Were you always interested in a career in the beauty industry?
My career didn't start until my 30th Birthday. I had my 2 son's and the eldest was attending primary school while my youngest was nursery age. I was fed up one day and passed our local college which had an opening day and I wheeled him in there in his buggy, had a quick interview with head of the beauty therapist dept at cumbernauld college and it all started from there.
What made you want to start your own business?
When I qualified in 2003, I was fortunate to start a part time job in Westerwood Hotel. I worked there for over a year and found it quite a back breaking job due to constant massage therapies. I knew at the time I had a secret passion for nails and left that job to start my own business . I wanted to concentrate and become professional as I found that most therapists never had time to learn to administer nails properly.
I dabbled with acrylics but fell in love with Calgel and pursued certification in 2009. I became Glitzy Nailz in February 5th 2010 and have worked here since.
Where do you see your business in the next five years?
I'm a sole trader and work from home at the moment.. Five years down the line I would love to establish myself further by becoming a lecturer at college or renting out a space within a reputable salon in my area.
Do you wear a beauty tunic when providing treatments to clients?
I haven't worn a tunic for a while now but think they look more professional. I had t shirts printed with diamantes but I do prefer a smart tunic. It looks more glam.
What is your favourite Diamond Designs beauty tunic?
I think your Lili tunic is beautiful and would consider purchasing that.
How do you manage your business online?
I have been online for 6 years now and use Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn , Pinterest and Instagram.
I have a normal profile on Facebook and also a business page although I do find that expensive so mainly use instagram now and share with Twitter. I have my posts linked up to fb which kills 2 birds with one stone lol . It's hard work pushing business online and difficult to keep potential clients interested but I've survived .
How important do you think social media is for beauty businesses?
Social media and business is essential these days although I do miss the simplicity of a website.
Are there any accounts you follow to keep up with the latest beauty trends and tips?
My clients are pinterest mad so that's usually the app for ideas and information . I follow Izabelle Hammon CALGEL on all apps to keep updated with colours and new collections and I'm also a big fan of Sam Biddle's work.
I've also been very fortunate on few occasions to have my work published in scratch magazine. I think I'm in it this month but I need to renew subscription and forgot due to funeral this month.
What is your favourite beauty treatment?
Apart from administering Calgel treatment I loved administering Espa facial and body treatments when I worked within Westerwood Spa . They are the most therapeutic beautiful scented products I've ever used . Loved the geranium cleanser. I can still smell that when I think about it .. lovely.
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