Amie Boyd’s face is caked in dirt, she is hot, sweaty and her hair is dry and bristly after a 12-hour shift in the mines.
But there’s no special treatment for women, according to the 35-year-old from New Zealand, who’s ‘just one of the boys’ at the end of a hard day.
‘You won’t get far being a princess,’ she said, acknowledging she probably does get judged on her false lashes and manicured nails before the other miners get to know her, and see her work.
Despite the ‘princess-ban’, the seasoned miner said it’s ‘important’ to bring femininity into the workforce and makes time to maintain her health and beauty routine by regularly waking up at 3am to squeeze in a workout before her hectic workday begins.
Amie Boyd, 35, from New Zealand loves being a miner in Perth and has lived in Western Australia since 2009
The glamorous miner has revealed how she keeps her hair, nails and skin looking perfect despite the rough conditions
Despite working and living in some of Western Australia’s harshest environments for 12 years the brunette beauty is proud of her ability to keep up her appearance and sticks to a strict routine
Amie has lived and worked in some of Western Australia’s harshest environments for 12 years and knows the toll it can take on her body.
She is proud of her ability to keep up her appearance and believes working in the mines is no excuse for not ‘feeling good’ about herself.
‘I think just because I work in mining and it is perceived as being a man’s world doesn’t mean I should give up on my appearance,’ she said.
‘Most of us get so dirty here, we all sweat, get filthy and work really hard. It isn’t for the thin-skinned or faint-hearted.
‘The last thing you want is for a girl to come on site and expect to get away with not doing things because she’s a girl. That’s not good.’
The miner recently went viral after posting videos of her life on TikTok – showing how she goes from being covered in red dirt to ultra-glamorous on her days off.
Amie works ‘two-weeks on, one-week off’ and gets her eyelash extensions done and nails refilled on every rotation.
From freshly-applied nails to luscious eyelash extensions – the woman told Daily Mail Australia she believes working in the mines is no excuse for not ‘feeling good’ about yourself
‘Most of us get so dirty here, we all sweat, get filthy and work really hard. It isn’t for the thin-skinned of faint-hearted.’
Amie works ‘two-weeks on, one-week off’ and gets her eyelashes and nails refilled on every rotation
When she first moved from the utilities department to become an operator, Amie ‘got lots of odd looks’ from the other miners.
But she said more female operators were now taking the time to look after themselves.
‘Most of the women are getting their nails and lashes done now,’ she said.
‘Some of us actually find it more difficult to work without our nails.’
When she first moved from the utilities department to become an operator she ‘got lots of odd looks’ from the other miners
WHAT DOES HER ROUTINE LOOK LIKE WHEN SHE IS AT WORK?
Wake up, head to the gym
Eat breakfast or have a shake
Pack food for the day
Catch the bus to work
5.30AM – 5.30PM
Get back to camp
Then either: After work drinks (miners are allowed a maximum of six drinks), gym or ‘go straight to sleep’
Amie applies skincare serums morning and night and uses a face scrub to remove the dirt from her pores.
She uses hair treatments to help control dryness, and good-quality shampoo and conditioner.
She also applies an SPF 50 sun cream or BB cream every morning.
Amie also takes fish oils, probiotics, vitamin B and magnesium.
Her nails and eyelashes are re-done every three weeks.
WHAT PRODUCTS DOES SHE USE?
The Morning Serum #1 by Rationale – $174
The Night Serum #5 by Rationale – $164
The ASAP Skin scrub – $55
Davroe shampoo and conditioner – $27.95 each
Kerastase conditioning treatment – $66-$72
SPF 50 Cancer Council BB Cream – $15
The hard-working New Zealander said two weeks of 12-hour shifts in the stifling conditions at Christmas Creek in the Pilbara region is harsh on her body.
Temperatures can reach 47C and dip to just 2C in winter, and low rainfall and high winds make conditions harder to bear.
But the miner, who ‘is a tomboy at heart’, has a beauty regime to keep her hair and skin healthy in the unforgiving environment.
She uses a good skincare product in the morning and evening, and a high-quality shampoo and conditioner to wash the dust and sweat from her hair before nourishing her locks with ‘a really good conditioning treatment’.
Amie said being sun-safe with a great SPF ‘is a must’.
‘As high maintenance as this may sound I only take about 15 mins to get ready for work,’ she said.
She also takes fish oils, probiotics, vitamin B and magnesium.
The hard-working New Zealander says two-week straight, 12-hour shifts in the stifling conditions at Christmas Creek in the Pilbara region of the western state can be harsh on your body
The miner says she is a Tom boy at heart – despite her nails and lashes which she gets re-done every three weeks
Amie tries to go to the gym every day – but sometimes manages two sessions in on top of her highly-physical 12-hour workday
Because she is a permanent member of staff at the Christmas Creek mine, Amie gets to keep her own room, which means she can leave her things at the site on her week off.
Her room is the size of a standard hotel room, with a small verandah and ensuite bathroom.
There is a large lockable cupboard where she puts her things when she leaves, so someone else can use her room if it is needed.
All of the rooms have a large single bed, television, desk and fridge and every miner gets their own room – but a permanent room like Amie’s is a luxury.
‘Your neighbour could be a guy, there are a couple of girls in my block but the rest are guys,’ she said.
Amie said the thing she loves most about mining is the work-life balance.
‘As high maintenance as this may sound I only take about 15 mins to get ready for work,’ she said
Amie takes supplements and has a skincare regime to help her body recover after every work block
Amie says she is well paid and people joining the industry can be expected to be paid ‘six-figures’ if they are willing to do the work
She can ‘do anything or go anywhere’ for her days off, and loves having a whole week to catch-up with her loved ones.
‘I don’t have to worry about what I eat when I am off, I can go out for breakfast every day and really enjoy my time off,’ she said.
She gets four weeks annual leave off a year – but usually takes it two weeks at a time – enjoying her rostered weeks off either side.
‘So you really get eight weeks off because you can take four at a time,’ she explained.
But the fly-in-fly-out work can take a toll on relationships – Amie is single at the moment.
‘From previous experience being in a relationship is extremely hard if you not working together,’ she said.
The time away puts a lot of strain on relationships and family-life balance, according to the miner.
‘It’s like living two separate lives. But people can make it work.’
The other draw-card for her is the money – Amie said she is well paid and people joining the industry can earn ‘six-figures’ if they are willing to do the work.
‘There’s not a lot of free time up here, we eat, sleep, work and repeat and try to fit in the gym to keep sane,’ she said.