This chemist turned beauty enthusiast has always been obsessed with beauty and products.
I remember spending countless hours watching makeup tutorials on YouTube and testing out makeup on my family and friends. I was so obsessed with seeing the results. The summer before starting my second year of college, I decided to spend the summer taking professional makeup classes. I also attended the MAC academy in Los Angeles. That following semester, I started working as a freelance makeup artist on my college campus for fashion organizations and modeling groups. Between studying and pursuing my Biology & Chemistry(minor), I was determined to keep pursuing makeup and perfecting it. I love doing makeup, but products were very limited in Statesboro. I would order makeup online but buying new makeup online was a headache, I couldn’t test it out, check consistency or see the products true colors. One day I started researching natural cosmetic formulations and began developing my own lipstick and eye shadow colors. After mixing and matching ingredients, testing products, and creating colors. I was motivated to launch, a natural and affordable makeup line for college students called ABA cosmetics.
After graduating from college with my B.A.&B.S., I knew working in the pharmaceutical industry was not my niche. I felt being a research pharmacist was not my life's passion. I knew I wanted to heal people but I wasn't sure of my direction. With a lot of thought and unyielding faith, I decided to venture back into the beauty industry.
I believe "God delayed my desire to be a healer in the medical field to become a healer of women"
After going back and forth with about my decision, i was having a conversation with my best friend and we were talking about this article I was reading about eyelash extensions. After talking about getting them, she suggested that I should learn how to do it. I was like HUH? She thought I would be good at it because of my attention to detail with makeup. At that time, it wasn't a popular trend in Atlanta, and trying classes were non-existent. I found a trainer in Colorado and took a 3-day lash course to become a certified lash artist. After the first day of the class, I was instantly in love. A year after receiving my lash certification, I was so eager to learn more about the beauty industry and the science behind products and skin. I enrolled in the Elaine Sterling Institution of Esthetics to pursue my license in aesthetic studies.
Over the next two year, I worked with different lash brands and earned several lash certifications with Lash Blvd, Borboleta Beauty, Lash Makers ,Bella Lash and Flawless Lashes. I traveled the world attending numerous conferences, lash trainings and contributed to several beauty vlogging platforms.
After 4 years of practicing esthetics, lashing and traveling, I struggled with finding my balance because I was a beauty chemist at heart. I love the art behind creating products and fostering results. I began taking herbology and organic cosmetic science courses. I was fascinated with how our natural resources could be used to preserve youth. When I would travel, and see women in other countries with beautiful skin, I would always ask them what their secret were and majority of the time, it was a natural resource that they incorporated into their food or applied topically to their skin. I believe women in the United States are accustom to fast and convenient result . We forget the idea of what we feed our bodies inside and out is a direct connection of how we look and feel. There is also a stigma with being "selfish", we as women should feel safe in prioritizing our beauty essentials. We shouldn't feel guilty or think that taking care of our beauty basics are secondary or an added luxury. Our beauty health is a necessity especially what we put on our skin, hair and in our bodies and when we look good we feel better.
This very notion inspired me to create a solution that merged my loves of beauty trends and science together. I envisioned a beautiful and chic environment that catered to beauty-forward women who invests in their beauty health. I believed that every women need personalized care that addressed their individual beauty concerns and lifestyle wants. With this idea, I created Face +Eye +Body Beauty, that help women find their beauty identity of looking beautiful, feeling happy and living healthy.