Hi! My name is Heidi. I live in the gorgeous state of New Hampshire, where the winters are cold and the summers are hot - we get the best of all seasons! I am a business woman who puts my time and energy into causes and products that I am passionate about. Read about my story here!
When my mother passed away from cancer, I began searching for answers on the how’s and why’s of this tragic occurrence. After reading through books and spending several hundred hours researching on the internet, a lightbulb went off. The products we use every day, such as bedsheets, house building materials and even the food we eat, all may contain carcinogens that contribute to the cultivation of cancer. While there are many other contributing factors, I decided to focus on one area.
The beauty industry contains highly toxic ingredients, where cancerous byproducts live and propagate. Huge name brands that provide inexpensive lotions, washes, makeup, and candles, are killing their customers through extremely harmful chemicals. I knew that I could provide higher-quality products that looked and smelled just as good, if not better – and so I did! Most importantly, the products I created were free from the harmful toxins that can contribute to cancer.
I am also an animal lover! Having three dogs of my own, I truly believes that animals have souls and that humans could not be happy without them. This led me to researching more about animal abuse in the beauty industry. Here at The Purple Goat, we strongly oppose animal cruelty in cosmetic testing. All of our sourced products and ingredients are cruelty free and are PeTA Beauty Without Bunnies certified!
All our products are carefully crafted, hand-made, packaged, sifted and poured. Free of sulphates, parabens, dyes, toxins, and harmful chemicals, The Purple Goat brings to light the importance of all-natural goods.
I started Glitzy Dip in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. What has happened is unprecedented and many Americans have had to re-think how they manage self-care and beauty regimes. One of the areas that I had to figure out how to manage myself was my powder dip nails! I'm good at a lot of things, but nails? I wasn't sure I could handle that myself!
I started researching powder dips online and realized that a lot of them have banned ingredients by the FDA that can make your nail bed very thin and brittle. Does this sound familiar to you? Having falsies on for over 25 years, my nails were a wreck at the beginning of the pandemic.
Not only do some salons use cheap powders with banned ingredients, I also had an eye opener about sanitation! I bet you've never thought of how many other people had their unwashed hands in that salon powder dip before you dip - gross! I knew I was never going back after this pandemic, so I had to figure out how to become my own nail tech stat!
I ordered a few powders from some of the big guys; they worked. I quickly realized I was going to save 95% of my nail spending budget by taking the DYI route - score! I found that my time spent playing with my nail dips was "my time" and really relaxed me. It's easy, fun and PRETTY! I even used Color Street overlays for accents and began to get real fancy with my techniques.
I could have continued to buy powder dips from other companies, but I felt a real passion for nails and saw it as an opportunity to grow a new business and help with my life's goal: to be a mother and support my family. I struggle with infertility and for over two years now, practically my entire savings has gone into trying to become a mother. I mean, guys - I could have bought a house with how much I have spent working to build my family!
However, if I was going to do this, I was going to ensure that the product was:
- Not tested on animals
- Did not contain MMA (the harmful chemical that makes your nail beds brittle)
- Did not contain ANY of the 9 harshest chemicals in the beauty industry
- Had Vitamin E and Calcium to strengthen the nail
- Easy to use
- Available in a wide variety of awesome colors
I also was committed to providing training videos and tips. Additionally, I wanted to grow an incredible community of Glitzy Dip gals in an invite-only Facebook Group. A place where we can share our successes, get help with our failures, encourage each other, get inspiration and have fun!
I started Curvy Chic Boutique in an effort to make cute, trendy clothing available to plus-sized, curvy young women. Coupled with fabulous style, you'll find practical pieces that are affordable. We operate in a brick and mortar store in Swanzey, NH (opened in January 2020) and also on this website.
Little Chic Boutique is an add-on to Curvy Chic Boutique. We could not resist the desire to carry little baby girl clothing in addition to our women's plus line. You'll find clothing from size newborn to 3-4T in our shop! You can find our clothing on this website and also in our Curvy Chic Boutique shop in Swanzey, NH (opened in January 2020).