RENE Thorpe from The Temple Skincare at Castle Hill lives and breathes beauty and skincare therapy.
And now her hard work and dedication to the industry and her skincare clinic has just seen her walk away with two awards from the Sydney Hills Local Business Awards: the Best Beauty Services category and Business Person of the Year.
Ms Thorpe, who said she was shocked to win both awards, credited her family's support for helping her build her business.
In 2002 she opened her beauty clinic, which she says provides advanced skin treatments and "balances the customer's emotions and restores their well-being".
Ms Thorpe said her team was grateful that their hard work was appreciated by their customers.
Although she completed her apprenticeship 20 years ago, she has continued her studies to enhance her learning.
"I never would have seen myself in the same category as someone with a degree," she said.
She said it was because of her passion and dedication to her business that it had been able to grow and provide the best for her clients.
"I live and breathe this stuff," she said.
"For someone to be successful they must love their job and it will all come naturally — they will grow and evolve to be more successful."
■ Details: 2 Castle Street, Castle Hill; phone 9634 2411.