February 20th 2019
The Expert Edit: Jessica Lemarie-Pires' beauty essentials
August 28th 2018 / 0 comment
Eva K Salvi
The model, mother and organic haircare founder shares her favourite skincare and makeup buys, and how her brand came about
It’s surprising how many beauty brands are created at a kitchen table in order to solve an often personal problem or dilemma, but that’s just how ex-model Jessica Lemarie-Pires’ brand, Onira haircare came about. Having featured in the pages of Russian Vogue and been the face of Pond’s skincare in the US, the mother of three (Jessica is married to French international footballer Robert Pires), then turned her attention to the beauty business after a lifestyle change led her to rethink what she was using on her hair and body.
“As a mother, businesswoman and model, my lifestyle is very fast-paced,” explains Jessica. “I’ve always relied on high performance products, that guarantee results, to see me through. But, a few years ago, after the birth of my children, my perspective on health, wellbeing and beauty really changed. I became a lot more concerned about the future; being there for my children and adopting a healthier way of living. For the first time, I truly opened my eyes to the impacts that my personal decisions and choices were having on my own body, and the earth as a whole. I made a promise to myself, there and then, to make a change and adopt a more conscious lifestyle; that respects the earth and its resources, for all those living now and future generations. I introduced changes in all aspects of my life; from my diet and exercise regime, to the beauty products I was using.
“Yet, I was still left dreaming of luxurious, natural, organic haircare; that restored my hair’s condition, without surrendering my environmental beliefs. There just simply wasn’t anything on the market that delivered in all areas. So, I resolved to develop my own range and allow women like me, the world over, to rediscover the true youth and beauty of their hair.”
The brand, now stocked in Net-A-Porter, is inspired by Jessica’s Greek roots; the name itself means ‘dreams’ in her late mother’s language. “Being of Greek descent, I have always felt a close connection to the islands and seas; and so, they were a natural inspiration for me when creating the collection. In my research, I discovered a Polynesian flower extract, known as ‘Ginger Shampoo’; when blended with Monoi, it possesses exceptional nourishing and repairing properties. This precious, organic blend has been a beauty secret passed down through generations of South Sea Island women, and this exclusive, natural blend of ingredients sits right at the heart of the Onira brand and all Onira products.”
So we know what Jessica uses on her (oh so glossy) hair - but what about the rest of her beauty cabinet? Here are the skincare, body and makeup buys she really rates…
Biologique Recherche Skincare - Buy Online
"I have a skincare routine with the products from Biologique, including the Lotion P50V , the Lait VIP o2, the Sérum Amniotique E and the Crème Contour des Yeux VIP o2. My skin looks illuminated and super soft. Less wrinkles. The combination of all of them makes the difference."
Nude Detox Gentle Brightening Fizzy Powder Wash, £38 - Buy Online
"Once a week I love using the Brightening Fizzy Powder Wash from Nude. My skin glows so much after using this that my friends always ask me if I have just had a facial!"
Charlotte Tilbury Brightening Youth Glow, £38.50 - Buy Online
"I use the Brightening Youth Glow from Charlotte Tilbury to give my skin a nice glow before makeup."
Clinique Even Better SPF15 Liquid Foundation, £28 - Buy Online
"I use this to correct the tone of my skin a little - I don’t apply it everywhere, just under my eyes and in a 3 shape around my face."
MAC Extra Dimension Blush in 'Just a Pinch', £23 - Buy Online
"The MAC Just a Pinch blush is so easy to apply with fingers - the healthy flush appears right away."
RMS Beauty Living Luminizer, £36 - Buy Online
"For the evening time I love the RMS Luminizer. I apply it with my finger - it’s a really nice soft illuminator, really subtle. I use it on my cheekbones and nose."
Chanel Rouge Allure Ink Matte Liquid Lip Colour in 152 'Choquant', £31 - Buy Online
"The best Lip product for me is the Chanel Rouge Allure Ink in the colour 'Choquant'. It stays on my lips all night and doesn’t dry them out."
Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes, £25 - Buy Online
"When I go out I use the Legendary Lashes mascara from Charlotte Tilbury. It looks like I have fake eyelashes when I use it."
REN Moroccan Rose Otto Body Wash, £20 - Buy Online
"I love the REN Moroccan Rose Otto Body Wash for the shower. It smells so good and leaves my skin super soft."
Onira Organics The Serum, £60 - Buy Online
"Of course for my hair I use the shampoo and conditioner from my Onira Organics line. But the best product from Onira is the serum. I leave it on all night as a treatment or before a blow-dry to protect my hair from the heat."
Find out more about Onira Organics on their website