Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Daily delight: Emily Ratajkowski for Calvin Klein #mycalvins

Monday, September 29, 2014

Love it: the M.A.C X Prabal Gurung collection

As a child, Singapore-born fashion designer Prabal Gurung loved watching his mother get ready for nights out after work. There is a confidence that comes with a bare face transformed by a few swipes of mascara and lip gloss, the designer has said, that he’s always found inspiring.
He has partnered with M.A.C for years to get his models runway-ready for his Fashion Week shows, so it was no surprise that when the designer announced he has partnered with an iconic makeup brand for a full-blown beauty collection it was the legendary M.A.C.
“Creating this line has certainly been emotional for me,” Gurung said in a statement. “I think back to the beauty products on my mother’s vanity that I saw growing up and how much they resonated with me. It’s pretty incredible to be in a position to now be developing my own.”
Two years in the making, the line features an absolutely killer bronzing powder, eye shadow duo, lipstick and more, and is designed to exude the same feeling of luxury and beauty that Gurung brings to each and every one of his collections.
The packaging of the products itself is inspired by the jewelled minaudieres of the 1920’s, making them far too beautiful to stay in your bathroom cabinet or handbag by half. Intended to “make a woman feel beautiful even before she puts the makeup on”, Gurung said that each piece was designed to “enhance” the natural beauty of the wearer. As with his clothing collections, Gurung said he wanted the makeup collection to represent what the person actually wearing the makeup “stands for…I’ve always been interested in intelligent, beautiful women who are aware of the space they occupy and the relationship they have with fashion and the world, not just herself.”
My picks from the range - which hits counters on December 1 - are the aforementioned matte bronzer (perfect for summer parties), the superbly neutral Terre eye shadow duo and Light English Red, which is actually a sheer, beige-y nude lipstick.

Beauty news: Karlie Kloss joins team L’Oréal Paris

'I've waited my whole life to say, "because I'm worth it!"'
Karlie Kloss
With much excitement the L’Oréal Paris family last week welcomed leggy catwalk heroine Karlie Kloss as the brand’s newest international beauty ambassador. At the tender age of 22 the American supermodel has a dazzling career most women can only dream of. And now the catwalk queen, style icon and Victoria's Secret angel has added another string to her beautiful bow, and was reportedly chosen by the French beauty giant because of her powerful walk, unique freshness and amazing energy. 
“On catwalks where she catches lights with such intensity, through brilliant studies or a hectic New Yorker life, Karlie is definitely the perfect combination between grace and modernity, intelligence and hard work. L’Oréal Paris is all about inspiring women making the best of their whole potential,” said Cyril Chapuy, L’Oréal Paris Brand Global President of the appointment.
Previously a student at the prestigious Caston’s Ballet School, while still a teen she turned her neverending legs and atypical beauty into an inimitable signature that made heads turn. After Karlie was scouted by Teen Vogue in 2008, hot shot photographers and designers such as Bruce Weber, David Sims and Marc Jacobs put her on the map, and the rest - as they say - is history.
In 2012 she became an working with charity projects helping needy children all around the world.
“I have always believed that you have to be confident in yourself. Anything can happen if you really work at it. Never give up. This for me is what L’Oréal Paris does. This is why I am so proud to join this inspiring team,” says Karlie on the new partnership with the brand.
Karlie will also now be in truly illustrious company, joining supermodels Lara Stone, Natasha Poly and Doutzen Kroes in the ridiculously glamorous L’Oréal Paris family.

Daily delight: Alessandra Ambrosio for Harper's Bazaar Australia

Friday, September 26, 2014

Fragrance Friday: Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium

In late October Yves Saint Laurent launches Black Opium onto New Zealand counters, a new fragrance announced as a truly rock n' roll interpretation of the legendary classic. Designed to highlight the darker, more mysterious side of the YSL brand, it grabbed at my heart strings from first sniff and I have been wearing it on a rather regular basis since it arrived on my desk.
Master perfumers Nathalie Lorson and Marie Salamagne, in collaboration with Olivier Cresp and Honorine Blanc, developed the composition, which is actually softer on the nose than I expected. Notes of coffee, present in large quantities, dominate the scent. Additional accords are pink pepper, orange blossom, jasmine, vanilla, patchouli and cedar. At odds with the heady original Opium scent, launched by Saint Laurent in 1977, Black Opium is a more of a gourmand floral fragrance, which opens with a strong coffee bean accord before developing with the aforementioned white flowers, vanilla, cedar and patchouli. It will make it the perfect spring an summer fragrance for after hours, and a dedicated daily once the cooler months come rolling around again.
The perfume comes in the same bottle designed as the last edition of the iconic Opium collection, but dark and decorated with sequins to give it a grittier, more urban and definitely glam rock look.
In an absolutely stellar move, the face of the perfume's campaign is British model Edie Campbell, shot by Daniel Wolfe. YVES SAINT LAURENT BEAUTÉ cites the inspiration for its new fragrance, as a woman who is "elegant, stylish and with a piercing intelligence and languorous beauty," - making Edie Campbell a fairly sensible choice IMHO. With an art history degree under her belt, a talent for the equestrian and a genuine interest in every fragrance, dress, bag or pair of sunglasses that she represents, Campbell fits the bill on every level and has a personal style that fits perfectly with the brand.
Black Opium is available as 30, 50 and 90 ml Eau de Parfum and is quite possibly destined to be as much of a modern classic as the legendary original. Love it.

Daily delight: Emily DiDonato for Vogue Espana

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Love it: Clarins limited edition Lip Balm Crayons

Hydrates like a lip balm, comforts like a lipstick, shines like a gloss? That’s the rundown on Clarins’ beautiful new limited edition Lip Balm Crayons that are going to be a MAJOR deal this summer.
I love easy to wear lip colours by day that don't require a mirror and a steady hand for even application. These beauties by Clarins tick all the boxes and I have been using them a lot since they landed on my desk. They come in six shades and are formulated with mango, apricot, and shea butters to make them super moisturising and a dream to use.
As well as Creamy Pink, Delicious Plum, Soft Coffee, Tender Coral and Sweet Cherry these chubby pencils also come in a very special formula, just called My Pink. Housed in a twist up and retractable format, 01 My Pink (the lightest of the six available) goes on clear, but within moments begins to change, as it adapts to the ph levels of your lips. It boosts the natural colour of your lips so is universally flattering - it really is your pink - and the long-lasting hydrating feel goes on and on.
With a warm vanilla fragrance that becomes relatively unnoticeable upon application, the feel of this balm is buttery and smooth upon the lips, and happily totally non-sticky. It feels like chubby lip pencils are everywhere at this point but not all are created equal, and I’m quietly excited that Clarins is taking on the trend. It is such an under hyped brand and I love the fact that they are doing something a little fun for Summer that just may get them a legion of new fans.
The only downside to this release? The fact that they are limited edition! Get in quick and stock up, you never know how long you’ll have to wait to see them grace the counters again…
Clarins’ Limited Edition Lip Balm Crayons are in store November 3, 2014 and have an RRP of $42.00.

Hair how to: Redken X Dolce & Gabbana Spring/Summer 2015

Always one of my absolute favourite shows at Milan Fashion Week, this season’s outing by the incredible Dolce & Gabbana was flawless as per. As well as highly covetable, sexy and just plain amazing.
The hair look created by Redken Global Styling Director Guido was a perfect match, and was inspired by “the modern-day Spanish woman”. He created a feminine, soft updo that captured the essence of the classic Dolce & Gabbana woman using Redken’s Signature Look Wind Blown 05 dry finishing spray to add airy texture to the hair before pulling it back into a loose bun with an effortless feeling. To finish the look, Guido adorned each model’s hair with rich floral arrangements and jewel-encrusted crowns - long a signature runway style look for Dolce & Gabbana that I can only dream of one day recreating.
“This look is very classically Dolce,” said the super stylist. “It’s very soft, pretty and feminine – how girls want to look. I created these soft chignons with a Spanish feeling by using Redken’s Signature Look Wind Blown 05 dry finishing spray to create texture throughout the hair, and then pulled the hair back over the ears into a low, loose, sort of messy bun. It could look severe, but I’m doing it with my fingers to make it much softer for an overall feeling that’s very rich and luxurious.”
To create the look yourself:
1. Thoroughly mist Redken Pillow Proof Express Primer all over damp hair and comb through.
2. Apply a nickel-size amount of Redken Satinwear 02 Prepping Blow Dry Lotion throughout damp hair and blow-dry smooth with a round brush.
3. Create a clean centre part with fingers.
4. Spray Redken Signature Look Wind Blown 05 dry finishing spray all over hair to add airy texture.
5. Pull hair over the ears and back into a loose bun.
6. Twist the ponytail to create a messy knot and secure with small U-pins. Leave a few bits of hair sticking out from the bun to achieve a softer look.
7. Finish with another mist of Redken Signature Look Wind Blown 05 dry finishing spray.

Daily delight: Joan Smalls for Self magazine

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Q&A: Stephanie Seymour for Estée Lauder’s Re-Nutriv Ultimate Diamond Dual Infusion

Legendary supermodel Stephanie Seymour has been revealed as the (spectacular) face of Estée Lauder’s recently reformulated Re-Nutriv Ultimate Diamond Sculpting/Refinishing Dual Infusion, a stellar serum that amazingly improves on the original with the addition of Black Diamond Truffle extract. Lauder scientists brilliantly developed the Black Diamond Truffle into an extract that when added to the original, already popular formula is skincare perfection. From when nature’s rare treasure is first born to finished elixir, each precious drop of the Black Diamond Truffle Extract is 10,000 hours in the making and results thus far have been outstanding.
But back to Seymour, who’s face was on my walls in the early nineties like a rock star, and who today still has all that it takes to most definitely be called ‘super’.

What does Re-Nutriv represent to you?
There’s a wonderful history to the Re-Nutriv line and I feel it epitomises Estée Lauder’s perception of what women wanted in her day and what we still want today – to take care of our skin and use luxurious items.

What is your first memory of Estée Lauder?
My mother was a beauty maven, and, when I was 13, she told me she wanted me to be the next Estée Lauder model. At the time, I think Karen Graham was the only representative of Estée Lauder, and my mom would tell me – “you should be the next Estée Lauder model.” When I got the call from Estée Lauder – the first thing I did was call my mother and she couldn’t believe I remembered what she used to say to me. I am so happy I could make not only my dreams come true, but hers as well.

What does beauty mean to you?
Beauty is to understand what your strengths are: if you have a great mouth, play it up; if you have beautiful hair, do not cut it off. It’s not just one thing, though. As a model you are constantly judged for your exterior, but I think who you are as a person—and also the way you take care of yourself and how you respect and appreciate other people—is most important.

What is your skincare routine?
I’m most specific about my nighttime routine, but, during the day, sunscreen is 100 per cent the most important thing on my mind. When I was growing up, my mother was all about sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen! All my friends were getting sun burnt I was not allowed to. I wasn’t even allowed to get a tan.
At night, I try to exfoliate, usually with an exfoliating cleanser, every other day. In between, I use just a basic cleanser. Then I apply a serum. I’ve been using the new Re-Nutriv Ultimate Diamond Dual Infusion serum recently. From there, I apply a moisturiser and eye creme. I also like to do a mask at least once a week.

What do you like best about new Re-Nutriv Ultimate Diamond Sculpting/Refinishing Dual Infusion?
I feel so luxurious when I use the new serum. I also love the packaging, but it’s not about that, it’s about what’s in the product. I love the way the two elixirs are separate and then merge together. Every woman should treat herself to luxurious formulas that not only feel incredible, but also show results. I love how my skin looks with the new serum.

Do you have any tips on how to apply Re-Nutriv Ultimate Diamond Sculpting/Refinishing Dual Infusion?
My tip would be not to forget your neck. As a younger woman, I neglected this area and I’ve paid the price. After I mix the product together in my hand and apply over my face, I make sure to put it also on my neck and décolleté. The serum isn’t greasy, so you can use it morning and night. I love the smell in particular – it’s so fresh!

How has your beauty routine evolved as you’ve gotten older?
I try to let a lot of things go. I think I look good for my age. I’m never going to look like I did ten years ago or ten years before that, but I don’t think I want to. I’m happy being the age I am. But I think as you age, taking care of yourself is really key. It’s so beautiful to see a woman that’s aged naturally.

How do you feel about getting older?
I try not to think about it. I try to just take care of myself. It is what it is. We all age. But this is a beautiful time for women—whether you’re in your late thirties, forties, fifties, sixties—women really blossom. To look through fashion magazines and only see twenty year old girls…even when I was twenty years old I didn’t get that. I always liked the diversity and I’m glad the public is responding to that.

What is some beauty advice that you would share with other women?
I’ve realised now that you don’t look healthy and glowing unless you take care of yourself. This is something my mother taught me – you don’t just put one cream on and think it’s going to work. You’ve got to do it every night, body treatments, beauty treatments. This is one of the reasons why I respect my mother so much. You use the right, beautiful products on your face, you get facials, you exercise, you eat right – I look at my mother all the time and say I wish I was like her, but I continue to try so that’s the most I can do.

How do you indulge yourself in your free time?
My biggest indulgence is taking time for myself. Taking time to get a facial or go shopping for beauty products because as a mother I feel guilty doing that. I’m sure it’s because I had such a great mother who was with me 24 hours a day. She did teach me to take care of myself, and that is my greatest indulgence and when I do that I feel like myself. I feel human again.

 When do you feel the most beautiful?
I feel beautiful when I’m happy. I feel good when I go to bed. No matter what happens to me in the day I like to wash my face and put on something pretty so that I go to bed feeling good about myself. I don’t ever go to bed with something horrible on my mind or feeling bad about myself. I try to resolve it before that so that when I wake up the next morning I’m not burdened and I can feel good about myself again.

What do you do to stay in shape?
I swim, ride and do Pilates – and I do a lot of gardening, which can be a pretty good workout. I just do a little bit every other day, around 30 minutes. I don’t mind having a feminine figure, I like the female form and I don’t want to look cut – I just want to feel good and stay toned. If you do have curves –and after four children, I do have them – I think you have to embrace them. It’s a big part and one of the beauties of being a woman.

Daily delight: Julianne Moore for NewBeauty magazine

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Hair how to: Redken X Alberta Ferretti SS15 by Guido

The minute images of the recent Alberta Ferretti SS15 show start popping up on Instagram, I started #regramming like a madwoman. Vogue UK described the Milan Fashion Week outing for the popular designer as “like opening the gates to the Garden of Eden and seeing what lies behind. Well, a tribe of bohemian nymphs in sheer barely pink coloured gowns with petal appliqué, of course…” and it was a true joy to behold.
The hair look to go with was by Guido, Redken Global Styling Director, who played up Ferretti’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection with a natural, hippy-inspired hairstyle for the runway. To achieve this beautiful, undone look, Guido used Redken’s Signature Look Fashion Waves 07 Sea Salt Spray and a curling iron to create the perfect combination of a natural, undone texture and feminine waves. In a word: perfection.
“At this moment in time, easy hair feels the most modern, and that’s the overall feeling we get with this hairstyle,” he said. “The Alberta Ferretti girl is kind of a hippie, but still very feminine and soft, so I left the hair a bit natural, with some nice chunky texture and loose curls. I sprayed Redken’s Signature Look Fashion Waves 07 Sea Salt Spray throughout the hair, and then used two different sized curling irons to add more movement. Then, I applied more of Redken’s Signature Look Fashion Waves 07 Sea Salt Spray to pull out the curls a bit, creating that nice matte texture.”
To create the look:
1. Start with clean hair by washing with Redken Diamond Oil Shampoo and Conditioner.
2. Rough blow-dry, and then create a messy centre part using fingers.
3. Use a round brush to blow-dry the front of the hair until smooth.
4. Spray Redken Signature Look Fashion Waves 07 Sea Salt Spray throughout the hair to create some texture.
5. Create additional movement by loosely wrapping underside pieces of hair around a half-inch curling iron and face-framing pieces around a 1-inch curling iron.
6. Apply another mist of Redken Signature Look Fashion Waves 07 Sea Salt Spray throughout the hair to pull out some of the curl.
7. Look gorgeous! Seriously!

Daily delight: Cara Delevingne for John Hardy

Monday, September 22, 2014

All about: M.A.C’s new Matchmaster Concealer

I’ve been forgoing concealer of late, mainly due to the fact that most formulas settle most unattractively into the fine lines under my eyes, and I’m lucky enough (*touching wood*) not to be prone to blemishes. However, since having a decent play with it I can officially declare M.A.C’s new Matchmaster Concealer is my new favourite concealer of the moment.
Available in a generous tweleve shades, it comes housed in a chunky swivel up stick design. MAC uses the same shade intelligence technology in this concealer as they used in their super popular Matchmaster Foundation SPF 15, so I imagine if you like and use that foundation you’ll be beyond happy with the coverage the concealer provides. It uses breakthrough pigment technology to create a fully personalised, subtle satin finish, and Vitamin E is in there to condition as the concealer reduces the appearance of under eye circles, dark spots, discolouration, fine lines and wrinkles.
I’ve found that the formula is pretty thick but with a creamy, emollient feel and a smooth, satin finish. Under drier eyes you’ll find it tugs a little bit during application, but if you take the time to prep well you should have no issue with it, and it is highly customisable as you can go heavier or sheerer depending on what you need.
I’ve also found that it gives excellent coverage and wears really well for a solid 8 to 10 hours without creasing or fading. You just really have to know how to apply it correctly to appreciate it best, but once you have nailed that the world will be your oyster. For me, starting with a heavily moisturised under eye area is key along with a quality brush to thin out the consistency and boom - great finish that last, and lasts…
M.A.C’s new Matchmaster Concealer is $45.00 and available right now.

Daily delight: Victoria Anderson for Schon! Magazine