BeautyView: Anne Pouillot, Director of European Operations, Alchimie Forever

Leading our Swiss office and European operations is the quiet and shy Anne Pouillot. Don’t let her calm or the fact that she appears so young (must be the skin care products…) mislead you, she is a force to be reckoned with, and an absolutely essential part of the Alchimie Forever team, as without her, products would remain ideas and formulae.

AP: What city were you born in? AnneP: Troyes, a city in Champagne in France.

AP: What city to do you live in? AnneP: Evian, after champagne, water….

AP: What is your middle name? AnneP: I have two middle names: Catherine, my Mom’s first name, and Charlotte, my godmother’s first name.

AP: What is your astrological sign? AnneP: Gemini, and Gemini ascendant, dual personality.

AP: What is something about you most people don’t know? AnneP: Every weekend I read L’Equipe, a French sports newspaper featuring soccer, rugby, tennis, swimming, fencing, athletics, and more. I love it!

AP: What is your most prized possession? AnneP: The people I love and who love me.

AP: If you could have dinner with the person of your choice, who would it be? AnneP: My 4 grandparents who are no longer of this world.

AP: Describe your fashion style in three words maximum. AnneP: Classic and unique.

AP: Do you wear a watch? If yes, what model? AnneP: Yes, a Burberry watch,  the glass face has been broken for a long time, but I still wear it.

AP: Diamonds or pearls? AnneP: Diamonds, just diamonds.

AP: What is your #1 beauty secret? AnneP: Genes! My mom has perfect skin and a nice smile, my Dad gave me my eyes! Also, never forget the upper lip area when you apply your day or night cream. I love the Alchimie Forever rejuvenating eye balm for the eye contour and this area!

AP: What fragrance do you wear? AnneP: Herba Fresca from Guerlain. It smells of green tea and freshly cut grass, like Alchimie Forever. I love it!

AP: Botox or not? AnneP: Not.

AP: Hair color: natural or not? AnneP: Natural, but I do get straightening treatments for my curly hair.

AP: What are your special diet tips, if any? AnneP: Have fun!

AP: What do you do for exercise? AnneP: I am not a fan of exercise… but every Sunday, I swim for 45 minutes. I prefer to watch those who are good at sports!

AP: What are three things that you always have in your fridge? AnneP: Sausage, cheese, white wine!

AP: What is your cocktail of choice? AnneP: I prefer champagne and wine to cocktails. My favorite champagne is Louis Roederer, my white wine choice is Chablis, and my favorite red wine as Irancy (a Burgundy wine).

AP: What is your secret to work/life balance? AnneP: Take pleasure in both! And always keep in mind that the work enriches our personal life and vice versa!

AP: How many miles do you fly per year on average? AnneP: Not many, I don’t like to fly. Instead, I love driving my car to drive from Geneva to Brittany twice per year to see the sea.

AP: What are your three top tips for travel? AnneP: 1. Wear comfortable clothes. 2. Set your watch to the time of arrival upon stepping on the plane. 3. Have positive thoughts during the flight.

AP: 3 songs on your ipod right now. AnneP: Relax by Mika, Demain by Thomas Dutronc (a song about procrastination) and Moins vite by Benabar (a song for all children who grow up too fast and I dedicate this song to my goddaughter Sasha Polla).

AP: What book are you reading right now? AnneP: Magellan by Stefan Zweig. I like the historic biographies.

AP: Quote to live by. AnneP: Do not do to others what you would not want done to you.

AP: What is your worst pet peeve? AnneP:  Anything vulgar: words, people, makeup…

AP: What time do you usually wake up in the morning, and how many hours of sleep do you usually get? AnneP: I wake up at 5:50am. I need a lot of sleep to feel good and try to get at least 8 hours!

AP: What is your favorite thing about the beauty industry? AnneP: To find the miracle in the jar!

AP: Least favorite thing. AnneP: The bad press about parabens.

AP: Who is your mentor? AnneP: I am still looking for one…

AP: Words of advice for young women starting their careers today. AnneP: Be curious.