A Connecticut Native, who holds a MBA in Health Care Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA. Raquel's mother instilled within her the importance of skin care at a very early age. Raquel later followed her lifelong passion and became a Licensed Esthetician. She is also certified in Eyelash Lifts and Tinting, and Makeup Artistry. She is also a PRO Makeup Artist with Maskara Cosmestics and Trish McEvoy.
In 2007 Raquel launched “Adonia Prada, the Skinny”, a blog that focused on up-and-coming fashion designers and makeup artists. Raquel has held positions as a professional Fashion Stylist, Personal Shopper and Makeup Artist with Nordstrom; Beauty & Style Editor with the Ontario, Canada based Buyosphere, working closely with Tara Hunt and Cassandra Girad; Fashion & Beauty Editor with Ladies America‘s online magazine, Washington DC chapter, which is dedicated to helping women advance personally and professionally, and; Beauty Writer & Editor with Quail Bell Press and Productions.