Model, mum, and inspiration: Rosie Luik only has two of those three words on her 130k+ follower Instagram profile, but we think “inspiration” should be in there too. Rosie’s blog, rosieluik.com/blog-1/, details her journey from self-conscious teenager to her present day, where she’s one of Australia’s top influencer models, a mum of 4, surrogate of 2 children for her dear friend, an author, the wife of a firefighter and all around amazing person. Though we don’t know where she found time in her jam-packed day, Rosie was kind enough to let us ask a few questions and share her insight on her life, career, and beauty tips that keep her runway ready and working at 100%.
Q: What is your favourite thing about your career?
A: Being able to work with the amazing and ridiculously talented industry people and professionals. Watching a shoot or production grow from the early stages to being completed is amazing.
Being able to interact with people and followers is always a highlight. I love being able to put a smile on someone’s face, just by saying hello, replying to a comment on one of my posts or liking and commenting on other people’s posts. Tagging along on someone else’s journey as they set out achieving their goals and being genuinely happy for their successes is very important to me.
Q: What is your beauty routine on work days, before/after you have to get ready for a shoot or to be on camera? What about on non-work days?
A: Work days are usually easy, I have a shower, cleanse my face and put my Nerium Day Cream on. If I’m shooting it’s important that I don’t put anything else on my skin in preparation for the Hair and Makeup artists.
If I’m not working, I usually put on a BB crème and mascara, other than that I don’t really use makeup or any other products to give my face a little rest.
Q: What do you like about Nerium?
A: I like that it’s quick, easy and I can instantly feel it working. I also like that there are certain products that target certain areas, like the firming lotion and under eye patches, which definitely come in handy when I travel for work. It’s great to have the night cream in black and day cream in white, I can’t even get that wrong!
Before I started Nerium I had noticed I was starting to get those pesky “expression lines” around my eyes and after using Nerium for the last few months, I have absolutely noticed a difference. I’ve also noticed the quality of my skin has improved too which I have always struggled with.
Q: You talk about how you struggled to have the confidence and self-esteem to pursue modelling. Can you share how your mindset has changed and how you keep a positive attitude?
A: I still struggle with self-confidence and my self-esteem, now more than ever as there is pressure being in this industry. I am also aware that as women we do put a lot of pressure on ourselves. I find though that staying true to yourself is most important. If I’m having a bad skin day (which I often do) or I’m having negative thoughts about my body, I remind myself of all the amazing things my body has achieved and that I’m a real person. I’m not perfect and I would rather people see that than think that I’m something I’m not. I want to inspire other women and Mummas and in order to do that it’s important to show them my real side. I have stretchmarks, I have scars, I have days where I’m not happy with my skin and probably put far too much thought into the size of my butt. I remind myself that even though I’m not where I want to be in some areas, I’ve come a long way. Sometimes it’s easy to miss how far you’ve come when you’re in the middle of the day to day grind. I’m still here though and lucky to be alive. I make sure I surround myself with family and friends who are kind and positive, who support each other in achieving and pursuing our goals and I’ll keep working hard and that’s what matters.
Q: What are some of your favourite things about being a mum?
A: I love being a mum. I love the hugs, the kisses, the challenges and watching my kids grow and become individual people. I hope to raise my kids to be kind and loving humans and to treat others the way they wish to be treated. I want nothing but true happiness, not superficial happiness, for them and anything they choose to do in life. Watching them achieve their goals and become who they are as people will be the most rewarding experience in the world. Tucking them in at night, having that little uninterrupted one on one chat with them is so precious and something I will always treasure.
Q: When you are having a really difficult day or have a challenge ahead of you – with your family, your career, personal relationships etc – how do you handle it?
A: Usually I’ll go to a boxing class and let my frustrations out by hitting a bag ha-ha! I like to get to Pilates or go for a run and listen to my music. I find exercising really helps when I’m stressed or upset, it helps release tension and get the good thoughts flowing. I also love letting my creative side free by writing, whether it be blogs, working on my next book or publishing short stories on an online storytelling community.
Q: Do you have any lessons or insights that have been really important to you, that might be helpful to other busy career mums and women pursuing their dreams?
A: Just remember to be you, to be real and to be kind. Keep moving on, even small steps in the right direction are better than none at all and don’t give up even when it seems like you have no options left, you never know what lies around the corner. I’ve had so many obstacles that I have had to overcome and there is always a way over, under or around them. Think outside the box! Also, it’s important to have supportive people around you and to be a supportive friend, be happy for people in their successes, bring them up instead of trying to bring them down, empower each other and surround yourself and others with positivity. The world needs you as you are… and the washing pile can wait a little longer!