Different Strokes – The Permanent Make-up Boom

The rise of social media has seen the popularity of permanent make-up boom. From lip tattoos to eyeliner and of course eyebrows, there is a brush stroke for them all. Alexia Rocha from Alexia Makeup . Hair . Beauty specialises in cosmetic tattooing and removal at her salon on King William Road. We spoke to Alexia about social media’s impact on the beauty industry.

How has social media influenced your industry and clients? 

Social media has definitely changed the way I interact with my clients. Clients have more access to my business, and they can clearly see examples of my work and become more informed on the right treatments and products. I love interacting with clients over social media and helping them with any advice they need. I think social media is a great way to bring out your personality as well, so that clients can see I’m not just a beauty therapist, I’m also someone who deeply cares about how they feel about themselves and is determined to help them achieve all of their beauty goals.

You offer a range of treatments, from beauty and cosmetic tattooing to skin and body. What are your most popular treatments?

Hands down, cosmetic tattooing is dominating the space right now. Brows have exploded in popularity since 2014 with eyebrow feathering (also known as microblading), but lip blush tattooing is also really popular, followed by eyeliner tattoo. Busy women want to wake up ready to go with minimal effort in the mornings, and cosmetic tattooing techniques and pigments have been refined to appear more natural than ever before. 

You also offer a removal service – tell us about that.

Tattoo removal is a fantastic way to remove bad work either entirely or in parts – I offer laser and saline removal (non-laser) for unwanted cosmetic tattoos that have gone wrong, such as botched shapes and bad pigment discolourations. However, it should be noted that this treatment requires patience from the client because it requires multiple sessions to get the best result.

Do you have any tips on how to find the best eyebrow shape for different face shapes?

Yes, book in for an appointmentEach pair is customised and designed to suit the client’s features and face.  I take my time in pre-drawing the shape by following the Golden ratio measurements.  

Alexia Makeup . Hair . Beauty

Plant-based Beauty

Jurlique’s new Activating Water Essence+, $49 (75ml) and $79 (150ml). Available from Jurlique.com.au, Jurlique standalone stores and selected Myer and David Jones stores.

Once a niche in the beauty space, plant-based beauty products have now found their place in mainstream.

When Adelaide’s Jurlique Farm began harvesting over 35 years ago they did so with grand plans to grow and sow their crops of medicinal plants and herbs, and to use the potent extracts in their revolutionary range of skincare products. 

‘Plant-based’ beauty was a niche back then with the ‘seed to skin’ philosophy only entertained by those on the beauty fringe. Of course, these days it’s part of the beauty landscape, with influencers, experts and glowy faces everywhere singing its praises. 

Plant-based means exactly that, but Jurlique’s myriad of powerful products offer another advantage – the potent botanicals are harvested at their peak for optimal potency. While the process has been perfected over time, and years of experience mean they have well and truly mastered the art, they continue to improve their formulas. Even one of their best-sellers, the much-loved Activating Water Essence+, has recently been tweaked to include powerful new biodynamic botanicals that deliver even better hydration and radiance. 

Upgrading an already best-selling product might seem counterintuitive, but the delivery of innovation and the discovery of new, revolutionary ways to improve the function and feel of your skin is literally at the core of everything at Jurlique. 

The new Activating Water Essence+ contains two powerful marshmallow root extracts that help to not only increase hydration, but to also maintain hydration. Radiance is also given a boost with a unique blend of locally grown lavender, rose gallica, calendula and marshmallow root. Of course, the clean formula is free of all of the nasties, so there are no silicones, petrolatum, mineral oil, paraffin wax, parabens, and the list goes on. The final touch is the sustainable and recyclable packaging, again a nod to the company’s ethos, which centres wholly around the power of nature.


Breaking the Taboo

Young Australian of the Year Isobel Marshall and long-time friend Eloise Hall have achieved in four short years what most don’t achieve in a lifetime. And their quest to change the world has only just begun.

When a young Isobel Marshall first met Eloise Hall as a Year 7 at Walford Girls School they could never have dreamt up the journey that would follow. It was here that they learnt the importance of community service (“every year we were encouraged to engage and lead service activities,” says Isobel); they were also introduced to strong female role models who would encourage them to take part in challenging leadership activities. It was after an inspiring Women in Leadership conference at Bond University, attended while they were both captains at the prestigious school, that they were introduced to the concept of social enterprise by one of the event’s key speakers, Thank You water’s Daniel Flynn. The idea that a business could function normally, but with all of the profits going to a cause rather than to shareholders, was something that held their attention. This was the beginning. 

With a keen interest in reproductive healthcare and a new-found understanding of this concept of ‘social enterprise’, marrying the two together seemed the next logical step. From there they decided to address the worldwide problem of period poverty, making their own pads and donating 100 percent of the profit to the communities that need it most. All of this by the ages of just 17 and 18. I sat down with them both at Isobel’s family home to chat about the journey so far.

First of all, congratulations Isobel on the Young Australian of the Year award!

Isobel: Thank you! It’s still sinking in! I think the most encouraging part is that a group of people who have incredible influence in Australia decided that period poverty is a conversation that needs to have a national platform. The platform has proved to be very useful already – lots of orders have come through, lots of opportunities, lots of collaborations! The media in itself is starting the conversation and it means that people that perhaps wouldn’t have normally had those conversations are forced to listen to them in their living room! It has been incredible.

The stats surrounding period poverty are staggering, with something like 30-40 percent of girls in some developing countries not finishing school because they don’t have access to menstrual healthcare. Tell me about that.

Eloise: Exactly, and it’s heartbreaking. So many girls are not able to complete their education once they start their period due to a lack of product or a lack of access to menstrual healthcare, and there was such a simple solution. Australians spend about $300 million on pads and tampons each year, it’s a lot of money. We saw an opportunity to make some financial contribution to bettering the lives of these girls – so we thought, we need to make own product and put the profit back into what’s needed.

Isobel: And the beauty of the model is that we’re not asking the Australian customer to do anything they wouldn’t normally do or buy anything that they wouldn’t otherwise have to buy. 

Your product is called TABOO, which hints at the stigma that surrounds talking about menstruation. Can you tell me a bit about the role of ‘menstrual stigma’?

Isobel: Yes, menstrual stigma – the taboo – has a massive impact on these girls not going to school because they fear bleeding onto their dress. Even here in Australia women feel like they can’t tell their boss they have endometriosis or that they’re away from work because they’ve got their period.

Eloise: And it’s funny how ingrained it is. It’s something we’ve been taught to conceal from such a young age and it’s never something anyone’s comfortable talking to you about when you’re a kid. And when we then learn that the stigma is the driving force behind period poverty then all of a sudden it is something that does need to be addressed and we do need to open up that conversation.

You have set up a social media campaign, #tagyourtaboo, to try and address these problems. How successful has that been?

Eloise: We’ve definitely noticed some people have been uncomfortable to join the campaign. We had a lot of people show their interest and then not actually follow through and we had a lot of friends say, ‘nice idea’ and then not do much, so I think there is still a lot of personal courage that people are mustering up to be a part of the campaign. It is quite against the grain in terms of norms – no one normally shares to their social media following that they’re bleeding and that’s what we’ve asked people to do. The people that have – Rebecca Morse for example, joined the campaign recently and she has had the most incredible impact. There have been a few comments, as there always is, saying why are you doing this? What’s this all about? 

Those people who question why you are doing this are actually helping the conversation though, right?

Eloise: Yes, they’re the people we’re trying to target in that campaign. It’s opened up such a great platform for people to explain why breaking the stigma is so important.

Period poverty is clearly an issue is developing countries, but what about disadvantaged communities here in Australia?

Eloise: Period poverty is a problem in Australia as well. It’s kind of surprising when you consider how much wealth we have and how much support we have from government but still so many girls don’t have access to proper product. Even in wealthy parts of Adelaide it’s a problem because of the stigma. Then there’s rural or remote communities that just don’t have access because of the lack of product available in shops; in these areas it’s common for things such as Chux to be used instead and other materials that are absorbent, but they just aren’t dignified and they don’t work as well as they need to. 

In Scotland they’ve recently made sanitary products free. Should our government be doing more?

Isobel: That’s a great question. I guess you can liken pads to toilet paper, it’s a product a large part of the population needs and there should be support from the government, whether it be subsidised product or just access to product.

Eloise: Victoria has been quite progressive in establishing a public system where pads are provided, so that’s really hopeful and the Commissioner for Children and Young People, Helen Connolly, is quite excited to have a similar initiative in place through schools in South Australia. Helen’s really advocating for the school systems to make pads accessible via a dispensing system.

You have also recently launched another unique marketing push – this time directed toward employers. Can you tell us a bit about this?

Isobel: Yes, we’re challenging employers to consider stocking TABOO product for their employees. We’d love to challenge people of do this, even before there’s laws around it, because it’s the right thing to do and also just to be on the front-foot and open the conversation up with their employees. It’s also a great way to support your female employees. SkyCity have shown interest, Flinders Uni are going to get on board too, the National Wine Centre and we recently pitched it to a whole bunch of CEOs at a conference.

We actually already do that here!

Isobel: Really? That’s great! How good would it be if all major South Australian businesses got on board?

The journey has obviously been amazing so far, so what happens next? 

Eloise: The next chapter for us involves an exciting new retail partnership. The end goal is for us to be present everywhere people buy their product. 

TABOO products are stocked at On The Run, National Pharmacies and online at tabooau.co

What is Skin Needling?

We explore the pros and cons of skin needling and explain the benefits of an in-salon treatment with Lifestyle Medical’s Dr Katina Koukourou.

What is skin needling?

It’s a minimally invasive medical grade procedure that uses fine needles to puncture your skin for a wide variety of skin benefits.

What happens during the treatment?

Topical anaesthesia is applied to the skin for 20-30mins. The skin is then sterilised to prevent infection and several tiny sterile stainless steel micro needles on a disposable tip of a pen device are injected into the skin. These micro needles are injected at high speed, penetrating perpendicularly to the skin surface. Topical serums are used during the procedure, containing hyaluronic acid for hydration, peptides, growth factors and antioxidants. 

Does it hurt?

At doctor supervised clinics a prescription-only topical anaesthetic cream is applied, which numbs the skin, so the procedure is very well tolerated with minimal discomfort. Use of anaesthesia in-clinic allows a deeper needle depth with minimal discomfort enabling the needles to reach the dermis. This obtains optimal, fast results. The numbing effect lasts up to two hours. The actual skin needling procedure itself takes around 30 minutes. The face appears red from one to three days following the procedure and you need to apply sunscreen afterwards and to avoid direct sun exposure for up to four days. 

What are the benefits?

The overall effect of skin needling is skin rejuvenation – improving the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, pores, pigmentation and overall skin texture. It also helps to tighten the skin and can improve the appearance of scars and stretch marks. 

How many treatments are needed to see results?

You can see visible results two to four weeks post treatment. Although you will see results with one treatment, best results are achieved when a series of three treatments spaced four weeks apart are performed. Maintenance treatments can be performed throughout the year.

What’s the difference between at-home micro needling and a professional treatment?

To reach the level of the dermis where collagen production is stimulated the needles need to be a certain depth in each specific area. In-clinic skin needling can safely use an increased needle depth, often of up to 2.5mm, due to the topical local anaesthetic cream applied under doctor supervision.

The fact that the needles used in-clinic are entering perpendicularly at high speed is theoretically less traumatic to the skin compared to some home roller devices, which enter the skin at an angle. Some in-clinic devices also insert product into the skin under vacuum pressure, enhancing their delivery to the dermis.

Lifestyle Medical
5/155 King William Road, Unley
08 9757 2212

Help End Period Poverty

It’s hard to believe, but one in four girls have missed school because they don’t have access to feminine hygiene products (2020 survey by South Australian Office of the Commissioner for Children and Young People), and further to this one in two girls reported not having access to products or not knowing how to access product at school.

The Victorian Government has been progressive – last year, they donated $20.7 million in funding for 1500+ public schools to provide free sanitary products, while Jacinda Arden recently announced that the New Zealand government will invest $AUD23.5 million from 2021 to 2024 in a program to provide free sanitary products to all schools in New Zealand.

Earlier this year, the South Australian Government announced they would pledge $450,000 over the next three years to provide hygiene products to girls in schools from Year Five onwards. This will enable products to be supplied to 1250 young women, potentially leaving 29,547 girls without access to hygiene products in schools per year.

To help bridge the gap, KickStart For Kids it launching a campaign to help raise $100,000 to help provide 25,000 packs of sanitary pads to over 2000 young South Australian women to help manage their periods for 12 months.

To do your bit and make a difference in the lives of young South Australian women come along to the official launch event on Friday 25th June at The Gallery on Waymouth Street. There’ll be a fashion parade by Rundle Place, live music, a silent auction and drinks by Bird in Hand and Pirate Life.

Tickets are $150 and 100%t of profits will be donated to the cause.

Get your tickets here.

5 Minutes with Dr Rahma Targett

Skin expert Dr Rahma Targett from Advanced Cosmetic Medicine uses years of experience as a medical practitioner and United Nations deputy chief medical officer to help patients achieve their best ‘natural’ skin. Here are some of her top tips. 

don’t over-do it

I advocate natural results – that is to enhance without overdoing it. I care about my patients’ wellbeing and I understand that over-treating the skin is not healthy anatomically or physiologically. 

wear sunscreen

A common misconception is that you don’t need to wear sunscreen if it’s a cloudy day. You should wear sunscreen every day, even on a cloudy day or when you’re just lounging around. If you plan to sunbathe, lather your skin in sunscreen. I see teenagers lying on the beach without sunscreen to achieve that perfect tan. It’s dangerous to the skin and wrinkles could appear earlier. 

prevention is better than a cure

Getting regular skin treatments before you start seeing wrinkles is completely advisable and safe. Again, just don’t overdo it and make sure to go to a reputable cosmetic physician.

less is more

Cosmetic medicine is about enhancing your beauty and recreating the physiological aspect of your skin at a certain age. For example, if you do too many injectables on your forehead for many, many years, the muscles will get weaker and flatter and the skin can appear thinner and looser. The sad part is, as your muscles become weaker, they start to recruit surrounding muscles. So instead of achieving a more natural result, the outcome makes the patient look unnatural and aged.

anti-ageing micro treatments are a thing

Collagen-stimulating laser genesis and thread lift work together to achieve the best results, and they’re non-invasive. The thread lift works to lift or reposition and addresses skin problems such as droopy skin. It’s a facelift without the surgery to some extent. I also do nose thread lift to improve the height and shape of the nose. Collagen-stimulating laser such as laser genesis helps restore firmness, minimise pores, improve fine lines and achieve a clearer complexion.

products you should own

For me it’s pore refining scrub, moisturiser, Vitamin C, eye cream and sunscreen – during summer I also include pigmentation serum.

Advanced Cosmetic Medicine
58/41-47 Melbourne Street, North Adelaide

Two Botanicals that will Help Reduce the Signs of Ageing

There is no doubt about it, almost everyone wants to appear younger than they are. Radiant, fresh skin is something not only women, but also men, strive for. Ageing may be inevitable but there are two key ingredients that may help you to remain fresh-faced well into your later years. 

Jurlique’s miracle-working Nutri-Define Supreme Rejuvenating Serum consists of two main ingredients – Spilanthes Flower Extract and Horseradish Extract. The potency of these two botanicals has the power to reduce the appearance of any signs of ageing, from fine lines to visible wrinkles, along with possessing natural properties that increase hydration and help plump the skin. Here’s what you need to know about these age defying botanicals.

spilanthes flower extract

Spilanthes Flower Extract purifies your skin while reducing overall oiliness. It also increases the production of collagen by a whopping 46 percent. 

horseradish extract

Another collagen-boosting ingredient, this root vegetable is the secret ingredient to maintaining youthful skin. Achieve your desired firmness and elasticity with this dynamic skin antioxidant. 

Jurlique has recently launched a larger version of their Nutri-Define Supreme Rejuvenating Serum. Previously only available in 30ml ($65), you can now purchase the 50ml ($210) bottle to keep your skin looking youthful and glowy that little bit longer.  


Words Mia Vidale

Influencer Sarah Jeavons’ New Beauty Secret

Influencer and dating and social development coach Sarah Jeavons road tested a revolutionary non-invasive ‘facelift’ at BalaBala Laser Clinic. Here’s what she thought.

My experience with the team at BalaBala Laser Clinic has changed the way I think about my skin. 

Dana performed my skin laser treatment. We sat down and went through the initial paperwork and had a chat before heading into the skin analysis room. This was an eye-opening experience as I have never seen my skin magnified with such detail. The 3D system uncovered the not-so-sexy effects of 25 years running around in the sun, my wrinkles and skin age. This was a big wake up call for me. 

We made the decision to go ahead with the Fotona 4D Laser Treatment. This is a revolutionary non-surgical procedure to address skin laxity, lines, wrinkles, loss of volume, uneven tone and texture on the face. I am blown away that this technology exists and is so accessible.

Dana clearly communicated what she was doing during every part of the treatment. She used four types of laser on my face and oral cavity. It was a relaxing experience with no pain at all. The four-phase treatment went for 60 minutes and Dana finished by applying a hydrating mask and facial toner, which left my skin glowing. I was shown my before and after photos and you could clearly see the difference after just one treatment!

The team made sure I had all the aftercare goodies to care for my skin and ensure the best results. There was no redness so I could walk straight out of the clinic feeling fresh and confident!

I’ve organised to visit the clinic again in a few weeks for a follow up and another treatment, this time focussing on my sun damage!“

BalaBala Laser Clinic
Shop 1/65 Grenfell Street, Adelaide
08 7078 1806

The Change of Season with Burnside Cosmetic

Changing weather can be a shock for our skin. Whether it’s the cool winter air or the scorching and humid change to summer, skin rejuvenation could be the secret to maintaining healthy and youthful looking skin. We spoke to Burnside Cosmetic about two innovative treatments to help prep your skin for any season.

Laser Genesis 

To achieve an even skin tone and a clearer complexion, Laser Genesis may be the treatment for you. Laser Genesis has been called #nomakeup, a treatment that clients are incorporating into their routine to enable them to go make-up free with confidence. The treatment focuses on evening out the tone and texture of your skin while treating acne scars to target redness on the skin’s surface. It’s non-invasive and uses micro-pulse technology to penetrate the skin’s cellular layers, promoting collagen production and helping to restore firmness. People suffering from adult acne, childhood acne or acne scarring, pigmentation and rosacea can benefit from this treatment. Burnside Cosmetic often combine Laser Genesis with a skin boosting treatment to give skin an instant pick-me-up or for a pre-event treat. After receiving Laser Genesis you can continue with your daily routine, with no downtime at all. Most clients begin to see the results of Laser Genesis after just three sessions.


PicoSure a laser rejuvenation treatment that re-texturises the skin, improving the skin’s elasticity and overall appearance. It targets fine lines and wrinkles, pigmentation and deep scarring, as well as shortening the distance between pores, all while plumping and firming the skin. Collagen and elastin are stimulated by using pressure wave technology, this makes the skin feel warm for a few hours, with very minimal downtime. It is safe to apply mineral make-up immediately after, making it a lunchtime treatment for some. This stimulation of collagen and elastin continues for some time after the first treatment, and it is cumulative – so the more treatments, the better the results. PicoSure has become one of Burnside Cosmetic’s most popular treatments and clients return for regular treatments to their face, neck, decolletage, back of hands and even their feet! PicoSure is also used for tattoo removal, with clients needing fewer treatments and better clearance thanks to advanced laser technology. 

Burnside Cosmetic 

Suite H, Balcony Level, Burnside Village 

447 Portrush Road, Glenside

Pregnancy and Post Natal Pilates Classes in Unley

Calling all mums-to-be… Studio Pilates Unley is offering pregnancy and post-natal Pilates classes for those looking for a safe activity to help during pregnancy and beyond. 

During pregnancy, women experience a range of changes to their bodies, both internally and externally, including muscle inflammation, joint and back pain, postural changes and shortness of breath to name a few. 

Studio Pilates have tailored specifically designed pregnancy classes by their team of highly experienced physiotherapists, so that women can continue to enjoy an exercise routine that is both safe and good for their wellbeing.  

The low impact pregnancy classes work on the whole body with a focus on strengthening legs, glutes and arms as well working on the pelvic floor. 

These classes will help pregnant women achieve:

Healthy posture
Great balance and strength
Improved breathing
Spinal and pelvic alignment
Efficient body mechanics
A more comfortable pregnancy
Faster recovery time post-pregnancy 

Studio Pilates pregnancy classes are safe to attend throughout your entire pregnancy and are on at Studio Pilates Unley every Friday at 10:15am. Six classes are currently available for $120. 

For bookings and more information, contact Studio Pilates Unley on (08) 8464 7474 or via email unley@studiopilates.com.
148 Unley Road, Unley SA 5061.