Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Beauty news: ECOYA’s brand imagery gets a makeover

Everything that home fragrance house and bodycare brand ECOYA do is absolutely flawless in my opinion - from killer scents to beautiful events and gorgeous and surprising imagery, they seriously hit the nail on the head. Every time.
They are also always updating and refreshing what they do - which I equally love - in the form of delicious limited edition scents and gifting ideas, and now their new imagery has been revealed and damn, she is gorgeous.
ECOYA, who now sell a product around the world every 45 seconds, worked with fashion photographer - and all round gorgeous woman - Olivia Hemus to create the new brand shots, which were styled by ex Fashion Quarterly Fashion Editor Rachel Morton. The images produced were created to portray the ECOYA customer or ‘family’, which included New Zealand international model Vinny Woolston, Helena Mitchell and Mercy Brewer, Australian model Sapphire De Goede and seriously fierce American model Brigitte Buckholtz.
The set was designed by One Lovely Day, and was created by picking up on fragrance notes used throughout the ECOYA collection, with cracked coconuts, midnight orchids and jasmine adorning the set.
Claire Barnes, ECOYA Sales & Marketing Director says: “We recently had a huge packaging refresh and we needed to create some new imagery to use across all our marketing collateral. We wanted it to reflect how the brand has evolved and grown.
“We are really happy with the new imagery and feel it reflects the brand beautifully. It’s clean, it’s smart, it’s sexy, it’s sophisticated. We believe that is our DNA.”
You can view a beautiful wee behind-the-scenes video clip of the image creation at work here.

Daily delight: Natasha Poly for Vogue Germany

Monday, September 15, 2014

Love it: OPI’s beautiful new Nordic Collection for nails

I’m a BIG fan of wearing OPI GelColor on both my fingers and my toes, and always get pretty damn excited when new colours are released onto the market. One collection that I’ve really fallen head over heels for of late is the new Nordic Collection of polishes and gels, which is a sea of twelve beautiful new shades that have to be seen to be believed!
Reportedly inspired by the great northern lights in Finland, deep blue fjords in Norway, and colourful houses in Copenhagen, the Nordic Collection by OPI features a palette ranging from spicy browns in shades of bronze, cinnamon and caramel to rich purples in wine, black cherry and blue-violet hues, with accents of creamy coral, pink and sea green. Truly something for everyone - and then some.
“When creating colours for a new seasonal collection, I always draw inspiration from the food, music, art, landscape and street style of a particular destination,” said Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Co-Founder & Executive VP. “While conceptualising the shades of the Nordic Collection, I ate cinnamon buns and drank glogg, snapped photographs of brightly painted houses, and gazed in wonder at the region’s topography – from the northern lights and midnight sun to lava flats and deep fjords. All of these diverse elements came together to inspire an equally varied array of colours that capture the aesthetic of the Nordic region.”
All of the nail lacquer shades feature OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for easy application, and the collection is made up of the following shades in both nail lacquer and GelColor formulas:

Going My Way or Norway? - a caramel
Ice-Bergers & Fries - a chocolate-y brown
OPI with a Nice Finn-ish - a soft, wearable bronze
My Voice is a Little Norse - a super shimmer that would make a great feature nail
Can’t aFjörd Not To - creamy coral
How Great is Your Dane? - a cinnamon shade
My Dogsled is a Hybrid - creamy sea green.
Suzi Has a Swede Tooth - sweet strawberry candy pink
Do You Have this Colour in Stock-holm? - an icy blue-violet
Thank Glogg It’s Friday! - a warm wine
Viking in a Vinter Vonderland (pictured) - a deep purple.
Skating on Thin Ice-Land - a dramatic black cherry

All are available right now, so get in quick!

Daily delight: Kate Bosworth for Harper’s Bazaar Singapore

Friday, September 12, 2014

Love it: Diptyque Poudre Purete Radiance Boosting Powder

It was always going to be wondrous news when Diptyque announced they would be creating body products, then even more exciting when the iconic French brand said that it is in the market for reinventing facial beauty treatments with its Art du Soin range, a new beauty line bringing innovative new textures to skincare.
If you haven’t tried it yet then be prepared for a whole new sensory experience from Diptyque's first foray into facial products, which combines high performance, unique products with ultra-chic scents. I love all of it, from the soft, Damask rose-scented Infused Facial Water that douses the skin in a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals (which I added to my ‘must buy’ list after trying it in store at Mecca Cosmetica), to the Radiance Boosting Powder, a white clay scattered with petals that changes to a light mousse when mixed with water.
I’ve been using the latter on a regular basis and have fallen head over heels in love with it, in particular its amazing texture. It combines natural white clay powder, which purifies and remineralises skin, with powdered rose, jasmine, and neroli petals. With a splash of water and a touch of the special foam ball, the beautiful scented powder amazingly turns into a creamy lather that leaves skin clean and clear.
To use, just moisten your hands and face with warm water then place one dose (approximately a half-teaspoon) carefully in your palm and work the powder into a creamy lather with the ball. Gently massage face with small, circular movements, avoiding the eye area. Rinse with warm water or soak a washcloth in warm water and gently wipe et voila - sparkling clean skin!
Apparently when mixed with the Infused Facial Water it becomes a light and airy froth with more concentrated infusions, making it particularly suited to skin with special care needs.
Other beautiful products in the range include a Nourishing Cleansing Balm with floral wax that transforms into oil at your fingertips (LOVE the sound of that_, or the Multi-Use Exfoliating Clay with exfoliating properties guaranteed to be gentle on the skin. Last but not least, the Protective Moisturising Lotion with lily and grape extracts to bring extra shine to your complexion.
If this luxurious collection sounds like a bit of you pop into theMecca Cosmetica store on online here and check it out.

Daily delight: Michelle Williams for Louis Vuitton

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Beauty Destination: the beautiful Spring Spa, Bali

Every time I am lucky enough to find myself in stunning Queenstown – I swear it’s like looking at a chocolate box photo every corner you turn – I make sure I take some time to visit the always-wonderful Spring Spa, which conveniently opened in Auckland in the last twelve months as well. Both destinations are most definitely of the “happy place” variety, and I recommend them to everyone I meet who is looking for some dedicated “me” time.
Spring is the stroke of genius of the always-charming and ridiculously clever Ina Bajaj, the creator of the world-renowned East Day Spa. So despite the fact that they are quite a different beauty destination to East, they provide the same high standards of treatment and superior levels of service East is famous for, but with what they call “a Spring spin”.
Anyway, when I travelled to Bali a couple of weeks ago for ten days of island bliss, at the top of my to-do list was a trip to the incredible new Spring location recently opened there. Situated in the ever-popular Petitenget area, Spring’s new Bali location opened its doors in May. Designed by acclaimed designer Derek Lockwood of Saatchi & Saatchi Design Worldwide, Spring Bali has several areas that extend their current offering further, including a DJ Booth, drinks bar and private relaxation area. While spas have always been a major traveller’s drawcard for Bali, the Spring experience is unlike any other, with Spring’s familiar offering of pedicures and manicures, along with a popular Bali crème and blow wave bar, after-sun treatments and an array of Bliss beauty products. Feet were originally the main focus at Spring, but they offer everything from massage to reflexology and pedicures as well as a whole bunch of add-on's so you can customise your treatment to your needs. They also offer stellar manicures, threading and waxing as well as packages to remedy your jetlag or help you recover from a hard day next to the pool, and facials that sound seriously good.
I spent a blissful couple of hours on site having a Signature massage and then reflexology (both 10 out of 10 and then some), then floated out for some conveniently close by shopping and lunch at Motel Mexicola. Having experienced more than my fair share of spa treatments in Bali I can confidently say that my Spring experience was quite possibly the best, with not a detail overlooked and top notch service from beginning to end. I seriously didn’t want to leave, and am already racking my brain for a way to go back… ASAP!
You can check out what Spring Bali has to offer here, and if you’re off to the island paradise then I highly recommend that you get booking now.

Daily delight: Taylor Swift for Rolling Stone

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Hair how to: Victoria Beckham Spring/Summer 2015 by Guido for Redken

One of my favourite shows from New York Fashion Week thus far has been Victoria Beckham, who in my eyes can do no wrong. The collection was both unexpected and beautiful, and she collaborated with Guido, Redken Global Styling Director to create the perfect hair look to add an easy, sophisticated feeling to the runway alongside her designs. Using only one key product, Redken’s Signature Look Wind Blown 05 dry finishing spray, Guido created the perfect nonchalant, super natural hairstyle to complement Victoria’s ultra modern, uber feminine collection.
“Victoria’s style is so modern and beautiful that I didn’t want to bring too much attention to the hair, and this natural look felt the most modern for this collection,” he has said. “There was a time when a blowout would have been considered a luxury, and it is very luxurious, but that kind of look on the runway can seem dated. The style at Victoria Beckham is very easy and undone, which created a more modern feeling. I let the hair dry naturally, created a messy side part with my fingers, and then used Redken’s Signature Look Wind Blown 05 dry finishing spray to texturize and lift the roots a bit. I also used a wide-barrel curling iron, taking random clumps of hair and bending them around the iron to add body where needed.”

To create the look - effortlessly - yourself:
1. Start with dry, natural hair.
2. Spray Redken Signature Look Wind Blown 05 dry finishing spray all over hair to add texture and light body.
3. Create a messy, natural side part with fingers.
4. Take random sections of hair and bend around a 1inch curling iron (or larger) to create natural body.
5. Lightly tousle hair with fingers and finish with a thorough mist of Redken Signature Look Wind Blown 05 dry finishing spray for additional texture.

Photo by Lucas Flores Piran for Redken 

Daily delight: Salma Hayek for Elle Mexico

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

All about: M.A.C Viva Glam Rihanna II

There aren’t many out there who can pull off an endless lineup of fearless makeup looks quite like Rihanna. The girl has earned her title as a beauty chameleon with the finesse of a quick-change artist - thanks in part to one style-defining constant: a swipe of statement-making lipstick, be it bold, nude, glittering or otherwise.
It’s only fitting, then, that the singer, who was spotted front row this weekend at shows from Alexander Wang to Altuzarra, has teamed up with modern makeup legends M.A.C for another namesake Viva Glam lipstick and gloss - this time in a nineties-inspired deep mauve spiked with tiny flecks of gold sparkle. It’s not nearly as universal of a shade as the deep scarlet from Rihanna Viva Glam 1 but is absolutely killer all on its own IMHO, and for those who like a gloss the matching lipglass is pretty damn beautiful as well. The fresh new shade arrives on counter in two days’ time, with the profits going toward helping those living with or affected by HIV in our community.

Daily delight: Adriana Lima for Vogue Brazil

Monday, September 8, 2014

All about: The Phoenix Organics Love Project

I absolutely love the beach and know many a person who agrees with that sentiment, so the fact that more than 1,015,884 litres of rubbish has been collected from Kiwi beaches since 2009 - equivalent to 31 full shipping containers of waste - is pretty damn horrifying.
Equally as alarmed by this overwhelming statistic was Phoenix Organics, who has joined forces with the amazing Sustainable Coastlines initiative and Tangaroa Blue Foundation to create The Love Project. This project aims to empower Kiwis to vote and help clean up our globally famous beaches for the next generation.
To launch the Phoenix Love Project across New Zealand and Australia, Phoenix has collaborated with three artists who have created a bespoke artwork inspired by their love of our planet to raise awareness and support the great work of the two charities.  All artworks will be part of a limited edition series of bottles, using the three most loved Phoenix products to spread the good word - Phoenix Organic Cola, Lemonade and Ginger Beer. Artists involved include Mica Still from Wellington, Meghan Geliza from Auckland and Mulga from Sydney.
Locals passionate about keeping our ‘clean and green’ image can also visit Phoenix’s Facebook page to vote for the beach they love the most and would like to keep clean. The Phoenix Love Project has contributed $40,000 to Sustainable Coastlines and Tangaroa Blue Foundation to complete beach cleanup projects over the summer months.
Last up, in celebration of The Love Project, people will also get the chance to be part of a live art installation in Auckland, late October with artists Meghan Geliza and Mica Still.
So get in there and do your bit -the three amazing looking limited edition bottles are available in cafes now across New Zealand and Australia and will be available until late Spring.

Daily delight: Rita Ora for adidas Originals

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Love it, need it: eyeSlices

When I got arrived home after a night flight from Bali just two days’ ago, the only words to describe the state of my skin and general demeanour would have been “train wreck”. A 4am transit in Brisbane, tending to the (MANY) needs of a five year old and generally making bad meal choices meant that my usually very diligent mid-flight beauty routine went sideways, and all I wanted was a sleep and a facial. Preferably at the same time!
That was never an option though, with aforementioned kid on the go and a bunch of work to try and attend to, so I slapped on Dermalogica’s MultiVitamin Power Recovery Mask (and ambulance in a tube, seriously) and cracked open the eyeSlices that I was sent while I was away.
Essentially eye treatment pads and the modern, hi-tech equivalent of sitting around with cucumber slices on your eyes, eyeSlices use patented Cryogel polymer technology and 20 per cent active natural ingredients to help improve redness, puffiness, dark circles, tiredness and signs of ageing around the eye. I had all of these at once, so they certainly had their work out for them - and work they did!
In around five minutes the disposable eye-treatment pads soothed and rejuvenated the gritty, worn out feeling of my eyes, as well as addressed dark circles, fine lines and all manner of general hideousness. Product developer and CEO, Kerryne Krause-Neufeldt says, “we refer to it as the ‘five five five’ rule, where eyeSlices deliver five key active ingredients to combat five key eye concerns, all in just five minutes!”
So how do they work? Well Cryogel technology, a global first, means to freeze. A stable, water-based hydrogel, it is manufactured through a non-toxic process of freezing and thawing, which gives an instant cooling sensation on the skin and stimulates micro-circulation. Aloe Ferox, “nature’s best kept secret”, is a key certified organic ingredient that unlocks the soothing, calming and restorative properties in there, while Regu-Age, a protein peptide complex from Switzerland, has clinically proven results on puffiness, dark circles and fine lines. Biodynes TRF, a yeast cell lysate, smoothes, soothes and increases collagen synthesis, Peptamide 6 reduces fine lines and brightens the complexion, and Pentavitin increases moisture retention.
But enough science and back to the important stuff - yep, they work, and are totally paraben and preservative free, and having undergone stringent stability, safety, toxicology, irritancy and efficacy trials and testing, can be used on sensitive eyes and by people wearing contact lenses like me.
With a RRP of $37.00, once opened they can be used up to 10 times within a one month period, as have a treatment lifespan of 50 minutes. Refills are just $29.00 as they don’t come with a storage container. Sound like a bit of you? Stockists can be found at www.eyeslices.co.nz