*Sings* Allow me to reintroduce myself, my name is HOV (Oh) H -to -the- O-V
I love that line from Jay-Z.
Seriously, my name is Marie and I am the Owner/Originator of Marie Nikole Beauty/Oshun Oasis. In the past, I’ve written quite a few blogs. Life got the best of me, and I took a hiatus. As of late, I’ve been getting the urge to write again. My hands are still full being a mom of two, wife, and business woman. I want to take some time to connect with my beauty peeps on a more intimate level.
In the past, my focus was solely makeup artistry. I love makeup, and the art of enhancing the beauty that is already there. I discovered makeup, being a stay at home mom at the time. Although I had a baby occupying most of my time, I started to fee blah about my appearance. At the time YouTube was new on the scene. I was glued to the computer because I was also starting my loc journey. Then I found a few makeup tutorials. YT was not as saturated with “makeup artists” as it is now. However, I invested in my first palette and the rest was history. Later, I got more serious, and decided to become a certified makeup artist. I was attending school, working 9-5, and taking care of my family. I was exhausted, but it was worth it.
With the industry being super saturated, I felt the need to venture into other parts of the beauty world. I made a few products, but the passion didn’t hit me until the birth of my second child. That’s when Oshun Oasis was born. Now you may ask, why would I pick such a name. Well before the Beyonce Lemonade craze, I’ve always identified with the Goddess and other Orishas.
Oshun is the Goddess of beauty, love, prosperity and fertility. She normally has a handheld mirror and is associated with the peacock according to folklore. I then added Oasis, which means “something serving as a refuge, relief, or pleasant change from what is usual, annoying, difficult”. My mission for my products is to have you feeling beautiful, and help you escape from the hustle and bustle of the everyday stressors. I started with a bath wash. Personally, that’s the only time where I have 10-12 minutes to gather my thoughts and time to myself. I figured other people, especially mothers, felt the same. As time went on, other products were manifesting, and I had a full online store with products selling like hot cakes.
I am now making actual makeup products such as eye shadow, sparkling lip glosses, highlighters etc. All products are made of natural/vegan ingredients. All products are handmade. I’ll blog later how I juggle it all, so I’ll pause here.
If you have topics that you may want me to chat about, please feel free to drop some suggestion. We’re all family here.
Until next time Beauty Peeps, sending love and light your way.