I'm Not Really a Waitress: How One Woman Took Over the Beauty Industry One Color at a Time

I'm Not Really a Waitress: How One Woman Took Over the Beauty Industry One Color at a Time

Inspiring women to pursue their own colorful dreams, I'm Not Really a Waitress tells the story of how Suzi Weiss-Fischmann transformed a small dental supply company into a #1 beauty brand around the world Today, OPI is known as a global beauty brand, famous for its trend-setting colors, unforgettable shade names, and celebrity collaborations with the biggest stars from fi...

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Title:I'm Not Really a Waitress: How One Woman Took Over the Beauty Industry One Color at a Time
Author:Suzi Weiss-Fischmann
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  • Janet

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    From the publisher, as I do not regurgitate the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it.

    Inspiring women to pursue their own colourful dreams, I'm Not Really a Waitress tells the story of how Suzi Weiss-Fischmann transformed a small dental supply company into a #1 beauty brand around the world

    Today, OPI is known as a global beauty icon, famous for its trend-setting colours, unfo

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    From the publisher, as I do not regurgitate the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it.

    Inspiring women to pursue their own colourful dreams, I'm Not Really a Waitress tells the story of how Suzi Weiss-Fischmann transformed a small dental supply company into a #1 beauty brand around the world

    Today, OPI is known as a global beauty icon, famous for its trend-setting colours, unforgettable shade names, and celebrity collaborations with the biggest stars from film, television, music, and sports. But behind all the glamour is the little-known tale of OPI's unlikely origins-an intimate and inspiring story of a timid schoolgirl who arrives in this country with little money and no English and becomes the business leader and industry game-changer known worldwide as "Suzi, the First Lady of Nails."

    In I'm Not Really a Waitress--titled after OPI's top-selling nail colour--Suzi reveals the events that led her family to flee Communist Hungary and eventually come to New York City in pursuit of the American dream. She shares how those early experiences gave rise to OPI's revolutionary vision of freedom and empowerment, and how Suzi transformed an industry by celebrating the power of colour-and of women themselves.

    I'm not Really a Waitress is one of the first nail polishes I fell in love with and bought in bulk - it is the perfect red. And this book is a perfect read - inspiring. interesting, enjoyable and empowering. Suzi shares her story in a good way (does that make sense? I mean an enjoyable read vs. a dry professor-ish-like textbookish memoir) and this book was an excellent way to share her story about perseverance.

    Wy award stars when you can reward: 💅💅💅💅💅

    p.s. I always LOVE going to cosmetic displays and reading the names of nail polishes and other colour products...I always thought that that would be a great job for someone creative like me: and paint colours! Oh, so, many ways to have fun!!

  • Justine

    This book was amazing. So inspiring. I wish I had had the opportunity to read this when I was in business school. Suzi is not only someone we all can look up to as an incredibly successful businessperson but someone that is so relatable! She takes obstacle thrown at her and doesn’t dwell on them but uses them as a tool to improve and better herself. Her innate sense of giving back to the community and charity work was also so incredible. I just loved everything about this book. Going on my favor

    This book was amazing. So inspiring. I wish I had had the opportunity to read this when I was in business school. Suzi is not only someone we all can look up to as an incredibly successful businessperson but someone that is so relatable! She takes obstacle thrown at her and doesn’t dwell on them but uses them as a tool to improve and better herself. Her innate sense of giving back to the community and charity work was also so incredible. I just loved everything about this book. Going on my favorites shelf for sure.

  • Sue Fernandez

    Thank you to NetGalley and Perseus Books for an advance read of this title. I'm very interested in all things beauty, and I love OPI polish. As a matter of fact, I currently have on Samoan Sand. This book could be for a myriad of readers: beauty enthusiasts, entrepreneurs, and biography enthusiasts. It's almost broken into sections where this is evident. I would have loved to see more background on stories behind the polish, fun facts, etc. But, the author gives good advice, her story is very in

    Thank you to NetGalley and Perseus Books for an advance read of this title. I'm very interested in all things beauty, and I love OPI polish. As a matter of fact, I currently have on Samoan Sand. This book could be for a myriad of readers: beauty enthusiasts, entrepreneurs, and biography enthusiasts. It's almost broken into sections where this is evident. I would have loved to see more background on stories behind the polish, fun facts, etc. But, the author gives good advice, her story is very interesting and I LOVED the parts about OPI and the early days, how some shade names came to existence. I highly recommend this book.

  • Lizbeth

    I received an advanced digital copy of this book from Netgalley.com and the publisher Perseus Books, Da Capo Press. Thanks to both for the opportunity to read and review.

    Ms. Weiss-Fischmann has written a book that engages, whether you'really main interest is the author and her story or how she created one of the biggest brands in beauty. Her humble beginnings in communist Hungary to the friendship with her brother in law which lead her to where she is today is an affirmation that anything is pos

    I received an advanced digital copy of this book from Netgalley.com and the publisher Perseus Books, Da Capo Press. Thanks to both for the opportunity to read and review.

    Ms. Weiss-Fischmann has written a book that engages, whether you'really main interest is the author and her story or how she created one of the biggest brands in beauty. Her humble beginnings in communist Hungary to the friendship with her brother in law which lead her to where she is today is an affirmation that anything is possible if you work long enough and hard enough.

    Highly recommended.

  • Kathleen

    I liked the description of this book and therefore requested it from Netgalley.

    Suzi Weiss-Fischmann transforms a dental supply company into a renowned cosmetic company -OPI.

    One of my favorite OPI colors is Cayenne Pepper, sadly it is no longer made. I found the section concerning name colors quite interesting. I enjoy the unique names of their colors but I truly believe the name coloring and actual development should be credited to the R & D staff. Even if she named them, they brought it to

    I liked the description of this book and therefore requested it from Netgalley.

    Suzi Weiss-Fischmann transforms a dental supply company into a renowned cosmetic company -OPI.

    One of my favorite OPI colors is Cayenne Pepper, sadly it is no longer made. I found the section concerning name colors quite interesting. I enjoy the unique names of their colors but I truly believe the name coloring and actual development should be credited to the R & D staff. Even if she named them, they brought it to the finish line. I found her story very interesting. I learned a lot about her and her upbringing.

    I really enjoy this story. It reinforces that you can do anything if you put your mind into it. I liked the description of this book and therefore requested it from Netgalley.

    Suzi Weiss-Fischmann transforms a dental supply company into a renowned cosmetic company -OPI.

    One of my favorite OPI colors is Cayenne Pepper, sadly it is no longer made. I found the section concerning name colors quite interesting. I enjoy the unique names of their colors but I truly believe the name coloring and actual development should be credited to the R & D staff. Even if she named them, they brought it to the finish line. I found her story very interesting. I learned a lot about her and her upbringing.

    I really enjoy this story. It reinforces that you can do anything if you put your mind into it.

    I volunteered to read and review an ARC of this book provided by Perseus Books, Da Capo Press,and Seal Press and Netgalley. These are my unsolicited opinions.

  • Kate

    This is not at all my usual read- a business memoir? I can't even think of the last one I read. Memoirs, yes, usually by my favorite actors or comedians, but not so much by my favorite business owners. I don't have any favorite business owners.

    BUT, I do love the I'm Not Really a Waitress nail color, and have for years. So when this showed up in my Libro.FM bookseller listener copies (I do have access to free audiobooks, ya'll, and yes it is awesome), I thought maybe I'd finally get the answer t

    This is not at all my usual read- a business memoir? I can't even think of the last one I read. Memoirs, yes, usually by my favorite actors or comedians, but not so much by my favorite business owners. I don't have any favorite business owners.

    BUT, I do love the I'm Not Really a Waitress nail color, and have for years. So when this showed up in my Libro.FM bookseller listener copies (I do have access to free audiobooks, ya'll, and yes it is awesome), I thought maybe I'd finally get the answer to what the meaning behind my favorite red color nail polish was.

    I ended up getting a lot more than that. Suzi's story- of growing up in fear in communist Hungary, to her family's escape to Israel and eventually to America, is inspiring. Her drive to succeed and her vision that helped shape the nail polish industry is just awesome (as in awe-some).

    And I discovered the meaning behind I'm Not Really a Waitress. ;)

    Suzi only reads the intro, but the narrator does a great job of capturing Suzi's passion and enthusiasm.

  • Madison Loveday

    You need to read this book! OPI founder, Suzi Weiss-Fischmann is inspiring women to pursue their own colorful dreams in, I’m Not Really a Waitress: How One Woman Took Over the Beauty Industry One Color at a Time. Find out how she transformed a small dental supply company into a #1 beauty brand around the world. As a famous global beauty icon, you can’t step into one nail salon without spotting an OPI polish. But behind all the glamour is the little-known tale of OPI’s unlikely origins - an inspi

    You need to read this book! OPI founder, Suzi Weiss-Fischmann is inspiring women to pursue their own colorful dreams in, I’m Not Really a Waitress: How One Woman Took Over the Beauty Industry One Color at a Time. Find out how she transformed a small dental supply company into a #1 beauty brand around the world. As a famous global beauty icon, you can’t step into one nail salon without spotting an OPI polish. But behind all the glamour is the little-known tale of OPI’s unlikely origins - an inspiring story of a timid schoolgirl who arrives in this country with little money and no English and becomes an industry game-changer known worldwide as “Suzi, the First Lady of Nails.”

  • Sarah

    I'm Not Really a Waitress is part auto-biography, part business advice book from one of the founders of OPI.

    Suzi traces her childhood in Hungary to Israel and eventually to New York City. After working with her brother in law in the garment industry in NYC, they eventually travel west to California. There they run a dental supply company before finding their way into the nail and eventually nail polish industry.

    Their story of an immigrant family creating a beauty empire was very interesting. M

    I'm Not Really a Waitress is part auto-biography, part business advice book from one of the founders of OPI.

    Suzi traces her childhood in Hungary to Israel and eventually to New York City. After working with her brother in law in the garment industry in NYC, they eventually travel west to California. There they run a dental supply company before finding their way into the nail and eventually nail polish industry.

    Their story of an immigrant family creating a beauty empire was very interesting. My one fault with the book is that the author attributes essentially all of the color development, and much of the naming, to herself. With a team of 700 people, it would seem that at least some of that development should be attributed to those working in the R&D labs, turning her color ideas into reality. There is a lot of "I" in this book.

    I received an advanced copy of this via Net Galley.

  • Eileen

    It was an interesting book and a nice testament to the "hard work and passion pays off" trope.

    The book was to a point inspirational--Suzi's story is quite compelling. But it was repetitive, there were times when I felt I had read the same passage twice.

    It also felt a little self-serving. The book begins with a cute story of Suzi and her business partner, George, meeting with a PR firm and Suzi not knowing what PR was. Clearly she learned that lesson. This book skims the struggles and lumps thing

    It was an interesting book and a nice testament to the "hard work and passion pays off" trope.

    The book was to a point inspirational--Suzi's story is quite compelling. But it was repetitive, there were times when I felt I had read the same passage twice.

    It also felt a little self-serving. The book begins with a cute story of Suzi and her business partner, George, meeting with a PR firm and Suzi not knowing what PR was. Clearly she learned that lesson. This book skims the struggles and lumps things as "worth the work" in a very Machiavellian way--it is pure OPI and Suzi PR.

    Overall, I'm glad I read it, but it could have been done better.

  • Deanna Stevens

    I expected a different book than the one I read. It was very slow moving and a lot of the chapters had paragraphs in the wrong order. I know this was an advance copy, but I have never read an ARC that was as difficult to read. I am still a fan of OPI. I am sorry to say I could not finish the book. I finally gave up about 60% through.

    I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my open and honest review.

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