I have a problem, and I'm going to share it with the world. I love beauty products!
When I was 14, my mom started working at Clinique. Being from Venezeula, my mom asked me to help translate her training materials and videos. In the process, I learned about daily skin care tips, different product types and even make up application techniques. I enjoyed it so much that my mom asked her Clinique trainers if I could attend workshops with her, and they said yes. I was invited to participate in training sessions, product launches and even help store promotions. My mom loved the help, and the company loved that I worked for free.
Then at 18, I was hired as a beauty specialist at Lancome and make-up was my niche. Using the bright colors of Lancome with the soft style of Clinique, I developed a unique look and a loyal customer base. During this time, my mom decided to go to school to become an esthetician, and I learned even more about skin and beauty. I was her official guinea pig, and it was heaven. Free facials all the time!
When I left for college to study public relations and history, I thought that I was leaving beauty industry behind me. Life is always full of surprises because at 21 I was hired by the Mandarin Oriental Spa in Miami. I was a spa concierge, but my experience with Clinique and Lancome was invaluable for their retail sales. I took training courses for their spa line, ESPA. The products were divine, and the company really knew how to sell them to the employees first. Through the Mandarin, I learned a lot about customer service in the luxury industry and about spas, a whole different world from the beauty counters at the mall.
After graduating college, I went to work for a nonprofit as a public relations professional. It's a fascinating industry, and I've learned more at my current organization than I have from all my previous jobs combined. But something has been missing these past four years, and I realized that I missed the beauty industry. It made me feel like a million bucks to help women feel beautiful and pampered. I long for the sense of excitement of opening a shipment of new products and lathering myself from head to toe in sweet-smelling beauty potions.
There you have my background. Stay tuned for how I became inspired to start a skin care company and blog. Thanks for reading!!!