Marie Jenkins, Australian mum, entrepreneur success story and founder of skincare brand Kosmea, shares her skincare and beauty secrets with SheSaid, plus her tips for starting your own business.
You have amazing skin – what’s your skincare routine?
Now that I am about to turn 50 in a few weeks my skin craves moisture and protection. Rose Hip Oil is always my staple at night and nothing else. In the morning it is very important for me to get some oil on my skin immediately after my shower and especially if the skin is left damp. The Radiance 24/7 oil is a powerhouse of 100% certified organic berry oils in a base of rosehip oil. I then apply our Eighth Natural Wonder Revitalising Serum, this contains Myxinol which is a trade name for Hybiscus extract which has proven to be a natural alternative to Botox – it lifts and tightens the skin instantly. I then finish it off with our Replenishing Moisture Cream – this as a fantastic day cream packed full of antioxidants and shea butter.
What’s are your 3 can’t-live-without beauty products?
Eighth Natural Wonder Revitalising Serum
Concealer, the one I like best Benefit Erase Paste
I cannot go without a great lipstick or lipgloss, my favourite lipsticks are by Tom Ford.
What’s your favourite Kosmea product and why do you love it so much?
Its hard to pick a favourite but the one product I attribute my hydrated, healthy and happy skin to is the Eighth Natural Wonder Revitalising Serum. I instantly feel my skin is lifted, plus the formulation splashes my skin with moisture, essential antioxidants and rose hip oil’s powerful fatty acids. You must try this one!
What are your top tips for women thinking of starting their own business?
If you have an idea, just go for it! I started off at home with a DIY facial masque and had an idea. To fund my idea, I sold my family car and 20 years on Kosmea is the leading expert brand for rose hip oil in Australia. I am creating skin care products that I passionately believe in and I am surrounded by my family in my business. I am very lucky!
How do you juggle running a business and being a mum?
I have been lucky in that my family have decided to work with me in our business. Of course sometimes this mean taking work home with us. We simply have a rule that at the dinner table there isn’t work talk. We talk family talk instead, I relish this time with my family. Plus I love cooking!