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It may come as no surprise that, after her time in the jungle, Ashley Roberts is launching the NEW Dr. Organic Snail Gel available exclusively from Holland & Barrett. We spoke to her about her music, beauty regime and discovered what she would take to a desert island…
Which perfume do you wear?
Tom Ford – Black Orchid.
Have you got any make-up application tips?
It’s all about the brushes, if you get the right ones you can make so many good looks. Like an angled brush does wonders for your eye brows or if you like a smokey eye it’s important to have a really thick brush. One of my favourites is a crease brush which is thick in the middle and this at the ends to highlight the area between the brow and the eye lid.
What is your latest beauty discovery?
I have recently discovered Dr. Organic Snail Gel which keeps my skin really soft and blemish free. I love the new range of Max Factor lip glosses too.
Who is your beauty icon?
I have a few! Blake lively, Nicole Richie, J-Lo who’s skin is always glowing no matter what her age, also Gwen steffani who has a lot of fun with her make-up.
How long does it take you get ready in the morning?
Only about half an hour really, I am pretty quick if I don’t need to spend ages washing my hair and picking out a special outfit.
Who is your favourite designer?
For designer it would be Dolce and Gabbana but I am also all about Zara and Topshop. I love a Louis Vuitton shoe too…
What’s your favourite red carpet look?
I really do love Dolce and Gabbana, they have such amazing dresses. I like to switch it up when I can, but they are always coming up with such glamorous beautiful pieces.
What projects are you working on at the moment?
I am in the studio writing and recording so I am hoping to launch my solo music next year!
What/who can’t you live without?
My Maltese Dog – Cooper, he is the best little buddy. Of course family and friends too.
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
I would love to have my own solo album out, hope to continue on my journey of being creative on TV and in performing and also finding a man and settling down.
There are beauty products available that are good at multi-tasking, and then there are products out there that are really good at multi-tasking. And this is one of them: it’s called STEAMCREAM and it comes in a metal tin (they’re all different, gorgeous and quite addictive!). It’s as natural as it is versatile, you can use it on your face, body and hands, and because of the way its made (the force of the steam fuses the ingredients instantly – holding them together in a very gentle and loose emulsion that is quickly absorbed once in touch with your skin) you can combine it with other ingredients to create a face or body scrub (add brown sugar and oats) or a home-made BB cream (by mixing it with your foundation). I tried making the face mask and loved the results: clean, fresh, glowing hydrated skin. It’s good value and a great stocking filler!
We believe that what we put on the outside of our bodies also affects the inside and with both food and cosmetics, that fresh is best. The fresher our natural ingredients are, the better they are for our bodies, both inside and out. That’s why STEAMCREAM is freshly handmade everyday.
It’s not often I come across a product that I can’t live without, but the GinZing morning rescue eye cream from Origins is now firmly on my list of essentials. It’s a refreshing cream that brightens and ‘de-puffs’ the skin and, because the cream itself is a beautiful dusty pink, it doubles up as a slight concealer too, leaving it looking luminous and smooth. So how does it work? At the heart of this eye cream is Panax Ginseng, an adaptogenic herb with a 7,000 year history of use in Traditional Chinese Medicine which is believed to help balance energy, as well as aid the body and mind. It also contains apple and cucumber extracts to visibly brighten skin around the eye area, giving it an overall look of vibrancy and radiance. The perfect boost for the day after the night before.
“GinZing™ Refreshing eye cream utilizes a combination of plant ingredients and vitamins to help wake- up the eye area for a rejuvenated and luminous appearance,” explains Dr. Lieve Declercq, Origins Global Spokesperson of Plant Physiology and Molecular Biology. “It brings immediate assistance to the eye area, reviving its appearance with a blend of botanicals and brightening optics that act like a jolt of energy.”
Origins is formulated without parabens, PABA, mineral oil, paraffin, petrolatum, animal ingredients, synthetic fragrance or any other nasties.
Going on holiday? You might be wondering what beauty products to take with you. If you want to keep it practical, at the top of the list there should always be a good sun-screen (a higher SPF for your face than for the rest of your body), and in terms of make-up all you’re going to need is a neutral lip gloss or natural lipstick – if you’re more of a lipstick girl – and some good quality waterproof mascara. I tried the new Maxi Mascara from Miners Cosmetics. It comes in summery blue packaging and it’s ideal for a long-lasting look. You can also use it if you like going to the gym or if you’re anything like me if you’re attending a summer wedding (I always pack some tissues!) The mascara itself is very dark, and made of long-lasting pigment that doesn’t fade, streak or smudge as the day goes on. A great high performance high-street winner.
The Maxi Mascara Waterproof is priced at £3.49, available at minerscosmetics.co.uk
Describe yourself in three words?
Passionate, loyal and fun.
Are you a fan of natural beauty products? Why?
I’m a big fan. Firstly I have very sensitive skin so staying natural tends to work for me. Secondly, I like the idea of being kind to myself and the planet where possible!
What top 5 products can’t you live without and why do you love them?
My Comvita Replenishing Night Lotion (£25.00, www.comvita.co.uk) – it’s amazing at sorting out my skin after a long day filming with a face full of makeup. Jumping into bed at night I know I’m going to wake up looking fresh and glowy again. Comvita Olive White Brightening Eye Cream (£21.00, www.comvita.co.uk) – It’s one of the only products I can wear around my eyes as they are so sensitive these days. It’s light, silky gentle and helps with those dark circles from all the late nights and early mornings over the last few years!
Moroccan Oil hair mask – This is my savour when it comes to fixing my dry and damaged hair. My hair gets styled so much and I’m a sucker for those bouncy curls which means it takes a lot of heat. I use this once a week and leave it on for 3 hours whilst I’m watching the TV…it really puts the shine back into my locks.
Elizabeth Arden Prevage Clarity – This is incredible for my sun spots and has dramatically helped reduce the dark patches I used to have. It’s not cheap but for any lady out there who suffers like I do I highly recommend it!
Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation – I literally couldn’t live without this! It gives incredible coverage and a gorgeous bright glow all day. I’ve tried so many foundations over the years but this is definitely the best.
What beauty routine do you follow for your skin type and what products do you use?
As I’ve said I do have quite sensitive skin so I have to be really careful which products I use. I’m massively pro the Comvita range as its 100% natural and without chemicals and therefore doesn’t aggravate me in anyway. I cleanse, tone and moisturise religiously twice a day and I’ll do a face mask at least once a week. I really love the Comvita Intensive Hydrating Mask (£19.99, www.comvita.co.uk) as it’s fabulous for plumping and brightening.
What are your best assets and what is your top tip for body confidence?
My best assets, oh god! Hmm well I like my legs, they’re not long and lanky as I’m only 5ft 4 but I’d like to think they’re tanned and toned! I work very hard at keeping them that way with countless squats, lunges and burpees in the gym!! For body confidence I always say, make the best of what you’ve been given, be healthy, look after yourself and as cheesy as it sounds love who you are, only then can you feel comfortable in your own skin.
Do you have any body hang-ups and would you ever consider cosmetic surgery?
It’s taken me a long time to love my body. I suffered with eating issues in my early 20’s and was constantly worried about being overweight. Now I have a healthy balance between enjoying food and training hard. At the moment I have no desire to have cosmetic surgery but I don’t think there’s anything wrong with tweaking areas that need tweaking! I do sometimes say after I have children I’ll get my boobs done but only if I really feel strongly about it, it is major surgery after all.
What do you do to stop you getting ill and if you are struck down what do you take to help you recover?
Manuka Honey is a good tip. I make a hot lemon drink and whack a tea spoon of manuka honey in it to help my immune system out. Also again I think Vitamin C is amazing at combating colds.
You present Take Me Out: The Gossip, what’s the best bit of gossip you can share from the show or from celeb-land?
I once had a very surreal experience with Paris Hilton in Cannes in the back of a Maserati…I was filming with her for a few days and the whole time I felt like I was watching a cartoon character. She lives the most insane life!