EMOTIONAL TIES: Nic Chapman-Haste reveals the things that make her tick

From a perfect proposal to her grandfather’s clock, Pixiwoo beauty vlogger Nic Chapman-haste reveals the things that make her tick. 

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This the engraved mahogany box my husband Ian [Haste] used to propose to me in 2010. It was in a bag with a heart padlock and the code was the date that we met. Inside were chocolates and the engagement ring.

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I’m extremely proud of Pixiwoo’s book Face – a make-up how-to guide for beginners. It took a lot of work and became a bestseller. Although we are based online I’m of the era that likes to have something physical in their hands – I love magazines and print.

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It is tradition to give paper as a gift for your first wedding anniversary so Ian bought me the sheet music of our first dance: James Morrison’s ‘You Make It Real’. When Sam and I became successful it went to our heads a bit and Ian brought me back to earth.

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I bought this print by Sandra Chevrier when I moved from London to Norwich in 2012. It was the first time that I was able to buy art and still afford to eat. I have two prints by her – I didn’t realise then that she was such a big artist.

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My children Harry, seven, and Edie, six, look so cute in this school picture. Edie’s hair is a bit raggedy – she’s the image of me at that age – and Harry is well put together, like his dad. They argue but are so loyal to each other.

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My sister [and Pixiwoo partner] Sam and I collect these Starbucks mugs wherever we go in the world. I have about 15 of them – the latest is from Qatar. They are a memory of what we’ve done together and how far we have come in business and life.

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Sam and I do a lot of meet and greets, and every time I hug someone who I think smells amazing, they’re wearing Portrait of a Lady by Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle. When I did actress Allison Janney’s make-up for this year’s Baftas she was wearing it, too, so I knew I had to buy it.

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My late granddad Bill made this grandfather clock. He used to take himself off to his garage to make them in his spare time. He died in 2011 on the day I discovered that I was pregnant with a boy, so Harry’s middle name is Bill.

Interview by Victoria Woodhall

Nic is the brand ambassador for Real Techniques make-up brushes, applicators and accessories, available nationwide at Boots and Superdrug.