Today I am relaunching my blog series “ASW’s Entrepreneur Spotlight.” I love this series because I get to learn more about what women our doing in our communities. Every other Friday I will spotlight an entrepreneur who is passionate about their craft. This in turn may inspire you to start your own business venture or work toward a goal you have been putting off. I hope you all will enjoy today’s feature!
Courtney Aiken is a 26 yr old Florida native who is from a small city, a little north of Orlando, called Apopka. She is a proud graduate from the Florida State University, where she received a B.S. in Sociology. Additionally, she received Masters of Science in Higher Education Administration from Florida International University. Currently, she resides in Miami, FL and works full time in the field of Higher Education as an Assistant Director. She also owns her own business as a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant.
As a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant, Courtney sells Mary Kay skin care, body care, fragrances, makeup, and so much more. She helps both men and women learn about basic beauty and skin care regimens (such as anti-aging, acne-prone or sensitive skincare), color application, body care, fragrances, etc. She also assists people with customizing gift packages as well as empowers and supports other women who are interested in starting their own Mary Kay Business.
When she is not working full time, you can find Courtney looking for opportunities to advance her business, researching her next vacation destination, spending time with family and friends, meeting new people at networking events, relaxing on the beach and catching up on episodes all of her favorite shows on her DVR.
ASW: What inspired you to start your own Mary Kay business? How long have you been in business?
I was inspired to start my own business after attending the One Hand One Heart Women Empowerment Seminar last November. One of the guest speakers was a Pastor and she prayed over everyone who was in attendance; she prayed that we would step outside of our comfort zone, that we would no longer be afraid of the unknown, and to be encouraged to try something new. Surprisingly, she shared with us that she was a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant and uses her business to minister to her clients. This event definitely planted the seed for me to explore the idea of becoming an entrepreneur.
Additionally, I have several close friends who are entrepreneurs. I was encouraged and inspired by them to find something that I was passionate about. A spark ignited in me, and after praying about it, I decided to start my own business. I have been in my business a few months shy of a year, since November 2013.
ASW: What is the best part of your job?
The best part of being a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant is being able to be my own boss, make my own hours and I can use the talents and bring the passion that I already have. Also, I love being able to offer personalized services for my clients and create ideal beauty experiences just for them. Whether that includes a one-on-one consultation, a party with friends, a virtual party, helping them find the perfect gift for someone, giving skin care advice and providing makeup tips or free samples. That’s one thing I love about Mary Kay, you can always try before you buy – it truly sets us apart from others.
ASW: What products do your clients typically order?
There is no ONE product that my clients typically order since there are so many different Mary Kay products to choose from. Products range from skin care, makeup, body and sun care, fragrances, men’s grooming, and much more. I do have a few products that have been some of my best sellers. They include: the Satin Hands Pampering Set (both women and men LOVE this), the TimeWise Miracle Set, the Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover and theUltimate Mascara!!
ASW: I absolutely love the CC Cream by Mary Kay. I wear it almost every day. What Mary Kay product do you wear on a consistent basis?
I also wear the Mary Kay CC Cream well almost every day as well! It is such an easy complexion correction that acts like makeup, provides lightweight coverage AND is a sunscreen; it is pretty awesome, huh? I LOVE that it just blends in so naturally and smoothly with my complexion.
Besides that I am very strict with my skin care regimen, so I use the TimeWise Miracle Set daily, which includes our Age-Fighting Moisturizer, 3-In-1 Cleanser, Day Solution Sun Screen Broad Spectrum and Night Solution. The cleanser combines age-fighting benefits plus three essential skin care benefits in one product, to cleanse, exfoliate and refresh – revealing younger-looking skin. The TimeWise Age-Fighting Moisturizer is formulated with a patented complex that reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. All four of these products combined are AMAZING in helping to keep my skin younger-looking!!
The last Mary Kay product that is a staple in my daily routine is my NouriShine Plus Lipgloss. It does wonders for smoothing, protecting and conditioning my lips. Right now, my two favorites are Berry Tart and Au Naturel.
ASW: What advice would you give to young women like yourself who want to go into business for themselves?
The advice that I would give young women like myself who want to go into business for themselves is to step out on faith and just do IT! Take the time to discover what you love and turn your dreams into success; there is no better time than the present. Even when people think you are crazy, keep praying, pushing and pressing forward. Be encouraged and keep people around you who lift you up; there will be times of discouragement, and you will need their support – but do not solely rely on them. You have to remind YOURSELF of the reason why you started in the beginning.
ASW: Where do you see yourself and your business in 5 years?
In 5 years, I see myself continuing to move up in leadership in my Mary Kay business – maybe I’ll be an Independent Sales Director. Who knows? What I do know is that I would like to continue impacting women’s lives and empowering them to be their best selves. It is my goal to make my clients look, feel, smell and truly believe that they are beautiful. I really think that when you are able to make others feel beautiful, it truly makes a difference.
I would love to continue touching lives and sharing this great opportunity of Mary Kay and bringing other women into this company. The founder, Mary Kay Ash, started this company with the vision of enriching the lives of women around the world. Today her vision continues to bring women the opportunity to achieve their potential and bring their dreams to life.
Follow Courtney on Facebook and Instagram
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/cdaikenmarykay
Instagram – http://instagram.com/coco_mk87
Visit her website: http://www.marykay.com/courtneyaiken
I hope you all have a great day and thanks for stopping by!