Marie Hunter Beauty Blog

Understanding Cosmetic Ingredients Part 7: Marie Hunter Detox Nightwear Cream

Nightime moisturizers are taking over the skincare industry and redefining the meaning of beauty sleep. These powerhouse smoothing creams visibly rejuvenates texture, feeding the skin with the abundance of nutrients it requires to regenerate. Our Detox Nightwear Cream enhances the skin’s ability to recharge during the nightly repair process. It’s a must-have for every self-care conscious beauty enthusiast.

Here is a breakdown of our Detox Nightwear Cream.

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Water - Base

Squalane - Emollient, Skin Conditioner

Glycerin - Humectant, Skin Conditioner

Butylene Glycol - Humectant

Polyacrylate-13 - Emollient, Emulsifier, Thickener

Paeonia Lactiflora Root Extract - Skin Conditioner

Trehalose - Humectant

Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid) - Humectant, Skin Conditioner

Saccharide Isomerate - Humectant

Dimethylmethoxy Chromanol - Antioxidant

Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) - Skin Conditioner

Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5) - Humectant

Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C) - Antioxidant

Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E) - Antioxidant, Skin Conditioner

Pyridoxine HCI (Vitamin B6) - Antioxidant, Skin Conditioner

Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil - Skin Conditioner, Fragrance

Phenoxyethanol - Preservative

Ethylhexylglycerin - Skin Conditioner, Fragrance

Xanthan Gum - Thickener, Emulsifier

Maltodextrin - Emulsifier, Skin Conditioner

Sodium Starch Octenylsuccinate - Emulsifier

Silica - Mineral, Astringent

Polyisobutene - Thickener

Potassium Sorbate - Preservative

Polysorbate 20 - Emulsifier

Citric Acid - pH Adjuster

Sodium Citrate - pH Adjuster

Sodium Benzoate - Preservative

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Understanding Cosmetic Ingredients Part 6: Marie Hunter Charcoal Rescue Mask

Charcoal Masks are one of the hottest trends in the beauty industry right now. This formula acts as a magnet to capture deep set impurities and toxins. The outcome will leave the face reinvigorated with a healthy glow.

Here is a breakdown of our Charcoal Rescue Mask.

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Water - Base

Kaolin - Clay, Astringent

Montmorillonite - Clay, Exfoliant, Emulsifier

Organic Lecithin - Emollient, Skin Conditioner, Emulsifier

Polysorbate 20 - Emulsifier

Butylene Glycol - Humectant

Phenoxyethanol - Preservative

Ethylhexylglycerin - Skin Conditioner, Preservative

Iron Oxides (CI 77499) - Color

Xanthan Gum - Thickener, Emulsifier

Fragrance - Artificial Fragrance

Sodium Acryloyl Dimethyl Taurate Copolymer - Emulsifier

Cetyl Alcohol - Surfactant, Emulsifier, Emollient, Thickener

Glycol Stearate - Surfactant, Emulsifier, Emollient, Skin Conditioner

Propylene Glycol - Humectant, Skin Conditioner

Diazolidinyl Urea - Preservative

Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate - Preservative

Charcoal Powder - Astringent

Glyceryl Stearate - Surfactant, Emulsifier

Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides - Skin Conditioner

Illite - Clay, Exfoliant

Polyquaternium-7 - Skin Conditioner, Thickener

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Be Bolder™: Q+A With Amber Williams - Founder of PunkyFlair

The Marie Hunter brand is built upon one philosophy, “Confidence Speaks Volumes”. Confidence by definition is a feeling of self-assurance arising from one's appreciation of one's own abilities or qualities. The Marie Hunter Modern Muse is a woman who is a guiding spirit and source of artistic inspiration in life and business. 

Today we’re featuring Amber Williams, Founder of PunkyFlair. PunkyFlair is a brand story shop that serves beauty, fashion, and lifestyle startups. I had the opportunity to ask Amber 5 questions and here is what they had to say.

Q+A with MH Modern Muse Amber Williams

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Q: Tell us a bit about yourself.

A: It’s interesting. This is always the hardest question for me to answer, mostly because it changes with every life stage. Also, I try not to summarize who I am solely through my professional endeavors. 

I’ll sum it up like this: 

I am a dreamer.

My parents raised me to have a high degree of irresponsible ambition, to dream beyond reality’s limitations, and to have the audacity to pursue anything.

I’ve chased every dream from becoming a famous fashion writer in NYC at the peak of the economic recession in 2008 to training to be a top-notch cyclist in 2012. The first dream, I significant progress on, landing a position after undergrad at one of the most prestigious fashion houses in the world - Armani. The second - well - I didn’t make it past two cycle classes before realizing those skinny seats weren’t for me.

Now at 33, I’ve channeled that habit of dream-chasing to build a few things. The first is a family of four. I married my college sweetheart, Errol, in my mid-20s shortly after finishing graduate school at Northwestern. Then, we had two kids who seemed to have come back to back: Carter, my 4-year-old who goes by “Black Panther” these days; and Cayden, my 2-year-old diva who has completely stolen my heart.

Over the past 5 years, I’ve also built Punkyflair, a brand storytelling shop that thrives on the sole philosophy that people do not buy products or services; they buy stories.

As a CEO and startup mentor, I have the great fortune of helping other entrepreneurs uncover the stories that make their brands special so they can harness the power within those narratives to connect better with their audiences.

I truly love what I do and am beyond grateful for the family I have alongside me that continues to inspire and motivate my growth.

Sometimes I have to pinch myself to wake up from the dream of being a wife, mom, and branding beauty, fashion and lifestyle businesses for a living. 

Q: What is inspiring you right now?

A: I’m reading “Girl, Stop Apologizing” by Rachel Hollis right now and it’s totally inspired me to be even bolder in my entrepreneurial journey. It’s an inexplainable hustle to balance babies and business and I’m always super inspired by female CEOs who seem to be doing it with grace and sheer unapologetic-ness. What I’ve come to learn is that there is no such time as work/life balance when you’re managing the needs of your house, husband, children, and your business. There is only the art of shifting between what requires your attention the most in any given moment. For me with Punkyflair, writing compelling narratives for my clients and having up-to-date brand-building advice to offer is vital to my success. So instead of sharpening those skills while my kids are home with me, I carve out time at 5am every day before anyone in my family wakes up to read, research, write, and take in inspiration so that I can show up for the entrepreneurs in my community the way they need me to. 

Likewise, when I pick my kids up from school or when I’m hanging with them on the weekends, my laptop is shut, my phone is down, business books are put up, and “fun mommy” is 100% on for the rest of the evening! I carve out time to be fully present with them during these precious toddler moments when kids actually want to be with their parents.

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Q: What was the defining moment that made you want to launch PunkyFlair?

A: Three months after giving birth to my son, Carter, I knew that I didn’t want to return to my corporate job. I had previously excelled far beyond my counterparts, but was cheated out of an anticipated promotion right around the time I found out I was expecting. 

During my annual review, I sat down with my manager who pulled my file that was full of glowing recommendations from my peers, directors and VPs across 4 different offices within our company. To say that I exceeded expectations in just one year would be an understatement. I had done so well in my brand marketing and reputation management role that I was to the point of ghostwriting communication for the CEO. 

But for some reason, I was offered a promotional raise without the title, office, or the view. And for me, that translated to a complete a total lack of respect. It felt like “hush money.” I later learned that upper management believed that promoting me above my male peers after just 12 months, although I had earned it, would have caused friction.

Walking out of that room was a defining moment for me. From that point forward, I knew that my days were numbered at the company. I mentally checked out and began plotting my exit. 

I vowed to never again allow any person or any company to dictate what I deserved or would be “allotted.”

After soaking up every ounce of my maternity leave, I resigned with a sting two days before my scheduled return. Whoa - it felt so good!

So since 2015, I’ve officially called myself “CEO & Master Brand Storyteller.” After consulting for, advising, coaching, and teaching over 500 startups in five years, I can confidently say that I’ve earned that title.

Q: What advice would you have for a female entrepreneur ready to take the leap into entrepreneurship?

A: Many women make the crucial first mistake of attempting to follow in someone else’s footsteps when starting a company. We see this all the time with short-lived copycat brands that launch on the basis of popularity or trends. If you want to leap into entrepreneurship and build a brand that means something to people and will withstand the test of time, the first thing you must do is ask yourself WHY? 

Why does the world need what you have to offer?

Why should people care about your brand?

Why do you care? 

Why is the problem that you solve for happening?

Why now?

Why you?

As an entrepreneur, knowing your WHY? keeps you grounded and focused on the greater mission of your business. It’s what will shape your decision-making, your innovation, your team building, and the story you’ll ultimately tell to get your ideal customers to buy from you.

Before taking the leap, figure out your WHY? Then, write it down somewhere where you’ll be reminded of it every single day.

Q: What do you love most about Marie Hunter Beauty? 

A: I love the modern-day chicness of Marie Hunter Beauty! When I first came across the brand, I immediately got Chanel vibes. All black is my jam, so to have my makeup bag filled with tiny little black tubes of purples, pinks, nudes and reds is a total reflection of my own aesthetic. 

But, I think what I love most about MHB is the ideals behind the brand story. Being bolder is a sentiment I constantly try to affirm within myself as an entrepreneur. And what better way to do that on a daily basis than through a Boss Lady super pigmented red lipstick that says “I’m in the room. Pay attention.”?

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Remember a few months back when I first reveal our new brand story? Amber was the mastermind behind helping me to develop our new story! When Amber first reached to me about her services I was a little skeptical, but after listening to her free resources I was SOLD and needed to know more so I joined her 6 week mentorship program and it was worth every penny!

Amber became a Marie Hunter customer after discovering our line at our retail partner BLK+GRN so the fact that she saw my brand had so much potential meant a lot to me. Juggling motherhood and entrepreneurship isn’t easy, neither is being a woman in a male dominated industry as she described in her defining moment. Amber’s passion to help small woman owned businesses grow their brands through storytelling is inspirational and for that she is an MH Modern Muse.

Interested in learning more about storytelling and how it can help your business? Amber just recently launched her new podcast The Share which is now live on Stitcher and Spotify as “The Share: Storycraft for Startups” so be sure to subscribe and leave a review!

You can follow Amber on the following platforms:

Website: PunkyFlair

Instagram: @punkyflair

Spotify: The Share Podcast

Understanding Cosmetic Ingredients Part 5: Marie Hunter Deep Hydrating Cream

Creams vs. lotions, which one is best?

Creams have a high concentration of oil to deeply penetrate the skin and drate dry to very dry skin. Lotions are lightweight and have a high water concentration and are perfect for normal and combination skin types. All in all, creams and lotions are suitable for all skin types and you should select your choice based on your skincare concerns.

Here is a breakdown of our Deep Hydrating Cream.

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Water - Base

Squalane - Emollient, Skin Conditioner

Glycerin - Humectant, Skin Conditioner

Tetradecane - Emollient

Butylene Glycol - Humectant

Polyacrylate-13 - Emollient, Emulsifier, Thickener

Saccharide Isomerate - Humectant

Acetyl Hexapeptide-37 - Skin Conditioner

Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronate Acid) - Humectant, Skin Conditioner

Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract - Skin Conditioner, Fragrance

Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice - Skin Conditioner

Xanthan Gum - Thickener, Emulsifier

Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) - Skin Conditioner

Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5) - Humectant

Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C) - Antioxidant

Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E) - Antioxidant, Skin Conditioner

Pyridoxine HCI (Vitamin B6) - Skin Conditioner, Antioxidant

Maltodextrin - Emulsifier, Skin Conditioner

Sodium Starch Octenylsuccinate - Emulsifier

Silica - Mineral, Astringent

Polyisobutene - Thickener

Phenoxyethanol - Preservative

Ethylhexyglycerin - Skin Conditioner, Preservative

Polysorbate 20 - Emulsifier

Citric Acid - pH Adjuster

Sodium Citrate - pH Adjuster

Potassium Sorbate - Preservative

Fragrance - Artificial Fragrance

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Understanding Cosmetic Ingredients Part 4: Marie Hunter Rapid Repair Serum

Why should I incorporate a face serum into my routine?

Serums deliver a high concentration of active ingredients to target specific skincare concerns such as fine lines and wrinkles. Serums should be applied to cleansed skin before moisturizer, moisturizer will create a barrier to help lock in moisture. Serums can be used daily 1-2 times per day depending upon the serum.

Here is a breakdown of our Rapid Repair Serum.

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Water - Base

Glycerin - Humectant, Skin Conditioner

Butylene Glycol - Humectant

Saccharide Isomerate - Humectant

Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid) - Humectant, Skin Conditioner

Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) - Skin Conditioner

Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5) - Humectant

Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C) - Antioxidant

Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E) - Antioxidant, Skin Conditioner

Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract - Skin Conditioner, Fragrance

Carrageenan - Skin Conditioner, Fragrance

Xanthan Gum - Thickener, Emulsifier

Sclerotium Gum - Emulsifier

Pyridoxine HCI (Vitamin B6) - Skin Conditioner, Antioxidant

Maltodextrin - Emulsifier, Skin Conditioner

Sodium Starch Octenylsuccinate - Emulsifier

Silica - Mineral, Astringent

Phenoxyethanol - Preservative

Ethylhexylglycerin - Skin Conditioner, Preservative

Polysorbate 20 - Emulsifier

Fragrance - Artificial Fragrance

Citric Acid - pH Adjuster

Sodium Citrate - pH Adjuster

Potassium Sorbate - Preservative

Red 40 (CI 16035) - Color

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