About The Beauty Hunter

Beauty Hunter is a luxe and feminine online destination founded by former Art and Beauty Editor of body+soul, Melinda Ayre. It began in 2011 has a space for Melinda to continue her signature brand of beauty journalism while on maternity leave. Beauty Hunter is now dedicated to hunting for beauty in the minutiae of daily life. It features beauty product reviews, trend pieces and expert interviews and is slowly expanding to include musings on inner beauty too.

Melinda Ayre

About Melinda Ayre

Melinda was born in sunny Brisbane in 1974 to primary school teacher Audrey and real estate agent Wayne. According to Audrey, little Melinda was a rather talkative child, belting out an accomplished rendition of Abba’s Mamma Mia by four years of age. After singing in every choir, dancing in every musical and topping English at Ascot State School, Brissie – ma and pa smugly decided they had quite a bright, unique daughter.

Melinda went on to Brisbane Girls’ Grammar School where as well as becoming a State Champion Gymnast, Choir Master and art and english freak she also fell off the wagon and enjoyed with abandon sneaking out of the house most nights, drinking too much Bundy Rum and dyeing her lovely locks black.
Ma and Pa were relieved when Mel headed off to Uni to study Business Communications and Opera at the Con, but panicked once again when she dropped out to join a infamous covers band and travel up and down the east coast.
All’s well that ends well – after getting back on track and finishing her degree, Mel packed up and left for Sydney to start as a junior at Woman’s Day magazine and record a pop CD. After becoming art director for Woman’s Day, Mel became art and beauty director for body+soul, News Ltd for 10 years where she met a certain fitness editor, Damien Kelly. He didn’t waste any time and motherhood meant a career change to freelance beauty journalism so Mel could stock up on all the latest beauty products at home.
Mel now lives in randy randwick with that hot personal trainer boyfriend DK and 2 sweet kiddies. She does everything creative for the family fitness business and occasionally sings alone in the car to Abba.


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