“Summer’s on its way, allegedly, so I don’t want a full face of foundation. This gives the perfect dewy finish instead.”
Nars Pure Radiant Tinted
Moisturizer SPF30/PA+++, £27
Laura Cunningham, Art Director
Cheat sheet… Socks: not just for feet
- *Pop an old sock on each hand and get dusting – your house will be spic and span in no time. Swish!
- Cut the feet off a pair of socks and wear the remaining tubes as trendy wrist bands. Snazzy!
- Want to protect your camera or MP3 player fromgetting a battering in your bag, but don’t want to fork out for a pricey case? Pop each delicate itemin a sock. Simples!
What as your worst first date?
“I should have been going on a date to The Trafford Centre, Manchester, but we took a wrong turn and ended up at a service station near Leeds.” Emma, via Facebook
“I was set up by a friend with a guy she knew. He spent the whole time talking about how much he was in love with her!” Natalie, via Facebook
“My date followed me home and
then sang old English national songs outside my window.” Andréa, via Twitter
Hi, Jo. Who was the last celeb to make you feel star-struck?
I interviewed John Lydon last week. When he left I felt like I’d been in the presence of a legend. He was really funny, very sweet, very cantankerous… I would have been disappointed if he wasn’t. I was incredibly nervous before I interviewed him.
You have lovely hair. Ever had a bad haircut?
I used to have super-short hair when I was a kid. My mum was a hair model, so she’d have lovely short, stylish hair, but when you’re a kid you just want your hair long. I used to cry when I went to the hairdresser. So my kids now have more hair than any family.
Cute! Any weird stuff in your house?
We have a giant African snail. It’s a magnificent beast. We used to have it in the kitchen, but people freaked out because it’s so big. So we’ve moved it into my son’s room. It’s as big as a fist.
We’re a bit scared of snails. Have you got any phobias?
I can’t stand raisins. They make me sweat. They’re like big fat flies. I feel like I’m eating a bluebottle.
Even in mince pies?
Christmas is terrible because of the mince pies! And I can’t do scones either.
Nightmare! How would you like to be remembered?
As someone who loves music and loves her kids. Not necessarily in that order!
- Jo Whiley is ambassador for Kingsmill’s The Big Lunch.
This week, we’re…
1 Watching More Sex Please, We’re British
Want to go behind the scenes of the UK’s most successful online sex shop, Lovehoney.co.uk? This series will remind you that you’re a big prude. Tuesday, 10pm, Channel 4
2 Multiplexing Café de Flore (15)
Vanessa Paradis stars as Jacqueline, a single mum in ’60s Paris. This mystical, magical French-language film explores themes of love triangles, family and destiny. Out Friday.
3 Reading Charlotte Street
Comedian Danny Wallace turns the boy-meets-girl story into boy-stalks-girl. But funny. A film version is being touted, so get reading now. Out Thursday (£12.99, Ebury Press)
The moment when…
The moment when… you realise your mother is hotter than you are.
You know when you’re walking down the street with your mum and a driver honks his horn? Given she’s 30 years older than you, you’d be forgiven for presuming it’s you they’re looking at. Until one day, a man stops you both in the street to say it’s obvious you’re mother and daughter. You smile, flick your hair, ready to graciously accept the compliment you just know is coming. That’s when he says to you: “At least you can think positively about the future, knowing that one day you’ll grow into her.” Reader, this actually happened to Fabulous. Sob.
Date for your diary
August 18-19, Hylands Park in Chelmsford and Weston Park in Staffordshire This year V has gone all indie and is staging the Stone Roses, Happy Mondays, and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, and the likes of Nicki Minaj and LMFAO, too. You’ll also catch loads of celebs in their Hunter wellies.
Is it just us or…
When you trip up do you try to disguise it with a funny little dance that just draws more attention to yourself?
This week we want to be… Helena Bonham Carter
From entertaining us on-screen with her amazing acting roles (we’ll come to those in a minute) to entertaining us off-screen with her ridiculous/genius outfits, we never get
tired of Helena Bonham Carter. Aristocrat? Yah. Goth? Totes. Hollywood royalty? Hell yes. And she’s a Brit.
This lady is a fan of corsets, satin, weird sunglasses, mismatched shoes, tartan and hats with little veils. Usually all at once. And she doesn’t give a fig what anyone else thinks, either. She says Marie Antoinette is her fashion icon, and Marc Jacobs has had her model for him. She even had her own range
of Victorian bloomers and pantaloons called Bloomin’ Bloomers. And we think that’s bloomin’ marvellous.
But enough with the quirky clothes. Helena is an Oscar-nominated actor, with flicks like Fight Club, The King’s Speech and Harry Potter (times four) under her (gothic, probably lace) belt. She’s also set to play Miss Havisham in this year’s Great Expectations film (either Charles Dickens was psychic, or HBC has been perfecting herself for the
role her whole life). For now, she’s appearing in partner
Tim Burton’s hot new vampire flick Dark Shadows.
And her kooky ways even spill over into her relationship. She and Tim live in houses next to each other. With a connecting door, because they both agreed they’d need their own space. And it works for them. Aww. Hats off to you, Hels – you’re a true eccentric, and we love you.
● Dark Shadows (12A) is out on Friday.