FASHFEST Beauty Inspiration


Ahead of FASHFEST this year we got our hands on a couple of products from sponsors Harlotte Cosmetics and Sukin Skincare. A fabulous fashion event like FASHFEST calls not only for a killer outfit but also a fab beauty look. We decided to have a play and come up with four looks to get you inspired for FASHFEST.   The Products   The Girls The lovely Jenna and Lexi lent their faces as the blank canvases for this shoot.       The Looks We created four looks featuring our hero products from Sukin and Harlotte Cosmetics.   Golden Goddess… Continue Reading

Talking Makeup with Katie Saarikko


  We love beauty and makeup. We also love finding out what makes people tick, so it’s always a pleasure to combine the two when we sit down to chat with a makeup artist. Not only does Katie Saariko run her own thriving business, she works as the creative director of Makeup for FASHFEST and teaches at the Canberra Institute of Technology. We caught up with this incredible artist to pick her brains about it all.   Leiden: What first drew you to makeup? Katie: I’ve always been interested in art. I won a few drawing and painting competitions as… Continue Reading

A Masterclass with Amy Erbacher


  We were treated to a beauty masterclass at the Canberra Centre last weekend, lead by beauty therapist and wellness expert, Amy Erbacher. With over ten years experience in the wellness industry, we knew we were in the best hands to learn more about skincare with a holistic approach. The aim of the precious hour Amy had with us was to make skincare and beauty simple, to make it easy and accessible to everyone. Here’s what I took away from the session with Amy:   Extrinsic & Intrinsic Factors influencing our skin We need to consider both extrinsic and intrinsic… Continue Reading

A Masterclass with the Oz Beauty Expert


  I recently had the pleasure of attending a workshop at the Canberra Centre with the beautiful Bonnie Gilles. Bonnie is a highly regarded hair and makeup artist as well as the creator of online destination OZ Beauty Expert. Over the course of the workshop Bonnie took us through her tips and tricks for creating a natural, on-trend makeup look. I for one do not consider myself to be on trend in any aspect but I love trying new things and makeup is one thing I enjoy trying in new ways. Especially if it means I have learned a more efficient and flawless way to… Continue Reading

A Masterclass in Makeup with Max May


  Max May is one of Australia’s leading hair and makeup artists whom we were lucky enough to attend a masterclass with at the Canberra Centre. Max’s work has graced the pages of Harpers Bazaar, Oyster, RUUSH, and Elle. And his own website is updated weekly with tips, tricks, tutorials and reviews. Max took us through the must have items in his kit and shared his secrets on creating a beautiful look step by step.   Skin Prep ‘Don’t confuse skin prep with skin care. Skin prep is about maximising the effect of your makeup. If the canvas is not… Continue Reading

Natural Beauty with Lola Berry


  We have been lucky enough to experience a number of amazing events at the Canberra Centre since the launch of its new beauty precinct. We’ve been to a Sip and Scent masterclass, a workshop on Minimal Beauty and on Sunday we popped along to hear nutritionist, yogi, TV presenter and author Lola Berry speak on natural beauty and nutrition. As soon as we lined up to receive our delicious smoothie (no doubt made from Lola’s recipes) and take out seat, we noticed a different vibe in the dedicated event space compared to the day before. Lola was casually lounging… Continue Reading

Minimal Beauty with Eleanor Pendleton


  Over the weekend we had the pleasure of attending a ‘Minimal Beauty’ masterclass at the Canberra Centre with the founder and director of Gritty Pretty, Eleanor Pendleton. For those who don’t know, Gritty Pretty is an online beauty magazine and e-commerce site. After enjoying the Centre’s new beauty precinct every day since it launched (the joys of being unemployed), I was very keen to try out some of my goodies, including a vivid turquoise cream eyeshadow from 3ina. I built my entire outfit for the day around this eyeshadow, choosing a brightly printed dress that matched it in colour.… Continue Reading

An Interview with Makeup Artist Lilah Gow


  Today is a special day for the incredibly talented makeup artist Lilah Gow as she relaunches her successful business under her own name: Lilah Gow Makeup Artistry. Lilah is known for her dedication to her craft, her beautiful personality and for creating unique looks tailored to each person she works with. She is passionate about empowering individuals through beauty and makeup.  We caught up with her to find out more about her love of makeup, her career so far and what is next for her business.   Emma: What first drew you to makeup? Lilah: Coming from a dance… Continue Reading