Friday, June 8, 2018

Forward Fridays - Singrid M. Thompson

This Friday segment is dedicated to everyday people doing everyday things in our community. By recognizing these extraordinary people, we are looking to highlight their gifts, talents, contributions, and services available as well as encourage you to support, uplift and patronize them when you can. And maybe, it will inspire some, light a fire in others, to begin, step up and/or continue your own journeys to serve your community. 

Reach One. Teach One. Each One.

Singrid M. Thompson

I took a different approach to revamp my contribution to Forward Fridays. I love this lady. Our Parents were good friends but our Mothers were the BEST of friends. We realized as adults that they had the epitome of friendships and they showed us how to have longlasting friendships by example. We have kept in touch over the years. Even though Ms. Freddie passed away years ago, my Mother still keeps her close to heart and speaks of her with such fondness and love. But there are times that she speaks of her softly and with sadness. Her death left a hole in our hearts and a void in our lives but her love, life lessons and her way with words have remained and kept us all thus far.

Singrid and I spent a lot of time with each other as children and what's crazy to me is, I grew up and graduated with Singrid's sister Kena, because we are the same age and in my later years, "grew up" with Singrid since Kena had abandoned us by moving a few States away (j/k Kena - love you) lol. And what's crazier is, the kind of people that these two are (I didn't forget you Brother Dee - Heeeyyy), I've adopted their friends and associates and vice versa. I don't feel right calling them my friends. They are most definitely my family. And I don't play about 'em.

Before I get to the meat of this piece, I just want to give you a little more about what this young lady is to me. She prays with me and for me, she helps to correct my thinking (positive over negative), she takes my calls and texts all day and night lol. She allows me to dive in her inbox with foolishness. She often threatens to take my phone and send me to bed. But because she loves me. She puts up with my long-windedness :) She celebrates me. We share the same sense of humor as well. But mostly, she has helped me to grow as a person. But my view? My view of her & her growth, both personal and professional, has been nothing short of amazing. And I will continue to watch her, cheer her on, support her, love on her, celebrate her, pray for her and...dive in that inbox :) 

And her husband?

I've adopted him too lol but what I love most about him is how he supports my friend, how he loves my friend, how he still dates my friend, celebrates my friend and rolls up his sleeves to get in the trenches with my friend. He is THAT guy and I love him more for how he unconditionally loves my friend. You're the Co-MVP, Tavarus <3

Why we're here...

I reached out to Singrid for an interview about her business for Forward Fridays. I sent her the questions and she sent me the responses and it went a little something like this:

Good Morning, how are you? Let's dive right in, shall we? :)

Tell everyone your name, the name of your business and what it is that you do.

Singrid M Thompson, Licensed Esthetician and Makeup Artist, owner of iMakeUpMe Beauty & Skincare Spa located in the historic downtown Tuscaloosa Riverfront district 

1. What made you want to get into skin care?

I started as a makeup artist.  After doing so many different types of faces, I saw there was a major need to help educate women on how to take care of their skin and not just cover it up. I witnessed many women become so consumed with the temporary satisfaction of having flawless skin. I didn't want my clients to feel as if they could only be or feel beautiful when they wear makeup. 

2. Tell us a little bit about how you got started...

My career in the beauty industry started with a simple prayer, "God what is my purpose"? At the time, I had been working at my job for about 9 years. I felt like I was at a dead end. I wanted more out of life, so I prayed and asked God what would my next move be?  After receiving my answer (makeup artist), I then prayed for my name (iMakeUpMe). I have always liked makeup,  just never thought it would lead to my purpose. 

3. What services do you provide?

The services I provide include; customized facials with specialized services (microdermabrasion, Dermaplaning,  high frequency, LED light therapy), wax services for men and full body wax services for women, sugaring hair removal services,  and makeup application. We are the only spa in Tuscaloosa that offers the Yoni Steam or V Steam services administered by trained professionals. 

4. Can you tell us what areas that you are looking to branch out into?

I would love to branch into the medical side of esthetics.

5. Are your products all natural or mostly natural? 

My handmade products are all made with all natural ingredients with the exception of our body mist. It is mostly natural and our K & K Kollection body butter. It is made with cosmetic grade glitter. 

5 1/2. What ingredients, if any, should we look for/look out for when dealing with anything that we put on our skin? 

Look for... 
Products that are made with water as its main (1st ingredients). If alcohol is the 1st ingredient, more than likely it's going to be too drying or harsh for your skin and for everyday use. 

Good alcohols such as acetyl, stearyl and cetearyl alcohols are fatty alcohols and can be beneficial for skin. 

Stay away from...
Parabens and sulfates.
When reading a label..any ingredient that is ending in  -paraben (Ethylparaben, Butylparaben etc..)
These products have been linked to causing cancer and other health complications 

5 3/4. What should we absolutely stay away from?

Parabens and sulfates 

6. What advice would you give those that are looking to start their own business and/or their own skincare line?

I would encourage others who are looking to start their own business to do the following:

I, as a believer in God, would advise those who believe in God to seek Him first. 
Trust the entire process. 
Trust yourself. 
Just start somewhere. 
Don't let anyone without a vision kill your dream of becoming who you're destined to be. 
Surround yourself with positive, like-minded people. 
Don't be afraid to separate from those who you are comfortable with. 
There is more than one plan. Continue to go through the alphabet, even if you have to double up on the letters. 

As far as products go... 
Create a product that you would use even if no one bought it. 
Consistency is key. 
Don't compromise your product value just because others don't believe in it. 
And last but not least: Remember, Formula 409 was the one that made it. 

7. What's been the hardest part of being an entrepreneur?

The hardest part for me I would say would be............ That one time (at band camp lol ) when I temporarily took my eyes off of my own vision and compared it to what others were doing. This caused me to question my purpose. 

8. What are the pros of being an entrepreneur?

Doing what I love to do and seeing how I am making a difference in other people lives. I love educating and helping others who are interested in skin care. 

9. How important is it to you to keep up with latest trend and demand in this fickle world?

I am always aware of what the latest trends are.  I've never been a trend follower. I've always been one to think outside of all of the shapes. Taking risks and trying my own new things are all things I don't mind doing. When a trend comes or pops up, most of the time, I've tried it or have been exposed to it before it takes off. I'm just not one to ride the waves like that. Trends are too temporary for me.

10. Do you provide samples?

Yes for skincare and body butter (while supplies last)

11. What are the pros/cons of a small business vs a chain retailer?

Small business... I can control the flow of my spa. I can customize my protocols and how I run my business. I have full creative control. It belongs to me. What I've worked for, is now working for me. 

Chain retailers- Everything is the same across the board. Your position is held over your head. 

12. What challenges do you face when being compared to national chains?

Unlike a national chain, I am the face of the company, the financial investor, the employee, the employer and consumer. 

Customers are more likely to support a national chain versus a smaller, independent chain because of their name. Consumers tend to question my services or service price faster than they will some of the more popular spas. 

As the first minority-owned spa in Tuscaloosa,  I know I've created a business that has exclusive services and products. Compared to the older spas in Tuscaloosa,  I may not have some of the exact expensive equipment that they have. However, the equipment and service products used in the spa are professional grade and State Board approved. 
Some people may overlook my spa because of this. 

I have found that I have to work 3 times as hard to convince people who are hesitant or easily influenced by popularity to support me. 

Lucky #13. - Lastly, tell us where to find you, your hours, phone number and your social media pages and/or website so that all your new fans and clients can find you?

iMakeUpMe Beauty & Skincare 

PHONE: 205-222-9585



All @Imakeupme

She's not only my friend but I am also a client. Chances are, if you're close enough to me, you will smell heavenly scented products of iMakeUpMe. I am also a willing test dummy. I know she won't do anything to hurt me but what I find unmatched is the care that she has for her clients. She takes her time, she explains everything and she's about her business. And it's not just her, I must give a shout out to her amazing team as well. In her absence, they've treated me like family. And that's why I'll return again and again. 

I can't repay her for what she has poured into me but I can show her by continuing my patronage and something that doesn't cost me a dime: sharing her statuses, her work, her specials and her services. Believe me, I would love to keep her to myself so that she's not out of whatever I'm looking for or she's not already booked. But that would be selfish of me and a grave disservice to her to not share her. We are quick to call out businesses for their bad customer service, products, etc and we are quiet as a church mouse when things go well. Refer a friend today. I highly recommend mine.

Thank you for your time Singrid. And yes, I stalked your social media for these pix LOL!! Keep going, keep growing, allow God to continue to enlarge your vision. Stay focused and stay the course. He'll never steer you wrong. I know you will continue to be successful and I look to forward to cheering you on as you continue to grow. The community needs you & we here at Organized Foolishness salute you!

If you are at the New Orleans Natural Hair Expo, stop by to see the iMakeUpMe team. And yes, she does shipping!!

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