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Location change, I’m moving!

6 Jan

movedSo, with the new year, I’ve decided to go back to being ‘me’ on the interwebs. I’ll be posting on Mary Koster because R+F policies say I can only keep a blog if I get it approved through company appointed lawyers. So, the blog over there will truly be about me, my life, skincare, art and design, a little bit of everything or what one might call a ‘life’ – not just skincare, fashion and make-up! 😀

So, please join me there as I make the transition to writing again. Hopefully we’ll get to know one another better in the process and see how we might help one another in 2014! Happy New Year!

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It’s my Rodan-iversary, which means a HUGE giveaway for YOU!

18 Jun

So this year/week is extra special, because not only is it my 2nd year in this fabulous business as a Rodan + Fields Dermatologists Independent Consultant (helping people look their best and change their lives with this business), but it was just announced that Rodan+Fields Dermatologists won the GOLD in the American Business Awards for 2013 (out of 3200 business nominations)! I’m just so darned tootin’ proud to be a partner with this amazing company where we are changing lives every single day! And to top it off, it’s been great to hear “you’ve changed my life” and “I love my skin now!” from my clients and business partners. Yeah, baby! That’s what I’m talkin’ bout! Helping people makes me SO happy.

To celebrate this 2nd year of growing it BIG, I am giving away ONE full REVERSE regimen (a $160 value) to one lucky subscriber and fan! Why might you want this, you ask? Well just look at some of these before and after photos below! The #1 cause of aging skin is sun damage – so why not turn back the hands of time by reversing that damage? This alone could take up to 10 years off your face in as little as 2-4 months! So, I ask you, who wouldn’t want that? (**Contest NOT valid for those outside of the United States. Sorry – we can only ship nationally! Soon, though!**)

I have one mandatory requirement: 1) sign up for my emails via the punchtab raffle giveaway!

Plus, to get more entries via Punchtab’s raffle by:

1) Visiting my Rodan+Fields Solution Tool and emailing yourself the results!

2) Liking my Fan Page on Facebook!

3) Tweeting about this Contest with hashtag #ReverseGiveaway (or via punchtab’s raffle giveaway options)

and/or

4) Answer a question about what your biggest skin concern is! (via punchtab’s raffle giveaway!)

Just leave me a comment as to why you’d like to win the regimen for fun to make sure I know you’ve entered and you’re off!

REVERSE Regimen Before & Afters

Punchtab Rodaniversary Giveaway App!

So what about us sensitive (skin) folks?

19 Apr

If you’re like me…you didn’t even KNOW you had sensitive skin, let alone what that means for how you’re supposed to take care of it. As I’ve been working in this business I have learned a lot of the do’s and don’ts to keep sensitive skin happy. One of the main things is to pay attention to triggers.

For me, it’s topical ingredients and sometimes metal or food, and always HOT water. (Coming out of the shower BRIGHT red is not normal, people!) For most people suffering with rosacea, psoriasis or eczema, our triggers are pretty similar, except for foods. To keep the moisture barrier (your skin) happy, here are a few tips:

  1. Take cool showers (luke warm)
  2. Make sure you wash with a gentle cream wash (non-lathering)
  3. Heal the skin by applying a repair treatment followed by a moisturizer
  4. And lastly, PROTECT the skin with sunblock every day (…see the info-graphic for why this is important!),

You also always want to be careful introducing new products (spot-test carefully!) or else you whole face could explode in a furious mess! (It seems to trigger me into cystic acne! yay!)

I hope this helps some of you out there suffering and clueless how to stop the cascading effect of the inflammatory reactions… say no to steroid creams long-term, and be aware of your triggers! If you want to try Soothe for you or someone you know, I’m happy to help you. Hop over to my facebook page and leave me a message or contact me through my website for my phone number!

Sensitive Skin Fact Sheet

What’s My Story?

2 Apr

More specifically, my product story…

I actually joined Rodan + Fields Dermatologists to start my own business knowing who they were (global leaders in acne care with Proactiv), but thinking I couldn’t use the products. I have crazy skin allergies and every regimen has a preservative that I have shown allergies to in the past with other products. I have even ended up in the ER with reactions to topical ingredients if that tells you how severe some of my allergies have been. (Yes, I’m that girl!)

I’m also allergic to benzoyl peroxide (the active ingredient in most acne meds) and have had acne since I was 10 years old. I thought no one could help me. My skin would peel from the extreme treatments dermatologists would try to get me to use, so we’d be out hundreds of dollars on things that didn’t work and were too harsh for my sensitive skin. I didn’t even know I had “sensitive skin” until I started my business with Rodan + Fields.

However, I jumped in before trying the products because I knew their reputation, knew that billions COULD use their products, and I thought to myself, “Why the heck not…even if I can’t use it, I know billions of other people will be able to so I should take a look at this business!” Well much to surprise, when I sent the high-resolution close up of my face to the nurses, they told me what steps to take and my acne CLEARED UP. I have never had more healthy, clear and radiant skin my entire life. So if they can help me, I feel like they can help almost anyone!

My before and after photos are in their latest testimonial pictures on their video here under the “Soothe” Regimen. (I’m actually the screen shot below too!) Take a look and you tell me! Now I’m happily on the Redefine Regimen and have not had any trouble since! I’m one happy girl!

When you look good, you feel good. Who would you like to ‘show’ this to from your past?

28 Jan

confidenceAs our Doctors point out, when you look good, you feel good. Good enough to conquer anything! Share your story with the Doctors on their blog for a chance to win a FREE REGIMEN! Click here to post your story!

For me, when I was a kid in high school, I was picked on for everything, and my skin just made me want to hide worse. I would literally use my hair to hide my face. (Remember Cousin It, anyone?) I definitely lacked self-esteem and my uncontrollable acne didn’t help…

Now, I’m so proud of how amazing my skin looks and the amazing person I’ve grown into that I’ve reconnected with several people from high school. One woman I reconnected with, I found out we had so much in common, including animal rescue, that it really made me glad I took the leap to start the conversation. …And I don’t have to hide behind my hair anymore with my horrible skin. Extra bonus! The pimply, awkward, shy girl is no more! Huzzah!

So who have you reconnected with from your past with your fabulous skin? Share your story and you could win a free regimen from the Doctors! Go to it!

Congratulations to my Rodan-iversary Winner!

7 Jul

Vitamin-D SupplementFor my Rodan-iversary, I offered a FREE full-size product from our essentials line! Congrats to the winner, Krystal, who decided to try out the Vitamin-D3 supplement! Being healthy on the inside is just as important as being health on the outside and most people don’t get enough Vitamin D even with going out in the daytime.

As our Doctors say, Vitamin D is essential for bone health and overall wellness. It’s created when the body absorbs the sun’s UV rays, but wearing sunscreen does affect its creation. Since healthy skin starts from the inside out, Rodan + Fields Dermatologists offer  Maximum D3, an oral supplement of the most absorbable form of Vitamin D. “As the sun’s damaging rays can exacerbate the symptoms associated with a variety of skin conditions including acne, sensitivity, hyper-pigmentation, and skin aging, Maximum D3 is our recommended supplement to any Rodan + Fields Multi-Med Therapy regimen.”

Practice safe sun, and enjoy, Krystal! If you want to learn more about Vitamin D3 and why it’s so important, listen to this video from our very own, Nurse Mary Radford, RN on why Vitamin-D is so important!

My Rodan-iversary! FREE Giveaway!

26 Jun

My self-portrait without foundation...Hey all, I can’t believe it’s been a year since I started on this journey of self-exploration, growth, and skincare! Who knew that a quiet, reserved graphic designer could ever be on her way to the best skin of her life with a network marketing company? I certainly didn’t think it would be me. I’m also a huge skeptic. HUGE. And I’m not lying when I say that. I delved into tons of research and my friends asked me tough, tough questions. But in the end, I definitely made the right decision, and very quickly! I only wish I had jumped in sooner, now! Who knew my crazy allergies and horrible skin could be an asset. My amazing before and afters are only the beginning (working on the anti-age regimen now!)… I get to help so many people now with their skin concerns and give them the confidence to go foundation-free like me! I can finally say it’s true, and I never thought that would be the case. (See cheesy self-portrait above for evidence! – and the photo on the right is touched up with foundation!!!) I have suffered from allergies, sensitive skin (which I had no idea that I had!), and acne since I was 10! Now people compliment me on my skin and my confidence! It’s amazing what the right products can do… and yes, I know there are still marks on my face…but after 28 years… this is unreal! I can live with a few marks until they fade… and am SO proud to show my progress!

So aside from all that goodness, I wanted to thank YOU my fans and supporters with a fantastic giveaway! Here are the rules:

1) Go to my facebook page and like it!

2) Tell me what your favorite product or before/after photos are from there!

3) Come back here and comment on the blog telling me you liked and commented there/here!

4) For an extra entry, share this contest with your friends and let me know! (Either tag my page on facebook, or comment here with ‘shared!’) AND another extra entry if you sign up for my newsletter!

That’s all! Easy-peasy! And for anyone who enters in the contest, you will be thanked with an entry into my drawing for a FREE FULL SIZE product from our essentials line, your choice! The winner can choose from the Essentials moisturizer, sunscreen, foaming sunless tanner (yes, it really does work without making you into an oompa-loompa!), or lip balm! Oh, and if you sign up as a loyal customer and order your regimen too, you’ll get a FREE sunscreen for any purchase over $180 (psst, you really should check out the Anti-Age Assault Kit or the Reclaim Your Summer Kit!)! If you check out my newsletter, you might see another free offer there too! Get started with my online skin consultation tool and the Doctors will give you their personal recommendation! Have questions? Message me for more info, but email yourself their recommendations first so I can help you easily and quickly! This offer runs out at the end of the month on 6/30/2012 at midnight! So get hopping!
Business Building Kits

Oh, and those who are interested in the business side…well there is something in it for you on my rodan-iversary as well! Sign up before the 30th and I’ll send you FREE Business Cards to get you up and running quickly! Great skin, proven partners, getting paid well for sharing innovative ideas… what’s not to love? I’m so thrilled with my decision and FINALLY — I’m building a business WITH my family, friends and dog, and not AWAY from them! Where else can you start an instantly-profitable business for under $1,000 and gain perks like a trip to Las Ventanas? I coach and mentor just 3 new people a month and I only have 1 spot left in June. If you’re looking for something to pay for vacations, college, retirement, shameless shopping money…. you might want to message me TODAY….we are the fastest growing team and looking to grow more with your help!