SO WHERE DO I BEGIN WITH TODAYS Q&A STAR WHO IS MY VERY GOOD FRIEND NICOLA JOSS.
NICHOLA IS ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE WHO IS A JACK OF ALL TRADES BUT UNUSUALLY A MASTER OF 99.9999% OF THEM.
She’s not just one of your run of the mill beauty therapists. She’s Global Ambassador for Sanctuary Spa, St Tropez and Slendertone.
Nichola has Biology and Physiology degrees, but not wishing to study anymore at the age of 19 she went and got herself a job at the famous Sanctuary Spa, an all women’s Spa based in Covent Garden ( I featured the Spa within my Valentines gift ideas last week). In 2012 as the Spa celebrated its 35th year in business and a complete rebranding, masterminded by the Chief Executive of PZ Cussons and PR genius, Michelle Feeney, Nichola was appointed to work for the Sanctuary Spa once again but this time as Global Brand Ambassador to actively participate in the creation of all new product and treatment development, exclusively offering her sought after skincare expertise.
Nichola was somebody I would often see on shoots in the ‘noughties’ doing manicures, but it soon became apparent that Nichola had a lot more tricks up her sleeve. She not only does manicure but also full body tans, lymphatic drainage massage facials ( which incidentally she’s done on me-I’m not going to lie, it’s a little painful, but the results are incredible….). It’s a technique she learnt in Malaysia where she became the apprentice to a local lymphatic drainage therapy expert. She also does full body massage and if there’s anything you need to know about skin care then Nichola is the person to go to.
Being able to provide these kind of treatments, Nichola soon started to build up a celebrity clientele, which includes Scarlett Johannson, Hilary Swank, and Gwyneth Paltrow to name a few. Nichola is now one of the most sort after beauty therapists on the awards circuit, working regularly on celebrities for the BAFTA’s and the OSCARS, in fact she’s in LA right now preparing to work on those very celebrities for this Sunday’s 85th Academy Awards ceremony. She has already been working again on the fashion weeks circuit this season. Did I forget to mention that she still also manages to work on fashion shoots with Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Dazed and Confused Covers as well as Chloe and Dior Make-up ads within her portfolio of work.
On top of all of that, Nichola is a mother to 2 adorable young boys who are a credit to her and her husband ( I’m sure they’d disagree with that at times). There is no stopping this Wonder Mom!!! Its not easy to get an appointment with Nichola but her assistant will try her hardest to fit you in, so should you attempt to try after reading this then just persist. You will get an appointment eventually, you just have to be a little patient- its worth the wait though. Appointment details are below after the interview.
Well, I’m now out of breath telling you all about Nichola so I’ll let her take it away now……………
WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE GROWING UP?
I always wanted to be a forensic medical examiner and pathologist I was obsessed with cutting up dead animals and loved biology class dissection of frogs, bulls eyes and lab rats!! Ewww
HOW DID YOU END UP DOING WHAT YOU’RE DOING NOW?
My brain informed me after my biology degree that another 5 years of study and exams was gonna turn me insane so I did the next best thing for me, which I had been doing part time anyway, beauty therapy!!
WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE IF YOU WEREN’T YOU?
Gosh, that’s hard……I kinda like being me, maybe Ryan goslings pants, or anything that’s attached physically to jake gyllenhaal!!!!!
WHERE DO YOU LIVE?
We have. Family home in Kent, by the sea, also in Spain. Kent is clo to the boys school in Canterbury, Eurostar, gatwick and London for work and I get the fresh sea air and amazing skyscrapers.
IF YOU COULD CHANGE ONE THING IN YOUR CITY WHAT WOULD IT BE?
London really needs to sort out its transport system. It’s overcrowded, unreliable, dirty and really expensive.
WHAT ARE YOU INTO RIGHT NOW? ( MUSIC, FASHION , ART, FOOD)
My boys are really into Japanese food so that’s covered, and this summer I spent the whole time playing beach volleyball. Inspired by the 2012 Olympics!! Keeps you totally fit.
IF YOU WERE PUT ON A DESERT ISLAND AND COULD CHOSE 10 SONGS TO HAVE ON AN IPOD? (AND EXPLAIN, IF YOU WANT TO, WHY YOU CHOSE THEM.)
1. Neil Diamond – I’m I Said….
2. Janet Jackson – That’s The Way Love Goes
3. Sailing – The BBC Radio 4 shipping forecast theme
4. Fleetwood Mac- Songbird. (It makes me cry!)
5. Barry White – You’re The First My Last My Everything. ( Riley my son was born to this track)
6. The Drifters- You’re More Than A Number. (it reminds me of my parents parties when I was little, My Dad was The Karaoke King before karaoke)
7. Bee Gees – More Than A Woman
8. The Real Thing – You To Me Are Everything (My summer of love song)
9. Roberta Flack – The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face. (because it’s the most beautiful love song ever).
10. Soul To Soul – Keep On Movin’. ( Reminds me of my club years!!)
IF YOU COULD LIVE ANYWHERE BESIDES WHERE YOU ARE, WHERE WOULD IT BE?
NYC I adore its vibrancy and colour.
WHAT MUSIC WERE YOU INTO GROWING UP- ARE YOU STILL INTO IT NOW?
80s music, and I HATE it now.
WHO’S YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGNER THAT YOU WOULD WEAR?
I wear lots of Isabel Marant, also I love Balms in Leathers and Chloe dresses.
LIST YOUR TOP 5 FILMS AND WHY YOU LOVE THEM.
1. Blade Runner – just because.
2. Kung Fu Panda – my boys laugh so much thru it.
3. Atonement – because it’s so beautiful to watch.
4. Melancholia – it’s totally amazing and hurts your heart.
5. The Big Blue – Jean Marc Barr is hot, the dolphins are cool.
WHO OR WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH
Well Mr Moodie, you make me laugh a lot, but apart form that, my kids pretty much hit the mark
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE DESSERT?
It’s got to be Reese’s Peanut Buttercups.
DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN ONE WORD.
WHAT ANIMAL WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE?
WHAT IS YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE?
WHERE ARE YOU GOING TO NEXT?
Packing for NYC fashion week, then back for London fashion week, then its the BAFTA’s and finally onto LA for the OSCARS……… as we speak.
I want to send Nichola a huge thank you for finding the time to do my Q&A
If you want to get an appointment with Nichola send your email to JOSSBEAUTY@GMAIL.COM
NIchola also has her own website with hints, tips and info about skincare, facials and the body. Click HERE to go directly to her site
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