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Watch Her Work: 24-Year-Old Converts Snack Machines Into A Full-Blown Eyelash Vending Machine Business

We promise this is not your average vending machine. Shania Morris is the mastermind behind Blinkz On A Budget, a luxury vending machine that allows you to purchase lashes on the go. The unconventional route found favor in the eyes of the 24-year-old as it forged a connection between customers while cutting down operational costs. The Jamaican native stirred up the idea to launch a vending machine after recognizing the ever-growing popularity within the United States. Morris’ passion project soon went from an idea to reality after scoring a vendor in Florida who could provide a home for her human lashes. She planned to debut her machine at a local outlet mall in Florida but she soon realized to stand out among competitors, her dispensary would need a unique twist. In decked-out fashion, the vending machine received a stellar makeover sporting an adorned floral wall perfect to snap a few selfies while operating as a hidden marketing strategy. @thelashdoc #minklashes...

Samantha Dorisca

Feb 3, 2022

This 20-Year-Old Black Woman Entrepreneur Just Made Over $1M in 8 Minutes Online

MoonXCosmetics , a handmade vegan skincare line specializing in all skin types, just experienced major success online, but not without the vision of its 20-year-old founder. MoonXCosmetics offers an assortment of products ranging from natural hydrating oils, cleansers, body conditioners, masks, and more — some of which were restocked on its virtual shelves on Thursday. Mariee Revere, CEO and founder, took to Twitter to announce that she made $1 million in eight minutes off of what she said would be a “million-dollar restock.” She called it the million dollar restock, and got it. I’m proud. Keep doing your thing. #SupportBlackBusiness — Big Mama✨👑. (@whoisyanna) May 1, 2020 “1 million in 8 minutes! thank you god and thank you to everyone who supported me! i had to cut the site 26 minutes due to me reaching 20k + orders! thank you so much!” Revere said via Twitter . Based on her company’s Instagram, MoonXCosmetics seems to have gained the approval of various...

Micah Kimberley

May 1, 2020

Mented Cosmetics raises $3 million in funding, continues to diversify the beauty space

KJ Miller and Amanda Johnson are two friends who felt boxed into a corner in the beauty industry before taking matters into their own hands with Mented Cosmetics . They launched their own makeup line with the perfect organic nude lip products for women of color with just about $10,000 in savings. That led them to being the 15th and 16th black women to ever raise $1M in capital and expanding their products to lip glosses, an eyeshadow palette, nail polish and more. Today it was announced that Mented Cosmetics raised $3M in its latest round of funding. CircleUp Growth Partners is the lead investor in the series seed and focuses on early-stage consumer brands with a “data-driven, scalable approach to investing in visionary founders.” The first time around, KJ and Amanda pitched to more than 80 VCs. But this round, Miller says they pitched to about 30 VCs in total. And they found themselves in a position to say “no,” allowing them to be intentional about working with their investors....

Christine Cauthen

May 23, 2018