Beauty Talk

The brainchild of Josie Caruso, Farrago Skin and Body is a one-stop-shop for all things beauty. “When I opened seven years ago my vision was to design a clinic that provided everything skin, health, cosmetics and make-up,” says Josie. She’s done just that – with cosmetic treatments, injectables, make-up, waxing, brows and more, all available in-clinic – but she also offers another unique point of difference. “I feel that good skin starts from within with nourishing healthy foods, water, habits and a positive mindset”. We ask Josie and her all-female team, cosmetic nurse Emily Woods and make-up artist Carla Ielasi, all the burning beauty questions.

would you say that health and beauty work hand in hand?

Josie: Good skin starts from within. Nutrients and a healthy gut can help keep our skin glowing, and flare ups like breakouts, redness, irritation, inflammation and other skin conditions can be a result of factors such as diet, digestive issues, toxins, medication, hormonal imbalance and stress. We perform a skin consultation to see what factors may be contributing to certain conditions and concerns, and prescribe a skin care routine and in-clinic skin treatment journey. Our transformations have been phenomenal!

preventative anti-ageing has quickly gained notoriety, what sort of preventative anti-ageing procedures would you recommend for young skin? and how does this differ to the procedures you would suggest for a more mature client?

Emily: It’s never too early to start preventative treatments – teenagers can introduce gentle skin care and skin treatments. A lot of clients start dabbling with subtle anti-wrinkle treatments in their 20s; from the age of about 30 dermal fillers can be introduced, replacing fat/volume in the face that is lost as part of the normal ageing process. 

tell us about a new and/or unique treatment that you offer at farrago.

Emily: At the moment we are doing a lot Skin Boosters – this is an injectable treatment that uses the same product used in dermal fillers in a more diluted form. It is injected into the skin layer to hydrate, plump and give a fresh, glow-up look.

you only use australian products in-store – why is this so important?

Josie: I was very selective when I chose our brands, Ocosmedics and Ultraceuticals. Both brands are Australian made and owned and these ranges know Australian skin and are formulated to target skin conditions that are prevalent in Australia, such as skin ageing and photodamage. They are formulated with medical strength actives and are results driven. There are no nasties such as parabens, fragrances, sulphates, petrochemicals, artificial colours or plastic microbeads. The professional grade and in-clinic treatments also help target all major skin concerns such as photodamage, skin ageing, acne and pigmentation.

you offer customised treatment plans for clients – do these customised plans mean bigger, better results?

Emily: Customised treatment plans mean helping clients achieve their goals, regardless of how big or small. The process of achieving healthy skin is sometimes a marathon, not a sprint. It’s about creating a plan that works long-term, that fits a client’s time, availability and budget. It’s educating clients on how their face and skin will change over the next year, five years, or ten years so that there’s a greater understanding of why we do what we do, what treatments are available, what’s realistic and suitable, and how we can do our best to slow the ageing process and reduce the work we have to do in the future. 

what have been the biggest make-up trends for 2021?

Carla: Glowy, clean, fresh skin and matte eyes are huge right now –glossy lips are also a 2021 fave. The less is more approach is definitely something to do, keeping it fresh and youthful. 

who are your clients?

Carla: My clients vary, although I do specialise in deep complexion and mature skin. For 11 years I was the national and international make-up artist for a very well-known global French luxury brand. Some of my clients are influencers, and I also do a lot of brides, bridal parties and photo shoots.

Farrago Skin and Body
4/180–184 Sir Donald Bradman Drive, Cowandilla

Stress and Your Body

Stress has a sneaky way of catching up to us. Dr Michael Poulsen from Chiropractic Life explains the importance of chiropractic when tackling stress effects on the body. 

There are many causes of stress. Whether you’re dealing with issues at work or with your family or you’ve been fostering poor posture, they all have the ability to manifest themselves physically. 

“Stress creates an imbalance in our autonomic nervous system,” Dr Michael says. It does this by shifting us into the ‘sympathetic’ side of the nervous system, colloquially referred to as your flight or fight response. “Increasing stress and a busy lifestyle can cause your nervous system to get stuck on that sympathetic side,” he says. 

Getting ‘stuck’ on that sympathetic, flight or fight side of your nervous system causes a range of health issues, including high blood pressure, increased heart rate, high respiratory rate, decreased immune regulation and hormonal imbalances. “We also lose the physical ability to adapt to stress properly,” says Dr Michael.

“This stress, over time not only effects the nervous system but also our posture and spine. Most people come to a chiropractor for neck pain, back pain or headaches, however when we do a thorough exam we can see their nervous system is not adapting properly, which is the primary cause of their issues.” This is where the importance of chiropractic comes in. Dr Michael likens the spine to the foundation of a building – if the foundation was off, the floors would creak, the walls would crack and the windows wouldn’t close properly. 

Dr Michael explains that you can spend time fixing those issues as they come up or you can fix the foundation and correct the underlying cause. “Neurostructural correction looks for the underlying, structural shifts in the spine that might be causing your foundation to be off,” he explains, “In the majority of cases there is a significant structural shift that can be causing many issues for a person.” 

Neurostructural chiropractic helps to improve the balance and coordination and reduces the effects stress has on your body. 

Chiropractic Life

19 Moseley Street, Glenelg
08 8294 3000

1/221 Main North Road, Sefton Park
08 8342 3555

Anti-ageing Treatment to Try

Looking for an effective non-invasive anti-ageing treatment? The team at Harmony Aesthetic Clinic use non-surgical technology and techniques to turn back the clock. Two of these technologies are FaceTite and Morpheus8. 

what are these procedures?

FaceTite is a new procedure that is comparable to a surgical facelift, without the large scars. It provides a dramatic improvement to the skin’s laxity on the face and neck, something only achievable in the past by surgical facelifts. 

Morpheus8 is a RF microneedling treatment that stimulates the collagen production of the underlying layers of the dermis. 

what areas can be treated?

You can use FaceTite on any areas on the face and neck where there is saggy skin, including double chins, jowls and other areas with deep lines and loose skin. Morpheus8 can be used on any areas that can benefit from sub-dermal renewal. The most commonly treated areas are the lower face and neck. 

what’s the benefit?

By avoiding a facelift procedure, patients don’t have to deal with post-procedural swelling and discomfort. These treatments aren’t traumatising and achieve a much more natural result. 

when do you see results?

After using FaceTite you will see the results immediately, results will be even more noticeable after six weeks and continue for up to 12 months. With Morpheus8 you can see results within a few days, but more typically changes will be noticed within three weeks and continuing for up to three months post-procedure.

T&Cs apply. All treatments subject to doctor’s consultation.

Harmony Aesthetic Clinic
Level 1, 2/22–30 Field Street, Adelaide

Natural Beauty: a Complete Experience

Eve on 21 offers a range of skin and body treatments, however, it’s their exclusive intimacy procedures that set them apart from regular skin clinics. With a vast understanding of health and wellbeing, the team at Eve on 21 recognise the importance of intimacy and the part it plays in a person’s quality of life and relationships. 

Women that go through significant life events, such as pregnancy, often don’t feel comfortable with their genitals post-birth. Although this may seem like a taboo subject, the Eve on 21 team deals with it every day. The Viveve treatment was designed for women who have completed their families and are looking to enhance their intimacy. Viveve uses cryogen-cooling and radiofrequency to produce new collagen and strengthen the tissue. 

Feeling comfortable ‘down there’ plays a big part in our overall confidence and it’s something that many men and women struggle with. Step outside of your comfort zone and discuss your concerns with the friendly Eve on 21 staff, they might have the solution to your worries.

21 Alexander Avenue, Ashford
08 8490 3997

Test-drive: Bungee Core Fitness

Looking for a fat-burning, body-sculpting activity that’ll keep you coming back? South Australian Style’s resident fitness guru, Emily Hartley, test drives a fun new way to stay fit. Introducing Bungee Core Fitness.

What is a bungee workout?

Bungee Core Fitness is the first bungee workout studio in South Australia. It’s a high intensity group class during which a bungee cord is attached to your waist, allowing you to move in ways and reach heights you never thought possible. Each class contains a series of core, resistance, flexibility and cardiovascular exercises.

What to expect

At the beginning of the class, everyone is fitted with a harness – you want to get this part right to ensure a safe and comfortable bungee experience. Once fitted, you then progress to a warm-up. This includes a series of stretches, strength and a range of motion exercises, which is a great way to adjust and familiarise yourself with the variety of different movements, shapes and motions your body will 
make. Now comes the fun part – bungee time! You are connected to the bungee, an extra strong springy cord, by your harness which is perfectly adjusted to your height and body weight for maximal bounciness.

Who’s it for?

This class is designed for anyone from beginner to advanced. Being a beginner, we started with the basics and slowly built up, layer by layer, from star jumps to push-ups to flying tuck jumps until eventually nailing upside-down handstands! As the class progresses you start to build up confidence and get a little more adventurous with 
each bounce. 

What we loved

The best thing about this class is that you’re so focused on bouncing around, moving your body in different ways (even back-to-front and upside down) that by the time you’re finished you’re red-faced, a little sweaty and left wondering where the time went!

Bungee Core Fitness also offers 1:1 PT, Boxing, HIIT and Functional Fitness classes if you’re after an 
extra burn in your week’s workout. Plus they also offer self-defence classes for kids, so there really is no excuse not to get the whole family involved.

How much does it cost?

$25 per casual class or take advantage of exclusive offers with a Bungee Core Fitness membership.

Will we be back?

Absolutely, just give me a moment for my muscles to recover! This is a unique style of fitness to add into your weekly routine or even as a fun activity shared with friends or work colleagues.

Bungee Core Fitness
1 Main Street, Beverley

Win the KJ Barbers experience this Father’s Day

With Father’s Day just around the corner, you don’t want to be the son or daughter who forgot to grab Dad a gift. 

Thankfully, KJ Barbers offers gift vouchers for any Dad in need of a bit of dad-time. 

In his own time, Dad can choose from the range of luxury grooming and skincare treatments on offer, all while enjoying the range of alcoholic beverages on tap, roasted coffee or non-alcoholic drinks. 

Or, if you’re feeling lucky, why not enter KJ Barbers’ amazing competition. 

Click the link and follow the prompts to be in the draw. This Royal Experience giveaway includes a prize pack worth over $3500. The prize includes a $1500 KJ Barbers voucher, $1500 tailored Ignition for Men suit, $130 KJ Royal Treatment package and a $400 KJ Product Gift Pack. KJ Barber will also drive the winner around in a brand-new BMW X5M.

The winner will be announced on Sunday the 12th of September. Every entry receives a $10 voucher to use in-store for either a barber or skin treatment service. 

Receive the Royal Treatment Fit For a ‘King’ at KJ Barbers

It’s easy to forget to take time for you. In the craziness of everyday life, it’s hard to schedule in some pamper time, so why not kill two birds with one stone? While receiving your routine haircut at KJ Barbers, treat your skin to a range of extra treatments that your future self with thank you for. 

Meeting at the intersection of hair and luxury sits KJ Barbers, waiting to take care of your every need. This men’s barber shop is designed to offer a premium service, at an affordable price. Walk in and have not just your hair tended too, but your skin as well, all while sipping on the variety of beverages offered. 

Offering three experiences that will leave you feeling taken care of, KJ Barbers isn’t just a barber, they’re a true Royalty Experience. 

Their most popular treatment, ‘The Everyday Gentleman’ will ensure that no hair is left uncared for. This treatment is ideal for upkeep and includes the essentials for the average man. The barbers at KJ Barbers will wash and cut your hair, as well as wax your eyebrows, tidy your beard and clean your skin, leaving it fresh and glowing. 

If you’ve had a big weekend and are looking to detox, ‘The Monthly Rejuvenation’ treatment is perfect. Recommended as a monthly detox for your skin, this package is built around a charcoal exfoliating scrub that deeply penetrates the skin to prepare it to soak in a face masks goodness. Not only will the face mask rejuvenate the skin, but it will also reset it, revealing your natural glow – almost as if that big weekend never happened. Finishing with hydrating toner, a moisturiser and eye gel, your skin will be thanking you after this one. ‘The Monthly Rejuvenation’ isn’t complete without a beard soak, a hair wash and dry and, of course, a haircut and facial shave, so you can walk out looking and feeling your best. 

Designed for the man looking for that little bit of extra care. Whether you’re over-stressed or just in the mood for some relaxation, KJ Barbers has the treatment for you. ‘The KJ Royal Treatment’ will make you feel, well… royal. Beginning with a deep facial cleanse and beard soak, the team will then wash your hair, while giving you a relaxing head massage. Then a face mask will be applied, along with a gold eye mask designed to boost collagen and reduce dark circles. Of course, a trip to KJ Barbers isn’t complete without a solid haircut of your choice and a clean shave. 

Haven’t had your morning coffee before your due in for your appointment? Don’t stress, KJ Barbers have café lattes on offer for those craving some extra relief. If you’re after a night cap, sip on a gin and tonic while receiving your treatment, or even an espresso martini, ready on tap for your enjoyment. Spirits not your thing? KJ Barber has a fridge stocked with a range of craft beers and seltzers. 

More than just a barber, KJ Barbers marries the salon experience with a classic men’s barber shop. Do something for yourself and indulge in a KJ Barber experience. 

Competition Time

KJ Barbers are hosting a Royal Experience giveaway where you can go in the draw to win a prize pack worth over $3500. The prize includes a $1500 KJ Barbers voucher, $1500 tailored Ignition for Men suit, $130 KJ Royal Treatment package and a $400 KJ Product Gift Pack. To enjoy this amazing prize, KJ Barbers will also drive the winner around in a brand new BMW X5M. 

The winner will be announced on Sunday the 12th of September. If you don’t score the grand prize, you can rest assured that your efforts were worth it as each entry receives a $10 voucher to use in store for either a Barber or Skin Treatment service

To enter click this link and follow the prompts.

Perfectly Aligned

A passionate group of health and beauty experts have joined forces to open a new clinic on Unley Road that offers clients a more discrete, personal service.


The decision for four like-minded female professionals to come together in a luxe communal space was the brainchild of cosmetic injector Linda Schreck. 

Linda began her career almost 40 years ago as an operating room nurse, working alongside plastic and reconstructive surgeons, she’s dedicated the last 20 to cosmetic injecting. She is now able to use her knowledge and understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the face to better treat her patients, avoiding the over-done look that is so prevalent in the booming anti-ageing field. 

Her vast experience also means she’s instinctively aware of the various needs and desires of her expansive client base, and the ability to offer a more discrete, personal service was something she wanted to provide. This modern, calming space, flooded with natural light (and with ample parking!) was the ideal solution. “I had worked in several busy clinics, but this is something unique,” she says. 

The integration of three other like-businesses, all in the health and beauty space, was a logical next step. “A big advantage for me and my clients is that my prescribing doctor, Dr Susan Lloyd, also an experienced cosmetic injector and is under the same roof – in fact, she’s in the office next door. We work side-by-side, not interstate like lots of other clinics,” she says.


“I guess I always knew my place was somewhere in the ‘health field’,” says hypno-psychotherapist Anna. “I was the one you could count on and the best friend to talk to!”

From here there was a formal education in medical studies and a degree in public health (in Anna’s home-country of Poland) and then further studies in psychotherapy and counselling in hypnosis back in Australia. But it wasn’t until years spent at home with her children that she discovered her passion for mental health. “I spent much time digging into research to learn more about the connections between mind and body. To start with, I wanted to know more about children’s brain development and behaviour, you know, just for myself and to ‘be a good mum’, but once I started, I couldn’t stop expanding to all age groups. Satisfaction came only when my husband, who’s a GP, showed me how he uses hypno-psychotherapy in his practice.”

A hypno-psychotherapist is a person who is trained in both hypnotherapy and psychotherapy. Hypnotherapy is probably the more common term, although hypnotherapists deal with simpler issues such as habits, phobias and pain but are not generally trained in psychotherapeutic techniques. Hypno-psychotherapists can use both hypnotic and psychotherapeutic interventions as part of therapy sessions to get to the core of more complex issues and examine problems that are likely more deep-rooted. “Hypno-psychotherapists generally use consistently structured sessions tailored to the needs of the client,” says Anna, “as well as focusing on the problems with established protocols for treatments. Every step of the session 
is there for a reason and words matter a lot.”

Feeling safe is also important, and Anna’s new space offers a warm, welcoming environment. “The majority of my clients are troubled with serious trauma and I believe having a warm, safe space and atmosphere is crucial to them being able to open up and talk about sometimes very difficult memories and emotions.”


“My work is about enhancing individual and natural beauty,” says brow expert Anita Peterson, “and I get to watch my clients’ reaction to the aesthetic transformation. It’s all about self-belief and self-love, it’s empowering and it’s the greatest reward.”

Anita’s work is unique, using only tweezers and scissors she adopts a hair-by-hair approach to preserve the natural and correct shape of the brows, while refining them to enhance facial structure or to correct asymmetry. “Every client receives a personalised service, there is no one-size-fits-all for brows and 
I also like to take into account each client’s aesthetic and their preferred style.”

It’s this considered, individualised service 
that keeps clients coming back, and her ability to revive brows that have been over-plucked, working with them to bring their brows back. “My ultimate goal is to ensure every client leaves with an understanding of how their brow shape impacts on their facial structure, and the steps we’ll be taking to achieve and maintain a better shape. I want them to leave feeling their best, and excited about the future of their brows.”


“I’ve been a GP for 14 years and started cosmetic injections in 2015,” explains Dr Lloyd. “I had been looking to increase my time in this area, and then this opportunity came up to join a fabulous group of women, I couldn’t say no! The location is perfect, the consulting rooms are beautiful and private, and the girls are delightful to work alongside.”

This new business venture also gives Dr Lloyd the opportunity to make a significant difference in people’s lives – she’s been doing this as a health professional for years, but now, thanks to this coming together of professional women and their complimentary skill sets, she’s also able to make a difference to the confidence of her clients too. 

“I don’t agree with looking ‘perfect’, there’s no such thing,” she says, “we are all beautiful in our own way. Not everyone can look like a Kardashian, and nor should they want to.” Dr Lloyd’s goal for her clients is rather to help them look “fresher and a little less tired” so that they walk away with a new-found vigour. “Knowing that they leave feeling more confident and happier after seeing me is what it is all about. I love getting my patients back two weeks after treatment and showing them the before and after photos, their smiles say it all!”


This female-led, restorative and communal space has everything under one roof.

Adelaide Cosmetic Medicine

Linda Schreck 
0438 356 554

Dr Susan Lloyd
0438 886 944

Your Safe Place Hypno-Psychotherapy & Counselling

Anna Kowalczyk0421 467

Ihana Face

Anita Peterson0434 413 447@ihana_face


Treatments to Age By

Looking for a non-invasive way to get back that youthful glow? BalaBala Laser Clinic suggests these professional anti-ageing treatments.

ultracel Q+ skin tightening

What is it?
It is a high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) treatment that helps to reduce stubborn fat cells and tightens areas on the face and body. It also reduces flushing and redness.

The high intensity focused ultrasound promises to tighten and improve the skin’s texture, reduce sagging and leave your skin feeling smoother and younger looking. 

A full face treatment takes about an hour. No pain, no downtime.

Full face, $1299; face and neck, $1599.

vivace fractional rf microneedling

What is it?
This treatment combines radio frequency technology and focused heat energy to penetrate the skin, stimulating collagen, elastin and wound healing. It also targets bacteria associated with acne.

Microneedling can reduce facial wrinkles, improve acne and minimise scarring, while LED light is used to activate skin cells, increasing collagen production and moisture levels. It also improves skin tone and texture.

Vivace treatments are completely comfortable with virtually no pain.

Full face, $799.

picosure skin rejuvenation

What is it?
This revolutionary laser delivers short bursts of energy to target problem areas, vibrating down into the deep layers of the skin to trigger collagen growth and repair. 

Great for the treatment of pigmentation, including melasma, freckles, sun damage and acne scars.

This treatment delivers incredible results with no discomfort or downtime.


fotona angel whitening

What is it?
Fotona Angel Whitening is an advanced Q-switch laser and works by targeting melanin deposit to lighten skin and even tone.

Used to improve skin tone and texture, as well as helping to treat acne scars, sun/age spots and melasma. Expect smoother, firmer skin, reduced pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles. 

This treatment takes about 30–45 minutes and you can go straight back to work afterwards. 


ldm face lifting

What is it?
This micro-massage uses ultrasonic energy at high frequencies, activating fibroblasts to improve skin structure. 

Tissue elasticity is increased and connective skin tissue is tightened, but most importantly this treatment enhances collagen and improves pH changes in the skin, resulting in glowing, healthy, youthful skin.

This pain free treatment has no downtime.

Full face, $299; Full face and neck, $399.

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

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