Girl(s) you need to know: your Influencer Awards Beauty finalists

15 September 2017
By Fashion Quarterly

By now you know all about the Miss FQ Colgate Optic White Influencer Awards and while voting is now closed the VIP party on October 4th where we’ll reveal the amazing winners is just around the corner! But before then, we want to introduce the top Kiwi bloggers, vloggers and ’grammers killing it online as chosen by you! Here are your favourite influencers in the Beauty category brought to you by Estee Lauder…

Shannon Harris | @shaaanxo

With over 1.5 million followers on Instagram, 3.8 million likes on Facebook and an incredible 3 million subscribers on YouTube, there’s no doubt that beauty vlogger star, Shaaanxo has the largest social media following of any New Zealander. So, how’s she got so far? Being authentic and keeping it real is the secret to this beauty icon’s success.

“Shannon’s reviews seem very honest to me so its helps me know what to get and know what products to maybe pass on,” one fan explained to us in their nomination. “As a makeup lover myself, I find it useful when someone doesn’t sugar coat something and is honest with her followers/ subscribers like Shannon is.”

Kate Manihera | @katemanihera

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We first met Kate when she was a rising star, but now this girl’s hitting the big time it seemed simply perfect to have this beauty in our top five – and your complimentary nominations definitely seemed to agree!

The thing that stands out about Kate is her authenticity – she’s exactly the same person in front of the camera as she is when it isn’t around. Catch her on YouTube, or meet her IRL and you’ll get the same bubbly, beauty loving babe every time. Not only that, her tutorials are always relatable and totally on trend which we’re all about at Miss FQ.

Abby Plested | @abbyplested

This babe though! Abby Plested has such a loyal following and incredible influence within her community, just ask anyone who follows her.


When it comes to makeup and skincare, Abby’s always super honest about only promoting brands she’s genuinely obsessed with, and loves to use. I mean, we literally started using Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair Serum on the reg because Abby swears by it for achieving her enviable flawless skin.

She might not be your classic vlogger but this lady’s beauty is more than skin deep. In saying that though, we do always find ourselves wondering what shade of lippy she’s wearing in her daily selfies…

Annalee Muggeridge | @makeupbyannalee

As a professional makeup artist it’s no wonder Annalee’s followers look to her for up-to-date beauty knowledge and trend advice. This girl’s got skills!

“Annalee has always been a huge inspiration,” one of her many nominations reads. “Her makeup skills not only on herself but also on clients is always flawless and professional.”

That right there totally explains why Annalee is such a trusted makeup guru and a deserving finalist in our Beauty category, brought to you by Estee Lauder.

Julie McEwen | @juliemcewenx

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“Inspirational” was a word that kept coming up in all of Julie’s devoted nominations. From the looks she creates to the way she conducts herself online and with her fans, Julie is total beauty inspo.

“Julie shines naturally, but her ability to apply incredible makeup makes her stand out from the rest. She posts regularly, and is always connected with her followers by responding to their comments,” one loyal fan shared.

Being an influencer goes beyond doing shoutout for brands; at the end of the day it’s about sharing your honest opinions and advice with your fans and it’s clear that this young talented beauty babe has got the formula down pat!

Remember to check in to on October 4th to find out who you chose as New Zealand’s top influencers and read all about the winners in our beautiful new issue of Miss FQ, on sale October 9th!

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