LOCKDOWN Lessons #004

This week we talk to beau­ty indus­try vet­er­an Sarah Sian, who launched an e‑comm site all about instill­ing beau­ty con­fi­dence.

Words Miran­da Wilkin­son

After see­ing a rise in ageism, bul­ly­ing and men­tal health issues on social media, at work and in rela­tion­ships, I want­ed to cre­ate a fun, kind and friend­ly online space to help those affect­ed, so they can start to feel “beau­ty con­fi­dent” again.

I too had a brush with ageism, at 43 years old, and after read­ing many social posts and talk­ing to women over 40 years old, I realised that a lot of women start feel­ing invis­i­ble at forty-some­thing and I want­ed to help them feel vis­i­ble again.  

After I got made redun­dant last Sep­tem­ber from Deben­hams, I decid­ed to set up the­beautya­gen­teurs, an online des­ti­na­tion that is pro-age, pro-beau­ty and pro-wom­en­su­p­port­ing­women to help build beau­ty con­fi­dence after 40. Once signed up mem­bers can inter­act with fel­low beau­ty lovers. Whether it’s reveal­ing their insid­er beau­ty tips and tricks, look­ing for advice, mak­ing peer-to-peer prod­uct rec­om­men­da­tions or shar­ing their favourite pho­tos. 

The site launched at the end of Feb­ru­ary and then we went straight into Lock­down a few weeks lat­er.   It was dur­ing this time that I saw the oppor­tu­ni­ty to help small­er brands, by set­ting up a well-being/­self-care shop that oper­ates as a mar­ket­place for exist­ing and emerg­ing beau­ty brands. Inde­pen­dent brands are care­ful­ly select­ed to be fea­tured on the mar­ket­place plat­form to sell their prod­ucts. Think of it as a Silk­Fred for beau­ty. It fea­tures high­ly-effec­tive skin­care solu­tions focus­ing on tack­ling the signs of age­ing right through to those going through menopause and beyond. 

It’s a place that recog­nis­es women…the busy mums on-the-go, entre­pre­neurs who run suc­cess­ful busi­ness­es, nurs­es who work tire­less­ly to look after oth­ers, vision­ar­ies who have fought to keep their ideas alive, sin­gle par­ents who jug­gle all aspects of life, those who have been affect­ed by the chal­lenges of menopause and redun­dan­cy or just feel they’ve lost their con­fi­dence as they’ve aged. 

It also debunks beau­ty myths like you can’t wear glit­ter eye­shad­ow, car­ry off a bold lip or go in with a heavy eyeliner…at the­beautya­gen­teurs I want to instil con­fi­dence. After all, the beau­ty of beau­ty is that there are no rules. Beau­ty is fun and the­beautya­gen­teurs is a place to come togeth­er through their love of beau­ty to inspire, encour­age and form fab­u­lous new friend­ships along the way.  

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