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was there ever something you did that you were REALLY proud of?

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As I get older, I love to think about when I was younger. I think we all do. Call it romanticising a time in our lives.

For me, ballet from an early age was all I could think about it. My mother drove me to countless destinations so I could be involved in rehearsals, performances & auditions. Most nights after school AND both days of the weekend. I was lucky. Lucky because she facilitated it, but lucky that she wasn't a pushy “ballet mum”.

So how do you remember it & record it in a completely vain way? Why, you ask a clever photographer to take some photos whilst you move your limbs and hope to god that it is the slightest bit flattering!

Kerstin from Lillikad Photography made me feel super duper comfortable and we had the most amazing natural light to work with. What was her biggest surprise? I think how many outfit options I had haha! Now there had been a bit of prepping with this. I am a “mover” from way back, if I don't exercise I tend to become unmotivated and grumpy (ask the hubby!). I had done a hell of a lot of Xtend Barre classes in preparation. I was intent on getting some of that muscle toning that dancers have. Did I achieve it? Not as much as I had hoped but thats where makeup & the right lighting comes in handy.

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So what did I use:

  • B a s e : Face & Body Foundation everywhere! Tanned muscles look more toned so I plastered myself in a colour called C4. This is great for a photoshoot. Please do NOT use this on your wedding day! There are many products that claim to be non-transferable….nothing is 100% proof!
  • E y e s : Light and neutral with matte colours like Orb on the lid to keep it looking light and fresh and then a sweep of Shadester Contouring Bronzer in the socket. I wanted the overall makeup look to not be distracting so keeping the tones of the eyes the same as the rest of the body colour will add just about the right amount of depth. Pop a bit of NC15 Chromagraphic Concealer Pencil in the waterline and the eyes look instantly awake. Mascara on both top and bottom.
  • C o l o u r : Brit Wit Cream Blush was used to continue with the neutral colour scheme. Cream blush is great for keeping the skin dewy….I suggest putting it on with a small round buffing brush or fingers tips on the apple of the cheek and blending it up the cheekbone. I avoid using a sponge as you will waste product and potentially create lines.

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I always like to learn something every time I do photoshoot….what was the lesson this time? Your body will NOT move like it did when you were 16…nor will it look like it.  I had cut down on my water consumption in the lead up to the photoshoot to make sure the muscles were more defined…. would I suggest it? No! So thirsty and its bloody hard to balance in awkward poses when you are feeling parched haha.

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Thank you to Kerstin for your patience, your eye for art and your ability to balance on very tall ladders to get some epic aerial shots! xxx

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the p l u n g e II

I  l o v e it when the nights are lighter for longer... spring is here and summer will be sure to follow, oh yes!

It was time for The Plunge Collective to showcase their next range of kaftans and I was one happy chappy to be involved again! Their debut range has been a great success and Founder/Director Olivia has been super busy creating 8 new prints of kaftans, dresses and tops. Fun, flirty and versatile, I want one of each! We had 24 outfits to work through which meant that it was going to be a busy day.

Chantelle our beautiful model was flown up from Melbourne and she made my job incredibly easy. I don't think I have ever worked with such a polite and hard-working model. Her energy is contagious and she has a natural knack for getting each pose perfect. I did not envy talented Photographer Andrew Barbaczy’s job of sorting through all the images after….there would have been too many corkers!

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Break it d o w n:

  • P e r f e c t  S K I N means minimal foundation. It is all about prepping the skin. Buffing MAC Prep & Prime Essential Oil into the skin to hydrate meant that the skin already had a radiance before the foundation. Using oil doesn't have to mean that it is going to cause acne FYI….think of it as super hydration which will get absorbed with no residue.
  • I knew that I didn't want one feature to stand out so I decided that I was going to stick to N E U T R A L tones that tied in together. MAC have a beautiful creme blush called Uncommon which I knew would work beautiful on the eyes too. Buffing it on with a fluffy #217 brush and then laying matte brown eyeshadow Taupe by Bobbi Brown over the top. I used a great MAC Kohl Pencil called Costa Riche and smudged it along the lash-line. It was then intensified by applying Embark eyeshadow over the top. The ruddiness of the pencil and eyeshadow really brought out Chantelle’s beautiful eyes. I lightened the inner part of her eye with Orb eyeshadow, this attracted light to her eyes creating an open-eyed look.
  • How do you C O N T O U R when you want to keep the skin looking fresh and dewy? You can use a creme based product, like a darker foundation. I used the Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick in Number to 6 contour Chantelle’s cheeks.
  • Uncommon creme B L U S H was applied on the apples of the cheeks.
  • When you want to H I G H L I G H T the face its important to stick to the high points of the face. For this shoot I applied Hush Cream Colour Base along the top of Chantelle’s cheekbones, on her brow bone and also at the top of her cupids bow on her lips.
  • To keep the palette consistent I used the creme blush Uncommon on her L I P S and outlined it with Subculture lipliner.

If anyone is loving the jewellery as much as me then go to Susan Drivers website and try to resist. Kaftans and tropical jewellery....luckily christmas is coming!!


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So it would seem that I am getting a reputation for being able to multi-task....

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That last part cracks me up. I feel like I only have one facial expression but apparently not haha!

So what makeup do you do when you are trying to look serious about exercise? I wanted to create something that looked like I hadn't put anything on at all which can sometimes be more difficult than something more stylised.

Foundation: I used Face and Body Foundation because it can be buffed with a #187 brush and it looks like dewy skin. I was pretty tanned for this shoot which was all natural….much better for the appearance of cellulite but not so good for the ageing process (naughty Martha!).

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Bronzer: I created depth and warmth to the face by using Shadster by MAC using a big brush. I accentuated my cheekbones by starting in line with the top of my ear and sweeping it inwards following along the underside of the bone. I also swept it softly into the contour of my eye to give the illusion of a socket.

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Highlight: I popped a flash of lighter shadow like Ricepaper onto the centre of my eyelid to ping open the eye.

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Brows: Serious exercise requires defined brows. I used Grey Shadow by Bobbi Brown with my small angled #208 brush. I then blended with a mascara wand and set with a clear brow gel.

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Hair: Slick and aero-dynamic right? I used Unite Liqui Versa Gel…I love this product. It smells of Watermelon and I use it on days when I am being a bit lazy and don't want to wash my hair….its great for us short haired gals.

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Oh and then there is the whole sweat thing….I rubbed coconut oil on my exposed skin and then spritzed it with water to create that “glow”.

Have you used Brasilfit work-out gear before? I hadn't before this shoot and I’m now a convert. They have fun patterns and the tights have great stretch (but also suck in the bits we need help with). They have a reasonable price now I can look fabulous when I exercise...even though I'm dying on the inside!

the p l u n g e

Sometimes, you have to just follow your h e a r t .

I am lucky to have the pleasure of meeting a lot of people through my work and I LOVE the relationships and opportunities that unfold from our interactions.

Olivia Babarczy had been working in the corporate game for many years when she decided it was time to mix things up. She wanted to invest her time in something she had a love for.

R e s o r t  w e a r .

Olivia was just about to have her fourth child when she decided to launch this new project. I think she is Superwoman! The Plunge Collective was born and since its launch in November it has been dressing ladies in fun and beautiful patterned kaftans Australia wide. Lightweight with a silk and cotton blend means you can throw it on for any occasion and they feel fabulous.

When Olivia asked me to help with the hair and makeup for the shoot, I jumped at the chance. Using pinterest we came up with a glowing bronzed look for our model, Jira from Chic Management. Jira made my job so very EASY. What a beauty and what a professional.

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Skin : when working with perfect skin, you really don't need to do much. Hydrate it with MAC Lightful C Formula, dot on some Select Cover Up Concealer where it is needed under the eyes and buff on a very light layer of Smashbox BB Cream. Seal it in with a spray of Fix + and we were ready!

Eyes : Gold and bronze. I used Fix + with a flat #239 brush to spread Vintage Gold Pigment over Jira’s lid. It creates a fantastic moist look to the eyelid without looking like the product is clammy. I used Shadester Sculpting powder to contour her eyes. I wanted to define her eyes without being too dark so I used a great pencil called Powersurge. Its an ashy bronze colour that seems to suit everyone and you can pop it in the waterline for adding a bit of oomph and get rid of any redness.

Lashes : Fluffy lashes were created with individual lashes evenly spread out along the eye. I used a combination of the short and medium length Ardell lashes and used minimal mascara so that the lashes looked less brittle.

Lips : We wanted to a have a few different looks using different colours. I used: Morange (orange), Rebel (dark plum) with Currant Lipliner blended, Shy Girl (nude) and Lady Danger (tomato red).

Warmth : I wanted to keep the cheeks very neutral as Jira would be in a number of outfits and the look was all about glow and bronze. I brought in warmth by using Shadester on Jira’s forehead and cheeks and applied a beautiful blush called Trace Gold. It has a soft gold shimmer to it so it gave the cheeks a subtle sheen.

Hair : Using my trusty GHD straightener I was able to create some fantastic soft curls in Jira's hair. We were going to accessorise one of the kaftans with a turban and then have a number of different hairstyles to vary the look. The secret here is to not use too many products as the hair has to stay malleable. I am a big fan of the Unite products especially the Texturiza Spray . Its great for styling freshly washed dry hair and giving dirtier hair a bit of a boost.

Photo credits must go to the talented Fashion Photographer Andrew Babarczy who flew up from Melbourne to be a part of the fun.

Best of Luck to The Plunge Collective and I cant wait to see more fabulous prints in the next season. xx

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f a i r y t a l e

A warehouse space.   Stunning Gowns.   A photographer with a fairytale vision.

“In the Q u i e t”

We hired a fantastic space in Lilyfield called Legs on the Wall which used to be a Parachute Hall. The light is amazing first thing in the morning and it is a space that can capture and cast shadows in just the right place. Kerstin from Lillikad is my favourite photographer to work with and she has again used her magical eye and lens to time stamp the dreamy “Sleeping Beauty” story behind this photoshoot.

Celine, our gorgeous model absolutely loved wearing the gowns by Karen Willis Holmes and it shows in the photos. She has such a youthful and innocent look to her and it was perfect for the feel of the shoot.

The amazing floristry was created by Oh Flora, it was a treat to be able to watch how another artist works and produces their art.

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  • Base: When you are working with amazingly even skin, keep it light and fresh! Face & Body Foundation mixed with Fix + Spray and buffed in with 189 Brush
  • Eyebrows: Clear Eyebrow Gel

Can you believe I did the hair??? Celine had A LOT of hair to work with so it did test my capabilities but I think after all these years of working in a hair salon and witnessing the handiwork of hairdressers I know my way around a head… Or at least I can bluff it! In fact, I love it. I love the challenge. Its in my nature to break things down and I love to work out how things work and why they look good. I am pretty chuffed with the results!

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Photography: Lillikad Photography     Floral Styling: Oh Flora     Beautiful Gowns: Karen Willis Holmes 

Stationary:  The Little Press      Model: Celine @ Brazen Models

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It really was a perfect day for shooting.

Kerstin from Lilli Kad Photography, Gwendolynne Bridal Design and myself had been planning this shoot for ages. We set a date, gowns were sent, our gorgeous model Jade was booked and we were ready to rock and roll. Don’t you love it when the stars align?

Gwendolynne sent us 3 beautiful dresses for Jade to wear and each one of them was as stunning as the next.

The style of the shoot was soft and muted creating a dreamy sensation with the imagery. Kerstin is a magician with this kind of photography!

Blessed Days set up a beautiful wedding table with styled flowers and beautiful cutlery and table settings.

Luc from YM Salon created a couple of different hair looks including an inverted braid. Jade our model has the most incredible volume of hair so it was easy to create texture.

The brief for the makeup was simple, ethereal and non-distracting. We really wanted the dresses and the backdrop to be the main focus and I think we achieved that!


Jade has wonderful skin so we used Face & Body as her foundation and used Moisture Cover concealer to eradicate dark circles.

I wanted to keep the makeup ethereal so I used a soft blush on her cheeks called Dainty by MAC. I then swept this over her eyelids too.

I then very softly contoured her eyes with a great MAC eyeshadow called Kid using a very soft blending brush (#217).

Mascara on her lashes and light cream colour pencil on her waterline gave Jade a fresh and open eye.

I used a soft lipstick called Fabby on the lips just applied with my finger to create a stained effect.