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Hermione Underwood on how her mirror selfies are getting her through lockdown in London

Australian expat Hermione Underwood updates us from her pad in London where it’s still in lockdown, on how she does WFH and her beauty routine.

How she’s keeping herself busy during self-isolation

“I have, not so secretly, been loving lockdown!” admits Underwood. “Since I’ve been home in London, I’ve worked on building a ‘new norm’ for day to day life whilst leaning into the pause that this weird moment in time has provided us. I’ve been doing the Deepak Chopra 21 Abundance Meditation, I’ve been doing online courses from Yale and London Business School, I’ve started cooking and running... and luckily, I’ve had a lot of work on so the time has been spent as well as can be!”

With travel and events cancelled (“I’ve had the dates of 10 weddings moved”) – “there is a LOT of time for digging deep!” she says.

What London is like at the moment

Returning to London after visiting her hometown of Sydney just as COVID-19 was being properly understood meant had Underwood truly understanding the importance of being in self-isolation and lockdown. However, “the positive change I’ve noticed is that there’s a real feeling of comradeship on the streets, as if we’re a team and we’re all in this together. People are being very friendly and engaging which isn’t the norm with the Brits! Also, on Thursday nights we all ‘clap for our carers’ and the NHS which is very moving and beautiful.”

Her work from home tips

With several of her own businesses (jewellery brand Atelier Romy, her blog and brand consulting)and her consulting work, Underwood was already working from home. “Without the travel, meetings and events, the biggest change I’ve noticed is the amount of time I get real work done.”

She has been doing a daily outfit selfie on Instagram. “Whilst it might seem trivial, I find getting dressed ‘properly’ really puts me in the right mindset to take on the workday,” she says. “If I am lazy in how I dress and start the day, it affects my productivity massively. Also, getting dressed during the week means you can differentiate between weekdays and weekends, so you can be more relaxed on the weekend in tracksuits and switch off to Netflix.”

Her beauty routine during iso

Now that she has been spending most of her time at home, she has been making the most of upping her skin and health regimens, from skincare to facemasks. “I am obsessed with MZ Skin. I have the pleasure of knowing Dr Maryam Zamani as she lives in London and her products are revolutionary – I swear by them.” Her favourites are Rest & Revive Restorative Placenta Stem Cell Night Serum and the Soothe and Smooth Collagen Activating Eye Complex.

She’s equally a fan of Dr Sturm’s line of high performing skincare. “My favourites are the Enzyme Cleanser, the Face Cream and lately I’ve finally had the time to try the Hyaluronic Ampoules.”

MECCA’s WFH beauty picks

To keep on your desk to refresh your skin before a video call, try MAC Fix+ Magic Radiance which is filled with ingredients that brighten and hydrate, or the cult favourite Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist.

Looking for an easy makeup routine when at home? Start with the Mecca Cosmetica Weekend Skin Hydra Tint which has a formula that intelligentlymatches to your skin, and finish off with staples from natural brand Ilia; its Limitless Mascara and its super creamy True Skin Concealer.

For blue screen protection Chantecaille’s innovative Blue Light Protection Serum is a must against the skin-ageing rays. For a new take on the moisturising serum that can be applied quickly and over makeup for low effort (but high impact), slick on the Tatcha Serum Stick.

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