Judy Johnson is a beauty journalist, award-winning columnist and digital editor with an uncontrollable passion for makeup and an undeniable hatred of skincare.
OK, perhaps hatred is too strong a word.
Fear? Yes, fear is more accurate. Why? Because she reacts to just about everything thanks to her very, very, don’t-touch-me-without-at-least-three-patch-tests sensitive skin.
This is, of course, a problem. Being a beauty journalist means testing out all sorts of things. Beauty things. Serums and moisturisers, cleansers and oils, masks and – oh dear God help us – facials. There’s no getting away from it.
Odd, then, you may think, for her to choose this career path. But what’s a girl to do when makeup makes her world go round and skincare is an irritating (literally) necessity? Knowledge is power, after all. So this journalist rolled up her metaphorical sleeves (she rarely wears sleeves, always too hot on London tubes for sleeves. Unless covering up a reaction, of course), delved into beauty journalism and made it her mission to debunk all the claims about skincare ‘for sensitive skin’ and find brands which really, truly care if you end up with a big red rash on your face. They’re really hard to find, by the way.
No easy feat, but there’s still plenty of time for other beauty escapades. She will never not be excited by a new eyeliner. Eyeshadow makes her heart fly, and don’t even get her started on the sparkly stuff. It’s no coincidence that Ibiza is her favourite place on the planet (glitter is positively encouraged, day or night on the White Isle).
Health is an interest too; an anxiety sufferer and stress-ridden Londoner who grew up in a tiny village in Sussex where everybody knows your name, she’s fascinated by the connection between stress and the body, from skin to hair and all that’s in between.
Anything else? Why, yes, actually. Prior to embracing the beauty world, she also dabbled in the other kind of soap, and TV generally. What’s on the box is another passion, particularly when it, too, causes reactions (in the best sense). Blogging for her own site and others, she has ranted and raved about everything from EastEnders and The X Factor to Homeland, much to her Twitter followers’ delight. Right, followers?
So that’s the who, where and the why taken care of – now for the what and the when…
- 2005 – 2008: First Class Honours, Goldsmiths, Uni of London: Media and Communications with Journalism
- 2008 – 2012: Wahanda.com, Site Editor (now known as Treatwell)
- 2012 – 2014: Get The Gloss, Production Editor
- 2014 – 2016: Get The Gloss, Managing Editor
What I’m doing now:
- 2016 – Present: Get The Gloss, Digital Editor
- 2005 – Present: Freelance blogger, copywriter, editor and journalist
My career in a nutshell…
After a short stint of freelancing post-graduation, followed by an internship at Inside Soap magazine, I began interning at online start-up Wahanda (now known as Treatwell) and quickly learnt my way around a CMS, SEO and HTML. I was soon promoted to Site Editor, looking after all editorial and copywriting, setting the brand tone, writing newsletters and generally making sure the entire site and its communication was word-perfect. I then moved on to work for another start-up (I love a challenge), Get The Gloss, in 2012, and while managing the site content and development, I began writing what is now my award-winning sensitive skin column, Sense and Sensitivity. I knew sensitive skin would come in handy some day.
Johnson & Johnson Skincare Journalism Awards – Runner-up in Best Online Beauty Journalist category (2014)
Johnson & Johnson Skincare Journalism Awards – Runner-up in Best Online Beauty Journalist category (2016)
Johnson & Johnson Skincare Journalism Awards – Winner in Best Online Beauty Journalist category (2017)
Johnson & Johnson Skincare Journalism Awards – Shortlisted in Best Online Beauty Journalist category (2015)
Jasmine Awards – Best Digital Piece 2017 (for this column)
Who knows? Drop me a line and let’s see if we can work together.