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Salon Review: Sloans, Lane Cove

In Beauty Q&A, Colour, Curls, Dry Shampoo, Fringe, Frizz, Glamour, Hair, Hairspray, How To, Industry Insiders, Volume on November 17, 2012 at 6:00 am

By Tammi Ireland

Since moving to Sydney, I’ve been on the hunt for a fantastic hairdresser who can turn my thick, curly hair into a manageable, ‘looks like I didn’t even try’ ‘do. I’d also love for that place to come with some cool staff, a wealth of experience and be in a good location.  Last month, Sloans ticked all the boxes.


The salon is located in a quaint street surrounded by cafes and flooded with natural light. The team is fun and a nice mix of classic and contemporary with their own style, making the salon a great fit for families and fashion forwards, alike.

My hair was cut by salon owner and creative director, Scott Sloan.  Scott is also an international creative artist for Schwarzkopf, so he knows his stuff.  He cut my hair into layers underneath, leaving a veil of long hair on top, meaning I didn’t lose length but I did lose a lot of that weight that was keeping me from styling anything other than a ponytail pre-cut.

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Beauty Q&A: Samantha Powell

In Acne, Affordable, Beauty Q&A, Breakouts, Complexion, Natural on November 11, 2012 at 12:43 am

By Tammi Ireland

Simple Skincare has just recruited Samantha Powell as their make-up and skincare expert. Sam has a wealth of knowledge having worked as a make-up artist for 15+ years with celebs such as Jen Hawkins, Rebecca Gibney and Miranda Otto.  We asked Sam a few questions on how to get clear, perfect skin, the simple way…


Samantha Powell, 40, Hair & Makeup Artist

Why join forces with Simple Skincare?
I joined forces with Simple Skincare because their philosophy on skin and beauty is synonymous with my own. I believe beauty starts from within and I always strive to live a clean, simple, healthy lifestyle and the products that I choose to work with and use myself adhere to these principles. Read the rest of this entry »

Beauty Q&A: Sarah Ayoub

In Beauty Q&A, Paris, Travel, Wellbeing, Wellness, Women on November 4, 2012 at 6:00 am

By Tammi Ireland

I began writing for Sarah Ayoub’s blog, Chasing Aphrodite, last year in a bid to spread my wings from beauty and wellness writing to relationship columnist as well.  Through this position, I came to know Sarah quite well – know her heart and her passion for writing, family, friends and Paris.  A constant inspiration when I held dreams of being a writer, Sarah has become a great friend since I moved to Sydney and I could not be more thrilled that she has realised her dream and signed a two-book deal with Harper Collins.  Let me introduce to you, the next big thing in young adult writing…


Sarah Ayoub, 26, Journalist / Blogger / Soon-to-be Author

How did you get into writing? I studied Journalism and PR at uni. It was something I knew I wanted to do since the age of 10. By third year, despite numerous work experience placements, I still didn’t have a job so I applied for my Masters. It was the best year of my tertiary education, and inspired me to get into Feature Writing. At the time, I was writing the events column for The Sunday Telegraph’s Sunday Magazine, so I was getting some basic experience, but when one of my assessments was to write a pitch letter, I took it as an opportunity to test it in the real world. I sent it to Girlfriend and they commissioned me for the story. That was my first paid byline and I have not looked back since. Read the rest of this entry »

Beauty Q&A: PR and Fitness Pro, Sarah

In Beauty Q&A, Wellbeing on September 3, 2012 at 6:00 am

By Tammi Ireland

There are some women so passionate about the field they work in that they blow you away. Sarah Thompson is one of them.  She founded her own PR company exclusively to look after fitness and wellbeing clients after realising a niche in her area, one she’s very passionate about.  I caught up with the switched-on red head to hear what ticks her beauty boxes…


Sarah Thompson, 30, Director at GoodFit PR

How did you get into PR? I think it was destined to be. From the age of 10 I obsessively collected TV Hits, Dolly and Girlfriend magazines, and was always getting into trouble for talking during class. I have always loved writing, networking and talking, and after a few early stints as a freelance journalist and event manager, I realised PR was my calling. It offers me the perfect combination of promoting for brands I believe in, giving creative input to campaigns and being on the phone/email/Facebook/Twitter all day!

Why fitness? I have worked in a number of agencies and companies from the UK to Indonesia and now in Australia. I’ve promoted all sorts of products – from airlines and energy drinks to sofas and mobile phones! But after doing a project with Michelle Bridges (the Michelle Bridges 12 Week Body Transformation), I realised my passion lies in PR for health, fitness and good causes. All of my clients bring positive things to people’s lives, and helping them enables me to make a difference too! Read the rest of this entry »

Spring Hair Trends with Barney Martin

In Artist, Awards, Beauty Q&A, Curls, Fashion, Hair, Hair Expo 2012, Hairspray, Natural, Shampoo & Conditioner on August 14, 2012 at 9:01 am

By Tammi Ireland

Barney Martin Hairdressing in Surry Hills is a quintessential Australian salon, where the team has worked on editorial and customer hair under the superb direction of their director, the salon’s namesake.  The Barney Martin website showcases all the staff in clean images, reflective of the respect Barney Martin the person gives to his team.  As a beauty writer, this sort of team-relation is important, because so too is the need for a person to love where they work.  Last week we were lucky enough to hear straight from the horses mouth what the key trends for Spring will be, and what Australian women are asking for when they’re in the salon chair…


Barney Martin, 40, Pantene Expert Hairstylist and owner of Barney Martin Hairdressing

What are the key trends you’re seeing for Spring, by way of cuts and colour?
For colour, there is definitely a move away from balayage, but instead we are seeing what is called smudged colour, and bronzing, where blonde and brown is merged for a more natural affect, with lighter colours underneath the hair. We are also seeing a lot of pastel colours in hair, pastel blues and pinks at the ends and underneath. This works well with a blonde base or balayage.
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Beauty Q&A: Clinique It Girl, Paige

In Beauty Q&A, Clinique, Everyday, Everyday Essentials, Eyes, Face, Lips on July 14, 2012 at 11:30 am

By Tammi Ireland

We’ve met Perth’s own 2012 Clinique It Girl, Rebecca, so now it’s time to meet one from the east coast of Australia, where Coveted Canvas is now located. Introducing Paige Penning…


Paige Penning, 19, Student of Psychology and Marketing

You’re 6 months in – what’s been the best thing so far? Being able to use and show off all my brand new and exclusive Clinique products! I also enjoy that it’s help me kind of get some direction to what I want to do career wise, I love beauty and makeup things and being an It Girl has shown me a whole other world in the industry rather than just painting on makeup.

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Beauty Q&A: Clinique It Girl, Rebecca

In Beauty Q&A, Clinique, Sun, Western Australia on June 13, 2012 at 6:00 am

By Tammi Ireland

The fact that I write a beauty blog is a pretty obvious tip-off that I love all things skincare and makeup.  However, what some of you don’t know is that there is one brand in particular to who I owe my love affair with all things face and skin.  Clinique first came into my radar in the same way I imagine it came into yours – as a teen looking to control the sudden breakouts that come with teen girl hormones. Dragged to the Clinique counter at my local Myer by my mum, I was given their famous three-step program to try and clear my skin.  In 2009, my editor at Flourish magazine, Jane, suggested I enter this new competition they’d launched the previous year to find Clinique It Girls throughout Australia to review their products for their online site.  I entered, I won, and my love of makeup was cemented.


Through the ten full months I was a Clinique It Girl, I learnt more about skincare and had more opportunity to enter the makeup world using my It Girl status as a launching pad than I ever would have had without it.  It’s the reason you’re reading this blog today, as my writing as a Clinique It Girl inspired me to start my own blog the following year.  And it’s the reason I work in PR with a goal to do beauty PR full-time.  Never have I had a brand loyalty as strong as the one I have for Clinique, and it’s because their products really work, no bullshit.

Today, I interviewed 2012 Clinique It Girl, Rebecca Caldwell from WA to see what she thinks about the experience she’s currently wrapped up in. Read the rest of this entry »

Beauty Q&A: Haley Thompson, Organic Beauty eStore Founder

In Beauty Q&A, Food, Nails, Natural, Organic, Uncategorized on February 2, 2012 at 6:00 am

Haley Thompson, 31, owner of Peachy Clean Organic Beauty Boutique

I met Haley last month at the Perth Online Beauty Meet and was instantly struck by her vivaciousness, natural thinking and knowledge about the organic beauty industry.  Upon reading her age when receiving her answers to this interview back, I must say she’s the living and breathing example of what a healthy lifestyle and natural skincare routine can do for your look!  A girl who quipped she ‘preferred champagne to coffee’, I’d say we have a lot in common.  

Introducing, Miss Haley Thompson(and her store, which you must check out!)…

Daytime Beauty Routine: I love my organic beauty products! When I wake I love a morning spritz of face spray like the Savi Passionflower and Pomegranate spray or the delicious Sodashi Calming Rose spray – I keep them in the fridge in summer so that they’re extra refreshing! I’m on a ‘rose’ kick at the moment! Rose is really great for dry skin. I love my Weleda Rose Creamy Body Wash in the shower, my Weleda Rose Body Oil and I’m loving the Vanessa Megan Rose Eye cream too – I also keep it in the fridge, I pop on the eye cream and use the cool base of the metal jar as a compress to help fight morning puffiness. I mainly use the Sodashi range for face care – their clay cleanser is just the best and if you’ve never tried the Sodashi concentrates (liquid exfoliator) you’re seriously missing out! It’s just amazing!

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Beauty Q&A: Kimberly Nissen, beauty blogger

In Beauty Q&A, Events, Everyday, Everyday Essentials, Face, Interview on September 19, 2011 at 6:00 am

Kimberly Nissen, 25, blogger, writer and internet addict

On September 24, Australia’s beauty bloggers will gather in Sydney to partake in a weekend full of knowledge, networking and new product information.  Sure to be a hit, I’m devastated I’ll miss it, but with the magic of the Internet, I’ll be watching everything unfold from Mykonos.  One of the event organisers is Kimberly Nissen, a beauty blogger from the fair city itself.  Here, we ask how she got to where she is today, and what she wore on the way.

Beauty routine, day: It is a long one! Cleanse, Vitamin B Serum, Beta Serum, Spot Fader Serum, Moisturiser, Solar Gel, Sunscreen.

Makeup, day and night: I follow the same routine day and night, and just change the colours I use to match my mood. Foundation, Concealer, Brow Gel, Eyeshadow, Eyeliner, Blush, Bronzer (sometimes), Highlighter, Lip Balm, Lipstick.

Beauty routine, night: It is actually very similar to my daytime routine. Cleanse, Vitamin B Serum, Beta Serum, Spot Fader Serum, Moisturiser.


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Beauty Q&A: Ash-Leigh Hunter, Burn The Floor dancer

In Beauty Q&A, Clinique, Party time, Preparation on September 5, 2011 at 6:00 am

Ash-Leigh Hunter, 28, professional ballroom dancer with Burn The Floor

When I was a young teenager, my love for ballroom dancing was so strong I continued it professionally for as long as I could until TEE took over all my free time.  Seeing Burn The Floor last month with a good friend, I was on the edge of the seat, wanting to join the amazing (understatement) dancers on stage as they moved to classic songs in a way that had everyone’s eyes locked on them.  The girls had rock-hard abs to rival the guys’, the costumes were amazing and music was foot-tapping fabulous.  I wanted to instantly sign-up to ballroom dance once more (and plan to upon arrival from Europe). 

Here, we interview one of Burn The Floor‘s longest-running dancers, from our very own Kalamunda.  Give it up for Ash-Leigh!

*clap, clap, hip-shakin’, woohoo*

Beauty routine, day: I use all of Clinique products and have done for years. Every morning and night I use the Clinique 3 Step.

Makeup, day and night:  I also use Clinique make up during the day but for the show I use the MAC full coverage stage make up.

Beauty routine, night: At night I use Clinique make up remover followed by the 3 Step and a night cream.


What’s great about everyday Aussie beauty? It is very affordable and it is an investment. It pays to have beautiful skin and makeup!

Where in the world have you seen women with the best beauty/makeup? I think the States have a bigger range of beauty makeup but not sure if I have noticed anywhere with the best beauty / makeup.

Tell us your story: I started dancing when I was 5 years old. My mum was a dancer and noticed that I was interested in dancing as I was always doing concerts in the backyard with my sister and friends. She took me to all types of dancing until I stumbled across Ballroom Dancing. I knew I had a real passion for Ballroom in my first social class. I then started competitions where I did alot of traveling both nationally and internationally. In 2001 I was approached by Jason Gilkison, the coreographer of the show and asked if I would like to be part of Burn the Floor. I remember watching Burn the Floor in 1999 and wishing one day I would be in the show! My dream came true and have been in the show now for 10 years!


Hair Salon: I have used the same hairdresser for about 11 years. She works from home and I love the way she does my hair. Because im always on the road I take my own colour with me and get one of the girls in the show to do my colour. Read the rest of this entry »


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