An inside look at ModelCo HQ + A GIVEAWAY

By now, you’d be aware of my love affair with ModelCo, I simply love what they do, so this week I’d like to share some of the love and a GIVEAWAY!

The fabulous Naomi from ModelCo

The fabulous Naomi from ModelCo

What’s it like to work at one of the biggest beauty brands in Australia, ModelCo? PR Coordinator Naomi Rheinberger dishes the dirt on what it’s like to work for CEO and founder, Shelley Barrett, the office style at ModelCo HQ and provides us with some of her must-know beauty tips (you’d imagine the girl’s picked up a few). So sit back, grab a cuppa and get ready to have a chuckle as we sit down with the gorgeous Naomi.

Q: Your must have beauty essentials?
A: A primer! I can’t stress the importance of a primer. I use ModelCo Face Base skin primer religiously to smooth my skin and hold my makeup in place. The thought of putting makeup straight onto bare skin scares me. Since working at ModelCo I have also become a self-tan fanatic! We have just launched our Summer Tanning 2014 range and I am already in love with the Instant Tan Lotion in Dark. The formula works with your natural skin colouring to deliver the most gorgeous, natural, bronzed colour.

ModelCo ambassador Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

ModelCo ambassador Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

Q: Your beauty icons?
A: How can I not pick our ModelCo ambassador Rosie Huntington-Whiteley? She is effortlessly beautiful; never looks over done, and her brows and lips are always on point.

Q: Is there a particular style or trend you love as we head into winter?
A: I love fashion practicality. Pieces that I can wear to the office that will transcend nicely for after work dinner and drinks. I’m really loving denim pieces heading into winter and I’m not afraid to rock the double denim!

Q: Favourite local spot? (This is Livvy May after all so we must discuss food)
A: Anyone who knows me is aware that I am an advocate for chicken burgers and am constantly on the hunt for the perfect chicken burger and aioli combo. The Burger Joint in Surry Hills is my best burger spot to date, and they aren’t stingy on aioli. As for drinks, I’m a Tequila gal, and I can’t go past Tio’s which is a Tequila Bar also conveniently located in Surry Hills.

Q: How would you describe your own personal fashion style?
A: In my wardrobe you have a choice of black, white, denim or stripes – so you could say I am a bit of a minimalist? Every so often you will find a pop of colour, but I like to stick to on-trend basics that can be reworked from day-to-night.

Q:  Are you a summer or a winter girl?
A: I am very much a summer girl! I’m forever shivering, turning on the heating and complaining that I’m cold during winter. Come summer time, I’m all smiles and sunshine!

Q: What’s a day like in the life of PR girl, extraordinaire at ModelCo HQ…
A: Oh that’s far too kind! No two days are ever the same in ModelCo HQ, on any given day you might find me writing press releases for new products, creating content for, pitching ModelCo and our fabulous CEO Shelley Barrett for editorial opportunities, or frantically preparing a press send out and tying hundreds of little ribbons on bags (glamorous hey?!). One thing is for certain and that is that every day is fast paced, exciting, challenging and rewarding. It’s a pretty amazing feeling to wake up each morning and look forward to going to work and be so excited for what the future holds.

Q: What’s your beauty regime?
A: I’m one of those annoying people with naturally clear skin, so my beauty regime is quite simple. I remove my makeup with a cream cleanser before showering, then apply a toner followed by a few drops of rosehip oil to inject some hydration back into my skin.

Q: Where do you get your daily beauty fix/news from? News (print, online), fave bloggers etc
A: I’m a beauty fix addict and source daily inspo from just about every media outlet possible whether it be online, print, television, radio or through beauty bloggers on Instagram.

Q: If so, who/what are they?
A: When it comes to magazines, I’ve always had a soft spot for CLEO and a new found love of ELLE. When it comes to bloggers I can’t go past Livvy May (of course!) for the hottest food stops and fashion fixes; Substance Blog for fitness tips and style stalking; and She Is, Sarah Jane for all things beauty (all of which if you haven’t check out… You should!) is my online beauty bible for how-to’s, celebrity trends and the latest beauty news. I’m also renowned for checking PopSugar every hour… I just can’t help myself!

Danni Minogue for ModelCo

Danni Minogue for ModelCo

Q: What can we expect from ModelCo in 2014?
A: Shelley recently unveiled that ModelCo will be launching a natural skincare range in September! So that is going to be extremely exciting this year and we are all eagerly anticipating who the next ModelCo ambassador will be. With previous faces like Elle Macpherson, Dannii Minogue and currently Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, we have a feeling it will be big!

Q: What would I find in your handbag right now?
A: Oh my, the question should be what can’t you find? On a daily basis you can find me carrying a duffle bag filled to the brim like a nomad. If you scrounge around you can always find my ModelCo Shine Ultra Gloss, Lucas Pawpaw Ointment, a pair of runners (you never know when you can squeeze in a quick run/or when your new shoes will give you blisters), and I am your got-to girl for an almond stash.

Q: Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
A: While I love setting goals, I don’t like setting a ‘plan’ so to speak on where I want to be in the future. I think it leads to missed opportunities when prospects present themselves. Wherever I am in five years, I will be motivated and driven to not just try my best, but to be the best at whatever it is that I am doing.

ModelCo CEO and Founder, Shelley Barrett

ModelCo CEO and Founder, Shelley Barrett

Q: Finally, what’s Shelley really like as a boss?
A: Shelley is an incredible and extremely inspirational boss. It’s a privilege to be able to work under someone who is a multi-tasking wonder woman with so much knowledge to share. I really admire her passion, drive and creativity and that she takes the time to interact with every staff member on a daily basis. I’ve also been very lucky to have found myself dynamic and forward thinking mentors within ModelCo who I sponge information from and absorb every little word that leaves their mouth.

GiveawayNow, let’s get to the GIVEAWAY.. You could win $250 worth of ModelCo goodies simply by:

1. Making sure you are following my Instagram account @livvy_may and @modelco_cosmetics

2. Comment on my latest Instagram shot of some amazing ModelCo goodies and tag two of your friends so I know that you’ve entered and you’re in the draw! Easy!

Good luck lovelies! X x

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