Name: Christina Smith
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Occupation: Glamour Guru
As soon as I came up with the idea to feature one powerful female per week on the blog, I knew I wanted Christina to be the first one.
When I met her a little over three years ago, she was working in sales and makeup artistry at the most beautiful little golden-age themed cosmetics shop in downtown Burbank.
Now she is in the process of launching her own cosmetics line called Botanical Boutique Apothecary, with her first product being a Rose Hydrating Oil.
Christina has a way with makeup and art like I have never seen before. She can do anything from eyelash extensions to cinematic makeup to body painting and looks absolutely stunning all of the time. Whether she’s rocking her signature winged liner and red lips or playing with a themed look for a day at Disneyland, her passion and talent always shine through. But if you can believe it, she is even more beautiful on the inside. Very soft-spoken and authentic, Christina and I had the chance to talk about her passion and plans for the future.
How did you come up with the name for your beauty line?
CS: I came up with the name from my painting. I’m really inspired by nature and plants. Boutique and Apothecary give the name a vintage feel.
When did you decide you wanted to have your own skin care line?
CS: For a long time I made skincare products since I became an esthetician in 2013. I was inspired by knowing ingredients and what should go on your face. I was also really inspired by my training and time in cinematic makeup school. I started giving it as gifts and people started telling me that I should start my own line. If people are getting it, they are definitely getting a good product made with love.
What has been the most challenging part of starting your own skincare line?
CS: Funds. You definitely need to pull out a loan or build up funds in a different way.
Why did you decided on Rose Oil being your first product?
CS: It’s multi-purpose from head to toe and can eliminate a lot of your skincare routine if you have an extensive one. Also, everything is cruelty free, vegan, and plant based. A lot of it is also organic.
How did you come up with the design for the bottle/product?
CS: Well pink is my favorite color for sure, so I wanted to incorporate it. I was inspired by my business card for the lettering and I wanted it to have a vintage feel like Marie Antoinette and Rococo.
You’re always looking so glam and perfect. What inspires how you dress?
CS: Definitely Dita Von Teese and the beautiful starlets of the past. I just love feeling ultra girly and feminine. I don’t event know how I discovered Dita Von Teese, but she’s just an incredible human.
How did you learn to create so many looks and to perfect them?
CS: Watching tutorials, I used to watch YouTube videos a lot. Also, a lot of the friends I made were from Cinema Makeup School or Besame.
Where do you want your career to go?
CS: I plan to have a full line of skincare with different essential oils that inspire the main line. I want a full line that’s accessible to everybody including men.
Who is a BossGirl that inspires you?
CS: My stepmom is my number one inspiration for being a strong woman. Her name is Molly and I’ve known her for about 17 years now. She’s just an angel.
What is your definition of a BossGirl?
CS: Somebody who doesn’t conform to what girls “should” be who doesn’t care what anyone thinks. Someone that’s excited, passionate, driven. That’s what makes them beautiful.
What is something that makes you stand out? Apart from the amazing looks that you create?
CS: Having passion and drive! I love asking people what they’re passionate about and I’m so surprised how many people either don’t have a passion or don’t know what they’re passionate about.
What do you do on your days off?
CS: Taking naps, I love sleeping. Also spending time with my animals, my dog and cat. Seeing flowers, I love being outside, or painting something.
Who is a BossGirl you want to spend a day with and what the two of you do?
CS: Dita Von Teese! I’ve met her before, but I would love to spend the day with her! I feel like we would go look at antiques, go to a garden or museum, or have tea!
Christina Anne Marie Smith is the ultimate BossGirl, being her most authentic self, living her most incredible life!