*Laser*: Beauty beams a Clear + Brilliant path

 In this line of media biz fire, I get invited to try out quite a few beauty treatments, lotions, potions and various things . . . and this one got me kinda excited, especially as the term 'downtime' was hardly applicable.

I've never been compelled to go hardcore when it comes to face works - I look after and maintain my skin with a series of light dermabrasions, light treatments and cosmeceuticals liked Rationale and Aspect Dr - all of which have stood me in pretty normal-looking stead. And of course, some Botox, that did soften that angry line between my eyebrows. (I still can't stand it when people lie about having it, btw . . .)
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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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