Why I Signed Up as an Independent Consultant with Arbonne

Hello to the blogging world – I have awoken from my slumber/silence/hibernation! I have been a little preoccupied with a fun #sidehustle that has allowed me to start my own business. If you’ve read the title of this post (spoiler alert), this opportunity is with the online health and wellness company, Arbonne. I know a bunch of individuals are intrigued by the concept of Arbonne (and businesses alike), but sometimes are too skeptical jump right in… I get it. I was you. I’ve outlined below why I chose to take the leap and start my very own Arbonne biz!

The Products:

First things first: all of Arbonne’s products are vegan and cruelty-free. The brand has put together a list (their “Not Allowed” List) that consists of over 2,000 ingredients they refuse to use in their products. I have discussed with friends recently the benefits of switching over to cleaner products and am trying to be more mindful when purchasing everyday items for myself. All of their “scents” are derived from pure essential oils, and they cover such a wide range of products that use you every day.

Where to even start with these products… Nutrition, hair care, skin care, bath and body, makeup (need I say more?). I have been able to use a number of items in each of these categories and was truly impressed with how they performed!

Marble Cake Protein Powder (Limited Edition)

Arbonne’s nutrition section is probably the most popular with their “30 Days to Healthy Living” being the front runner and MVP. It is a program designed to help people live their best and healthiest life starting from the inside. The results have been incredible with this program: weight loss, reducing bloating, clearer skin, more energy, and overall just feeling better throughout their day.

They also have a number of protein powders, fizz sticks, teas, snack bars, green balance (eat your greens… or drink them!) and all things good for your “gut-health”. You can get creative with the protein powder as well; I made no-bake, marble cake protein balls (photographed above).

Pure Vibrance Hairspray

I have yet to get my hands on the shampoo and conditioner (stay tuned), but I have tried their hairspray and can honestly say, it is one heck of a frizz fighter. They have the basics of course, but they also stock hair masques, serums, and mousses. Arbonne announced earlier this month that they have released a jumbo sized of their shampoo and conditioner. Jumbo…. like Costco better watch out.

Ready In 5 Makeup Set

They have all the makeup you could ever want and need. Photographed above is a popular new release, “Ready in 5” that collects the most essential products you need to complete your everyday makeup look. All foundations, CC creams, brow pencils/gel, lipsticks, concealer etc. can all be customized to fit your preferences. I also love their face primer (not photographed), but if you love the Smashbox Photo Finish primer, you will love this one as well. Their whole makeup collection is vegan, consists of clean ingredients and are cruelty-free.

I’m not gonna lie, I was reluctant to try out the makeup collection. I can now confidently say that without a doubt, Arbonne’s makeup was the biggest surprise. The colours are consistent, you are given choices and the option to customize, and their mascara is out of this world. One of my favourite products since the beginning is the “Speak Volumes” mascara and would highly recommend it.

RE9 Advanced Prepwork Set

The skin care lines with Arbonne might just take the prize for being my favorite section to shop from. I am OBSESSED with the RE9 Advanced Prepwork… It has a grainy, exfoliating texture that is gentle enough to use everyday, no scent, and my face feels (and looks) amazing. They have a skin care line that works for everyone. Whatever you’re looking for, they can accommodate: calm, clear, brightening, anti-aging… you name it, Arbonne has it.

The Opportunities:

The opportunities with Arbonne are the holy grail of the entire brand. You can create your own business with long-term benefits like time and financial freedom. You receive incredible discounts on the amazing products (seriously, some people just sign up for the sweet discount), you are trained along the way and you make so many new friendships along the way with your team. So you’re probably thinking… soooo I can make an income, I don’t have to sacrifice my current schedule, and the products are actually legit? YES.

To be completely transparent, the only reason I said yes was because I had used Arbonne products in the past. My biggest concern with these types of businesses in the past was, is the brand legitimate? I couldn’t be more happy that I signed up as a consultant because I’m making extra money every month via commission. Independent Consultants are given the opportunity every month to earn based on commission, bonuses, and incentives.

One of my favorite things about this business is that the consultants do not keep stock. This means that anyone and everyone can go to your website and buy anything that Arbonne has to offer. The best part is that the products are delivered right to your client’s door.

It should also be noted that they are often delivered within a week of ordering! Arbonne is so consistent with providing good customer service. I can attest that the customer service is one of the best I have ever dealt with – with any brand.

So how do you get paid?

Independent Consultants are paid commission on the products we sell. A common misconception is that we get paid to sign people up; this is not the case. All of the Arbonne Independent Consultants working their business truly want to spread the word on this clean branded company that has been around for decades that produce effective essential products.

Let’s take the first level of the company, District Manager, as an example. Individuals who promote to District Manager are on average making between $250 – $1,000 a month. These are just AVERAGES – there is no cap in this type of biz.

The commission is great (obvi), but there are also monthly incentives to be won. This can be extra money on top of your monthly income, it can be a paid for hotel stay, it can be a beautiful piece of jewelry etc. All of this is awarded just for building your own successful business. There are no minimums, no set expectations – this was a huge thing for me. Taking the leap to start my own biz seemed way less stressful knowing that people on the team are there to help you succeed, but there is absolutely no punishment for not meeting “supposed” minimums each month. This got rid of so much pressure and has allowed me to create my business my own way without feeling too pushy or unsuccessful.

A finished look with the Speak Volumes mascara – no falsies on!

My mentioned products:

Marble Cake Protein Powder
https://www.arbonne.com/pws/EiraHowell/store/AMCA/product/NEW-Arbonne-Essentials-Protein-Shake-Mix-Marble-Cake-Flavour-CA-2964,14134.aspx

Ready in 5 Makeup Set
https://www.arbonne.com/Pws/EiraHowell/store/AMCA/product/NEW-Ready-in-Five-Makeup-Set-CA-1497,14154,353.aspx

Holiday Teas
https://www.arbonne.com/pws/EiraHowell/store/AMCA/product/Arbonne-Essentials-30-Days-of-Holiday-Infusion-CA-5420,13933,926.aspx

Speak Volumes Mascara
https://www.arbonne.com/Pws/EiraHowell/store/AMCA/product/Speak-Volumes-Mascara-CA-7794,13443,353.aspx

RE9 Advanced Prepwork Set
https://www.arbonne.com/pws/EiraHowell/store/AMCA/product/RE9-Advanced-Prepwork-Set-CA-4686,12419,349.aspx

Pure Vibrance Hairspray
https://www.arbonne.com/Pws/EiraHowell/store/AMCA/product/Pure-Vibrance-ColorLast-Hair-Spray-CA-4811,1736,351.aspx

I’m so excited to share this journey with you all and encourage getting the conversation started! Please reach out if you think this sounds like an opportunity for you or if you have any questions regarding the products. After all, that’s what I’m here for!

To browse the whole site, you can shop at:
www.eirahowell.arbonne.com

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Tips & Tricks on How to Avoid the Dreaded VPL

Hello, bloggers! I know it’s been a while; this summer has been jam packed with plans so it’s been a little hard to balance life and this blog during the month of July! Nonetheless, I’m coming back with a highly requested post. From a few lovely followers (and an overwhelming amount of supporters in the comments from a previous post), we are discussing the dreaded… VPL (dun dun dun)! Otherwise known as “visible pantie lines”, a few readers have agreed that this can make or break an outfit. I was lucky enough to turn this post into a collaboration with some members of the blogging world and I couldn’t be more excited! Here are a few tips and tricks on how to manage those unwanted lines.

I was initially approached by two lovely women to do this post who have been extremely patient (sorry for the delay ladies!) and insightful on this topic. They were eager to get in on this collab and I’m so happy they were able to contribute to this post. Thank you all! In order to have a range of different ladies involved, I asked them to provide their stats (age, height, size, line of work) and for fun: VPL Pet Peeve. It was also important to have a well-rounded and thought-out post, so each lady has also provided their own tips on how to avoid VPL. I hope you all find this helpful!

Laura:

Age: 31
Height: 5’6
Size: S/M (depending on brand)
VPL PP: VPL under leggings! It’s a tight fitted pant, so wear the appropriate underwear!!!! Especially at the gym, I know we are working out but still ….
Tip/Trick: I personally wear thongs! I think most of us ladies do this day and age? I’m personally a sucker for Victoria’s Secret underwear. Can always find something for every occasion! 

I totally agree with Laura on this one. Thongs are the easiest way to avoid VPL with all types of clothing. I’m trying to be a little more aware of sales that happen at Victoria’s Secret, Aerie etc. Stay tuned into my Instagram account for these announcements! I know price can sometimes deter people from purchasing the higher end under-garments, but if you’re lucky at the right time of year (aka VS Semi-Annual Sale), you can stock up on some good quality underwear.

Jenn:

Age: 27
Occupation: Lawyer
VPL PP: My biggest pet peeve at the office is other women who have that dreaded VPL with their pencil skirts and dress pants!  We take all this time and effort to dress up and do our make up so a cute skirt or pair of pants gets ruined by tacky lines!
Tip/Trick: Obviously thongs help avoid these and to go one step further I try to wear seamless so not even lace thongs show lines at all! Currently obsessed with lulu lemon underwear! Super comfy and amazing, a little pricey, but worth it in my mind! When I’m not at the office I’m usually doing yoga, which to be honest, I usually go commando to avoid the lines in my yoga pants.

I can certainly relate to you Jenn. I also work in an office where my pencil skirts come out of hiding, but what shouldn’t is those unwanted lines. Jenn and I had an email chain going back and forth in which another tip was revealed: if you’re afraid of lines, check in the mirror before you leave the house. Not only pencil skirts, but all business casual and formal wear is one of those extreme “make or break” styles when it comes to VPL.

Kelly:

Age: 26
Height: 5’5
Size: M
VPL PP: I hate seeing even casual looks ruined with lines, especially when leggings are involved. In the fall, I love feeling comfortable, so leggings are the way to go, but not when super cute looks are ruined by VPL!
Tip/Trick: I personally love seamless for an “all-purpose” underwear, but thongs for leggings 100%. It’s the tightest pair of pants you can wear… remember that.

Kelly, I totally get that. Fall looks are the transition into your most comfortable clothes, but that doesn’t mean we should allow those unwanted lines into our lives! My leggings definitely get their use in the fall, so its important to pay attention to VPL – especially when you’re trying to rock the riding-boot legging combo. I find that even jeans you need to be mindful with… Some jean material is thick enough to withstand the textures from what you’re wearing underneath, but not always. Jeggings or jeans mixed with other materials are something you need to be mindful of. I personally love Levi’s for a good quality and reasonably priced jean.

My Two Cents…

I totally agree with the ladies above. Outfits can be taken to a whole new level with the fine details alone… Shoes, a belt… VPL vs. no VPL! If you were unable to read through the comments on my last outfit post, my personal stats are as follows: I am 25 years old and about 5’1 (#shortpeopleproblemz). I typically wear an XS, but often for undergarments I go with a size S for comfort!

VPL PP: Boyfriend style underwear/ full paired with a thong-cut bodysuit. At this point, the thong really would just be more comfortable!

Tips/Tricks:
1. Shop the sales. Seriously, some stores have amazing deals during the year! Victoria’s Secret and Aerie come to mind for me.
2. If you wear a full coverage underwear (especially with leggings), a little trick is to wear an over-sized layering piece. This way, your comfort levels remain at 100% while avoiding the “visible” VPL to the world. I suggest doing this with any item that goes below your waist – which is cute AND doesn’t ruin your outfit. Think about incorporating long knit cardigans, boyfriend style blazers, duster coats… the list goes on and on.
3. I recommend trying out all of the styles of underwear the ladies above mentioned. Find one that works best for you! Whatever is most comfortable will make you excited (and ready) to put together an outfit without having to worry about unwanted lines. Some like thongs, others prefer seamless, it really depends on personal preference. Just know, it is in fact possible to remain comfortable without compromising the whole look.
4. If cost is an issue, don’t underestimate the “no-name brand” garments. I know Canada doesn’t have Target anymore, but I remember they had some pretty cute pieces at very reasonable prices. Try Walmart, Target, and other bargain stores. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if you shopped at VS or a no-name store, lines are lines.

Where to Shop:

It wouldn’t be a post for the “outfit” category without links, right? Here are some standard brands, along with others mentioned by the ladies above:

Victoria’s Secret
https://www.victoriassecret.com/

Aerie
https://www.ae.com/ca/

La Vie En Rose
https://www.lavieenrose.com/

Lulu Lemon
https://shop.lululemon.com/c/women-underwear/_/N-8n3?mnid=mn;en-CA-JSON;women;bras-+-underwear;underwear