Welcome to the Winter issue of Retail Beauty!


First, I want to start by extending a heartfelt thank you to everyone who supported the cancer support charity Look Good Feel Better in May. Almost 500 guests from the cosmetic and fragrance industries, along with their partners in retailing, media, publishing, and supply, gathered for the annual Dream Ball and collectively raised more than $320,000. This vital funding will allow 3,200 cancer patients across the country to access the Look Good Feel Better program over the coming year.

Retail Beauty publisher Nicci Herrera and I had the delightful fortune of hosting two tables this year. We especially want to thank those who supported us, including Jessica Yue from Polaris Media, Margaret Khoury and Erica Moore from Fragrances of the World, Kirsty Alexandrou and Dr. Garry Cussell and their partners from Rejuvaus (featured on our cover this issue), Martine Cooper from Healthy Life, Talea Bader and Emily Townsend from Skutopia, Fiona Mendonca and Zenovia T from Group48, Nicole Kamminga and Remke Veness from Glam Fragrance and Beauty and Ginella Postaj from Ginella Beauty. It was a glamorous night with everyone dressed to the nines, bidding, drinking, and dancing the night away. More on page 70. We are already counting down the days until next year’s Dream Ball!

From left: Paul Alexandrou, Dr Garry Cussell, Kirsty Alexandrou, Robyn Cussell, Jessie Ross, Talea Bader, Angela Yates,
Emily Townsend, Erica Moore, Nicole Kamminga, Margaret Khoury, Remke Veness, Nicci Herrera, Martine Cooper,
Ginella Postaj, Fiona Mendoca, Zenovia T, Felicity Watson, Jessica Yue and me.

This issue is brimming with excitement and inspiration. We proudly celebrate the winners of the Naturally Good Awards. Nicci and myself had the pleasure of presenting two awards at this year’s event, and Nicci orchestrated an engaging breakfast panel at this year’s expo. Under her skilled moderation, the panel delved into the pressing topic: “Hold on to and gain more of your retail space.” Thanks so much to Danielle Hill from Myer Melbourne, Hannah Jackson from Direct Chemist Outlet, Martine Cooper from Healthylife and Nathan Tindall from Point Retail for sharing all of your expert insights. See more on page 26.

It was fantastic to see so many beauty brands backing the local fashion industry by partnering with designers at Australian Fashion Week, presented by Pandora. The backstage looks were nothing short of breathtaking before hitting the runway. Weleda and MAKE UP FOR EVER were both present, and I had the pleasure of interviewing Charmaine Pichler, Managing Director of Weleda, who shares her inspiring vision and commitment to natural beauty on page 24. Meanwhile, Gary Davey, Brand General Manager of MAKE UP FOR EVER, Australia and New Zealand, reveals his incredible journey on page 38.

If ever there were comeback stories to be celebrated, they are those of Poppy King and Jo Malone, who have both experienced the highs and lows of being true entrepreneurs. Read more about their inspiring stories and their latest ventures on pages 42 and 54, respectively.

This issue is jam-packed with features, expert insights, and the latest industry news. From winter skin care tips to fragrance trends, there’s something for everyone. Dive into our vibrant pages and let them warm your heart and soul this winter.

Michelle Ruzzene, Editor

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