Age 38, Lives in Staines
Skin type: Oily with a history of cystic acne
Role in life: Bid Manager, disco-diva and dog rescuer
A little bit about you:
I’ve been a vegetarian and supporter of animal rights since childhood and after dabbling with a dairy free diet, I turned vegan in January 2018. I’m still learning but I’m always happy to chat with non-vegans who are curious about the lifestyle.
I have two gorgeous dogs, Roscoe and Bruno. We’ve had Roscoe since a puppy, but we rescued Bruno in 2017. After seven homes in three years, giving Bruno his forever home has been one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done.
I jumped on the running bandwagon in 2014 and it’s basically out of control now – I run 3 times a week, 4 if I’m in training for a race and I see a Personal Trainer every Friday. I completed my first marathon in 2017 and I can’t remember how many half marathons I’ve done! Exercise is a huge part of my life.
Apart from running and cleaning up dog slobber, I cook, eat out and I’m a regular gig-goer. I’m a huge disco fan and whilst it doesn’t happen as frequently or with quite the same vigour as it did a decade ago, I live for dancing into the small hours with my girlfriends.
Your skin and body issues:
I’ve suffered with cystic acne since I was a teenager. It’s broadly under control now but I still get very blocked pores and the odd pimple. I have a lot of ice pick scarring on my chin, nose and cheeks. Despite having an oily face and chest, I have reptilian legs and get through a truckload of body butter.
Thanks to my oily skin I don’t have too many wrinkles yet, just some laughter lines around my eyes and mouth. I’ve got some hyperpigmentation on my upper lip which gets darker during the summer months.
I have an oily scalp and basically awful hair which can’t decide whether it’s straight or wavy. At the first sniff of moisture it ‘does a Monica’ and doubles in size. I fight against this by using hair straighteners, hence I also have dry, split ends. It’s quite the picture.
What are you hoping to get from your natural beauty journey as a new Resident?
Cystic acne has completely dominated my skincare regime since I knew what one was and it’s only since getting it broadly under control have I been able to start experimenting with new products. I still need to choose carefully what I put on my skin because it is prone to the odd breakout, but I’ve broadened my horizons from “great, this spot’s going down I can leave the house” to “‘I’m sorry my new moisturiser made me so radiant I temporarily blinded you”.
As a recently converted vegan I’ve been gradually replacing my old routine with a more ethical and sustainable one. I’ve always erred towards cruelty free products but as a bit of a lazy high street shopper it’s slim pickings.
I’m excited to try the range available at Rare Beauty; knowing it’s all natural, cruelty free and ethical takes away so much of the guesswork. A female-led ethical beauty business sits perfectly with my core values and I’m delighted to be a part of it.
What does being a woman mean for you in 2018 (the Centenary Year)?
I still feel like we’re on a long road, not just for equality, but for justice and liberation.
I hope I live to see the day when women are not just treated equally but are allowed the space and freedom to exist on our own terms.