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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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Beachfront Bronzer for Summertime Glow

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Welcome,  Summertime!   So many look forward to summertime.   Everyone has different reason why they love summer.  I love it because it means fun in the sun, a break from homeschooling my son, and vacation destinations and Beachfront Bronzer.   One thing  many women have in common during this time is that we are just busy.  The season might be changing, but we are still just as busy as ever, even if it does mean a break for some.

So, while you are rushing around your house, getting ready, one thing we need is a quick “5 minutes makeup face”.   This seems to be my go-to face quite often.  One item that Younique has come out with is a new Beachfront Bronzer.  It is my quick splash of color on my cheekbones, nose and forehead, and I am out the door in a hurry!

There are 3 different shades to choose from, so you’ll be sure to find the perfect shade for you.  And what I absolutely love about all of the Younique products, is the ingredients and detailed information is listed under each product.  Do you know what is in the products you use?  Don’t be so rushed to bypass a label.

Need help?  Have questions?  I am here to help.   I am an Independent Presenter.   Find me on Facebook at:  Rachells Facebook

Or, want to check out the website yourself?  Rachell’s Younique Site

And if you like freebies, check out my friend Lisa’s blog.  She has a Beachfront Bronzer she is giving away!    Her sites are full of great summertime fun give aways, and… she is a fan of Younique, too!  Score!  :)

Lisa’s blog

and her second blog site is here: Second Site

Love and Lashes!

Rachell Vicknair

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A New Year, a New You, and New Goals




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   We have all heard the term, New Year’s Resolution.   In fact, I have seen so many posts asking what people’s resolution is.  It’s the same every year.  The majority of posts say lose weight, work out more, eat healthier, yadda yadda.  But, where are the posts about using better cosmetics and skin care?  Those posts don’t exist.  Why?  Because the US population has no idea, as a whole, that toxins are lurking in so many of their skin care and cosmetics.

Are you familiar with the EWG?  The Environmental Working Group has been something I search quite often.  It rates toxins and chemicals in many of today’s products.   The ranking is from 1 being the lowest and least toxic, all the way to a 10, being the highest concern.   You can access the site by going here: www.ewg.org   .     One of my missions this year is to help others understand the harmful chemicals and toxins that are lurking in their products.  And, my other mission is to show them that this reputable group has a search feature where you can input ingredients to get a ranking.   In fact, if you do that, you will see that the popular 3D Moodstruck Fiberlash Mascara ranks a 2!     And, if you input many of our products, you will see that we have a low ranking for a wide variety of products.  Compare that with other top brands, and I think you will be surprised about your findings.


If you are on the search for safer cosmetics, I would love to help you.  You can visit my website at:  www.youniqueproducts.com/rachellvicknair

Or, find me on FaceBook:  https://www.facebook.com/rachell.vicknair


Wishing you a wonderful 2015!  Happy New Year!Love and Lashes,


Rollin’ Out of 2014 and Preparing for an Epic 2015!

Well, what can I say?  2014 was pretty awesome!  Considering we all thought I was facing death in 2013, I’d say 2014 was pretty amazing!   And, of course, I have so many things to be thankful for.  I could make a huge list.  First, my relationship with God because it was truly my faith that brought me through fear and uncertainty in the very beginning of this year.  I could not have made it without my husband.  I hear people say that, but until you go through a very traumatic experience, it is really true; I could not have made it without my husband.  Period.  And, I have a few key people that walked along my side those terrifying days.  But, then, came a purpose to the madness.

Have you ever had an opportunity present itself and you just know with everything you are made of, that it is just something you are supposed to do?  You have no understanding why.  You have no deep connection.  You just feel a strong sense of urgency to do something?  That was totally what I felt February 15th of this year.  My pulse was racing and I quickly signed up with Younique.  I had no idea, or thought through, my decision.  I just knew it was right.

I joined that day and learned as much as I could within the first 2 weeks.  I started selling based on reviews before I even had my own kit.  Have I ever done something like this before?  NO!  But it was just a gut feeling.  And, I feel very strongly about a woman’s intuition.   I was like a racehorse sharing with everyone about this product.  It was a mix of emotion and passion.  You see, my body was having turmoil from an autoimmune disease.  And complications are made worse by toxins and chemicals.   When it hit me, and boy did it hit me, that Younique was chemical free, no fillers, and no parabens, it was like a huge electric bolt hit me.  You see, in earlier months we thought I was dying.   I researched for hours, as well as my family, about chemicals that get absorbed into the bloodstream.  Plainly, it is not good.   So, this was the path I was meant to take.

It is a great feeling sharing with women about their overall health, and sharing about the awesome products Younique has to offer.  Although this company just turned 2 years old, it is growing by leaps and bounds every day. This is a home-based business opportunity that anyone could benefit from. And, selling from the comfort of my own home and own computer puts a new spin on selling in the 21st century.  A virtual business, how smart!   From their hot product of #3D Fiber Mascara, their #Moodstruck Precision Pencils, to the #Uplift Eye Serum, Younique has amazing skin care and cosmetics. I could go on and on.

I always want to share the product and the business opportunity.  If you ever want to chat about either, I would love to share with you! This company inspires me, and my wish is to inspire others.  Join #teamsparkleandshine for an amazing 2015!!!!   And yes, I WILL be wearing my Primal Red this New Year! :)

Want to know more about the company or how you can join this journey with me?  I would be happy to help you achieve success.

Visit here >> Become an Inspiration!

My email: rachellyounique@gmail.com

Love and Lashes,


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Buddy the Elf Dares

Hello friends!

      Some of you may have seen my Buddy the Elf videos I have recently added to my personal Face Book wall.   And, many are asking about them.  So, I thought I would take a few minutes to explain myself.  You see, I love having fun.  I love being wacky and crazy and having fun with life!

      I started to understand the fear many people have when I ask my team, #teamsparkleandshine, to go out and share their Younique business with others.  So many people live in fear!  People are frozen with anxiety when they think of what others might think of them.  I have many women on this wonderful journey, and this Younique business is helping them financially SO much, yet the are debilitated with thoughts that others will not speak to them, that people will be bothered, that people will get angry with them for sharing.

     I know I am blessed by the fact I really do not care what others think of me.  I would love to have everyone like me and be my friend, but that is just not reality.  But I will tell you what reality is; reality is that when a person puts forth some work into their Younique business, and it helps them pay for gas, groceries, date night, even a mortgage, and that is serious stuff!  And I am willing to risk looking like a crazy fool just to share with others that this Younique business is working for many people.  It is working for them in a virtual world where it allows them to stay home with their children.  It allows them to start taking charge of their financial future.  It is a beautiful thing!  And most of all, I get to see it played out every day!  I am so thankful for this company, and the people that have joined this journey, that I will absolutely dress like Buddy, just to share the opportunity.  And as I tell my team mates to get out of their comfort zones to share and help others learn about this, I am getting out there myself to show them you can be wacky and still share the opportunity!

And, while doing it, I am totally confident rocking the Primal Red!

     So, I have challenged my team mates this:  For each person they share the opportuity with,  and they join #teamsparkleandshine, I will act out a Buddy scene.  And for my customers that place a $100 or more order from my website, I am doing a scene in their honor.  It’s just a way to have some fun in the midst of the season, and celebrate new journeys with this company.

Want to see some of the videos that have been posted so far?

Escalator Scene

Coffee Scene

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email: RachellYounique@gmail.com

Love and Lashes,


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The Meaning of Younique Success


yoiunique presenter, work form home, makeup, mascara, build a business I had the chance to attend Younique’s Green Elite Retreat.  I had never been to Utah, so I was excited to see a part of the country I had never been to.  Of course, I was equally excited about what the Retreat opportunity meant.

There are quite a few factors that must be met to attend the Green Elite Retreat.  Technically, you must turn Green twice, and then you are invited by the company. It is an all-expense paid trip once you get yourself to Utah.  This includes a tour of Corporate, dinner at the founder and CEO’s house, Derek, and personal time and training with both founders, Derek and Melanie on Saturday.  I don’t know if any companies invite you into their homes with their families, but by doing this, it made the biggest impact on how they treat their Presenters and their business.

The overall weekend was amazing, obviously.  Who wouldn’t enjoy staying in a top-notch lodge and being catered to?   But, honestly, it’s really so much more than that.  You see, to turn Green, you must sell, and recruit, and you must equip your team with the tools to sell, and recruit.   All businesses can only operate if you sell. We know this.  But, actually, you must empower women to believe they can achieve success.

 Although turning “Green” isn’t the top level, I know that this is just the beginning of a life-changing journey.  It is a life-changing for me, but also for those that see the opportunity before them and change their lives in the process.

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You see, this Retreat brought 22 women from all over the country together.  It was a chance to bond, share ideas, and as the company’s vision states:  Uplift, Empower, and Validate women.  It is the chance to see how we can help others, and in return, help ourselves.

We have an amazing journey set before us and I am so happy to be a party of this Younique adventure.

Want to know more about the company or how you can join this journey with me?  I would be happy to help you achieve success.

Rachell Boudreaux Vicknair

email me: rachellyounique@gmail.com

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Red Lips Movement with Younique Primal Red


I have always loved women who wore red lipstick.  I wasn’t quite sure why exactly.  I just know I have always admired red lips.   Today I find myself loving them even more.   And, I think I finally know the answer to my fascination!

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You see, to me, red is a symbol of power.  Of deep feeling.  Of confidence!  Yes, that is exactly it!   Now that I have matured a bit in life, I love red!  I love what red stands for, in my eyes.  I love a woman who has confidence.

     When I mention wearing red to women, I am amazed at the amount that will not wear it for the fear of being misinterpreted.  How sad is that?  We fear a color because people might think we are too bold?    Let every woman embrace her life.   Let every woman value herself.  Let every women have enough confidence in all that she is, to WEAR RED!

     I have fallen in love with Younique’s Lip Liner in the color Primal.  It is a deep, yet bright red, that just screams enthusiasm!  I use the lip liner as a lip stain, and totally am thrilled it stays on my lips for hours.


Join my #redlipsmovement!  Color those lip red with me!


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