A Festive Moment with Cate Blanchett

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Global Ambassador for luxury skincare brand SK-II, Cate Blanchett took some time out from promoting her latest film, The Hobbit, to share her thoughts on beauty-inspired relaxation, topping the best dressed lists following the film’s premiere and what Christmas means to her. Not to mention giving me a great idea for Mummy’s Christmas gift!

Divulging her love of a little me-time, involving a rejuvenating face mask and a good book, the Australian actress spoke at the Haymarket Hotel about her role with the brand, which has just unveiled its Christmas collaboration with Rochas. She said: “I had been using the SK-II line for many years before I became the Global Ambassador and the benefits and the joys of that keep increasing. I didn’t know what crystal clear skin was until I started using SK-II.  Now I can’t live without it.”

A long-time advocate of the Japanese brand, Blanchett jumped at the chance to represent SK-II as its Global Ambassador saying: “When I was invited to work with such a prestigious brand as SK-II I was delighted to accept, as not only are the products luxurious but they also make a real difference to my complexion and skin tone.” Complementing her passion for beauty is her equal interest in fashion, though she admits there is little time for either in her hectic schedule. Speaking to Vogue, she said: “I love what Raf [Simons] is doing at Dior, he’s really clever -and I love Balenciaga, but Nicolas [Ghesquière] has left now, so it will be interesting to see what happens. I am really interested in fashion, I just wish I could get to the shows more.”

From catwalk shows to on-screen performances, Blanchett has reprised her role as Queen Galadriel in Peter Jackson’s prequel to The Lord of the Rings trilogy, which is currently showing at cinemas across the country following the London premiere last week. Blanchett, 43, has always maintained impeccable grace and style on the red carpet making her most recent appearance in a backless Givenchy number, despite the bitter December climate. “It was pretty cold. I had a handwarmer, but it froze! I loved the dress though, I think Riccardo Tisci is absolutely great at Givenchy,” she told Vogue. “It’s not often you get the chance to dress up like that, so it’s nice to make an effort. It was fun for my kids too -they got their first suits, from Ralph Lauren, so they were really excited. Normally I think ‘disinterested’ is the word I’d use [to describe the children’s attitude towards my career], but films like The Hobbit give me brownie points – they saw it in Wellington first actually.”

Finding a balance between her acting commitments and parental duties, especially at this festive time of year, she said: “Like most women, my schedule is really busy with both family and work commitments, so my skin is often under stress and can get tired. I’m out and about in all conditions; working and travelling a lot. SK-II helps to create the clear complexion that gives me confidence I need.” Noting the confident and style-savvy young women following in her very own A-list footsteps, Blanchett paid particular attention to the likes of Mia Wasikowska, Elle Fanning and Emma Stone as those to watch. Though she also made mention of fellow Hollywood veterans Tilda Swinton and Gwyneth Paltrow, and revealed her personal style icons to include the Olsen twin, fashion editor Diana Vreeland and costume designer Jacqueline West.

Another young actress, who has just played a starring role in the first ever Topshop Christmas campaign, is Kate Bosworth who shares Blanchett’s love of both good style and good skincare, and was recently announced as the newest ambassador alongside the Australian actress for the SK-II brand. SK-II is exclusively available in the UK at Harrods and online at harrods.com and sk-ii.co.uk.

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