Tell us about Holy Kiss Cosmetics and what inspired you to become a Beautypreneur: Actually, one would think that being a beautypreneur means that you’re obsessed with makeup or fashion. Don’t get me wrong, I do love to look fabulous, but my vision to launch Holy Kiss Cosmetics was birthed from a different place. I battled with depression for several years and this internal struggle led to so many failures and disappointments in my life. There was even a time where I tried taking my life and God blocked that plan. Fast-forward... One day, I was in prayer and it came to me. Every day you wake up, you have been kissed by God with a “Holy Kiss,” so how will you “Kiss Back?”
That revelation gave me an entirely new outlook on life. It was in that moment that I thought about launching a lipstick line, to simply serve as “lipstick evangelism,” and be a tool to remind women that there is power in our mouth so we must watch what we speak. When God kisses you with life, your “kiss back” should be reflected in what you speak over you life and what you speak over others. I started writing down names of colors that would serve as reminders of speaking life and not death. Anointed, Delivered, Mercy, Grace, The Glory, Love, Joy are just a few of the names. For example, when you put “Love” on your lips, you’re subconsciously placing a message in your thought life to love and not hate... that’s a Holy Kiss.
What advice would you give your younger self before starting a business if you could go back? Be wiser when starting a business and watch your connections. Unfortunately, I lost a lot of money initially, due to trial and error. Every start up goes through an investment period, but sometimes you can place yourself in a longer season of investing, resulting in making less profit. Be prayerful and strategic when making business deals. Treat them as that, business deals. Since I am so passionate about my purpose, it is easy to get lost in the “heart side” of things and focus less on the “business side.” You have to put the right people in your circle, to help cover your blind spots and even educate you in areas where you lack experience.
What is next for you in 2018? I am so excited about everything God is doing in this season! I am also the CEO of Kimberly J Enterprise, where I serve as a Certified Life Coach, Author and Empowerment Speaker. I released a few new books that I am so excited about and I have one more that is on the way, entitled, “I’ve Had Enough.” My blood, sweat and tears fill the pages of this piece and I would love for everyone to get a copy! It will be available electronically in July and on the shelf late August! One may preorder their copy by visiting my website. (www.thekimberlyj.com) Also, be on the lookout for new Holy Kiss Lipstick collections! So many things are happening! It’s best to connect online for the latest and greatest!
How can readers connect with you online? I can be found personally on IG and FB as @prophetesskimberlyj. Please also connect with Holy Kiss Cosmetics by searching @holykisscosmetics