Where are you from originally and how long have you lived in the area?
I was born and raised in São Paulo Brazil and I moved to New Jersey 16 years ago
Child(ren) and Age(s)?
Yes! Julia is 5 years old
Are you involved in a business venture or corporate world? Please Share!
I own Luciana Skin Care in Mendham a SPA that offers, facials, waxing, hydrafacials, Lash Lift and Eyebrow Lamination, massages, spray tan and manicures and pedicures. I love to treat people the same way I want to be treated so making someone feel welcome and catering for they’re needs is our mission.
When did you decide you wanted to open your own Day Spa?
I worked in 4 different salons in NJ and for 5 years in a salon in Mendham and I build up a great clientele base and I feel that I need more I need to compile all the good things I learned over the years, So my husband told me “why you don’t open your own place?” And it is how I started 7 years ago
Has skincare and beauty always been a part of your life?
Yes absolutely I had terrible acne as a teenager and low self esteem because of that. My mom worked in a Salon in Brazil and I started having monthly Facials with Chemical Peels. During my treatments I always thought “What a cool job to be a esthetician she can listen to calm music all day and squeeze pimples!!!” So I definitely understand what is to struggle with your skin and I feel fulfill to be able to help my clients.
What do you recommend for someone looking to get their first facial?
I love to start doing a basic facial that we call the Signature Facial. We offer a discount for first time clients, so it is a great way to get to know their skin and after that I can make better recommendations for in home care products and future facials.
If you could give one tip to fellow Mom Entrepreneurs what would it be?
Takes a lot to juggle the house, kid and activities, work and the problems at work as well for me meditation is a huge part of my life I do it twice a day and I think is how I am able to keep myself calm and manage stress. I think to be a business owner is awesome and I have a passion for my work so transmitting peace and good energy when I am with my client is very important to me.
One thing people would be surprised to know about you…
About 18 years ago when I lived in Brazil I was trying to learn Spanish and while I was practicing the language I meet my Husband in a chat group. He is from Costa Rica and was living in the USA for many years and that is the reason I moved to the USA to follow my heart! It was hard to date when I didn’t really speak Spanish and nothing of English he was really persistent!
Ok 10 Fun LOCAL favorites – ready, go!
1 – Favorite thing to do with your kids? Julia is so much fun in the summer we love to go to the Turtle Back Zoo also to go to NYC to visit museums and the big candies stores
2 – Favorite coffee spot? Paris Baguette in Livingston
3 – Favorite lunch place? Malay in Morristown, we love Asian food
4 – Favorite farm to go fruit picking? Alstede Farms in Chester
5 – Favorite date night restaurant? Son Cubano in Weehawken, we love the view of NYC
6 – Favorite boutique? Windswept in Mendham
7 – Who has the best bagels in town? I am boring I don’t like bagels I only like Italian bread
8 – Best slice of pizza in town? Love Sappori D’italia in Mendham
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