The last two days have been very difficult. Finding out the entire Artistry Team from Bare Escentuals was terminated is so very sad! Not only did they eliminate the Artistry Team, they also "laid-off" people at head quarters.
I knew when Shiseido bought out BE there would be changes & the BE that we knew would cease to exist. But what the giant should have done was study "WHY" BE was so successful! I would like to take a moment to tell the giant why they should have done their homework!!
You know that song from Cheers? Here are the lyrics:
"Making your way in the world today takes everything you've got.
Taking a break from all your worries, sure would help a lot.
Wouldn't you like to get away?
Sometimes you want to go
Where everybody knows your name,
and they're always glad you came.
You wanna be where you can see,
our troubles are all the same
You wanna be where everybody knows
You wanna go where people know,
people are all the same,
You wanna go where everybody knows
B E was a family! It was a brand built on love, support & friendship! Events were a way for ALL OF US to share time with each other & share the love with the company that brought us together! Do you think I need to spend $125 on a Master Class 4 times a year? Or travel to other states for National Artist Events? Drive 362 miles to see Leslie? NO I didn't have to! BUT I wanted too because I knew that at the end of my long drive I would be with people that love me & that understood that having over 600 pots of eye shadow was OK! Because having a friend scream out your name from across the floor & hugging you like its the end of the world, was always worth the trip! Because they understood buying a 20 piece kit for just 1 new eyeshadow was ok! People that loved each other for everything we are & everything we are not! It's unconditional love founded on the grounds of love for BE!
This love has been disrupted by the greed of the giant. My love for my friends will weather any storm! I am sorry I can't say my love for BE will weather this storm. Not to say I will never buy BE and I'm not hating on BE. Hating them will be the most ridiculous action! After all, they did bring me a group of wonderful friends & my severe addiction to makeup! But I can't support the company like I use to. I find I'm not as excited about things any more. Perhaps a bit jaded? They have changed! The makeup is not the same and it's tearing apart the basis of the line! BE is suppose to be natural, from the earth! And they have hurt my friends. My friends mean more to me than any corporate giant! They should have had more respect & appreciation for the people that make BE a success!
So cheers to my friends Alex Pappas, Renee L Smith, Tiffany Kilgore, Allison Yap, Soledad Alberti, Rachel Dye Harper, Nada Antoun & Vicki Parotino. You've all in one way or another touched my life! I am sorry that others could not appreciate your hard work & dedication to this company. But know that you have all changed lives around the country! I love you all & wish you the very best life has to offer!
Love & Sparkles,
PS Thank God they had enough sense to keep Bravon Pascua! God knows what that company would be without him!!!