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Lulu talks about her Reinvention and New Career in her 60s


Article by Lulu

Life is full of surprises at every age.  I never would have thought I would have my own skincare range in my 60’s!  In my professional career, I’ve been many things – actor, singer, songwriter…And while I have always been very driven to find the best products and ingredients (because I’ve been in the spotlight since 15 and it’s been my job to look good), it never occurred to me that I would add beauty “entrepreneur” to my resume – especially at this stage in my life. 

It’s easy to sit back and ‘put our feet up’ once we’ve reached a certain age.  We think we’ve accomplished all we can and seen all we’re meant to see.  Too many people believe life has passed them by and lose their “lust” for life!  In the entertainment business, you must always be open to changes and opportunities as they present themselves.  I suppose that helped me when it came to creating my skin care line Time Bomb.  It has grown so much and I have added hair care, Operation Glam; body care, Bombshell Body and even my very own fragrance, called Time. My own journey shows that we can strive for new experiences and reinvent ourselves no matter our age . . .

A real ‘Eureka’ moment!

It all came about, as these things often do, through a complaint!!  I had been doing some interviews for a music project but it seemed to me that everyone just wanted to ask me about how I looked . . . and what my secrets were.  Well, flattering as that it (and it IS!!) I wanted the journalists to concentrate on my album.  ‘What would I tell them anyway’, I complained to a friend, ‘that I use my own little pots of cream that I’ve had made, and I mix and match from lots of different bottles like a crazy apothecary?’  My friend and I looked at each other as I said this and it was a real eureka moment!  We suddenly thought – why not?  Maybe I should share my secrets!  After all, I had worked for decades with some of the best skincare specialists, therapists, chemists, healers, dermatologists and hairdressers in the business.  And I listened and I learned.

And for years I had been using my own tailor made skincare.  I had this blended with the help of a very clever chemist called Joe Cincotta – and Joe very patiently mixed and matched potions according to my exacting requests.  Of course I had not considered sharing these pots let alone marketing them . . . and yet, so began a very exciting journey learning all about marketing, packaging, ingredients, retailers, margins, distributors, componentry, inci lists, stabilisation, clinical trials, point of sale, gifts with purchase – and so many new acronyms!  I was of course very familiar with R n’ B – but not POS, GWP, SKU, NPD…it was a whole new language.  It has grown so much and I have added hair care, Operation Glam; body care, Bombshell Body and even my very own fragrance, called Time.

Age should not be a Barrier to trying Something New

I have always been a great believer that we all get as much from life as we put in and this stays true no matter how young or old we are!  Age should not be a barrier to trying something new or shaking up your life . . . if we let it become a barrier, we miss out on opportunities.  I’ve learned throughout my life and my own personal experience that no-one is just one thing, we all have many sides and talents and can surprise ourselves.  If any of my band The Luvvers saw me poring over sales figures and drawing up plans for NPD (new product development!) I guess they would not recognize me . . .!  Yet I apply the same passion, attention to detail, hard work and focus that I have always applied to my music career – and am proud to be able to say I have a whole new career in my sixties!  Long may it continue!

Lulu

Lulu needs no introduction! With a music career spanning 4 decades and founder of a successful skincare brand (Time Bomb), Lulu offers her tips on reinvention and living life to the full!

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  1. Paula Horsfall

    July 12, 2011

    Thank you for this interesting article by Lulu. It just goes to show what powerful creatures we women can be when we put our minds to it. I like the sound of her lotions and potions so must do some research to find out where I can try it.

    • Ceri Wheeldon

      July 12, 2011

      Hi Paula, there is a link to Lulu’s website in her author profile where you can order http://www.lulusplace.co.uk. I love her hair thickening lotion- planning to do a review ! I believe some branches of Fenwicks sell her range too. Glad you enjoyes. I’m looking forward to her future tips 🙂

  2. lesley Morpurgo

    March 29, 2012

    It is true Lulu has had and still enjoys a wonderful career, but in any of her TV interviews or writings does she give mention to the amazing Dick Katz, who was not only a great pianist and manager, but playd a supporting role in Lulu’s earlier career.

    It is great to get to the top, but don’t forget those who helped you get there.

    Well done on an amazing career.

  3. Monika

    January 14, 2014

    Lulu has had a great career, but this is just product placement.

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