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Q&A with Katrina Lawrence

As I was growing up reading magazines, I found there was always one beauty editor / beauty blogger I found myself drawn to and keeping an eye on. I followed Katrina Lawrence closely for years on, which was one of Australia’s first beauty blogs until it closed down, which I still think of fondly years later. Katrina was also a huge inspiration to me when I started Why Hello Beauty and started a lot of my ideas for me.

Late last year I found an article of Katrina’s in Elle’s Australian magazine and completely fangirled on the lounge! I then reached out to Katrina via social media and to my complete and utter shock, she kindly replied and answered a few questions for me and my readers, which just meant the world to me.

Katrina truly is a completely beauty-full woman, thank you for chatting to little ol’ Emily, a gal who truly looks up to you!

Yasemin Trollope with Katrina Lawrence

[Yasemin Trollope with Katrina Lawrence]

What are you up to currently Katrina? So much has changed since the days!
“Gosh, so much! When I was running my site, there were only a few beauty titles in the online space and barely any bloggers. Hardly any beauty brand advertised online which made it all seem like a labour of love as opposed to a venture with serious business potential. And social media was virtually unheard of. I’ve gone back to work in the digital space since closing– editing and blogging here and there – so I keep a finger in that particular pie. But currently I’m beauty editor of the French luxury fashion magazine, L’Officiel, which launches in Australia late this year; I also write the new beauty page in The Sunday Telegraph.”

What is your current skincare regime? 

“As I write this, the Trilogy Mineral Radiance Mask is smothered over my face. I’m a sucker for masks. Clay, mud, cream, cloth, enzyme … I pop one on whenever I get the chance. In terms of my regular go-tos, right now my daily routine is: Bioderma Sensibio H2O, Estée Lauder Micro Essence Skin Activating Treatment Lotion, Prevage Advanced Anti-Aging Serum, Josie Maran Argan Oil and – for daytime – some kind of tinted moisturiser. At the moment, it’s either the Mecca Cosmetica one, or a Dr Jart+, which is launching at Sydney Sephora in December.”

What is your favourite lipstick? 

“Two words: Tom Ford. Such a swoon-worthy range of shades and a formulation that’s so lush on lips. They’re expensive but I like to think you can justify them for the amazing cost-per-wear – as you use every last pigment.”

Favourite shampoo and conditioner? 

“Anything from Kérastase Paris is a treat. Same with Christophe Robin and David Mallet. It’s all about the Frenchies for me. Must have something with my obsession with Parisiennes’ effortlessly cool hair.”

Two products you couldn’t live without? 

Lanolips 101. Nothing else keeps my lips in such soft and flake-free shape. And perfume. I don’t feel complete if I leave the house without a spritz of two. I’m currently loving Narciso.”

What beauty websites do you follow? 

“I often flick through the beauty sections of magazine websites such as Allure, the Vogues and Elle US. I also look up and Into the Gloss fairly regularly, and subscribe to Women’s Wear Daily.”

Who is your beauty idol? 

“Brigitte Bardot. The hair, the eyes, the lips, oh the everything … she gets a bad rap for her sun-damaged skin. But, hey, she’s 80! I just see a woman who has loved and lived to the hilt (and who did so in a time when nobody knew how evil UV rays can be) and who has worked tirelessly for animal rights. That’s the definition of beautiful for me.”

Who is your beauty idol? Share with me in the comments, I’d love to know!


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