BexGraphic Design Coordinator
Tell us a bit about yourself Bex?
I was born in Hertfordshire and moved up to Suffolk with my family in 2006. I finished Sixth Form in 2011 and wasn’t sure what I wanted to do next; whether to go to university or not. My passion lies in Art and Design and I applied for various Art Degrees and was delighted to be offered places at all. However, my heart was not entirely sure if I wanted to spend a year doing what I felt would be exploring various Art mediums all over again, when I would have been happy to broaden my Photography, Drawing and Painting. So, I decided to find a temporary job and waitressed in a restaurant for a few months. I was then offered an interview here at SBC as a Maternity cover for Amy in Customer Care! After nearly 2 years in Customer Care, I made my way into the Marketing Department, and now, the Graphic Design Coordinator, which I really enjoy! At the weekends you’ll currently find me renovating our new house with my boyfriend, walking my dogs or playing hockey!
What’s your area of expertise?
Anything Design-based; product imagery, displays, posters, leaflets, creative artwork, photography… I am self-taught in Photoshop and am constantly learning new techniques. I’ve also grown to love Quark! In the transition period of moving from Customer Care to Marketing, I acquired the role of working on the legal side of our products when the new EU Regulations came into force. I am now familiar with all the necessary documentation that goes with it and enjoy finding out more about the fantastic ingredients that go into our products.
Do you have a personal beauty tip to share?
I always think that giving your skin a break from makeup does a lot of good; I do love makeup, but I equally love not wearing it, particularly at the weekend. I feel it gives your skin the chance to rebalance – not to mention the pampering you can do at home, like a deep exfoliating treatment and mask! One of my must-have products in my makeup bag is a clear mascara from a drugstore, which costs around £1.99 – it is the ideal brow tamer!
What is your favourite SBC product?
The Cotton Hand & Body Lotion is my favourite right now. I have always enjoyed using Body Lotions and this one ticks all the right boxes. I keep a 100ml bottle on my desk to apply as a Hand Cream throughout the day, and I have a larger bottle at home which I use regularly as a Body Moisturiser. I find the soft fragrance is really lovely and my skin always feels quenched and comfortable after using it. However, I am a massive fan of fruity fragrances, so I can’t go without mentioning the Grapefruit & Ginger Exfoliating Body Wash! The scent that envelops you in the shower when you use it is delicious! I am so excited for this collection to be expanded!
Do you have a real beauty no-no or bug bear?
I’m an avid hockey player and cannot stand it when girls turn up to play with their hair flailing around everywhere! It can’t be practical, surely! Sport gives you the opportunity to try different ways of plaiting and tying up your hair; I find it’s really fun to experiment! I have a thing about brows too – a lady with perfectly threaded and filled in brows is after my heart, but those who over-pluck or draw them on terribly, please stop!
What goes on in your average day at SBC?
Most days are pretty varied – sometimes I’ll update the SBC website, edit pack shots, design promotional artwork to use on social media, create QVC leaflets for our Today’s Special Value kits and various SKUs, check Safety Assessments for new SBC products, design our monthly e-News, discuss monthly offers for SBC… There’s never a dull day!
Desert Island Disc?
I think music has a great ability of transporting you back in time to various places where you listened to it and evokes so many emotions. I have to say, Nickleback are my all-time favourite! Whether I’m on a run listening to them or mowing the lawn, it always makes me happy and want to sing along. I also love Linkin Park – my sister introduced me to them years ago, so I know a lot of their old stuff, but their new songs are equally as good and unique – they’re great to listen to before a hockey match! I’m also a big fan of Blink 182 – think I’d need to take an iPod to this Desert, instead of just one CD!
Pub food is my weakness, particularly a homemade burger and crispy, chunky chips! I’m not a huge fan of spicy food, but my Grandfather was from Goa, so I think that explains my love of Curry!
SBC is based in Suffolk, what is your favourite Suffolk spot?
I have a horse called Mayo who has been a part of my family since I was 4, so having had him for 18 years, he’s very dear to me. My favourite place to be is anywhere with him – I love seeing him after work; there’s no better way to end the day than with a lovely hack around some glorious fields in the summer!
Describe your perfect day?
Coming home to the happy faces and wagging tails of my dogs is the best feeling – even if you have a bad day, they always manage to cheer you up and make you laugh. I have two yellow Labradors and a Terrier X, who get up to many comical antics – Chester in particular has acquired a taste for Bananas, which he steals from my bag if I’m not careful! Sunny days always lift my spirits too and I love being outside. I’m also a lover of films, so a trip to the Cinema is ideal, as long as the Popcorn is good!