Estée Lauder is one of the largest cosmetics organisations in the world. What started as a passion of Josephine Esther "Estée" Mentzer's in 1946 has now developed into a leading global company, concentrated on perfecting the art of timeless make up, skin care and terribly clever beauty secrets. Estée herself established three key principles when she launched her initial range (which consisted of just four products), which remain valued essentials within the company today: creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship. Her simple premise was a genuine belief that every woman could be beautiful, and in turn, feel it too.
In an interview in 1980, Estée is asked what the great secret to vitality is:
"Well, for me, it's being with people... and having a good breakfast. If you eat a good, nourishing breakfast, you're energised for the rest of the day. You have no idea how a good meal can change your point of view and help you see the bright side of things".
I think we'd have gotten on well, Estée and I. If I could invite her over for a bowl of Qnola in return for some of her inspiring beauty tips, I would. Unfortunately, this isn't an achievable dream, so instead, I've teamed up with the masterminds behind the Estée Lauder of today, to celebrate The Estée Edit coming to the UK this month. The Estee Edit is a popular online platform showcasing inspirational people from all fields of work. You'll meet chefs, get to know models and discover new and exciting projects and entrepreneurs just by navigating around the site for half a minute. I worked closely with the Estée team to devise an exclusive, nutritious breakfast menu with their key concerns in mind - to support healthy skin, reduce signs of ageing, cleanse the body on a cellular level and to energise the body and mind. We then hand-delivered each box to ensure people woke up well and started the day right.
My Estée Edit recipes use revitalising, hydrating, natural ingredients rich in vitamins and minerals. They support cell renewal, cleanse the body of toxins, keep skin hydrated and increase the amount of healthy fats (omega 3 fatty acids) in the diet, in just one mouthful. We spent a day shooting the recipes so that the team could taste everything and learn a little more about the benefits of each ingredient. We shot how-to videos to show how each nutritious side is made, from scratch (find these here). The recipes are really simple, and only require a few easy-to-find ingredients, a few pieces of equipment and a few minutes preparation time. Visit the website to learn more about each recipe, and for inspiration on how to add flavour and vital ingredients to your morning meal.
We spent the day in a beautiful studio in East London, close to my home. After breakfast at Dishoom, one of my favourite brunch spots in the city, we got straight into make up with Nikki Wolff - a cosmetic magician. After waking me up gently with a facial massage, she made me look and feel as if i'd been literally reborn. My skin became more vibrant, fresh and dewy thanks to Estée's Nutritious Rosy Prism Radiant Essence, Gel Emulsion and Idealist Even Skin Tone Illuminator. And she brought colour to my cheeks with Double Wear All-Day Glow BB Moisture Make Up, Brush-on-Glow BB Highlighter and Pure Colour Blush, in Pink Kiss. We spent the morning delving through her make up kit, playing with colour pallets, learning her beauty tips and testing new products. I've never felt so glamourous hunched over a stove, and thankfully my glowing new complexion stayed in place as I cooked and ate throughout the day.
FULL LIST OF MAKE UP USED
Nutritious Rosy Prism Radiant Serum
Nutritious Rosy Prism Radiant Gel Emulsion
Idealist Even Skin Tone Illuminator
Double Wear All-day Glow BB Moisture Make Up
Double Wear Brush-on-Glow Highlighter
Pure Colour Blush in Pink Kiss
Pure Colour Envy Sculpting Eyeshadow in Captivating Cocoa
Double Wear Stay-in-Place Gel Liner
Little Black Primer
Sumptuous Extreme Mascara
Double Wear Stay-in-Place Brow Lift Duo in Blonde Brown
Pure Colour Envy Shine in Discreet.
(all by Estee Lauder)
R E C I P E S
E S T E E E D I T Q N O L A
To celebrate the launch of The Estée Edit here in the UK, the wonderful Estée Lauder team asked me to curate a nutritious breakfast that Estée herself would approve of. As such a valued meal of the day, I wanted to create a morning meal full of vitamins, nutrients, antioxidants and pure energy. I developed a bespoke flavour of qnola using their favourite ingredients - a beautifying blend of Organic Quinoa, Cinnamon, Vanilla, Antioxidant-Rich Dried Pomegranate Seeds, Golden Linseeds, Raw Almonds, Chia Seeds and and Coconut. Estee Lauder have also recently launched a 'Nutritious' Range which uses Pomegranate and Cucumber, which inspired my other recipes below.
C U C U M B E R C O C O N U T M I L K
1 cup water (if you don't have a juicer)
1 1/2 Cups Fresh Almond or Coconut Milk (preferably homemade)
Fresh Mint, or Aloe Vera Juice - optional
Start by making the cucumber juice. If you have a juicer, juice the cucumbers until you have 1 cup of juice (you can save the rest to add to soups, stews, smoothies or juices). If you don't have a juicer, grate the cucumbers and blend them on a high speed in your blender. Once the cucumber has broken down completely, pour the juice through a sieve or a nut milk strainer, into a jug.
Then blend 1 cup of this cucumber juice with your choice of almond or coconut milk. Add mint or aloe juice, to taste, if you want to increase the health benefits of this drink.
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P O M E G R A N A T E S Y R U P
1 Medium Pomegranate
1/2 Cup Water
5-6 Tablespoons Organic Honey or Agave Syrup
1 Tablespoon Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
1/2 Teaspoon Ground Ginger - optional
Cut the pomegranate and carefully retrieve the seeds. Warning: this can be messy! Blend the seeds and water on a high speed in your blender, for 1-2 minutes. Pour through a sieve or cheesecloth and put the strained mixture into a medium saucepan over a high heat. Add the honey and lemon juice and bring to boil, then reduce the heat to a low temperature and simmer. It can take up to 40 minutes before the mixture begins to thicken, depending on the exact ratios of each ingredient. If you prefer it sweeter, add more agave or honey which will quicken the process. If it seems too sweet, add more lemon juice to neutralise. Stir constantly.
Once you are happy with the consistency, pour into a jug, jar or airtight container and allow to cool.
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S E R V I N G S U G G E S T I O N S
THE ESTEE EDIT QNOLA
(ALMOND, POMEGRANATE, CHIA, COCONUT AND GOLDEN LINSEED)
Enjoy with Dairy Free Coconut Yoghurt, Fresh Berries and a drizzle of Pomegranate Syrup
Enjoy as a Dry Snack
Enjoy with Fresh Cucumber and Coconut Milk, with Fresh Berries
Sprinkle onto Smoothies
Sprinkle onto Porridge
Sprinkle onto Desserts
Mix into Homemade Trail Mixes
MY HOMEMADE CUCUMBER COCONUT MILK
Pour Over Your Qnola
Use In Smoothies or Juices
Use to Make Porridge or Birchers or Chia Seed Puddings
Drink Straight; Preferably Chilled
HOMEMADE POMEGRANATE SYRUP
Enjoy drizzled over Yoghurt, Qnola and Fresh Berries
Blend into Smoothies or Juices
Use In or Over Desserts