Famous Names IBX Nail Strengthening Treatment


This treatment is for you if:

  • You have trouble growing your nails
  • Your nails are weak, brittle or start splitting / flaking at the tips
  • Your nails have white dots or ridges through them
  • You've suffered damage from repeated gel polish / SNS soak off removals
  • You want to strengthen and protect your natural nails

Unlike other nail treatments, IBX works by penetrating into the nail to strengthen from within, not on top of the nail so it never needs to be removed. 

The IBX system works best when treatments are done regularly and it's a simple process that can be added to any manicure, pedicure (IBX is great for toenails too!) or gel polish service. Results are visible even after only the first treatment, see below:


I take appointments from Absolutely Polished Salon at Level 1/56 Hardware Lane, Melbourne. Get in touch via my CONTACT page to make a booking today!  


Tattoo Camouflage Makeup

Tattoo camouflage makeup is very useful for those wanting to cover a visible tattoo perhaps for a wedding, formal or corporate occasion. 

A recent client of mine, a bridesmaid in her friends wedding, requested to have her large back tattoo camouflaged with makeup.  Covering tattoos is quite a process – a lot of time is required to neutralise out the colour and then match the skin tone to make them disappear.  This requires layers of makeup and setting powder, as well as mixing of colours to match the clients skin.

Before & After tattoo camouflage makeup for my client Keely.

My 'go-to' product for Tattoo cover-ups is the Kryolan Dermacolor range, it's an AMAZING product that can also be used to camouflage/conceal skin conditions like rosacea, acne scars or bruising.  Read below Keely's  review of her experience with tattoo camouflage makeup. 

Absolutely Polished, Nails and Nail Art!

A while ago, I was chatting to a friend at a party when I noticed her nails - they were painted beautifully with two nails featuring watermelon over the entire nail!  I asked her where she'd had them done and was told at I Scream Nails in Collingwood.  Now, because I was all over Instagram, I immediately searched and started following them and so began my obsession with nails and nail art!  So much so, that I decided to learn how to do nails professionally and completed my Certificate II in Nail Technology in July 2014.  

I've been offering nail services ever since and work from Absolutely Polished salon at Level 1/56 Hardware Lane Melbourne.  It's a beautiful space working alongside Val who also does nails (she's been doing nails for over 20 years) and Elaine who offers a range of beauty treatments.  The space is also shared with the girls at KODO Hair so you can have your nails, beauty and hair treatments all done in the one place!  

The place is usually a buzz with good vibes all round so come and get your nails done - make an appointment today - call 0429 400 842  or  9041 4897 and ask for Maria!


I jumped on the Instagram bandwagon long after it was all the rage - I never really understood it completely but when I started doing makeup as a freelance business, I learned it was a great tool for sharing work.  

I'll admit, I was pretty excited when I posted my first couple of pics and got some 'likes' from people all around the globe... but it was when I realised you could 'follow' other artists, celebrities and businesses for inspiration, gossip and ideas, that I really got hooked on it!

I probably still don't post as often as I should - but it's definitely something I'm working on. Follow me @mariarussomakeupnails




I get to do some really fun stuff as a makeup artist, like working on the 'Armin Only' Melbourne shows, which happened on June 6 and 7 this year at Rod Laver Arena.

Working alongside two other makeup artists, (my fab friends, Shula Keyte and Teresa Salafranca) we did the hair and makeup for Armin Van Buuren, his musicians, dancers, acrobats and guest singers.

Doing makeup on Fiora backstage at Rod Laver Arena.

Doing makeup on Fiora backstage at Rod Laver Arena.

Shula (makeup) and Teresa (hair) working their magic backstage on singer Cindy Alma.

Shula (makeup) and Teresa (hair) working their magic backstage on singer Cindy Alma.

It was such a great experience and the talent were just so lovely to work with, we felt like we were part of their tour family!  Below are some images from the Melbourne shows, of the faces I worked on.. (courtesy of the Armin Only Facebook page)

DRAG QUEEN TRANSFORMATION - Turning an ordinary guy into Priscilla Queen of the Desert!

I completed my Diploma of Specialised Makeup at Victoria University in June 2013.  One of the highlights for me of the course, was the ‘Night of Notables’ exhibition all students were involved in as part of our final assessment.

Night of Notables involves each student choosing a character of note, from a movie, cartoon, story etc.. and then recreating the character on a model, designing the makeup, wig and costume.  Each character is then displayed in a live exhibition for public viewing.

The character I chose to recreate was Mitzi Del Bra, the famous thong dress wearing Drag Queen from the movie Priscilla Queen of the Desert.  Once I had decided on my character, then began months of planning and preparing for the Night of Notables event on June 17, 2013 at La Di Da in the City.

A scene from Priscilla Queen of the Desert with Mitzi wearing the 'thong' dress.  (sourced from Google images)

I used the original character as inspiration but added a few different touches to my version of Mitzi, to ensure I put my own spin on it.  I made the costume with 42 individual thongs, zip-ties, acrylic paint, loads of craft glue and a shit load of pink and orange crystals! 

Mitzi's hair was created by sewing two wigs together, setting it in rollers and then styled into place with padding, pins and two full cans of hairspray!

Next, was designing the makeup.. Drag Queen makeup is very different from a natural beauty makeup so to help me develop the perfect 'Mitzi' style, I did a workshop with the fabulous Philmah Bocks - Lashes and Lipstick - to learn her step-by-step ritual for the perfect drag makeup.  

There's so much involved with makeup to transform a man into a woman, intense contouring is pretty much the key.  Contouring the face, changing the eyes with heavy lines and contouring as well as raising the eyebrows, by blocking out the natural ones and drawing in the new ones.

My friend Ale has always had a fascination with being made up in drag so he gladly volunteered to be my model for the day!  Below are a few images of the different stages of drag makeup..

Finally, after all of the preparation and planning that had been done, the day was here and I was pumped! My brother John had agreed (with a little convincing) to be my model for the day and slipped into the role of Mitzi, surprisingly well!  

It was a really long day, most of it spent preparing Mitzi for the final exhibition but once she was ready, I was really happy with the end result!  Then it was onto La Di Da to relax, have a drink and enjoy then night!  Check out some of the pics from the day below...