Antonia (our Training & Brand manager) shares her inherited beauty story with us…
As a child I was always obsessed with my mother’s dressing table. So many pretty scent bottles, brushes, mirrors, pots of cream and jewellery all neatly arranged and ready to be used for an elegant evening out. This fascination began with her perfume bottles. My mother has always worn Chanel Number 5, a scent that evokes a charming sense of nostalgia whenever I’m exposed to it, and I would sneak in to my parents’ bedroom and climb on to the dressing table stool to ‘play’ with the iconic glass bottles lining the mirror. Even as a small girl I knew how precious each drop was, and after brushing my hair and gazing into the triple-paned mirror I would tip out a tiny drop and rub the pale amber liquid into my wrist, just as I’d seen my mother do. I would then climb down from the stool and scurry off to my room to enjoy the grown-up fragrance of Chanel’s iconic perfume.
I could never work out how my mother found out every time, as I would leave everything exactly how I found it, but the tell-tale lingering fragrances gave me away without fail! This would happen a lot…
From a young age I loved watching my mother getting ready. A truly beautiful woman she has never needed much by way of make-up but would focus on enhancing her striking features; a dab of concealer there, a touch of lipstick and the all-important mascara. This ritual would fascinate me, and I especially loved the final dash of Number 5 on her wrists and neck, which marked the end of the process. This early attraction to beauty products has clearly had an impact on me as I now own over 200 products, and yes, I have a use for them all!
This Mother’s Day we wanted to collect and cherish the enduring beauty and wisdom inherited from our mothers. Whether it is subconscious or heavily instilled in us, I’m sure all of us carry with us at least one piece of wisdom passed down from them.
This month we have asked some of our favourite beauty writers, make-up artists and retailers to give us their piece of inherited beauty which we will be sharing with you to honour our beautiful mothers on their special day. We are offering two complimentary signature tea blends with every order until 30th March. Simply enter ‘mum’ at checkout!
"My mother swears by the use of an eye cream and I wholeheartedly believe that regular use of an eye cream makes a huge difference to reducing the appearance of fine lines."
Nancy Cruickshank – Founder & CEO of MyShowcase
"My beloved grandmother was always called ‘beautiful’ and though she was lovely-looking and elegant, it was more her energy and personality that made her so enchanting.
What I aim to emulate is her enthusiasm: the way she took me to stores simply for the fun of going up and down the escalators, the way she answered the phone as if any caller was the one person she answered the phone as if any caller was the one person she most wanted to talk to, and the way she walked everywhere at the rate of knots.”
Sarah Stacey, Health Editor and Beauty Bible Founder
"My grandmother had eleven children, more than a handful! But she swore you could still maintain some elegance by having lipstick on at all times. Quite how she did it with children that ranged in age from 20yrs old to a new born, I still don’t know!"
Imelda Burke – founder Content Beauty
Beauty Entrepreneur of the Year, The Beauty Shortlist 2014
"My mother gave me 3 key tips for my beauty regime - cleanse, moisturise and laugh!! She always felt a smile was the prettiest thing you could wear and she lived her life with this mantra."
Hilary Dart - Business Consultant to the Beauty Industry
"My grandmother did always teach me to have beautifully manicured nails. She said that it didn’t matter how you were feeling (or looking!) but if you had great nails you would always feel glamorous! She still has weekly manicures at 91!"
Catherine Bossom – Head of Buying at Space NK
“My mum always taught me to have a proper skincare regime - as far back as I can remember she has always thoroughly cleansed her skin with a hot flannel and I always remember her kissing me goodnight with fragrant, super clean skin, always a bit tacky from whatever amazing, super expensive skin cream she was using at the time . When I was 14 she bought me Clarins and Lancome skincare and to this day I remember what those products smelt and felt like on my skin. They made me feel super special then and they still do today, even though it’s now my line of business.”
Susannah Taylor - Beauty Editor and Founder, Get the Gloss
"My mother has the most amazing skin but she swears by a really simple skincare regime. A great cleanser and moisturiser and not much else! The best advice she’s passed on to me is to eat really well and laugh every day!"
Sarah Coonan - Beauty Buyer, Liberty
"My mother always told me that cleansing is the most important step to a beauty routine and the real secret of healthy skin, she gave me my passion for great skincare!"
Claire Vero – Founder Aurelia Skincare