My Color Street Journey

I swore I was never going to be that girl…. That girl that got into direct sales, the girl that would post 10 billion times a day on social media about her products, the girl who, at first glance on her Facebook page, had nothing else to post BUT her business, the girl who became super pushy on her “friends” to buy this and join that.

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I became that girl…. Not totally, but I still did in some aspect. I got into direct sales on a whim and started working my business. I try to limit my business posts on social media (you’re welcome friends), and I’m not a fan of constantly messaging someone about the business opportunities. I will, but not so much where it feels like it’s being shoved down your throats (again, you’re welcome haha).

 

So how did it happen? How was someone as stubborn as I am decide to just do it?

 

My First Introduction

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I first used Color Street about 3-4 months before becoming a Stylist. My friend (who later became my sponsor) started selling them. And even though I was skeptical about certain direct sale companies, I still tried to support my friends any way I could.

So I made my first purchase… and it was a huge one (not that picture above, believe it or not I have SOME self control haha). I didn’t try a sample before I made a purchase, I just hoped for the best. And I like variety so I couldn’t buy just one! As you can probably tell, I was hooked.

 

Seriously A Life Changer!

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I personally liked Color Street because of the no mess and no dry time.   I had a very demanding full time job and had a side business where I did (and still do) hand lettering. My business Instagram blew up from my lettering videos, and I cringed when my nails were not the prettiest. But with little personal time that I had, I didn’t have the time to wait for them to dry. I resorted to painting them for looks, having them smudge while filming, and taking it off right after.

 

Oh, and I had to deal with my husband constantly complaining about the nail polish smell, haha. I couldn’t do my nails professionally because I grew an allergy to “fake” nails and thought gel polish/dip powder just cost way too much.

 

Becoming A Stylist

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I ended up spending so much on nail strips! My friend messaged me saying I could’ve earned commission on my purchases alone. I wasn’t interested at the time and felt bad saying no, so I just didn’t reply (Sorry Lisa!). But with that message, she definitely planted that seed in my head.

 

A few months after, I decided to quit my full time job. I wasn’t fulfilled, and my Etsy business started to pick up. I’m not a big on taking risks, so it was such an emotional and stressful time for me. I worried about making my side hustle a full time gig and no longer having a second business for extra income. And as silly as it sounds, I worried about days those slow days where I would sit around the house with nothing to do and getting too much in my head.

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So out of curiosity, I messaged my sponsor asking what it means to be a Stylist. I just wanted information at the moment, and ended up signing up that same day! To this day, I can’t pinpoint exactly what sold me. Maybe it was because I trusted my sponsor. It also could be that $129 was one of the lowest costs I’ve seen to start up a business. Heck, maybe I did it just to get the 10 sets that came with a kit and get money back on my purchases. Anyhow, I’m just glad I did!

 

My Journey

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I’ll be honest, I’ve had a slow start. You know those people that start a new venture and immediately take off? Yeah, I’m not one of them. But I stayed consistent, stayed passionate, and slowly grew my clientele. I do have slow times and struggles (a lot more than it shows), but it is all so worth it! Connecting with people, being a part of an amazing team, and getting paid for selling nail polish strips. Yeah, I can’t believe it either! And my journey is still young! I know I have a lot more milestones to reach and I can’t wait to see what’s to come!

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Thank you for reading!  I’ll catch you in my next post!

XO, Crystal

 

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My Lettering Journey

I just celebrated my 2 year anniversary of being a hand letterer! Woo hoo! A lot of people ask about my journey so I figured this post is long overdue.

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I remember years ago, I had a friend and coworker who showed me lettering videos on Instagram. I remember searching our work supply cabinet for some kind of pens or markers we could use to practice. It was our slow season at work, so the perfect time for lettering! We were so excited when I finally found a box of Crayola markers!

 

And then the practice started… Man, that was so hard! We both watched the same tutorial video of one letter over and over again, but for some reason I just couldn’t get it right. Discouraged was a definite understatement.

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Fast forward a few years later… I recently moved to Minot, North Dakota to be with my new husband at his new job. I was still dealing with the transition of the move, and was a few months into my new job. I felt lost, almost like I didn’t really know myself anymore. Prior to the move, I got rid of all my crafting supplies so I didn’t need to pack and ship it all. At the time, I thought my crafting hobby was just a phase, and didn’t think it would be something I would want to continue into my “new life”. I so wrong!

 

It was a slow night at work, so I picked up a pen and started doodling. It started with squiggles, then pictures, then words. I thought back to my brief encounter with lettering a few years ago, and I decided to try again.

 

I’m not sure what changed, but I didn’t feel as discouraged anymore. I was actually more accepting of my crap lettering, and even more determined to improve on it. I got this wave of excitement that I haven’t had in awhile. I felt like I found myself again. I found something to have a passion for and to release my creative juices in again.

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It grew into a business I never expected, but something I am proud of and grateful for every single day. I had no idea I would become a letterer (if you saw my normal handwriting, you would understand haha), but I guess life surprises you in amazing ways! I may be a self-taught letterer, but I sure have a lot more learning to do!

 

Thank you so much for reading! I’ll catch you guys in my next blog post!

 

XO,

Crystal

 

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My Self Care Routine

I know most of you are tired of hearing the phrase “New year, new me”… So I won’t say it! Haha But I will say this… I plan to devote more time to myself and taking care of ME. This means practicing more self care!

 

This is what I personally do, and it can vary between everyone else! However, this is a good place to start and you can tweak it up as you go!

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  1. Eliminate screen time

When I need to clear my head and get some peace, I turn off all the electronics that I can. This means shutting my laptop, turning off the TV, and putting my phone on silent and far away from me. I find myself getting too distracted with social media, and getting constant screen time makes me feel a little dizzy. It’s amazing how freeing it is to give yourself a break from it all!

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  1. Take nice warm & relaxing bath

This works WONDERS! It feels so nice to step into a bath and relax; I feel all my worries wash away! My bath consists of a bath bomb, bath salts, something to make bubbles, and aromatherapy foam bath from Bath & Body Works. The aroma from that is a MUST for me! I can’t have a bath without it!

Bath Bomb: Bubble Island Bath Treat LLC | Bubble Scoop: StormMaker Soapworks | Bath Salts: Beets & Apples | Face Mask: Origins Original Skin™ Retexturizing Mask with Rose Clay | Aromatherapy Foam Bath: Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy

 

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  1. Exfoliate

You can choose to focus just on your face or your whole body! I do both when I need some extra pampering! Oddly enough, my favorite exfoliates are coffee scented! Is it obvious I love coffee? Haha… The coffee scent really does pick me up and make me feel so energized! I like the Coffee Body Scrub from Bath & Body Works (which they don’t have anymore, unfortunately) and the Coconut & Coffee Scrub (for my face) from St Ives.

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  1. Face Masks

I personally like to do face masks once a week! I can really see the difference when I happen to miss a week. I choose a different mask for each season. For example, winter dries out my skin so I like to use the Origins Original Skin™ Retexturizing Mask with Rose Clay. In the summer I like to use Lush’s Mask Of MagnaMinty because it just feels so refreshing… And it smells  so darn good! I also like to use Origins Clear Improvement® Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores every now and then to change things up! I just started to try different sheet masks, so I may need to do a future blog post about that… *hint hint*

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  1. Choose a relaxing activity!

This will definitely vary per person. I personally like to read or do puzzles! I know, it sounds so boring… But when I feel overwhelmed, I like to immerse myself into another world, whether it be a story or the scene in a puzzle! If I decide to sit on the couch and binge a show, I can still drift back to my mile long to do list. I learned that if I keep my mind busy, I don’t have much time to really worry about what’s going on.

Book: Girl, Stop Apologizing-Rachel Hollis

 

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  1. Get some fresh air!

When it’s nice and warm out, taking a walk works WONDERS for me! When I get my little waves of depression, taking long walks helps me diffuse my emotions and clears my mind. Unfortunately, I’m writing this during the winter so walks are pretty limited. I stand outside for a brief minute (in full winter weather gear) to just breathe in some fresh air, or I treat my daily walk to the mailbox as getting some fresh air!

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As you can tell, I keep my self care routine pretty simple. Again, this can vary per person, so feel free to make adjustments based on your preferences!

 

Thank you so much for reading, and I’ll catch you in my next post!

 

XO, Crystal

 

 

 

The Blogging Journey Begins…

Hello hello hello!!!

Thank you so much for coming to my blog! I am so excited to embark on this journey!

My name is Crystal, and this isn’t my first blogging venture. I’ve tried it before, but didn’t feel “good enough” to continue. I had a beauty blog (but was terrible a taking makeup photos haha), a lettering blog for my Etsy business, and even made a keto blog, which failed before it started…. Just like my multiple attempts at a keto lifestyle!

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I’ve always wanted to be a blogger, but time and life always got in the way L I never liked my pictures and my blogs never got traffic. And guys! Blogging is a lot more work than I expected!

But I always remember one thing a teacher told my mom when I was in elementary school… She said that I had a gift of being a writer! I don’t remember what grade I was in and her exact words, but that one thing stuck in my head all these years. That and the drive to try again kept nagging at me, so here I am! Enough with the excuses, it’s time to follow a dream. Like they always say, you never know until you try.

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A little bit about me…

I’m in my early 20’s and married to my high school sweetheart. We dated for about 6 ½ years before getting married, and been married for almost 3 years!

My husband is currently serving in the military, so this Hawaii-born girl is living life in North Dakota at the moment!

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I have two dogs who are my world! I say I’m a proud dog mom… but I may on the edge of becoming a crazy dog mom haha Pixie is 5 years old and is a Jack Russell/Chihuahua mix. And we just adopted Rufus last month! He is an 8 month old black Lab mix. We are so lucky to have him.! We are his fourth home now, and his fur-ever home.

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I’m a self-proclaimed #bosslady as a full time small business owner (don’t worry, I won’t push my products on you haha). I have a hand lettering shop on Etsy and am an Independent Color Street Stylist. My blog name is actually both business names put together (Sweet Pixie Designs & Crystal’s Chic Nails).

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I have the tendency to overuse exclamation points and emojis, so watch out! I love coffee, my favorite season is summer (give me allll the sun), Christmas is my favorite holiday, and I haven’t found a Buzzfeed quiz I didn’t take.

My blog will cover anything from lifestyle and advice to food… I may even just use it as a daily diary just to get my thoughts out there!

If there is anything you want me to write about, just let me know! This is going to be so much fun!

 

XO, Crystal

 

Let’s be friends!

Instagram: @crystalkhayashi