MY LIFE IN BEAUTY
FIRST MAKEUP & BEAUTY REGIMES
I started wearing makeup in my early teens (although as a dancer I’d worn it from a very young age on stage) and I remember the very first lipstick I had was Autumn Shimmer by Rimmel. As far as early makeup looks go I didn’t do too badly and definitely didn’t go for the shimmery blue & green eyeshadows thank goodness. I’ve always felt brown and neutral shades suited my eyes better preferring to go for a brighter lip. I’ve obviously evolved and adapted this over the years but the basics have always stayed quite true to what I know suits me.
At high school we weren’t allowed to wear much makeup but I did always wear eyeliner and mascara once I hit my teens, it’s always been important to me to look my best for as long as I can remember. My mum has always worn makeup and loved good clothes so I guess I followed her lead really.
HOW I’VE LOOKED AFTER MY SKIN OVER THE YEARS
I was always told to cleanse, tone & moisturise and to look after my skin as soon as puberty hit. I have never suffered badly with spots but I remember using the awful astringent Clearasil if I had a time of the month break out.
At 16 I left home to go to Theatre School and lived with lots of girls so we all took tips from each other with skincare & beauty. I do remember going through a baby lotion phase to take off makeup at one stage as it was cheap.
As I started working as a professional dancer I travelled the world on cruise ships which had fabulous beauty salons and duty free gift shops on board so I was introduced to higher quality brands and started using Clinique on my face and I fell in love with Elemis face & body products which I still use to this day.
I’ve always been lucky to have a good clear skin with very little problems apart from a little dehydration from time to time.
Once I returned home I continued to look after my skin and for my wedding I’d been introduced to Estee Lauder and loved their beauty & makeup lines.
Unfortunately as soon as I had Isabelle I got a bit lazy with my skin care as I was always so pushed for time and exhausted being a working new mum and I did start using facewipes which carried on right up to having Max and him starting school. They’re so drying for your skin and terrible for the environment so I made a conscious effort to get back into a good skincare routine as I was approaching 40.
As soon as I hit 40 I was on a mission and I now really look after my skin and I prefer to use the Elemis range although I do try many other products too.
In my 20’s I travelled extensively & I wasn’t as good as I should have been with SPF cream. Now I will only wear a factor 50 on my skin and try hard not to let my face go in the sun.
When I look back at photos of me as a teenager I don’t cringe too much really. I think as a dancer I was lucky to learn a lot about makeup and also had my makeup done for me professionally for photo shoots.
My main cringe is my thick eyebrows and then overplucked eyebrows a few years later. I now have them done professionally every 3 weeks and I’ve made sure my daughter has had hers done professionally from the first time they needed doing so she doesn’t try to tackle them herself.
I definitely wore a bit too much blusher over the years but overall I don’t think I did too badly.
The perm of the 1980’s was the downfall of all my age group. What can I say?? It looked horrendous and ruined my hair!!!!
MY BEAUTY REGIME AS I HIT 40
I made lots of Bucket List goals when I turned 40 & really looking after my skin and sticking to a good skin care regime was high on my list.
I have pretty good skin for my age but obviously, as you age, small lines and wrinkles do start to appear. My skin can be quite dry at times which is good as I don’t suffer from breakouts but it does lack moisture at times.
Firstly I’ve tried to drink much more water as good skin starts from the inside out, and I do take vitamins to boost my immune system.
My mum & grandma always told me the importance of taking my makeup off every night &, apart from a few mad nights out in my teenage years when I may have forgotten, this is something I stick to religiously.
I now use Garnier Miscellar water to remove the makeup then I cleanse with Elemis Cleansing Balm. I love a spray toner and I change these from time to time, I’m currently using dermalogica spray toner which I like, then I moisturise with Elemis Pro Collagen Marine Cream.
I love getting facials and try to get one per month which I love and my skin feels amazing afterwards. After lockdown, whenever beauty salons are allowed to re open, I going to be booking in for the new HydraFacial which is supposed to be wonderful for your skin.
I’ve recently bought an LED 5 in 1 facial massager which I’ve been using most days and I have to say I’m already noticing a slight difference with fine lines. it’s also very relaxing to use.
THE BEST THING ABOUT AGEING
Obviously we all wish we had the skin we had in our 20’s but, with age comes more experience and more memories!
I definitely spend more time on my skin than I did in my 20’s & I’m also more confident in myself and don’t suffer fools which gives you a confidence in your look.
I know what suits me now but I’m still not afraid to try new things. The only thing I wish is that I was as daring as I used to be with fashion like I was in my 20’s & 30’s. This is something I’m going to change this summer.
THE WORST THING ABOUT AGEING
Fine lines & wrinkles appearing and having to work much harder to keep weight off!
ONE BEAUTY PRODUCT EVERYONE SHOULD OWN
Obviously anything to do with beauty is a very personal thing dependant on skin type, colouring, age etc etc but the one thing everyone should own is an SPF and if they wear foundation one with an SPF in it.
THE BEAUTY PRODUCTS I SWEAR BY
Garnier Micellar Water & Elemis Pro Collagen Cleansing balm
THE MAKEUP PRODUCTS I SWEAR BY
Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation
THE HAIR PRODUCTS I SWEAR BY
TIGI Bed Head small talk hair volume styling cream
PERFUMES I SWEAR BY
Having worked on cruise ships I always had the latest perfumes and its something I’m passionate about. I love to try new scents but I also have a few signature scents that I always have a bottle of including Samsara by Guerlain (retro!!!) and Allure by Chanel.
I’m currently using Michael Kors Wonderlust & Jimmy Choo
BATH & SHOWER PRODUCTS I SWEAR BY
I adore Neoms range of Bath creams & oils for a luxurious bath and I have to have one of their candles lit. I also adore Lush bath bombs!
My go to shower gel in a morning is Elemis Sharp Shower which feels amazing and really wakes you up. For an evening shower I use This Works Deep Sleep Shower Gel.
MY APPROACH TO LOOKING YOUR BEST IS
Lookingh after yourself from the inside out with the food you eat and taking a supplement. Drinking lots of water is vital to hydrate your skin and, the most important thing is CONFIDENCE!!
I’ll never say no to anything and lots of people I know have tried Botox and love it. I’m not sure if it’s something I’d consider in the future but if I did it would only be a tiny bit on my frown lines. I can’t stand to see people who’s faces don’t move because of it plus it’s not always the lines that age a person, it’s the skin tone that sags as you get older and Botox can’t fix this.
In my 20’s my fitness regime was excellent plus I was a professional dancer so I had to be fit and have a good physique. In my 30’s I had my 2 children but my figure went back after both of them.
Approaching my 40’s I was determined to stay slim and not be ‘fat & 40’!! but I did certainly notice the weight start to creep on.
I’ve been a bit hit and miss with my fitness these last 5 years due to time and being very busy at work but, during lockdown I’m working out every day and I’m determined to stick to it long term.
I have a gym membership which I will go back to one this pandemic is over but at the moment I’m trying to do an hour a day which includes my own circuit training, abs, arms, cross trainer, Yoga & lots of dog walks. I feel so much better when I’ve worked out and I have to keep this discipline now.
ALWAYS IN MY MAKEUP BAG & HANDBAG
I always carry my makeup bag everywhere with me and it includes powder, blusher, mascara, eyeliner, lipstick, lipliner and a cover up so I can do regular touch ups throughout the day. Plus I won’t leave home without a perfume in my bag.
TOP FASHION TIP
Dress for you and what makes you feel & look your best, don’t be a slave to trends as 9 times out of 10 they wont suit or flatter you. Stick to classic looks that suit you in the days but don’t be afraid to have a bit of fun with your evening look. Plus for me, I swear by heels to elongate my legs and give me power and confidence!!!
TOP MAKEUP & BEAUTY BRANDS I ALWAYS BUY
MY BEAUTY MANTRA