Simon Cowell and Cheryl Tweedy chat about working together once again for The X Factor Judges Houses, Simon reveals he almost named his son after himself, and just how did Cheryl snap back into shape so quickly after her pregnancy?
Having welcomed her first child, Bear, in March, Cheryl knows as well as any new mother that pampering often takes a back seat pretty quickly once there’s a baby on the scene. Here, as she returns to work by launching a trio of Paint by Cheryl Lip Kits with L’Oréal Paris, she shares her post-baby beauty tips and explains how motherhood has changed her outlook on life.
Honestly, for the past few months I haven’t had a beauty regime. Because you get up, you’re with the baby, he naps maybe two or three times a day and in that time that he’s napping you’re doing all the other stuff that needs to be done, like washing up and cleaning his clothes. So you don’t really have time for yourself, in the beginning. It’s not until you adjust and get into a pattern with your child that you can then start making new time, which has just been recently for me. It’s like: oh my god I’d forgotten about all this! I do cleanse before bed – whether or not I’m wearing make-up, because of pollution and things like that – and I do drink a lot of water. And wearing an SPF is vital. I like the Skinceuticals one, that’s my luxury. That and Decléor are my favourite luxury brands.
On her beauty saviour
Coconut oil is amazing. You can use it on your hair, as a mask, on your face, on your body, in your bath, you can eat it, you can put it on the baby… And I started putting oils in the bath with me, oils like Bio Oil, so when I get out I’m already moisturised. It’s one less thing to do. I mean, be careful you don’t slip – I don’t want to be responsible for that!
Nowadays my main way to relax is sleep. Since the baby was about seven weeks old he’s slept seven hours through and now he can sleep for 12, so I’m lucky. But the first time I had a massage, since the baby, I think I went to a dreamland. It’s just me, Liam and the baby rocking around 24/7, so you don’t have one second to yourself really, especially not in that first three months. They’re so precious. So when someone said “go for an hour”, I was like: hallelujah! I think that should be a gift to any new mother.
I’ve actually got a new lip collection with L’Oréal Paris, which has three shades – peach, greige and burgundy. For the burgundy I went to Paris last year and we created it from scratch. It was fascinating. I went into a room first and spoke to the top guys, who told me the ins and outs of what they do and the science behind everything. It’s actually amazing what they can do, I didn’t want to leave! Then they started mixing colour right in front of my eyes. So we worked together on it, and I showed them photos and references and stuff like that. It’s out for autumn so I’d wear it with a goldy kind of eyeshadow and just loads of beautiful eyelashes. And a bit of contouring. And one pound from each lip kit sold is going to my charity which is amazing for me. I’ve always had a really good relationship between my charity and L’Oréal and now we’re all intertwined with the Prince’s Trust so it just works.
Tracey Anderson has a streaming service and it’s heaven sent. I have a space in my house where I heat up the room and then just stream it and follow that. I’ve always done Tracey Anderson. When I lived in the States I went to Brentwood, to her studio, but the streaming is brilliant, so easy and you can do it in your living room.
Pregnancy is great for your hair. But afterwards you have all these hormonal changes and it does change it. the L’Oréal hair masks are great, or coconut oil. If I’m just sat inside, nobody sees me, so I just keep it on! And then if I’m going out, L’Oréal Paris has a great mousse which you can put on towel-dried hair for a bit of volume.
On returning to work
What’s interesting is that I love music now more than I ever did. The baby loves music too, and I always played it throughout my pregnancy. So back to the grind, back to popstar life, back to recording. It’s all fun again. I haven’t released music for a long time but it’s good to clear your mind – silence and tranquillity and beautiful things happening to me has helped me to see things differently.
On her new outlook on life
I think I’m still adapting in some ways. I just feel differently about everything to be honest – my views on everything have changed. Firstly you see the fear in everything, like sharp edges! Your whole being changes because it’s not about you anymore. If something happens to you it doesn’t matter as much but if it happened to your child, the impact would be severe. I do worry about where social media will be headed by the time he’s old enough to have it, you know? It’s scary. I’m so glad I didn’t have social media when I was growing up. We didn’t have any of that. I’m glad I was able to have a popstar life without camera phones in those early days. Everyone’s a paparazzi now. Then you just signed autographs. Nobody wants those anymore!
Catch Nadine on Sunday Brunch, aired yesterday, helping to make chilli prawns on toast whilst chatting about what shes been up to.
Later on in the show, they sat her down for a chat about her single Go To Work.
Pictures from the show are in the gallery:
 Nadine Coyle > October 1st – Sunday Brunch
Cheryl has exclusively revealed her top beauty tip for busy new mums to us – coconut oil!
Speaking in her first interview since giving birth to five-month-old Bear, the star explained why the product was perfect for time-pressed mums trying to get ready in a hurry.
And best of all, her go-to product can be bought on the high street for less than a tenner.
She explained: “My top tips for new mams would be – you don’t always get time to moisturise, when you’ve jumped in the shower quickly while they’re napping, or have a quick bath – so my thing would be, go in the bath and put in bath oil in with you so you don’t have to worry about that and you’re moisturised when you come out.
“I use coconut oil from head to toe. Literally, you can eat it, put it on your hair and you can put it on your face, your body. It’s brilliant stuff.”
Watch more of Cheryl’s new mum tips in the interview above!
Girls Aloud’s impressive body of work has long been part of the pop canon, still dominating the playlists of millennials across the UK in 2017 (we’ve all been under the DJ booth screaming for “Love Machine”, right?). Their debut single, 2002’s banger “Sound of the Underground” continues to be considered a brit-pop game changer, and despite the group splitting four years ago, the gals are still very much in demand (I mean, Sarah just won CBB!)
Thankfully, Nadine Coyle is on hand to serve up some new tunes to fill our aural Girls Aloud fix, teaming up with Brian Higgins (who was basically responsible for all your fave GA jams) on her upcoming single, “Go To Work.” For the past two years she’s been writing new material, exploring her new found “soulful” voice.
Ahead tomorrow’s drop (the single lands 8 September), we caught up with Nadine to discuss the evolution of her sound, her relationship with her Girls Aloud bandmates, and the power of the potato… (yes seriously!)
How has your summer been? What have you been up to?
I went to Spain a few times. I love Spain! And being in London you hop on a plane to Europe and you’re there! There’s this beautiful part, my parents actually took us there when we were kids and I was searching the world for this beach and it was in my mind and I thought it must have just been in my memory, but it turns out, it exists and it’s in Spain and I love it!
Nice. So you’ve just signed with Virgin EMI, how does that feel?
Surreal, completely surreal! I’ve got the chance to do it before and I’ve got the chance to do it again. It brings a tear to my eye, everybody is so good and so amazing that I just feel really really really fortunate.
You’ve had a bit of time away from music, how does it feel coming back to it?
To be a singer you can just walk around the house and sing, you don’t have to be in a studio or on a stage. [It’s] something I’ve always loved to do. [I’m] working with Brian Higgins again, who did all of the Girls Aloud stuff.
You must have a great working relationship with him!
I met Brian when I was 17, we’ve done every Girls Aloud song ever really, all of our singles have all been Brian, he knows how to push me and we just have a great way of working together. I love the challenge with different tunes.
Considering your time away, do you feel nervous or excited about coming back?
I feel excited because it’s one of those really odd things where it’s so out there, like oh my god, you shoot a video, you do photo shoots, you do all these things, it’s such an exciting job that I’m really really happy to be back and I’m really happy to be here and I’m really happy to have all the people here and have these opportunities.
What can we expect to hear? What’s the sound that you’re going for?
The sound is definitely pop. I’m all about the pop! My voice has changed a bit since before, so it’s a bit more soulful, soulful melodies, but just fun, the whole thing! What you can expect is to get up and be dancing and be able to put it on and hopefully feel energised and in a better mood, that’s the hope, that’s what we’re really going for, fun times!