We had the good fortune of connecting with Sarah Chacon and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sarah, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Taking control of my own future and being my own boss was always something I aspired to be. When I really started getting into makeup, and of course glitter, I soon realized how messy and difficult application can be with bits of glitter falling everywhere. It stated by wanting to make myself a glitter that only takes a second to effortlessly apply, and eventually turned into friends and relatives asking where they can buy some. It became my mission to create eye-safe and easy to use glitters, as well as eco-friendly alternatives, and that’s how Slayfire Cosmetics was born. I had some experience with other handmade-based small businesses I created in the past, but jumping into the makeup industry was intimidating to say the least. I started by taking little steps at a time, always improving and expanding with each step. I was 18 when I started my business and didn’t have many resources available, but I knew that what Slayfire stands for would resonate with people and it was important for me to create user-friendly glitters in bright, fun colors as well as a line of eco-friendly glitter.
What should our readers know about your business?
Starting a business from the ground up by yourself, especially in the makeup industry, was a challenge. But it was a challenge I was eager to accept because I knew that what I created served an important role in decreasing the amount of microplastics used in makeup. Getting where I am today after 3 years hasn’t been easy, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. As a business that’s operated by one woman who’s also a full time student, it can be difficult to manage my time and oversee literally every operation of a business. But I’ve been lucky to have endless support from my family and friends who help me get through stressful times. One important lesson I’ve learned is to not compare myself to others, because I’m not them and I have something unique and special to bring to the world that others don’t. From the bomb budge proof formula to the huge range of 50+ colors of glitter, I’m very proud of what I’ve accomplished and created as a one woman business.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
With so many things to do in LA it’s hard to choose! My bestie and I love a long beach day and some seafood broil. Drag shows are also a muuust Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Big ol shoutout to my local LGBTQ+ community in Los Angeles. I specifically would love to recognize and appreciate The Wall Las Memorias and their Drag Boot Camp for welcoming me with open arms and always supporting and encouraging what I do. I’m so grateful to have met so many creative, talented and kind people within my community who believe in me and my business.
Other: TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@slayfire