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Celebrity Health – Aimee Connolly

Aimee Connolly is one of Ireland’s most recognisable and loved make-up artists. She has been a columnist in the Sunday World magazine, a beauty expert on TV3’s Xposé and now does guest slots on Virgin Media’s Ireland AM. Aimee has developed her own award-winning cruelty-free cosmetics range, Sculpted by Aimee Connolly, and set up Sculpted The Academy, an education studio in south county Dublin. She has recently been announced as a finalist in the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards for 2021.

Photos: Lili Forberg

What has your last year been like Aimee?

It has been a very different year, and a learning experience at the same time. My business was already operating online at the start of the first lockdown and we had a solid e-commerce strategy in place, so it could have been more damaging. I have been very much concentrating on developing the brand and running online masterclasses for my academy.

What sort of exercise do you do to keep in shape?

I discovered my love of exercise at the start of the first lockdown. It has become one of the best things I have learned and a real help for my mind. I do online HIIT classes with my gym F45, I took up running and I started Pilates classes to stretch and look after my hips and legs. I had an operation for scoliosis when I was 17 and this exercise has really helped.

I have a new appreciation for being outdoors and have been walking a lot more. I used to drive, but now I walk into work three or four times a week or cycle, and I love it.

What sort of foods do you eat to stay healthy?

Since the first lockdown I have really got into cooking at home. I used to grab food on the go but have now changed my eating habits. I have a massive sweet tooth which I get from my mum, and love tea and a treat.

I am not a huge breakfast person – I might grab a banana and I like a cup of tea. For lunch I am really into minestrone soup or falafel salad or a basic toastie. For dinner I like making gnocchi chorizo, one-pan vegetarian lasagne and other pasta dishes, falafel and haloumi salads. I am not a big snack person but would have apples, bananas, nuts and protein bars in the office. I am not organised enough to prepare food for the next day.

Do you take any natural supplements or drinks?

I am one of these people who has the best intention to start taking supplements but I struggle to stick with it long term. Saying that, in the last 18 months I have amazed myself by consistently taking Zest Active by Revive Active, omega-3s and more recently vitamin A for my skin.

I would buy vitamins in my local health store in Dundrum Shopping Centre where I also often pick up herbal tea for sleep and beauty serums.

Do you ever worry about your health?

I am 28 and starting to see lines on my face that I think are from recent stress.

I have realised that in the past I was busy setting up a business and I didn’t prioritise myself enough, but I am making time for exercise and cooking now.

I find the older I am the more nervous I am about my family’s health – it is just me and mum and I am concerned that she gets all her health checks and looks after herself.

Do you have any health tips for Rude Health readers?

                                         

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