Interview With Amy Brosnahan

1) Tell me about for your first modelling job?
My first modelling job was for ‘Battle of the Babes’ which was such an amazing experience. Can’t wait to see what the future brings.

2) What age did you consider yourself female and/or transgender?
I was born a boy – but I was born in the wrong body. I have always been a girl; I just didn’t know how to express it.

3) Who/what is your inspiration?
I have two types of inspirations. My first inspiration would be family and friends. They are always the best kind of inspiration! My second inspiration would be my all time favorite famous idols. I live a happy and full life with no regrets.

4) What is your go-to cosmetic product and why?
MAC make up for sure, it’s just the best for coverage and when you’re in front of a camera – it’s a life saver. Every day I use BB cream.

5) What is your favourite social media platform?
Instagram.

6) What does the word ‘Whore’ mean to you?
It means someone who is unfaithful in a relationship. To be honest I do think the word ‘Whore’ has alot of stigma against it.

7) Are you a ‘shoes’ or ‘handbag’ girl?
I’m both – Come on, every woman loves her shoes and handbags!

8) Are you recognised a lot now after being in the media?
At first I was recognised a lot, but not so much anymore. I want to be successful in life and leave my foot-print on the world.

9) Are there many support groups in NZ for ‘transgender’ youth?
Yes, there is.

10) What makes you laugh?
Funny people, lols, I mean I laugh a lot through my day – it’s good for the soul. If you don’t laugh and have a joke or worse can’t take a joke; in my eyes you’re not living.

My words of wisdom, “Do not follow where the path may lead, Go instead where there is no path…and leave a beautiful and unique trail.”

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Interview with Suzy H: Skincare Specialist & Cosmetician

1.When did you discover your love of skincare?

I have loved skincare my whole life!! At the age of 4yrs, I broke into a neighbours’ house and ‘borrowed’ all of her face cream…I am not promoting ‘Breaking and entering’ however you can now get where my obsession began!

2.Tell me about your skincare range?

Suzy H Skin Nutrition is Clinical Grade: Scientific Skin Nutrition, WITHOUT the supermodel, fancy packaging or the expensive price tag! All ingredients are top-notch. Although I am the Founder of Suzy H, there are 3 of of us behind the brand, who are Jack Hammond: Scientist/Compounding Pharmacist and Andrew Argyrou: Pharmacist. Both of these men are passionate about creating skin care products that give outstanding results, and promote great skin.

3.What is your POD (point of difference) with your brand?

Primarily the price and I’m passionate about keeping it ‘real’ (for want of a better description) and ‘Taking the B.S out of skincare’. Previously, I use to pay up to $155 for a clinical skincare product: stabilised Vitamin C 10% serum – it was good, but my equivalent is $49.95 with the same result. I think everyone deserves the right to have good skin. I am transparent and accessible to my customers, who can contact me any time for advice and I’m happy to answer any questions.
I have an important message behind ‘Suzy H': Anti-bullying advocacy. I am about bringing back the ‘Sisterhood’, where women should celebrate one another – as opposed to insulting each other. Therefore, when my business exceeds target, a percentage will be donated to Suicide Prevention, Anti bullying and Mental health organisations. My moto is ‘Helping you love who you see in the mirror’.

4.Is there a secret for youthful and unblemished skin?

I have always looked after my skin and do not believe there is any one potion or lotion, that will make you look 18 yrs again! It’s about looking good for your age, having said that I do believe the right combination of clinical grade glycolics, topical vitamins and peptides ( which is what Suzy H is about) has helped maintain my skin to optimal condition. I also take collagen capsules and have done so for 9 years. I will never stop – these are amazing, and a whole body treatment. ‘Suzy H’ has collagen capsules containing 100% bouvine collagen, Hyaluronic acid and Vitamin C.

5. What is your favourite social media platform?

Facebook and Twitter are my favourite platforms at the moment. Although TV ads are our next ‘Port of Call’ to share our story.

6. Where can I buy your skincare ?

Now, just on-line at suzyh.com.au We ship anywhere in the world. It’s also sold in-store at Priceline Pacific Fair, Broadbeach Gold Coast where I currently work as a Skincare specialist/Cosmetician. At the moment we are giving away a FULL sized free product with any $50 purchase on-line. Every week it’s something different!

7.What is the most important lesson you have learnt when working in beauty?

Less is more! When you start using quality Clinical Grade skincare you don’t need a lot of makeup! Many women buy cosmetics they don’t need really. Don’t be fooled by a hefty price tag – just because something is expensive doesn’t mean it’s premium or quality. The skincare/cosmetic industry is synonymous for charging a fortune, and we buy it.

8.What is in your makeup bag ?

My Snake venom peptide wrinkle Cream is a quick fix and long-term treatment. I apply it when I feel like a quick ‘pick me up’….especially around the eye area, lip gloss, Thin lizzy bronzer, Wet wipes and Nivea Q10 hand cream. I don’t feel the need to wear much make up now since using Suzy H, my skincare range.

9. What is your favourite inspirational quote?

My own Quote. “Its hard enough to ‘Survive’ let alone ‘Succeed’ so be kind.”

10.What makes you smile?

My husband and four (adult) kids…we laugh a lot together, and have fun!! They all keep me ‘Grounded’!

http://suzyh.com.au

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Review: Boy & Bird

Interesting name isn’t it? ‘Boy & Bird?’ Owned and operated by Mike Van de Elzen, ‘The Food Truck’ guy & Marie Colosimo. This red-and white decor has a young, American-diner style influence with matching teatowels, as napkins. After enquiring about the wait time at 6pm: every table was occupied with small children and accompanying family – it would be approx 15mins. Apparently you can book tables here – great, now I know. We were offered a table outside under a roof heater, which was pleasant while pondering the menu/s. The wait staff were exceptional: very articulate and communicative. Wine by the glass was reasonable, around $12-$13 for a good drop. Offered complimentary chicken-flavoured popcorn which was tasty, at $4. Mains were inexpensive from $10 for a quarter chicken, to $16 Caesar salad. I had the Quarter box with chunkies (fries) and slaw with a small jug of gravy for $15! Yummo! Also, a glass of Spanish red wine and a deconstructed cheesecake – with almond crumbles & citrus for afters. Pleasantly satisfied. Menu also includes non-chicken fare too, like gnocchi or schnitzel. Good addition to Ponsonby Rd, just by Prego or the top of Franklin Road. Go people.

http://www.boyandbird.co.nz

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WHORE visits Toi Whakaari (NZ Drama School)

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WHORE team was invited to Toi Whakaari to speak about our play, amongst other guests including ‘Rhubarb Rouge’ (Ricky Beirao) who performs in ‘Lashings Of Whipped Cream’ at BATS Theatre also. The film ‘The Last Saint’ screened in Wellington on 25 September, written/directed by Rene Naufahu. Some of the cast: Beulah Koale & Sophia Huybens spoke about their journey for this “gritty, raw and confrontational urban crime drama” surrounding methamphetamine use and supply. Can’t wait to see it!IMG_4881.JPG

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Review: ‘WHORE’ by Donna Banicevich-Gera

Originally posted on charlatan clinic:

Guest Blogger: Donna Banicevich-Gera

‘Whore’ written and directed by Melissa Fergusson is a risky, emotional, moving production. It’s not surprising some may find it a hard collection of stories to swallow. It is. But the group of monologues, told by six characters, is neither flippant, nor forgettable.
The stories, presented by three actors, were developed by Melissa based on the experiences of sex workers from the streets of Auckland’s Karangahape Rd.
Pick any story, pick any actor – they’re all good. So gut wrenchingly good in fact, you’d be hard pressed to choose a preference. Each story has its place, and is retold with a heartfelt honesty.
Melissa’s work is unique, in your face contemporary theatre. She’s prepared to put herself on the line. The idea of her taking on the easy projects is probably never going to occur. To date her plays have all pushed the boundaries, and ‘Whore’…

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