Saturday, October 6, 2018

One Room Challenge Fall 2018: Week One





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Below is a sneak peek of what’s planned for our new farmhouse sunroom (full story on Instagram).


I’ll be back to provide more design details, but I intend to share most stories via Instagram. Be sure to follow me there!


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Saturday, April 21, 2018

It's finally spring in New England!


And here are my top picks for spring skincare from Rodan + Fields ...


1. EXFOLIATE rough winter skin (face and body) with our delicious sugar-salt scrub Micro-Dermabrasion Paste. Your skin will feel softer and smoother right away. Use up to three times a week or as needed. 

2. Spring wardrobe changes are in the forecast! Get a safe, sun-kissed glow with our Foaming Sunless Tan. Follow up with our luxurious-feeling Daily Body Moisturizer to lock in that rich, golden glow.



3. Planning to spend a lot of time outside? Protect your skin from sun exposure with Daily Body Sunscreen SPF30. And if you've been using any of our retinol products, a cute hat will offer additional protection.


4. Treat your complexion to Mineral Peptide Powder. With SPF20, it's the perfect finishing touch. Available in three shades (combine light, medium and dark for flawless contouring!)


5. Gift yourself 25% OFF our top selling skin renewal products in our SPRING RENEWAL GIFT SET.

It includes Intensive Renewing Serum with Retinal, our newly formulated Lip Renewing Serum now with moisturizing Macadamia seed oil and a touch of cooling mint, plus everyone's favorite time-reversing product Redefine Multi-Function Eye Cream.

Spring Gift Set available while supplies last!



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Monday, March 26, 2018

6 Gifts with Special Meaning Sparkle






Black Swan jewels from Swarovski






When you represent a company that
s been given the prestigious title of a “Black Swan” business because of its ability to disrupt an entire industry (think Apple, Google and Amazon), then you can feel pretty confident that you’re on a meaningful career path.

Rodan + Fields skincare – which is now a billion dollar brand and the number one selling skincare in the United States – has been called a Black Swan for years. I love being able to represent this amazing company, which is based solely on a social selling business model, by simply sharing these transformative products with others. 

While R+F treats us to lots of fabulous incentive gifts, there are times when Independent Consultants want to recognize their teams for specific goals that have been achieved. 

My Gift Giving Favorites  

While searching online for gift items that would have special meaning for my own R+F tribe, I came across the Swarovski line of Black Swan jewelry shown above. How perfect!

The Swarovski brand is known for its luxurious gift items that feature crystal cut creations. Along with their Black Swan icon based jewelry, I found a number of other potential gifts that would add a sparkle to any R+F consultants eye ... 







When one of your R+F team members top selling product is Rodan + Fields Lash Boost, this would be a spectacular reward.






When youre on the go, you need to have a place to carry your R+F business cards. How cute is this bedazzled pink bear leather card carrier complete with lush lashes? I think it would be perfect as a new consultant or level advancement gift.






When your team has earned an incentive trip to a sunny destination, a pair of sparkly black Diva shades would be a fabulous way to say Your business is shining bright, girl!





When youre looking for a special gift that’s truly remarkable, the champagne toned Swarovski collection by fashion-designer Jason Wu (who I’ve actually met in person at one of his New York Fashion Week runway shows) has some stunning pieces. Everything he designs is pure gold in my opinion : )  





Rainbow Colored Pavé Butterflies on
Rose Gold Strand from Swarovski








The team I joined when I started my R+F journey over 2 years ago (Team Moxie) has a butterfly as its mascot. These rose gold strand earrings with multi-colored butterflies (in the same colors as our product lines, Soothe, Reverse, Unblemish, and Redefine) totally says R+F team to me. How pretty would they be worn at a gala event during the next Rodan + Fields convention scheduled in New Orleans this coming September? Officially on my wish list! 

Which of these sparkling beauties would you choose for yourself or as a reward gift?

Share your favorites with me via twitter @yblacker







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Sunday, September 17, 2017

5 Ways to Age Backwards with Rodan + Fields


“Within weeks, I began to notice a change in the appearance of my skin.”

–  Rodan + Fields Consultant, Colette






Are you tired of investing in complicated skincare products that dont make a visible difference? Are you looking for real results like Colettes above? If you want to change how your skin looks and feels, whether youre in your 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, or more, then this post is for you!

I’ve been using Rodan + Fields skincare products for over two years now – first as a customer and then as a Consultant – and I’m so happy with the difference they’ve made!

I started using the products at a point when my skin was acting overly sensitive, was very dry, and just didn’t look good in general. Nothing seemed to help improve its condition and I thought I would just have to accept my aging skin (I was 47 at the time). Since committing to a daily R+F skincare routine, my complexion has consistently improved over time. It no longer flares up, its smooth, firm, and has a healthy radiance. As a Consultant, Ive watched my happy customers experience similar results. And at 50 years of age (getting very real here) I feel as if my skin looks better now than it has in years.

You may wonder which of Rodan + Fields life-changing skincare products are the best to start with, when there seems like there are so many to choose from? Today I want to share my top 5 Rodan + Fields favorites with you. These products WILL transform your skin. People will notice the difference. And you will fall in love with R+F like so many others have, but first you need to try them for yourself.



My Five R+F Favorites 



1. Clean the slate with REVERSE

Unless youre suffering from acne or have extremely sensitive skin, I consider Reverse Brightening Regimen to be a great way to introduce Rodan + Fields into your daily routine. Reverse will even out and brighten skin tone while it fights the signs of aging with the help of a powerful combination of Vitamin C and retinol. My favorite part of this skincare routine is the scent of the exfoliating face wash (luscious and relaxing, it has a hint of citrus and peppermint). Using Reverse feels like enjoying a spa facial at home, but at a fraction of the cost. And the results are just as impressive!









2. Get rolling with AMP MD for best results

What if I told you that rolling a bunch of tiny micro-needles across your face and neck area for just one minute a day could significantly change the firmness and overall texture of your skin? Would you try it if I told you it doesnt actually hurt? The AMP MD roller is the essential add-on tool to improve how the multi-med therapy products from Rodan + Fields work. This patented, hand-held roller creates tiny channels in the top layer of the skin which then allow the next application of product to sink deeper into the tissue. The micro-abrasive action signals the body to send collagen to repair the rolled area. More collagen means plumper, younger looking skin! The roller works especially well on the fine lines around the lips (add Lip Renewing Serum for even more improvement), to firm up the skin on the neck, and to improve the appearance of the forehead, brow, and decollete. Regular use on troubled areas can help to even out scarring. Some users even swear by the AMP MD system to help reduce the appearance of stretch marks (although this particular use has not been clinically tested in the RF labs). Thats a lot of benefits for just one minute of self care each night!   








3. Boost those lashes!

Since Rodan + Fields launched Lash Boost in October of 2016, it has been receiving rave reviews! The after photos really speak for themselves (see mine below). With just one thin swipe of this lash nourishing serum (rich with keratin, biotin, and peptides) on the top lash line each night, lashes start to look noticeably longer, fuller, and even darker in just a couple of weeks. After 4 weeks they really start to pop, and after 8 weeks or more they are show stopping! Add your favorite mascara and the results are pretty dramatic. RF Lash Boost serum even works on helping to fill in sparse brows. Many of my customers who used to love lash extensions, are now much happier seeing the growth of their own natural lashes. They also love that Lash Boost is much less time consuming to apply and they no longer have to schedule costly maintenance appointments. If you love the look of long, lush lashes, you need to give Lash Boost a try! 60 day money back satisfaction guaranteed. 











4. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!


Dryness makes skin look older than it is. When skin is hydrated, it looks and acts younger. This oil-free super serum (30% glycerin combined with hyaluronic acid) will actually raise your skins hydration level by 200% after just one use and it will continue to hydrate your skin for up to 8 hours, drawing moisture from the environment (that’s why they call it active). All you need is just a few drops morning and night before layering a moisturizer on top. Whether your skin is dry, sensitive, or even oily, Active Hydration Serum will balance out your skins hydration, giving your complexion a youthful glow that you will love!







5. Stay firm

When youre fighting the signs of aging like fine lines, wrinkles, and loss of firmness, you need to employ the best defense against time, using hard working ingredients on a daily basis. The Redefine line from Rodan + Fields has what you need. It starts with a kaolin clay mask that gently cleanses and smooths the skin, followed up by a pore minimizing toner, plus daily and nightly moisturizers that feature Hyaluronic acid, retinol and peptides. The Age Assault special bundle also includes the cant-live-a-day-without Multi-Function Eye Cream along with both Night Renewing Serum and Lip Serum. Enjoy special savings on ALL of these skin transforming products when purchased together.










*I’m looking for Beauty Influencers!*


If you love helping others to look and feel their best, then Im looking for you! Contact me to find out how you, too, can be a brand ambassador for Rodan + Fields premium skincare!

R+F is available through Independent Consultants located in the US, Canada and now Australia. If you love social media and are willing to wash your face and share your results with others, than you can expect to do very well with this billion dollar brand behind you.

Reach out to me directly (email yblacker@verizon.net) or visit my R+F business page to learn more! 



Sunday, May 14, 2017

One Room Challenge: Getting Ready






Wait! Im not dressed yet!!! As is my tradition, Im not quite ready to share the final reveal of my Calling it Home One Room Challenge design project. But I plan to post images from my new master closet here as soon as the dust settles (literally and figuratively!) Want to see it when its done? Subscribe to this blog and youll get the update delivered to your inbox. Thanks to all who have been following along!

Please be sure to check out the Week 6 reveals from the sponsored designers here and the participating guest bloggers here. Congratulations to everyone who made their deadlines! It takes a LOT of planning, dedication, resources and hard work to make these projects happen. I admire each of you and love seeing your final results!




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Sunday, May 7, 2017

One Room Challenge: Reflections


I have to laugh at this photo, which is the first selfie I ever took! I didn’t know at the time that it was possible to turn the camera view around on my iPhone. Instead I took it facing the mirror! I was heading out – in apparently my favorite black blazer (see my post from week 3) – to celebrate a night on the town in New York with my Brizo Blogger 19 friends. This classic black blazer (by Tahari) along with my favorite faux zebra fur purse will be hanging in my new master closet very soon. If not for the motivation that comes with a 6 week deadline courtesy the One Room Challenges set forth by Linda of Calling it Home, Im not sure I would ever get our renovation projects done!

One of the most important elements for this third floor under the eaves master closet will be the addition of light. I am thinking that LED lighting will be our best bet, either in the hanging rods themselves or intentionally placed throughout. A large floor mirror with side lights or an LED light-up over-the-door mirror will also help to make this space feel larger than it is. And if space allows, I will also add a small mirrored bureau for accessory storage. Below are the options that Im considering to address these lighting and reflection needs.










































You have no idea how excited I will be to have this walk in master closet completed! Come back next week to see my final reveal! I hope it will look as good as I imagine : )

Catch up with the other designers who are busy getting their own projects done, one week at a time ...






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Sunday, April 30, 2017

One Room Challenge: Organizational Joy



I imagine that getting up each morning to be greeted by a well organized closet must be pure bliss! Having one go-to location to find everything needed to start the day is what I am most looking forward to once my Calling it Home One Room Challenge Master Closet project is complete. We are getting close, so this week I am presenting my chosen selections for my closet design plan. All wish list items below are from The Container Store. 







I love love love these acrylic hangers! And the linen storage boxes are just the right neutral colored solution for my space.





Im not 100% sure on the overall size of this shoe storage option (do I really need to store my shoes in two different directions to fit them in the designated area?) I plan to visit my local Container Store and check it out in person to see if it works (yes, will probably take my shoes off and try it out in the aisles!)
















Did you see the movie Joy starring Jennifer Lawrence as Joy Mangano? It was a great story about the woman who invented these extra thin, non-slip velvet covered hangers (along with her first and less glamorous invention, The Miracle Mop). I love entrepreneur stories and I know that I will love seeing the word JOY every time I select my outfit of the day. Scenes from this movie were actually filmed in my hometown, North Reading, Massachusetts. The photo collage above includes a selfie of my friend and I, taken on location” after the filming was complete.






I like that Joys hangers can be doubled up with an add-on hook. As we say in Boston, thats wicked smart : )







More acrylic storage? Yes, please!







And this naturally woven, water hyacinth laundry basket is simply beautiful. I love the size, shape and texture. Perfection!

Now to finish up in order to install my design choices! To see how everyone else is doing with their ORC spaces, click the links below. We are nearing the finish line, so good luck to all!








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