‘My bubble buddy is also my beautician’: How clever singles have kept themselves looking great during lockdown by choosing their one guest wisely
- Alysse Bowen chose her friend and beautician to be her bubble buddy this year
- The 35-year-old has been able to have free cosmetic treatments in lockdown
- Laura Burbury, 31, is a permanent makeup artist who owns ‘Made Perfect’
A 35-year-old executive assistant in Sydney’s eastern suburbs will be leaving lockdown with professionally styled eyebrows despite beauticians being forced to close their doors on June 25.
Alysse Bowen’s single buddy is her beautician and good friend Laura Burbury, who she has known for seven years.
‘That (the fact Laura is a beautician) was the main reason I chose her to be my bubble buddy,’ Alysse joked when the pair spoke to FEMAIL.
Alysse Bowen’s (left) single buddy is her beautician and good friend Laura Burbury (right), who she has known for seven years
Alysse is pictured before and after her henna and brow lamination treatment which was done in lockdown
Laura has her own business in Coogee, Made Perfect, and has loved being able to work on a friend during lockdown
‘But really, when I found out we were allowed to have a single bubble I ran around the house screaming. Laura is my closest friend who lives in the area so I asked her straight away.’
The single buddy system has worked well for both of them. Laura, who lives with her partner Josh and their infant son, has loved being able to work on someone during her forced time off.
She relaunched her business ‘Made Perfect’ in March and said the disruption brought about by the lockdown was quite hard.
Laura went from having a full schedule with clients lining up for her services to having to focus her entrepreneurial energy on building the social media aspects of her brand.
‘I have always been a word-of-mouth business, so getting into social media has been a huge learning curve,’ she said.
The new mum has spent time training, overhauling her online presence and networking in place of seeing clients over the past 11 weeks.
She has also done some procedures on her partner but being able to see her girlfriend and perfect her brows has definitely been a highlight.
‘I have been keeping her nice and groomed – she is definitely spring ready,’ Laura said.
Laura, who has a young son, Oscar, and partner, Josh, was excited to be invited into Alysse’s single bubble
The permanent makeup artist has styled and shaped Alyssa’s brows, done a lamination, tinted them with henna and performed a lash lift.
Alysse said her confidence has grown through lockdown as her barely-there brows have been Laura’s primary cosmetic focus.
‘I feel heaps more confident and I care about how I look more because I am seeing lots of people when I go out walking every day,’ Alysse said.
‘I never used to worry about it, and would happily walking around looking homeless and without eyebrows,’ she laughed.
Alysse said Laura was the first person who came to mind when Gladys Berejiklian first announced the bubble system.
During lockdown the permanent makeup artist and business owner has been working on her social media and doing treatments on her partner
What are the bubble buddy rules?
You can have one nominated visitor if you live alone, meaning there are no other adults who live in the same home.
A nominated visitor is one person you can socialise with at your place of residence who:
Can only be one person (and their dependent children, if there are no alternative care arrangements)
Can visit you on more than one occasion
Can accompany you in undertaking exercise
Is not a nominated visitor for another person
Resides within 5km of your home
‘Bubble buddies’ in the LGAs of concern needed to register their friends online, but the rest of the state did not.
Source: NSW Government
And while Laura obviously has a family at home, she was delighted she could be included.
She said she was excited for lockdown to end so she can work through her waiting list after having to cancel months of appointments.
And while she is worried about the state some eyebrows and eyelashes will be in when she gets to see her clients again, she hasn’t told anyone not to do DIY treatments.
‘People have to do what makes them feel good right now,’ she said.