Juggling a new business with motherhood can be challenging. Leigh is mother to son Alexander, while Tegan has three children: twin girls, Indiana and Samara, and a son called Banjo.
“Balance is a myth created to make mothers feel inadequate. It does not exist,” Leigh says. “When you go easy on yourself and realise you can have it all, just simultaneously, you learn to prioritise tasks each day - sometimes it’s family and sometimes it’s career.”
“But through the drudgery and monotony of motherhood comes the desire for a release - to use creativity and ‘grown-up’ skills that can feel pushed aside by the demand of parenting,” she continues. “Career and business while raising young children is definitely a juggle, but as the saying goes, if you want something done well and quickly, give it to a busy mum.”
Of course, motherhood not only has a profound influence on the skin products in our bathroom cabinet, but the clothes hanging in our wardrobe too - something Tegan and Leigh know all too well.
“Motherhood has unfortunately meant that I have way less time to even think about my personal style!” Tegan says. “I certainly veer towards comfort and practicality. My activewear definitely gets a workout (even if I don’t actually work out!)”
“I also wear a lot of Showpo. The price points are great if you’d like to mix a few trend-driven items in with classic basics.”
Leigh adds: “I almost exclusively buy things that are machine-washable now. I’m drawn to classic, comfy styles that I can run around in, but still look relatively put together. I don’t buy designer bags anymore but like to splurge on higher-end flat shoes.”
“I live in ONTE knits in winter and love their dresses under a trench when the weather can’t make its mind up. They’re an amazing Aussie brand and the quality is great."
Since launching Brillo Beauty, the business has gone from strength to strength, with products sold online and in select stores across Australia. So, what's their advice for women hoping to launch their own business one day?
"You need a lot of patience and to be willing to roll your sleeves up and embrace, do, and know all the jobs within the business from the ground up," Tegan says. "The process can take quite a lot of time, so choose something you are passionate about or willing to learn more about, because your business really does become another baby… It totally depends on you."
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By Danielle Fowler | Photography by Kaitlyn Bosnjak