My beauty secrets with Karen Hardy of Strictly’s It Takes Two, and WIN a Dance Lesson at the Karen Hardy Dance Studios, London!

This giveaway has now closed, and the winner is Katrina Day-Reilly! BIG congrats, Katrina – please would you reply to the email we sent you ASAP so we organise your prize?!

BIG thanks to EVERYONE  for entering, too – lots more giveaways open and more to come at nonstopmama!!

With Strictly season well underway, who better to welcome to nonstopmama to talk beauty than Karen Hardy, presenter of “Karen’s Choreography Corner” every Tuesday evening on Strictly Come Dancing, It Takes Two ?!

Five times World No 1 Latin American Dance champion, winner of Strictly Come Dancing 2006 with Mark Ramprakash, and an international dance trainer and lecturer, Karen also has her own, super-luxe dance school in South West London – the Karen Hardy Studios - which offers pro lessons and ‘Dance Experiences’ for all ages, abilities and many a famous face!

For little ones with their sights on the famous glitter ball, the Studios even offer Strictly Kidz Birthday Parties - how much fun?! (Read on for a chance to win a thoroughly grown-up, pull-out-all-the-stops sparkling Bronze Gift Package at the Studios!).

My beauty secrets with Karen Hardy

What are your everyday make-up must-haves? 

Kanebo foundation (below) is brilliant for covering up all my tired lines! I’ve used it since the age of 12 and have always loved Kanebo as all of their products are so quick, easy to use and last all day.

Eyebrow pencil is another must, black eyeliner, mascara and a neutral lip gloss. Anything on top of this is a bonus!

How do you look after your hair, and style it in a hurry? 

Having had a child, my hair went through a lot with all the hormones and, of course, with the amount of overuse my hair goes through with TV and red carpet events and so on. In the past, I have lost a lot of hair, then it started to snap off and became weak, so I now use Moroccan Oil products.  I always use the Moroccan Oil Light Oil treatment (below), which is brilliant because of all the curling irons and straightening irons I use.  Just enough to protect my hair.

There are two things I do to style it in a rush: throw it up in a ponytail, or quickly clip a load of extensions in, which works on most occasions.

Any bodycare favourites, products you love?

If I had time, I would use the Kanebo range, again. But, with running a business, being a mum, teaching with international travelling, it is definitely one area I unfortunately neglect!

Nails: nude, bright or au naturel?!

I always have acrylic nails, with a French polish.

Any beauty indulgences you try and make time for?

The only thing that I definitely make time for is a manicure and a pedicure.  I would love to have spa treatments,  but I just simply don’t have the time. In fact, even when I get given beauty vouchers, they are often not used.  In a different world, I would live in spa resorts as I love the idea of them!

What are the best beauty tricks you’ve ever been shown?

The day I found out how to shade my cheekbones to make them more cut than they really are, using a darker shade below the cheekbone and lighter on the top. You can even use darker eyeshadow shades to great effect!

WIN a Bronze Experience at the Karen Hardy Studios, London!

If Strictly season has inspired you to get your dancing shoes on – or if you’re looking for the perfect treat for a dance fan! – Karen is kindly offering one nonstopmama a Bronze Experience gift package (worth £99) at her London dance school.

The Experience includes Champagne on arrival, a 45 minute whirl around the dance floor with one of Karen’s team of highly qualified dance teachers personally trained by her, a photograph opportunity with That winning Strictly Come Dancing trophy and also a pack to take home, including a signed photo of Karen.

To enter this giveaway, simply:

1. ‘Like’ the NEW nonstopmama Facebook page!

2.  Leave a comment below this post to let me know you’ve done the above!

That’s it!!

The winners will be chosen at random by computer (we’ll email to ask for the best address for their Bronze Experience Gift Voucher to be sent!). Please take a moment to read the giveaway rules here.

This giveaway will close at midnight on Friday, 30 November, 2012.

About Karen Hardy Studios

Located on the Fulham/Chelsea waterfront at Imperial Wharf, Karen Hardy Studios offers members one to one dance lessons on an ongoing basis or in preparation for a wedding or special occasion, themed parties and more!

For more information and to purchase a ‘Dance Experience’ or Gift Package online, go to, or tel: 0845 567 1155.

You can also ‘Like’ the Studios on Facebook, and follow on Twitter!

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