BeautyView: Tracey Sameyah, General Manager, Dermalogica

When I asked Tracey Sameyah, General Manager of Dermalogica, to be on my spa panel during Cosmoprof North America earlier this year, she said yes. Actually, not just yes, but yes, thank you for thinking of me, I would love to. She drove from LA to Las Vegas, spent less than 24 hours at the show, during what might have been her busiest time at work. And then, she thanked me. She is gracious, smart, funny, fluent in Farsi, and always carries two phones around, one for work and one for her family. I can’t wait for our paths to cross again!

AP: What city were you born in? TS: London.

AP: What city to do you live in? TS: LA.

AP: What is your middle name? TS: Ghazal.

AP: What is your astrological sign? TS: Pisces.

AP: What is something about you most people don’t know? TS: I am fluent in Farsi.

AP: What is your most prized possession? TS: My family.

AP: If you could have dinner with the person of your choice, who would it be? TS: My grandmother who has passed away.

AP: Describe your fashion style in three words maximum. TS: Classic.

AP: Do you wear a watch? If yes, what model? TS: Yes, a Rolex.

AP: Diamonds or pearls? TS: Diamonds.

AP: What is your #1 beauty secret? TS: Stay out of the sun.

AP: What fragrance do you wear? TS: Knowing.

AP: Botox or not? TS: Never!

AP: Hair color: natural or not? TS: Not.

AP: What are your special diet tips, if any? TS: Balance, everything in moderation.

AP: What do you do for exercise? TS: I spend a lot of time on a treadmill.

AP: What are three things that you always have in your fridge? TS: Eggs, milk and salad

AP: What is your secret to work/life balance? TS: Don’t buy in to your own PR.

AP: How many miles do you fly per year on average? TS: As needed.

AP: What are your three top tips for travel? TS: 1. Pack light. 2. Use direct routes as much as possible. 3. Use the time on the airplane to clean up your to do list.

AP: 3 songs on your ipod right now. TS: I don’t own one.

AP: What book are you reading right now? TS: I am re-reading Made To Stick by Chip and Dan Heath.

AP: Quote to live by.  TS: Play to win, not to be right.

AP: What is your worst pet peeve?  TS: Complainers!

AP: What time do you usually wake up in the morning, and how many hours of sleep do you usually get?  TS: I get up at 6 a.m., and get about 8 hours of sleep.

AP: What is your favorite thing about the beauty industry?  TS: It is built on passion.

AP: Least favorite thing.  TS: Our resistance to change and refusal to embrace evolution.

AP: Who is your mentor?  TS: I do not have one mentor, I believe our paths cross for a reason and I will learn from all who cross my path or get on my radar.

AP: Words of advice for young women starting their careers today.  TS: Be in control of your own destiny.