Modelco Mania on Hayman Island

Ah, idyllic Hayman Island, such a beautiful location for a holiday. Amazingly friendly staff, fabulous food, and ambiance. So how could we put the icing on this already scrumptious cake?

The Modelco 10th birthday celebration.

A week before we were due to arrive I was so excited to receive an e-mail informing me that Modelco was having makeover sessions for three days, and that we had lucked in to experience the festivities!

My gorgeous hubby booked me in for a makeover on the first day.

Modelco was founded in 2002 by Shelley Barrett, a former model agent. She had recognized a gaping hole in the cosmetic industry and promptly set off about filling it. Not with a spade, but charging ahead with the strength of an earth mover.

With signature hot pink branding, instantly recognizable on any shelf, Australians had another iconic product to be proud of.

I love it when home-grown talent is successful, and to be honest with you, even more so when that talent is female.

Starting with the eponymous “heated lash wand” and “airbrush tan in a can”, (both a must in any girls kit) she soon went on to expand the range, creating gorgeous palates of eye shadows, bronzers, lipsticks and glosses, for all women to enjoy.

Airbrush is a product all girls need in their bathroom vanity. Last minute invites to fabulous parties or hot dates, a girl can be prepared at all times.

Tanning is an instant confidence booster.  In these times of being super conscious of melanoma, this is one of the safest ways to add a subtle, sunkissed shimmer, and in the privacy of your own bathroom! It only takes a few minutes.

Shelley has a great team of professionals around her, and has recently invited the gorgeous Dannii Minogue to come along for the ride.

Dannii looked stunning at the celebration dinner in a fantastic Hervé Léger bandage dress (pale blue) and a fab nude heel. A beautiful foil to the pink glow of the table, artfully dressed by the Hayman staff.

By the looks of the Modelco and Hayman Facebook pics, a fun time was had by all.

After meeting Shelley at  pre-dinner drinks, she very generously invited us to the beach party being held the next night in “Azure” the fabulous room overlooking the beach. Beach glamour and a touch of pink being the theme, we knew the night would be special.

So off to the Modelco pamper session where Rychelle weaved her magic. She used one of their newest products, Fibre Lash brush on false lashes. Launched in June 2011, it sold out of London stores in one day. As Danii said on the Channel 7 The Morning Show, she stalked Shelley and became an Ambassador to lock in her own supply of this fabulous mascara. I’m predicting it will be another cult hit!!

I had a fab time with the girls, who told me that they loved being parts of Shelley’s team. I emerged about one hour later feeling a million dollars (judging from my husband’s reaction, looking it) and ready to party!

We were greeted at the door with a fabulous cocktail of Moet ice with strawberries and mint. The room looked amazing, and the weather was perfect. Fabulous food was in abundance, fresh tuna with sesame seeds, mini burgers, and delicious chicken and leek pies, to name a few tasty treats.

Hayman’s team really knows how to turn on the charm, what a place to party! To celebrate 10 years, we kicked off with DJ Daimon Downey, and everyone was on the dance floor within the first few beats. Dannii, Cheyenne Tozzi, and pro surfer Sally Fitzgibbons danced up a storm. They were stunning ambassadors for the night.

CiaoAnd what’s a party without a cake? Ronnie, head pastry chef at the resort created a 45 layer “tan in a can” extravaganza. An amazing effort proving why Hayman Island is one of the Leading Hotels of the World. We kicked on into the small hours, being spoiled by excellent service, and some very tasty cocktails.

Unfortunately all good things must come to an end and for us this meant back to reality. Packing our bags, we kept wishing for one more day in paradise. It was five star all the way, down to the sparkling wine on the launch back to the airport. Thank you to everyone on Hayman Island for proving that holidaying in Australia can truly be magical.

Why leave home when all this is on your doorstep? And thank you too to Modelco, for showing us Australian made can truly be international!

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