Saturday, 27 April 2013

Inspiration: Marissa Carter of Carter Beauty

So I have decided to do some posts about people who inspire me/who I aspire to be like. The first up is Marissa Carter, an obvious choice - I don't know too much about her (and have never met her so this post may make me sound like a bit of a stalker - I promise I'm not) but even the little I do know makes her top the poll of inspiration.

Marissa Carter is an Irish entrepreneur who set up her own beauty salon, Carter Beauty, in Dublin. More recently (and how I heard of her) is from her tan "Cocoa Brown". I heard Marissa speak about her tan at a blogger meet up (organised by the incredible Adoreabubbles) in Dublin in December. Marissa went through a little bit of her history and told us how she decided she wanted to make her own product, as well as how she made it, about contacting different wholesalers and she gave us a very detailed description of all the ingredients in her tan, what they were, what they do and why she chose to include them. Marissa's energy and passion for her product were contagious, her wealth of knowledge was incredible (if they made some kind of University Challenge of tan and ingredients in beauty products she would definitely win), her presence was captivating and she looked incredibly glamorous the whole time. There aren't many people who could enter a room, give a short talk and leave literally everyone in said room wanting to be them but honestly Marissa did just that. I remember (and I'm pretty sure will never forget) a part of Marissa's talk where she said she had "caught the bug" that had lead to her creating her tan, and her enthusiasm was so electric that it resonated within me and it's what made me realize that I had "caught a bug" too (albeit for something completely different to designing a product). I know it sounds a bit made up, but honestly Marissa's enthusiasm made me realize what I wanted to do as my career!

And here is the very embarrassing/strange part about this post - I received a bottle of Cocoa Brown tan at said meet up and I haven't touched it since I got home; I have this really weird thing of saving any product I think is special - it's why I only use my UD naked palettes if I'm going to a big event or why I've had my Guerlain meteorites for about 7 years - they are too precious to use. I know this is a bit silly considering that Cocoa Brown hits around the €7 mark but for me I think it's more that that particular bottle is special because it holds some kind of sentiment of how I felt during the meet up when I heard Marissa speak. Even though I haven't tried the tan I have been recommending it to everyone - on my first day at my volunteering job I told the staff about it (and one of the amazing things was that I could explain what the different ingredients did - and that was about 3 months after Marissa's talk) and I told my boyfriend to tell all the girl's in his workplace about it. I know I probably sound crazy to recommend a product I haven't even tried but I just trust in it from Marissa's passion and pride in her product as well as literally EVERY blogger review I've read on it. I told all my friends about Cocoa Brown and because my girl crush is so strong I even went around showing my guy friends pics of Marissa from the meet up so they could see how beautiful she is (!).

Marissa has recently released a new tan which sounds like something from a space fiction novel - a tan that goes on dark for a night out but when you shower the next morning it leaves a subtle glow. Is that not the most futuristic and amazingly unique product description ever?! I didn't even consider that a product like that was a possibility!

 It's not often that a perfect amount of beauty and brains combines so effortlessly but it has definitely happened for Marissa who also somehow manages to be incredibly kind and genuine as well as having a contagious energy and enthusiasm. I have no doubt that Marissa Carter will become a household name both in Ireland and worldwide and I really hope she does. I know she will never see this but I guess I want to put a thanks out to the world for Adoreabubbles (Sarah) inviting me to the event and for getting to hear Marissa speak - it honestly was an unforgettable experience.

P.S: I know you have but IF for some reason you haven't heard of Cocoa Brown run to a pharmacy or Penneys and buy yourself a bottle or two (you can thank me later)


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