Winter Routine for Soft Hands

With cooler temperatures fast approaching we hope, the last person I want to be is that girl with dry hands that scratch against my pants every time I accidentally brush them.img_7065 I can literally hear/feel what I’m describing as I’m typing this. With the average person washing their hands 10 or more times a day, how are you supposed to prevent the dreaded scratchy hands from happening?! Check out my winter routine for soft hands below…

Step 1: Swap Out Your Soap

If you’re like me, or previous me, you probably hadn’t given much thought to what liquid soap you’re buying. You just want something that gets your hands clean and smells nice at the same time! (I was an avid bath and body works girl before this, y’all. I get it.) But, once Perfectly Posh introduced their foaming hand soaps and I gave one a try…I won’t ever go back. The difference is amazing. Even when you’re lathering your hands, you can feel how moisturizing and creamy the soap is. Our soaps have no sulfates and are instead filled with coconut-based cleansers. By only making this small swap in my kitchen and bathroom, I immediately noticed softer hands! Plus, I go around smelling my hands for a solid 10 minutes after. My favorite scent is even on sale right now! Go check it out here.

Step 2: Exfoliate 2-3x a Week

I’ll be quite honest– exfoliating my hands was never something I did before incorporating this new routine into my life. Exfoliating my body? Yeah…but my hands specifically? Nahh. However, it makes a hugeee improvement in how my skin feels when I focus on using a scrub 2-3x a week.

I keep it super simple by leaving one of my favorite body scrubs in my bathroom next to my hand soap! After washing my hands, I scrub them with Of Quartz, Girl (my current pick) and give myself a mini-mani. I highly encourage you to try it! Plus, it gives this mama a 5 minute pampering break to breathe and decompress in the middle of my day.

Step 3: Moisturize With a Hand Creme

Ever used a lotion that left your hands feeling so greasy you couldn’t even turn a doorknob? Yeahhh, that’s my worst nightmare. It’s why I avoided using hand lotion at all costs before I found Posh’s “Big Fat Yummy Hand Creme”. Thankfully, our hand crèmes are made with non-greasy apricot kernel oil for long-lasting moisture that absorbs quick so you never have to worry about a wait time after using!

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Feel like you need an extra boost of moisture because you suffer from super dry hands? I’m loving that Posh added an intensive lotion, Working Girl, for just that reason! The “ultra-restorative, patented complex works as hard as you do to revive dry, cracked hands and help prevent moisture loss and future dryness…enjoy the soothing, amazingly hydrating blend of apricot kernel oil, natural ceramides, and plant phytosterols as it quickly soaks into skin.” These Winter Extra scents are amazing, but you can order any of your favorite scents directly to your home by visiting the website here.

Have any other tips for avoiding dry hands this Winter? I’d love to hear your thoughts and comments! Be sure to let me know what you think of this article and any other topics you’d like to see featured on the blog. I hope you have an awesome week! 

 

5 Ways I Run a Successful Perfectly Posh Business

img_7792The most common question I’m asked when people are considering joining Perfectly Posh as a consultant and starting their own business is- “How much work do you have to put in?” 

Typically, I smile and reply, “Well, how successful do you want to be? How much money do you need to see each month?”

Because, y’all, being a Perfectly Posh consultant means owning the fact that you have a business to run! (Notice how I keep using bold for the word “business“.) You have customers to check in on, samples to make, thank yous to send! If you want to see real, business profits,

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you have to decide when you join that you’re going to run a real business and complete real business tasks.

Or hey…don’t! Just use it as a little extra cash here and there. That is also 100% okay! My team is filled with both kinds of women.

But, if you want to go for it, you better be ready to work! And now that my rant of the day is over…..

 

Let’s chat about what I do as a Perfectly Posh Consultant

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#1) Get Posh on the People!  

The fundamental way I grow my customer base and profit in sales is by getting samples out to anyone and everyone who would like to try them! I use my social media platforms to offer free samples, I carry them with me at all times, I send them to previous customers with a thank you note for their purchase. There are a billion ways to get samples out! And then? I check back in on them!

I personally loveeee sharing samples! The entire reason I joined Perfectly Posh in first place was because I fell in love with the products. Why wouldn’t I adore sharing them? You can even request your own free samples by filling out this survey!

So, a good chunk of my time is spent sitting on my couch or working in my office to prep sample packets to go out. Honestly, it’s so fulfilling! I get to be surrounded by products that smell amazing while I’m (usually) listening to music or a podcast. Sure, it’s “work” but I personally love it!

#2) Recognize My Magnolia Posh Babe Teammates!

img_7668The ladies on my team work HARD. They are constantly inspiring me and each other, pushing out samples, making sales, and striving to learn better ways to pamper their own customers. They deserve some recognition! I like to send out monthly postcards (like the ones on the left) awarding them for these achievements. In addition to these post cards, I also like to add a little competitive spirit to our team page most months. As a competitive person by nature, I love a good challenge. We keep it interesting as I push them to grow their businesses more and more each month. Sometimes it’s a Starbucks or Wal*Mart gift card, sometimes it’s a personal development book! I love gifting, and I hope they love being a “Magnolia Posh Babe”.

#3) Try out, show off, and photograph the products!

Um hello! This is like the best part of the job. Who doesn’t love pampering themselves as they’re trying out new products for work? While I’m working on my Posh tasks, I often apply a face mask or body mud. Then, I can knock out two birds with one stone: get a photograph for my business page, blog, or Instagram AND I detox my skin!

I know what you’re thinking–you’re not a photographer. You don’t have a camera. Guess what? Neither do I. I use my iPhone to do anything I need to for my business!

#4) Place orders and deliver products!

Since I do most of my business online, a lot of my customers use my Perfectly Posh website to place orders on their own. However, I also offer lots of other ways to order! Local customers can join in on my bulk order to save shipping, many customers take advantage of my Posh of the Month Pampering Box (this month’s is Let’s Get Cozy and can be claimed here), and other times, I just have giveaways to mail!

#5) Welcome Magnolia Posh Babes and offer Team Training/Support

One of my favorite parts about being a Perfectly Posh consultant (and team leader) is being able to offer support to the ladies on my team.a9e5cc5a-2855-48d2-b178-56a9b319c47b As a consultant, we have access to unlimited FREE training from our awesome Home Office to help us rock out our businesses and be as successful as possible! On our Magnolia Posh team page, I go live (the pictures on the right are snapped from one of my recent videos) and chat/answer questions/check in on my teammates. My personal goal is to help everyone who decides to take the same leap into business that I did become successful! I want these ladies to love working their business, see rewards from it, and truly know they are making an impact in other women’s lives! When you join as a consultant with me, you receive a gift pack to get you started + me as your personal mentor!

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Are you ready to take that leap? Our Starter Kit comes with everything you need to get your business up and running for just $99. Y’all, it’s actually a $250 value! **Special Deal Alert: If you’re reading this before October 7th, 2018, you can snag your kit on sale for just $84!!! Let me welcome you into our team!

Ready to join now?! Grab your Starter Kit here!

Have questions? Please feel free to reach out to me on any social media platform or shoot me an email at magnolia posh@gmail.com! I would love to talk with you.

6 Tips for Healthier Skin

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Looking to rejuvenate and pamper your skin to get your healthiest face/body yet? Keep reading to learn my top 6 tips for healthier skin!

 

 

 

6 Tips for Healthier Skin

  • Learn Your Skin
    • Learning about your skin type is extremely important to reaching your ultimate skin health. Is your skin oily or dry? Or maybe neither? Do you struggle with breakouts certain times of the month? Maybe you notice breakouts or redness specifically by seasons or as you’re getting older. Being able to recognize your skin type and what issues you personally struggle with is a huge help when choosing a skincare routine that is right for you!
  • Don’t Touch Your Face
    • Are you guilty of this? I know I can be! So many times throughout the day, I have begun to notice my hands on my face (usually just resting there for a little while). This is something I am trying to stop. Do you have great tips for this? I’d love for you to leave a comment and let me know!
  • Drink More Water
    • I know you’ve heard this one over and over again, but it’s true! How do you ensure you’re drinking enough water on a daily basis? My “pro tip”: Find a super cute water bottle (a large one) and refill it several times throughout the day. I set reminders on my Fitbit to help me remember to keep drinking as I work!
    • Don’t know how much water you should drink daily? Check out this article by the Mayo clinic for a researched recommendation!
  • Wash Your Face Daily
    • Let’s be honest…before I found my Perfectly Posh skincare products, I was terrible about this! Sometimes, still, I crash into bed absolutely exhausted. On nights like this, I personally use my Bare It All Micellar Tonic and a cotton ball to remove make-up, cleanse, and moisturize in one swipe. I mean, hey, if you don’t have time for a full out skincare ritual, you gotta take what you can get!
    • My personal morning skincare routine currently consists of three steps. I also use this routine at night when I can! If you’re looking to swap up your pampering routine, let me know. I’d love create a specific routine for you (just shoot me an email in the “Say Hello” section of this blog)!
      • Step 1: Wash my face with BFF Face Wash (it’s gently exfoliating, so I don’t use a separate exfoliating product on a daily basis). The grapefruit and peppermint is super refreshing for a morning pick-me-up!
      • Step 2: Tone my skin with Set The Tone. I struggle with redness and unbalanced skin, which the willow bark and citrus extracts help with. I also love the orange and bergamot essential oil scent!
      • Step 3: Moisturize with Moisturize 911, my favorite-ever moisturizer! If you need to try a new moisturizer, let me hook you up with a free sample of this one (just fill out the survey here and shoot me a quick message/email to specify that you want that exact sample). Y’all, it’s amazing and by far my top recommendation!
  • Eat Healthy Foods
    • This is another tip that is probably super obvious…but if not, I’m just throwing it out there! When I eat healthier, I feel so much better and my skin glows so much more.
  • Rest
    • Getting 7-8 hours of sleep a night really does improve your skin!

 

Do you have other skincare tips? I’d love to learn more about your personal routine! Leave a comment or shoot me a message, so I can feature and share your tips in the future.

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How to Exfoliate for Your Skin Type

Summer is right around the corner–I THINK! who knows with this crazy weather–and most people I know are working to get their skin healthy and glowing. No one wants dry, itchy skin in shorts, right? And if you’ve been been hiding all winter in leggings, like I have been, I’m especially talking to you!

Here’s the thing though: Moisturizing is not the only key.

 Whether we’re talking about face or body, your lotion is not nearly as effective if you don’t have an exfoliation product worked into your routine. Exfoliation is so important because it removes the dead skin cells from the top layer of skin. AWomensHealth.com tells us,

“As we age, the process of cell regeneration slows down. This means that the body is slower to shed skin cells and generate new ones. When old skin cells start to pile up on the surface of the skin, it can leave skin looking dull, rough, and dry. Furthermore, the build-up of dead skin cells can result in excess oil and clogged pores, leading to blemishes and acne.”

To keep your skin looking fresh, young, and healthy, exfoliation is a MUST. But, did you know, you can actually do more harm than good? When choosing a product, it is vital that you take your skin type into consideration! That, along with not over-doing it, will give you the most desired results.

So, incase you’re wondering, I’ve put together some information for you so that you can choose the best type of exfoliating product for your skin! It is important to note that I am not a doctor or skin professional; this information comes from my personal experiences and numerous informative articles I found while researching. Always ask your medical provider if you are nervous before trying out a new product or have concerns about an ingredient!

Which skin type are you?

  • Dry or Sensitive Skin: Many people with dry skin are afraid to exfoliate. While it’s true that you want to avoid over-doing it, a gentle chemical exfoliation once a week can be very helpful for your skin! When choosing a product for your face, look for one that contains fruit enzymes ovFF4047-2er a harsher scrub. My favorite facial exfoliator for dry skin? Pineapple Pick Me Up, which is loaded with fruit enzymes bromelain (pineapple) and papain (papaya), plus açaí and mangosteen extracts. For body, I recommend using a product such as a body polish or exfoliating body wash. Buff Around the Edges is my current favorite seasonal product for sensitive or dry skin. The scent makes me feel like I’m in a spa instead of my shower, and I love that it is infused with scrubby loofah and prickly pear cactus! Not crazy about that scent? Try a warmer (and extremely popular) scent with our You Apricaught Me body polish!
  • Oily Skin: One of the most common misconceptions for oily skin (face or body) is that you need to remove all the oil from your skin. This is not true! While you want to cleanse and exfoliate, you want to make sure not to strip your skin completely, leading to overproduction and a repeat of the same cycle. Balance is the key here. I recommend purposefully exfoliating 2-3 times a week to aid in blood circulation and the removal of dead skin. My product picks? For face, I highly recommend using Whole Lava Love: a volcanic ash scrub with charcoal powder, plant sugars, toning tea tree oil, and hydrating glycerin! This product is also 100% vegan, with no added dyes or scents. For body, my favorite is Posh’s Love the Dark body scrub, featuring a mineral-rich triple sea salt blend with charcoal to purify and shea butter/honey to moisturize!
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  • Normal Skin: Just like with oily skin, the key to a healthy/glowing complexion for dry skin is balance. I recommend using a exfoliator 1-2 times per week! This is my personal skin type, so these recommendations are what I currently use in my skincare routine. For face? SN4662-2Cackle Spackle is my go to mask–I adore the spearmint essential oil smell while I’m using it.  I also love that the kaolin clay and charcoal can hold up to 2,000 times their weight in impurities! With this mask, volcanic ash gently exfoliates dull, congested looking skin, while eucalyptus and blackberry leaf extract help tone. My must-have body exfoliator product is Perfectly Posh’s “snarky bar”. The snarky bar is unlike any other product I’ve ever found. It’s a body scrub and soap all in one convenient bar! Currently, I’m using Cactus Makes Perfect for Spring but I also really love the Healer snarky bar.

I hope this post was informative for you! Do you have specific questions? Would you like to sample a certain product before you buy? Please feel free to contact me. I’d love to help you! 

With love,

Maggie Ricketts

5 Quick Tips to Better Skincare

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Hello, friends!

If you’re here, I’m going to guess that you…

A.) Currently struggle with taking care of you skin.

OR

B.) Have struggled with “problem” skin in the past and do NOT want to revisit that time in your life.

Welcome! I’m so happy to know that I’m not alone in the “not so perfect” skin club. Now, to be fair and 100% honest with y’all, I haven’t struggled with terrible skin. But, I also was not blessed with naturally beautiful, healthy skin either. In my teens, my skincare routine? Meh…as much as my mother tried. In college? Mehh.

I just quite honestly didn’t place much importance on it. I washed my face when I remembered. I tried countless different products. I read a few articles when it was convenient. Nothing really stuck.

Now? Let’s just get real here. Now, I’m hoping to prevent as much aging as possible. Now, I realize how vital it is to take care of your skin. Finally, now, I’ve discovered a routine, tips, and products that work for me. Let me hit you with a few quick facts before we get to the good stuff.

Did you know…

  • Your skin is the largest organ on your body?
  • Your skin creates a new layer every 28 days (aka why it is SO important to moisturize)?
  • Your skin reveals a TON of hints about your overall health each day?!

There is an incredible amount of research out there promoting the importance of healthy skincare; so where do you start?

If you know me, you know I’m incredibly busy. All. The. Time. I need daily routines that are quick and efficient. So…after much trial and error, I’ve developed 5 time-saving habits that help me keep my skin at its’ best. Here are my Top 5 Quick Tips to Better Skincare:

  1. Keep your “daily products” in an easily accessible spot! For me, this consists of face wash, moisturizer, and eye cream. These are my go-to, must-use-even-if-I’m-exhausted products. By keeping them at an arm’s reach (and in my case, in plain sight), I’m less likely to forget or brush off my daily routine! While I love to work in night cremes and face masks and serums for extra pampering, there’s no need to have daily access to these special items…especially if you’re like me and have tons to choose from.
  2. Water, water, water! I know you’ve heard this one plenty of times before, but I’m just here to reiterate it (to you and myself). My skin feels and looks a thousand times better when I remember to drink enough water. There are tons of opinions on how much water you should drink per day. Personally? I aim for at least half my body weight in oz each day. Currently, I’m aiming for around 140 oz, as I’m still breastfeeding Hassell. Things that help me drink water: having a fun water bottle, adding fresh fruit, and setting up reminders on my FitBit!
  3. Have a back-up plan! I wish I could tell you that I washed my face twice a day, every day…but that’s not real life for me right now. Some days, I’m doing good just crawling into bed at night instead of sleeping on the couch. Ya feel me? It’s times like these you need a super easy method to do the bare minimum for your skin. My current favorite product for this is my micellar cleansing wipes. (You can find my favorite here.) Unsure what to look for in a micellar cleansing wipe? You want to choose one that cleanses and calms your skin all in one, preferably without a ton of icky ingredients. These are also perfect for on-the-go, whether it’s traveling or just a trip to the gym!
  4. Find a face wash that is gentle, but still exfoliates. Remember that fact I shared with you above? Your skin is constantly producing new cells and ridding itself of old ones. Just let that sink in for a minute. If our skin produces a new layer every 28 days, do we really want to spend weeks in between without exfoliating? Yuck. My time-saving tip is to make sure you find a face wash that is gently exfoliating for daily use! You can add a deeply exfoliating skincare product into your schedule as a way to pamper later…whenever you have time. But for the sake of your skin, let’s combine two steps and be sure your face wash has you covered!
  5. Finally, find a skincare line with products you love. For me, this was so so so important. I was the girl with 27 bottles of half-empty face wash and moisturizer under her counter. Talk about cluttered. Wasteful. Not great on my skin or budget. Find products you love, products that get you excited to take those few minutes each day for YOU!

Are you hunting for a skincare routine you’ll be excited about? Want a suggestion for my favorite products? Check out the three products I mentioned above (if you go back to #1, I have them linked individually for you!). I began incorporating Perfectly Posh pampering products into my skincare routine in 2016. The combo above (BFF Face Wash, Moisturize 911, and Prize on the Eyes) has transformed my face care routine for less than $0.70 a day, y’all. I can order the products when I need them, too–just like online shopping. Most importantly, I trust the company and products (the naturally-based ingredients are the best) and have fun using them! If you’re bored or unsatisfied with your current face care, I highly suggest giving these three a try.

Do you have another favorite product or tip? I’d love to hear from you! Be sure to comment below or e-mail me and let me know.

With Love,

Maggie Ricketts