Please meet Nadia of Amazing Lash Studios, the Mom making women feel like the best, most confident version of themselves. Nadia was born and raised in Kazakhstan, growing up she dreamt of coming to the states to live in sunny California. From a young age she realized she had that entrepreneurial spirit and started selling Herbalife door-to-door at the age of 12. When she finally made it to California she was on the hunt for a business opportunity that combined her marketing skills and her passion for making a change in people’s lives, when she had my own lashes done at an Amazing Lash Studio location. She fell in love with the whole experience at the studio and saw every client leave with a smile on their face. Find out what advice Nadia has for Moms who want to start their own business, what her favorite lash style is and where she loves to spend time with her family Orange County.
Can you please share a bit about your family and why you choose to raise your family in Orange County?
Growing up watching American movies in the 80s, I dreamed about being in LA as a little girl. I was fascinated by California lifestyle, always sunny, happy tan people roller blading on the streets of Santa Monica alongside the beautiful beaches, the palm trees, everything!! I manifested that one day it will be me. I still remember so many nights falling asleep and imagining myself being there, I could smell the air. When I first arrived to the US, I lived in several Midwestern states for a period of 10 years and then finally got to CA. I learned that OC was much more of my speed than LA. Its literally a slice of heaven. We get to live alongside the best beaches, in family-oriented community where I feel safe. OC is where people dream to come for a vacation and I get to live here. My heart is filling up with gratitude just thinking about it.
When did you realize that you had the entrepreneurial spirit?
Born and raised in Kazakhstan, I realized my entrepreneurial spirit at a young age, and started selling Herbalife door-to-door at the age of 12. It wasn’t super successful (would you buy a diet shake from a pre-teen?) but I was persistent and switched from Herbalife to makeup products. My mother opened a men’s clothing boutique and I also worked for her. In these early jobs I learned how forming positive relationships could lead to building successful, profitable businesses, and I was passionate about starting businesses that made others feel good.
Why did you decide to start Amazing Lash Studio in Orange County?
I was on the hunt for a business opportunity that combined my marketing skills and my passion for making a change in people’s lives when I had my own lashes done at an Amazing Lash Studio location. I fell in love with the whole experience at the studio and saw every client leave with a smile on their face. I wanted to be part of that difference, making women feel like the best, most confident version of themselves.
Can you tell us what your favorite lash style is?
Oh yes!! My favorite lash style is Gorgeous. This style features longer eyelash extensions in the center of the eye and subtly goes down in length at both corners to help open up the eyes I like my lashes wispy, so I usually do a hybrid set which is a combination of classic and volume lashes so its gets my lashes looking full with a natural flair as how I like to describe it.
Does Amazing Lash Studio offer more than just eye lash extensions?
Yes! While Amazing Lash Studio offers a wide selection of lash extension styles, we also offer lash lifts and tints for women wanting a more natural, low-maintenance look. For brows, we offer waxing, tinting, lamination, as well as facial waxing.
How has motherhood impacted your work?
Every female entrepreneur struggles with running a business and spending time with her children. I wanted to find a solution that doesn’t mean sacrificing one over the other, so I involve my daughter in as much of the work as possible. Our businesses can teach children so much – problem solving, financial literacy, relationship management – as parents it’s our responsibility to raise contributing members to society, so I strive to do just that.
What advice would you give to other Moms that want to start their own business?
Do it and do it scared. Being a mom is such an incredibly gift that comes with many responsibilities and many jobs. The number of tasks that we get to juggle on the daily basis is incredible. We are a chef, a chauffeur, a house keeper, a teacher, a peacemaker, a lover, the least goes on…So when we start thinking about starting a new business and adding another thing to our plate, we get overwhelmed. We have this passion inside and we want to pursue it yet we have another voice, which all of us have, the voice of imposter that says Who Are You Kidding? HOW is this going to get done? So the best advise that I can give is no matter what it is that you want to start or pursue do NOT get stuck in the tyranny of how. This is the worst mistake you can make. You do not need to know all the answers. The HOW will always work itself out in time. All you need to do is just take a first step, take an action towards your goal. It may be just figuring out the business name, or creating an email address for the business something so small that pushes you to declare the existence and reality of this dream. One step at a time and daily manifestation. While driving, cooking, doing laundry, spent time in your imagination of how this business will serve others. Think of every detail, imagine success as it already happened and I know in time, it will.
What is your favorite thing to do or place to go with your family in Orange County?
We love to be outdoors and we love music. So anytime there is a beach event, a concert at the small outdoor venue like an Outpost in San Juan, we are there.
Where is your favorite date night spot with your husband?
Anywhere that offers romantic ambiance, delicious food and entertainment. My favorite is probably Mastro’s in Crystal Cove. I am obsessed with high end service and Mastro’s offers top notch experience when it comes to that with every detail thought through. And how can you beat a tender fillet with that white cheddar lobster mac and cheese followed by a butter cake? Yum. But we are so blessed to have an incredible food scene in OC with beautiful ocean views.
How can Moms find your Amazing Lash Studio locations?
I operate three Amazing Lash Studio locations in Orange County – Costa Mesa, Laguna Niguel and Rancho Santa Margarita. See the links below to follow and book your appointment now!
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