My partner, Ryan, and I struggled for six years to conceive a baby. The journey of 10 rounds of IVF and three miscarriages was definitely very hard. The miscarriages were devastating to us. Trying to stay positive and strong while also running a business and keeping my relationship together was just impossible at times.
After our nineth round of IVF, Ryan and I had a long discussion and finally decided to try one last time. In October 2017 I gave birth to our beautiful daughter, Estelle. She has brought so much joy into our lives!
I have always wanted to design my own jewellery range. My passion began when I was younger, playing around in mum’s jewellery box. I’d adorn myself with all the Indian-inspired pieces and coloured gemstones she had. It was just a matter of time before I made it happen. I just always loved making women feel and look beautiful.
I was a freelance makeup artist for 19 years and I was well known for making skin look glowing and flawless. I’m a firm believer of using exfoliators with AHAs, regular microdermabrasion treatments, collagen masks and plenty of hydration inside and out. I love visiting the team at Heber Davis for my skin treatments. I have AHA peels and microdermabrasion and go to The Beauty Room in Darlinghurst for facials.
Every morning I cleanse and exfoliate with Dermalogica Microfoliantfollowed by my fave daily moisturiser, Embryolisse, then Actinica 50+sunscreen. I’m big on staying out of the sun and keeping my skin protected at all times. You will never catch me without a full-brimmed hat when I’m at the beach. I use a hydrating mist during the day and at night I polish and cleanse with a Clarisonic brush. I use an extra-strength Dr Dennis Gross Peeling wipe every night followed by Ultraceuticals Ultimate C15+ Serum and Ultimate Bio Repair moisturiser. I also am an avid user of Bio-Oil. It’s the best for preventing stretch marks. I used it all though my pregnancy and have continued to since. The trick to well-hydrated skin is also 3 litres of water, especially while I’m breastfeeding.
A gorgeous looking makeup application starts with polished, hydrated and nourished skin. I use a tinted moisturiser and cream peachy pink lip and cheek tint from The Base. I love The Base’s philosophy: fresh and natural – just a better version of yourself, really. Kevyn Aucoin makes the best eyebrow pencil – I do a light stroke only through the brows to thicken and define. I then curl my lashes with Shu Uemura’s eyelash curler and apply Maybelline mascara. Curling my lashes is a must, it really opens up the eyes and gives me a fresh look. I put a smudge of brown liner inside and around the rim of my eyes and use Nars Laguna bronzer to give me a healthy glow. I then finish with a slick of Rosebud Salve on the lips.
… so I use Klorane dry shampoo. I love the fresh scent. The brilliant Jacen Ward on William St does my colour and cut and I love using Davines Oi Shampoo, Conditioner and Oil. Every couple of weeks I pop Christophe Robin Lavender treatment through my hair.
…but I do love taking Pilates classes. I find that Pilates makes me feel more centred and energised to go on with my day. I also love going on long walks with my daughter and puppy around Centennial Park to keep fit.
It has been a great help with my anxiety and minimising my stress levels. I also enjoy going to yoga retreats to disconnect from technology and daily worries. Every night I have a bath; I just find it to be the perfect way to unwind. I mix in some rose salts, or my pregnancy calming oils to aid in my relaxation.
…so that means I can occasionally indulge in my sweet treats from Just William Chocolates on William St. In summer I start my day with granola, yoghurt, honey and fresh fruits. During the warmer months I like to eat light meals like fish and salad. I love making my barramundi tacos with yummy guacamole on summer nights. When I’m not breastfeeding, I love to enjoy a gorgeous pinot gris with soft cheeses and olives. I’m nurturing my body with veggies and salads and lots of protein to assist with breastfeeding. Also my Elixir smoothies are a must every day to keep my energy levels up.”
Story by Velvet Garvey; Photography by Myles Pritchar