Chantal Mendes


Age 32, Lives in St Albans

Skin type: Combination Skin

Role in life: Client Account Director. Amateur Triathlete. Girl Guide Leader. 

Chantal Mendes Rare Beauty Resident

A little bit about you:

I’m a 32 year old running and triathlon junkie with a pretty hectic job working at a marketing agency and I also volunteer as a Girl Guide Leader. My skin and hair takes a battering from the elements all year round (sun, sea, rain, wind, cold, heat, lake algae, chlorine – you get it!)

I’m a lover of all things beauty. I am that person who has subscribed to beauty subscription boxes, rips out samples from magazines and lusts after items featured by YouTuber influencers.  

Rare Beauty Resident Chantal Mendes

Your skin and body issues:

Most of the time my skin behaves itself but I do suffer from those sore hormonal breakouts where it feels like a new life-form has made a home on your face. I’m quite self-conscious about dark circles under my eyes and always looking to find the miracle cure. Overall, I want to ensure I prevent or reduce wrinkles as my skin matures.

My body always craves moisture and I HAVE to moisturise every day to avoid my skin turning ashy and flaking.  From my active lifestyle I do have a collection of scars from various accidents and find I get a lot of muscle tension after racing.

I have hair like a mermaid, and I love it so it is important to me to ensure I nourish my hair to maintain the length and thickness whilst not making it greasy.

What are you hoping to get from your natural beauty journey as a new Resident?

I have not yet consciously dabbled into the world of natural beauty products. I do check packaging for parabens, mineral oil and SLS and I get excited when I see an ingredients list that I can recognise what is actually in the product! 

As I’m starting to make ethical choices around reducing plastic waste and considering my food sources I’m also keen to start that journey and share that with others.  

I’m excited to begin my natural beauty journey – finding products that can take care of my skin and hair whilst also keeping up with my active lifestyle.

Chantal Mendes Rare Beauty Resident

What does being a woman mean for you in 2018 (the Centenary Year)?

In the words of every ‘influencer’ out there – ‘Living my best life!’ – and by that I mean making the most of opportunities on offer to me as a woman in 2018 and living a positive life whilst recognising when I need to take a step back and look after myself. 

Despite the progress women have made over the last 100 years, it is also important to me to challenge the patriarchy and question inequality or unfairness as there is still a long way to go before there is true equality for everyone

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