BeautyView: Shel Pink, Founder, SpaRitual

I am not easily star struck, not in the traditional Hollywood sense of the word anyway; unless you are Brad Pitt, my heart won’t even skip a beat. I do get completely star struck by successful entrepreneurs, however, as I did a few weeks ago. As I was leaving an industry dinner, I was introduced to Shel Pink, the Founder of SpaRitual. I was speechless for a minute, in awe, grinning uncontrollably, before trying to recover by hiding my non-manicured hands and telling her how much I admired her. And what is there not to admire? She is a gorgeous, successful, beauty entrepreneur, with ties to family business, and the creator of some of my favorite nail polish colors (her Surreal blue is particularly amazing). And she is a poet…

AP: What city were you born in? SP: Royal Oak, Michigan.

AP: What city to do you live in? SP: Los Angeles, CA.

AP: What is your middle name? SP: Lori.

AP: What is your astrological sign? SP: Leo.

AP: What is your favorite thing about the beauty industry? SP: The Spa Tradition.

AP: Least favorite thing. SP: The concept of “anti-aging”.

AP: What is your most prized possession? SP: I don’t have one. I value my family and friends the most.

AP: What is something about you most people don’t know? SP: I am a poet.

AP: Do you wear a watch? If yes, what model? SP: No. I haven’t worn one in over 20 years.

AP: Diamonds or pearls? SP: Blue Garnet.

AP: If you could have dinner with the person of your choice, who would it be? SP: Joseph Campbell.

AP: What is your secret to work/life balance? SP: Exercise.

AP: What are your three top tips for travel? SP: 1. Don’t eat sugar. 2. Meditate 3. Carry a hands-free purse.

AP: What is your favorite book? SP: Women Who Run With The Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes.

AP: What is your cocktail of choice? SP: Anything with ginger liquor.

AP: What is your #1 beauty secret? SP: A regular meditation practice.

AP: What fragrance do you wear? SP: Lovely Day by Ramon Monegal.

AP: Botox or not? SP: Not.

AP: Hair color: natural or not? SP: Natural with highlights.

AP: 3 songs on your ipod right now. SP: Love Song by Elton John, Lovesong by Adele, All I Need Is Love by The Beatles.

AP: Quote to live by. SP: I am.

AP: Who is your mentor? SP: My father-in-law and Orly Founder, Jeff Pink.

AP: Words of advice for young women starting their careers today. SP: Be tenacious.