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Growing up, Simone Henderson knew she wanted to be in charge of her life. She had dreams of being like the business women she saw on television and, with spirit and determination, she set about conquering the corporate world.But she wanted more. “Fast forward many years, and having worked in government and corporate offices for most of my life, I was exposed to cultures where work seemed like fun, which was amazing and I wanted that!” she says.
“People say that we are only one good decision away from a complete life overhaul, so I made it!”
Having lost her “mojo” for meetings and targets, Simone knew it was time to shake things up. “People say that we are only one good decision away from a complete life overhaul, so I made it!”. Gloss & Co was founded in 2014 in response to Simone searching for her ‘why’; “I took a few deep breaths, prayed to the heavens that I'd be ok, sprinkled in a bit of yoga and Gloss & Co became real.” Gloss & Co offer a range of high-quality vegan and cruelty-free nail polishes that are quick dry and offer a long lasting, chip-resistant finish. “Gloss & Co nail polishes are manufactured in Australia with the finest ingredients under strict quality control. We know that you can develop amazing products without harsh chemicals or animal involvement,” says Simone.
"Today, there’s 73 colours - I try to always be ahead of the game with fashion trends and big season colours and 2018 looks to be full of ‘subdued’ bright colours and creamy soft shades"
Each season Simone produces a range of new shades, with Spring/Summer 2017 seeing the release of the Beautiful Blooms collection - shades consciously created for wearing just one coat of soft subtle prettiness, or two layers of beautiful glossy colour for more even more compliments. “Each season, I review the range and add and subtract shades that are or aren’t on trend. Today, there’s 73 colours - I try to always be ahead of the game with fashion trends and big season colours and 2018 looks to be full of ‘subdued’ bright colours and creamy soft shades.” Currently, Metallic Rose is a big seller, with Simone believing metallic are trending as they suit a multitude of skin tones. So it was a lovely, serendipitous moment when conscious.kin approached Simone to create a custom nail polish colour for them with a hint of shimmery gold. “I’m such a huge fan of the philosophy and ethos of conscious.kin,” she says of the opportunity to collaborate.
Rose Gold is so very hot right now and there are only 200 bottles of this shade, so it will always remain exclusive to conscious.kin and I absolutely love that!
“The process really begins with a great sample and brief. The brief was simple - soft and sheer and pretty with just one coat for busy girls. conscious.kin provided me with a sample of a sheer rosy lipstick swatch, mixed with a hint of shimmery eyeshadow in light gold. It was the prettiest sheer rosy shade with a gold shimmer and I think we were all just a little bit in love at that point!” Named, aptly, Paddington (after the brand’s first showroom), the nail polish appears a metallic rose gold in the bottle, but applies super sheer, with a slightly rosy tone and gold shimmer. “Rose Gold is so very hot right now and there are only 200 bottles of this shade, so it will always remain exclusive to conscious.kin and I absolutely love that!” says Simone.
words | Jacqui Greig