We had the good fortune of connecting with Madison Parks and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Madison, is there something you can share with us that those outside of the industry might not be aware of?
A lot of misconceptions about Black people’s skin and misinformation about how to take care of it in the skincare industry.
What should our readers know about your business?
Million Dollar Cosmetics is unlike any other brand. We celebrate and embody femininity, wellness, and luxury for people of color but especially Black women. Not only do we feature products with mainly natural and organic ingredients that help with skin issues we often struggle with like hyperpigmentation, we encourage self-care, self-acceptance, and self-love. If you’ve been lost in the skincare world let Million Dollar Cosmetics change your life! You will not only clear your skin with our products, but you will learn so much about skin by following us and/or visiting our website. We did a subtle rebrand and are currently working on the Spring Launch! We’re excited about how excited our Millionaires (what we call our customers) are for the new and improved products! We started our business with little to no money and knowledge and have came so far with it. Research and hard work got us to where we are today. We’ve had great wins and losses. The most important thing we’ve learned is that no one can teach you how to run or be successful with your business. Entrepreneurship is a unique experience for everyone and overnight success is unrealistic! Do not let social media rush your business goals and don’t compare yourself to other business owners. You are going to fail, it’s going to get hard, and you will have setbacks but take those as learning experiences. When you fail analyze it, rethink, replan and come back harder. You have to have a strong mind to have a strong business.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’m located in Austin, Texas. I don’t go out much unfortunately I’m always busy! Also I’m only 20 so I’m a bit limited to where I can go! My favorite places to eat are Mama’ z Soul Kitchen, Anything Baked Potatoe, and Elote’s Fanny. Some cool hangout spots are Pinstacks, the Alamo Drafthouse, and the Wonder Bar in the Domain. The downtown area and the domain have so much to do and cool shopping places.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The book “Your Next Level Life” by Karen Arrington was an eye opener for me. That book was the confirmation for me to start my business. Great, short read I think everyone should read it! Especially, Black women. It gave me the confidence and resources to behind my business journey. I also want to shout out Black Mamas ATX. Non-profit group in Austin. They gave me a wonderful doula, Aphrica Farrow, who was a huge supporter during and after my pregnancy. I experienced a lot of trauma and depression, but she kept me going and contributed to a wonderful childbirth and postpartum experience.
Miguel and Dominic.