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My Journey with PBC and What I Want Every Person to Know!

Did you ever stop and wonder about the cosmetics you use?  What about lotions or perfumes?   I honestly did not ever stop to think that any of the items I was buying were unsafe.  It was not until I discovered I had an autoimmune disease that many are not aware of.  My autoimmune disease is called PBC.  Primary Biliary Cirrhosis, also known as Primary Biliary Cholangitis,  is new to many of you, and I want to share why everyone needs to know about it.   My journey with PBC, and what I want every person to know,  is that what you put on your skin does matter!

According to www.Wikipedia.org ,

Primary biliary cirrhosis, also known as primary biliary cholangitis (PBC), is an autoimmune disease of the liver.[1][2][3] It is marked by slow progressive destruction of the small bile ducts of the liver, with the intralobular ducts and the Canals of Hering (intrahepatic ductules) affected early in the disease.[4] When these ducts are damaged, bile and other toxins build up in the liver (cholestasis) and over time damages the liver tissue in combination with ongoing immune related damage. This can lead to scarring, fibrosis and cirrhosis.

PBC is a relatively rare disease, with some studies showing that it affects up to 1 in 3–4,000 people.[5][6] The sex ratio is at least 9:1 female to male.[1]

This disease is deadly.  There are no cures, but only medicines that can possibly slow down the progression of the disease.    After doing much research, more medical journals in the European nations have noted more about PBC than in the US.  Coincidence?  I do not think so.  Although there are other factors that may cause PBC, as we do not know for certain, I do find this alarming:  http://www.thefamilygp.com/hair-dye-and-liver-disease.htm


Still need more to read about it?  Check out this article:  http://www.greathealthnaturally.co.uk/2013/07/25/is-your-hair-dye-causing-a-progressive-fatal-liver-disease/


Now given that I did not really pay attention to ANY of my makeup or skin care products, when I got this diagnosis, I was utterly stunned.  We did not know if I was going to die in the next few months.  We were scared and researching all that we could.   My husband and I searched medical journals for hours.  I spoke to anyone I could to see if their liver numbers were off.   One thing was very alarming:  toxins!

Yes, I know toxins are in everything.  but when you know better, you do better.  And when you have an 8 year old staring at you not knowing if you will live or not, you sure try as hard as you can to find anything you can to stop the disease in its tracks.   So, that meant trying to detox my body and  becoming more aware of what I was putting on my body.

This was a whole new world to me.  I never thought twice about my detergent, my soap, lotion , or makeup.  Today I am very aware of what I apply to my body.


According to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, anything you apply to your body gets absorbed with 26 seconds.  Your skin is your biggest organ.  If you stop and think of it in those terms, everything becomes clear.   What you apply to your skin is going right into your bloodstream and affecting your other organs.    This wonderful organization made a terrific video describing the cycle of toxins in our every day environment.  You can find the video on YouTube by accessing this link:  https://youtu.be/pfq000AF1i8

I am on a mission to spread awareness.  I am on a journey to hopefully stop this deadly disease for myself and others.  That is one of the biggest reasons I am so passionate about Younique.    If you Google the difference between the US and EU standards for cosmetics, it can be overwhelming.  But, I will sum it up with this paragraph taken from http://ensia.com/features/banned-in-europe-safe-in-the-u-s/ :

“Cosmetics regulations are more robust in the EU than here,” says Environmental Defense Fund health program director Sarah Vogel. U.S. regulators largely rely on industry information, she says. Industry performs copious testing, but current law does not require that cosmetic ingredients be free of certain adverse health effects before they go on the market. (FDA regulations, for example, do not specifically prohibit the use of carcinogens, mutagens or endocrine-disrupting chemicals.) So, even though the personal care products and cosmetics products industry has extensive voluntary ingredient safety guidelines — and obvious incentives to meet them — they are not legal requirements.


Choosing a cosmetic line that is made according to the EU standards is definitely the way I am choosing to go. I am thrilled that Younique is made according to the EU standards.   It means a lot less chemicals and toxins invading my body.   This is why becoming a Younique Presenter, and sharing the love of the products, are the root of why I am a Presenter today.


If I can help you in any way, do not hesitate to contact me.

Rachell Vicknair

cell:  504-909-9790

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Highlighting and Contouring is the New Glam!

Have you ever wanted a quick and easy highlighting and contouring lesson?  Trust me, it is all the new hype right now!  And, Younique just made a product that will totally get you excited about how to delve into this beauty technique.

Taken straight from the Younique website about the Contour kit:


Sculpt and contour for a defined finish

Feel perfectly polished with a palette that has you highlighting and contouring for a gorgeous, accentuated look. Each palette has three blendable, buildable products that provide natural coverage and allow you to create depth and dimension in your face. Choose from a light, medium, or dark palette to match your skin tone.

This AMAZING palette is only $49 and you get the brush, too!

I love that it is fragrance free and paraben free!  And can we talk about the brush?  That brush alone is worth $32 and you get it FREE!!!!  Hello savings!

contour details pic, younique makeup brush

What to know the FAQ?  You can Read Ingredients and Application Here

  So, the first step is knowing which shade family you belong to.  Once you answer the simple question about burning or tanning in the summer, you can quickly find which shade you should choose.

Mineral Touch Shade Families from younique


Once you have determined what shade family you are, the next step is to figure out if you need a light, medium , or dark contour kit.

light contour kit, makeup

medium contour kit

dark contour kit


So, what do you exactly do with a Contour Kit?   Get ready!  The possibilities will amaze you!  Use the Younique Contour Kit to create the illusions of higher cheekbones, a slimmer nose, softer jawline, or smaller forehead.     I have even seen people use this system for the appearance of a bigger bust and even to create the look of stomach abs!    The overall results from highlighting and contouring really is amazing, though.


contouring photoshop younique products

You can use the kit alone for a soft, subtle look.  Or, you can blend with your foundation to get a deeper or lighter color, as well.  The key is to use light and dark to create that accentuates your best features and hide the ones you do not love so much.  Personally I like to slim my nose and my neck under my jaw line and chin.  Oh, the power of makeup is a wonderful thing!

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If I can help you in any way, please do not hesitate to call me.

Cell: 504-909-9790

Live, laugh, and sparkle!

Rachell Vicknair

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