With more than $10 million in sales in just a few years, along with a breakout appearance and deal on ABC’s “Shark Tank” for her revolutionary line of Makeup Junkie Bags, Meredith Jurica (aka MJ) has become a burgeoning power player in affordable beauty, fashion, and travel accessories.
Frustrated with what the market had to offer when storing large makeup items, this mother of two young daughters created her own pattern for the perfect multi-functional cosmetic bag that doubles as a clutch with a conveniently attached wrist strap (retails for $30-$50). The Makeup Junkie Bag’s magic that sets it apart from every other bag is that is lays flat, which allows easy and full access to all materials while eliminating the chances that the bag will fall over sending products everywhere.
Named by USA TODAY as “One of the Top 10 Travel Bags,” Makeup Junkie Bags are handmade in Texas, sold in more than 2,000 stores nationwide, and come in more than 400 trendy styles and seven different sizes. Each of the bags are characterized by a signature brightly colored zipper, a suede tassel, and MJ hand-selects each designer fabric for each of the lines. From the trademark “Glam Stripe Bag” to the newer “Later Alligator,” Makeup Junkie Bags are on a constant quest to find the fabrics that reflect their customers’ lives. They are the company for the working woman, the loving (and often exhausted) mom, the grad student, and the social butterfly.
Hailing from Texas, MJ received her Master’s in Speech Language Pathology before she decided to conquer the world of cometic bags and travel accessories. It all started after making several bags for herself, and when her friends loved them she began to make bags as gifts for her friends and family. The interest in the design she created and patented inspired her to start a business from her kitchen table, and what started off as a hobby, eventually exploded into a serious business grossing over $1 million dollars in sales her first year!