Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Love it: Yves Saint Laurent Les Sahariennes


It might have a rather lengthy name, but Yves Saint Laurent Les Sahariennes Healthy Glow Balm-Powder is quite the beauty revelation, and perfect for this time of year in particular!
A revolutionary balm-to-powder formula that delivers a natural looking, sun kissed glow, it comes in the signature gold Yves Saint Laurent compact packaging and does some rather wonderful things.
Essentially, YSL has reinvented bronzing – and flawlessness - with the first healthy glow blur in a compact. From contouring to a gentle sun kissed brush of bronze, it is a multi-tasking bronzing palette that is super-soft on application and melts into skin, perfectly recreating a natural sun kiss of colour.
I love the fact that the formula is never muddy or overly shimmery, it just makes your complexion look immediately refined: pores appear diminished, imperfections are disguised, your skin feels smoother and more radiant all round. In other words: like you, but much, much better!
Available in six universal and wearable shades to match any complexion, it comes with a dual-ended applicator that can be used to create two signature finishes. You can wear it sheer using the brush or build up to a more extreme contoured look using the sponge if that is what you require, or use the brush in the hollows of your cheeks for even greater definition. I’ve been using the sponge all over for a warm glow, moving outwards from the centre of my face to keep things natural and fresh. It leaves a silky matte finish that is super flattering rather than chalky, and it is non-comedogenic and has been tested under dermatological control for those with problem or sensitive skin.
Available right now with an RRP of $105.00, it is really is the perfect product to introduce at this time of year when you’re skin is feeling sallow or a little dull. If the sun isn’t coming then let the sun come to you I say, and this little marvel does that in the most natural looking way possible. Love it.

Daily delight: Jennifer Connelly for Town and Country



Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Love it: Davines More Inside This Is A Texturizing Dust


I’ve long been a heavy user of dry shampoo and hair dusts and powders, mainly because I don’t like washing my own hair (First World Problems, oui?) and also because I have a fringe that necessitates frequent re-booting. I got to the gym six days a week and they are a godsend for a greasy fringe, perhaps the perfect product.
The latest to cross my desk is also Italian conscious haircare brand Davines’ first foray into the hair powder arena, and it’s known as This Is A Texturizing Dust. It is a new addition to their beautiful More Inside range, which comes from the salon shelf gift-wrapped by hand – each and every product. I love that!
Designed to offer instant volume, the new This Is A Texturizing Dust can be applied directly to boost height at the roots or rubbed in to the length of the hair for extra body. It’s suitable for all hair types and contains Silica powder, a mineral with absorbent and volumising properties that interact with other ingredients to give hair lasting lift and volume, without leaving any residue or weighing hair down. This has been a problem with some hair dusts/powders as the build up can be brutal, but this gives instant volume and makes hair grippingly perfect for updos as well. Oh and it has a traceless, matte finish, so can be safely used on darker locks with no risk of that telltale talc-like look.
Naturally as it’s Davines it is gleefully paraben free and has no added colourings either, so super safe for use and the planet.
Like many of its ilk it is super easy to use, give it a bit of a shake and then lightly sprinkle onto the roots where volume is desired. Start small and build up to avoid using too much, or sprinkle it into your hands, rub them together then apply to your hair for added texture and definition. Davines says that you can also use it for a “hair expansion” effect by sprinkling it on a flat brush and smoothing through hair tips and lengths.

Davines More Inside Texturizing Dust is available right now for RRP $44.00.

Daily delight: Caroline de Maigret for Equipment



Monday, May 25, 2015

Benefit Cosmetics and David LaChapelle celebrate all new they’re real! shades


The Benefit Cosmetics’ they’re real! franchise is the gift that just keeps on giving – and surely two of the best eye loving products on the block. And two of the best are set to get even better with the upcoming launch of their shade extensions for breakthrough products they’re real! mascara and they’re real! push-up liner!
To celebrate in true beauty maven style, the San Francisco-based beauty company has teamed up with famed photographer  - and friend of Pamela Anderson - David LaChapelle to capture the collection’s now-infamous bold-and-girly personality.
In 2011, they’re real! mascara successfully launched—with the “support” of its playful and provocative campaign, featuring an over-endowed bombshell hooked up to a lie detector machine, swearing, “They’re real, honest!” (Her lashes, of course.) Last year, its partner in crime—they’re real push-up liner—joined the lineup in a mug-shot-themed campaign that proved anyone create the perfect cat eye, even whilst sporting a pair of handcuffs (debatable but hey, it looked awesome!).
 “So the question, of course became, ‘How can we continue this magic?’” says Hannah Malott, Creative Director for Benefit Cosmetics. “We knew that [David LaChapelle] could—more than any other—continue our story in a new, bold, unexpected and memorable way. David weaves layers upon layers of stories into his sets. Every element, every detail aids in the weaving of a complex tale that engages the viewer endlessly.”   
So what’s the story behind this campaign? “There’s danger, sex, breaking the rules,” says LaChapelle behind the scenes at the shoot, which costume designer Johnny Wujek describes as “an ode to the 40s and gangster-mafia with a super-sexy LaChapelle twist.”
“You put it together intuitively, and you don’t really know what this story is about,” continues LaChapelle. “It makes you ask questions.” 


But now for more on the two new shades of they’re real! mascara—beyond blue and beyond brown—and four colorful versions of they’re real! push-up liner—beyond blue, beyond brown, beyond purple and beyond green. How do they look? Just beautiful. How do they perform? Superbly. Being blue eyed I’ve been all about the new beyond brown liner in particular for day, and beyond purple for night. You really need little else on for a really popping end result, so they are definitely instant go-to prods for me.
Keep an eye out - these babies are landing soon. 

Daily delight: Salma Hayek for Madame Figaro


Friday, May 22, 2015

Love it: Smashbox Photo Filter Powder Foundation


Well, well… Smashbox Photo Filter Powder Foundation you are quite the little wonder. After being sent a preview compact I’ve been wearing this foundation for two weeks now, and I have been verrrry impressed with it.
Acting as what the brand has called a “photo filter for your face’, the new Smashbox Photo Filter
Powder Foundation will quickly become a makeup must for many fans of the brand out there and newbies too. The eight-hour wear powder foundation provides two filter effects in the one portable – and very attractive, I might add – compact, which comes with a double-sided sponge for both sheer and full coverage. One side is slightly more velvety than the other, and is said to provide a more natural finish. I had a go at applying the product with a kabuki style brush too, buffing it into the skin for an airbrushed finish that was pretty damn flawless, and can highly recommend that approach too.
Smashbox’s Light Filter Technology combined with the performance of long-wear Photoset Polymers (apparently inspired by medical-grade liquid bandage technology!) make sure that the formula sticks to skin for hours on end, meaning there is no need to reapply throughout the day.
Not only does it stay put, the non-drying, non-caking and non-settling particles in the oil-free foundation formula are translucent, so the pigment’s true colour always comes through.
The powder is extremely soft and creamy and literally glides on to your skin, which is a bonus if you have drier skin or are the wrong side of 35, and you need very little product to get a flawless finish. I felt like the foundation really did “blur” my imperfections, and smoothed out my face. It does not accentuate dry skin or any dry patches on your face like some powder foundations can do either, which gets two thumbs up from me.
Smashbox Photo Filter Powder Foundation has an RRP of $62 and is available in ten shades varying from Vanilla, Beige, Tan and Cocoa. Ad it’s available right now from selected Life Pharmacies, beauty spas, the Smashbox Concept Store and online at www.smashboxcosmetics.co.nz

Daily delight: Cara Delevingne for YSL Beauty


Thursday, May 21, 2015

Love it: Clinique's new Pop Lip Colour + Primer


As a brand, Clinique do bright, true and flattering colour VERY well. The Clinique Cheek Pop blushers were one of my hugest (and I mean huge) obsessions last year and quite possibly my favourite blushers ever. So perfectly pigmented and easy to use – a dream to be honest.
Next up in the Pop category for the company is Clinique’s Pop Lip Colour + Primer Lipstick, which is essentially a super rich colour lipstick and smoothing primer in one. The smoothing bit comes from the inclusion of Shea and Murumuru butters, whilst flexible polymers help to keep colour fresh and vibrant and on for an eternity. To say these are merely ‘longwear’ would be an understatement – and with zero compromise on moisture levels.
Now this gorgeous new range has 16 shades that are grouped into four different colour families, each little tube a lightweight formula that lasts for up to eight hours. It glides on effortlessly, creating a modern-velvet finish that keeps lips comfortable while colour stays true.
And it’s not just about colour. The texture and feel is so good. They are light but super nourishing, as well as – as per Clinique’s brief - allergy tested and 100 percent fragrance-free.
They are also available right now, so head to your nearest Clinique counter and get amongst!


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

All about: Trilogy Ultra Hydrating Body Cream, reformulated

I’ve been banging on about upping your moisturiser game in the lead up to winter for some time now, and thankfully a lot of the beauty big guns are releasing new products that are targeted specifically at that. The latest is a reformulation of an already great body cream, as in Trilogy’s Ultra Hydrating Body Cream.
The cold weather can cause skin to become dry and dehydrated, but the simplest way to banish winter skin and keep it looking and feeling great is to switch to richer moisturising cream packed with pure plant oils. This is where the certified natural Trilogy Ultra Hydrating Body Cream steps in, newly reformulated to deliver even deeper hydration and nourishment.
It comes infused with Trilogy’s signature certified organic rosehip oil which is rich in repairing essential fatty acids, but now includes three new natural actives to make it even more delicious. Cocoa butter (one of my personal faves) delivers intensive nourishment, whilst sweet almond oil and coconut extract combine to create a silky-smooth textured cream that absorbs rapidly and completely so you can dress straight away in the a.m.
It also comes a touch of natural mineral mica to reflect light, so you get a bit of a glow on when you need it most. That’s a bonus if you’re heading to warmer climes as well – just add bronzer and you’re good to go.
The new, improved Trilogy Ultra Hydrating Body Cream (150ml) is available right now with an RRP of $29.90 from selected Farmers, pharmacy, department and health stores nationwide. 

Daily delight: Elizabeth Banks for Allure magazine


Monday, May 18, 2015

Beauty news: introducing the new ghd platinum™


Already totally owning it in the styling tools arena and true leaders in the field of all things hair, ghd has just introduced the new ghd platinum™, their best styler ever and available any day now. Designed to take the guilt out of heat styling, the incredible new tool (which I have been using and can fully vouch for) uses safer-for-hair heat that delivers ultimate styling results in just one stroke. In other words – the best just got better.
It uses the company’s patented tri-zone™ technology and works super quickly and effectively to straighten, curl and style hair whilst reducing breakage by over 50 per cent. Intelligent tri-zone technology means that women no longer have to make a choice between the style and health of their hair - ghd platinum™ is truly an all-in-one solution. Developed by ghd scientists, intelligent tri-zone™ technology uses three sensors in each plate, ensuring the optimum temperature for styling hair is consistently maintained across the entire plate during styling. The sensors mean there’s no sudden surge or drop in temperature – both of which can be detrimental to hair health and styling results – delivering safer-for-hair heat at all times, from roots to ends.
It is also extremely good looking, and comes with a unique patented wishbone hinge and ergonomic design that allows for perfect plate alignment and better control. It also has slightly wider plates that are a major bonus for long, thick hair types like me, and I am seriously head over heels for it.
Lino Sinni, ghd Managing Director of Australia and New Zealand, said of the new release: “the days of having to compromise are over, with the introduction of the new ghd platinum™ styler. With our continued focus on innovation, new and improved features and revolutionary technology, ghd is dedicated to creating products so that women can have it all.”
Dr Tim Moore, Chief Technology Officer at ghd’s Research and Development Facility in Cambridge,
UK explained that extensive research and testing has been invested into the development of ghd platinum™. Independent Princeton University test results showcase that ghd platinum™ is the only styler that actually achieves ultimate styling results and healthier, stronger and shinier hair.” Scientifically proven to be better for your hair? They don’t come much better than that, huh?
As well as its new design and performance, ghd platinum™ also includes all the features that ghd fans already love like a heat resistant plate guard to protect surfaces after styling, a handy sleep mode for complete peace of mind, and the ability to create killer curls and waves as well as ghd’s signature straight look.
It’s also available in classic matte black or contemporary matte white, depending on your end of the day, bathroom #goals.
The ghd platinum™ black and white styler is available in late May from approved ghd salons and www.ghdhair.com/nz with an RRP of $360. For stockist information call 0800 880 209.


Thursday, May 14, 2015

Love it: Savar Spa’s premium Ultra Nourishing Body Butter

When the temperature drops it’s a good idea to bring out the big guns when it comes to skincare – and if you’ve got eczema-prone skin like mine, even boost yourself up with some supplements that can keep your largest organ looking and feeling as hydrated as possible.
As well as your face it’s a good idea to hydrate the skin on your bod, which can all too easily get hidden under multiple layers and forgotten about until the spring lambs make their appearance. A wonderfully nourishing body butter is a luxury your skin will thank you for as the skin on your body can be just as quick as the skin on your face in showing signs of dryness and damage.
One of the latest I have been loving is Savar Spa’s premium Ultra Nourishing Body Butter – an asboute treat for the skin AND the senses. Made in New Zealand and available in two delicious fragrances - ginger & lime and pacific coconut – it’s a luxurious moisturising spa treatment that is crafted using premium New Zealand avocado oil and New Zealand Blackcurrant seed oil, two of nature’s superfoods. Also guaranteed to banish dry skin on knees and elbows, and cracked heels, it is a new jewel in the crown for the premium 99 per cent natural skincare range with an ingredient list that encompasses an entire plant catalogue. New Zealand blackcurrant seed oil, organic bilberry, marshmallow extract, organic fig, lime flower, lemon balm and organic goji berries are just some of the skin benefiting goodies included in Savar’s modern, effective products.
The Savar Spa Ultra Nourishing Body Butter is available right now for $45.00 from www.savaronline.com and selected leading retailers.