The Meeting Place

Victoria Meets Katie Brindle

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Chinese Medicine might have been around for thousands of years, but few of us truly understand or appreciate the many health and wellbeing benefits it can bring. Enter Katie Brindle, an expert in the field with over 16 years experience. After a car accident put a stop to her dream of becoming an opera singer, Katie embraced Yang Sheung (the Chinese approach to self-care) to help overcome the complications around fertility, weight, stress, depression and fatigue that followed. To help others embrace the healing powers of Yang Sheng, Katie developed Hayo’u, a game-changing brand that is focused around one-minute rituals and a clever jade beauty tool. As Hayo’u launches on VH, we asked Katie a few questions about her approach…

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Victoria Meets Denise Leicester

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Healing is one of those words that either piques your interest or instantly turns you off. Over the past few years, more of us have become more attuned to the idea that there is more than scientifically proven remedies to help boost our overall wellbeing. Cupping and Reiki have become commonplace and we all know someone who bathes their crystals outside under a full moon.

One woman who has been championing the benefits of healing for years is Denise Leicester. For fans of Ila Spa, Denise needs no introduction, but those who haven’t heard of her before have come along at just the right time as her latest brand, ilapothecary is focused solely on helping you to de-stress and relax – whether you’re into healing or not.

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Jo Fairley Meets Brandon Truaxe

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It wouldn’t surprise me if there were little voodoo dolls of Brandon Truaxe on the desks of cosmetics bosses all over the world, because this is the man responsible for probably the biggest revolution the beauty industry has ever seen. He has dared to launch high-tech, age-defying skincare products that cost a tenth (or even less) of their rivals with skincare line The Ordinary. (Ironically named, because it’s anything but.) The brand sells at low prices because it doesn’t spend on fancy packaging, expensive marketing or supermodel ‘faces’ – yet still makes a tidy profit. The waiting list for Brandon’s products puts the queues at Harvey Nichols for Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty in the shade – more than 75,000 signed up for the launch of The Ordinary foundations on the Victoria Health website. After all, who can argue with less than £6 for a fabulous face base?

In just four years, Brandon has built a beauty empire (with more than ten brands under the umbrella company Deciem) that not only took more than £335 million in orders in the last quarter, but so intrigued Leonard Lauder, patriarch of the Estée Lauder empire, that the company took a small stake in Deciem. Alongside The Ordinary are NIOD, HIF, the liquid skincare supplement range Fountain, grooming line AB Crew and bodycare line The Chemistry Brand, with approaching 200 products altogether in the portfolio. Read More…

Gill Meets Colette Haydon

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What is your background?

I am a doctor in dermo-pharmacy.  I am passionate about the skin and formulating skincare. Over 20 years ago I set up a laboratory in London called Elixir de Beaute.  Together with my team, I formulated hundreds of products for many of the most coveted beauty brands.  I am pretty sure there is at least one in your bathroom.  I stand proud behind them all.

You have created products for brands such as HealGel, Jo Malone, Aromatherapy Associates and REN to name just a few; what has driven you to create your own brand?

Lixir is driven by my skincare and laboratory experience.  My skin beliefs have evolved with time; they are deep, disruptive and controversial.  Above all I want to improve your skin, not wrack your brain. I dedicated my work to the understanding of skin. Read More…

Gill Meets Wayne Goss

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What is your background?

I grew up in Burnham-on-Sea in Somerset. I studied exercise and nutrition at university, but after finishing my degree I was so sick of talking about food and movement that I made the decision not to pursue this as a career. At that time I was unsure what I really wanted to do so I took a job working for an Independent Financial Advisor (IFA). I stayed for eight years and then I moved to the BBC where I worked across music and makeup. During this time I was on a mission to learn makeup skills and essentially I was self-taught. I endeavoured to work with as many people as I could, but the BBC taught me that media makeup was not for me. I think there is a huge misconception that you suddenly just start working as a makeup artist, but with bills to pay, I still needed to work. Read More…

Gill meets Prudvi Kaka

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What is your background?

I came from beautiful India to beautiful Canada with an educational background in pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. I started off my career in Canada back in 2013 with a dream to become a pharmacist initially, but fortunately landed in beauty. My initial beauty formulation experience started at another cosmeceutical lab briefly and this led to DECIEM. Read More…