Tuesday, May 01, 2012

The Brains Behind your Favourite Beauty Sites - Beauty Emporium

Today we have the third instalment in The Brains Behind your Favourite Beauty Sites Series and it's from Stephanie, the mastermind and the solo driving force behind one of my pay day, go to havens, BeautyEmporium.ie.  If you haven't heard of this Mecca for all things beauty then you're in for a real treat.

You're also about to find out, what I've known for quite some time, that's just how generous Stephanie is with both her time and her beautiful bounty. Read on....

Q1.What inspired you to set up your site?

I have always been a make-up junkie and as I spent most of my time in front of a computer for work – I did a lot of online shopping.  I was perplexed at the amount of brands not available in Ireland and that delivery charges were a joke for so many brands. So I looked into setting up a site – started out small with some surplus cosmetics ranges and started going after the brands I wanted to stock on the site and have been ticking them off one by one ever since!

Q2.  How long have you been beautifying the country?

Well I started looking into the site in November 2010, registered the name in December 2010 and launched it in the end of February 2011. So the site has been going for just over 1 year! (It seems so much longer)

Q 3 What's your favourite part of the job?

Has to be the thrill I get from confirming new brands and ranges to site.  I love the whole researching and dealing with the brands – and obviously getting to play with – eh I mean test – all the make-up.  My biggest thrill is really our customers responses to the products and the excitement which some announcements of new brands coming to the site creates – I really feel at home amongst Beautyemporium.ie's customers – like kindred spirits.

Q4 What’s the one thing about your job that people might not know?

Well it seems to surprise some people that BeautyEmporium.ie is pretty much a one-woman show. I started it not sure where it would go and was in employment at the time.  I am now full time and work harder than I have ever had to in my life to maintain the site, keep stock up to date, deal with customers, deal with suppliers, research new brands, PR & Marketing and then pack and ship the orders.  So don’t be surprised if sometimes you receive an e-mail from me at 3 in the morning - it’s a pretty full on job but I love it!  (I do have some lovely family members who help out at busy times  - I’d be lost without them – they know who they are).

Q5.  If I could choose just one product to recommend to a friend?

Ooh so many to choose from - I can’t answer it!  I have made sure my sisters and brother have a Smiths Rosebud Salve for their babies, as they are just brilliant multitaskers and great for nappy rash! Actually I think make-up wise it has to be a Sleek iDivine palette – so handy, great pigment and great value.  The Au Naturel is something I think all make-up bags should have.

Thanks so much, Steph! Isn't she an absolute inspiration, folks? Well get ready to like her just a little bit more. To celebrate the recent makeover on BeautyEmporium.ie and of course this little getting to know you session, Stephanie has very generously offered not only a 10% off to all CherrySue readers today using the code CHERRY10 (You could use it to try out some of the new Daniel Sandler range that has the blogosphere all het up)


We have three bottles of China Glaze Prism up for grabs! (The newest, most stunning glitter polish you're likely to see). All you need to do is like both Facebook pages, BeautyEmporium's and Mine (if you haven't already). Simple! I'll announce 3 winners on the 11th of May. Good Luck and Happy Discount Shopping!

(Psst. if Rafflecopter (the temperamental fecker) isn't showing up, just leave a comment below)

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Lovely Girlie Bits said...

Great post as always Sue! We love Beauty Emporium, Steph will have us broke but looking gorgeous ;)

Makeup Over Mind said...

Great post! I only discovered Beauty Emporium in the past few months and have always has the same thoughts as Steph, which caused her to set up the site! Great to see such innovation for the Irish market. More power to her - always a pleasure to deal with too! :)

Unknown said...

Great post! Stephanie is always such a pleasure to deal with! Can not express enough how I love BeautyEmporium!

blondie said...

Well done Steph, it's a great, professional site, can't believe you do it all on your own, what an achievement

Mand0 said...

I absolutely love your site and BeautyEmporium.ie and now knowing that Stephanie does this all on her own will make me more loyal!! :)

Nurse Fancy Pants said...

Ooh, great giveaway! I love beauty emporium, can't believe it's run by only one woman! Fair play to you, very impressive! I'm mad to try that daniel Sandler blush so I think I'll def be using that discount!

RaraGiggles said...

Fair play Steph, I love ur site!! Brill products at decent prices, and all a one woman show ;) and brill giveaway, fingers & toes crossed, cheers ladies ;)

remeneerb said...

Great post and fabulous giveaway, please include me :) thank you xx

S said...

You're doing a brilliant job with the site Stephanie! Fair play to you, it's one of my favourite sites, and your service is fantastic. Long may it continue! xxx

Breige said...

Great post! :) Strange thing though, when I went to enter the competition,I wasn't following you on Facebook even though I have been since day one! I clicked like again but I just hope it doesn't happen again!

Fiona Darcy said...

Already liked both pages, nice prize!