Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Daily delight: Kristen Stewart for Vogue Paris

Beauty news: YSL Beauty signs Staz Lindes as their newest ambassador

Yves Saint Laurent has always had a knack for signing preternaturally cool women to star in their campaigns over the years, and the brand has soared like a very stylish eagle as a result. Think a heavy lidded Kate Moss, saucy Sophie Dahl, Cara Delevingne wearing nothing but a jacket and, during the infamous Hedi Slimane's time, models playing rock stars on a daily basis. 
Their latest signing is no different: the iconic house announced earlier today that 24-year-old musician, model and photographer Staz Lindes is the new face of Yves Saint Laurent Beauty. If you haven’t heard of her before then you definitely will now, as her face will be in the pages of every style mag worth it salt from here on in.
Born and raised in Venice Beach, Lindes has that cool-girl vibe down pat, with loads of Cali attitude mixed with Parisian rock chick sass for one hell of a killer style combination. She even comes with genuine rock n’ roll cred: her dad is Dire Straits guitarist Hal Lindes, and her own band The Paranoyds have been profiled in i-D. 
Her perfect pout has been chosen to introduce Yves Saint Laurent's newest launch, Tint in Balm, to the world, but for now her favourite pick from the YSL Beauty line up is reportedly their ever-so-slightly louche and sexy Couture Kajal Eyeliner (below). One of my own favourite beauty products, it is ultra-pigmented and ultra-versatile and takes the form of a three-in-one eyeliner, kohl and smoky eye shadow. Perfect for those late night, French girl vibes so synonymous with the YSL brand.
When Vogue asked Lindes what Yves Saint Laurent meant to her she said: “It’s historic and iconic. I feel a part of history… YSL has always been the symbol of the Parisian woman to me”. She says that during her high school years, “I'd copy the style of French actresses from the 60s - the very actresses that M Saint Laurent had dressed.”
Yves Saint Laurent Beauty is known for its youthful, cool, edgy and luxurious vibe, and I for one think that Lindes will most definitely do them proud.

Photo of Staz © Clara Balzary

Monday, December 5, 2016

Daily delight: Bella Hadid for Love magazine's Advent Calendar

All about: the Bobbi Brown Remedies collection

I am an absolute sucker for apothecary-style packaging for skin and body formulas, so I was always destined to fall head over heels for Bobbi Brown’s new Remedies collection.
Made up of a selection of targeted skincare solutions, Remedies was reportedly inspired by the firm's holistic approach to beauty and they look just perfect. Combining beauty and wellness, the petite collection of six skin enhancing treatments has been designed to target specific skincare needs and enhance the complexion and is due out January 2017.
Each of the "superblend" concentrates is applied in the form of drops, twice a day. Each product can be used individually or together and can be layered with a moisturiser or even, foundation.
From dehydration, irritation and damage from external factors to excess sebum, the new range caters to the needs of all skin types and tackles specific day-to-day skincare problems.
To begin, Bobbi Brown has developed three concentrates to “improve vitality”, boost hydration and strengthen the structure of skin. Skin Reviver (N°91) is a potent green blend of green algae, Brussels sprouts and spinach that refreshes unhealthy, tired or damaged skin for a brighter, plumper complexion. Skin Moisture Solution (N°86), based on hyaluronic acid and mineral waters, promises intense hydration and restored suppleness for parched, uncomfortable skin. Skin Fortifier (N°93), a rich blend of lipids, helps strengthen skin that has lost vitality and resistance to help fend off future damage.
Next up is a Skin Relief (N°80) concentrate, formulated with red algae and algae extracts to calm sensitive skin prone to redness and irritation, while the Skin Clarifier (N°75) for pore and oil control is a mix of emollient oils and salicylic acid to unclog pores and regulate sebum levels.
The final product in the Remedies line is the Skin Salve (N°57) balm, which differs in texture to the concentrated treatment drops and feels incredible on the skin. Formulated with shea butter, beeswax, and extracts of turmeric and licorice, the balm repairs, protects and nourishes skin and is my pick for times of seasonal change, harsh cold winters and long haul flights. It is perfect for chapped, super dry spots and has an earthy scent to remind you that it’s doing good, and should be used at night for optimal healing.
"Remedies is the perfect fusion of beauty and wellness - it’s the ultimate skin enhancer,” says Bobbi herself, and the Remedies range aims to establish a firm connection between your body, your mind, and your spirit. In Bobbi’s words, “eating right and exercising is more important than what you put on your face," to which I say "hell yes!" These treatments are envisioned as energy boosters for the skin with a goal to enhance skin’s overall health, instead of masking its flaws. How can anyone argue with that?

Friday, December 2, 2016

Daily delight: Georgia May Jagger for Glamour Spain

Christmas countdown: Clinique Happy Gelato Creams for Body

During the summer months wearing your favourite perfume can be a bit of hard ask, especially when you’re reluctant to coat yourself in the stuff due to the rising temps or spending time in the sun when scents can turn (and irritate the skin). The perfect choice is a body cream or lotion in your favourite scent, with an unrivalled selection of body lotions, body oils, creams and more available from some pretty special brands swooping in to save the day. They are also a great option for gifting as they are a little less pricey than perfume, and you can rest easy knowing that you’ve helped out a buddy most likely in need of hydration for dry, summer skin.
Keeping with the summer theme, one of my top picks in this area is the collection of delicious Gelato Creams for Body by Clinique. The range offers three moisturising body creams that soothe and condition dry skin and have the most lovely creamy, whipped sensation as well as much-needed moisturising ingredients. They come lightly fragranced with the Happy Indulgences Collection of happy (naturally), floral, and fruit scents. 
The full fragrant line up is:
Happy Gelato Cream for Body
This tub of gorgeous comes with the scent of Clinique’s best-selling women’s fragrance Happy, but in an indulgent body cream. The super rich body cream provides instant moisturisation while imparting top notes comprised of sparkling citrus, with a floral blend of West Indian Mandarin Flower, Boysenberry Bush and Melati Blossoms and their complementary opposites of Spring Mimosa, Morning Dew Orchid and Hawaiian Wedding Flower completing the picture. It’s a vibrant scent and a perfect pick for Happy fans.
Sugared Petals Gelato Cream for Body
This decadently rich body cream conditions while soothing skin. Opening with top notes of neroli blossom, bergamot, and orange, which lead into middle notes of jasmine absolute and gardenia, and blend with cedarwood, white musk, and sandalwood, creating harmonious blends of colours, scents, and textures.
Berry Blush Gelato Cream for Body
Soothing and conditioning from the moment it touches skin, the joyful fruit scent of Berry Blush opens with a citrus flair of top notes mandarin, raspberry, and mango blossom. The fruity opening complements floral middle notes freesia, violet, and peony. Bottom notes blonde woods, musk, and amber give a sensual undertone to the most complex (I think) scent of the three.
Just gorgeous! Clinique Happy Gelato Creams for Body are available for a limited time at Clinique counters nationwide and at www.smithandcaugheys.co.nz for a suggested retail price of $69.00. So get gifting – including one to self, of course!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Daily delight: Emily Ratajkowski for Oyster magazine

Love it: Aesop's elegant new Redemption Body Scrub

Legendary skincare name Aesop opened its first New Zealand store a couple of months ago in Auckland, and I for one could not have been happier. I make frequent visits just for a gander and a sniff (not creepy, promise!) and have several of their products on my Christmas wish list.
Aesop is not your regular high-end skincare company. There are no big promises, no celebrity endorsements, no glossy packaging and no advertising. As a brand, they are committed to celebrating science by integrating both plant-based and laboratory-made ingredients, and the efficacy of their product formulations is world renowned. An interview with Aesop General Manager of Retail and Customer Relations Suzanne Santos told us “you need a blend of well-chosen man-made ingredients with exceptional botanical ingredients to make remarkable products”, and I personally have never met an Aesop product I didn’t like. I first encountered the brand many years ago on a trip to Sydney and after washing my hands with their premier luxury soap, I was irrevocably hooked. 
Aesop’s blend of science and nature slaps aside the ridiculous hyperbole that defines much of the beauty industry, and that includes their new launches, which are carefully considered. The latest is Redemption Body Scrub, a beautiful new addition to their incredibly chic line of body, skin, and hair products. The Aesop line is well-edited and strategically curated based on common concerns and heavenly scents, and the latest release is perfectly in line with the upcoming summer months and the shedding of many layers.
The super fine-grained scrub contains finely milled pumice and bamboo stem to slough away tired cells and residual grime, polishing skin thoroughly and preparing it for hydration (often Aesop Rejuvenate Intensive Body Balm, in my case). In addition to the particles of pumice and bamboo stem, the delicate yet effective formula also contains pine- and fir-needle oils, giving it a clean, earthy, scent that is wonderfully unisex. Aside from the exfoliation benefits, Redemption Body Scrub also contains a gentle cleanser and leaves skin feeling polished and beautifully softened.
To maintain meticulously smooth skin, Aesop recommends you apply this once or twice a week while showering; massaging liberally onto damp skin before rinsing thoroughly. Heavenly.
This beauty is in store now and would make the perfect Christmas gift for him or her, RRP $43.00.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Daily delight: Miranda Kerr for Marella AW 17

Love it: Goodness Kitchen Energy Smoothie bases

One of the best things about having smoothies in the morning – or in fact, any time of day – is the ease with which one can be whipped up. Grab ingredients, chuck ‘em in the Nutribullet and bang – you’re good to go. But what about those moments when the supermarket has been a stretch due to the pressures of well, life, and your ingredient arsenal is seriously lacking?
Here’s where the Goodness Kitchen Energy Smoothie Base comes in, a relative newcomer to my life that has quickly made itself right at home! Available now and desperate to lay claim to your freeze space, Goodness Kitchen Energy Smoothie Bases are 100 per cent natural, pure, blended, small batch smoothie bases. Not just an overpriced sack of pre-chopped bananas and squished berries, they are packed full of energy boosters to supercharge your day in the form of a delicious blend of mango, banana, passionfruit, linseed and ginger, with a hint of turmeric and black pepper.
Easy to make – seriously just 30 seconds from freezer to shake – they taste great with whatever milk is on hand (I have mine with coconut and it’s amazing) and mean no prep, waste or clean up. Goddamn magic.
Unlike some others I have tried they contain no nasty business like added colours, flavours or preservatives, with the only challenge being squeezing the goodness out of its packaging (I find warming them a little under the hot tap helps). I’ve been adding everything from Super Elixir green powder to protein, chia seeds and oats to the mix and all have worked just fine – so you can customise without fear!
In a press release at the time of the launch of the bases, Brad Tilby, marketing manager Goodness Kitchen says they aim to give busy Kiwis a simple, quick way to enjoy a healthful life. “In the Goodness Kitchen we are all about creating fresh flavours and invigorating blends full of goodness, enabling consumers to enjoy their smoothie knowing that it not only tastes great, but it’s good for them too,” he says. “Goodness Kitchen Energy Smoothie Bases are the perfect way to inject some much-needed energy into a hectic schedule,” he added, and we all know someone with one of those.
Goodness Kitchen Energy Smoothie Bases (RRP $9.99; 4x 120g sachets) are available from supermarkets and gourmet food stores nationwide and come highly recommended.

For more information, visit www.goodnesskitchen.co.nz.

Daily delight: Jennifer Lawrence for Vanity Fair

Hair how to: Gigi Hadid at the AMAs, by ghd stylist Bryce Scarlett

Supermodel Gigi Hadid may have had six different looks (yes, six whole goddamn looks!) in her on-stage wardrobe for the recent American Music Awards, but the glam-tastic host had one true constant: brushed-back, softly sexy curls that looked flawless with her every move.
The no-part trend (for want of a better phrase) has been all over the runways of late, but Hadid sported her very own high-volume take on the trend, her signature blonde hair teased tall rather than slicked down (as seen at some of the edgier shows).
The stylist in charge of creating the statement look was Bryce Scarlett, who works with ghd. “For her red carpet look, Gigi was wearing a gorgeous white lace gown that had a sexy 70’s vibe,” he said of her custom Cavalli, “and we wanted her hair to reflect that too. We took inspiration from Lauren Hutton and went for brushed back curls that would look glamorous, but still effortless.”
The look was the perfect marriage of volume and curls, and he kindly gave the beauty press a bit of a ‘how to’:
1. To get a lot of volume, Scarlett used the ghd air hairdryer and the ghd natural bristle radial brush in size 4, blowing out her hair up and away from her face. 
2. Once it was dry, he sprayed some thickening spray and backcombed it through. Since Gigi and her team wanted big voluminous curls, he then used the ghd curve soft curl tong to curl her hair. The one and a quarter inch barrel creates nice, bouncy curls, which was exactly what they were going for. 
3. Once her hair was curled, the stylist brushed her hair back to soften the look, giving it
a more relaxed vibe and the ability to effortlessly complement whatever dress she wore. 
4. Next, he teased the top for a little extra volume and used the ghd Platinum Styler to touch it up and get rid of any flyaways. 
5. Just before she walked out the door, he set the look with LOTS of hair spray.
In a word: flawless. And coincidentally perfect for party season...

Friday, November 25, 2016

Daily delight: Penelope Cruz for Vogue Spain

Beauty news: NZ’s Trilogy becomes carboNZero certified

New Zealand sustainable beauty pioneer Trilogy has become a carboNZero certified carbon-neutral organisation through Enviro-Mark Solutions’ certification programme. 
The carboNZero programme is the world’s first internationally accredited greenhouse gas (GHG) certification scheme under ISO 14065. It provides tools for organisations, products, services and events to measure and reduce greenhouse gas emissions (otherwise known as carbon footprint) and offset them. The programme is owned and operated by Enviro-Mark Solutions Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Landcare Research.
The company says in a release that joining the carboNZero programme is a natural extension of Trilogy’s long-standing commitment to ethical, environmental and social responsibility. With a long history of supporting charities, community groups and recent steps into ‘impact investing’, the brand is well known for its sustainability principles, which form the foundations of how the business operates.
Angela Buglass, CEO of parent company Trilogy International Ltd, was invited to speak at the Sustainable Cosmetics Summit in Hong Kong last week, where she presented Trilogy’s sustainability principles and talked to key industry stakeholders about the process of becoming carbon-neutral and the importance of independent certification of this achievement.
Commenting on why Trilogy is carbon-neutral, Angela said: “As New Zealand’s number one natural skincare brand, we want to show leadership in this area and demonstrate our commitment to our values. Climate change is a risk factor in our industry – producing top quality natural skincare depends on sourcing top quality plant-based ingredients and poor growing seasons can impact supply of raw materials. We choose to do what we can to mitigate our impact, both for our business and for our world.”
Trilogy invests in carbon credits from Pigeon Bush in Wairarapa and Hinewai Reserve near Christchurch, which are permanent native forest regeneration projects. Forests act as carbon sinks, absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. They also allow native biodiversity to flourish, reduce soil erosion and improve catchment water quality. 
The glass bottles and jars for Trilogy’s most popular products are manufactured in India, so the brand also purchases carbon credits from a wind farm project in India where the electricity generated by this project displaces fossil fuel-generated electricity from the national grid, helping reduce emissions.
There exists clear evidence of a shift in people’s buying behaviour towards brands which have a positive impact on the world, a fact which I am definitely buoyed by. Let the conscious consumer steer the way I reckon - it'll benefit us all in the end!