Nat Bassingthwaighte learned a big beauty lesson during her time in the jungle.

Before heading to the South African wilderness for her stint on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!, singer Natalie Bassingthwaite shared her biggest fear.

While heights, insects and being away from her family were up there, it was the thought of being seen on TV without fake tan that really had her concerned.

“I am actually more terrified about them seeing me with no tan because I am really pale in real life. I don’t know why that bothers me,” she told News Corp.

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Now back home after making the top three for her chosen charity Sister2Sister, we caught up with the Pantene #StrongFromTheCore Ambassador to find out what's next, how it feels to be back with her family (and creature comforts!) and how her reunion with her fake tan really went.

You were afraid to be seen without fake tan in the jungle. Why?

"Yes, it is so strange to feel like everyone in the country would see me without my ‘face’ on. The thought of that was a little overwhelming. But it was liberating being bare faced and yes, that included my tan.

"But in saying that since returning from the jungle I have not had one. But I cannot wait. I get an organic tan called Candy Tan that never goes orange and never streaks. It is the best. It just gives me a little glow which I love. It is my little secret."


Did you wash your hair in the jungle? How have you treated it since being back?

"You probably couldn’t tell!!!! It was not great product [I was using in the jungle] I have to admit. I could not wait to get back to my Pantene Repair and Protect Shampoo, $6.99 and Three Minute Miracle Conditioner, $6.99 to give my hair some love after 45 days of hair dehydration!!

"It felt so super luxurious to wash my hair for the first time out of the jungle. It was instantly softer and looked shinier. Ahhh, creature comforts. It is good to be home."

What would have been your 'jungle beauty essentials' if you'd been allowed to take them in?

"I think my cleanser. My face never felt clean."

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You were allowed one luxury item - would you change yours if you could go again?

"Mine was a family picture. I know most people bought in luxury items that the camp would benefit from which was amazing but I don’t think I would have survived without that. Just to see their smiling faces kept me going."

Did you notice anything strange happen to your skin or hair while you were in the jungle away from your usual beauty regimen?

"Wow yes. I definitely noticed my hair and skin felt terrible in the jungle. The combination of constant sun, water and dirt really did take its toll. Not being able to use my products was really hard. It made me realise how important it is to have products that protect my skin and hair from harsh environmental factors."


What was the first beauty treatment you had after leaving the jungle?

"I haven’t had time for one yet. But I am booked in for a micro and facial at Missie Coco in Melbourne."

What was the first beauty item you reached for when you got home?

"My mascara… I love Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara, $33."

Was there anything in the jungle that you look back on and regret?

"I have only caught the first two episodes and I am happy with the way I handled myself in there. I felt like I was always myself which I am proud of."

Has your time in the jungle changed your approach or attitude towards life and work?

"Absolutely! It has made me feel stronger as a woman and a mum. I really wanted to inspire my kids and show them that they can really do anything they set their minds too.

"I felt like I achieved that but I have also had so many people stop me on the street to say I have made them feel fearless which is incredibly rewarding."

Where can we see you next?

"I really want to balance work and family life and I feel like once I catch up on the last two months I have a plan of attack and I am excited. This year will involve me being more ‘present’ than ever. With family, work, exercise, friends and ‘me’ time. I am ready to get amongst it."

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