Duchess Kate: Prince George is ‘racing around… he’s opening doors already’

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Here are more photos of Duchess Kate in North London yesterday, making an appearance at a school on behalf of M-PACT Plus, which is being described as Kate’s “pet project” to provide assistance to kids whose parents have addiction issues. These photos are mostly close-ups, because when I did yesterday’s post, we mostly had body shots/glamour shots at the time and the close-ups came in later. It doesn’t even matter if you can’t see Kate’s Goat dress – it’s already sold out. It sold out online within minutes of her appearance at the school. I’m doing some catch-up coverage because People Mag had some really interesting details about Kate’s visit and what she said to various people. Some highlights:

*While in the school, “she listened intently to teachers and charity workers as she was updated about its success so far.” She asked the charity worked: “Were the parents quite surprised by the things their children were saying?” And: “Have you found it difficult to attract parents, given the stigma that can be associated with these issues?”

*She made the appearance with comedian John Bishop. Bishop said that Kate talked to him about George, saying that George is “racing around… He’s so fast and I can’t believe he is opening doors already.”

*This was not a surprise visit. The school knew she was coming and she was presented with a portrait of herself and Prince George. That’s what she’s carrying in some of these photos.

[From People]

Well, I’ll give her credit for this. She seemed engaged with the kids, she seemed genuinely interested in learning more about her “pet project” and she managed to do an event without flashing anyone. Lessons learned? Or is she merely saving up her flashes for Autumn?

Last story – The Daily Mail is trying to make something happen about the Middletons’ selling those cheap loomed kids’ bracelets that are all over the place. Kate was photographed wearing one during the Australian/New Zealand tour. So… the Middletons are profiting from some undercover Kate promotion? Eh. I don’t think it’s that big of a deal.

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  1. Faye says:

    Seems like a good cause and a well-conducted, appropriate visit. Hope she continues the trend.

    And on the shallow side of things, her makeup is baaad up close. Not just the ubiquitous eyeliner, but the foundation is so caked on it emphasizes every line and pore. It’s summer; she should be using a tinted moisturizer, or at least a moisturizing foundation. She needs a good makeup artist.

    • EB says:

      I wish she’d hire Lisa Eldridge to do her makeup! Lisa is an amazing artist, is right there in London, and could make Kate look so young and fresh. I’m one of her least harsh critics, but even I can’t help saying that Kate’s makeup, especially her eyeliner, is terrible and aging.

      • Faye says:

        ITA! I love Lisa, both her work and her interviews.

      • minnieder says:

        Gah! Enlarge the pic of just her face. Her skin is HORRIBLE and her forehead looks 10 yrs older than mine. And I’ll be 38 this yr.

    • Samtha says:

      She would look so much younger with better makeup!

      • gayle says:

        Her skin would look so much younger if she was taking in the proper nutrients instead of following a restrictive diet and stayed out of the sun ;)

      • FLORC says:

        And stop smoking. That does not help skin at all.

      • Ronia says:

        Judging by the skin of most European women of middle and upper class who can afford good quality skin care (because she is such), smoking is the least problem. Only in North America you keep repeating and repeating the same things while the skin of most women here of the same class is much worse. Reasons lie in food, attitude, stress and overall culture of caring for the body. In the Mediterranean nearly everyone smokes. In France most of the women either smoke now or have smoked for long till not so long ago. The skin of all these is way better than what I see in teh USA and Canada. But these women eat healthy food, enjoy food and never stuff themselves, still use mostly fresh produce and local, use much natural oils in food and body care, drink good wine, walk a LOT, and enjoy life in general.

    • lana86 says:

      i dont get this eyeliner right under the eye. It just makes your eyes look smaller. SJP wears it all the time as well.

      • kri says:

        Yes, makeup help STAT. I didn’t know she smoked-it wreaks havoc on your skin. Sigh. But let’s talk about the Star of the Royal Fam. Prince George is going to be so entertaining to watch over the years. That kid is a major boss, and I can’t wait for him to stomp about in those jazz dance shoes like Godzilla.

      • Liv says:

        Plus it makes you look tired. My hairdresser told me that when I was 16. She advised me to get grey eyeliner, because black can turn out very harsh. What people do work for her? I don’t get it.

    • Montréalise says:

      Looking at her close-ups (here and elsewhere) I was surprised at how bad her skin is. I think that’s why she cakes on the foundation, in an attempt to hide the wrinkles, the blemishes and the bumps. She’s only 32 and has so many resources at her disposal (dermatologists, facialists, etc) her skin really should be flawless.

      • Murray says:

        Why doesn’t everyone just give her a break! Can you imagine if the world could zoom in and enlarge every photo of you? Her skin usually looks great, she probably just has period break out and missed her Botox appointment.

      • notasugarhere says:

        @Murray. Her photos are generally heavily, heavily photoshopped, so you may not be used to seeing the “real Kate Middleton”. As ArtHistorian has written so eloquently, why don’t people just accept her as she is rather than do all that work to create a false idea/ideal of her?

    • katy says:

      This cause sounds awesome – there is a lot of stigma for kids of addicted parents, so its great to see her take such an interest in this type of organization.

      I know below me people say “all she did was show up, she isn’t doing that much.” To which I say, her just showing up spreads the word of this cause – I didn’t know it existed until she showed up and it was reported. Now I may just see if there are places like that here in the US that I can donate to or volunteer for.

      Also, I always love hearing about George. He sounds like a big ball of mischief and I love it.

      • wolfpup says:

        The program for families of alcoholics in the US would probably be Alanon. It is run somewhat the same as Alcoholics Anonymous, that is, by people who have been, or are involved with alcoholics. I have gone a few times; there is comradeship and healing…and solutions for families. There are no membership fees, just the donations that people make privately;, a few dollars after a meeting.

        In my experience, alcoholics are best understood by other alcoholics. That kind of help seems superior, to that of listening to a straight counselor, who has no idea of your inner dilemma.

      • katy says:

        @WolfPup

        Oh I know about alanon – I’ve been in recovery for a while now (rehab and AA). Out where I am, alanon isn’t just for kids of addicts. Its for everyone related or close to an addict (and I’ve had the displeasure of having people from a university just sit in on alanon meetings to “study” people).

        Maybe its different in your neck of the woods, as in my experience different parts of the country seem to do things differently in AA and alanon, but I wouldn’t have a kid solely rely on alanon. This program sounds specifically geared to children, more focused on them and their parents and their psychological health.

        Alanon can be good for educational purposes, and I donate my time and money to my intergroup area, but I want to know about more about American groups like this one in the article.

  2. Liz says:

    She and Will get praised for putting in the bare minimum because people don’t expect anything more from them at this point, but if she really is passionate about this “pet project” of hers, I won’t slam her for it. With Kate, I just get the vibe that she’ll never do anything important or meaningful- the BRF doesn’t have to worry about another Diana type in her. I will say that her makeup is awful as always and she should cut that hair.

    • notasugarhere says:

      1-2 appearances for this in 3 years? I wouldn’t describe that as being passionate about this cause.

      • Amelia says:

        I get the distinct feeling Kate is far more interested in the free seats at Wimbledon being a Royal comes with.
        Pet project my butt.

  3. PHD Gossip says:

    Her skin seems sun damaged.

  4. Kate says:

    Good god. Just when I think her make-up can’t possibly get any worse she goes and starts packing on an extra layer. Did she not buy any mirrors for her newly renovated houses?

    I don’t even understand how she applies her blush like that. I haven’t seen a blush brush that would create a thick even stripe of colour since the 80′s. It would take real effort to create those stripes, which just boggles the mind.

  5. IL says:

    This is definately the worst her hair has ever looked.

    • FLORC says:

      Disagree. When she did the center part was the worst.

      • irishserra says:

        I was just coming here to post that at least her hair is out of her face. But I agree with everyone several posts up; She needs help with her skin and makeup.

  6. Deedee says:

    The loom bracelet craziness was big here starting last summer. My then 10 year old was cranking them out for all her friends. Claiming Kate is boosting sales for an already popular toy is really stretching it.

    • Dame Snarkweek says:

      You’re actually right. Even last summer the looms were on the discount shelf at Michael’s.

    • Megan says:

      My nieces have been cranking out those bracelets for well over a year. I have a vast collection! I noticed William and Harry were also wearing them so assume a relative or friend’s child is making them for everyone.

    • Kenny Boy says:

      Yeah, I work at an elementary school and those things are everywhere.

    • FLORC says:

      I had to look up what a loom bracelet was.
      When I had my german exchange student she brought me over tons of those bracelets. That was well over 15 years ago.

      Kate gets credit for popularizing many things. It’s even being said she popularized the fascinator now.

  7. Cleopatra says:

    Wow, she’s looking rough.

  8. kcarp says:

    I have always thought she was really pretty. BUT she is starting to look worn down and old. I am 36 and do not look this old.

    Lainey Gossip made a comment yesterday what if she had J Lo stylist or something like that. J LO is 45 look at her and look at Kate. What if she could have her hair blown out correctly and makeup done to make her look younger.

    • TG says:

      I really wonder of itnsince makeup that is aging her though. Perhaps she really is getting up at night and tending to her son. I know I got my first grey hair within a few months of having a baby. Because in casual clothes she looks pretty. Also of she is a smoker and is underweight that could also be giving her that old leathery face. I actually think she is very pretty but I agree she looks horrible in these photos. Too much makeup.

      • kcarp says:

        So right! I look younger now than I did when I was 15lbs lighter. And ya the smoking and the vaca sunshine is no good for your skin. Kids do age you. Good grief if I had more than one I would be in an old folks home at like 40.

        When I think of these famous people and their smoking I think of how they are dirtying up these great clothes with the smell.

    • ManchurianGlobal says:

      Eh… a fair portion of J-Lo’s youthful look is due to genetics, but I totally get Lainey’s point.

      Kate needs to stop with the smoking and tanning. Her makeup does not flatter her coloring / features and she needs to invest in some good moisturizer and facial treatments.

  9. Kolby says:

    She looks…not good. I actually hate to say it. I’m also wondering, though, if maybe those photos have been retouched to make her look worse? She looks totally different in the photo of her speaking – younger and fresher. And in recent video clips I’ve seen, she looks so much better than she does here. I’m really curious about this.

    • FLORC says:

      She’s almost always looked like this. In video closeups and uneditted photos it’s best seen. She has moles, pox marks, wrinkles, and a leathery quality to her skin. When she has a little more weight on her things smooth out, but how you see her in stills with smooth skin is the retouched image.
      This was in part why people thought her 1st portrait was terrible. Because the artist made it as natural as possible, but still soft.

      In truth, Kate has a mole above her lip, a pox mark on her forehead, and deep wrinkles on her forehead that are there to stay. When you can’t see these things the image has been retouched.

      What video are you talking about?

    • LadySlippers says:

      •Kolby•

      •Florc• is correct. What everyone is commenting on is the fact that they are no longer photoshopping the heck out of all Kate’s pictures. We are getting a better representation of what she looks like in real life.

      And caking on foundation only *highlights* her problem areas…it’d be nice if she got that memo, ya know? As I don’t think she’s bad looking but she’s doing herself no favours either.

      • FLORC says:

        LS
        Agreed. There wouldn’t be such talk if she just appeared natural. Or maybe even slightly touched up images. That it’s been so overboard for so long only highlights the drastic difference. I really doubt this would be discussed in this manner if she wasn’t so heavy handed with the makeup and desire to have a perfect image.

  10. Samtha says:

    She and Will are in the Royal Box at Wimbledon for Murray’s match right now. She looks a lot better than in these pics.

    • Tess says:

      She still looks super rough though

      • Samtha says:

        For her age, definitely. It’s hard to believe she’s not mid to late 30s.

      • Racer says:

        Indeed she does, and why is the skin on her cheeks starting to sag. Tragic. Its going to be the opposite of subtle if she ever starts using tox and fillers consistently.

      • LAK says:

        Racer: She uses botox already. Much lighter application post pregnancy.

        This is the only time i’ve seen an improvement in how a person looks due to botox. Her face tends to ‘tired’ which the botox lifts such that she looks more vibrant and alive.

  11. Word Girl says:

    Poor George. He got tired of his parents not being around him as much as they should be, so he’s opening doors in his efforts to find them. :) Haha, only joking.

    • notasugarhere says:

      57 rooms, including 4 kitchens, that’s a lot of doors. Maybe he’s just looking for a snack?

      • Word Girl says:

        Kate mentioned that he likes cakes. He’s just a very active and adorable and curious little boy.

  12. Lady says:

    Call me crazy, but if she came out looking like she was about to walk the catwalk all the time I’d have different feelings toward her. Her hair and makeup could be more professional but I think it’s appropriate for who and what she is. It’s not ideal but its within the parameters of her public image and function in society. I’m sure if I saw her in person I wouldn’t think the hair and makeup were bad, photos do weird things to people sometimes. She also just looks tired and is pulling some strange faces because they are candid.

    • cynth says:

      I agree – she’s not a fashion model nor should she be expected to look that way. If she invested more of her time and energy on her general health (v.s. clothes, hair and make up), I guarantee you she would look so much better, healthier, and yes, younger. Kate needs to stop the starvation diet and start taking in essential nutrients which, by the state of her face and hair, she is clearly lacking.

      As others have pointed out, she looks frail and unhealthy. All of this complaining about her clothes is ridiculous, when the real problem is not the clothes, it’s her health. She used to be the picture of health with a figure to die for. Get some help Kate.

      • notasugarhere says:

        She looks much happier and healthier at Wimbledon today. She always appears happier when she’s not working.

      • Kenny Boy says:

        I don’t see any evidence that she’s starving – especially not on the basis of her hair, which is poorly styled but beautiful, even assuming she wears extensions. I used to think she was too thin too, but I changed my mind after I saw those scandalous pictures from France in 2012. Her body looked great, trim and athletic but not at all emaciated. Her skin isn’t good, but she is a sun worshipper who smokes and wears too much makeup, so that is no surprise.

      • MinnFinn says:

        @cynth There’s a lot of visual evidence that she does spend a lot of time on her general health. Every part of her is lean muscle. She has to work out on a consistent basis to maintain that. Plus she bounced down the steps in high heels with George in her arms when she deplaned in Australia, another sign of her being physically fit. As for nutrition, we know she has to restrict calorie intake, but for all we know, the foods she does eat are very nutrient dense.

        So you say she needs essential nutrients and I think her unhealthy appearance is largely caused by high levels of ongoing stress from being part of the BRF plus residual damage from tanning and previous years of smoking.

      • FLORC says:

        MinnFinn
        I’ve known many really thin girls that are not healthy overall, but maintain muscle mass like Kates from very little working out. Like 30 minutes every other day.

        And Kate got thin before the wedding allegedly saying it was part of a master plan. I think she wears short skirts, stays thin, and has long hair for William more than anything else.
        And she still smokes imo… She’s shown no quitting signs since the chateau, except when pregnant. Continuing to smoke helps to maintain the skin in that state and not repairing itself over time.

        KennyBoy
        The chateau pictures showed a protruding sternum and spine, ribcage, along with hip as well. She had more muscle mass on her honeymoon bikini shots.

        Also, her hair is treated weekly to have bounce, lift, shine, and volume along with extensions so that’s not a fair point to judge health from.

      • Dame Snarkweek says:

        FLORC
        Agree with everything except the William stuff.
        Kate’s old body was enough to please William for nearly a decade so we can’t assume he suddenly wanted her to be rail thin. If the tabloid rumors were to be believed William and Pippa attempted an intervention because of Kate’s weight loss before the wedding. That story was also covered here on cb so I doubt William gave a fig about Kate’s diet. I think when she got pregnant he probably told her to please eat.the woman has a mind and will of her own. They may be feeble but Kate does what she likes.

      • wolfpup says:

        Aren’t women with weight issues also struggling with the issue of control, and their weight is something that they are totally in charge of?

      • Dame Snarkweek says:

        Wolpup
        This is often the case, though not always exclusively. If I had to guess, Kate seems to have body dysmorphia. She sees things in the mirror that aren’t really there. Either that or she’s become obsessed with micronutrition in an effort to rid her body of anything not directly required for health and maintenace. Trouble with that is the cigarettes negate that goal. As her seeming obsession with health grows I bet her dependence on nicotine bothers her more and more. I hope she quits.

      • FLORC says:

        Dame Snarkweek

        William has a documented history of going for very thin ladies. So do most men, but William specifically. To get his attention again Kate lost loads of weight and hit the gym hard. It’s been a thin Kate ever since. I think she knows he wanders and wants to keep thin so he doesn’t lose interest.

        And Pre wedding Kate got terribly, scary thin. I’d be shocked if pippa didn’t say something. They were all on the same diet though. Or said to be atleast.
        And I agree. Kate has a mind of her own. It does appear she puts all her energy into pleasing William. Hair, clothes, being available. Almost like back in her college years she seemed to exist for him. Kept herself as he liked. Also, if Kate did what she liked I think we’d see her bottom in more pics. As stated in the engagement interview and supported by all her years of dating and marriage. Kate only cares about what William thinks. So if William wants something she makes it happen whether she likes it or not.
        That’s my take.

        Wolfpup
        Agree with Dame. I do know many ladies that have healthy diets and smoke. The diets are more to lose weight than become healthier. They’re just healthier ways to approach weightloss.

        And ED’s have many origins. Could also be she enjoys the endorphines your body releases when starving. Or to please others. Not always control, but control often plays a part.

    • Lady says:

      She’s just a slender girl with narrow hips, I don’t see malnourishment anywhere on her… hair, skin, body etc.

      Sometimes a bad photo is just a bad photo.

      • caitlin says:

        Lady – She USED to be a slender, athletic girl with narrow hips until she starved herself down to her current emaciated state. As FLORC has aptly pointed out, there is photographic evidence of protuding bones — not exactly a sign of good health.

        MinnFinn & Kenny Boy — FYI – many (most?) anorexics focus on “healthy” food in their limited eating regimens. In Kate’s case, she is obviously not taking in enough food for her to benefit from whatever nutrients are in her miniscule portions. The evidence is in her frail physique – the result of dramatic weight loss and continued restricted eating – and her skin and health.

      • Word Girl says:

        Malnourishment isn’t always visible. My sis, who was over weight by about 60 lbs. was considered to be malnourished. She didn’t appear to be, but she was after she had been treated by a doctor for acute anxiety and depression. The doctor told her that the symptoms were bought on by her poor dietary habits. She always ate like a bird and, when she did eat, it was mainly sweets. She lacked iron, potassium and a host of other vitamins that her body needed. The doctor told her that because of the bountiful healthy foods in America, no one should be malnourished, but a lot of people are because they don’t eat right. I would have never considered my sis to be malnourished if I went on appearance alone, but her blood work proved otherwise.

    • MinnFinn says:

      Very Informative dialogue which I really like about CB.

      Anyway, wolfpup, that’s a good reminder about eating disorders often being rooted in the desire to control things plus I think anxiety and depression are often in the mix.

      Dame Snarkweek, We know she has smoked and I agree with you in that her skin is that of a current smoker. Inconsistent behavior and values is part and parcel of the human condition isn’t it and boy am I guilty of that. But anyone who rationalizes smoking for any reason is just way too crazy imo. And it is so easy spot contradictions between values and behavior in others. A dear friend struggles with her weight and a few years ago became obsessed with nutrition. For about a year she had weekly 1-1 meetings with a self-taught nutritionist and now she regularly takes cooking classes from her. My friend also buys all her groceries at Whole Foods. All are good steps towards health. But the contradictions are she refuses to exercise. Can’t even convince her to walk from her place to a fav eatery 4 blocks away. And she regularly eats expired bottled salad dressing. She always has expired bottles in her frig and doesn’t see the problem in using them up no matter how old.

      caitlin, I did not know that anorexics are known to focus on healthy foods.

      • ArtHistorian says:

        There’s actually a specific name for this kind of eating disorder, it is called orthorexia nervosa. It is a pathological obsession with eating “healthy” – they believe that they eat healthily,and on the surface they do, but often the systems that they base their diet on is taken to the extreme. I have known anorexics whose vegetarianism/veganism was a way to disguise their eating disorder,

      • FLORC says:

        ArtHistorian
        I know someone currently with this disorder.
        She is rail thin. When around a group for food she states this isn’t a cheat day. Or she’s on a raw or paleo diet. Or she’s allergic to the food. She also blows through laxatives frequently and claims to be ill every week. And always at the gym.

        So many people assume she has an ED unutil she states those excuses for avoiding food. Sadly, this latest gluten free trend has given her an excuse to hide her eating issues.
        It’s really sad.

      • Dame Snarkweek says:

        Arty
        You are a wealth of knowledge, as always :)

  13. mel2 says:

    Let her be. It’s unfortunate that she wasn’t blessed with good aging genes but she’s still a very beautiful woman.

    • Word Girl says:

      Yeah, everybody won’t age beautifully.

      • FLORC says:

        2 words… Tilda Swinton.
        She ages flawlessly.

        Mel2
        I agree. Her physical features should not be a point of discussion while she visits a charity, but it is. It always is. She’s created this image and makes a point to maintain it and be valued on it.

      • ArtHistorian says:

        However, it is not entirely her fault that it almost always is her appearance that is reported on when she visits her charities – the media is to blame as well. This charity is a really worthy project and from the article quoted it seems that she tried to ask questions that were on point. She certainly is complicit in the almost exclusive focus on her clothes and hair but it is also the choice of the reporter to devote more time to her appearance than on what this charity is about – and how parents with addictions affect the lives of their children and how this charity is trying to help those children.

      • mayamae says:

        FLORC, I’m not trying to be disagreeable, but I believe you are always pointing out Kate’s superficial flaws. In fact, you seem to mention her “pox mark” – a term I’ve only seen referenced in historical books – in nearly every Kate story.

        I’ve learned not to have an opposing view on Kate, but I don’t think a mole over your lip or a chicken pox scar on your forehead is a big deal. I’m only saying this because your post specifically states Kate’s physical appearance should not be the focus during a charitable event, then you turn it around and excuse the fact that you’ve focused on her physical appearance during a charitable event by blaming it on Kate’s having “created an image”.

      • Mrsjennyk says:

        Mayamae, you’re 100% correct. Florc usually brings up Kate’s pox marks, wrinkles and moles. For someone that says her looks shouldn’t be a part of it she sure brings it up a lot. Curious to see if she herself is a stunning beauty

      • notasugarhere says:

        I think people mention those things to highlight the fact that the press (and often Middleton fans) have created a false image of what she really looks like. The press and fans are the ones who focus on her looks to the detriment/denial of everything else. Rather than just letting her be what she is, they praise her photoshopped looks and clothing endlessly.

        I think all FLORC and others are trying to point out is the shallow nature of focusing on those things, so they point out that the highly-praised images of Middleton are false.

        Middleton is generally heavily heavily photoshopped, and her image (how she looks, what she wears) tends to be what most of her “fans” focus on, rather than focusing on what she does (which is very little).

        “Curious to see if she herself is a stunning beauty “. That was a low comment Mrsjennyk, worthy of the DM, not here. Comment on FLORC’s comments, but kindly keep the personal attacks out of things. From what I can tell FLORC is well-educated, speaks multiple languages, and has a job helping people. FLORC has accomplished far more in her life than Middleton has, and I suspect she does not rely on her looks to get what she wants.

      • FLORC says:

        May/ms
        The pox mark has only been used as a reference point when needed. I don’t think i’m stating it needlessly and I know it doesn’t come up in every post. Maybe just the last 2 before this. And it’s not an attempt to insult of shame. I have pox marks, wrinkles and moles. Only points of reference to show an image has been retouched and those natural traits are erased.
        Don’t read into it that it’s from a place of hate.

        Also, the media is to blame largely for how her image takes over any charity visit. Sad, but true. Maybe that’s why Anne always scowls. So she never detracts from the messsage.

        And this post we’re discussing (as I have above) why we focus on her appearance. Because it’s a drasic difference when they stop editting the photos so heavily. Please see above my back and forth with LadySlippers.

        Mrsjennyk
        I think i’m quite pretty:) Not stunning beauty *blushes*, but close:)

        Notasugarhere
        Thank you! You get it. I worked very hard for my degrees and career. I’ve earned it with little requested help and am proud of that. I also take pride in my charity work that I do consistently in my free time on my own dime.
        If anything my top criticism of Kate is she’s wasting her platform with apathy. She does not seem like a role model and it’s sad to see people aspire to be like her.

        Also, I was a major fan girl and on some other sites major defender of Kate. Bluhare can back me up on that as she has in the past here being witness.
        She just failed to meet basic expectations.
        Still, she can turn it around.

        So to all. Not saying moles are ugly or dirty. Just saying now you see it, now you don’t. Proof enough that isn’t an untouched image.

  14. Megan says:

    A few months I attend a live broadcast of a national news program. The on-air reporters had caked on make up that looked horrendous in person. A program staffer told me it is special make up for digital broadcast. Maybe she is wearing TV make up?

    • FLORC says:

      Megan
      I think you’re talking about HD make up. Kind of a finer airbrushed look so the cameras don’t pick up as easily you’re wearing it. It blends very well to natural skin tone.

      For Kate she’s always laid her make up on thick and herself. Some photos she has it subdued, but that’s through filters and edits mostly.
      It’s thought she mimics 1 of her favorite shows TOWIE and those ladies wear night time make up all day long. Or she’s making sure the cameras will pick up her makeup well in the sun.

      • Megan says:

        Yes, HD is the correct term. In person, the make up did not blend into their skin. It looked like it was sitting on top of their faces. They were also wearing a crazy amount of eyeliner and blush, which is why I was wondering if she is made up for HD TV.

      • FLORC says:

        That make up is awful in person. Clownish almost.

        I think it’s sort of a yes. She wants to make sure the cameras get her makeup and it isn’t blotched out. Downside is those great cameras that have filters to get your makeup as it appears to the naked eye. So it’s coming off as evening makeup in the day time.

  15. Megan says:

    George sounds totally awesome.

  16. R says:

    She’d look lovely with a lob haircut.

  17. rianic says:

    I’m not a hater, but I would love to give her a good chemical peel and micro Derm. Her skin is looking really bad here.

  18. Mesia says:

    I think she would look fine if they didn’t put so much makeup on her.

  19. starfan says:

    Is she a smoker? She never worked a real job in her life, why is she so tired looking? Don’t they have a nanny or 12 nannies?

    • FLORC says:

      Yes.
      Last time I saw evidence of her smoking was on the Chateau shots. Had lit cigarette in her hand mid drag. Beore that often papped with a pack in her purses.

      And the ladies in her family all worship the sun and smoke so there’s that. Along with how thin she is and dehydration it makes it worse. Her skin improved during her pregnancy with the added weight gain.

      • starfan says:

        Any recommendations for a rich, hydrating moisturizer for breakout prone combination skin? Looking at her made me realize how dehydrated my own skin is.

      • MP says:

        I use a lot of Paula’s Choice products. I like her line because you can buy sample packets, can shop by skin type or issue and she has great CS. Although I’m not a regular poster here, I read everyday. I’m not affiliated with Paula’s Choice, I just like what the line has done for my skin.

      • wolfpup says:

        Try coconut oil.

      • kc says:

        coconut oil is a comedogenic oil, which clogs pores overtime for those with larger pores. Almond Oil, jojoba and calendula are the best. (mix with tea tree oil and raw sugar/sea salt for cleansing and exfoliating).

      • FLORC says:

        Water, Water, water!!!
        I alternate between proactive and freshfresh skin care line. And I tend to have very oily skin.

      • LAK says:

        Water [to drink], Rosehip oil for the skin and cod liver oil supplements – NOT fish oil, Must be cod liver.

  20. Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

    Surely the Royals could afford a juicer – the juice gives amazing energy and you rub the(farm fresh organic preferably) fruit peels on your skin which tightens it and makes it look fresh and vibrant and no smoking, drinking, makeup – she looks to be a very heavy smoker and or drinker. Drinking alcohol for women can give premature jowls and makes the skin sallow.

    • FLORC says:

      Mitch.
      I don’t think she’s ever drank much in her married life. No real evidence of that. And smoking gives you jowls quite quickly.

      Also, I hate juicing. Hate it! Most of the nutrition is in the pulp you toss away. You’re just taking in sugars without fiber. You bloat, are never satisfied or full, and it turned me and ladies I know into cranks.

    • Jaded says:

      She doesn’t need a juicer, she needs to EAT. And stop smoking. She doesn’t drink.

    • Dame Snarkweek says:

      Juicing removes the nutrient rich skin and pulp, also important as roughage. We switched to the nutra bullet which is a pulverizer/emulsifier and the results are amazing. You’re consuming the whole fruit or veggie, it can handle nuts and seeds and your tummy feels full. Way better than just juicing, which is better for people recovering from illness/surgery etc.

      • dena says:

        Hi. Which Nutri Bullet do have, if I can ask? I have a juicer but would like a step up? I’ve looked at the nutribullets but am not sure which one to get?

        Thanks.

      • Dame Snarkweek says:

        Dana
        We use the basic NutraBullet. It retails for between $75-99 and is easy to order online. It is easier to use and clean than other pulverisizers and the blades are so strong that nuts, seeds and even vitamins can be added to your ingredients. We really like it!

      • dena says:

        Thanks Dame Snarkweek!!!!

      • ArtHistorian says:

        Now I really feel like I’m living in an obscure part of the world. I have absolutely no idea what a NutraBullet is.

      • Dame Snarkweek says:

        Arty
        Lol it is a conical kitchen appliance designed to completely liquify fruits and vegetables as opposed to a juicer which merely chops the food and extracts the juice. A nutra bullet has powerful blades which means that the fruit, vegetable, stem, root, seeds, skin, stalk etc can be pulverized. Therefore you get the whole fruit/vegetable.

      • Bridget says:

        I’ll have to remember that, as I’m on my 3rd blender in 8 years.

  21. Jaded says:

    She’s starting to look positively anorexic – drawn, dark circles, dried out skin, and trying to cover it all up with massive amounts of make-up and fake hair. She needs a health and beauty makeover STAT. Stop smoking, stop tanning and gain 10 lbs.

    • caitlin says:

      Jaded, ITA the results of her starvation diet are evident in her appearance and IMO, the rf should do some sort of intervention. Seriously, didn’t they learn anything from the aftermath of Diana and her bullimia troubles? They have access to the best the world has to offer in terms of trained professionals and should really get Kate some help. William must have a short memory

    • Xantha says:

      Yeah she’s so thin now that it baffles me that people think she might be pregnant. She didn’t look like this in the early stages of her pregnancy with George. She looked much better really.

  22. aquarius64 says:

    The duchess needs to step in really get into the role. She didn’t marry the spare, she married the heir. One day Kate will be crowned Queen Consort, and expectations of her will really be high. I hope she’s starting to do so.

  23. Racer says:

    She’s obviously not happy, there is nothing radiant about her. And unless she smokes several packs a day, I wouldnt blame her bad skin on a bad habit. I’m a light smoker with no wrinkles, moles or pock marks and when people guess my age its always 5-10 years younger. But I’m also not white and British, which seems to be the norm for ageing badly……and I love the sun.

    • ArtHistorian says:

      Genetics is actually a huge factor when it comes to ageing. Of course sun damage is another factor. I don’t know how much smoking means . but then it has to bee seen in conjuction with genetics. I have smoked for a decade and people generally think that I’m 7-8 years younger than my actual age.

  24. Mrs McCubbins says:

    I actually think she looks very pretty in the top photo.

  25. Wren33 says:

    I am a few years older – 37, but my skin is pretty much likes Kate’s and has been for a while. I don’t smoke or tan, I just have bad skin. Some people are naturally like Angelina Jolie, others just aren’t. I’m sure her skin could be better, particularly with a lot of resources at her disposal, but I hesitate to blame and shame her for the fact that she has wrinkles and bumps. Some of us just have skin that ages prematurely, just like some people have prematurely gray hair.

  26. wow says:

    She looks the part of a royal wife. Very polished. I do wish she’d do something about that hair. Maybe once George hits the toddler years and began to seriously walk/run around, getting into the cabinets of his choice of three kitchens, she’ll cut it into a cute style or something. I doubt she’d ever do a short stylish cut that catapulted Diana into sex symbol status, but something that works with her features. I think short hair would age her even more harshly than whatever is doing that to her now. But I’m sure her hairsylist could come up with something suitable in the way Jennifer Anniston’s hairstylist did for her.

    Hell, even a simple trim like Pippa would suffice. But who am I kidding, Will likes long hair, so long hair it is. At least she styled it differently.

    Thats all I got. And how sad that in a post about Kate and a great charity, all I can find to discuss is her hair. Perhaps I’m pathetic. How can a senior royal, future Queen be that boring?

  27. CuriousCole says:

    And today Kate and William are taking a load off at Wimbledon! Seriously? She can’t do a single engagement without Rest & (positive) Reinforcement after working just five times in two months???

    • Xantha says:

      For the record, I’m blaming the Lambridges for Andy losing today. I know it’s not logical but whatever, I’m grumpy.

  28. aurelia says:

    Husband was out walking at lunch time in wellington whilst the royal tour took place in may. He came home and said “MY GOD HER SKIN IS TERRIBLE” and she had masses of make up on.

    Look in one photo in this article- she is trying to life her botoxed brows but it ain’t working. Looks like they airbrushed her lower face and forgot the forhead.

  29. aurelia says:

    George has Harry’s genes. Remember Di saying which son, the oldest one or the naughty one? My son is 5 and has my sisters genes. I thought I was going to get a dream baby like me. Instead I got my handful of a sister at that age. Di’s brother was also a handful too. Hot mess of genes young george is.

  30. Upshot says:

    There’s a video link at a tumblr site called Look, a giraffe!

    It’s a video from Getty images (at least it’s watermarked Getty) of Will & Kate being welcomed via a woman on a microphone in Scotland recently.

    Here’s a link but not sure how it’ll work.
    Titled “Is she crying again?”, and it seems obvious to my ageing eyes she is, the video has audio of a woman who, IMO, sounds supremely sarcastic as she welcomes them, thanking them ever so much for taking time out from their busy schedules. …

    I’ve not seen it elsewhere online. It looks as if she is sniffling and the look on William’s face is priceless. And not in the best way.

    I no absolutely nothing of how tumblr works, so I’m sorry if this is a mess.

    http://vt.tumblr.com/tumblr_n7546gTThM1reqsvv.mp4#_=_

    If you can’t get to it directly there, go to the main site Look a giraffe and scroll down. It’s at least 10 items below the top, but worth a view.

    • Olenna says:

      Very interesting.

    • SASSY says:

      Why do you think she’s crying? Doesn’t look like it to me. She does look unsure of herself which she shouldn’t after 13 years, 10 of them spent waiting for a ring. More than enough time for her to research her role.

  31. Upshot says:

    I “know” absolutely nothing of tumblr. lol

  32. Suze says:

    The more flaws she allows us to see the more sympathy I have for her. She doesn’t look perfect here but I find her more interesting and attractive.

    She’s also getting MUCH better at her appearances. MUCH. Remember those early outings? She really did a good job here – good questions and some – what appears to be, anyway – genuine interest.

    • FLORC says:

      With you suze.
      When a person is natural they appear more sincere. That sincerety translates to honesty and that’s a quality we like on a a greater level.

      Like as she is in sporting events. She freaking shines! Real smile. Real interest. Real Kate.
      Kate in sneakers is awesome.

    • Dame Snarkweek says:

      It does make one hopeful for her progress when she shows a little improvement. We all have it in us to succeed if we keep going and keep growing, imo.

  33. Jade says:

    She should do more sports events or take up a cause involving sports.

    Anyway I am sure I’ll look horrid close up. I’m not a smoker or tanner but I have dark circles, one pox mark and leftover acne scars. And unlike Kate, I work full time. So I don’t know what’s her excuse when she can look fabulous. I think she’s pretty enough, she has produced an heir, so just do your job and enjoy life Kate!

    Love Kate Hudson’s, J Lo’s and Angie’s skins.

  34. Aurelia says:

    Upshot, that was tres interesting indeed. Look how the sarcasim does not escape willie but old waity has no idea as usual. Gosh the speaker was sarkie wasn’t she. BRAVO.