I HAVE RECENTLY DISCOVERED AN INCREDIBLE NEW BRAND OF MAKE UP, FALLEN IN LOVE WITH THEIR AMAZING LIP PAINTS AND BEEN OOGLING THE NEW EYE PALETTE, BOTH THE PACKAGING AND IT’S CONTENTS. I WAS BEYOND DELIGHTED TO LEARN MELLOW COSMETICS IS A NEW ZEALAND COMPANY, DESIGNED BY THE 30-YEAR-OLD MAMA OF TWO NO LESS. SO INSPIRED AM I, BOTH BY THE LUXE PRODUCTS SHE’S CREATED, AND HER STORY, I WANTED TO SHARE MORE OF HER FACE BEHIND THE BUSINESS.
ABOUT THE BUSINESS:
WHERE DID THE ORIGINAL IDEA FOR YOUR BUSINESS COME FROM?
I always wanted to work for myself and design my line of clothing, but never had the chance to take time off from work to pursue this! After I had my baby I was watching a makeup tutorial on YouTube and the idea of my own makeup line came into my head.
WHAT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF WITH THE LAUNCH OF YOUR COMPANY?
The fact that we have grown into an international company and not just a local brand.
WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST DIFFICULT PART OF YOUR JOURNEY?
Trying to develop the best quality product and dealing with factories to achieve excellent results.
WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST REWARDING PART OF THIS EXPERIENCE?
Getting to work from home and watch my son grow every day! Flexible hours of work and doing what I love as well.
DO YOU HAVE PLANS TO EXPAND YOUR RANGE?
Absolutely! I am working on my next range right now! I plan to introduce a couple of new products every year! You have to keep it interesting in this industry.
WHAT’S YOUR MANTRA OR THE ONE PIECE OF ADVICE THAT HAS STUCK WITH YOU THROUGH THE PROCESS OF STARTING YOUR OWN BUSINESS?
Not losing momentum, staying focused and always staying positive has helped me a lot!
TELL ME A LITTLE ABOUT YOU OR YOUR FAMILY.
I’m a 30 year old mum of two, my nationality is Persian but grew up in Auckland! My family and our health comes before anything else in my life. I would like to consider myself as a peaceful calm person on the inside, yet excited and bubbly on the out!
HOW DO YOU JUGGLE BEING A MAMA AND RUNNING A BUSINESS?
It keeps me on my toes! I learnt as I went along to organise my time and prioritise, my time is mainly for my son, but my make up line is also a huge part of my life. I work mostly at nights or in the afternoons, this way I get to spend time with my son when he is at home and not at day care. It is definitely hectic at times but I keep going, I love what I do and also being a Mum so it doesn’t bother me.
DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS ON HOW TO MAKE A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS WORK WITH A YOUNG FAMILY?
I believe having the young family is what gives me the drive to push further and work harder for a more successful and better future for my family! Of course I have a supportive family who help me along the way! It gets difficult running a household with kids but you have to learn to prioritise and manage your work and find time to also focus on the business.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE ACTIVITY OR OUTING?
We love going to the beach as a family!
HOW DO YOU GET ‘ME TIME’ AND WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING TO ACHIEVE THAT?
My ‘me time’ is when I meditate before bed or in the afternoon when my son is sleeping. It relaxes me and I get to leave my stress behind and focus on myself for a bit even if it’s 5-10 minutes a day.
WHAT WORDS OF ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO ANYONE WANTING TO START THEIR OWN BUSINESS?
Just do it! If you believe in your heart that this is the right thing to do and you can succeed you can do it!
YOUR GO TO MEAL?
Salt and Pepper Squid with Salad! Love Seafood!
YOUR CHILD’S FAVOURITE FOOD?
Rice and Chicken!
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