We had the good fortune of connecting with Simone Green and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Simone, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
The concept for Notebook Cosmetics started when I was in college. I founded a beauty committee on my college campus to support designers with makeup artists for our school’s annual fashion show. However, the committee wasn’t just that; It served as a club for members to learn tips and tricks on how to apply makeup. The idea came from me being in a similar group in high school. It was there where I discovered the pull towards the beauty industry. In our committee, I taught my club what I knew, and what I did not know we tried to learn together. What I noticed and what puzzled me were the constant questions. By no means did I consider myself a professional makeup artist, but girls still sought my help. With all of the information available online and on YouTube I figured the answers were out there. I know now that it was not just the information I provided, but the support and encouragement that was missing from those Youtube videos for instance. That encouragement led the young women of my group to have the confidence to create beautiful looks for our shows, put themselves together for interviews, and much more! I believe Notebook Cosmetics is the start of a greater picture. One that depicts a community of boss women proud of their individuality while realizing their aspirations. We provide women with quality natural products and equip them with the tools and information to step into any conference room, job, or whatever, feeling like their best selves. Why not start with a great lip!
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Notebook Cosmetics has been a passion/goal/desire of mine for as long as I can remember. Even when I did not know my business would be Notebook Cosmetics, I knew I had a calling to create and share something of my own. As I grow and develop as an entrepreneur and as a professional in my field, I want to empower women to have the confidence to do the same. I want my consumers to work through their self-doubt as I am. One of the biggest challenges many entrepreneurs face is doubt or lack of confidence. It’s not easy to push beyond the limits others or even yourself have set for you, but I believe we can all work daily towards our greater calling. That’s at least what I am trying to do. Our slogan is Learn Practice and Create because those are the steps I took to gain my confidence and to present my “calling” to you all.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Being from New York City there are a ton of amazing things to do! We’d eat at places like Soco, Sweet Chicks, and Tao. I’d love for my friend to also experience all the tourist-like activities throughout the week. Some may include double-decker buses, museum visits, and a trip to the empire state building. I’d also include time for spa treatments and drinks! Honestly, I like to discover new things with people. We’d probably look up a cool restaurant or bar we haven’t tried, I’d also have to throw have one of my dope game nights!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to shoutout my support system and all of the #notebookbabes that continue to encourage me and push me to grow.