Thursday, January 12, 2012

Change isn't always good!

Hi Beauties,
 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
Your name.
You wanna go where people know,
people are all the same,
You wanna go where everybody knows
your name."

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!!!


  1. Sums up a lot on how I am feeling also! vxoxoxo

  2. Oh Jess, My Heart & Soul ache for all you have stated. It's the truth and I being ignornt had no idea as many have mentioned they saw the writting on the wall. I was not so invisioned, I'm very sad to admit. I love everything as you said the few I've had the pleasure of meeting and those that have brought such light, love & laughter into my otherwise same ol same ol life. I'm proud to call so many of you friends. You have become such a bright spot for me. You have taught me that nothing is impossible if you look inside yourself and really see the beauty there! Find it and share it and be happy with yourself because you are beautiful and worthwhile! Thsnk you for staying in my life and continuing to be my friend, with all these changes I don't know how much more I can take at this point, and so much disappointment. So here is to you, a remarkable woman with a beautiful heart and a graceful soul, kerp on keepin on Jess, if you please... With Sincerity and Love your friend Marie

  3. Very well said Jess. I have made so many friends thru BE, both here in New Hampshire and also here on the internet. Nothing will ever take away from all the lovely ladies I have had the pleasure of getting to know. i to am disillusioned by the decisions that are being made and things are not quite the same but I know I will still buy BE. I will see what the future brings.

  4. Jess you hit the spot. Because of B.E. is you and your blog. Because of B.E. is your genorosity and kindness that only certain people can understand. Because of B.E. I found the path of sisterhood that noone can't take away from me. No matter what the changes that takes place I will forever have the memories of how it all began with ME and B.E. I hope that with the friendship circle we have will never fade over time, into years.

  5. Saddened by this news and also for those that were left jobless. I too, will access the changes and decide then how I feel about BE. But I LOVE makeup and will continue to be excited whenever I read what it is you're commenting on. Keep on sparkling! <3 Anne

  6. Sigh. Just sigh. When I heard about the sale I read everything I could because I had a bad feeling. The International Asian corporate business model is NOT the model BE grew and thrived on. I kept my hopes up. Then things started to change. Subtle at first but over the last few months subtle went right out the window. Bombarded by whole new product lines that look an awful lot like what everyone else is selling. Old favorites shunted to the discount list in record time. And now this? I haven't been to a boutique in over a year. I live more than 45 minutes the closest one and all the ladies I knew who worked there left. I do all my chitchatting an shopping online and in the past year I'm more likely to buy extras from a fellow BE lover than from the website. My local Ulta, my only BE source, is a sloppy mess. And unfortunately I am not one of those people who can afford to take off work for the classes and trips. So this whole chain of events leaves me looking at a rather pricey collection of makeup, having thrown all other makeup away, wondering where to go from here. Just... sigh.