Today we’d like to introduce you to Renee Parker.
Hello Voyage Baltimore! I’m Renee Parker, owner of Skin Vanity Beauty Bar, The number 1 wax bar in Baltimore! I’m 25 years old and I was born and raised in Maryland. I have a bright bubbly personality that will affect anyone. I love doing makeup, making funny videos, cooking, traveling, and I love astrology. If any of our readers wanted to know, I’m a Taurus Sun, Leo Moon, Cancer Rising and a Gemini Venus!
I’m great at giving advice and also listening. But, let’s get started on how I even got to be in a magazine.
My journey started in 2015! I was attending Morgan State University for Multimedia Journalism. While being in school, I was working at Sephora as a Makeup Artist!.
I had no idea that I had my passion and my hobby mixed up! After a while, I started realizing I wasn’t focus on school. I’d lose interest, stop going to class and so on! During this time, my mom got sick. Between going back and forth to the hospital day and night, school, work, and trying to maintain a social life it was just way too much!
While working in Sephora, I notice the genuine love that comes to my heart when I meet new people and by the time they leave, I’ve made a new friend as well as their day, I felt complete.
I would always ask questions in the skincare department, just so I could learn how to assist my clients better.
I met a lady one day and she was being really rude. She didn’t want help from anyone. She claimed that every time she came in she never got any help. Any proper help, I should say.
I asked her if I could help. She was very hesitant. After a few hours of my magic touch and just listening to what she really wanted, we got her together!
She was so thrilled to get everything she wanted and more. I taught her the ends and out of makeup and also things she can do to help her skin! I missed my lunch break and all. But, it didn’t matter to me! Management was trying to get me to hurry up. But, in that moment someone genuinely needed help and I wasn’t skipping any steps!
At that moment, I realized I can’t work for people! Time and time again, I always realize that management wants you to care but it’s definitely about the dollar. I don’t operate as such.
Few days later, I got the most amazing review sent to the corporate office from that lady I helped, and it completely changed everything for me ! I found myself praying and searching for answers on what to do! Her letter was so heart-felt it left me crying and understanding what I should do next.
Spring of 2018, I graduated esthetic school, it took me nine months just to even find someone that would give me a chance in my field since I was new. One day……I got the job! I was so overjoyed.
March 2019 – January 2020, I kept upping my skills, making sure every client received the same 5-Star service. I got to a point where I was seeing 100 clients each month. At that point, I realized I could do this on my own. I quit . . . . No hesitation. I had no idea where the money or space or products were going to come from. Just faith.
Here we are in July 2021. Three years ago this month, I got my license. Since then, I have my own business that I opened at the start of a pandemic, I’m licensed now in two states. Maryland and North Carolina. My business is flourishing and I couldn’t be more pleased!
When passion meets purpose it creates redisul income and pure happiness
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
There are days when you want to stop. You sacrifice a lot! Time, energy, money. Starting a business is easy! Maintaining it can be the hard part! It was many days that I didn’t have clients. I had to figure out how I could get them once I was on my own. Making sure all of your legal documents are taken care of is super important! Also, creating balance! You literally have everything in your hand sometimes when you get too much freedom, it’s hard to contain it. But I keep pushing! No obstacle is too big or small when you’re building your dream!
As you know, we’re big fans of Skin Vanity Beauty Bar. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about the brand?
Skin Vanity Beauty Bar is the place to be!
We offer a range of services. From all-natural skin care, hair removal & treatments, brow and lash tinting and makeup!
Our number 1 service is Brazilian Waxes. To achieve our quick and painless service we use hard wax to remove the hair. Leaving the skin less irritated and painless as possible.
Personally, I believe what makes Skin Vanity different is the fact that I’m me 110% of the time. Good days and bad. I don’t pretend, it’s completely good vibes and amazing heartfelt conversations. On top of my amazing customer service skills! I make sure everyone feels comfortable during any service.
What makes me proud the most are my reviews! To know I’m making people genuinely happy from just being myself and being attentive to them makes everything worth it. It’s never about the money for me. I get paid when they leave smiling!
I want your readers to know that I want to bring a different look to waxing or any self-love services. You always deserve to be first. I’m not perfect and it may seem like I got it all together but In reality I have a dream to just be the best at what I do and spread love and light to every person I meet! If I can do it, so can you! It’s more than just a service. It’s not just work! I found what I love to do and I’m at peace! I’m happy and I would love to spread that love and joy to you as well.
Can you tell us more about what you were like growing up?
Growing up was fun. I have three older brothers so of course, I’m the baby of the family and the only girl! I’m definitely a rebel! Growing up, I was always very social! I was always the life of the party. I love dancing, hanging out with family and friends. Definitely, into nature. I love listening to thunderstorms with my window open at night or just being by water. In general, it always made me feel at peace.
I’ve always had an inviting spirit. I connect with tons of people! Always good energy and fun conversations throughout my life!
- Brazilian Wax: $75
- College Brazilian: $50
- Custom 60 min Facial: $100
- Custom Mini Facial: $55
- Email: Skinvanityy@gmail.com
- Website: https://skinvanitybeautybar.as.me/
- Instagram: https://instagram.com/skinvanityy?utm_medium=copy_link
Photographer: Vanity Studios – Joshua Todd