Model Nikki Phillips and her plans to become the new June Dally-Watkins

Enterprising model and jewellery designer Nikki Phillips plans on taking the ‘good behaviour’ guns on, having created a 2-day course she thinks will assist young women on their ‘life journey’...

According to Ms Phillips, Nikkinc "will become the go-to place for building your child’s future career," goes the spiel.

Nikki hosted the opening of her new concept over drinks in The Passage, in Sydney’s Darlinghurst last night, and says her courses will be fun-filled and interactive, focusing on developing confidence and esteem skills.

"Whether they (students) are interested in modelling, TV presenting or are just shy and need to create that confidence," she says.
"We pride ourselves on helping build that confidence whilst also teaching helpful skills that later can be applied to auditioning or interviewing for their first job."

Nikki says she has called on a slew of ‘celebrity’ friends and business associates as instructors within her courses. Visit http://www.nikkinc.com.au/ for more details. for more details.


Hard & tough for 20 days: One Shellac and I'm a Shelladdict

A whole lotta of pals, whose business is knowing about this stuff 24/7, have been going on about Shellac.

When I first heard about it I wondered how shellacing, which is essentially a high gloss varnish used on hardwood floors and smarty-pants furniture, could be a happening thing for your fingernails.

But, after a forty buck glossy manicure that lasted just on three (yes 3!) weeks, without a chip or a break, I am seriously impressed. And for someone who ruins any kind of mani the second I jump into the car, this is yet another way to downsize the time any of us want to spend on maintenance.

The only sign that the end of my first shellacing was nigh came the other night, when I started to slightly peel one off between clapping (and celebratory drinking) at the Sydney opening night of the musical Hairspray.

Shellac isn’t about fakes nails, or talons or acrylic claws or stick-ons (many of those were on stage at the show, btw) but about an application process.
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Hard & tough for 20 days: One Shellac and I'm a Shelladdict

A whole lotta of pals, whose business is knowing about this stuff 24/7, have been going on about Shellac.

When I first heard about it I wondered how shellacing, which is essentially a high gloss varnish used on hardwood floors and smarty-pants furniture, could be a happening thing for your fingernails.

But, after a forty buck glossy manicure that lasted just on three (yes 3!) weeks, without a chip or a break, I am seriously impressed. And for someone who ruins any kind of mani the second I jump into the car, this is yet another way to downsize the time any of us want to spend on maintenance.

The only sign that the end of my first shellacing was nigh came the other night, when I started to slightly peel one off between clapping (and celebratory drinking) at the Sydney opening night of the musical Hairspray.

Shellac isn’t about fakes nails, or talons or acrylic claws or stick-ons (many of those were on stage at the show, btw) but about an application process.
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A Zumba sceptic is now a believer, but don't hold that against me

Those info-mercials with unbearably happy people, fluoro outfits, Calypso music and cheesy grins had me thinking Zumba was just for, well, happy, bikini-clad, smiley people. In fact the word Zumba was all a bit too jolly for my liking.

But after some kind of kooky intervention, I realised I could mix my like of dancing with my loathing of exercise. This could be the something that could get me off my ass that didn’t require me hitting a dance club at 3am. *cue: reminiscing moment*.
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A swag of lotions and potions take home the Aussie beauty gongs

Chanel’s Susie Stenmark and Bronwyn McCahon

THE “Best Beauty Buys”, as decided by readers of ACP mags and also judged by magazine editors, were announced at a breakfast at Sydney’s Bennelong restaurant in the Opera House. Here you go. Here’s the media release.

"The best of the beauty industry was announced yesterday at the Australian Beauty Awards 2010 at a breakfast event hosted by Brand Ambassador Bronwyn McCahon (Cosmopolitan) at Guillaume at Bennelong.

Five awards were announced by Alison Veness-McGourty (Grazia/Harper’s Bazaar), Bronwyn McCahon, Elizabeth Renkert (madison), Edwina McCann (Harper’s Bazaar) and Helen McCabe (The Australian Women’s Weekly) to industry, media and special guests including Charli Delaney, Kathryn Eisman, Kelly Landry and Kylie Speer.
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