nsm Beauty: Alice Hart-Davis, beauty expert and founder of Good Things Skincare, talks to nonstopmama!

Today, I’m thrilled to be talking beauty with Alice Hart-Davis, award-winning beauty writer, author of Be Beautiful and founder of the very gorgeous Good Things Skincare range.

Although Alice formulated Good Things with her two teenage daughters in mind (she co-wrote the aforementioned book with her eldest daughter, Molly), the products are adored by mamas, too, for their gentle but effective action, natural ingredients and deliciously fruity smells.

Not only that, but we all know that so-called ‘teen’ skin dilemmas – spots and all! – don’t stop when you reach your twenties. Or thirties. And beyond! The Stop That Spot! blemish gel (£4.99), for example, has won a Cosmopolitan Beauty Award and been raved about in Marie Claire as a great, grown-up troubleshooter.

Everything in the range is enriched with ‘super fruit beauty boosters’, renowned for their active skincare benefits.

Here, for nonstopmama, Alice reveals what keeps her glowing! 

My beauty secrets, with Alice Hart-Davis

What are your everyday skincare and make-up must-haves? 

For skincare, I love my Clarisonic cleansing brush (available at clarisonic.co.uk, from £120. The range is also available on Amazon). It’s just brilliant and its fast-oscillating bristles get skin much cleaner than other ways of cleansing. Studies have shown that this super-cleansing means serums and creams are absorbed better, too. It’s an expensive outlay but mine is still going strong after three years (with occasional changes of the brush-head). I’m sorry to say I still get occasional spots, so I always have a Good Things Stop That Spot! to hand.

In terms of make-up, I like a tinted moisturiser, preferably with a decent SPF. Liz Earle’s new Sheer Skin Tint SP15 (pictured below) is fab, especially when brightened up with a dab of Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Calypso Coral.

I love a good coat of a really black mascara like MAC’s Studiofix Boldblack Lash, and  a nearly-neutral, glossy, lip-plumping lipstick. My latest new favourites are Clarins’ Rouge Prodige in 133, and Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in En Vogue.

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

Hmm, my hair is a bit of a mess just now since I thought it would be fun to cut it myself for a story last month (dailymail.co.uk, if you want a laugh) but hey, it will grow.

Generally I’m lucky with my hair – with a decent cut, it’s fairly wash and go. I’ve been seeing Derek Thompson (for info, go to giellygreen.co.uk), for a good 20 years, and Mathew Alexander when Derek isn’t around. The fabulous Debbie Bhowmik (at Hari’s Hair & Beauty) keeps my colour in line and rescues it after any little experiments that I get up to!

My hair looks better if I use smoothing products, and L’Oreal’s Everpure range is a new favourite, along with Philip Kingsley’s pre-shampoo Elasticizer treatment (below).

As for styling, I mostly just stick hot rollers in it while I’m putting my make-up on, to give it some curl. If I’m really stuck or in a hurry, I scrape it into a high bun and cover the bun with a bunch of fake blonde curls attached to a scrunchy (which cost £3.99 at Superdrug, years ago) and pin them into place. My children think it’s really gross but it has got me through plenty of black-tie dinners and hairdressing awards. My best recent discovery is a Goody Modern Updo Pin, with which even I can twist my hair up into a quick chignon in seconds.

Any bodycare favourites?

My Japanese wash cloth from SpaceNK (pictured below). It’s a long, slightly scratchy nylon cloth which makes any shower gel go further and gives a great exfoliation, and it’s long enough to use across your back. Again, it’s not cheap, but it lasts forever. I’ve had mine for at least five years though I’ve been told I should have replaced it long ago.

I can’t manage without body moisturiser. My Good Things Soothing Body Butter is my standard fallback and I love Kiehls Creme de Corps.

Nails: nude, bright or au naturel?!

Whatever seems good at the time – I paint my nails at my desk as a way of keeping myself still at the keyboard when my attention is wandering. There are some fabulous electric purple colours around just now, but they don’t look very grown-up in meetings.

Any beauty indulgences you try and make time for?

Every now and again I catch up with the wonderful Shavata at Gielly Green to get my eyebrows shaped. I also snag the occasional pedicure with a gel-varnish like Shellac or OPI’s new Gel-Color, because it lasts without chips for weeks and weeks. I’m a regular with Sue Marsh (07880 811 647) for her miraculous eyelash lift-and-tint treatment, and I adore massage but rarely get round to having one, largely through not being sufficiently organised to schedule it. But I’m hoping that will change now I’ve discovered Perfect 10 Mobile Beauty, who send masseurs to your house and don’t charge the earth.

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

The best ever tip for waking up ageing faces is one that the brilliant make-up artist Louise Constad showed me (more info on Louise at her website, beautyqueenworkshops.com): when you’re putting on foundation, use a brush and make sure that you paint some foundation into the bits at the inner corner of the eye, either side of the nose. It has the effect of casting light into the darker, hollows of the face and makes your face look miles brighter.

Thanks SO much for sharing your beauty secrets with nonstopmama, Alice!

For more info about Good Things Skincare and where to buy, visit the website. You can also ‘Like’ Good Things on Facebook, and keep up with all things Good Things (!) and Alice Hart-Davis on Twitter.



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