HIS­TORIC FASH­ION

With Emma Clarke

QT Magazine - - CONTENTS -

EV­ERY day we are find­ing new things in Ip­swich that cut out the need to what tra­di­tion­ally would in­volve a drive up the Cen­te­nary.

For ex­am­ple, did you know that there’s a brand in Ip­swich that car­ries the ex­act same range that you’d nor­mally drive to Myer or David Jones for?

Colleen Diesing loves El­iz­a­beth Ar­den. She re­ally, re­ally loves it.

She’s been the lo­cal ex­pert for over 20 years in Ip­swich. Th­ese days you’ll find her man­ag­ing the El­iz­a­beth Ar­den depart­ment at Healthy­world Phar­macy River­link.

“I was at the Red­bank Plaza phar­macy for 10 years be­fore I moved here to the River­link store, and I’ve just clocked up 10 years here!” Colleen said.

“When the plans came to move to River­link the own­ers asked what I liked to work with and I told them El­iz­a­beth Ar­den be­cause of what they rep­re­sent.

“I love their her­itage and what they stand for. They are a skin care based com­pany whereas oth­ers are based on fash­ion. If you want to look af­ter your skin then they are the pro­fes­sion­als.”

Colleen knows the full his­tory of the brand, in­clud­ing the fact the Miss Ar­den opened the first day spa in New York way back in 1909.

“They backup what they say, and I’ve seen the re­sults over the years with my clients. I have lots of cus­tomers who have been com­ing to me for years and this time last year I got an award from El­iz­a­beth Ar­den for State Phar­macy Beauty Con­sul­tant of the Year, which was a pleas­ant sur­prise,” Colleen said.

“I’ve done some great things over the years for our VIP clients, some of who have been with us for five, 10 years and more. Christ­mas is spe­cial time for my clients, treat­ing them to a three course din­ner last year, be­cause I en­deav­our to make my clients feel spe­cial in­side and out.

“The ma­jor­ity come to me for skin care and make-up. Some­times they may say to me their skin has bro­ken out, and what can they do about it. My face wouldn’t be what it is to­day with­out th­ese prod­ucts, and I say that from the heart.”

Gents, lis­ten up. Colleen also be­lieves that men should mois­turise too, and she loves that fact that all El­iz­a­beth Ar­den prod­ucts are uni­sex prod­ucts.

“If I had to choose one prod­uct that ev­ery­one should have I would try the Eight Hour Cream. You won’t be dis­ap­pointed. I think it’s the eighth won­der of the world. One of th­ese is sold ev­ery minute of ev­ery day around the world. You can use it on any­thing, eye­brows, el­bows, cracked skin…it helps ev­ery­thing.

“We are a Full Line ac­count in Ip­swich, that mean s that we stock ev­ery­thing that you’d see in a Myer or David Jones. Why drive to Bris­bane?

“I love my job,” Colleen said, “and I wouldn’t be do­ing it for 20 years if I didn’t be­lieve in the prod­ucts.”

You’ll find Colleen man­ag­ing the El­iz­a­beth Ar­den depart­ment at Healthy­world Phar­macy River­link

PHOTO:DAR­REN HALLESY

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