I am a very minimal make up kind of girl and I sell make up bags. Is that an oxymoron? No. I found the perfect line of make up to recommend to my customers: Parallel Face & Body, a natural make up line started by two sisters, Amber and Stacy. They carry tinted lip balms, lotions and bath salts.
I stumbled upon Parallel Face & Body on Etsy and I purchased their tinted lip balm. As soon as I tried it, I fell in love. Their lip balm is natural, made in small batches, and feels great! Read more about Amber and Stacy, how they started their company and how their products are made below:
This question is specifically for Amber. Can you explain what an Esthetician is and how you were inspired to become one.
An esthetician is someone who specializes in skincare. I worked in the corporate world for a bit and really missed my college job at Bare Escentuals. I loved working with skin care and makeup. After a bit of research I discovered I could make a living in the beauty world as an esthetician. So, I enrolled in beauty school to work towards getting my license.
How did you both start your shop? Was there an "ah ha!" moment?
We don't remember having an ah ha moment... We just knew we always wanted to start something together. One day we were talking and we both love tinted lip balms...Then when it came time to select a name, Parallel was chosen because as sisters we're very much in sync.
What sets your product apart from other handmade and all natural make up?
We try to fill holes when we or friends can't find products that they love. That's exactly how we started with tinted lip balm. We'd tried various big brand products, but none of them had the amount of tint or hydration we were after.
Where do you produce your makeup? Can you tell us about your creative process? How do you come up with such lovely shades?
Amber's kitchen is currently the Parallel studio. Everything is made there. As far as colors.... It is a process. Trial and error. We have tons of balms in shades that just didn't make the cut.
Do either of you have little ones? Do they get involved in the process? Is the product safe for my nieces who are 4 and 6?
We do have little ones. We don't include them in Parallel because we need it to be a really clean environment and little ones aren't exactly the cleanest... But your 4 and 6 year olds could totally make their own balms. There are lots of diy recipies on good ol Pinterest.
Could you tell us about the crafting community in Atlanta? Please list some of your favorite artists and crafters.
The crafting community seems to be exploding in Atlanta. Maybe it just feels like that because we are just becoming a part of it but there are lots of stores popping up that just sell local goods along with lots of blogs and workshops....
Heather Smith is an amazing female woodworker!