Face Value- The Experts

Anyone that knows me, knows I battle with my skin in a major way. It’s very much a love-hate relationship where every now and again certain areas of my face, namely my chin, underneath my nose and sometimes my forehead resemble the Himalayan mountain ranges. I battled with the occasional break out early on when I was 15/16 and when I moved from Brisbane to Melbourne 2 years ago and started breaking out like never before, I was completely baffled.

Now, I might be slightly exaggerating when I use a comparison to mountain ranges and I certainly didn’t have the worst acne around but it was bad. I was wearing mass amounts of make up all the time. I had just started seeing my boyfriend, so I was wearing full faces of foundation to bed because I was so embarrassed and even to the gym. I know what you’re thinking, that was obviously never going to help, but my confidence was shattered and as a model, affected my work… To the point where after I’d done a job, my booker would call to tell me my rate was being reduced because the client apparently had to pay for extra retouching (That actually happened. And I cried).

It’s taken some experimenting and trialling various products and suggested regimes to finally get it under control and I firmly believe that there are three key elements that have got me and my skin happy once again: Clinical advice and treatments, correctly using the right products and supplements/ vitamins. With that in mind, please allow me to introduce the incredible ladies at Minoo’s! I was introduced to the team by Helen Reizer, who knew of my skin struggle thought we would be a match made in heaven. Minoo’s made it their personal mission to restore my skin and even now in Sydney, I still contact them for advice and for product. I spoke with the ladies at Minoo’s about the common causes of acne particularly and the mistakes that we often unknowingly make in trying to treat it.

What are some of the key causes of acne?

There are several cause of acne most commonly are hormonal influences. Sebum and dead skin cells gather within the pore causing inflammation, papules and pustules.

What are some of the most common mistakes you see people making in an attempt to treat acne?

Often people with acne over cleanse and pick their skin in an attempt to remove oil and pustules. This classic mistake impairs the skins barrier function and spreads bacteria by disturbing the skins acid mantel (a slightly acidic film on the surface of the skin that provides barrier protection from bacteria and potential contaminants that may penetrate and damage the skin).

What are some of the treatments you offer and recommend?

Improving the skins barrier function (strength and hydration) using gentle homecare and lactic acid peeling procedures are usually required before progressing to stronger homecare and clinical treatments.

(FYI- This was me. I had been using Proactiv- I know you’re probably shaking your head and screaming “WHY?!” but when you’re desperate, you try everything- and as a result, had basically stripped my skin of any/all natural oils our skin produces and needs. The ladies recommended a course of products to use for 3-4 weeks prior to starting any clinical treatments and just that produced a remarkable difference in my skin.)

Active homecare particularly alpha and beta hydroxy acids found in treatment serums, masks and moisturisers are very effective at reducing sebum, bacteria and dead skin cells within the pores and improve the appearance of acne.

A course of superficial chemical peeling procedures particularly salicylic acid peels penetrate the congested pore and help to remove sebum, bacteria and dead skin cells. Chemical peeling procedures preformed at monthly intervals significantly reduce the severity of acne lesions and aid in maintaining a clear completion. In addition, we recommend the use of active homecare in order to achieve optimal results.

I experienced a variety of different treatments, all planned and scheduled especially for my skin and how it was progressing. In addition, just to credit how intelligent these women are, I also had different vitamins and supplements recommended to help from the inside out. I can now, very excitedly say, that I don’t wear make up at home, to bed or the gym, often leave the house without makeup and don’t need to apply 50 000 filters to my photos (fine, selfies) anymore! Hooray!


Sneaky selfie during one of my visits to Minoo’s!

Dermal therapists, experts, magicians, whatever you want to call them, I credit them for saving my skin and I cannot thank them enough. To find out more about the amazing ladies at Minoo’s, you can visit their website, their Facebook or their Twitter to get in contact- which I highly recommend you do. Tell them I sent you and give them a huge cuddle from me!

Model Moment: Brooke Hogan

With Australia’s Next Top Model announcing audition dates for their latest season today, I thought it was perfect timing to chat with the beauty that is Brooke Hogan. A popular contestant in last season’s competition and a former Miss World Australia runner up, Brooke’s star is only continuing to shine brighter and brighter in the modelling world and she is just as humble and down-to-earth as she is gorgeous.

I’ve had the pleasure of working with Brooke on multiple occasions and the success she is experiencing could quite literally not come to anyone more deserving. I spoke with Brooke about the roller coaster ride that was ANTM and how life has changed for her since…

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How would you describe your experience on the show?
ANTM was honestly one of the best experiences of my life so far. I learnt so much about myself and I gained so much confidence. I have grown as a person and as a model and I have nothing but positive things to say about the whole experience.

Has life changed since appearing on the show?
Life has definitely changed! I have modelled on and off since I was around 16 but ever since the show ended, I have been super super busy. I signed with Viviens Models in Melbourne & I have been given the opportunity to work for some pretty amazing clients.

What does an average week involve for you?
Every week for me is different, that is the fun part! An average week for me would be a mixture of photo shoots & castings. For example… Last week involved a short catalogue shoot for Spotlight on Monday, Tuesday I shot the Sass campaign, Wednesday I shot for Sportsgirl, Thursday I worked for a client called Hunted Dreams and on Friday I had two castings. It was a pretty busy week for me but like I said, it changes every week. Some weeks I will work everyday and others I will only have 2-3 days. When I am not working I am spending time with my boyfriend, catching up with family & friends, yoga & shopping. (P.S. Brooke’s Instagram account can be found here. You won’t be disappointed.)

What are some of your best beauty/ body secrets?
I have always tried to take good care of my skin. I make sure I cleanse my face every morning and night. It is important for me to have good facial products and recently was introduced to ‘Alpha-H’ skincare range which is amazing and does wonders for your skin! I try to exercise most days but with my job it is often hard to get into routine. I am NOT a morning person whatsoever so I exercise mostly at night. Eating healthy (most of the time) & drinking a lot of water is super important as well.

What has been your career highlight so far?
The ANTM experience… Everything about it!

What advice would you give to girls looking to get into the industry? 
I have a lot of young girls emailing me asking for tips on how to be a model and how to get into the industry & it is SO difficult to answer. The best answer would be to find some agencies in your area, approach them & see what they have to say. They will tell you if they want to represent you and if they think you are suitable. The industry is very competitive, so my advice for any girl getting into the industry would definitely be: Be confident in yourself! You will have people that LOVE your look and some that don’t. You need to remember to be yourself & to be happy about it. Truth is, everybody is beautiful in their own way & I am a firm believer in inner beauty making you shine brighter on the outside.


Are you Australia’s Next Top Model? Audition dates here!
Image Credit | Fox 8, Peter Soulis, Vivien’s Model Management.


Vanity Fair Italia celebrates the World Cup

This shoot first came to my attention when it appeared in the Daily Telegraph this morning and within seconds, I had developed an overwhelming girl-crush on Kristina Romanova. Is she not absolutely ridiculous? I’m also now incredibly keen to try this ‘high, curly ponytail complete with red hair ribbon and red lipstick’ combo she’s rocking in the last image (I’ll take her abs in the last photo as well, while I’m at it). Of course, a little shirtless Stenmark never hurt anyone either. You-are-welcome.

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Photo Diary: Miss World Australia NSW Finals in the Hunter Valley

I’ve officially been in Sydney for six months now and haven’t really explored my new home of NSW yet, so when an invitation to host the Miss World Australia NSW State Finals in the Hunter Valley arose, it took me approximately 0.45 seconds to accept! We traveled the 2 hours to Oaks Cypress Lakes on the Saturday and although we were due to leave the following afternoon, I automatically wanted to say for at least a week!

Before the formalities began, Saturday afternoon was spent reuniting with the Miss World Australia board at a cellar door tasting at Wandin Valley Estate… We were in wine country after all! Conversations with various staff members both at Wandin and Oaks made it clear that a full day tour is needed to really get the full Hunter Valley experience, so I’m already planning our next trip back. Watch this space for that post!

Sunday morning was full of rehearsals while my other half checked out the driving range and golf course available on the grounds at Oaks (FYI he recommends you check it out if you are a golfing enthusiast as he is). Later, that afternoon, 35 girls took to the stage in attempt to take a place in July’s national final, where one girl will take home the crown and the title of Miss World Australia 2014. After the longest deliberation so far this year, 11 NSW national finalists were selected.

The challenge has now been set though, by the very fabulous Peter Sereno of Dear Pageant Girl: “As we come to the end of our state finals, I believe it’s only fitting for me to share my thoughts as an industry observer and a close friend of the Miss World Australia organisation….to read you all the riot act. For some reason I get the impression that not enough research has been done on the in’s and out’s of the Miss World organisation and what happens during the competition. Secondly, I am still waiting for the ONE contestant that stands out and convinces me that SHE is right for the crown. Treat every competition like you’re competing in the finals. If you can’t convince us, then how do you expect to convince the international panel? If you did your research you will know that your work started at HEATS.”

Congratulations are due: Firstly, to all finalists of Miss World Australia this year, who have to date raised $70 000 for Variety, the Children’s Charity.  Secondly, to board director Dale Reeves, who took part in the 26 day, 4 000km cycle and raised $10 000 for Variety in the process. My legs hurt just thinking about that. Lastly, the Miss World Australia organisation Dash, Steph, Dale and Harold for organising an incredible pageant this year. A big thank you goes to Helen Ciccone from Hair By Ciccone for saving me and my hair and love to Frank for, you know, just being Frank!

We popped in at Cellar Door at Lamboch Estate on our way home to pick up a few souvenirs of the red variety (Would have been rude not to). Tip: If you’re in the area, their signature Shiraz is best described with the hearts for eyes iPhone emoticon. with the  There really is nothing like sitting in the lush Hunter scenery, rugged up in the chill of the early winter months, as the sun sets, by an open fire with a glass of red in hand. Absolute-bliss! Oaks Cypress Lakes I will most definitely be back, especially considering I still have that nearby Golden Door Day Spa to visit! You’re all invited to join me.








Online Destination: The Out Lane

I consider myself a relatively loyal online shopper and when I find a new online shopping destination, chances are I will re-visit… Over and over again. I’ve recently discovered The Out Lane: an incredibly affordable new online store that is a shopping secret too good not to share. A majority of their product sits in a neutral palette, so even with only a few items everything can be layered, worn with other key pieces that you may have already and will have longevity in your wardrobe. Did I heart you say ‘bang for your buck?’ You can thank me later.


Left to Right: The Game Stripe Dress, The Raven Jacket, The Tanarama Blazer, The Verve Vest, The Marlo Structured Dress – All available from The Outlane.