Business Savvy Saturday Part 4

I’m so sad that this series has come to an end! I’ve had so much fun interviewing these amazing business owners and introducing you guys to these super underrated brands! Business Savvy Saturday was definitely a hit!

Last but certainly not least we have Myesha Brown, the owner of JTB Cosmetics based in Maryland.


Let’s get to it shall we?

Q1. How long have you been in business?

A1. I’ve been in business for about eight months now

Q2. What inspired you to start a business ?

A2. My inspiration to start this business was the lack of representation for darker women and the poor color payoff on deeper skin tones. I was inspired by the dark skin people who love bright, unique colors.
Q3. How do you market your business?

A3.My marketing strategy is targeting darker women and those who are talented with smaller platforms, giving coupon codes to those who enjoy the products they receive and those who tell their friends.

Q4. What motivates you?

A4. My motivation is my costumers. They’re ridiculously sweet and understanding of how it is being a one woman show. Also other business owners who have successfully built their brand from nothing are super inspirational.

Q5. What are your hobbies when you’re not working?

A5. When I’m not working I’m honestly thinking about working. I’m constantly thinking of new products and the next step for my brand. I do read and draw a lot more now. I love to do more relaxing things when it’s time to get away from the business for a while.
For anyone who is about to start a business I would like to say:

1. Do your research, be as educated as possible on the products you want to sell as possible.

2. Save your money up before thinking about buying the things needed to begin production. Have a good budget to start out with and don’t buy up everything at once, take baby steps.

3. Keep positive company. Not everyone is on your side and not everyone wants to see you successful. You’re a brand now. The company you keep can be detrimental to your brand.

You can find Myesha on these socials!

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Also feel free to keep up with me on my socials as well!

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January Favorites 

Can you believe January is damn near over?! Let me tell you this month absolutely flew by and I wasn’t prepared at all! So I’ve decided that as long as I have enough of course, I will start sharing my favorites for the month! So let’s jump right in shall we!

Beauty Favorites

  1. Anastasia Beverly Hills glow kit in That Glow

– This is definitely a product I always come back to no matter what new highlighters I get. They are so beautiful and pigmented!

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2. Beard Oil by Beard Necessities

– This product has totally transformed my skin care routine! My skin always feels nice and hydrated when I use it.

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Tv/Movie Favorites

  1. HGTV Love it or List it
  • This show has definitely become my obsession! I love looking at the homes and how they transform them

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Music Favorites

  1. Moana soundtrack
  • After seeing the movie for my daughter’s birthday, we have had this soundtrack on repeat! I’m totally in love!

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2. TSO Tadoe

  • I’m typically not a huge fan of trap music, and this was an accidental find. My fiancé was trying to put music on his phone and this artist somehow ended up on my phone and I’ve been hooked ever since!

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Fitness Favorites

  1. Avocado
  • I used to hate them! But I’ve tried them again recently as a breakfast food and I’ve fallen in love. Avocado on its own or spread on a beagle has been a go to!

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2. Jawbone UP

  • I literally haven’t used this in like a year, but the easiest way to track my steps and calories has been using this system! I love it!

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Blog Favorites

It wouldn’t be a Favorites list if I didn’t share some of my favorite blogs for the month for you guys to check out!

  1. http://danielleruppert.wordpress.com/
  2. http://polishedbyamy.wordpress.com/

So that’s all of my favorites for the month of January! Let me know if you guys love any of the things I’ve been loving!

Thank you for stopping by!

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*photos with asterisk do not belong to me and were found during a Google search

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Business Savvy Saturday/ Part 1

Today is the day! The first part of my Small Business series! Let’s get right into it…


Kendro, age 24 Chicago resident and UIC graduate with a Bachelors of Arts in History. Owner of two businesses, an art business: KLT Art by Kendro you can visit here, and a vintage clothing store: KLT Vintage and Retro you can visit here. And a Lifestyle blogger at thekendroshow.com .




I was so honored to be able to interview this amazing woman for this series! I sent over a series of questions and she happily answered, giving us a little behind the scene information as well as some tips to help out any future entrepreneurs out there! Let’s jump right in!

Q1: How long have you been in business?

A1: “I’ve been in business for 2.5 years. I opened KLT Art by Kendro in June of 2004 and I opened KLT Vintage and Retro in May of last Year.”

Q2: What inspired you to start your business?

A2: ” Looking back at my childhood, I always knew I wanted to be a business owner even before I knew what it meant to own a business. My grandmother owned two businesses, so I guess it runs in the family also. I think it’s just been my destiny that the Most High wanted me to fulfill and now I’m living it live and in color.”

Q3: How do you market your business

A3: “I market my business on social media and the old school way. I use Etsy for my online stores and it’s a great marketplace for customers to search and communicate with shops. I find the advertising option on the site very helpful. Social media sites like Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, and Twitter are also helpful. Just as business owners did prior to the days of social media, I create flyers and place them on public boards. Never underestimate the power of marketing in numerous ways.”

Q4: What motivates you?

A4: “I’m motivated by my natural creativity and living in my truth. I always knew I was put on this earth for a special reason and I’m here to live it out and create a legacy for not only my future generations, but for anyone who has been inspired by my work.”

Q5: What are your hobbies when you aren’t working?

A5: “When I’m not working, I love to sleep haha. I love watching YouTube videos and old school movies and television shows. Of course thrifting and creating art also my hobbies. When you’re doing what you love, you don’t even see your hobbies as work.”

Kendro also Gave some tips for aspiring business owners!

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  1. Be confident in everything you do when it comes to business and be content with stepping outside of your comfort zone. I know this may be super cliche, but it’s an essential part of the foundation of being a business owner, Creating and owning a business is about taking a chance, accepting, and being comfortable with possible failure. Like life, business ownership and growth is a learning experience and it’s important that business owners have this mentality down packed.
  2. Always be open to learning. No matter how great of an artist people tell me I am, I still know there’s room for improvement and being better at my craft. That’s why I still research tutorials and information on how to become a better artist. When it comes to my vintage business, I’m always looking to learn new ways to market and engage with customers. Our society is constantly changing and we have to move with the times in order to stay relevant and flourish. Learn to balance this with staying true to yourself. “

As you can already tell I have some amaing business owners lined up for you! Check out Kendros amazing stores in the links above.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog!

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Makeup Monday #1/ My MAC Lipstick Collection

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I never really got into MAC Cosmetics products and still haven’t. I don’t know what holds me back from purchasing from there. I know I don’t like that they test on animals and I also don’t like the customer service I get at my local store. But I have made the plunge and purchased a few lipsticks from them and decided to share with you guys my thoughts!

First up is the coveted Saint Germain, an Amplified lipstick. This is truly a YouTube made me buy it purchase! This bright pink is definitely not something i’d pick up for myself, but after seeing countless YouTubers with it I had to have it! The color is truly pretty. I pair it with a dark brown lip liner to make it more suitable for my darker complexion.

Second is Cyber, a Satin lipstick. This has been one of my go to lippies for the fall and winter. I love the formula of their satin lipsticks they are very comfortable on the lips.


Third, RiRi Woo, a Reto Matte. This is a lipstick from one of Rihannas’ collabs with MAC and I honestly have never hated a lipstick more. This formula is so drying. It is literally crumbling off my lips within a few hours of wear and literally feels like a desert in your lips.


Next up we have Please Me, a Matte lipstick. A very pretty dusty rose pink. I love this formula and I often pair this with a dark brown liner and a gloss.


Then we have Taupe, a Matte lipstick. This pairs with a brown liner is the perfect nude for WOC in my shade range. 


Last but not least we have Romantic Breakdown, a Lustre lipstick from the Bao Bao Wan collection . This was literally a purchase I made only for its packaging…I mean look at it! It’s beautiful! I sometimes try to get wear out of it by wearing it under a clear gloss to give color. But for the most part it’s just for decoration.


Overall, I truly love my little collection of MAC lipsticks. Will I purchase more? Probably not. I can’t see myself putting money into a company thats practices I don’t agree with.

What are your thoughts? Do you like MAC as a brand? What’s your favorite lipstick from them?

Let’s keep in touch on our Socials!

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