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BNE March/April 2015 |


Makeup in her genes

Erin Bigg’s cosmetics business is defying the retail

odds and finding its greatest growth in beauty

salons across the country. Bigg (


) launched

her self-titled makeup collection two years ago as

an extension to her work as a makeup artist that

has seen her work with a host of television and

sporting celebrities.

Bigg admits she’s had a lifelong passion for

makeup, inherited from her mother who also was

a makeup artist, but a few years of modelling after

her makeup training taught her a lot about the

industry that has become her career.

Bigg hasn’t had any formal business mentors

but she has found inspiration in working with

some of the country’s most successful and

influential people. “I gain a lot of insight and

motivation from these people and from my peers

and fellow artists who are all creating and doing

amazing things,” she says.


Book a facial


Andreja Brkan (


) and Angela Mogridge are the dynamic duo behind, a new

online, on-demand booking portal for beauty, health and fitness services. Brkan identified the

opportunity when she went looking for a last-minute salon appointment and discovered there

was no quick and easy way to find one she could book and have in the same day. She called

Mogridge and six months ago they launched their site. Visitors simply search for the service

they want, when they want it, select a venue then book direct online – no ringing around

or waiting to redeem vouchers limited to set times. Although discounts are sometimes offered is not a deals site. It offers time-poor people a quick solution. See

Passionate shopper to shop owner

When self-confessed beauty shopaholic Fleur Madden (


) found she

couldn’t access many of her favourite beauty products from overseas, even

online, she saw a business opportunity and, at the end of last year, launched

her online store Lulu & Lipstick. Many of the brands in store are ones she

discovered while living in the US but already Lulu & Lipstick has become

a go-to store for hard-to-find brands from other countries with a cult (and

often celebrity) following. Even some of Australia’s little known but very

successful brands such as Brisbane-based anti-ageing specialist Alpha-H are

featured. Others include natural skincare brandTata Harper fromNYC,

Velour lashes (favoured by Beyonce and JLo) and Lime Crime cruelty-free

lipsticks from LA. Madden, already owner of a successful PR company, is

also developing her own products under the Lulu & Lipstick name.


Signature scent

Molten Store is an online treasure trove

of unique accessories and curios hand-

picked by owner Jessy Cameron (


) and

sourced from around the globe. When

she decided to add a fragrance to her trove

it had to be special and one of her own

personal favourites was an obvious choice.

Molten Store was already a stockist for

the elusive US brand Demeter and the

invitation to collaborate on a limited

edition fragrance for her customers was

impossible to resist. In Bloom, which

Cameron describes as “summer in a

bottle” is already on its fourth production

run since launching in October.


Beauty queens