LipSense and Peeling, Flaking Lips: what’s going on?!

Let’s talk about LipSense and peeling flaking lips! What’s happening the first few weeks I use LipSense? Is it making my lips peel? If you Google “LipSense and peeling/flaking lips”, you may find information about the so-called “exfoliation phase” – but that’s a misnomer! LipSense is not causing your lips to peel or flake. More about the so-called “exfoliation phase” below, and what to do about it! (Meanwhile, join my Facebook group so you can get more tips like this!)
LipSense peeling and flaking lips

The “EXFOLIATION PHASE” with new LipSense users: is LipSense making my lips peel and flake?

No! LipSense does not CAUSE lips to peel or flake or exfoliate.

Your lips, just like the rest of your skin, is always sloughing off dead skin cells. (Like when you scratch your arm and see ashy, dead skin.)

Inferior products with high concentrations of cheap wax (I’m talking to you, Chap Stick!) BLOCK this process while you’re using them. They literally BLOCK hydration and the normal permeability of your lips. Why does a surfer wax their board? To keep water OUT!

Exfoliation is not what your skin does, it’s what YOU DO to hasten this process and remove the dead skin so your skin can look its best. (So when you use an exfoliator like a wet washcloth or loofah in the shower, or Polishing Exfoliator from SeneGence you’re uncovering the younger, healthier skin.)

Glossy Gloss is amazing stuff! Its synthetic, vegan beeswax alternative do NOT block the exchange of moisture from the air (or water you drink) to your lips! USE Glossy Gloss at night after you remove your LipSense.

AVOID using Chap Stick or other crappy lip balms if you want the maximum wear time and most beautiful application of your LipSense! We do have a wonderful Lip Balm if you’re interested, it’s the best one I’ve ever used and I only need to use it ONCE a day… not every 30 minutes like I used to have to use cheap lip balms!

Your lips are SUPPOSED to slough off (peel, flake) just like the rest of your skin… treat them well by gently scrubbing them every night with a damp washcloth and applying Glossy Gloss (or our lip balm!) and you’ll wake up to baby soft lips.

DRINK your WATER!!! Stay hydrated and use Glossy Gloss to heal chronically chapped lips (like it did mine!). (See: Glossy Gloss to help chronically chapped lips)

Science buffs who want more info can go here to read more about the so-called “exfoliation phase”.

If you prefer, you can watch this video all about why your lips may peel or flake when you start LipSense:

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Saying Goodbye to “Low Maintenance”

I’ve spent the last couple of years saying goodbye to the concept of “low maintenance“. Because the truth about low maintenance is that it’s often a cover for feelings of unworthiness. When a woman says she’s low maintenance, she might really be feeling “I’m not worth it“.

The truth about the low maintenance woman

Of course there are exceptions. Some women simply prefer not to wear makeup or spend money on their hair or wardrobe. But it was certainly the case for me. When I prided myself on being low maintenance, the truth was I simply felt unworthy. I thought I shouldn’t be spending money on myself. (But I had no problem spending on my kids!)

When I shopped, I often settled for something I didn’t love. Price meant more to me than having a wardrobe I felt great about.

The result was that I had many functional items in my wardrobe. I was proud that I got them on the cheap. But, I didn’t truly love or feel great in those things. This isn’t frugal in the long run. And it’s not exactly emotionally healthy either.

I vowed to change this. It started with a new purse. I desperately needed a replacement for my current handbag (yes, I only owned one!). And since it’s an accessory that gets lots of use and abuse, I decided not to settle for a $5 thrift store find. Instead, I hunted for a high-quality leather purse.

I picked it up at a consignment shop I love, with tags still on. It cost $25. I may have had to perform deep breathing exercises while I handed over my debit card. Later, I found that this particular purse retails for $150. It’s Italian leather. Score!

Playing in the dirt … with a stylish hat and pink frilly skirt.

To further battle my tendency towards low maintenance, I restarted my Stitch Fix subscription. And I love it. I dislike shopping, but I do want to look stylish. I like having a minimalist wardrobe of pieces that I truly love and feel comfortable in.

Do you think of yourself as a low-maintenance kind of gal? 

While we label ourselves this way, we may simultaneously envy and judge women we deem high-maintenance. Since we feel unworthy, we’re uncomfortable with women who didn’t share that sentiment about themselves.

Have you ever met a little girl who is low maintenance?

I haven’t. My four daughters love a little maintenance. They love to play dress up, to do their make-up and their hair. Mani-pedis are de rigeur. They take their appearance seriously. And they have fun with it!

My girls have definite preferences for their clothing too. And I applaud this. Because low maintenance sometimes means…

“I don’t feel good enough about my personal style to project it into the world, so I’ll just accept whatever to avoid being judged.”

If you discover that under your label of “low maintenance” you’re also struggling with feelings of unworthiness, what can you do? 

Start small. The next time you need something, whether it be a purse or shoes, don’t buy the cheapest thing available. Wait until you find something you really love. Spend a little more for quality. Stretch a little. LipSense, for example, costs $25 – but it’s a higher quality product that will last for 4-18 hours after you apply it. The Glossy Gloss healed my chronically chapped lips when no lip balm ever did

Spend time pampering your nails. Instead of shrugging it off as a waste of time, enjoy how your lovely hands make you feel more sophisticated and ladylike. (And wear gloves when you do housework!)

Find a grooming mentor. Maybe she’s the stereotypical French girl who masters the art of being effortlessly chic. Or your stylish Aunt who wore pearls to the grocery store. If she’s just an idea, give her a name. “What would Gabriella do?” Would Gabriella wear sweatpants to run errands? Non! 

Take care of your skin. Falling asleep without caring for your skin isn’t low-maintenance, it’s irresponsible. Just as we clean our teeth carefully before bed (because we only get one set!), we should also care for the skin we’re in. Take just a few minutes to remove makeup and apply a nice face cream (see my morning and evening skin care routine here).

What do you think? Are you a recovering low maintenance girl? 

My Morning and Evening Skin Care Routine (and why I love taking the time for it!)

In the video I posted in the Facebook group earlier, I shared my morning and evening skin care routine. I used to hate taking time to do this stuff and often skipped it (bad I know!), but now I relish it. It’s a mini spa treatment twice a day and I guard it carefully! It helps that these products feel great and are fun to use. I can feel my skin saying thank you when I take time to apply the SeneGence skin care products. I talk more about my favorites below.

Why It’s Important to Be Faithful To a Morning and Evening Skin Care Routine

Even if we manage to do our skin care in the morning, evenings are often a chaotic time for us moms, especially if we have young ones that are a bit high maintenance at night. We and our little ones are tired, perhaps a bit cranky, and the youngest is usually needy and wanting to be cuddled. There are baths to take, teeth to brush, stories to read. It’s easy to say, “Eh, forget it!” when it comes to our evening skin care routine.

But this is a mistake. Our skin regenerates and heals when we sleep and it’s important that we apply products that can support this process. SeneGence skin care products contain SenePlex complex, a kinetic enzyme that increases the cellular renewal of the skin. Meaning that it regenerates faster, exposing younger, more radiant skin!
In addition, skin care really does make a difference. Since I started using SeneGence skin care, my face has a more even tone, no more uncomfortable dry patches, and I have only gotten two small blemishes (I used to get a couple each month). So, it’s worth taking the time to do it.
It’s also a small, easily accessible but important part of self care. Like exercise and other habits that make us feel and look good (but because of their “important but not urgent” status are too easily overlooked), it’s worth taking the time to perform these self care rituals.

I find that I’m more likely to do my skin care routine (and care for my teeth!) if I do it shortly after dinner, before I’m exhausted late at night and more likely to shrug it off.

Morning and Evening Skin Care Routine

My Morning and Evening Skin Care Routine

A little more about each thing I described in the video here: (in my Facebook group)
MORNING Skin Care Routine:
I wash my face with a TINY drop of 3 in 1 Cleanser for Normal to Dry skin. I was formerly using the Dry formula, but my nose would get a little oily in the middle of the day so I switched and no longer have that issue.
(Some people need to use a different cleanser for different times in their cycle because hormones affect oil production.)
This product makes my skin feel clean without that parched feeling.
Then I put a little Anti-Wrinkle Treatment onto wrinkles. This product contains natural ingredients that “relax” wrinkles and stimulate cell production (including green tea extract and jojoba seed oil)
Then I put a drop of SeneSerum C in my hand and two sprays of Climate Control, mix them together and apply.
SeneSerum C is a 100% natural blend of stabilized Vitamin C which stimulates collagen production and reverses cell damage. It fights “urbanization” and delivers Vitamin C to the skin. This product lightens age spots.
Climate Control, which many call a miracle in a bottle is pure hydration that evens out the skin’s “climate”, making it more luminous. It contains hyaluronate (which Dr. Oz has talked about on his show as being one of the best anti-aging ingredients!) and glucosamine which helps skin maintain elasticity and is a natural anti-inflammatory.
Then I put on Dark Circle Under Eye Treatment. It tightens up bags with caffeine and Madonna Lily flower extract and even “gobbles up” leaky capillaries and helps strengthen them to avoid leaking blood into the area (which is a contributor to darkness in the area).
Some people say they can feel this product tightening up the skin under their eyes!
Then I apply DayTime moisturizer. This product got rid of the uncomfortable dry patches on my cheeks.
And finally, Lip Volumizer. I can’t tell if this product is working or not. I should’ve taken before pics! I do think it makes my lips look less “wrinkly” because it’s designed to deliver a ton of moisture to the lips (and increase collagen – some people say it gives them a lip line where they didn’t have one before because collagen supports the structure of their lips!).
Then I dab on EyeLuminator (a mix of Eye Creme and Pearlizer). It lightens up the undereye area and is silky smooth and won’t affect makeup application or make your makeup slide around. It feels wonderful on and brightens up the eyes. Love it!
NIGHTTIME Skin Care Routine
If I’m wearing our LashSense waterproof mascara, I use Foops! makeup remover to gently remove it, then wash my face with Normal to Dry Cleanser.
I do the same Anti-Wrinkle Treatment, Climate Control and SeneSerum C, Dark Circle Corrector.
But this time I add a couple of drops of Nangai Oil to the mix to super-hydrate my skin at night, then apply Night Creme.
I wish I could BATHE in both of these because they’re so amazing!
Nangai Oil is a 100% pure triglyceride which creates a moisture barrier to the skin and decreases the moisture loss. It’s also amazing for any type of rash or wound. I also LOVE LOVE LOVE the night creme. (Both of these products smell like a warm beach and a fruity beverage LOL!) It makes my skin feel baby soft.
Then, I put on Collagen Night Pack which is a unique product that I’ve never seen the likes of before. It creates a sort of protective veil to seal in all the wonderful stuff you’ve applied and prevent it from rubbing off on your pillow.
Collagen Night Pack creates a buffer like a cushion that decreases folds in the skin causes by your pillow! It rebuilds collagen while you sleep and contains seaweed, caffeine, collagen, hyaluronate (that ingredient Dr. Oz loves again!), bamboo extract, arnica, green tea and vitamin E for more anti-oxidant benefits.
I do a final application of Lip Volumizer (then later on, I put on lip balm or glossy gloss which is the reason my chronically chapped lips have healed!).
All this takes me about 5 minutes, twice a day, but it feels like a miniature spa. 
Message me if you want to try any of these! If you’re local to me, I’ll let you try full-size products for a week in your home so you can test them out. 

I Got My SeneCar! (Earning a car lease reimbursement from SeneGence)

So that’s my dorky self hugging my brand new, 2017 Toyota Sienna. I guess you could say I was excited. I earned a car lease reimbursement from SeneGence – which was my big goal when I started my LipSense business and became a distributor back in late April.

A car lease reimbursement is a somewhat common perk of direct sales companies. Think of the pink Mary Kay Cadillac, or the Tupperware Lady’s Wagon. (True story, my mom was a Tupperware Lady and we drove a Tupperware wagon for years!)

I think this is a wonderful reward. Not only is it AWESOME to drive a brand new car off the lot (you guys, I’ve NEVER owned a new car in my entire life!), but it’s also a great sales tool.

I can point outside when I’m talking to someone about my business and say, “You see that sparkly new car outside? I earned that from my company!

At that point, I definitely have their attention! The sales guy at the Toyota dealership was pretty cool… he was shocked when he found out that I earned this car. “You must sell a lot of lipstick!” was his surprised response.

Teehee. I love it.

Car Lease Reimbursement from SeneGence

People don’t always take direct sales seriously, mostly because they tried it and failed, or know someone who did.

Here’s the thing: I know lots of people who have built full time incomes with their direct sales business. Growing up, I was in a household where I saw my mom make great money with a few different companies. I KNEW what was possible.

Yet the first time I tried the business (14 years ago, with a health supplements company), I failed miserably!

I explain here the 8 reasons why I believe it’s possible to be successful with SeneGence over other companies.

There I am driving some of my 7 kids around (they’re not all pictured). It feels so good to be in a NICE, SAFE car!

I met this goal of earning the car lease reimbursement in only 3 months in my business. These results aren’t typical, but they are common enough – I’ve seen many women achieve the same in a similar time frame in my company!

It does take work to make a direct sales business work. But it’s fun work. It’s fulfilling work. I help women feel more beautiful and confident, and I get paid to do it! I also love that I’m helping women meet THEIR income goals. The distributors on my team motivate me to be the best leader I can be, and they tell me that I inspire them. What a neat way to earn money!

Please contact me if you have any interest in learning more or if the idea of earning a new car, paid for each month by SeneGence, interests you! Leave a comment below or email me directly at


8 reasons why it’s easier to be successful with SeneGence than other companies

I’ve been studying the direct sales industry for years. As a blogger who hung out with work at home moms and wrote about the topic for over a decade, I had a lot of time to study it. And below I list 8 reasons why it’s easier to be successful with SeneGence than other direct sales companies.

Since becoming a distributor I’ve had the opportunity to meet a lot of women who were previously in another direct sales company but who made little money, but who are experiencing much success in SeneGence/LipSense.

I’m included in this group – I worked hard for a long time at a business whose products I loved but made no money. I worked my business every day, attended trainings, learned about the product, followed the system of my upline, and totally loved the products and the company.

But I failed miserably after a solid year of consistent work!

8 reasons why it's easier to be successful with SeneGence than other direct sales companies
On the other hand, I have enjoyed fast success in SeneGence.

In only 3 months, I earned the car lease reimbursement. I’m pictured below with my brand new car that SeneGence pays for each month.

I earn a full-time income and it grows every month, despite the fact that I work very part time hours, especially now that homeschool is back in session!

What makes the difference? Why did I fail so miserably at that other direct sales business but have fast success with SeneGence?

(Please note: I am NOT dissing other direct sales companies! I love this business and grew up around it. I also support other direct sellers when at all possible, preferring to buy from work at home moms than supporting big box stores. Even though I’m a happy customer of some other direct sales companies however, I have found it’s far easier to make money with SeneGence.)

After thinking about this at length, and observing and talking with other distributors in the company and those on my own team, I’ve come to the conclusion it’s because of the following things:

8 Reasons Why It’s Easier to be Successful with SeneGence Than Other Companies

1) In SeneGence, we sell consumable products.

This means they have to be reordered because they’re used up (unlike a “one and done” like a water filter). And, almost all women are ALREADY in the habit of using makeup and skin care.

In other words we are not having to convince someone to change their habit or to use a product that they don’t already use and understand. We don’t have to convince someone to lose weight, stay on a regimen, etc.

Our target market is HUGE. Even women who never wear lipstick do use skin care and/or other makeup.

2) SeneGence has a low barrier of entry.

With some companies, an initial investment of thousands of dollars is required. In SeneGence, it takes just $55 to start, and you don’t have to place a large initial order if you’re not in a position to. You can collect payment and do pre-orders.

3) LipSense is easy to “wow!” customers with. 

With health products, it may take months of product use before people see a difference. It can be difficult to convince people to buy hundreds of dollars worth of health supplements before they feel better.

However, in SeneGence, we can wow our customers in *seconds* by swiping our lip color and showing that it’s smudge-proof, or by posting a quick video on social media.

4) Our business is FUN and “light”.

We don’t have to worry about the FDA cracking down on us for making health claims (as in the case of a health direct sales business), or delving into people’s personal health issues, worrying about drug interactions or deal with endless questions about safety and ingredients (this was such a pain when I was in a health company!).

We’re helping women feel more beautiful and confident and we get paid to do so! How fun is that? We get to play with makeup and make money getting in touch with our inner little girl.

5) Lipstick is recession proof.

History shows that even in times of economic recession, the sale of lip color does not drop. When people have money problems they will stop buying health supplements and clothing but women will find a way to buy their favorite lip color even if it means scrimping in other areas.

6) An abundance of training is available.

There is such an abundance of training both inside the company website from corporate and from distributors who freely share their knowledge on Facebook and YouTube. There isn’t a culture of scarcity where distributors hoard their secrets of success!

7) Our compensation plan is generous and it’s possible to earn full time income in months instead of years.

Our founder, Joni Rogers-Kante, envisioned a company with a generous compensation plan that rewarded more to the distributors rather than corporate. SeneGence is the result!

As a SeneGence distributor, we earn generous commissions on our downline team’s sales. We also have the opportunity to earn immediate cash on retail sales!

Not every company allows their distributors to sell the products at retail because everyone pays the same price, in some cases being enrolled into the company auto-ship (which is a hard sell to a new customer who doesn’t want to hand over their credit card number!).

Those companies advertise this as a benefit, but a distributor who is in the position to immediately earn cash in her first week in business via retail sales can use that money right away to put gas in her car, buy the big box of diapers, spoil her kids or herself with something new or pay a bill.

8) Stable company, not a “ground floor” with no history of success.  

SeneGence has been in business for 18 years (since 1999) and has the infrastructure in place for massive growth without folding. We have just come through a period of huge growth (over 2200% from April 2016-2017!) and dealt with slow and out of stock situations, and we have come out the other side.

Many companies who have the kind of growth we experienced last year would have simply folded!

And yet since most people have still never heard of SeneGence, we have the opportunity to be the person to introduce it to them.

What’s holding you back from joining us?

If you would like to learn more, watch this video in which I touch on these points and explain why people who were unsuccessful in other direct sales businesses are having fast success with SeneGence!

If you would like to learn more about how I’ve been able to build a team of 69 distributors, earn a full-time income including a paid-for car, please leave a comment below and I’ll be in touch.

Facebook Live Sale Tonight!

Update: I didn’t get this post published before my Live Sale went live, so I apologize! But Facebook was having issues tonight and I was unable to see comments, so I had to cut my sale short.

It’s still “active” for the next 24 hours though and I have some great discounts and freebies so check it out!


I’m so excited for my live Back to School/Vacation’s Over sale tonight!

There will be NEW products and colors that I’ve never had in stock before.

Be sure to check out the skin care albums to learn more about our amazing anti-aging skin care! (Click on Photos, them Albums)

It’s packed with natural ingredients (such as nangai oil, volcanic ash, vitamins and essential oils, plant and herb extracts) as well as some of the cutting-edge stuff Dr. Oz is always talking about (hyaluronic acid, Vitamin C, etc)

Here are some of the special deals I’m offering JUST for the next 24 hours or so (ending 8 PM Eastern time Saturday!)

– EVERY sale gets a free gift. I had so much fun picking these out!! They’re all fun and girly and I’ll try to match your gift to you (stalking of your Facebook may be involved LOL!)

– All orders over $50 get free shipping AND a free gift

– All orders over $100 get 10% off and a free gift

– ALL orders get an entry into the giveaway for a free ShadowSense!

See you tonight at 7 pm Eastern!

And please tell your friends: I have a separate giveaway going on now for adding friends to this group, so you could win two products 🙂

Go here to see the live video and to shop:

Bella LipSense: why you need this perfect neutral matte lip color!

Bella LipSense is the perfect starter color. It’s one of my best-selling colors and one of the company’s bestsellers too.

Bella LipSense

Bella LipSense is a wonderful everyday neutral. It’s a matte pinky-brown that looks good on everyone!

Unlike many other longwearing lip colors, LipSense doesn’t dry out your lips. My chronic chapped lips have healed since I began using LipSense exclusively. Read more here: How LipSense healed my chronic chapped lips and lip balm addiction.

Message me at to get your hands on Bella LipSense, or to ask me how to get a discount!

Bella LipSense is a gorgeous color for autumn which is coming up soon. Can you see yourself wearing it with a cardigan and brown boots?! I can.

Join my Facebook group to see Bella on some of my customers and a variety of women with different skin tones and eye/hair colors.

Click here to add yourself: LippyChic Beauty Boutique


Join me tomorrow? I’m giving away a Starter Collection ($55 value!)


I hope your Sunday afternoon is treating you well! I’m currently enjoying a little vacay on Tybee Island… if you’re not from around here, you may not realize that Georgia has a coastline but indeed it does!

I wanted to drop you a super quick note to let you know that tomorrow (Monday, August 28th) I’m doing a live event on Facebook with some of my Savannah girls – these are ladies who are also SeneGence/LipSense distributors who will be sharing their business stories.

If you’ve been curious at all about how this business works and how we earn money, tune in! I’m giving away a starter collection of LIpSense ($55 value!) to one participant.

All you have to do is join this Facebook group:

And be there at 7 eastern tomorrow night. See you there!

p.s. I’ve never been on a week long vacation in my entire adult life, but we’ve been able to do that because of this business. I’d love to share more and answer any questions you have during the live event. And if you can’t make it, reach out and we can talk another time.

Not on Facebook? I’ll be doing the entire presentation live on Instagram too! Follow me here:

3 Minute Mom Makeup Tutorial

Often, moms don’t take the time to put makeup on in the morning if they’re staying home with the kids. I have 7 kids so I could certainly justify being too busy for makeup! However, I find that taking just 3 minutes to put on a little makeup helps me feel put together and even happier – it increases my “momfidence” and even makes me a more effective parent! You can read more about my 3 minute mom makeup tutorial below or watch the video!

3 Minute Mom Makeup Tutorial

3 Minute Mom Makeup Tutorial

Here are the steps:
– On a clean face I apply Color Correcting Tinted Moisturizer by SeneGence. (This product is wonderful! It nourishes the skin and contains our anti-aging SenePlex complex.)
– I curl my eyelashes and apply mascara (I use LashSense because it’s waterproof and perfect for the current hot, humid Georgia summers and for water play with the kids!)
– Brush my brows into place.
– Apply a tiny bit of BlushSense – a smudge and water-resistant, long-wearing blush.
– Apply LipSense – a long-wearing, smudge-proof (super important for moms since our little ones are always touching our mouths!) lip color.

This video is 7 minutes long, but it’s because I was chatting with people during it on a Facebook Live and repeating myself a little bit. When I’m alone it only takes 3 minutes. 😉

What do you think? How long does it take you to put on makeup in the morning? Do you wear it even if you’re not going anywhere?

p.s. SeneGence products are wonderful for busy moms because they’re a “one and done”! No reapplying lip color, no smudgy stuff that comes off on your baby or clothes. So easy!

My favorite thing about my SeneGence/LipSense business…

My favorite thing about senegence/lipsense

I love how LipSense and SeneGence products make women feel as lovely on the outside as they are on the inside.

And I also love having a part in helping them create their own business.

It’s truly about so much more than lip color!

If you’re interested in joining me, please check out my Q and A group on Facebook here: LippyChic Exclusive Business Q and A

We go live on June 24 (Monday), at 7 pm Eastern. If you can’t make it, the videos are recorded for viewing later. Or, simply email me at clauth at gmail dot com or leave a comment. I look forward to getting to know you better!