My Story


My Story – Brain tumour & Drpression KNQR’D now Optimistic & Greatful for @knqrnow #KNQR

Once upon a time I was a workaholic working three jobs part time, studying at university, caring for a disabled husband and helping my dad care for my mum who had Muscular Dystrophy. I never stopped. I felt that if I stopped I would see how hard things where and never start again. I just had to keep going as my family relied on me and I was the strong one!

Funny enough… the universe had another idea. I was suffering from headaches I was blaming on my studies, and taking aspirin to relieve pain. I was 30 at the time and stopped in my tracks. I had a brain tumour the size of a golf ball….It was one big wake-up call. I saw my surgeon on Good Friday. He wanted to operate straight away…sent home to get my affairs in order and if I made it through that Easter weekend, he would operate first thing Tuesday morning. I believe I was told this as I work in for Neuro Physio Therapy practice where we dealt with rehab for patients.

The tumour was successfully removed, however, following the operation, I unfortunately I got an infection which traveled through the skull – meaning they needed to remove the affected area, and insert a plate in six months’ time. It took me five years to recover. For the first two years, I couldn’t drive; I could not cope with loud noise or making decisions. I have dyslexia and this became so much worst during this period. I tried going back to university to finish my studies; it was too soon and had a break down which lead to major depression… which would be another wake-up call I ignored.…The side effects from my brain tumor caused fatigue, and still to this day, I don’t cope well with stress or pressure.

Seven years after surgery, I trained as a makeup artist and started a small business with a girlfriend. We put an ad in the paper and booked five weddings from the first ad, which was fantastic… I love this work. But I was still struggling with everyday life… I was always looking for someone or something to make me happier or ‘whole’…Thankfully however, I realized this was not going to just happen. I need to change things; take responsibility for my own happiness and well-being. Firstly, I decided to improve my health and dropped 30 kilos in three months. I did a 5 km run then 10 km run and took up rock climbing (as one does when life doesn’t exactly plan out the way you intended) I did two bungee jumps in one day and decided to close down the business partnership and go out on my own, which ended a friendship. My marriage of 21 years also ended – a decision that was purely for my peace of mind. I need to stop. I felt like I walked off a cliff without knowing where I would live or even how I would support myself but everything would be ok as I just needed to trust myself….and be on my own. I had gone from being with my parents to being married; never being on my own and never really know who I was…

Being on my own for two years was fantastic; trusting that everything would be ok from running my business to paying my way in life. The biggest lesson I learnt was to trust the universe and be grateful for each moment that each day brought me. I learnt to trust myself and the decisions I made; how to say no and take time for myself – at my pace. My words to myself became “If it’s not life threating, it’s not important,” and there is always a solution to every problem.

I met my second husband 15 years ago and married six years ago. He’s such a supportive and understanding man, and our life has be a wonderful journey, full of opportunity. Opportunities – that in my former life, I would have been too scared to try…or risk! Life has opened up the world to me with travel both in Australia and oversea. I learn from and meet interesting people, and my business takes me in directions I never thought possible.

So what have I learnt over the 26 years since having a brain tumour? I’m no longer the person I was before. Every morning, I am grateful for what the day may bring. I, take time to enjoy the moments; to be still for a while and just be. To be open to opportunities and go with them and if your gut tells you otherwise be brave and listen to it! Life is good, wonderful, and enjoyable and every day I learn more……

Why Mineral Makeup

Why Mineral Makeup?


I love Mineral make-up because of its fantastic coverage, with no synthetics, irritants and dyes found in many other cosmetics. Love the feel on my skin; it does not clog my pores.

When I do clients makeup the first thing they say to me is it feels like I’m not wearing any makeup!

  • Anti-bacterial,
  • Anti-inflammatory,
  • No talc, dyes or Parabens,
  • No clogging of your pores,
  • No Bismuth,
  • Can be used post peel, laser or surgery,
  • Can be used on Hyperpigmentation or Rosacea and
  • Suit all skin conditions.


The Benefits of Mineral Makeup

  • Covers acne and pimples
  • Disguises redness from rosacea
  • Fantastic for sensitive skin
  • Can be put on to the skin straight after laser treatment
  • Will not block or clog the skins pores
  • Gives a soft focus to fine lines and wrinkles
  • Easy to apply
  • Evens out skin tone
  • Provides excellent sun protection
  • Lasts longer requiring few touch ups
  • Stay on skin once applied needs to be removed with a cleanser
  • You ca exercise, sweat and even go under water without ruining your makeup
  • It’s light on the skin so you feel like you’re not wearing any
  • Never again have that cakey feeling you have with traditional makeup




From one of my clients

“Thank you for introducing me to this amazing make-up (Mineral Make-up), my skin feels fantastic and looks so much better. No one has problem skin as bad as I do – well maybe they do – but this make-up is absolutely brilliant!!! It actually helps my skin clear up, when I have a break out. It hides ALL blemishes, without weighing down your face, with heavy make-up. People often think I am not wearing any base make-up. Karyn Shalagin”

The difference between mineral makeup & traditional makeup

The difference between mineral makeup & traditional makeup

Mineral Makeup is made up from naturally occurring minerals such as zinc oxide, silica, mica, iron oxide, sericite, & titanium dioxide which comes from rocks & minerals dug out of the ground. Mineral makeup offer fantastic coverage for acne, pimples, and neutralise all redness from rosacea or inflammation as it calms the skin down. Is great for sensitive skin as it is non-irritating & helps to camouflage pigmentation. Mineral makeup evens out skin tone and give the skin a health glow, also will not clog pores and allow the skin to breathe; its light reflective quality is perfect for fine lines & wrinkles.

Traditional makeup is a mixture of a variety of chemicals, oils, waxes, dyes, talc, preservatives, artificial fragrances, parabens & petroleum based substances. These are ingredients that can block pores and cause break outs so not recommended for sufferers of acne or pimples. Sensitive skin often reacts to traditional makeup because it is formulated with fragrances, irritating chemicals, alcohol, parabens, artificial sunscreens and fillers.

A genuine mineral makeup contains none of these ingredients so if you every developed rashes, redness, hives, dryness, itchy skin or swelling after wearing traditional makeup mineral makeup is worth a try.

Minerals are inert and cannot support bacteria, but shelf life depends on the combinations of ingredients in the product.


(A client was to be mother of the groom had not worn makeup for ten year due to rashes, itchy and redness it caused. She just wanted to look nice for the day I guarantee her skin would not have a break out with using the mineral makeup I use in my business, she looked lovely on the day and fantastic in the photos was so happy and had no problems with wearing it all day.)



Who is Josie’s Beauty

Josie Beauty AD

Recently I was ask…tell me in a couple of sentences who you are and how long you’ve been doing what you do for?

Well here goes……

Josie is a Stylist, Make-up Artist, Nail Technician, Beauty Consultant located in Adelaide, South Australia. She started her beauty business in 1996 and has been working as a professional beauty and style consultant ever since.

In 2006, Josie became a nationally accredited trainer and assessor, training in make-up application, product knowledge and personal presentation and in 2013 Josie gained her Diploma of Professional Styling.

Our mobile beauty and styling service is designed to provide you with our beauty and styling treatments direct to your door, whether at your home, office or function centre. If you are located in the northern metropolitan areas of Adelaide and the Lower Barossa, we will come to your door. We will travel outside these areas in and around Adelaide for a moderate additional cost.

Josie specializes in styling and make-up for weddings, special occasions, Hen’s Nights, School formals Mother’s Day, and beauty makeovers and styling makeovers for all ages.

Other professional services include Facial Treatments, Gel Nails, Manicures, Pedicures, Foot-spa’s, Therapeutic massage and Girls Pamper Days.


“One of my clients introduced me to Colores Mineral Make-up in 2005; I became their National Trainer for three years teaching applications & product knowledge across Australia. After my first application of the product I was so impressed that I throw my traditional makeup out immediately and started using the Mineral make-up on myself & clients. Mineral make-up leaves the skin looking so natural, flawless and last all day. I have since become a qualified Colour Consultant and clients just love the feel and look on their skin.”


“I use and recommend MOMMA mineral makeup to my clients because it is 100% vegan, chemical free, cruelty free, certified SPF 15. It contains no FD&C dyes, irritants, talcum, clays, paraben preservatives, mineral oil, petroleum derived ingredients or fillers and is 100% Nano-free, sweat-proof, waterproof and does clog pores.”


Josies beauty ad photo



Interested in Mineral Makeup for your Salon

Interested in stocking MOMMA mineral makeup in Adelaide

I’m looking for Makeup Artist and Hair & Beauty Salons to stock MOMMA Ministry of Mineral Makeup Australia counter display. Email me on for details

MOMMA Mineral Makeup Collection is created without FD&C dyes, irritants, talcum. clays, paraben preservatives, mineral oil, petroleum derived ingredients or fillers and is 100% Nano-free, sweat proof, waterproof and does clog pores.

Australian made, 100% Vegan, Chemical Free, Cruelty Free & Certified SPF 15

Each display is 35 units

5 x 5 Shades of  Mineral Base

5 x 2 Shades of Mineral Bronzer

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