"I am an independent beauty consultant who teaches women about the importance of using skin care and make up application tips," Linda Leu
"It's one of those businesses that is really recession proof."
She also works as a Mary Kay sales director and teaches other consultants more about the products and how to use them.
business in 2001 and has sold Mary Kay
beauty products to brides, college-aged women, mother-daughter groups and any other women who might need a beauty routine refresher.
"I love the ability to help make women feel special," she
"There is nothing more awesome than having a woman look in the mirror and cry because she
feels and looks beautiful for the first time since she
That is priceless."
Since then, Leu
has reduced a significant amount of debt for her
family, earned the use of a free car for two years and is currently working on earning the privilage again.
has also been awarded three diamond rings for her
success in the business.
"I can hardly call this a job because when I go to work I am going to a party," Leu
said "It is fun girlfriend time where I can help other women feel special and make money."
Brides are one of her
favorite groups of women to work with.
works with women to make sure that their skin is healthy in preparation for the big day.
"When you're getting married, people spend so much time finding the gown, location, the cake and they forget… that the only thing that's going to be there in 25 years are the photos," she
She did not always imagine herself being a beauty consultant.
"Before Mary Kay
, I really didn't wear makeup and certainly did not purchase beauty products to take care of my skin," Leu
She is also a registered nurse who works full time running an insurance company's medical department.
She said that working as an independent beauty consultant has changed her life.
"I've learned how to laugh and I've learned how to dream and I've been able to help women do the same," Leu