Friday, June 12, 2009

Competitive Intelligence

Competitive Intelligence
gloMinerals vs. Other Mineral Make Up Lines


All gloMinerals products contain and exclusive blend of antioxidants that offers added protection against environmental conditions and stresses.
o Vitamin C – an antioxidant to reverse free-radical damage and strengthen the immune response to antigens
o Vitamin A – an antioxidant that conditions the skin keeping it soft and supple
o Vitamin K – an antioxidant with calming and anti-inflammatory properties
o Vitamine E – an antioxidant that delivers moisture binding benefits and promotes skin healing
o Green Tea Extract – anti-inflammatory and antibacterial

Each product in the gloMinerals product line is talc-free. Each product also offers broadspectrum UV and antioxidant protection.

gloMinerals is a professional make up line sold only through skincare professionals. Dermatologists, plastic surgeons, spas and medi-spas are the primary retail outlets.

gloMinerals utilizes micronized, triple milled particles. This means minerals will:
o Lay smoother on the skin
o Feel silkier when touched
o Provide continuous coverage
o Show less shine and/or sheen on the skin

Triple milled mineral particles will not be absorbed into the skin, but rather lay smoothly on the skin’s surface.

gloMinerals delivers a semi-matte finish that works perfectly for photography and HDTV.

gloMinerals is cruelty free.

Popular Mineral Make Up Product A

Mineral Make Up A does not contain skin care benefits. No vitamins and/or antioxidants are added to their make up formulas. It will not improve the health and condition of the skin.

Mineral Make Up A claims that their product is talc-free, oil free, fragrance free, paraben free and contain SPF 15. However, only 5 products of their collection are actually paraben free. They claim not to need preservatives in their products.

Mineral Make Up A is sold on a televised shopping network and is the #1 selling beauty informercial product. They are retailed through their own standalone stores as well as department stores, making them classified as mass-market, and not a professional line.

The size of Mineral Make Up A particles are 10 microns or higher. This is a larger particle that does not lay as smoothly on the skin or look natural like gloMinerals. Mineral Make Up A says they don’t want their mineral broken down any smaller because it will be absorbed into the skin. Nano-technology is the only size of minerals that can be absorbed into the skin.

The larger particle size of Mineral Make Up A results in a higher sheen and added shine. This means it delivers a less desirable finish for photography and HDTV.

For more information on how you can benefit from gloMinerals and other gloProfessional products, visit or call 541.963.3772.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Waitressing is the Answer

What is the question? The question is: How am going to make rent this month? Or maybe: How am I going to get those new shoes for my child? Or even: How can I afford groceries? The economy has done what it's done. We have suffered. Or we haven't. For some of us, getting by is just something we must do, be economy bad or good.
Faced with the scary decision of possibly having to sell my beloved horse for the greater good of my family, I decided to look at whatever other choices I had with my time as an alternative. I got a job at Mamacita's International Grill late last August. I had never waitressed before. I thought it might be something I could do and this particular restaurant had a great atmosphere. I love it.

I love it for a number of reasons. The first is, lets face it, I got lucky. I work for the nicest family who treat their staff as family. Our own family come first. So much so, that my son was just hired as a lunch time busser! I have been invited to family celebrations and I fear I have been ruined for other waitressing jobs forever.

I always have cash on hand. Sometimes its a lot. Sometimes its a little. It's hay money. Its shoe money. Its what my son needs money. It's tuck it away for a road trip money. I look at the tip money that I make as my income. My bimonthly paychecks are the bonus.

Its generally short shifts. My longest shift is 5 hours. And that is rare. I get in a good cardio, get a little money in my pocket and I go home.

Its readily available. For such a lack of jobs in this economy, most restaurants are always hiring. Especially during the summer. And your chances are better if you are over 21 with a liquor license. If you want a job as a server and your not unkind and have something between your ears, its not hard to do.

Now with that in mind, this is not a job for you if you lack compassion for your fellow man as you will be challenged. The rule I stick by is this...treat people as you would want to be treated. Isn't that what we should do anyway? If I have a difficult table (and by difficult I mean non talkative, won't look at your or smile) my job is to win them. And it can be done. Never lose your temper and when things get busy, as Dori would say, just keep swimming.

Some of you may think waitressing is beneath you. I can see where you would get that. In fact, in my search for a photo for this blog, I went to Google and typed in "waitress". Okay. Not what I was looking for. So I typed in "high class waitress". Nope. Not any better. And for a good laugh, go type in "classy waitress". "Server" gets you computer pictures. It's not wonder it has such a stereo type since most of us old enough to remember picture Flo from Alice and her "kiss my grits" when we think of waitresses. Interestingly enough, when you type in "waiter", the results are vastly different.

Once in awhile I have someone ask me why I'm doing it. Assuming it's any of their business in the first place, I smile and say, "where else can you get paid to do your cardio workout?" That gets them on board!

It's just a suggestion. But for 3-4 nights a week, I have grocery money, horse money and just a little pocket change. It feels good. And when I have what the other girls call a grouchy client hug me after her meal and tell me I'm her favorite, well, it's all worth it.