The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-11-12T20:00:37Z Introducing Boutique Lifestyle Photography in Auckland – Plus A Great Booking Special 2019-11-12T20:00:37Z introducing-boutique-lifestyle-photography-in-auckland-plus-a-great-booking-special Boutique Lifestyle Photography are award-winning portrait photographers based in Auckland, New Zealand. Established in 2007, the team have formed and further developed their signature style of portraiture; timeless images of your loved ones that artistically tell your story. Since their inception, Boutique Lifestyle Photography have continued to expand their professional photography services. From stunning family photography to beautiful maternity portraits and graduation photography, all photo shoot bookings are held in their upmarket Auckland studio location. More recently, a range of commercial photography services have been introduced including professional product photography as well as professional head shots. As part of their services, all portraits receive the team’s acclaimed professional portrait retouching. From scars to scratches, any imperfections or blemishes that you may have can be removed at your request. The team are also pleased to announce a fantastic $79 photo shoot sitting special. Included in this package is your in-studio photo shoot with your Auckland photographer, valid for our portrait services (excluding glamour), as well as a bonus $50 studio credit towards your chosen portraits. If you’ve been considering a professional photo shoot, then now is the perfect time. You are encouraged to contact the friendly team to discuss your requirements. In-studio consultations are available to discuss in advance your photo shoot aspirations and begin planning your session. Bookings are available Monday to Saturday by appointment. The Boutique Lifestyle Photography Philosophy As a family owned and operated business, the team at Boutique Lifestyle Photography go to great lengths to ensure your satisfaction. From your initial contact with the team, throughout your photo shoot to the final delivery of your treasured images, you are sure to be impressed. Having worked with countless families and individuals over the years, we are proud to have worked closely with people from all walks of life. Irrespective of your requirements, we offer you an in-studio portrait service that is both relaxed and professional with amazing results. We also offer a great range of flexible gift voucher options, perfect for any occasion or milestone. In addition, we also encourage charities or fundraising groups to contact us regarding any upcoming events or promotions we can assist with. Please visit our website and contact us with any queries relating to your event and how we can help. We look forward to hearing from you. Please contact us with any booking enquiries or general questions and we will be happy to assist. Boutique Lifestyle Photography(09) 522 5123https://www.boutiquelifestylephotography.co.nz One Aussie couple share their inspirational tale of how to do a sabbatical just right 2019-11-12T12:40:07Z one-aussie-couples-share-their-inspirational-tale-of-how-to-do-a-sabbatical-just-right Taking sabbatical leave is something many people dream of, but making it a reality can often feel a lot more complicated. However, one Aussie couple have found a new solution which is perfect for budget-conscious travellers, giving them the chance to travel the world and save money in the process.  Now, they’re ready to share their own travel success story with a wider audience – helping to inspire anyone approaching burnout to take a break, reset and refresh!  Stepping away from life as we know it comes with many great benefits, as two London-based Australians, Sarah Blinco and Cooper Dawson, know all too well. Battling anxiety and stress caused by their 21st-century lifestyles, the pair quit their jobs to travel and pet-sit.  Today’s estimates suggest that modern 30-somethings won’t retire until they reach their 70s, which seems a long time to live with discontent and a couple of short breaks per year. This is what prompted the pair, both in their 40s, to make a leap of faith. Determined to show others what’s possible, they sold everything and have now been on the road for more than six months.  “There’s lots of misconceptions about travel for extended periods of time,” says Sarah. “We wanted to show that it’s possible to take a career break at any age. I turned 40 and applied for sabbatical leave from my busy communications job in London. My job is held for me for a year, and I have the chance to reset, re-frame and do something amazing with my time. Cooper has done the same thing, taking time away from his teaching career.” The couple are eager to stress that any obstacles can be got around with some ingenuity and imagination. “We always wanted to travel beyond a week here or there, but we were stopped by the usual fears,” says Sarah. “What if the work world changed while we’re gone? Now we’re making it happen – and we’ve never been happier.”  Their plan has so far seen them embrace travel as an opportunity for growth, applying to house sits and quickly accumulating a long list of bookings. They’ve since taken care of more than 20 dogs, two horses and a cat – all while saving thousands per month in accommodation costs.  Some of the major benefits of taking a sabbatical include improved confidence, and the space to explore new ways of working, too. While travelling, Sarah and Cooper are experimenting with online businesses and freelancing. CN Traveller reported in early-2019 that by 2020, more than 50% of the UK and USA’s workforce would be freelance. It may sound like a staggering figure, but this represents larger societal changes which are prompting more and more people to adopt a new approach to both life and work.  Sarah and Cooper are happy to discuss how they planned their sabbatical, travel and house-sitting. They have plenty of advice to share and are available for interviews or to be used in case studies.  To find out more about their unique journey, head to their online home at travellivelearn.com or find them on YouTube at youtube.com/travellivelearn. 90’s Street Style Hair Accessories Emerge as Aussie Summer Fashion Trend 2019-11-12T04:11:06Z 90-s-street-style-hair-accessories-emerge-as-aussie-summer-fashion-trend The nostalgic 90’s hair clip was a shining performer during New York Fashion Week in February 2019, and the trend continues to gain momentum as we approach 2020.   Coveteur editor Hannah Baxter thrust the bobby pin back into the spotlight, wearing her crystal-encrusted “damn” clip during her Fashion Week appearance. Models were also spotted parting their hair deep to one side using three hairpins and using clips as more of a fashion statement than an accessory.   Influencer Micah Gianneli, who has more than 1 million Instagram followers, has welcomed the trend to Australia, wearing a Hannah Baxter inspired ‘Paris’ clip from the Colette by Colette Hayman range in one of her recent posts.   Australia’s leading fashion accessories outlet Colette by Colette Hayman has also noticed an increase in the demand for hair clips, bobby pins, and headbands.    “We have seen a huge increase in demand for street style hair accessories, with shoppers looking to join in on the trend. From stylish snap clips to cool exposed bobby pins, just clipping two slides to one side of your part can be the perfect way to complete this season’s look,” said Tash Pitzer, Head of Accessories   Colette by Colette Hayman’s newly launched hair accessory range has been the go-to destination for savvy shoppers looking to be a part of the trend. The most popular hair accessories in the Colette by Colette Hayman range include the Pink Gold-Tone Large Claw Clip, the Pink Animal Print Headband, and the Silver and Rose Gold Rhombus Hair Clips.   The new Spring/Summer range also features a variety of flower crowns and headbands - just in time for the Spring Racing season, Headbands and crowns are already flying off the shelves with racegoers looking to show off a unique, colourful vibe at racetracks around the country. Colette by Colette Hayman’s affordable range is also making it easy for anyone to join in on the hottest new fashion trend. “You don’t have to be a supermodel or world-class designer to look your best with stunning hair accessories. With pieces starting from just $3.99, everyone can become a trendsetter.”   -ENDS-   Colette by Colette Hayman’s new accessories range is available for sampling and review.  GIFTING - See our latest accessories online and email me a link to what you are interested in from - https://www.colettehayman.com.au Hi-res images are available and Interviews can be arranged upon request.   SCARVES https://www.instagram.com/p/B2-ntDSg8jL/ FLOWER CROWNS https://www.instagram.com/p/B2yVTDkAkAU/ HAIR SLIDES https://www.instagram.com/p/B2p5VZxgnDv/ https://www.instagram.com/p/B2lQeKwgXU-/ PEARL https://www.instagram.com/p/B2dhj3fgAsR/ SCRUNCHIES https://www.instagram.com/p/B3TeQ8hAIid/   Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/bycolettehayman/ Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/colettebycolettehayman   For media enquiries contact Juliet – ja@backgroundcc.com or 0414 966 005 Samson and Charlie champion female wellness with new bellabox Welcome to Wellness collaboration 2019-11-11T23:58:28Z samson-and-charlie-champion-female-wellness-with-new-bellabox-welcome-to-wellness-collaboration It’s official, boutique natural skincare brand Samson & Charlie are part of bellabox’s December health and wellness box: Welcome to Wellness. Samson & Charlie notoriously champion health and wellness through their values of cruelty-free, fair-trade and vegan products, aligning the brand perfectly with Bellabox’s own Welcome to Wellness mission. “We’re so thrilled to collaborate with such a great brand we really believe in,” said Samson & Charlie founder, Carole Staeck of the Welcome to Wellness partnership. “We believe in helping women enjoy looking after themselves, just like bellabox does.” While Samson & Charlie can’t reveal which product will be included in the Welcome to Wellness box, they’re eager to point to the importance of wellness before the holidays. “Christmas and summer holidays can be so hectic, we hope the Samson & Charlie product included in the Welcome to Wellness box enhances the wellbeing of all the subscribers,” said Staeck. Samson and Charlie are dedicated to wellness by encouraging customers to take time out and indulge their senses with their stimulating products. From delicate acne-clearing face oils with natural, tantalising fragrances to sumptuous-smelling exfoliating cleansers, living well is an essential element of the brand’s products. “Our products are designed to help busy people enjoy a moment of calm, while getting instant, effective results for their skin. We’re passionate about the wellness aspect of skincare,” said Staeck. Samson and Charlie has just celebrated their one year anniversary, accumulating huge growth of over 17k Instagram subscribers and DTC growth of 5,000 customers in just 12 months. Joining the Welcome to Wellness box is the ideal way to continue the brand’s growth, while also cementing the Melbourne-made brand as a leader in ethical skincare and ‘living well.’ The Welcome To Wellness subscription box is a seasonal offering of beauty and lifestyle products under the bellabox umbrella. Like Samson & Charlie’s own mission, the aim of Welcome to Wellness is to encourage women to fall in love with taking care of themselves in mind, body and spirit. Bellabox’s Welcome to Wellness Box including a product from Samson & Charlie will be sent to subscribers on December 16th, 2019. Over half of Australians are deficient in magnesium 2019-11-11T00:23:31Z over-half-of-australians-are-deficient-in-magnesium Over half of Australians are not meeting their magnesium requirements* due to poor diet and going about their day unaware, suffering symptoms that are not easily recognisable. Magnesium is essential to our body functions, so Australians need to ensure they’re getting enough to avoid health risks for present and future life. Thankfully, adding magnesium to your diet is easy thanks to ¼ cup of cashews, or even one 300ml bottle of a “better-for-you” drink! Everyone has probably heard of magnesium before, but what actually is it and why do we need it? One of Australia’s leading Dietitians and Nutritionists, Rebecca Gawthorne explains, “Magnesium is an essential mineral that acts as a co-factor for more than 300 enzyme systems in our body. It is needed for protein synthesis, regulating hormones, nerve and muscle functioning, blood pressure control, blood sugar regulation, DNA synthesis and immune health.” The estimated average requirement (EAR) of magnesium for adults is 330-350mg/day for men and 255-265mg/day for women. Rebecca explains the importance of magnesium in energy production, “Magnesium also plays a vital role in both aerobic and anaerobic energy production! Our bodies require magnesium to synthesise adenosine triphosphate (ATP). ATP is an energy carrying molecule that captures chemical energy from the breakdown of food molecules and then releases it to fuel the processes that occur in our body’s cells.” “Hence magnesium is essential for making us feel energetic! If you are constantly feeling, tired, fatigued and lacking energy, there is a possibility that you may be low in magnesium,” says Rebecca. If adults are not meeting the recommended dietary intake of magnesium, they may become deficient in magnesium. Common symptoms of magnesium deficiency include: Fatigue Muscle cramps and spasms Poor sleep Headaches and migraines Nausea Loss of appetite High blood pressure Heart arrhythmia Osteoporosis Depression Rebecca explains how magnesium is widely distributed in the food supply in both plant and animal foods, “Most green vegetables, legumes (lentils, peas, beans), nuts and seeds are rich in magnesium, as are some shellfish, spices and salmon. Many unrefined grains and cereals are also sources of magnesium, along with magnesium fortified foods, drinks and supplements like Level Lemonade; a low sugar soft-drink that is fortified with magnesium.” Rebecca’s top recommended sources of magnesium and their magnesium content: Cashews ~ 90mg per 1/4 cup Brazil nuts ~ 130mg per 1/4 cup Spinach ~ 150mg per 1 cup, cooked Oats ~ 60mg per 30g Legumes ~ 120mg per 1 cup, cooked Pumpkin seeds ~ 180mg per 1/4 cup Soy Milk ~ 61mg per cup Salmon ~ 53mg per 180g Tofu ~ 50mg per 100g Level Lemonade 160mg per 300ml bottle “If you’re unsure whether you are hitting your magnesium targets or are experiencing any of the symptoms of magnesium deficiency, always consult your GP and Dietitian,” adds Rebecca. Level Lemonade, the new “better for you” soft-drink range taking lemonade to a new level, is now available nationally at Caltex and selected Ezy Marts in three flavours; Original Lemon, Lemon&Orange and Lemon&Pineapple. RRP $3.85 per 300ml bottle. www.level-lemonade.com @levellemonade #levellemonade *Health Direct, last reviewed December 2018: https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/foods-high-in-magnesium JURA celebrates the renewal of its contract with Roger Federer 2019-11-11T00:09:50Z jura-celebrates-the-renewal-of-its-contract-with-roger-federer JURA, an innovation leader in the field of automatic speciality coffee machines, is thrilled to announce that the contract with Roger Federer will be extended for another five years. The collaboration between JURA and Roger Federer was first established in 2006 and since then there has been many milestones, including the fact Roger has started drinking a Flat White, the coffee specialty originating from Australia. George Liakatos, JURA Australia’s General Manager said, “It’s the perfect alignment as Roger Federer and JURA both represent the same values; Swiss quality, hard work, precision, reliability, elegance and the pursuit of perfection. Here in Australia, we are pleased to be working with the man himself an additional five years as our global brand ambassador. We’re also thrilled he loves our Australian favourite, the Flat White!” To mark the renewal of the contract, a new communications campaign with Roger Federer has been released with the same message that has been unchanged since 2013: speciality coffees – freshly ground, not capsuled. The campaign revolves around charming stories from Roger Federer’s everyday life. Recognised as a star around the world, he can now call anywhere on the planet his home. The one thing Roger needs wherever he goes, however, is his JURA coffee machine. If only he could always find freshly roasted coffee beans… Luckily, he can call on good friends and neighbours to help him out wherever he happens to be – from New York and Shanghai to the Swiss mountains. As connoisseurs of great coffee, they’re happy to help Roger Federer out. The short, entertaining adverts were given their world première at a glamorous event attended by Roger Federer and the JURA staff, which took place at the company’s headquarters in Niederbuchsiten, Solothurn, Switzerland. At the same event, Roger Federer ceremonially unveiled his ‘twin’, coming face to face with him for the first time. He was both fascinated and delighted to see his likeness. The first lifelike 3D figure of Roger Federer in the world is a new feature of the Roger Federer Walk of Fame. It is on display now at JURA World of Coffee in Switzerland, where it can be visited and marvelled at by members of the public. There’s even an opportunity to take a souvenir photo with ‘King Roger’. “It’s an honour to have such a respectable and talented man as Roger partnering with our brand. We have some very exciting plans ahead for the Australian market in 2020 and beyond. Stay tuned!” added George. Encompassing the expert knowledge and experience gained from 25 years in business, the latest range from JURA is available from selected electrical retailers, department stores and independent and specialty outlets. About JURA: JURA’s products stand for innovation, ease of use and sustainability. JURA believe in the perfect cup of coffee, using fresh beans, freshly ground and extracted at the touch of a button. The product range includes both machines for domestic use and professional models for the office and food service industry. In recent years the long-established Swiss brand has grown to become a global player, operating in around 50 countries. au.jura.com dermaviduals: the importance of a daily dose of SPF 2019-11-10T23:44:04Z dermaviduals-the-importance-of-a-daily-dose-of-spf The Australian summer is synonymous with sun, surf, and sea, and it should always also be associated with SPF. With sunburn a marker of exposure to harmful levels of UV radiation, a history of sunburn is associated with increased melanoma risk*. This summer, protect your skin from the inside out with dermaviduals’ Suncream SPF 15, formulated with the same skin mimicking technology, Derma Membrane Structure (DMS) found throughout the dermaviduals range. Yes, SPF 15! Don’t underestimate the power of applying a skin loving and mimicking cream that contains renowned DMS – skin protection contributing to skin health – unbeatable! Simone Vescio, Managing Director of dermaviduals Australasia says, “Australians are becoming more educated in understanding the benefits and efficacy of applying a topical SPF cream on a daily basis. It’s not just about applying an SPF when you’re on holidays or spending the day at the beach. Incidental sun damage can occur on the drive to work, dropping the kids to school and even sitting at your desk. It’s time to get proactive and make applying an SPF 15 to your skin a part of your morning routine all year round. Now is the time to start this a great habit.” The dermaviduals Suncream SPF 15 is formulated to protect the skin from UVA and UVB-radiation, and acts the first line of defence against the often-harsh Australian sun. It is a fast penetrating matte cream which is effective in protecting face and body, and contains DMS components and sun protection filters against UVA- and UVB-radiation. Confused about when to use an SPF 15, 30 or 50? Rebecca Miller, dermaviduals expert skin therapist and founder of the La Bella Medispa Group explains, “It’s not always about jumping in at the highest number you can find. Different levels of SPF have a purpose for different occasions. I suggest for daily protection, use an SPF 15 under your foundation as part of your morning skincare routine. For those summer days at the beach or by the pool opt for a higher SPF rating such as 30+ or even 50+.” Users of the dermaviduals Suncream SPF 15 should apply the cream before the skin is exposed to the sun and let it absorb into the skin. It is recommended to reapply the cream on the dry skin after sweating or after swimming. Also, reapply cream regularly throughout the day to maintain protection levels. dermaviduals Suncream SPF 15 is available now from dermaviduals clinics across Australia at an RRP of $55. About dermaviduals: Made with pure, natural ingredients, all dermaviduals products are free from emulsifiers, preservatives, fragrances, mineral oils, silicones, dyes and amines, so you can be sure there are no nasties in your skin care routine. dermaviduals is now available in over 300 clinics across Australia and New Zealand. The range includes cleansers, serums, face and body moisturisers, and bespoke mineral makeup. * source: Cancer Council Australia www.dermaviduals.com.au @dermaviduals #dermaviduals Luxo Living Presents the most exciting Trivia Frenzy in Australia 2019-11-08T06:29:36Z luxo-living-presents-the-most-exciting-trivia-frenzy-in-australia This coming November 12, 2019, get ready for Luxo’s most surprising FRENZY PROMO! Luxo Living offers shoppers the chance to win $500 Luxo Cash Voucher, plus a $5 discount coupon for every correct answer in their trivia questions. The discount coupon can be used with a minimum purchase of $250 worth of furniture items. What’s great about this would be the opportunity to obtain discounts, only by answering easy questions. The game will start at 6:30PM AEDT (Sydney time) until 7:30PM AEDT. And theres more! From 7:30PM AEDT, a free cotton rich bedsheet set  will be given away every 2 minutes. The bed sheet includes a fitted sheet,  flat sheet and 2 pillowcase. The winners may choose any colour and size he/she wants. Luxo Living will post 10 questions on their website. The lucky contestant with the most correct answers will win the Grand Prize. In case of a tie, a draw will take place. Watch out for surprises and giveaways on their Luxo Frenzy event. Complete your shopping experience with low-priced items from all categories on the Luxo Living website and shop with discount coupon from different collections. Gather your friends and family and have fun while getting vouchers and other surprises on their website. Luxo Living value every customer, that's why they're so eager to make this year's Trivia Frenzy Promo even more unforgettable. So, make sure to list November 12 into your calendar. Luxo Living is dedicated to bringing every Australian household with the best online shopping experience. Famous for their various promotions all-year-round, the company aims to make furniture shopping a fun and rewarding experience for everyone. From delivery offers to discount coupons, Luxo Living never fails to surprise devoted customers and new furniture shoppers. Luxo Living's 11.11 Singles' Day Sale 2019-11-08T06:22:28Z luxo-living-s-11-11-singles-day-sale 11.11.2019! Achieve the ultimate comfort of your home by joining the best furniture shopping spree of the year as Luxo Living brings you the most enticing online deal today, full of discounts, surprises, and enjoyable online shopping experiences. Luxo Living’s 11.11 Singles’ Day Sale offers customers the opportunity to fill their homes with low-priced items from all categories in exciting deals from various collections. This day is all about getting the best discounts on different furniture items- from purchasing a classic leather sofa, or those trendy accent chairs or perhaps even the latest traditional sauna! This day is the most fabulous day to design your home as the holiday season is coming near! What's fantastic about all this would be the endless choices you have at your fingers. Browse for exclusive deals and get unique discounts and offers from different furniture items. Luxo Living guarantees that shoppers wouldn't have to wait a long time to reap exclusive benefits from various collections. Enjoy discount vouchers and free shipping offers. For furniture shoppers who have been waiting on the perfect time to splurge, get ready as Luxo's 11.11 sales event is near. This sale will happen on November 11, 2019, as this one-day sale will give you any furniture that suits your taste. Concentrating on the finest and quality items for sale, this concept also highlights the best possible rates for you and the furniture you want to have. So, make sure to list November 11 in your calendar. By providing a great selection of quality furniture that is comfortable, fashionable, durable, and affordable, Luxo has developed a strong market presence. Through the advent of online shopping, they promise to deliver and set up your purchase with their SAME DAY delivery option in Sydney. Luxo quality product lines come with fair daily pricing, offering much lower prices than most retailers in the Australian market. For any enquiries contact Luxo Living at 02 8999 1114 or try their Live Chat, and they will immediately get back with all the information anyone requires. Colin Abbott photos capture iconic Australia in new book ’Waiting Under Southern Skies’ 2019-11-06T05:11:44Z colin-abbott-photos-capture-iconic-australia-in-new-book-waiting-under-southern-skies Readings Bookstore Carlton is the latest retailer to feature the recently released book by Colin Abbott ‘Waiting Under Southern Skies’.   'Waiting Under Southern Skies’ is a selection of evocative, and previously unpublished photographs, from Colin Abbott’s personal archive of over 45+ years documenting Australian life, as it presented to him.   Curated and published by Gianni Frinzi of T & G Publishing, ‘Waiting Under Southern Skies’ is an intimate narrative of people and places captured in photos during a period of immense social change in Australia from the now almost mythical 1970’s to the present day.    An avid documenter of everyday life on the street, Abbott has carved out an enviable career in longitudinal photography projects, alongside a successful business career.   Since taking up the camera in Sydney in the early 1970s, Abbott progressed his photography skills by moving to Melbourne, studying at the Prahran College of Advanced Education.   The photographs in this book were all taken in the South Eastern part of Australia, from Sydney and southern NSW to Melbourne and Victoria. This region in Australia is where   some 50%+ of Australians reside.   He has had several exhibitions since 2009 including ‘Enigma’ with Photonet Gallery, Melbourne, ‘Out There’ at Manning Clark House, Canberra, 2013 and was part of a photo exhibition celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Prahran Market, 2014.   More recently he has worked with Michael Silver at Magnet Galleries Melbourne Inc. for two exhibitions ‘70’s Melbourne’ and ‘80’s Melbourne’, 2017-2018.   Colin Abbott attributes the capability of ‘seeing and not-seeing’ as integral to Photography as ‘being and not-being’ are to Zen. The ability to produce transformative images is always the goal whether shooting on the street or taking in a beautiful landscape.   Well known Australian photographer Andrew Chapman spoke at the official launch of 'Waiting Under Southern Skies' that was held at Magnet Galleries Melbourne.   A copy of ‘Waiting Under Southern Skies’ was later presented as a gift and memento to Norwegian Ambassador HE Mr. Paul Gelleik Larsen to acknowledge a quote in the book by Norwegian author Lars Mytting.  Media Enquiries:    Mr. Joe Perri, Joe Perri & Associates Pty Ltd                               Mob:  +61 412 112 545     Email:  jperri@joeperri.com.au   About Colin Abbott   Colin Abbott was born in Adelaide, South Australia in 1951. Lives and works Melbourne, Victoria.   Colin Abbott attributes seeing and not-seeing as integral to photography as being and not-being are to Zen.    An avid documenter of everyday life on the street, Abbott has carved out an enviable career in longitudinal photography projects, alongside a successful business career.   Since taking up the camera in the early 1970s, Abbott progressed his photography skills, studying at the Prahran College of Advanced Education.   He has had several exhibitions since 2009 including ‘Enigma’ with Photonet Gallery, Melbourne, ‘Out There’ at Manning Clark House, Canberra, 2013 and a photo exhibition celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Prahran Market, 2014.   More recently he has worked with Michael Silver at Magnet Galleries Melbourne Inc for two exhibitions ‘70’s Melbourne’ and ‘80’s Melbourne’, 2017-2018.   His book, ‘Waiting Under Southern Skies’ is a selection of evocative, and previously unpublished, images from Colin Abbott’s personal archive of over 45+ years documenting Australian life, as it presented to him.  It is an intimate narrative of people and places during a period of immense social change in Australia.   Shella Martin announced as THE MAGAP 2019 Makeup Artist of the Year 2019-11-04T03:00:17Z shella-martin-announced-as-the-magap-2019-makeup-artist-of-the-year Last night, makeup artists across Australia gathered together at the annual Makeup Artist Guild Asia Pacific (MAGAP) awards, where Shella Martin was announced as the 2019 Makeup Artist of the Year. Created by industry innovator, Melanie Burnicle, the MAGAP awards were launched in 2018 to be the premier awards platform specifically designed for the makeup industry. 2019 Makeup Artist of the Year, Shella Martin, says, “My journey started as a little girl collecting hundreds of magazine cut outs of make up images and continues with yesterday’s honour of being awarded five Makeup Artist Guild awards. “Although I constantly strive to innovate and learn, in this world we stand on the shoulders of all those who have supported us - including my fellow nominees, family, friends and industry partners,” said Shella. Melanie Burnicle, Founder and Director of the MAGAP, who will herself be heading to the prestigious Stevie Awards in NYC this month where she is a finalise for both the Global and Asia, Australian and New Zealand Entrepreneur of the Year express the importance of recognition, “I am so passionate about our industry and I felt there was a need for a sense of community and unity amongst artists, so what better way than to get us all together to hold an awards night and celebrate our country’s finest talent.” Winning Makeup Artist of the Year isn’t a simple feat. To be selected as a finalist to take out the overall award, each makeup artist needed to be named a finalist in three categories. Then, all finalists were independently assessed by an international judging panel made up of international superstars, global agents, artists, creatives and industry figureheads. Featuring a total of 70 finalists across the 24 categories, the 2019 MAGAP award winners list includes: STUDENT MAKEUP ARTIST OF THE YEAR – TAYLOR DE GRUCHY MAKEUP DIRECTION TVC / MUSIC VIDEO - SHELLA MARTIN EVENT & BRIDAL MAKEUP ARTIST OF THE YEAR – SARAH LAIDLAW CREATIVE MAKEUP ARTIST OF THE YEAR – CHEREINE WADDELL MAKEUP VIDEO OF THE YEAR – SHELLA MARTIN EDITORIAL MAKEUP ARTIST OF THE YEAR - SHELLA MARTIN MAKEUP TEAM OF THE YEAR – MAKEUP DIRECTOR HAYLEY DUTTON FOR COVERGIRL MAKEUP VLOGGER OF THE YEAR – BONNIE GILLIES OZ BEAUTY EXPERT NEW FORCE MAKEUP ARTIST OF THE YEAR – TRI-AHN NGUYEN MAKEUP ACCESSORIES BRAND OF THE YEAR – KATKIT ROAD MAKEUP BRAND OF THE YEAR – MODELROCK CHARACTER MAKEUP DESIGN OF THE YEAR – LUCY WOOLFMAN HALL OF FAME 2019 – JOSY KNOWLAND MACRO MAKEUP ARTIST OF THE YEAR – CLARE MAC EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR – CARMELLE WATKINS EDUCATION BUSINESS OF THE YEAR – CAMERON JANE MAKEUP DESIGN MAKEUP SHOT OF THE YEAR – JULIA GREEN BEAUTY MAKEUP ARTIST OF THE YEAR – KATRINA RAFTERY ACT/SA/TAS MAKEUP ARTIST OF THE YEAR – ALEKSANDRA PINNERI WA/NT MAKEUP ARTIST OF THE YEAR – CLARE MAC QLD MAKEUP ARTIST OF THE YEAR – JO SPRING VIC MAKEUP ARTIST OF THE YEAR – SHELLA MARTIN NSW MAKEUP ARTIST OF THE YEAR – SARAH LAIDLAW AUSTRALIAN MAKEUP ARTIST OF YEAR – SHELLA MARTIN About The MAGAP: The Makeup Artist Guild Asia Pacific (The MAGAP) is the home to unite, nurture and empower makeup artists. They are the trusted voice for the makeup community, striving to unite all genres of makeup artists in the Asia Pacific region. Based on the belief that unity grants us strength as an industry enabling us to move the forward together, Melanie has created a community including all genres of makeup artists. www.themagap.com For further information, high res images or to set up and interview with Melanie or Shella, contact 360 PR: (02) 9571 4448. Life Legacy Love Book 2019-11-03T22:10:51Z life-legacy-love-book When Tania Howard began working in the funeral industry in her 20s, her healthy and vibrant mother suggested now was a good time for them to have a talk about life and death. There were many things her mum wanted to share about her life and arrangements for when one day in that very distant future that time came in her life. This conversation was the inspiration for a new book Tania has published to help other families prepare to meet their loved one’s final wishes. As they explored her life and legacy, gathering photos, sharing stories, experiences, wishes and ensuring all documents where in order and easy to find. Together they realised the power of having all this information in one place, removing any additional burdens when the time came. Little did Tania and her brother realise her end would be sooner rather than later, when just weeks after her 50th birthday, their healthy vibrant mum suddenly died. “It was out of the blue. One day I was talking to her and then the next she was gone. It was the worst feeling being told there was nothing that could be done, and we made the decision to turn off the machines,” Tania said. “But despite how horrible we felt, because mum and I had spent time talking about her wishes, I knew exactly what to do. I knew how to access her money to fund the beautiful memorial for her, what she wanted to be buried in, what stories to share at her funeral and little bits about her life that I would never had known about if we had not have those conversations.” Realising how hard it is for people to discuss death and the passing of a parent with their children, Tania and her mum, Ceridwen created Life, Legacy and Love – a record of my life and final wishes as  guide and tool to use to gather the important information such as personal details – tax file number, Medicare number, wedding date, occupation, assets list, where important documents are stored but also highlights from their life, bucket list items and the family tree. “So many think the moment you talk about death, you are being morbid or signing your life away, or all of a sudden if you make arrangements you will suddenly catch “death” but it is more about getting on with life and letting more people know about who you are. 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Say goodbye to all those nasties and hello to fresh and flawless skin 2019-10-31T03:30:42Z say-goodbye-to-all-those-nasties-and-hello-to-fresh-and-flawless-skin Say goodbye to all those nasties and hello to fresh and flawless skin this spring! L’Action Paris has two products that are guaranteed visible results, introducing the Pore Reducing Cream and Scar Reducing Oil. Marketing Coordinator of McGloins Supertex, Shima Shahbazi says, “These products are essential to obtain beautiful skin that looks and feels great. L’Action’s Pore Reducing Cream leaves skin soft and perfectly nourished without any shine, while the Scar Reducing Oil restores the texture of the skin, reduces blemishes and leaves you with a fresh, clean and flawless complexion. I’ve even used it on a burn scar – within two months it was completely gone! 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They provide biodegradable coffee pods, an environmentally friendly alternative to aluminium pods, to thousands of Australian’s with Nespresso®*, Caffitaly®* & K-Fee®* machines. The pods are roasted and packed in-house and are sent directly to customers. For more information please visit www.urbanbrew.co