FRIENDS OF INÈS

Introducing Friends of INÈS, an inside look into the lifestyles, beauty philosophies and daily rituals of those we find most inspiring

I: Annabel you’re a bare faced beauty, never a stick of makeup. What is your attitude to beauty?

A: I believe that beauty is a state of mind. You see beauty where you choose to. What’s beautiful to one, is not necessarily beautiful to another.

I have had two pregnancies and my body has changed, out of my control, and no miracle can reverse that. But I love my marks from pregnancies, they are like my life lines. So, I guess the biggest thing for me is learning to let go. Trying not to control everything to do with your appearance and setting yourself free from expectations of what beauty is.

Acceptance and self love is beauty.

I. Amazing answer Bella, we love that. OK, can you tell us how do you start your day?

A. I get up every morning around 5-6am, my girls wake me up. In a perfect world I would sit and meditate, but it’s generally chaos when we wake up.

I try to start the day with lemon water, followed by 6 glasses of warm water and herbal teas half an hour before I eat anything. I don’t have the time for a proper beauty regime in the mornings, my priority is looking after the girls, and before 8am its always busy.

So, I guess the biggest thing for me is learning to let go. Trying not to control everything to do with your appearance and setting yourself free from expectations of what beauty is.

I. How would you describe your skin, and how do you take care of it?

A. My skin can be sensitive depending on where I am. Until about a year ago all I did was lather my skin in Rosewater and oils, basically anything hydrating and natural I could put on my skin I would lather it on. Now I’m 30 I’m trying to take a bit more care, I’ve started using serums and sunscreen everyday.

I’ve used Bioderma micellar water for years, especially living in London. It gets the grime off. I also try to exfoliate a couple of times a week, I feel like my skin really benefits from that. I went through a phase of not exfoliating, almost a year, and it ruined my skin.

I am a big lover of thick, hydrating creams, particularly if they have a beautiful scent, like Embryolisse, it’s so classic and sumptuous. I have also been using HUNT Skincare Oil, it’s an NZ brand, made up of Argan, Rosehip and Essential Oils. I’m obsessed.

I. Do you have an ultimate beauty indulgence?

A. My favourite place to take care of my skin, would be Beldi Country Club outside Marrakech. The Hamman is life changing. It’s my favourite place in the world. When I am in LA the Korean spa is amazing- I go with girlfriends. There is different steam rooms, infrared saunas, salt rooms and different dipping pools with Chinese herbs in them. You can come and spend hours talking and sipping tea naked with your ladies.

I. You’re an incredible cook and are well versed in nutrition; how does your attitude to health and wellness translate to beauty?

A. My philosophy is based on energies and mindfulness. Being present. The best thing you can do for your body and health is be present. I don’t drink caffeine - I will have probably 100 herbal teas a day; I pick fresh herbs and make them myself, often with lemon verbena or fresh ginger. I also try to avoid eating grains, eat LOADS of berries everyday; a Pomegranate most mornings, I always have my one apple a day (actually) and make my own bone broths that I drink and cook with. When I do stick to these eating habits and nourish myself, I feel my best and positively connected to myself.

I’ve used Bioderma micellar water for years, especially living in London. It gets the grime off. I also try to exfoliate a couple of times a week.

I. What’s the one beauty product you can’t live without?

A. Hmmm I have 3…Rosewater, a good serum and anything that feels thick, balmy and sumptuous on my skin.

I. Do you have a pearl of wisdom that been passed on to you?

A. My mum has always had the philosophy of beauty from the inside- a healthy diet equals healthy skin. This has been instilled in me and I still live by this. My mum has always had incredible vegetable gardens that she has cooked from since I was little. 

I. What is your favourite quote?

A. “One is not born, but rather becomes a woman”- Simone de Beauvoir.

I. What is the last thing you do before bed?

A. Clean my teeth.

I. And last but not least what are your favourite picks from INÈS

A. Bioderma and Embryolisse - these are classics that I’ve always picked up on trips to Paris. And, Christohpe Robin Rose Shampoo, the smell is ridiculously divine.