Jessica Rowe is an accomplished journalist, television presenter and three-time best selling author. You can see Jess every weekday morning as co-host of Network Ten’s morning talk show Studio 10, and also read her column Dear Jess every Sunday in Fairfax Media’s Sunday Life magazine and dailylife.com.au.
A self confessed ‘crap housewife’, Jess has gathered a strong and loyal following with her #craphousewife movement, uniting and celebrating other mothers who, like Jess, sometimes feel like they are not the perfect mother, wife or cook. With humour and honesty, Jess shares her amusing misadventures on CrapHousewife.com.
Jess is a passionate advocate for mental health awareness, having herself experienced post natal depression. Jess is an ambassador for beyondblue and a patron of Mental Health Australia. In 2015 Jess was honoured as a Member of the Order of Australia for her mental health advocacy work and her contribution to Australian media.
Jess is married to Nine News Sydney presenter Peter Overton and together they have two young daughters, Allegra (10) and Giselle (8).
We are so honoured to feature your Jessica! xx
JESSICA ROWE, MUSE OF THE MOMENT
You’ve just been announced as the new ambassador for Australian sunscreen brand, Solar D. Congratulations Jessica! Tell us more about it.
I first discovered Solar D when fashion stylist Jules Sebastian came on Studio 10 and she was an ambassador for the brand. Until then I didn’t realise that so many of us these days are Vitamin D deficient. I embraced the Solar D concept given it is protective against sunburn but still allows you to get the Vitamin D benefits of the sun.
I’m someone who doesn’t support brands unless I really believe in it and this is the first real skincare product I’ve been aligned with. I’m proud to be an ambassador for Solar D.
You’ve carved out a very successful career out for yourself in the world of journalism, authoring and TV presenting. What are some of the biggest lessons you have learnt working in your career?
I’ve learnt many lessons during my twenty five year media career. You realise that your career progression is non-linear, it can zig-zag around but the most important thing is to back yourself and take risks. Often the endgame is not getting the job promotion but what you learn and who you meet along the way.
It is impossible to have everything running a million miles an hour at the same time. Something has to give. For me there was a time to be home with my babies, I then spend many years working part time and now I’ve been working full time for the past four years. However this wasn’t planned and there was plenty of times when I wondered if I would ever get another job in the media.
You lead a pretty busy life being the co-host of Studio 10, your mental health advocacy work, juggling other gigs, a family and now Solar D! How on earth do you do it?
Some days I manage it better than others! My house is messy and my car looks like a tip. I don’t sweat those things and luckily I have a husband who is far more organised than me. He’s sensational at replying to emails, paying the bills, and filling out the school permission slips. I’m better at the big picture and keeping everyone enthusiastic and entertained! We also have a cleaner who comes once a week. I’m a proud crap housewife and have stopped putting pressure on myself to make gourmet meals. Spag Bol, crumbed schnitzel, marinated chicken wings and chicken nuggets is more my style.
Do you believe in balance?
Absolutely! For me life is all about balance. It’s important to look after yourself, eat well and treat your body with care but life is also too short not to indulge from time to time. I enjoy a rose, chocolate and takeaway on the weekends!
What are some daily rituals you follow every day to look after yourself and to make sure you’re feeling your absolute best?
I take antidepressants. I’ve had depression and anxiety and taking my medication daily helps keep me on the straight and narrow! I also get enormous joy from fashion and enjoy planning my outfits for the day. Clothes have a transformative effect and I dress to reflect/lift my mood. And as I’ve got older I’ve become more adventurous with fashion. My philosophy is more is more!!
Ok, now we get into the beauty questions…
What is the one beauty product you cannot live without?
I am really conscious of being sun smart and diligent about sun protection. I use Solar D sunscreen on my skin each day and also make sure that my two girls skin is also protected with Solar D. I keep the Solar Daily Face sunscreen in my handbag.
What’s your skincare routine?
Well now I use Solar D everyday on my face. It’s super light and non-greasy. I’ve had acne in the past and I still get blemishes from time to time and the reason I love Solar D is that it is non-greasy and doesn’t clog my pores so I can avoid pesky breakouts. I wake up and lightly cleanse my face put on my Solar D followed by some moisturiser and then I’m off to work!
Do you have a signature scent?
What can we find in your makeup bag?
Solar D Daily Face sunscreen, three bright pink lipsticks, Hydrate moisturiser by Ingrid Seaburn, Urban Decay glitter eyeshadows and eyeliner.
The best piece of beauty advice your mum gave you?
Stop looking in the mirror!
What are some life lessons that you want to bestow on your children in relation to beauty?
During my teenage years I used to have ‘who is the brownest?’ competitions with my girlfriends. This involved burning our skin to a frazzle without a hint of sunscreen. Thankfully I’m now sun smart and have always covered my girls in sunscreen. Amazingly they are now very conscious about their own sun protection which is fantastic. I also want them to realise that beauty is all about what is inside of you. I make a point of explaining that kindness is the most beautiful quality of all.
What’s your first beauty related memory?
Turning my acne into beauty spots with the help of a black kohl pencil. It didn’t work!
What is the beauty product that everyone should know about?
I use Botox, which I’ve been totally open and honest about and I find that’s good for reversing some of the damage I’ve done to my skin in the past. Obviously to prevent further wrinkles and pigmentation I am diligent about protecting my skin with a product like Solar D!
What’s one lesson you wish you learnt when you were younger?
Your acne will eventually clear up!
Do you prefer a smokey eye or red lipstick?
Red lipstick- it does wonders for your face and instantly makes you look more awake.
Mascara or bronzer?
Blow wave or facial?
Facial with my dear friend Ingrid Seaburn. She is a skin whisperer! Since I have short hair it drip drys.
What’s your morning routine? Do you have two, one either side of Studio 10?
I get up around 5am and after a hot shower to help me wake up, I quickly get dressed before inhaling my first coffee of the day. I love a chat but I can’t talk to anyone until I’ve had my coffee. And then once I’ve finished work, I wash all my tv make up off but leave on the wonderful false eyelashes. They are perfect for school pick up!!
Three things you can’t live without (doesn’t have to be beauty related)?
My family, my cats and glitter.
Is there a particular makeup or skincare brand you can’t get enough of?
A lovely friend of mine introduced me to an American brand called Osmosis. I’ve never used serums in the past but now I love them, they have been fantastic for my skin.
Scarpa Hair in Double Bay. Pierre has been cutting my hair for thirty years. It’s the longest relationship I’ve ever had with a man!
Getting my hair dyed pink.
Favourite way to indulge?
I love getting my eyelash extensions for holidays.
If you were spending a day with your best girlfriends, what would you do?
Drink rose, talk, talk, talk and laugh.
How do you keep fit?
I’m a bit lazy when it comes to this but I do love Pilates. I manage to do two lessons a week with one of my best friends. We work hard trying not to fart while we squeeze our core muscles!
Which beauty trend are you loving right now?
I love a bright pink lipstick!
Audrey Hepburn, Iris Apfel and Anna Dello Russo.
Feeling comfortable in your own skin.