For over the past 20 years, we’ve celebrated the Valley’s best. From the top businesses and professionals to the people who make it all happen, Arizona Foothills Magazine’s annual Best of Our Valley contest recognizes Arizona’s crème de la crème across more than 400 categories. From the best doctors and best resort down to the best cup of coffee you can find around town, each Best of titleholder is chosen by those who know the city best – our readers.
Each week, we’ll be highlighting individual winners from Best of Our Valley 2018, who share their advice, insights and thoughts on what it means to be a part of this exclusive list.
The Best of spotlight is on professional makeup artist Erica Mendoza of @junepearlbeauty, who claimed Best Makeup Feed on Instagram. Congrats, Erica!
AFM: In a brief 2-3 sentences, please tell us a little bit about you —
Erica Mendoza (EM): A girl born and raised in Arizona who believed in her self and took the leap of faith when she decided to freelance full-time. What a ride it’s been!
AFM: What does it mean to you to be a Best of Our Valley winner?
EM: It’s an honor to be recognized amongst the best of the west in the best publication in the Valley. Winning. Totally kidding! I am very grateful for the feature.
AFM: In your opinion, what is the best part about being the Best of Our Valley’s Best Makeup Feed on Instagram?
EM: The support I had during the process from family, friends, and clients who voted me in. They help remind me why I started this journey in the first place
AFM: Have you seen any benefits as a result of being a BOOV winner?
EM: A huge benefit would be that it allows you to be featured among the best. Being an entrepreneur means you do your own marketing.
AFM: How do you put your “best” foot forward every day?
EM: I take care of myself mentally and physically. I stay in my lane. I am always prepared. I help others.
Interested in participating or want to recommend a business, professional or individual for Best of Our Valley? Best of Our Valley 2019 is now accepting nominations. Click here to find out more!