Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Daily delight: Emily Ratajkowski for GQ UK

Monday, August 3, 2015

What a steal: the TRESemmé Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo collection

When Dry Shampoo first hit the beauty industry with a bang a few years ago (after years of trucking along quite nicely thank you as an underground product), I swear I tried every one under the sun.
Some were incredibly pricey and others not, whilst some were highly effective whilst others were little better than a sprinkle of talc – and just as obvious.
One of my hands down favourites however was by TRESemmé, and the price was as good as the end result. So, it is with great excitement that I received news of the brand’s recently released Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo collection – three dry shampoo options depending on your texture and your needs, and all for under $15!
The new collection includes Translucent, Volumising and Cleansing formulas, meaning there is no need to feel guilty for skipping a wash, no matter your hair type. Each uniquely formulated variant refreshes hair by removing oil and odour, while creating volume. Just one spray transforms hair from lifeless and limp, to clean and fresh, giving extra time in the morning and the perfect base to style – especially after a fresh wash when clean hair is a little too soft to really grip.
The three formulas are:
TRESemmé Instant Refresh Translucent Dry Shampoo – this caters to all hair shades and will keep hair fresh in between washes, without leaving a visible powdery residue like many other dry shampoos.
TRESemmé Instant Refresh Cleansing Dry Shampoo –the perfect solution to instantly cleanse and revitalise hair without water, and great for on the go. 
TRESemmé Instant Refresh Volumising Dry Shampoo – 
with lemongrass to help volumise normal to oily hair that becomes limp in between washes, giving hair added body and bounce.
To use all three just shake can vigorously before and in between spray bursts. Lift sections of dry hair and spray into roots from around 25cm away and then massage into roots to absorb evenly.
Brush through hair and style as usual. Too easy!
All three are available now as 200ml cans for an amazing RRP $14.49. No excuse!

Daily delight: Amanda Seyfried for Clé de Peau Beauté

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Beauty news: Miley and M.A.C set to launch another Viva Glam collab

At the end of last year the inimitable Ms. Miley Cyrus was unveiled as the new spokesperson for M.A.C's Viva Glam collection, and given the task of creating two lip products with the brand from which 100 per cent of profits will go to the MAC AIDS Fund.
Previous Viva Glam spokesmodels have included Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and Lady Gaga, who have all put their own stamp on the brand's cult Lipglass and Lipstick formulas. Cyrus, true to form, transformed the two products into sparkling pink - accompanied by a campaign with make-up by Lucia Pieroni. 
The collab was a huge hit for everyone concerned, so it comes as no surprise that Viva Glam Miley II is soon to land, accompanied by the sassiest campaign shot I’ve seen in a while (above). Ms. Miley, who's been rocking a cropped cut of varying lengths (and we mean highly varying, from pixie to chin-length bob) since 2013, dons a long blond wig with baby bangs for this latest ad series—and definitely rocks them a little better than poor old Beyonce did last year (lest we forget!). In the campaign preview posted to her Instagram on July 30, Miley sports a pair of denim  short shorts and floral off-the-shoulder crop top, as well as the new signature Miley lipstick for the brand, which looks to be a punchy, bright orange hue.
Viva Glam Miley Cryus II is available as the sexy bright orange lipstick as well as a coordinating lipglass with sparkling pearl shimmer. Love it, love her.
The latest Miley-branded lipstick will be available at New Zealand M.A.C stores and online on September 10, with proceeds going as always toward the M.A.C Aids Fund, an organization that has been supporting individuals fighting the disease around the world since 1994.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Beauty news: Elizabeth Arden to open flagship beauty boutique in Auckland

Elizabeth Arden, one of the most recognised names in beauty, has announced the upcoming opening of its new boutique retail store situated at 62 Queen Street, Auckland.
Lower Queen Street is fast becoming the luxury precinct for top international brands and is a perfect fit for the new Elizabeth Arden store.
From its modern façade and interior to its staff of top beauty experts, the boutique will showcase the entire Elizabeth Arden portfolio of skincare, colour and fragrances as well as offering unique beauty services including hairstyling/blow dry, makeup application, luxury facials, nails, lashes and brows.
“The Elizabeth Arden brand is well known in New Zealand for luxury and quality, with a heritage of superior products," says Valerie Riley, General Manager of Elizabeth Arden New Zealand.  “The new 62 Queen Street retail store will be a reflection of the Elizabeth Arden global brand, a modern classic in prestige beauty."
“Our goal is that when a woman enters the store, she will have the opportunity to choose from the best technology in our skincare lines (PREVAGE, Ceramide, Skin Illuminating, Visible Difference, Eight Hour Cream), experience our innovative colour and foundation lineup, and discover our extensive Elizabeth Arden fragrance portfolio (UNTOLD, Red Door, Green Tea, 5th Avenue).  We view this iconic location as a pilot laboratory to experiment with new and exciting ideas for products, promotions, and service driven events. The boutique will offer the ultimate total beauty shopping experience.”
Elizabeth Arden 62 Queen Street, Auckland will be opening in October 2015 and I for one, can’t wait to see what they do with the space!

Daily delight: Chrissy Teigen for Women's Health UK

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Love it: Chantecaille Full Brow Perfecting Gel

I love the Chantecaille brand and I love a full brow, so it really comes as no surprise that I would fall heads over heels for their Full Brow Perfecting Gel from the get-go.
There are numerous products out there aiming to thicken and condition brows but don’t actually do much of either that well, but this is quite the opposite – giving sparse brows a kick in the butt immediately and in the long run.
The clear brow gel not only grooms and holds hairs in place, but also promises to promote brow growth while preventing hair loss. For someone with increasingly sparse brows, this sounds like a dream come true! This gel features a blend of panthenol and growth peptide that I really hope will get things growing again, and it feels amazing too with zero stickiness factor.
It sets, defines and holds brows in place throughout the day, and is apparently amazing when paired with the brand’s Waterproof Brow Definer for fuller, shinier brows. I love that the brush offers longer bristles on one side and tiny bristles on the other too, so you can really customize application. 
For those unfamiliar with the brand – which is available exclusively in New Zealand at Mecca Cosmetica – it is the creation of Sylvie Chantecaille and is still a family business. With more than 25 years of experience and known as one of the industry's foremost innovators, Sylvie has long been dedicated to making women's lives easier, healthier and more beautiful.
She moved to New York in the 1970's and started a small company of exclusive cosmetics with Diane von Furstenberg. Their successful Madison Avenue business caught the attention of the Estée Lauder. In 1979, Sylvie launched Prescriptives at Estée Lauder. With a new level of science in its groundbreaking formulas Prescriptives went on to become one of the best-selling cosmetics lines.
Fuelled by the desire to create a new company that combined her own spiritual and holistic philosophy as well as an interest in aromatherapy, Sylvie began her new venture in 1997. She launched Chantecaille equipped with a well-researched understanding of the needs and wants of modern women and invaluable contacts within the sourcing and manufacturing communities. It began as a small fragrance house with four highly original scents based on natural essential oils that presaged the next wave in cosmetics and laid the foundation for the company's unique approach to beauty.
Supported by the business acumen of her husband as well as the creative, strategic and artistic talents of her three children (that’s her daughter Oliva above, check out those brows!), Sylvie has transformed Chantecaille into a revolutionary skincare and cosmetics brand renowned internationally for its technologically advanced approach to naturally beautiful skin and I for one love it!
To find out more head online to the Mecca Cosmetica store.

Daily delight: Behati Prinsloo for Vogue Brasil

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Beauty news: Joico looks after the brunettes as well as blondes

I have been brunette and then blonde and then back again many times over the years, and have to admit that when you’re blonde, you get a little more attention. From haircare companies that is – all trying their best to find way to keep blondes looking their best and rocking platinum like a pro.
Brunettes are always pushed to the back of the queue it seems, mainly as whether you have a natural or manmade shade, chances are it will be in much healthier condition.
Not always though, and haircare company Joico’s latest launch, Color Balance Blue, finally shows brunette babes a bit of love with a shampoo and conditioner duo that’s specifically designed for them.
Unlike any other product on the New Zealand market that I know of, this colour enhancing pair uses tone-correcting blue pigment to banish unwanted orange and brassy colours in brunettes – especially brunettes who like me, have dabbled in ombre in the past. It’s ideal for brunettes wanting to keep their balayage or highlights rich and full of colour, without having to resort to a purple or silver shampoo for the ends and a straight up colour shampoo for the roots.
Not only do these new products colour correct but they also help preserve your hair colour, up to 89 per cent of it for 18 washes to be exact.
“Joico’s Color Balance Blue is brilliant. I am using it on a lot of my brunette clients at the moment, it removes brassy tones and keeps brunette’s colour looking beautiful“, says Chinney Yeap of Dharma salon about the new release, whilst celebrity colourist Denis De Souza, renowned for his signature colouring technique, Sombre, and hair colourist to brunette faces like Mila Kunis,
Rachel Bilson and Jaime Chung, says, “Brown tones can take a beating from frequent shade shifting. I’m so happy that Joico's got a rescue designed specifically for deep brunette hair”. He adds that he loves the way Color Balance Blue Shampoo and Conditioner “help preserve colour against fading and eliminate those unwanted warm, brassy, reddish tones that can creep up on your clients as the weeks go by. It’s the perfect product to recommend to your clients to keep them richly-brunette between colour services”.
Of course, Joico hasn’t forgotten about blondes, having also just launched Joico Color Balance Purple, designed to remove yellow tones that can diminish blonde’s hair colour.

Daily delight Khloe Kardashian for Complex magazine

Monday, July 27, 2015

Beauty news: the limited edition ghd vintage pink range

As a breast cancer survivor I always appreciate it when a beauty brand decides to “go pink” for the cause and actually commits to it year after year. A lot don’t, believe me!
This is the ninth year that ghd New Zealand has served up an amazing fundraising initiative for The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation, having already donated an amazing $575,000 to the charity through sales of the coveted ghd pink stylers.
This season, the limited edition pink range is even more covetable however, having undergone an absolutely gorgeous vintage makeover. With a sleek and elegant, retro matte powder finish with metallic pale pink accents, the styling classics have moved beyond ‘need’ to ‘must have’, and you’ll be supporting The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation.
This year there is also a wide variety of vintage pink products, from the essential paddle brush (I have this in multiples, it is THAT good) to the new ghd platinum™ styler.
The ghd vintage pink full line up is:
vintage pink ghd platinum™ $370
The no compromise styler with ghd’s patented tri-zone™ technology. The scientifically proven, safer-for-hair heat, allows you to achieve healthier and shinier results in just one stroke. For every styler sold, $20 will be donated to The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation.
vintage pink ghd air™ $250
The classic hairdryer is a styling must-have for creating sleek blow-dries or bouncy volume. From every hairdryer sold $10 will go towards supporting The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation.
vintage pink ghd paddle brush $39
Perfect for detangling, smoothing, taming and blow-drying it’s a staple no matter what your hair type and $2 from every paddle brush will be donated to The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation.
Van Henderson, chief executive at The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation says, “Since 2006 ghd has raised more than $575,000 which has gone towards breast cancer research and education here in New Zealand. We love the latest limited edition vintage pink range from ghd and think it will be a real hit.”

The ghd vintage pink range is available right now at approved ghd salons & www.ghdhair.com/nz. For more information call 0800 880 209.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

All about: Dermalogica's all new Sheer Tint SPF20

I went for to Louise Gray Skin Care in Mission Bay a couple of week’s ago for a treatment and a good old-fashioned signature Dermalogica Face Mapping. This is a thorough WOF for the skin as per the brand’s modus operandi, and was a great way to check up on how my skin was doing and also served a reminder as to how many Dermalogica products I love.
One is the Dermalogica Sheer Tint SPF20, which has been around for a while but recently got a facelift (pun intended) in the form of a new formulation. It offers three key functions in one, so could I guess be called Dermalogica’s version of the BB cream. It combines skin health benefits (naturally), broad-spectrum sun protection and a lovely wee wash of natural-looking coverage to reveal the skin whilst correcting where it needs it. It has been reformulated for improved wearability with a silkier and smoother texture, and more universal pigment shades. It also includes Hydrolyzed Pearl Powder, an ingredient rich in amino acids that has been used for centuries by the East to promote radiant beauty and health. It means no chalky look or ashy shades, making it a great pick for lots of skin tones. Hydrolyzed Pearl Powder is also rich in calcium, sugars and proteins, which all help stimulate cell regeneration. It also increases hydration, reduces excess melanin production, and inhibits the dreaded glycation, which leads to skin ageing. 
The oil-free formula hydrates the skin with antioxidant Olive Fruit and Walnut Seed extracts, skin-conditioning silicone Dimethicone to protect and reinforce barrier lipids, and Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B-5) to aid in skin repair. Iron Oxide, a natural mineral in the formula, creates the sheer colour wash that has such a flattering look on the skin.
So, start saving your pennies now because the all-new Sheer Tint SPF20 is available in Light, Medium and Dark, from 1st August 2015 for the recommended retail price of $79.00. Love that!

Daily delight: Laetitia Casta for Harpers Bazaar Spain