A few years ago, I met sweet Sylvia through an externship, and we've remained in contact ever since. And I was thrilled when she asked me to photograph her and her newest passion! We met up a few weeks ago to capture this exciting venture she's been dreaming of for some time! Sylvia is one of those people that you instantly adore, and her warmth, happiness, and genuine heart radiates brightly from the inside out. And she is just as beautiful on the outside! No doubt Sylvia has been celebrating all week, as her online store, Hello Beautiful!, just launched this past weekend! Keep reading to learn all about what inspires her and her oh so gorgeous products! Sylvia, congratulations on pursuing your dreams!!!
Meet the sweet, beautiful, and inspirational Sylvia!
Stewart Imagery: What inspired you to create your beauty products? How did you get started?
Hello Beautiful!: My initial journey for creating my products started with prayer because I wanted to communicate to every woman that they have innate beauty ordained by God. I wanted to create products that accentuated that beauty no matter the shade of skin.
SI: What is the name of your product line?
HB: I named my product line Hello Beautiful!, a phrase that I believe describes every woman. The goal of Hello Beautiful! is to remind women of their innate God-given beauty while also providing products that complement their skin tones.
SI: Do you have a website that you'd like to share?
HB: My store is at: www.hellobeautifulstore.etsy.com, and I am also on Instagram @hellobeautifulstore!
SI: What is your favorite product that you offer? Why is it your favorite?
HB: I think all of my products have unique attributes that I love! For women who want an anti-aging product Hello Beautiful! Lipsticks include organic sencha green tea oil and avocado oil, both of which are high in antioxidants and vitamins that prevent skin-aging. My Hello Beautiful! Pearl Lip balm is a clear multifunctional formula— it can be applied under my lipsticks for extra hydration or dabbed on dry facial skin to moisturize and heal.
SI: What makes your products unique?
HB: Many cosmetics are toxic. The proof is in the studies that have revealed cosmetics like lipstick to be a chemical melting pot of lead, dangerous metals, and hormone disrupters (Source). Hello Beautiful! products are made with organic ingredients like organic sencha green tea oil, organic shea butter, and organic calendula flower oil. My products are not tested on animals, are lead-free, and do not contain nano-particles.
You can also mix Hello Beautiful! Lipstick colors together to make new colors like brick red, red violet, and russet red orange.
SI: Do you have plans for future products that you'd like to share a little bit about?
HB: I am planning to release another skin product that can help with rashes, irritations, and even burns that commonly affect the skin. My skin is prone to rashes, so I know what it feels like to need a product made with organic ingredients to solve the problem quickly.
SI: Your packaging is stunning! What inspired you in designing and creating it?
HB: Thank you! Black and gold is classy and sleek— which is exactly how I want my customers to view their Hello Beautiful! products. Each lipstick is named after the jewel that pertains to its color. The oval tubes help with application by providing a wide width for the broad parts of the lips and narrow ends for outlining the sides of the mouth.
Ohhhh, Sylvia, you have THE best smile!
SI: What is the best advice that you've received while starting your business?
HB: Keep moving forward and do so with help. Keep people in your corner who will cheer you on, but will also be truthful with you and tell you if something isn’t working. I have my family to thank for constantly encouraging me and giving me excellent advice.
SI: What advice would you offer others who have dreams of starting and pursuing their passion?
HB: Go for it! Now is the opportune time. As C.S. Lewis said, “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”
SI: Please feel free to share anything else that you'd like potential customers to know about you and your products!
HB: I am now taking requests for custom orders for showers, parties, and events. If you would like to have a Hello Beautiful! product party hosted or if you have questions about custom orders, please contact me at email@example.com.
Sylvia, what an honor it has been to work with you! Thank you for sharing your truly beautiful story with me! Wishing you a bright and fulfilling future as you launch Hello Beautiful!