Lee Smidt has been working for many years running her successful business, Cosmetic Artistry By Lee. She predominately started her business just doing tattoo procedures on the Gold Coast, travelling up and down the coast tattooing.
In 2015, Lee returned to Coffs Harbour so her daughter could start school to be closer to her friends and family. Since re-establishing her salon here, the business has grown at a very rapid rate, introducing many more services. FOCUS had a chat with Lee to find out more.
What are your qualifications, and what do you specialise in?
I am an advanced accredited cosmetic and paramedical tattooist, and an experienced and certified IPL and Laser Technician.
The tattoo services I perform include hair-stroke eyebrows, eyeliner tattoo, lip tattoo, scar camouflage, tattoo correction and the most rewarding and my favourite, 3D nipple reconstruction tattooing.
IPL and laser services include laser tattoo removal, permanent hair reduction, redness reduction, pigmentation removal, acne management, ageing management, RF-non-surgical facelift, RF skin tightening and fat cavitation. Other services include professional teeth whitening, silk eyelash extensions, spray tanning, LED bio therapeutic facials, waxing, tinting and more.
Have you got anything new happening in 2017?
2017 will be another big year, with the salon being re-named Honey & Huntsman, to make the salon more male friendly. We have just opened Coffs Harbour’s first dedicated male grooming room.
The “Man Cave” is designed to make the experience more comfortable and relaxing for men while they are receiving their treatments.
A men’s salon? What a great idea. What treatments and services do you offer?
Everything on offer for the Honeys is also available to our Huntsmen. Popular male treatments include teeth whitening, brow, nose and ear waxing, permanent hair removal and anti ageing facials.
Just remember: whatever happens in the man cave, stays in the man cave.
Why do you think it is important for men to look after themselves?
Who doesn’t want a man who looks good and maintains his appearance? It is as equally important for men to look after their skin as it is for us women.
Men often suffer from conditions such as premature ageing, dry skin, redness or vascular issues and pigmentation due to working outside. Exposure to extreme sun, heat and cold weather is very damaging to the skin and requires maintenance to prevent long term damage.
Times have changed, and now real men get facials, anti ageing treatments, acne treatments and much more. A great example is my partner; he is a plumber and footballer who is more into beauty than I am; he is a regular in the salon, always looking for his next treatment.
What products do you use, and why do you use them?
Our three main products used and sold in the salon are Jane Iredale, Osmosis Skincare, and Bio-Therapeutic Skincare.
Jane Iredale skincare makeup is a line of pure mineral makeup that nourishes and protects your skin while helping you look your best. Jane Iredale is the only makeup we recommend for use after IPL, laser treatments or anyone with sensitive skin, or any skin conditions. We can help you match the perfect makeup for your skin in a one-hour private makeup session for only $50 (redeemable on the product).
Osmosis skincare is medical strength skincare that focuses on reducing inflammation and rebalancing through our inside-out approach, resulting in permanent changes. This is achieved through a series of revolutionary natural ingredients and technologies delivered by the liposomal delivery system. Osmosis products have been proven to penetrate up to 600 times better into the skin than most other skincare.
Osmosis can strengthen the immune system, increase skin circulation, improve scar remodelling, repair DNA, replenish growth factors, re-establish the protective barrier, restore antioxidant levels and activate collagen at the source. Bio-Therapeutic Skincare is a globally recognised skincare brand that we use in the salon with our medical grade machinery and treatments.
What makes your business different to other businesses in the same industry?
My experience and qualifications are second to none. The market is now saturated in the media spa industry, with most salons now adding medical grade treatments to their beauty menus. My business has been built and grown based on my experience and reputation for quality results. This is my own business, and I treat each one of my clients as though they are my most important client, as each and everyone deserves my full attention.
How do we make a booking?
Call the salon: (02) 5606 1350 Mobile: 0438 180 121, Facebook message, or drop into the salon. We also have a booking app for our regular clients.
Where can we find more information?
Add us on Facebook: Cosmetic Artistry By Lee or Honey & Huntsman, Instagram @honeynhuntsman