Student sees cosmetics line competing with international brand
JOHANNESBURG - Journalism and media studies student Mmatlala Mabotja says she wants to focus on her budding cosmetics line when she completes her studies at the Damelin College in Pretoria later this year.
Mabotja, 22, a third and final year student, established her business Fancy Sapphire Cosmetics at her Pretoria North home in 2016. Growing up, Mabotja would never leave the house without make-up, particularly lipstick. “The focus on my lips started in primary school, I was never a Vaseline girl,” she says. “When I got to tertiary I wore lipstick everyday of my life. I then started playing around with the different lipstick colours. That’s when I thought of having my own cosmetics line.” Mabotja says the lipstick brands she loved wearing included Avon, Yardley and MAC. “I've always looked up to these international brands, MAC, Estée Lauder, Bobby Brown, Inglot, just to name a few.