About Outspoken Beauty
As well as great product recommendations and tips expect conversations with an array of experts, specialists and inspiring humans that cover everything from the joy of lipstick, skincare and supplements to debates around ageism, diversity, self pleasure and challenging the status quo.
This is a podcast for anyone who finds joy in beauty, who wants to feel great about themselves in a way that is so much more than just skin deep and who wants the confidence to find beauty in who they are rather than what society expects of them. Prepare to be challenged, informed and inspired!
*This episode is in partnership with Absolute Collagen * In this episode I interview one of the most inspiring women I've ever met. Maxine Laceby founded Absolute Collagen in her early 60's and has gone on to build a company that is not only worth millions but helps a huge range of people both through the products and the community that Maxine has built. During the episode Maxine and I chat about the many changes that she had been going through when the idea for Absolute Collagen came to her. (There is a huge element of her taking back control of her life and going on a journey of self discovery). Maxine talks honestly about buildiing her business with the help of her wonderful daughters, how a recent diagnosis of ADHD has affected her, why her community of "Absoluters" means everything to her and why she always goes the extra mile to ensure that her products absolutely do what she says they do. This is a story of anything being possible at any age, of digging deep and discovering who you really are and of finding fulfullment as a woman, a mother and an entrepreneur. What a woman! I loved every minute of this interview and hope you get loads out of it.
In this week's minipod I'm giving you ideas for beauty gifts that are so thoughtful that they would bring a tear to the eye of the Grinch himself. I'm talking personalised products with an extra sprinkle of magic, beauty experiences you can do together, the gift of calm, the iconic skincare product that never fails to impress and something neon, retro and initialed. These are not just beauty gift ideas...these are Outspoken Beauty gift ideas!
In this episode I chat to the incredible Catherine Bossom. Catherine has been a top beauty buyer for the likes of Harrods and Space NK and now has a business called Yellow Flamingo where she helps guide new beauty brands so that they have the best chance of making it in this very busy market. During the episode we chat about beauty buying and what makes a really amazing product. Catherine shares her dos and don'ts when starting a brand and we also have an amazing chat about her top products (all of which sre fabulous). I loved chatting to Catherine. She is opinionated, knowledgable and a true Queen of beauty.
In this episode I chat to the amazing Donna Dia. Donna's career is in events and she has organised everything from an intimate party for Prince Philip to huge events for thousands of people. Recently Donna has pivotted her career and launched what will hopefully an annual two day beauty extravaganza called Beauty Beats which is the first ever luxury beauty event that is truly diverse. There will be loads of brands there and talks with industry great including Dija Ayodele, Candice Brathwaite and Charlotte Mensah (You can hear past episodes with all these amazing women by looking through past episodes of Outspoken Beauty.) During the episode we talk about Donna's mind-blowing career in events, why she felt that Beauty Beats was needed, how she shopped for beauty when she was younger , why MAC is incredible and what she loves most about beauty (including some of the products that she swears by). Donna is a brilliant entrepreneur who has started something that is truly needed. Enjoy getting to know her.
In this week's Minipod I talk about a wonderful aspect of Christmas and get outspoken about another side of it that really gets my goat. I also talk you through quite possibly the best bath oil in the world, jeans that never let me down, a magical Christmas candle that changes scent throughout the day, the eccentric beauty brand with excellent eye products and a fragrance that smells of sexy, warm skin and can be layered with all your other fragrances to make them sparkle! Enjoy amazing Outspoken Beauties xx
Bryony Blake is back and this episode is a lot of fun and covers a lot of ground. From my adventures as a VR Gorilla to a rather surprising chat about death to a debate about silver trousers and Nigel Farage's bottom, we have a lot to talk about. Bryony also has the best recommendation for a festive eye palette and talks us through how best to use it and I have the perfect SPF solution for those of you with really sensitive skin plus lots more beauty recommendations. Enjoy xx
This episode is in partnership with the amazing brand Skin Diligent I'm so excited to introduce you to Tule Park and her wonderful skincare brand Skin Diligent. I was first introduced to Tule at an event that Dr Sophie Shotter was hosting with her. I was instantly excited. Tule was so authentic and passionate and I couldn't get over how much research she was doing in the fields of epigenetics and the microbiome to ensure that her skincare is truly forward thinking and exceptional. Tule is about so much more than just skin. She's obsessed with overall health and everything she does is based on rigorous science and trials. Skin Diligent is definitely a brand worth exploring. It's huge in France and I imagine that once people start trying it elsewhere they will become hooked. Enjoy listening to Tule's story, views and getting to know this exceptional brand!
I've got SO many great things to tell you about in this episode including: The ultimate tinted lip balm The perfect cosy candle A concealer that will totally match your skin shade and type A towel that will dry your hair by 50% and is big enough to cover all hair types A machine that makes personalised fragrances for £45 The best snack for when you're flagging A great liquid eyeliner A bath and body collection that smells woody and super expensive Enjoy Outspoken Beauties xx
This episode is SO good! Sarah-Jane has been a beauty journalist and editor for most of her career and a brilliant one she is at that. She has a passion for beauty that still shines through after her years of being in the industry and I love how thorough she is about testing and researching the products that she recommends. During the episode we have a chat about her career in beauty and then get onto talking about the many products that she adores from skincare to makeup to fragrance. (Her recommendations are awesome!) Sarah Jane is a brilliant journalist and I love how she approaches beauty. You can find her on Instagram @beautyjournosj.
There is no one who can make skin glow like Jasmina Vico can. She's the skin health and laser expert that Jodie Comer, Margot Robbie, Sienna Miller and a whole lot of other celebrities go to and I totally get why. You see Jasmina doesn't just work on the skin's surface, she goes way deeper than that, imparting her incredible knowledge about health, nutrition, stress and biohacking. I've known Jasmina for a few years now and have had her on the podcast a number of times. I love our conversations because Jasmina is opinionated, outspoken and is an eternal knowledge seeker who isn't afraid to share what she's learnt. In this episode I recorded a chat I had with Jasmina while she treated my skin. I loved doing an interview like this as it felt really organic and the conversation went in so many interesting directions. Jasmina is truly a magician when it comes to skin and her instinct is always spot on. I hope you enjoy our intimate chat. If you fancy seeing her yourself then you can find all you need here. It looks like she's also launched some exciting skincare since our chat. I can't wait to trial it! Enjoy this episode with a true skin legend!
In this week's Minipod I talk about my amazing experience at the Chanel exhibition at the V and A. I also chat through my Mammogram and how I'm feeling about my colonoscopy. I have some lovely recommendations for you this week including a body scrub that warms up on contact with your skin (utter bliss), a perfume that is proven to make you feel energised and happy and the lipstick that never fails to make me feel incredible. xx
It's time for Bryony Blake's fortnightly episode and this week there's a lot to discuss including: The kid's party that ended up being like a scene from Motherland. (Reptiles were involved.) The awards ceremony that went a bit wrong Something highly embarrassing that happened in a steam room in a super posh spa and lots more. We also share our 6 products of the week with Bryony recommending the perfect, suit-all lipstick for this time of year. Enjoy xx
In this episode I chat to the effervescent and award winning aesthetics doctor and GP, Dr Ahmed. If you've listened to the podcast for a while you'll know that I am a huge fan of pro and health ageing and that I take issue with the idea that we should feel like we need to turn back the clock to be accepted by society. Ageing is a gift and we must never be ashamed of it. However, I'm also aware that a lot of women just don't feel that the face that they see in the mirror matches the way that they feel inside and I totally get why many people seek treatments and procedures that will help their face to once again feel more "them". I think what I'm trying to say is that we should be able to do what we want without judgement, but as a society we need to work towards the total acceptance and celebration of ageing. During the episode Dr Ahmed and I cover so much ground. He talks me through loads of the invasive and non-invasive treatments that are on offer at the moment and which ones he likes (as well as the ones that aren't quite as effectve or are a bit too painful). He also talks about his favourite skincare, what to look out for when going for aesthetic treatments and why sometimes you just have to say no (some younger women come in asking to look like their filtered images on social media). I'm so impressed with Dr Ahmed for a number of reasons. He's an incredibly experienced doctor and when he deals with patients he is doing so with a great amount of responsibility. He also has a wicked sense of humour and always explores the psychological reasons for treatment, guiding people and saying no when he needs to. I not only warmed to Dr Ahmed but I found the entire conversation fascinating. I've never been tempted by the sorts of treatments that he offers but my goodness if I wanted one he'd be a person that I'd seek out. I hope you enjoy his wisdom and honesty!
I've got some really brilliant things to tell you about this week including an AI powered fragrance machine coming to London very soon, a damn sexy high street perfume to give you confidence and a strut in your step, an excellent cleanser, a hair tool that makes styling effortless and the perfect black shirt. I'll post a video of me demonstrating the hair tool on @outspokenbeautynicola so you can see how it works Enjoy this week's Minipod Outspoken Beauties xx
In this episode it's just you and me (post trick or treating) having a bit of a life cach up. I'll update you on my anxiety and how I'm going about coming off some of my medication. I also talk about things I know I need to do but that I never seem to be able to stick to, an interesting chat with a gasterenterologist, the sex chair of doom, the haunting perfume that I just can't stop thinking about or wearing and why my skincare routine is currently a bit boring but that's OK.
I cannot tell you how much I loved recording this episode with Madeleine, who for those who don't know her is an amazing journalist, writer and podcast host with a passion for Elvis and who is at times to be seen wearing a dirndl at her equally fabulous father's traditional Austrian restaurant in London. Madeleine and I were recently at an event and we got onto the subject of our tattoos (Mads has considerably more than me) and why people seem to judge women of a certain age who get them. What ensued was a conversation about recaliming our bodies and identities that made me realise that we just HAD to record a podcast about it. So here you go...a conversation about why women at times are met with such judgement about their tattoos and how getting one (or 5) can be the perfect middle finger up at expectations and incredibly freeing. We also talk through Madeleine's fabulous tattoo choices and what they mean (there is a lot of symbolism and meaning going on here), how she talked her 70 something Mum into having one and why they are so important to her. Whether you have tattoos, are considering one or can't stand the idea, I think that you'll get loads of enjoyment out of this episode!
In this week's Minipod I'm talking about: The pelvic floor chair with a surprising side effect Colonoscopies A truly beautiful beauty advent calendar that is only £35 The product that gives my hair guarenteed oomph The bath salts that are affordable but utterly brilliant And much more. Enjoy xx
The fabulous Bryony Blake is back and this week we're talking about the thing that Nicola said that shocked her therapist, the David Beckham documentary, Madonna's amazing concert and we have some really brilliant beauty buys to tell you about including what we think is the best beauty advent calendar of the year. Enjoy!
This Episode is in Partnership with Emma Hardie Skincare In this episode I catch up with the fabulous Jane Foulston, the co-founder and brand ambassador of the first skincare brand that I truly fell in love with - Emma Hardie. During the episode we chat about what makes the brand so special and how it has develped since I first fell in love with Moringa Balm many years ago. We also focus in on their brand new Vitamin C Radiance Gel Moisturiser which not only contains a really great form of vitamin C but is brimming with other incredible ingredients and science that take it to the next level. This is definitely a great insight for anyone who really likes to understand how their skincare is made and what takes it to the next level. Jane also delves into the extensive consumer trials that they have done and how that side of things works. I'm a huge fan of Jane who has worked with skin for decades (and has trained many aestheticians) and totally gets it. I think that this is a fascinating listen for Emma Hardie fans and for those of you who are yet to delve into this glorious brand as well as anyone who wants a bit of a behind the scenes look into how skincare brands actually operate.
In this week's minipod I'm talking about: The high street store with the most fabulous and affordable loafers The ultimate "no makeup makeup" with lots of skincare benefits An outfit idea that is so comfy and looks fabulous in most scenarios Two books that are on my radar, both VERY different Why my sister begged me to keep my knickers on (not quite as weird as it sounds) The wonderful hairbrush recommended by my hairdresser