Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford get under the skin of the beauty regimes of the super-rich, discovering that to look a million dollars it might actually cost much more. They talk to reality TV star Natalie Richardson, who has spent a fortune on cosmetic surgery, and also meet a designer to the stars whose clients think nothing of spending £4million a year on their wardrobes. Ruth also visits an exclusive children’s clothing store, where a mum is about to spend £1,200 on a party outfit for her four-year-old.
Alexandra Soveral is just amazing. I have been having facials at her beauty studio in London for the last few months and I can, hand on heart say they have changed my skin tone and face shape for the better. Less water retention and clogged pores, more vibrancy and defined cheekbones! And that’s only after a few sessions.
The treatments are relaxing, sublime, super beneficial and completely holistic favouring a massage technique which has been especially devised to help clear sinus congestion and relax facial muscles – it’s basically like a work out for the face. The products used are so clean that you can practically eat them and are of course all Alexandra’s own range. I haven’t left a session yet without leaving with one of the goodies on offer. My current favourites being the face skin brushes, which I now use religiously and the Angel Balm to take my make up off, it’s honestly like cleansing with velvet.
Alexandra is not only a skin expert with an incredible product range but an aromatherapist too. She really is the queen of essences and knows everything there is to know about essential oils, so much so that she has just formulated a range with celebrity hairdresser Daniel Galvin Jnr for the Royal Highgrove signature collection. Her knowledge is infinite and it really shows in her product range, there is a certain tenacity you don’t find with other brands. Its refreshingly expert with no frills. It is just so appealing to me, with a world full of wonder creams promising the world and delivering very little. All her products are anti inflammatory, with no parabens, hand blended in London and organic… THE DREAM
After reading this interview if you want to book in, her cosy space is in Maida Vale, West London and further a field she has just collaborated with the Four Seasons hotel in New York to bring her facials to Manhattan so if you’re in the big Apple be sure to try her treatments too.
Enjoy her Q & A on how to get the best skin out there xx
Breakout or bust – what do you advise to do if you have a breakout before a big event?
The very worst thing you can do is to attempt to squeeze the spots, this is only going to further inflame the skin. As soon as the breakout appears do the following:
– Cleanse the breakout area with a solution of 1 part cider vinegar and 1 part filtered water.
– Apply a blend of neat lavender and tea tree essential oils directly to the spots. Pour a drop of each oil onto a cotton bud and gently apply directly onto the spot. Without applying any pressure, hold the cotton bud on the top of each spot for 10 seconds. Then refrain from touching the area.
– Have as much rest as possible.
When the time comes to get ready for the event, before moisturising the skin or applying make-up, apply a cold compress onto the area: Add a few ice cubes to a bowl of filtered water. Damp a face flannel in it and rinse off excess water. Gently place the face cloth over the affected area for 10 minutes. This will reduce inflammation and therefore redness.
I often suffer from water retention and bloating around my face – how is best to combat that? What would you suggest to do?
Paying attention to diet and getting enough sleep is essential. Apart from that, doing a daily dry face brushing routine will help encourage the excess lymph to drain. My face brushes come with full instructions on how to do this.
Fine lines and wrinkles – the million dollar question. How do we banish them?
Face massage, plus face massage and then a bit more massage! The daily manipulation of the skin and its underlying tissues will make the skin more malleable, soften fines lines and wrinkles. Apart from that the obvious culprits that encourage wrinkles to form in the first place should be avoided: too much sun, cigarettes, not enough fats in the diet and allowing the skin to become dry.
Your products are amazing. I’m a convert. Which is your hero product and why?
Angel Balm is much loved by all my clients and is our bestselling product.
It’s a multi-task product that soothes the skin whilst bringing life back to it. Made with oils that are rich in vital vitamins and fatty acids it feeds the skin as well as protecting it. It words as a deep pore cleanser as well as a nourishing mask.
Holistic is key within your work. Why do you prefer this over cosmetic?
For good health. There cannot be beauty without health and the holistic way is the only way to truly ensure that. I’m not against cosmetic procedures but I believe they should be taken seriously, not overdone and in conjunction with an holistic health approach.
Who do you think in the public eye has the best skin and why?
The Queen has wonderfully well looked after skin that has aged beautifully.
Is water really the key to everything when in comes to skin care. Is hydration THE word?
Water is great but we need to ensure it stays on the skin and does not evaporate into the air around us. Therefore a good moisturiser in dry environments is a must. Dry skin creates the perfect environment for lines to settle into permanent wrinkles.
I know there is not a quick fix for great looking skin but please share a few tips on how you get the best skin in the least possible time?
Good skin is a long term investment, it’s impossible to get with a few tricks here and there. The accumulation of the benefits of a good daily massage, ensuring it is always well nourished and moisturised, a healthy diet and appropriate sleep is what results in good skin. If you want to fast-track and have a sound starting platform to then build on, try a Soveral Signature Face Treatment that will detoxify and tone the skin, giving you a head start into your new life!
Five words to help get my readers glow on?
Sleep, Nutrition, Relax, Massage, Moisturise
Desert island beauty product?
Angel Balm. I would cleanse and moisturise with it. Use it to soften the ends of my hair that surely with the sun would dry out, sometimes I would mix it with salt or mud to create a scrub for the face and body. It would also help me with rashes, insect bites and if ever I felt a little down I would just smell it and the geranium essential oil would comfort me.
Last week I had one of those work days where you literally love your job so much. I was asked by Philips to give a Wrinkle Workshop to celebrate their product launch of the new Steam & Go Plus, a fantastic new hand held steamer they have just bought out. My audience was made up of ten of the UK’s finest lifestyle influencers hosted by Ella from Coco’s Tea Party and Monica from Elgin Avenue, the group of women were just so fab and it was such a fun and informative day at TheLimewood Hotel. I shared with them my top steaming tips and then I got them all steaming away some lovely L.K. Bennett clothes called in for the event. I have to say they were very good students and took lots of tips away from the day becoming a team of pro steamers.
To be a good Stylist you have got to know how to steam and iron properly. Here are my top tips on how to get the best out of your steamer and make your clothes look just fab.
Always start from the back of your outfit, that way if anything goes wrong you can have time for it to dry especially if you’re on a shoot or having your picture taken.
Turn sequinned, vintage or lace outfits inside out and use the steamer in exactly the same way you would with other clothes.
Have a hairdryer on standby encase you have any accidents ( I promise you won’t with the Philips Steam & Go) with the water bubbling. A quick zap with the heat of a hairdryer and it will dry in no time.
Pleats are easy to steam, just make a fan shape with the material and very gently steam down the flat area of fabric.
Make sure your wrinkled outfit isn’t bone dry so that the wrinkles are really defined before you start steaming. Instead, when getting out of the washing machine making sure you lay it flat or on a hanger to let gravity do some of the hard work for you.
When you steam your cashmere lay it flat on a bed or a table and make sure its very dry, don’t over steam as wool absorbs more water than other fabric and you will end up looking and smelling like a wet dog if you don’t adhere.
Steaming can refresh outfits and save on those dry cleaning bills so I really encourage you to give it a go as steaming is good for the environment too.
To make steaming easier especially on holiday or travelling, roll up your clothes into sausage shapes and put them in yours suitcase, that way no harsh creases form like if you had folded them.
Pre steaming, make sure you have good foundations to start, a great padded hanger to put your clothes on, a clipped trouser or skirt one and plenty of distilled water on standby.
I love putting a few sprigs of lavender in my distilled water, it helps make clothes smell so good and is a lovely aroma to work to steaming away.
I must quickly tell you about the Philips Steam and Go Plus, it really is excellent and I have used it nearly everyday since the workshop. I even steamed my sheets the other day on the bed too! Talk about hospital corners. The Steam & Go Plus is a game changer, its light, easy and super quick to use. It heats up within forty five seconds, and kills 99.9 percent of bacteria. You can steam both vertically and horizontally, and it has a ceramic head so doesn’t burn clothes. A brush for using on coats and knitwear and its super lightweight and compact. There is a detachable water tank, mittens for protection and a heat resistant bag and a long cord.
I’m super obsessed withLove Island this season and all I wish is that some Steam and Go Plus could be magically dropped in the villa so Dr. Alex didn’t have to spend so much time ironing everybody else’s shirts!
Super excited to interview shoe designer and founder, Katie Harland of Rogue Matilda. I love her brand. I am a massive fan of flat shoes, much preferring them over heels!
Lets walk and talk with her and find out more…
Favourite desination to walk to and why?
I would have to say the Albert Bridge. It’s just too beautiful. I also love anywhere along the river in general, which probably stems from my first job in London as I used to get the boat to work in Canary Wharf. It was amazing on a commute to go past all the sites in London you rarely see as a resident – the London Eye, Parliament, City Hall, the Tower of London and Tower Bridge… It makes you fall in love with the city all over again.
If you could be in anybody else’s shoes who would it be and why?
Kirsty Young. I think she’s got the best job in the country!
What is your favourite shoe from your current line and why?
From the current collection I would say the Bonbon brogue. I love the idea that a predominately masculine shoe could be so wonderfully feminine, and the suede upper means that they are buttery soft even when worn without a sock.
How did you come up with the name for your brand?
The word ‘rogue’ was something that materialised pretty organically. Initially I was making brogues for women but with a playful twist – brogues gone rogue – and I like the way that word was spelt almost the same ‘brogue’ (can you tell I used to work in advertising?!). Matilda is my middle name, albeit not in an instantly recognisable way. It also helps me in terms of design and marketing as I’ve built up a picture in my head of who ‘Matilda’ is, what she would wear and where she would go etc.
If you could walk and talk who would it be with and what would you chat about?
I would love to walk along a beach in England with Dawn French. I’ve always been a huge fan of hers and totally fell in love with her attitude to life after listening to her on Desert Island Discs.
First accessory you ever bought and why?
I’m not sure this counts as an accessory (although I definitely felt that it was at the time!) but I had an amazing red fluffy pencil case at school that was my pride and joy.
If you could step into someone’s shoes for the day who would it be and what would you do?
I would go back to 1997, step into Mel B’s buffalo boots and go on tour with the Spice Girls. It would obviously be infinitely better if four of my friends could also step into the other Spice Girls shoes too, but I would absolutely love to go into hair and makeup and get dressed up in their tour outfits before performing to a sold out arena. The atmosphere would be electric and there would be no smart phone screens!
Do you remember your first pair of shoes, what were they etc?
I don’t remember my first pair of shoes but I remember dying for a pair of Kickers brown loafers at school when I was 8. Mum wouldn’t let me have them because they had a high heel so I was stuck in my black Rhinos, but I think that’s the first time I really craved a certain shoe. Hilarious when you think how ugly they are!
Stepping in or out?
100% stepping out. If I was to go out nothing beats a session in a good English pub with a large group of friends, followed by a bit of dancing and a pizza (what can I say – I’m a cheap date)
If you could see anybody wearing your shoes who would it be and why?
Iris Apfel. Something I’ve found since starting the brand it that style is more state of mind than a skill and is totally ageless. Style also doesn’t mean dressing in paired down, expensive designer clothing or identically to every other fashion blogger on instagram who religiously follow trends. Iris Apfel is 96 years young and still dresses with more panache than anyone else I know. This humorous and experimental approach to fashion is something I really admire and I like to utilise and experiment with in my designs
Over the last eight months, I have got to know Meghan Markle’s style pretty well. As a ‘fashion expert’ I have been interviewed both by the UK Press and publications abroad all about Meghan’s fashion choices, which I love by the way!
The night Meghan donned a black Alexander McQueen tuxedo suit for an event with Prince Harry at The Endeavour Awards , I thought that it was an edgy choice for a Princess in waiting, with the world’s eyes upon her. But more importantly that I had seen this look somewhere before…
Now, as a Stylist part of my job is to recognise a trend and put fashion threads together, so I did some research and it became clear as day to me – Meghan’s style muse is most definitely Angelina Jolie. The similarities are endless. The outfit choices dating way back in Meghan’s wardrobe are practicaly doppelgängers of Angelina’s. There can be no mistaking that both ladies have a penchant for wearing black to public events, both favour killer black and sometimes, nude high heels protruding from their slender calves and skinny ankles. Their coats are even the same, take for example, the one below that Meghan chose to wear for her official engagement announcement to Prince Harry in Kensington Gardens. We already saw that look in 2011 on Angelina.
It doesn’t stop with Meghan’s fashion – the natural make up, the low slung ‘thrown up’ ponytail, the natural flowing hair that doesn’t look done! All Angelina. Even the way they tie their winter scarves is the same for goodness sake!
Now, its not hugely unusual for any woman to want to emulate Angelina, she is one of the worlds sex symbols voted as the most beautiful woman in the world time over time. Often when I ask my clients whose style they like in the public eye, Angelina is often up there with the best of them but I suspect its more than this with Meghan. I think its what Angelina represents as a woman that Meghan is wanting to emulate. Angelina is taken seriously as an actress, is a humanitarian and is exceedingly well respected. Her clothes, unlike most Hollywood royalty don’t do the talking on the red carpet, Angelina wears them and she takes centre stage in a subtle but very powerful way. Angelina oozes confidence and sexuality but is taken seriously at the same time.
Well done Meghan what a girl crush to have and I look forward to seeing more of Meghange in the months to come as the world watches your style evolve.
– by Rebekah Abdeen | Head of Cycle at Core Collective and Founder of We are 5
I’m all about a structured morning routine, so it’s 5:30AM and alarm 1 of 3 rings around my bedroom. I actually set the 1st of my alarms on the Sonos speaker and wake up to the track ‘La Ritournelle’ by ‘Sebastien Tellier’, miraculously the sound of a strong piano and multiple violins at some ungodly hour makes for a day of mystical proportions. By the time wake-up call number 2 rings out, which is usually the metallic tones of Apple, my dog is now trotting directly toward my face and at least one of my limbs is dangling out from the duvet. I generally feel alive if I jump in the shower, this doesn’t necessarily mean a hair wash takes place at 5:45AM unless I’m required to be in front of a camera that day but since I’ll be sweating out my entire body weight in a couple of hours, who even cares?!
A good lather up in Aesop Geranium Leaf body cleanser gives me just enough spa vibes to balance my soul; my face however is what requires the most attention. After a solid cleanse and tone, I systematically apply La Mer Gel Cream, though I intermittently switch to Creme de la Mer depending on the severity of my skin struggles – La Mer has definitely become my go to over the past 12 months. I top this with Kiehl’s Avocado eye cream and Nars Radiance Primer, it’s now 6AM, I’m finally glowing and SPF protected. At 6:15AM, Yorkshire Tea in hand, I’m ready to clothe myself, though at this stage of the morning, the relationship with my Soho House robe seems far too intimate to replace.
Despite having worked in the fitness industry for 10 years, my style is definitely not what most would consider “fitness”, I’m a true tomboy and a dedicated follower of fashion. Generally I’ll go for something P.E Nation, a brand I’m currently obsessed with; the founders Pip and Claire are the embodiment of girl-power! I’ll likely team it with Perfect Moment, they have some great activewear pieces along with their impressive ski collection – I always like to mix and match my look. If it’s not raining I’ll throw on my Louis Vuitton Arch Lights (a recent investment), otherwise it’s classic Air Max ’97 and off I got to Core Collective, armed with a banana.
Once I’m at work the morning fuel takes place, and by 6:45AM my body is in need of a Press London Immunity Shot; lemon, ginger, garlic and cayenne pepper save me every day – I’m convinced this is the magic solution to virus fighting. I then follow up, depending on my mood with a small bowl of coconut porridge, coconut cappuccino and drop 2 Phizz tablets into my water.
Various other Cycle tasks along with playlist adjustments for my morning classes commence at 7:15AM and as early as 8:30AM, the first dedicated Core Collective Cycle fans are on the hustle for their ‘Front Row’ bikes; there is still an entire hour before my first class begins! My hair goes up into a trademark high plait, I switch my sneakers for cleated shoes – it’s go time.