The highly anticipated skincare line Ann & Ashley has released game-changing products for all skin types to ensure that every individual receives the glow they all desire and deserve. With each product supercharged with antioxidants, essential oils, botanicals, and more, it becomes the perfect regimen to restore radiance and reinvigorate the skin that has been exposed to temperature and harsh environmental aggressors. Designed with the skin in mind, Ann & Ashley products respect and restore the natural pH balance of the skin, firm the skin, and improve elasticity.
Patrice: What makes you a pretty woman that hustles?
Ann and Ashley: A pretty woman that hustles is an enterprise woman whose savvy, & determined to go after her goals. I have always been ambitious, driven, and aspired to bigger things and I believe you need a combination of all those things to truly be a pretty woman “hustler”.
Patrice: The name of your business is catchy! What is the story behind it?
Ann and Ashley: Our story began when I decided to develop a solution to help alleviate my mother’s skin condition. I realized that a homeopathic solution would help reverse the symptoms affecting the texture and color of her skin. Recognizing a valuable opportunity to provide for this niche market, Ann & Ashley was born. The inspiration behind Ann & Ashley (hence our brand’s name) named for my Mother and myself.
Patrice: What makes your skincare products different from others?
Ann and Ashley: Sourced from the cleanest, purest ingredients using nearly up to 60% to 80% natural and organic botanicals and oils to effectively moisturize and hydrate the skin as well as protect the health & body using the principles of aromatherapy. At Ann & Ashley, its more than a moisturizer, it is a lifestyle!
Patrice: In your beauty products, what are some of the main ingredients?
Ann and Ashley: Vitamin C, African Baobab “super fruit” oil, rosemary extract, mango Butter, vitamin E, Neem Seed Oil, Rosehip Seed Oil are some the main ingredients used based on the healing properties.
Patrice: A lot of people have sensitive skin as well. Does your products caters to all skin types?
Ann and Ashely: Yes, Absolutely! Our products are formulated to work for even the most sensitive skin.
Patrice: Skincare regimen is especially important I believe. What products do you recommend people use?
Ann and Ashely: A good moisturizer, first and foremost, helps to reduce the signs of aging, and a good exfoliator to remove buildup of dead skin. Our Skin Elixir is a pore reducing genie that provides superior benefits that enhances the moisture content of the skin.
Patrice: Black-owned businesses are important. Do you feel that black-owned businesses in the beauty industry are treated the same as any other skincare company around the world?
Ann and Ashley: Black brands are some of the most culturally influential in the world. Many companies have recognized the value of Black owned brands and Black consumers in the marketplace and are starting to implement better inclusion practices as well as reflect that diversity of product offerings to their customers.
Patrice: Tell us more about the Coconut and Rose body butter and the Skin Elixir Firming Radiance concentrate.
Ann and Ashley: The Coconut Rose body butter boasts an enchanting flowery scent that invigorates the senses and envelops the skin in velvety butters for maximum hydration. The Skin Elixir Firming Radiance Concentrate is vitamin c packed skin food that reduces appearance of pores, minimizes cystic breakouts and the effects of the elements on the skin. It is superstar ingredient of Baobab Oil is a fountain of youth in a bottle.
Patrice: What are some of the challenges you faced along the way in your business?
Ann and Ashley: Whew! So many things from having a lack of access to capital, knowing what things to look for to help with the best decision making, budgeting, bad deals, incorrect marketing. Those are some of things I have had to overcome.
Patrice: What does being an entrepreneur mean to you?
Ann and Ashley: It means being passionate, savvy, fearless, tenacious, determined, cunning, hardworking and being willing to sacrifice and get back up after being knocked down to achieve your goals.
Patrice: For people wanting to start their own business, what advice would you give them?
Ann and Ashley: Give yourself time, do the market research, find your niche that makes your brand unique, automate things, and outsource jobs that you are not an expert in. It will ultimately save you time and money!
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