From: Miami, Fla.
I was a lawyer in Cuba, where I was born.
Traveling, volunteering to help the refugees and contributing as an Angel of Hope to the St. Jude's Children's Hospital.
How I learned about the opportunity:
I was a hostess for a skin care party. And I fell in love with the products instantly after trying them.
"Why Not Me"
My initial reaction was:
I wasn't really convinced I was a good fit for a Mary Kay business. I didn't have experience in sales or beauty products.
When I started my business:
It was incredible to me that I was starting my first business with only $100. Now I say those were the best-invested $100 of my life.
My biggest concern:
Finding customers. I have a small family and couldn't think of who would be my customers. But by using the tools and learning from other Independent Beauty Consultants, I established my client base.
I wanted the extra income from my business to:
Help pay for gas that was getting really expensive. I was hoping to earn about $100 a week extra.
"I hoped for $100 a week extra."
My top three best-sellers are:
TimeWise® Miracle Set® with the TimeWise® Microdermabrasion Set, Peach Satin Hands® Pampering Set and Mary Kay® Creme Lipstick.
Why my skin care and color parties rock:
Especially in tough economic times, my parties become an opportunity for women to meet and have a good time together at no cost.
How my business has changed me:
Mary Kay has enriched my life not only financially, but also professionally. And most importantly, it has enriched me as a human being.
Why I love Mary Kay:
For the opportunity to change women's lives while changing my own life.