Tessa Talks with Beauty Entrepreneur Chloe
Chloe Brinklow is the Founder and Director of TOMBOY Beauty, a brand of premium cosmetics and skin-care with a ‘less-is-more’ philosophy towards beauty and style. We reached out to the New York-based Aussie to ask about her lifestyle and wellness rituals.
Q: Where were you born and raised?
A: I grew up on the Central Coast on the east coast of Australia in a tiny surf town called Copacabana.
Q: How did where you were raised influence your healthy habits?
A: There isn’t a lot to do on the coast besides spending time outdoors at the beach and in nature with friends. My love and respect for all of the above is what keeps my mental health in check. My parents put me in just about every after-school sport possible, plus dancing, so daily movement is pretty ingrained too.
Q: What are you currently working on?
A: I’ve pressed pause on publishing TOMBOY Beauty (for now), but am working in the bones of TOMBOY Creative (my talent management agency) and TOMBOY Collective (a production and creative studio). I’ve also been mucking around with finally teaching myself photography and writing a screenplay just for fun while in ISO here in New York.
Q: What is one of the biggest challenges you have faced in your life career-wise?
A: I wouldn’t call it a challenge but it was hard work studying in Newcastle, interning in Sydney, and living on the Central Coast, while working full-time and trying to climb the ranks in fashion and publishing at a time when the industry was still pretty set in its hierarchal structures. I could see that the paradigm was stunting growth and creativity, and that was a tough reality. But it ultimately pushed me to go out on my own and create my own rules in the space. I think we’ve all come a long way since then, thankfully.
Q: What are some ways you handle stress and pressure?
A: Exercise. If I am exercising daily, I feel a lot less affected by the noise. Also, maintaining solid relationships with my friends and family. I always make time for both, no matter how ‘busy’ work and life gets. A Facetime or ‘social distanced’ wine with a friend is my therapy.
Q: What is your greatest strength?
A: Optimism and spontaneity. I can have my dark days, but I don’t allow the cloud to hover too long.
Q: What is your greatest weakness?
A: Probably spontaneity, haha! While it’s afforded me great opportunities like boarding flights for last-minute jobs in Japan with 3 hours notice and moving to New York on the back of what was meant to be a 6-day business trip, as I am getting a little bit older I’m realising the value in planning a little more and assessing risk versus reward, especially in business.
Q: Who inspires you?
A: Passionate people, especially women, who go against the grain, get shit done and give life their best shot. I make a point of surrounding myself with them. I am especially inspired by the next gen, who are pushing boundaries politically, professionally, and creatively. It’s a future I want to be a part of.
Q: What inspires you?
A: Art, photography, nature, travel, anthropology, conversation.
Q: How is sustainability a part of your life?
A: My approach is mindfulness. I no longer buy into fast fashion or “shop” and I do my research on the brands that I’m buying into and their sustainability and ethical practices. I avoid single-use plastic and consume very minimal animal products. I try to get involved in community initiatives like Take 3 for the Sea’s beach cleanups. I wish my fire escape was big enough to have a veggie garden. I am not perfect, but I try to be mindful.
Q: What is your biggest wellness indulgence?
A: Melanie Grant, my facialist. The treatments and the regimen she has me on. My skin knows when I’m in New York, and that she’s not around and it misbehaves accordingly!
Q: What are your 3 clean – non toxic beauty must haves?
A: The Beauty Chef’s Probiotic Skin Refiner – it’s a gentle exfoliator that is much gentler on my skin than P50.
The Jojoba Company’s Australian Jojoba oil. I have very blemish-prone skin (putting it lightly) thanks to ongoing gut issues I’m trying hard to fix, and this keeps it in check.
Dr Bronner’s Organic Hand Sanitizer in Peppermint, especially today for obvious reasons.
VENUSTUS in Paddington makes the most amazing body oils and face serums and any encounter with Jeannie who formulates them is straight magic.
Q: What are your 3 wellness must haves?
A: A gym membership, which I am currently missing dearly. When I am at home in Australia, I go to Body Movement on the Central Coast. In NY, I go to Australian-owned Session in Williamsburg.
JW Tonic One – to have in the morning.
Q: Whats your ideal way to switch off?
A: Time spent in and by the ocean with great company. OR a red wine on the sofa.
Q: What are you currently reading, watching or listening to?
A: READING: Three Women by Lisa Taddeo, which is a non-fiction exploration of intimacy, sexuality and emotion of three real women. I’m late to the party, but it’s insanely good.
LISTENING: to 1619, a New York Times podcast on the history of slavery and the Black experience in America. It should be compulsory listening.
WATCHING: Before bed, since COVID happened, I am all about finishing the day with a laugh. I’m not sophisticated in my comedy choices by any means, I have a guilty pleasure for old Graham Norton reruns and Comedy Central Roasts.
Q: Where is your favorite place to travel?
A: I like discovering new places but there really is no place like home – and I have two, so New York and Australia. I’m also very fond of Southern Italy, Greece and Israel.
Q: What do you eat for breakfast in the morning?
A: I learnt to listen to my body, and it doesn’t like breakfast. I have a strong black coffee with a dash of Oat milk that I make on my stove at home. On the weekends, I will treat myself to brunch at Sonnyboy, an Aus-owned cafe in my neighbourhood. Their salmon bowl is on the lunch menu but they let me have it for breaky.