Nicki Maron is the Chief Marketing Officer of Blushington Makeup & Beauty Lounge
Did you always know you wanted to work in the business industry?
Not at all! I was a college soccer player who wore very little makeup. It was not until my time at Blushington, specifically my first makeup 101 class prior to coming onboard, that I learned the power of makeup and great products!
How did you get into the business industry with Blushington?
Blushington was founded by sister Stephi at the age of 21 with the help of my family. Since then, we have opened locations in California, New York and Texas. Prior to Blushington, I worked in the entertainment business and learned first-hand how to bring words from a script come alive in a movie.
As Chief Marketing Officer, what is your favorite part of the job?
The best part of my job is seeing how makeup can positively change someone’s life. From a teen with acne to a grown adult who doesn’t know how to apply eye liner- Blushington is the place where anyone can feel like a million bucks.
What are some pointers that you can share to fellow business women?
Follow your gut and know that you probably can’t do it all yourself which is why finding a great team is so valuable.
What is your go to beauty tip?
For that very natural look, I always fill in my brows and I usually put concealer on my eye lids. I buff it out with my beauty blender for that very minimal, no makeup look!
Mai Tran is the Founder & CEO of Mai Couture
Have you always been interested in Business?
Yes I grew up in a family with women in business.
What encouraged you to start your own business?
My parents came to America not knowing a single word of English and managed to own their own company within only a few years. This gave me the motivation and truly inspired me to start a business of my own.
What is your favorite part about being a woman in business?
I love connecting and supporting fellow women. Incredible things can happen when women support each other.
Were there any challenges you faced, and how did you overcome them?
Every challenge is a learning experience that made me stronger as an entrepreneur. It was very challenging at the beginning to get the formulation perfect. It took almost 2 years of R&D and several manufacturers to get the product to par. I believe if the product is not good enough for me, then it’s not good enough for anyone.
What are some goals you set for Mai Couture in the future?
My goal is to create a lifestyle brand for the modern woman. Finding and creating solutions for on-the-go.
What is your favorite beauty tip or trick?
I love to use blotting papers as a dry shampoo. It takes away the oil and gives hair volume at the root. Our 2-1 Blotting and Bronzing papers are my favorite as it gives next day hair extra sheen.
What made you decide to start your own business?
I became an empty nest and my best friend opened a blow dry bar in Idaho that was very successful. Even though I had dreamed of doing the same and put plans in to open one in a new community being built. When the owner of the salon I worked at during my 20-30’s fell ill I offered to buy it. It was such a whirl wind transaction! I took over and had to completely re-brand and rebuild. And when I say rebuild I mean EVERYTHING! The salon, the team, the clientele and the brand itself. I renamed it and the rest is as they say history.
What are some things you have learned so far since opening your salon?
I have learned so much since I built this salon May of 2015. I have to put over 30 people’s needs before my own sometimes and listen to what they are saying to have continued success. I need to always remember what it was they were feeling when they came to me. This feeling of responsibility is enormous but so worth it when I see the smiles and hear the laughter in our salon. We are a happy family.
What are your favorite business aspects in the salon?
My favorite part of owning 74 is the people I work with! They are all so eclectic and amazing! Our bonds are great and we all truly enjoy being together! I have a “job” that allows me to give back daily.
Tips on balancing your life as a business woman, mom, and wife?
Tips? What tips? I was hoping you had some for me! I still have not mastered that balance yet… I am typically working until 10 pm with one eye on my phone screen and another on a TV show my husband and I are watching! Any time off I crack open a beer and plant myself in the kitchen for a good 3 hours cooking!
Now that you’re subscribe to your favorite products, what should you do with the empty compacts? Turn your old compacts into solid perfume!
What you’ll need?
-Sweet Almond Oil, or Jojoba Oil
-Fragrant Oils, we love Lavender and Rose Hips
-Empty compact container
Step One- Make sure your compacts are empty and cleaned out!
Step Two- Depending on how much you would like to make you can work on equal parts beeswax and carrier oil. We used 2 tbsp of beeswax and 2 tbsp of jojoba oil.
Step Three- Fill a pot with water and place a heat safe bowl or a smaller pot in the boiling water to melt the mixture. Keep heat on low/medium and slowly stir as the mixture melts. Once your mixture is melted, add the fragrant oils. Add about 15-20 drops of oils per 1 tbsp. You can add more or less depending on how strong you’d like your perfume to be.
Step Four- Finally, pour out your mixture into the empty compacts. After a couple hours the wax will harden.
Now you can take your compact on the go! We love keeping it in our purse for quick perfume touch ups.
Manna Kadar Cosmetics is proud to announce that we have been certified by The Leaping Bunny Program as a cruelty-free cosmetics brand.
The Leaping Bunny Program is made up of eight national animal protection groups that work with companies to help make shopping for animal-friendly products easier and more trustworthy.
Together we can help end cosmetic testing on animals!
Click here to check out the Leaping Bunny Program and see which brands are also certified cruelty-free.
Manna Kadar Cosmetics is the official cosmetics sponsor for Miss California USA and Miss Teen California USA. This is such a great opportunity for us to connect with our community and watch the pageant girls grow each competition. Providing them with our cosmetics, we encourage the contestants to keep their beauty simplified.
Nadia Mejia is Miss California USA 2016, her favorite Manna Kadar Cosmetics product is the Flawless Finish Foundation because it’s a great lightweight foundation that doesn’t feel too heavy and cakey. While working on Miss CA USA projects, Nadia is also a full time model.
Fun Fact- Nadia’s mother actually competed for the Miss USA title in 1989.
Athenna Crosby is Miss Teen California USA 2016, her favorite MKC product is the Priming Lip Locked Stain/ Gloss in the shade Pretty Smart because it is such a fun color for young girls!
Fun Fact- While Athenna is completing High School her goal is to become a disabilities rights attorney and run for public office.
Lisa G from Lisa G Artistry worked on hair and makeup for the shoot. Lisa has her own studio in Southern California. She has been working in the beauty industry for 17 years. Lisa is the Official Makeup Artist for the Miss California, USA Pageant. She also consults with future contestants about the makeup industry and provides them with tips and tricks for the stage and their interviews.
The photos for the shoot were taken by Devyn Leone Photography.
That a wrap! Our exclusive shoot for some new MKC products was a great success. It is always a pleasure to work with such a fun and energetic team.
As summer comes to an end, another school year begins. Keep your makeup routine in check to feel fabulous and confident when you walk the school hallways. This quick and easy makeup routine will keep you looking radiant, no matter how much sleep you didn’t get because you were up late studying.
Step 1- Prime
Prep your skin with a primer so your makeup will stay put from your first class to your last. Runway Ready is an essential makeup base that gives a matte, silky smooth finish that will keep your makeup in place ALL day.
Step 2- Face
Use the Flawless Finish liquid foundation to camouflage the skins imperfections. To set your foundation you can use the Manna Kadar High Definition Powder for a matte, flawless makeup finish. Now add some color to your face with some blush, we chose the shade “Entice” because it’s a neutral based color with notes of pink.
Step 3- Eyes
Creating a muted smokey eye is always fun for an everyday look. Using the Day Dream palette start with the first eye shadow shade on the left to highlight your brow bone. Now on to the second eye shadow shade, use this on your eye lids to make your eye color pop. Lastly, using the third eye shadow shade to apply to your lash line or crease for a defined eye look.
Add a coat of your favorite mascara to darken your lashes for more of an effect.
Step 4- Brows
Add some quick definition to your brows with Brow Fixx, it’s so easy to apply and keeps your eyebrows in place all day long. This product comes in three shades, Blonde, Brunette or Clear.
Step 5- Lips
Lastly, we used the Manna Kadar Lip Locked Stain in the shade “Lucky”. This lip product contains a built in primer as well as a stain, it also has a glossy finish to keep your lip gloss poppin’ all day long.
Now you created a quick and easy everyday school look with just 5 steps! This look is great for every day, or simply add a darker shadow and bold lip for a dressier look.
Good luck with school! Tag us in your photos with #MannaBabe for a chance to be featured!