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i&i blog

in this blog series, you will read intimate thoughts and experiences from an array of different people - always ending with what beauty means to them.

An interview with Vanessa Ortynsky

"It’s quite rare in a society that benefits from our self-doubt and insecurities, but beauty is owning your quirks and celebrating the ways you stand out."  Vanessa is one of those genuinely nice people. She is authentic and always up for a coffee and a chat. She is a very talented writer, Canadian born but can tell you all the best places to eat in Christchurch. Read more about her life in our latest blog.
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Come & meet Cindy 

In Aotearoa, more than two lipsticks a minute are purchased. If those lipsticks were indigo & iris lipsticks, 50% of the profits of each of those lipsticks would be going directly to Dress for Success - and, in the process, supporting amazing kiwi women.  Have a read of Cindy’s story below and you’ll see why this is the organisation that we are choosing to support with our second, life-changing, beauty product. This is a success story from Dress for Success Christchurch.
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Coming soon... indigo & iris lipstick!

We are getting ready to launch our next product so we thought we should give you the low down about how we got here, how we will launch it and when it will be available to you!
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an interview with sophie chung

Sophie Chung is killing it. 27 years old, living in Auckland. The Beauty Editor at M2woman, founder of Chatty Chums, and on her way to owning her third house. Read about her upbringing, bartending in a strip club, how she deals with racism and sexism in her industry and more. 
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an interview with sian simpson

Sian Simpson is New Zealand's startup and innovation ambassador to the world. Buying a house on Waiheke, three family suicides, interviewing Helen Clark, biking 350 miles through Zambia, and living all around the world, she has gone through some amazing highs and some tough lows. We talk to her about both and get an insight into her life as a completely remote worker living between living in San Francisco, Australia, London, Paris and Singapore and Waiheke Island in a given year.    How do explain what you do to strangers? I work with entrepreneurs and business owners to help them grow and expand/export their businesses nationally but mainly internationally to global markets such as San Francisco/USA, Australia, UK, Canada, Europe & Singapore.  I’m best thought...
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an interview with irene wakefield

After four years in an emotionally abusive relationship, Irene is teaching women about relationships, emotional abuse and self-love. All the things a gal needs to help prepare (or Prepair her for love.) She is a superstar mum and the older sis many need to have an honest chat and straight up answers about relationships, emotional abuse or self-love. Read more about this amazing wahine and make sure you are following @prepairnz on Instagram!
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an interview with jessie guru

Jessie Guru is an inspirational woman. Former Journalist, TV presenter, and singer/songwriter, she now lives in Bali working as a content creator, spreading positive messages through her platform, she is an advocate for people (and animals) who don't have a voice, and we are super fangirling her! Read about her physical and mental health struggles, thoughts on social influencers and her move to a plant-based lifestyle (which was encouraged by her ex-All Black partner!!).
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an interview with grace palmer

"Sadly - Instagram has given people a delusional perspective of the new norm." "I have this thing where I want to be inspirational, and motivational so people can be aspirational. It's about finding a healthy balance." Read more from Grace in our interview for the indigo & iris blog series "What does beauty mean to you?".
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an interview with jess holdaway

"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." Jess shares her wisdom with us in our latest interview.   Jess is an absolute inspiration. Running one of the best social enterprises around, FRANK stationery, with a buy one give one model, selling epic stationery and donating over 75k books to children. As well as having a two-year-old boy and working alongside her husband! Read about how she does it and what beauty means to Jess. 
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an interview with ellie haines

We are PUMPED to have interviewed @lovingelliesbelly aka Ellie Haines and asked her "What beauty means to you" for our blog series. We asked why she started her self-love instagram & what is all about. She is hilariously honest and open about her daily struggles which many of her followers relate to. We were lucky enough to have her involved in our very first indigo & iris shoot where she applied levitate mascara oh so beautifully to her lashes.
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