Do you have a female friend who deserves a beautiful token of your appreciation and love? Perhaps you want to pamper your mum, sister or aunt with a special gift?
If so, then we have just thing for you this spring. Lavished with beautiful designs from illustrator Jessica Tibbits, our Spring Collection coincides with International Women’s Day (8th March) and Mother’s Day (26th March), and has been specially created to celebrate womanly power and prowess with the gift of radiant skin.
Luxurious and uplifting, each gorgeous gift is designed to encourage some me-time, and allows for a welcome pause from a busy day. There are three stunning sets to choose from: The Power of Three, a trio of unmissable radiance revealers; The Glow Getters, a collection of skin-loving, complexion-balancing must-haves; and The Wake up Wonders, which contains three skincare heroes to reveal your glow.
Because our collection coincides with such celebratory days, we wanted to make it that little bit more special. Beautifully presented in our Liz Earle Signature Blue box, each gift has been decorated with exclusive hand-designed artwork by coveted illustrator Jessica Tibbits. We caught up with her to find more about her signature style and the women she champions.
Q: When did you first discover your talent for illustrating?
A: Well it’s definitely in my genes – my mum has been painting for as long as I can remember, and she recently unearthed these amazing pencil sketches her own mother had done at school in 1936 – she posted them up to me and it gave me goosebumps looking at them! I never really engaged with art at school though, and it wasn’t until I turned 27 when my then boyfriend (now husband!) bought me a watercolour set for my birthday that I actually gave painting a go. I quickly fell in love with it and started painting cards for friends and family. I got engaged in 2014 and decided to design my own wedding stationery, and it went down so well with my guests that it occurred to me that I could possibly take my passion for illustration one step further and turn it into a career. I took the leap in 2015, and quit my job as beauty writer and fitness editor at InStyle to become an illustrator. It felt like a massive step into the unknown and has been a huge learning curve, but it’s been a brilliant journey and I’ve never looked back!
Q: Tell us about your unique design style, what has influenced it?
A: I’d describe my style as whimsical and pretty, and watercolour is the perfect medium for me as it has a beautiful transparent, luminous quality to it, which I love. I’m inspired by nature and am particularly drawn to florals, which feature heavily in the wedding stationery I design. I think social media has also become an amazing tool for creatives. I follow and draw inspiration from so many amazingly creative people on Instagram, Tumblr and Pinterest – photographers, make-up artists, interior designers, florists… the list goes on and on! Some accounts that I’m forever screenshotting are botanical artist @flora.forager, fashion illustrator @daviddownton and florist @wildwoodlondon
Q: How did you come up with the designs for the Liz Earle spring gifting collection, and what inspired them?
A: Spring for me is all about new beginnings, shaking off winter and looking forward to warmer days. With that in mind, I knew I wanted to keep the design bright and fresh, and once I’d seen the huge list of natural and botanical ingredients in the spring gifting products, it became a bit of a no brainer – they had to be the focus of my designs! So I painted individual botanicals that feature in the products in the collection, like rosemary, chamomile and lavender, and arranged them in a reflected symmetrical pattern across the packaging, so the design feels soft and pretty, with a fresh and modern edge.
Q: The spring gifting collection has ties with celebrating strong women. Which women in your life inspire you most?
A: Well obviously I have to say my mum first (she’d kill me if I didn’t!) Seriously though, she inspires me on so many levels, from her beautiful artwork, to making raising four children look easy! She’s now in her sixties and is always doing something new and challenging, whether that’s learning a new language (she’s almost fluent in German now!) or gardening or putting on exhibitions, she’s always on the go which I find incredibly inspiring. In terms of public figures, I couldn’t love Michelle Obama much more if I tried! From her empowering and inspirational speeches to her beautifully loving relationship with her husband, she’s such an inspiration for women the world over. I’m hoping she’ll run for president one day!
Q: What’s the best advice another woman has given you?
A: When I was thinking about leaving my previous job to set up on my own, I was full of self-doubt and really questioning whether it I could make it work. One of my best friends Anna said ‘What’s the worst that can happen? If it doesn’t work out, you can get another job. If it’s your dream, you’re far more likely to regret not giving it a go than just going for it and giving it your all.’ It gave me some perspective and was the shove I needed to hand in my notice, and of course she was totally right!
Q: How will you be celebrating Mother’s Day this year?
A: When me and my siblings were little, we used to make my mum breakfast in bed. She claimed to love it, but looking back, we just created an enormous mess in the kitchen which she then had to clear up! So I think she’s quite happy we’ve stopped with that particular tradition, but we will definitely be spoiling her with flowers and chocolates!
Q: You started your own business, which can be extremely hard work. How do you keep your work/life balance in check?
A: Learning to balance life and work is definitely one of the biggest challenges of running your own business, especially when you work from home – I do miss that amazing Friday feeling of leaving the office and switching off over the weekend. I’ve learned that it’s all about discipline – I make sure I shut down my computer and pack away my paints at 7pm so I get to enjoy a decent evening, and I avoid the temptation to reply to emails late at night and over the weekend. I also make sure I see friends at least a few times a week, which is key to staying sane!
Q: You’ve also got over eight years’ experience in the publishing industry as a beauty journalist. What is your favourite beauty tip that you always share?
A: I was lucky enough to report backstage from fashion week when I was working for InStyle, and I picked up so many great tips and tricks from watching some of the world’s biggest make-up artists like Gucci Westman and Tom Pecheux working their magic. One of my favourite tips I still use to this day I picked up from Charlotte Tilbury: if you find your eye make-up has fallen under your eye, don’t be tempted to try and rub it off with your finger as you’ll just make it worse. Instead, dip a Q-tip in concealer and use it to gently sweep any smudges away. It performs two jobs in one; removing the smeared make-up and replacing it with fresh concealer – genius.
Q: Some people say goals are dreams with deadlines. What goals have you set yourself for the year ahead?
A: All my goals this year relate to the previous question – keeping the work/life balance in check! My husband and I have put a ‘no phones in bed’ rule in place – we got to a point where we were both glued to our phones rather than talking to each other before going to sleep which isn’t very healthy. I also love travelling and have decided to put more effort in to planning trips to places I haven’t been to before, both far away and closer to home. First up is a trip to the Andaman Islands at the end of February, and later in the year I’m planning trips to the north of Scotland and Seville in Spain. I also love reading and have started a book club with some friends – we meet once every 4-5 weeks so I’m forced to read at least one book a month, which is brilliant!
Q: Finally, we’d love to ask: what is your favourite Liz Earle product and why?
A: It’s tricky to choose just one, but I would say it’s got to be Cleanse & Polish™ as it’s an absolute cult classic. It’s the perfect cleanser and ticks all the boxes for me; so gentle on skin and eyes yet removes every speck of dirt and grime, smells divine, leaves skin soft and glowy, and makes cleansing into a daily routine I actually look forward to.
The Liz Earle Team x