One of the questions that I am asked most frequently is what my daily beauty routine involves. Well, you wouldn’t believe the routine I go through in the morning from working on the farm and mucking out my horse stables to looking fabulous and glamorous on TV! I’ll let you in on some of my secrets…
I’m usually running late in the mornings – either one of the horses has escaped into another field or one of the dogs is recovering from an operation.
My routine has to be very quick, as I don’t have hours and hours to get ready – but there is a big difference between how I look when I’m running around in jodhpurs and odd socks to how I look on the TV!
The morning routine
Every morning before I muck out the horses I cleanse, tone and moisturise, and use my current favourite oils and serums, and I always put a factor 30 cream on my face without fail. Then while I’m making my cup of coffee, before I go out to the horses, I make sure I put on some Gale Hayman Lip Lift which I leave next to the kettle! This means that when I go outside my skin is already protected and I wear a baseball cap to protect my hair from the air and cold weather.
Mucking out the horses
I am with the horses for anything from one hour to a couple of hours, depending on when I need to be in to the office. I make sure I have beauty products everywhere like in the tack room and in the horsebox!
My L’Occitane handwashes and L’Occitane shea butter handcreams, Bare Escentuals Buxom lipgloss and Gale Hayman lip lift are lying everywhere so I can grab them. I try to make sure that wherever I am there is a lip balm and a moisturiser to hand, as these are the two products you need to keep re-applying when you are out in the cold with the horses.
In the shower
I begin with ABC Tea Tree Wash – I can’t live without it. This fantastic product gets rid of all dirt, grime and sweat from being outside with the horses. I then move onto one of my 'fashion' shower gels, usually a Liz Earle or L’Occitane one.
My current favourites that I’m using are the Frederic Fekkai Shea Butter Shampoo and Conditioner and Elemis Tranquil Touch Body Wash – these products have similar textures and smells, and work well together.
After the shower I get dressed then dry my hair when my clothes are on. I’m currently using Hairfix Mousse and I blow dry my hair upside down with a Philip Kingsley brush for added volume.
Next, I put on a light dusting of make-up starting with a Mally Primer, followed by the new Liz Earle Skin Tint which has a great coverage while still being light on the skin. Then I finish off with a Mally powder on the top.
Before I get in the car I put on Nail Envy which dries as I drive, and I also have my Michael diCesare Style Builders in my hair for the commute! I then stop in various villages on the way to put coats of polishes on. I’ve just started wearing the fabulous new Leighton Denny colours and my favourite is Supermauva. It has great coverage and a lovely finish, the iridescent lilac-mauve shade is different to any shade I’ve seen before.
When I arrive at work, I take my Style Builders out in the car park then add some lip gloss and I’m good to go!
So my secrets are all about the right products in the right places so they are there when you need them. And that is my routine to take me from farm to fabulous!
Do use similar products?