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5 minutes with Belle Langford

5 minutes with Belle Langford
What is your favourite work out?
I go to Barre Body five times a week (on a good week). It makes you really strong, but long and lean. I love the attention to detail of the exercises - it hurts like hell but you still have to try to keep your posture perfect and your face gentle.
 
Can you tell us your four essential beauty products?
I'm studying to be an Aesthetician, so my beauty regime is constantly changing depending on the research I'm reading or what my skin is craving at the time. At the moment, I'm obsessed with Drunk Elephant's C Firma Day Serum, which is a really powerful Vitamin C complex that gives incredible antioxidant protection throughout the day. It also contains fruit enzymes and this anti-aging ingredient called ChronoPeptide that transforms into Vitamin D. I can't stop raving about it - from the first application you have this even-toned, plump, luminous complexion. Other than that I dry brush my face a couple of times a week with an Iris Hantverk Dry Facial Brush for lymphatic drainage. I love The Base by Lara Bingle Shimmer Skin Illuminator because its particles are so finely milled that it glimmers without glitter. Oh, and every day I wear Escentric Molecules "Molecule 01", which is so intoxicating, though it doesn't have an identifiable scent, really. You can use it to prime other perfumes to make them more fragrant and last longer.
 
What are you reading at the moment?
At the moment, "A Year of Good Eating: Kitchen Diaries III" by Nigel Slater. My ultimate guilty pleasure is reading cookbooks. I love their sensory language and sense of nostalgia (even though it must look so strange to my boyfriend when I'm tucked up in bed with Nigella's "How To Eat"!).

What do you think every woman should have in her wardrobe?
Every woman should definitely have a good pair of classic blue jeans, a well-cut black blazer and a navy cashmere sweater. Navy looks good on everyone.
 
Tell me something nobody knows about you?
My first crush was on Prince!
 
What are the beauty essentials you think every woman should own?
A fragrance that gives them the confidence of a Bond Girl, a die-hard cleanser for removing the weight of the world from your face in the evening and a few drops of pure Lavender Essential Oil for a calming long soak in the tub.
 
What has been your most memorable holiday to date?
My Mum and Aunty took my cousin and me out of school for two months when I was 17 and she was 16. We travelled through Italy and the Greek Islands. I've never laughed so much in my life, it was the best! It was the middle of summer and we spent the whole time wandering through the cobblestoned streets of Rome, going to galleries, gelato dripping down our arms, swimming in the cool blue ocean off the coast of Santorini and Rhodes. Every morning we woke up and the day ahead was alive with possibility for us - it was magic.
 
What do you do each day that's just for you? 
Every morning I wake up and have a big cup of hot cacao with rice, almond or coconut milk and look at Pinterest. I'm a super visual person, so it's the best fodder for an inspiring, creative day ahead.
 
Who or what makes you glow with inspiration?
Art. Always. Lately I've been so moved by Matisse's line drawings. The way he can capture the structure and mood of a face with so little strokes.There really is something so powerful about a sense of restraint.
 
What are your rules to live by?
Take the time to know yourself and those around you, don't let the world make you hard, and empathy and kindness are the best beautifiers there are.
 
What work are you most proud of?
Having the courage to step away from my usual practice as a fashion illustrator and study Beauty Therapy has been so daunting because you never know if your followers will reject you for the risk. Though for me, everything I do is always moved by beautiful forms, so the relationship between an artwork and a face is a very close one. I'm more inspired than I've ever been - my illustrations are better for it.
 
What is your favourite city for beauty treatments?
My favourite city for beauty treatments is Sydney. I always go to Fay at Luna Beauty & Apothecary in Surry Hills. She has the most serene energy about her - and her facial massage is better than any facelift.
Belle Langford is available for illustration and writing commissions. Please contact belle@hellablissed.com
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