July 14, 2017 | last updated July 14, 2017 2:28 pm
40 Under Forty 2017

Brenda Mierzejewski

Photo | J. Fiereck Photography
Photo | J. Fiereck Photography
Photo | J. Fiereck Photography
(From left to right) Kim Reid, Jonathan Bartholomew, Faith Zeller, Brenda Mierzejewski and Jeremy Bourret.

Age: 38

Company: Mizzi Cosmetics

Title: Founder/President

Town where I live: Portland

Town where I work: Portland

College: Albertus Magnus College

Fun Fact

I'm a diehard cook/baker. In my free time, I am always preparing new and exciting meals at home for my family and friends. That passion comes from my Sicilian mother.


What do you do in your current job? I am the creator of Lipluxe lip care. I physically produce the products, oversee distribution, marketing and customer service. Together with my staff we also do our own research and development. I manage a staff of five employees and four consultants. You can see me from time to time on NBC CT showing the state what's new with our company and possibly providing a little beauty tip.

What are your goals in your current job? Our goals are to go to national distribution and sell our product internationally. I want to see Mizzi grow into a full-fledged cosmetics company offering a variety of natural and organic products from lip care, to face care, body care and an entire makeup line. We have so many products in our pipeline that we cannot wait to release to the world.

What's your biggest passion? My biggest passion is my family. The entire reason I am thriving as an entrepreneur is because of the love I have for my family, my dedication to providing for them and providing healthy products that I know are safe and effective for them. I am also a makeup addict, and as I get older, taking care of your skin is becoming more and more important. Using products that are made right here in our backyard, chemical free and still having the glam is a win-win for me.

What are your future professional aspirations? I would love to be on QVC or HSN selling our product to viewers all over the world. I have a passion for being behind the camera and speaking to audiences on air. Second, I would really like to prepare for the next company we might venture into or help a young entrepreneur get started. Building a business is challenging work, but I absolutely love every aspect of it.

How are you involved in the community? I am currently a volunteer head coach for the Portland Panthers cheer squad. In the off season, I volunteer my time to provide cheer clinics with the town. I am a part of the Middletown Chamber of Commerce. I gave my time to help our town's economic development team with some projects they were working on. Our company got involved with the Petit Family Foundation to create a garden here in Portland in memory of Michaela Petit, which is called "Michaela's Garden." Mizzi Cosmetics loves to sponsor small town and local fundraisers.

If you had one wish to brighten Greater Hartford's economic future what would it be, and why? I would personally love to see a professional sports team become part of Connecticut. My family and I are big fans of football and baseball. Having a team here would bring people in from all over the United States, creating jobs and income for the state.

List four reasons why you deserve to be a 40 Under Forty: Founded a company that has turned a profit within two years right out of my kitchen. Created a natural product for my family that quickly turned into a national brand and has been recognized by well-respected magazines such as People, InStyle, Allure, Us weekly. Received two outstanding and voluntary celebrity endorsements by Kate Hudson and Kylie Jenner via social media to over 100 million people. Philanthropist at heart. Always trying to give back in any way to our community and surrounding local communities.

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