service (maybe their home regime or favorite skincare brand etc.) naturally you’ll both start going off topic, before you know it you’ll find something in common and probably learn something unexpected.

Lastly I find out what they want. Allow them to be clear about their goals. For example, if they are getting a facial make them define what kind of outcome they want. Once you’re both on the same page you’ll be able to address their concerns a lot better than just assuming. One thing I’ve found out is it’s not always what you think. Someone could have breakouts that jump out at you as the thing to tackle, but they are preoccupied about their hyperpigmentation, so it’s all about what they tell you. If they feel that you’ve listened to them you’ll instantly win them over.

To put it all in one sentence: It’s their time, let the focus be on them.

Makeup : Self Taught vs Schooled

If you’ve got talent, you’ve got talent. No one or no thing could take that away from you. The question that usually arises is if you’ve got that talent is it worth going to a school? 

Personally I went from school from the start. I mean I feel that I could have not gone to school and still known quite a bit about makeup through all the resources available, but there are certainly a few things to consider.

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practicing body painting

Contacts- You’ll be able to meet a variety of people from all walks of life. You’re all coming to do the same thing. In other words, you all have something in common instantly. It gives you a terrific point of view. You can see where you are in terms of others, you can keep in touch well after school and you might even end up doing projects or gigs afterwards together. The teachers or guest teachers that come in are walking sources of information and will likely always have a place for you in their heart for taking their class.

Exposure- Exposure to products is a big one. It’s not often you’ll be able to use products without using them, sure there are samples, but it takes a lot of points at Sephora to amount to the amount of products you’ll be working with over the course of how ever long your class is. That was something I loved, I was able to see which brands I liked and which I’d like to work with when building my kit.

Exposure to different looks. It may take you a while before you get to men’s makeup or runway makeup, in school they’ll cover everything so that if it comes up you’ve done it before or are at least familiar with it.

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1920s & creative makeup

The “Why”- It’s important to know why certain things look good, or why you use highlighter in this places as opposed to that place on the face. If you can do a full face of flawless makeup, but at the same time not know exactly what you’re doing, getting the background on makeup is essential. It will put the pieces of everything you already know together and believe it or not people do ask those things! They’ll ask where trends come from or if you where you should put bronzer. It’s good to be informed.

Experience- In class you’ll pick up on things it would take you a long time to learn on your own. You’ll hear the mistakes of teachers or pros so that they don’t have to be your own mistakes. Speaking of mistakes…make them! Make them in class. This is the time and place to experiment and make mistakes. You’ll also get a taste of what it would be like to work as a makeup artist before you actually do it.

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shopping field trip with the class

Name Recognition- This one’s kind of silly, but people like to see education.They want to see something on a piece of paper that shows you have dedication. This one is on the list, but consider it the least because it’s not about what other people think.

So. Is it worth it? Yes. I couldn’t be happier with my decision on going to school for both makeup and aesthetics. I can say that I would not be in the position I am if I hadn’t gone to school. I’ll be the first to say it wasn’t cheap, but it’s an investment.

 

 

 

Put Procrastination Behind You

This is one tip out of probably hundreds to deal with procrastination. This one, however gave me instant results. There wasn’t any making deals with yourself to get through one thing then rewarding yourself after it had been done. You don’t need to write a list or get a buddy to start with you. 

Now of course there is a catch. It’s not going to be easy after all.

Most of the time I think we have good intentions, we don’t mean to put things off. Everyone knows where that leads. What gets in between good intentions and getting things done? Distraction. What is the number one distraction? For myself and a lot of people it’s our phones. Even if I’m not getting a text or an alert of any kind I’m on it. I’m browsing, scrolling, wasting time. I think we’ve all woken up from a 20 minute long check on various social media or suddenly you’re watching a video of a bear playing soccer. All these moments add up. It gets frustrating, but just as you have that thought that it’s frustrating you’re already on Instagram.

THE SOLUTION:

A phone detox. Before you think you can’t do it let me tell you it doesn’t have to be for 3 days, a week or even an entire day. Give yourself a solid few hours (or at least most of the day) without your phone. For me the only way to accomplish this is to have it off. Not silent mode, not airplane mode, I need it to be the equivalent of a brick. If I see it on or charging it’s sort of like “That person that I’ve been waiting to email me probably just emailed me…better check it!” If having it on airplane mode is enough for you, go right ahead.

I didn’t go out on a quest to finish a bunch of built up tasks. I wanted a break from my phone for a day. I realized I was doing things during the day that I had put off for months. What was the missing link? The phone. When you don’t have the phone to jump to you’re forced to do everything that’s left. I found myself with a lot of extra time and with a spirit of doing things that needed to be done because otherwise I’d be bored and doing nothing. It’s an old sensation not to have anything to turn to, sure there’s TV and the computer, but the phone is a lot more immediate. You don’t have to walk to it or sit down to use it. It’s in your hand or on your person.

When was the last time you took a break from your phone entirely? I used to do it a lot more, but lately I’ve been busier and never think I can afford to not have it on or not be in contact. If you have those worries too, they are valid. However, that’s why I’ve chosen Sunday as my day to power down my phone. Very little goes on, on Sundays.

Tomorrow will be my 4th Sunday doing this and I’m really wondering how I did it without implementing this. It’s a day to relax, recharge and to truly have to yourself. You don’t have to look at what your friends are doing, you don’t have to worry about what you see on the news or if something you sent has been read. For a few hours let it be.