Stella and Dot by Sinead


Ballymena Mum Sinead Martin has been a Stella & Dot stylist for 6 years and recently an ambassador for Tropic natural skincare.

She told me, “I was a on career break after my second child and wanted to have something back for myself that worked flexibly around the children and gave me some extra cash for myself. I saw it at first as mostly a hobby and didn’t expect to build a full time business, but 6 years on and I couldn’t be happier with my business and in particular the new friends I’ve met and the confidence I’ve gained.”

Like many mums, her biggest struggle is her time management skills- working out what she should be concentrating on when she has her work time carved out (instead of scrolling through facebook & instagram)

She says “I think in Northern Ireland we build a lot of business on word of mouth and trust and genuinely treating people well. I love it when someone recommends someone to me or vice versa. We now have amazing social media platforms that you can get your business on immediately to capture your market so make the most of that and work out how to target your group effectively.”

In her spare time, she loves to relax by walking & talking with friends or having some pamper time. I asked her why she loved her job and she said, “Working as a Stella & Dot stylist has afforded me a lot of girlie holidays away in gorgeous places that I hadn’t visited before and I’m so thankful for that. A very unexpected perk. I decided to become a Tropic Ambassador after using their products and make-up the last few years and I really love their natural approach to all things beauty. I realised it’s the perfect time to add it to my business.”

Her website is and her handle on Instagram is @onthesparklyside

Sinead has three children two boys and a girl aged between 7-12