I'm Melinda Ayre.
I'm a lifestyle journalist, beauty editor, content creator and mama.
As a young girl in Brisbane, I used to create my own magazines by snipping up my grandmother's collection of Vogue and pasting words and pictures into sketchbooks.
As soon as I was old enough I was on a plane to Sydney to work in magazines. I desperately wanted to work on Dolly, but ended up as a junior artist on Woman's Day.
Since that first stiletto in the door, I became art director of Woman's Day, then art director of body+soul, The Sunday Telegraph, and ended up writing a popular beauty column for the Tele for over 10 years.
That's also where I met the father of my children.
I gave birth to my first child, Finley, in 2008 and soon after came Venus in 2009. That's when I started The Beauty Hunter. I became a blogging, freelancing, stay-at-home mum. I penned pretty prose for the likes of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Good Health, Women’s Weekly, Mindfood and Women's Health.
Life was good.
Then life fell apart (you can read more about that here) and I found myself 40, single, and broke.
My beloved Beauty Hunter was put on ice while I headed back to work full-time (beauty editing the iconic Aussie mag Women's Health) and slowly tried to piece myself back together.
Once I felt stronger (two years later) I was ready for a new challenge and dived out of print media and headfirst into digital publishing to become Associate Producer of 9Honey and a podcaster. What a ride.
Not long after that I was set up on a blind date, met the love of my life (hello Howie!), sold the family home, bought an apartment and rebuilt The Beauty Hunter blog so I could work anywhere, anytime and most importantly, nurture my babies once again.
I hope you love my website. It's been a long and bittersweet journey. But I'm never going to give up on searching for silver linings in everyone and everything.
And that's really what Beauty Hunter is about. Hunting for the best stuff - even in the worst of times.
Lots of love, Mel/Linny/Min