Brooklyn Dreamers: Aspiring Hairstylist’s who happen to be cousins

Andre Cavasier and Lauryn Fox are two cousins from the same area of East New York, Brooklyn embarking on a journey in which they both hope leads to fame. The two Brooklyn Dreamers are in the hair industry and look up to Ming Lee, owner of Snoblife Hair Studio in Atlanta, Ga. Interestingly enough, they both grew up around the same hardcore area but each come from a different walk of life. Cavasier grew up in a one-parent home in Boulevard Houses project, while Fox whom lives in a two-parent home has moved from the crime filled Linden Houses project into a two family home just blocks away. Who would have guessed that the two cousins would eventually cross paths and share a passion for hairstyling?  Continue reading “Brooklyn Dreamers: Aspiring Hairstylist’s who happen to be cousins”

Business 101: Books every entrepreneur should read

Reading is an integral part to becoming an entrepreneur. There is so much to learn on the journey to entrepreneurship. Whether you are reading a how-to book, a motivational self-help book, or a novel that just inspires you to do better, some form of reading is always fundamental in entrepreneurial growth. Here are three books that I listed in today’s good reads lisiticle:

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Entrepreneur builds a beauty empire

IMG_8964Our Brooklyn Success of the month is none other than the beautiful Chyna Russell. She is the founder and owner of The Dollhouse beauty bar and Dollhouse Cosmetics. A Brooklyn native who grew up in a single house home in the gritty streets of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Russell is determined to take over the beauty industry.

With determination, passion and a hard work ethic, Russell prides herself on being a person who has faced many adversities and overcoming obstacles. Russell motto is, “if I focus on all the things that could go wrong I would have never been where I am today.”

The Dollhouse beauty bar have been in business for over two years, and have captured the attention of celebrities such as reality stars, Tara Wallace, Yandy Smith, and online personality Blac Chyna and a host of others.  The dollhouse host’s monthly makeup classes that include gift bags with cosmetics from the dollhouse makeup line. The class attendees consists of makeup artists, aspiring makeup artists, and everyday women who just want to learn makeup application techniques. The classes offer beginner and advanced techniques for all levels. Russell also host other events in the neighborhood as a way to give back to her community. It also serves as a venue for private events such as children’s parties and business networking events.

Russell saw a void in the beauty industry and decided to open The Dollhouse and her timing couldn’t have been more precise. The Dollhouse opened right before there was a booming trend of aspiring make-up artist’s. There are no neighboring beauty bars within the vicinity of Russell’s establishment; this is how the successful make-up artist is able to stay on top of her game.  Her products are top quality and her clients says that they are just as good as Mac Cosmetics.

Since opening the dollhouse Russell have gain quite the notoriety on social media. Her instagram ha s over 40k followers who are very loyal to the brand. The dollhouse is not just limited to everyday women who are seeking to have their makeup done or learn makeup techniques but celebrities as well. VH1’s reality stars from the hit reality show Love and Hip Hop both New York and Atlanta have also gravitated towards the popular make-up bar.  Pop singer Elle Varner and up and coming hip-hop artist Nyemiah Supreme have also visited the dollhouse to have their make up done for video and photo shoots. Russell stated, “this is all a dream come true. Who would of thought a young black girl from the hood would reach the attention of so many celebrities when there’s so many celebrity make-up artists in the industry.” Her claim to fame has contributed to her  serving as the key makeup artist for VH1’s Mr. and Mrs. Jones with rapper Jim Jones and the newly hit hip-hop reality show Sisterhood of Hip-Hop.

Dollhouse cosmetics can be brought at and you can have your make-up done by the talented artist at 421 Marcus Garvey Boulevard, Brooklyn, NY 11233. You can call and schedule an appointment at (718) 450-8062.