Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Ten Minutes with...

Beauty Writer
Angelica Hermon

You can only use one beauty brand for the rest of your life, who is it?

Ooh that’s a tough one – SkinCeuticals for results and Sisley for delicious, enriching products.

Best part of your job?

Definitely all the products! Oh and meeting some very inspirational people like the hugely talented Lynn Harris of Miller Harris and more recently, Mr Tangle Teezer himself – Shaun Pulfrey – who was the most driven person I think I have ever come across. He’s so passionate and 100% believes in his product and won’t let anything or anyone get in his way (including Dragon’s Den who totally rinsed his idea).

If you weren't a beauty writer, what would you be doing?

Definitely something to do with interiors. My mother was an interior designer for a long time so I think I have inherited my passion for home décor from her. I love interior magazines, particularly American ones (I always stock up on them at Hudson News at JFK Airport) and more recently I’ve become obsessed with pinterest and all the visual ideas you can find on there.

Where do you escape to?

To the New Forest for walks along the beach with wild ponies, toasty log fires and the Beaulieu Organic Farm Shop which I could practically live in – it’s got all manner of treats like homemade yoghurt in glass jars, hot from the oven flapjacks and melt in the mouth lamb shanks. Oh and not forgetting The Pig which has an amazing ’25 mile menu’ and the most beautiful big conservatory where the restaurant is. Everything is either grown or farmed on their land or caught from within 25 miles.

Who's on your beauty speed dial?

Jack at Neville for invisible trims, Charlie at Four London for very subtle sun-kissed highlights, Dr. Sam Bunting for any skin woes that crop up unannounced and uber-facialist Amanda Lacey for a dose of skincare TLC (and I can never resist a snoop around her unbelievably stylish apartment!).

Who would be your 5 last supper guests?

My family.

And what would you be eating?

Roast chicken with all the trimmings (and heaps of extra bread sauce) followed by sticky toffee pudding.

Current beauty obsessions?

Rodin’s new perfume which is tuberose based and people always ask what I’m wearing, Chanel’s Pop-Up store in Covent Garden (they’ve just updated it for Christmas and its like Santa’s grotto in there),  Aerin Lauder’s gorgeous new range and my Charlotte & Co. silk pillowcases.

What annoys you?


Best Spa?

Ushvani Day Spa in Chelsea.

Best Blow dry?

I am not really a blow dry girl but would take a head and scalp massage at Aveda any day.

Magic Manicure?

I am hooked on Shellac manicures and my favourite new find is Sophie Gass’s amazing nail boutique on Ladbroke Grove. They do an unbeatable mani in the most serene environment.

Miracle beauty must have?

My Tangle Teezer – a god-send for my long, tangle-prone hair.

Not worth the hype?

A top Harley Street dermatologist told me that you might as well put Crème de la Mer on your feet, which shocked me a bit!

Best piece of advice?

This too shall pass.

What will you be doing in ten years’ time?

Wondering what I will be doing in another ten years’ time…

How did you get to where you are today?

I interned like hell! Honestly, I got work placements at every magazine under the sun and it was really a case of right time, right place that I got my first job. I very quickly realised that a degree wasn’t going to help me with getting into the industry so I just decided to cut to the chase and start working.

Angelica is the Beauty Co-ordinator at Grazia magazine

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