The Cristina Re brand is a true Australian success story - her artistic vision and natural entrepreneurial talent has led her to success in the form of over 500 products sold in over 1000 stores, as well as her own concept store and high tea salon, Where A Girl Goes.
Stepping into the Prahran-based rooms of Christine Clais transported Holly Curtis straight to France - and that was before the 90 minute decadent 'Signature Facial' that pretty much changed her life.
Holly Curtis knew that LULA - a store committed to achieving complete lifestyle wellbeing for their customers - would certainly do a good job in bringing some added wellness to her life, so she hot-footed over to beachside suburb Hampton for a hot stone massage treatment.
Rohan Widdison has certainly made his mark on the Australian beauty industry. Following on from his mother Helene's legacy as Director at the esteemed Helene Abicair Beauty College in Melbourne, Rohan is also a groundbreaking innovator for organic cosmetics and skincare in Australia with the 2005 launch of NVEY ECO. Holly Curtis chats to him....
Holly Curtis chats to Poppy King, best known for her company Poppy Industries and the range of cosmetics available at Poppy Stores in Australia, during the 1990s. After writing 'Lessons of a Lipstick Queen', Poppy King founded her new company, aptly titled Lipstick Queen.
Holly Curtis chats to Belinda and Mel, founders of endota spa, on their astounding growth in the Australian beauty market. From fighting with local residents who were convinced their first day spa was a brothel, to business plans and franchising, Belinda and Mel are kicking all the right goals.
In Hampton, a gorgeous bayside suburb of Melbourne, a new store that goes beyond the standard retail front is LULA Lifestyle & Wellbeing; a total lifestyle, fashion and wellbeing concept boutique that was born out of a lifelong passion of fashion, health and wellbeing from owner, Rosie Condo.
One of the most exciting parts of Holly Curtis' job is trialling the latest theories and technologies in beauty treatments, so of course she was immediately intrigued when she began to read about LA SlimWrap - and then impressed when she lost 27.5 centimetres in one hour.
It's this time of year when winter has well and truly set in, and the novelty of your new coat and scarf may be starting to fade. Classic mid July pick-me-ups are tax time refunds, and possibly the option of a mid-winter break, says Holly Curtis. Failing that, there's always this offer from Natio.
Unless you're a trained makeup artist, or have as much vanity as a Kardashian, it's fair to say most of us - Beauty Ed Holly Curtis included - are not 100% skilled up in all areas of makeup application. And so it was with great excitement Holly attended the Megan Harrison Makeup Masterclass.
Holly Curtis and Katie Found chat to Natalie Bloom about her famous Australian makeup and skincare line, breaking into the International market and why beauty and business are a perfect match.