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Meet the Team

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Amanda Jacobellis / Owner & Founder

Amanda is founder and owner of Makeup Mandy, “The Eyelash Bar to the Stars”-(E!), and creator of LAshX, “The Luxury Brand in Eyelash Extensions and After Care.” In 2007, Amanda recognized her personal lifelong dream of opening her own business.

Amanda has worked to perfect her art, and has been recognized as an expert in her field – designing beauty looks, and creating lush eyelash extensions. As a celebrity makeup artist she regularly works in the television, print, and film industries. Her background is in fine arts and fashion design.

As a pioneer in the field of eyelash extensions, Amanda realized that there was a huge need for safer products and techniques. Revolutionizing the industry with her own line of lash extension application products, LAshX® was born with the mission of offering the highest quality, health promoting products that deliver the most realistic and longest lasting results in the world of lashes. For the past 4 years, Amanda has dedicated herself to improving lash extension safety, products, and procedures, from pioneering a technique of lash extensions, which give lush, glamorous eyelashes for 6-8 weeks at a time, to the creation of the first ever oil and glycol-free LashX® Cleanse and formaldehyde-free adhesive.

Today, Amanda’s passion is to educate professionals worldwide on lash health, safety, and the LAshX® Method™, as well as to provide the latest technology in lash extension application through the LAshX® product line. She is a frequent guest on E!, Fox, EXTRA, Access Hollywood, Inside Edition and In Touch Weekly where her work has been featured.

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Andreina Rios / LAshX® Master

Born in Venezuela and raised Mississippi, Andreina Rios is the perfect mix of southern charm and Latin sass. Her life-long dream of becoming an actress brought her to LA in 2004, but much to her surprise, her love for acting led her to discover a very different passion: makeup and beauty. Since receiving her estheticians license in 2008, Andreina has been noted for her work in TV and film, from The Bachelor, to The Vampire Diaries. Andreina’s expertise lies in lash extension application, skincare, and hair removal services.

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Christina Figueroa / LAshX® Operations Manager

At the core of the operations, Christina is your go-to girl at Makeup Mandy. Between her enthusiasm for all things cosmetic, and her dedication to delivering top-notch customer service, there is no better candidate to serve as the face of the salon. After receiving her Cosmetology certification from MUD in 2008, Christina has been dedicated to perusing a career, and making a name for herself in the beauty industry.

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Nadia Ramnath / Freelance Artist

Throughout her extensive career as a makeup and lash artist, Nadia has worked with some of the most celebrated A-Listers on the scene. Over the past decade, Nadia’s impressive clientele have included Carrie Underwood, Chaz Bono, and Ronald Regan Jr. (to name a few). Her work has been featured in international magazines, such as Maxim, as well as in hit TV shows, from Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, to MTV’s The Real World. She mastered the art of lashing over the last 7 years and has been widely regarded as one of the best in the industry.

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Amira Amina Elswify /

Amira is a licensed Cosmetologist, who graduated from El Camino College in Los Angeles, California. She is currently enrolled in Cottonwood Leadership College, where she is
pursing a BA in Theology. Amira accumulated years of experience in make-up artistry by working on a variety of interesting creative projects that included a film fest, facials on artists attending the BET Awards, AARP Commercial and Photo Shoot, Working Wardrobes, Brotherhood Crusade Black Achievement Awards Dinner, Sabriya’s Castle of Fun Event helping children with leukemia, Taste of Soul StarQuest Stage, a High School Fashion Show and an International Women’s Conference in Long Beach.

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April Chaney / Skincare and Waxing Specialist

A southern belle with a passion for glamour, April has been making beautiful faces for over 17 years. Experienced in the beauty and film industries, she’s living her lifelong dream and creating makeup magic in Hollywood. With humble beginnings behind a makeup counter in Alabama, April has since seen her work featured internationally on TV, film, print, and on the fashion runway. She collaborates frequently with L’Oreal on various industry award shows, including the Emmy’s, Golden Globes, SAG Awards, and The Academy Awards. Published work includes features in People, Us Weekly, O Magazine, and editorials for Kohls, GAP, Nordstrom, and Sears. Also a licensed esthetician, April creates timeless and classic looks that keep her clients looking their very best and coming back for more.

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Juliette Bennett / Front Desk

Newly based in Los Angeles, California, Juliette Bennett is an up-and-coming artist who is growing increasingly recognized for her remarkable talent and creativity. While her biggest passion has always lied in makeup artistry, Juliette engages in array of art forms. From photography and sculpture, to set and jewelry design, she incorporates her artistic vision and eye for beauty into the looks she creates as a makeup artist.

Upon graduating the Tom Savini School for FX makeup, she went on to work on the sets of several editorial photo shoots, including Project Runway’s Gunnar Deatherage’s fashion spread, ItalianVogue.com, Lifetime Network, and Nfocus Magazine. She has also worked on several music videos and independent films. No matter the project, Juliette’s ultimate goal is always to make her client feel beautiful, and to fulfill a vision with strive for perfection.

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