Syafiqah (left) and Iylia run the beauty cafe PinkBoxCereal. Pix by Zunnur Al Shafiq
“Beauty has always been my passion. I love make-up. I would often invite my friends to my place for facial treatments and lecture them about skincare.” - Shafiqah
Iylia says online shopping has risen because shopping habits have changed over the years.
Shafiqah conducting a make-up class.

With a passion for beauty and everything pink, Nurul Shafiqah Shafie is creating social media buzz, writes Balqis Lim.


AS I enter a dollhouse located at the end of a corridor in Empire Damansara, I come face to face with bright pink walls. Not only that, most of the stuff in the soho unit are also in pink. The room reminds me of those backstage dressers in Hollywood movies.

There’re a row of tables. Large bulbs surround several mirrors placed in front of the tables. In the middle of the dollhouse, there are tables with small round mirrors and make-up utensils. I am at PinkBoxCereal, owned by Nurul Shafiqah Shafie, beauty guru and make-up artist who has quite a following on social media, specifically Instagram.


MASTERMINDS
Shafiqah, 26, who goes by the name @Pinkboxcereal on her social media account, runs the beauty cafe with her husband Mohd Iylia Fahmi Azmi.

The cafe was initially a place for Shafiqah to store her make-up stocks and organise make-up classes. “But many of my followers like the place as it looks like a dollhouse, with everything in pink. That’s why we decided to open the place for people to hang out to play with make-up. Foreigners who have read about the place also came to have a look and were quite impressed,” she says.


Customers playing with make-up at the beauty cafe.

Before her venture into the beauty scene, Shafiqah was an AirAsia flight attendant. She has also worked as a copywriter for various outfits.

“Beauty has always been my passion. I love make-up. I would often invite my friends to my place for facial treatments and lecture them about skincare.”

In 2015, she quit her job to pursue her interest in the beauty line. “I enrolled at SUB International School in Berjaya Times Square to learn more about make-up. I also attended skincare classes to enhance my aesthetics skills.

“During that time, I was also active in social media. I started making tutorial videos about make-up on YouTube, and accepted make-up jobs at events, apart from offering my make-up and skincare classes at home. That’s when my husband suggested the name Pinkboxcereal for use on my YouTube channel. He got the idea from my collection of pink boxes at home!”

Many of her followers inquired about the products that she uses in the videos, which prompted her to start her online business, @Shoppinkboxcereal on Instagram.


One of Shafiqah’s make-up tutorials on YouTube.


EMERGENCY BEAUTY KIT
Shafiqah initially catered for orders in a cute pink box, dubbed the Emergency Beauty Kit, depending on customers’ skin concern. With more than 31,000 followers on Instagram and over 50,000 on Facebook, she has to date sold over 100 Emergency Beauty Kits per week through @Shoppinkboxcereal.

As a supporter of local brands, Shafiqah says 80 per cent of the products are local. “Many local entrepreneurs are using Shoppinkboxcereal as a platform to market their products, which we welcome. I tried and tested all the products before including them in my list. I was amazed that most of the products were really good.”

Shafiqah also launched her skincare brand, which she formulated herself under Pinkboxcereal Beauty.


Some of the products sold at @Shoppinkboxcereal. Pix by Zunnur Al Shafiq


E-COMMERCE SHIFT
Following the success of Shoppinkboxcereal on Instagram, the couple launched their website (www.shoppinkboxcereal.com) in April this year. Iylia says in the first week, they had over 1,000 customers registering for membership. He says the sale of Emergency Beauty Kits has doubled, and sales are triple since they set up the site.

He adds that setting up the website has made their work easier and more organised. “Now we can easily keep track of our database, number of customers and generate charts for sales report,” he says, adding that customers also come from Singapore and Brunei.

Online shopping is on the rise because shopping habits have changed over the years.

“People prefer to stay at home instead of going out because it’s time consuming.

“Sometimes they chose to buy online because the products are not available at the shops.”

Insurance agent and Pinkboxcereal client Nur Naqiah Jalaludin, 27, says she buys her make-up online because stocks at the shops are limited and always run out.

“Sometimes the products are not available, and at times it is cheaper to buy online.

“There’s no harm in buying online, you only have to make sure that you are buying directly from the shop’s website or trusted sources, not resellers where you do not know the origin.”

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