Sunday, May 15, 2011

Sunday Feature: You Go Girl! Featuring the Founders of Luxy Hair Sisters Leyla & Mimi!!

 Every Sunday I feature a blogger, artist, photographer, makeup artist, actress, socialite or all around awesome person on my blog in a feature I like to call "You Go Girl!" or in some cases "You Go Boy!".

This week Ill be featuring the 2 beautiful founders of Luxy Hair. These sisters are not only business savvy with their growing business selling luxury hair extensions but they also have a strong following on their YouTube channel that features everything from simple how to hair styles to outfit of the days to an inside look at their lives.

I recently chatted with the sisters about beauty, life and business. Keep reading to find out what they had to say....

So tell us a little about who is behind Luxy Hair and why are you ladies fabulous?
M: Luxy Hair is an outlet for me and Leyla to share our creative ideas with like minded girls around the world. We are really grateful for Youtube that have created such an amazing platform that makes it possible for us and other Youtubers.  Why are we fabulous? We don't particularly think of ourselves as fabulous to be honest. We are just regular girls, having fun with beauty and make up.  
L: I wish we could just credit all the fabulousness to ourselves, but as most people might find it surprising, that part of our Luxy Team is actually a man! Mimi's amazing husband, Alex is the mastermind and the business savvy brains behind all of the success. And of course, Mimi & I are the face of the brand, as well are hugely involved in all the other parts of the business.

Where can we find you on the world wide web?
We have a very strong web presence, and can be found on any of the following sites:

What are some of your must have beauty products and why?
M: Gosh concealer and Mac Bronzer. Those two products have the ability to make me look refreshed in minutes.
L: My Amazing Cosmetics concealer - it truly is amazing, super creamy, great coverage and you only need a teeny-tiny amount to do the job, Bobbi Brown Hydrating Under-eye cream  - it's lightweight, fast absorbing and leaves my under eye area/skin feeling like silk and the Macadamia Deep Repair Hair masque - I love how creamy it is, the smell is amazing and it leaves my hair really soft and easy to manage! :)

Have you ever lost or broken a beauty item you wish you still had today?
M: Estee Lauder limited edition bronzer. I dropped it on the floor the second or third day after I bough it and it broke it into tiny pieces
L: Can't really recall anything from the beauty items, however, I once forgot all of my jewelry while visiting Montreal in a hotel room, and I wish I could retrieve all of it back.. But it's long gone..

How did Luxy Hair get started?
L: Mimi was getting married last year, and was looking for great quality clip in hair extensions at an affordable price for her wedding day. And when she couldn't find any on the market, Alex suggested that we start our own brand. He proposed that Mimi & I would be the face of the brand, while he would handle all the behind the scenes, technical, business and financial aspects.

Favorite fashion look for Summer 2011?
M: A white ruffle summer dress. I'm loving white at the moment.
L: There are so many! But if I had to choose just one, it would be florals! Especially floral rompers.. Pure love!

Favorite makeup look for Summer 2011?
M: Very light and natural smoky eye ( using brown eyeshadows) and peachy blush.  
L: Fresh face and dewy make-up that makes you look like you're glowing from within.
Favorite hair look for Summer 2011?
M: Beachy waves or a side braid.  
L: This one is easy. It's braids! In all of its shapes and sizes and variations, from a simple side braid, to a french braid to a more complicated fish tail braid.. I love and wear them all constantly!

The thing I love the most about my career is...?
M: I love what I do , because it doesn't feel like work. So, I don't necessarily think of it as I career. It's just something that I do and enjoy.  
L: That it isn't a career to me or feel like work. It is my life, and it allows me to have the freedom and flexibility to do and be what I want, when I want. That to me, is priceless!

My sister would say Im crazy for.....?
M: I'm crazy for herbal teas:) hehe Fruity and caffeine free, it's my absolute favourite beverage. 
L: The sun, the beach and a beautifully tanned skin

My best kept beauty secret is?
M: Smiling. I think that instantly makes anyone beautiful :) 
L: I wish I could say I have one, but since starting both of our YouTube Channel (LuxyHair and EverythingLuxy) most of my beauty secrets are being revealed one by one in all of my videos and tutorials on hair, make-up, fashion and life in general

Are there any fashion, makeup or beauty faux pas you really really cant stand?
M: To me a faux pas is wearing something only because it's trendy. I believe you should wear things that make you feel good and comfortable as well as look good on you.
Are you guilty of any yourself?
M: I have in the past, and I believe it's completely fine, as we learn by making mistakes. As my awareness is growing, I'm becoming more selective as to what I wear and why I wear it, whether it's clothes or make up. 
L: It's not really a beauty related faux pas, but I do love to wear my Uggs in the winter time... I know some people can't stand them, but to me a winter in Canada and Uggs go hand in hand.

Was there a product you bought due to word of mouth hype that you just weren't please with once you tried?
M: Yeah....lots of hair shampoos and conditioners. Also, the brazilian blow out treatment. It's so sad, that I've had it done about a year ago, and I still can't get my curls back. 
L: I'll only try out a product if the hype comes from a source (friend or YouTube Beauty Guru) whose opinion I trust, and as such it's hard to recall if there ever was any product that I got because of a hype that I didn't enjoy later on.

Who are your mentors/idols?
M: I don't believe in having idols. I think we are all the same- all talented in our own way, some are famous for it and some or not. That's the only difference. I do get inspired by many people but mostly just regular people I get to meet on daily basis. My mentor and best friend is my soulmate- Alex :)
L: There are a lot of people that inspire and motivate me, however, I cannot call them my mentors or idols. I just like to stay open and observant to life and people, and I can derive inspiration from the smallest of situations that I can later apply to my own life.

What can people expect from you ladies and Luxy Hair in the future?
M: More fun and interactive videos and projects. We enjoy those the best:) 
L: We have a lot of ambitious and large projects that we'd like to tackle in the future, but we like to take our time and do things thoroughly, one step-at-a-time. So we're in no rush to expand, but that is definitely where we're headed.

Any last words or advice?
M: Follow your instincts in life as they will guide you in the right direction of where you need to be to grow as a being. Always try to do your best and leave the rest to the universe.
L: The best advice I can give is to follow your heart, your passion and don't let fear of failure or rejection stop you from following your dreams. As cliche as it sounds, anything truly is possible, if you believe in yourself and your power to succeed!
Thank you Leyla & Mimi for taking the time to chat and share your story with readers.

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Saimese on May 15, 2011 at 9:37 PM said...

Love their hair tutorials on YT!

y82_serrano on May 16, 2011 at 12:36 AM said...

awesome girls...I love their videos!

Anonymous said...

Their videos are so helpful, and they seem like such genuinely kind girls. Keep up the good work!

Anonymous said...

mimi and leyla are awesome:)

EveryDay Makeup blog on May 18, 2011 at 12:52 AM said...

I never knew about these ladies. They are sooo pretty. I'll make sure to check them out :)

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