Haizel McIntyre knows a thing or two about the push and pull of holiday-season pressure. It's the most magical time of the year, but it's, often, also the most stressful—and then there's the financial burden. As a full-time working mom of three Haizel was looking for another option and a better way. She wanted to help support her family and spend more time with her kids. That shouldn't be too much to ask for, but, unfortunately, those two desires are often at conflict with each other. And that's why Haizel turned to Avon.
As a representative for the beauty giant, she's her own boss. She sets the bar, she makes the time, and she controls her own destiny—and looks gorgeous doing it thanks to Avon's amazing primping products. I chatted with Haizel about her experience with Avon and how all moms can take advantage this season—whether that means buying a new lipstick or launching her own Avon business.
Let's play Santa for a minute. What's your favorite stocking stuffer to give or get?
Anything for the eyes. It can be a simple eyeliner or a brow pencil. If your eyes are more defined, no matter what you’re feeling, it will cover it up and enhance the overall look. If you’re tired, then you won’t look as tired. Or if your eyes are alert and you put some eyeliner on, it will just make it pop even more. Eyeliner would be my top pick. You can put on makeup, but the minute you put on eyeliner, it makes everything come together. And it’s a pretty universal gift.
Moms are so busy. Who has an hour to get ready for a holiday party? What are your tips for a party-ready five-minute face?
Avon has a blush in a stick, and it makes it easy to make up your face really fast. You dab it on, you spread it, and you wipe your hands and you’re ready to go. If you’re going from work to an event, then I would say that enhancing the eyes really helps. Even if you have a nude lip. The eyes are the first thing people see on your face. Smoke it up a little bit to up the ante.
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And a great lip right? What lip product should be in every woman's clutch?
I love the True Color Lipstick. And it would have to be red. Everyone should have at least one deep red lipstick. Even if you want something a little more demure, you can blot it and it won’t be so powerful. If I have my red lipstick, I will multitask it too—it will become my blush!
Moms crave balance between work and family life, especially during this busy, hectic time of year. What advice do you have for a woman who's considering taking the leap with Avon?
Make a decision and stick with it. It’s one thing to think about it. It’s another to make the decision and follow through. Put the idea into action and commit to it.
Once she's made that decision, what day-to-day words of wisdom would you offer?
Set a goal and realize what Avon has to offer you. You have to know what you’re getting into. For me, I liked that there was no inventory requirement. You don’t have to hold on to anything. You are your store. Your online store is our store. Your books are your store. You have multiple ways to promote them without needing the inventory. Based on that, if you decide to do it part time or full time, set goals early on. And truly act as your own boss.
What has your career with Avon enabled you to do with and for your family that you wouldn't have been able to do otherwise?
Initially the goal was to be able to have additional income without taking the time away from my kids. I stopped working a second job that had a time requirement. I make my own schedule based on what my children’s schedules are. I’ve been able to put them in activities—and that’s actually helped my business. I meet new people and can build my business. It’s been beneficial on both sides. I was able to buy a car. Another benefit was that I’ve also been a model for my children. The idea of setting goals and putting them in place is something they see me do. They see me making phone calls and doing things. I’ve had them help me too. We created a whole factory line. My daughters are more outgoing because they’ve been doing this with me for so long.
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