I used to tweeze my friends eyebrows at lunchtime when I was at high school. Eyebrow shaping was in me from a young age. I have never questioned my job, I left school and went straight to beauty college.
Without saying too much, the poor girl doing mine had to go and get our teacher to help out, which resulted in her cutting the wax off me with scissors. SCISSORS. I really wasn’t even that hairy! But I have never forgotten it. All of the students had to leave the room and the principal even came in to help. It was a hilarious disaster.
I remember thinking we were sooo fancy when we were at boarding school because I used Clinique and Estee Lauder make up. If you met my mum you wouldn’t think she was 60 – her skin is so beautiful and supple and is the product of using great skin care – no needles. She’s a hairdresser by trade and has perfectly blow-dried hair every day. This is precisely why I can’t style my own hair – imagine growing up and having a live in hairdresser – as if you’d bother to learn to use a hairdryer or GHD. She taught us to look after our skin and that a blowdry can make any outfit look chic.
… and wake up tired eyes. I use a Mecca Lit From Within ‘Enlightened’ Illuminating Balm along the bridge of my nose and dab some onto my cupids bow to make me look glowy. I also use brightening eyedrops if I’m going out and they make my eyes sparkle. My favourite feature is my eyes, I love that when I dress them up with a brown liner like Nars Larger Than Life Longwear Eyeliner in Via De’ Martelli and loads of Too Faced ‘Better Than Sex’ mascara they sparkle. I feel beautiful when I’m all dressed up in a new outfit, with my hair and make up done. As a working mum, these occasions can be few and far between so I really like to go all out. I love Stila One Step Correct Primer – takes away redness and evens out my skin tone. I use Nars Laguna Bronzer and Sephora Collection blushes. My go-to lipstick is Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G and MAC Cremesheen Glass (Lila chose it for me for mothers day).
… and has given me the confidence to go make up free almost every day. When I started using it, I had to get my head around only cleansing my skin once a day. I also go there once every couple of months for a facial. They are heavenly and I leave feeling like a new woman. My morning regime starts with me rinsing my face with warm water, then applying 2 serums and an SPF 50. The first serum is a calming serum, and the second is a vitamin C serum. I then apply my sunscreen and that’s as far as I usually get in the morning as I’m always racing to day care then onto work. On the odd occasion I have time to apply makeup, I wipe on By Terry Sheer Expert Foundation, dab on Stila cream blush in ‘Gerbera’ and a lick of mascara. I get my lashes lifted and tinted every 6 weeks in the salon and have groomed brows (most of the time) or use Benefit Brow Zings Kit Number 3. With clear skin, I don’t feel the need to always wear make up.
But I have used Pantene shampoo and conditioner for years – and I love it! I use Oribe dry shampoo and a yummy smelling hairspray from DryBar. I get my hair coloured and cut every two months and get it blow dried regularly as I simply cannot do my own hair. I love that you can really boost your confidence by wearing make up, or having glowing skin, or that beautifully styled hairdo. I love that you can change your entire look with beauty. I felt frumpy with my second pregnancy and I remember feeling like I needed a change. I walked into my hairdresser and said “give me a lob”. She did, and I loved it! It made me feel so chic! And at 37 weeks pregnant, that can be quite difficult.
But, whenever I travel or stay at large hotels, I always always always go to their spas. It’s my thing. I will book in for a half day of treatments and relish every second of it. Friends of mine are opening a day spa in Double Bay directly above my salon next month and I can’t wait! It’s called Bump Dayspa and will cater to pregnant women but is also for non-pregnant women. Which is good for me, because it would’ve been quite drastic if I’d gone and gotten knocked up just so I can sneak up and have a massage on my lunch break. Side note: I never have a lunch break.
I get asked what I’m wearing often when I’m wearing it. It is so light and fresh. I wear BYREDO Gypsy Waterand Bal D’Afrique in the cooler months, they’re so yummy. And I use this crystal deodorant my younger sister got me onto – it’s been the best thing for my underarms. I never ever get body odour and my underarm skin is never aggravated. I highly recommend making the switch to crystal or natural deodorants.
I eat a lot and quite frequently. I always have. My fave salad is the chilli chicken salad from South Dowling Sandwiches and I love the poached eggs and hash browns for breakfast from Little Jean in Double Bay. As a working mum, I have welcomed Uber Eats with open arms. We have some fantastic restaurants in our area delivering good, hearty meals that are great for families with young children and not your typical takeaway. We often order from Three Blue Ducks or Fratelli Fresh – why would I bother cooking!! If it’s a non working day however, I love to cook. I have a special slow roasted maple lamb shoulder recipe that is DELISH – I serve it with creamy Thermomix mashed potato and Jessica Sepel‘s Crispy Moroccan Brussel Sprouts and its always a winner.
… so I train there when I can but logistically it can sometimes be a bit tricky for me. He is the fittest person I know and has the world’s most beautiful body. I admire him so much, I just wish I had his passion for exercise! But on a regular day I go to BeFit in Double Bay with the trainer, Ben, which is ten metres away from my salon – yes, I still find excuses not to go even when its practically on my doorstep! Ben Ezekiel, the owner, is so patient with me and really looks after me. I think Chris (my hubby) is secretly happy he’s handed me over to Ben. I complain. A lot.”