Power Series: Doing it all with Nassima!
My Beauty Squad has a duty to the community of women that want to uplift and empower each other. This Power Series showcases women of different backgrounds, talents and careers and shows how visions begin to come to life when you put your mind to it.
Introducing micro-influencer Nassima famously known on Instagram as Beaussima. A teacher, mother and beauty blogger passionate about all beauty and skincare. Over the years Nassima has organically grown her skincare community as they love her raw honesty and upbeat personality. She is also a beauty and lifestyle writer havingworked with Cosmopolitan UK and Stylist and owns The Beauty Internblog. Having worked with major brands like Glamglow, Bare Minerals and Luneia, Nassima knows the ins and outs of the beauty world.
Known on the gram for her love of cleansers and her funny self-care videos, her followers including the one and only Caroline Hirons and her close friends all trust her recommendations and advice when it comes to skincare and beauty regimes.
Tell us about yourself, your passions, and your goals?
I am a school teacher, mother of a beautiful one-year-old girl and a beauty enthusiast. Beauty and skincare have been a passion of mine for many years back when YouTube videos were all the rage! I started to develop adult acne in my early 20s but after extensive learning and trial and error, I was able to cure my skin and continue to prevent any scarring left behind from blemishes.
What’s the hardest part about juggling motherhood, being a teacher and being a beauty blogger?
I enjoy being busy and fast-paced but then sometimes I don’t know how to relax. It’s tricky because I’m either on or off. The best way I can describe it is I am either working as a teacher full-time or I am a full-time mum with beauty blogging on the side. Balancing does not work for me because I find I can’t give my full attention to everything and I want to prevent making mistakes.
My daughter is and will always be my main priority, but with the amazing support of my husband, I am able to meet deadlines and create content. If it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t be able to do all three things and grow in my career knowing that he can give our daughter his undivided attention when I am busy filming content, teaching or attending events and product launches. This way, I am not distracted and fully immersed in the moment, whatever I’m doing.
What is one thing you wish you could tell yourself when you were younger?
Not to stick to something if it’s not working. If it’s something you really enjoy but it’s hard, don’t give up! Always stick to the things you enjoy instead of forcing a career that’s not for you. I was trying to be a doctor in college but it never worked for me. The notion I had when I was younger was that people who were successful had to be a doctor or lawyer. But now, a successful woman to me is someone who can independently take care of themselves and others.
What’s your favourite and least favourite thing about beauty?
I love how beauty brings people together. For me personally, talking about skincare and taking off my makeup is such an intimate experience and I am happy to share this with others. I feel as though when we are bare-faced, we connect with people on a deeper level. When I see people sharing that with each other on Instagram, it’s as if they are showing an intimate part of themselves, which is their real skin under make-up with no judgement.
The worst thing about beauty is watching how big beauty brands use trends to try and exploit people. I remember when the clean beauty trend started. At first, brands and consumers were calling out brands and discussing what was in their make-up and skincare products - it was a big thing. But as people became educated on INCI lists (ingredients in skincare), it really started to go sideways yet brands continue to use scaremongering. I cringe when I hear someone ask me for product recommendations without chemicals...my usual reply is to remind them that water is a chemical. I also cannot support brands that do not share my values either. I am glad that the BLM movement has spread across all industries in the world and that the beauty world is FINALLY waking up and righting their wrongs.
What is your power?
I try to do it all - I love proving people who doubt me wrong. But I am also ok with losing out sometimes and asking for help and I think that is also powerful.
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