• Kara Randall.
  • @federationofficial
  • @vicroadwinebar
  • @arkcoffee


Our round up of posts from local businesses on IG that we’ve double tapped (liked) and a Q&A with Kara from Willow Skin

Q&A with Kara Randall, Willow Skin

Kara Randall owns Willow, a boutique skin and beauty specialist salon located at Little Biba, Birkenhead point. A beauty therapist for over 10 years and self-confessed skin geek, she has a passion for investigating the causes of skin issues and the science behind correcting those issues to help people feel confident again. Kara grew up on the Shore and now lives and works on the Shore and enjoys paddle boarding and motorbiking to some of our local coffee destinations with her husband Glen. Kara chats to us about building her new business Willow and all things social media.

Channel Mag: How did Willow come about?
It’s been my dream for the past couple of years to open my own skin clinic. Flash forward to a chance meeting with a very inspirational North Shore businesswoman who gave me the opportunity to take the ultimate leap and make Willow a reality. Willow is a bespoke skin clinic that specialises in results-based treatments. Our focus is on the treatment and correcting all types of skin concerns with the simple outcome of honest genuine results for our clients. We’ve partnered with two cosmeceutical grade skin care providers - Osmosis and Ultraceuticals, which are targeted to making change within the skin to achieve individual skin goals. Our clients skin journeys are unique, and we are there to support them every step of the way.

CM: Is Instagram a source of inspiration for you?
It’s definitely a source of inspiration for me, I love to see other women in business out there doing amazing things. I am following @bibasalon for my hair inspiration and @missfoxmelb which is an Australian beauty spa that’s has been crowned world's best beauty salon. Also @tuesdaylabel for all things fashion and style.

CM: Which other local businesses do social media well?
I really like @tuesdaylabel's social media as it really tells a story of style and @botanicsnz as they do the best flowers for any occasion and who doesn't love a daily pop of flower colour on their Instagram feed?!

CM: If you could choose any Willow treatment for yourself, what would it be and why?
All our treatments are fantastic and are usually individually tailored but two of my personal favourites are a Radiance and Restore facial infusing the top treatment serums by Osmosis - this will restore the skin barrier and leave you with a long-lasting glow. I also love the Ultraceuticals A-zyme peel which targets most skin concerns and after a course of four you can create real change in the skin!

@willow_skin  www.willowskin.co.nz

Loving the look of the new staple track hoods and shorts from local label Federation, perfect for lazy summer days and cooler evenings.

The team behind Devonport restaurant, Vic Road Kitchen, recently opened a boutique wine store and garden bar a few doors down from the restaurant. With a tasting table in the middle of the store and plenty of varietals to try, I can’t wait to visit again soon for a recommendation from the knowledgeable team.

Ark Coffee in Takapuna is a well-known spot for coffee lovers and their espresso soft serve caught my attention big time with all the exceptional weather we’ve been having. The perfect summer ‘latte’!

Issue 127 February 2022