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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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Maximize Your Sculpting Trio Uses!

I am all about maximizing products. So, as I have used my Highlight and Contour Kit for over a month now, I wanted to share with you other ways I have been using this awesome little compact kit!  Let me show you how to maximize your Sculpting Trio!

So, the Sculpting Trio was designed to highlight and contour, but it has so many other uses! The Younique Sculpting Trio comes in 3 different shades, so you’ll pick the one best for your skin tone. Once you decide which kit you need, let the fun begin.

I am a busy mom and need quick and fast most days. Simply use the dark contour cream as a cream eye shadow. And take the highlighter to highlight your brow bone and the inner corner of your eyes for an added shimmering color to make your eye pop with brightness.

Use the highlighting cream to accentuate your “cupids bow”, which is that V shape on your upper lip. And, what I love the most? Use the highlighting cream in place of a lipstick. This gives your lips a wonderful color that is just perfect for the summertime!

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Need to know which Contour Kit to get? Light: For Scarlet, Organza, Velour, Taffeta complexions

Medium: For Chiffon, Satin, Cashmere complexions

Dark: For Velvet, Charmeuse, Chenille, Cypress, Suede, Georgette complexions

Need to order a Sculpting Trio? That is simple! Simply Click here to order.

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As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or need help with a product. I want you to love your Younique products as much as I do.

Don’t forget all products are backed by our Love It Guarantee!

Laugh, love and sparkle!
Rachell Vicknair
Elite Orange Status Presenter
(USA) 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:

STUNNINGLY STATUESQUE

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!

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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Live, laugh, and sparkle!

Rachell Vicknair

Younique consultant

 

 

 

Fashion Trends for Spring 2016

A new season means new fashion trends!  Welcome Spring 2016!    When I started looking at the upcoming fashion trends for Spring 2016, I could not help but notice some very different looks that stand out. No doubt 2016 will make its mark in the fashion industry. While I enjoy having some of the latest trends, I try to buy just a few items and pair them up with different pieces for a fresh new in-season look.

I will cover the Spring Fashion in 5 separate parts: makeup, clothes, hair, nails and accessories.

The upcoming makeup trend is almost like a flash back to the 80’s.  It might be why I like it so much!  When you think makeup, think blue.  Blue eye shadow and eyeliner is the hot trending makeup item.  When you want a beautiful blue, just think Precocious and Twitterpated.  But don’t leave out the boldness of Heavenly; this color is amazing!  Blended with a beautiful neutral, you’ll pull off the hot new blue eye look.

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Heavenly blended with Curious and Corrupted:

Heavenly combo

Always save money by checking out Collection and Sets.  These loose pigments can be purchased by themselves or in a set.

The money saving Set Younique Moodstruck Loose Mineral Pigment Set is here.

 

Don’t forget your blue eyeliner.  Precarious comes in a pencil form, or liquid pen,  and both are smudge-proof,  and super easy to apply.

 

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Shop Moodstruck Liquid Eyeliner Here

If you want  some hot tips for clothes that are trending, simply think  of a few visuals.  The paper bag waist pants will be plentiful, floral, ruffles, stripes  and bright tangerines and blue will be abundant.  The Spanish influence will be seen in clothing this Spring.    You can also pull out that soft denim look that will be in style.  Do you have any light-weight denim skirts or tops hanging around?  Make sure your denim is light weight, pair it with a fringe or net top and you will be making your statement along it the other fashionistas.   Look for off-the-shoulder tops and lace-up tops.  They are also making their way into the stores.   I personally like to buy 1 or 2 new pieces on sale and switch them up for new looks.

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This season’s hair might be the easiest one to pull off.  I am going to do my best to pull off the still trending messy bun look.  But maybe if I do an in-fashion braid or messy knot, I might be able to pull it off.   Letting your hair air dry to embrace the natural wave is also a fashion statement right now.  The air drying is one I can most certainly pull off.

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Have you seen the new Spring line from OPI?  Call me biased, but anyone that names nail polish after my hometown’s popular items  is brilliant in my eyes!   The colors and descriptions are always fun, but OPI has outdone themselves this Spring!   Take for example, Let Me Bayou a Drink?    She’s a Bad Muffaletta?  Seriously?  These crack me up!  How fun are these?!  Thank you OPI!

 

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Lastly,  let’s talk about  trending accessories.  I could blow the budget with these!  But again, I will buy a couple of pieces and call myself in style.  :)    The half-moon bags will be making a big statement, and fringe is still in.  Most bags will be made with a short handle for hand carrying.  For shoes, think  anything tied, and you’ll be on track!  And for the hair accessories, think gilded hair accessories to bright and bold headbands.  Remember our hair model from above with the orange headband?

 

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Well, I am off to air dry my hair and see what denim I can pull from my closet.  It’s time to spruce these up with some orange florals and I think I will be set.  Much love to my fashionistas!


Rachell Vicknair

Younique Independent Presenter

Elite Orange Status

USA:  504-909-9790

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Choosing a Lip Color to Look Younger

Women over 35 are looking for lip color to look younger.  We know everything from the foundation you use to the lip color you wear all creates a certain look you are wanting to achieve!    As we get older, some experts have given guidelines on different colors that look better on aging skin.  I can attest that as I am getting older, my makeup look has changed.  One thing I never thought about was my lips.  For some reason, I just did not think of them as a part of my skin care routine, or if that had an impact on what they looked like.  Well, it does!

The  skin care routine you apply to your face should also extend to your lips. The skin on your lips is actually thinner, and more fragile, than the skin on the rest of your face.  Did you know that your lips do not contain oil glands to keep them hydrated?  This is the main reason your lips shrivel and shrink as you age.  For long-term protection, use a lip balm with  moisturizing oils.  Many chapsticks have a regular wax that acts as a protective barrier, which is good.  But, the issue is no real moisture is being applied, so the dryness and shrinking will still be evident.

One way to solve this issue is with Younique’s Lip Bonbons.    They deeply hydrate your lips.  With a mild vanilla fragrance, fruit extracts, and five natural oils, all you need is just a touch throughout the day to add a subtle hint of color while moisturizing and pampering your lips. And with the Bonbons, you will get the light mauve and pink shades that are recommended for lips over 35!  It is a win, win!  This is truly one item that is a must have, and I have one in my makeup bag at all times!  You can read about these amazing lip balms here:   Lip Bonbons Tinted Lip Balm

Lip Bon Bon color chart

 

In the short term, choose lipsticks in shades of mauve and pink — these help define your lips and add a youthful rosiness without drawing attention to the fact that they’re thinning (like, say, a deep red or a plum would).   Younique has 15 shades of beautiful lipstick colors to choose from.  Many of those are the light pink and mauve shades.    In fact, our top sellers are light pink and mauve!  You check out the awesome colors here:  Moodstruck Opulence Lipstick

Opulence lipstick color chart

 

As always, I am happy to help answer any of your questions!  Please feel free to visit my website :  Younique by Rachell

or call/text me directly:

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Rachell Vicknair

Independent Younique Presenter

Elite Orange Presenter

 

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Liquid Touch Foundation is Coming Back!

The ” Liquid Gold” as many have described it, also knows as the Liquid Touch Foundation, is finally coming back in stock!  It has been long awaited!  Have you been waiting patiently for a certain shade?  I am here to help!   Right now you can order certain shades here:

Touch Liquid Touch Foundation is here!

Here is a chart to help you find your perfect match!    Once you answer the questions, it will help guide you to the best color for you.  Here is a huge beauty tip:  You are matching your shade to your neck, not the color of your face.

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Or, you can use this simple tool.  Do you burn in the sun?   Do you burn then tan, or do you tan?  Always stay in the same shade family.  So, you will always stay in the same row going down, not jumping over.  :)

Mineral Touch Shade Families

 

Now, let’s talk getting the perfect results!  The Liquid Touch Foundation, alone has a medium matte coverage.  But to see flawless results,  it is best to use 3 specific products.  The Glorious Primer is silky smooth and all you need is a pea -sized drop to cover your whole face.    To read about this, the  Glorious Primer is here.

 

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And the new Liquid Foundation Brush is a must!  Uniquely-designed brush with recessed area lets you adjust your liquid foundation coverage for a seamless application.  Click here to read about it:  Liquid Foundation Brush

Don’t forget, start with just 5 drops of foundation on your brush.  Tap your entire face lightly with the brush, leaving spots of foundation to slowly work in each area.   This liquid is unlike anything I have ever used!    Not only does it leave my skin light and airy feeling, it is non-greasy, which is a major plus!

 

Different shades will be released at different times during the month.  I would love to help you find the right shade match, or answer any of your questions.  Please feel free to contact me.

Rachell Vicknair

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Independent Younique Presenter

 

cell: USA   504-909-9790

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Well, the Lip Bon Bons are a hit!  The tinted conditioning  lip balms are so conditioning that I am not leaving my house without them!  Every girl needs this in their makeup bag!

I have tried lip conditioners, lip balms, chapsticks and many other cosmetics claiming to condition my lips.  They either left my lips feeling waxy, or the conditioning did not last long!

Let us all rejoice!  Younique products have added a new Spring line which consists of something amazing!  Yes, Younique just came out with a Lip Bon Bon.

Lip Bon Bons will be great  anytime of the year.    They come in several color choices.  Each stick has a very light vanilla scent, but they do not have a flavor.  And each will leave a subtle color on your lips. This is the perfect go-to makeup item to leave the house with to reapply as needed.  The natural oils will do their conditioning job for a long time, too!lip bon bon info

With a mild vanilla fragrance, fruit extracts, and five natural oils, all you need is just a touch throughout the day to add a subtle hint of color while moisturizing and pampering your lips.   Apply over lip products for added moisture and shine. Dab with finger and apply for a softer, more subtle look. Apply throughout the day to add a hint of color and moisture to the lips.  So this product works great by itself, and is just a bonus for the other lip products in your makeup bag.   SCORE!  I love products with more than one way of using them!

I was so excited to get them, I made my own little happy video!  Check it out here!

Watch Shake Your Lip Bon Bons!

 

And, if you’d like to visit my website to see the awesome ingredients and color choices, please go here: Lip Bon Bons

Please contact me any time you have a question or may need help.

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Rachell Vicknair

Elite Orange Status

Independent Younique Presenter

Beachfront Self -Tanning Lotions and Sprays will wow you!

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Well, Younique has done it!  I mean, really done it!  Younique has successfully created the Beachfront self-tanning products, the  self-tanning lotion, and spray!  Each will deliver a beach tan, without the harmful rays, without harmful chemicals on your body, will not turn you orange, and the price is stellar!   Yes, you heard me right!

The Beachfront Bronzing lotion and spray has recently been released.  It is every cosmetic lovers dream.  The instant glow you get is unlike any other I have ever gotten, and I have used many of these products.   The lotion, being a gel-like thick consistency, in my opinion, is best to be used on your chest, and down.   The spray is light and airy, and perfect to spritz your face and neck area.

Just like my website explains, the lotion smooths on that coveted, summery tan—while nourishing and moisturizing your skin. This self-tanning body lotion has everything your skin craves while allowing you to build a tan, day by day. It’s just as easy as putting on your morning lotion—and your skin will thank you for it.   The lotion cost is just $39 for a 7 fl. oz. tube.  I have tanned my legs and did not have to use much product.

A traditional spray tan costs on average, $40,  for one session in my area.  Say hello to this price of $25 for the self-tanning spray!  And you will get 2-3 full body sprays, that will give you the radiant glow you want!  Build a light and summery tan–without the sun. Instead of tan lines and sunburns, say hello to soft, glowing skin. It is formulated with a light fragrance, eliminating the signature self-tanner scent. Go ahead. Love your skin. Your skin will love you right back.

Both products are build-able, and have only one color to choose from.Both the spray and lotion are full of ingredients your skin will thank you for.  Contains coconut oil to condition skin.   Green tea extract helps to protect skin.  Vitamins and Shea butter nourish skin.  Amazing beauty product right here!

 

The instant Body Bronzer will wash off after each application.  This product will be available soon!

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Do you see my personal results?  They are incredible!  I was amazed how easy the product applied and I had no streaking or blotchy spots.    Although I was amazed, I could not wait to wake up and go outside to see my results in the sun the next day.    Let me just say, there was no transfer of product on my sheets either!  So, I got instant results,  once my PH level adjusted, I got darker, and no transfer to my sheet!    Here is my natural light results:  arm and leg tanner

 

I used the spray on my arm, and the lotion on my leg.  Results are from ONE application.  I truly am in love!  I am going hashtag… #loveit

ok, so how long does it last?  Well, I am on day 7!!!  And I am still walking around with one side of my body with a sun tan glow.  Yes, seriously.  I always want to provide real feedback to my customers, and I am always truthful.

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This was my Day 6 results!    So, I will post for you some helpful facts to keep your sun tan , and your products, lasting longer.

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I want you to get the best results and I want you to love your products as much as I do.  I am here to help or to ask questions.   Also, our website is full of information on ingredients and directions for every product we sell.  That is one thing that sets Younique apart from other cosmetic companies; you know what is in your makeup when you purchase Younique cosmetics.

 

Did you know this about Younique?

Nature + Love + Science. Since its inception in 2012, Younique has been committed to developing beauty products that combine innovative science with the best ingredients nature has to offer. Younique, famous for its best-selling Moodstruck  3D Fiber Lashes+, is the first direct selling company to pioneer the social media-based business model. Founded by a brother-sister team—Derek Maxfield and Melanie Huscroft—Younique offers women the opportunity to look and feel great while helping advance the brand’s mission of uplifting, empowering, and validating women around the world.

 

And, I want all of you to feel uplifted, empowered and validated as well!  Know your worth on the inside, and shine on the outside!  With the help of the amazing quality products we offer, I am sure you will do that!  And if you want more details on the self-tanning lotion or spray, here you go:

You can simply visit Younique Beachfront Lotion for the details on the lotion.

Or,  you may also visit: Younique Beachfront Self Tanning Spray for the details on the spray.

And as always, my phone is always available if you need me.  You may text, or call my cell :

(USA) 504-909-9790

 

I can’t wait to see your summertime glow!

Rachell Vicknair

Elite Orange Younique Independent Presenter

Younique consultant

 

 

 

 

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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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#Likeagirl Superbowl Commercial

Did you see the commercial, #likeagirl  , during the Superbowl? I woke up thinking about that commercial again this morning.    It was such an impactful message.  One that I believe starts with how we raise children and their viewpoints.  I want to be the type of mom who raises her son teaching him the utmost respect for women, and that starts at a very young age.

I think we as society, need to reevaluate the way females are judged, treated and evaluated daily.   And, with that said, it brings me back to the mission of Younique ; the mission statement is to Uplift, Empower and Validate women.   And I hope we as a society can start to do this from the beginning of a young girl’s life until her adult life.

Let that change start with us. Live Younique!

 

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