Thanks, Poppy!

To say I absolutely love what I do would be an understatement. And it’s not just the hands-on makeup applications that I’m enamored with. I also love the business side of what I do–the marketing, networking, advertising, hiring people, etc. When I was a child, one of my dream jobs was “small business owner.” No joke. I had a kids’ office set with a little planner, “While You Were Out” message pads and memos. And I was very picky about who could “work for” (play with) me.

Finding my passion in life and being able to make a career out of it has brought me so much joy. I want everyone to find a career that they love! Because when you have that, at least in my experience, your work stops feeling like work.

I recently read Lessons of a Lipstick Queen by Poppy King, and loved it. It’s not just a book about Poppy’s rise and fall (and then rise again) in the beauty industry. She shares valuable tips and lessons learned from her life as a successful entrepreneur. In the early chapters, she talks about finding your passion and turning that passion into a career. I have already found my passions (yes, I’m a Gemini–I had to have two), but I think these chapters would be really helpful to someone just starting out on that path.

Poppy tells the reader about her specific experiences to highlight the lessons learned, but it’s not a book about makeup. I think anyone who’s considering starting their own business could benefit from the information in this book. Starting your own business can be very scary, but it can also be the best thing that ever happened to you. Having a book with this many suggestions and ideas might help with the “How the hell am I supposed to make this happen?” question.

I had a concentration in Business in college and spent years working in offices. I have generally found the many business books I’ve read to be dry, confusing, or great sleep aids. But Lessons of a Lipstick Queen is easy to read and understand. I felt like I was getting advice from a been-there-done-that friend or colleague. The tone of the book is casual, which to me, made it feel real.

And from a makeup point of view, her line of lipsticks, Lipstick Queen, is great! I’ll do some product reviews soon.

Here’s where you can get the book:
http://www.amazon.com/Lessons-Lipstick-Queen-Finding-Developing/dp/0743299582/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1298224056&sr=1-1

Have a beautiful day 🙂

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