It was the lovely Rosemary Church, who now works for CNN in Atlanta. The backup reader they had wasn’t available and I was there cutting a story. I’d been there for 18 months. I said, ‘What?!’ But, it has kind of been an attribute that I have always had, that I say yes without thinking of the consequences. I was just 21 and my arms were shaking so much they had to do a close up. After that, Rosemary would take me and give me tips every night. I’ve been at Channel 10 for twenty years next year, so obviously I started when I was ten haha.”
I had a newborn and a toddler and we were going to a little country town’s local show, I was lucky to get out the door in just plain clothes and I’d had about an hour of sleep. I didn’t have any makeup on and really, that speaks volumes. I’m a passionate female journalist and it takes you a long time [to succeed], but often people will make a comment about what I’m wearing, how my hair is and I even have people giving me tips! Like, ‘Oh I didn’t like that lipstick you wearing…’ I often just very politely say, ‘Thank you so much, you can call the wardrobe department.’
If I don’t use really good skincare [I breakout], I think it’s probably the result of so much makeup at work. I was suggested to use Dr. Spiller and I’ve just found that it’s just brilliant. I don’t really use a specific body moisturiser, but I do use my face cream and add extra moisturiser, whatever I have, to it and use it on my body. I remember the performer Bob Down being really adamant about cleansing his skin, and it’s something I have really picked up. I use the Dr. Spiller body cleanser on my face, it’s more of a scrub. I do that once a week, it has a eucalyptus fragrance and immediately picture myself in a bush, then I use a toner and a moisturiser.
I love the way they can make a difference to blending and eyeshadow, it’s amazing. Good makeup brushes, that is. When it comes to makeup, I love MAC eye shadow. I don’t wear a lot of makeup when I’m not at work. And I use the good old Max Factor mascara and Rimmel Wonder’full Mascara. My boys have both got the most amazing natural eyelashes, boys always get them! I wear Lancôme Absolue Precious Cells Foundation, I first bought it years and years ago, I absolutely love it. It gives such flawless cover.
A great concealer and flawless foundation, I think that is really important, and I’ve learned a lot of tricks. Often if I’m at work I’ll come home, take all my makeup off, and if I have to redo my makeup for an event, or a work event or commitment, they’ve taught me how to do a great smokey eye. And trying to put on eyelashes myself… It’s physically impossible. It’s pretty hysterical watching my husband trying to put them on me. We don’t get very far.
I used to have it ‘boy short’… I’m actually very lucky that it’s naturally straight. But, it’s changing. After I had the boys, I don’t understand this because the majority of people lose their hair, my hair grew twice as thick. All I put in my hair is the Wella Luxe Oil. I put that on in the morning just before work with wet hair.
I usually get a professional spray one day a week at Bronzalicious in Neutral Bay. I use Salus body scrub to prep. I remember my husband and I went to Italy once, the first time away without the kids. We were gone for two weeks and came back and I didn’t fake tan at all and the kids said to me, ‘Mummy what did you eat?’ And when I asked why he said, ‘It’s made you go all white!’ But my husband loves me without a tan!
I read all the online publications, usually The Herald to start with, and Twitter is really important if something is breaking that morning. I usually have my phone on set, especially when we do rolling coverage, it’s really important thing with breaking news. I’m usually up at 5am and try to go to bed at 9:30, but when there’s the kids’ homework, assignments, sports and all the bits and pieces, it’s hard. I can get exhausted, but I love my job. I’m trying to get better. Arianna Huffington wrote a great piece that I love on the importance of sleep. Sleep deprivation is a form of torture.”