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Tania - Professional Hair & Make Up Services in Cardiff, NSW

Tania (Co-owner/Creative Director/Make-Up Artist/Beautician)

Tania started her working life as a Histology Technician working at the Royal Newcastle Hospital, but her artistic flair and lifelong fascination with make-up and the transformations created by its use led her to studying make-up artistry in 2002 and then beauty in 2003, resulting in a major career change. It was after the completion of these certificates in 2003 that Tania attained a distinction and topped the state, receiving a prestigious TAFE State Medal. Then in 2004 Tania started her home-based make-up and beauty salon and quickly became sought after and respected in the industry for her work as a make-up artist working in television, theatre and major events.

However, illness in 2011 caused a setback in her flourishing career.

During her recovery, Tania researhed treatments & products that would provide healthier alternatives and re-trained with Kryolan Professional Make-Up to update her skills so that she could come back bigget and better, with a vision of a wonderful place where professional meets with caring and all you could want, could be found in one elegant salon. Joining forces with her daughter, Kate Hobbins, together they made the vision become a reality, recreating, revamping and relocating the new Totally Fab to the current premises at Cardiff Heights.

Katie - Professional Hair & Make Up Services in Cardiff, NSW

Kate (Co-owner/Colourist/Stylist/Make-Up Artist/Beauty Therapist/Massage Therapist/Wedding Singer)

Kate Hobbins is a gifted portrait painter, performer and singer, who successfully auditioned for entry into the Australian Institute of Music (AIM), Sydney to study a Bachelor of Music/Musical Theatre in 2010. During her studies Kate trained with the best singers in the industry, gaining great experience but it was also her passion and gift for art, hair styling and all things make-up that found her successfully landing a job working for Napoleon Perdis as a make-up artist whilst studying.

Kate then moved back to Newcastle to study hairdressing and pursue her childhood dream of becoming a successful hair colourist and stylist. Since gaining her qualifications, Kate has continued to train and advance her skills attending Toni & Guy Education in Sydney to keep on top of the latest trends. To add to her skillset in the salon, Kate is also a qualified massage therapist, beauty therapist and also teaches singing. Kate is a  sought-after hair stylist and make-up artist.

Nickie Madigan - Professional Hair & Make Up Services in Cardiff, NSW

Nickie Madigan

After an 8 year career in the RAAF, Nickie chose to change her career path and study Beauty Therapy. Nickie was ‘hand-picked’ to join the Totally Fab team after Tania and Kate supervised her work whilst they were guest teaching Photography Make-up at a local private Beauty College. Her displayed enthusiasm and natural raw talent led to Tania and Kate inviting Nickie to join the team, initially for work experience, and then as a Beauty Therapist. Nickie brings her magic to the beauty room as her nurturing aura and love for making clients feel absolutely amazing during their skin treatments, organic facials and aromatherapeutic body massages becomes evident as they float out of the salon in a state of sheer bliss.

Her artistic talents also shine in make-up artistry, as she has been personally trained by Tania and Kate to provide clients with the perfectionism and professional results in all styles of make-up application and design that Totally Fab is renowned for.

Loki & Ollie - Professional Hair & Make Up Services in Cardiff, NSW

Loki & Ollie

These two redheads are the latest addition to our salon. Our Burmese boys bring clown like antics, love and snuggles to take the stress out of your day. They work for pats and bickies. However, if you’re not comfortable with their presence or have allergies please do not hesitate to let us know as they can be moved back to their other home.

We Are Totally Fab

We are a dedicated team with more than 15 years combined industry knowledge and experience and are self-professed perfectionists. The combination of business mind, and wisdom that comes with maturity, the freshness of youth and our like-mindedness compliments each others’ skillsets to provide a high level of service. Also, our background in dance and musical theatre has given us a greater understanding of stage hair and make-up, what works and what doesn’t, which is what lead us on the path to discovering one of the best professional make-up brands in the world – Kryolan: a German make-up brand renowned for its solid pigments, huge foundation colour range and staying power.

Having a background in the medical field I am also able to use my medical knowledge in providing an environment with excellent hygiene standards and informed advice on natural treatments.

Since Kate and I have joined forces to become the Totally Fab team we have worked together on many projects including weddings, formals, TV commercials, fashion shoots, and were chosen by Channel Nine to provide and co-ordinate the hair and make-up production team for the star studded lineup at the Special Olympics held in Newcastle, December 2013. This included Marina Prior, Silvie Paladino, The McClymonts and Human Nature just to name a few. For larger events like these and larger bridal parties we also call upon a team of handpicked expert make-up artists and hair stylists that meet our high standards so that your event will run smoothly and efficiently.

But, regardless of whether we are dealing with celebrities or the most humble of clientele, we love doing what we do and we love the feeling we get when we transform a client and they’re over the moon with the finished results.

Our vision at Totally Fab has been to create an innovative, fashion-forward salon that provides all your hair, make-up and beauty needs under one roof by the most sought after, experienced, creative talents in the business. We provide this in an environment that makes you feel at home and relaxed, knowing that the people you trust to look after your appearance and wellbeing will do whatever it takes to ensure that you leave the salon feeling amazing, completely satisfied and excited to return. A salon that also provides you with the best education, not only for make-up tuition, but in order to make informed choices for your hair, make-up and beauty treatments and products, and the choice to choose healthier, natural and organic alternatives.

But, above all, our mission is to continue being the best in the business and have fun doing it! In a salon filled with laughter, which is our favourite place to be and hopefully yours too.