If I take a Wednesday for you, as this is my regular new show at 8pm #AYBNI, it will help you understand how diverse the two halves of my life are, but will hopefully show you how my life keeps me grounded and give you an understanding as to why I am still passionate today, about beauty products.
The dogs wake me up at 2am and 4am because even they are confused about my shift work and want to go out, even though the previous night, I have managed to go to bed at a normal time. At 6am I give in and the Dobermans come to bed!
7am and the horses are kicking the doors. I grab a quick coffee and Ultrasun SPF50 Anti-Ageing, Anti-Pigmentation Day Cream. Feed the horses (all six of them!) and then take a cup of tea into my husband, who, very cleverly is still in bed.
Next I take the dogs for a walk – Zena and Ferguson, the Dobermans, whilst I think about the day and make a plan in my head and wait for the vet to confirm what time he is going to arrive. A quick check back in the house to look at any emails that have arrived, regarding for example, any events I am attending, brand meeting appointments, schedule dates and new products coming in.
More coffee (I allow myself three), a large multi-vitamin and mineral supplements that keep me going, and then it’s on to mucking out stables, turning the horses out into the fields and start to exercise horse number one who is recovering from a sacroiliac and is my top jumper, Ellie-May.
In the tack room, I have more Ultrasun and Ultrasun lip, bareMinerals Lip Gloss and emergency mascara, along with a Laura Geller Balance n Brighten which are kept there permanently for when the mirror frightens me and I need to do a quick repair. Baseball cap is kept on if a riding hat isn’t. I am not one who can take a riding hat off and look good!
My vet arrives and we check Alliana’s foot abscess and do blood tests on Lottie and Alliana’s Cushing’s disease to ensure her medication level is correct and discuss Ellie-May’s sacroiliac. When he leaves, I grab an hour in the house and catch up on phone calls and messages, involving some accounts work because I am self-employed and run my own books.
In my study, I have thousands of products, so whilst I am doing this I am also looking and testing applications of some different formulas to make sure that, for example, the Caudalie Eye Product I am using at the moment does work on wrinkles and lines and doesn’t roll off with any of the brands on my make-up trolley that we stock so that I can pass this information on to you.
I hear a car arrive on the gravel and my groom is here, Jade, who has worked with me now for six years. I buy her plenty of chocolate and she is fully-trained and is addicted to Philip Kingsley Elastacizer, Ultrasun and wears a different nail colour every day.
We bring my last homebred youngster in, Fina, who is now five and has been difficult (Chestnut!) so we are starting her off again this spring after a winter’s rest. We lunge and ride her together. Once this is done successfully, which can take just 20 minutes or sometimes an hour and 20 minutes, we have another dog walk to keep the Dobermans happy as I go around checking the fences and making sure the horses are all in the right place and that they have fresh water.
It’s a nice, sunny day so they are able to be out and it hasn’t been raining. The ground is hard (because I am on clay) which means that it is not slippery so they can stay out for the day, although it means that the grass doesn’t grow (a slight preoccupation of mine – the quality of the grazing)!
I then check the phone and emails again and then it’s time to jump in the shower where today, it’s a Philip Kingsley treatment. I will do a pre-shower Elasticizer and an Ole Henrikson Power Peel. At this point, it is 2pm and as usual I realise that I haven’t had breakfast or lunch and I’m about to head out to non-stop work and won’t be back until after midnight with no time to eat. So, I throw everything into the Vitamix: spinach, carrots, apples, ginger, pineapple and porridge oats and drink that on the way to work. I take some protein bars to eat, pick up a salad and one of my gluten-free sausage rolls out of the freezer to take with me.
When I get in the car, I have wet hair as I often dry it at work. I paint my nails once my seatbelt is on and the car engine is running – then it is easy for them to dry.
I get to work after a 50 mile journey for 3.30pm. I go to my dressing room, check my make-up, pick up any messages and then head off to the Beauty Night In weekly meeting. At 5pm I go up to the broadcast floor to see the producers and directors for that evening, lecture a few on sunburnt noses and get stopped with numerous questions on the way, for example: ‘You know that product you had at the weekend?’… ‘My mum’…. I look to see if my cameraman who has skin allergy hands is around as I have brought some new products in for him to try.
At 5.30pm I have 30 mins to get ready with full makeup and hair, check my nails. I then go backstage to pick up my microphone, go to see the final layout of products, and see my backstage manager.
At 6pm I go to see Sinead and Heather ready for the Philip Kingsley show at 7pm and check that they are happy and if there is any change in information or demonstrations compared to when we last spoke, and let them know any questions that have already come through from the viewers on social media that we will be wanting to address. The producer and director are with me at these times so that we can all make the final plan of the hour together. I also have to plan the 8pm AYBNI show as I go straight on with that at 8pm as well so William is trotting along as I will have to leave him to do a lot of the preparation as I will be on air.
After the 8pm Beauty Night In show, I then do a live Q&A on social media which I love because its individual; 121 consultations of real beauty concerns and often gives us ideas and direction for shows on the beauty channel or articles on the web that we want to do in the future. At this point I’m normally eating the food that I brought in whilst William is typing madly away.
At 10.15pm I do a quick change, pick up any post and products that I need to test that have been left in my in tray and can then head off home via the supermarket (I love the all night ones!) to do a shop.
I normally get home just after midnight, where I let the dogs out, check the horses and then my favourite ritual of the day, do a full salon facial removal of my makeup, have a little graze in the fridge and I may catch up on a TV programme that I’ve missed, but normally aim to get to bed as quick as possible because guess who (?!) is going to wake me up in the night!