Say hello to Andrea Lopez, esthetician turned founder of Bonum Vitae Natural Facial Oils. Andrea began developing her own line of facial oils that dramatically changed the quality of her complexion while in school for Aesthetics in 2012. The inspiration for the line was brought on by her own skin insecurities of cystic shin acne. After several visits to the Dermatologist, she quickly learned that natural was the best solution for her skin. A light-weight blend of botanicals and essential oils to help balance skin pH, repair your skin’s surface, restore elasticity, and promote new and healthy skin cell growth all while conditioning the skin. The Bonum Vitae collection was born.
Only a drop away…
There are 4 natural facial oils specific for each skin type; NORMAL OR COMBO, DRY, ANTI-AGING, and OILY OR ACNEIC. Plus, there is the NOVIS facial oil for nighttime recovery. I am obsessed with these oils and have been using them for years. In the warmer months, I use Normal and Dry in the winter. They have worked wonders on my skin. I am very generous when I apply. I like to lather that oil all over my clean face before bed. OR I will apply before I put on makeup as a primer. Makeup artists love to use Bonum Vitae to prep their clients skin.
Makeup Artist Tips & Tricks
- Use as a primer before makeup application or as a makeup remover
- Apply to areas you’ll highlight for an extra glow
- Add a few drops to foundation or add to powder to create concealer
- Use as lip primer & gloss
- Add to a beauty blender to blend concealer
Andrea and I have known each other for about three years now. We met when one of my accounts that I had for another brand recommended her to me for some help with her line. Throughout the years, we had coffee dates and I helped her here and there on various projects. For the last year, she has become a client and friend whom was one of the first to join my Beauty Business Breakthrough program. I did a mini interview with her, check it out below.
Q & A
Q: What was your inspiration behind the name “Bonum Vitae”?
A: No inspiration really, just like Latin. Bonum Vitae means the good life. It seemed fitting for something I created for people to feel comfortable in their own skin.
Q: When did your passion for creating facial oils begin?
A: In 2012, when I was going to school to be an esthetician is when my passion began. At first, I thought my teacher was crazy with all the information she gave us on what oils could do for you, but after I saw the proof, I was a believer!
Q: What are you most proud of in your professional career?
A: I am most proud of the results my customers are getting. When my customers are happy, I am happy. When I receive testimonials from customers that my oils have changed their lives, it’s amazing!
Q: What is your favorite part about creating natural facial oils?
A: The ability to customize the oils to customers liking. I have learned the different benefits and properties of various oils and know what works and doesn’t.
Q: What is one Skincare step that most people skip that is essential to maintaining gorgeous glowing skin?
A: SPF! It’s insane to me that people skip this step. By far the most important.
Q: For an Indie brand, you have done a great job at building relationships with beauty bloggers and YouTube bloggers to increase awareness for Bonum Vitae. What tips do you have for brands trying to get their name out there?
A: Market yourself. I personally used Instagram to reach out to estheticians, since they are in my field. I felt they would have a better understanding behind the concept. Then realized makeup artists took a liking to it and taught me so many ways to incorporate it.
Q: What does being an entrepreneur mean to you?
A: Being able to manage my own time, the ability to have a flexible schedule, and to collaborate and support other local businesses.
Q: Do you think it is beneficial for brands to invest in their business even if the cash flow isn’t quite there yet?
A: I have invested while having the funds but also being low. It doesn’t always necessarily pay off each time, but I believe in myself and the product so invest 99% of the time.
Q: What advice do you have for aspiring entrepreneurs?
A: Don’t give up! It took me 5 years to get to where I am at today. I used to look at magazines and think I am never going to get there, now I am being featured in those magazines.
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