Here in Vancouver, BeautyMark is known as the “go-to” place for anything beauty-related (including THE best unique finds in jewelry). Our blogger, Ashley, went behind-the-scenes and got to know Tayler and Kendra, discovering the inspiration behind BeautyMark.
1. How did you get your start in your career/business?
Tayler: I always had a love of makeup/fashion, so I attended Blanche Macdonald a couple years after high school. A week after graduation I interviewed at BeautyMark and the rest is history!
Kendra: Being able to be creative in my job was important to me, so getting into makeup seemed only natural. I went to Blanche Macdonald and was hired at BeautyMark right after!
2. What was your favourite moment in your career?
Tayler: I think for me being offered the opportunity to take over the company I loved working for with one of my best friends was definitely one of the best moment in my life! I still pinch myself that it has happened.
Kendra: Realizing that I was able to make a career out of doing what I love… and to do it all with my best friend.
3. What advice can you offer the next generation?
Tayler: I think its hard to stay positive nowadays with careers because everything is very competitive and with the city becoming so internationally known and expensive it makes it even more stressful. But I’m a real believer in the idea of combining hard work with a great attitude. If you stay positive and work hard amazing things will happen. Period.
Kendra: I think that it’s important to know that sometimes you just need to learn as you go. Going from being a sales associate at BeautyMark to owning it was a huge change for us, and it was a huge learning curve. You need to be able to be patient with yourself, work hard and keep a positive attitude.
4. Where is the best place to do coffee in Vancouver? Or, your favourite new hangout?
Tayler: I’m not much of a coffee shop gal, but I definitely love going out. I’m loving HouseXGuest in Gastown, the decor inside is amazing & they have great drinks.
Kendra: Me and Tay go to Chez Fez in Yaletown quite often, we’ve been in the area for so long it seems like everyone there is a friend. So we get our coffee and have a catch up.
5. Pay it forward! Who would you recommend for our next blog feature and why?
Tayler: Caroline & Daniel, the owners of Walrus on Cambie St. Their store is such a gem in the city & they are fantastic! Everyone needs to check it out, it’s my go to when I’m looking for gifts or anything fun.
Kendra: Eva with Barefoot Contessa, i think it’s amazing what she’s created in the city. She has such a great following.
6. If you could give a high five to someone who inspires you, who would it be?
Tayler: Gotta pull the mom card. The older I get, the more I realize her level of coolness. She is definitely the woman I aspire to be. Love ya mom!
Kendra: My dad, he’s an entrepreneur as well so I feel like that’s where I got that gene from. He’s been such a great source of support for me and Tayler, it’s nice to have someone that has been there already.