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Welcome to the Friends in Beauty Podcast, hosted by Akua Robinson, Makeup Artist, Beauty Educator, and the creator of Friends in Beauty. This podcast is a safe space for ambitious beauty industry creatives to have real talk, get real answers and practical tools to grow their businesses, learn the keys to success & longevity in the beauty industry, and most importantly have fun! The Friends in Beauty Podcast is an extension of Akua Robinson’s Friends in Beauty networking events and is an opportunity to candidly connect with her and her amazing guests each week as they chat and kick it like real #FriendsinBeauty do. Guests share personal insight on their journeys and their pillars to success that have allowed them to create a business of their dreams and live life on their own terms. You ready?

Let’s Connect! Follow us on social media: @friendsinbeauty @akuarobinson

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Welcome to the Friends in Beauty Podcast, hosted by Akua Robinson, Makeup Artist, Beauty Educator, and the creator of Friends in Beauty. This podcast is a safe space for ambitious beauty industry creatives to have real talk, get real answers and practical tools to grow their businesses, learn the keys to success & longevity in the beauty industry, and most importantly have fun! The Friends in Beauty Podcast is an extension of Akua Robinson’s Friends in Beauty networking events and is an opportunity to candidly connect with her and her amazing guests each week as they chat and kick it like real #FriendsinBeauty do. Guests share personal insight on their journeys and their pillars to success that have allowed them to create a business of their dreams and live life on their own terms. You ready?

Let’s Connect! Follow us on social media: @friendsinbeauty @akuarobinson

    Ep. 219: Crafting A Six-Figure Beauty Business - Jewels Jones

    Ep. 219: Crafting A Six-Figure Beauty Business - Jewels Jones

    On this week’s episode of the Friends in Beauty podcast I welcome Jill Jones to the Friends in Beauty guest chair. Jewels is a multifaceted entrepreneur and business coach. Beginning her career as a hairstylist, she eventually established her own salon suite and later expanded into multiple successful salon ventures, including a storefront location. However, it was her passion for the business side of the industry that truly ignited her spirit. Recognizing her knack for financial planning and management, marketing, and developing systems, Jewels transitioned into the role of a business coach and mentor, driven by a desire to empower fellow beauty professionals with clarity and confidence.

    Her expertise extends beyond hairstyling to encompass product development, digital innovations, and team leadership. Through her role as a Clarity Coach and Practical Strategist, she has helped countless beauty professionals craft solid business models, grow loyal clientele, and achieve significant milestones, like achieving their first six-figure year.


    With Jewels as their guide, beauty entrepreneurs can embark on their own journeys with confidence, knowing they have a seasoned mentor to support and inspire them every step of the way.

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    Social Media Info:
    Jewels Jones (Instagram) - https://www.instagram.com/jewelsbeyondthechair
    Friends in Beauty (Instagram) - https://www.instagram.com/friendsinbeauty
    Friends in Beauty (YouTube) - https://bit.ly/FIBTube
    Akua Robinson (Instagram) - https://www.instagram.com/akuarobinson
    Akua Robinson (Website) - https://www.akuarobinson.com

    NOTE: I am a Brand Ambassador and affiliate for certain businesses, products and services that I believe in. I may have referenced these and included links in this video, description or someplace else at this site. I hope you find the resources helpful.

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    • 1 hr 31 min
    Ep. 218: Breaking Beauty Norms: Ashley Williams On Natural Hair in Pageantry

    Ep. 218: Breaking Beauty Norms: Ashley Williams On Natural Hair in Pageantry

    On this week’s episode of the Friends in Beauty podcast I welcome Ashley Williams to the Friends in Beauty guest chair. Ashley made history by becoming the first Caribbean-American, with roots in Jamaica and Turks and Caicos Island, to be named Miss Virginia USA. 

    With years of experience as an event coordinator, she works with government contracting executives and is grateful for the opportunity to connect our nation’s leaders. Ashley was able to combine her passion for dance with serving the community by becoming a NFL Cheerleader. Some of her favorite experiences during her three year tenure as a cheerleader include: traveling overseas on USO tours, performing in the 2020 Super Bowl Halftime show alongside J Lo and Shakira, and skydiving with the United States Army Parachute Team. 

    Her goal is to continuously show appreciation for our troops by working with organizations that empower active-duty military and veterans. Earning her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, she is a proud first-generation college graduate, who completed her studies as a student athlete.

    Ashley shares a lot of insight into the world of beauty pageants that is truly eye opening and inspirational for the next generation.

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    Social Media Info:

    Ashley Williams (Instagram) - https://www.instagram.com/ashwilllll

    Friends in Beauty (Instagram) - https://www.instagram.com/friendsinbeauty

    Friends in Beauty (YouTube) - https://bit.ly/FIBTube

    Akua Robinson (Instagram) - https://www.instagram.com/akuarobinson

    Akua Robinson (Website) - https://www.akuarobinson.com

    NOTE: I am a Brand Ambassador and affiliate for certain businesses, products and services that I believe in. I may have referenced these and included links in this video, description or someplace else at this site. I hope you find the resources helpful.

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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Ep 217: My Pandemic Baby Turns 4, Youthforia Get Your Act Together + Dealing With Imposter Syndrome

    Ep 217: My Pandemic Baby Turns 4, Youthforia Get Your Act Together + Dealing With Imposter Syndrome

    On this week’s episode of the Friends in Beauty podcast I we celebrate the 4 year anniversary of the Friends in Beauty Podcast with a solo episode from Your Best Friend in Beauty, Akua.

    She gives a recap of the Friends in Beauty Bus Trip to the Makeup Show NYC & also talks about dealing with imposter syndrome, the Youthforia drama, and what’s next for Friends in Beauty.

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    Additional Resources:

    MUST HAVE BEAUTY, PODCASTING, CONTENT CREATION TOOLS, AND BOOKS

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    LEARN A NEW SKILL

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    Use Code “AKUAROBINSON” for 10% of your purchase 

    Join the Friends in Beauty Mailing List: https://www.bit.ly/FIBTribe

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    Friends in Beauty (Instagram) - https://www.instagram.com/friendsinbeauty

    Friends in Beauty (YouTube) - https://bit.ly/FIBTube

    Akua Robinson (Instagram) - https://www.instagram.com/akuarobinson

    Akua Robinson (Website) - https://www.akuarobinson.com

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    • 31 min
    Ep. 216: Meet The Makeup Department Head For SXSW Select Film "Babes"

    Ep. 216: Meet The Makeup Department Head For SXSW Select Film "Babes"

    On this week’s episode of the Friends in Beauty podcast I welcome Kristy Strate to the Friends in Beauty guest chair! Kristy is a bi-coastal Makeup Artist who splits her time between Los Angeles and New York City. 

    Kristy began working in makeup at the ripe old age of 19, starting in the world of print, fashion, and advertising before moving into narrative film and TV.  She began department heading very early in her film career and right away realized that she loved the process of building projects from beginning to end. Most recently, Kristy was the Makeup Department Head on the 2024 SXSW select film Babes. Collaborating with Directors, Producers, Cast, and fellow crew members to create worlds and stories is a very exciting and rewarding experience that she never tires of.

    Outside of her work and artistry, Kristy has an affinity for nature. She grew up on a farm, spending all of her time working and playing in fields and mountains. One of her goals for later life is to have a humble animal rescue focusing on retired senior horses. 

    But until then, you can count on seeing much more of her makeup, movies, and magic! 

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    Join the Friends in Beauty Mailing List: https://www.bit.ly/FIBTribe

    Social Media Info:

    Kristy Strate (Instagram) - https://www.instagram.com/kristystratemakeup

    Friends in Beauty (Instagram) - https://www.instagram.com/friendsinbeauty

    Friends in Beauty (YouTube) - https://bit.ly/FIBTube

    Akua Robinson (Instagram) - https://www.instagram.com/akuarobinson

    Akua Robinson (Website) - https://www.akuarobinson.com

    NOTE: I am a Brand Ambassador and affiliate for certain businesses, products and services that I believe in. I may have referenced these and included links in this video, description or someplace else at this site. I hope you find the resources helpful.

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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Ep. 215: How StyleSeat Has Facilitated 200 Million Appointments Across 16,000 Cities

    Ep. 215: How StyleSeat Has Facilitated 200 Million Appointments Across 16,000 Cities

    On this week’s episode of the Friends in Beauty podcast I welcome Melody McCloskey to the Friends in Beauty guest chair! Melody is a trailblazing entrepreneur, celebrated as the co-founder and CEO of StyleSeat, a groundbreaking platform revolutionizing the beauty and wellness industry. Her brainchild, StyleSeat, stands as the foremost destination for booking appointments, notably empowering women-led businesses across diverse sectors. With an astounding reach spanning over 16,000 cities in the United States, StyleSeat has facilitated a staggering 200 million appointments. Since its inception in 2011, Melody’s brainchild has catalyzed over $12 billion in revenue for small enterprises.



    Melody’s creativity lies in her creation of a dynamic marketplace that empowers independent beauty professionals to not only manage but also expand their ventures. Simultaneously, it provides clients with a seamless avenue to explore and book an array of beauty services. Her expertise spans a diverse range, encompassing business development, women in business advocacy, beauty industry insights, small business management, tech innovations, marketing strategies, and investing. As an entrepreneur, Melody McCloskey stands as a pillar of innovation, reshaping the landscape of beauty and wellness services while championing the cause of women entrepreneurs worldwide.



    Enjoy this episode!!



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    Additional Resources:

    MUST HAVE BEAUTY, PODCASTING, CONTENT CREATION TOOLS, AND BOOKS

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    Skillshare - Use this link for 2 months free of the premium plan: https://skl.sh/30t352q

    SAVE 10% ON MENTED COSMETICS (I’M SHADE D10)

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    Join the Friends in Beauty Mailing List: https://www.bit.ly/FIBTribe

    Social Media Info:

    StyleSeat (Instagram) - https://www.instagram.com/styleseat

    StyleSeat (Website) - https://www.styleseat.com

    Melody (Instagram) - https://www.instagram.com/melody

    Friends in Beauty (Instagram) - https://www.instagram.com/friendsinbeauty

    Friends in Beauty (YouTube) - https://bit.ly/FIBTube

    Akua Robinson (Instagram) - https://www.instagram.com/akuarobinson

    Akua Robinson (Website) - https://www.akuarobinson.com

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Ep. 214: How Crazy Crave Cosmetics Was Built Out Of Grandma’s Kitchen

    Ep. 214: How Crazy Crave Cosmetics Was Built Out Of Grandma’s Kitchen

    On this week’s episode of the Friends in Beauty podcast I welcome Courtney Cheatham to the Friends in Beauty guest chair! Courtney, the creative powerhouse behind Crazy Crave

    Cosmetics, transforms passion into innovation. As the mastermind, she meticulously crafts each product release, shade, and website detail. 

    Starting her makeup journey in high school, Courtney's experimentations in her grandma's kitchen birthed the iconic glitter gloss. The overwhelming demand led her to strategic research, connecting with top manufacturers for professional-grade products. Her knack for innovation and

    entrepreneurial spirit has transformed Crazy Crave Cosmetics into a rapidly expanding brand. 

    Enjoy!!

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    Additional Resources:

    MUST HAVE BEAUTY, PODCASTING, CONTENT CREATION TOOLS, AND BOOKS

    https://www.amazon.com/shop/akuarobinson

    LEARN A NEW SKILL

    Skillshare - Use this link for 2 months free of the premium plan: https://skl.sh/30t352q

    SAVE 10% ON MENTED COSMETICS (I’M SHADE D10)

    Shop Mented Cosmetics - https://www.mentedcosmetics.com/?rfsn=1290937.f2481

    Use Code “AKUAROBINSON” for 10% of your purchase 

    Join the Friends in Beauty Mailing List: https://www.bit.ly/FIBTribe

    Social Media Info:

    Crazy Crave Cosmetics (Instagram) - https://www.instagram.com/crazy.crave.cosmetics

    Crazy Crave Cosmetics (Website) - https://www.crazycravecosmetics.com

    Friends in Beauty (Instagram) - https://www.instagram.com/friendsinbeauty

    Friends in Beauty (YouTube) - https://bit.ly/FIBTube

    Akua Robinson (Instagram) - https://www.instagram.com/akuarobinson

    Akua Robinson (Website) - https://www.akuarobinson.com

    NOTE: I am a Brand Ambassador and affiliate for certain businesses, products and services that I believe in. I may have referenced these and included links in this video, description or someplace else at this site. I hope you find the resources helpful.

    Copyright, Liability Waiver and Disclaimers. All rights reserved.

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    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
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44 Ratings

whivo4577 ,

Obsessed

I’m a founder of a Beauty Brand. Therefore I’m obsessed with Friends in Beauty podcast. I love Akua personality the questions are structured well. I’ve learned so much and I’m happy to be apart of your tribe 💕

Marli 821 ,

Great podcast

This podcast is such a great resource for beauty professionals and creatives. I enjoy listening every week. Akua is such a great host and I love the content that she presents every week.

Stargirl85 ,

My favorite beauty podcast!!

I always wanted a podcast that I could go to as a makeup artist and have someone who understands the industry. Akua does a great job as the host and she’s just as genuine & bubbly in person. I really enjoyed this most recent episode with the psychologist, it hit me on another level because I’m currently in a psychology program at the same university she went to! #HU

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