I’m a huge fan of Annoushka and her beautiful jewellery. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t own something from Links, the global jewellery brand she founded in 1990 and then sold in 2006. After Links, she founded her eponymous line, Annoushka Jewellery, in 2008. Starry fans include Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Hudson, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna and Emma Watson. Annoushka has been garlanded by the jewellery industry and beyond. Awarded an MBE in 2013, she has also been awarded Jewellery Designer of the Year, Gift Designer of the Year, Brand of the Year, and she was shortlisted for Veuve Clicquot Businesswoman of the Year.
Annoushka is a brilliant role model for women entrepreneurs everywhere, and I couldn’t be prouder that she is also an ardent #Votarist, and that she chooses Votary pure plant oil skincare to keep her skin healthy, glowing and beautiful.
I loved catching up with Annoushka and asking her all about her life, her work, and all of her favourite things…
What is your skincare routine and how do you manage to protect the time to do it?
I was once told that the most important part of skincare is cleansing. I do this rigorously every evening and have been hooked on Votary products since I was introduced to the brand a few years ago. I use my Votary Rose Geranium and Apricot Cleansing Oil day and night, followed by my Votary Super Seed Facial Oil before bed. The products smell amazing and I love how they feel on my skin. I also wear SPF factor 50 every day.
What do you look for in skincare, and how have your needs changed over time?
I like quick, easy to use products that leave my skin feeling clean, light and hydrated. I always seem to be in a rush and so it’s important my morning routine doesn’t take too long!
Which is the Votary product you wouldn’t be without?
My Super Seed Facial Oil. I love using natural products on my skin and the oil gives a natural glow, without feeling remotely greasy.
If you had to choose three words to describe how you pull together your look for work, what would they be?
Colourful, comfortable and stylish.
What’s the best thing about running your business?
I am incredibly lucky in that I love what I do, so work never really feels like work. No day is the same, inspiration can come from anywhere and sometimes at the most unexpected times.
What 3 pieces of advice would you give a young female entrepreneur?
Love what you do – it makes every day much more interesting. Surround yourself with energetic, positive, inspiring people of all ages. Don’t worry about what other people might think; just go with your gut and trust your instinct, as 99 times out to 100 it will be right!
Which piece of jewellery do you think everyone should own?
Every girl needs a great pair of gold hoops. At the moment I am wearing my 18ct Gold & Diamond hoops from my upcoming Dream Catcher collection. Perfect dressed down with jeans for the day or dressed up with something smarter for the evening.
Of all the jewellery pieces you have designed, which is your favourite/is there one you never take off?
My favourite piece of jewellery changes all the time but I have recently added a pair of Pea Pod Earrings to my Seeds collection which are great for every day. The piece of jewellery I never take off is my ArtDeco inspired engagement ring which is one of the first pieces of jewellery I ever designed.
Now for some quickfire questions:
Diamonds or pearls?
Bath or shower?
Hunan on Pimlico Road
Best nail varnish colour?
Bubble Bath by OPI
Favourite handbag ever?
My London Velvet backpack
What makes you laugh?
My beloved French Bulldogs – Pedro and Lenny
You can’t beat a bracing winter walk near home in West Sussex
No is not a valid answer!
Thank you, Annoushka. I know Votarists will love this insight into your life. Meanwhile, the Pea Pod earrings have popped to the top of my wish list…
Love, Arabella x
Look here to see more of Annoushka’s beautiful designs.
Read here for my favourite Annoushka picks.