I still remember what my very first ‘proper’ lipstick looked like. It was summer ’89, I was seven (shhhh) and I received a precious tube of Avon’s ‘Iced Champink’ as a prize for participating in the dancing competition we had organised on our army estate. I LOVED that shimmery pink, it went so perfectly with my neon scrunchie and stripy shorts. Those were days of style and sophistication, let me tell you. Especially because Jessica of Sweet Valley described having one just like it.
My addiction to cosmetics had started well before then though. My mum had a collection to behold. One palette in particular held my gaze. Filled with beautiful rich jewel tones, with the sort of payoff MAC dreams of, I coveted it deeply and swore that my adult life would be replete with items of such wondrous beauty.
By the time I was thirteen I had a collection most adults would envy. No chemist pound basket went un-raided, no car boot sale scoured as my mission to own ‘the world’s most makeup’ continued. Hours were spent poring over Just seventeen and charity shop beauty books as I learned how to blend frosty pink with frosty blue and how to avoid tide-marks.
Given that I also loved art and performing, it is a bit of a surprise that I didn’t go into it but I had lofty visions of a career in the theatre, soon put paid too by a lack of confidence and weight problem. When I got pregnant at twenty two it was time to settle into a ‘proper’ job so I cracked on in marketing, went to night school to get a degree in business and told myself to grow up.
Didn’t stop me completely though. I studied for a B-Tec with one of those home learning courses in slap, which although I loved (my sister not so much – guess who got to play Guinea Pig – sorry Bec), was nothing like enough to prepare me to actually do any make-up. I got insured but never did anything with it. Real world experience is simply too important and besides. I was building a ‘career’.
And build I did, jumping on the Digital Band Wagon in 2006 with passion and zeal. Working with lifestyle brands, eventually a cosmetic company came up (Jemma Kidd) and when the opportunity came to set up their digital I finally achieved some semblance of joy, in working with makeup professionals and with a decent range. When Lucy joined me as my Content Editor, it was a bit of a match made in heaven. Funny, clever and able to turn a brilliant phrase, Luce loved slap almost as much as me.
When I moved on it, even though I still work in beauty, the fix isn’t enough so it was purely a matter of time before I found an excuse to rope her in to something and so Two Pretties has been born.
Something I have been asked is why not sooner – a bit shameful that a beauty addict with the skills to build a website would be soooo late to the party no? The truth is with so many amazing, clever sites out there it was a bit intimidating but the partnership with Lucy, whom I know is amazing, takes some of the sting of nerves out and most for us this isn’t about being the best. The joy isn’t in competing, it is about joining a community of addicts just like us. People who love fashion, interiors, food and most of all make-up.
With this in mind, please do get in touch. We so want to hear from you, see your work and covet your collection! Website URL: