Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Daily delight: Emma Watson for Interview magazine



Giveaway: Dermalogica’s new Stress Positive Eye Lift

Boasting a high-impact formula that fights pretty much every early morning eye-area woe in existence, Dermalogica’s new Stress Positive Eye Lift is THE product you need when you want to pull out the big guns in the war on under eye fatigue and general blah-ness. The skin around the eyes is the thinnest you’ll find on your body as well as having fewer oil glands than the rest of the face, so it needs extra special care when and where it can get it.
Stress Positive Eye Lift is an eye treatment and masque in one that comes with its own cooling massage applicator. Its goal is to help restore the skin barrier and visibly reduces the appearance of puffiness and dark circles, instantly brightening and lifting the eye area thanks to key ingredients like Wild Indigo Seed, Arctic Algae and Hyaluronic Acid. You can use it daily to address signs of chronic eye fatigue, or as needed to combat signs of stress. 
Alongside the product’s attributes the company also talks about recent research revealing that stress can have positive effects – making us more alert, focused, and energised. It can be the invisible force that compels us to dare, to love, to save lives, and to do. This beneficial outlook on stress has apparently been referred to as Eustress, derived from the Greek prefix ¬eu- meaning “good” and defined as a healthy cognitive response to stress that gives one a feeling of fulfilment or other positive feelings. Eustress can motivate, focus our energy, and improve performance. 
It’s these findings that have led the skin health experts at Dermalogica to take a brighter outlook on stress and formulate Stress Positive Eye Lift as a fast-acting product that visibly energises the eye area and reduces the signs of stress on the skin. 
As aforementioned, you can use this beauty as a masque or on top of makeup as a quick boost when things are feeling  - and looking – less than rosy. I love patting it on before a night out as it makes any concealer etc slide on like a charm. To use as a masque, apply the luxe formula generously under your eye area using the delicious cooling massage applicator, leave on for 3-5 minutes, then massage into skin or tissue off any excess product. You can also incorporate Dermalogica’s Eye Lift DIY - an exclusive 3-step massage technique – followed by your usual eye cream. 
Stress Positive Eye Lift comes in a 25mL tube with a recommended retail price of $115. It will be available from 5th May 2017 at authorised Dermalogica stockists and dermlaogica.co.nz, but for now I have one to give away to a lucky reader! Email helene@mshelene.com with your name and courier address before the end of Monday, May 1 and you’re in the draw.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Daily delight: Olivia Munn for Cosmopolitan Mexico



All about: FaceWorks’ Redensity Skin Booster


Dr. Teresa Cattin - who I’d heard about for years before meeting her, and always in rather glowing terms – is in my opinion New Zealand’s best cosmetic physician, and a top-notch woman to boot. A Medical Practitioner (MSc, MBBCh, FRNZCGP, FNZCAM) and a member of the Appearance Medicine Society of Australasia, she is also the owner of FaceWorks Clinic in Albany, Auckland, and creator of the stellar skincare range of the same name.
As well as being past-President of the New Zealand College of Appearance Medicine, Teresa is a national trainer in Botox Cosmetic and Juvéderm, training other doctors in New Zealand and Australia. Needless to say, she is a clearly a woman who knows who stuff when it comes to skin, needles and anti-ageing, and regularly travels to the likes of India and Paris to share her incredible wealth of knowledge.
Teresa has said that “there is no doubt that the results of any treatment that you chose to have, be it Botox or filler will be greatly improved if the skin is healthy and well cared for”, and around 16 years ago she developed the aforementioned FaceWorks range of skincare products with that in mind. Her clinic also offers non-invasive skin treatments that work together with injectables and good skincare to deliver great skin all day, every day. One of her latest offerings is the Redensity Skin Booster, a treatment that I have to admit I’d heard little about but was gagging to try after a little research.
Teresa first saw the treatment in action at a conference in Paris in January 2016 and was immediately impressed with the theory behind it so decided to try it. “There are so many ‘miracle’ products and treatments being promoted at medical conferences these days that I've become rather cynical unless there is some solid science to back up the claims,” she says. “This treatment makes good scientific sense, I tried it myself and was happy with the results and am now getting good results here at FaceWorks. We are seeing a noticeable improvement in skin hydration and texture, more even skin tone and a real healthy ‘glow’."
I can best describe it as a combination of collagen induction therapy (needling) and what Dr. Teresa likes to call a “nutritional boost for the skin”. This boost consists of 14 different amino acids, antioxidants, hyaluronic acid, copper, zinc and Vitamin B6, which combined with the needling stimulates the natural auto-production of collagen to help smooth out wrinkles, restore volume, enhance your skin’s luminosity, and give a firmer, more youthful appearance. With age, our skin can lose up to two-thirds of our hyaluronic acid pool, reducing our skin’s ability to retain moisture and without that elusive “plumpness” so common to young skin. A Redensity Skin Booster helps your skin to rehydrate naturally, and after only one treatment I already noticed a difference. Now I’ve had a course of three the results are really quite profound, and I’m finding the usual seasonal change has affected my skin much less than it usually does – if at all.
So, what does it feel like? Well I definitely felt a slight discomfort during each treatment, but this was helped immensely by a thin layer of numbing cream applied about twenty minutes’ before. I had a point of reddening at each injection point afterwards, but an Omnilux light treatment dulled these down considerably and just a few hours’ later my skin was looking a little pink but that’s about it. Nothing a dusting of mineral makeup that night wouldn’t fix, and nothing of note at all the following day. Love that!
The Redensity Skin Booster is priced from $299 for 1ml to $690 for 3ml but Teresa and her team prefer to tailor treatments according to what you personally need. She tells me she has found for most people, four treatments over 3-5 months gives optimal results, “so we've put together a few different package options starting at $1370. By taking a package we can ensure we give you the best results while saving you 25 per cent off individual treatments”. After the initial course just one treatment a year is recommended for maintenance, and given the great result I would try and time this with an event – you will be positively GLOWING.
To find out more head to Dr. Teresa’s website here, I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Daily delight: Taylor Hill for David Yurman SS17


Fragrance Friday: Guerlain, Mon Guerlain




The story of Guerlain is the tale of a true family business. An amazing five generations of Guerlains have led the timeless and beautiful beauty company over the years, each leaving their own indelible mark. The brand dates back to 1828, when it started life as a small perfume business in Paris under Pierre-François Pascal Guerlain. Guerlain was a master perfumer, creating fragrances for the rich and famous - Napoléon III and Queen Victoria amongst the many who flocked to him for their signature scents.
Pierre-François Pascal passed his skills on to his son Aimé, who in turn taught his nephew Jacques (the latter being responsible for Guerlain's signature Shalimar scent). Years later, Jacques handed down the family secrets to his grandson Jean-Paul, which is where the buck stopped. In 1994, Jean-Paul sold the company to the multinational LMVH, but its dedication to creating the unique and the beautiful has never stopped.
In the 189 years since its inception, Guerlain has created more than 325 different fragrances and still holds its own in the luxury perfume market. Its latest release is the soon-to-be-iconic Mon Guerlain, a thoroughly modern fragrance for the times with one of the world’s most famous beauties as its face.
 “I am always filled with an imperious thirst for distant lands, the desire to go ever farther, in search of new scents,” says Thierry Wasser, Guerlain master perfumer and the creator of the newly released Mon Guerlain.
For five generations the Guerlain perfumer has embraced the history of perfumery heart and soul, whilst also taking the time to invent new “accords” and develop an amazing 1,100 new fragrances. Wasser says that it is “impossible to define a Guerlain fragrance as a mere formula that unites accords and combines rare raw materials in secret concentrations,” adding that history and emotion are equally as important when it comes to the end result. 
The starting point behind the composition work of Mon Guerlain is vanilla, a favourite raw material inseparable from any Guerlain masterpiece and also present in legendary Guerlain releases Shalimar, Habit Rouge and Jicky. 
This powerful and what Wasser likes to call “sensual” Tahitensis vanilla is joined by an exceptional and rare lavender, which comes with the unique olfactory properties that would satisfy the expectations of the perfumer. “This new accord invites us to move beyond the divide and ambiguity of masculine and feminine, because it works to reconcile genres,” says Delphine Jelk, who co-created the fragrance. “This is exactly what gives Mon Guerlain its power and modernity.” Sambac jasmine, gathered at sunrise, connects vanilla to lavender, whilst sandalwood adds an earthy depth to its femininity.
This quadrilobe bottle that contains the fragrance was reportedly originally dreamt up by Gabriel Guerlain and crafted by Baccarat in 1908. Year after year, it has earned its position as one of the iconic bottles of Guerlain, inspiring numerous artists and designers who reinterpret it with each of their creations. 
Understated, simple and graphic, it recalls an alchemist’s bottle and owes the name “quadrilobe” to its stopper, which is formed from a solid piece to obtain a shape resembling four lobes. Today it encases Mon Guerlain, in a marriage that couldn’t be more perfect. 
For the creation of Mon Guerlain, Master Perfumer Wasser says he was inspired wholly and utterly by its face, Angelina Jolie. Its creation also includes a glance to the past, as the company wanted the fragrance to incorporate a nod to Jolie’s memory of her mother wearing Guerlain powder. Scented with iris and violet, Jolie recalls its association with quality, elegance and femininity. 
Recognised all over the world, Jolie is an actress, filmmaker, director and Special Envoy of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. She and spokespeople from the Guerlain brand first met in Cambodia over a year ago, where she was directing her fourth feature film, First They Killed My Father, about a child’s memory of war and loss. There a partnership began, with the intention of creating a new fragrance bringing together the brand’s legacy of beauty and craftsmanship and the “values, ideals and aspirations of modern femininity”. 
The dedicated humanitarian also used her new role with Guerlain as a way to further her charitable endeavours; according to Guerlain, Jolie has donated her entire paycheck from this project to charity. There are no further details on which organisations received the funds or how much they received, but it was likely a sizeable amount and under the watchful eye of Jolie, will be carefully used.
“We create perfumes for women we admire,” Jacques Guerlain has stated, and there are few immediately recognisable, modern women more admirable than Jolie.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Daily delight: Victoria Beckham for Elle UK



All about: the newest in natural beauty




While interest in natural products has increased steadily amongst skincare users of all ages, research by skincare giant Kiehl’s has found that consumers still feel they are compromising efficacy when using natural skincare solutions. I can’t say this is true for all natural skincare ranges but for many, it sadly is. And we shouldn’t have to compromise, right? Luckily there are some brilliant innovators out there creating amazing new formulas all the time, so I have rounded up a few of them to chat about here.
The aforementioned Kiehl’s hardworking chemists spent considerable time over the last few years hitting the lab and created Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream (RRP $98.00), a 99.6 per cent naturally derived formula that is the first of its kind to leverage the combined efficacy of two world-renowned wellness ingredients – New Zealand-sourced Manuka Honey and Korean Red Ginseng Root. The Manuka Honey used in Pure Vitality is sourced from a New Zealand-based, Maori owned company called Watson and Son, who are one of the biggest producers of Manuka Honey in the world. So how does it work? Well, while cocooning the skin in a comforting, creamy texture, the luxurious moisturiser also helps skin resist hydration loss while aiding in recovery from existing skin damage. That is one hell of a multi-pronged approach to dehydrated skin, and I for one give it two thumbs up.
When a natural skincare brand gets major props on the notoriously thorough – and tough! - Paula’s Choice Beautypedia website, you know it’s got to be good. This is the case for Drunk Elephant, a brand recently arrived in New Zealand at meccabeauty.co.nz and Mecca Maxima. Based out of Los Angeles, California, Drunk Elephant was founded back in 2012 by former skincare executive Tiffany Masterson. As their website describes, Masterson developed the brand out of a desire to create “natural-themed formulas” that were truly effective and high performance. From the get-go Masterson was emphatic that they leave out that which wasn’t effective – primarily added fragrance. The inclusion of a plethora of exotic fragrances is where many natural-themed brands seem to go wrong, leaving many potential customers with major irritation to their already-sensitive skin. Fragrance, be it from essential oils or synthetics, has even been found to cause damage in some skin types. Happily, Drunk Elephant are one step ahead with their innovative, fragrance-free products.
The Drunk Elephant line is a small but beautifully curated one, and it makes each product count. All of the clever packaging keeps the ingredients inside protected, and many of the formulas include the aforementioned ingredient Marula oil, which contains an array of beneficial fatty acids, anti-inflammatory agents, and antioxidants. Drunk Elephant's Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil has been on high rotate in my house of late, due its abilities as a marvellous multitasker and its general awesomeness. It’s actually a very straightforward beauty product, in that it contains just a single ingredient: Marula oil. Marula oil is an excellent ingredient for skin, and thanks to the aforementioned great packaging that keeps it stable, this product is a winner. High in critical antioxidants like tocopherol (vitamin E), tochotrienol, phenolic compounds and Omegas 6 and 9, it hydrates, preserves and nourishes your skin, while restoring that elusive, youthful plumpness. Straight from the “pip” of the marula fruit, the Virgin Marula Oil in the bottle is virtually untouched by any chemical or fragrance, natural or synthetic and remains in its purest form. The oil itself is lightweight enough that it can be applied directly to skin, absorbing within a couple of minutes. It is amazing for those with dry to very dry skin like mine, but if you have oily or combination skin with patches of dryness, this can be applied to those areas too. If you haven’t checked out this new range yet then I highly recommend that you do – their Lala Retro Whipped Crème moisturiser is another absolute winner.
“I think that lipsticks are like flowers, they have an instant feel good factor that will brighten anyone’s Christmas day,” says Karen Murrell, Creative Director of Karen Murrell Lipsticks, and I couldn’t agree more. Karen’s lipsticks have even more to feel good about than most as well, being hailed as the ultimate ‘vegetarian lipsticks’ as the range has no animal based materials or testing. Instead, they contain Avocado Oil (to provide moisture, nourishment and hydration), Cinnamon, Evening Primrose Oil (rich in Omega 6 to soothe and moisturise), and Carnauba Wax; renowned for its high melting point, ensuring they are hard wearing in even the roughest handbag. 
Karen is always adding new shades to her range and lately, she also launched Karen Murrell natural lip pencils (RRP $27.00) as the perfect partner for your favourite natural lipstick shade. Smooth and easy to apply with long lasting, natural colour, they can be used alone for a long lasting matte finish or as a liner or base to compliment your lip choice. They are as natural as it comes without compromising on performance, which is rare when it comes to many natural lip formulas that last about as long on as they take to apply! From product to packaging, even the gorgeous boxes that house the new Karen Murrell lip pencils are ethically created: they were printed with vegetable based inks on sustainably sourced paper by an FSC-certified printing company. Amazing, and how good would it be if all beauty brands went to the same lengths as these?

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Daily delight: Jourdan Dunn for Glamour UK



All about: Dermalogica’s new Overnight Retinol Repair 1%


I swear in my life I have tried about every single ‘hope in a jar’ out there, spending god knows how much on eye creams, serums and whatnot as I (fruitlessly for the most part) battle the creeping signs of ageing. There’s certainly no way to escape them, but a little softening here and there is more than welcome, and if I can find a product that gives my skin that extra boost then bring it on.
In the skincare world there is one thing that we know absolutely delivers the goods however, and that’s retinol. Some are so potent that can completely change your skin overnight, but not all are created equal. There are a lot of misconceptions about retinol too, with good reason. Also there is the fact that there are ‘Retin-A’ products, and ‘retinol’ products… and both are ‘retinoids’. It’s all vitamin A, but the first kind is pretty heavy duty (i.e. you need a prescription) and the second type you can buy over the counter. Unlike standard exfoliators, retinoids work at the cellular level to increase collagen, smooth-out annoying fine lines and even-out the tone, all of which are on my shopping list thank-you-very-much.
Retinol is a key ingredient in Dermalogica’s new Overnight Retinol Repair 1%, which ratchets things up another notch from their much-loved Overnight Retinol Repair 0.5%. The highly concentrated new night-time treatment cream offers clinical-strength Retinol (1.0%) for users who want advanced results in a formula that won’t compromise skin health or comfort. Part of the brand’s AgeSmart range, it has been designed as the next step for those wanting a stronger retinol formula, be it as a treatment course or as part of their ongoing nightly treatment. Retailing for $198 and recently added to the brand’s on counter lineup, the super powered formula also comes with a buffer cream moisturiser, which is there to mix with it initially to help the skin acclimatise to the retinol.  
Key to the formula is pure Vitamin A, a highly active form of retinol that has been shown to dramatically reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and uneven skin tone, and combat free radical damage. Because the retinol molecule on its own is extremely delicate, and can lose its potency as soon as it is exposed to light or air, Overnight Retinol Repair 1% was developed using the most advanced microencapsulation technology to protect the molecule within the formula. This allows the retinol to retain stability and deliver results.
Additional ingredients in the powerful formula include Squalene from Brazilian Sugar Cane to restore skin moisture and suppleness, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5 and TAUT Peptides help minimise the appearance of wrinkles and Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (antioxidant Vitamin C) to help reduce the appearance of skin discolouration. Active polysaccharides are also in there to hydrate and prevent water loss in the skin, helping to soften fine lines, whilst Licorice extract helps calm irritation and provides antioxidant power. Boom!
To help skin acclimate, Dermalogica recommends mixing one-part Overnight Retinol Repair 1% with three parts Buffer Cream, applying to cleansed skin. For more sensitive skin, apply the mixture on alternate nights. Increase the ratio as skin adjusts, at which point Overnight Retinol Repair 1% may be used alone or prior to or mixed with moisturiser. Like all retinol products, use this beauty only at night when cell renewal is at its prime, wear sunscreen during the day and avoid excessive sun exposure. 
Due to the expert strength of this product, Overnight Retinol Repair 1% is only available to purchase in store at authorised Dermalogica stockists on recommendation from qualified skin therapists and will not be available to purchase online from dermalogica.co.nz. It is available right now though, so what are you waiting for?

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Daily delight: Nina Agdal for Glamour Germany



Beauty news: Natasha Oakley X St. Tropez



My favourite self-tanning product is by far, St. Tropez 'Everyday' Gradual Tan for Body, and apparently it’s Tash Oakley’s too – possibly the only thing I will have in common with the golden goddess and creator of A Bikini A Day! Now, the international influencer is taking her love of the global faux glow brand to the next level with the announcement of her appointment to the role of St. Tropez’s newest tanning ambassador.
In a global partnership which spans across the UK, US and Australian markets, Natasha will make her official start by co-hosting the brand’s first ever Facebook Live (27th April) to kick off a very exciting Northern Hemipshere summer for the brand, which includes a ground-breaking new product launch that’s the first of its kind on the global market.
Natasha has said of the partnership: “St.Tropez has been my go-to tanning brand for years, so it’s incredible to be working with them this year. Having grown up by the beach, I’m so conscious of the effects of sun damage, so I always use full block SPF on my face and wear a huge hat to make sure my face isn’t in the sun. It means that tanning products are so important in my beauty routine so that I can have a natural-looking, even and safe tan. I love the confidence that having a tan gives me, as well as happy memories of being on the beach in the sunshine.”
St.Tropez Global Product Development Director Jacqueline Burchell adds: “This is St.Tropez’s biggest influencer partnership to date and we couldn’t think of anybody more perfect than Natasha. Our tanning wardrobe of choice contains a product perfect for every occasion, and with Natasha’s strong global presence we really want to show how versatile tanning can be all year round.”
St.Tropez will also be supporting five A Bikini A Day pop-up shops in London(26-28 April), Los Angeles (7-10 April), New York (19-21 May), Miami (22-23 July) and Sydney (November, exact date TBC), providing shoppers with samples of its latest tanning innovations as well as product at retail.

Daily delight: Salma Hayek for Harper’s Bazaar Mexico



Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Love it: the Little Honey Flawless Bronzing Kit


I’m a self-confessed connoisseur of the faux glow, and have tried pretty much every formulation out there - with varying degrees of success. It is still the safest tan out there for tanning at any time of year, and with New Zealand skin cancer rates constantly on the rise it’s time to pick a formula that works for you rather than baking under what are some pretty damn dangerous rays. It’s also a great way to put a bit of a pep in your step, and I for one always feel a little more body confident when I’m sporting a little golden glow – any time of year.
One of the latest ways to achieve a summertime glow all year round that I’ve been playing with is Little Honey Flawless Bronzing Mist, which came as part of the Little Honey Flawless Bronzing Kit (RRP$55.00). Created and crafted right here in New Zealand, it’s the brainchild of a woman called Kate Walsh, who lives in Auckland with her little family and first came up with the idea of Little Honey back in 2015. The founder of the self tan brand  reportedly set out to create a product that not only looked beautiful, but was easy to use, quick drying and had no unpleasant after smell." I saw a gap in the market for a locally made, luxury tanning product and wanted to give consumers a choice to buy an affordable beauty product that is innovative, on trend and the best quality," says Kate.
The formula is 100 per cent paraben and cruelty free, and is green based – so no tandoori tan issues here. The mitt applicator that comes in the kit along with the bronzing spray solution makes it a dream to apply, and I have found that one coat is all it takes for a perfect between-season colour. If you like your tan darker a couple coats might be a better option for you, but it dries so quickly that even a few applications are a breeze.
The company says that one bottle gives you about twelve full body applications, and at $45.00 is way less than the cost of many a premium professional spray tan. Oh and did I mention that Little Honey is enriched with Aloe Vera and Pro Vitamin B5, so it works hard to keep your skin soft, smooth and healthy. Bonus!
This beauty comes highly recommended and is available right now at Life and Unichem Pharmacies, Smith and Caughey department stores and select boutique stores nationwide. It is also available online at www.littlehoney.co.nz.