Get to know the people behind your favourite places & spaces in downtown Burlington! We’ll be introducing you to a new owner & business each and every month.
This week, meet Amanda from AmandaSteene Cosmetics!
- Why did you start/open your business?
Being a woman in this world and trying to figure out what to wear, how to style your hair and what makeup looks good on you is always a challenge. Working as a makeup artist and with some of the world’s top Cosmetics Companies over the last ten years I have really connected with what people want and are looking for. I started AmandaSteene Cosmetics because everyone is unique and the one-size-fits-all approach of buying ‘off the shelf’ doesn’t work. I wanted to offer a truly personalized service that creates affordable Custom Cosmetics made to meet each client’s needs and desires.
- Tell us a little bit about yourself and your business. (i.e. What is your unique offering?)
In a few words, I am creative, passionate, adventurous, well-travelled, social, and love animals. My business reflects all of these attributes. My vision is to provide one of a kind unique custom products that are affordable and cruelty free. We currently offer custom lipstick and lip-gloss, custom foundation and concealer and our plan is to continue to expand the range of products you can customize with us, with pressed powders next on the list. We also offer a complete product range as well as bridal and makeup services. Creating your unique product is an experience that combines science, technology and fun, and you leave with your new custom makeup that never existed before. You even get to name your new creation and kiss a card for our kiss wall. Not only do we have fun in our downtown mixing room, but we also come to you for events, weddings, parties or just a totally unique girls’ night creating custom makeup. It’s great for bachelorettes and bridal showers too.
- When did you open your business in Downtown Burlington?
- What made you choose Downtown Burlington?
There are so many reasons and I’m sure all of us downtown business owners feel the same way. The major reasons are the people, the sense of community and the support from all the local businesses and clients. I frequently hear from my clients that they will always shop locally if what they need is available. Where can you find a community anywhere in the world as supportive as that. My business is located inside the Beauty Destination Spa in the Upper Canada Place Mall (Unit 16) at 460 Brant St. When I was looking for space it was perfect fit with a friendly atmosphere, cross referral opportunities and an abundance of services in a professional environment.
- What are the biggest benefits of having your business located in the downtown Burlington core?
We love downtown, we live here and really enjoy being a part of the community and all the events. It’s the benefit of being a part of the up-market boutique feel downtown Burlington has to offer. I always say “it’s my Burlington Bubble and no one can burst it”. People are always looking for something new and exciting and I’m so happy to offer such a unique experience to all my clients.
- What other downtown businesses do you frequent and do business with?
(i.e. banking, dentist, shopping, where do you eat, etc.)
Pretty much all of them. We love going out to eat at Pepperwoods Bistro, Table 34, and Emma’s, to name just a few. I can often be found having coffee and meetings at Tamp or Coffee Culture. I do joint events with Styled Lounge, Mirella’s Boutique, Helen from Pure Salon, and many other local downtown businesses. My glasses come from Dr. Facey at Tracy Brodie and Associates. I have been very fortunate to be involved in several community events including the CHCH Mother’s Day segment at Joelle’s and the Charity Fashion Show for the Women’s Shelter at the Ukranian Banquet Hall. Also, I can never thank Gitu and Harry enough for having my business alongside theirs at Beauty Destination Spa.
- What special events do you have coming up in 2017 that you would like the BDBA to promote and/or publish on our website and social media outlets?
We have had several events already this year. We look forward to many more in the fall and further details will be posted on our website and Facebook page as they become available. One big recent milestone for our company is we just received our certification from PETA as a Cruelty-free company!
- If you had a piece of advice for our new businesses, to help them succeed, what would it be?
We are a new business and I know it can be tough to start out not knowing where to invest your time and energy, and what will be the best return on advertising and marketing dollars spent. For me a lot has been trial and error but I found what really helps the most is networking and cross referrals. Word of mouth in the downtown core is so important so be nice to your neighbours, and never give up!
- What is your favourite holiday? Why?
(Christmas? Easter? St. Patrick’s Day? Etc.)
I truly love Thanksgiving. Spending time with my family and feasting during my favourite time of the year. I love when the leaves change – it’s so beautiful and inspiring especially with Cosmetics!
- What was the last gift you gave someone?
I created a gift basket full of AmandaSteene Cosmetics for the Raffle at my best friend’s Stag and Doe.