Meet the Experts

Meet the team of experts behind Beauty Recommended. From our wonderful Editor to our experts, get to know the make-up artists, hair stylists, skin specialists and reader panel bringing you your weekly hair and beauty advice.

Annabel Jones, Editor, Beauty Recommended

An award-winning beauty journalist with 15 years’ experience on glossy magazines, Annabel began her career in the fashion department of Harpers & Queen. She quickly turned her passion for beauty into a fulfilling career as beauty director, working for titles such as Marie Claire Health & Beauty, Eve and most recently Grazia. Now a freelance beauty journalist, she continues to style and write beauty pages for leading titles – from Grazia to Marie Claire and Fabulous – as well putting her years of experience to use as a beauty consultant for top beauty brands. She is expert at spotting new trends and loves to help readers find their beauty mojo.

Dr Siân Morris, Principal Scientist, Skincare

Siân has worked within the Colour Cosmetic category in a wide diversity of disciplines including new foundation technology development, technical evaluation of foundation performance. Since 1999 Siân has focused on the area of skincare, improving consumer experiences and creating skin improvement products across both facial cleansing and moisturisation. Siân considers herself truly fortunate to work with women across Western and Eastern Europe, to understand the role of beautiful skin and skincare with women from St Petersburg to Madrid, Johannesburg to Jeddah – working with breakthrough technologies in skincare and creating innovative skincare products is as inspirational as are the women that use them.

Peter Lux, Creative Beauty Director for head&shoulders

Still only 28 years old, Peter has over 10 years experience and is undoubtedly one of the most exciting and technically brilliant stylists on the scene. Peter perfected his colouring techniques early in his career reaching the finals of the German Colour Trophy in 1999 and 2000. His passions quickly grew as he mastered the art of cutting and styling and is now renowned for pushing artistic boundaries resulting in luscious hair and healthy scalps. Peter has worked on a number of high-brow advertising campaigns for leading fashion and beauty brands and works alongside top photographers such as Rankin, Kai Feng and Rick Guest.

Anastasia Achilleos, Olay Facialist

A facialist for over 13 years, Anastasia has been voted best British facialist in Tatler magazine’s “Best of British”, and is renowned for her facial massages. Trained by Eve Lom, fresh from her recent trip to LA working alongside Ole Henriksen, Anastasia is a true genius in her field. Anastasia works with a host of leading celebrities and models and visits her clients to provide personalised treatments. She has also worked extensively for top advertising campaigns including Fendi, Miu Miu, Louis Vuitton, Sportmax and others. Her editorial credits include W Magazine, US & UK Glamour, V Magazine, Marie Claire, The Face and POP.

Liz Taw, Aussie Haircare

Liz Taw is an Australian hair stylist whose clientele has included Natalie Imbruglia, Pixie Lott, Danni Minogue and the Noisettes. She has also just completed the UK tour for Take That – a steady client of hers. Liz Taw has been in the hair industry for 12 years and is a true Aussie, embodying all of our Aussie values. “I first discovered Aussie in an airport – my kit was lost and I bought an Aussie Intensive conditioner. It’s great and I have been using it ever since.”

Ben Cooke, celebrity hairdresser

London born hairdresser Ben Cooke is one of the most sought after and prestigious hair stylists in his field. His experience spans 20 years, during which time he has worked with numerous high-profile celebrities, as well as the world’s most influential photographers and designers. Five years ago Ben secured a successful partnership with leading hair care brand Herbal Essences across Western Europe and around the same time opened his co-owned salon Lockonego, which has quickly become one of the most popular salons amongst London’s glitterati.

Jonathan Long, Co-founder of London A-list hair salon Lockonego

Jonathan Long is a celebrity hairdresser and co-founder of Lockonego salon on Chelsea’s King’s Road, London. With his signature artistic but wearable styling, Jonathan is one of the most sought-after hairdressers around. His wealth of experience and personal touch has won him a loyal clientele. With an ever expanding client list Jonathan still finds time to style for fashion shows and stars throughout the world and offers his expertise for popular TV shows, magazines and other media. Down to earth and charming, Jonathan has spent a lifetime in the industry and knows how to make his clients feel at ease. It is his personal touch, skill and ability to deliver fantastic styling consistently, which sets him apart from the rest.

Erica Davies, Beauty Recommended resident blogger

Erica Davies, a London-based stylist, fashion journalist, brand consultant and mum of two to Charlie and Lila. Erica has over fifteen years of experience in the industry as Fashion Editor on national newspapers and magazines and has spent years creating fabulous fashion pages, writing stories, travelling around the world on shoots, styling books, appearing as a style expert on TV and radio and has even created her own collections for a high street fashion chain. And if that’s not enough, Erica launched her own blog – – to inspire hip mums and cool kids.

Grace Hill is 31 years old and works in community development. She enjoys keeping fit by running, boxing and doing pilates; eating healthy, beautifying herself, movies, musicals, eating out and travelling.

Michelle Williams-Green is 45 years old, with 2 daughters. She works as a doctor’s receptionist, and loves everything girlie, shopping, pampering, fashion, beauty, books, holidays with my kids and romantic breaks with my husband. Michelle’s ultimate beauty must-have is a good facial moisturiser.

Laura Morris is 28 years old, and works in retail training. She loves her dogs, cooking, and cycling. Her ultimate beauty must-have is Olay Total Effects Moisturiser, as it keeps her skin looking hydrated and radiant throughout the day.

Catherine Joyce is 39 years old, and a mother of two boys. She is an accountant, and enjoys cooking, baking and walking. Catherine’s can’t-live-without-it product is BB cream, as it evens out her skin, covers imperfections and moisturises all at the same time - perfect for busy mums like her!

Melissa Cannon is 44, with two daughters, Olivia and Erika. She works part-time as an office administrator on an Arable farm. She enjoys entering competitions, exploring new cities and girly nights out. Melissa’s ultimate beauty must-have is tinted moisturiser for natural looking skin.

Jules Spille is 48 years old, and a mother of two. She is self-employed as a supplier of chain and marine products. She loves embroidery, dressmaking, reading, hiking, and watching movies. Jules can’t live without Olay Moisturiser.

Niamh Norton is 39 years old, and works in sales. She loves all things beauty and makeup, exercising, socialising, and shopping. Niamh’s beauty must-have is foundation, to help even out her skin tone and give her confidence to face the day.

Chrystina Yendell Modder 41 years old from Manchester

Lindsey Baxter is 29 years old and has three kids. She works part time as an insurance consultant for one of the UK's top insurers and is also studying biomedical science at college to pursue a career in the medical profession. She loves socialising with friends, dancing and going to the pictures. Lindsey’s beauty must-have is Max Factor Facefinity 3 in 1 All Day Flawless Foundation, and her back combing brush.

Catherine Glynn is 35 years old with four children. She’s a trained nurse and currently works as a nurse manager, looking after residential intellectual disability services. She loves reading, walking and participating in community activities. Her ultimate beauty must-have is the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick.

Gail Crozier is 52 years old with one daughter. She works as an inspector for a company which manufactures products for the electronics industry. She enjoys pilates, gentle exercise and weekends away at a nice hotel. Her ultimate beauty must-have is lipstick.

Jess Behan is 35 years old with two children. A full-time Mother, she likes cooking, trips to the cinema and theatre and gardening. Her ultimate beauty must-have is a primer.

Joanna Hague is a 27 year old financial paraplanner by day and works as a qualified nail technician by night. She loves shopping, socializing and reading. Her ultimate beauty must-have is moisturiser.

Julie Mason is a 36 year old full-time Mother with two children. She loves cooking healthy meals for her family, fashion design, needlework and reading. Her ultimate beauty must-have is sun protection with a high SPF.

Lynsey Arkinstall is 31 years old with two sons. She’s currently a full-time Mother and likes cooking, exercising, reading and spending time with her family. Her ultimate beauty must-have is Clarins Beauty Flash Balm.

Nina Jozwin is 45 years old with three children. She works as a replenishment assistant for a large supermarket. She enjoys keeping fit, including running and spinning. She also likes cooking and reading. Her ultimate beauty must-have is long lasting mascara.

Samantha Jones is 40 years old with twin boys. She works in retail management and enjoys going to the gym. Her ultimate beauty must-have is YSL Touché Éclat.