Little Mix talk trolls, feel-good TV and the importance of being kind to yourself

Little Mix talk trolls, feel-good TV and the importance of being kind to yourself


‘No matter how drunk you are when you get home after a night out, get that make-up off, hun’

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They’re one of the biggest girl bands in the world right now (in fact, probably the biggest), and Little Mix aren’t stopping any time soon.

Ahead of the launch of their Choose Kindness campaign with Simple, I sat down with Jade, Leigh-Ann, Jesy and Perrie to talk all things beauty.

LA: What’s the best way to spread a bit of kindness?

JN: Pay a compliment to someone when they least expect it. I think it’s so nice if you genuinely see someone in the street and you think, ‘oh, she’s pretty’, or I like her hair, you should say it. Because they could be having the shittest day ever and by telling them you could completely change their day and mindset.

LA: And how do you make sure you’re kind to yourselves?

JN: I’m not very kind to myself, I’m quite critical. We all are, actually. We all have our days where we’re mean to ourselves.

LP: I think we’re so critical! Do you know what I find really helpful? One day, I had a really bad day, and I was looking in the mirror and I was like, ‘You’re beautiful.’

PE: Awww that’s cute!

LP: I said it to myself so many times, and it worked!

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PE: This is the problem with our brains: when you’re having a shit day, you make such a thing of it, thinking ‘I’m having a shit day, my skin’s awful,’ this and that. But when you’re having a good day, you don’t make the most of it, you don’t embrace it, and you don’t compliment yourself. If I feel good I’m like, ‘god you’re a peng ting, mate,’ and then other days, I’m like, ‘You’re hideous.’ You just go through the motions. But like Leigh-Anne said, you have to make yourself feel special because if you don’t, who will?

LA: Very true. I think you guys are known for being quite body positive – I’m sure you have your moments where you feel shit, everyone does. But what do you do to pick yourself up when you’re feeling a bit rubbish about yourselves, perk yourselves up a bit?

JN: It’s really hard. It’s really hard to get me out of a bad mood when I feel crap about myself, so I just try to do things that make me happy. Which is eating chocolate.

LA: Same.

JN: Or being with my boyfriend, whatever makes me happy. Sometimes it’s just watching a good series.

ALL: Ohhhh yes!

LP: That is the best time of my life, being on my sofa!

JN: Yes, with Andre, watching a series.

PE: When you’re watching a series, you escape. Best feeling.

LA: Bit of Queer Eye.

ALL: Yeah!

JN: You’ve just gotta do what makes you happy. You only live once.

PE: And, go out and about, get some fresh air, go for a walk.

LP: There is nothing better than a good cuddle. Whether it be a mum cuddle, a boyfriend cuddle, or a friend cuddle. A doggy cuddle!

JN: Yeah! They say that cuddles release endorphins.

LP: Well, there you go.

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LA: That’s so true. And… How do you deal with trolls?

JT: Trolls!

LP: Ugh, trolls.

JT: We’ve had to get a thick skin being in this industry – but I think trolls are very sad people.

LP: Yessss.

JN: Very sad.

PE: It’s a shame that some people are like that. Why are they like that?

JN: You really have to try and get in that mindset [to deal with it]. If you’ve never experienced it before then you don’t think, ‘oh god they must be really sad.’ You just take on whatever they’ve said to you and it really gets you down. But [you feel better] once you start thinking, you must have so much time and energy on your hands and feel really crap about yourself to actually want to sit there and think, ‘I want to target that person and I want to make them feel really shit about themselves.’ Or, just feel crap about yourself. Because why would you want to do that? Why would you want to spread negative energy on to someone you don’t even know?

PE: When you compliment someone and you see their reaction, and it makes you feel good inside – think how you would feel if you’re sat there saying, ‘You’re fat, you’re ugly, you’re this, you’re that.’ Imagine what you must feel inside to be that negative.

LP: You would just feel horrible!

LA: You would never say it to somebody’s face, right?

LP: The reason why they’re hiding behind a screen is because they don’t get to see the reaction of what they’re doing to that person.

PE: It’s odd though! People like that must enjoy it, they must get something out of it in a creepy way that makes them feel good. I dunno.

LA: I guess it’s the not seeing what it does to that person.

PE: Yeah exactly, but even if they did see it, they don’t care. That’s what I mean, I think it’s weird… Do you know what I mean? Most of the people that troll, know what they’re doing, they know the effect that they have on people, but they still do it. That’s scary.

LP: I dunno you know, because if someone says something and we’ve ever replied and had a comeback, they come back and say ‘Oh! Um!’

PE: But that’s people who say things that they don’t necessarily mean and it has come across wrongly. But when people are like ‘You’re a fat, ugly, whatever,’ they want to hurt you, you know what I mean? They know that you might see that and it’s gonna make you sad. They get a weird thing out of it.

JT: They re-troll over and over again because they’re never quite satisfied. They’re trying to do something that’s not ever gonna make them feel better.

JN: Also I think it’s a lot of attention seeking. Like, you obviously want attention.

LA: Like, how many likes can you get for being a –

PE: For being an asshole, yeah!

JN: And that’s quite sad, if that that’s how you live your life.

PE: Get a grip.

LA: What are your self care rituals?

PE: Oh a bath! A lovely bubble bath. Washing my hair, put my iPad on my little bath shelf, and watching a series until I’m, what is it, a prune? A wrinkly prune.

LP: I love a face mask, I love the sheets.

JT: I love the eye ones you put on like in the morning. Love those.

LP: Oh, I just thought of a really good YouTube series for us. Spa days!

PE: She just wants you to suggest it to the label because she wants to do it. That would be nice though, wouldn’t it?

LA: What are the worst beauty trends or awful looks that you’ve attempted in the past? You know, when you’re young and you’re experimenting…

PE: That Dream Matte Mousse, all over the lips. Why?!

JN: I think the first thing was lip-gloss over the top?

LA: That kind of sheen, yeah, not good.

JT: The lack of eyebrows was pretty big. We liked to pluck our eyebrows a lot back then, so there was nothing there.

PE: I was never allowed to do my eyebrows!

LA: That is a good thing.

LP: I had to! Mine were so bushy!

PE: My mum didn’t let me shave my legs until I was 15. Imagine!

LP: Wow.

PE: I didn’t really have many leg hairs though and so my mum was like, ‘once you do that, there’s no going back’. But I didn’t understand why she was so strict. I was like, come on, I’m prickly.

LP: I felt really sorry for myself because I could never find a foundation to match my skin. So I was always really orange-y. Bless me. There are so many more tips now, aren’t there?

LA: Make-up is so much better now as well. I had the opposite problem, it didn’t go light enough, so I had an orange face and white neck.

PE: Yes! Same! I used to get the palest one and it still wasn’t enough.

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LA: Now there’s so much more on offer. What’s in your make-up bags right now? What are your staples?

JN: I don’t do my make-up myself outside of work, cause I can’t. So I’ve literally just got two concealer pen things for under the eye, then powder, contour, mascara and lip balm.

PE: Really? I’ve got so much make-up, I love it!

LA: Like a trolley’s worth?

PE: Yeah, I did my own make-up on holiday and I did a flick for the first time. I did it all by myself! It only took me like, three hours. You need wipes cause it can go wrong and you need to neaten it up.

LP: What, so you’ve never done a flick on yourself?

PE: Nope. I’ve never even attempted it, cause I thought there’s no point. But it took forever.

JT: I thought you’d had it done.

PE: Honestly it looked so good that even Alex was like, ‘Oh your make-up looks good, babe.’ I was like, god!

LP: You’re good at your make-up, babe!

PE: Never a flick, I’ve never done a flick.

JN: Jade’s the best at make-up.

JT: I’m a make-up addict.

LP: Yeah, she’s obsessed.

JN: I can’t tell if Heidi our make-up artist has done it or if Jade’s done it.

JT: Me, I love it. I’ve actually got a trolley at home with a million things in it. I just love an eyeshadow palette.

LP: It’s all very organised as well.

JT: Yeah, colour co-ordinated.

LA: Have you got proper acrylic storage and stuff?

JT: Oh yeah, yeah!

LP: I’m more about skincare.

LA: We’ll come to that! Best bit of beauty advice you’ve ever received? Anyone from make-up artists to your mum.

JT: Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise.

LP: SPF, cause you want to protect your skin and also, vitamin C is very good for your skin.

PE: Is it?

LP: Very good.

LA: What about the best product recommendation? What’s someone put into your hands and you’ve been like, ‘I can never go without this again.’

PE: Coconut oil. Everywhere. Hair, eyebrows, eyelashes, face.

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LP: Castor oil.

LA: Oh yeah, that’s good for hair. Makes it very strong.

PE: Castor oil?

LP: Babe. Yes.

PE: Where do you put that then?

LP: Hair, eyelashes…

PE: Same as coconut?

LA: Yeah, it’s multipurpose.

PE: Wow.

LA: How do you guys look after your skin? What do you do day and night time?

JT: You have to cleanse. No matter how drunk you are when you get home after a night out. Just get that make-up off, hun. You’ll live to regret it if you don’t. I always cleanse. Cleanse, moisturise – I always forget to tone. I think it’s a bit confusing.

LP: I just cleanse, moisturise, vitamin C and SPF.

PE: And it’s nice to have a good scrub like once a week as well.

JT: I usually do a face mask once a week.

PE: For hydration, especially when you’re on an aeroplane.

LP: Yeah, my skin is like the desert.

LA: You all travel quite a lot so whack those hydrating masks on. Do you guys have a signature scent or a few different perfumes you really like?

LP: Ooooooh.

JN: Quite a few actually. I have this signature scent at the moment and every time I wear it people ask, ‘What have you got on?’ It’s, how do you say, Givenchy? Le something. The bottle’s clear and the liquid is pink.

LA: I think I know the one.

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PE: I was on holiday the other day and the girls said, ‘You smell really fresh, I love your perfume.’ And then went, ‘wait a minute, you can’t smell so how’d you do that?’. Leigh Anne.

JN: Ohhhh.

PE: Leigh Anne picks my perfume. Jesy’s picked it a few times as well, like I don’t know what I’d do without you guys.

LP: So, Giorgio Armani Si is the one that I always get compliments on. I swear everyone loves that perfume.

PE: It used to be Jo Malone, Peony and Blush Suede.

LP: That’s more of a day one, I think Si is like, MMM.

LA: Very sophisticated, that one. What are your holiday beauty essentials? What can you not travel without?

JN: Sun cream.

LP: Yeah, SPF!

JT: SPF, very important.

PE: Mousse, we’ve all got naturally frizzy or curly hair, so we need to tame it.

LP: Oil for your hair.

PE: Dry shampoo?

LP: Dry shampoo, yeah. Sunglasses! Key. A good, signature pair of sunglasses.

LA: Eye health is very important as well. They say we’re not looking after our eyes and wearing sunglasses enough.

LP: Oh really!

LA: Apparently not. So, wear them, all the time. What are your three most used emojis?

PE: Loveheart eyes. 😍

JN: Mine’s the lady going… *facepalms* 🤦‍♀️

LA: Yeah, I was talking about this earlier, remember when you didn’t have that one and you had to use the monkey?

ALL: Oh, yeah!

PE: Yeah, the monkey’s all ‘hehe’, whereas that one’s a bit more *eyeroll*.

JN: Jade loves an upside down smiley. 🙃

LP: The shady one, yeah.

JT: That’s when I’m annoyed, but I can’t show how annoyed I am.

LP: And also she loves the grey moon. 🌚

JT: It’s a bit cheeky.

JN: You use that one when you wanna ask someone that you probably know you shouldn’t, but that makes you feel like it’s cute!

LA: What about your favourite books?

JT: Me and Leigh are reading a book at the minute called Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race. Incredible. It’s honestly one of the best books I’ve read in a long time, it’s very, very educational.

LP: It is indeed.

LA: It’s in my ‘to read’ pile.

JT: Is it?! Honestly give it a read, it’s so good.

LP: I’m so bad with books. I start, and then I just get distracted.

PE: I think the last book I read was Biff and Chip…

LP: No! Stop it now!

PE: No, I read a lot but I read weird books. Disturbing, real life stories, that’s what I love the most. Something that I can’t put down. I have a very short attention span, so if it’s a bit boring or not fully interesting, I won’t read it.

JT: I love to read, love it.

LP: This is it, I used to be obsessed with reading when I was younger! Every night! And now I’m just like not into it. For god’s sake.

JN: Everyone’s got Netflix now, that’s why.

JT: What I like with reading is that you imagine it yourself. As soon as I watch a movie I’m like, that’s not how I pictured it in my head. And it was better in me head, do you know what I mean? Also, I feel like if you don’t read a lot, especially in this industry – do you feel like you get a bit dumbed down?

LP: Babe, YES! Even down to talking, I just know it’d be a lot better at it if I read more.

JT: Just read! I always see words that I don’t know, then I Google them and learn.

LA: It’s good to do that.

LP: It does make you a lot more articulate. Hundred per cent.

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LA: What about favourite films?

JT: Have you watched the Elton John one, Rocketman?

LP: No, not yet! Is it good?

JT: Phenomenal. It’s so good.

LP: Is it better than Bohemian Rhapsody?

JT: It’s more like artistic I’d say. It’s a little bit like a musical, but it’s so well done. So good. You should watch it.

LP: Titanic is my classic. It is my favourite film, I think it is incredible.

JN: I love it, up until the ship sinks.

LP: Oh my god.

PE: Spoilers!

LP: It’s sad when I put it on but I just think it’s so fucking romantic and amazing. It’s wicked.

JT: I love Seven Pounds. Will Smith is great in it.

LP: Oh, yes. Every single film he’s done, alright? And every film Denzel Washington’s in.

LA: What would your last meal be?

JN: This is too hard. You don’t know what mood you’re going to be in!

LP: Just think, what do you fancy all the time?

JT: I think I’d have a Toby Carvery every day of me life.

LA: I haven’t had one of those in years!

PE: Maybe an Indian, actually. An Indian or a Sunday dinner.

JN: Definitely would be an Indian for me.

LP: Nachos!

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Toff talks make-up, good books and being comfortable in your own skin

Toff talks make-up, good books and being comfortable in your own skin


‘You’re going to think I’m really morbid…’

Georgia Toffolo

Georgia Toffolo, aka Toff, is best known for her role on Made in Chelsea, but really became one of the nation’s sweethearts after winning I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! in 2017. For the second year in a row the super smiley 24-year-old is one of the faces of Dermalogica’s #Skindividual campaign, which is all about celebrating the healthiest version of your skin.

In this instalment of Beauty Bytes, Toff and I sat down to talk all things skincare, make-up, self confidence, books, and the unusual London landmark she goes to when she’s down in the dumps. So, we covered just about everything, really…

LA: How do you take care of your skin? Talk me through day and night-time.

GT: Oh my god, love it. First I use the Dermalogica Pre-Cleanse Oil. I used to use the balm but I’ve switched to the oil now and I really, really like it. Then I use my Foaming Wash from the Clear Start range and  I’ve just switched over to Hydramist. Then, my Clearing Serum on top, and then I’ve just started using the Intensive Moisture Balance in the past month or so. It’s a tiny bit thicker than the moisturiser that I was using, but I absolutely love it. This is my night-time routine, by the way.

In the morning I do the same with the Pre-Cleanse and same cleanser after. You’ve always got to double-cleanse, I’ve learnt this. Then I will dab on the Spot Fader, snazzy little thing. It lives with me in my make-up bag, but I also use it in the morning. Then, I will do my Clearing Defense Moisturiser, which has got factor 30 in it. I switch up moisturisers from morning to night – and I’m taking such joy in my routine!

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LA: So nice isn’t it? You realise you’re obsessed when you look forward to washing your face.

GT: I know, how weird is it? Oh, and I don’t exfoliate every day, I do every other with the Microfoliant. It’s the best, it’s not too harsh on my skin, the perfect amount.

LA: What skin type would you say you have?

GT: It’s really interesting, because I have suffered so much with spots, everyone’s like, ‘oh, you must have oily skin’. But I don’t really. I would say it’s quite normal, just I suffer with blemishes sometimes and I get very dry sometimes. Some days I wake up and I’m not worried about my spots that day, so I mix up things in my routine. That’s why I really like the new serum because not only is it dealing with the spots, it’s preventing the ageing side of things too, which is quite nice. I’m in my mid-twenties now and I had never thought about it as much as I have in the past few months. So it’s lovely to have a product that does two-in-one.

LA: Prevention not cure.

GT: Yeah, quite right!

LA: Tell me more about the #Skindividual campaign.

GT: I’m so proud to be a part of it, it’s the second campaign that we’ve done. We had a meeting and floated the idea about doing it make-up free, because I’ve been on this journey with my confidence where, a year ago, the thought of doing something on that scale without any make-up on filled me with dread. And so last year, we didn’t. We made that choice to just cover up the few blemishes that I had. But this time we went for it, make-up free. The campaign is all about feeling confident in the skin that you have and making sure that it is at the healthiest point that it can be. That’s why the campaign worked so well, because that’s how I feel at the moment. It was such a joy to shoot. Then to see the final video, the engagement and the wonderful messages that I’ve had off the back of it, has been really amazing. The three new products are insane.

LA: It’s so nice to see people thinking and feeling, ‘oh yeah, I can go outside without putting make-up on’.

GT: It’s the most important thing.

LA: Do you find you’re now happy to say, ‘I’m going to go outside with my hair like a pineapple, make-up free’?

GT: Oh yeah, of course! But not because I feel as though I should, it’s because I want to. It’s because I have that inner confidence now. But I didn’t before, I really didn’t. Looking in the mirror and thinking, gosh, I really feel nice,’ when I look at my reflection – I just never thought I would, to be honest. That’s why the whole campaign is quite an emotional one; we didn’t do a script, it was just an honest review of the past 10 years. I don’t like how celebrities are seen as perfect beings, because it’s so far from the truth – no one is. It’s so important that people who follow me know that I feel I don’t look very good sometimes, because that is completely normal. Everyone feels like that.

LA: Yes, we’re all human beings.

GT: Yeah, it would be strange if you didn’t! I went to Barbados in January and had make-up on the whole day, because there were paps everywhere. One day we got on the bus to the other side of the island, to have no press or whatever. Someone had obviously told them where we were and there were these really awful pictures of me printed in the Daily Mail where the side of my face was really, really angry and red. I was just having a bit of a funny skin week, I had just eaten a burger, I didn’t look very good. I was so upset about the pictures going up, but then I read all the comments and they were amazing. They were like, ‘That is just a 24-year-old girly on holiday!’. It was the most empowering thing. I thought about it and I’m actually really glad that they did that. How silly of me to spend the first three days of my holiday sat on the beach with my make-up on! A really positive thing out of something that could have been a real negative.

LA: That’s so interesting. I was really worried where that story was going then!

GT: It really is! The Daily Mail comments are always savage, but not that time. A picture of the side of my face, with my acne scarring and pigmentation, sells for so much more than one of me sat face-on. It’s really bad. I understand that it’s their prerogative and naturally, I don’t care now. So, what a lovely stage to be at!

LA: That is nice. Do you feel like you have got more used to being a celebrity?

GT: I think so, although it will never be normal. But because I have been such a spokesperson for positivity with a few things, particularly my skin, I feel I have leveraged it for good. So even though there are a few drawbacks, what I’ve done and the messages I get from people make all of it worth it. And, I do love what I do. I’m so lucky.

LA: What’s your favourite skincare product? I feel like you love Dermalogica so much this will be quite difficult. But if you had to pick one?

GT: The one for me in the past month… Can I have two? Do you mind?

LA: No, go on.

GT: It’s so hard! OK, the Spot Fader is so good because I’m always panicking about them, and it lives in my bag so I can just dab it on. And this Max Factor thing – oh god, it looks so battered because I use it every day. It’s called Miracle Touch Creamy Blush in Soft Copper 03. What I love about it is that I can put it on my cheeks, my eyes and my lips at the same time. But I really struggle to get it, so have to get it online. I would say those two.

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LA: I hope it’s not been discontinued.

GT: Oh my god, don’t even start. I would be beside myself.

LA: Favourite three beauty brands?

GT: OK! Dermalogica, obviously. I like Eucerin, quite simple, plain. And I love Charlotte Tilbury as well; I love the products, but also the packaging is so pretty in my make-up bag. I’m such a sucker for it, but they actually work as well.

LA: Yes! It’s that coppery, rose gold thing that we’re all obsessed with at the moment.

GT: My lips are always dry but the lipsticks are really good with me. They don’t dry out too much.

LA: Yeah, they are matte but they don’t dry. I’ve got one on now, so nice. What about the worst beauty trend you have ever attempted?

GT: Oh, definitely when I was boarding when I was younger, we used to do bronzer everywhere. I never did foundation lips, but we did Rimmel Bronzer all over! I’m so fair that I don’t know how I got myself to be that shade of orange.

LA: It was quite impressive, wasn’t it? I was really fair and had the old Dream Matte Mousse in the wrong shade.

GT: Dream Matte Mousse, oh my god, I used to love it! I used to stick my finger in that pot.

LA: And you used to dry it out in about two seconds.

GT: Oh, of course. I forgot about that!

LA: Best beauty advice you have ever been given?

GT: It’s got to be the double-cleanse. It’s got to be. Particularly because I wear make-up a lot for work. I kick myself over the past eight years, the amount of shoots I’ve been on and have cleansed once in the evening. You’ve got to do it twice.

LA: Even if you’re not wearing make-up, you have to get SPF, everything off.

GT: And living in London as well! All of the pollution. Really important to double cleanse.

LA: Ugh. Yes. Best product recommendation you’ve ever received? What has somebody put into your hands and you’ve thought, I cannot live without this again.

GT: I like my make-up to be quite natural and I’ve been on a bit of a journey with it. I’ve sort of gone full-circle; I’m so proud of the way my skin is now that I don’t want to cover up as much. So anything natural. I screenshot this for you because I thought you might ask. My auntie got it for me for Christmas in my stocking, I put it on my Instagram story ages ago. It’s SmashBox and it’s a Sharp Lip Liner in Safe Word. It looks like your natural lip colour.

LA: It’ so nice when you find the perfect colour.

GT: Yeah, and now my whole family all have the same lip colour!

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LA: Let’s say that the house is on fire, all of the important stuff is safe but you can only save one beauty product. What do you grab?

GT: Oh my god, that’s so hard. My thinking is I want something that will cover slightly, but not too much. It’s got to be that primer, Dermalogica Skinperfect SPF 30. Because, it’s not coverage, but whenever I put it on it takes my redness down a bit. You can’t see it but it smooths everything over. I think it would have to be that. Really difficult, that question.

LA: You’re kind of getting two-in-one. That’s good, clever.

GT: I’m trying to think of that! Would I be that thoughtful? Well done me for thinking about it.

LA: What is your beauty secret?

GT: Mmm! Good question. I put setting spray on the end of an eyebrow brush and I comb my eyebrows over, because they are a bit bushy and then they stay in position all day.

LA: Very good tip. What’s in your make-up bag right now? I feel like you’ve got it with you…

GT: I’ve only got the bare essentials, I haven’t got much. I’m really into brown mascara at the moment, I change my mascara so much. I’ve gone for No. 7, I really like it, I’ve bought it about three times. It’s a good one. Today, I’m just Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Concealer. I’ve only been using it for the past month but I really like it, and because my skin is in a good place I can get away with not wearing foundation. But… I still don’t like being too far away from my foundation. This one is called Chanel Perfection Luminaire Velvet, SPF 15 – not enough – but it’s very light so I just have been putting it on the sides of my face if I’m a bit red.

LA: If you need a little bit of coverage.

GT: Yeah, just a little bit with my Max Factor thing. This is literally all I need now, which is so good. Occasionally, I will use a kohl eyeliner – the standard MAC one. But I don’t put it on the bottom inside, I lift up my eyelash and I’ll put it on the inside there. And, I love Real Techniques’ brushes – this is the best foundation brush I have ever used, the 200 Expert Face Brush.

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LA: A nice little capsule there.

GT: It’s not the extensive one but yeah, the day-to-day.

LA: What is the best tip a professional makeup artist has ever given you?

GT: Ooh gosh, I must have heard so many over the years. Let me think. When putting on foundation, it’s so much better to put tiny bits on and build it up slightly so you don’t look caked in it. Because when my acne has been really bad, I have been very guilty of putting loads on the palm of my hand and just going ‘woooosh’, all over my face. What else? Highlighter up right underneath my eyebrow and then on my cupid’s bow. It makes a real difference.

LA: It gives you a nice glow, doesn’t it? How do you look after your hair?

GT: Ooh! I’ve been very good with my hair. I used to have extensions in for volume. Then I had them taken out one day and I looked in the mirror and thought, I actually don’t look that bad without them. But it needed a bit of TLC, so, every time I wash my hair now, I do a mask in the bath. And I brush all of it through with one of those wet brushes. But yeah, I cannot tell you the difference in my hair.

LA: Hair masks are so good.

GT: Oh, they’re so clever! I flip between different hair masks. I really like Kérastase and the Philip Kingsley one, but it’s so expensive so I only use that once every couple of weeks.

LA: Elasticizer?

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GT: Yeah, it’s so good but I just can’t use that all the time. I mean, the pot is like that big.

LA: You can get one that is absolutely enormous, *this size*.

GT: It must be about four hundred thousand pounds.

LA: Probably, yeah. How often do you work out and what is your favourite way to exercise?

GT: I used to be really sporty. Now I do the odd thing, I try to walk a lot, I’ll go for a little jog occasionally, but it’s only when I feel like I want to. I don’t like doing really rigorous exercise. I don’t mind a bit of yoga. I do a lot of walking in the city and on the weekend I’ll do a big walk, but I won’t go and do a HIIT class every morning at 6am. It’s just not me.

LA: I don’t know how people can do that. I’m too tired at that time.

GT: Yeah, me too. It’s just not for me. But I make sure I get my 10,000 steps, it really affects my mood when I do. It’s not about going for a 10-mile run, I couldn’t do that. But moving a bit and getting out is really important.

LA: Fresh air.

GT: Yeah, I think so. I grew up in Devon so I had loads of that growing up, so I do slightly miss it. But, yeah, I’m good. If I have meetings here, I’ll walk and it’s quite a long way from mine. Not that I did this morning, but I do normally! Sometimes I run but that’s when I’m feeling really agile.

LA: Do you have a signature perfume?

GT: I do! Miss Dior.

LA: Do you have a few other go-tos as well?

GT: This one that I have had since I was about 11, Juicy Couture, I really love it. I don’t know why it smells so nice. Boys always comment on it.

LA: Really nostalgic.

GT: Yeah, it smells like school. I keep them all over the house.

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LA: Does your beauty routine change when you’re on holiday or travelling? What do you do?

GT: Yeah, for sure. With regards to my makeup, I try to just wear concealer and I go up a shade. I take my Chanel bronzer thing, you know, the big one. I think they are such a good investment, I’ve had the same one for so long and it makes you look really sun kissed. With regards to my skincare, I make sure that I’m really good in the morning with my moisturiser, which has lots of SPF in it. I am quite militant with wearing factor 50 everywhere because of my skin, just paranoid.

LA: It’s great to do that.

GT: It is definitely good to. I don’t travel light with my beauty box when I travel. I like to have all my bits, because I’ve put so much effort into making my routine as good as it is now. I also want my skin to be the best that it can be on holiday, so I don’t want to throw it all away.

LA: What are your three most used Emojis?

GT: Let’s have a look. I like the sandwich one, I like the bat one and I like the beers one. Sandwiches, bats and beers.

LA: Great combo, sandwiches and beers. What is your favourite book?

GT: Ooh! Jilly Cooper, Riders. It’s my favourite. I could read it over and over.

LA: You’ve got your book club as well, haven’t you?

GT: Yes, yes! I’m announcing the new book today. I love reading, I’m such a bookworm.

LA: Same.

GT: It’s my downtime, I love it. I thought it’s quite a sweet idea to do the book club online because there are so many of my friends, we all love reading but don’t have time to go to a book club.

LA: It’s so much easier to do it online. You can check in wherever people are.

GT: Exactly. I found it hard to find a happy medium for everyone, because a month is quite a long time for some people, but for others it’s not enough. So I’m going to do one every two weeks, with recommendations as well.

LA: I’ll keep my eye out. What else have you read recently?

GT: I’ve been reading a really good book but I can’t bloody remember the name of the title. It’s by a French journalist called Marie Le Conte and it’s all about the goings-on in Westminster. It’s not party political, it’s more the interesting back room things that are told to journalists off-the-record that somehow made it to the front pages. [Haven’t You Heard…? A Guide To Westminster Gossip And Why Mischief Gets Things Done]. It’s not out yet.

LA: Interesting!

GT: The other book that I’m really excited to read is by Nimco Ali. She’s an amazing woman who has campaigned against FGM for years. I’ve bought it and I think that’s the next book I’m going to read. I think it might be my recommendation for book club next month.

LA: Cool. What would your last meal be?

GT: Right so, it would either be a six inch tuna Italian Subway, or it would be beef wellington with mashed potato.

LA: Gravy?

GT: Yes, really rare, delish.

LA: Favourite TV show to binge watch?

GT: Downton.

LA: OH, same!

GT: Don’t – the movie is coming out in September.

LA: I know, I’m so excited. And I’m really happy that all my favourites are still in it.

GT: I know, thank god. I was swiping through like, ‘where is everyone?’

LA: Yes! I checked the poster like, ‘you’re there, you’re there, good.’ Going to have to watch it all again before September. Favourite movie or movies?

GT: Anything Richard Curtis, so Notting Hill, that vibe, yeah.

LA: Did you watch the Children In Need thing? They did a remake of Four Weddings.

GT: Oh I haven’t seen that, you know. I’ve got to watch that.

LA: It’ll be on YouTube.

GT: There is a new movie that Richard Curtis brought out last week, I haven’t seen it yet. It’s called Yesterday – I’m sure it’s called Yesterday – or Yesterday something? Apparently it’s great.

LA: Weirdest pickup line you’ve ever heard?

GT: ‘You’re so much better looking in real life, do you want to go for a drink?’ It’s like, god do I look that rancid on the telly? I didn’t know how to take it.

LA: One of those backhanded compliments. Like, ‘thank you?’

GT: Yeah, thank you – or not?

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Lucy: Favourite Instagram accounts to stalk?

GT: Mrs Alice, I love. Do you follow her? She is so epic. Love Lily James as well, because I think her Instagram is quite organic. I quite like that. She doesn’t treat it as a business. She will tag in people and be like, ‘OMG, I had the best day on this shoot’ and it won’t be a picture from the shoot, it will be a picture of a director. I really like that.

LA: What does wellness mean to you?

GT: I think it means looking in the mirror, being confident and liking what you see. I think everyone has different levels of that, and I think most people are on a journey and there’s ups and downs. But it would be wonderful if most people looked in the mirror and were like, ‘yeah, I like that.’ I think that is wellness.

LA: So feeling comfortable in yourself. What do you do if you’re having a bit of a bad day to perk yourself up?

GT: Go for a long walk, listen to a podcast – a really silly one, you know, nothing too intellectual. What else? It sounds really weird, you’re going to think I’m really morbid.

LA: I love weird things.

GT: I really like walking through Brompton Cemetery. It’s really peaceful.

LA: I mean, it’s considered a tourist attraction.

GT: I love all history and there are some really amazing people buried there. The lady who started the Suffragette movement is buried there. I just think if you’re having a bit of a shit day, it’s really peaceful and there are lots of lovely things written on everyone’s graves. It’s quite a nice thing to do.

LA: I actually think that does sound nice. Do you have any tattoos? No? What about piercings?

GT: No, only these two. I’m just not cool enough for that!

LA: I don’t even think it’s being cool.

GT: You think?

Lucy: No, just when I was a teenager I put loads in my ears. Who were you most star struck meeting?

GT: Joanna Lumley. I know, I died, I died. She was like, ‘My darling girl!’ Where do you go from there? I can die happy now.

LA: Maybe her and Jennifer Saunders in the same room.

GT: Oh god, that would be amazing. I love the movie! Both of them.

LA: I haven’t seen the newer film actually.

GT: I watched it on the plane. I think it is brilliant, it’s just those two having fun. Yeah, of course. Definitely her.

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Emily Atack on jungle life, rosé and the bargain mascara everyone should own

Emily Atack on jungle life, rosé and the bargain mascara everyone should own


‘It’s my lady petrol’

Emily Atack

In the latest installment of Beauty Bytes I sat down with actress, presenter and all-round funny gal Emily Atack. If you don’t remember her appearance as Charlotte Hinchcliffe in The Inbetweeners, you’ll definitely know her from her stint in the jungle on I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here. Attending this year’s BAFTA TV awards with Charles Worthington, I caught up with Emily before the red carpet to chat all things beauty…

LA: What’s the worst beauty trend you’ve ever tried?

EA: When I was really young, I was about nine, I decided to go for a head scarf. No one had done it before and I got absolutely rinsed for it. Now it would be really cool, but at the time I was like, this is the worst decision I’ve ever made. I got laughed at all day at school.

LA: Best beauty advice you’ve ever been given?

EA: Drink water. Drink plenty of water and that’s all. That’s the key to having great skin, apparently. I don’t drink enough water, I am terrible, so everybody always says to me drink loads of water.

LA: What about the best product recommendation you’ve ever had? What has somebody put into your hands and you’re like, ‘I can never go without this again’?

EA: I mean, I’ve been wearing make-up and using beauty products since I was literally about 10 years old, so I’d say a good foundation. I remember being introduced to foundation thinking ‘oh my god, life made’. Do you know what, I’m going to go a bit rogue and say that my whole life since I was really little – I know it sounds terrible – but I had such pale skin and wanted to be really tanned, so I wear an instant tan all the time. If I can’t be arsed to have a spray tan, which I often can’t, I just put instant tan on. It’s the best invention ever. I’ve been wearing it since I was really young and I’ve never looked back. The Rimmel Instant Tan, easy. Don’t wear it if it’s pissing it down with rain though, because that’s a disaster.

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LA: Which it has been recently!

EA: Honestly, if you’re pasty skinned like me and you fancy a quick little glow up, just a nice bit of instant fake tan. The best thing that I was ever introduced to.

LA: So you’ve talked a little bit before about how life changing the jungle was for you and your self confidence. Are you able to tell me a little bit more about that?

EA: It was the best decision I have ever made, ever. Not everybody can do that, go in a jungle and have that experience of course. But if you ever have an opportunity to be plonked out of the world in any kind of sense, have your phone taken off you, not have alcohol or boys hurting you for three weeks, do it. You learn so much about yourself because, even though you have everyone around you, all you have is you so you rely on yourself to get through it. And then you come out with so much more respect for yourself, because you just think ‘oh my god, you did it!’ Do you know what I mean?

LA: Yeah, it was really quite emotional watching you sat up there at the end of the series.

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EA: Yeah, even though it was the hardest thing I’ve ever done, I’d do it all again just for that feeling of euphoric realisation that I am good enough and I can do anything, you know? I’m not superwoman, far from it, but I just proved that I can survive without all the everyday things in life that we think we need now. You know, like our phones and social media and all that bollocks. It’s all bollocks.  When you’re stripped bare you realise that nothing really matters other than your health and yourself and the people around you. Everything else is bollocks.

LA: I think my favourite moment was when your mum came in and you were both wetting yourself because she was like… You cannot dance.

EA: Oh yeah, I know. But even moments like that, you really kind of appreciate your life again! You learn about what you have and start to respect what you have. It sounds like a cliché, but it truly did do that for me. I look at life so differently now. I’m still the same person – people keep asking ‘did the jungle change me?’ No, it didn’t change me, it just brought out everything in me that I didn’t realise was there, or it reminded me of who I was again. You become like a nine-year-old kid again; I remembered what I was born with. We’re not born with all these anxieties and worries and all these terrible annoying things that we have to deal with in life. I was stripped back to being a child again, so it didn’t change me, it just reminded me of who I really was.

LA: How do you look after your hair?

EA: I’ve been going to Charles Worthington since I was very young. It was always a treat, my mum used to take me for a Charles Worthington blow dry when I was about 11, that’s where it all began. It sounds so bloody spoilt, but that was my little treat. She would take me into London and let me have a little blow dry, so I’ve been doing that ever since really. And I always use Charles Worthington products, I just love their style. I’ve always loved big and bouncy, that’s my vibe and I think it always will be. Even if it’s not on trend, I don’t care, I still like big and fun.

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EA: I swear by them for colour as well, they do the best colouring. I’ve been going to them for years, so Charles Worthington all the bloody way. I’m not just saying that, genuinely all the way. They’ve got these shampoos that I use and I love them so much. I have to be careful because there’s a sort of blonde tinting one, the ColourPlex Toning Ultra Violet Shampoo, and I was using it so much that I was getting blonder and blonder and blonder.

LA: Oh yes, you leave them in for a certain amount of time don’t you?

EA: Yeah, but because it leaves your hair in such a beautiful condition I had to really calm myself and not use it every day! You’re meant to only use it once a week so I had to really stop myself.

LA: What’s your favourite hairstyle if you’re going out? You’ve kind of answered that a little bit with the ‘big and bouncy’.

EA: Oh yeah, going out I just love a classic blow dry. I love having a blow dry before I go out. You can’t beat it, because they do it in a way you absolutely cannot do yourself. The problem with that though is I end up not washing my hair for about three days, because I want to leave it in for as long as possible. So, on a Friday night you get the fresh blowy – sounds a bit dodge – you get the fresh blowy and it looks amazing, then you go out Saturday as well because it still looks amazing. Then you go out on the Sunday as well, because it still looks great!

LA: Yeah, you just need to shove some dry shampoo in there to keep it going, don’t you.

EA: Oh my god, the Charles Worthington dry shampoo changed my life. I carry it with me everywhere.

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LA: If the house is on fire – and all the important stuff is safe – what is the one beauty product you’d save?

EA: Probably my straighteners, because you can use them for anything now. Curls, you can do anything, can’t you? Because even if you leave your hair to dry naturally – my hair is really, really curly – I just tweak the curls sometimes to put the shape back in.

LA: Three favourite beauty brands?

EA: At the moment I’m loving the bareMinerals foundation, and I love MAC, all the MAC lip liners, and KIKO. KIKO at the moment I use loads. I was actually only introduced to it a couple of years ago.

LA: It used to be that you’d only see KIKO when you went on holiday, right?

EA: Yeah that’s so true! So I am so happy now if I see a KIKO, I run straight in there. I love their colours, they have really interesting ones, especially their eyeshadows. So yeah, I’d say KIKO, bareMinerals and MAC.

LA: How do you take care of your skin? Do you have a day and night routine?

EA: It’s only in the last year or so that I’ve been slapping myself on the wrist a bit saying, ‘I need to take care of my skin more’. I’ve always been really lucky in that I’ve never had spots and I’ve always had quite clear skin. I am very pale and freckly, so I don’t really sunbathe. I sort of pretend to, but I don’t like looking at my skin getting damaged by the sun, so I’m all about the fake tan.

LA: Shade bathing.

EA: In that sense I look after my skin, I never lie in the sun for too long. But recently I have had to say, ‘OK, I need to have some kind of routine’. I’ve been using a brand called Tropic, they do this really nice, sort of oily cleanser so I’ve been trying that. I do use wipes when I’m being a bit naughty and lazy. Sometimes I put make up remover on the wipe… That’s alright though isn’t it, you can do that?

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LA: I think every now and then it’s OK.

EA: Yeah, I’m a bit naughty and a bit lazy. When I’m not being lazy and I’m being good, I go through loads of different products. I think I really need to start finding my actual skin routine. I’m still not quite there yet, I’m learning.

LA: Do you find that you’re more dry or oily in terms of skin type?

EA: Dry, I’d say more dry.

LA: What’s in your make-up bag right now?

EA: Oh it’s a shit hole at the moment, an absolute shit hole. My mum bollocks me when she sees my make up bag, she’s like, that’s atrocious.

LA: Ha, does it have pencil shavings in it and stuff?

EA: Yeah! She’s like, ‘that is so slovenly’. I know it’s really bad but I’m so on the move, and at the moment I get my make-up done every single day because I’m always working and doing things, so I’m not really using it at the moment. But I have got my bareMinerals in there. And do you know what, this mascara that I swear by, I love it. It’s the fat yellow one, it’s only high street…

LA: Maybelline? Sort of ‘this shape’.

EA: Yes! I swear by it. I think it’s the best mascara, sorry, I do. It’s not expensive, it’s like eight quid and I use it all the time. I love it.

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LA: Best make-up tip from a pro artist?

EA: So I don’t have lip fillers, I’ve always been quite lucky as I do have quite big lips, but I still like to get that extra bit of plump there. So sometimes I ever so slightly go over the cupid’s bow, just because that’s the look at the moment isn’t it. I call it my Rosie Huntington-Whiteley look.

LA: How often do you get your nails done?

EA: Not often enough! I don’t have time at the moment, but when I do have time, I try and do it once a month, or once every couple of months.

LA: Do you like a plain mani or a nail art kind of thing?

EA: I change it up. When I was solely acting I had to be quite neutral, but now that I’m doing more glitzy, glamorous stuff I can mix it up a bit.

LA: Do you have a signature fragrance or a few go-tos?

EA: I LOVE, you can’t go wrong with, YSL Black Opium. It’s just beautiful. It’s the only perfume I’ve ever worn that men compliment. Men go, ‘oh my god, what are you wearing?’ I’ve had men come up to me on the tube saying, ‘I’m so sorry, I’m not being a perv, but what is that smell because I actually want to buy that perfume for my wife.’

LA: The original one? Not the newer diamonds one.

EA: Yeah, it’s stunning. It’s sweet but mature, and a bit young. But oh, it’s lovely.

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LA: Three most used emojis?

EA: The crying laughing one, the wine glass, red wine one, and the two champagne ones.

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LA: Fave alcoholic drink?

EA: Provence rosé all the way. I love a Provence. It’s my lady petrol.

LA: What’s your favourite book? Are you much of a reader?

EA: Do you know what, you’re gonna think it sounds like I’m being so wanky, but I love reading poetry at the moment. I bought this book of poetry, they’re love poems, I cant remember what it’s called but my mum told me to read it, and they’re so lovely. Some of them make me cry. I love reading poems.

LA: Have you read She Must Be Mad by Charly Cox? It’s loads of poems about being in your twenties, working out life, mental health, love…

EA: That sounds right up my street.

LA: It’s really great. What would your last meal be?

EA: OH, are we doing starter, main, dessert? Right, to begin – and I’m thinking I’m about to die – I would go for a melted Camembert with loads of crusty bread, olives and houmous. Then for my main course I would have a massive lobster, loads of different seafood around it, massive prawns, everything, with sweet potato fries and garlic mayo, a big mish-mash of that. My dessert would be apple tart tatin with salted caramel ice cream.

LA: Dreamy. Favourite TV show to binge watch?

EA: The Office.

LA: UK version right?

EA: Of course, all the way.

LA: Movie?

EA: Titanic.

LA: What about favourite Instagram accounts to stalk?

EA: Ooh, Instagram accounts to stalk, hmm. I don’t know, not any that I’m prepared to say! Erm, my boyfriend’s?

LA: Yeah let’s give him a shout out.

EA: My boyfriend Rob’s.

LA: Who were you most star-struck meeting?

EA: Ooh. Do you know, I spend my life being surrounded by famous people at the moment, but I’m telling you now you can’t beat meeting a good old soap star you’ve been watching your whole life. When I see the people out of EastEnders or Corrie, that’s more amazing and star-striking for me.

LA: They’re on all the time in your house aren’t they.

EA: Honestly, I saw Billy Mitchell at the NTAs and I couldn’t believe it! That’s more like *gasp* for me, because soap stars have been in your life every day from when you were younger and watched them.

LA: What’s the weirdest chat-up line you’ve ever heard?

EA: Um, ‘your mum’s fitter than you’. No, I don’t know – men just seem to think when they chat you up they’re really good at it, when they’re just shit. Or, people coming over to me and telling me they have no idea who I am. They come over to me and go ‘By the way, I’ve got no idea who you are.’

LA: You should just say, ‘same’.

EA: Oh yeah, I should say that shouldn’t I?!

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BEAUTY BYTES: Pixie Geldof talks vegan beauty, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and saving the ocean

BEAUTY BYTES: Pixie Geldof talks vegan beauty, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and saving the ocean


#veganuary

Welcome to Beauty Bytes: a place where I chat to celebrities about all things beauty – from their favourite products, to their biggest beauty disasters. Plus I grill them on everything from their social media habits to their favourite cheat meals. You know, all the important and essentials things that we need to know about.

As we’re reached the end of January – a.k.a. Veganuary – I wanted to chat to someone who’s better versed in the subject of cruelty-free and vegan beauty products. Who sprang to mind? Pixie Geldof, who’s pretty vocal about her love for both these topics. We met up to chat about exactly that, as well as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, brightly coloured hair and the small things that everyone can do to help save the world’s oceans. KT – Digital Beauty Editor

KT: IT’S VEGANUARY!

Pixie: It is!

KATIE: I SUPPOSE IT’S VEGANUARY FOR YOU ALL YEAR

Pixie: Veganuyear at all times!

KATIE: WHAT ARE YOUR TOP THREE VEGAN BEAUTY BRANDS?

Pixie: Ummm… ‘The Body Shop’ although they’re not completely vegan, but the majority of their products are. ‘Cover FX’ which I am obsessed with and Lixirskin. Have you tired it? It’s so good I use it religiously.

KATIE: YEAH I LOVE IT. HAVE YOU TRIED THE RUBBING PRODUCTS THERE’S THIS RUBBING PRODUCT. 

Pixie: Oh yeah yeah yeah yeah, the clay mask thing? Yeah I’m really lazy with things like that, but I did that last week and I was like “I feel so posh right now” but it’s really good.

KATIE: AND WHAT’S IN YOUR MAKE-UP BAG RIGHT NOW IN TERMS OF SPECIFIC PRODUCTS?

Pixie: I don’t wear much make up, but I use Milk mascara. Push, smush, or…

KATIE: KUSH. YEAH MILK’S CRUELTY-FREE ISN’T IT?

Pixie: Yeah and vegan, so they’re pretty bang. And then I use a Milk, it’s the best lip balm.

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KATIE: THAT’S IT?! IS THAT ALL THE MAKE-UP YOU USE?

Pixie: Pretty much. If I’m ‘wearing make-up’ I use the Glossier Skin Tint, which is just the best in the world because I don’t like to look like I’m wearing make-up. I really don’t like thickness, I don’t really understand powder or any of that stuff, so I use the lightest of everything I can use. Skin Tint is like putting water on your face. Then maybe a bit of brow. I like brow stuff actually.

KATIE: WHAT BROW STUFF DO YOU USE? GLOSSIER BOY BROW?

Pixie: Yeah that’s the best one. Although I want to try the Milk one. So yeah, all pretty simple.

KATIE: BEST BEAUTY ADVICE YOU HAVE EVER BEEN GIVEN?

Pixie: Wash your face. I say wash your face all the bloody time. No, actually, do you know what? Face wipes: not a thing. You’re just putting dirt around your face. You’re just moving it. It’s like wiping a table with like a dirty rag, it’s just not how it works. I used to only just use face wipes, but not any more. First of they’re just bad for the environment and second of all they don’t work. So that’s probably the best advice I’ve been given.

KATIE: SO HOW DO YOU CLEANSE YOUR SKIN NOW?     

Pixie: I actually think I do it the wrong way round. So I do two cleansers. I use the Milk Cleanser Stick, which has got a slight exfoliating thing in it and then I use the Lixirskin one which you leave on for a minute.

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KT: THAT SOUNDS OK TO ME.

Pixie: Yeah, but then I remove my make up after. Well like whatever’s left.

KT: NO NO, THAT’S TOTALLY FINE.

Pixie: But in my head, I’m like: ‘should I take of my make up first?’ I use The Body Shop’s Camomile Eye Make-up Remover. It’s really gentle.

KATIE: WHAT’S THE BEST BEAUTY PRODUCT RECOMMENDATION YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED?

Pixie: Primer. And especially the CoverFX primer. I’d never used one before and I didn’t really understand what they were and then I used it and on the occasion that I actually wear make-up, it lasted so much longer. So I was like ‘oh into it!’ Primer.

KATIE: IF YOU HAD TO HAVE ONE HAIRSTYLE, ONE MAKE-UP LOOK AND ONE NAIL COLOUR FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE AND YOU COULDN’T CHANGE, WHAT WOULD THEY BE?

Pixie: I mean that sounds quite menacing, but OK. I’d wear a tight top knot like today. I like a little facelift. Then probably this make-up, so basically none. I like as much moisture on my face as possible, so I think I would just put on a thick base of heavy-duty moisturiser, then brows and mascara. And I do like a very light see-through blush, which I normally to use lip balm for.

KATIE: LIKE A TINTED LIP BALM?

Pixie: Yeah, so that. And then a lilac on the nails.

KATIE: OK NICE! AND WHAT’S THE WORSt BEAUTY TREND YOU’VE EVER ATTEMPTED?

Pixie: Anything I did with my hair until like three years ago.

KATIE: OK, WHICH WAS THE WORST?

Pixie: When I got extensions at 15/16 – they were really bad. I think probably anything to do with my hair was not great. I just look back and there are so many weird haircuts! I think I was doing them myself in fairness, no one else to blame but myself.

KT: I HAVE QUITE A FEW QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR HAIR COMING UP…

Pixie: Oh my god who doesn’t?

KATIE: LET’S CHAT MANI’S. YOU OFTEN HAVE QUITE JAZZY NAILS…

Pixie: I do love a jazzy mani.

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KATIE: LET’S TALK ABOUT THEM. HOW OFTEN DO YOU GET YOUR NAILS DONE? DO YOU LOVE GETTING NAIL ART? AND WHERE DO YOU GET IT ALL DONE?

Pixie: I used to like nail art. I used to have the proper really long nails with the sharp pointed tips.  But due to my laziness I stopped having it, because they’re so high maintenance. You have to do that shit constantly – I had to do that every two weeks.  It was incredibly expensive. The best thing I ever discovered when I had acrylics was encapsulating. Not many places do it in London, but they put the art inside the acrylic and then put it on your nails. That was a big moment for me. But I don’t have it anymore; I’m not so fussed about art anymore. I’m such a biter and if they look nice I won’t bite them. I do it every three weeks now and I love a pedi. Pedis are more important to me than manis 

KATIE: BECAUSE OF THE ACTUALLY SCRUBBING OR BECAUSE OF THE PAINT?

Pixie: There’s just something about having nice looking feet that really gets me. As a nail biter I’m so used to them not looking nice that I’m kind of like ‘whatever’. But feet, I have a thing about nice looking feet.

KATIE: AND WHAT COLOUR DO YOU TEND TO GO FOR?

Pixie: I always go for really dumb colours. I like light colours on my feet, kind of exclusively. Currently they’re lime green, which is really not the colour your supposed to have on your feet, but I love it.

KATIE: WE’VE KIND OF TALKED ABOUT HOW YOU TAKE CARE OF YOUR SKIN. DO EVER YOU GET FACIALS?

Pixie: Every now and then. I had a break out last year and not to sound like a dick, but legitimately for the first time ever I had the experience of breaking out and nothing was fixing it. And when I was in LA I went for a hydra facial kind of thing, with microdermabrasion and hyaluronic acid and it completely fixed everything.  It was mad.

KATIE: DO YOU GO FOR REGULAR TOP UPS?

Pixie: Not that regular. I had another one six months later here in London. My spots were all cheek focused and it really helped with my blackheads and things like that. So that really the only facial that Iswear by.

KATIE: HOW OFTEN DO YOU WORK OUT AND WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE WAY TO EXERCISE

Pixie: I work out four to five times a week.

KATIE: SHIT, REALLY?!

Pixie: Yeah, it’s a lot. I know it’s horrible. But I like it; I do enjoy it. I do two to three weight workouts and the one or two cardio days.

KATIE: IN A GYM?

Pixie: In a gym. I hate cardio. I hate it, I hate it.

KATIE: ME TOO, I HATE BEING OUT OF BREATH.

Pixie: Yeah, I hate it. It’s just not enjoyable. Every now and then I’ll be like, ‘oh I’m quiet looking forward to going for this run’, because I’ll be with my own mind and then as soon as I start doing it, I’ll be like: ‘lets stop this, I don’t want to be here.’ I really like weights. Not while I’m doing it obviously, I’m not insane.

KATIE: SO DO YOU JUST GO INTO THE WEIGHTS SECTION AT THE GYM AND JUST START LIFTING?

Pixie: I have a trainer that helps me with the weights.

KATIE: I WOULDN’T KNOW WHAT TO DO.

Pixie: No, and now I do. Technically I could do it alone now, but I have no motivation to do that so I need someone who is like ‘I’m waiting for you!’ Otherwise I would just not show up. But it’s been really interesting because I’ve always thought that like fitness and everything was all about cardio and there’s a lot of emphasis put on it. And actually what’s changing my body the most is the weights. I’m a big fan of fit not thin. I want to feel strong. It’s only been about five months and already I feel much stronger, as does my back. I’m hyper mobile, especially in my back, so it used to hurt a lot, but it doesn’t any more and that’s become really important to me, more than anything else.

KT: ALRIGHT, HAIR. LET’S DO IT.

Pixie: My long-suffering hair.

KATIE: YOU OFTEN CHANGE THE COLOUR. HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHAT TO DO EACH TIME, HOW OFTEN DO YOU CHANGE IT AND WHERE DO YOU GO?

Pixie: I go to Bleach; they’re the best for me.

KATIE: THEY ACTUALLY DID MY WEDDING HAIR.

Pixie: Did they?! I’m obsessed it with and I also like the environment at Bleach, like I always feel quiet awkward in posh salons, but at Bleach my friends and I can just hangout. I’ll just spend the day at Bleach!

KATIE: AND HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHICH COLOUR? BECAUSE YOU’VE HAD A FEW.

Pixie: We’ve had a few. Boy oh boy have we ever. Well due to trying to grow my hair back I had it dark for a while.

KATIE: YOU’RE NATURALLY…?

Pixie: I’m naturally kind of like auburn sort of a mix. It looks a lot darker at the moment, because of the bleaching and also the greys. I was dark for a while so I could grow it out, and I’ve spent the last six months going in every six weeks to bleach it back to blonde. I used to go into a salon with black hair and come out with white hair, but that is not how you’re supposed to dye your hair. And I’m kind of a bit mad that any-

KATIE: THAT THE SALON LET YOU DO IT?

Pixie: Yeah. I mean Bleach would never do that. Bleach told me that we’d have to do it in increments, and I was like ‘ugh boring!’, but they told me that I had to protect my hair and it’s survived. I genuinely thought I’d have to shave my head again. I just love all of the different multicolours. I want blue hair at the moment really badly, but I know that if I dye it blue I’ll have to bleach it a bit again and I’m like ‘it just can’t take it!’. But I shall do it too.

KATIE: I REALLY LIKE THEIR ‘ROSÉ’ SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER…

Pixie: It makes a really nice colour. It makes it kind of creamy after a couple of washes. I love that. I love a cream colour.

KATIE: SO HOW DO YOU LOOK AFTER YOUR HAIR IN TERMS OF SHAMPOO/ CONDITIONER? DO YOU USE MASKS?

Pixie: I do. I use the Maria Nila Heal range on a day-to-day basis, and then I’ll use the Bleach Reincarnation Mask like every three washes as my conditioner. I also use an Argan Oil from Maria Nila because my hair is naturally quite dry and puffy, so I literally just brush it down with some oil.

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KATIE: OK COOL. HOW DO YOU DEFINE BEAUTY?

Pixie: So deep! Oh my god this is so cliché answer, but generally you can tell when people feel comfortable. People sort of take the piss out of ‘feeling yourself’, but there’s something to say for it! I think if more people got into ‘feeling themselves’ it would be a good thing. And I don’t mean like taking hot selfies and putting it on Instagram. When people are feeling themselves I’m like, ‘yeah I’m into you’ and that looks really beautiful to me. I think it’s just everyone’s natural state, when they’re most comfortable. They’re most natural state is always their most beautiful state

KATIE: DO YOU HAVE A SIGNATURE FRAGRANCE?

Pixie: I don’t really wear perfume; I have this oil, which is just like a random oil that I found in a little store.

KATIE: IS IT SANDALWOOD?

Pixie: It’s like sandalwood and jasmine or something. I really like oils for smells; I like to put them in my hairline or things like that. But traditionally I like floral scents so like jasmine or rose.

KATIE: OK SO I’VE HEARD THAT YOUR CRUELTY-FREE AND VEGAN PRODUCTS CHOICES STRETCH TO ALMOST EVERY PART OF YOUR HOUSEHOLD… 

Pixie: As much as it can. So cruelty-free cosmetics and cruelty-free medicine are very different things. The Body Shop have always campaigned for cruelty-free cosmetics and they have to be very specific in saying that because obviously there are different laws. Medical testing on animals is not something that I can weigh in on, I have no ability to and also there’s nothing I can really say on it. But with my house, all of the products we use are cruelty free.

KATIE: DOES THAT COUNT FOR CLEANING PRODUCTS?

Pixie: Everything. I think a big myth about cruelty-free and vegan is that it’s quite expensive and inaccessible, but not any more; it’s everywhere and it’s so easy to get these things. Waitrose own brand is completely cruelty-free. Their washing up liquid, their surface sprays etc and it’s not expensive. I do enjoy a home of ‘ no animals have been hurt in the making of this house’. But it’s harder with veganism. I’m not going to pretend that I am not still in the process of veganising. I’m not going to throw out things that I brought ages ago just because they have leather on them, because I think it’s wasteful and I don’t believe in that. So I try my best to not buy any new clothes with animal products, but that is hard and that’s something I am still learning. But more often than not it’s vintage or second hand. I’m not buying into the industry, but it is hard and I think people need to be very gentle with themselves about it. A lot of people beat themselves up about it but you’re doing your best, everyone has to do their bit.

KATIE: I ALSO HATE IT WHEN PEOPLE CRITICISE. MY HUSBAND IS VEGETARIAN AND SOMETIMES FEELS LIKE HE NEEDS A BIT OF OILY FISH EVERY NOW AND THEN, SO HE HAS IT AND SO PEOPLE WILL SAY ‘ I THOUGHT YOU WERE A VEGETARIAN?!’

Pixie: Yeah I’m not into that at all, because I think if you’re going to do something fair-fucking-play. I don’t know whether or not it’s absolute fact, but they say if everyone in America went vegan for a day a week, it would be the equivalent, emissions-wise, of taking eight million cars off the road. So if you’re doing it one day a week, you’re smashing it. No ones asking you to be perfect. If you’re on a diet and you eat some fucking pasta – give yourself a break, it’s ok. Don’t feel guilty. If you want to not eat animal products, but you want to wear them that’s your choice. It’s all everyone’s choice.

KATIE: WHAT ABOUT SUSTAINABILITY?

Pixie: What about sustainability? I’m a big fan.

KATIE: I READ THAT PART OF THE REASON YOU BECAME A VEGAN WAS FOR SUSTAINABILITY REASONS. WHAT OTHER WAYS HAVE YOU ADAPTED YOUR LIFE TO BE MORE SUSTAINABLE?

Pixie: Obviously plastics is a huge thing and everyone talks about it. That’s been relatively easy to be honest. The dairy industry and the meat industry are the biggest emitters of CO2. I mean if you’re cutting out that, you’re pretty golden omissions wise. I have a big thing about sunscreen for example. I only wear reef-safe sunscreens. There are some amazing brands that are cruelty free and reef safe. My favourite is Kiss My Face.

KATIE: IS THERE A SYMBOL FOR REEF SAFE?

Pixie: No there isn’t actually, that’s funny. So for me it’s chemicals, banning plastic, being vegan.

KATIE: OK WE’RE MOVING AWAY FROM THE SERIOUS, TO THE RIDICULOUS…WHAT ARE YOUR THREE MOST USED EMOJI’S?

Pixie: Heart eyes, these guys, I love these guys. I use that for pretty much everything. And then, either probably just a heart or a rainbow. I love the rainbow. Also I like this one – hand up lady. 

KATIE: WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE?

Pixie: Not a fan of the booze. I’d rather have a Shirley Temple. But if I were to have a cocktail on the beach I’d have a Pina Colada. But that could be booze or no booze, I wouldn’t care.

KATIE: FAVOURITE BOOK?

Pixie: Call Me By Your Name. I’ve read it five times. I’m not kidding, I cry hysterically every time. Oh and it’s the best soundtrack. I listen to that soundtrack every time. It’s my favourite drive music. Have you read the book?

KATIE: NO I HAVEN’T, I’VE GOT IT AT HOME THOUGH.

Pixie: Read it. Oh my god please read it. Message me when you’ve read it. I’m obsessed with the film and Timothee Chalamet, but there’s something about the way the book is written and they way things are described; it’s just heart-breaking. But in a beautiful way and my god, killed me.

KATIE: WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE TV SHOW TO BINGE WATCH?

Pixie: Oh my god, so many and they’re all so embarrassing. I don’t give a shit: Gossip Girl. I’m a big fan of One Tree Hill, I don’t care. No one likes One Tree Hill, I’m the only one on planet earth, but I fucking love it. I’ll watch those sort of shows just to re-watch them.

KATIE: LIKE IN THE BACKGROUND WHILE YOU’RE DOING STUFF?

Pixie: Exactly, like when I’m cooking. Like One Tree Hill is the big one when I’m doing that. They’re my two favourites. Oh my god, wait Buffy! I’ll just sit and watch it forever. Buffy is the be-all-and-end-all. But Buffy I didn’t want to put into the same category as the others, because Buffy is actually good and genuinely important to me. And the soundtrack – fuck! There are so many songs that I know, only because of that. I’ll hear them and go ‘Buffy’! If I hear the Buffy and Angel theme song, I’ll start crying. [She starts humming the tune]. Oh my god, when she kills him! I actually can’t fucking handle how much I love that show.

KATIE: I LOVE SPIKE.

Pixie: I love him too. He’s got some great speeches actually. In the Lovers Walk episode, which I think is season three, he does a really good speech about love. I love him. That show taught me everything. Everything I know I learnt from Buffy. I genuinely think that’s true.

KATIE: IT WAS SO AHEAD OF ITS TIME.

Pixie: It’s so well written and important. It had a woman lead, two very strong female leads in fact. It wasn’t just about her relationships, it was about her relationship with herself predominately and I think that’s very rare in a teen TV show based on nonsense. It was a very good show.

KATIE: AND FINALLY, ENDING ON A HIGH, WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT?

Pixie: Anything ocean based. Probably 50% of the things I follow are ocean based. I must say the Project Zero Instagram is particularly fantastic.

KATIE: WE HAVEN’T ACTUALLY SPOKEN ABOUT THAT.

Pixie: It’s an ocean marine conservation charity; we do big activation and fundraising events to help fund marine projects around the world. We are basically a funnel for other charities and projects. We just think it’s really important because of charitable giving world wide, if it was a pie chart 3% of charitable giving goes to the environment and of that 3%, only 6% of that goes to ocean charities. So there is no money going into what covers 70% of our earth. We really want people to be engaged in what’s happening. Like the plastic thing has been amazing, because it’s given something very tangible to people that they can take control of. When it comes to ocean issues, it’s so vast and so abstract, like ‘we’re going to save the ocean’, you’re like, ‘What does that actually mean?’ But if you look at it in terms of the threats that the ocean faces, they’re very sort of tangible and easy and really affect us. For example, overfishing is probably the biggest problem the ocean faces. So an easy thing for people to do is make sure the fish you’re eating is sustainably caught; make sure it’s not trawling nets. Trawling nets can be the size of four football pitches and then they throw out, I think it’s 16 billion or trillion tonnes of by-catch every year. By-catch is turtles, seals, dolphins, sharks, whales – things we’re not supposed to eat. 16 trillion! I’m sure it’s trillion, it may be billion, but either way it’s a lot of dead animals. So we can actively engage in stopping that, so where plastic has given us this push, I think now people are starting to get involved in these other things, like shark-finning and coral bleaching. It kind of started with Sir David Attenborough and Blue Planet II – he blasted a well-known problem into peoples’ homes and made it unavoidable. And I think that kind of pressure is necessary.

 

 

 

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BEAUTY BYTES: Karen Elson on how she made Jo Malone London even boujier, being starstruck by Prince George and her constant battle with frizzy hair

BEAUTY BYTES: Karen Elson on how she made Jo Malone London even boujier, being starstruck by Prince George and her constant battle with frizzy hair


Welcome to Beauty Bytes: a place where I chat to celebrities about all things beauty – from their favourite products, to their biggest beauty disasters. Plus I grill them on everything from their social media habits to their favourite cheat meals. You know, all the important and essentials things that we need to know about.

Late last year, I sat down with supermodel and singer, Karen Elson, to talk about her exciting collaboration with jeweller Duffy and Jo Malone London – the Birthstones Collection. She revealed what Pat McGrath has taught her about lipstick, how she fears we might be headed to world similar to Handmaid’s Tale and introduced me to Winston Smushface. KT – Digital Beauty Editor.

KT: YOU HAVE MANAGED TO MAKE THE ALREADY CHIC JO MALONE BOTTLES CHIC, HOW DID YOU MANAGE IT?

KE: I originally had the idea to do a whole horoscope collection, but that would involve like inventing twelve new fragrances for each horoscope. Which was unrealistic when you’ve got so many incredible Jo Malone London fragrances already. So then we started thinking about what else we could do that was months-related, that’s kind of personal and bespoke. And then we came up with birthstones; let’s make a new bottle cap that has a birthstone inside of it. But instead of just having a regular bottle top we brought Duffy, the jeweller, in to design something really weighty and heavy and luxurious. They’re handcrafted and I love when something’s been made with quality and love. Everyone has their own favourite Jo Malone London fragrance so you can personalise your bottle or buy someone their birthstone as a present.

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KT: AND HOW DID YOU FIND DUFFY?

KE: Someone said to me, ‘Have you heard of Duffy?’ I was like, ‘Yeah, the hairdresser. I love Duffy the hairdresser. I’ve worked with him before.’ And she was like, ‘No, there are apparently many Duffys around and it’s actually Duffy the hairdresser’s brother – also Duffy.’ Interesting right?

KT: IS HE MARRIED TO KATE HALFPENNY, THE DESIGNER? 

KE: I don’t know. Apparently there are lots of Duffys around, all married to incredible women. It came about very organically in that sense. We had some meetings, he showed me mock-ups and I really wanted something that stood out. I guess it’s quite elaborate but it’s quite simple at the same time. Like something that, you know- something that feels sharp but it also feels very classic. I would want to see that in my bathroom.

KT: AND WHICH BIRTHSTONE ARE YOU?  

KE: I’m January, so garnet. It’s just kind of sweet. A friend gave me an Esteé Lauder a Carpicorn compact a few years ago and I love it. You hold onto those things forever.

KT: SO WHICH ONE IS YOUR SIGNATURE FRAGRANCE? WHICH SCENT WOULD YOU PUT YOUR GARNET CAP ONTO? 

KE: It’s very hard when there are so many gorgeous Jo Malone London fragrances. I have a few go-to favourites, which I mix and match all the time; Red Roses is obviously for any time, because it’s such a beautiful, beautiful fragrance. Just a spritz of Incense and Cedrat is very seductive. I’m definitely getting more into Honeysuckle and Davana. English Oak and Redcurrant, Blackberry and Bay; I mean there are so many.

KT: WHAT’S THE WORST BEAUTY TREND YOU’VE EVER ATTEMPTED?

KE: Pearlised lipstick. Hate it. I can’t stand like a pink pearlised lip.

KT: THAT SORT OF FROSTED LOOK?

KE: Yeah. I can’t deal.

KT: WHAT’S THE BEST BEAUTY ADVICE YOU’VE EVER BEEN GIVEN?

ELSON: Less is more. Like, twenty people have said it to me, a lot of them good makeup artists. I remember clearly Dick Page saying it to me. What I love about him, as a makeup artist, is that he’s quintessentially less is more. Like Dick knows how to do one subtle thing that looks beautiful but hasn’t taken away from the original beauty of the person.

KT: AND DO YOU ADAPT THIS INTO YOUR OWN MAKEUP?

KE: I never want to overkill, but if you’re going to do something have it be impactful. But not a way that you’re overwhelmed by it.

KT: LIKE A RED LIP?

KE: Like a red lip or – like today I was like let’s use blue eyeliner, I like to play with colour but never over doing it.

KT: WHAT IS YOUR BEST BEAUTY PRODUCT RECOMMENDATION? 

KE: It’s hard because I go through so many products all the time, I love beauty products – I’m a hoarder. Skin wise though, I’ve been into Vintner’s Daughter. Of all the oils, that actually seems to do something. But I always mix it with something.

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KT: IT’S BECOME QUITE THE CULT CLASSIC. DO YOU MIX IT WITH A CREAM? 

KE: Yeah. I’m such a sucker for good packaging as well.

KT: IF YOU HAD TO HAVE ONE HAIRSTYLE, ONE MAKEUP LOOK AND ONE NAIL COLOUR FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE, WHAT WOULD YOU CHOOSE?

KE: Ok, well I want Rapunzel-long, big, Jessica Rabbit hair so give me that. I’ll be so happy with just hair down to my waist – so happy. If I had to have one makeup look-  Pat McGrath’s made me some lipsticks so we’d choose one of her Elson lipsticks. And Chanel Rouge Noir – a deep, deep blood red.

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KT: WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS YOUR BEAUTY SECRET?

KE: Good skin. With good skin you can get away with a lot, you know? I think if your skin looks good without wearing any makeup, that’s the best base. So for me, I think when you neglect taking care of your skin, it makes it hard to even put anything on top of it. Don’t hide things, like let it out. Let your skin shine. Be what it naturally is. If you’ve got good skin it’s very easy to apply makeup.

KT: WHAT ARE YOUR TOP THREE BEAUTY BRANDS?

KE: Jo Malone London, obviously! Pat McGrath because she’s one of my best besties. My third would be Vitner’s Daughter. Because it’s small, it’s only got one product.

KT: WHAT’S IN YOUR MAKEUP BAG RIGHT NOW?

KE: What did I bring with me? So right now I love Tom Ford’s eyeliners because he always has really great colours. So I’ve got like a myriad of Tom Ford eyeliners. By Terry foundation; she has a sheer foundation that I love. Also the Tom Ford palette, it’s got the highlight and rose tint. I’ve got Benetint, the classic Benetint. And Pat McGrath lipsticks, oh and Charlotte Tilbury mascaras.

KT: HOW DO YOU TAKE CARE OF YOUR SKIN? AND CAN YOU TALK THROUGH YOUR MORNING AND EVENING ROUTINE?

KE: Oh, gosh. Well depends on each day. I fell asleep with all my makeup on last night. So I did like the beauty faux pas of that. But morning time, I like the Eve Lom morning cleanser. And depending if my skins feel oily or dry, I like this Kat Burki enzyme spray that if I’ve gotten off a plane – it’s perfect for that. And then I might follow up with her vitamin C cream and some Vintner’s Daughter and La Mer. And at night-time I basically do the same thing, but I might use Augustinus Bader, because I’m obsessed with that cream at the moment and I feel like it does something.

KT: WHAT IS THE BEST MAKEUP TIP A PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP ARTIST HAVE EVER GIVEN YOU?

KE: Pat McGrath taught me to apply my lipstick with my fingers. I’ll put it on and then I’ll blend it in with my fingers because it’s more of a diffused lip line, which makes your lips look fuller. When you’ve got a lip that’s harsh and drawn in, for me at least, I don’t like the way that looks. Pat has always been very hands-on, quite literally. So I’ve really taken how she applies makeup on board.

KT: WHAT ABOUT MANICURES?

KE: Love them. Love, love, love.

KT: HOW OFTEN DO YOU GET THEM AND WHAT DO YOU GET?

KE: When I’m shooting I sometimes get too many. I can get quite tough with a manicurist when she’s coming at me trying to cut a cuticle off that’s already been cut three times that week. I’m like, ‘go away.’ But when I’m home in Nashville, I love to get pedicures and manicures. Such a small luxury. I don’t do nail art or acrylics or anything like that, but I like an interesting colour. I love Chanel nail colours. Universally, Chanel nail colours are like some of the best nail colours so whatever they’re doing, I always take note.

KT: HOW OFTEN DO YOU WORKOUT AND WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE WAY TO EXERCISE?

KE: I love working out. It’s funny I didn’t workout a lot in my twenties and in my thirties I really fell in love with it. So when I’m home in Nashville, I like to workout five days a week. I love it. I do Pilates, I might go on a hike, I might do a spin class. But when I’m travelling it’s so hard and often, even if there’s a gym downstairs, I find myself being more drawn to room service, a glass of wine, and TV. I’m not working out because I want to be thin. That’s the last thing I’m doing it for. I’m doing it because I want to feel strong. I’m all about that at the moment. While I like doing a spin class, I never try and over do it beyond my point of- beyond the threshold-

KT: HOW DO YOU LOOK AFTER YOUR HAIR? 

KE: Oh me and my hair is like an on going love-hate battle, to be honest with you. I’ve got really frizzy red hair. So to keep the frizz tamed, it’s a never-ending battle. I recently got one of those Dyson hair dryers and that’s actually really good.

KT: YEAH, IT’S MEANT TO HELP WITH FRIZZ SO MUCH.

KE: I definitely noticed that it helped with that. When I did a shoot recently I was like, ‘Why is my hair all different lengths?’ Somebody had used a curler and it singed my hair off. Because my hair is so fine hairdressers wants to get that curl, so they use such a high heat, that is will like singe your hair or damage it beyond repair. So I’m constantly dealing with that. As a model, part of just being a model is that someone’s like backcombing your hair to get that big hair look and I’m literally watching pieces of my hair falling on the ground. I’m like, ‘oh awesome.’ It’s hard. I do the occasional hair mask. Olaplex, I know – that’s been really helpful as far as like damage is concerned. Terax is a shampoo that I’m obsessed with. And there are a couple of Redken products that I’m into, as well – All Soft. It really smooths your hair out. And also, what’s it called – Rahua? They have a hair mask, a colour hair mask, that’s got tuberose in it. It’s gorgeous. Heaven. I just scrape my hair back back. Might as well just pretend it’s not there. I want to wear wigs. I want to be Rapunzel.

KT: WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE TV SHOW TO BINGE WATCH?

KE: I just finished watching Handmaids Tale, which I absolutely loved. I’m now on American Horror Story, the Apocalypse one which I’m obsessed with. So good, so good. There’s so much to watch. But Handmaid’s Tale is, I mean- you know Margaret Atwood as well, what a writer. The director, Reed Morano – I actually know one of the director’s of Handmaid’s Tale and she’s this incredible woman – started out as a cinematographer, she’s such a bad ass, and is now directing. And she’s a big part of Handmaid’s Tale and how it came about and I just love – it’s eerie, it’s creepy, it’s quite likely we’re heading into those times but let’s hope not.

KT: WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT?

KE: Oh my God, I’m such a nerd. I love following animals all the time. It’s like my favourite guilty pleasure. Don’t give me too many fashion people, you know? Honestly, if you’re a puppy, if you’re a kitten – there’s this one cat, ‘Winston Smushface.’ I can’t with this cat. I’m going to show and it’s going to blow your socks off.

KT: HAVE YOU GOT CATS? ARE YOU A CAT OR DOG PERSON?

KE: Yeah, I’ve got four cats. I love dogs too. I love all creatures. Sometimes I think I like animals more than I like humans. What’s so special about Winston, is that Winston likes to sit up. And his tongue sticks out all the time. That’s what so special about Winston. They’re just funny.

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KT: WHEN THIS GOES LIVE EVERYONE’S GOING TO START FOLLOWING WINSTON SMUSHFACE AND HE’LL SEE A PEAK IN HIS FOLLOWERS.

KE: I also love Pickle the Pig, I can’t. It’s too much. So yeah, nothing like grand and intelligent. I mean obviously I like all the feminist accounts as well. There’s like @feminist, @instafeminst, my friend Sarah Sophie Flicker who used to be one of the people who started Woman’s March and she’s one of my favourite Instagram activists. I’m all about that. But you have to counter the stuff that’s very powerful with cuteness.

KT: WHEN DID YOU REALISE THAT YOU WERE FAMOUS? WAS THERE PERHAPS A MOMENT WHEN YOU WERE RECOGNISED? 

KE: I remember it clearly. It was Halloween, 1998. Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell would always do their Halloween party in New York back in the day. And I was walking down the street and all of a sudden there was like twenty-five paparazzi following me and I was looking around confused. I literally had this moment like, ‘What is going on? Who’s behind? Oh- me.’ It was so weird because I was still a teenager so it was really – it was weird. Different days. Different time though because Instagram didn’t exist so it wasn’t like – you could still do your thing. We didn’t document every single moment of life.

KT: AND FINALLY, WHO’S THE PERSON YOU WERE MOST STARSTRUCK MEETING? 

KE: Prince. Hands down. I mean I met him a couple of times but the first time I met him, it was a Miu Miu party. Again like, ’97 I think. And I just walked the Miu Miu show and he was performing. And I remember having these crazy, high sparkly blue Miu Miu shoes – I still have in my closet. And I remember he walked into the party and I was like, ‘Oh my God, I love you.’ And he just took my hand and looked at me and I was like, ‘thank you!’ Although I think at this point in time, I’d be star struck if I met Prince George.

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BEAUTY BYTES: The member of royal family who loves tequila, clean beauty and LOL chat-up lines

BEAUTY BYTES: The member of royal family who loves tequila, clean beauty and LOL chat-up lines


Probably our new favourite royal

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Welcome to Beauty Bytes: a place where I chat to celebrities about all things beauty – from their favourite products, to their biggest beauty disasters. Plus I ask about their most used emojis and their favourite cheat meal. You know, all the important and essentials things that we need to know about.

In this edition, I got the chance to grill royalty on all things beauty. I chatted with funny Lady Amelia Windsor, 38th in line to the throne and the new face of Illamasqua, about her tips and tricks. KT – Digital Beauty Editor

KT: HI AMELIA, THANK YOU FOR CHATTING WITH ME TODAY. CAN YOU TEL ME ABOUT THE WORST BEAUTY TREND YOU’VE ATTEMPTED?

AW: Really, really thin eyebrows.

KT: BEST ADVICE YOUR MOTHER HAS EVER GIVEN YOU?

AW: To not pluck your eyebrows. You have to be proud of your brows!

KT: BEST BEAUTY PRODUCT RECOMMENDATION YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED?

AW: Toner. I never used to use a toner before, but it has totally transformed my skin. I like to use Ren’s Glow Tonic, as it has more natural ingredients, and Tata Harper Replenishing Nutrient Complex, because it is sensational and all environmentally friendly, which is so important to me.

Ren Clean Skincare Ready Steady Glow AHA Tonic, £25 Cult Beauty

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KT: IF YOU HAD TO HAVE ONE HAIR STYLE, ONE MAKE-UP LOOK AND ONE NAIL COLOUR FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE, WHAT WOULD THEY ALL BE?

AW: OK, my hairstyle would be blonde beachy waves, always a smokey eye and nail colour would be  ballerina pink or fuschia.

KT: WHAT INSPIRES YOUR BEAUTY LOOK? IS ILLAMASQUA THE BRAND THAT YOU MOST RELATE TO?

AW: I really admire the message that Illamasqua puts out there, which is all about experimenting and finding new dimensions of your personality. Their strap line; ‘Unlock your individuality’ is a really nice way of saying it. It is about enhancing everyone’s natural beauty, which is such a lovely part of make-up.

KT: WHAT IS YOUR BEAUTY SECRET?

AW: My beauty secret is that I’m not a fan of too much foundation. Don’t cake your face, as most of the time it makes it look worse. My advice is to look after your skin and protect it.

KT: WHAT ARE YOUR TOP THREE BEAUTY BRANDS?

AW: Obviously Illamasqua! And I just love Ren and Tata Harper.

KT: WHAT’S IN YOUR MAKE-UP BAG RIGHT NOW?

AW: Illamasqua of course! The Bronzing Duo, Skin Base Concealer Pen, it’s so easy to use, and also Raven mascara that’s jet black.

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KT: HOW DO YOU TAKE CARE OF YOUR SKIN? CAN YOU TAKE US THROUGH YOU MORNING AND EVENING ROUTINES?

AW: So, I get regular LED facials. I really recommend them to people. Then at home, I always make sure I cleanse, tone, then follow with a serum and a balancing moisturiser. I am at university in Edinburgh and it’s extremely windy, so I need to protect my skin. I like moisturisers without parabens, because I want things to be as clean as possible for my body. I also use an SPF every day.

KT: HOW OFTEN DO YOU WORK OUT? FAVOURITE WAY TO EXERCISE?

AW: I love working out and it’s vital for my well-being. I do everything; yoga, running and cycling. I love exercise classes; listening to loud music and a really enthusiastic instructor. I find them really fun. When I’m in London, I’m really lucky as I work out at Workshop Gymnasium at the Bulgari Hotel. I highly recommend it for anyone who wants a personal trainer; they’re really fun.

KT: HOW DO YOU LOOK AFTER YOUR HAIR?

AW: I go and see the fabulous George Northwood. He is amazing and I get so many compliments on my hair. I don’t look after it enough between treatments though, I usually let my hair do its own thing. Occasionally, I think it would be good to do more treatments, like a good hair mask.

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KT: HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE BEAUTY?

AW: Beauty is in everyone, it’s just a question of believing in your own beauty and unleashing it.

KT: DO YOU HAVE A SIGNATURE FRAGRANCE? IF NOT, WHAT ARE YOUR GO TOS?

AW: Alaïa Paris. Every time I spray it, it reminds me of being there.

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KT: WHAT ARE YOUR THREE MOST USED EMOJIS?

AW: I use all of the hearts a lot; I’m always giving people a lot of love. And the dancing woman, as I love to dance.

KT: HAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE ALCOHOLIC DRINK?

AW: Tequila! Any type! Casamigos, Patron or Mezcal.

KT: FAVOURITE BOOK?

AW: Anything by Zadie Smith or Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, who wrote Purple Hibiscus. I also love multitasking, so I like books that teach you about history. What else? Oh, I loved Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, which I think is a very important book, it’s very sad but very good. The Leopard by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa is one of the best modern Italian reads, it is an incredible book that I’m going to be studying it in Italian. I can’t wait.

KT: WHAT’S YOUR CHEAT MEAL?

AW: Turmeric scrambled egg. It’s really simple; add quite a lot of oil to a pan, then a hefty dollop of turmeric and some eggs. Mix until scrambled and pop on some nice rye bread. Delicious!

KT: WHAT’S THE WEIRDEST PICKUP LINE YOU’VE EVER HEARD?

AW: I find them hilarious: ‘Are in a hurry? As you have been running through my mind all day.’ Which was very appropriate for the half marathon that I am running.

KT: WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE TV SHOW TO BINGE WATCH?

AW: Black Books by Dylan Moran.

KT: FAVOURITE INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT?

AW: Ah, that’s really hard. I love so many I can’t say just one. I think Eva Chen, the fashion director of Instagram, is really fun and also Leandra Medine from ManRepeller.

KT: DO YOU HAVE ANY TATTOOS? TALK ME THROUGH THEM?

AW: Yes I have tattoos. I have three bear cubs on my wrists. My brother, sister and I saw three bear cubs when we were in Canada on holiday. They were just playing on the beach, whilst we were whale watching. It was one of the most incredible things I have ever seen. We thought it was us.

KT: DO YOU HAVE ANY PIERCINGS?

AW: Yes I have a lot in my ears!

KT: WHO WERE YOU STARSTRUCK MEETING?

AW: Dylan Moran, my favourite comedian. I met him in Edinburgh and I nearly got run over trying to speak to him.

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Ella Eyre: on the celebrity that stole her sunglasses, taming curls and deep fried Camembert

Ella Eyre: on the celebrity that stole her sunglasses, taming curls and deep fried Camembert


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We’re back with another Beauty Bytes and this time I grilled Ella Eyre about what food she likes to eat when she thinks ‘fuck the calories’, which hair products she uses to make sure those beautiful curls are on point and which celeb stole her sunglasses and left her completely speechless.

KT: HELLO ELLA, WHAT IS THE WORST BEAUTY TREND YOU’VE EVER ATTEMPTED?

EE: The worst trend was probably lots of kohl eyeliner, you know what I mean? I used to love doing really dark makeup and I think it’s just because as a kid there were so many things I wanted to experiment with, so I got into really like dark gothic makeup. Basically, kohl eyeliner. I don’t know if it’s because my eyes are set weirdly, but it was really hard to maintain and I would always end up having to re-do the eyeliner or cleaning under my eye, because it looked like I’d been crying. So I’d say that was definitely the worst one, because I’d always end up looking like I’d been in a fight and that wasn’t the desired effect.

KT: WHAT’S THE BEST BEAUTY ADVICE YOU’VE EVER BEEN GIVEN?

EE: I always used to do a feline flick and perfecting that is as tricky as a Latin GCSE exam. It’s so hard. So, my makeup artist used to use a really cheap, rubbish eyeliner first to draw it on, and then use this Mac eyeliner on top. I can’t remember what it’s called, but it’s a liquid black eyeliner that’s like cement. You can’t get it off, like if you make a mistake it’s game over for the day.

KT: OH REALLY? I DON’T KNOW WHICH ONE THAT IS…

EE: It’s a tiny black tube and you dip the applicator in. It’s so solid that it doesn’t come off. So the best advice I was ever given was to use the really shit eyeliner first, get it right, and then cement it. And you don’t have to reapply your eyeliner at any point; I can go out all night and it stays.

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EE: It’s amazing, but don’t make a mistake because you’ll be rubbing your eyes for two hours. *laughs*

KT: I’M ASSUMING YOU NEED A CLEANSING OIL TO GET IT OFF?

EE: Yeah has to be an oil!

KT: WHAT’S THE BEST BEAUTY PRODUCT RECOMMENDATION YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED?

EE: I really like the Complexion Rescue from Bare Minerals. I got given it once and as I don’t like to wear a lot of makeup, this is the perfect combination of moisturising, toning and concealing without feeling like you’ve got too much on.

Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream, £22.40 Look Fantastic

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KT: IT’S AMAZING – I USE IT TOO. WHAT IS YOUR BEAUTY SECRET?

EE: My beauty secret is having a morning and night skincare routine. I’ve always been quite lucky with my skin and haven’t really paid that much attention to it. But as I’ve got older, having a morning and night routine and sticking to it religiously, means I have very few bad skin days. I just have to keep my skin hydrated. If I can do that, I really don’t need to wear much makeup.

KT: CAN YOU EXPAND ON WHAT YOU DO FIRST THING AND THEN BEFORE BED?

EE:  Most of my products are Kiehl’s to be honest. I love the Calendula range – I use the Foaming Face Wash and then the toner. I’ve recently discovered their Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence so I use that and then I use the Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate, the Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado and the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream. In the evening it’s a bit simpler – I just take my make-up off and wash my face, then I just put on the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Oil or an overnight mask.

KT: WHAT ARE YOUR TOP THREE BEAUTY BRANDS THAT YOU CAN ALWAYS RELY ON?

EE: Definitely Kiehl’s, Bobbi Brown and Aveda.

KT: WHAT’S IN YOU MAKEUP BAG RIGHT NOW?

EE: I love the Mac Mineralize Skinfinish – a powdered highlighter – Esteé Lauder Double Wear Concealer, Bobbi Brown Eyebrow Shaper and I don’t think this is a brand, but have you heard of a shop called Pax?

KT: YES. THE HAIR PLACE?

EE: Yes they have a beauty section that has loads of random products. They have this lip gel, which is basically the glossiest lip gloss you’ve ever seen in your life. It’s like you permanently have jelly on your lips. I really love that wet look.

KT: WHAT MASCARA DO YOU USE?

EE: Good question, I actually kind of avoid it, because I hate having to maintain it and then also having to take it off. The one that I’ve got is the Lancôme one.

KT: IS IT HYPNÔSE?

EE: Yeah it could be.

KT: HOW OFTEN DO YOU WORK OUT AND WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE WAY TO EXERCISE?

EE: I’m quite flexible, but I like to do at least a minimum of three to four sessions per week. My favourite is Barry’s Boot Camp. I went through a stage of doing like five Barry’s a week, but then my muscles started to tense up so I’ve started doing hot yoga, so I alternate between the two now.

KT: AND WHERE DO YOU DO YOUR HOT YOGA?

EE: Either Fierce Grace or Free Tribes in Crouch End.

KT: IF YOU’RE STRAPPED FOR TIME, WHAT WOULD BE THE THREE BEAUTY-RELATED THINGS YOU’D DO BEFORE YOU LEAVE THE HOUSE?

EE: Oh my God! Moisturise. If I don’t have enough time to do all of my creams then I’d just shove on the Kiehls Ultra Facial Cream with the SPF and then I’m good to go. And then I’d just put a bit of concealer under my eyes, then highlighter and I’m happy.

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KT: I THINK YOU’RE PROBABLY BORED ABOUT QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR HAIR, BUT IT IS AMAZING. HOW DO YOU LOOK AFTER IT?

EE: Thank you. Curly hair is unruly at the best at time, but you don’t have to do a lot to it. The less you do to it the better it behaves. I try not to wash it every day, I’ll wash it every other day or ever two days. I’ll use shampoo and conditioner, either Aveda or Kerastase,  and put a treatment in as I dye my hair too, so I use a colour preserving

*’I’m turning right mate! Sorry I’m driving and someone just cut me up!’*

So yeah, I’d wash my hair, put a colour treatment in – maybe overnight, maybe not – and then, if I don’t do a treatment, I’d put leave-in conditioner and let it dry naturally.

KT: CURLY HAIR CAN BE QUITE DRY CAN’T IT?

EE: Yeah it can, and I find it reacts really well when I leave the conditioner in it because the curls are a bit more enhanced. If I’m having trouble getting definition in my curls then I’d use the Aveda Be Curly Curl Enhancer – it defines my curls perfectly.

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KT: DO YOU HAVE A SIGNATURE FRAGRANCE? AND IF NOT WHAT ARE YOUR GO TOS?

EE: I’ve got quite a few. I would say my favourite over the past couple of years is the Balenciaga Rosa Botanica. I also like the Flora Botanica from Balenciaga and I also like the Miu Miu one with the red lid and blue bottle.

KT: WHAT ARE YOUR THREE MOST USED EMOJIS?

EE: *laughs* Definitely the laughing crying face. And do you know the one with a person pumping up their hair?

KT: YEAH

EE: So that one, a little sassy emoji, I love it. And then probably, a food emoji like sushi.

KT: FAVOURITE ALCOHOLIC DRINK?

EE: I do love an Aperol Spritz.

KT: YUM! ME TOO. FAVOURITE BOOK?

EE: I just started reading Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race, by Reni Eddo-Lodge.

KT: OH MY GOD I’M DYING TO READ THAT.

EE: I’ve only just started it but it’s absolutely fascinating, I’m getting really into it. I tried to give it to all of my white friends, but they’re not really into the title. My friends a journalist and she said it’s a good recommendation.

KT: IT’S SUPPOSED TO BE SO GOOD. WHAT’S YOUR CHEAT MEAL?

EE: I would say Ramen.

KT: THAT’S QUITE HEALTHY THOUGH. I WAS HOPING FOR SOMETHING THAT’S A BIT MORE CALORIFIC. WHAT TAKE AWAY WOULD YOU GET?

EE: You know what I love, Homeburger, have you ever heard of it?

KT: NO.

EE: It’s one of those new boujis burger places, like a Gourmet Burger Kitchen, but not. They only do delivery and all their packaging is recycled. I love it. And they do these onion shards where they just grate onions into the deep fat fryer. They also have deep fried Camembert balls with a cranberry jam And the most amazing buttermilk chicken burger.

KT: YEP, THAT’S MUCH BETTER THAN RAMEN!

EE: Yeah, you can have that one.

KT: DO YOU HAVE ANY TATTOOS?

EE: I’ve got one. It’s on the back of my left shoulder and I got it when I was in San Franscico. Me and my bassist had a day off and just decided to go and get a tattoo. My Nan had died that year, her name was Mary and she was Maltese and a Catholic.

KT: AAH THAT’S SO NICE.

EE: I got it in her handwriting as well. I don’t thing I’ll get anymore though, I thought I’d get the bug but I’m over it.

KT: DID IT HURT?

EE: No. It took like 20 minutes. I don’t think it’s great in terms of line definition, but for the sentiment I really like that it’s simple. I don’t need anymore.

KT: WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE TV SHOW TO BINGE WATCH?

EE: I was going to say Love Island, but it was shit this year.  Last year’s one was so good.

KT: I THOUGH THE ONE TWO YEARS AGO WAS BETTER.

EE: Yeah, I’m with you on that for sure, but I’m a bit of a snob when it comes to Love Island. But okay, say Love Island, because I do love it.

KT: FAVOURITE INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT?

EE: I’m going to say Chrissy Teigan and Blake Lively. I like strong independent women with their own personalities and I live for that.

KT: WHAT’S THE WEIRDEST PICKUP LINE YOU’VE EVER HEARD?

EE: Something to do with my hair if they’re like “can I touch it?” And I’m like “no!” Its not the ideal ice breaker like being stroked by a man I haven’t met before.

KT: WHO HAVE YOU BEEN STAR STRUCK MEETING?

EE: There was this one time at V Festival where Pharrell was playing and he came out of his dressing room to go on stage. He looked in my direction and I was on the other side of the artist area, and I said to my hair stylist ‘Is that Pharrell walking in my direction?!’ And she was like ‘shit I think so.’ And he came over and he was like ‘Hey, can I look at your glasses?’ I had no words, I just didn’t understand the scenario. I was like 1.) Why was Pharell anywhere near me and 2.) Why does he want to look at my fucking Ray Bans? It was bizarre. Surely he knows what Ray Bans are! He had his stylist there and he said ‘these are the ones that I want’ and she was like ‘Ok’. I told him he could have mine! I don’t think he knew I was an artist or if he just liked my glasses.

KT: FINAL QUESTION. DO YOU GET MANICURES? DO YOU EVER GET NAIL ART AND WHERE DO YOU GO?

EE: I do! I really love Imarni Nails, she’s done my nails a couple of times over the years and I really love some the designs that she’s done. I also love Michelle Humphries – she’s amazing, she’s insane! So yeah, I like to go as wacky as possible but I don’t like it to be too long because I like to cook, so just a bit of an extension you know.

KT: THANKS SO MUCH. THANKS FOR TALKING TO ME, ESPECIALLY AS YOU’VE BEEN DRIVING!

 

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Beauty Bytes: Jourdan Dunn on Beyoncé’s bowel movements, double cleansing and Hollyoaks

Beauty Bytes: Jourdan Dunn on Beyoncé’s bowel movements, double cleansing and Hollyoaks


In this edition of Beauty Bytes, Jourdan Dunn – the British model and brand partner for smartwater in the UK – chatted to me about her love of hot chicken wings, Oprah and Hollyoaks. Three things I never thought would appear in the same sentence as each other.

KT: WHAT’S THE WORST BEAUTY TREND YOU’VE EVER ATTEMPTED?

JD: Ooh worst beauty trend, I mean I didn’t try it personally but there was a trend for a while in fashion where they were bleaching eyebrows. I never understood it, plus when you bleach my eyebrows they look like orange. That’s not a good look for anyone unless you’re gonna have orange or red hair and I don’t know it was very weird, alien like, so I never got the whole bleaching your eyebrow thing.

KT: BUT YOU NEVER TRIED IT YOURSELF.

JD: Hell no.

KT: GOOD SHOUT. WHAT IS THE BEST BEAUTY ADVICE YOU’VE EVER BEEN GIVEN?

JD: I was reading something from this Korean beauty guru and she said, ‘however much time you spend getting ready, like putting makeup on etc, that’s the same amount of time you should take taking it off.’ So like if you spend like half an hour then should spend half an hour taking it off. I despise face wipes, I think that’s just disgusting and I feel like you really need to like you know cleanse your face properly and get rid of every bit of dirt and makeup grime.

KT: EXACTLY, AND TAKING CARE OF YOUR SKIN.

JD: Yes, so basically, making sure you take your makeup off before you go to bed is important. 

KT: WHAT’S THE BEST BEAUTY PRODUCT RECOMMENDATION YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED?

JD: Sunday Riley Good Genes. You can use it as a mask, but I actually use it as a serum, because it helps get rid of dark pigmentation. It helps get rid of dark spots. Genuinely. I had two dark spots, then I used it for a month and they completely disappeared. It’s amazing.

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KT: IF THE HOUSE WAS ON FIRE, WHAT ONE THING WOULD YOU GRAB?

JD: Oh my Yeezys!

KT: OH REALLY?! WHAT IS YOUR BEAUTY SECRET? IF YOU’VE GOT ONE?

JD: My beauty secret would be, see these secret questions really throw me off guard.

KT: IT IS QUITE A LOADED ONE, SHALL I MOVE ON AND GO BACK TO SECRET AT THE END?

JD: It’s supposed to be a secret! But I use coconut oil for everything from cooking and taking off my makeup, to moisturising my skin and hydrating my hair.

KT: SO YOU LIVE IN COCONUT.

JD: I just live and breathe in it. Oh and I sleep on a silk pillowcase. I’m obsessed with it. I even take it with me on the plane, to hotels, everywhere. Because it’s silk, it’s not harsh like cotton on your skin and your hair. And drink loads of smartwater. You have to stay hydrated.

KT: WHAT ARE YOUR TOP THREE BEAUTY BRANDS?

JD: Ooh okay NeoStrata, because I use basically their whole range on my skin, Sunday Riley, and DCL.

KT: BRILLIANT. IF I TOOK A PEEK IN YOUR MAKEUP BAG RIGHT NOW, WHAT WOULD I FIND?

JD: Ooh okay so right now there’s the Nars Luminous Weightless Foundation, Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel and Brow Wiz. I really love to look after my brows.

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Oh and I actually got sent some of Karl Lagerfeld’s collaboration with Model Co and the lip gloss is amazing – it lights up and has a mirror.

KT: I’VE WRITTEN ABOUT THAT!

JD: It’s so good, yeah like I just thought it was going to be a gimmick and actually rubbish, but the lip glosses are really good and it’s super cute packaging. Plus when you take it out and everyone sees the light, everyone’s like oooh.

KT: WHAT ARE YOUR MORNING AND EVENING SKINCARE ROUTINES LIKE?

JD: I’m a skincare freak, so I devote a lot of time to it. I used to follow a 14-step skincare regime in the evening, but I’ve like narrowed that down now I just keep things simple make sure that I use the right products. If I’m wearing makeup during the day, especially from a shoot, I’ll do a double cleanse, I’ll use an oil cleanser and then I’ll use a cream or a foam cleanser and then I use a rose water and aloe vera spritz, which I’ll just make up myself.

KT: YOU MAKE IT YOURSELF?

JD: Yeah.

KT: THAT’S A BEAUTY SECRET.

JD: Oh yeah, that is a beauty secret as well! Yeah, so I spritz that on, put on a serum, then a moisturiser. Then in the morning it’s pretty much the same thing except for the serum and I make sure that I put on sunscreen, which is super important, especially women of colour. People think that women of colour don’t need to put on sunscreen, but that’s a myth we actually really do, so I would advise that everyone put sunscreen on. 

KT: THROUGHOUT THE DAY AS WELL?

JD: Throughout the day, yeah, yeah.

KT: BEST MAKEUP TIP A PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP ARTIST HAS EVER GIVEN YOU?

JD: I remember when I first started doing shows, this makeup artist, Renee Garnes, who I still work with, got her credit card and put it behind my eyelashes. She then got the mascara and started to apply it against the card. It made such a difference, it looked like I had falsies on.

KT: SO YOU JUST PUT A CARD BEHIND YOUR LASHES, ON YOUR EYELID AND BRUSH IT UP TO IT?

JD: Yeah.

KT: DO YOU DO THE SAME UNDERNEATH OR NO?

JD: You can do.

KT: I’M GOING TO TRY THAT THIS EVENING.

JD: Honestly, so good.

KT: UM HOW OFTEN DO YOU WORK OUT AND WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE FORMS OF EXERCISE?

JD: So the thing with me, I’m not typically consistent. This week I’ve worked out three times, next week will probably be once or twice.  I love doing Kobox and training with my brother. And I’ve just discovered this class called Define London.

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KT: IS THAT BARRE?

JD: Yeah, I’m obsessed with barre. It’s small movements, but they’re so effective and you’re using muscles that you didn’t even know existed. It’s intense, but effective and afterwards you feel like fucking Super Woman; you feel like you can take on the world.

KT: I AGREE, I DID DEFINE LIKE A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO.

JD: Did you like it?

KT: YEAH I LOVED IT BUT I DIDN’T FEEL LIKE I WAS DOING MUCH AT THE TIME AND THEN THE NEXT DAY I LITERALLY COULDN’T PICK UP MY PHONE, I WAS JUST LIKE URRRRGH.

JD: Yeah, exactly.

KT: UM DO YOU HAVE A SIGNATURE FRAGRANCE?

JD: Yes, Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium. I use it daytime, evening, holiday, Summer, Autumn, Winter; every time. That’s my scent.

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KT: HAS IT BEEN LIKE YOU SCENT FOREVER?

JD: Yeah, for like a good four years. Yeah, I don’t think I’m gonna change, I’m a loyal, I’m loyal.

KT: ALRIGHT GEORGIA.

JD: Yeah, I’m loyal babe.

KT: WHAT ARE YOUR THREE MOST USED EMOJIS?

JD: Let me check my Whatsapp actually. Ok the smirk, the rolling the eyes and the shrug.

KT: WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE BOOK?

JD: Ooh my favourite book. I mean the one that I continuously go back to is Oprah Winfrey’s The Wisdom of Sundays – Life-Changing Insights and Inspirational Conversations. You can go to any page and it will have a chapter on gratitude, on love, on forgiveness, it’s just needed throughout your life. That’s my go to.

KT: WHAT’S YOUR CHEAT MEAL?

JD: Hot wings. Actually yesterday I was so annoyed and I wanted to order 10 hot wings from KFC. And then I was like no I’ll regret it, so I just had mushrooms, noodles and asparagus, which was quite fulfilling.

KT: THAT’S STILL NICE.

JD: It was quite nice, I felt good about myself after having it, but I really was craving hot wings.

KT: YEAH IT’S NO HOT WINGS.

JD: Yeah, I do love hot wings.

KT: YOU SAID YOU REALLY LIKE SPICY FOOD, DIDN’T YOU?

JD: Yeah, spicy things.

KT: WHAT’S THE WEIRDEST PICK UP LINE YOU’VE EVER HEARD OR RECEIVED?

JD: I haven’t had any original picks ups to be fair, which is a shame.

KT: YOU’D LIKE SOME.

JD: Yeah I would.

KT: WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE SHOW TO BINGE WATCH?

JD: Hollyoaks, which every time I say that, everyone’s like ‘you still watch Hollyoaks?!’ I’m like yes don’t judge me, that’s the one thing when I’ve been away and I go home and watch three hours worth.

KT: LOADS OF OMNIBUSES.

JD: Yeah, and then Love Island.

KT: JACK AND DANI FOR THE WIN.

JD: I liked Jack and Dani, but then I wouldn’t have minded if Kaz and Josh had won.

KT: WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT TO STALK?

JD: It’s a really bad one. It’s called the ‘The Shade Room’, it’s really really bad. I only go on it to look at the comments, because people are crazy, but yeah I try not to go on it because it’s actually really, really bad.

KT: IN WHAT WAY?

JD: It’s just drama and people shading people, that’s why it’s called The Shade Room.

KT: BUT YOU JUST READ THE COMMENTS.

JD: Yeah I just read the comments.

KT: WHO WERE YOU MOST STAR STRUCK MEETING?

JD: My mum’s always said to me ‘Jourdan, they’re just people. They shit just like you, it comes out the same way.’ Which is true, but I feel like Beyonce shits differently to everybody else. So when I first met her, I got really star struck. She came over to me and I lost my shit.

KT: I THINK THAT’S FAIR ENOUGH.

JD: Yeah exactly.

KT: THANK YOU SO MUCH!

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Venus Williams loves to stalk Serena Williams…

Venus Williams loves to stalk Serena Williams…


on Instagram.

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In the latest Marie Claire Beauty Bytes special, I make it a Wimbledon special by sitting down with world class tennis star Venus Williams to chat pre-match rituals, cheat meals and the most useful beauty advice I think I’ve ever heard. Not only is she in London to appear in the world’s most famous tennis tournament, but she’s also here to shout about her active wear brand – EleVen by Venus – that’s just launched into Selfridges.

KT: HOW OFTEN DO YOU WORKOUT?

VW: Oh my God, I’ve been working out my whole life. My life is one great, big workout, but I think it’s the best life actually.

KT: YEAH I MEAN THAT’S PRETTY IMPRESSIVE. MUCH MORE THAN ME. YOU’RE OBVIOUSLY A PROFESSIONAL TENNIS PLAYER, BUT WHAT ARE THE OTHER WAYS THAT YOU LIKE TO EXERCISE – DO YOU EVER DO YOGA OR DIFFERENT CLASSES?

VW: Because of what I do, my training is very specific, but sometimes I do try to mix it up. I’ve done Bikram yoga, I love Pilates and I actually have a reformer in my house.

KT: OH THAT’S THE DREAM.

VW: Occasionally I’ll swim, but a lot of that is to with injury prevention, which is part of my tennis training.

KT: YEAH, OF COURSE.

VW: And then sometimes I do dance classes, which is cardio for me. I kind of do a bit of everything.

KT: AND IF YOU COULD CHOOSE ONE OUTFIT FROM YOUR LINE TO WORKOUT IN, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

VW: Oh definitely something from the Seamless collection. It’s so soft and buttery – it’s amazing and definitely my favourite collection. It’s extremely comfortable.

KT: AND WOULD IT BE LEGGINGS AND TOP OR A DRESS AND SHORTS?

VW: Leggings and top. There’s actually some Seamless on the stand here at Selfridges. I brought mine with me to London – I wasn’t sure what I should wear today, it was so funny – I was rushing out of the locker room at Wimbledon this morning and didn’t know what to put on.

KT: WELL YOU’RE WEARING THE PIECES THAT ARE EXCLUSIVE TO SELFRIDGES, AND I CAN’T THINK OF ANYTHING MORE APPROPRIATE TO WEAR WHILST WALKING AROUND SELFRIDGES.

VW: Yeah, you’re right!

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KT: WHAT DOES WELLNESS MEAN TO YOU?

VW: Wellness is not just body it’s mind and I think it’s just being at peace with yourself and your life. And a lot of that is to do with how you feel. So, moving your body is also wellness and hopefully being able to look how you want is wellness too. So it’s just not physical.

KT: SO IT’S ABOUT FEELING CONFIDENT TO BE WHO YOU ARE AND –

VW: Yes it’s about confidence, but also I think working hard helps you feel accomplished and confident. So if you aren’t feeling confident it doesn’t mean you can’t work to get there.

KT: DO YOU HAVE ANY PRE-MATCH RITUALS?

VW: No. I am not superstitious, I’m very much like ‘it’s all the hard work that got me here’ and not crossing my legs on every changeover or anything random like that.

Look familiar right? It's that time…tomorrow..! #wimbledon #tennis

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KT: WHAT ABOUT PRE AND POST EXERCISE MEALS. IS THERE ANYTHING THAT YOU MAKE SURE THAT YOU ALWAYS EAT RIGHT BEFORE WORKING OUT OR AFTERWARDS?

VW: I actually don’t eat a lot when I workout. This morning I had a green smoothie, so that’s like my food before the workout. And post – I love to have like to encourage recovery, so a lot of aminos and Vitamins. So I’ll do a protein powder or take supplements and all that stuff. I just want to be able to recover for the next days of, you know, hardcore training.

KT: HOW DO YOU TAKE CARE OF YOUR SKIN? CAN YOU TALK US THROUGH YOUR MORNING AND EVENING ROUTINES?

VW: Yes, I am obsessed with skin! I love skin products and I got myself into a routine now that’s quite simple. I just always exfoliate my face – even if it’s just with the towel or a brush, like those electric ones…

KT: LIKE CLARISONIC TYPE THING?

VW: Exactly! And then I use Vitamin C, like an antioxidant serum, during the day, and then some sort of Vitamin A at night. And that’s it – so super simple and it works for me.

KT: WHAT’S THE WORST BEAUTY TREND YOU’VE EVER ATTEMPTED?

VW: Oh Lord. I don’t know if I’ve ever tried anything crazy ‘cause usually you don’t leave the house if you look ridiculous. You have to be honest with yourself – if you look crazy it’s best to just keep it real.

KT: WHAT’S THE BEST BEAUTY PRODUCT RECOMMENDATION THAT YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED?

VW:  I don’t know. An eye cream? Or maybe I recommend that for everyone, is an eye cream.

KT: HAS ANYONE IN YOUR FAMILY RECOMMENDED ANYTHING? OR MAYBE A FACIALIST?

*One of her family interjects: ‘Weren’t you the one telling everyone to use NeoCurtis Eye Cream?’*

VW: Yeah, but I don’t know what the best suggestion that’s been given to me is though. Maybe I haven’t been giving any – I don’t have enough nice friends giving me suggestions! Well sometimes people give me suggestions and I’m like ‘that won’t work!’. Oh actually you know, probably best beauty product suggestion I’ve ever had is collagen powder. Yeah. I mean it’s not for the face, but you take it and I don’t know if it works but it makes me feel like you’re at least doing something!

KT: WHAT ABOUT THE BEST BEAUTY ADVICE?

VW: Best beauty advice is ‘update, don’t be late.’ My sister Lyn used to say that. You don’t wanna get caught up with the same hairstyle ten years later, or the same clothes… Like you have to update, don’t be late.

KT: I AM OBSESSED WITH THAT; I LOVE THAT PIECE OF ADVICE. WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE BOOK?

VW: I don’t have one, there’s too many. I am always onto the next one. What am I reading right now? I’m trying to read this book called Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.

KT: OH YEAH, I THINK THAT’S BEEN TURNED INTO A FILM.

VW: So haven’t quite gotten through it yet, but I love a new adventure.

KT: WHAT’S YOUR CHEAT MEAL?

VW: Doughnuts. I love doughnuts.

KT: GLAZED OR WITH JAM?

Venus: Just a plain glazed doughnut.

KT: WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE TV SHOW TO BINGE-WATCH?

VW: Oh my gosh. I can’t pick one! What do I watch a lot? I watch a lot of How I Met Your Mother. I’ve watched the whole thing way more than twice.

KT: YOU NEED TO FIND A NEW SHOW.

VW: Yeah, I definitely need something else.

KT: WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT TO STALK?

VW: Well if you’re stalking you don’t really want anyone to know right?! So, it’s best I don’t tell…But I do always look at Serena Williams’s account.

KT: OH REALLY?

VW: Yeah. Or maybe Olympia Ohanian. Oh and actually I totally stalk stalk all the comments on EleVen by Venus though.

KT: OH YOU DO?

Venus: Yeah and I respond to everyone and like each comment.

KT: THERE MUST BE SO MANY FOR YOU TO LOOK THROUGH! WHAT ARE YOUR THREE MOST USED EMOJIS?

VW: Definitely crying laughing face and the fist…

KT: AS IN THE FIST BUMP?

VW: No like the threatening ‘you better’. Or probably strong arm and an excited smiley.

KT: THANK YOU SO MUCH VENUS.

VW: THANK YOU.

 

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Beauty Bytes: Dermot O’Leary on serums, spinning and Instagram stalking

Beauty Bytes: Dermot O’Leary on serums, spinning and Instagram stalking


Our Derm knows his grooming products. Chaps, take note.

This week’s Beauty Bytes is a Father’s Day special. I chatted with the super friendly TV and radio host Dermot O’Leary, who has just released his third men’s fragrance for M&S. He was more clued up on grooming than any man I’ve ever met. I wish my boyfriend was like Derm…

DO: Congratulations on your engagement.

KT: OH THANK YOU SO MUCH.

DO: When are you getting married?

KT: SEPTEMBER.

DO: Great month to get married in. I got married in September. Whereabouts?

KT: AT MY PARENT’S HOUSE IN WILTSHIRE.

DO: Oh perfect. What date?

KT: 15th.

DO: I got married on the 14th!

KT: WHAT WAS THE WEATHER LIKE?

DO: Oh it was lovely.

KT: OK GOOD. A LOT OF OUR WEDDING IS OUTSIDE.

DO: Oh yes September is the perfect month.

KT: YES WE REALLY WANTED IT TO GET DARK IN THE EVENING TO CREATE ATMOSPHERE. 

DO: You want dusk at a wedding. Congratulations.

KT: THANK YOU! WHAT IS THE WORST GROOMING TREND YOU’VE EVER ATTEMPTED?

DO: Oh, well I work very closely with a guy called Will, who has left M&S now sadly and I’m bereft. But he is like the Indiana Jones of men’s grooming. He will go travelling, like to some obscure Japanese mountain, and come back with lumps of charcoal. He once came back with this weird shaving product. I want my collection to be as authentic as possible, I’ve learnt from the ground up, I will readily admit that, but it has to be in my image. I don’t wet shave, so I don’t want to do shaving foam. So he found this weird beard powder that comes in a stick, and you rub it into your beard, then shave it off. I tried it, I put it on but it disappeared because half of it ended up in the sink, the other half was all over the cat. It was really thick and it kind of crumbled off. My bathroom was covered in the stuff; it’s like I had torn down a wall or something. It was an abject disaster.

KT: WHAT’S THE BEST GROOMING ADVICE YOU’VE EVER BEEN GIVEN? 

DO: Serum before moisturiser.

KT: YES, WELL DONE.

DO: It’s a game changer!

KT: YES IT IS – I’VE BEEN TRYING TO GET MY BOYFRIEND TO ADOPT THIS RULE FOR AGES AND HE JUST WON’T. 

DO: Why not?!

KT: I DON’T KNOW AND HE ALWAYS COMPLAINS ABOUT HIS SKIN!

Do: Then he should use a serum! We don’t actually do a serum, because serums are actually really expensive. But the Boots serum is like £20 and it’s really good.

KT: WHAT’S THE BEST GROOMING PRODUCT RECOMMENDATION YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED? 

DO: Oh sea salt spray definitely. Wait hold on.

*Dermot runs and grabs his gym kit and wash bag. Spills it out onto the table and starts going through the products.*

DO: I love Mitchum deodorant. It’s the only deodorant that stops me sweating and doesn’t leave any marks on your clothes. This is the sea salt spray – Kevin Murphy Hair Resort Spray. I love it. I used to put wax in my hair. No way, man, not anymore. This is so good. This is a great serum too – Beauty Lab Skinfirming Daily Complexion Serum. I also really love my fragrances, they’re Eau de Toilettes, so really light, so I need carry them around with me so that I can reapply later in the day. I really like to have day fragrances and evening ones.

KT: WHAT IS YOUR THE-HOUSE-IS-BURNING-GRAB-ONE-GROOMING-PRODUCT? 

DO: Oh ok well I would first grab my cats. So they’re under each arm and then I would probably grab my moisturiser, All in One Day Cream, as I use it every single day. And I imagine I’m getting burnt quite a lot so hopefully it would help…

Just one more… #cathigh5

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KT: WHAT ARE YOUR TOP THREE GROOMING BRANDS? 

DO: Including mine?

KT: DOESN’T HAVE TO BE. YOU CAN CHOOSE ANYTHING.

DO: Well let’s not be classless about it. Le Labo, Hermes and No7, because of their serum.

KT: YOU’VE ALREADY TOLD US THAT YOU USE SERUMS, WHICH IS EXCELLENT. BUT HOW ELSE DO YOU TAKE CARE OF YOUR SKIN? DO YOU EXFOLIATE? 

DO: Yeah I do.

KT: DO YOU GET FACIALS?

DO: No, I don’t get facials and I don’t like to wet shave as it takes too much off. I think technology has gone too far. My dad used to wet shave in the morning and, yes he would have to do it again in the evening, but he wouldn’t wake up in the morning to a shaving rash, because it never got that close.

KT: MY BOYFRIEND STOPPED SHAVING FOR THAT VERY REASON, AS HE KEPT GETTING THESE BIG SPOTS ON HIS NECK. 

DO: It’s horrible. But he needs to exfoliate, because he’s getting ingrown hairs.

KT: HOW OFTEN DO YOU WORK OUT? WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE FORM OF EXERCISE? 

DO: About four times a week. I see my trainer twice a week in the park and I’d say that’s my favourite way to work out.

KT: AND YOU LOVE PSYCLE...

DO: Yes I do that every Saturday and I play football on Thursdays.

KT: GOD THAT’S AMAZING.

DO: Well I do my radio show on a Saturday morning, which finishes at 10am and then I head to Psycle for 11am with the lovely Anya.

KT: DO YOU HAVE A SIGNATURE FRAGRANCE?

 

DO: Well let’s go with the new one – Earl Grey & Sandalwood during the day and Le Labo Santal 33 in the evening.

KT: WHAT ARE YOUR THREE MOST USED EMOJIS?

DO: Oh I don’t use emojis.

KT: NONE?!

DO: I’m having a turf war with my niece at the moment on our family’s Whatsapp group. She loves them and I keep changing the group’s name to ‘Josie hates emojis’. She’s getting really pissed off.

KT: I CAN’T BELIEVE YOU DON’T USE ANY. 

DO: Occasionally I’ll use the thinking face emoji…

KT: WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE ALCOHOLIC DRINK? 

DO: So we spend a lot of time in Italy and they have a beer called Dreher – you can’t get it over here – and it’s really light, not heavy at all.

KT: IS IT LAGER?

DO: Yes, but it comes in a little stubby can that stays cold. I’m not a massive beer drinker, but where we go on holiday, the Italians love it. They don’t drink red wine with pizza, they’ll drink these all night. Carbs and carbs.

KT: WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE BOOK? 

DO: Oh god, where do we start?! My favourite book of recent times is a book by a guy called Don Winslow, called the Power of the Dog. It’s unbelievable. One of the best books I’ve ever read. It’s been described as ‘the War of Peace of drug novels’. The author is an expert on drug law enforcement and private investigation, and he’s a lawyer as well. He’s an incredible writer. I picked it up in the airport and loved it. It’s like 600 pages long and it’s a story of two guys, one who gets involved with drug gangs in Mexico, and the other, who’s a cop. They become sworn enemies over 30 years. The dialogue is machine gun fast. It’s a bit like James Ellroy. The second one is by Colson Whitehead, called The Underground Railroad. The real underground railroad was a network of safe routes during the American Civil War, and freed blacks and liberal whites would help slaves get up to the north of America, because if you were caught without your documentation you would be send straight back. He’s extrapolated the story and turned it into an actual railroad and it follows the main character, Cora’s, journey to freedom.

KT: WHAT IS YOUR CHEAT MEAL?

DO: Noodle soup.

KT: I WOULDN’T REALLY CLASS THAT AS A CHEAT MEAL. THAT’S STILL PRETTY LOW CAL…

DO: Oh chicken wings then. I make them myself.

KT: AGAIN, IF YOU’RE MAKING IT YOURSELF, YOU’RE NOT REALLY CHEATING. I WANT AN ANSWER LIKE KFC…

DO: Ohhh ok, Poppies Fish & Chips or Nando’s Wing Roulette.

KT: WHAT’S THAT?

DO: You get a bag of chicken wings and you don’t know how spicy each one is. So you might have one that’s super spicy and then another that’s like Mango & Lime.

KT: THAT’S MUCH BETTER. WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE TV SHOW TO BINGE WATCH? 

DO: Handmaid’s Tail and The Bridge. Oh and The Crown, because my wife works on it. Oh I’ve really enjoyed A Very British Scandal.

KT: DON’T TELL ME ANYTHING! I HAVEN’T FINISHED IT! 

DO: The final episode just aired. It’s brilliant. Hugh Grant is great.

KT: FAVOURITE INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT TO STALK? 

DO: Such a good question. I think it might be my friend, Mr Ben Winston. He’s the show runner of The Late Late Show with James Corden. James is a good mate as well, but Ben always puts good stuff up.

KT: Thank you so much!

DO: Thank you Katie

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