The beauty industry gets a bad rap these days. But is it a good or a bad thing? We asked Gemma Fitzpatrick from the Beauty Boudoir to tell us what she thinks. Rather than write a guest post, she preferred to make a Vlog to share her view, and discuss the pro’s and the con’s.

But first we asked her to introduce herself…

Visual Artist, Make-Up Artist, Sculptor, Hair Stylist and Slave to a 5 year old. That’s how I would describe myself. My journey after school started out in Dublin Institute of Technology studying Fine Art but when I found myself pregnant half way through my degree my dreams of finishing my FINE ART degree and becoming a visual artist started to feel very far away and unachievable.

I had defer my 3rd year. My priorities changed and I considered not finishing the course. I had a part time job that I disliked and I couldn’t see how I could have a job, finish my studies, and have time to be a mother. I had a fear of failing but I wanted to do it for myself and to be a role model to my son I needed to find a more flexible way to financially support myself, my new baby and finish college. And so I created The Beauty Boudoir. A freelance hairstyling and make up application service. I was always the designated hair stylist and make-up artist for family and friends and with some persuasion from this support system I started to see potential for a freelance business.

5 years on this business has exceeded all of my expectations, providing services for photoshoots, bridal parties, music videos, masterclasses, talks and special events all over Ireland and I also get some time to make and exhibit my sculptures.

Cool, So Gemma, tell us your thoughts on the beauty industry…..

What do you think??