Not So Trivial Pursuit of the Perfect Book: Financial Edition

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As a grad student and unpublished writer, there are daily sacrifices of my writing that must be made for the sake of financial stability. I know that every writer understand the instability of income that our paths sometimes lead us, especially if you are unpublished. Although no career is every easy, we artists have a rough time getting consistent income from our art.  So, it makes sense that we would have to take jobs that don’t include writing what we want.

168edb3a938132640b9d89268eb7da90But what if I could make money at flexible hours at a job that encompasses my creative talents with a passion I’ve held for many years. Yes, dear friends and followers, someone is going to pay me to sell makeup.

Over the past month, I have joined the ranks of a rapidly-growing, online line of cosmetics that will rock your world: the naturally-based cosmetics line of Younique.

Now I know what you’re going to say, “But Amanda, how do you have time to write and read if you have two jobs consuming your time on top of all of your adult responsibilities?”

d8809f2f3f86bbb7724765b7e7e30c06Easy, it’s 100% online. Younique makes it the simplest way possible to build your own business from home. From single moms or stay at home parents to  full-time workers—anyone can sign up with a start up fee of $99 and begin selling this product from the comfort of your home.

You don’t have to buy stock in advance or at all if you don’t want. All you need is access to the internet and a device for people to order.


Let me give you a brief overview of the most popular products:

3D Magic Mascara-All the volume and glory of false lashes in mascara form. No glue, no wasted materials, and made with all-natural green tea fibers. It takes your lashes from ordinary to red carpet quality.


Moodstruck Mineral Eye Pigments-Loose pigment that takes only a small amount to get a big pay-off. As an obsessive eyeshadow collector, this product in tandem with the Glorious eye and face primer (also really fantastic) lasts all day long. Compared to less expensive products (my E.L.F. palette) and more expensive products (my Urban Decay shadowbox palette), I’ve packed all my other makeups away to make room for my Moodstruck pigments! I’ll also mention the blushers, which are highly-pigmented and so versatile. They can be used on your cheeks, eyes, and mixed with the Younique lip gloss on your lips too!

This is the Younique starter kit, which includes 32 eye pigments, 5 blushers, six concealers, 3D Mascara and 3 top-quality brushes.

This is the Younique starter kit, which includes 32 eye pigments, 5 blushers, six concealers, 3D Mascara and 3 top-quality brushes.

The BB cream in Bisque and Lucrative Lip Gloss in Luxe

The BB cream in Bisque and Lucrative Lip Gloss in Luxe

Flawless BB Cream-Gluten-free, vegan product that gives you a photo ready look in minutes. I love love love the way my face feels with this beauty balm, and I only need concealer to touch up blemishes. It’s worth every penny!

Lucrative Lip gloss-Other than the 3D mascara, the lip gloss is my absolute favorite product! Gluten-free lip gloss  makes all the difference for those who have celiac/gluten sensitivity. Personally, I love the great color that comes from the gloss and it’s super creamy. I can’t wait to own them all!



The idea is great, the products are phenomenal, but I am not sales material. Even with the ease of online accessibility, I am floundering under pages and pages of unwritten ideas. Younique has grown at such a quick rate (over $2 million) in the first few years of  business, but it does take a fair amount of concentration and networking.

To put it plain and simple—it takes a little time. Too much time for this speckled scribe. This post is to promote my final online party, so that my lovely minions and other visitors can at least be exposed to some of the best mineral, naturally-based products on the market.


793874_10152444292541804_1765234999160967237_oFeel free to browse my website below and ask me about the products. I’ll be selling for the next week or two.

Farwell Online Party

Ultimately, my business endeavor must be placed on the back burner to my school work and manuscript progress. As much as it pains me to leave this fabulous opportunity behind for the time being, I still support this uplifting and empowering business for women to sell great products and take control of their finances. Plus the fact that these products are cruelty-free, most are gluten-free and mineral really make a difference.

On the positive side, it has really put into perspective how much  time management I need to give to my writing. It accompanies my re-commitment for me to clear my schedule and leave only room for writing.


If you’re interested in signing up to sell Younique, checking out some new cosmetics, or just wondering what all the hubbub is about—comment below or check out my website.

Happy reading and writing!

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