Thank you for visiting my site, Gillybean, an online dream-turned-reality and a little place to curate and share my love for beauty, skincare, haircare and wellness. This is just the start of my journey and my hope is to grow it into a store that stocks cult beauty and skincare favourites from both South Africa and aboard. The brands I stock are some of my favourites and I plan to grow the repertoire into an impressive one that offers something for everyone; superior quality always.
I'm Gillian, a mama of three who's been cultivating a passion for beauty, skincare and all things pretty for decades. I finally decided during lock-down that it was time to convert my idea into a tangible business that could integrate me back into the working world with my kiddos now being a little older and self-sufficient. If there's one thing a mother of three can do its to get stuff done; so here we are. I know that this website and online store is still in its infancy but I'm having exciting conversations with beauty and skincare brand owners from around the world and I hope to see the Gillybean range broadened substantially over the next 12 months.
The 2020 hussle has allowed me to get my creative and learning juices flowing and I've built the Gillybean website on my own, trying to prioritise simplicity and ease-of-online-shopping where possible. That said, I'm well aware that I've got loads to learn and I'd love any feedback or insights you may have, please do get in touch. Customer satisfaction is of paramount importance to me and my aim is to dispatch and deliver your beauty and skincare favourites as quickly and effortlessly as possible.
Skincare and discovering excellent and effective beauty products has been something that's excited and inspired me since I was allowed to wear make-up; I spend way to much time online and in-store browsing beauty shelves and this business has allowed me to turn my passion into a career. My make-up bag is bursting at the seams and my drawers at home are overflowing with products I love to use, trial and repurchase. I believe that skincare is a lifetime investment and we need to love and nourish the skin we're in. While I firmly believe that beauty comes from within, I also know that feeling and looking pretty can boost one's confidence and self-esteem and that's important too.
And let's talk about hair, gurl! I've included hair-care in my repertoire of investment products because its an important part of our identities as women of all colours and it deserves all of the love and nourishment it can get. As a women who has highlighted and damaged her hair for a long time, I'm always on the hunt for restorative treatments, oils and products that help strengthen the hair and improve lustre and shine.
The skin is our largest organ and its important not to ignore the rest of body; body creams, moisturisers, oils, masks, exfoliators etc all comprise as a part of the Gillybean repertoire and I will be on the hunt for incredible products to soothe and nourish our hands, feet and the rest of our beautiful bodies too.
My personal and business mantra is that hair, body and skin is a lifetime investment and that it is my aim to help us all better care for and nourish those elements of our lives as women... and men. We need to create the skin we want in 20 years time, now. I know I certainly wish I'd used a little more eye-cream a decade ago and should've been more diligent with suncream. That said, it's not too late to learn nor to change. May the next 20 years of your personal skincare journey be nourishing, glowy and beautiful, and may Gillybean be part of that beautiful journey.
Yours in investing in your skin, hair and body
Gill, founder of Gillybean