Combining her two loves, Marissa Waller, is out to change the way we think about beauty with BeauTeaBar.

How did the concept of BeauTeaBar.com come about? The concept for BeauTeaBar came about because of my own skin issues. When I was graduating law school my skin was a nightmare. I was always health conscious and holistically-minded but no matter what I did, I couldn’t get my skin to clear up without using harsh prescription acne medications.

At the time, I was working with a naturopath/acupuncturist who encouraged me to start exploring natural beauty products. I immediately saw a drastic difference in my skin, which sparked my obsession with natural beauty products and then my business idea.   

The name itself came about by blending my two most favorite things in the world, beauty and tea (hence BeauTeaBar). In our Online store and our New York boutique we sell the finest collection of natural beauty products and organic tea.

What is your background? Before BeauTeaBar, I was working in the commercial real estate investment world. I’m also a New York State Attorney (which I am quite proud of). The funny things is, I remember sitting in my back yard when I was supposed to be studying for exams and playing with my makeup while trying to recreate all of these gorgeous looks I was seeing in magazines. Needless to say, I’ve always been obsessed with all things beauty!  

Why do you think BeauTeaBar.com is important in today’s world? BeauTeaBar is important today because it gives women an option for luxurious products without any questionable ingredients or fillers. Women have really ushered in this new culture of health and wellness that we’re seeing everywhere. It’s almost as trendy to be seen with a bottle of green juice as it is with a killer pair of Louboutins. I wanted to create a place where luxury, world-class products, and wellness could come together.

What’s your biggest beauty pet peeve? My biggest beauty pet peeve is when people don’t take their makeup off before bed. The thought of it just grosses me out! And ladies, face wipes do not count! You need to get all of the makeup and debris off your face before you go to be and you need to use a cleanser and water! I know it’s hard when you’re exhausted but the two minutes it takes to get your face good and clean will make a massive difference in your overall skin health!

If you were stuck on a desert island, what three beauty products would you take? Mascara (I never go anywhere without mascara, ever!), coconut oil (you can use it for pretty much anything), and a good face cleanser so I never have to go to bed without washing my face.