“Stay positive and stay at it, network.” With Ming Zhao & Heather Marianna

Stay positive and stay at it, network. Be persistent and don’t take no for an answer. Don’t be afraid to play hardball. Don’t give things away for free consistently, it hurts your branding and perceived value. Don’t bend over for people who are not doing the same for you and most importantly SAVE MONEY. At […]

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Stay positive and stay at it, network. Be persistent and don’t take no for an answer. Don’t be afraid to play hardball. Don’t give things away for free consistently, it hurts your branding and perceived value. Don’t bend over for people who are not doing the same for you and most importantly SAVE MONEY.

At times it feels like wellness or elevating one’s wellbeing, is diametrically opposed to high achievement and high performance in one’s career. The stress, mental energy, long hours, lack of restful sleep and preoccupation that result from a high-achievement life seem to directly inhibit wellness. And yet, in order to sustain the creativity, flexibility, mental acuity and resilience that are necessary for high performance, wellness and wellbeing of the mind, body and soul are also mandatory. So how do we achieve both? This is the question I’m hoping to answer through conversations with high-achieving leaders and influencers who are practicing their own philosophies about how to maintain their wellbeing.

As a part of our series about “Social Media Influencers Share Their Top Self Care, Wellness, and Beauty Tips, I had the pleasure of interviewing Heather Marianna, a popular Youtuber, whose sassy DIY beauty videos using common kitchen ingredients has been viewed by over 3 million fans in conjunction with her all-natural whimsical skincare line, Beauty Kitchen, founded in 2013.

In 2015, Heather starred on Bravo’s luxury-reality TV show, ‘Tour Group,” where 11 soul-searching strangers traveled the world together to resolve a variety of inner-personal issues.

A respected and reputable expert in the beauty industry, Heather, has appeared on over 80 national TV beauty segments and been featured on prominent websites including The Today Show, E! Online, Yahoo, The Huffington Post and more. Beauty Kitchen celebrity fans include Vanessa Simmons, Christina Milian, Dascha Polanco, Lisa Vanderpump, Viola Davis and more. Beauty Kitchen products have also been gifted at high-profile award show events including The Grammys, Golden Globes, Emmys, and Espy gifting suites.

Beauty enthusiasts can shop the brand including collagen eye gels, lace face masks, bath bombs, monthly beauty boxes, sugar scrubs and more at beautykitchenonline.com.

Thank you so much for doing this with us! Our readers would love to get to know you a bit better. Can you share with us the backstory of how you came upon this career path and to where you are today?

I’ve always been into beauty and skincare and had been spending hundreds of dollars a month on a product for years and years but really had no idea what I was really putting on my skin, after all, the majority of ingredients on any given beauty product feature a bevy of fancy-named chemicals that the average person is oblivious to. Frustrated with feeling blind to what I was putting on my skin, which mind you is our body’s largest organ, I began researching all-natural solutions for various skincare issues. In 2012, I launched my YouTube series where I demonstrated DIY beauty treatments using common kitchen household ingredients and within just a few short months, my channel’s popularity skyrocketed, and I had millions of views on each of my videos. During this time, I began gifting close friends with some of my hand-made beauty products and they were always super blown away and captivated with my creations. I knew I wasn’t the only one who was intrigued with all-natural beauty, and in 2013 I launched my own company, Beauty Kitchen by Heather Marianna which encompasses the at-home spa experience with a selection of fun, whimsical and all-natural beauty products including bath bombs, eye gels, face masks, sugar scrubs, lip masks and more.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that.

We all have to work together. I am lucky to have really good friends in other businesses who have helped me from Innovative Package Solutions to my incredibly talented PR firm, BrandBomb Marketing, to suppliers all over the world who help me get my hands on some highly-sought after ingredients! I also have networks of women who are insanely supportive. If it wasn’t for them in the beginning, I wouldn’t have been able to grow so much. I always pay it forward and help other women in business. We are actually going to be launching in a few months a promotion where we are going to choose two people who want to create their own brand and they will get $500 worth of private label retail ready products and two hours of coaching with me, I think it’s a great idea. I’m all about women supporting women.

As an influencer, you have been blessed with great success in a career path that many have attempted, but eventually gave up on. In fact perhaps most people who tried to follow a career path like yours did not succeed. Do you have any words of advice for others who may want to embark on this career path but know that their dreams might be dashed?

Stay positive and stay at it, network. Be persistent and don’t take no for an answer. Don’t be afraid to play hardball. Don’t give things away for free consistently, it hurts your branding and perceived value. Don’t bend over for people who are not doing the same for you and most importantly SAVE MONEY.

Can you share with our readers some of your strategies you’ve used to build an engaged, loyal, and large online community?

Stay engaged and be yourself. I always post with my Beauty Kitchen face masks, with messy hair and no makeup. When I have a skincare blunder, I share it with my followers and share the solution. Being transparent and genuine goes a long way when building a brand.

Ok thank you for all that. Now let’s shift to the main focus of our interview. In my work, I focus on how one can thrive and care for oneself in three areas: body, mind, and heart.

You are a busy person with a demanding schedule, can you share with our readers two self care routines, practices or treatments that help your body thrive? (Kindly share a story or an example for each.)


I love to mask and honestly when I don’t have time to really mask and mix it all up I sleep in eye gels and slather myself in our rose hydration crème. Its better than nothing. Now even my assistant Charles and I work feverishly though the night with eye gels always they make a big difference in quick time. It’s a part of self-care. That small pampering really does help take the edge off.

I also like to hike a lot. My favorite is Runyon Canyon in Los Angeles. I’ve also been on my elliptical every day too which is a nice way to stay active when you are pressed on time.


I also make sure that I try to read and journal a little every day mainly while I am in the sauna (hello multitasking). Another big thing I just did, is stop drinking alcohol. I look better and have more energy and have been able to really focus more and think clearly. I suggest this for anyone.


This year I am focusing on making myself happy more. I am spending more time in LA and planning on moving the end of the year into this really cool place I found. My goal right now is just to be happy. Downsizing, focusing on what really matters what do we really need? Not much actually. Other than some powerful face masks, lol.

Can you share with us two routines that you use to help your mind or heart to thrive? (Kindly share a story or example for each.)

Mind: Journaling. It helps me feel in control of my emotions. It’s actually amazing the stress you can relieve from writing down your thoughts. Also a cool way to document what you are feeling and when to look back on.

I also started going to early am church at 7 am Tuesday to Thursday and that starts my day amazing. I get so much done waking up early and starting my day with prayer. It’s been keeping my positive and focused.

Can you share 3 ideas that anyone can use “to feel beautiful”? (Please share a story or example for each.)

  1. I have these little stickers that say, “You are Beautiful” and I leave them throughout my house. I’ve been doing it for years. It’s such a sweet way to reinforce self-love and positivity.
  2. Smiling at strangers is another great way to radiate your internal light and not only feel beautiful but appear beautiful to others. I’m constantly smiling and giving positive body language off to others. It’s the law of attraction. You make yourself much more approachable.
  3. I also think a little at-home self-care helps. I color my own hair and talk on facetime with my friends and I always feel great doing that.

Is there a particular resource, a practitioner, expert, book, or podcast that made a significant impact on you and helped you to thrive? Can you share a story about that with us?

I am a heavy ready of all things business books. I love reading about cosmetic labeling laws, some find it boring but I find it so intriguing. I love filling my brain with knowledge!

Do you have a story about the strangest, most bizarre or funniest wellness treatment that you’ve ever experienced?

I got vagina steam in LA recently! It was interesting however I don’t think I saw any need for it. I am the queen of bizarre beauty treatments, from blood transfers to ultrasonic lasers (thank you, Peggy, at Simply Radiant) to IV infusions with CBD going through my veins to stem cells and collagen in my booty, I have done it all. I love new beauty treatments, I wish I could do a TV show traveling all over the world with beauty bizarre treatments that would be a dream for me. HELLLLOOOOOO ANYONAE Listening?! I’m manifesting it!

As an influencer, you are a person of great influence. If you could inspire a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger.

GO TO AFRICA and volunteer its life-changing. You will never be the same. I did a 21-day trip two years ago and I came back to a different woman. I can’t wait to go back and help again.

We are very blessed that some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world with whom you’d like to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might just see this. 🙂

Right now would be President Trump. I have LOTS of questions for him.

What is the best way our readers can follow you on social media?

Follow me:

Instagram @heathermarianna @beautykitchenjunkie @beautykitchenboutique


Twitter @heathermarianna


Thank you for these fantastic insights. We wish you only continued success in your great work!

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