Maya Jama talks gratitude, beachy wavy hair and her love of a broccoli emoji

Maya Jama talks gratitude, beachy wavy hair and her love of a broccoli emoji

Maya Jama

Welcome to Beauty Bytes; a place where I chat to celebrities about all things beauty – from their favourite products, to their biggest beauty disasters and social media habits. You know, all the important things we need to know about…

With 36% of Brits reportedly feeling stressed rather than Christmas cheer, I wanted to chat to someone who’s well-versed in tackling daily downers and finding a slice of calm. Who sprang to mind? Radio 1 DJ and TV host Maya Jama, who not only sorts out listeners’ problems on Maya’s Mares but is also the new ambassador and resident agony aunt for Aussie Hair.

We met up to chat about banishing stress, as well as how to get #GreatHairThough…


Maya: Basically, yeah. We are all different ages and I’m the youngest but I’ve probably had the most mad life experiences so they get advice from me about weird stuff.

Maya Jama


Maya: Loads of stuff! I think because I moved out so young, I’m like an old soul. I was running around London at 16 trying to chase my dreams. So I think in terms of career leaps and in terms of life, I’ve just had loads of stuff happen. I always fall over, I’ve had my bum cheek fall out by accident in a skirt, one time I even left a black hand print on my face because I touched my head and forgot my hair dye was still on!  Things like that always happen to me. Stupid things, like mini mares basically.


Maya: It’s hard. I was having a bad day the other day and I was like, ‘Maya, you’re the one who gives advice about this stuff, now it’s time to take it!’. It’s always easier to give advice to other people than actually practice it yourself. But yeah, I usually put my phone down and stay offline because when you’re not feeling great, having anything that could be a trigger or make you feel worse is never going to be the best idea. I try to get into relaxation mode and put on music that I love. I’m listening to a lot of Beyoncé at the moment.


Maya: But old-school Beyoncé, not new Beyoncé. It’s different vibes. I feel like old-school Beyoncé is about getting out, having a good time and shaking your hips.  Then I went for a swim. When you are swimming, you don’t have any distractions, you can’t look at anything else apart from the water and you can focus on just swimming back and forth. Without realising it, your mind gets lost somewhere else. I also love a bit of a pamper, so hair mask, facemask, all of that stuff. Aussie Hair 3 Minute Miracle Reconstructor is the dream.

Aussie Hair 3 Minute Miracle Reconstructor, £4.99, Boots

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Maya: Oh my God, for so long. Same! It was my first ever conditioner and I’ve stayed loyal so it makes sense.


Maya: I’ll use it once a week and put a plastic bag over my hair. It traps the heat from your head so you get this steaminess that makes the ingredients seep in better. Or I’ll apply it before going into the sauna. Just doing something nice for yourself like that can boost your mood.

Maya Jama


Maya: Yeah, then afterwards you’re like, ‘Ah I don’t feel as bad’. Like it doesn’t have to be buying something. It can be painting your toenails or giving yourself a body scrub or planning an outfit for a date you’re going on in future. Another thing is listing what you’re grateful for in your mind.


Maya: That’ so good because it’s easy to get lost in negativity. You get complacent or you get ungrateful and you don’t actually pay attention to all the good things that are going on around you. Even in a bad situation, it could always be worse. So I try and focus on the good and not the bad, as hard as it is. I have a roof over my head, I’ve got nice friends, I’m actually super blessed. Suddenly that one bad thing is miniature by comparison.


Maya: I’m not going to lie, I’m super skin conscious. I’m well into it now, although I’m definitely two extremes. I’ll come back from a night out and I won’t wash my make-up off. I’ll do that kind of stuff, but then at the same time, I’ll wear facemasks. I recently even bought that LED mask by Dr Dennis Gross that makes you look like an alien hunter!

Dr Dennis Gross DRx SpectraLite FaceWare Pro, £430, Net-A-Porter

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Maya: I’ve only used it once so far. I need to use that LED mask more regularly because it’s apparently great at getting rid of spots. So that’s pending. I also try to go to the sauna when I can to steam my skin. I get good facials, too. There’s a guy who does mine called Shane Cooper, who’s amazing. He’s saved my skin on bad days. I don’t eat that healthily and I party quite a lot so I try to make up for it with a techy gadget and facials. But I am bringing out my own facemasks soon – so watch this space!


Maya: I did an eyebrow slit in school once. I don’t even think I’ve got a photo. But yeah, when all the boys were doing it, I thought, ‘Oh I can do it, too’. I think I ended up shaving three quarters of my brow off. That was a mare. I also used to chew the holes in my jumpers so that I could put a thumb through them. That was quite a thing, though.


Maya: Yeah, yeah tip-ex thumbs. I’m into white nails on my toes, though…


Maya: Moisturise before bed with a night cream and also on planes. I didn’t  travel that much before, but now I do it loads for work. I’m literally Miss Crusty Face if I don’t put a cream, oil or facemasks on.


Maya: Is that worse? I didn’t know that.


Maya: Oh wow, I actually always ask for a window seat and I have the blind up when it’s sunny so I can get a bit of warmth. I’ll be changing that then.


Maya: Smashbox The Original Photo Finish Foundation Primer. It’s cheap and cheerful and it keeps my make-up on longer. A liquid eyeliner – Barry M On Point Precision Eyeliner has always been my go-to.

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If I want it then it’s already mine

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Barry M Cosmetics On Point Precision Eyeliner, £4.59, Lookfantastic

Maya Jama Barry M Cosmetics On Point Precision Eyeliner, £4.59, Lookfantastic

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Maya: Yes, it’s always been black. I haven’t experimented with colour that much. I also love MAC – it has some of my favourite products. Like the concealer I’ve used since school and the Bronzing Powder. For getting rid of shine, I’m using Huda Beauty Easy Bake Loose Powder as it has a yellowy tint so it gives you a glow rather than making you look ashy.

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Maya: Ooh, if you don’t have any highlighter, then use Vaseline or body oil. Just put it on the areas where you usually highlight and it gives you the same kind of glow. I call it emergency highlighter. And use cotton buds to sharpen your eyeliner.


Maya: I try to get trims as often as possible. My mum instilled that idea in me from a young age. ‘Every time your hair grows a bit, get a little trim,’ she’d say. Hair wraps also help with the condition of your hair. I never used to do it, but wearing a silk scarf around your hair avoids split ends.

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Maya: Oh, I’ve had a few. I used to cut my own fringe. I had a fringe for years because my hair would grow so fast and I couldn’t always get to the hairdressers. Sometimes it would be perfect and sometimes it would literally be asymmetrical, like way too high above one eyebrow. In pictures I’d sometimes just turn to the side so it didn’t look so wonky.


Maya: I like a tousled blow-dry. Aussie Hair has really nice serums to tame frizz so I like to put those on first. The best thing about beachy wavy hair is that it always looks better the next day because you’ve slept in it.

Aussie Shine On Hair Serum, £4.99, Boots

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You would if you could but you can’t x

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Maya: Yeah I do. I wear Dior Poison. It’s in a little red apple-shaped bottle. I love that one. I also wear Dolce & Gabbana Dolce Garden, which is really floral. I’m always swapping between those two. I only started wearing fragrance properly six months ago. I thought I was allergic because one time I got a rash. But it was just an ingredient in that particular scent. So I’m a new perfume woman.

Dior Poison EDT, £40.80 for 30ml, John Lewis

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Dolce & Gabbana Dolce Garden EDP, £80 for 75ml, Harrods

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Maya: Mine’s a laugh, a love heart, and broccoli. I don’t know why.


Maya: I find these random ones, which I like to add into conversation. I actually said to my friend yesterday, ‘Are you coming out tonight?’ and added a broccoli. Just fling a weird emoji in there to throw everyone off.


Maya: Dustbin Baby by Jacqueline Wilson. I love all of Jacqueline Wilson’s books to be fair. I was such a reader when I was younger and I kept my books in pristine condition. I didn’t fold the pages and I had my little bookmarks. I read Dustbin Baby like four times when I was younger. Then I read it again as an adult. I still think it’s one of the best books I’ve ever read as it really captures a young girl’s mind.

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Same same but different @britishvogue

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Maya: Probably a double cheeseburger, chips and a milkshake. I like trash. You can’t beat it. I’ve tried most burgers in London. Five Guys is up there but I do love a McDonald’s as well. I’m not going to lie.


Maya: I just finished Top Boy. I always watch First Dates, too.


Maya: Favourite movie ever? Miss Congeniality. I’ve watched it so many times that I know the script.  I can literally mime every line when it’s on. Love it.


Maya: Most of my friends have fake Instagrams. I don’t have one yet and I need to make one. But everyone I know pretty much has a Finsta. It’s a profile where you only follow your close friends. So you have like ten followers each and you post everything that you would never post on your main feed.


Maya: Like if someone DM’d me something that was hilarious, I’d maybe put that on my Finsta for my friends to see. Or if there was a personal joke, I’d maybe put that on there.


Maya: I don’t really get that star struck. But I was at the Fenty afterparty the other day. Rihanna walked past, obviously with loads of people in between us, and I was like, ‘I don’t even know what I’d say to her if I had the chance.’


Maya: I think just do the best you can to make yourself feel good inside and out. Do things that benefit you in a positive way. Look after your heart, your soul, your mind. But also, pamper!



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The Vivienne on long-lasting make-up, working with RuPaul and her 99p beauty hack

The Vivienne on long-lasting make-up, working with RuPaul and her 99p beauty hack

‘I’m a whore for highlighters’

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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 grill them on everything from their social media habits to their all-time favourite meals. You know, all the important and essential things that we need to know about.

The UK’s first Drag Race Superstar, Liverpool’s very own The Vivienne. Start your engines and get ready for a chat about long-lasting make-up,

LA: How has it been since the show finished? Have you slept?!

TV: Brilliant. Crazy. Mental. No, not at all. Been home around three times.

LA: None of us realised until the reunion episode that you didn’t actually find out you’d won until way after filming the show, did you?

TV: No, not until the minute everyone else found out. It’s surreal!

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

TV: That I’ve ever attempted or just witnessed? I’m a bit more savvy to realise that something’s stupid before trying it, do you know what I mean? I’ve done some weird shit, like dermarolling with all the needles, laser lypo, all weird stuff. I’ll try anything!

LA: What about that you’ve witnessed?

TV: People drawing on upside down eyebrows and unibrows, drawing on a really thick monobrow. I’m like, wow.

LA: Sharpie style?

TV:  Yeah!

LA: What is the best beauty product recommendation you’ve ever received?

TV: Botox! Botox and fillers.

LA: Ha, honest!

TV: I mean, why not? There’s a really good cream that I use from Japan, it’s literally the best skin cream I’ve ever used. It’s by Hada Labo Tokyo. It’s so good, they sent me like a little PR package and there’s a hyaluronic acid, collagen and retinol, the cream and then there’s the eye cream. It’s brilliant.

LA: What’s in your make-up bag or kit at the minute?

TV: Oh my God, everything that’s ever been made. A lot of highlighters, I’m a whore for highlighters. Doll Beauty ones are really good at the minute, Jeffree Star, and my favourite foundation that I’ve been using since day one, so 12 years of using the Kyrolan TV Paint Stick. Full coverage, no good for real women but perfect for drag queens!

LA: It’s gonna stay on.

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TV: I actually set it with baby powder. I’ve done that since day one as well, which is just an old drag queen trick. Cos [the foundation] is so thick and greasy, if you were using a good high-end powder then you’d be using at least a pot a week. So a good 99p job is baby powder!

L: Nice and affordable. When you’re going through it you need something that’s not that expensive.

TV: Yeah, and it works the exact same. If you look at the ingredients the main ingredient in a face powder is talc, so why not?

LA: What would you say are your top tips for making your make-up last?

TV: Everyone’s always said to me for years that my make-up does not move from the minute I put it on to the end of the night. It does not move. I think making sure that your foundation is super set [is important], because I think if you put eyeshadow on top of something that’s suddenly going to start creaming up again throughout the night, that’s when it’ll suck the colour out of the eyeshadows and blushers. So I think that you need to make sure – especially with drag make-up but it applies to normal foundation as well – that you set it really well and use a good setting spray. I like to put a setting spray on before, rub it into my skin, use a good primer, then put my face on and set it all again at the end.

L: A little cheat there, like it. If your house was on fire and you had to save a beauty product, what would you grab?

TV: Just one? Foundation and a contour palette, you can get away with just that.

L: Good ones. How do you look after your skin, do you have a day and night-time routine?

TV: I’d like to say yes but no, I am crap with my [skincare]. If I remember to do it I feel lovely, but usually at the end of the night if I’m too drunk to remember to take it off then I just use the pillow in the hotel and that’ll do the work through the night! But if I do remember, then a good old Johnson’s, I think the Johnson’s baby wipes are the best, although I shouldn’t say that because they’re bad for the environment. But I have actually just started using the reusable pads, they look like a big powder puff and you can use them with coconut oil and stuff. So, coconut oil to take my make-up off and then my Hada Labo.

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L: Nice. What are your top three beauty brands? If you had to narrow it down.

TV: It would definitely have to be Kyrolan, because it’s the best foundation that I’ve ever used for drag. What else have I used a lot of at the minute? The Jeffree Star highlighter and Morphe I love at the minute.

LA: Great palettes.

TV: The price point as well is just brilliant. You get a full 30-colour eye shadow palette for like, 26 quid. You’d get like what, two eye shadows for that in MAC?

LA: I feel like you’re actually very likely to use up a whole Morphe palette as well. Some people might struggle to hit pan, but you’ll go through that nice and quick.

TV: Yeah! Because a lot of drag queens like to do the same thing, you know, they have their look and they stick to that. Whereas I try and do like a different eye or a different look each time.

LA: Were there any product recommendations that you picked from the other queens up while filming the show, or did you not really swap?

TV: I knew the stuff I liked but I think I borrowed a MAC Holographic glitter off of Crystal in one episode. She doesn’t know this, but when she got eliminated she left a concealer brush, and now that is the one concealer brush that I live for. She still doesn’t know I’ve got it!

LA: Just don’t let her read this and it’ll be fine!

TV: Well, she can’t be missing it that much! I think it was non-brand but, you know, just a nice concealer brush to cut your crease with or go under your brow.

LA: One of those random things you get in a Superdrug bargain bin but it’s gold.

TV: They’re usually the best ones. I have one that looks like its been through the wars but it just works, it’s great but it’s not a brand or anything.

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LA: Sometimes they’re the best. How often do you work out and do you have a favourite way to exercise?

TV: I work out every morning. Every morning with a personal tr– no I never work out, never. When I was in Spain, me and David [The Vivienne’s fiancé] went to the gym every morning for about a year. But also drank like a fish and ate like a pig, so didn’t lose any weight for a year.

LA: Balance.

TV: But it made me feel better!

LA: Yeah, it’s good for a mood boost, but I can’t imagine that you have time at the moment.

TV: No, even if I wanted to go to the gym I wouldn’t find time to do it now, so.

LA: No. Do you have a signature fragrance and if not what are your go-tos?

TV: Vivienne Westwood, Boudoir. I’m livid because she’s just discontinued it.

LA: Maybe if you ask nicely she’ll bring it back for you?

TV: There was one bottle left in a Manchester store and they wouldn’t sell it to me. Was fuming. It was so nice, I’ve worn it for years and I don’t know why she’s done it.

LA: Nightmare! Have you got any other go-tos.

TV: Angel and Alien by Thierry Mugler, and Creed Aventus.

LA: Oh nice, that’s a good mix.

TV: Yeah, well obviously I only really wear women’s so I like really strong, fruity scents. Smell like a prostitute, really.

LA: Totally fine! What are your favourite travel essentials? I imagine your kit’s considerably smaller if you’re on a job versus a holiday.

TV: Yeah I mean when I go out gigging I take my whole make-up kit that goes across three or four make-up bags, but then in my hand luggage obviously toothbrush toothpaste, a concealer, I’m using the Iconic London concealer at the minute and a beautyblender. You can just wake up, bit of concealer, good to go.

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L: Nice. What are your three most-used emojis?

TV: Let’s have a look. This could go either one of two ways! We’ve got red heart, laughing face and I’ve got a T-Rex.

LA: I like when there’s a rogue one in there. Do you have a favourite book?

TV: Favourite book? God, I haven’t read a book in years. The last book I read was actually Michelle Visage’s autobiography.

LA: Oh well done, doing your homework.

TV: I had to read it ’cause I was hosting her tour!

LA: What would your last meal be?

TV: Oh, fillet mignon, Tournedos Rossini.

LA: Are you going in with all the sides on that as well?

TV: Oh yeah, we’ll have dauphinoise potatoes, we’ll have some garlic mushrooms and some sort of some blue cheese sauce to dip things in.

L: Oh yeah, dream. Favourite TV Show to binge watch?

TV: Schitt’s Creek at the minute. AJ and The Queen is coming soon as well, with Ru, that should be a good binge.

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LA: Oh I know, I watched the trailer the other day. Buzzing.

TV: It looks brilliant doesn’t it? What else do I watch? Or I’ll just watch the Jurassic Park movies over and over.

LA: Get that dinosaur emoji out. Favourite instagram accounts to stalk?

TV: I love Miss Fame’s ’cause she’s just amazing to look at. And I like to stalk wigs, so @in2gr8ion.

LA: What was the first thing that you bought with your first big pay-check? Did you go and splash on something ridiculous or were you quite good?

TV: I got a Louis Vuitton holdall and lots of Vivienne Westwood.

LA: The Vivienne Westwood is very on brand, you kind of have to. What does the word wellness mean to you?

TV: Just looking after myself, and making sure that I’m happy and me and David are happy. I suppose it could mean going off to a spa or something, but I think wellness starts with you rather than treatments and shit like that. You could have money for massages but you could still feel shit and it’s not gonna change anything, is it? I love a bath, every night I have a big bath. My favourite bath bombs are from a company called Fizzy Rascal, they do them in scents inspired by perfumes, so the Creed one is my favourite.

LA: Love it, I love a pun. Any other bath products you’re into?

TV: I’ve got the Lush one called Yognog, it’s really rich like caramel-y and salty and then the Fizzy Rascal’s bath bombs.

LA: Who were you most star-struck meeting?

TV: I’m not just saying this ’cause of Drag Race, but RuPaul every time. I’ve met Kate Moss, Kylie Minogue, a good fair share of celebrities, but every time RuPaul walks into the room he is just like a godly figure. I can’t explain it, he just he’s a superstar and he’s the only one that I’ve ever been super star-struck by. Every time he walks into a room.

LA: I imagine that he’s got quite a calming presence as well.

TV: Oh yeah, he’s like the Dalai Lama of drag.

LA: And that’s my tagline, thank you!

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Giovanna Fletcher talks perfume, boob sweat and the film that will always make her cry

Giovanna Fletcher talks perfume, boob sweat and the film that will always make her cry

‘It needs to be spoken about on behalf of mums everywhere’

Giovanna Fletcher

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 all-time favourite meals. You know, all the important and essential things that we need to know about.

In this Beauty Bytes instalment I saw down with author, YouTuber and founder of the Happy Mum, Happy Baby podcast, Giovanna Fletcher, who has just launched her own gifting range into Boots. It was like having a good old chat with a hilarious friend I hadn’t seen in yonks. Get ready for chat about boob sweat, Spritz for Bits and the movie that makes her cry every single time…

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

GF: Beauty trend? It’s difficult, but I always liked crimping my hair…

LA: I feel like that’s coming back, actually.

GF: But, I’ve heard that if you are old enough to experience it first time round – this goes for scrunchies and everything – I’m too old to do it a second time.

LA: That’s what my mum says about scrunchies. In fact, my mum would say to me that I can’t wear a scrunchie.

GF: I’m not allowed to wear scrunchies or crimp my hair. Beauty wise, I was told that I was allergic to make-up until I was 16 years old. My mum had told me I was allergic.

LA: Mums everywhere are now going, ‘hmm…’

GF: I would literally be putting on clear mascara to go to school and feeling like a complete rebel.

LA: Your skin probably did really well for it; you have really good skin.

GF: I wasn’t at that point when everyone else was experimenting, so I feel like now I have no idea what to do with my make-up! When I’m working and a make-up artist is doing my make-up for me, I’m not paying attention to what they’re doing. Either there’s not a mirror or I’m too busy gassing and by the end of it I’m like, I wish I had watched so I knew how to do it.

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LA: You can always grill them in that situation. What about the best beauty advice you’ve ever been given?

GF: To take my make-up off at the end of the day!

LA: An oldie, but a goodie.

GF: Yeah, I would say that for years – and I don’t wear that much make-up so I guess it doesn’t sit so heavily on my skin – I would literally go to bed, wash it off the next morning.

LA: So did I. It’s disgusting, isn’t it.

GF: The thing is I never used to like wetting my face. When you’re about to get into bed, and you’re already in your PJs, I don’t like the idea – or I didn’t use to – of getting wet. It felt like a bit of an effort.

LA: There’s a mental hurdle to get over there, isn’t there, when you’re ready for bed. Especially if you’ve already gone and sat on or in bed.

GF: It’s funny isn’t it, because I couldn’t bear the thought of going to bed without brushing my teeth. But my face, whatever! Wake up looking like a panda the next day. Whereas now, if I don’t wash my make-up off, I feel gross the next morning.

LA: Best product recommendation you’ve ever received? Something that somebody’s put into your hands and you’ll never go without again.

GF: It’s not really a beauty one, but I feel like it needs to be spoken about on behalf of mums everywhere. It’s called Spritz for Bits. Recommended by a midwife. It’s for after you’ve given birth, it’s literally spritz for your bits and it’s the best thing ever.

LA: Our beauty editor has just given birth so I’ll pass that on.

GF: It’s like this weird, soothing thing. It’s all a bit grim, you know [afterwards], and it’s just a little pick me up for your foof, essentially.

LA: I mean, if that’s not the tag line, it’s going to be after this.

GF: You know how loads of mums have hacks and that kind of stuff, I’m rubbish at anything like that. I’m still picking it up as I go along, even three kids in. But, what I’ve realised I love doing is, I use a natural Salt of the Earth deodorant, it’s lavender and something, and I roll it under my boobs and up my cleavage. Stops all the mum sweats and any other kind of sweats.

Salt of the Earth Lavender and Vanilla, £5.49, Holland and Barrett

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LA: I mean, I’m not a mum but we all get boob sweat, so that’s a very good one. These are the things people need to know. What’s in your make-up bag right now?

GF: I have lots of Bobbi Brown actually, but literally everyday I use the same stuff. The same foundation, a nice Bobbi Brown one that’s a long wear one, a bronzer. I think that most of it is Bobbi Brown. Because my mum told me I was allergic, I’m like, wow it’s a mascara, just whack it on! So it’s whatever I can get my hands on in that moment. I think I always finish a mascara going, that was amazing, I need to use that one again, and then forget about it. I go to the shop and go, what was it? I don’t know, I’ll just get this one.

LA: Is there anything standout in there that’s a go-to?

GF: I would say the foundation I love. Just because it doesn’t feel too thick or too light. It’s that happy medium.

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LA: How has your beauty routine changed since becoming a mum?

GF: I think I take care of myself more, even though I have less time. Because the majority of the time I don’t wear make-up, it is literally a case of washing my face. I use the Garnier Micellar water.

LA: I think that’s the best one.

GF: Yes and it’s really cheap. I have the one with the pump so I have it in the shower, and at the moment I’m using a Murad moisturiser. It’s literally anything that you can go wham-bam, done, because I’m very conscious of the time I spend doing things and using my time wisely. For me at the moment, beauty-wise, it’s literally just a case of doing things quickly, so my regime is literally just wash my face and put on some lotion. There we go. Body lotion, never. Nail varnish, never. I look down at my nails and I’m like, eww.

LA: It’s a bit like when you’ve got a tight deadline, you’re almost more productive because it gives you an invisible kick up the bum.

GF: There’s that old saying, if you want something done ask a busy person. If I’ve got my to-do list and something comes in, I just think, oh that will take half an hour. Rather than letting it sit on my to do list, I’d rather get it out of the way so it’s crossed off and I can focus on the big things.

LA: With this question comes a disclaimer: the important stuff is safe. So, the house is on fire, which beauty product do you save?

GF: Well, I think in a fire situation my lips might get dry. It would be hot, so I would take my Salt of the Earth deodorant. I think smells are my thing actually, so I would lean towards perfumes. I love Jo Malone and Jo Loves. I think Jo Malone the person has created some amazing scents, whichever brand, I think she is incredible. I think it would be perfume rather than something for my face. Because, I get so disappointed if I walk past someone who I think is going to smell amazing and they have no scent! It really, really upsets me. Some people’s scent sticks to them, and when they hug you it sticks to you and you might smell it again later in the day.

LA: It’s a personal thing, isn’t it, scent. You always remember your mum’s perfume and things like that. Tell me a bit more about your new line and how you came up with the ideas.

GF: Well, I think I don’t pay enough attention to having time for myself. I think the whole idea of self-care, or having time to yourself, we’re talking about busy lives and it just feels like one more thing on the to-do list. In the last couple of years, I’ve realised that we put too much pressure on that time and sometimes it’s the little things you do. Like taking time to, I don’t know, put lotion on your feet, write in a diary or have a hot drink. My hot drink is usually on the school run; I put it in a mug that I can take with me and then when I’m in the front of the car, I can drink it slowly, enjoy the fact that it’s hot and breathe it in. That’s my little bit of self care. Rather than, I need to go to a spa, because then I just feel selfish.

LA: There’s too much pressure on your spare time needing to be this big thing, I like the idea of just making a hot drink.

GF: It makes everything a lot more accessible, rather than being this big thing that we’re meant to be doing. Because I know if I have time in the hairdressers or getting my nails done, I feel like there are other things that I could be doing with my time. Everything is so stressful and so needing of my time, I need to go, well actually, that stuff has to be sacrificed because I’ve got kids. I need to have time for them. So for me self care, is about the little things and the comfort, and that’s what the line is, basically.

LA: That is what self care is I guess, looking after yourself.

GF: It’s for you.

LA: I think there are a lot of people who will relate to that. To do something that’s a little bit productive but relaxing.

GF: The journal actually ties into the Letters On Motherhood book that I’ve got coming out next year. In each pregnancy, at the end of every day, I’ve written a letter to the baby. And it is just a lovely practice to write down. I think a lot of us are guilty of just getting into bed with our phones, scrolling for half an hour and then going ‘oh, I really need to go to bed!’ And when you sit and write something down, it’s a nice way of closing off the day and rounding it up. So it’s nice to kind of carry that forward and continue it in a different way.

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

GF: It’s the same thing morning and night.

LA: That is a routine though, because you’re doing the same thing.

GF: Exactly. It is a routine and that’s something I haven’t had in a long time. So I do feel proud that I’m now on two products. I go through phases where I’m just like OK, I’m going to have the serums and I’m going to do all that vitamin C malarkey. I’m probably good for about a week and then I’m just over it. Then I look at skin like yours and I’m like, oh my god you look so fresh!

LA: It’s foundation though, isn’t it. I too am of the mind set that if I’m not doing anything, I can’t be bothered to put make-up on.

GF: I think it’s good for your skin. I think we feel like we have to present ourselves all the time and we don’t. I mean, I don’t go out of the house. It’s all about doing what’s right for you. Even in terms of feeling beautiful and feeling confident, I think we worry too much about what other people are going to think. Actually it’s about, do you feel confident about not wearing anything? If so, great. Go and be confident in your own skin.

LA: I don’t think your skincare routine has to be a big, complicated thing. I think the people who do the seven step routine, they’re enjoying the seven steps.

GF: I’m literally brushing my teeth while making the bed one-handed. If I’m stood still for one two minutes I need to be doing something.

LA: Do you have a favourite skincare product?

GF: Actually, there’s a Bobbi Brown cream that I really really love. It’s their vitamin cream, I just love the smell of it when you’re putting that on. I usually use that before bed. Whereas I didn’t use to like going to bed with a wet face, or feeling like I had product on it, that smell of freshness – I love it.

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LA: They’ve got this make-up removing mousse that you’d probably quite like as well.

GF: When you have a make-up artist that use stuff on your face, it’s always like what is that? What is that smell? I like that.

LA: Top three beauty brands?

GF: Bobbi Brown. Living Proof. I was on a shoot and a hairdresser started using their things on my hair. When you’ve got post-partum hair and it’s all kinds of ridiculous lengths. It’s brilliant to thicken it up. Last time round I remember seeing my shadow and being like what on earth, my post-partum hair has got its own shadow. That’s how big it is. I use their volume lotion, which is brilliant. I don’t get on very well with their dry shampoo. I don’t know why for some reason it doesn’t help it, I’d rather wash my hair and leave it wet in a bun. Third one, I love Lee Stafford and the CoCo range. I love all that stuff, it’s nice smells. Like when you hug someone and you’re like woah, could get lost in your hair.

LA: What is your beauty secret?

GF: The salt under the boobs? Just prone to a bit of sweating.

LA: Which we all are. How do you look after your hair?

GF: I literally look after it by not faffing around with it too much. So I will wash it and put it up in a bun and let it do its own thing. Just so I’m not constantly drying it.

LA: Do you air-dry it?

GF: Yeah, because I think when I was in my late teens and twenties, it was all about straightening. This thing came up on Instagram the other day, like a compilation of all the people doing hair tutorials and their hair has been burnt off.

LA: That is terrifying. How often do you work out, and what’s your favourite way to exercise?

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GF: This year I’ve started running and I love it. Byony Gordon did the podcast last year and she was amazing, and last year she did the marathon with Jada Sezer, just those two in their underwear. In the November she said she wanted to do it again, but she wanted loads of people, and would I do it? I was like I don’t know, I don’t know… Then she emailed me and I was like Bryony, I love you, but I’ve just had a baby. I don’t know if I’m going to lose an organ if I try to run that far and also don’t know if my knees will cope. She was like totally understand, I know you’re busy, but it is just a 10k. She just caught me in the moment where I was like I’ll do it! So I said I was going to run 10k in my underwear. Literally six weeks beforehand I started training, and it is the best thing I’ve ever done. It’s completely changed my outlook on my body and what it does, and even on exercise. Because I think I’ve been someone who throughout my teens and twenties was always like, I can’t run, I get a pain over one shoulder, it feels like I’m having a heart attack. I was like, running is not fun, it’s not for me. Then this time round, first day, I did 10 minutes and literally felt like I had given myself a chest infection for the day. Then I went out for another 10 minutes, I felt the same for about half the day. Then the third time I went out, 30 minutes and had a slight sting of the lungs, but nothing too bad. It’s amazing how quickly your body recovers and can take on and enjoy [exercise]. I had a massive shift this year realising that exercise is not about the aesthetics and what you look like. It’s about the mental side, what it does for your mind.

LA: Why didn’t they teach that in PE? You don’t have to go fast, just try to push through it.

GF: Because we’re so used to comparing ourselves to other people. Whereas now, if I go somewhere for a run and someone overtakes me, I’m like ‘yeah, go on!’ Rather than, ‘God, I wish that was me’. It’s all about doing what’s best for you. It has been amazing this year realising how great running is. I can feel quite bogged down, have loads on my to-do list and feel really quite stressed. Then I force myself to go out for a run and everything kind of lifts; I’ll come home and I won’t be stressed anymore. Everything is exactly the same, but my mindset has changed and I’m able to cope a lot better. It’s really weird.

LA: Do you have a signature fragrance?

GF: Honeysuckle and Davana by Jo Malone is what I’m currently wearing. The thing with scent – and I do realise scent is a big thing to me – is it kind of takes you back to certain times. I have a certain perfume that for me and Tom it’s like that’s so 24, because that’s what I was wearing when we binge-watched it. Or, that’s what I was wearing when I was graduating or got married. With writing, it’s a really big way for me to get into characters, what do they smell like. Because I write in first person all the time, so it’s a really easy way to get into their mind, going through smell.

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LA: Do you have any other go-tos?

GF: Ghost is quite a throwback, that’s the 24 one. I like quite floral tones and that almost musky note, so that it’s got that sort of depth to it.

LA: I think musky ones are really nice. They feel comforting, almost.

GF: I used to love [Mugler] Angel growing up, it feels quite harsh when it goes on but it goes quite vanilla-y on my skin. It’s all about how scents change on your skin, as well.

LA: Perfumes can smell completely different on different people. What are your three most-used emojis?

GF: The wide grin, the heart and the laughing face.

LA: Everyone’s got that in their top three, surely.

GF: Although, I have been on the receiving end of a message from an older friend of mine who’s mum had passed away, and she kept using the laughing emoji rather than the crying emoji. I had to tell her [to make her laugh], so she didn’t use the laughing face after that. It’s all about how you see emojis.

LA: That’s so true. The cheesy grin, most people use that for awkwardness, but I would use that if I was over-the-top happy about something.

GF: The big smile isn’t quite the same!

LA: What’s your favourite book?

GF: Me Before You by JoJo Moyes. It’s so good. It’s one of those books I wish I’d written. I know JoJo as we’ve got the same publisher, and there was a point when she felt she had to give me some commission for the amount of times I have spoken about the book. I just think it’s absolutely wonderful. It’s thought-provoking and it’s simply written to a point where it’s accessible to everyone. I read it before I had kids; Tom and the guys were playing in New York and I decided it was going to be the book I took with me. As I was packing, I did that thing where you read it on your bed and read the first page. I’d read half of it before I’d even put it in my bag and had to literally tear myself away. Then I got on my flight, read the rest of it, and I had to cover my face with my hair because I lost it so many times.

LA: You have to be careful on planes what you read or watch. I watched Queer Eye on a plane recently and I was like, why did I do that, weeping into my tray table.

GF: Oh my gosh, you’ve just reminded me. I’ve got the whole Japan series to watch!

LA: I haven’t watched it either, I’m so excited. But they’re the nicest kinds of books, just good reads.

GF: I don’t enjoy books that make me feel like I need a dictionary alongside them to read them. Crime scares me, but saying that, I have read bits of some crime books that are brilliant. But for me, the books that really resonate are those books about relationships and things that I can relate to. It’s what I enjoy reading and it’s what I enjoy writing.

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LA: What would your last meal be?

GF: That’s hard to commit to. On any day I’d say something different. One day I could say fish and chips from a chip shop. Another day I could say a roast. But then, a big plate of pasta as well. Can I just have all three together? Tapas?

LA: The roast is a good one.

GF: Yeah, I just love it. Me, my sister and brother all say that we all had pasta about five times a week growing up. My mum’s like, no you didn’t, but we are pretty certain we did. It’s so easy and she learnt to make the sauce from my nonna. Whenever it was on the stove, she would leave it there, stirring it occasionally. The amount of times all of us would get a slice of bread, whack a spoon in and eat a sandwich of pasta sauce.

LA: Amazing. What’s the weirdest pick-up line you’ve ever heard?

GF: I feel like I don’t have a life in that world! I literally have no idea. That’s how sad I am, though. To be honest, the biggest chat up line was Tom on our first day of school. I sat down next to him on our first day at thirteen and he was like, ‘what’s your name?’ I said, Giovanna, but you can call me Gi. And he turned round and was like, ‘I’m Tom, but you can call me T.’ And that I think is the best chat up line I think I’ve ever heard. Also really cheesy, but it worked. God forbid anything ever happened in my marriage because I find the whole dating world so scary.

LA: Favourite TV show?

GF: Queer Eye! I love Queer Eye. I literally binge-watched it in the last few months. It’s full of joy, full of what’s good in the world. Light entertainment, but it actually deals with really big issues. It’s just done so beautifully. They cast the show really well, even in terms of The Fab Five, I think they all have so much to offer and share. I love how they are able to identify and relate to every guest, and bring it back to how to be a human. When they go to areas that are homophobic and racist, seeing them breaking down different barriers that shouldn’t be there, I think it’s such a magical programme.

LA: Favourite movie?

GF: I love The Notebook and I think that will get me every single time I watch it. It’s the story, I think you can’t beat a story that’s about love and that is the ultimate story of love. Getting together, being apart, kind of forgetting each other and then dying together. I just think it’s beautifully told. That will always be my number one. I know it’s been around for a long time.

LA: I remember watching that with my mum. At the end she turned to me and said ‘you didn’t tell me!’ That would negate the point of watching the film.

GF: I think Tom and I watched it together and literally held onto each other for about 10 minutes and sobbed. Because you can relate to different parts of it and it’s what we all fear. We all fear getting older, we all fear what that end is going to look like. I think when you have that person that you love, or you’re still looking for that, you don’t talk about what comes afterwards. Realising that at some point one of you won’t be there. That’s life, one of you will no longer be there, whether that is mentally or physically. Then you can’t help but go, what if I forget you? What if you forget me?! I’m a hoot!

LA: Favourite Instagram accounts to stalk?

GF: I love Rosie Ramsay. I think she is such an amazing woman, ray of sunshine. I first heard of Rosie – was I pregnant? – when she was on the telly. Chris was being interviewed because they’d just shared that she had had a miscarriage, she was with him and Lorraine had brought her on. So I messaged her on Instagram just saying, thinking of you and I think it’s great that you’re talking about this, because I know how much it will help other people. So I started following her and we sort of struck up a friendship. She is just the funniest person ever. Me and Tom will be in separate rooms and I’ll hear him laughing, and I’ll know he’s watching a Rosie video.

LA: They’re the funniest kind of people. Just life stuff.

GF: It’s just life stuff like people falling over, or ridiculousness. In fact, the time she really had me howling – she does this thing where she becomes a blogger, because she got obsessed with watching blogging videos. She has this whole other persona which is her as this blogger and that was hilarious. Then she had the ‘elf on the shelf’ last Christmas who used to stay up with her and drink because Chris was away. Just funny little things that you can relate to, she’s just being herself, she’s a good egg. I [recently] unfollowed a lot of people who just don’t make me feel good. I think that’s really important to do, have a clear out. But in terms of making me feel good, Bryony Gordon, obviously, and Jada. I think the things they do not just for mental health but also in terms of getting your confidence and realising your self-worth, realising that you’re so much more than this, it’s incredible. It’s not a message that’s rammed down your throat, they’re just being and doing. I think that’s the most amazing thing.

LA: What does the word ‘wellness’ mean to you?

GF: Taking a little bit of time to look after yourself. Life is busy, you can just keep going and doing things are on your to-do list or for everyone else. And actually taking a  few seconds, a few minutes, that is wellness.

LA: Like the hot drink thing; everyone can make a hot drink. Who were you most star-struck meeting?

GF: Jeremy Kyle.

LA: One of my favourite questions. It’s always people you’ve watched on the TV.

GF: It’s so ridiculous. By the time I’d met him, I’d worked with Kim Cattrall, I’d worked with big people, and I got on this flight and Jeremy Kyle was there. Literally, the giddiness in me, I just didn’t know what to do with myself. It was actually the same flight I was reading Me Before You. So, I spent half the flight crying reading Me Before You.

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LA: Had you cried before you met him?

GF: No, I just got a bit giddy. I was like oh my God that’s Jeremy Kyle. And I never get like that about anyone, it’s so weird.

LA: It’s weird, because I bet you’ve met a lot of people probably.

GF: Yeah and I’ve been chilled. I ended up going over to him and sitting on the floor randomly on the flight and having tea and macaroons. It was nice. Jude Law, I was actually very cool in front of him because we did a series of plays together in the West End. We were in different plays but the same season. It was a party at the end and I was really cool, calm and collected while talking to him. I was understudying Andrea Riseborough and she had been off the last week and I’d been on. So he knew that had happened, we’d been talking about it a lot so we had like a good ten minute chat. I was really like a fellow actor and I came out and did a little happy dance because it was Jude Law.

LA: At least you didn’t do it while he was there.

GF: No, I was really cool.

LA: Well, thank you for such a nice chat.

GF: Thank you! I did chuckle in the toilet earlier, I was thinking if we were going to talk fashion and what was my biggest disaster. It was so funny, thinking back to fashion I used to wear when I was younger – baggy t-shirts, high-waisted jeans and clumpy Dr Martens. I look down and I’m literally wearing high-waist jeans, clumpy Dr Martens. I’m literally dressed as my fashion disaster today.

LA: But in a cool way.

GF: Well, I am wearing pink socks with bananas on them. But I feel like if you own things like that, it’s OK.

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

FC: Make-up wise I definitely made a plethora of errors in my teens. In our school there was this phase of wearing way too dark lip liner, a really dark lip shade. I look at the pictures of it and it almost looks like eyeliner, it’s so bad. And then there was this really weird shade called Heather Shimmer.

LA: Someone was just talking about this the other day, the Rimmel one?

FC: Oh my god, it’s awful. It’s like this pearlescent, brown-ey purple. I mean, we all looked horrendous, I think we were all trying to be TLC and it just wasn’t working. And then way too much eyeshadow. I plucked my eyebrows way too thin, which then took about 15 years to grow back.

LA: At least they finally came back, you live and you learn. How do you take care of your skin, do you have a day and nighttime routine?

FC: I mean, not really. As long as I take all my make-up off at the end of the day, then I’ll just use any regular cleaner or cloth. I’m trying to use non-disposable cotton pads, the ones that you can wash, I’ve been doing that a lot. Then I just put some moisturiser on and that’s it really.

LA: The removing of the make-up is the most important bit, really.

FC: I think so, and then on days like today where I’m not actually doing anything, I just don’t wear any make-up.

LA: What’s your favourite skincare product?

FC: I’m not sure. I never really know, I just go to the local chemist on the High Street and buy whatever, a micellar water or any cheap cleanser. I don’t think the expensive ones are necessarily better than the High Street ones. I try and get a big bottle so I’m not using [lots of] plastic bottles all the time, I just get one bottle that I can use for a long time, I’m not really fussy about where it’s from.

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LA: You can get some really nice cleansers by drugstore brands that dermatologists recommend too. What does the word ‘wellness’ mean to you?

FC: That’s a good question, because I think [the word wellness] gets thrown about in the wrong way. I do a lot of work around mental health, I spend a lot of time talking about it and thinking about it, so I think sometimes it gets batted around too flippantly. I think at the end of the day, it’s about liking yourself and knowing that you deserve to be looked after. That’s not in a luxurious way, that’s in a way that is bespoke to you – it has to be about doing things for you that make a positive impact on your life, that will then benefit you in the physical sense, the mental sense and the emotional sense. That might be finding a purpose, that might be not working so much, working a bit more, going for walks everyday, eating a little better. It’s whatever you can do to really help nurture yourself. It’s something we all struggle with; I struggle with it, I can be a little bit of a workaholic and really want to push myself. At a time when it’s not as busy or that doesn’t require as much energy or effort, I can beat myself up a little bit or think I’m being lazy. We can all be so hard on ourselves, and I think that wellness is a real full-bodied look at what affects you mentally, emotionally and physically and what you can do to help yourself out. It’s a real sort of bizarre, nebulous emotion, but it can’t be one thing, it’s bespoke to you.

LA: What sort of things do you do when you need some down time?

FC: Sometimes I need some down time, but other times I just need to be inspired to feel better. I don’t think it’s always about recuperation, sometimes it can just be about going for a really long walk or a run, listening to a great podcast or reading a brilliant book. I’m a bit of an introvert, weirdly, I like hanging out with my friends and people at work that I really get on with, but at parties with big crowds I get really drained. So I need time on my own to do things in solitude. So it’s just anything that I can be content on my own doing, that really balances me out.

LA: Also, with your podcast you’ve created this really nice space that helps an awful lot of people – but making it must be really therapeutic for you too?

FC: Yeah! Oh my god, for me it’s really the most selfish endeavour. I’m just learning every week, figuring out what life is about – I’m as clueless as everyone else is. We’re all just hoping for the best and rumbling along. For me, conducting these interviews and having these conversations is about getting to know life in a different way, a little bit deeper, and looking at different angles and perspectives and hearing people’s stories. Storytelling is just so important; I think we all need to look at that a little more and try and understand how we can have a little more autonomy than we think we do. But equally, we have to learn to let go and go with the flow. For me, the podcast is about picking people’s brains apart and luckily I’ve learnt something from every episode so it’s just a joy, really.

LA: It’s so lovely. I’m very excited for this week’s episode [with Jonathan Van Ness], that will be me on my way home.

FC: Ah, I’m so glad, thank you.

LA: What’s the best beauty advice you’ve ever been given?

FC: What would it be… I guess I used to love matte and would really mattify my face. My make-up artist, who is one of my best friends and my kids’ godmother, Justine Jenkins, she’s all about keeping it dewy. I used to be really scared of looking shiny, but it does just make you look younger and more glowy. She’s really brilliant and doesn’t use anything that’s tested on animals or non-vegan. So I’ve really learnt a lot from her in terms of only using brands that align with that way of thinking. She’s just amazing, I’ve worked with her for years.

LA: What is the best product recommendation you’ve ever received?

FC: She uses a lot of Burt’s Bees make-up, that is really lovely, their foundation usually sticks to my skin. Hourglass and bareMinerals we’ve used a lot over the years. She’s always got something new, some new amazing vegan brand. Inika she uses a lot. I’m really not fussed about what the newest thing on trend is, or the most expensive product that Gwyneth Paltrow uses to cleanse her soul, I’ll just use whatever is vegan, sustainable or long lasting. Stuff that is not going to be detrimental to the planet as much as I can. I would rather go down that line, rather than thinking about what’s going to give me the most contoured cheek or whatever.

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

FC: You know what, I was thinking to myself when I’ve got a day off I need to go through it, because it’s just disgusting. It must have like eight mascaras in there and it needs a clean out. I’ve had eyeshadows break in there, so it’s got all these crumbly bits and then my daughter likes to rifle through it, nicking my lipstick, so that’s a depleted area. But there’s a bunch of stuff, I’ve got a lot of nice Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks that she gave me. I’ve got bareMinerals and Burts Bees and all of those brands that I’ve talked about that JJ uses. Yesterday I found a Christmas bauble that one of the children must have put in there. It’s huge and it needs to be decanted and refined, but it’s one of those jobs that I just can’t be arsed to do. You know what, maybe I’ll do it today.

LA: Or, in 2022.

FC: Yeah! Exactly.

LA: How do you look after your hair?

FC: You know what, now it’s short I don’t really have to. Before, when it was mermaid long and everyone thought it was extensions, I did have to use a lot of leave in conditioners. But now it’s short I like it to look a bit messed up, I almost like it to look in bad condition. I’ve got really thick hair and a lot of it, I’m really lucky. I got it from my dad, it’s really robust. I don’t really do anything to it; I wash it, condition it and usually allow it to dry naturally because I can’t be arsed to dry it. If I’m going out I might put a bit of movement in it, put some products in it to make it look a bit messed up. That’s it really, quite low key.

LA: It’s great to have low maintenance hair.

FC: I haven’t washed it in five days though, which is a bit gross, but I think it still looks okay. It doesn’t get that greasy.

LA: Once you’ve done that once I feel like it doesn’t need washing as often afterwards.

FC: I know, I mean I don’t leave it that long normally but I haven’t had a bloody second with these kids, so I just don’t have time.

LA: I mean, that’s what dry shampoo is for. Do you have any go-to products?

FC: I got sent something the other day from Living proof, and that was great actually, very nice. I’ve been using that a lot, it’s lovely. But often I’ll go to Wholefoods and buy something that is vegan again, not really bothered. As long as it doesn’t smell too crazy then I’ll give it a go. You know what other products I use, Percy and Read, they do a really good stuff to make it all textured, so I’ve been using a lot of that.

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LA: How often do you work out, and what would you say is your favourite form of exercise?

FC: I work out a lot because I would say I really get a kick out of it mentally. I love running, I did this big five-mile run yesterday which was gorgeous, I was listening to a podcast and time flies, which was great. Other times I’ll do a 20 minute HIIT workout or some very chill yoga in the kitchen. I don’t go to classes, I don’t have time for any of that. With children, it’s impossible to be like, OK, next Tuesday… Until they’re both at school, there’s no time for any of that. So I just do stuff that’s free and ad hoc that I can do whenever I can. I tend to work out five to six times a week, but like I said sometimes I go on a long run, other times I’ll do a quick 20 minute HIIT. It’s not always massively lengthy.

LA: I think it’s good to just cram wherever you can, especially when you can get that mental buzz. Do you have a signature fragrance?

FC: I do! My favourite, favourite, favourite smell ever – I found this lovely lady at this market in Ibiza about two summers ago and as I was walking past, I was like, ‘what is that smell?’ I went back and had this lengthy chat with her, and now I go back every year, we have this catch up and I buy as many bottles as I can. The brand is called Evelyn Naón. There are two scents, but the one that me and Jesse both love is unisex and it’s called Ibiza Al Oud. It’s otherworldly, churchy, mysterious, amazing, exotic heavenliness. I pass someone and they ask me how I smell like some kind of healing hippy. The bottle is so beautiful, you have to Google it or go on her Instagram, they’re such beautiful containers. I buy as many as I can to last me the full year before I go back the following summer. Again, I like supporting small brands and small companies who do things well, and that’s a nice way to do it.

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LA: That’s a nice story, too.

FC: It’s interesting actually, I’ve always been massively obsessed with scent and since I can remember with my mum, I’ve always wanted to have ‘my’ smell. Going through the process with the collection has been way more scientific than I could have ever have imagined. You do this whole process of layering the notes, and I had no idea about that. I’ve been able to drill my obsession over the years, trying on all these perfumes and working out what I really like, which is always quite interesting, I think. You get a whiff and it gives you such an amazing sensory overload and it’s just gorgeous and potent. My favourite scent out of the three [in the collection] is called Calm and we do lots of different products in it, bath bombs and body spray and lotion. Because they knew I was completely obsessed with the smell, Boots made me a gorgeous perfume of it that I rinsed in about a month. That again is quite churchy and smokey.

LA: I have the Calm scent on my desk and not only do I spritz on myself, I spray the office too. If it came out as a perfume I would be on that.

FC: Maybe it will now, because as I said I’ve run out of mine pretty quickly. It works really well as a perfume, it’s kind of a more intense version of what we’ve already done really. That is my favourite scent. We’ve tested out some products for what comes next, we’ve done something really lovely with the (20:09) fleet scent which has now become Jesse’s favourite, he’s sort of become intoxicated with that one.

LA: That’s nice that you both have a different favourite as well. I feel like your home smells incredible.

FC: Yeah, it does. Always.

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LA: Does your beauty routine change when you’re on holiday?

FC: Because I’m getting close to 40 and noticing my skin changing, I want to look after it a little bit more than say, when I was in my twenties. I do whack on factor 50 everyday and wear a hat, boring mum stuff that I used to laugh at my mum for doing, but you’ve gotta do it! I’m very minimal on holiday, I don’t really worry about it. It’s always more about scent rather than make-up or products, I always wear some sort of smell or perfume. I could never leave the house without putting perfume on, that is just a rule. Scent is more important to me than make-up or hair. I love it being part of who you are and when people meet you that’s a real part of who you are. I like it because I have a lot of friends who have their own smell, and what they wear is a real familiar moment.

LA: Scent is so personal that you want to put it on everyday, and it makes you feel good. What are your three most-used emojis?

FC: Let me have a little look and tell you. We’ve got the classic red love heart, we’ve got the laughing emoji, and the woman with her hand on her forehead. The facepalm. Yes, that was used on Friday when I forgot it was non-uniform day, when I texted Jesse that the cat had shit on the kitchen floor.

LA: It’s very universal. What is your favourite book?

FC: I’m obviously a nerdy reader, I get through about a book a week. I don’t even get to choose my books anymore, as I have to read something for every episode. The best book that I’ve read this year, I’m going to keep it fresh, there are some classics that I love but one of my favourite books I’ve read this year and possibly my favourite fiction is Daisy Jones and The Six. It was so clever, it took me into another world. When it was over I was like, ‘what am I going to do?!’ I felt so bereft. I’ve heard it’s going to be made into a film and I hope they do it justice, because it is sooo well written.

LA: Favourite movie?

FC: It’s quite a cliché, but the one I used to watch religiously is Four Weddings and a Funeral. I think it’s still funny and current in ways. It’s just brilliant, and I love Richard Curtis, I think he’s wonderful.

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LA: What would your last meal be?

FC: Me and Jesse are really obsessed with these vegan Beyond Burgers at the moment, so I think I would have one of those with all the things on it; relish, mustard, vegan cheese and lettuce, tomato, the whole thing. It would probably be that.

LA: What is your favourite TV show to binge watch?

FC: I hardly watch any TV shows at the moment because I’m reading, but I’m about to start watching the new series of The Crown because I absolutely gulped down the first two.

LA: Favourite Instagram accounts to stalk?

FC: Probably Elizabeth Gilbert, I love her so much. I love everything she stands for. I love Instagram accounts where you can actually take something away rather than fallaciously and voyeuristically looking and commenting on people. So I really love to walk away from that one and go, Elizabeth just said this or that and I totally feel better about this in my life or whatever, and for it to have a positive impact.

LA: I think social media gets a lot of flack, don’t get me wrong, there are the negative bits, but there are so many great accounts you can really take things from.

FC: Yeah! It’s important, otherwise, don’t follow them.

LA: What was the first thing you bought from your first big pay cheque?

FC: It would have been something really gross, something from Morgan back in the day, or one of those High Street shops that was a bit more expensive than Miss Selfridge, but we thought it was kind of designer. I hadn’t seen a designer shop in my life until my twenties. Morgan or Jane Norman were like the mega posh shops, so it would have been some hideous wrap top or PVC coat. I’m from a working class family, so my first pay cheque wasn’t like, yeah, let’s go and buy a Chanel handbag! It was like ooh, yeah, let’s go to Jane Norman. It would have been something quite naff but that was cool at the time.

LA: Who were you most starstruck meeting?

FC: Probably Hillary Clinton last week, to be honest. It was just surreal, I don’t know if I necessarily felt starstruck, because I’m kind of detached from that these days because of the weirdness of my job. But I sat there and thought, wow, I’m talking to a woman with serious power, who’s held multiple positions that have been hugely impactful, and she’s seen and heard a lot of stuff. It was quite crazy thinking I sat there and had that hour with her.

LA: You must have felt like you were floating afterwards.

FC: Yeah! It was weird, the whole thing was bizarre. I came out of the room and did a fist pump of joy and there were about four secret service guys stood there. I was like, oh my god, that’s so embarrassing that I just did that.

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Angela Scanlon on life-changing hair products, foodie heaven and meeting Noel Gallagher

Angela Scanlon on life-changing hair products, foodie heaven and meeting Noel Gallagher

‘It’s basically the thing I love more than my family’

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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 grill them on everything from their social media habits to their all-time favourite meals. You know, all the important and essential things that we need to know about.

It’s a fact that Angela Scanlon is one of the most LOLs women in the business, but FYI, she also has excellent taste in beauty products. I sat down to chat with the mum-of-one and Thanks A Million podcast founder to go through the contents of her make-up bag and bathroom cabinet, as well as discussing all the other important topics like Instagram stalking and last meals. Below she shares her weird and wonderful party trick, ultimate TV and film watches, and the genius way she bagged an interview with Noel Gallagher…

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

AS: Worst beauty trend? Oh, it’s over-plucked eyebrows isn’t it? I love a feral, wolfy brow. So that over-plucked, nineties brow – I was teetering on the edge and a friend kindly pulled me back. But yeah, that’s got to be the worst.

LA: You’re so lucky if they grow back, as well.

AS: I know! Also, [Rimmel] Heather Shimmer lipstick was pretty punchy back in the day.

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

AS: I’m experimental; it sometimes works and it often doesn’t, but [my routine] changes depending on what my skin needs I suppose. Morning time, I don’t use any face wash or anything, just water, and at the moment I’m using Sunday Riley Tidal Cream, which is a really hydrating moisturiser. I’ll sometimes do a serum, Environ have an amazing one, Advance Elixir. And then my favourite SPF is Heliocare because it doesn’t block up your pores, it’s not greasy and gross or white and sheeny under camera lights, so that’s good.

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AS: Also, OSEA is a new brand that I’ve found recently. It’s completely cruelty-free, vegan, gluten-free and quite hippy dippy. I use their Eye Gel Serum, which I really like, and they’ve also got a blemish balm which is good too. Then nighttime I use an Environ cleansing gel, which just gets rid of make-up, and then Dr Dennis Gross, these are an absolute game-changer…

LA: Oh, the pads!

AS: The pads!

LA: They’re flipping amazing, aren’t they? I love them.

AS: They’re unbelievable, absolutely brilliant. I use the Ultra Gentle ones because my skin is quite sensitive, then maybe whack on some sort of hydrating spray like the Avène one. Then maybe my favourite product in life is by Allies of Skin, it’s called the Promise Keeper Blemish Sleeping Facial. It is amazing, if you’ve got an angry face going to bed, you wake up and your skin is really clear. It’s hydrating but it also exfoliates and I absolutely love that. I’ll kind of intersperse different masks; Glossier Moisturizing Moon Mask I like, and a charcoal mask by Omorovicza that’s really good for your pores and breakouts as well. Sorry, that’s quite extensive!

LA: This is the level of detail I’m here for, Angela, it’s all good. How has your routine changed since you became a mum?

AS: I have less time for a facial, so I find that I’m doing them at home more; trying to do a face mask in the bath, or I’ll bring a little hydrating spray with me and feed my face a bit without a high maintenance facial. With work, I find it hard to take half a day off to get a facial at the moment. I really, really miss it, so it’s definitely a bit more DIY, I suppose. I definitely need more eye cream, I certainly need more concealer! But I also think I’m a bit more forgiving to myself since having a baby. Before I would really get my knickers in a twist if I had a breakout or allergy that affects my skin, and I would be really self conscious. Now I don’t get upset as much as I maybe used to.

LA: It puts things into perspective I guess.

AS: Yeah, I’m a bit less hard on myself.

LA: What are your top three beauty brands? These can be across skin, make-up, hair…

AS: Oh gosh, that’s a tricky one. I’ll say Environ for skincare and I love Bobbi Brown. I find it really difficult to get colours in the right shade for my skin, which is very pale.

LA: I’m a shade zero at Bobbi too so, can relate.

AS: Oh my gosh, yes! It’s really hard, sometimes they feel a bit chalky but mostly they’re good. I think there are a lot of brands that just… are shit. It is getting better, but it’s a bit of a process. And then Heliocare because SPF is so [important], I always wear it.

LA: It’s so important yeah. What is the best beauty advice you have ever been given? This can be from anybody in life.

AS: This is a boring one, but it’s taking your make-up off isn’t it? I had really bad skin as a teenager, so I would always have to come in, cleanse my face and do all the things, and that habit has actually really served me because at the time I had really quite bad acne. If I wake up and I touch my eyelashes and there is mascara on then, I know it was an absolutely wild night.

LA: What about the best product recommendation you’ve ever received?

AS: Oh, The Body Shop Vitamin E Face Mask. One of my friends, Christine Lucignano, she’s a make-up artist and recommended it to me. I think you can use it overnight, you can use it on dry areas and leave it on. It’s not crazy expensive, it’s just brilliant.

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LA: Everybody loves a bit of The Body Shop.

AS: I love The Body Shop, yeah.

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

AS: I have got a couple of brushes, I’ve got a MAC Eye Brow Pencil, I’ve got a Bobbi Brown Creamy Corrector, a pair of eyelash curlers from Sephora, some Glossier glitter jelly thing that you put on your eyes – I find that when I don’t have time to do anything to my face I put that on and everyone thinks I’ve made loads of effort.

LA: Those are the best kind of products.

AS: They are great. I’ve got an Elizabeth Arden volume mascara and a MAC Blot Powder, and then I’ve got a Bobbi Brown Eyebrow Gel in Auburn. I mean, it’s really about the eyebrows!

LA: Again, very blessed that they grew back. Happy that you’ve got something that you can put brow gel on.

AS: Yeah, thankful, exactly.

LA: Whats the best tip that a professional make-up artist has given you?

AS: Put the charcoal mask on. If you’ve got a howler of a spot that’s about to come through, putting something charcoal on it usually kills it by the morning.

LA: How do you look after your hair? You’ve got amazing hair, so I’m into this answer.

AS: I try to do hair masks once a week. It doesn’t really work out like that but, I definitely tend to use those. Kérastase I love, and I recently found a brand called IGK – I’m probably way behind, but they have got really great products. There’s one called Mistress which is like an anti-frizz, leave-in conditioner, so I put that on the ends but it doesn’t weigh it down too much. They also have a spray hair mask that’s dry that you put on overnight [Prenup], so you don’t have to do the high maintenance hair mask in the bath. You can wash your hair as normal, chuck this on and go to sleep, then you’ve got baby hair in the morning. They also have a coconut oil-gel [Rich Kid], which makes things nice and gritty. The go-tos for me are Bumble & Bumble Thickening Spray and then a bit of Surf Spray.

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LA: Oh lovely, they’re good picks.

AS: For tools, I like the ghd Curve for a gentle wave that’s a bit messy and haphazard. And then I’ve recently got the BaByliss Cordless Straighteners, which you basically charge up and bring in the car with you, and then you can do your hair in the back of the car. It’s the best thing I have ever had in life.

LA: So good, when you’re on-the-go so much I feel like that is a game changer.

AS: Yeah, it’s absolutely brilliant.

LA: Do you have a signature fragrance and, if not, do you have like a few go-tos that you like?

AS: So, I have actually previously worn men’s aftershave. I love Miller Harris, I love Hermès. However I am now currently obsessed with, and have been for the last year, Moon Mist, which is by this amazing guy, Paolo Lai, he’s a reflexologist. He creates a Moon Mist every month, under the full moon with crystals and essential oils, and it’s honestly the most – every time I wear it, which is every day, people are like, ‘what is that smell, that’s amazing, I love it’. I also wear a little oil thingy by a brand called Mama Moon, which is like this magic manifestation. It’s called Magic Potion and it’s again lots of essential oils, and I think there’s a lot of sandalwood in that. I’m drawn towards really burst-y, natural fragrances.

LA: It’s definitely a sign of a great fragrance when lots of people ask you about it, too. How does your beauty routine change when you are on holiday?

AS: It’s low key. I always wear sunscreen, I don’t do my hair at all I basically just wash it in the sea. I will usually try to get my eyelashes tinted before I go away, so I don’t even have to bother with mascara, and it’s bare skin. I suppose with work, I tend to have to wear make-up quite a bit and so when I’m away its completely bare, I chuck a hat on and I’m naked on my face.

LA: It’s all about basting yourself in SPF isn’t it, and then leaving everything else.

AS: Yeah totally, exactly.

LA: What are your three most-used emojis?

AS: I like the prayer hands one, obviously quite on brand with the podcast [Thanks A Million], and then the cheese emoji gets quite a bit of use.

LA: Favourite book?

AS: A Girl Is A Half Formed Thing by Eimear McBride. It’s quite dark, it makes me cry, but I’m into that. Oh, and both of Sarah Pascoe’s books I love.

LA: Ah, she’s great. What would your last meal be?

AS: I would have to say sushi, a big platter of colourful sushi, tempura vegetables, like a Japanese banquet.

LA: Divine. Nice bit of Katsu, lovely.

AS: Yeah, lush.

LA: What would you say is the weirdest pick-up you’ve ever heard?

AS: I mean, I don’t know if I remember specific weird pick-up lines, but I have a trick where I can turn in one of my eyes. So, I have previously had quite strong come ons; he offered to buy me a drink, I asked for a gin and tonic with my eye gone – and he handed me the drink and he left.

LA: That is amazing! ‘Bye’.

AS: He left very quickly. I said, ‘can my friend have one too?’ It comes in quite handy.

LA: ‘See you later’, that’s a good one. What about your favourite TV show to binge watch? Are you a Netflix-er?

AS: Oh, Peaky Blinders every day of the week.

LA: So good. How did you find the new series?

AS: I loved it. I hated the first two episodes and I thought, the new director is on crack. I really was so deeply offended and upset by the whole thing because it had gone so cinematic and unreal. But I think he found his level and it got good towards the end. But it’s basically the thing I love more than my family.

LA: No spoilers for people reading who haven’t watched, but I’m intrigued to see what happens in the next series. What about your all-time favourite movie?

AS: All time favourite, Mannequin.

LA: Oh yeah?

AS: How old are you, because this is the second time I’ve said that in a few weeks and people are like… Oh yeah? (I have no idea.)

LA: ……… I’ve never seen it.

AS: So it’s a proper 80s movie, it’s Kim Catrall as a mannequin in a shop, but she [comes alive and] falls in love. It’s honestly joyous, fashion, it’s so camp, it kind of has a bit of RuPaul vibe to it.

LA: OK I’m into it, you’ve sold it to me.

AS: You should honestly watch it, yeah it was fab. Also, throw in RuPaul [for TV shows] – a binge of its own.

LA: I binged that in the smallest amount of time I have ever watched a series, it’s just the best thing.

AS: It’s great, isn’t it?

LA: Are you into the UK one as well? I can’t wait for the second series.

AS: Oh I love it. It’s absolutely genius.

LA: Favourite Instagram accounts to stalk?

AS: I love Busy Phillips, I like Jonathan Van Ness from Queer Eye, love him. Jenny Mollen, do you know her? She’s married to the American Pie dude, the guy that shags the apple pie. She’s very funny. I also follow really weird psychology accounts, motivational quotes and advice around trauma.

LA: You’ve got to have balance.

AS: Yung Pueblo and then @the.holistic.psychologist is my favourite account, it’s fab.

LA: What does the word ‘wellness’ mean to you?

AS: Do you know what its weird, it’s kind of strange. A year ago wellness meant like, yoga and a face mask, it felt different. I think wellness now is much more holistic, it’s more about self-compassion, kindness, learning and acceptance.

LA: What is the first thing you bought with your first big pay check? Did you crazy at all?

AS: It was a handbag actually, by a designer called Pauric Sweeney. I stalked it for months and I had been doing the whole manifesting thing, ‘I could totally buy this, I could totally buy this’ – no, I couldn’t buy this, but I really believed that one day it would be mine. And then it went in the sale, I got paid and I bought it.

LA: Aww, full circle.

AS: Yeah, I was quite sensible at time with money and I tried to not buy things when I don’t really need them.

LA: Do you have any tattoos?

AS: I don’t have any tattoos.

LA: That’s fine, I won’t ask you to talk me through them. What about piercings?

AS: I’m not very modern on the old piercing front, I have my ears pierced twice.

LA: I think keeping to the ears is quite nice. You see so many nice curated ears at the minute, don’t you?

AS: I love a curated ear, but it felt like a really bold move when I got two done. Now I think I might just jump in and do the whole shebang.

LA: Just add another one on there, you’ll barely notice it. Who were you most star-struck meeting? I always think this is quite a funny one.

AS: Oh, you know what, this is the weird one, because I don’t know if it’s quite the right one but, Noel Gallagher.

LA: That’s a great one!

AS: Oh my God, so I have interviewed him twice for The One Show and one of my very first live interviews, which was for T In The Park on BBC Three back in the day. Growing up my sister was a massive Oasis fan, so obviously I was too, so it was a real moment. He had said he wouldn’t do an interview, and then his beautiful wife who I now know, she was like, ‘she’s Irish Noel, do the gig, do the interview!’ And so I got an interview with Noel Gallagher because his fabulous wife was like, ‘my mam will kill you’.

LA: That is not only a great star-struck story, that is a great story full stop.

AS: Yeah it was, and he was so lovely. Maybe a few years later on The One Show, he read out gardening questions for the viewers, which is honestly one of my favourite moments of TV with Noel Gallagher.

LA: I’m going to find this on YouTube, it sounds amazing.

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Molly-Mae talks false lashes, horror films and the fragrance she'd recognise anywhere

Molly-Mae talks false lashes, horror films and the fragrance she'd recognise anywhere

Plus, what she’s been up to since leaving the Love Island villa…

Molly-Mae Hague

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 all-time favourite meals. You know, all the important and essential things that we need to know about.

One of the favourites from this year’s Love Island villa, YouTuber Molly-Mae Hague has had a slightly busy year. Having launched her Molly-Mae x Pretty Little Thing collection a couple of months ago, she’s now partnered with Tatti Lashes for her very own beauty launch. So we thought it was the perfect time to sit down and chatted all things make-up, kid comfort foods and what she’s been up to since leaving the villa.

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Molly-Mae wearing the daytime lash from her Tatti Lashes collaboration

LA: What’s the worst beauty trend that you have ever attempted?

MMH: The worst beauty trend? Oh gosh, I have attempted many and failed. I’ve done many hairstyles that I’ve tried to get looking cute and they just don’t work for me. I tried those faux freckles one time and it literally looked like a black marker had gone everywhere. I think it’s all about trial and error; you’re never going to get anything perfect the first time, and I think it’s really important that you try different things to see what works for you.

LA: Sometimes you just nail it and other times not.

MMH: Other times it takes a few more practices, but you’ve got to try [new] things out sometimes.

LA: Best beauty advice that you have ever been given?

MMH: Sometimes less is more. It’s definitely the advice that I would give to a future daughter of mine! With me, I love natural make-up and I think this collection really represents that with the lashes. I think you can get a bit carried away adding too much make-up and sometimes it’s a little bit much. I think it’s good to strip it back and have things a little bit more natural sometimes.

LA: Yes, talking of ‘less is more’ – I really like that you’ve got the daytime lashes that are much softer.

MMH: I’ve got them on right now! I’m literally obsessed with them. I was always someone that used to wear lashes every day, but I stopped because I couldn’t find that lash that was perfect for the daytime. I found the more natural ones looked a little bit plastic-y. That’s why this collection is perfect, for ages now I’ve been designing this perfect everyday lash that is exactly what I feel is needed for a daytime look.

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LA: Really nice. I think some people still think, when they hear ‘false lashes’, that it just means one humongous, spidery lash.

MMH: Yeah, one hundred per cent. I think it’s a really current thing at the moment; natural make-up is back in and I feel people are really steering away from that heavy, caked look and going down more of a natural route. Even the night lashes, for me they’re not too heavy, perfect for an evening. I personally don’t think you need to go any heavier than this.

LA: So tell me a bit more about the campaign, you say you’ve been working on it for a while now.

MMH: Pretty much since I came out of the villa, we’ve been working on Tatti to make sure it’s literally perfect. That’s really important for me, that I’m making sure it’s exactly what I would actually use myself before I sell it and promote it to people. I’ve been using Tatti Lashes for absolutely ages now. I used them on my YouTube channel and stuff before I went in the villa, so it’s really great that it’s a brand that I’ve used and bought from before.

LA: That’s so nice!

MMH: It’s a really, really good partnership as well because as I said, the current trend is more natural make-up. Tatti really wanted to explore that, because obviously they’re known for being super glam, [but] for me it’s more about that natural look, which I think is really represented through the lashes.

LA: Best beauty product recommendation that you have ever received?

MMH: My friend, who is also an influencer, she introduced me to this Hourglass bronzer. This was like three years ago now and it has literally never left my make-up bag. It’s my holy grail product. If anyone says to me ‘what’s your favourite make-up product?’, it’s that. It’s not too dark or anything, it just makes your skin look flawless. I’m all about that natural kind of glow from within look.

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LA: Their stuff is a very ‘lit from within’ kind of vibe.

MMH: One hundred per cent. It’s very pricey but it’s a nice gift, or if you want to treat yourself to a nice expensive make-up product, Hourglass is a really incredible brand.

LA: Yeah it’s really nice. What is in your make-up bag right now?

MMH: Oh, you don’t want to look in my make-up bag right now. I’m still using my Love Island make-up bag with my name on it!

LA: Do you know what I think, I’m not surprised you haven’t had chance to properly unpack.

MMH: No, I know.

LA: I have stuff from uni that I haven’t even unpacked, so fair enough.

MMH: Literally! It’s all over the place, in my make-up bag there’s foundation spilt everywhere, ear buds that I’ve probably used, dental floss, toothbrush, all over the place. But I really take pride in the make-up I buy, I love to try new make-up. When I have a make-up artist do my make-up I always ask what they’re using, and whatever I think looks good on my face, I’ll go out and buy. But I mean, my life is a bit chaotic at the moment so my make-up bag kind of represents that!

LA: Yeah, it’s a reflection of your life right now. Let’s say your house is on fire – all of the important stuff is safe – what one make-up product would you grab?

MMH: I’ve been loving the NARS radiance foundation, it’s so full coverage it looks like cement on you face, which for a night out is great. Daytime, no, but night out I think it’s the perfect foundation.

LA: They do really great long-wearing products.

MMH: Yeah, when you put it on it’s like ‘where has my face gone?’ It’s so full coverage, but I think for a night out it’s nice to go a bit more glam.

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LA: You want something that has got that longevity for a night out, don’t you?

MMH: Yeah, exactly.

LA: Best make-up tip that a pro make-up artist has given you?

MMH: Winging out my eyeshadow. Whenever I go to a make-up artist I want to have that cat eye that kind of pulls up – which most of us don’t naturally have! So they teach me how to do eyeshadow that creates that cat eye, more dragged up than down look. I’m constantly taking advice from make-up artists, I have incredible people doing my make-up so I’m always asking the questions, ‘what are you doing?’, ‘what are you putting on my face?

LA: Always take advantage. How do you take care of your skin? Do you have a day and nighttime routine?

MMH: Do you know what, I actually fell asleep in my make-up last night, so that’s not a very good representation…

LA: That’s a sign of a good night out.

MMH: No, I didn’t even drink or anything, I actually got back and forgot make-up wipes and was like, ‘oh my god this is a bad, bad, bad time.’ Because I’m normally really good with stuff like that, my skincare is normally quite on point.

LA: So, normally…

MMH: Normally I’m quite good, I use Pixi products. I don’t do too much, I don’t go too heavy on my skincare. I’m quite blessed to have naturally ‘OK’ skin, it’s not really problematic, but it’s really important to do a good skincare regime. You have only got one face and one skin, so it’s important that you look after it. I stopped using sun beds completely about a year ago because it’s just bad. You want to make sure that your skin lasts forever!

LA: Do you have a favourite skincare product? Is there anything that you really enjoy using?

MMH: Yeah it’s by Pixi, Glow Tonic, I put that on all the time, it’s really nice. When I’m not wearing make-up in the daytime I’ll put a bit of that on and I feel like my skin looks really fresh.

LA: It really refreshes things, it’s a nice one. Top three beauty brands? I feel like one of them might be in this room…

MMH: Yeah Tatti, obviously number one… Hourglass, and I also use a lot of MAC.

LA: Classic. How do you look after your hair? It’s very shiny.

MMH: My hair is my pride and joy! I’m very blessed, obviously collaborating with Beauty Works they are constantly helping me out and provide me with fresh extensions and colour. But my own hair care, I wash it regularly as I think that’s quite important. I think when you let your hair get overly greasy, especially if you’ve got extensions, it can damage your hair and they slide out. I make sure I apply heat protector too, always on top of my hair.

LA: How often do you work out? Do you have a favourite way of exercising?

MMH: Oh god, don’t ask me that question. It’s funny because I used to work in a gym and wanted to be a fitness instructor, and before I went in the villa I was starting to take spin classes. I was really, really into it. Then since coming out, I’ve lost my love for it a little bit because I’ve been so busy. I feel like my favourite meal, well not my favourite, but my only meal right now is petrol station food. I’m constantly on-the-go, so a WHSmith meal deal is my best friend. Tommy [Fury] and I go to the gym together, but the other morning I woke up at 7 o’clock and I was like this is just not for me. Not for me. I felt sick on the treadmill thinking, ‘I can’t do it’.

LA: I wish I could work out in the morning, but I just want a toastie, really.

MMH: Do you know what, I’m so excited for things to calm down a little bit and to get into a health and fitness routine. I have been having porridge for breakfast, which is an improvement on French toast…

LA: What does your WHSmith meal deal look like?

MMH: Oh god, I have the tastebuds of a four-year-old. I literally like chicken nuggets and chips. I’m pathetic. A ham and cheese sandwich with literally nothing in it. Butter. Or just a butter sandwich, honestly, I’m awful…

LA: Butter sandwich, so good though. I love that. Do you have a signature fragrance, or a few go-tos?

MMH: I’m wearing Dior Oud Ispahan, I wear that. And then in the villa, India was wearing this perfume called Baccarat [Rouge], in a little red bottle.

LA: I know the one, so delicious.

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MMH: Tommy bought it for me when we came out [of the villa] and it was about £300 for a bottle and I was like, oh my god. It’s such a treat but I wear it on special occasions, that’s my favourite.

LA: There are a lot of perfumes that smell very similar, but that one is so unique.

MMH: Any time I wear it, everyone’s saying ‘Are you wearing Baccarat?’ You can smell it instantly.

LA: Yes! I was in a lift with a member of staff at a hotel and I was like, ‘is that…?’

MMH: Yeah, it’s unisex. It lasts all day, just one spray and that’s it. I feel like I can never smell perfume on me and it’s really frustrating – I spend £300 on a perfume and I can’t even smell it on me!

LA: But everyone else can smell it, so it’s fine! Does your beauty routine change when you are on holiday?’

MMH: Yes, I don’t have a beauty routine when I’m on holiday. I barely wear any make-up. I’m going away in a few days and I probably won’t take my make-up bag.

LA: It gives your skin a break.

MMH: Yeah, a hundred per cent. I’m quite lucky that I tan very easily so as soon as I’m in the sun I just get a natural tan. That’s kind of what I like to do on holiday, obviously I wear a little bit [of make-up] maybe for like going for dinner and stuff, but nothing too intense.

LA: That’s really nice, you just need SPF.

MMH: Yeah, I’m bad with my sun cream though, the people in the villa used to get so, so annoyed with me, saying I need to put sun cream on.

LA: But it’s all there for you, Molly-Mae!

MMH: I know, because I tan so well you feel like you don’t need it – but you do need it.

LA: What are your three most used emojis?

MMH: The laughing one…

LA: With the crying?

MMH: Yeah, and probably the actual crying one, the solid tears. And then probably the love heart, just the red one.

LA: Classic. Do you have a favourite book?

MMH: The Fault In Our Stars, it’s the only book I’ve ever cried reading. I was going to say it’s the only book I’ve actually ever read but it’s not! I don’t really read, obviously I can sit and enjoy a book but on holiday I literally just want to sleep and just chill.

LA: It’s having the time, too.

MMH: Oh my gosh, yeah. I’ve started listening to podcasts as well.

LA: Any favourites?

MMH: There’s one with Jamie Laing that I have been loving, and the Pretty Little Thing one as well, I love the PLT one.

LA: What would your last meal be?

MMH: Probably a steak from STK and macaroni cheese. It’s my favourite restaurant. Or, going to TGI Fridays and having chicken strips and sweet potato fries. Tommy and I go to TGI’s all the time, we’re on a diet right now but before that we were there every night.’

LA: So, fancy chicken and chips, lovely. What is the weirdest pick-up line you have ever heard?

MMH: I get some really interesting DMs, like people sending me pictures of someone throwing a basket ball into a basket, making their shot… People are savage.

LA: Favourite TV show to binge-watch? Are you a Netflix binger?

MMH: Not overly, I’m into horror films; Tommy and I are obsessed with horror films. We watched one the other night called Terrifier and I’ve not been able to sleep since. It’s honestly destroyed me. It’s about a clown, but It times a hundred. Oh, it’s awful.

LA: I’m awful with horror films.

MMH: I do it to myself, why do I do that to myself? I don’t sleep for weeks and then I’m like, why did I watch that film? Then I can’t be in the flat by myself and I’m like ‘for God’s sake.’

LA: You need to watch some Disney or something.

MMH: Yeah, balance it out.

LA: Favourite Instagram accounts to stalk?

MMH: Oh, I’ve got literally loads. Jess Hunt, I love stalking her, the other Island girls, VS models. I’m constantly following new people and taking inspiration from other accounts. All of my closest follows are influencers like Emily Shack, I am literally obsessed with her Instagram feed. Loads of people, I could literally stalk anyone on Instagram. I’m always so in awe because I know how hard it is to be an influencer and to create content. When I scroll through someone’s Instagram and their content is incredible I’m like, honestly, hats off to them. Because I know how hard it is, where they have travelled to, the outfits and the money they’re asked to spend to get those clothes; I can really relate. That’s why I enjoy looking at new people.

LA: Do you bookmark loads and loads of people’s posts?

MMH: Yeah I always screenshot. I love Pinterest as well, so I’ll search someone’s name on Pinterest and I’ll create a folder for just them. It sounds really weird, but then I’ll look at their style and see how they do it and take inspiration. With Instagram it’s good to be original, but no-one wants to see anything too original, because everyone likes the same stuff and to follow those trends. So it’s not copying but taking inspiration from other people as well.

LA: What would you say your favourite movie is? Probably not the one you watched the other night…

MMH: Bridesmaids. Hundred per cent, it’s such a cliché answer but it is. I could honestly watch that film 17 times in a row.

LA: What was the first thing you bought with your first big pay cheque?

MMH: Well I bought my… Actually I can’t say because she’ll find out and it’s meant to be a surprise. I was going to say I bought something exciting for my sister for Christmas, but I don’t want her to know what it is! Probably that Dior bag over there, that was a big splash. To be fair, I’ve actually been really good with my money, I’ve really impressed myself. I’ve spent it on other people, I bought my friend a really expensive pair of trainers for her 21st, I paid for the dinner for everyone to eat [for her birthday]. I got really lucky, with my path in life and getting on Love Island and the people around me don’t always get lucky, so it’s I think important to give back.

LA: That’s so nice! What does ‘wellness’ mean to you?

MMH: Wellness? I think, prioritising what’s important. I’m a bit of a stress head. Even this morning, we were trying to get out of the hotel room and I was dragging my suitcase and another bag, and I was getting so stressed. You just don’t need that! So trying to push away the stress, staying zen and calm, taking deep breaths. As soon as I get stressed, my day will go down.

LA: You have a lot you want to focus on at the moment too, so you want to be in the right mindset. What else do you do to look after yourself at the minute?

MMH: I’m obsessed with massages at the moment, I’ll have like one a week, it’s really bad. I’ll come out and be like, hmm, that one was a 7/10… not as good as the one yesterday. Tommy and I went for one together the other day – worst decision of my life because we were wetting ourselves. The music came on and I was trying not to laugh – you know when the other person is finding it hilarious?

LA: Exactly.

MMH: I just thought, I can’t wait to laugh with Tommy when we get out of here. But then you just want it to be over and it’s like, I’m not enjoying this.

LA: I had a hot stone massage at the same time as my sister years ago. I’d finally switched off, and at the end I hear this little voice go, ‘what would you do if I threw one of those rocks at your head?’ Instantly back in the room. It’s a nice idea, but…

MMH: That’s hilarious! It never works out quite like you imagine it.

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LA: Who were you most star struck meeting?

MMH: Oooh, well, when I was in New York recently I was staying in the same hotel as Kendall Jenner and Kim Kardashian – they were this far away from me and I was freaking out. Tommy and I were in a Halloween shop because he was buying this weird outfit, and my manager messaged saying you need to come back right NOW. I’ve never got in a taxi so quick in my life. We smiled at each other! And I got a photo with Paris Hilton, she was lovely and was like, ‘congrats on your collection with PLT’ – she was so nice. I get star struck by everyone. It’s weird because I can’t imagine people would get like that with me but they do, people cry and stuff. When Little Mix walked in [at their launch] last night I was like, ‘Oh my god, it’s Little Mix!’

LA: When it’s somebody major you do.

MMH: Yeah, yeah! Cheryl was at the Pride of Britain Awards the other night and I’ve always been obsessed with her, so I think if I’d walked past her I probably would have had a meltdown.

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Felicity Jones talks J-beauty, Succession and Meryl Streep

Felicity Jones talks J-beauty, Succession and Meryl Streep

Felicity Jones

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 heading into the colder months and our skin is taking a battering from plummeting temperatures outside and central heating inside, I wanted to chat to someone who’s nailing their winter beauty regime right now. Who sprang to mind? Actress Felicity Jones, who’s pretty vocal about her love for a simple but effective routine. We met up to chat about exactly that, as well as how to care for coloured hair and how to get the perfect cat-eye flick.

FE: So, you’re a J-Beauty superfan…

FJ: I am!

FE: What do you love most about Japanese skincare?

FJ: I recently visited Japan and one of the main things I learnt is the importance of having a ritual, to take time to look after yourself and your skin and the effect that can have.  It’s like a relationship – the more you look after your skin, the better it looks, so I now have a routine that I love to do.

FE: But not 13 steps like Korean skincare routines, right?

Felicity: No, no, I think that the power of skincare is in the simplicity and finding the best products that are a shortcut to looking good.

FE: How do you look after your skin now?

FJ: I use the Clé de Peau Beauté Softening Cleansing Foam every single day and also their serum, which I’ll often work in using a facial massager…

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FE: Like a jade roller? I always take one on a flight for de-puffing.

FJ: Yes, exactly! I like to use that in the morning because it helps to wake your face up. If you are up early in the morning for shooting a jade roller definitely helps to have a little face gym going on beforehand!

FE: I’ve tried the serum – the texture is beautiful.

FJ: Oh yeah, I am totally addicted. I have to say it’s very light, which is perfect for sensitive skin because it doesn’t bring you out in any kind of breakouts.

FE: Do you have quite sensitive skin then?

FJ: I do and this is one of the only moisturisers where I don’t get red spots. Usually when I use something new I’ll get red spots in like three days, it’s a nightmare! But this is just perfect.

FE: Do you also factor a good diet into the mix when it comes to getting the skin of your dreams?

FJ: Well, I don’t drink very much caffeine because it is so dehydrating and my skin and body is very responsive to alcohol, so I am trying to limit that.

FIONA: But if you had to choose a last meal, what would it be?

FJ: Spaghetti bolognese and a glass of dry white wine!

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

FJ: I don’t like make-up when it’s too heavy so the Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Cream Foundation because it’s very light, mascara for a bit of definition and a rosy pink shade of lipstick.

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FE: You must have access to amazing make-up artists when getting red carpet ready. What is the best tip you’ve been given?

FJ: Well for the red carpet, it’s definitely to wiggle your mascara wand right into the roots of your lashes.

FE: So you’re doing more than just the usual one or two quick swipes?

FJ: Exactly. The key is spending a lot of time doing that and then you don’t need any false lashes. Also apply more mascara to the outer corner of your lashes. This means that you can lift up the eye and achieve that sort of almond shape.

FE: Anything else?

FJ: I have another great tip for liquid liner on your top lid. The trick is to draw the flick at the end first and then do the rest afterwards so you get a neater line. You sort of pull the skin out, do the ends and then go in the middle.

FE: Genius, I’m definitely going to try that next time I do a cat-eye flick. Now, how about the worst beauty trend you have attempted?

FJ: Um… I think electric blue eye shadow is quite a big one. I was probably about 16 and had started going to house parties and things like that.

FE: That’s pretty cool for a house party…

FJ: Yeah exactly! Now that rainbow colours are in it’s almost back on trend, isn’t it? So I’d like to say that I was way ahead of my time.

FE: We talk a lot about wellness these days. What does that mean to you?

FJ: It’s making time for yourself. Looking after your body and your mind. But I think wellness is also about forgiving yourself and not being hard on yourself, not telling yourself horrible things, which I think is quite hard for women to do.

FE: When you’re away shooting is it hard to make wellbeing a priority?

FJ: Actually I learnt not to feel guilty about taking time out. I love having hot baths, doing yoga and I’m getting into aromatherapy, too.

FE: Any aromatherapy oil favourites?

FJ: Yeah, I love lavender oil. It’s just very simple and sometimes I’ll mix it with massage oil-based products and put them in the bath.

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FE: I can tell you’re a big fan if a soak in the tub…

FJ: Definitely! Adding Epsom salt and magnesium salt is great, too, especially for aching muscles. If I am prepping for a role, then I work with a trainer and it can be quite intensive. I’m currently working with Louisa Drake who is very Pilates based but also a little bit of yoga and weight.

FE: Let’s chat hair. What are your must-have products?

FJ: I try and do a conditioning mask once a week. I love Leonor Greyl’s Masque Fleurs de Jasmin when I’m feeling flush and I’ll leave it on overnight.  I also use Kerastase’s Reflection shampoo and conditioner, which is for coloured hair and utterly brilliant. I’m often colouring my hair for films so it does take a bit of a bashing.

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FE: How about favourite fragrances?

Felicity: I love Diptyque 34 Boulevard Saint Germain, which I’ve used for years. I adore the smell. It’s not too sweet or sickly. It has guts to it and a sort of unisex quality that I like. It’s sort of musky. I’ve worn this scent for so many years it’s just become a part of me.

FE: OK, we’re moving away from the serious stuff. What’s your favourite book?

FJ: It would have to be A Room With A View by E.M. Forster. I love the film and the book and it’s rare that you can say you love both.

FE: Not that you have much spare time, but is there a box set you’ve been binge-watching?

FJ: Oh my gosh, I’ve been absolutely obsessed with Succession.

FE: I’ve not seen it yet…

FE: It’s so good. I would recommend everyone sees it. The writing is brilliant, it’s just hilarious and they’re a collection of the most vile characters possible. It’s glorious to watch!

FE: Favourite Instagram accounts to stalk?

FJ: I use Instagram a bit like a magazine, so I love following young fashion designers like Simone Rocha and Molly Goddard. I’ll often be looking at those guys. Then I have a Kate Moss feed. Yeah, it just has random pictures of Kate Moss throughout the years!

FE: What more could you want?

FJ: Exactly!

FE: What did you buy with your first big pay cheque?

FJ: Alanis Morissette Jagged little Pill. I was about 16 so it was my Archers pay cheque.

FE: It was such a great album, especially if you’d just broken up with someone! Finally, who have you been most star-struck meeting?

FJ: Probably Meryl Streep. I remember meeting her at the Academy Awards when I was presenting with Riz Ahmed. Meryl Streep – I was going to say Meryl like she is my friend.

FE: That’s OK…

FJ: So, Mezza was on before me and I remember her rehearsing her lines before going out on stage. It was so reassuring to see someone at that level still being so dedicated. And also that nervous. Apparently she does still get nervous about public speaking.

FE: But that’s a huge audience of your peers to face.

FJ: That even the greats like Meryl get nervous is good for everyone to know. I just love her. She built her career on such wonderful parts. They don’t really make those films these days, but she’s someone I’d always want to emulate. She changes all the time.

FE: Totally agree. Some people just play the same character all the time…

FJ: They really do, but she transforms and uses wigs and plays so many different types of roles. I love her style.

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Stacey Solomon talks emoji fails, Lewis Capaldi and the one scent her partner can never wear

Stacey Solomon talks emoji fails, Lewis Capaldi and the one scent her partner can never wear

‘What am I, an A-Z of what is in the kitchen cupboards?’

Stacey Solomon

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 all-time favourite meals. You know, all the important and essential things that we need to know about.

At the risk of throwing an over-used term around, Stacey Solomon really is one of the nation’s sweethearts. Tons of fun and seriously warm, chatting with her feels just like catching up with an old (hilarious) friend. Ahead of the launch of her second Primark collection, we caught up with the smiley mum-of-three for a good old chat about beauty – and everything else.

LA: How do you practice a bit of self-care when you’re feeling a bit rubbish? What do you do to look after yourself?

SS: I try and eat better, because generally if I am feeling really low I’ll eat really badly. So I have to make a conscious effort to drink loads of water, try and eat well, feel good. Most of the time I just speak to people, because I personally think the best thing for my own mental health is to have that conversation and say, ‘Oh my god, I feel terrible, help me!’. Learning that other people get like that as well is really comforting. It gives you hope that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

LA: What does ‘wellness’ mean to you?

SS: For me personally, it’s another thing that I don’t want to feel under pressure to do. There is so much we have to consider; be a great mum, be good at your job, enjoy working and being a parent, doing me time and wellness and all of this. It’s quite like, ‘Sugar, am I doing it all, am I getting it done?’ But wellness to me is trying to bat away all of the pressures and relax a little bit, not take everything too literally. I personally have to really remind myself that it’s all ok, everything is going to be fine, and just wind down and be a bit more in the present – rather than trying to do 72,000 things at once.

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LA: Now especially with our phones, you are always contactable and you feel like you can’t stop. Of course you can put your phone in another room, but it’s difficult isn’t it?

SS: You know, I got rid of mine for a week recently. I went to the woods with the boys and Joe, left my phone in a cupboard and only checked it at night in case there was an emergency. I took a polaroid camera; the only thing I missed was my camera, being able to go ‘snap, snap, snap, video, video, video’ of all the memories. Having a polaroid that costs £2 every time you take a picture, you’re like, ‘errr…’

LA: ‘Oh this is cool!’ until you realise you’ve spent £500.

SS: Yeah, £20 later! But I did really enjoy it, you forget how reliant you are on your phone and like you said, people expect you to be at their beck and call straight away. Sometimes it’s ok to say ‘no, that can come a bit later’.

LA: I’m always like, ‘deal with it later’.

SS: Don’t you get anxiety though, when you see 92 new messages?

LA: I just turn the notifications off. My boyfriend will ring me from Tesco asking about dinner and I’m like, ‘really sorry, phone was on silent…’

SS: I love the things they ask you, though. You sometimes think to yourself, ‘what?’ The other day Joe was standing in the kitchen, I was sitting on the sofa, and he says, ‘Have we got any bread?!’ I was like, ‘You are in the kitchen? Open the bread bin and have a look?’ What am I, an A-Z of what is in the kitchen cupboards? ‘We’ve got 5 slices of bread…’

LA: Let me just get my little inventory up.

SS: Yeah! Let me just go into the larder that is my brain.

LA: It’s always when the other person is doing the food shop and they’re like ‘Right, can you look and see if we’ve got this, this and this?’ Never gets looked at before the shop.

SS: Yes!

LA: I think everyone does it. So, I love that with your new collection that you have a no re-touch policy…

SS: Yeah! We did it last year too, for the last few years I have tried really hard with that. I said to my agent, ‘I just don’t want to be retouched at all, and I want it in my contract’. It’s alright if there’s a mark on the wall and they want to get rid that, but my god, don’t touch me! I like my nose, I like my love handles, I like my body, please leave it alone, let it be.

LA: That sets such a nice precedent. Going back to social media and lots people seeing your image, especially teenagers, it send such a good message. Can you tell me a bit more about the campaign?

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SS: We started working on it as soon as we finished the first collection. I got to make mood boards and get really involved, meet with the buyers, and it was so much fun!

LA: Did you love it?

SS: I loved it, I really loved it. With the first collection I felt ‘this could be the only chance I get to do this’, so I wanted to add a bit of everything – ‘I need glitter, colour, this, that’, we just threw everything in there. Whereas this time it was a bit more directional, I got to go into trends almost and think, ‘Oh, I’m gonna do a bit of that and carry it through the whole collection’. So it is really different to the last collection, but I am very excited.

LA: And it’s out on the 10th of October, so then it will be Christmas. Can you talk me through your morning and evening skincare routines?

SS: I cleanse, tone and moisturise and at the moment I’m using Your Good Skin, which is from Boots and is super cheap.

LA: Love their stuff.

SS: It’s so good isn’t it?

LA: Similar to No7, but a bit less expensive.

SS: It is! It is! Because you’re using it every day you go through it like water, so yes I could spend £100 on a face cream, but that would be every month if I’m putting it on twice a day. Their stuff is good on my skin, I have to really work hard on my skin because it is not naturally flawless. It used to be and I would get like a period spot once a month, and then in my twenties I got really bad acne across my cheeks and chin.

LA: People often think its a teenage thing, but you can get it randomly at say, 28.

SS: Yeah, what the hell! I was not expecting it, it was when I was 25/26. I also realise that when I was younger I didn’t have to look after my skin as much, didn’t have to drink as much water, didn’t have to clean it as well…

LA: I often slept in my make-up when I was at school. Grim.

SS: Yes same! Go to bed, wake up and be like ‘Oh fantastic I look the same!’ I can get up and go with this. Get rid of the mascara that’s fallen under my eyes and go! Whereas now I really do have to look after my face properly, not just at night after make-up, but in the morning, so I cleanse, tone and moisturise every day.

LA: What would you say your favourite skincare product is? Is there one thing you really like using?

SS: You know that are brand has got a night paste and you basically whack it on and leave it.

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LA: I know the one; you wake up in the morning looking like a new woman.

SS: It’s so good isn’t it? It soaks into your face, then you wake up and your face is really smooth in the morning. I haven’t been able to do it since I had Rex because obviously he wakes up in the middle of the night; I can’t have a tan or anything because I’d get it all over him. I can’t wait for him to be sleeping through the night and so I can put my sleep paste on and have a tan!

LA: What are your favourite three beauty brands?

SS: I’m gonna sound a bit of a 10 year old, but I really like Barry M.

LA: Very nostalgic.

SS: Again it’s cheap, it’s not tested on animals. Who else do I love? YourGoodSkin and probably Smashbox. I do like a bit of Smashbox.

LA: Good for the camera.

SS: Exactly, real glam.

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

SS: I used to glue my hair to my head. I don’t know who I thought I was, but I used to get hair gel and stick it down and oh my goodness, I looked like Gomez from The Addams Family. I look back at my photos and think, ‘what was I thinking?!’

LA: Was this hair down or scraped up?

SS: Both! It could be down or scraped back, I would either put it behind my ears or do a really big high bun. I don’t know how I didn’t get a migraine. Honestly, it looks so sore.

LA: Like a facelift?

SS: Yeah, so tight!

LA: Incredible. What’s the best beauty advice you’ve ever been given?

SS: Eat well and drink loads of water. It really does make a massive difference. Skincare is great and it does help, but fundamentally what you put in shows on the outside I guess. As depressing as that is – it would be great to have a magic cream – it’s looking after my body.

LA: What is in your make-up bag at the minute?

SS: I’ve got a Smashbox bronzer palette that has a light, a medium and a dark shade. I use Tarte Shape Tape Concealer, and I’ve got the BECCA iridescent powder. My mascara is always Rimmel, the ones with the fat brushes, or the green and pink tube – ld school, really classic. Maybelline, that’s it. I often use bronzers as my eyeshadow because I like those colours, then most of my lips are Barry M. I have a couple by Jordana Cosmetics, she does these matte lipsticks, and a couple of NARS or whatever, but most of them are Barry M or Jordana.

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LA: How do you look after your hair? Obviously not slicking it down.

SS: Not anymore! I stopped bleaching it about a year ago and that’s the best thing I ever did for my hair. I loved being blonde so much but it ruined my hair. It’s got so long now because I haven’t bleached it in ages; I don’t need extensions anymore and it’s super thick and shiny.

LA: How often do you work out? Do you have a favourite way to exercise? I mean, I’m sure you’re a bit busy right now as a new mum.

SS: Never! I do have a gym pass, I got a family one because the boys swim there and use the facilities a lot. Most of the time I go and eat in the café, I don’t know if that constitutes as a work out? I can wear my gym leggings there, eat in the caf’ and let the boys go and play, then I come home and people say, ‘Oh where have you been today?’ ‘I’ve been to the gym obvs, I was there all day, love’.

LA: If you’ve checked in, you’re still there.

SS: Exactly!

LA: What is your beauty secret?

SS: My mentality. If I think I’m beautiful and amazing, then I am. No magic wand, nothing is going to change that, as long as I feel good.

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

SS: There are fragrances that I love but they’re nostalgic. Do you remember So…? Kiss Me? Oh my god, I sound like such a loser, but I love it because it reminds of me of school. I love Gucci Rush because when I was a teenager that was the smell that everyone wore. I love Dior Fahrenheit because my dad used to wear it all the time and it’s super spicy. If Joe ever wears it I think ‘Get that off, that’s my Dad’s smell!’ He makes it attractive and then it’s weird, you know what I mean? I can’t let him wear the same aftershave as my Dad. So weird!

LA: Does your beauty routine change at all when you’re on holiday? Do you take the same things?

SS: I don’t really, I don’t wear foundation whenever I’m in the sun because I sweat and I could get really spotty. I just glue a pair of eyelashes on and brush my eyebrows. Maybe put a lipstick on, but that’s about as far as I go with make-up on holiday. It’s so hot isn’t it?

LA: I know, I’m just an SPF and go. Do you know what I really want? One of those spray tan machines, but it had SPF in.

SS: No way! The sun cream I used this year was Soltan, which was really good, but because I have a really sensitive face I use Neal’s Yard, the organic one, and that was really nice. I wore that most days as my moisturiser. Soltan on the rest of my body, the kids and Rex.

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LA: Aww, has he been to the beach?

SS: He has been to the beach, he loved it. But he’s got his daddy’s skin so we have to be careful!

LA: What are your three most used emojis?

SS: The purple love heart, and the really happy one that’s like a square smile, do you know the one I mean?

LA: Yes, lots of people use that for ‘awkward’, but I use it for happy or excited too.

SS: I thought it was really happy! Oh god, I’ve been getting this wrong – I have literally said, ‘Congratulations on the birth of your child 😬’! What else do I use a lot? The crying emoji, the weeping one, because most of the time I am real-life crying. This is my life.

LA: What is your favourite book?

SS: I recently listened to the audiobook of A Brief History of Mankind by Yuval Noah Harari, I really enjoyed that. You have to listen to it a few times – well, I had to listen it a few times to actually get it. I kept having to go back to chapters and listening again, but it was so interesting, there are so many theories around how we have evolved. If you love that kind of thing you’ll really enjoy it. I also want to read Humble Pi, its all about funny maths equations and is a really fun way of looking at when they go wrong and when they go right. My kids love maths so I’m gonna try and get them to listen to it too.

LA: Oh, impressive!

SS: No, if you watched them hand-write… But you know, everyone’s good at something, right?

LA: Maths is a good one to be good at.

SS: Yeah they enjoy it, which is all I care about.

LA: What would your last meal be?

SS: I hate the morbid questions, it scares the shit out of me! I think, ‘What do you know that I don’t?’ – am I gonna die?!

LA: Just your ultimate meal!

SS: I love a curry. My grandad is from Burma and my dad always cooked with spices and stuff. I just love the flavour and spices, so my ultimate meal would probably be some type of traditional Indian curry with rice, crackers and bread.

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LA: All the side bits.

SS: Yeah, it’s all about the poppadoms at the beginning really isn’t it?

LA: I have about 20 onion bhajis. What’s the weirdest pick-up line you’ve ever heard?

SS: I don’t really get chatted up. I’m an, ‘alright Stace!’ I’m not the ‘hell-oooooo’ kind of girl. I don’t think I have even ever heard one. When people describe it as, ‘Oh he walked up to me in the bar and he was like, “come here often?”’ – that has never happened to me.

LA: Someone else said, ‘You are so much prettier in real life’, which is a weird one.

SS: Why would you say that?! I do get that a lot but it’s better – people say, ‘ You look so much smaller in real life’. But that’s fine, people don’t mean it. I think they get so nervous to say something, I feel really bad most of the time because I can see them trying to work out what the right thing to say is. They might say it like that, but they don’t mean it like that. It’s funny.

LA: Favourite TV show to binge-watch? Are you a Netflix-er?

SS: Oh yeah I do love Netflix. I was saying earlier I got through Stranger Things, Peaky Blinders, all of them in about four days, every series.

LA: Once you start though, I am so impatient. Do you know things that are on once a week? With Peaky Blinders I am almost like I don’t know if I’m gonna start it this weekend because I will get too annoyed that I can’t watch another one.

SS: That’s like all of those series, Bodyguard and stuff I always wait to the end and I think I will watch it all together.

LA: Yeah, same with Killing Eve.

SS: Yeah, that’s why Netflix is great, because it just goes, ‘Hi, here’s another Stranger Things. 10 episodes.’

LA: You can get in a real hole with niche documentaries.

SS: Yeah! Suddenly you’re like, ‘I’d better become vegan.’

LA: I haven’t watched Cowspiracy yet.

SS: Oh don’t, Cowspiracy and What the Health, they put me off life! I was like, I don’t know if I can cope anymore, there is no answer to this.

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LA: It can get a bit overwhelming if you watch too many ‘ the planet is gonna melt’ programmes.

SS: Yeah I mean it really is, and even though you sit there and think, ‘I have got to make a conscious effort to change’, and you do, it still doesn’t feel like enough. It all feels overwhelming.

LA: What is your favourite movie? Or movies, it is hard to pick just one…

SS: How To Lose A Guy In Ten Days. Oh my god, I love it, I don’t know what it is, maybe it’s Matthew, but I just bloody love it. Again I think it’s probably a nostalgia thing, I probably watched it as a teenager and got real comfort from it, and now if I just want to take my mind off something I will put that movie on.

LA: Kind of like the classics, I watched Notting Hill the other day…

SS: Oh yeah, Love Actually, classic.

LA: Do you have any favourite Instagram accounts that you like to stalk? Any funny ones?

SS: I stalk Chessie King, I stalk Caroline Hirons, I stalk Sali Hughes. I stalk loads of people. There are loads of people I absolutely love following, but off the top of my head… Who else do I stalk? I stalk Nadia Sawalha because she makes me happy. And Lewis Capaldi, I just love him.

LA: I could talk about him all day. Just when you think he’s not going to get funnier, he does. I hope he’s reading this. When he had his advert on the tube you’d see his little face through the window looking at you.

SS: Isn’t he the best? So funny!

LA: What was the first thing you bought with your first big pay cheque?

SS: A house.

LA: Oh, SO sensible.

SS: Immediately I thought, I have got to get on the property ladder otherwise I never will. I never imagined I would ever get on it because it is just not accessible is it. So when I was finally able to buy my own home, my dad and mum helped me and made sure I put all my money into my house.

LA: Who were you most star-struck meeting? Those moments where you’ve been like, wow.

SS: Oh I met Whoopi Goldberg, Drew Barrymore. On X Factor back in the day when they used to do masterclasses, I got to do a masterclass with Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, people I never imagined I would be within a mile radius of. I get star-struck all the bloody time.

LA: That’s nice that you aren’t used to it, though.

SS: No! I saw the Inbetweeners not long ago and I was like, ‘Oh my god, my life is complete!’

Stacey’s second Primark collection launches in-stores on Thursday 10th October

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Huda and Mona Kattan on their favourite beauty products, TV binges and dining with Will Smith

Huda and Mona Kattan on their favourite beauty products, TV binges and dining with Will Smith

‘We hope to become this generation’s Estée Lauder’

Huda and Mona Kattan

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 all-time favourite meals. You know, all the important and essential things that we need to know about.

If you haven’t heard of Huda Beauty, are you even on social media? What started out as a lash brand is now a hugely successful, globally-renowned beauty empire – and the Kattan sisters aren’t stopping any tme soon. We caught up with both Huda and Mona to discuss all things beauty, their TV show, and what the brand is launching next…

LA: So, how do you guys practise a bit of self-care?

MK: Self-care comes in so many forms, [but] I think number one is taking care of your health. I didn’t start doing that until about 15 months ago and it really changed my life. We have such fast-paced lives and I came to a point where I felt super unhappy because my health was so terrible. So I started working out five to six times a week, I went on a really strict diet and got into shape. I think just feeling good health-wise is so important, then adding in meditation and time for reflection, that’s a huge part of self-care. And of course, being in beauty, putting on amazing make-up, taking care of your hair, nails and perfume always gives you a lot of confidence. But I think first and foremost it comes from taking care of your health and your mental state as well.

HK: I think there are different personality types; some people will naturally take care of themselves, some people will not and will put other people in front of themselves. My journey with personal care is a little bit deeper; I really discovered how important self-love was over the past year. It’s really been hard for me because I’m a people pleaser, I have so many obligations, and sometimes I will not do the self-care thing. But making sure you’re disciplined [enough] to do those things and know what you need in order to fill your cup is really, really important. Personally, I know that a 15 minute bubble bath with epsom salts and some green clay at the end of the night, then doing a scrub, body moisturiser and an oil makes me feel amazing. Then I’m so much more able to really give to the people around me. But it’s a challenge.

LA: You guys are so busy that it’s so important to have that balance, isn’t it?

HK: Definitely!

LA: So, Huda Beauty is obviously killing it and you now have your Huda Boss show on Facebook Watch – can you tell me a bit more about the new series?

HK: Oh my gosh yes, where do we begin? In the first series I honestly feel we were learning; we weren’t really sure how the entertainment world worked. We were still working as full-time employees for Huda Beauty and it was such a bad time. When we were filming I remember we told the producers, ‘We can’t film right now’ and they were like ‘we have to!’ We were struggling so much that I feel we weren’t able to show as much of ourselves as we were able to this year. This season is amazing, I love the way it’s a 360 of what goes into planning launches, what happens when you work together as a family, my personal journey as a woman trying to have it all as a working mum and a feminist, all of those things. We’re really honest; at one point my husband says, ‘Huda, if you don’t continue to improve in some areas we’re gonna go bankrupt!’ It’s interesting because people don’t necessarily know that this is really what’s happening [behind the scenes], but when you watch the show you’re like – ‘shit, this is insane!’. But ultimately I think it’s a very honest show and I hope people enjoy it.

LA: They definitely will! And what’s next for the brand?

HK: Oh my goodness, I am so pumped because we are launching skincare. SO excited for it. I’m actually more passionate about skincare than I am about make-up, so it’s gonna be a really exciting new chapter for us. We hope to become this generation’s Estée Lauder, we think this is gonna be a move in the right direction, it’s gonna be huge. We’re very excited!

LA: How do you guys take care of your skin? Can you talk me through your day and night time routines?

MK: My answer is probably going to be a LOT shorter than Huda’s… I’ve always been a bit more basic with my skincare, but I’ve followed my routine religiously since I was 14 years old. I’ve always done a good wash, a toner, a great eye cream, moisturiser, and now Huda’s got me to use nice oils at the end of the night. I’m much more into doing the basics, but doing them always and doing them well – never sleeping with make-up on or anything. I really take care of my diet and drink tonnes of water and it makes a huge difference. The days that I don’t drink a lot of water I’ll see it on my face the next day; I think hydration is so key when it comes to skincare.

HK: Yeah… my answer’s definitely gonna be longer than that. Mona has beautiful skin naturally; I don’t have great skin so I can’t just use any skincare products. I actually have a really strict regime and make sure I do these things every single day. Do you really want everything?

LA: Oh yeah, hit me.

HK: Alright, get ready! My skincare regime is pretty intense, I’m not gonna lie. At night I double cleanse, I’m really strict on double cleansing – we have an amazing cleansing balm that we’re launching that is by far the most powerful but gentle cleansing balm I’ve ever used. My favourite cleanser after that is the Tatcha Deep Cleanse and I usually use the microfibre cloth to remove things easily. then afterwards I go straight into toner, I do use a pretty strong toner because it’s the only thing that keeps my skin from breaking out. I use the Clinique Clarifying Lotion 2 all over my face. I’m very strict about the cotton pads I use as well, I only like the exfoliating cotton pads from Target, they’re very good. I have had my assistant go and buy an entire shopping cart full of them before! Afterwards I use the 111SKIN Essence, it’s amazing. Some days if I’ve had a breakout I’ll use a derma roller right before I use the essence, but most days I don’t. Then I go straight into the Dr. Jart+ Peptidin Skin Firming Serum, which I love, then the Embryolisse Filaderme Emulsion Afterwards I use a couple of our HUDA Beauty products, but I can’t say exactly what yet! I use those last and they really re-texturise, they’re amazing at making my skin look unreal. Afterwards I use red light therapy – red light for me is really important, and not all red light is created equal. I personally love QuasarMD, it’s the strongest.

MK: We do only have half an hour, just FYI!

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HK: In the morning my skincare is a little bit more simple, I’ll usually just rinse my face, I don’t actually re-apply everything, it depends on how my skin is, then I’ll usually use a spray hydration. Then what I’ve being doing recently is some lymphatic drainage massage. When I came back from my recent trip I woke up every single morning and my face was so puffy, but I feel like that literally tightens things up so much so fast, it’s really great. Afterwards I’ll use a little bit of electronic stimulation like the ZIIP tool. I really like NUface as well but sometimes it can irritate me personally a little bit. Then I’ll usually apply a couple more of our Huda Beauty products, and my day is good to go.

LA: I mean, thanks so much for the level of detail there!

HK: I do also drink Kombucha and bone broth every day and I have that in the mornings. I really feel like that makes a difference to my skin, too.

And what about your hair, how do you guys take care of that?

MK: I’m really religious with my hair care as well and again it’s kind of basic. I guess that’s who I am! But I take care, I’ll do regular trims, I have a lot of grey hairs but I’ve stopped using certain products. HUDA gave me a recommendation for this one Japanese hair care brand on Amazon called Bigen, it’s five dollar hair colour but it’s amazing. Ever since I started using it instead of my normal hair colour, my hair has gotten a lot thicker – before it was falling out from all the dye! I also take Sugar Bear Hair, I know a lot of people are sceptical but it’s made my hair grow so fast. And I’m super careful, I don’t overdo my hair, I only do it twice a week max.

HK: Mona also is very blessed, her hair is beautiful, she’s very lucky. I have thinning hair, we both have polycystic ovarian syndrome, and I have endometriosis so I have a little hair thinning because of the level of testosterone I have. I personally have to be very careful with my hair; it’s very coarse and it breaks, so I love using coconut oil the day before I wash my hair. I only wash my hair twice a week as well. I also have a little bit of eczema on my scalp, so I’m religious with the Sisley Serum for Scalp. It’s really helped me with my dry and flaky scalp, it’s basically gone after you use it a couple of times, completely gone.

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What about make-up, what do you have in your ‘essentials’ make-up bag? I feel like these answers could be quite varied…

HK: Go on, Mona. Easy, she’s so beautiful!

MK: I’m just very different with my beauty style, for instance I would rather use RevitaLash so I don’t have to use too much mascara. I’ve also microbladed my brows so it makes my beauty routine a lot easier, I just have to touch them up.

HK: [Laughter] Stop it!

MK: So again, mine’s a lot more basic, but I would typically wear a good concealer, I love our Huda Beauty Overachiever Concealer, and I also use our foundation now; I used to only be into powder, because I do like more basic things. I don’t like heavy make-up in general, but Huda’s taught me the Huda Beauty way of complexion and I do really love it. Before I used to put too much product on and it would be too cakey for me, but now that I’ve learned to layer carefully it looks really beautiful, natural and it doesn’t feel to heavy on my skin. But my must-haves are definitely lipstick, a really good mascara, an eyeliner and blush, and some good powder. Our Huda Beauty Easy Bake Powder is amazing.

HK: I have a very big regime with make-up.

LA: Do you have a suitcase?

HK: I do travel with a suitcase of make-up usually! I’ll just say some of my favourites. I love our mist, it’s by far one of my favourite products, I put it on head-to-toe. I love our Easy Bake powder as well, it’s actually one of our best sellers. I also love the Tatcha Silk Primer, I think it’s really one of the best primers out there. I don’t wanna mention too many Huda Beauty products, but I literally develop products out of the things that I love the most! When I travel and I’m experimenting with make-up, I take so many lab samples. But the actual every day products are very specific; I have a concealer I use, a foundation I use, a powder I use, contour I use [all the time]. I love our Tantour, I personally think when you use it there’s no need to use any other contour as well. The Benefit brow stuff is also amazing, I actually swear by that. I also love the L’Oreal Infallible Brows, oh my god, it’s so good but it’s so hard to find for whatever reason, I can never find my shade. I’m obsessed with our liner, it’s really, really amazing. A good pair of lashes too, I like false lashes. I actually do use more brands than ours!

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LA: Which other lashes do you like, apart from your own?

HK: My favourite ones are our Hoodie Lashes, those I could wear every single day for the rest of my life, because I designed them for me. I also do love a good pair of Ardell, like the Demi Wispies. I use a lot of lash brands to experiment and try everything. I’ve tried a lot of names, but when I wanna feel my best I use the products that were formulated for me.

LA: I mean, that’s the beauty of having your own beauty brand, you are going to create things you want to wear yourself.

HK: Yeah, absolutely! When were creating I’m like, ‘Oh this won’t work for everyone, but I’ll keep it for me’. Sometimes I do make lash samples just for me. Why not!

LA: How often do you guys work out and what’s your favourite way to exercise?

MK: I typically work out five to six times a week, usually first thing in the morning right when I wake up. And my favourite thing to do is circuit training because I feel like I get to hit every part of the body and get my cardio up. It’s great to get the full-body workout.

HK: I’m not as strict as Mona but I definitely try to get my workouts in. I do yoga two to three times per week, which I am pretty religious about, I have been for the past two years. I love the stretch and I have a very good yoga teacher, she’s just incredible, I feel like a new person every time I do it. I also box, I have a really mean boxing coach and I love that he’s so mean! It’s really great, no mercy. I do it more for my focus than I do actual exercise, but I love it, I think it’s a great stress reliever. Every morning I dance a bit, it could be five minutes, sometimes it will be 20 minutes, sometimes with my daughter, sometimes by myself, sometimes in my underwear… I just wanna move sometimes, it depends on my mood.

LA: So much of exercise is all about that mood boost! What are your three most used emojis?

MK: Mine are definitely the prayer hands, definitely high five and the heart.

Huda and Mona Kattan

LA: What would your last meal be?

HK: Mint chocolate chip ice-cream. I’ve thought about this before.

MK: I was gonna say ice cream as well…

HK: Oooh, or American Chinese food. Do you die right away?

LA: It’s just a cute way of asking what your all-time favourite food is – don’t think too deeply! What are your favourite TV shows to binge-watch?

MK: Shark Tank, 100%.

HK: Yeah I like Shark Tank, although I did binge-watch Stranger Things recently too. I think in two days I finished all three seasons.

LA: That’s the problem now, none of us have any patience. If a series comes out and it’s not in one go I’m like, I don’t want to wait

HK: Agreed! It’s like, you want me to wait a week for that?! I also like Euphoria. Euphoria’s really good.

LA: What about your favourite movies? Classic movies that are your all time faves.

MK: I really love The Notebook, it’s so romantic.

HK: I love 50 First Dates, that was one of my favourites. I love a lot of Simon Pegg movies. He’s really, really funny, what’s that one with Kirsten Dunst? How to Lose Friends and Alienate People. And I just saw an amazing new one which I really recommend, The Long Haul, oh my god it’s amazing.

LA: Who were you most star-struck meeting?

HK: I think Ariana [Huffington], I was pretty overwhelmed when I met her. I’m not usually star struck with people to be honest. I’ve met some amazing people and I’ve loved meeting them, felt really comfortable with them, really loved them and their energy. But I think I was so star struck with Ariana because when she sold her blog, she was kind of my goal. She gave me a lot of hope when I was starting out; I didn’t know what I was going to do or if I was ever going to become anything, so she was my idol in some ways. She was really, really amazing and she knew so much about me! I was really taken aback by her to be honest.

MK: Definitely Will Smith. I had a crazy crush on him when I was growing up and one Christmas in Dubai I was like oh my god, I would die to have dinner with him. The exact same day my friend called me and said, ‘Do you wanna come to dinner with him?’ I was like, ‘I have to tell you I’m your hugest fan!’ But he was so nice, he’s just as charming and kind as you see in films and a really good person. I ran into him the day after and he remembered my name! He’s just so kind and he’s a great person.

New episodes of Huda Boss are available every Tuesday and Wednesday at 5pm on Facebook Watch, followed by a make-up tutorial on Thursdays, and the finale episode on 23rd October

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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’

Little Mix

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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