Founded in 2016 by Simmy, Makeup & Beauty Bar was built with passion and determination for the beauty industry.
The Salons Journey
Previously to opening the salon, i knew from a young age that I wanted to help people and one day own my own business in whatever I would end up doing. I came from quiete a traumatic background, that's where I believe my desire to help people began. I knew i wanted to be a Makeup artist long before I knew about any other services. In 20... I succesfully completed a SVQ world wide recognised Beauty Therpay wualificaion after 3 gruelling years. During this time, on the side I worked part time with Urban Decay which helped jumstart my passion for makeup. In college I studied Anatimy & Physiolgy, Contra indications & Acctions, laws relating to beauty such as health and safety, insurance, data protection etc and learnt tretament focused classes on manicures, pedicures, massage. facials, body and facial electrical tretaments such as faradism, galvanism etc, intro to makeup, lash extensions and spray tans, After college, I worked in a few Edinburgh salons to learn and widen my little experience. I went off on my own went self employed for approximately 1.5 years renting a room in a hairdresser offering most of the services i had learnt. Being self employed for me was the test to see how I would do, until then I opened the salon in 2016. Since 2016, the salon has gone from strength to strength especially in the testing times since 2020. I do various extra training courses to widen my expertise and have massively tweaked my service list to doing only services I am 100% passionate about and are my strengths.
IWhat is your favourite treatments?
I would say i genuinely love all the services i offer and choosing only 1 would be impossible as I really have narrowed down my service menu to what I only am good at and an passionate about and I love having a variety to keep me challenged and couldn't see myself doing the same thing day in and day out. But I could narrow it down for you? So if i had to choose my top 3 treatments I would say makeup (of course) I love the transformations makeup can make, the creativity it brings out of me which I can't do with any of my other services and how it can really boost my clients confidence. Secondly, I would have to say brows! anything brows especially brow lamination or pmu brows makes my heart sing. Again, I love what transformations brows can make to someones face and in turn boosting ones sel esteem as brows really do make a difference! I find it so satisfying seeing the changes. Thirdly, lashes. Don;t get me started on lashes, lashes have really challenegd me yo my limit and in turn I/i love that. lash extensions have come a long way in my journey. I started about 8 years ago when lashes were new in the industry and poorly understood. As a result my work wasn't the best either. After doing an extra trainiung course (in 2018) I threw away all my old stock and started from fresh. Since then I have gone from strength to strength and doing constant learning and resuearching and as a results I've been in such demand! I do lash extensions every day and it is my number 1 top selling service. I can get booked out 2-3weeks in advance because of lashes! I am so grateful.
Do you get any treatments done?
YES! i love doing my brows (I opt for soft brow lamination) and i love getting my lasges done as it makes such a diffrence. i go between lash lifts and extenions depnding on whats goiun on and the result I want and that time. I also wax my whole body (I have been such a young age of 15) and love how thin my hairs are a result. I especially love the resukt from a Hollywood wax. I love getting my nails done. I think the only time i didnt have my nails done was in lockdown. I am hoping to re introduce nail services such as BIAB into the salon at some point in the future.
Aside from work tell me a bit about yourself?
so apart from running and managing the salon myself i enjoy spending time with close ones when i can, eating out and trying new food places and cafes, I love holidays and travelling when I can, I love learning and constantly striving for better epsically for the salon. I adore my little fur babys, I have two Ragdoll cats and an engaged to my wonderful fiance and we just bought our first house!