Thursday, March 13, 2014
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Coming complete with an invitation to “breathe in the fragrance of bygone times and relax in your own secret garden,” the always-incredible MOR have recently released their Jardinière Collection - and what a treat it is.
Inspired by the secret gardens and carefully considered conservatories of bygone eras, Jardinière features three luxe scents that are available as soy wick candles and diffusers. True to MOR’s usual modus operandi, the products are decadent and beautifully designed inside and out, and it seems almost a crime to remove them from their exquisite hiding places!
With a burn time of 60 hours, the soy wax candle has a great fragrance throw and a 100 per cent cotton, lead-free wick; while the reed diffuser disperses fragrance continually for up to six months thanks to its quality blend of natural vegetable-based ethanols and the rattan reed sticks that perfume efficiently and evenly. Both come in gorgeous glass vessels that are finished with decals in the scent’s signature colour and, in the case of the reed diffuser oil, a glass stopper finished with a hand-tied ribbon and pretty fragrance tag. Too beautiful and very MOR.
The three fragrances are all very different but equally delicious, with La Serre a delicate evergreen offering, La Bohemienne a fruity-floral mix, and my personal favourite, Le Maroc, a spicy hit of Marrakech without the need to board a plane.
These babies make for the perfect gifting option but I say pick some up for yourself too - this collection is simply too good not to enjoy alone or with a friend!Tweet
I recently lost a close friend, and despite the awfulness of the circumstances I knew not long after that what I most wanted to do was celebrate her life. It was a life lived well, and some of her favourite things were great wine, seriously fabulous shoes and scented candles.
It was around the same time that I was sent Ecoya’s newest candle release - Celebration. The timing could not have been more perfect, and it was immediately put to work honouring an amazing woman.
The company created the beautiful white candle “to celebrate, commemorate, honour, congratulate, or create a memory anew”, and it is a wonder to behold. With up to 70 hours burn time, the breathtaking new candle is housed in an elegant, white cut glass jar and presented in a refined silver and white gift box with a simple ‘XO’ print and the timeless message ‘With Love’ highlighting the box. It goes without saying that it is made using natural soy wax and plant-based waxes, rather than the paraffin bi-product of the petroleum industry. All of the company’s soy wax candles create significantly less carbon emissions than most other candles and offer a burn time up to a third longer, as well as burning cooler than other waxes. They also have candlewicks are made from pure led-free cotton.
The fragrance was created by ECOYA ‘nose’ and Master Perfumer Isaac Sinclair, and has the freshness of citrus and leafy green notes to create a warm, mossy floral heart, atop a rich, creamy base of Sandalwood, Vanilla, Balsam and Musk. It is beautiful and unique and I for one can’t get enough.
"Lighting a candle provides an opportunity to create those moments in time that are destined to never be forgotten,” said Sinclair, “one note of a half forgotten fragrance is enough to place us at the heart of every moment ever lived – be it birth, life, love or death.” Amen to that! I highly recommend you find a person, an occasion or a moment to celebrate with this beauty, and ASAP. Just gorgeous.
The ECOYA Celebration candle is in store late March.Tweet
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
I haven’t laid hands on a good beauty ‘steal’ for a while, but the brand spanking new Nivea In-Shower Smooth Lotion is most definitely one - as well as a bit of a godsend for busy people.
The newest edition to the global mega brand’s range of in-shower moisturisers – all designed to indulge and moisturise dry skin in the comfort of your shower - it is rich in shea butter and specially formulated to nourish dry, parched skin. And as well as smelling pretty delicious - think vanilla, white musk and sandalwood notes - it absorbs incredibly fast, making it the perfect companion for your morning shower.
The four steps to this baby’s use are:
1. WASH – cleanse with shower gel as usual and rinse off
2. APPLY – stepping back from the shower stream, apply NIVEA In-Shower Body Lotion. You can go crazy a bit here too - you’ll be amazed how quickly it rubs in.
3. RINSE – the caring formula is immediately absorbed by your skin. Rinse off.
4. READY – dry off and get dressed immediately! Too easy…
Arriving in April, these tubes of goodness will set you back a teeny tiny $9.49 - making them most definitely a timesaver AND a right steal!Tweet
It’s news that hasn’t come as a huge surprise to many give a) her unique beauty and b) her close relationship with the super talented Senior Artist Amber Dreadon, but that doesn’t dull how damn exciting it is that Lorde will be collaborating on a limited edition collection!
The New Zealand teen phenomenon’s collab will be sold at all authorized M.A.C locations throughout New Zealand, exclusively on MACcosmetics.com, and at select M.A.C Cosmetics stores globally in Winter 2014. Lorde has been using the mega brand’s products for quite some time and working with them since 2013, so it was a natural fit. Her official statement was: "I have loved M.A.C Cosmetics since I was a little kid. I remember saving up to buy my very first M.A.C lipstick [Snob] at 14, and it was used by about 20 of my friends! M.A.C has a very clear aesthetic that has always felt fashion forward to me. So I was really excited to work with them on these products, which I use pretty much every day and night. I hope you will too."
M.A.C Senior Artist Amber D has a longstanding relationship as Lorde's makeup artist, working on her amazing tour looks and videos, as well as her looks at the 2014 Grammy Awards and Brit Awards. “One of the great things about Lorde is that she is accessible and relatable to people her own age,” she said, “her look and style are a testament to just that.”
Bring it on!Tweet
Monday, March 10, 2014
The beginning of Autumn is all about coping with seasonal change on the beauty front and getting ready to hunker down for the cool months. It’s when you start to address things that have maybe needed a little extra TLC over the last little while, which for me is often my feet! I usually spend summer barefoot or in trainers or Havaianas, and my poor old tootsies are starting to look a little worse for wear. I often have a few foot soothing treats on hand when I finally get a chance to look after them, and have to admit that there are a lot of products out there claiming a lot more than they deliver. Thankfully, my new best friend - AKA Manuka Doctor ApiNourish Foot & Heel Cream - is not one of them!
Harnessing the skin rewarding, all good powers of UMF 18+ Manuka Honey, this tube of foot-loving goodness from Manuka Doctor is a super rich and beautiful to use moisture rich formula that pretty much instantly nourishes the skin on your feet. After just one application (and a night wrapped in socks) my feet looked transformed, and have only got better.
Great when lathered on an the end of the day, ApiNourish Foot & Heel Cream has a cooling effect from the addition of peppermint to its formula, whilst moisturising Shea Butter and Avocado Oil leave feet feeling soft, supple and just plain soothed. It’s definitely a winner in my book, and at $19.75 for 75ml won’t break the bank. Love it!
For stockists visit www.manukadr.co.nz or phone 09 300-3025.
I love the Pureology range of “good for you, good for your hair and good for the environment” range of high performance haircare products, which are amongst the best on the market for those that like their beauty with a conscience. Jim Markham created the Pureology haircare line in Irvine, California in 2001. The very clever chap revolutionized colour care and gave it a moral compass, launching the first 100 per cent Vegan formulas and ZeroSulfate shampoos for colour-treated hair to an eager audience of consumers much like myself. Jim identified a need among professional colourists and their clients for gentle, naturally based products that deliver superior performance and keep your colour looking great for longer, and today, Pureology is the number one colour care brand in the USA. And as an added bonus, the company are committed to delivering superior hair colour care through the most indulgent products and services, while preserving and promoting environmental sustainability. The core values of Jim and his team have led the company to become one of the first prestigious haircare brands that embraces and pioneers sustainability. “We continuously strive to achieve the most decadent experience while preserving our environment with sustainable practices,” they say, which is about as eco luxe as it gets!
They have several systems on offer depending on your hair type, the latest release being the Pureology Strength Cure collection, the first hair cure for what they have termed “micro-scarred, damaged, colour-treated hair”. Its beautifully luxe, super formula works by restructuring the hair from the core to provide velvety, smooth locks. The collection features their brand new “Asta-Repair” technology with Astaxanthin - a nature-derived antioxidant that ensures colour preservation even in the weakest hair fibre. Astaxanthin was first sourced for use by Fuji scientists in the film industry as a way to preserve the quality of light-sensitive particles in photographic films. Now, for the first time, the potent antioxidant has been used in a hair care range, and the results are apparently amazing.
Strength Cure’s formula envelops the hair’s strands in a smooth coating, to provide the perfect balance of strength and velvety softness, and the collection consists of five strengthening and repairing products. The star product - Strength Cure Fabulous Lengths - helps breakage-prone, colour-treated hair reach unimaginable lengths, and it is most definitely the one that got me excited. Far too many times I’ve lopped off my long locks for the sake of hair health and condition, but with this on board now I’m all for the big grow! Strength Cure Fabulous Lengths helps break through the hair growth plateau, the luxurious serum strengthening the fibre from within to decrease breakage and take colour and strength to new lengths. Magic!
Also in the range is a cleansing, reparative shampoo, a rich conditioner, restorative hair masque and the Split End Salve, which is a leave-in split end smoothing treatment with healing formula to help strengthen and prevent further damage.
The Strength Cure collection is available from selected professional salons from March 2014.Tweet
Friday, March 7, 2014
Thursday, March 6, 2014
There has been much talk of the set dressing choice by Chanel’s Karl Lagerfeld for the labels’ recent Fall-Winter 2014 foray in Paris, and with good reason. The Chanel creative director transformed his catwalk into a high-end supermarket all in the name of fashion, whilst ‘it’ face Cara Delevingne, a favourite of the French fashion house, and Chanel newcomer and fashion's new darling (and little sister of Kim Kardashian) Kendall Jenner pulled the media attention firmly into place.
I fell in love with the beauty look however, which was sheer perfection. Unique and beautiful as per the usual Chanel brief, make-up and hair was kept simple with pops of colour.
Skin was flawless with subtle hints of blush to define cheekbones and a wash of pink lipstick to showcase the flamboyant clothes in all their glory. The base was The Complexion Perfection Lumiere Velvet - a new foundation arriving soon - topped with Poudre Universelle Libre Loose Powder and Correcteur Perfection Concealer where needed. Joues Contraste Powder Blush in "Canaille" was used for a healthy flush.
It was only right that brows were big and bold when the queen of brows herself Cara, was there and they perfectly framed the colourful eyelids. They were tidied and defined using the likes of Le Crayon Sourcils Precision Brow Definer, whilst Illusion D’Ombre crème eye shadow in "Epatant" and "Fantasme" provided the perfect base for flat tints of pink, green, orange and dark red (not for sale), which were applied with the Chanel brushes N°13 and N°15
Lips were slicked with Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour in Charmeuse" and "Conquise", or Rouge Coco Hydrating Crème Lip Colour in "Chéri". Nails were nude perfection in Le Vernis Nail Polish "Ballerina".
Sam McKnight was in charge of creating the eccentric hair look, incorporating crimped extensions and Chanel tweed rags into sleek high ponytails. He explained how he created the chic, tweed dreadlock hairstyle thus: “I exaggerated a simple pony and blew it up in proportion and detail, incorporating crimped extensions, braided hair in multicoloured Chanel tweed rags, lace and pearls.” He used Fudge Salt Spray to create a dry volume, which was then crimped randomly, woven and braided with the Chanel fabrics, and fastened at the base with one of the woven braids.
Photos: Vincent Lappartient for CHANELTweet
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Despite many a protestation, if you live in the Southern Hemisphere then you’ll be well aware that Autumn - AKA Fall - is most definitely here. In the past I’ve tried to fight it but really there is nothing feel good about shivering in a bikini in the wind, so this year I am all about embracing change and all of the natural goodness that Autumn brings.
It helps that one of the first things I did was spend some time at Lucy & The Powder Room at Takapuna’s Department Store to experience their latest seasonal promotion, the Autumn Hour.
The Powder Room has decided to create “the ultimate package to get you fully rejuvenated, primed and nourished… just in time for the colder months,” and what a package it is.
It begins with a Synergie facial treatment tailored to what your skin needs at the time (in my case, a moisture-packed kick up the arse) that will give your skin a power kick with a cocktail of lipids, super charged bio-available antioxidants and a pumped up dose of vitamin C. I almost floated off into a bit of a nap in the process, coming to with deliciously glowing skin.
Next up I was off the table and out to the pedicure station, where an Epsom Salt foot soak was waiting for my tired out, post-summer tootsies. A scrub and a stimulating foot massage with Sans [ceuticals] Goji Cleansing oil later and I was all set for a nail shape and polish with Zoya’s beautiful nude tone, Avery.
I left feeling like a million bucks and seriously prepped and ready for a little seasonal change. To winter I say - bring it! The whole shebang will set you back just $110 for 60 minutes of bliss, after which you will be more than ready to face the elements. To find out more and for booking details call (09) 488 0585.Tweet