2019 Hair & Beauty Business Award finalists



With over 20 years experience as a makeup artist – not to mention her years spent as a hairdresser before that and now an on-going commitment to furthering her knowledge and studying to be a cosmetic chemist – Leesa Barr lives and breathes beauty. She firmly believes that how we look affects how we feel and that it’s therefore important to dedicate time to taking care of ourselves. Having three children herself Leesa knows how difficult it is to find the time. And with the influx of YouTubers and influencers providing confusing information, it’s harder to know which products to use. This is what led her to the creation of LEESA BARR MAKEUP. Saving time, nourishing skin and being 100% safe and socially responsible. Leesa has poured her heart, soul and  – of course – all of her beauty knowledge into these gorgeous products. She’s so proud to share them with you.



Felicity Cahill – DAACK™

Felicity is a thirty one-year-old wife and mother of two gorgeous young boys who are both her world and her muse for creating her business DAACK™. Felicity created DAACK™ with the vision which has not waivered since the very beginning, to empower her clients to feel beautiful so they have the confidence to be the person they want to be. This has been her driving force from the very first day she decided to take her dream and make it her reality.

Her ability to provide makeup as a service, her DAACK™ range as products they can take home and my studio as a learning environment, she feels is the complete package of providing her original goal for my business intention to her clients.



Anna Shabilla – Hair Extensions By Anna Shabilla

Anna Shabilla is an entrepreneur, a young mother of 3 The founder and Director of Hair Extensions By Anna Shabilla. After many years of searching for top end celebrity quality hair extensions that is affordable for everyone, She now supplies Hair salons one of the finest quality Hair Extensions in the market.

She Believes her vision is extended beyond her product. When her Hair Extensions are installed she see’s the confidence it brings. They make women feel beautiful by simply adding length, thickness or different shades.



Aimee Paananen – The Elegant Life

The Elegant Life, located in south Windsor, in Sydney’s west is not just a regular beauty salon. It’s run and owned by Aimee Paananen ( a mum of 2 girls herself) who concentrates on helping other woman build a home based beauty business to be able to perfectly balance work and family life.

The Elegant Life helps mums, mums to be or one simply dreaming to work for them self – develop a enjoyable business with repetitive income from the ground up so that work can be around the hours they need to bring in extra income to help support the family.



Sienna Cary – Sienna Cary

Sienna is a mum of three beautiful children. She started her business from home 3 years ago just as a side business for mums at school who wanted to have their waxing and beauty treatments done while the kids played. It went from a few hours a week to full time 6 days a week within 18 months. Sienna then moved into a beautiful space and her business grew from there. She is now currently fitting out a new larger salon with plans to now take on staff as she can’t keep up with the demand. It has been a challenging few years, it all started when Sienna’s husband was going through some mental health issues, she started to realise she was needed to help contribute financially and have supported her family for over a year while her husband went back to University to complete his Grad Dip in primary school teaching. Life is a juggle with three kids, a dog and 6 chooks, a small business and a student but it has been the most incredible few years of her life!



Carel Khairo – Hair and Makeup Artist

Carel is a wife and mother of 3. Her second son, Oscar, was born with Down syndrome in 2014. After receiving the diagnosis during pregnancy, Carel and her husband came within moments of aborting the pregnancy before having a change of heart.

Since then, Carel has become passionate about the special needs community and utilised her skills to give back to the mothers and carers. In 2018 she started a non-profit initiative called Beauty with Purpose. Beauty with Purpose gives the mothers and carers of other special needs children a free mini-make over along with professional photos. They also share their journey on YouTube bringing awareness and hope to other parents around the world.

Carel lives in Sydney and is a qualified hair and makeup artist. She studied and completed her makeup course at the prestigious Showface in 2009.



Donna Sillett – Macarthur Makeovers

Donna Sillett is the Managing Director of Macarthur Makeovers, which provides a luxury 5 star hair, beauty, health and wellness pampering makeover experience for busy mums, as well as a luxury mobile bridal hair and makeup service across Australia, all whilst using Australian made, eco-friendly, sustainable and certified organic products and services, and offers Afterpay.

A qualified Hairdresser, Beauty Therapist, Makeup Artist, Laser/IPL Technician and Nail Technician with over 23 years experience, Donna is a proud 3rd generation hairdresser, and with the help of her sister Sarah, has been awarded numerous local, state, national and international business awards, and is a #1 best-selling co-author of the “Mumpreneur on Fire 4” book.

Passionate about supporting her local community at school fetes, charity dinners, and hosting fundraising events in her salon, Donna has donated over $10K of salon products and services over the past 2 years, and hosts monthly child-friendly networking events for local mums in business in her salon for the past 12 months.



Nicola Le Lievre – In Therapy Sustainable & Ethical Beauty

Nicola is a successful Mumpreneur who owns an International award-winning beauty salon that supports her local community. Nicola’s business is closely aligned with her personal values: ethical, sustainable and supporting Australian owned brands.  Nicola offers flexible working hours to the mums in her team.

Nicola started a Beauty Therapist Volunteer group “Tender Loving Beauties” this year which supports mums in need of some TLC. Nicola’s Salon In Therapy is partnered with Hummingbird House, QLD only children’s hospice and her squad offer treatments to the mums weekly. In Therapy has won the ABIA award for QLD Best Beauty Salon and also won an award in the 2019 World Luxury Spa Award.



Samantha Oraya – The Day Spa @ Jorja James

The Day Spa At Jorja James is a gorgeous, tranquil, boutique Multi Award Winning Eco day spa. Established in 2001 by Samantha Oraya a Holistic Beauty therapist & Reiki practitioner with a passion for the environment and all things organic. It is Penrith’s longest established Spa with a reputation for outstanding Holistic & Authentic Day Spa Pampers. When you visit The Day Spa you don’t just get a “treatment” it is all about beautiful Spa Experiences.

Treatment rooms, include adjoining rooms, couples treatment room and wet room and the wellness studio. All rooms are beautifully appointed with the style & feeling being a serene sensory fusion, inspired by journeys to the Orient, Tibet and Bali .Where possible they have used recycled, upcycled & repurposed materials to ensure a minimal environmental footprint whilst creating a beautiful and unique haven.



Simone  Naismith – Metta lash and Brow Studio

Simone Naismith is the owner and operator of Metta Lash and Brow Studio, Simone started her business as a single mother to Dylan in the lounge room of her rented two bedroom unit. Simone has always wanted to be a Cosmetic Tattooist however as life would have it was not able to pursue her dream until later in life.

In cosmetic tattooing Simone saw a way to help people, she herself is someone with many scars and has had close friends and family members suffer the effects of cancers and surgeries. Simone believes that emotional healing is so important and in particular a good body image is an integral part of our wellbeing after trauma for this reason she has been trained in Advanced Cosmetic Tattoo and is the first in Australia to offer Rodolpho Torres Stretch Mark Camouflage technique.



Zoe Wilde – Sir & Duchess Salon

Zoe Wilde is a 30-year-old mother of 2 young boys, who has created an incredible reputation in the Hairdressing Industry as an award-winning hairdresser for over 15 years. At the age of 22, Zoe made the brave decision to open her own salon with big dreams and ambitions for not only becoming a platform artist and session stylist but also striving to be a successful and exceptional business owner.

Zoe’s space encourages women who are experiencing or know of some experiencing family violence to speak up and ask for help. Zoe uses her space to run workshops to educate others about domestic violence on ways to Recognise, Respond and Refer women and children who are experiencing the epidemic problem. Zoe’s salon also offer pamper packages free of charge to women who are or have experience domestic violence.



Lyndie Jewitt – Your Soul Space Beauty Studio

Lyndie Jewitt has been in the Beauty industry since 1992. After working in many salons in Canberra, Wagga Wagga, Young and running her first salon for 6 years in Yanco, the world of being a mum was opened up with the arrival of four boys between 2003 and 2011. After a marriage breakdown there was a 2 year healing time and in 2017. The plans for Your Soul Space were born in September 2016. Opening the doors without a client base was a challenge and after 2 years Lyndie has built up a following and added high end state of the art treatments with the introduction of HiFu Face Lift Technology. Recently the Lyndie has relocated into a quaint little shop and isn’t looking back.