Email Marketing – Autoresponder’s a “bad” word

Email Marketing

So I’m trying out a new email marketing campaign program that is intended to make things more easy for me, it’s called Trafficwave and I’m hoping that the leads that I have developed will be helped in their home business by this service even if my direct sales companies are not a match for their home business needs. I am seeing a need for a home business referral service do you know of a home business referral service that is a matchmaker for home businesses? I think it would be a great service!

Merry Christmas from starfish chic!

Merry Christmas!

Our wish for many bless I hope today is filled with fun filled festivities that remind you of the spirit of the season for you! For us here at starfish chic we’re reminded that as we get older it’s the memories not the “stuff” that we can carry with us! We’re going to have a Mexican fiesta in memory of my Mother in Law (her favorite food) gathering 20 people to enjoy each other’s company!

Direct Sales – it’s NOT a bad word FOLKS!!

I ventured to expand my comfort zone earlier this year, to push myself to grow and perhaps satiate my entrepreneurial spirit/drive. This really was a “stumble upon” occurrence, first I found two amazing companies that I myself love the products and then in turn decided, I should try to take a run at selling these, run with the business end of things, so I did. As it turns out I really enjoy it! I enjoy the networking portion of it more than I thought that I would! I love the amazing Younique products (3D lashes, natural NOT fake with the yucky glue, YES PLEASE!!) and beFragrant ALL NATURAL ALL USA small home business home fragrance .
I joined the these two companies strategically and specifically because they fulfilled needs in my life that I felt this year. I have made a decision that I’d like to have a more natural household and these companies give me the opportunity to expand my horizons and to learn more about business development (giving me a chance to learn more and more everyday). I knew joining into these two companies I could manage the monthly sales requirements (one of them has NO sales monthly requirement). Many people ask me when I tell them that I am in two direct sales companies as a part time commitment “wow, how do you do that?”, for me it’s easy… I am a “over-worker”, workaholic (call it what you’d like) and am always thinking about the next thing that I should be considering and doing in my life and career.

Here’s what I know.
I know:
I love to encourage others,
I love to empower others to reach for what they are capable of,
I get great fulfillment in helping people create a road map to their goals.
I love helping people acknowledge the difference between goals and dreams (a time frame) and recognizing that the only way to achieve goals is the SAME WAY a mouse eats an ELEPHANT!! ONE BITE AT A TIME!!
I’m a creative problem solver,
I’m a collaborative project planner, my creative juices get flowing when someone says “I want to do this…” I automatically think about what that will accomplish and how to make it even more effective, even better!
I’m a helper, I love to be of service to people!
I love reminding people what they need to remember that they DO have good things and there IS something positive to parse out of most everything.
I’m a follower-upper – that’s NON-technical lingo for I like to follow up and invest in people emotionally and hold them accountable for their own successes!
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As it turns out, I’m pretty built for assisting people succeed, AND it’s rewarding to me!! So my 2014 goals were born from my reflections about my 2013 new experiences…I want to build my network, build my teams and assist others to succeed! I have ENTREPRENEURIAL spirit in my body and I can help people, so now I’m working on building what I’ve begun in 2013. I’m watching the techniques that are “proven” in the industry and implementing them to see what is effective for me and my teams.

As I learn, you’ll learn too…I have already come across the push back from my close friends and family “pyramid scheme” and the truth of the matter is the response to this is BEST handled gently by educating the people to the 21st century definition. Pyramid scheme is a scheme that involves not providing a service or product…and neither of my companies is that, they both involve actual products! Yes they both involve multilevel marketing or sales but I believe in giving a service as a manager and a leader in the team so if I can just get a few moments to explain the difference that problem is resolved. My partner is now asking questions to me about building my business and that makes me SO happy!! It’s a business that rewards me for investing and helping others!!
Next step more research on the Network Marketing mentors that I think fit my style best…there are so many Eric Worre, Ray Higdon, Mark Harbor…the list goes on but no women that I can find just yet…yet I say!! Who do you follow in Network or Attraction marketing?

Younique products are being reviewed by a Model Jasmine Sue…coming soon!

Check out this teaser on an awesome model who’ll be reviewing the amazing Younique 3D lashes…

Coming soon…a GIVEAWAY TOO!! Check this out!!
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Bumps to Baby – First Comes Doctor visits


OK, you’ve been warned!

So last week was the “are we cleared for take off??” visit with my GYN…and my million questions (which I did NOT write down …impressive for such a type A’er as I am). I think I got all the information that we need. Her test results should be coming back shortly (within weeks) but she seemed fine with the exam. So I think we are cleared for take off, if only it were that easy!!

I’m still navigating through the “I’m gay I can’t just “get pregnant” folks” statement. I’m really trying to not come off as flip or ignorant when I respond to people. However, I think that I tend to sound that way so, it takes some additional softening for me to express that I need some insight on what the next steps are in my “position”. Case in point, I called to make the appointment to have a pre-pregnancy screening and the receptionist says “so whats the nature of the visit” and I said “pre-pregnancy screening” she says (after a long pause) well usually people come to us after they are pregnant. My response – well I’d love to do that but I’m gay and can’t just “get pregnant” I’m going to need your help for that…her response, ohhhhh pause breathing ok. Jump forward to my visit (different nurse different day) SAME CONVO, can we say MARK THE CHART LADIES!! Mark the chart. I can understand a new office but when I have been coming with my gay-ness to the same OB-GYN for 5+ years you’d think they’d MARK THE CHART – THIS IS A GAY ONE FOLKS…apparently there isn’t a code for that.

So next we determine with testing if my eggs are “on and poppin” and if that is all good then we try to do an IUI insemination, a very EXPENSIVE IUI insemination, we’re talking about $1K each effort. SO we try using a little bit of the $1K several times…right?!? WRONG the doc says here’s what day it should be and BOOM, we schedule and do it. WHICH MAKES ME UBER NERVOUS…why…because I can only imagine the horrors of walking out with baby NOT in the location that it’s supposed to be in, to try to not be too graphic what keeps it where it’s supposed to be??? I can’t believe that I am 36 and asking the “proverbial” questions. Thank goodness for my family of friends because my mother has informed me that two women can’t have a baby…this should be interesting folks.

I’m still doing my BBT in the AMs so that I can monitor when I am ovulating too (nothing like trying multiple approaches)…

SO next step is figuring out if I have “healthy eggs”, getting the blood work back (Wednes/Thurs) and figuring out a donor which has been conveniently narrowed down because some of our “list” are “no longer active” – THAT was an interesting call to Fairfax Cryo Bank today!

What advice do you have for someone who’s navigating (or trying to navigate this path)? Any insight is appreciated!


Studio Gear is a great line of skin care and cosmetics that I used even before this review! I love their


I tested the Holiday Studio Gear Palette and receive the product to try complete with the handy “how to” on the top flip opening of the package. It retails for $40 but is on sale for $25 and now with a Starfish Chic readers code you get an additional 10% off!!

The Holiday Palette comes with 4 pigments and one blusher to create a shimmery and deep night time look or go lighter and make a fresh “dewy” look! The lid even includes which shades should be used where. The pigments included Platinum, Frost, Coal and Glimmer and includes Snowy Glow as the blusher. I tested the Studio Gear Eye Primer (a Studio Gear product I already owned) and the shades are definitely more intense when using a primer. Check out these photos. If there is an additional intensity consider blotting or stippling the color into place or apply wet directly to skin (no primer).
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ABOVE APPLIED WET (primer on the left)

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ABOVE APPLIED DRY (primer on the left)
But the colors can be very subtle and shimmery just with direct application to the skin.

This is a great quality, inexpensive palette that you can use now and through the holiday season! I can see myself using the palette WAY into next year!

Reader Discount: 10% Off
Reader Discount Code: SGHOLIDAY

Studio Gear Cosmetics
Founded by industry veterans Steve Rohr and John Avolio, Studio Gear Cosmetics is a prestigous cosmetics brand featuring a full collection of professional makeup brushes, revolutionalizing complexion formulas, and a wide selection of color products for the eyes, cheeks, and lips. Since 1996, Studio Gear has been on set at hundreds of professional photo shoots, in the beauty departments of Bloomingdales, Macy’s, Dillard’s, HSN and ULTA, and also in the everyday woman’s makeup bag. This is a line created true to the concept that every woman deserves professional, high quality cosmetics at a reasonable price.

Cosmetics Ingredients – Younique Products – GREAT and SAFE COST EFFECTIVE ALTERNATIVE!!




Interesting fact: Your skin absorbs at least 60% of the chemicals into your body through the skin!!  THAT is why it matters WHAT you put on your skin!!



Does your make up company provide ingredients?

Look at the containers in your cabinets, and see what they tell you!  Then go to the manufactures website and take a look at the list of ingredients!  STILL can’t find ingredients?   I wonder why?!?!


Does your eyeshadow, concealer or blusher use Talc? How about anything that ends with the word “paraben”? If they do you may want to throw them in the trash where they belong….Here is why:
Parabens are used as a preservative in many cosmetics. According ” Parabens are a group of compounds widely used as anti-microbial preservatives in food, pharmaceutical and cosmetics products, including underarm deodorants. Parabens are absorbed through intact skin and through the gastrointestinal tract and blood. U.K. researchers found measurable concentrations of six different parabens in 20 human breast tumors. The study highlights the need for more research on the potential link between products containing parabens and increased breast cancer risk. ”
SO are Paraben’s really bad?


Well – you decide for yourself:  Parabens can mimic the hormone estrogen, which is known to play a role in the development of breast cancers. Researchers have found parabens in breast tumors and believe there is a relationship between parabens and tumors. And in the July 2002 issue of the Archives of Toxicology, Dr. S. Oishi of the Department of Toxicology, Tokyo Metropolitan Research Laboratory of Public Health reported that exposure of newborn male mammals to butylparaben “adversely affects the secretion of testosterone and the function of the male reproductive system.” If a causal link between a chemical and cancer is not enough to avoid a product that can easily be avoided, I don’t know what is. There are a lot of other reports available all over the internet, but most of them are all related to reproductive health in some way or another.

The jury is still out on how and why parabens might affect development and growth of both babies and adults. But I decided a while ago to get rid of any products that have it and replace them with products that don’t. There is no harm being more careful with this kind of stuff – remember, things that were deemed safe in the past then came back to haunt us all when we were told that they actually caused all sorts of diseases. There ARE safe alternative’s available.

So back to the initial question – what are parabens? They are chemicals we need to work hard to avoid, period. Be sure to shop for paraben-free products and foods whenever possible, and always read the labels on the things you buy.


All Younique Products are Paraben Free!


MAC and Mary Kay (and the list goes on) CONTAIN (many of the products do) PARABENS!!

What about Talc?
Talc is commonly used in loose powders, blushes and eye shadows, in fact some use up to 50% talc because it is a cheap filler. The bad part is not that you are spending good money on cheap filler AND talc has been linked to respiratory damage with long-term use.

All Younique Products are Talc Free! Youngblood, MAC, and Mary Kay CONTAIN (many of them) TALC!

So we’re down to Younique and Bare Minerals!  Both of these:

  • Use Pure Minerals
  • Paraben Free
  • Talc or Starch Free
  • Preservative Free
  • Oil Free


Now price comparison!!…



This comparison uses Eye Shadows:

  • Younique = $2.00 per gram
  • Bare Minerals = $24.56 per gramyounique primer and conceler

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You owe it to yourself and all that you care about to spread the word about a SAFER and MORE COST EFFECTIVE SOLUTION!!  YOUNIQUE!!

Check out the Collections and Sets to save money when you bundle!


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I didn’t receive compensation for this review but am a registered Presenter for Younique Products.



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beFragrant Introduces Boogieman beGONE!!

Are your little ones afraid of the dark or afraid of the BoogieMans?
“Scent” them away with beFragrant BoogieMan beGone Linen and Room Spray,
BoogieMan beGone Soy Pearlz and BoogieMan beGone Soy Pearlz Warmer!
Spray the MAGIC Spray, melt the magic soy pearlz and “Scent” them away!
BoogieMan beGone is body safe and comes in 4 Kid Friendly FUN scents to
“Scent” the BoogieMans AWAY!

Bubble Dreams – Juicy childhood bubblegum – smells exactly like bazooka!
Fairy Dust – Sweet and tangy cherry!
Magic Clouds – Sweet and fruity cotton candy scent. A blend of fresh strawberry, sugar and sweet vanilla.
Silly Snuggles – Bursting with the bold scent of crisp, fresh Green Apple balanced sweet and sassy sourness that made Jolly Rancher famous.

Fragrances that will take you back to your childhood smells!


Boogieman Warmer $24.99
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Soy Pearlz $8.50

Linen Spray $7.95


4 Fun Kid Friendly Body Safe Scents!

Bubble Dreams – Juicy childhood bubblegum – smells exactly like bazooka!
Fairy Dust – Sweet and tangy cherry!
Magic Clouds – Sweet and fruity cotton candy scent. A blend of fresh strawberry, sugar and sweet vanilla.
Silly Snuggles – Bursting with the bold scent of crisp, fresh Green Apple balanced sweet and sassy sourness that made Jolly Rancher famous.

THINGS STARFISH’s DIG! Younique Minerals Make-up #3dYouniqueLynne #3dLynneWOW

3d fiber lashYOUNIQUE 3D Lashes! What a WOW! look, for the HOLIDAYS, your birthday, my birthday…EVERYDAY!! Everyone loves a WOW factor that is: 1. FAST!, 2. QUICK, 3. EASY! 4. SAFE! That is what Younique Products are!! They are also versatile! Pigments can be eye color, lip color, hair color, cheek color!! Talk about MULTI-TASKING!!
$29 Order the 3D Mascara today!! So easy and inexpensive for such a result!! NATURALLY!!
REAL RESULTS – 3D lashes!
REAL RESULTS – 3D lashes!
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DID YOU know lash glue for those fake lashes has FORMALDEHYDE in it?!! Well it DOES!! So I decided to find an alternative and YOUNQIUE PRODUCTS are it!! I have been sold ever since!! $29 for mascara that looks like fake lashes, ONLY safe (AND LASTS FOR TWO MONTHS!!)! DONE!! Lash glue $9 (Sephora), Lashes $4 (PER!!!)(Sephora)…using the lashes over again WITH MORE Formaldehyde on my lids NO THANK YOU!!!

More reviews!!

ADORAtherapy Mood Boost GREAT Holiday Gift for your GIRL ON THE GO!

SUPPORT AN UP & COMING “GO TO” company for your HOLIDAY Shopping!

The ADORAtherapy Mood Boost™ products have been featured on Dr. Oz’s website:
YOUbeauty as “Aromatherapy That Really Works”. Beauty Store Magazine has awarded them Best Seller status. The brand has also been featured in the New York Post, Open Sky, Living Smart Girl, Jet and many more publications and websites.


“Mood Boost™” is the answer to the “quick fix” that women and men seek from energy drinks, beauty products, coffee and chocolate.

I received a 10ml ADORAtherapy “Smart” Gal on the Go Mood Boost™ from the Company for review.
Its Lemon & Grapefruit top notes enable you to create a more affirmative you, a “you” who commands the brilliance and determination to succeed in all situations.



NEW Gal on Go Mood Boost™ — 7 sprays let you be ready to take life on without slowing you down! Make sure you’re in a great mood when you take on the day!


The “Smart” Girl on the Go product I received is one of seven Mood Boost Sprays including, Seductive, Beautiful, Smart, Balanced, Inspired, Awake and Peaceful. They are all packaged in a beautiful matchbox with a fabric pull with reminders of mantras (“Smart” says “I AM a CONFIDENT and articulate problem solver”) that can be used in your routine to get back to your balance and back to the “Adore Yourself” state in which you are able to function at your highest level.

IMG_4677[1] The fragrance level was great, the notes uplifting without being overpowering and the packaging make it ready to drop into a gift bag with just some crinkles and present, it’s ALREADY gift packaged!!

More about the products!

ADORAtherapy has five collections:

1. Gal on the Go Mood Boost – This collection inspires you to smell great, feel great and be great. (10ml)
2. Chakra Boost – I Belong, I Feel, I Can, I Love, I Speak and I See – These formulas are great for “restoring balance and harmony with innovative, alchemical formulas”. (10ml)

3. Good Mood Boost – (formerly named Clear Away Essential Spray) – This “synergistic formula was created with organic essential oils and diamond gem elixir for clarity and purification. The fresh and clean aroma can create a good mood in any environment. Top notes of Lemon, Grapefruit, Sage, Peppermint and Lavender this product’s benefits cleanse, refresh and revitalize.” THIS IS MY NEXT MUST HAVE PRODUCT!! (120ml (home) or 10ml (travel))

4. Stress Free Boost – Take the Tranquility and Rejuvenation of the Spa Experience everywhere you go with Stress Free Boost. This collection was inspired by the waters of Bermuda. (60ml (oil) and 120 ml (spray)).

5. Passion Boost – Indulge you sensual nature and experience more passion and zest for life with this rare and exotic combination of sandalwood, neroli and jasmine. (60ml (oil) and 120 ml (spray)).

The parent company Opus Gaia is passionate about “clearing the way for every individual to experience his or her highest potential through the use of their aromatic blends” their “tools for transformation”. A great ally in our efforts to being “better us’ s”!
Opus Gaia and ADORAtherapy “create products from pure ingredients that support the growing trend toward natural, organic and eco-friendly products – supporting a healthier environment and a happier and healthier you! I totally dig the company’s mission and focus and am excited to be able to help support it!





 If you pledge a certain amount today by going to their Indiegogo site by clicking —> HERE, ADORAtherapy™ will send you the following prizes:

PLEDGE $5 or more — “Adore Yourself™ “ Wristband, made of 100% silicone
PLEDGE $15 or more — Gal on the Go Mood Boost™ in your choice of 7 scents
PLEDGE $30 or more — Travel & Office Good Mood Boost™ (120 ml size/10 ml)
PLEDGE $35 or more — Gal On The Go Mood Boost™ Spray & Screen-Printed T-Shirt
PLEDGE $45 or more — Gal On The Go Mood Boost™ Spray & Two Tone Deluxe Tote Bag
Go to their Indiegogo site to see the other PRIZES you can WIN —> HERE!

Adora Winquist, CEO, Founder and Chief Formulator of ADORAtherapy Mood Boost™, has pioneered the combination of aromatherapy and energetic healing, creating formulas with aromatics made from plant products around the world to stimulate the senses in a way that awakens the joys and passions of humanity. She has been in practice as an Energy Healer and Aromatherapist for over 15 years.
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