…one of our dearest buddies Alexandra Friend, freelancer beauty journalist currently Beauty Editor at Red magazine (or more commonly known in the CFPR office as our ‘glitter fairy friend – Bertie!) we adore Alex and her adorable wee fairy, daughter Clem – here Alex shares her loves:
Face Saving Make-Up tip:
It’s a beauty cliche (and one I really didn’t believe until I found ‘the one’) but get the right shade of lipstick and you need barely any other make-up at all – for me, it’s Chanel Rouge Allure in Ultraberry. And because I don’t like looking too ‘done’, I always do some kind of make-up softening as a final step, whether it’s a face mist, pressing some kind of sheeny moisturiser over my cheekbones (Estée Lauder Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti-Ageing Wake Up Balm is amazing), or bouncing a damp blending sponge over the top to blend everything in and help it settle.
Desert Island product:
I don’t go anywhere without Nuxe Reve de Miel lip balm (in the pot, not the stick). I have pots stashed everywhere, and once almost missed a flight because one rolled under a car in the airport car park. Also Crème De La Mer because it heals cold sores in a matter of days, and Alpha H Essential Hydration Cream – simple and beautiful. I’ve also just started wearing mascara for the first time ever – I have long, straight lashes, and never found a formulation that doesn’t transfer until I tried Fairydrops Scandal Queen Quattro Mascara. It’s so budge-proof I thought I’d been using the waterproof version until I checked just now.
I really, really love Pol Roger champagne, but hardly ever get it. It’s all toasty and nutty. And from high to low, I also love the Spanish Tinto Verano when I’m on holiday – cheap red wine with lemonade (sugar-free, from a Spanish supermarket). And a very cold glass of dry Riesling, but only if chosen from a wine list by Clare Forde, who knows the best ones.
Play-time or down-time:
Play-time followed by down-time. Once upon a time, that meant party and a gentle, weekend-long after-party. With a toddler things have taken a different tone: make-believe/sandpit/hide & seek followed by (ideally) an early bedtime for both of us.
Favourite thing in the world:
Baking, I think. It’s therapeutic and ends in cake.
Where you hope to be in ten years in ten words:
Meditating. Haven’t nailed it so far, but surely by then…