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Q+A with Facialist and Skincare expert Antonia Burrell

Antonia Burrell by Lily Betrand-Webb

Antonia by Lily Bertrand-Webb

Posted by Kay

Thandie and I met Antonia Burrell when she came to listen to a panel that we were on, discussing the beauty industry and how women of colour were being represented. For me, the best thing about the event was not only getting a chance to meet our readers, but the unexpected amount of inspired entrepreneurs such as Antonia, all of whom made Thandie and I feel hugely warm and fuzzy inside, like we were really on the right track with our site.

As well as having her naturally-derived skincare collection, Antonia is a big favourite with beauty editors who love treatments such as her ‘Natural Lift Facial’. Antonia is a BABTAC-accredited practitioner as well as an Associate Lecturer in the Chemistry of Aromatherapy and it’s clear when you meet her that the skincare brand is a true labour of love with Antonia, the inspired, female entrepreneur at the helm.

Both of us enjoy using her uncompromised products not just because they feel, smell and look good, but because they are truly healthy to use on the largest organ of our body-our skin. Her skincare collection is an 100% natural blend of potent, predominantly organic, bio-active plant extracts and clinically proven actives that Antonia believes ‘harness nature’s most potent, nutrient-rich botanicals and bring you results-quick’.

Entirely free from the typical ‘nasties’ like parabens, petrochemicals, synthetic fragrance, SLS, PEGS, glycols and other synthetic chemicals, we’re happy to hear that Antonia’s range is also not tested on animals.

Ethically, ecologically and sustainably sourced, Antonia Burrell Holistic Skincare continues to support organic growers in the UK and throughout the world.


1.What is your earliest make-up memory?

Wearing an Elizabeth Arden lipgloss that came in a round, dark purple/violet case, with a mirror inside when you opened it. The colour was subtle and it smelt lovely.

2. I feel most beautiful when…

Usually most of the time…. for me, beauty comes from within and it’s about spirit and giving.

3. When you were a child, what was your Mother’s beauty routine?


Youth Dew

Ponds Cold Cream next to a crystal cut glass bowl with a lid Pond Cold Creamthat held coloured cotton wool balls for when she cleansed. She also used Estée Lauder serums in little capsules, Elizabeth Arden moisturiser (it used to smell so nice) and Youth Dew perfume.

I loved the scent, it made me feel comforted and it reminded me of when she used to sit at her white dressing table and get ready. When she wasn’t there I used to sneak into her room and smell it.

4. Is make-up a chore or a delight?

Delight. If I’ve got good make-up on I feel confident, sexy and womanly. I feel like I’m highlighting my best features – for example I love emphasising my big bright eyes. antoniaburrell006_800  jpg


5. Did your father refer to your Mother’s beauty, and how?

He didn’t used to say much but he just used to stare at her when she was dressed up if we were going out (which was a lot). I noticed it when we used to go to church, or to my uncle’s for Sunday lunch and often driving in the car on our holiday to Cornwall. He was very proud and made sure she was always dressed in the best clothes.

6. If you could give one beauty gift what would it be?

My Cream Supreme Moisturiser.

antonia_burrell_moisturiser_supreme_1I noticed that there had never been anything on the market like it before – a moisturiser that was hard working yet natural. My vision was to create a moisturiser that solved a whole host of common skin issues at the same time, to save women spending time and money on lots of different products that didn’t give the desired results. So I created Cream Supreme, a results-driven moisturiser that starts working from the first application. Ultimately I want women to feel more confident in their own skin and to feel beautiful for who they are, and the best way I can do this is by creating products that really work.

7. Where’s the craziest place you’ve done your make-up?

In a helicopter. I used to have a highflying boyfriend who had his own helicopter and he’d often take me out in it. I used to go along to his meetings sometimes, and so I would touch up my make-up on the go.

8. What would you like to see more of in the beauty industry?

antoniaburrell004 800I’d love to see more chic beauty boutiques that specialise in niche brands and have staff that can really educate the customer.

9. When was the last time your mascara ran, and why?

A couple of weeks ago. I was doing a facial treatment and a client’s skin was very congested and full of blackheads. I needed to steam for a while…


Antonia’s hero product is the Natural Glow Cleansing Oil from her range

Find out more about Antonia and book an appointment with Antonia at Wakeman Road

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All Photographs by Lily Bertrand-Webb

Antipodes Skincare

Posted by Kay

Lily Betrand-Webb holding on to Antipodes Hand and Face Cream

Lily Betrand-Webb holding on to Antipodes Hand and Face Cream

I’m often to be found in natural foodstores as I love to keep my fridge full of fresh, organic vegetables and fruit. It’s also where I find a lot of my skincare and toiletry supplies; my deodorant (Weleda Rose), my skincare (Ren, Jurlique, Pai and Nude) and the baby section for the loveliest body moisturisers, baby wipes and cotton buds for use at work.

This is where I stumbled upon New Zealand brand Antipodes. I have very dry hands and sneakily used their tester hand cream because I had none on me that day.

I was hooked. The soothing cream had the exact amount of creaminess-without-greasiness and with a most wonderfully clean and natural fragrance.



Antipodes avoid synthetic preservatives, going to considerable trouble to use natural preservative compounds and their packaging features fully recyclable bottles and aluminum tubes, and 100% biodegradable card from sustainable forests.

If you see their site, the science behind their brand is an important aspect; they call their brand ‘results orientated skincare’.


Find out more about Antipodes

Lily wears faux fur jacket, currently on sale at a bargain price of £22.50 on Pretty Little Things

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Nude Skincare

Posted by Kay

I’ve been a fan of Nude Skincare ever since it was founded by Bryan Meehan and Ali Hewson in 2007 and believe that even if you’re not an advocate for ‘natural skincare’, that most of us will at one time or another find the need for gentler products, and perhaps adopt them into our skincare somehow.

After all, who hasn’t had irritated skin, or dry and sore lips? This is the where the door to the world of natural skincare often opens, and where many people who want relief and results will find themselves.

Not convinced? What if I asked you if you’d prefer perfumed petrochemicals on that little patch of itchy, inflamed skin or something so natural you could practically eat it, maybe that might?

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Artist Phoebe Collings-James

If it’s the lack of ‘technological breakthroughs’ or the worthy packaging that’s put you off natural skincare then perhaps I can still turn you to the natural side of the force because this area of skincare has had a total facelift.

Gone are the days of heavy, wheatgerm oil-based creams that smelled of bran that were everything but luxurious and often too unrefined to be non-comedegenic (non pore-clogging).

Now it’s all about technology being embraced to produce naturally-derived ingredients that benefit the skin in a more holistic way than the petrochemicals ever could, with ethical business practises as an integral part of a whole business structure.

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Dewy, fresh looking skin, best worn on it’s own but gives great canvas.



Thandie and I met up with co-founder Bryan Meehan 

Thandie and I met up with co-founder Bryan Meehan recently for tea, and as he spoke to us about his company, it was clear how much quality and performance meant to him.

What was also clear to us was how very much cheaper it would have been for Nude to use the usual petrochemical suspects and forget the ethics in the ethos.

Clearly a labour of love which started with one simple question: Why can’t healthy, natural skincare be high performance skincare?

Because our skin is the largest organ in our body, nutrition is as essential for our outside (which absorbs and ingests substances) as it is for our body.

Bryan and his founding partner Ali Hewson have championed unique formulas based on ingredients the body needs and understands: a precisely balanced diet of omegas, minerals, probiotics and antioxidants all rooted in ‘high-performance nutrition’.

The R&D (research and development) continues to be a major aspect of their brand, developing new-school formulas for old-school problems.

The Nude Lips Lip Balm is always near me and near my kit and besides our Thands I’ve used it on everyone from Nicole Kidman to Keira Knightley.nude-skincare-nude-lips-lip-balm-profile

The texture melts at body temperature and it’s rich organic butters (Tahitian vanilla monoi don’t you know) mix perfectly with lipsticks to create the perfect tinted lipbalm.

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Advanced Renewal Overnight Repair Mask

If my skin feels and looks lacklustre, I’ll use the Advanced Renewal Overnight Repair Mask with fig, honey omega 6 & 9 and cupuacu butter after giving my face a good wash (I use a muslin cloth every night with warm water and foaming cleanser) or, if if it’s an sos (save our skin) situation, the exfoliator may come out! These two steps used in conjunction give you bouncy-looking, baby-soft skin.

Phoebe NUDE Pro Genius Omega Treatment Oil

Phoebe about to apply ProGenius Omega Treatment Oil

Another nourishing treatment with 10 active plant oils enriched with omegas 3, 6, 7 & 9 is the Pro Genius Omega Treatment Oil which can be used on it’s own, or after a serum or moisturiser depending on how dehydrated your skin is.


See the world of Nude Skincare via their website

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Thank you Phoebe Collings-James for being such a patient and lovely model- and for doing your own hair. Artist Phoebe is also at Premier models.

Follow her on instagram & on twitter.

Manicure by Cherrie Snow

Photographed by Kay using the Leica T Series and assisted by Robert Walker

Thank you for Make-Up assistance Poppy France and to My Girl Friday Rachael Kerr.




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