Julie May Peasgood is an actress, television presenter, author and voice over artist known. Julie is best known for her role as Fran Pearson in the television soap Brookside but has appeared in numerous movies, TV series and Theatre Productions.
Julie shares the secrets of her makeup bag and some of her very special beauty tips.
‘My actual make-up bag is a treasured one from the Outer Hebrides (one of my favorite places on earth) and I bought it from the Harris Tweed shop in Tarbert on the Isle of Harris.
Julie’s treasured Harris Tweed bag
I don’t wear foundation, I just use a tinted moisturizer, but I’m currently going nuts as for the first time since I started using Clarins tinted moisturizer (over 35 years ago now!) they have withdrawn it from sales to re-assess its UV ratings. I do have an ancient tube in an extremely dark shade that I found loitering in the back of a cupboard, but I look like I’ve been Tango’ed if I wear it, which is not ideal.
I’m listing the items in the order I wear them, so next up is my fave item in the world, and the one that’s the most indispensable to me. It’s ANCIENT (have NOT included pic as too ashamed) but Max Factor’s dark shadow concealer is the best I have ever used – which is why I apply it with a fabulous Flormar retractable brush, to eke out the remnants for another few years. (Flormar is a really good, incredibly reasonable brand that I found in Gibraltar on my travels, but I think it’s sold on Amazon).
Versatile Number 7 mirror
I don’t like a shiny face, so I use Max Factor’s Pressed Powder Crème Puff in Translucent – it doesn’t cake and smells nice.
Blusher is a Bourjois one, in Rose Ambre shade – it’s a powder blusher (don’t like cream ones) and comes with its own little brush – again I have used this brand for years (am very faithful when I find things I love!)
My current mascara is also Bourjois – It’s Volume Glamour in black and I like it because it doesn’t clump or smudge. I don’t often wear eye shadow, but if I do for an evening out, or for presenting on TV, then I use a Chanel palette of different shades of brown.
Something I do always wear (because it seems to make a huge difference to eye definition) is a dark brown eyeliner pencil – but I only use it under my eyes next to my lashes, never on the upper lid.
I don’t wear lipstick very much, but if I do, I choose a soft shade of pink, and the one I have in my make-up bag at the mo is a Flormar one.
The other things that are my makeup bag staples are a couple of pairs of tweezers, dental floss and a breath freshener spray, a tiny pot of Vaseline, some manicure scissors, a small round mirror and a small round No 7 magnifying mirror – invaluable!
That is what it says on my makeup bag which was a present from a friend, and I mean it.
Whats in my makeup bag?
I concentrate on my eyes, because they were the inspiration behind a very famous television character, Lady Penelope. You would think I would shout it from the rooftops but when you are constantly told something by your mother when growing you tend to take it for granted.
As I get older, I do realise the significance of it, and as Sylvia Anderson (mum) was a pioneer of women in television and was indeed the creator and visionary for the iconic female Secret Agent, I am beginning to appreciate the accolade and share it around.
The face and bone structure of the puppet was based on my mother, but the shape and colour of the eyes were influenced by mine as a child.
Also, as Dr Aamar Khan, skin and cosmetic guru of Harley Street Skin Clinic said, my eyes are my ‘Centrepiece’. How lovely to hear that from such an expert, and of course I must now emphasise them even more.
It is always important to mois
Mac Mineralize Moisture Spf15 Foundation
I begin with a light moisturising foundation Mac Mineralize Moisture Spf15 Foundation which I apply all over my face and neck, including the eyes.
dusky vintage rose pink blusher
A dusky vintage rose pink. Takes me back when I used to raid my grandmother’s dressing table, and try on her rouge. It has a similar scent too, delicious.
Benefit, they’re Real! Big sexy eye kit
Then I use Benefit, they’re Real! Big sexy eye kit with their smoky range of colours from beyond nude to bombshell brown.
Rimmel exaggerate eyeliner
Rimmel exaggerate eyeliner is my absolute fave. You may think I have downgraded from my more exclusive options, but believe me this is smooth and slick and stays on for hours.
Dr Huuschka Volume Mascara
Dr Huuschka Volume Mascara is super creamy and thick and you really don’t need false eyelashes if you apply two or three times, allowing the mascara to dry in between applications.
luscious red lipstick
If you are feeling sexy and dangerous, then La Voix is a great luscious red lipstick, and can be obtained from the website of the same name. I tend to wear it at night but tone down my look during the day with a paler tone, using Clinique, chubby stick – 02 whole lotta honey.
In these challenging times when many of us are confined to our homes, we need to keep fit and healthy, and exercise
should always be part of our daily regime.
Before I go any further and and at the risk of sounding self-righteous, I have a big confession to make – I hate going
to the gym. I loathe exercise bikes, weights, running machines, I detest pilates, reformers and yoga bores me to tears.
So, I have had a major dilemma. Just recently since being in semi-isolation, I’ve noticed bits of me were starting to
droop – some more than others, and I felt I should start trying to get gym fit without setting foot in one.!
I have been thinking there must be a way …and then
I remembered – theTibetan Rites.
The Tibetan Rites worked for me several years ago on many levels and I loved doing them – which for me is a first
where any form of exercise is concerned. So, in the past week, I have taken myself in hand and started practicing
Time to chant
The Rites take around 10/15 mins a day max and you can do them anywhere! They’re easy to achieve and the
results are astonishing including increased energy, weight loss, better memory, new hair growth, pain relief,
better digestion, and generally feeling great! Who needs the gym? They are quick and simple and if I can keep
them up then so can you!
So where did they originate? Hidden in the remote reaches of the Himalayan mountains lay an ancient secret.
Generations of Tibetan monks passed down a series of exercises with mystical, age-reversing properties known
as the Tibetan Rites of Rejuvenation, or the Five Rites. These once-secret exercises are now available for all to
use by way of Colonel Bradford, a mysterious retired British army officer who learned of the Rites while journeying
high up in the Himalayas.
Legend has it that the monks practicing the Tibetan Rites looked years younger and sustained optimum health well
into their eighties and beyond. These five ancient Tibetan rites can also make you feel and look younger and are
the perfect solution for gym and exercise haters like me!
So, for once I would recommend – do try this at home – and you will benefit hugely from this ancient practice and
will never look back.