… and this allowed me to go into different paths of life. I look for things that give me a buzz and that I want to put my mind to. I like to see things grow. I suppose that opened a lot of opportunity and I’ve been lucky in my businesses to be around amazing women and like-minded people.
I took 12 months off to travel China, Aruba, Jamaica, New Zealand, US and Bali. It was weird [because] I am someone who wakes up every morning going ‘This is amazing, lets do this!’ I was suddenly waking up – not being depressed – but kind of going, ‘I can’t be bothered.’ Not having that spark really scared me. I fired myself from my own company. It was awful. I’m not a control freak but I like to be involved in my businesses and be close knit with my teams. But taking time out was the best thing I’ve ever done. I came back refreshed and able to see things from a different perspective.
Although I’ve never been an unconfident person, I’ve always been happy in myself and never had body issues, I was holding myself back by not speaking up. I started to be okay in giving an opinion and building up that kind of confidence. For me, loving the skin you’re in is more about looking inward, loving who you are as a person.
I’ve been doing that for the past year and a half and it has transformed my skin. It tightens up my skin – I had some problems with my skin when I was younger, and although I didn’t have much scarring I felt like it was ageing too quickly. I can’t recommend it enough, it’s so good.
… with a mix of a nude Mecca colour and a pink Natio lipstick. I’ve done this forever because plain nude shades don’t define my lips enough. I need something a little more earthy. My puppy wakes me up early every morning and I always start the day with a shower. I use Osmosis, I’ve been using it for seven years – it’s natural but created by dermatologists. It’s really lovely. It’s expensive but it’s good quality, I love it. I use Chanel Healthy Glow Foundation and Natio Mineral Bronzer. For eyeshadow, it’s NARS and an eyebrow pencil and mascara from Mecca.
…so I use a Melaleuca Herbal Deodorant stick. I feel like under your arms are the lymph nodes and that’s where the toxics build up and it’s linked with cancer. But I do wear perfume, my favourites are Hermesand Flower Bomb by Viktor and Rolph.
My sister went over to the US as an exchange student and lived with a raw vegan, Laurie. When we went to visit, I was so intrigued by her philosophy about raw food. Before that, the thought of not eating meat or being a vegetarian was something I was not really interested in but one thing led to another and I started trying out these things. I went to Bali for a couple of months and did a raw food course which was amazing and showed me different detoxes. I went to the extremes and found out what works. But it’s really about what works for you. You don’t really know how your body is going to respond and how your body feels. Now, I’m mostly vego. What I do is listen to my body, I’ve been doing that for 10 years.”
Story by Rikki Hodge-Smith